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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646668/%C3%AE-galactosidase-from-aspergillus-lacticoffeatus-a-promising-biocatalyst-for-the-synthesis-of-novel-prebiotics
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Beatriz B Cardoso, Sara C Silvério, Luís Abrunhosa, José A Teixeira, Lígia R Rodrigues
β-galactosidase (EC 3.2.1.23) are interesting enzymes able to catalyze lactose hydrolysis and transfer reactions to produce lactose-based prebiotics with potential application in the pharmaceutical and food industry. In this work, Aspergillus lacticoffeatus is described, for the first time, as an effective β-galactosidase producer. The extracellular enzyme production was evaluated in synthetic and alternative media containing cheese whey and corn steep liquor. Although β-galactosidase production occurred in all media (expect for the one composed solely by cheese whey), the highest enzymatic activity values (460U/mL) were obtained for the synthetic medium...
June 16, 2017: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646645/comorbidity-assessment-in-patients-with-oral-squamous-cell-carcinoma-can-imaging-techniques-fludeoxyglucose-positron-emission-tomographic-computed-tomography-and-contrast-enhanced-computed-tomography-provide-additional-information
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Matthias Troeltzsch, Florian Andreas Probst, Axel Rominger, Ulrich Müller-Lisse, Monika Probst, Katharina Obermeier, Michael Ehrenfeld, Sven Otto
PURPOSE: This study evaluated the role of imaging staging examinations (positron-emission tomographic computed tomography [PET/CT] and contrast-enhanced computed tomography [ceCT]) for the assessment of the comorbidity status of patients with oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC). A binary null hypothesis was drafted: 1) imaging staging examinations do not augment knowledge about the comorbidity status of patients with OSCC and 2) there is no difference between PET/CT and ceCT in this regard...
May 31, 2017: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646630/characteristics-of-systemic-inflammation-in-hepatitis-b-precipitated-aclf-differentiate-it-from-no-aclf
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Wei Wu, Huadong Yan, Hong Zhao, Wenjie Sun, Qiao Yang, Jifang Sheng, Yu Shi
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Patients with severe exacerbation of chronic hepatitis B (SE-CHB) are at risk of developing acute-on-chronic liver failure (ACLF). Systemic inflammation (SI) is a major driver of ACLF. The aim of this study was to identify characteristics of SI in hepatitis B-precipitated-ACLF (HB-ACLF), which may be distinct from No-ACLF patients with SE-CHB. METHODS: Two cohorts of patients with SE-CHB were enrolled in two tertiary hospitals. The associations between circulating leukocyte counts/subsets and ACLF progression and prognoses were analysed in Cohort A...
June 24, 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646555/low-thrombogenic-fibrin-heparin-coating-promotes-in-vitro-endothelialization
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Ondřej Kaplan, Teresa Hierlemann, Stefanie Krajewski, Julia Kurz, Martina Nevoralová, Milan Houska, Tomáš Riedel, Zuzana Riedelová, Jana Zárubová, Hans P Wendel, Eduard Brynda
Long-term performance of implanted cardiovascular grafts can be ensured if living endothelium overgrows their surface. Surface modifications to implants are therefore being sought that can encourage endothelialization while preventing thrombus formation until the natural endothelium is formed. In the present study, heparin was covalently attached to a fibrin mesh grown from a PVC substrate surface by the catalytic action of surface immobilized thrombin on a fibrinogen solution. The coating prevented platelet activation, thrombin generation and clot formation, and reduced inflammatory reactions when exposed to fresh human whole blood circulating in a Chandler loop model...
June 24, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646418/in-vivo-nmr-as-a-tool-for-probing-molecular-structure-and-dynamics-in-intact-chlamydomonas-reinhardtii-cells
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Fatemeh Azadi-Chegeni, Christo Schiphorst, Anjali Pandit
We report the application of NMR dynamic spectral editing for probing the structure and dynamics of molecular constituents in fresh, intact cells and in freshly prepared thylakoid membranes of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii (Cr.) green algae. For isotope labeling, wild-type Cr. cells were grown on (13)C acetate-enriched minimal medium. 1D (13)C J-coupling based and dipolar-based MAS NMR spectra were applied to distinguish (13)C resonances of different molecular components. 1D spectra were recorded over a physiological temperature range, and whole-cell spectra were compared to those taken from thylakoid membranes, evaluating their composition and dynamics...
