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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449558/in-silicomodel-driven-assessment-of-the-effects-of-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-deficiency-on-glutamate-and-gamma-aminobutyric-acid-implications-for-understanding-schizophrenia-pathophysiology
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Rimjhim Agrawal, Sunil Vasu Kalmady, Ganesan Venkatasubramanian
Objective: Deficient brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is one of the important mechanisms underlying the neuroplasticity abnormalities in schizophrenia. Aberration in BDNF signaling pathways directly or circuitously influences neurotransmitters like glutamate and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). For the first time, this study attempts to construct and simulate the BDNF-neurotransmitter network in order to assess the effects of BDNF deficiency on glutamate and GABA. Methods: Using CellDesigner, we modeled BDNF interactions with calcium influx via N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR)- Calmodulin activation; synthesis of GABA via cell cycle regulators protein kinase B, glycogen synthase kinase and β-catenin; transportation of glutamate and GABA...
May 31, 2017: Clinical Psychopharmacology and Neuroscience: the Official Scientific Journal of the Korean College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449550/modeling-the-effects-of-nanopatterned-surfaces-on-wetting-states-of-droplets
#2
Ke Xiao, Yanping Zhao, Gang Ouyang, Xinlei Li
An analytic thermodynamic model has been established to quantitatively investigate the wetting states of droplets on nanopatterned surfaces. Based on the calculations for the free energies of droplets with the Wenzel state and the Cassie-Baxter state, it is found that the size and shape of nanostructured surfaces play crucial roles in wetting states. In detail, for nanohole-patterned surfaces, the deep and thin nanoholes lead to the Cassie-Baxter state, and contrarily, the shallow and thick nanoholes result in the Wenzel state...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449380/the-pas-domains-of-the-major-sporulation-kinase-in-bacillus-subtilis-play-a-role-in-tetramer-formation-that-is-essential-for-the%C3%A2-autokinase-activity
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Brittany Kiehler, Lindsey Haggett, Masaya Fujita
Sporulation in Bacillus subtilis is induced upon starvation. In a widely accepted model, an N-terminal "sensor" domain of the major sporulation kinase KinA recognizes a hypothetical starvation signal(s) and autophosphorylates a histidine residue to activate the master regulator Spo0A via a multicomponent phosphorelay. However, to date no confirmed signal has been found. Here, we demonstrated that PAS-A, the most N-terminal of the three PAS domains (PAS-ABC), is dispensable for the activity, contrary to a previous report...
April 27, 2017: MicrobiologyOpen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449262/predictive-mechanisms-linking-brain-opioids-to-chronic-pain-vulnerability-and-resilience
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Anthony Kenneth Peter Jones, Christopher Andrew Brown
Chronic pain is a major global healthcare problem that is currently inadequately treated. In addition, the current use of opioids for treatment has reached far beyond the paucity of evidence for long-term benefits relative to risks. Benefit-risk models for opioid and non-opioid treatments would benefit from a rational, mechanism-based understanding of neuroplastic and neurochemical contributions to chronic pain. Here we evaluate the findings and limitations of representative research investigating brain neuroplasticity and neurochemistry in chronic pain...
April 27, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449242/resting-sympathetic-arousal-moderates-the-association-between-parasympathetic-reactivity-and-working-memory-performance-in-adults-reporting-high-levels-of-life-stress
#5
Ryan J Giuliano, Lisa M Gatzke-Kopp, Leslie E Roos, Elizabeth A Skowron
The neurovisceral integration model stipulates that autonomic function plays a critical role in the regulation of higher-order cognitive processes, yet most work to date has examined parasympathetic function in isolation from sympathetic function. Furthermore, the majority of work has been conducted on normative samples, which typically demonstrate parasympathetic withdrawal to increase arousal needed to complete cognitive tasks. Little is known about how autonomic regulation supports cognitive function in populations exposed to high levels of stress, which is critical given that chronic stress exposure alters autonomic function...
April 27, 2017: Psychophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449241/autophagy-compensates-impaired-energy-metabolism-in-clpxp-deficient-podospora-anserina-strains-and-extends-healthspan
#6
Laura Knuppertz, Heinz D Osiewacz
The degradation of nonfunctional mitochondrial proteins is of fundamental relevance for maintenance of cellular homeostasis. The heteromeric CLPXP protein complex in the mitochondrial matrix is part of this process. In the fungal aging model Podospora anserina, ablation of CLPXP leads to an increase in healthy lifespan. Here, we report that this counterintuitive increase depends on a functional autophagy machinery. In PaClpXP mutants, autophagy is involved in energy conservation and the compensation of impairments in respiration...
April 27, 2017: Aging Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449226/an-integrated-network-analysis-identifies-how-arcab-enables-metabolic-oscillations-in-the-nitric-oxide-detoxification-network-of-escherichia-coli
#7
Sarah A Sacco, Kristin J Adolfsen, Mark P Brynildsen
The virulences of many pathogens depend on their abilities to detoxify the immune antimicrobial nitric oxide (NO•). The functions of bacterial NO• detoxification machinery depend on oxygen (O2 ), with O2 inhibiting some enzymes, whereas others use it as a substrate. Previously, Escherichia coli NO• detoxification was found to be highly attenuated under microaerobic conditions and metabolic oscillations were observed. The oscillations in [NO•] and [O2 ] were found to result from the inhibitory action of NO• on aerobic respiration, the catalytic inactivation of NO• by Hmp (an NO• dioxygenase), and an imbalanced competition for O2 between Hmp and cytochrome terminal oxidase activity...
