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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926642/a-late-holocene-pollen-record-from-proglacial-oblong-tarn-mount-kenya
#1
Colin J Courtney Mustaphi, Konrad Gajewski, Rob Marchant, Gunhild Rosqvist
High-elevation ecosystems, such as those on Mount Kenya are undergoing significant changes, with accelerated glacial ice losses over the twentieth century creating new space for alpine plants to establish. These ecosystems respond rapidly to climatic variability and within decades of glacial retreat, Afroalpine pioneering taxa stabilize barren land and facilitate soil development, promoting complex patches of alpine vegetation. Periglacial lake sediment records can be used to examine centennial and millennial scale variations in alpine and montane vegetation compositions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926253/understanding-the-role-of-dna-topology-in-target-search-dynamics-of-proteins
#2
Anupam Mondal, Arnab Bhattacherjee
A wide range of cellular processes initiates upon recognising and binding of proteins to specific DNA sites. Typically, the recognition process is incredibly fast owing to a complex mechanism that combines different 3D and 1D modes of translocation of the protein. While few studies performed on selected DNA topologies suggested that the DNA topology might alter the balance between these two modes and therefore the target search kinetics, its detail role in target search mechanism remains unclear. Here, we present a discrete-state stochastic approach that allows us to incorporate the topological information of DNA molecule explicitly and predict its role during the process when proteins search for their specific binding sites on DNA...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926141/working-at-the-membrane-interface-ligand-induced-changes-in-dynamic-conformation-and-oligomeric-structure-in-human-aromatase
#3
Giovanna Di Nardo, Giuseppe Cimicata, Roberta Baravalle, Valentina Dell'Angelo, Alberto Ciaramella, Gianluca Catucci, Piero Ugliengo, Gianfranco Gilardi
Aromatase catalyses the biosynthesis of estrogens from androgens. Due to the physiological importance of this conversion of lipophilic substrates, the interaction with the lipid bilayer for this cytochrome P450 is crucial for its dynamics that must allow an easy access to substrates and inhibitors. Here, aromatase-anastrozole interaction is studied combining computational methods to identify possible access/egress routes with the protein inserted in the membrane and experimental tools aimed at the investigation of the effect of the inhibitor on the protein conformation...
September 19, 2017: Biotechnology and Applied Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925982/osmolyte-like-stabilizing-effects-of-low-gdnhcl-concentrations-on-d-glucose-d-galactose-binding-protein
#4
Alexander V Fonin, Alexandra D Golikova, Irina A Zvereva, Sabato D'Auria, Maria Staiano, Vladimir N Uversky, Irina M Kuznetsova, Konstantin K Turoverov
The ability of d-glucose/d-galactose-binding protein (GGBP) to reversibly interact with its ligands, glucose and galactose, makes this protein an attractive candidate for sensing elements of glucose biosensors. This potential is largely responsible for attracting researchers to study the conformational properties of this protein. Previously, we showed that an increase in the fluorescence intensity of the fluorescent dye 6-bromoacetyl-2-dimetylaminonaphtalene (BADAN) is linked to the holo-form of the GGBP/H152C mutant in solutions containing sub-denaturing concentrations of guanidine hydrochloride (GdnHCl)...
September 19, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925026/characterizing-community-courts
#5
Tali Gal, Hadar Dancig-Rosenberg
Community courts (CCs) provide a therapeutic diversion for repeat low-level offenders. This article explores the characteristics of two Israeli CCs using the Criminal Law Taxonomy (CLT), an instrument developed by the authors for assessing process-, stakeholder-, substance-, and outcomes-related characteristics of criminal justice mechanisms. Through court-hearing observations and a process of multi-rater coding of cases, the article analyzes the courtroom dynamics according to a set of 13 measurable parameters...
September 18, 2017: Behavioral Sciences & the Law
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924745/hypertonia-linked-protein-trak1-functions-with-mitofusins-to-promote-mitochondrial-tethering-and-fusion
#6
Crystal A Lee, Lih-Shen Chin, Lian Li
Hypertonia is a neurological dysfunction associated with a number of central nervous system disorders, including cerebral palsy, Parkinson's disease, dystonia, and epilepsy. Genetic studies have identified a homozygous truncation mutation in Trak1 that causes hypertonia in mice. Moreover, elevated Trak1 protein expression is associated with several types of cancers and variants in Trak1 are linked to childhood absence epilepsy in humans. Despite the importance of Trak1 in health and disease, the mechanisms of Trak1 action remain unclear and the pathogenic effects of Trak1 mutation are unknown...
