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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151281/skeletal-muscle-performance-and-ageing
#1
REVIEW
Michael Tieland, Inez Trouwborst, Brian C Clark
The world population is ageing rapidly. As society ages, the incidence of physical limitations is dramatically increasing, which reduces the quality of life and increases healthcare expenditures. In western society, ~30% of the population over 55 years is confronted with moderate or severe physical limitations. These physical limitations increase the risk of falls, institutionalization, co-morbidity, and premature death. An important cause of physical limitations is the age-related loss of skeletal muscle mass, also referred to as sarcopenia...
November 19, 2017: Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151271/development-of-spin-orbit-coupling-for-stochastic-configuration-interaction-techniques
#2
Paul Murphy, Jeremy P Coe, Martin J Paterson
To perform spin-orbit coupling calculations on atoms and molecules, good zeroth-order wavefunctions are necessary. Here, we present the software development of the Monte Carlo Configuration Interaction (MCCI) method, to enable calculation of such properties, where MCCI iteratively constructs a multireference wavefunction using a stochastic procedure. In this initial work, we aim to establish the efficacy of this technique in predicting the splitting of otherwise degenerate energy levels on a range of atoms and small diatomic molecules...
November 19, 2017: Journal of Computational Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151259/exat-excitonic-analysis-tool
#3
Sandro Jurinovich, Lorenzo Cupellini, Ciro A Guido, Benedetta Mennucci
We introduce EXcitonic Analysis Tool (EXAT), a program able to compute optical spectra of large excitonic systems directly from the output of quantum mechanical calculations performed with the popular Gaussian 16 package. The software is able to combine in an excitonic scheme the single-chromophore properties and exciton couplings to simulate energies, coefficients, and excitonic spectra (UV-vis, CD, and LD). The effect of the environment can also be included using a Polarizable Continuum Model. EXAT also presents a simple graphical user interface, which shows on-screen both site and exciton properties...
November 19, 2017: Journal of Computational Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151220/high-efficiency-expression-of-yeast-derived-g-protein-coupled-receptors-and-19-f-labeling-for-dynamical-studies
#4
Libin Ye, Alexander P Orazietti, Aditya Pandey, R Scott Prosser
We describe a detailed protocol for heterologous expression of the human adenosine A2A G-protein coupled receptor (GPCR), using Pichia pastoris. Details are also provided for the reconstitution and functional purification steps. Yields of 2-6 mg/g membrane were obtained prior to functional purification (ligand column purification). Typically, functional purification reduced overall yields by a factor of 2-4, resulting in final functional production of 0.5-3 mg/L membrane. Yeast is an excellent protein expression system for NMR given its high tolerance for isotope-enriched solvents and its ability to grow in minimal media...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151219/implementation-of-the-nmr-chemical-shift-covariance-analysis-chesca-a-chemical-biologist-s-approach-to-allostery
#5
Stephen Boulton, Rajeevan Selvaratnam, Rashik Ahmed, Giuseppe Melacini
Mapping allosteric sites is emerging as one of the central challenges in physiology, pathology, and pharmacology. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy is ideally suited to map allosteric sites, given its ability to sense at atomic resolution the dynamics underlying allostery. Here, we focus specifically on the NMR CHEmical Shift Covariance Analysis (CHESCA), in which allosteric systems are interrogated through a targeted library of perturbations (e.g., mutations and/or analogs of the allosteric effector ligand)...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151215/protein-structure-elucidation-from-nmr-data-with-the-program-xplor-nih
#6
Guillermo A Bermejo, Charles D Schwieters
Xplor-NIH is a popular software package for biomolecular structure determination from NMR (and other) experimental data. This chapter illustrates its use with the de novo structure determination of the B1 domain of streptococcal protein G (GB1), based on distances from nuclear Overhauser effects, torsion angles from scalar couplings, and bond-vector orientations from residual dipolar couplings. Including Xplor-NIH's latest developments, a complete structure calculation script is discussed in detail, and is intended to serve as a basis for other applications...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151204/afterglow-solid-state-nmr-spectroscopy
#7
Gili Abramov, Nathaniel J Traaseth
Biomolecular solid-state NMR experiments have traditionally been collected through detection of (13)C or (15)N nuclei. Since these nuclei have relatively low sensitivity stemming from their smaller gyromagnetic ratios relative to (1)H, the time required to collect multi-dimensional datasets serves as a limitation to resonance assignment and structure determination. One improvement in the field has been to employ simultaneous or parallel acquisition techniques with the goal of acquiring more than one dataset at a time and therefore speeding up the overall data collection process...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151142/mr-imaging-perfusion-and-diffusion-analysis-to-assess-preoperative-short-course-radiotherapy-response-in-locally-advanced-rectal-cancer-standardized-index-of-shape-by-dce-mri-and-intravoxel-incoherent-motion-derived-parameters-by-dw-mri
#8
Antonella Petrillo, Roberta Fusco, Vincenza Granata, Sergio Venanzio Setola, Mario Sansone, Daniela Rega, Paolo Delrio, Francesco Bianco, Giovanni Maria Romano, Fabiana Tatangelo, Antonio Avallone, Biagio Pecori
Our aim is to assess preoperative Short Course Radiotherapy (SCR) tumor response in locally advanced rectal cancer (LARC) through Standardized Index of Shape (SIS) by DCE-MRI, apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) and intravoxel incoherent motion-derived parameters by DW-MRI. 35 patients with LARC underwent MR scan before and after SCR followed by delayed surgery, retrospectively, were enrolled. SIS, ADC, tissue diffusion (D t), pseudodiffusion (D p), and perfusion fraction (f) were extracted by MRI for each patient before and after SCR...
