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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823136/identification-of-polymorphisms-in-mitf-and-dct-genes-and-their-associations-with-plumage-colors-in-asian-duck-breeds
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Hasina Sultana, Dongwon Seo, Nu-Ri Choi, Md Shamsul Alam Bhuiyan, Seung Hwan Lee, Kang Nyeong Heo, Jun Heon Lee
Objective: The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of the MITF and DCT genes on plumage coloration in Asian native duck breeds. MITF encodes a protein for microphthalmia-associated transcription factor, which regulates the development and function of melanocytes for pigmentation of skin, hair, and eyes. Among the tyrosinase-related family genes, dopachrome tautomerase (DCT) is a pigment cell-specific gene that plays important roles in the melanin synthesis pathway and the expression of skin, feather, and retina color...
August 16, 2017: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823132/a-short-term-supranutritional-vitamin-e-supplementation-alleviated-respiratory-alkalosis-but-did-not-reduce-oxidative-stress-in-heat-stressed-pigs
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Fan Liu, Pietro Celi, Surinder Singh Chauhan, Jeremy James Cottrell, Brian Joseph Leury, Frank Rowland Dunshea
Objective: Heat stress (HS) triggers oxidative stress and respiratory alkalosis in pigs. The objective of this experiment was to study whether a short-term supranutritional amount of dietary vitamin E (VE) can mitigate oxidative stress and respiratory alkalosis in heat-stressed pigs. Methods: A total of 24 pigs were given either a control diet (17 IU/kg VE) or a high VE (200 IU/kg VE; HiVE) diet for 14 d, then exposed to thermoneutral (TN; 20°C, 45% humidity) or HS (35°C, 35-45% humidity, 8 h daily) conditions for 7 d...
August 16, 2017: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823028/backbone-resonance-assignments-of-complexes-of-human-voltage-dependent-sodium-channel-nav1-2-iq-motif-peptide-bound-to-apo-calmodulin-and-to-the-c-domain-fragment-of-apo-calmodulin
#3
Ryan Mahling, Adina M Kilpatrick, Madeline A Shea
Human voltage-gated sodium channel NaV1.2 has a single pore-forming α-subunit and two transmembrane β-subunits. Expressed primarily in the brain, NaV1.2 is critical for initiation and propagation of action potentials. Milliseconds after the pore opens, sodium influx is terminated by inactivation processes mediated by regulatory proteins including calmodulin (CaM). Both calcium-free (apo) CaM and calcium-saturated CaM bind tightly to an IQ motif in the C-terminal tail of the α-subunit. Our thermodynamic studies and solution structure (2KXW) of a C-domain fragment of apo (13)C,(15)N- CaM (CaMC) bound to an unlabeled peptide with the sequence of rat NaV1...
August 19, 2017: Biomolecular NMR Assignments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822990/%C3%AE-%C3%AE-mangostins-induces-autophagy-and-shows-synergistic-effectwith-gemcitabine-in-pancreatic-cancer-cell-lines
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Myoungjae Kim, Young-Won Chin, Eun Joo Lee
Pancreatic cancer is one of the most lethal and aggressive cancers in the world. However, no effective treatment is currently available for pancreatic cancer. The objective of this study was to determine the anti-pancreatic cancer effect of α-mangostin (αM) and γ-mangostin (γM) extracted from the pericarp of Garcinia mangostana L.. Both αM and γM reduced the viability of pancreatic cancer cells MIA PaCa-2 and PANC-1 in a dose-dependent manner. These compounds induced apoptosis by increasing c-PARP and c-Caspase 3 levels...
August 21, 2017: Biomolecules & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822989/cellular-prion-protein-enhances-drug-resistance-of-colorectal-cancer-cells-via-regulation-of-a-survival-signal-pathway
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Jun Hee Lee, Chul Won Yun, Sang Hun Lee
Anti-cancer drug resistance is a major problem in colorectal cancer (CRC) research. Although several studies have revealed the mechanism of cancer drug resistance, molecular targets for chemotherapeutic combinations remain elusive. To address this issue, we focused on the expression of cellular prion protein (PrP(C)) in 5-FU-resistant CRC cells. In 5-FU-resistant CRC cells, PrP(C) expression is significantly increased, compared with that in normal CRC cells. In the presence of 5-FU, PrP(C) increased CRC cell survival and proliferation by maintaining the activation of the PI3K-Akt signaling pathway and the expression of cell cycle-associated proteins, including cyclin E, CDK2, cyclin D1, and CDK4...
