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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926928/an-interactome-centered-protein-discovery-approach-reveals-novel-components-involved-in-mitosome-function-and-homeostasis-in-giardia-lamblia
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Samuel Rout, Jon Paulin Zumthor, Elisabeth M Schraner, Carmen Faso, Adrian B Hehl
Protozoan parasites of the genus Giardia are highly prevalent globally, and infect a wide range of vertebrate hosts including humans, with proliferation and pathology restricted to the small intestine. This narrow ecological specialization entailed extensive structural and functional adaptations during host-parasite co-evolution. An example is the streamlined mitosomal proteome with iron-sulphur protein maturation as the only biochemical pathway clearly associated with this organelle. Here, we applied techniques in microscopy and protein biochemistry to investigate the mitosomal membrane proteome in association to mitosome homeostasis...
December 2016: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926914/comorbidities-in-turkish-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-association-with-the-health-related-quality-of-life-in-terms-of-disease-activity-functional-and-radiological-status-severity-of-pain-and-social-and-emotional-functioning
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Yesim Garip, Filiz Eser, Hatice Bodur
AIMS: The aim of our study was to investigate the comorbidities in Turkish RA patients and evaluate the impact of comorbidities on health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in terms of disease activity, functional and radiological status, severity of pain, and social and emotional functioning. METHODS: In a cross-sectional setting, a total of 160 RA patients who were admitted to our outpatient clinic between December 2013 and February 2014 were consecutively enrolled in the study...
November 23, 2016: Acta Reumatológica Portuguesa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926869/robust-asymmetric-localization-of-planar-polarity-proteins-is-associated-with-organization-into-signalosome-like-domains-of-variable-stoichiometry
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Helen Strutt, Jessica Gamage, David Strutt
In developing epithelia, the core planar polarity proteins physically interact with each other and localize asymmetrically at opposite cell ends, forming intercellular complexes that link the polarity of neighboring cells. Using quantitative imaging to examine the composition of the core protein complex in vivo, we find that complex composition is unexpectedly plastic. The transmembrane proteins Frizzled and Flamingo form a stoichiometric nucleus in the complex, while the relative levels of the other four core proteins can vary independently...
December 6, 2016: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926845/membrane-bound-alpha-synuclein-clusters-induce-impaired-lipid-diffusion-and-increased-lipid-packing
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Aditya Iyer, Nathalie Schilderink, Mireille M A E Claessens, Vinod Subramaniam
The aggregation of membrane-bound α-synuclein (αS) into oligomers and/or amyloid fibrils has been suggested to cause membrane damage in in vitro model phospholipid membrane systems and in vivo. In this study, we investigate how αS interactions that precede the formation of well-defined aggregates influence physical membrane properties. Using three truncated variants of αS with different aggregation propensities and comparable phospholipid membrane binding affinities we show, using fluorescence recovery after photobleaching (FRAP) and fluorescence anisotropy measurements, that formation of αS clusters on supported lipid bilayers (SLBs) impairs lateral lipid diffusion and increases lipid packing beneath the αS clusters...
December 6, 2016: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926815/identification-of-lysophospholipase-protein-from-spiroplasma-eriocheiris-and-verification-of-its-function
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Huanxi Zhu, Peng Liu, Jie Du, Jian Wang, Yunting Jing, Jia Zhang, Wei Gu, Wen Wang, Qingguo Meng
Spiroplasma eriocheiris is known to cause the tremor disease in the Chinese mitten crab Eriocheir sinensis; however, the molecular characterization of this pathogen is still unclear. S. eriocheiris has the ability to invade and survive within mouse 3T6 cells. The invasion process may require causing damage to the host cell membrane by chemical, physical, or enzymatic means. In this study, we systematically characterized a novel lysophospholipase (lysoPL) of S. eriocheiris TDA-040725-5T. The gene that encodes lysoPL in S...
