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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213446/acetylcholine-release-in-prefrontal-cortex-promotes-gamma-oscillations-and-theta-gamma-coupling-during-cue-detection
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W M Howe, H J Gritton, N Lusk, Erik A Roberts, Vaughn L Hetrick, Joshua D Berke, Martin Sarter
The capacity for using external cues to guide behavior ("cue detection") constitutes an essential aspect of attention and goal-directed behavior. The cortical cholinergic input system, via phasic increases in prefrontal acetylcholine release, plays an essential role in attention by mediating such cue detection. However, the relationship between cholinergic signaling during cue detection and neural activity dynamics in prefrontal networks remains unclear. Here we combined sub-second measures of cholinergic signaling, neurophysiological recordings, and cholinergic receptor blockade to delineate the cholinergic contributions to prefrontal oscillations during cue detection in rats...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211907/identification-of-extracellular-segments-by-mass-spectrometry-improves-topology-prediction-of-transmembrane-proteins
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Tamás Langó, Gergely Róna, Éva Hunyadi-Gulyás, Lilla Turiák, Julia Varga, László Dobson, György Várady, László Drahos, Beáta G Vértessy, Katalin F Medzihradszky, Gergely Szakács, Gábor E Tusnády
Transmembrane proteins play crucial role in signaling, ion transport, nutrient uptake, as well as in maintaining the dynamic equilibrium between the internal and external environment of cells. Despite their important biological functions and abundance, less than 2% of all determined structures are transmembrane proteins. Given the persisting technical difficulties associated with high resolution structure determination of transmembrane proteins, additional methods, including computational and experimental techniques remain vital in promoting our understanding of their topologies, 3D structures, functions and interactions...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211249/improving-the-interpretability-of-climate-landscape-metrics-an-ecological-risk-analysis-of-japan-s-marine-protected-areas
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Jorge García Molinos, Shintaro Takao, Naoki H Kumagai, Elvira S Poloczanska, Michael T Burrows, Masahiko Fujii, Hiroya Yamano
Conservation efforts strive to protect significant swaths of terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems from a range of threats. As climate change becomes an increasing concern, these efforts must take into account how resilient protected spaces will be in the face of future drivers of change such as warming temperatures. Climate landscape metrics, which signal the spatial magnitude and direction of climate change, support a convenient initial assessment of potential threats to and opportunities within ecosystems to inform conservation and policy efforts where biological data are not available...
February 17, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210790/factors-influencing-the-success-of-anterior-cruciate-ligament-repair-with-dynamic-intraligamentary-stabilisation
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Anna M Krismer, Lampros Gousopoulos, Sandro Kohl, Atesch Ateschrang, Hendrik Kohlhof, Sufian S Ahmad
PURPOSE: Primary repair of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) has regained interest of clinicians with recent development of novel repair techniques. Dynamic intraligamentary stabilisation was introduced in an attempt to promote healing by shielding cyclic loads acting upon the ACL during the healing phase. The aim of this study was to identify negative factors likely to influence success of this procedure. METHODS: Between 2009 and 2014, 264 patients with an acute ACL rupture undergoing dynamic intraligamentary stabilisation were included in this study...
February 17, 2017: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy: Official Journal of the ESSKA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209713/mir-718-represses-pro-inflammatory-cytokine-production-through-targeting-pten
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Parisa Kalantari, Omid F Harandi, Sarika Agarwal, Florentina Rus, Evelyn A Kurt-Jones, Katherine A Fitzgerald, Daniel R Caffrey, Douglas T Golenbock
Bacterial sepsis involves a complex interaction between the host immune response and bacterial lipopolysaccharides (LPS). LPS binds Toll-like receptor (TLR) 4, which leads to the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines that are essential for a potent innate immune response against pathogens. The innate immune system is tightly regulated as excessive inflammation can lead to organ failure and death. MicroRNAs have recently emerged as important regulators of the innate immune system. Here, we determined the function of miR-718, which is conserved across mammals and overlaps with the 5 UTR of the Interleukin-1 Receptor-Associated Kinase (IRAK1) gene...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209610/the-tumor-microenvironment-at-a-turning-point-knowledge-gained-over-the-last-decade-and-challenges-and-opportunities-ahead-a-white-paper-from-the-nci-tme-network
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Yves A DeClerck, Kenneth J Pienta, Elisa C Woodhouse, Dinah S Singer, Suresh Mohla
Over the past 10 years, the Tumor Microenvironment Network (TMEN), supported by the NCI (Bethesda, MD), has promoted collaborative research with the explicit goal of fostering multi-institutional and transdisciplinary groups that are capable of addressing complex issues involving the tumor microenvironment. The main goal of the TMEN was to generate novel information about the dynamic complexity of tumor-host interactions in different organ systems with emphasis on using human tissues and supplemented by experimental models...
February 16, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208608/multiple-mobile-mrna-signals-regulate-tuber-development-in-potato
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David J Hannapel, Anjan K Banerjee
Included among the many signals that traffic through the sieve element system are full-length mRNAs that function to respond to the environment and to regulate development. In potato, several mRNAs that encode transcription factors from the three-amino-loop-extension (TALE) superfamily move from leaves to roots and stolons via the phloem to control growth and signal the onset of tuber formation. This RNA transport is enhanced by short-day conditions and is facilitated by RNA-binding proteins from the polypyrimidine tract-binding family of proteins...