August 21, 2017: Biomolecules & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822984/tbk1-mutations-in-italian-patients-with-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-genetic-and-functional-characterisation
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Laura Pozzi, Fabiola Valenza, Lorena Mosca, Andrea Dal Mas, Teuta Domi, Alessandro Romano, Claudia Tarlarini, Yuri Matteo Falzone, Lucio Tremolizzo, Gianni Sorarù, Federica Cerri, Pilar M Ferraro, Silvia Basaia, Federica Agosta, Raffaella Fazio, Mauro Comola, Giancarlo Comi, Maurizio Ferrari, Angelo Quattrini, Christian Lunetta, Silvana Penco, Dario Bonanomi, Paola Carrera, Nilo Riva
BACKGROUND: TANK-binding kinase 1 (TBK1) gene has been recently identified as a causative gene of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). METHODS: We sequenced the TBK1 gene in a cohort of 154 Italian patients with ALS with unclear genetic aetiology. We subsequently assessed the pathogenic potential of novel identified TBK1 variants using functional in vitro studies: expression, targeting and activity were evaluated in patient-derived fibroblasts and in cells transfected with mutated-TBK1 plasmids...
August 19, 2017: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822907/leaf-carbohydrates-influence-transcriptional-and-post-transcriptional-regulation-of-nocturnal-carboxylation-and-starch-degradation-in-the-facultative-cam-plant-mesembryanthemum-crystallinum
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Tahar Taybi, John C Cushman, Anne M Borland
Nocturnal degradation of transitory starch is a limiting factor for the optimal function of crassulacean acid metabolism and must be coordinated with phosphoenolypyruvate carboxylase (PEPC)-mediated CO2 uptake to optimise carbon gain over the diel cycle. The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that nocturnal carboxylation is coordinated with starch degradation in CAM via a mechanism whereby the products of these pathways regulate diel transcript abundance and enzyme activities for both processes. To test this hypothesis, a starch and CAM-deficient mutant of Mesembryanthemum crystallinum was compared with wild type plants under well-watered and saline (CAM-inducing) conditions...
August 5, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822901/morphological-and-molecular-differences-in-corpus-luteum-of-pregnant-sows-from-divergent-genetic-groups
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Karine A Costa, Walmir da Silva, Renata Veroneze, José C Montes, Lucas L Verardo, Margareth E Botelho, Márcio S Duarte, Mariana M Neves, Paulo S Lopes, José D Guimarães, Susana A Teixeira, Laene Alcantara, Simone E F Guimarães
Comprehending mechanisms controlling corpus luteum (CL) angiogenesis and apoptosis in pregnant sows is essential to understand the physiological role of these processes in CL function, progesterone production and consequently in conceptus development and prenatal mortality. CL from 54 sows from two genetic groups, a commercial line (COM) and the local Piau breed (LPB), were obtained for gene expression (n = 3 COM; n = 6 LPB), histological and protein analysis (n = 3 COM; n = 3 LPB), divided in six gestational ages (seven, 15, 30, 45, 60 and 90 days)...
July 29, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822891/comparative-toxicity-of-the-plasticizer-dibutyl-phthalate-to-two-freshwater-algae
#9
Shurui Gu, Hao Zheng, Qingqing Xu, Cuizhu Sun, Mei Shi, Zhenyu Wang, Fengmin Li
Phthalate esters (PAEs), a family of emerging environmental contaminants, have been frequently detected in soils and water. However, intensive studies on the toxicity of PAEs have focused on growth response of terrestrial and aquatic animals, while only limited attention has been paid to aquatic plants, especially phytoplankton, the primary producer in aquatic ecosystems. Therefore, the acute toxic effects and underlying mechanisms of dibutyl phthalate (DBP) at different concentrations (0-20mgL(-1)) on two typical freshwater algae (Scenedesmus obliquus and Chlorella pyrenoidosa) were investigated...
August 12, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822868/preliminary-profiling-of-microrna-in-the-normal-and-regenerating-liver-of-chiloscyllium-plagiosum
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Dandan Cheng, Yanna Chen, Conger Lu, Yuezhong Qian, Zhengbing Lv
Liver is a vital organ present in animals for detoxification, protein synthesis, digestion and other functions and its powerful regenerative capacity is well known. C. plagiosum is an abundant fish that is representative of the cartilaginous class in the southeast coastal region of China and its liver accounts for >70% of the fish's visceral weight and contains many bioactive substances. MicroRNAs (microRNAs) play important roles in a wide range of biological processes in eukaryotes, including cell proliferation, differentiation, apoptosis...