December 7, 2016: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926732/electric-field-stimulated-protein-mechanics
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Doeke R Hekstra, K Ian White, Michael A Socolich, Robert W Henning, Vukica Šrajer, Rama Ranganathan
The internal mechanics of proteins-the coordinated motions of amino acids and the pattern of forces constraining these motions-connects protein structure to function. Here we describe a new method combining the application of strong electric field pulses to protein crystals with time-resolved X-ray crystallography to observe conformational changes in spatial and temporal detail. Using a human PDZ domain (LNX2(PDZ2)) as a model system, we show that protein crystals tolerate electric field pulses strong enough to drive concerted motions on the sub-microsecond timescale...
December 7, 2016: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926682/clinical-outcomes-of-nonunions-of-hindfoot-and-ankle-fusions
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Fabian Krause, Alastair S E Younger, Judith F Baumhauer, Timothy R Daniels, Mark Glazebrook, Peter T Evangelista, Michael S Pinzur, Gowreeson Thevendran, Rafe M J Donahue, Christopher W DiGiovanni
BACKGROUND: While nonunion after foot and ankle fusion surgery has been associated with poor outcomes, we are not aware of any longitudinal study on this subject. Thus, we prospectively evaluated the impact of nonunion on clinical outcomes of foot and ankle fusions and identified potential risk factors for nonunion after these procedures. METHODS: Using data from a randomized clinical trial on recombinant human platelet-derived growth factor-BB (rhPDGF-BB; Augment Bone Graft, BioMimetic Therapeutics), union was defined either by assessment of computed tomography (CT) scans at 24 weeks by a reviewer blinded to the type of treatment or by the surgeon's composite assessment of clinical and radiographic findings at 52 weeks and CT findings at 24 or 36 weeks...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926543/effects-of-exercise-interventions-and-physical-activity-behavior-on-cancer-related-cognitive-impairments-an-update
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Nils Schaffrath, Max Oberste, Philipp Zimmer
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this review is to give an update on studies investigating the influence of physical activity behavior and exercise interventions on cancer-related cognitive impairments. RECENT FINDINGS: Cross-sectional and observational studies underline previous findings, revealing an association of cancer patients' fitness and their cognitive functions. Results from interventional studies are sparse. Only one study investigated self-perceived cognitive function in breast cancer patients as a secondary outcome, indicating no effects...
December 6, 2016: Current Opinion in Supportive and Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926480/calcium-dependent-binding-of-myc-to-calmodulin
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Philipp Raffeiner, Andrea Schraffl, Thomas Schwarz, Ruth Röck, Karin Ledolter, Markus Hartl, Robert Konrat, Eduard Stefan, Klaus Bister
The bHLH-LZ (basic region/helix-loop-helix/leucine zipper) oncoprotein Myc and the bHLH-LZ protein Max form a binary transcription factor complex controlling fundamental cellular processes. Deregulated Myc expression leads to neoplastic transformation and is a hallmark of most human cancers. The dynamics of Myc transcription factor activity are post-translationally coordinated by defined protein-protein interactions. Here, we present evidence for a second messenger controlled physical interaction between the Ca2+ sensor calmodulin (CaM) and all Myc variants (v-Myc, c-Myc, N-Myc, and L-Myc)...
December 1, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926435/brain-correlates-of-the-intrinsic-subjective-cost-of-effort-in-sedentary-volunteers
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J Bernacer, I Martinez-Valbuena, M Martinez, N Pujol, E Luis, D Ramirez-Castillo, M A Pastor
One key aspect of motivation is the ability of agents to overcome excessive weighting of intrinsic subjective costs. This contribution aims to analyze the subjective cost of effort and assess its neural correlates in sedentary volunteers. We recruited a sample of 57 subjects who underwent a decision-making task using a prospective, moderate, and sustained physical effort as devaluating factor. Effort discounting followed a hyperbolic function, and individual discounting constants correlated with an indicator of sedentary lifestyle (global physical activity questionnaire; R=-0...
