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Juke S Lolkema, Dirk Jan Slotboom
The recently determined crystal structure of the bacterial Na(+)-citrate symporter CitS provides unexpected structural and mechanistic insights. The protein has a fold that has not been seen in other proteins, but the oligomeric state, domain organization and proposed transport mechanism strongly resemble those of the sodium-dicarboxylate symporter vcINDY, and the putative exporters YdaH and MtrF, thus hinting at convergence in structure and function. CitS and the related proteins are predicted to translocate their substrates by an elevator-like mechanism, in which a compact transport domain slides up and down through the membrane while the dimerization domain is stably anchored...
October 21, 2016: Current Opinion in Structural Biology
V Luzzi, G Di Carlo, M Saccucci, G Ierardo, E Guglielmo, M Fabbrizi, A M Zicari, M Duse, F Occasi, G Conti, E Leonardi, A Polimeni
OBJECTIVE: Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) is among the most common diseases and includes a group of pathological conditions that form a severity continuum from primary snoring (PS) to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). SDB presents a multifactorial etiology and in children, it is often linked to adenotonsillar hypertrophy, which may lead to an alteration of the breathing pattern. Therefore, several studies hinted at the existence of a correlation between SDB and the alteration of craniofacial growth...
October 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Donald Glowinski, Fabrizio Bracco, Carlo Chiorri, Didier Grandjean
The present contribution provides readers from diverse fields of psychology with a new and comprehensive model for the understanding of the characteristics of music ensembles. The model is based on a novel heuristic approach whose key construct is resilience, intended here as the ability of a system to adapt to external perturbations and anticipate future events. The paper clarifies the specificity of music ensemble as an original social and creative activity, and how some mechanisms, at an individual (cognitive) and group (coordination) level, are enacted in a particular way that endows these groups with exceptional capacity for resilience...
2016: Frontiers in Psychology
Julieta Bonacina, Nadia Suárez, Ricardo Hormigo, Silvina Fadda, Marcus Lechner, Lucila Saavedra
The study of enterococcal genomes has grown considerably in recent years. While special attention is paid to comparative genomic analysis among clinical relevant isolates, in this study we performed an exhaustive comparative analysis of enterococcal genomes of food origin and/or with potential to be used as probiotics. Beyond common genetic features, we especially aimed to identify those that are specific to enterococcal strains isolated from a certain food-related source as well as features present in a species-specific manner...
October 23, 2016: DNA Research: An International Journal for Rapid Publication of Reports on Genes and Genomes
Marco Pizzi, Fabio Fuligni, Luisa Santoro, Elena Sabattini, Martina Ichino, Rita De Vito, Pietro Zucchetta, Raffaella Colombatti, Laura Sainati, Piergiorgio Gamba, Rita Alaggio
Hereditary spherocytosis (HS) and sickle cell disease (SCD) are associated with splenomegaly and spleen dysfunction in pediatric patients. Scant data exist on possible correlations between spleen morphology and function in HS and SCD. This study aimed to assess the histological and morphometric features of HS and SCD spleens, in order to get possible correlations with disease pathophysiology. In a large series of spleens from SCD, HS and control patients the following parameters were considered: (i) macroscopic features; (ii) lymphoid follicle (LF) density; (iii) presence of peri-follicular marginal zones (MZs); (iv) presence of Gamna-Gandy bodies; (v) density of CD8-positive sinusoids; (vi) density of CD34-positive microvessels; (vii) presence/distribution of fibrosis and SMA-positive myoid cells; (viii) density of CD68-positive macrophages...
