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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324719/negatively-charged-polysulfone-membranes-with-hydrophilicity-and-antifouling-properties-based-on-in-situ-cross-linked-polymerization
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Lijing Zhu, Haiming Song, Dawei Zhang, Gang Wang, Zhixiang Zeng, Qunji Xue
Polysulfone (PSf) membrane has been widely used in water separation and purification, although, membrane fouling is still a serious problem limiting its potential. We aim to improve the antifouling of PSf membranes via a very simple and efficient method. In this work, antifouling PSf membranes were fabricated via in situ cross-linked polymerization coupled with non-solvent induced phase separation. In brief, acrylic acid (AA) and vinyltriethoxysilane (VTEOS) were copolymerized in PSf solution, then directly casted into membranes without purification...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324658/mitochondrial-respiration-links-tor-complex-2-signaling-to-calcium-regulation-and-autophagy
#2
Ariadne Vlahakis, Nerea Lopez Muniozguren, Ted Powers
The Target of Rapamycin (TOR) kinase is a conserved regulator of cell growth and functions within 2 different protein complexes, TORC1 and TORC2, where TORC2 positively controls macroautophagy/autophagy during amino acid starvation. Under these conditions, TORC2 signaling inhibits the activity of the calcium-regulated phosphatase calcineurin and promotes the general amino acid control (GAAC) response and autophagy. Here we demonstrate that TORC2 regulates calcineurin by controlling the respiratory activity of mitochondria...
March 21, 2017: Autophagy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324240/neurocognitive-profiles-in-msud-school-age-patients
#3
Juliette Bouchereau, Julie Leduc-Leballeur, Samia Pichard, Apolline Imbard, Jean-François Benoist, Marie-Thérèse Abi Warde, Jean-Baptiste Arnoux, Valérie Barbier, Anaïs Brassier, Pierre Broué, Aline Cano, Brigitte Chabrol, Gilles Damon, Claire Gay, Isabelle Guillain, Florence Habarou, Delphine Lamireau, Chris Ottolenghi, Laetitia Paermentier, Frédérique Sabourdy, Guy Touati, Hélène Ogier de Baulny, Pascale de Lonlay, Manuel Schiff
Maple syrup urine disease (MSUD), an inborn error of amino acids catabolism is characterized by accumulation of branched chain amino acids (BCAAs) leucine, isoleucine, valine and their corresponding alpha-ketoacids. Impact on the cognitive development has been reported historically, with developmental delays of varying degree. Currently, earlier diagnosis and improved management allow a better neurodevelopment, without requirement of special education. However, specific impairments can be observed, and so far, results of detailed neurocognitive assessments are not available...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324209/molecular-cloning-structural-modeling-and-the-production-of-soluble-triple-mutated-diphtheria-toxoid-k51e-g52e-e148k-co-expressed-with-molecular-chaperones-in-recombinant-escherichia-coli
#4
Naphatsamon Uthailak, Pornpimol Mahamad, Pamorn Chittavanich, Somchai Yanarojana, Wassana Wijagkanalan, Jean Petre, Watanalai Panbangred
CRM197 is a diphtheria toxin (DT) mutant (G52E) which has been used as a carrier protein for conjugate vaccines. However, it still possesses cytotoxicity toward mammalian cells. The goal of this project was to produce a non-toxic and soluble CRM197EK through introduction of triple amino acid substitutions (K51E/G52E/E148K) in Escherichia coli. The expression of CRM197EKTrxHis was optimized and co-expressed with different molecular chaperones. The soluble CRM197EKTrxHis was produced at a high concentration (97...
March 21, 2017: Molecular Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324192/the-presence-of-human-papillomavirus-hpv-in-placenta-and-or-cord-blood-might-result-in-th2-polarization
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H-M Koskimaa, A Paaso, M J P Welters, S Grénman, K Syrjänen, S H van der Burg, S Syrjänen
The purpose of this study was to evaluate if an early exposure to human papillomavirus (HPV) during the prenatal period or infancy could result in HPV16-specific T helper (Th) responses resembling those of adults with HPV-induced lesions. We tested HPV16-specific cell-mediated immunity (CMI) in children born with HPV-positive umbilical cord blood and/or placenta or having persistent oral HPV infection and in constantly oral HPV-negative controls. Peripheral blood mononuclear cells from 33 children from the Finnish HPV Family Study cohort (mean age 14...