April 27, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449123/capturing-a-mammalian-dna-polymerase-extending-from-an-oxidized-nucleotide
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Amy M Whitaker, Mallory R Smith, Matthew A Schaich, Bret D Freudenthal
The oxidized nucleotide, 8-oxo-7,8-dihydro-2΄-deoxyguanosine (8-oxoG), is one of the most abundant DNA lesions. 8-oxoG plays a major role in tumorigenesis and human disease. Biological consequences of 8-oxoG are mediated in part by its insertion into the genome, making it essential to understand how DNA polymerases handle 8-oxoG. Insertion of 8-oxoG is mutagenic when opposite adenine but not when opposite cytosine. However, either result leads to DNA damage at the primer terminus (3΄-end) during the succeeding insertion event...
April 26, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449118/polyphosphate-accumulating-bacterial-community-colonizing-the-calcium-bodies-of-terrestrial-isopod-crustaceans-titanethes-albus-and-hyloniscus-riparius
#9
Rok Kostanjšek, Vittori Miloš, Vesna Srot, Peter A van Aken, Štrus Jasna
Terrestrial isopods from the group Trichoniscidae accumulate calcium in specialized organs, known as the calcium bodies. These consist of two pairs of epithelial sacs located alongside the digestive system. These organs contain various forms of calcium and constantly present bacteria. To elucidate their origin and role, we analyzed the bacteria of the calcium bodies in the cave-dwelling isopod Titanethes albus and the epigean species Hyloniscus riparius, by microscopy, histochemistry, energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry, 16S rRNA analysis and in situ hybridization...
April 25, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449107/the-role-of-dyadic-confidence-on-engagement-in-heart-failure-care-behaviors
#10
Karen S Lyons, Jill M Gelow, Shirin O Hiatt, James O Mudd, Jonathan Auld, Christopher V Chien, Christopher S Lee
Background and Objectives: Increasingly, older adults and their families are expected to manage complex conditions with little support. In the case of heart failure (HF), symptom monitoring and management are critical in preventing acute exacerbations and poor clinical outcomes. The current study examined the role of dyadic confidence on engagement in HF care behaviors by patients and their spouses. Research Design and Methods: A cross-sectional design was used to examine 60 couples living with HF...
April 26, 2017: Gerontologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449103/novel-degenerative-and-developmental-defects-in-a-zebrafish-model-of-mucolipidosis-type-iv
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Huiqing Li, Wuhong Pei, Sivia Vergarajauregui, Patricia M Zerfas, Nina Raben, Shawn M Burgess, Rosa Puertollano
Mucolipidosis type IV (MLIV) is a lysosomal storage disease characterized by neurologic and ophthalmologic abnormalities. There is currently no effective treatment. MLIV is caused by mutations in MCOLN1, a lysosomal cation channel from the transient receptor potential (TRP) family. In this study we used genome editing to knockout the two mcoln1 genes present in Dario rerio (zebrafish). Our model successfully reproduced the retinal and neuromuscular defects observed in MLIV patients, indicating that this model is suitable for studying the disease pathogenesis...
April 25, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449096/two-ribosome-recruitment-sites-direct-multiple-translation-events-within-hiv1-gag-open-reading-frame
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Jules Deforges, Sylvain de Breyne, Melissa Ameur, Nathalie Ulryck, Nathalie Chamond, Afaf Saadi, Yann Ponty, Theophile Ohlmann, Bruno Sargueil
In the late phase of the HIV virus cycle, the unspliced genomic RNA is exported to the cytoplasm for the necessary translation of the Gag and Gag-pol polyproteins. Three distinct translation initiation mechanisms ensuring Gag production have been described with little rationale for their multiplicity. The Gag-IRES has the singularity to be located within Gag ORF and to directly interact with ribosomal 40S. Aiming at elucidating the specificity and the relevance of this interaction, we probed HIV-1 Gag-IRES structure and developed an innovative integrative modelling strategy to take into account all the gathered information...
April 26, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449084/perceived-quality-of-life-following-elder-mistreatment-in-rural-india
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Srinivasan Chokkanathan, Aravindhan Natarajan
Objectives: Using resilience theory, we examined multiple risks (individual, familial, and mistreatment characteristics) and promotive factors (mastery and social support) associated with perceived quality of life following mistreatment and tested two competing models, compensatory and protective models, to explain the role of promotive factors in the mistreatment-wellbeing linkage. Method: Face-to-face interviews were conducted by administering standardized instruments to 897 randomly selected older adults in rural Tamil Nadu, India...
