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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743114/cervical-alpha-actinin-4-is-upregulated-in-women-with-threatened-preterm-labor-and-microbial-invasion-of-the-amniotic-cavity
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Teresa Cobo, Montse Palacio, Maribel Grande, Ana B Sánchez-García, Josep M Estanyol, Marta López, Jordi Bosch, Cristina Martí, Eduard Gratacós
OBJECTIVE: To characterize the proteome profile of women with threatened preterm labor (PTL) below 34;0 weeks with and without microbial invasion of the amniotic cavity (MIAC) using mass spectrometry in the amniotic fluid (AF) and Western blot analysis in the cervical mucus and the vaginal fluid. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: In the discovery phase, a case-control study including 8 women with MIAC and 7 without matched for gestational age at sampling was performed. Proteomic profile characterization was done using the LTQ VELOS Orbitrap mass spectrometer in the AF...
July 26, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742822/metal-ion-coordination-in-the-e-coli-nudix-hydrolase-dihydroneopterin-triphosphate-pyrophosphatase-new-clues-into-catalytic-mechanism
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Shannon E Hill, Elaine Nguyen, Chiamaka U Ukachukwu, Dana M Freeman, Stephen Quirk, Raquel L Lieberman
Dihydroneopterin triphosphate pyrophosphatase (DHNTPase), a member of the Mg2+ dependent Nudix hydrolase superfamily, is the recently-discovered enzyme that functions in the second step of the pterin branch of the folate biosynthetic pathway in E. coli. DHNTPase is of interest because inhibition of enzymes in bacterial folate biosynthetic pathways is a strategy for antibiotic development. We determined crystal structures of DHNTPase with and without activating, Mg2+-mimicking metals Co2+ and Ni2+. Four metal ions, identified by anomalous scattering, and stoichiometrically confirmed in solution by isothermal titration calorimetry, are held in place by Glu56 and Glu60 within the Nudix sequence motif, Glu117, waters, and a sulfate ion, of which the latter is further stabilized by a salt bridge with Lys7...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742634/fingolimod-fty-720-is-capable-of-reversing-tumor-necrosis-factor-induced-decreases-in-cochlear-blood-flow
#3
Mattis Bertlich, Friedrich Ihler, Bernhard G Weiss, Saskia Freytag, Mark Jakob, Michael Strupp, Hannah Pellkofer, Martin Canis
HYPOTHESIS: The potential of Fingolimod (FTY-720), a sphingosine-1-phosphate analogue, to revoke the changes in cochlear blood flow induced by tumor necrosis factor (TNF) was investigated. BACKGROUND: Impairment of cochlear blood flow has often been considered as the common final pathway of various inner ear pathologies. TNF, an ubiquitous cytokine, plays a major role in these pathologies, reducing cochlear blood flow via sphingosine-1-phosphate-signaling. METHODS: Fifteen Dunkin-Hartley guinea pigs were randomly assigned to one of three groups (placebo/placebo, TNF/placebo, TNF/FTY-720)...
July 24, 2017: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742503/pth-and-pthr1-in-osteocytes-new-insights-into-old-partners
#4
Maria P Yavropoulou, Alexandros Michopoulos, John G Yovos
Parathyroid hormone receptors are present in bone cells and play a crucial role in the maintenance of skeletal integrity, bone homeostasis and regulation of calcium and phosphate metabolism. Although the function of these receptors has long being recognized in the cells of the osteoblastic lineage regulating directly osteoblast differentiation and function and indirectly osteoclastogenesis, recent findings demonstrate their functional presence in osteocytes participating in the co-ordination of bone remodelling...
April 2017: Hormones: International Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742069/nematode-grazing-promotes-bacterial-community-dynamics-in-soil-at-the-aggregate-level
#5
Yuji Jiang, Manqiang Liu, Jiabao Zhang, Yan Chen, Xiaoyun Chen, Lijun Chen, Huixin Li, Xue-Xian Zhang, Bo Sun
Nematode predation has important roles in determining bacterial community composition and dynamics, but the extent of the effects remains largely rudimentary, particularly in natural environment settings. Here, we investigated the complex microbial-microfaunal interactions in the rhizosphere of maize grown in red soils, which were derived from four long-term fertilization regimes. Root-free rhizosphere soil samples were separated into three aggregate fractions whereby the abundance and community composition were examined for nematode and total bacterial communities...
