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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811350/defining-the-dna-binding-site-recognized-by-the-fission-yeast-zn2cys6-transcription-factor-pho7-and-its-role-in-phosphate-homeostasis
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Beate Schwer, Ana M Sanchez, Angad Garg, Debashree Chatterjee, Stewart Shuman
Fission yeast phosphate homeostasis entails transcriptional induction of genes encoding phosphate-mobilizing proteins under conditions of phosphate starvation. Transcription factor Pho7, a member of the Zn2Cys6 family of fungal transcription regulators, is the central player in the starvation response. The DNA binding sites in the promoters of phosphate-responsive genes have not been defined, nor have any structure-function relationships been established for the Pho7 protein. Here we narrow this knowledge gap by (i) delineating an autonomous DNA-binding domain (DBD) within Pho7 that includes the Zn2Cys6 module, (ii) deploying recombinant Pho7 DBD in DNase I footprinting and electrophoretic mobility shift assays (EMSAs) to map the Pho7 recognition sites in the promoters of the phosphate-regulated pho1 and tgp1 genes to a 12-nucleotide sequence motif [5'-TCG(G/C)(A/T)xxTTxAA], (iii) independently identifying the same motif as a Pho7 recognition element via in silico analysis of available genome-wide ChIP-seq data, (iv) affirming that mutations in the two Pho7 recognition sites in the pho1 promoter efface pho1 expression in vivo, and (v) establishing that the zinc-binding cysteines and a pair of conserved arginines in the DBD are essential for Pho7 activity in vivoIMPORTANCE Fungi respond to phosphate starvation by inducing the transcription of a set of phosphate acquisition genes that comprise a phosphate regulon...
August 15, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807859/widespread-functional-opsin-transduction-in-the-rat-cortex-via-convection-enhanced-delivery-optimized-for-horizontal-spread
#2
Zeyang Yu, Arto Nurmikko, Ilker Ozden
BACKGROUND: Widespread opsin expression in the cortex of rats, where transgenic models have not been established, is not practical to achieve with the traditional diffusion-based virus transduction methods (DBD). NEW METHOD: We developed protocols for convection-enhanced delivery (CED) of virus for optogenetic transduction of the rat cortex. Targeting the motor forelimb area as an example, we performed dual-site CED (6 μL of virus per site, 3 mm pitch between sites) in the rat motor cortex...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792057/in-situ-evolution-of-highly-dispersed-amorphous-coox-clusters-for-oxygen-evolution-reaction
#3
Dawei Chen, Chung-Li Dong, Yuqin Zou, Dong Su, Yu-Cheng Huang, Li Tao, Shuo Dou, Shaohua Shen, Shuangyin Wang
Electrocatalytic water splitting is a key technique to produce hydrogen fuels, which can be considered as an efficient strategy to store renewable energy. Oxygen evolution reaction (OER) that occurs at the anode side requires a four-electron transfer under highly oxidizing conditions. OER has a large overpotential and therefore determines the overall efficiency. Certain electrocatalysts can efficiently help to improve the reaction kinetics. Owing to the high cost of precious metals such as Pt, Ru, and Ir, non-precious metal oxide catalysts have been vigorously investigated under alkaline conditions...
August 9, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791517/psychometric-evaluation-of-the-interrai-child-and-youth-mental-health-disruptive-aggression-behaviour-scale-dabs-and-hyperactive-distraction-scale-hds
#4
Chloe Lau, Shannon L Stewart, Donald H Saklofske, Paul F Tremblay, John Hirdes
The present study aims to validate the interRAI Child and Youth Mental Health (interRAI ChYMH), Disruptive/Aggression Behaviour Scale (DABS) and Hyperactive/Distraction Scale (HDS). Data were collected from children/youth aged 4-18 (N = 3464) across 39 mental health agencies in Ontario, Canada. Unrestricted factor analysis using polychoric correlation matrices and Samejima's graded item response theory (IRT) parameterizations were conducted for both measures. Scores on the HDS and DABS were also compared amongst children/youth diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and disruptive behaviour disorder (DBD) respectively using DSM-IV criteria...
August 8, 2017: Child Psychiatry and Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777072/dissecting-the-protein-architecture-of-dna-binding-transcription-factors-in-bacteria-and-archaea
#5
Nancy Rivera-Gómez, Mario Alberto Martínez-Núñez, Nina Pastor, Katya Rodriguez-Vazquez, Ernesto Perez-Rueda
Gene regulation at the transcriptional level is a central process in all organisms where DNA-binding transcription factors play a fundamental role. This class of proteins binds specifically at DNA sequences, activating or repressing gene expression as a function of the cell's metabolic status, operator context and ligand-binding status, among other factors, through the DNA-binding domain (DBD). In addition, TFs may contain partner domains (PaDos), which are involved in ligand binding and protein-protein interactions...