September 18, 2017: Protein & Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924043/dynamic-regulation-of-cdr1-localization-and-phosphorylation-during-osmotic-stress
#7
Hannah E Opalko, James B Moseley
Environmental conditions modulate cell cycle progression in many cell types. A key component of the eukaryotic cell cycle is the protein kinase Wee1, which inhibits the cyclin-dependent kinase Cdk1 in yeast through human cells. In the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe, the protein kinase Cdr1 is a mitotic inducer that promotes mitotic entry by phosphorylating and inhibiting Wee1. Cdr1 and Wee1 both localize to punctate structures termed nodes on the medial cortex, but it has been unknown if node localization can be altered by physiological signals...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923850/increasing-the-un-neddylated-cullin1-portion-rescues-the-csn-phenotypes-by-stabilizing-adaptor-modules-to-drive-scf-assembly
#8
Qingqing Liu, Yike Zhou, Ruiqi Tang, Xuehong Wang, Qiwen Hu, Ying Wang, Qun He
The dynamic SCF assembly is controlled by cycles of cullin neddylation/deneddylation based on the deneddylation activity of the COP9 signalosome (CSN) and global sequestration of cullins by CAND1. However, this prediction is hampered in recent studies, and the regulatory mechanism and key players remain to be identified. We found that, maintaining a proper Cul1(Nedd8)/Cul1 ratio is crucial to ensure SCF functions. Reducing the high Cul1(Nedd8)/Cul1 ratios in csn mutants through ectopic expression of the non-neddylatable Cul1(K722R) proteins or introducing the endogenous cul1(K722R) point mutation significantly rescues their defective phenotypes...
September 18, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923745/influence-of-magnetic-fields-on-calcium-carbonate-scaling-in-aqueous-solutions-at-150%C3%A2-c-and-1bar
#9
Ammar Al Helal, Adam Soames, Rolf Gubner, Stefan Iglauer, Ahmed Barifcani
The experiments performed as a part of this study were conducted to evaluate the effect of magnetic field treatment upon the scale forming tendency of brine solution composed primarily of calcium bicarbonate ions. The reported results were generated using a Dynamic Scale Loop system with the brine solution exposed to a magnetic field generated by a 6480 Gauss magnet of grade N45SH in a diametrical orientation for 2.5s. Following magnetic exposure, the brine solution was exposed to an elevated temperature 150°C at 1bar to promote the formation of scale within a capillary tube...
September 8, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923601/beneficial-immunomodulatory-and-neuro-digestive-effect-in-trypanosoma-cruzi-infection-after-lycopodium-clavatum-13c-treatment
#10
Camila Fernanda Brustolin Aleixo, Fabiana Nabarro Ferraz, Paula Fernanda Massini, Carina Ribeiro Lopes, Gislaine Janaina Falkowski Temporini, Denise Lessa Aleixo, Silvana Marques de Araújo
Studies show that highly diluted medications demonstrate benefits in treating infections, constituting an alternative for their treatment. The present study evaluated the effects of Lycopodium clavatum, dynamization 13c, in Wistar rats infected with T. cruzi. In this study 42 male rats were intraperitoneally inoculated with T. cruzi - Y strain and allocated into groups: IC (infected control group) and Ly (treated with L. clavatum 13c). The cytokines dosage (IFN-γ, IL-12, IL-10, IL-4), quantification and morphometry of myenteric neurons were evaluated...