April 26, 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series B, Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449050/cardioscape-mapping-the-cardiovascular-funding-landscape-in-europe
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Axel Radlach Pries, Anastasia Naoum, Helmut Habazettl, Mathias Dunkel, Robert Preissner, Caroline J Coats, Ana Tornada, Francesco Orso, Frans Van de Werf, David A Wood
Aims: The burden of cardiovascular disease is increasing worldwide, which has to be reflected by cardiovascular (CV) research in Europe. CardioScape, a FP7 funded project initiated by the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), identified where CV research is performed, how it is funded and by whom. It could be transformed into an on-line and up-to-date resource of great relevance for researchers, funding bodies and policymakers and could be a role model for mapping CV research funding in Europe and beyond...
April 25, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448995/cytoprotective-effect-of-heat-shock-protein-27-against-lipopolysaccharide-induced-apoptosis-of-renal-epithelial-hk-2-cells
#15
Chunmei Li, Jiang Wu, Yuan Li, Guangqun Xing
BACKGROUND: In response to various stimuli, heat shock protein 27 (Hsp27) functions as an anti-apoptotic or/and anti-inflammatory factor which confers a survival advantage to cells. This study was aimed to explore whether Hsp27 also has a cytoprotective role in human renal tubular epithelial cells, and to evaluate its potential in treating septic acute kidney injury (septic AKI). METHODS: HK-2 cells were subjected to different concentrations (0-10 µg/mL) of lipopolysaccharide (LPS) for various times (0-24 h) to establish a septic AKI model in vitro...
April 25, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448987/a-role-for-oxytocin-like-receptor-in-social-habituation-in-a-teleost
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Chelsea A Weitekamp, Tessa K Solomon-Lane, Pamela Del Valle, Zegni Triki, Bridget M Nugent, Hans A Hofmann
Oxytocin (OT) mediates social habituation in rodent model systems, but its role in mediating this effect in other vertebrates is unknown. We used males of the African cichlid fish, Astatotilapia burtoni, to investigate two aspects of isotocin (IT; an OT homolog) signaling in social habituation. First, we examined the expression of IT receptor 2 (ITR2) as well as two immediate early genes in brain regions implicated in social recognition. Next, we examined IT neuron activity using immunohistochemistry. Patterns of gene expression in homologs of the amygdala and hippocampus implicate IT signaling in these regions in social habituation to a territorial neighbor...
April 28, 2017: Brain, Behavior and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448956/concentration-dependent-switch-in-the-kinetic-pathway-of-lysozyme-fibrillation-spectroscopic-and-microscopic-analysis
#17
E Kiran Kumar, Deepak Kumar Prasad, N Prakash Prabhu
Formation of amyloid fibrils is found to be a general tendency of many proteins. Investigating the kinetic mechanisms and structural features of the intermediates and the final fibrillar state is essential to understand their role in amyloid diseases. Lysozyme, a notable model protein for amyloidogenic studies, readily formed fibrils in vitro at neutral pH in the presence of urea. It, however, showed two different kinetic pathways under varying urea concentrations when probed with thioflavin T (ThT) fluorescence...
April 17, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448923/impacts-of-himalayas-on-black-carbon-over-the-tibetan-plateau-during-summer-monsoon
#18
Shuyu Zhao, Xuexi Tie, Xin Long, Junji Cao
The Tibetan Plateau (TP) plays important roles in global climate and environment. This study combines in-situ BC measurements in the Himalayas and the Indo-Gangetic Plain (IGP) with a regional dynamical and chemical model (WRF-Chem model) to investigate the effect of the trans-Himalayas on black carbon (BC) from the IGP to the TP during Indian summer monsoon. To determine topographic effects of the trans-Himalayas on BC concentrations over the TP, sensitive experiments were conducted by applying the WRF-Chem model...
April 24, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448922/affine-and-non-affine-deformations-quantified-in-cytoskeletal-networks-through-three-dimensional-form-finding-model
#19
Yifan Wang, Jinghai Gong, Denis Wirtz, Benjamin W Schafer
Actin filaments and cross-linkers are main components of cytoskeletal networks in eukaryotic cells, and they support bending moments and axial forces respectively. A three-dimensional form-finding model is proposed in this work to investigate affine and non-affine deformations in cytoskeletal networks. In recent studies, modeling of cytoskeletal networks turns out to be a key piece in the cell mechanics puzzle. We used form-finding analysis to compute and analyze cytoskeletal models. A three-dimensional model is much more flexible and contains more elements than a two-dimensional model, and non-linear finite element analysis is difficult to converge...
April 20, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448915/ozone-exposure-affects-tree-defoliation-in-a-continental-climate
#20
Alessandra De Marco, Marcello Vitale, Ionel Popa, Alessandro Anav, Ovidiu Badea, Diana Silaghi, Stefan Leca, Augusto Screpanti, Elena Paoletti
Ground-level ozone (O3) affects trees through visible leaf injury, accelerating leaf senescence, declining foliar chlorophyll content, photosynthetic activity, growth, carbon sequestration, predisposing to pests attack and a variety of other physiological effects. Tree crown defoliation is one of the most important parameters that is representative of forest health and vitality. Effects of air pollution on forests have been investigated through manipulative experiments that are not representative of the real environmental conditions observed in the field...
April 24, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
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