November 18, 2017: Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151135/classification-of-g-protein-coupled-receptors-based-on-a-rich-generation-of-convolutional-neural-network-n-gram-transformation-and-multiple-sequence-alignments
#9
Man Li, Cheng Ling, Qi Xu, Jingyang Gao
Sequence classification is crucial in predicting the function of newly discovered sequences. In recent years, the prediction of the incremental large-scale and diversity of sequences has heavily relied on the involvement of machine-learning algorithms. To improve prediction accuracy, these algorithms must confront the key challenge of extracting valuable features. In this work, we propose a feature-enhanced protein classification approach, considering the rich generation of multiple sequence alignment algorithms, N-gram probabilistic language model and the deep learning technique...
November 18, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151088/cotard-syndrome
#10
Sebastian Dieguez
Cotard's syndrome is often described as the delusional belief that one is dead or non-existent. However, Jules Cotard's initial description (1880) of the "delusion of negations" was much richer and also involved delusions and claims of immortality and enormity, feelings of damnation, and illusions of bodily dissolution and transformation. Alternatively conceived as an extreme case of depression, hypochondria, or psychosis, the condition is considered rare and remains poorly understood. Cotard himself provided a taxonomy and several explanations for the condition, focusing on its distinction from classical persecutory delusions and suggesting that it could be a kind of reversed grandiosity...
2018: Frontiers of Neurology and Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151069/nitroso-sulfide-coupled-signaling-triggers-specific-vasoactive-effects-in-the-intrarenal-arteries-of-patients-with-arterial-hypertension
#11
S Cacanyiova, A Berenyiova, P Balis, F Kristek, M Grman, K Ondrias, J Breza, J Breza
In normotensive conditions, it has been confirmed that S-nitrosothiols (RSNO), can interact with hydrogen sulfide (H2S) and create new substances with specific vasoactive effects. This interaction could also represent a new regulator signaling pathway in conditions of hypertension. Until now, these effects were studied only in normotensive rats, and they have not been carried out in humans yet. We investigated the vasoactive effects of the products of the H2S/S-nitrosoglutathione (S/GSNO) interaction in lobar arteries (LA) isolated from the nephrectomized kidneys of patients suffering from arterial hypertension and in renal arteries (RA) of spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR)...
August 2017: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: An Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151015/diffuse-idiopathic-skeletal-hyperostosis-dish-as-a-cause-of-failure-following-distal-clavicle-excision-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#12
John Begly, Vineet Tyagi, Eric Strauss
Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH) is common spinal condition characterized by increased calcification and ossification of ligaments and entheses, typically in the anterior aspect of the spine. However, extraspinal manifestations of the disease can occur and depending on the degree and location of involvement, may become symptomatic. We present the case of a 63-year-old male with a history of DISH, who failed initial open distal clavicle excision due to the postoperative development of heterotopic bone bridging across the acromioclavicular joint...
December 2017: Bulletin of the Hospital for Joint Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151005/synthesis-of-a-novel-polymeric-magnetic-solid-phase-extraction-adsorbent-for-selective-extraction-of-amphetamine-from-urine-samples-coupled-with-high-performance-liquid-chromatography
#13
Arezou Taghvimi, Marjan Ghorbani, Hamed Hamishehkar
A novel pH-responsive block copolymer (Poly ethylene glycol-b-poly (N,N-dimethylaminoethylmethacrylate-co-maleic acid) was designed for the decoration and stabilization of magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) to apply as an efficient magnetic nano adsorbent for extraction of amphetamine (AM) from biological urine samples to be determined by high performance liquid chromatography ultra violet detector (HPLC-UV). Full characterization of the synthesized Polymeric magnetic nanoparticles (PMNPs) were followed by various techniques like Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, powder x-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM)...
November 18, 2017: Drug Testing and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150981/systematic-proteomic-analysis-of-protein-methylation-in-prokaryotes-and-eukaryotes-revealed-distinct-substrate-specificity
#14
Min Zhang, Jun-Yu Xu, Hao Hu, Bang-Ce Ye, Minjia Tan
The studies of protein methylation mainly focus on lysine and arginine residues due to their diverse roles in essential cellular processes from gene expression to signal transduction. Nevertheless, atypical protein methylation occurring on amino acid residues, such as glutamine and glutamic acid, was largely neglected until recently. In addition, the systematic analysis for the distribution of methylation on different amino acids in various species is still lacking, which hinders our understanding of its functional roles...
