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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812274/oxytocin-and-anxiety-disorders
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Michael G Gottschalk, Katharina Domschke
In the present chapter, we review the literature focusing on oxytocin (OT)-centered research in anxiety spectrum conditions, comprising separation anxiety disorder, specific phobias, social anxiety disorder (SAD), panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and anxiety-related endophenotypes (e.g., trust behavior, behavioral inhibition, neuroticism, and state/trait anxiety). OT receptor gene (OXTR) polymorphisms have been implicated in gene-environment interactions with attachment style and childhood maltreatment and to influence clinical outcomes, including SAD intensity and limbic responsiveness...
August 16, 2017: Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812082/a-broader-view-on-ion-heating-in-traveling-wave-devices-using-fragmentation-of-csi-clusters-and-extent-of-h%C3%AB-migration-as-molecular-thermometers
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Frederik Lermyte, Frank Sobott
Electron transfer dissociation (ETD) is becoming increasingly important in mass spectrometry-based analysis of peptides and proteins. Supplemental collisional activation of undissociated electron transfer products can significantly increase fragmentation yield and sequence coverage, but hydrogen rearrangements - specifically, transfer of a hydrogen radical from a c to a z fragment - lead to distorted isotope distributions and increased potential for signal overlap. Concomitant collisional activation during the ion/ion reaction significantly reduces these rearrangements, but, in ion traps, also leads to lower reaction rates and reduced overlap of anion and cation clouds...
August 16, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811477/deep-carbon-storage-potential-of-buried-floodplain-soils
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Amanda H D'Elia, Garrett C Liles, Joshua H Viers, David R Smart
Soils account for the largest terrestrial pool of carbon and have the potential for even greater quantities of carbon sequestration. Typical soil carbon (C) stocks used in global carbon models only account for the upper 1 meter of soil. Previously unaccounted for deep carbon pools (>1 m) were generally considered to provide a negligible input to total C contents and represent less dynamic C pools. Here we assess deep soil C pools associated with an alluvial floodplain ecosystem transitioning from agricultural production to restoration of native vegetation...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811202/aggregation-of-zein-in-aqueous-ethanol-dispersions-effect-on-cast-film-properties
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Lorina Bisharat, Alberto Berardi, Diego Romano Perinelli, Giulia Bonacucina, Luca Casettari, Marco Cespi, Hatim S AlKhatib, Giovanni F Palmieri
In this study, we evaluate the influence of zein aggregation in aqueous ethanol dispersions on the properties of zein films. The effects of zein concentration, ethanol content and temperature on transmittance of zein dispersions were investigated. Dynamic light scattering was used to measure the degree of zein aggregation in the dispersions. The results indicate that particle size of zein increased with higher zein concentration, lower ethanol level and at lower temperatures. Zein films were prepared by casting from 70% and 90% aqueous ethanol dispersions at different drying temperatures and were evaluated for appearance, thermomechanical and mechanical properties...
August 12, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811183/deletion-of-protein-kinase-d1-in-osteoprogenitor-cells-results-in-decreased-osteogenesis-in-vitro-and-reduced-bone-mineral-density-in-vivo
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Wendy B Bollag, Vivek Choudhary, Qing Zhong, Ke-Hong Ding, Jianrui Xu, Ranya Elsayed, Kanglun Yu, Yun Su, Lakiea J Bailey, Xing-Ming Shi, Mohammed Elsalanty, Maribeth H Johnson, Meghan E McGee-Lawrence, Carlos M Isales
Protein kinase D1 (PRKD1) is thought to play a role in a number of cellular functions, including proliferation and differentiation. We hypothesized that PRKD1 in bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (BMMSC) could modulate osteogenesis. In BMMSCs from floxed PRKD1 mice, PRKD1 ablation with adenovirus-mediated Cre-recombinase expression inhibited BMMSC differentiation in vitro. In 3- and 6-month-old conditional knockout mice (cKO), in which PRKD1 was ablated in osteoprogenitor cells by osterix promoter-driven Cre-recombinase, bone mineral density (BMD) was significantly reduced compared with floxed control littermates...
