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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346777/prrt2-regulates-synaptic-fusion-by-directly-modulating-snare-complex-assembly
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Jeff Coleman, Ouardane Jouannot, Sathish K Ramakrishnan, Maria N Zanetti, Jing Wang, Vincenzo Salpietro, Henry Houlden, James E Rothman, Shyam S Krishnakumar
Mutations in proline-rich transmembrane protein 2 (PRRT2) are associated with a range of paroxysmal neurological disorders. PRRT2 predominantly localizes to the pre-synaptic terminals and is believed to regulate neurotransmitter release. However, the mechanism of action is unclear. Here, we use reconstituted single vesicle and bulk fusion assays, combined with live cell imaging of single exocytotic events in PC12 cells and biophysical analysis, to delineate the physiological role of PRRT2. We report that PRRT2 selectively blocks the trans SNARE complex assembly and thus negatively regulates synaptic vesicle priming...
January 16, 2018: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346771/rapid-turnover-of-cortical-ncam1-regulates-synaptic-reorganization-after-peripheral-nerve-injury
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Hyoung-Gon Ko, Jun-Hyeok Choi, Dong Ik Park, SukJae Joshua Kang, Chae-Seok Lim, Su-Eon Sim, Jaehoon Shim, Ji-Il Kim, Siyong Kim, Tae-Hyeok Choi, Sanghyun Ye, Jaehyun Lee, Pojeong Park, Somi Kim, Jeehaeh Do, Jihye Park, Md Ariful Islam, Hyun Jeong Kim, Christoph W Turck, Graham L Collingridge, Min Zhuo, Bong-Kiun Kaang
Peripheral nerve injury can induce pathological conditions that lead to persistent sensitized nociception. Although there is evidence that plastic changes in the cortex contribute to this process, the underlying molecular mechanisms are unclear. Here, we find that activation of the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) induced by peripheral nerve injury increases the turnover of specific synaptic proteins in a persistent manner. We demonstrate that neural cell adhesion molecule 1 (NCAM1) is one of the molecules involved and show that it mediates spine reorganization and contributes to the behavioral sensitization...
January 16, 2018: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346765/characterization-of-endothelial-cells-associated-with-hematopoietic-niche-formation-in-humans-identifies-il-33-as-an-anabolic-factor
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Keane Jared Guillaume Kenswil, Adrian Christopher Jaramillo, Zhen Ping, Si Chen, Remco Michiel Hoogenboezem, Maria Athina Mylona, Maria Niken Adisty, Eric Moniqué Johannes Bindels, Pieter Koen Bos, Hans Stoop, King Hong Lam, Bram van Eerden, Tom Cupedo, Marc Hermanus Gerardus Petrus Raaijmakers
Bone marrow formation requires an orchestrated interplay between osteogenesis, angiogenesis, and hematopoiesis that is thought to be mediated by endothelial cells. The nature of the endothelial cells and the molecular mechanisms underlying these events remain unclear in humans. Here, we identify a subset of endoglin-expressing endothelial cells enriched in human bone marrow during fetal ontogeny and upon regeneration after chemotherapeutic injury. Comprehensive transcriptional characterization by massive parallel RNA sequencing of these cells reveals a phenotypic and molecular similarity to murine type H endothelium and activation of angiocrine factors implicated in hematopoiesis, osteogenesis, and angiogenesis...
January 16, 2018: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346762/transcriptome-and-dna-methylome-analysis-in-a-mouse-model-of-diet-induced-obesity-predicts-increased-risk-of-colorectal-cancer
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Ruifang Li, Sara A Grimm, Deepak Mav, Haiwei Gu, Danijel Djukovic, Ruchir Shah, B Alex Merrick, Daniel Raftery, Paul A Wade
Colorectal cancer (CRC) tends to occur at older age; however, CRC incidence rates have been rising sharply among young age groups. The increasing prevalence of obesity is recognized as a major risk, yet the mechanistic underpinnings remain poorly understood. Using a diet-induced obesity mouse model, we identified obesity-associated molecular changes in the colonic epithelium of young and aged mice, and we further investigated whether the changes were reversed after weight loss. Transcriptome analysis indicated that obesity-related colonic cellular metabolic switch favoring long-chain fatty acid oxidation happened in young mice, while obesity-associated downregulation of negative feedback regulators of pro-proliferative signaling pathways occurred in older mice...