August 4, 2017: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28775145/bypassing-drug-resistance-mechanisms-of-prostate-cancer-with-small-molecules-that-target-androgen-receptor-chromatin-interactions
#6
Kush Dalal, Meixia Che, Nanette S Que, Aishwariya Sharma, Rendong Yang, Nada Lallous, Hendrik Borgmann, Deniz Ozistanbullu, Ronnie Tse, Fuqiang Ban, Huifang Li, Kevin J Tam, Mani Roshan-Moniri, Eric Leblanc, Martin E Gleave, Daniel T Gewirth, Scott M Dehm, Artem Cherkasov, Paul S Rennie
Human androgen receptor (AR) is a hormone-activated transcription factor that is an important drug-target in the treatment of prostate cancer. Current small molecule AR-antagonists, such as enzalutamide, compete with androgens that bind to the steroid binding pocket of the AR ligand binding domain (LBD). In castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC), drug-resistance can manifest through AR-LBD mutations that convert AR-antagonists into agonists, or by expression of AR-variants lacking the LBD. Such treatment resistance underscores the importance of novel ways of targeting the AR...
August 3, 2017: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762316/hydrogen-peroxide-and-beyond-the-potential-of-high-voltage-plasma-activated-liquids-against-cancerous-cells
#7
Daniela Boehm, Paula Bourke
The use of plasma-activated liquids such as PBS, medium or simply plasma-activated water (PAW) has been receiving increasing attention for applications in cancer treatments. Amongst the reactive species contained in these solutions, hydrogen peroxide appears to play a pivotal role in causing cytotoxic effects. While H2O2 concentrations can be correlated with reduced cell viability and growth and used as an indicator of the potential efficacy of a plasma-activated water, comparisons to standard H2O2 kill curves demonstrate a potency in PAW which exceeds H2O2 associated toxicity, indicating that other plasma-generated species play an important role...
August 1, 2017: Anti-cancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28759059/impact-of-an-ionic-liquid-on-protein-thermodynamics-in-the-presence-of-cold-atmospheric-plasma-and-gamma-rays
#8
Pankaj Attri, Minsup Kim, Eun Ha Choi, Art E Cho, Kazunori Koga, Masaharu Shiratani
Cold atmospheric plasma and gamma rays are known to have anticancer properties, even though their specific mechanisms and roles as co-solvents during their action are still not clearly understood. Despite the use of gamma rays in cancer therapy, they have oncogenic potential, whereas this has not been observed for plasma treatment (to date). To gain a better understanding, we studied the action of dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) plasma and gamma rays on the myoglobin protein. We analyzed the secondary structure and thermodynamic properties of myoglobin after both treatments...
July 31, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748438/combined-fast-selective-reduction-using-mn-based-catalysts-and-nonthermal-plasma-for-nox-removal
#9
Jun Xiang Chen, Kuan Lun Pan, Sheng Jen Yu, Shaw Yi Yen, Moo Been Chang
In this study, the concept of fast SCR for NO reduction with NH3 as reducing agent is realized via the combination of nonthermal plasma (NTP) with Mn-based catalyst. Experimental results indicate that 10% wt. Mn-Ce-Ni/TiO2 possesses better physical and chemical properties of surface, resulting in higher NO removal efficiency if compared with 10% wt. Mn-Ce/TiO2 and 10% wt. Mn-Ce-Cu/TiO2. Mn-Ce-Ni/TiO2 of 10% wt. achieves 100% NOx conversion at 150 °C, while 10% wt. Mn-Ce/TiO2 and 10% wt. Mn-Ce-Cu/TiO2 need to be operated at a temperature above 200 °C for 100% NOx conversion...
July 26, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28745879/plasma-induced-degradation-of-quercetin-associated-with-the-enhancement-of-biological-activities
#10
Tae Hoon Kim, Jaemin Lee, Hyun-Joo Kim, Cheorun Jo
Nonthermal plasma is a promising technology to improve the safety and to extend the shelf-life of various minimally processed foods. However, research on plasma-induced systemic degradation related to changes in chemical structure and biological activity is still very limited. In this study, the enhancement of biological activity and the mechanism of degradation of the most common type of flavonol, quercetin, induced by a dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) plasma were investigated. Quercetin is dissolved in methanol and exposed to nonthermal DBD plasma for 5, 10, 20, and 30 min...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743865/functional-relationship-between-material-property-applied-frequency-and-ozone-generation-for-surface-dielectric-barrier-discharges-in-atmospheric-air
#11
Sherlie Portugal, Subrata Roy, Jenshan Lin
We report the experimental characterization of ozone generation in dielectric barrier discharges as a function of the material and characteristics of the dielectric barrier, operating frequency and the power consumed by a surface DBD-plasma reactor in air at atmospheric pressure. To identify the effect of the dielectric barrier, ozone production curves corresponding to ten dielectric barriers with different effective thicknesses and thermal properties are compared and analyzed for two combinations of voltage amplitudes and frequencies: 7 kV/10 kHz and 8...