July 27, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part D, Genomics & Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822858/comparison-of-genome-engineering-using-the-crispr-cas9-system-in-c-glabrata-wild-type-and-lig4-strains
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Yuke Cen, Bea Timmermans, Ben Souffriau, Johan M Thevelein, Patrick Van Dijck
Candida glabrata is reported as the second most prevalent human opportunistic fungal pathogen in North America and is threatening patients all over the world. Its incidence is rising, while it has developed resistance to the most widely used antifungal drugs, necessitating new approaches based on better insight into the biology of the organism. Despite its close phylogenetic relationship with Saccharomyces cerevisiae, generating precise genomic alterations in this species is problematic. Previously we have shown that deletion of LIG4, which encodes an enzyme involved in Non-Homologous End Joining (NHEJ), strongly enhances the probability of obtaining correctly modified transformants...
August 16, 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822825/comparison-of-transforaminal-lumbar-interbody-fusion-outcomes-in-patients-receiving-rhbmp-2-versus-autograft
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Taleef R Khan, Kalin R Pearce, Steven J McAnany, Colleen M Peters, Munish C Gupta, Lukas P Zebala
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein 2 (rhBMP-2) plays a pivotal role in complex spine surgery. Despite its limited approval, the off-label use of rhBMP-2 is prevalent, particularly in transforaminal lumbar interbody fusions (TLIF) PURPOSE: To determine the effectiveness and safety of rhBMP-2 use in TLIF procedures versus autograft. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective Cohort Study PATIENT SAMPLE: Patients older than 18 years undergoing spine surgery for lumbar degenerative spine disease at a single academic institution...
August 16, 2017: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822812/determinants-of-thermostability-in-the-cytochrome-p450-fold
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Kurt L Harris, Raine E S Thomson, Silja J Strohmaier, Yosephine Gumulya, Elizabeth M J Gillam
Cytochromes P450 are found throughout the biosphere in a wide range of environments, serving a multitude of physiological functions. The ubiquity of the P450 fold suggests that it has been co-opted by evolution many times, and likely presents a useful compromise between structural stability and conformational flexibility. The diversity of substrates metabolized and reactions catalyzed by P450s makes them attractive starting materials for use as biocatalysts of commercially useful reactions. However, process conditions impose different requirements on enzymes to those in which they have evolved naturally...
August 16, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822766/pseudomonas-aeruginosa-increases-muc1-expression-in-macrophages-through-the-tlr4-p38-pathway
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Kosuke Kato, Alec D Hanss, Marina A Zemskova, Nicole E Morgan, Marianne Kim, Kenneth S Knox, Yong Lin, Erik P Lillehoj, Kwang Chul Kim
Alveolar macrophages (AMs) play a critical role in the clearance of Pseudomonas aeruginosa (Pa) from the airways. However, hyper-activation of macrophages can impair bacterial clearance and contribute to morbidity and mortality. MUC1 mucin is a membrane-tethered, high molecular mass glycoprotein expressed on the apical surface of mucosal epithelial cells and some hematopoietic cells, including macrophages, where it counter-regulates inflammation. We recently reported that Pa up-regulates the expression of MUC1 in primary human AMs and THP-1 macrophages, and that increased MUC1 expression in these cells prevents hyper-activation of macrophages that appears to be important for host defense against severe pathology of Pa lung infection...
August 16, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822719/thalidomide-is-associated-with-increased-t-cell-activation-and-inflammation-in-antiretroviral-naive-hiv-infected-individuals-in-a-randomised-clinical-trial-of-efficacy-and-safety
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Tânia R C Vergara, Sadia Samer, Joanna R Santos-Oliveira, Leila B Giron, Muhammad Shoaib Arif, Maria Luciana Silva-Freitas, Lia A Cherman, Mauro S Treitsman, Alberto Chebabo, Maria Cecilia A Sucupira, Alda M Da-Cruz, Ricardo Sobhie Diaz
TRIAL DESIGN: Open-label, randomised, controlled, pilot proof-of-concept clinical trial. METHODS: Participants: Antiretroviral naïve adult males with CD4 count ≥350cells/mm(3). INTERVENTIONS: Patients were randomised to receive thalidomide 200mg QD for 3weeks (Thalidomide group) or not (Control group) and followed for 48weeks. OBJECTIVE: We hypothesized that short-term Thalidomide use would reduce HIV related inflammation and HIV replication among antiretroviral naïve HIV infected individuals...