July 25, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742007/galliscardovia-ingluviei-gen-nov-sp-nov-a-thermophilic-bacterium-of-the-family-bifidobacteriaceae-isolated-from-the-crop-of-a-laying-hen-gallus-gallus-f-domestica
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R Pechar, J Killer, R Švejstil, H Salmonová, M Geigerová, V Bunešová, V Rada, O Benada
Bacteria with potential probiotic applications are not yet sufficiently explored, even for animals with economic importance. Therefore, we decided to isolate and identify representatives of the family Bifidobacteriaceae, which inhabit the crop of laying hens. During the study, a fructose-6-phosphate phosphoketolase-positive strain, RP51T, with a regular/slightly irregular and sometimes an S-shaped slightly curved rod-like shape, was isolated from the crop of a 13 -month-old Hisex Brown hybrid laying hen. The best growth of the Gram-stain-positive bacterium, which was isolated using Bifidobacterium-selective mTPY agar, was found out to be under strictly anaerobic conditions, however an ability to grow under microaerophilic and aerobic conditions was also observed...
July 21, 2017: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741937/lanthanide-organophosphate-spiro-polymers-synthesis-structure-and-magnetocaloric-effect-in-the-gadolinium-polymer
#7
Sandeep K Gupta, Gulzar A Bhat, Ramaswamy Murugavel
Spirocyclic lanthanide organophosphate polymers, {[Ln(dipp)(dippH)(CH3OH)(H2O)2](CH3OH)2}n [Ln = La (1), Ce (2), Pr (3), Nd (4), Sm (5), Eu (6), Gd (7), Tb (8), Dy (9), Ho (10), Er (11)], have been prepared from the reaction of Ln(NO3)3·xH2O with sterically hindered 2,6-diisopropylphenyl phosphate (dippH2) using aqueous NaOH as the base. The one-dimensional chainlike lanthanide (III) organophosphate coordination polymers have been characterized with the aid of analytical and spectroscopic methods. The single crystal structure determination of polymers (2-5 and 7-11) reveals that in these compounds the hydrophobic organic groups of the phosphate provide a protective coating for the inorganic lanthanide phosphate polymeric chain...
July 25, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741715/first-report-of-carglumic-acid-in-a-patient-with-citrullinemia-type-1-argininosuccinate-synthetase-deficiency
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E Kose, P Kuyum, B Aksoy, J Häberle, N Arslan, Y Ozturk
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVE: Carglumic acid is a structural analogue of human N-acetylglutamate, which has become an alternative therapeutic option for hyperammonaemia in organic acidaemias such as isovaleric acidaemia, methylmalonic acidaemia and propionic acidaemia, and it has been suggested in other urea cycle disorders such as ornithine transcarbamylase deficiency and carbamoyl phosphate synthetase 1 deficiency. CASE DESCRIPTION: A male newborn was diagnosed with citrullinemia after serum amino acid analyses revealed markedly elevated citrulline concentration together with homozygous p...
July 25, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741656/biochemical-evaluation-of-storage-lesion-in-canine-packed-erythrocytes
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C R Wilson, M B Pashmakova, J A Heinz, M C Johnson, H M Minard, M A Bishop, J W Barr
OBJECTIVES: This study describes the biochemical changes - also known as the storage lesion - that occur in canine packed red blood cells during ex vivo storage. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Ten 125-mL units of non-leuco-reduced packed red blood cells in citrate phosphate dextrose adenine were obtained from a commercial blood bank within 24 hours of donation. Samples were aseptically collected on days 1, 4, 7, 14, 28, 35 and 42 for measurement of sodium, potassium, chloride, lactate, glucose, pH and ammonia concentrations...
July 25, 2017: Journal of Small Animal Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741586/a-new-mutation-in-the-calcium-sensing-receptor-gene-causing-hypocalcaemia-case-report-of-a-father-and-two-sons
#10
M K Schoutteten, B Bravenboer, S Seneca, K Stouffs, B Velkeniers
BACKGROUND: Regulation of calcium is mediated by parathyroid hormone (PTH) and 1.25-dihydroxyvitamine D3. The calcium-sensing receptor (CaSR) regulates PTH release by a negative feedback system. Gain-of-function mutations in the CaSR gene reset the calcium-PTH axis, leading to hypocalcaemia. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We analysed a family with hypocalcaemia. The proband was a 47-year-old man (index, patient I1), who presented with paraesthesias in both limbs. He has two sons (patient II1 a nd I I2)...