July 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743805/ephrinb2-regulates-cardiac-fibrosis-through-modulating-the-interaction-of-stat3-and-tgf-%C3%AE-smad3-signaling
#12
Sheng-An Su, Du Yang, Yue Wu, Yao Xie, Wei Zhu, Zhejun Cai, Jian Shen, Zurong Fu, Yaping Wang, Liangliang Jia, Yidong Wang, Jian'an Wang, Meixiang Xiang
Rationale: Cardiac fibrosis is a common feature in left ventricular remodeling that leads to heart failure, regardless of the etiology. Erythropoietin-producing hepatoma interactor B2 (EphrinB2), a pivotal bidirectional signaling molecule ubiquitously expressed in mammals, is crucial in angiogenesis during development and disease progression. Recently, EphrinB2 was reported to protect kidneys from injury-induced fibrogenesis. However, its role in cardiac fibrosis remains to be clarified. Objective: We sought to determine the role of EphrinB2 in cardiac fibrosis and the underlying mechanisms during the pathological remodeling process...
July 25, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742700/comparison-of-postoperative-outcomes-between-donation-after-circulatory-death-and-donation-after-brain-death-liver-transplantation-using-the-comprehensive-complication-index
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Marit Kalisvaart, Jubi E de Haan, Wojciech G Polak, Herold J Metselaar, Bas P L Wijnhoven, Jan N M IJzermans, Jeroen de Jonge
OBJECTIVE: To test the total burden of complications in the early postoperative period after liver transplantation (LT) between donation after circulatory death (DCD) and donation after brain death (DBD) grafts with the novel Comprehensive Complication Index (CCI). BACKGROUND: LT is complex surgery and the increasing use of high-risk grafts is pressuring current postoperative outcomes. DCD grafts in particular are associated with ischemic-type biliary lesions (ITBL) with subsequent impaired graft survival rates...
July 24, 2017: Annals of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739805/functional-insights-into-the-mode-of-dna-and-ligand-binding-of-the-tetr-family-regulator-tylp-from-streptomyces-fradiae
#14
Shamayeeta Ray, Anwesha Maitra, Anwesha Biswas, Santosh Panjikar, Jagannath Mondal, Ruchi Anand
Tetracycline Repressors (TetRs) modulate multi-drug efflux pathways in several pathogenic bacteria. In Streptomyces, they additionally regulate secondary metabolic pathways like antibiotic production. For instance, in the antibiotic producer Streptomyces fradiae, a layered network of TetRs regulate the levels of commercially important antibiotic tylosin, with TylP occupying the top of this cascading network. TetRs exist in two functional states; the DNA-bound and the ligand-bound form, which are allosterically regulated...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735519/expression-of-the-hpv18-e6-oncoprotein-induces-dna-damage
#15
Elva I Cortés Gutiérrez, Catalina García-Vielma, Adriana Aguilar-Lemarroy, Veronica Vallejo-Ruíz, Patricia Piña-Sánchez, Pablo Zapata-Benavides, Jaime Gosalvez
This study investigated possible variations in DNA damage in HeLa cells with silenced expression of the HPV/E6 oncogene compared with HeLa cells with normal expression of the E6 oncogene using the DNA breakage detection-fluorescence in situ hybridization (DBD-FISH) technique and a whole human genome DNA probe. The variable levels of DNA breaks present were measured quantitatively using image analysis after whole-genome DNA hybridization. HeLa cells with silenced expression of the HPV18/E6 oncogene showed a significant decrease in DNA damage compared with parental cells with normal expression of the E6 oncogene...