August 12, 2017: EBioMedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822684/cross-reactivity-and-inhibition-myotoxic-effects-induced-by-bothrops-snake-venoms-using-specific-polyclonal-anti-bnsp7-antibodies
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Lamartine L Melo, Mirian M Mendes, Lívia M Alves, Thais F Isabel, Sâmela A P B Vieira, Sarah N C Gimenes, Andreimar M Soares, Veridiana M Rodrigues, Luiz F M Izidoro
Polyclonal antibodies raised in Balb-c mice against BnSP-7, a Lys-49 phospholipase A2, were used to measure cross reactivity against other snake venoms. Using ELISA, these antibodies were able to recognize PLA2s isoforms present in venoms of botropic snakes at 1:6400, 1:3200 and 1:100 ratios (w/w). These antibodies highly recognized proteins of low molecular weight (∼14,000) from crude snake venom Bp and Bm by Western Blotting. PLA2 these venoms, by alignment of primary structures demonstrated high identity with BnSP-7 PLA2, especially in the C-terminal region...
August 16, 2017: Biologicals: Journal of the International Association of Biological Standardization
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822683/hsp90-sensitivity-to-adp-reveals-hidden-regulation-mechanisms
#17
Jackson C Halpin, Timothy O Street
The ATPase cycle of the Hsp90 molecular chaperone is essential for maintaining the stability of numerous client proteins. Extensive analysis has focused on ATP-driven conformational changes of Hsp90, however, little is known about how Hsp90 operates under physiological nucleotide conditions in which both ATP and ADP are present. By quantifying Hsp90 activity under mixed nucleotide conditions we find dramatic differences in ADP-sensitivity among Hsp90 homologs. ADP acts as a strong ATPase inhibitor of cytosol-specific Hsp90 homologs, whereas organellular Hsp90 homologs (Grp94 and TRAP1) are relatively insensitive to the presence of ADP...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822610/evaluation-of-fever-in-the-emergency-department
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REVIEW
Sarah DeWitt, Summer A Chavez, Jack Perkins, Brit Long, Alex Koyfman
BACKGROUND: Fever is one of the most common complaints in the emergency department (ED) and is more complex than generally appreciated. The broad differential diagnosis of fever includes numerous infectious and non-infectious etiologies. An essential skill in emergency medicine is recognizing the pitfalls in fever evaluation. OBJECTIVE OF REVIEW: This review provides an overview of the complaint of fever in the ED to assist the emergency physician with a structured approach to evaluation...
August 14, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822549/effect-of-substituting-soybean-meal-and-canola-cake-with-grain-based-dried-distillers-grains-with-solubles-as-a-protein-source-on-feed-intake-milk-production-and-milk-quality-in-dairy-cows
#19
C Gaillard, M T Sørensen, M Vestergaard, M R Weisbjerg, A Basar, M K Larsen, H Martinussen, U Kidmose, J Sehested
The growth of the bioethanol industry is leading to an increase in the production of coproducts such as dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS). Both corn-based DDGS and grain-based DDGS (gDDGS; defined as originating from grain sources such as barley, wheat, triticale, or a mix, excluding corn) appear to be relevant sources of feed and protein for dairy cows. To date, most of the studies investigating DDGS have been performed with corn-based DDGS. The objectives of this study were to determine the effects of the proportion of gDDGS in the diet on feed intake, milk production, and milk quality...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822545/effects-of-the-dose-and-viability-of-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-2-ruminal-fermentation-performance-of-lactating-dairy-cows-and-correlations-between-ruminal-bacteria-abundance-and-performance-measures
#20
Y Jiang, I M Ogunade, K G Arriola, M Qi, D Vyas, C R Staples, A T Adesogan
This study examined effects of the dose and viability of supplemented Saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast strain YE1496 on ruminal fermentation and performance of lactating dairy cows. A second objective was to examine correlations between ruminal bacteria abundance and performance measures. Four ruminally cannulated lactating cows (284 ± 18 days in milk) were assigned randomly to 1 of 4 treatment sequences in a 4 × 4 Latin square experimental design using four 21-d experimental periods. Cows were fed a nonacidotic total mixed ration comprising 22...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
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