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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734205/identification-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-enoyl-acyl-carrier-protein-reductase-inhibitors-a-combined-in-silico-and-in-vitro-analysis
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Mohsin Y Lone, Mohd Athar, Vivek K Gupta, Prakash C Jha
Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb), had developed evolutionary changes in its genome to adapt for survival and thereby generated multi-drug resistant strains. However, novel drug targets that remained unchanged for their biochemical role has impressed the research community to target such proteins. The comprehensive analysis of multiple protein targets has influenced us to make a consensus structural rule exploited by pharmacophore and other allied techniques from a large repository of protein structures. In this pursuit, we made a retrospective analysis of pharmacophores mapped from the tuberculosis structural proteome and identified unique patterns that can be employed for the novel molecules design...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734202/creating-institutional-flexibility-for-adaptive-water-management-insights-from-two-management-agencies
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Michael Peat, Katie Moon, Fiona Dyer, William Johnson, Susan J Nichols
Adaptive management is an experimental approach used by water management agencies around the world to manage and restore aquatic ecosystems. The effectiveness of the approach can often be constrained by inflexible institutional arrangements. In this paper we compare two cases where agencies have implemented adaptive management to manage and restore aquatic ecosystems. Our aim was to understand practitioners' perceptions of how institutional flexibility can be created for adaptive management. We interviewed 14 adaptive management practitioners working in the Murray-Darling Basin, Australia and 14 practitioners in Southern Florida, United States of America...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734174/old-and-new-adjuvants
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Amy S McKee, Philippa Marrack
Adjuvants have been deliberately added to vaccines since the 1920's when alum was discovered to boost antibody responses, leading to better protection. The first adjuvants were discovered by accident and were used in the safer but less immunogenic subunit vaccines, supposedly by providing an antigen depot to extend antigen presentation. Since that time, much has been discovered about how these adjuvants impact cells at the tissue site to activate innate immune responses, mobilize dendritic cells and drive adaptive immunity...
July 19, 2017: Current Opinion in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734173/reliability-and-validity-of-the-tilburg-frailty-indicator-tfi-among-chinese-community-dwelling-older-people
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Lijuan Dong, Na Liu, Xiaoyu Tian, Xiaoxia Qiao, Robbert J J Gobbens, Robert L Kane, Cuili Wang
OBJECTIVE: To translate the Tilburg Frailty Indicator (TFI) into Chinese and assess its reliability and validity. METHODS: A sample of 917 community-dwelling older people, aged ≥60 years, in a Chinese city was included between August 2015 and March 2016. Construct validity was assessed using alternative measures corresponding to the TFI items, including self-rated health status (SRH), unintentional weight loss, walking speed, timed-up-and-go tests (TUGT), making telephone calls, grip strength, exhaustion, Short Portable Mental Status Questionnaire (SPMSQ), Geriatric Depression scale (GDS-15), emotional role, Adaptability Partnership Growth Affection and Resolve scale (APGAR) and Social Support Rating Scale (SSRS)...
July 15, 2017: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734126/german-estsmoke-estimating-adult-smoking-related-costs-and-consequences-of-smoking-cessation-for-germany
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Diana Sonntag, Simon Gilbody, Winkler Volker, Shehzad Ali
AIMS: We compared predicted lifetime health care costs for current, never and ex-smokers in Germany under the current set of tobacco control polices. We compared these economic consequences of the current situation with an alternative in which Germany were to implement more comprehensive tobacco control policies consistent with the WHO Framework Convention for Tobacco Control (FCTC) guidelines. DESIGN: German EstSmoke, an adapted version of the UK EstSmoke simulation model, applies the Markov modelling approach...
July 22, 2017: Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734118/the-perniciousness-of-perfectionism-a-meta-analytic-review-of-the-perfectionism-suicide-relationship
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Martin M Smith, Simon B Sherry, Samantha Chen, Donald H Saklofske, Christopher Mushquash, Gordon L Flett, Paul L Hewitt
Over 50 years of research implicates perfectionism in suicide. Yet the role of perfectionism in suicide needs clarification due to notable between-study inconsistencies in findings, underpowered studies, and uncertainty whether perfectionism confers risk for suicide. OBJECTIVE: We addressed this by meta-analyzing perfectionism's relationship with suicide ideation and attempts. We also tested whether self-oriented, other-oriented, and socially prescribed perfectionism predicted increased suicide ideation, beyond baseline ideation...
July 22, 2017: Journal of Personality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732279/turbocharging-vaccines-emerging-adjuvants-for-dendritic-cell-based-therapeutic-cancer-vaccines
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REVIEW
Mansi Saxena, Nina Bhardwaj
Development of therapeutic cancer vaccines has been hindered by the many pro-tumorigenic mechanisms at play in cancer patients that serve to suppress both antigen presenting cells and T cells. In face of these obstacles, cancer vaccines are most likely to promote anti-tumorigenic immune responses only when formulated with strong adjuvants, and in combination with new immune interventions designed to reverse immune suppression and exhaustion of T cells in the tumor microenvironment. Dendritic cells (DCs) are often termed 'nature's adjuvant' due to their exceptional capacity for initiating both innate and adaptive immune responses...