June 15, 2017: European Journal of Histochemistry: EJH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734125/a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-cold-in-situ-perfusion-and-preservation-of-the-hepatic-allograft-working-towards-a-unified-approach
#16
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Ahmer M Hameed, Jerome M Laurence, Vincent W T Lam, Henry C Pleass, Wayne J Hawthorne
BACKGROUND: The efficacy of cold in situ perfusion and static storage of the liver is one possible determinant of transplantation outcomes. The aim of this study was to determine whether there is evidence to substantiate a preference for a particular perfusion route (aortic or dual) or perfusion/preservation solution in donation after brain-death (DBD) liver transplantation. METHODS: The Embase, Medline and Cochrane databases were utilized (1980-2017). Random effects modeling was used to estimate effects on transplantation outcomes based upon (i) aortic or dual in situ perfusion, and (ii) the use of University of Wisconsin (UW), histidine-tryptophan-ketoglutarate (HTK), Celsior and/or Institut Georges Lopez-1 (IGL-1) for perfusion/preservation...
July 22, 2017: Liver Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730706/chromatographic-profiles-of-tryptophan-and-kynurenine-enantiomers-derivatized-with-s-4-3-isothiocyanatopyrrolidin-1-yl-7-n-n-dimethylaminosulfonyl-2-1-3-benzoxadiazole-using-lc-ms-ms-on-a-triazole-bonded-column
#17
Hideaki Iizuka, Takahiro Harashima, Shuhei Takahashi, Ryosuke Kuwabara, Yoko Naito, Tatsuya Sakamoto, Mayu Onozato, Hideaki Ichiba, Takeshi Fukushima
d- and l-Tryptophan (Trp) and d- and l-kynurenine (KYN) were derivatized with a chiral reagent, (S)-4-(3-isothiocyanatopyrrolidin-1-yl)-7-(N,N-dimethylaminosulfonyl)-2,1,3-benzoxadiazole (DBD-PyNCS), and were separated enantiomerically by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) equipped with a triazole-bonded column (Cosmosil HILIC) using tandem mass spectrometric (MS/MS) detection. Effects of column temperature, salt (HCO2 NH4 ) concentration, and pH of the mobile phase in the enantiomeric separation, followed by MS detection of (S)-DBD-PyNCS-d,l-Trp and -d,l-KYN, were investigated...
July 21, 2017: Chirality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729874/systematic-analysis-of-hsf-family-genes-in-the-brassica-napus-genome-reveals-novel-responses-to-heat-drought-and-high-co2-stresses
#18
Xiaoyi Zhu, Chunqian Huang, Liang Zhang, Hongfang Liu, Jinhui Yu, Zhiyong Hu, Wei Hua
Drought and heat stress are major causes of lost plant crop yield. In the future, high levels of CO2, in combination of other abiotic stress factors, will become a novel source of stress. Little is known of the mechanisms involved in the acclimation responses of plants to this combination of abiotic stress factors, though it has been demonstrated that heat shock transcription factors (Hsfs) are involved in plant response to various abiotic stresses. In this study, we performed a genome-wide identification and a systematic analysis of genes in the Hsf gene family in Brassica napus...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728983/etv4-and-ap1-transcription-factors-form-multivalent-interactions-with-three-sites-on-the-med25-activator-interacting-domain
#19
Simon L Currie, Jedediah J Doane, Kathryn S Evans, Niraja Bhachech, Bethany J Madison, Desmond K W Lau, Lawrence P McIntosh, Jack J Skalicky, Kathleen A Clark, Barbara J Graves
The recruitment of transcriptional cofactors by sequence-specific transcription factors challenges the basis of high affinity and selective interactions. Extending previous studies that the N-terminal activation domain (AD) of ETV5 interacts with Mediator subunit 25 (MED25), we establish that similar, aromatic-rich motifs located both in the AD and in the DNA-binding domain (DBD) of the related ETS factor ETV4 interact with MED25. These ETV4 regions bind MED25 independently, display distinct kinetics, and combine to contribute to a high-affinity interaction of full-length ETV4 with MED25...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727447/systematic-comparison-between-half-and-full-dielectric-barrier-discharges-based-on-the-low-temperature-plasma-probe-ltp-and-dielectric-barrier-discharge-for-soft-ionization-dbdi-configurations
#20
Felix D Klute, Sebastian Brandt, Pascal Vogel, Beatrix Biskup, Charlotte Reininger, Vlasta Horvatic, Cedomil Vadla, Paul B Farnsworth, Joachim Franzke
Dielectric barrier discharge (DBD)-based analytical applications have experienced rapid development in recent years. DBD designs and parameters and the application they are used for can vary considerably. This leads to a diverse field with many apparently unique systems that are all based on the same physical principle. The most significant changes among DBDs used for chemical analysis are in how the discharge electrodes are separated from the ignited discharge gas. While the official definition of a DBD states that at least one electrode has to be covered by a dielectric to be considered a DBD, configurations with both electrodes covered by dielectric layers can also be realized...
August 7, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
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