January 16, 2018: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346760/single-cell-transcriptional-profiling-reveals-cellular-diversity-and-intercommunication-in-the-mouse-heart
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Daniel A Skelly, Galen T Squiers, Micheal A McLellan, Mohan T Bolisetty, Paul Robson, Nadia A Rosenthal, Alexander R Pinto
Characterization of the cardiac cellulome, the network of cells that form the heart, is essential for understanding cardiac development and normal organ function and for formulating precise therapeutic strategies to combat heart disease. Recent studies have reshaped our understanding of cardiac cellular composition and highlighted important functional roles for non-myocyte cell types. In this study, we characterized single-cell transcriptional profiles of the murine non-myocyte cardiac cellular landscape using single-cell RNA sequencing (scRNA-seq)...
January 16, 2018: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346738/first-record-of-leucocytozoon-haemosporida-leucocytozoidae-in-amazonia-evidence-for-rarity-in-neotropical-lowlands-or-lack-of-sampling-for-this-parasite-genus
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Alan Fecchio, Patricia Silveira, Jason Weckstein, Janice Dispoto, Marina Anciães, Mariane Bosholn, Vasyl Tkach, Jeffrey Bell
Birds harbor an astonishing diversity of haemosporidian parasites belonging to the genera Haemoproteus, Leucocytozoon, and Plasmodium. Currently there are over 250 morphologically described avian haemosporidian species and 2828 unique lineages infecting virtually all avian clades and zoogeographic regions, except for Antarctica. Our report is based on PCR and microscopic screening of 1302 individual avian samples from Brazil to detect the underrepresented genus Leucocytozoon. This survey primarily focuses on passerine birds collected from Amazonia, Atlantic Rain Forest, and Pantanal...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346735/mechanisms-of-modulation-of-calcium-phosphate-pathological-mineralization-by-mobile-and-immobile-small-molecule-inhibitors
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Meng Li, Jing Zhang, Lijun Wang, Baoshan Wang, Christine V Putnis
Potential pathways for inhibiting crystal growth are either via disrupting local microenvironments surrounding crystal-solution interfaces or physically blocking solute molecule attachment. However, the actual mode of inhibition may be more complicated due to the characteristic time scale for the inhibitor adsorption and relaxation to a well-bound state at crystal surfaces. Here we demonstrate the role of citrate (CA) and hydroxycitrate (HCA) in brushite (DCPD, CaHPO4·2H2O) crystallization over a broad range of both inhibitor concentrations and supersaturations by in situ atomic force microscopy (AFM)...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346722/layer-by-layer-epitaxial-growth-of-defect-engineered-strontium-cobaltites
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Tassie Andersen, Seyoung Cook, Gang Wan, Hawoong Hong, Laurence D Marks, Dillon D Fong
Control over structure and composition of (ABO3) perovskite oxides offers exciting opportunities since these materials possess unique, tunable properties. Perovskite oxides with cobalt B-site cations are particularly promising, as the range of the cation's stable oxidation states leads to many possible structural frameworks. Here, we report growth of strontium cobalt oxide thin films by molecular beam epitaxy, and conditions necessary to stabilize different defect concentration phases. In situ X-ray scattering is used to monitor structural evolution during growth, while in situ X-ray absorption near-edge spectroscopy is used to probe oxidation state and measure changes to oxygen vacancy concentration as a function of film thickness...
January 18, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346720/nanoscale-control-of-molecular-self-assembly-induced-by-plasmonic-hot-electron-dynamics
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Sabrina Simoncelli, Yi Li, Emiliano Cortes, Stefan A Maier
Self-assembly processes allow designing and creating complex nanostructures using molecules as building blocks and surfaces as scaffolds. This autonomous driven construction is possible due to a complex thermodynamic balance of molecule-surface interactions. As such, nanoscale guidance and control over this process is hard to achieve. Here we use the highly localized light-to-chemical-energy conversion of plasmonic materials to spatially cleave Au-S bonds on pre-determined locations within a single nanoparticle, enabling a high degree of control over this archetypal system for molecular self-assembly...