August 12, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811139/metabonomics-approach-to-assessing-the-metabolism-variation-and-gender-gap-of-drosophila-melanogaster-in-aging-process
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Yu-Zhi Zhou, Ming-Liang Yan, Li Gao, Jian-Qin Zhang, Xue-Mei Qin, Xiang Zhang, Guan-Hua Du
Drosophila melanogaster is increasingly used for study aging mechanism and evaluating anti-aging drugs, but the changes of metabolites and differences of metabolites change between male and female during the aging process are not well known. Metabolomics technology, a massive information provider, has promoted the understanding of metabolic profile and overall changes of metabolites in organism. In this study, (1)H NMR based metabonomics was employed to investigate the dynamic changes of metabolites in whole bodies of male and female Drosophila melanogaster at 3, 15, 30, 45days and to research the gender gap of metabolites changes in aging process...
August 12, 2017: Experimental Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810930/sex-differences-in-microrna-mrna-networks-examination-of-novel-epigenetic-programming-mechanisms-in-the-sexually-dimorphic-neonatal-hypothalamus
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Christopher P Morgan, Tracy L Bale
BACKGROUND: Sexual differentiation of the male brain, and specifically the stress circuitry in the hypothalamus, is primarily driven by estrogen exposure during the perinatal period. Surprisingly, this single hormone promotes diverse programs of sex-specific development that vary widely between different cell types and across the developing male brain. The complexity of this phenomenon suggests that additional layers of gene regulation, including microRNAs (miRNAs), must act downstream of estrogen to mediate this specificity...
August 15, 2017: Biology of Sex Differences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809482/structural-dynamics-of-15-lipoxygenase-2-via-hydrogen-deuterium-exchange
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Kristin Diane Droege, Mary E Keithly, Charles R Sanders, Richard N Armstrong, Matthew K Thompson
Eicosanoids are inflammatory signaling lipids that are biosynthesized in response to cellular injury or threat. They were originally thought to be pro-inflammatory molecules, but at least one sub-class, the lipoxins, are able to resolve inflammation. The first step in lipoxin synthesis is the oxygenation of arachidonic acid by 15-Lipoxygenase (15-LOX). 15-LOX contains two domains: a Ca2+ binding PLAT domain and a catalytic domain. 15-LOX is a soluble cytosolic protein until Ca2+ binding to the PLAT domain promotes translocation to the membrane surface...
August 15, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809018/fluorescent-quail-a-transgenic-model-system-for-the-dynamic-study-of-avian-development
#9
David Huss, Rusty Lansford
Real-time four-dimensional (4D, xyzt) imaging of cultured avian embryos is an ideal method for investigating the complex movements of cells and tissues during early morphogenesis. While methods that transiently label cells, such as electroporation, are highly useful for dynamic imaging, they can also be limiting due to the number and type of cells that can be effectively targeted. In contrast, the heritable, stable, and long-term expression of a fluorescent protein driven by the exogenous promoter of a transgene overcomes these challenges...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808811/construction-and-biocompatibility-of-a-thin-type-i-ii-collagen-composite-scaffold
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Long Han, Zhong-Wen Zhang, Bo-He Wang, Zhen-Kun Wen
Articular cartilage injury is a common type of damage observed in clinical practice. A matrix-induced autologous chondrocyte implant was developed to repair articular cartilage as an advancement on the autologous chondrocyte implant procedure. Here, we establish a thin double layer of collagen as a novel and effective bioscaffold for the regeneration of cartilaginous lesions. We created a collagen membrane with double layers using a cover slip, a cover slip, and the collagen was then freeze-dried under vacuum...
August 14, 2017: Cell and Tissue Banking
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808338/a-dynamical-framework-for-complex-fractional-killing
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Richard Ballweg, Andrew L Paek, Tongli Zhang
When chemotherapy drugs are applied to tumor cells with the same or similar genotypes, some cells are killed, while others survive. This fractional killing contributes to drug resistance in cancer. Through an incoherent feedforward loop, chemotherapy drugs not only activate p53 to induce cell death, but also promote the expression of apoptosis inhibitors which inhibit cell death. Consequently, cells in which p53 is activated early undergo apoptosis while cells in which p53 is activated late survive. The incoherent feedforward loop and the essential role of p53 activation timing makes fractional killing a complex dynamical challenge, which is hard to understand with intuition alone...