July 18, 2017: Current Opinion in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732267/understanding-the-holobiont-the-interdependence-of-plants-and-their-microbiome
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REVIEW
Carmen Sánchez-Cañizares, Beatriz Jorrín, Philip S Poole, Andrzej Tkacz
The holobiont is composed by the plant and its microbiome. In a similar way to ecological systems of higher organisms, the holobiont shows interdependent and complex dynamics [1,2]. While plants originate from seeds, the microbiome has a multitude of sources. The assemblage of these communities depends on the interaction between the emerging seedling and its surrounding environment, with soil being the main source. These microbial communities are controlled by the plant through different strategies, such as the specific profile of root exudates and its immune system...
July 18, 2017: Current Opinion in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732264/insights-into-plant-phosphate-sensing-and-signaling
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REVIEW
Byung-Kook Ham, Jieyu Chen, Yan Yan, William J Lucas
Phosphorus (P) is a macronutrient essential for plant growth, therefore, soil P level is critical to crop yield potential in agriculture. As Pi levels limit crop yield under many soil conditions, it is crucial to understand the mechanisms by which plants adapt to low-phosphate (Pi) soil conditions and interact with their soil microbiome to improve crop P use efficiency, in order to ensure global food security. Recent advances have been made towards achieving this goal through advancing our understanding of the plant's response to limiting Pi conditions to maintain P homeostasis...
July 18, 2017: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732263/proteomic-analysis-of-naturally-occurring-boron-tolerant-plant-gypsophila-sphaerocephala-l-in-response-to-high-boron-concentration
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Huseyin Tombuloglu, Guzin Tombuloglu, Mehmet Serdal Sakcali, Ali Turkan, Khalid Rehman Hakeem, Hesham F Alharby, Shah Fahd, Waseem Mohammed Abdul
Gypsophila sphaerocephala is a naturally Boron (B) tolerant species that can grow around the B mining areas in Turkey, where the B concentration in soil reaches a lethal dose for plants (up to ∼8900mgkg(-1) (∼140mM). While its interesting survival capacity in extremely B containing soils, any molecular research has been conducted to understand its high tolerance mechanism yet. In the present study, we have performed a proteomic analysis of this plant to understand its high tolerance towards B-stress. Seedlings of G...
July 4, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732188/adapted-methods-for-scanning-electron-microscopy-in-assessment-of-human-sperm-morphology
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Petra Nussdorfer, Ines Cilenšek, Branko Zorn, Daniel Petrovič
Infertility is a widespread problem, and in some cases, the routine basic semen analysis is not sufficient to detect the cause of male infertility. The use of the scanning electron microscope (SEM) could provide a detailed insight into spermatozoa morphology, but it requires specific sample preparation techniques. The purpose of this study was to select, adjust, and optimize a method for the preparation of spermatozoa samples prior to SEM analysis, and to establish the protocol required for its use in clinical practice...
July 21, 2017: Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732137/prevalence-of-sacroiliitis-in-inflammatory-bowel-disease-using-a-standardized-ct-scoring-system
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Jonathan Chan, Ismail Sari, David Salonen, Mark S Silverberg, Nigil Haroon, Robert D Inman
OBJECTIVES: There is an increasing emphasis on early identification and treatment of ankylosing spondylitis (AS) of which the hallmark is sacroiliitis. Patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are at increased risk of AS and often receive CT scans of their abdomen affording clinicians the opportunity to determine the presence of sacroiliitis. Previous studies using CT have relied only on radiologist's gestalt or a non-validated adaptation of the mNY criteria. Our aim is to assess the prevalence of sacroiliitis in IBD using a validated screening tool and to determine how frequently these patients are referred for rheumatologic evaluation...
July 21, 2017: Arthritis Care & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732118/pd-1-checkpoint-blockade-in-combination-with-an-mtor-inhibitor-restrains-hepatocellular-carcinoma-growth-induced-by-hepatoma-cell-intrinsic-pd-1
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Hui Li, Xiaoqiang Li, Shuang Liu, Lei Guo, Bo Zhang, Jubo Zhang, Qinghai Ye
Inhibitors of PD-1 administered as single agents have resulted in durable tumor regression in advanced cancer patients. However, only a minority of cancer patients respond to anti PD-1 immunotherapy. Here, we show that PD-1 expression in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) promotes tumor growth independently of adaptive immunity. Knockdown of PD-1 suppress tumor growth, whereas PD-1 overexpression enhances tumorigenesis in immunodeficient xenografted mice. Mechanistically, PD-1 binds the downstream mTOR effectors eukaryotic initiation factor 4E (eIF4E) and ribosomal protein S6 (S6), thus promoting their phosphorylation...