March 21, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324191/planarian-homolog-of-puromycin-sensitive-aminopeptidase-djpsa-is-required-for-brain-regeneration
#6
Suge Wu, Bin Liu, Zuoqing Yuan, Xiufang Zhang, Hong Liu, Qiuxiang Pang, Bosheng Zhao
Puromycin-sensitive aminopeptidase (PSA) belongs to the M1 zinc metallopeptidase family. PSA is the most abundant aminopeptidase in the brain and plays a role in the metabolism of neuropeptides including those involved in neurodegeneration. A cDNA DjPsa was identified from the planarian Dugesia japonica cDNA library. It contains a 639-bp open reading frame corresponding to a deduced protein of 212 amino acids. Whole mount in situ hybridization revealed that DjPsa is expressed in the brain and ventral nerve cords of intact and regenerating animals and demonstrates a tissue and stage-specific expression pattern of DjPsa in developing embryos and larvae...
June 2017: Invertebrate Neuroscience: IN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324172/enzymes-involved-in-branched-chain-amino-acid-metabolism-in-humans
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María M Adeva-Andany, Laura López-Maside, Cristóbal Donapetry-García, Carlos Fernández-Fernández, Cristina Sixto-Leal
Branched-chain amino acids (leucine, isoleucine and valine) are structurally related to branched-chain fatty acids. Leucine is 2-amino-4-methyl-pentanoic acid, isoleucine is 2-amino-3-methyl-pentanoic acid, and valine is 2-amino-3-methyl-butanoic acid. Similar to fatty acid oxidation, leucine and isoleucine produce acetyl-coA. Additionally, leucine generates acetoacetate and isoleucine yields propionyl-coA. Valine oxidation produces propionyl-coA, which is converted into methylmalonyl-coA and succinyl-coA. Branched-chain aminotransferase catalyzes the first reaction in the catabolic pathway of branched-chain amino acids, a reversible transamination that converts branched-chain amino acids into branched-chain ketoacids...
March 21, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324156/molecular-characterization-of-two-rhesus-glycoproteins-from-the-euryhaline-freshwater-white-rimmed-stingray-himantura-signifer-and-changes-in-their-transcript-levels-and-protein-abundance-in-the-gills-kidney-and-liver-during-brackish-water-acclimation
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Cheng T Yeam, You R Chng, Jasmine L Y Ong, Wai P Wong, Shit F Chew, Yuen K Ip
Himantura signifer is a freshwater stingray which inhabits rivers in Southeast Asia. It is ammonotelic in fresh water, but retains the capacities of urea synthesis and ureosmotic osmoregulation to survive in brackish water. This study aimed to elucidate the roles of Rhesus glycoproteins (Rhgp), which are known to transport ammonia, in conserving nitrogen (N) in H. signifer during brackish water acclimation when N became limited resulting from increased hepatic urea synthesis. The complete coding sequence of rhbg from H...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Comparative Physiology. B, Biochemical, Systemic, and Environmental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324056/gabaergic-neurons-and-their-modulatory-effects-on-gnrh3-in-zebrafish
#9
Yanlong Song, Binbin Tao, Ji Chen, Shaoting Jia, Zuoyan Zhu, Vance L Trudeau, Wei Hu
Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is a major amino acid neurotransmitter in the vertebrate brain. To provide detailed information on the distribution of the GABA in zebrafish (Danio rerio), neurons were labeled with mCherry driven by the glutamic acid decarboxylase 67 (gad67) promoter. In the transgenic line Tg(gad67:mCherry), mCherry-positive gad67 cell bodies were predominantly localized to the olfactory bulb, pallial zones, subpallium zones, parvocellular preoptic nucleus, periventricular gray zone of optic tectum, torus semicircularis, posterior tuberculum, medial longitudinal fascicle, caudal zone of periventricular hypothalamus, and oculomotor nucleus...