2016: Progress in Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925707/natural-mineral-bottled-waters-available-on-the-polish-market-as-a-source-of-minerals-for-the-consumers-part-2-the-intake-of-sodium-and-potassium
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Anna Gątarska, Joanna Ciborska, Elżbieta Tońska
Background: Natural mineral waters are purchased and consumed according to consumer preferences and possible recommendations. The choice of appropriate water should take into account not only the general level of mineralization but also the content of individual components, including electrolytes such as sodium and potassium. Sodium is necessary to ensure the proper physiological functions of the body. It is defined as a health risk factor only when its excessive intake occurs. Potassium acts antagonistically towards sodium and calcium ions, contributes to a reduction of the volume of extracellular fluids and at the same time reduces muscle tension and permeability of cell membranes...
2016: Roczniki Państwowego Zakładu Higieny
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925647/left-ventricular-function-assessed-by-one-point-carotid-wave-intensity-in-newly-diagnosed-untreated-hypertensive-patients
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Olga Vriz, Serena Favretto, Joanna Jaroch, Rychard Wojciech, Eduardo Bossone, Caterina Driussi, Francesco Antonini-Canterin, Paolo Palatini, Krystyna Loboz-Grudzien
OBJECTIVES: To investigate whether newly diagnosed untreated hypertensive patients show higher left ventricular (LV) contractility, as assessed by traditional echocardiographic indices and carotid wave intensity (WI) parameters, including amplitude of the peak during early (W1 ) and late systole (W2 ). METHODS: A total of 145 untreated hypertensive patients were compared with 145 age- and sex-matched normotensive subjects. They underwent comprehensive echocardiography and WI analysis...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925479/psychological-adjustment-to-craniofacial-conditions-excluding-oral-clefts-a-review-of-the-literature
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Kristin Billaud Feragen, Nicola Marie Stock
OBJECTIVE: A congenital craniofacial anomaly (CFA) is expected to impact upon several domains of psychological, emotional and social functioning, yet no recent reviews have comprehensively summarised the available literature. Further, existing reviews tend to draw upon literature in the field of cleft lip and palate, and do not give substantive attention to other types of CFAs. DESIGN: A review of 41 papers published between January 2000 and March 2016 pertaining to psychological adjustment to CFAs...
December 7, 2016: Psychology & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925419/are-fear-of-movement-self-efficacy-beliefs-and-fear-of-falling-associated-with-levels-of-disability-in-people-with-osteoarthritis-of-the-knee-a-cross-sectional-study
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Dave P Thompson, Katerina Moula, Steve R Woby
INTRODUCTION: Osteoarthritis of the knee (OAK) can result in significant disability and previous authors have suggested that cognitive and falls-related factors may be significant determinants of function. However, no previous studies have considered the relative influence of these factors when the effects of symptoms related to OAK are also considered. Additionally, it is plausible that falls-related factors exert a greater influence in patients who have previously fallen. METHODS: Fifty-eight patients were recruited from an outpatient physiotherapy department...
December 7, 2016: Musculoskeletal Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925187/depletion-of-cd52-positive-cells-inhibits-the-development-of-cns-autoimmune-disease-but-deletes-an-immune-tolerance-promoting-cd8-t-cell-population-implications-for-secondary-autoimmunity-of-alemtuzumab-in-multiple-sclerosis
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Stephanie von Kutzleben, Gareth Pryce, Gavin Giovannoni, David Baker
The objective was to determine whether CD52 lymphocyte depletion can act to promote immunological tolerance induction via intravenous antigen administration such that it could be used to either: improve efficiency of inhibition of MS or to inhibit secondary autoimmunities that may occur following alemtuzumab use in multiple sclerosis. Relapsing experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis was induced in ABH mice and immune cell depletion was therapeutically applied using mouse CD52 or CD4 (in conjunction with CD8 or CD20) depleting monoclonal antibodies...