August 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808337/microrna-214-modulates-neural-progenitor-cell-differentiation-by-targeting-quaking-during-cerebral-cortex-development
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Pengcheng Shu, Hongye Fu, Xiangyu Zhao, Chao Wu, Xiangbin Ruan, Yi Zeng, Wei Liu, Ming Wang, Lin Hou, Pan Chen, Bin Yin, Jiangang Yuan, Boqin Qiang, Xiaozhong Peng
The accurate generation of an appropriate number of different neuronal and glial subtypes is fundamental to normal brain functions and requires tightly orchestrated spatial and temporal developmental programmes to maintain the balance between the proliferation and the differentiation of neural progenitor cells. However, the molecular mechanism governing this process has not been fully elucidated. Here, we found that miR-214-3p was highly expressed in neural progenitor cells and dynamically regulated during neocortical development...
August 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807414/transient-receptor-potential-vanilloid-4-expressing-macrophages-and-keratinocytes-contribute-differentially-to-allergic-and-nonallergic-chronic-itch
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Jialie Luo, Jing Feng, Guang Yu, Pu Yang, Madison R Mack, Junhui Du, Weihua Yu, Aihua Qian, Yujin Zhang, Shenbin Liu, Shijin Yin, Amy Xu, Jizhong Cheng, Qingyun Liu, Roger G O'Neil, Yang Xia, Liang Ma, Susan M Carlton, Brian S Kim, Kenneth Renner, Qin Liu, Hongzhen Hu
BACKGROUND: Chronic itch is a highly debilitating symptom that underlies many medical disorders with no universally effective treatments. Although unique neuronal signaling cascades in the sensory ganglia and spinal cord have been shown to critically promote the pathogenesis of chronic itch, the role of skin-associated cells remains poorly understood. OBJECTIVE: We sought to examine the cutaneous mechanisms underlying transient receptor potential vanilloid 4 (TRPV4)-mediated allergic and nonallergic chronic itch...
August 5, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805829/lineage-specific-dynamic-and-pre-established-enhancer-promoter-contacts-cooperate-in-terminal-differentiation
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Adam J Rubin, Brook C Barajas, Mayra Furlan-Magaril, Vanessa Lopez-Pajares, Maxwell R Mumbach, Imani Howard, Daniel S Kim, Lisa D Boxer, Jonathan Cairns, Mikhail Spivakov, Steven W Wingett, Minyi Shi, Zhixin Zhao, William J Greenleaf, Anshul Kundaje, Michael Snyder, Howard Y Chang, Peter Fraser, Paul A Khavari
Chromosome conformation is an important feature of metazoan gene regulation; however, enhancer-promoter contact remodeling during cellular differentiation remains poorly understood. To address this, genome-wide promoter capture Hi-C (CHi-C) was performed during epidermal differentiation. Two classes of enhancer-promoter contacts associated with differentiation-induced genes were identified. The first class ('gained') increased in contact strength during differentiation in concert with enhancer acquisition of the H3K27ac activation mark...
August 14, 2017: Nature Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805675/changing-stem-cell-dynamics-during-papillomavirus-infection-potential-roles-for-cellular-plasticity-in-the-viral-lifecycle-and-disease
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REVIEW
Katerina Strati
Stem cells and cellular plasticity are likely important components of tissue response to infection. There is emerging evidence that stem cells harbor receptors for common pathogen motifs and that they are receptive to local inflammatory signals in ways suggesting that they are critical responders that determine the balance between health and disease. In the field of papillomaviruses stem cells have been speculated to play roles during the viral life cycle, particularly during maintenance, and virus-promoted carcinogenesis but little has been conclusively determined...