January 23, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323986/chronic-intranasal-insulin-does-not-affect-hepatic-lipids-but-lowers-circulating-bcaas-in-healthy-male-subjects
#10
Thomas Scherer, Peter Wolf, Sabina Smajis, Melania Gaggini, Martina Hackl, Amalia Gastaldelli, Peter Klimek, Elisa Einwallner, Rodrig Marculescu, Anton Luger, Clemens Fürnsinn, Siegfried Trattnig, Christoph Buettner, Martin Krššák, Michael Krebs
Context: Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and elevated circulating branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) are common characteristics of obesity and type 2 diabetes. In rodents, brain insulin signaling controls both hepatic triglyceride secretion and BCAA catabolism. Whether brain insulin signaling controls similar metabolic pathways in humans is unknown. Objective: Here we assessed if intranasal insulin, a method to preferentially deliver insulin to the central nervous system, is able to modulate hepatic lipid content and plasma BCAAs in humans...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323968/impaired-glycine-mia-in-type-2-diabetes-and-potential-mechanisms-contributing-to-glucose-homeostasis
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Richard Yan-Do, Patrick E MacDonald
The onset and/or progression of type 2 diabetes (T2D) can be prevented if intervention is early enough. As such, much effort has been placed on the search for indicators predictive of pre-diabetes and disease onset or progression. An increasing body of evidence suggests that changes in plasma glycine may be one such biomarker. Circulating glycine levels are consistently low in patients with T2D. Levels of this non-essential amino acid correlate negatively with obesity and insulin resistance. Plasma glycine correlates positively with glucose disposal, and rises with interventions such as exercise and bariatric surgery that improve glucose homeostasis...
March 15, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323963/an-antibody-to-notch2-reverses-the-osteopenic-phenotype-of-hajdu-cheney-mutant-male-mice
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Ernesto Canalis, Archana Sanjay, Jungeun Yu, Stefano Zanotti
Notch receptors play a central role in skeletal development and bone remodeling. Hajdu Cheney Syndrome (HCS), a disease characterized by osteoporosis and fractures, is associated with gain-of-NOTCH2 function mutations. To study HCS, we created a mouse model harboring a point 6955C>T mutation in the Notch2 locus upstream of the proline (P), glutamic acid (E), serine (S) and threonine (T) domain leading to a Q2319X change at the amino acid level. Notch2Q2319X heterozygous mutants exhibited cancellous and cortical bone osteopenia...
January 31, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323873/a-three-monoclonal-antibody-combination-potently-neutralizes-multiple-botulinum-neurotoxin-serotype-f-subtypes
#13
Yongfeng Fan, Consuelo Garcia-Rodriguez, Jianlong Lou, Weihua Wen, Fraser Conrad, Wenwu Zhai, Theresa J Smith, Leonard A Smith, James D Marks
Human botulism is primarily caused by botulinum neurotoxin (BoNT) serotypes A, B and E, with around 1% caused by serotype F (BoNT/F). BoNT/F comprises at least seven different subtypes with the amino acid sequence difference between subtypes as high as 36%. The sequence differences present a significant challenge for generating monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) that can bind, detect and neutralize all BoNT/F subtypes. We used repertoire cloning of immune mouse antibody variable (V) regions and yeast display to generate a panel of 33 lead single chain Fv (scFv) mAbs that bound one or more BoNT/F subtypes with a median equilibrium dissociation constant (KD) of 4...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323554/selective-nitration-of-psbo1-inhibits-oxygen-evolution-from-isolated-arabidopsis-thylakoid-membranes
#14
Misa Takahashi, Jun Shigeto, Atsushi Sakamoto, Hiromichi Morikawa
Treatment of isolated Arabidopsis thaliana thylakoid membranes with nitrogen dioxide (NO2) induces selective nitration of the tyrosine residue at the ninth amino acid ((9)Tyr) of PsbO1. This selective nitration is triggered by light and is inhibited by photosynthetic electron transport inhibitors. Therefore, we postulated that, similar to (161)Tyr of D1 (Yz), (9)Tyr of PsbO1 is redox active and is selectively oxidized by photosynthetic electron transport in response to illumination to a tyrosyl radical that is highly susceptible to nitration...
March 21, 2017: Plant Signaling & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323443/impact-of-abdominal-adipose-depots-and-race-on-risk-for-colorectal-cancer-a-case-control-study
#15
Sandra L Gomez-Perez, Vivek Chaudhry, Winnie Mar, Bimal Patel, Giamila Fantuzzi, Sally Freels, Carol A Braunschweig
Visceral adipose tissue (VAT) but not subcutaneous adipose tissue (SAT) is associated with obesity-related diseases including colorectal cancer (CRC). Superficial SAT (SSAT) and deep SAT (DSAT), components of SAT, also appear to independently influence disease risk. These abdominal adipose tissues (AATs) are not extensively studied in connection with CRC and have not been explored in the United States despite known racial variations in body composition. We conducted a case-control study that compared associations between AAT with CRC risk and race of African-American (AA) and non-Hispanic white (NHW) men with incident CRC matched by age, body mass index, and race (N = 158, 79/group)...