July 2017: Netherlands Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741463/effect-of-organic-solvents-on-porcine-pancreatic-lipase-thermal-aggregation
#11
Mahsa Vaezzadeh, Marjan Sabbaghian, Parichehreh Yaghmaei, Azadeh Ebrahim-Habibi
Proteins tend to form inactive aggregates under harsh conditions used in industrial processes. Lipases are enzymes that hydrolyze triglycerides to glycerol and free fatty acids, but are able to catalyze various other transformations in the presence of organic solvents. Considering this potential, a study on lipases behavior at high temperature and in presence of organic solvents is appropriate. Heat-induced aggregation of porcine pancreatic lipase (PPL) was followed by UV-visible spectroscopy at 400 nm wavelength for 600 seconds, at the isoelectric point (pH 5, phosphate solution) and 50°C, and in presence or absence of various percentages of dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO), propanol, isopropanol, acetone and trifluoroethanol (TFE)...
July 24, 2017: Protein and Peptide Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741459/discovery-and-biochemical-characterization-of-a-thermostable-glucose-1-phosphate-nucleotidyltransferase-from-thermodesulfatator-indicus
#12
Qian Li, Ying-Ying Huang, Louis Patrick Conway, Meng He, Shuang Wei, Kun Huang, Xu-Chu Duan, Sabine L Flitsch, Josef Voglmeir
A glucose-1-phosphate nucleotidyltransferase (TiGPNT) was cloned and biochemically characterized from the deep sea bacterium Thermodesulfatator indicus. TiGPNT was recombinantly expressed under the control of the T7 promoter in Escherichia coli and could be successfully enriched by heat treatment at 80°C for 30 min. The obtained enzyme worked best at pH 7.5 and the optimum reaction temperature was determined to be 50°C. Interestingly, TiGPNT could fully retain its activity even after extended incubation periods at temperatures of up to 80°C...
July 24, 2017: Protein and Peptide Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741427/receptor-activator-of-nuclear-factor-kappa-b-ligand-rankl-induced-local-osteoporotic-canine-mandible-model-for-the-evaluation-of-peri-implant-bone-regeneration
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Chang Ah Ryum, Tae Hyung Cho, Soon Jung Hwang
The canine mandible is useful for studying bone regeneration after dental implant placement. However, it is limited in investigations of peri-implant osteogenesis under osteoporotic conditions due to the insignificant osteoporotic effect of ovariectomy. This study aimed to establish a local osteoporotic model without ovariectomy using receptor activator of nuclear factor kappa-B ligand (RANKL) in a canine mandible model. This new model was used to evaluate the effects of injectable β-tricalcium phosphate microsphere bone grafts (TCP) on peri-implant bone regeneration under osteoporotic conditions with combinations of human recombinant bone morphogenetic protein-2 (rhBMP-2)...
July 25, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part C, Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741292/effect-of-mdp-based-silane-and-different-surface-conditioner-methods-on-bonding-of-resin-cements-to-zirconium-framework
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Hatice Özdemir, Nuran Yanikoğlu, Nurdan Sağsöz
PURPOSE: To determine the shear bond strength (SBS) between zirconium framework and resin cements after different surface conditioner methods and after application of 10-methacryloyloxydecyl dihydrogen phosphate (MDP) based silane and a bonding agent mix. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 128 disc-shaped zirconium-oxide specimens were prepared. Specimens were placed in autopolymerizing acrylic resin. The bonding surface of specimens was smoothed consecutively with 600-, 800-, and 1200-grit silicon carbide papers under water cooling...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Prosthodontics: Official Journal of the American College of Prosthodontists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741290/biochemical-characterization-of-lysine-acetylation-of-tyrosyl-trna-synthetase-in-escherichia-coli
#15
Sumana Venkat, Caroline Gregory, Qinglei Gan, Chenguang Fan
Aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases (AARSs) play essential roles in protein synthesis. As a member of the AARS family, the tyrosyl-tRNA synthetase (TyrRS) in Escherichia coli has been shown to be acetylated at multiple lysine residues by proteomic studies. However, these putative acetylation targets have not been biochemically characterized yet. In this study, we applied the genetic code expansion strategy to site-specifically incorporate Nε-acetyl-L-lysine into selected positions of TyrRS for in vitro characterization...