January 18, 2018: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346712/synergetic-effects-of-prenatal-and-postnatal-high-sucrose-intake-on-glucose-tolerance-and-hepatic-insulin-resistance-in-rat-offspring
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Pengjie Zhang, Di Zhu, Yueming Zhang, Lingjun Li, Xionghui Chen, Wenna Zhang, Ruixiu Shi, Jianying Tao, Bing Han, Zhice Xu
SCOPE: High sucrose intake during pregnancy is linked to type 2 diabetes mellitus and altered insulin resistance. METHODS AND RESULTS: This study attempted to ascertain whether prenatal high sucrose intake (20% sucrose) alleviates the detrimental effects of high postnatal sugar consumption in the offspring, and the molecular mechanisms were investigated using a rat model. High prenatal sucrose exposure increased the body weight of the offspring at 1 to 3 weeks of age...
January 18, 2018: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346705/effect-of-dys-1-mutation-on-gene-expression-profile-in-space-flown-c-elegans
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Dan Xu, Ying Gao, Lin Guo, Chenggang Lin, Yeqing Sun
INTRODUCTION: Dystrophin-like dys-1 gene expression increases in the body-wall muscles of Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans) after spaceflight. Here, we utilized a dys-1(cx18) mutant to analyze the molecular adaptive responses of C. elegans to spaceflight. METHODS: DNA microarrays were performed to identify differentially expressed genes between wild-type and dys-1 mutant worms after spaceflight. We performed Gene Ontology and Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes pathway analyses, predicted human diseases and screened out key genes for human muscle diseases with NextBio...
January 18, 2018: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346652/toward-rational-antibody-design-recent-advancements-in-molecular-dynamics-simulations
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Takefumi Yamashita
Because antibodies have become an important therapeutic tool, rational antibody design is a challenging issue involving various science and technology fields. From the computational aspect, many types of design-assist methods have been developed, but their accuracy is not fully satisfactory. Because of recent advancements in computational power, molecular dynamics (MD) simulation has become a helpful tool to trace the motion of proteins and to characterize their properties. Thus, MD simulation has been applied to various systems involving antigen-antibody complexes and has been shown to provide accurate insight into antigen-antibody interactions and dynamics at an atomic resolution...
January 15, 2018: International Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346611/combined-roles-of-atp-and-small-hairpin-rna-in-the-activation-of-rig-i-revealed-by-solution-based-analysis
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Neelam Shah, Simone A Beckham, Jacqueline A Wilce, Matthew C J Wilce
RIG-I (retinoic acid inducible gene-I) is a cytosolic innate immune protein that senses viral dsRNA with a 5'-triphosphate overhang. Upon interaction with dsRNA a de-repression of the RIG-I CARD domains takes place that ultimately leads to the production of type I interferons and pro-inflammatory cytokines. Here we investigate the RIG-I conformational rearrangement upon interaction with an activating 5'-triphosphate-10-base pair dsRNA hairpin loop (10bp) compared with a less active 5'-triphosphate-8-base pair dsRNA hairpin loop (8bp)...
January 13, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346589/urban-evolutionary-ecology-and-the-potential-benefits-of-implementing-genomics
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Christopher J Schell
Urban habitats are quickly becoming exceptional models to address adaptation under rapid environmental change, given the expansive temporal and spatial scales with which anthropogenic landscape conversion occurs. Urban ecologists in the last 10-15 years have done an extraordinary job of highlighting phenotypic patterns that correspond with urban living, as well as delineating urban population structure using traditional genetic markers. The underpinning genetic mechanisms that govern those phenotypic patterns, however, are less well established...
January 13, 2018: Journal of Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346586/plasflow-predicting-plasmid-sequences-in-metagenomic-data-using-genome-signatures
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Pawel S Krawczyk, Leszek Lipinski, Andrzej Dziembowski
Plasmids are mobile genetics elements that play an important role in the environmental adaptation of microorganisms. Although plasmids are usually analyzed in cultured microorganisms, there is a need for methods that allow for the analysis of pools of plasmids (plasmidomes) in environmental samples. To that end, several molecular biology and bioinformatics methods have been developed; however, they are limited to environments with low diversity and cannot recover large plasmids. Here, we present PlasFlow, a novel tool based on genomic signatures that employs a neural network approach for identification of bacterial plasmid sequences in environmental samples...