September 15, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922963/lentivirus-mediating-fgf13-enhances-axon-regeneration-after-spinal-cord-injury-by-stablilizing-microtubule-and-improving-mitochondrial-function
#11
Jiawei Li, Qingqing Wang, Haoli Wang, Yanqing Wu, Jiayu Yin, Jian Chen, Zengming Zheng, Ting Jiang, Ling Xie, Fenzan Wu, Hongyu Zhang, Xiaokun Li, Huazi Xu, Jian Xiao
Fibroblast growth factor 13 (FGF13), a nonsecretory protein of the FGF family, plays a crucial role in developing cortical neurons by stabilizing the microtubule. In previous studies, we showed that regulation of microtubule dynamic was instrumental for both growth cone initiation and for promoting regrowth of injured axon. However, the expression and effect of FGF13 in spinal cord or after spinal cord injury (SCI) remains undefined. Here, we demonstrated a role of FGF13 in regulating microtubule dynamics and in enhancing axon regeneration after SCI...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922845/pot1-mediated-%C3%AE-integration-strategy-for-high-copy-stable-expression-of-heterologous-proteins-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
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Xiaofei Song, Quanli Liu, Jiwei Mao, Yuzhen Wu, Yuanzi Li, Kai Gao, Xiuming Zhang, Yanling Bai, Haijin Xu, Mingqiang Qiao
In biotechnological industry, increased expression cassette stability and copy number serve as important means of maintaining consistently high production levels of heterologous proteins in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. In this study, we combined δ sequences for site-specific integration with TPI1 gene from Schizosaccharomyces pombe (POT1) as a selection marker to realize high-copy integration and stable expression of heterologous proteins in S. cerevisiae. With the newly developed POT1 platform, a 32-copy integration of enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP) expression cassette was obtained in a single round and was stably maintained after 100 generations of growth in a rich complex medium...
September 1, 2017: FEMS Yeast Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922739/o-glcnac-transferase-regulates-transcriptional-activity-of-human-oct4
#13
Sandii Constable, Jae-Min Lim, Krithika Vaidyanathan, Lance Wells
O-linked β-N-acetylglucosamine (O-GlcNAc) is a single sugar modification found on many different classes of nuclear and cytoplasmic proteins. Addition of this modification, by the enzyme O-linked N-acetylglucosamine transferase (OGT), is dynamic and inducible. One major class of proteins modified by O-GlcNAc is transcription factors. O-GlcNAc regulates transcription factor properties through a variety of different mechanisms including localization, stability and transcriptional activation. Maintenance of embryonic stem (ES) cell pluripotency requires tight regulation of several key transcription factors, many of which are modified by O-GlcNAc...
October 1, 2017: Glycobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922354/reconstructing-promoter-activity-from-lux-bioluminescent-reporters
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Mudassar Iqbal, Neil Doherty, Anna M L Page, Saara N A Qazi, Ishan Ajmera, Peter A Lund, Theodore Kypraios, David J Scott, Philip J Hill, Dov J Stekel
The bacterial Lux system is used as a gene expression reporter. It is fast, sensitive and non-destructive, enabling high frequency measurements. Originally developed for bacterial cells, it has also been adapted for eukaryotic cells, and can be used for whole cell biosensors, or in real time with live animals without the need for euthanasia. However, correct interpretation of bioluminescent data is limited: the bioluminescence is different from gene expression because of nonlinear molecular and enzyme dynamics of the Lux system...
September 18, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921510/development-of-a-formaldehyde-biosensor-with-application-to-synthetic-methylotrophy
#15
Benjamin M Woolston, Timothy Roth, Ishwar Kohale, David Liu, Gregory Stephanopoulos
Formaldehyde is a prevalent environmental toxin and a key intermediate in single carbon metabolism. The ability to monitor formaldehyde concentration is therefore of interest for both environmental monitoring and for metabolic engineering of native and synthetic methylotrophs, but current methods suffer from low sensitivity, complex workflows, or require expensive analytical equipment. Here we develop a formaldehyde biosensor based on the FrmR repressor protein and cognate promoter of E. coli. Optimization of the native repressor binding site and regulatory architecture enabled detection at levels as low as 1 µM...