June 23, 2017: Photosynthesis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646303/three-dimensional-fine-structure-of-the-organization-of-microtubules-in-neurite-varicosities-by-ultra-high-voltage-electron-microscope-tomography
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Tomoki Nishida, Ryoichi Yoshimura, Yasuhisa Endo
Neurite varicosities are highly specialized compartments that are involved in neurotransmitter/ neuromodulator release and provide a physiological platform for neural functions. However, it remains unclear how microtubule organization contributes to the form of varicosity. Here, we examine the three-dimensional structure of microtubules in varicosities of a differentiated PC12 neural cell line using ultra-high voltage electron microscope tomography. Three-dimensional imaging showed that a part of the varicosities contained an accumulation of organelles that were separated from parallel microtubule arrays...
June 23, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646272/rhesus-cochlear-and-vestibular-functions-are-preserved-after-inner-ear-injection-of-saline-volume-sufficient-for-gene-therapy-delivery
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Chenkai Dai, Mohamed Lehar, Daniel Q Sun, Lani Swarthout Rvt, John P Carey, Tim MacLachlan, Doug Brough, Hinrich Staecker, Alexandra M Della Santina, Timothy E Hullar, Charles C Della Santina
Sensorineural losses of hearing and vestibular sensation due to hair cell dysfunction are among the most common disabilities. Recent preclinical research demonstrates that treatment of the inner ear with a variety of compounds, including gene therapy agents, may elicit regeneration and/or repair of hair cells in animals exposed to ototoxic medications or other insults to the inner ear. Delivery of gene therapy may also offer a means for treatment of hereditary hearing loss. However, injection of a fluid volume sufficient to deliver an adequate dose of a pharmacologic agent could, in theory, cause inner ear trauma that compromises functional outcome...
June 23, 2017: Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology: JARO
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646166/atp-release-during-cell-swelling-activates-a-ca-2-dependent-cl-current-by-autocrine-mechanism-in-mouse-hippocampal-microglia
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E Murana, F Pagani, B Basilico, M Sundukova, L Batti, S Di Angelantonio, B Cortese, A Grimaldi, A Francioso, P Heppenstall, P Bregestovski, C Limatola, D Ragozzino
Microglia cells, resident immune cells of the brain, survey brain parenchyma by dynamically extending and retracting their processes. Cl(-) channels, activated in the cellular response to stretch/swelling, take part in several functions deeply connected with microglia physiology, including cell shape changes, proliferation, differentiation and migration. However, the molecular identity and functional properties of these Cl(-) channels are largely unknown. We investigated the properties of swelling-activated currents in microglial from acute hippocampal slices of Cx3cr1 (+/GFP) mice by whole-cell patch-clamp and imaging techniques...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646025/remodeling-of-repolarization-and-arrhythmia-susceptibility-in-a-myosin-binding-protein-c-knockout-mouse-model
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Amir Toib, Chen Zhang, Giulia Borghetti, Xiaoxiao Zhang, Markus Wallner, Yijun Yang, Constantine Troupes, Hajime Kubo, Thomas Sharp, Eric Feldsott, Remus M Berretta, Neil Zalavadia, Danielle Trappanese, Shavonn Harper, Polina Gross, Xiongwen Chen, Sadia Mohsin, Steven Houser
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is one of the most common genetic cardiac diseases and amongst the leading causes of sudden cardiac death (SCD) in the young. The cellular mechanisms leading to SCD in HCM are not well known. Prolongation of the action potential duration (APD) is a common feature predisposing hypertrophied hearts to SCD. Previous studies have explored the roles of inward Na(+) and Ca(2+) in the development of HCM, but the role of repolarizing K(+) currents have not been defined. The objective of this study was to characterize the arrhythmogenic phenotype and cellular electrophysiological properties of mice with HCM, induced by Myosin Binding Protein C (MyBPC) Knockout (KO) and to test the hypothesis that remodeling of repolarizing K(+) currents cause APD prolongation in MyBPC KO myocytes...
June 23, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646021/eif1ax-and-nras-mutations-co-occur-and-cooperate-in-low-grade-serous-ovarian-carcinomas
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Dariush Etemadmoghadam, Walid J Azar, Ying Lei, Tania Moujaber, Dale W Garsed, Catherine Kennedy, Sian Fereday, Chris Mitchell, Yoke-Eng Chiew, Joy Hendley, Australian Ovarian Cancer Study Group, Raghwa Sharma, Paul Harnett, Jason Li, Elizabeth L Christie, Ann-Marie Patch, Joshy George, George Au-Yeung, Gisela Mir Arnau, Timothy P Holloway, Timothy Semple, John V Pearson, Nicola Waddell, Sean Grimmond, Martin Köbel, Helen Rizos, Ivan Lomakin, David D L Bowtell, Anna DeFazio
Low-grade serous ovarian carcinomas (LGSC) are associated with a poor response to chemotherapy and are molecularly characterized by RAS pathway activation. Using exome and whole genome sequencing we identified recurrent mutations in the protein translational regulator EIF1AX and in NF1, USP9X, KRAS, BRAF and NRAS. RAS pathway mutations were mutually exclusive, however we found significant co-occurrence of mutations in NRAS and EIF1AX Missense EIF1AX mutations were clustered at the N-terminus of the protein in a region associated with its role in ensuring translational initiation fidelity...