November 18, 2017: Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150974/reciprocal-interactions-between-bile-acids-and-gut-microbiota-in-human-liver-diseases
#15
REVIEW
Tadashi Ikegami, Akira Honda
The gut microbiota (GM) play a central role in their hosts' metabolism of bile acids (BAs) by regulating deconjugation, dehydroxylation, dehydrogenation, and epimerization reactions to generate unconjugated free BAs and secondary BAs. These BAs generated by the GM are potent signaling molecules that interact with BA receptors, such as the farnesoid X receptor (FXR) and Takeda G-protein-coupled receptor 5 (TGR5). Each BA has a differential affinity to these receptors; therefore, alterations in BA composition by GM could modify the intensity of receptor signaling...
November 18, 2017: Hepatology Research: the Official Journal of the Japan Society of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150808/monitoring-enzymatic-degradation-of-emerging-contaminants-using-a-chip-based-robotic-nano-esi-ms-tool
#16
Lara F Stadlmair, Thomas Letzel, Johanna Graßmann
Up to now, knowledge of enzymes capable of degrading various contaminants of emerging concern (CEC) is limited, which is especially due to the lack of rapid screening methods. Thus, a miniaturized high-throughput setup using a chip-based robotic nanoelectrospray ionization system coupled to mass spectrometry has been developed to rapidly screen enzymatic reactions with environmentally relevant CECs. Three laccases, two tyrosinases, and two peroxidases were studied for their ability to transform ten pharmaceuticals and benzotriazole...
November 17, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150804/using-citrus-aurantifolia-essential-oil-for-the-potential-biocontrol-of-colocasia-esculenta-taro-leaf-blight-caused-by-phytophthora-colocasiae
#17
Séverin Nguemezi Tchameni, Staelle Njamou Mbiakeu, Modeste Lambert Sameza, Pierre Michel Dongmo Jazet, François Tchoumbougnang
The aim of this work was to evaluate the antimicrobial activities of leaves and epicarp of Citrus aurantifolia essential oil against Phytophthora colocasiae, the causative agent of taro leaf blight. Oils were extracted by hydrodistillation, and their chemical composition was determined by gas chromatography and gas chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry. Antimicrobial activities of oils were tested in vitro against mycelium growth and sporangium production. In situ tests were done on healthy taro leaves, and the necrosis symptoms were evaluated...
November 17, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150764/projections-for-the-changes-in-growing-season-length-of-tree-ring-formation-on-the-tibetan-plateau-based-on-cmip5-model-simulations
#18
Minhui He, Bao Yang, Vladimir Shishov, Sergio Rossi, Achim Bräuning, Fredrik Charpentier Ljungqvist, Jussi Grießinger
The response of the growing season to the ongoing global warming has gained considerable attention. In particular, how and to which extent the growing season will change during this century is essential information for the Tibetan Plateau, where the observed warming trend has exceeded the global mean. In this study, the 1960-2014 mean length of the tree-ring growing season (LOS) on the Tibetan Plateau was derived from results of the Vaganov-Shashkin oscilloscope tree growth model, based on 20 composite study sites and more than 3000 trees...
November 17, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150760/slow-passage-through-a-hopf-bifurcation-in-excitable-nerve-cables-spatial-delays-and-spatial-memory-effects
#19
L M Bilinsky, S M Baer
It is well established that in problems featuring slow passage through a Hopf bifurcation (dynamic Hopf bifurcation) the transition to large-amplitude oscillations may not occur until the slowly changing parameter considerably exceeds the value predicted from the static Hopf bifurcation analysis (temporal delay effect), with the length of the delay depending upon the initial value of the slowly changing parameter (temporal memory effect). In this paper we introduce new delay and memory effect phenomena using both analytic (WKB method) and numerical methods...
November 17, 2017: Bulletin of Mathematical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150709/simultaneous-detection-of-nadph-consumption-and-h2o2-production-using-the-ampliflu%C3%A2-red-assay-for-screening-of-p450-activities-and-uncoupling
#20
Lisa K Morlock, Dominique Böttcher, Uwe T Bornscheuer
Cytochrome P450s belong to a large and diverse group of heme-containing enzymes. These monooxygenases catalyze the incorporation of a single atom of molecular oxygen into their substrate. In contrast to most other enzymes, the activity of P450 enzymes is not only dependent on substrate and cofactor availability and reaction conditions, but also depends on the coupling efficiency of the catalytic cycle itself. Through the electron transfer from NAD(P)H to the heme-center of the P450, the enzyme becomes activated and binds oxygen...
November 17, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
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