July 24, 2017: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741276/the-use-of-a-biphasic-calcium-phosphate-in-a-maxillary-sinus-floor-elevation-procedure-a-clinical-radiological-histological-and-histomorphometric-evaluation-with-9-and-12-month-healing-times
#16
W F Bouwman, N Bravenboer, J W F H Frenken, C M Ten Bruggenkate, E A J M Schulten
BACKGROUND: This study evaluates the clinical, radiological, histological, and histomorphometric aspects of a fully synthetic biphasic calcium phosphate (BCP) (60% hydroxyapatite and 40% ß-tricalcium phosphate), used in a human maxillary sinus floor elevation (MSFE) procedure with 9- and 12-month healing time. METHODS: A unilateral MSFE procedure, using 100% BCP, was performed in two series of five patients with healing times of 9 and 12 months respectively. Clinical and radiological parameters were measured up to 5 years postoperatively...
December 2017: International Journal of Implant Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741125/identification-of-carboxylate-phosphate-and-phenoxide-functionalities-in-deprotonated-molecules-related-to-drug-metabolites-via-ion-molecule-reactions-with-water-and-diethylhydroxyborane
#17
Hanyu Zhu, Xin Ma, John Y Kong, Minli Zhang, Hilkka I Kenttämaa
Tandem mass spectrometry based on ion-molecule reactions has emerged as a powerful tool for structural elucidation of ionized analytes. However, most currently used reagents were designed to react with protonated analytes, making them suboptimal for acidic analytes that are preferentially detected in negative ion mode. In this work we demonstrate that the phenoxide, carboxylate, and phosphate functionalities can be identified in deprotonated molecules by use of a combination of two reagents, diethylmethoxyborane (DEMB) and water...
July 24, 2017: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741110/biosensor-of-alkaline-phosphatase-based-on-non-fluorescent-fret-of-eu-3-doped-oxide-nanoparticles-and-phosphorylated-peptide-labeled-with-cyanine-dye
#18
Fan Shi Li, Ya Ling Zhang, Xia Bing Li, Bao Lin Li, Yi Feng Liu
Dephosphorylation of biomolecules under the catalysis of alkaline phosphatase (ALP) is a critical physiological process. Abnormal levels of ALP activity have been associated with a number of diseases; thus, a simple and sensitive assay of ALP activity is highly demanded. Herein, to simulate biological conditions, we labeled a hydrosoluble phosphorylated heptapeptide Gly-Pro-Gly-Asn-p-Tyr-Gly-Ala (pGA) with aminated heptamethine cyanine dye (Cy) to give a low fluorescent labeled peptide Cy-pGA. The synthesized Cy-pGA and Eu(3+)-doped oxide Y0...
July 24, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740939/effect-of-a-short-period-whole-body-vibration-with-10-hz-on-blood-biomarkers-in-wistar-rats
#19
Milena de Oliveira Bravo Monteiro, Danúbia da Cunha de Sá-Caputo, Eloá Moreira-Marconi, Éric Heleno Freire Ferreira Frederico, Cintia Renata de Sousa-Gonçalves, Luciana Camargo Bernardo, Carlos Alberto Sampaio Guimarães, Mario Bernardo-Filho
BACKGROUND: Exposure to whole body vibration exercises (WBVE), besides some biological effects, causes alterations in the concentration of some blood biomarkers. The aim of this study is to evaluate the action of vibration (10 Hz) of WBVE on the concentration of blood biomarkers in Wistar rats. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Wistar rats were divided in 2 groups. The experimental group (EG) was subjected to vibrations of 10Hz (one min per day, one week, total time of seven min), while the control group (CG) has not experienced vibration...
2017: African Journal of Traditional, Complementary, and Alternative Medicines: AJTCAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740783/bone-morphogenetic-protein-7-enhances-degradation-of-osteoinductive-bioceramic-implants-in-an-ectopic-model
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J Camilo Roldán, Tim Klünter, Peter Schulz, Ulrike Deisinger, Claudius Diez, Waltraud Waiss, Christian Kirschneck, Torsten E Reichert, Rainer Detsch
BACKGROUND: The aim of the present study was to evaluate the degradation pattern of highly porous bioceramics as well as the bone formation in presence of bone morphogenetic protein 7 (BMP-7) in an ectopic site. METHODS: Novel calcium phosphate ceramic cylinders sintered at 1,300°C with a total porosity of 92-94 vol%, 45 pores per inch, and sized 15 mm (Ø) × 5 mm were grafted on the musculus latissimus dorsi bilaterally in 10 Göttingen minipigs: group I (n = 5): hydroxyapatite (HA) versus biphasic calcium phosphate (BCP), a mixture of HA and tricalcium phosphate (TCP) in a ratio of 60/40 wt%; group II (n = 5): TCP versus BCP...
June 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Global Open
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