August 12, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805665/the-role-of-solvent-accessible-leu-208-of-cold-active-pseudomonas-fluorescens-strain-ams8-lipase-in-interfacial-activation-substrate-accessibility-and-low-molecular-weight-esterification-in-the-presence-of-toluene
#16
Norhayati Yaacob, Nor Hafizah Ahmad Kamarudin, Adam Thean Chor Leow, Abu Bakar Salleh, Raja Noor Zaliha Raja Abd Rahman, Mohd Shukuri Mohamad Ali
The alkaline cold-active lipase from Pseudomonas fluorescens AMS8 undergoes major structural changes when reacted with hydrophobic organic solvents. In toluene, the AMS8 lipase catalytic region is exposed by the moving hydrophobic lid 2 (Glu-148 to Gly-167). Solvent-accessible surface area analysis revealed that Leu-208, which is located next to the nucleophilic Ser-207 has a focal function in influencing substrate accessibility and flexibility of the catalytic pocket. Based on molecular dynamic simulations, it was found that Leu-208 strongly facilitates the lid 2 opening via its side-chain...
August 12, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805387/polymyxin-binding-to-the-bacterial-outer-membrane-reveals-cation-displacement-and-increasing-membrane-curvature-in-susceptible-but-not-in-resistant-lps-chemotypes
#17
Denys Ewerton da Silva Santos, Laércio Pol-Fachin, Roberto D Lins, Thereza A Soares
Lipid-A is the causative agent of Gram-negative sepsis and responsible for increasingly high mortality rate among hospitalized patients. Compounds that bind Lipid-A can limit this inflammatory process. The cationic antimicrobial peptide polymyxin B (Pmx-B) is one of the simplest molecules capable of selectively bind to Lipid-A, and may serve as a model for further development of Lipid-A binding agents. Gram-negative bacteria resistance to Pmx-B relies on the upregulation of a number of regulatory systems, which promote chemical modifications of the LPS structure, and leads to major changes in the physical-chemical properties of the outer membrane...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805211/all-atom-md-indicates-ion-dependent-behavior-of-therapeutic-dna-polymer
#18
Ryan L Melvin, William H Gmeiner, Freddie R Salsbury
Understanding the efficacy of and creating delivery mechanisms for therapeutic nucleic acids requires understanding structural and kinetic properties which allow these polymers to promote the death of cancerous cells. One molecule of interest is a 10 mer of FdUMP (5-fluoro-2'-deoxyuridine-5'-O-monophosphate) - also called F10. Here we investigate the structural and kinetic behavior of F10 in intracellular and extracellular solvent conditions along with non-biological conditions that may be efficacious in in vitro preparations of F10 delivery systems...
August 14, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804446/induction-of-mir-155-after-brain-injury-promotes-type-1-interferon-and-has-a-neuroprotective-effect
#19
Emily B Harrison, Katy Emanuel, Benjamin G Lamberty, Brenda M Morsey, Min Li, Matthew L Kelso, Sowmya V Yelamanchili, Howard S Fox
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) produces profound and lasting neuroinflammation that has both beneficial and detrimental effects. Recent evidence has implicated microRNAs (miRNAs) in the regulation of inflammation both in the periphery and the CNS. We examined the expression of inflammation associated miRNAs in the context of TBI using a mouse controlled cortical impact (CCI) model and found increased levels of miR-21, miR-223 and miR-155 in the hippocampus after CCI. The expression of miR-155 was elevated 9-fold after CCI, an increase confirmed by in situ hybridization (ISH)...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803986/ubiquitin-c-terminal-hydrolase-l1-regulates-myoblast-proliferation-and-differentiation
#20
Hongbo Gao, Sigurd Hartnett, Yifan Li
Skeletal muscles are dynamic tissues that possess regenerative abilities, which require multiple processes and regulatory factors. Ubiquitin C-Terminal Hydrolase L1 (UCHL1), which is primarily expressed in neuronal tissues, was upregulated in skeletal muscles in disease conditions but its functional role in skeletal muscles is unknown. Using mouse myoblast cells C2C12 as an in vitro model, this study reported that UCHL1 elicits different regulation in myoblast cell proliferation and differentiation. We first observed that UCHL1 protein level was continuously declined during cell differentiation...
August 10, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
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