June 23, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645852/g0s2-a-small-giant-controller-of-lipolysis-and-adipose-liver-fatty-acid-flux
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Xiaodong Zhang, Bradlee L Heckmann, Latoya E Campbell, Jun Liu
The discovery of adipose triglyceride lipase (ATGL) and its coactivator comparative gene identification-58 (CGI-58) provided a major paradigm shift in the understanding of intracellular lipolysis in both adipocytes and nonadipocyte cells. The subsequent discovery of G0/G1 switch gene 2 (G0S2) as a potent endogenous inhibitor of ATGL revealed a unique mechanism governing lipolysis and fatty acid (FA) availability. G0S2 is highly conserved in vertebrates, and exhibits cyclical expression pattern between adipose tissue and liver that is critical to lipid flux and energy homeostasis in these two tissues...
June 20, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645771/dectin-1-expression-by-macrophages-and-related-antifungal-mechanisms-in-a-murine-model-of-sporothrix-schenckii-sensu-stricto-systemic-infection
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Juliana Aparecida Jellmayer, Lucas Souza Ferreira, Francine Alessandra Manente, Amanda Costa Gonçalves, Marisa Campos Polesi, Alexander Batista-Duharte, Iracilda Zeppone Carlos
The available information about the role of Dectin-1 in sporotrichosis is scarce. Hence, we aimed to assess Dectin-1 expression by macrophages and the activation of some related antifungal mechanisms during the Sporothrix schenckii sensu stricto infection as a first attempt to elucidate the role of this receptor in sporotrichosis. Balb/c mice were intraperitoneally infected with S. schenckii sensu stricto yeast ATCC 16345 and euthanized on days 5, 10 and 15 post-infection, when the following parameters were evaluated: fungal burden in spleen, Dectin-1 expression and nitric oxide (NO) production by peritoneal macrophages, as well as IL-1β, TNF-α and IL-10 ex vivo secretion by these same cells...
June 20, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645163/variations-in-chloroplast-movement-and-chlorophyll-fluorescence-among-chloroplast-division-mutants-under-light-stress
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Siddhartha Dutta, Jeffrey A Cruz, Saif M Imran, Jin Chen, David M Kramer, Katherine W Osteryoung
Chloroplasts divide to maintain consistent size, shape, and number in leaf mesophyll cells. Altered expression of chloroplast division proteins in Arabidopsis results in abnormal chloroplast morphology. To better understand the influence of chloroplast morphology on chloroplast movement and photosynthesis, we compared the chloroplast photorelocation and photosynthetic responses of a series of Arabidopsis chloroplast division mutants with a wide variety of chloroplast phenotypes. Chloroplast movement was monitored by red light reflectance imaging of whole plants under increasing intensities of white light...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644885/organic-anion-transporting-polypeptide-1b3-can-form-homo-and-hetero-oligomers
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Yuchen Zhang, Kelli H Boxberger, Bruno Hagenbuch
OATP1B3 is a 12 transmembrane domain protein expressed at the basolateral membrane of human hepatocytes where it mediates the uptake of numerous drugs and endogenous compounds. Previous western blot results suggest the formation of OATP1B3 multimers. In order to better understand the function of OATP1B3 under normal physiological conditions, we investigated its oligomerization status. We transiently transfected OATP1B3 with a C-terminal His-, FLAG- or HA-tag in HEK293 cells and used co-immunoprecipitation and a Proximity Ligation Assay to detect interactions between the different constructs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644864/overexpression-and-characterization-of-two-types-of-nitrile-hydratases-from-rhodococcus-rhodochrous-j1
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Yao Lan, Xiaohuan Zhang, Zhongmei Liu, Li Zhou, Ruihua Shen, Xianping Zhong, Wenjing Cui, Zhemin Zhou
Nitrile hydratase (NHase) from Rhodococcus rhodochrous J1 is widely used for industrial production of acrylamide and nicotinamide. However, the two types of NHases (L-NHase and H-NHase) from R. rhodochrous J1 were only slightly expressed in E. coli by routine methods, which limits the comprehensive and systematic characterization of the enzyme properties. We successfully expressed the two types of recombinant NHases in E. coli by codon-optimization, engineering of Ribosome Binding Site (RBS) and spacer sequences...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644608/targeting-cpg-adjuvant-to-lymph-node-via-dextran-conjugate-enhances-anti-tumor-immunotherapy
#16
Weidong Zhang, Myunggi An, Jingchao Xi, Haipeng Liu
Nucleic acids based adjuvants recognized by Toll-like receptors (TLR) are potent immune system stimulants that can augment the anti-tumor immune responses in an antigen-specific manner. However, their clinical uses as vaccine adjuvants are limited primarily due to lack of accumulation in the lymph nodes, the anatomic sites where the immune responses are initiated. Here, we showed that chemical conjugation of type B CpG DNA, a TLR9 agonist to dextran polymer dramatically enhanced CpG's lymph node accumulation in mice...