October 19, 2016: Human Pathology
Federico Zambelli, Giulio Pavesi
NF-Y is a trimeric transcription factor that binds on DNA the CCAAT-box motif. In this article we reviewed and complemented with additional bioinformatic analysis existing data on genome-wide NF-Y binding characterization in human, reaching the following main conclusions: (1) about half of NF-Y binding sites are located at promoters, about 60-80 base pairs from transcription start sites; NF-Y binding to distal genomic regions takes place at inactive chromatin loci and/or DNA repetitive elements more often than active enhancers; (2) on almost half of its binding sites, regardless of their genomic localization (promoters or distal regions), NF-Y finds on DNA more than one CCAAT-box, and most of those multiple CCAAT binding loci present precise spacing and organization of the elements composing them; (3) there exists a well defined class of transcription factors that show genome-wide co-localization with NF-Y...
October 18, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Marybeth Grant-Beuttler, Jenifer Jennings, Christina McCauley, Robert Dulay, Katlyn Grossnickle, Kerri Kill, John Hay
PURPOSE: To develop an electronic version of the Children's Self-Perceptions of Adequacy in and Predilection for Physical Activity (eCSAPPA), which would allow individual administration to children younger than nine years of age. METHODS: Fifty-four, four - nine-year-old children completed the eCSAPPA and the Test of Gross Motor Development-2 (TGMD-2). Parental measures of physical activity, and body mass index were obtained. Twenty-one participants additionally completed the paper version of the CSAPPA...
October 21, 2016: Pediatric Exercise Science
M Barbagallo, A Musumarra, L Cosentino, E Maugeri, S Heinitz, A Mengoni, R Dressler, D Schumann, F Käppeler, N Colonna, P Finocchiaro, M Ayranov, L Damone, N Kivel, O Aberle, S Altstadt, J Andrzejewski, L Audouin, M Bacak, J Balibrea-Correa, S Barros, V Bécares, F Bečvář, C Beinrucker, E Berthoumieux, J Billowes, D Bosnar, M Brugger, M Caamaño, M Calviani, F Calviño, D Cano-Ott, R Cardella, A Casanovas, D M Castelluccio, F Cerutti, Y H Chen, E Chiaveri, G Cortés, M A Cortés-Giraldo, S Cristallo, M Diakaki, C Domingo-Pardo, E Dupont, I Duran, B Fernandez-Dominguez, A Ferrari, P Ferreira, W Furman, S Ganesan, A García-Rios, A Gawlik, T Glodariu, K Göbel, I F Gonçalves, E González-Romero, E Griesmayer, C Guerrero, F Gunsing, H Harada, T Heftrich, J Heyse, D G Jenkins, E Jericha, T Katabuchi, P Kavrigin, A Kimura, M Kokkoris, M Krtička, E Leal-Cidoncha, J Lerendegui, C Lederer, H Leeb, S Lo Meo, S J Lonsdale, R Losito, D Macina, J Marganiec, T Martínez, C Massimi, P Mastinu, M Mastromarco, A Mazzone, E Mendoza, P M Milazzo, F Mingrone, M Mirea, S Montesano, R Nolte, A Oprea, A Pappalardo, N Patronis, A Pavlik, J Perkowski, M Piscopo, A Plompen, I Porras, J Praena, J Quesada, K Rajeev, T Rauscher, R Reifarth, A Riego-Perez, P Rout, C Rubbia, J Ryan, M Sabate-Gilarte, A Saxena, P Schillebeeckx, S Schmidt, P Sedyshev, A G Smith, A Stamatopoulos, G Tagliente, J L Tain, A Tarifeño-Saldivia, L Tassan-Got, A Tsinganis, S Valenta, G Vannini, V Variale, P Vaz, A Ventura, V Vlachoudis, R Vlastou, J Vollaire, A Wallner, S Warren, M Weigand, C Weiß, C Wolf, P J Woods, T Wright, P Žugec
The energy-dependent cross section of the ^{7}Be(n,α)^{4}He reaction, of interest for the so-called cosmological lithium problem in big bang nucleosynthesis, has been measured for the first time from 10 meV to 10 keV neutron energy. The challenges posed by the short half-life of ^{7}Be and by the low reaction cross section have been overcome at n_TOF thanks to an unprecedented combination of the extremely high luminosity and good resolution of the neutron beam in the new experimental area (EAR2) of the n_TOF facility at CERN, the availability of a sufficient amount of chemically pure ^{7}Be, and a specifically designed experimental setup...