March 21, 2017: Nutrition and Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323406/affinity-selection-mass-spectrometry-identifies-a-novel-antibacterial-rna-polymerase-inhibitor
#16
Scott S Walker, David Degen, Elliott Nickbarg, Donna Carr, Aileen Soriano, Mihir Baran Mandal, Ronald E Painter, Payal R Sheth, Li Xiao, Xinwei Sher, Nicholas Murgolo, Jing Su, David B Olsen, Richard H Ebright, Katherine Young
The growing prevalence of drug-resistant Gram-negative bacteria is a significant global threat to human health. Rifampicin, an RNA polymerase-targeting agent, is an important part of the antibacterial armamentarium; however the emergence of resistance requires that it be used against only certain infections and usually in combination with another antibiotic. While rifampicin has significant clinical limitations, it does show that bacterial RNA polymerase can be an effective target for antibacterial intervention...
March 21, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320136/association-between-gene-polymorphism-and-depression-in-parkinson-s-disease-a-case-control-study
#17
Jinhua Zheng, Xinglong Yang, Quanzhen Zhao, Sijia Tian, Hongyan Huang, Yalan Chen, Yanming Xu
OBJECTIVE: To investigate possible associations of Parkinson's disease (PD) with polymorphism in depression-related genes and in the alpha-synuclein (SNCA) gene. METHODS: A consecutive series of patients with PD were divided into those with depression and those without it. Patients (330) were genotyped at four single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in four genes previously associated with depression, as well as four SNPs in the PD-associated SNCA gene. RESULTS: Of 330 patients, 125 (37...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320097/asiatic-acid-ameliorates-pulmonary-fibrosis-induced-by-bleomycin-blm-via-suppressing-pro-fibrotic-and-inflammatory-signaling-pathways
#18
Shu-Hong Dong, Yan-Wei Liu, Feng Wei, Hui-Zhen Tan, Zhi-Dong Han
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is known as a life-threatening disease with high mortality and limited therapeutic strategies. In addition, the molecular mechanism by which pulmonary fibrosis developed is not fully understood. Asiatic acid (AA) is a triterpenoid, isolated from Centella asiatica, exhibiting efficient anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative activities. In our study, we attempted to explore the effect of Asiatic acid on bleomycin (BLM)-induced pulmonary fibrosis in mice. The findings indicated that pre-treatment with Asiatic acid inhibited BLM-induced lung injury and fibrosis progression in mice...
March 17, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319500/clinical-response-profile-of-metastatic-advanced-pulmonary-neuroendocrine-tumors-to-peptide-receptor-radionuclide-therapy-with-177lu-dotatate
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Rahul V Parghane, Sanjay Talole, Kumar Prabhash, Sandip Basu
OBJECTIVES: The aims of this study were to perform multiparametric response assessment of metastatic/advanced pulmonary neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) to Lu-DOTATATE peptide receptor radionuclide therapy (PRRT) (clinical, biochemical, molecular/structural imaging, and survival assessment) and to study the relationship between response, mortality, and overall survival with dual-tracer molecular imaging parameters. METHODS: Twenty-two patients (6 women, 16 men; median age, 44 years; range, 16-72 years) of histopathologically proven pulmonary NETs with metastatic/advanced disease were included and analyzed retrospectively...
March 17, 2017: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319393/natural-abenquines-and-their-synthetic-analogues-exert-algicidal-activity-against-bloom-forming-cyanobacteria
#20
Amalyn Nain-Perez, Luiz Cláudio Almeida Barbosa, Célia Regina Álvares Maltha, Giuseppe Forlani
Abenquines are natural quinones, produced by some Streptomycetes, showing the ability to inhibit cyanobacterial growth in the 1 to 100 μM range. To further elucidate their biological significance, the synthesis of several analogues (4f-h, 5a-h) allowed us to identify some steric and electronic requirements for bioactivity. Replacing the acetyl by a benzoyl group in the quinone core and also changing the amino acid moiety with ethylpyrimidinyl or ethylpyrrolidinyl groups resulted in analogues 25-fold more potent than the natural abenquines...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Natural Products
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