June 23, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644407/cotton-ascorbate-oxidase-promotes-cell-growth-in-cultured-tobacco-bright-yellow-2-cells-through-generation-of-apoplast-oxidation
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Rong Li, Shan Xin, Chengcheng Tao, Xiang Jin, Hongbin Li
Ascorbate oxidase (AO) plays an important role in cell growth through the modulation of reduction/oxidation (redox) control of the apoplast. Here, a cotton (Gossypium hirsutum) apoplastic ascorbate oxidase gene (GhAO1) was obtained from fast elongating fiber tissues. GhAO1 belongs to the multicopper oxidase (MCO) family and includes a signal peptide and several transmembrane regions. Analyses of quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (QRT-PCR) and enzyme activity showed that GhAO1 was expressed abundantly in 15-day post-anthesis (dpa) wild-type (WT) fibers in comparison with fuzzless-lintless (fl) mutant ovules...
June 23, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644138/comparative-analysis-of-primary-versus-relapse-refractory-dlbcl-identifies-shifts-in-mutation-spectrum
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Danielle M Greenawalt, Winnie S Liang, Sakina Saif, Justin Johnson, Petar Todorov, Austin Dulak, Daniel Enriquez, Rebecca Halperin, Ambar Ahmed, Vladislav Saveliev, John Carpten, David Craig, J Carl Barrett, Brian Dougherty, Michael Zinda, Stephen Fawell, Jonathan R Dry, Kate Byth
Current understanding of the mutation spectrum of relapsed/refractory (RR) tumors is limited. We performed whole exome sequencing (WES) on 47 diffuse large B cell lymphoma (DLBCL) tumors that persisted after R-CHOP treatment, 8 matched to primary biopsies. We compared genomic alterations from the RR cohort against two treatment-naïve DLBCL cohorts (n=112). While the overall number and types of mutations did not differ significantly, we identified frequency changes in DLBCL driver genes. The overall frequency of MYD88 mutant samples increased (12% to 19%), but we noted a decrease in p...
June 15, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644014/three-dimensional-localization-of-an-individual-fluorescent-molecule-with-angstrom-precision
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Taku Furubayashi, Kazuya Motohashi, Keisuke Wakao, Tsuyoshi Matsuda, Isao Kii, Takamitsu Hosoya, Nobuhiro Hayashi, Mahito Sadaie, Fuyuki Ishikawa, Michio Matsushita, Satoru Fujiyoshi
Among imaging techniques, fluorescence microscopy is a unique method to noninvasively image individual molecules in whole cells. If the three-dimensional spatial precision is improved to the angstrom level, various molecular arrangements in the cell can be visualized on an individual basis. We have developed a cryogenic reflecting microscope with a numerical aperture of 0.99 and an imaging stability of 0.05 nm in standard deviation at a temperature of 1.8 K. The key optics to realize the cryogenic performances is the reflecting objective developed by our laboratory...
June 23, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643793/genomic-rearrangements-in-sporadic-lymphangioleiomyomatosis-an-evolving-genetic-story
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Stephen J Murphy, Simone B Terra, Faye R Harris, Aqsa Nasir, Jesse S Voss, James B Smadbeck, Sarah H Johnson, Vishnu Serla, Jay H Ryu, Eunhee S Yi, Benjamin R Kipp, George Vasmatzis, Eva M Carmona
Sporadic lymphangioleiomyomatosis is a progressive pulmonary cystic disease resulting from the infiltration of smooth muscle-like lymphangioleiomyomatosis cells into the lung. The migratory/metastasizing properties of the lymphangioleiomyomatosis cell together with the presence of somatic mutations, primarily in the tuberous sclerosis complex gene (TSC2), lead many to consider this a low-grade malignancy. As malignant tumors characteristically accumulate somatic structural variations, which have not been well studied in sporadic lymphangioleiomyomatosis, we utilized mate pair sequencing to define structural variations within laser capture microdissected enriched lymphangioleiomyomatosis cell populations from five sporadic lymphangioleiomyomatosis patients...
June 23, 2017: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
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