October 7, 2016: Physical Review Letters
J Arie Vonk, Bernd F van Kuijk, Mick van Beusekom, Ellard R Hunting, Michiel H S Kraak
Chemical composition of organic matter (OM) is a key driver for detritus consumption by macroinvertebrates and polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) content is considered a candidate indicator of food palatability. Since traditionally used complex natural OM covaries in many quality attributes, it remains uncertain whether benthic invertebrates developed an actual preference for PUFA-rich food. Therefore we aimed to test the influence of the PUFA linoleic acid on OM consumption by aquatic macroinvertebrates using standardized surrogate substrates (decomposition and consumption tablet, DECOTAB) with added linoleic acid (PUFA) in comparison to consumption of DECOTAB containing only cellulose (Standard) or ground macrophytes (Plant)...
October 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
Ana M Maestre, Ana Fernandez-Sesma
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October 17, 2016: EBioMedicine
Aritreyee Datta, Vikas Yadav, Anirban Ghosh, Jaesun Choi, Dipita Bhattacharyya, Rajiv K Kar, Humaira Ilyas, Arkajyoti Dutta, Eunseol An, Jayanta Mukhopadhyay, Dongkuk Lee, Kaustuv Sanyal, Ayyalusamy Ramamoorthy, Anirban Bhunia
There is a significant need for developing compounds that kill Cryptococcus neoformans, the fungal pathogen that causes meningoencephalitis in immunocompromised individuals. Here, we report the mode of action of a designed antifungal peptide, VG16KRKP (VARGWKRKCPLFGKGG) against C. neoformans. It is shown that VG16KRKP kills fungal cells mainly through membrane compromise leading to efflux of ions and cell metabolites. Intracellular localization, inhibition of in vitro transcription, and DNA binding suggest a secondary mode of action for the peptide, hinting at possible intracellular targets...
October 18, 2016: Biophysical Journal
Gino A Vena, Maria Concetta Fargnoli, Nicoletta Cassano, Giuseppe Argenziano
The sudden eruption of melanocytic nevi has been associated with a number of conditions, such as bullous skin diseases, immunodeficiency and immunosuppression. The exact mechanisms leading to the development of eruptive melanocytic nevi are unknown. Areas covered: The aim of this article is to review the literature concerning eruptive melanocytic nevi following the administration of immunosuppressive drugs and other medications. Expert opinion: The literature regarding the development of eruptive nevi in association with pharmacological therapies includes a relatively low number of reports...
October 19, 2016: Expert Opinion on Drug Metabolism & Toxicology
Lixin Xia, Jing Wang, Caiqing Ma, Shiwei Wu, Peng Song
The vibrational spectra have been investigated for revealing the comprehensive structure of diferrocenyl-oligothienylene-vinylene complex, stimulated by the excellent experimental reports [group of Casado J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 12, 5675]. The IR and Raman spectra were simulated. It is found that the change of charge distribution and bond length are associated with the variation in the frequencies of specific vibration in infrared spectra for the neutral and radical oxidation states. The theoretical simulation of charge difference density indicate that charge transfer mechanism for neutral and dication states are significant different...
October 19, 2016: Scientific Reports
D Cartelli, G Cappelletti
Microtubules are dynamic structures normally associated to the cell division, during which they form the mitotic spindle, as well as to the initial phases of specification and polarization of various cell types, including neurons. Although microtubules could have a role in the death of many cells and tissues, the microtubule-based degenerative mechanisms have been poorly investigated; nevertheless, during the last two decades, many clues have been accumulated suggesting the importance of the microtubule system during neurodegeneration...