September 16, 2017: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920600/quantum-state-selected-integral-cross-sections-for-the-charge-transfer-collision-of-o2-a-4-%C3%AE-u5-2-3-2-1-2-1-2-v-1-2-j-o2-x-2-%C3%AE-g3-2-1-2-v-22-23-j-ar-at-center-of-mass-collision-energies-of-0-05-10-00-ev
#16
Bo Xiong, Yih-Chung Chang, Cheuk-Yiu Ng
By employing the sequential electric field pulsing scheme for vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) laser pulsed field ionization-photoion (PFI-PI) detection, we have successfully recorded the spin-orbit and rovibronic state resolved VUV-PFI-PI spectra for O2(+)(a(4)Πu5/2,3/2,1/2,-1/2: ν(+) = 0-2; J(+)) and O2(+)(X(2)Πg3/2,1/2: ν(+) = 21-23; J(+)), indicating that O2(+)(a(4)Πu) and O2(+)(X(2)Πg) ions in these spin-orbit and rovibronic states can be prepared for ion-molecule collision studies. The present experiment is concerned with the measurement of absolute integral cross sections (σ's) of the charge transfer reactions, O2(+)(a(4)Πu5/2,3/2,1/2,-1/2: ν(+) = 1, 2; J(+)) [O2(+)(X(2)Πg1/2,3/2: ν(+) = 22, 23)] + Ar → Ar(+) + O2...
September 18, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919998/reciprocal-influence-of-b-cells-and-tumor-macro-and-microenvironments-in-the-apc-min-model-of-colorectal-cancer
#17
Francesca Mion, Stefania Vetrano, Silvia Tonon, Viviana Valeri, Andrea Piontini, Alessia Burocchi, Luciana Petti, Barbara Frossi, Alessandro Gulino, Claudio Tripodo, Mario P Colombo, Carlo E Pucillo
One of the most fascinating aspects of the immune system is its dynamism, meant as the ability to change and readapt according to the organism needs. Following an insult, we assist to the spontaneous organization of different immune cells which cooperate, locally and at distance, to build up an appropriate response. Throughout tumor progression, adaptations within the systemic tumor environment, or macroenvironment, result in the promotion of tumor growth, tumor invasion and metastasis to distal organs, but also to dramatic changes in the activity and composition of the immune system...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919939/sequence-and-biochemical-analysis-of-arabidopsis-sp1-protein-a-regulator-of-organelle-biogenesis
#18
Ronghui Pan, Jianping Hu
Peroxisomes, chloroplasts, and mitochondria are essential eukaryotic organelles that host a suite of metabolic processes crucial to energy metabolism and development. Regulatory mechanisms of the dynamics and biogenesis of these important organelles have begun to be discovered in plants. We recently showed that, aside from its previously reported role in targeting chloroplast protein import proteins, the Arabidopsis ubiquitin E3 ligase SP1 (suppressor of ppi1 locus1) negatively regulates peroxisome matrix protein import by promoting the ubiquitination and destabilization of PEX13 and possibly PEX14 and other components of the peroxisome protein import apparatus...
2017: Communicative & Integrative Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919749/ginsenoside-rg1-nanoparticle-penetrating-the-blood-brain-barrier-to-improve-the-cerebral-function-of-diabetic-rats-complicated-with-cerebral-infarction
#19
Junyi Shen, Zhiming Zhao, Wei Shang, Chunli Liu, Beibei Zhang, Lingjie Zhao, Hui Cai
Diabetic cerebral infarction is with poorer prognosis and high rates of mortality. Ginsenoside Rg1 (Rg1) has a wide variety of therapeutic values for central nervous system (CNS) diseases for the neuron protective effects. However, the blood-brain barrier (BBB) restricts Rg1 in reaching the CNS. In this study, we investigated the therapeutic effects of Rg1 nanoparticle (PHRO, fabricated with γ-PGA, L-PAE (H), Rg1, and OX26 antibody), targeting transferrin receptor, on the diabetes rats complicated with diabetic cerebral infarction in vitro and in vivo...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919529/acetylation-of-lysine-residues-in-apomyoglobin-structural-changes-amyloid-fibrillation-and-role-of-surface-charge
#20
Mehrnaz Azami-Movahed, Ali Akbar Meratan, Atiyeh Ghasemi, Azadeh Ebrahim-Habibi, Mohsen Nemat-Gorgani
Post-translational modifications play important roles in conformational properties and aggregation propensities of different peptides and proteins. In the present study, we have investigated the effects of acetylation of lysine residues on the structure and aggregation properties of apomyoglobin (apoMb).All of the 19 lysine residues were modified. Far-, near-UV CD, intrinsic and acrylamide quenching fluorescence studies indicated that acetylation significantly influences conformation of apoMb by altering both its secondary and tertiary structures...
September 14, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
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