December 7, 2016: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924866/pressure-induced-nano-crystallization-of-silicate-garnets-from-glass
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T Irifune, K Kawakami, T Arimoto, H Ohfuji, T Kunimoto, T Shinmei
Transparent ceramics are important for scientific and industrial applications because of the superior optical and mechanical properties. It has been suggested that optical transparency and mechanical strength are substantially enhanced if transparent ceramics with nano-crystals are available. However, synthesis of the highly transparent nano-crystalline ceramics has been difficult using conventional sintering techniques at relatively low pressures. Here we show direct conversion from bulk glass starting material in mutianvil high-pressure apparatus leads to pore-free nano-polycrystalline silicate garnet at pressures above ∼10 GPa in a limited temperature range around 1,400 °C...
December 7, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924476/competitive-argonaute-based-rna-immunoprecipitation-for-investigation-of-transcriptomic-response-to-anti-mir
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John R Androsavich
Identification and validation of microRNA (miRNA) target genes is essential for gaining a better understanding of the many different functions miRNAs have in healthy and diseased cells. From a practical standpoint, validated target genes are also useful for monitoring pharmacological activity of developmental therapeutics that modulate miRNAs, such as anti-miRNA oligonucleotides (anti-miR). Here, we describe a method that uses changes in Argonaute 2-RNA immunoprecipitation in response to competition by anti-miR, titrated ex vivo, as physical evidence for target validation...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924459/patient-reported-outcomes-and-quality-of-life-with-sunitinib-versus-placebo-for-pancreatic-neuroendocrine-tumors-results-from-an-international-phase-iii-trial
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Aaron Vinik, Andrew Bottomley, Beata Korytowsky, Yung-Jue Bang, Jean-Luc Raoul, Juan W Valle, Peter Metrakos, Dieter Hörsch, Rajiv Mundayat, Arlene Reisman, Zhixiao Wang, Richard C Chao, Eric Raymond
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this analysis was to compare patient-reported outcomes and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in a pivotal phase III trial of sunitinib versus placebo in patients with progressive, well-differentiated pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (NCT00428597). PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients received sunitinib 37.5 mg (n = 86) or placebo (n = 85) on a continuous daily-dosing schedule until disease progression, unacceptable adverse events (AEs), or death...
December 6, 2016: Targeted Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924315/control-of-selective-ion-transfer-across-liquid-liquid-interfaces-a-rectifying-heterojunction-based-on-immiscible-electrolytes
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Guillermo Iván Guerrero-García, Francisco J Solis, Kalyan Raidongia, Andrew Robert Koltonow, Jiaxing Huang, Mónica Olvera de la Cruz
The current rectification displayed by solid-state p-n semiconductor diodes relies on the abundance of electrons and holes near the interface between the p-n junction. In analogy to this electronic device, we propose here the construction of a purely ionic liquid-state electric rectifying heterojunction displaying an excess of monovalent cations and anions near the interface between two immiscible solvents with different dielectric properties. This system does not need any physical membrane or material barrier to show preferential ion transfer but relies on the ionic solvation energy between the two immiscible solvents...
November 23, 2016: ACS Central Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924216/atrial-fibrillation-management-in-older-heart-failure-patients-a-complex-clinical-problem
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Giovanni Pulignano, Donatella Del Sindaco, Maria Denitza Tinti, Stefano Tolone, Giovanni Minardi, Antonio Lax, Massimo Uguccioni
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) and heart failure (HF), two problems of growing prevalence as a consequence of the ageing population, are associated with high morbidity, mortality, and healthcare costs. AF and HF also share common risk factors and pathophysiologic processes such as hypertension, diabetes mellitus, ischemic heart disease, and valvular heart disease often occur together. Although elderly patients with both HF and AF are affected by worse symptoms and poorer prognosis, there is a paucity of data on appropriate management of these patients...
January 2016: Heart International
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