October 18, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
Guillaume Van der Rest, Human Rezaei, Frédéric Halgand
Prion protein is involved in deadly neurodegenerative diseases. Its pathogenicity is linked to its structural conversion (α-helix to β-strand transition). However, recent studies suggest that prion protein can follow a plurality of conversion pathways, which hints towards different conformers that might coexist in solution. To gain insights on the plasticity of the ovine prion protein (PrP) monomer, wild type (A136, R154, Q171), mutants and deletions of ARQ were studied by traveling wave ion mobility experiments coupled to mass spectrometry...
October 18, 2016: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
Bing Yu, Xiaoxuan Tian, Lin Zhang, Rui Feng
AIMS: Recently, microtubule-binding proteins (MBPs) have been implicated in modulation of paclitaxel sensitivity in many cancers, highlighting their potential as biomarkers predictive of treatment outcomes and as therapeutic targets that can be pharmacologically manipulated. This study is aimed to determine the impact of the MBP hematopoietic PBX-interaction protein (HPIP) on breast cancer cell sensitivity to paclitaxel. RESULTS: In this study, we show that breast cancer cells (MCF-7 and MDA-MB-231) overexpressing HPIP were more sensitive to paclitaxel treatment as evaluated by MTT assay, exhibiting a significant reduction in IC50 of paclitaxel compared with the control...
October 18, 2016: DNA and Cell Biology
Raphaela Mayerhofer, Esther E Fröhlich, Florian Reichmann, Aitak Farzi, Nora Kogelnik, Eleonore Fröhlich, Wolfgang Sattler, Peter Holzer
Microbial metabolites are known to affect immune system, brain, and behavior via activation of pattern recognition receptors such as Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4). Unlike the effect of the TLR4 agonist lipopolysaccharide (LPS), the role of other TLR agonists in immune-brain communication is insufficiently understood. We therefore hypothesized that the TLR2 agonist lipoteichoic acid (LTA) causes immune activation in the periphery and brain, stimulates the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis and has an adverse effect on blood-brain barrier (BBB) and emotional behavior...
October 14, 2016: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
Margaret T Dillon, Emily Buss, English R King, Ellen J Deres, Sarah N Obarowski, Meredith L Anderson, Marcia C Adunka
OBJECTIVE: Assess whether differences in speech perception are observed after exclusive listening experience with high-definition continuous interleaved sampling (HDCIS) versus fine structure processing (FSP) coding strategies. METHODS: Subjects were randomly assigned at initial activation of the external speech processor to receive the HDCIS or FSP coding strategy. Frequency filter assignments were consistent across subjects. The speech perception test battery included CNC words in quiet, HINT sentences in quiet and steady noise (+10 dB SNR), AzBio sentences in quiet and a 10-talker babble (+10 dB SNR), and BKB-SIN...
October 18, 2016: Cochlear Implants International
Daniel R L Forrest, Marius Mather, Justin A Harris
Repeated presentation of a to-be-conditioned stimulus (CS) on its own results in an impairment in learning to respond to that CS when it is later paired with an unconditioned stimulus (US). Evidence for this latent inhibition (LI) effect in humans is said to require a so-called masking task which diverts attention from the CS during preexposure. We present three experiments investigating whether LI can be demonstrated in humans without masking. In a computer-based task, subjects responded as quickly as possible to an imperative cue (the US) presented within a continuous stimulus stream...
October 18, 2016: Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology: QJEP
Carmen Radecki Breitkopf, Lila J Finney Rutten, Victoria Findley, Debra J Jacobson, Patrick M Wilson, Monica Albertie, Robert M Jacobson, Gerardo Colón-Otero
Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines offer primary prevention of cervical cancer and protection against other HPV-associated cancers. HPV vaccine coverage in the United States (U.S.) remains low, particularly among older adolescents/young adults, and the uninsured. We assessed awareness and knowledge of HPV disease, HPV-related cancers, and HPV vaccines among working, uninsured adults. Data from the 2014 Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS 4, Cycle 4) were used as a benchmark. Patients were surveyed in late 2014 at the Volunteers in Medicine free clinic in Duval County, Florida...
October 17, 2016: Cancer Medicine
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