July 21, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732084/increased-parb-level-affects-expression-of-stress-response-adaptation-and-virulence-operons-and-potentiates-repression-of-promoters-adjacent-to-the-high-affinity-binding-sites-pars3-and-pars4-in-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
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Adam Kawalek, Krzysztof Glabski, Aneta Agnieszka Bartosik, Anna Fogtman, Grazyna Jagura-Burdzy
Similarly to its homologs in other bacteria, Pseudomonas aeruginosa partitioning protein ParB facilitates segregation of newly replicated chromosomes. Lack of ParB is not lethal but results in increased frequency of anucleate cells production, longer division time, cell elongation, altered colony morphology and defective swarming and swimming motility. Unlike in other bacteria, inactivation of parB leads to major changes of the transcriptome, suggesting that, directly or indirectly, ParB plays a role in regulation of gene expression in this organism...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732077/mutations-in-the-caenorhabditis-elegans-orthologs-of-human-genes-required-for-mitochondrial-trna-modification-cause-similar-electron-transport-chain-defects-but-different-nuclear-responses
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Carmen Navarro-González, Ismaïl Moukadiri, Magda Villarroya, Ernesto López-Pascual, Simon Tuck, M-Eugenia Armengod
Several oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS) diseases are caused by defects in the post-transcriptional modification of mitochondrial tRNAs (mt-tRNAs). Mutations in MTO1 or GTPBP3 impair the modification of the wobble uridine at position 5 of the pyrimidine ring and cause heart failure. Mutations in TRMU affect modification at position 2 and cause liver disease. Presently, the molecular basis of the diseases and why mutations in the different genes lead to such different clinical symptoms is poorly understood...
July 21, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732064/mechanisms-of-aggregation-in-an-ant-tended-treehopper-attraction-to-mutualists-is-balanced-by-conspecific-competition
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Manuel A Morales, Andrew G Zink
Understanding the spatial structure of populations and communities has been a dominant focus of ecological research, and spatial structure is increasingly seen as critical for understanding population dynamics. Habitat (or host) preference is a proximate mechanism that can generate aggregation or overdispersion, lending insight into the ultimate consequences of observed spatial distributions. Publilia concava is a univoltine phloem-feeding insect that forms mutualistic associations with ants, which consume honeydew and protect treehoppers from predation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732029/the-tonic-immobility-test-do-wild-and-captive-golden-mantella-frogs-mantella-aurantiaca-have-the-same-response
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Luiza Figueiredo Passos, Gerardo Garcia, Robert John Young
Adaptations to captivity that reduce fitness are one of many reasons, which explain the low success rate of reintroductions. One way of testing this hypothesis is to compare an important behavioural response in captive and wild members of the same species. Thanatosis, is an anti-predator strategy that reduces the risk of death from predation, which is a common behavioral response in frogs. The study subjects for this investigation were captive and wild populations of Mantella aurantiaca. Thanatosis reaction was measured using the Tonic Immobility (TI) test, a method that consists of placing a frog on its back, restraining it in this position for a short period of time and then releasing it and measuring how much time was spent feigning death...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732027/serum-irisin-and-myostatin-levels-after-2-weeks-of-high-altitude-climbing
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Ewa Śliwicka, Tomasz Cisoń, Zbigniew Kasprzak, Alicja Nowak, Łucja Pilaczyńska-Szcześniak
Exposure to high-altitude hypoxia causes physiological and metabolic adaptive changes by disturbing homeostasis. Hypoxia-related changes in skeletal muscle affect the closely interconnected energy and regeneration processes. The balance between protein synthesis and degradation in the skeletal muscle is regulated by several molecules such as myostatin, cytokines, vitamin D, and irisin. This study investigates changes in irisin and myostatin levels in male climbers after a 2-week high-altitude expedition, and their association with 25(OH)D and indices of inflammatory processes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732015/maintenance-costs-of-serotiny-in-a-variably-serotinous-pine-the-role-of-water-supply
#19
Ruth C Martín-Sanz, Marta Callejas-Díaz, Jeanne Tonnabel, José M Climent
Serotiny is an important adaptation for plants in fire-prone environments. However, different mechanisms also induce the opening of serotinous cones in the absence of fire in variably serotinous species. Xeriscence -cone opening driven by dry and hot conditions- is considered to be mediated only by the external environment, but endogenous factors could also play a significant role. Using the variably serotinous Pinus halepensis as our model species, we determined the effects of cone age and scales density in cone opening, and using in-situ and ex-situ manipulative experiments we investigated the role of water availability in the opening of serotinous cones...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732011/proteomics-analysis-reveals-a-dynamic-diurnal-pattern-of-photosynthesis-related-pathways-in-maize-leaves
#20
Dan Feng, Yanwei Wang, Tiegang Lu, Zhiguo Zhang, Xiao Han
Plant leaves exhibit differentiated patterns of photosynthesis rates under diurnal light regulation. Maize leaves show a single-peak pattern without photoinhibition at midday when the light intensity is maximized. This mechanism contributes to highly efficient photosynthesis in maize leaves. To understand the molecular basis of this process, an isobaric tag for relative and absolute quantitation (iTRAQ)-based proteomics analysis was performed to reveal the dynamic pattern of proteins related to photosynthetic reactions...
2017: PloS One
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