January 13, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346578/effect-of-daidzein-and-equol-on-dna-replication-in-mcf-7-cells
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Mako Tsuji, Tomoki Tanaka, Ryosuke Nagashima, Yuka Sagisaka, Yuko Tousen, Yoriko Nishide, Yoshiko Ishimi, Yukio Ishimi
It has been reported that daidzein and equol stimulate DNA replication and proliferation of MCF-7 cells. However, their molecular mechanisms of action are still unclear. We examined the effects of daidzein and equol on DNA replication of MCF-7 cells, focusing on MCM2-7 proteins, which function as the replicative helicase. In the presence of either 1 μM of daidzein or equol, the number of cells in S-phase, which was determined by detecting bromodeoxyuridine incorporated into replicated DNA, almost doubled...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346565/apigenin-induces-cell-shrinkage-in-candida-albicans-by-membrane-perturbation
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Heejeong Lee, Eun-Rhan Woo, Dong Gun Lee
Apigenin, a natural flavone, has been well characterized for its their anticarcinogenic property; however, its bioactivity against pathogenic fungi has not been investigated in detail. In the present study, we examined the antifungal activity and mode of action of apigenin. Apigenin inhibited the growth of fungal pathogens, which induced superficial infection and reduced biofilm mass. Three-dimensional flow cytometric analysis demonstrated that apigenin induced morphological changes, especially cell shrinkage, in Candida albicans...
January 16, 2018: FEMS Yeast Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346521/the-intracellular-and-intercellular-cross-talk-during-subsidiary-cell-formation-in-zea-mays-existing-and-novel-components-orchestrating-cell-polarization-and-asymmetric-division
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P Apostolakos, P Livanos, E Giannoutsou, E Panteris, B Galatis
Background: Formation of stomatal complexes in Poaceae is the outcome of three asymmetric and one symmetric cell division occurring in particular leaf protodermal cells. In this definite sequence of cell division events, the generation of subsidiary cells is of particular importance and constitutes an attractive model for studying local intercellular stimulation. In brief, an induction stimulus emitted by the guard cell mother cells (GMCs) triggers a series of polarization events in their laterally adjacent protodermal cells...
January 15, 2018: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346496/melanopsin-system-dysfunction-in-smith-magenis-syndrome-patients
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Mirella Telles Salgueiro Barboni, Clarissa Bueno, Balázs Vince Nagy, Patrícia Lobo Maia, Kallene Summer Moreira Vidal, Rosana Cardoso Alves, Russel J Reiter, Fernanda Gaspar do Amaral, José Cipolla-Neto, Dora Fix Ventura
Purpose: Smith-Magenis syndrome (SMS) causes sleep disturbance that is related to an abnormal melatonin profile. It is not clear how the genomic disorder leads to a disturbed synchronization of the sleep/wake rhythm in SMS patients. To evaluate the integrity of the intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cell (ipRGC)/melanopsin system, the transducers of the light-inhibitory effect on pineal melatonin synthesis, we recorded pupillary light responses (PLR) in SMS patients. Methods: Subjects were SMS patients (n = 5), with molecular diagnosis and melatonin levels measured for 24 hours and healthy controls (n = 4)...
January 1, 2018: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346445/transcriptome-analysis-of-skin-fibroblasts-with-dominant-negative-col3a1-mutations-provides-molecular-insights-into-the-etiopathology-of-vascular-ehlers-danlos-syndrome
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Nicola Chiarelli, Giulia Carini, Nicoletta Zoppi, Marco Ritelli, Marina Colombi
Vascular Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (vEDS) is a dominantly inherited connective tissue disorder caused by mutations in the COL3A1 gene that encodes type III collagen (COLLIII), which is the major expressed collagen in blood vessels and hollow organs. The majority of disease-causing variants in COL3A1 are glycine substitutions and in-frame splice mutations in the triple helix domain that through a dominant negative effect are associated with the severe clinical spectrum potentially lethal of vEDS, characterized by fragility of soft connective tissues with arterial and organ ruptures...
2018: PloS One
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