February 10, 2017: Plants (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208447/influence-of-trust-in-the-spreading-of-information
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Hongrun Wu, Alex Arenas, Sergio Gómez
The understanding and prediction of information diffusion processes on networks is a major challenge in network theory with many implications in social sciences. Many theoretical advances occurred due to stochastic spreading models. Nevertheless, these stochastic models overlooked the influence of rational decisions on the outcome of the process. For instance, different levels of trust in acquaintances do play a role in information spreading, and actors may change their spreading decisions during the information diffusion process accordingly...
January 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207877/selective-inhibition-of-aggregation-fibrillation-of-bovine-serum-albumin-by-osmolytes-mechanistic-and-energetics-insights
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Moumita Dasgupta, Nand Kishore
Bovine serum albumin (BSA) is an important transport protein of the blood and its aggregation/fibrillation would adversely affect its transport ability leading to metabolic disorder. Therefore, understanding the mechanism of fibrillation/aggregation of BSA and design of suitable inhibitor molecules for stabilizing its native conformation, are of utmost importance. The qualitative and quantitative aspects of the effect of osmolytes (proline, hydroxyproline, glycine betaine, sarcosine and sorbitol) on heat induced aggregation/fibrillation of BSA at physiological pH (pH 7...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207860/effect-of-human-cytomegalovirus-hcmv-us27-on-cxcr4-receptor-internalization-measured-by-fluorogen-activating-protein-fap-biosensors
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Jordan M Boeck, Juliet V Spencer
Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) is a widespread pathogen and a member of the Herpesviridae family. HCMV has a large genome that encodes many genes that are non-essential for virus replication but instead play roles in manipulation of the host immune environment. One of these is the US27 gene, which encodes a protein with homology to the chemokine receptor family of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs). The US27 protein has no known chemokine ligands but can modulate the signaling activity of host receptor CXCR4...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207811/accelerated-flexible-protein-ligand-docking-using-hamiltonian-replica-exchange-with-a-repulsive-biasing-potential
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Katja Ostermeir, Martin Zacharias
A molecular dynamics replica exchange based method has been developed that allows rapid identification of putative ligand binding sites on the surface of biomolecules. The approach employs a set of ambiguity restraints in replica simulations between receptor and ligand that allow close contacts in the reference replica but promotes transient dissociation in higher replicas. This avoids long-lived trapping of the ligand or partner proteins at nonspecific, sticky, sites on the receptor molecule and results in accelerated exploration of the possible binding regions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207790/network-structure-impacts-global-commodity-trade-growth-and-resilience
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Ali Kharrazi, Elena Rovenskaya, Brian D Fath
Global commodity trade networks are critical to our collective sustainable development. Their increasing interconnectedness pose two practical questions: (i) Do the current network configurations support their further growth? (ii) How resilient are these networks to economic shocks? We analyze the data of global commodity trade flows from 1996 to 2012 to evaluate the relationship between structural properties of the global commodity trade networks and (a) their dynamic growth, as well as (b) the resilience of their growth with respect to the 2009 global economic shock...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207737/the-enteric-nervous-system-promotes-intestinal-health-by-constraining-microbiota-composition
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Annah S Rolig, Erika K Mittge, Julia Ganz, Josh V Troll, Ellie Melancon, Travis J Wiles, Kristin Alligood, W Zac Stephens, Judith S Eisen, Karen Guillemin
Sustaining a balanced intestinal microbial community is critical for maintaining intestinal health and preventing chronic inflammation. The gut is a highly dynamic environment, subject to periodic waves of peristaltic activity. We hypothesized that this dynamic environment is a prerequisite for a balanced microbial community and that the enteric nervous system (ENS), a chief regulator of physiological processes within the gut, profoundly influences gut microbiota composition. We found that zebrafish lacking an ENS due to a mutation in the Hirschsprung disease gene, sox10, develop microbiota-dependent inflammation that is transmissible between hosts...
February 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205641/the-tiered-evaluation-of-the-effects-of-transgenic-cry1c-rice-on-cyrtorhinus-lividipennis-a-main-predator-of-nilaparvata-lugens
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Yu Han, Fugang Ma, Muhammad Nawaz, Yu Wang, Wanlun Cai, Jing Zhao, Yueping He, Hongxia Hua, Yulan Zou
T1C-19, a newly developed transgenic cry1C rice line, expresses cry1C under the control of the maize ubiquitin promoter, and is highly resistant to lepidopteran pests of rice. Cyrtorhinus lividipennis is the major predator of the eggs and young nymphs of Nilaparvata lugens, which is the main non-target sap-sucking insect pest of Bt rice. C. lividipennis may be exposed to Cry1C protein, thus biosafety evaluations of transgenic cry1C rice on C. lividipennis should be conducted before the commercialization of T1C-19...
February 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205572/ran-dependent-tpx2-activation-promotes-acentrosomal-microtubule-nucleation-in-neurons
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Wen-Shin Chen, Yi-Ju Chen, Yung-An Huang, Bing-Yuan Hsieh, Ho-Chieh Chiu, Pei-Ying Kao, Chih-Yuan Chao, Eric Hwang
The microtubule (MT) cytoskeleton is essential for the formation of morphologically appropriate neurons. The existence of the acentrosomal MT organizing center in neurons has been proposed but its identity remained elusive. Here we provide evidence showing that TPX2 is an important component of this acentrosomal MT organizing center. First, neurite elongation is compromised in TPX2-depleted neurons. In addition, TPX2 localizes to the centrosome and along the neurite shaft bound to MTs. Depleting TPX2 decreases MT formation frequency specifically at the tip and the base of the neurite, and these correlate precisely with the regions where active GTP-bound Ran proteins are enriched...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205544/structural-environment-built-by-akap12-colon-mesenchymal-cells-drives-m2-macrophages-during-inflammation-recovery
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Jun-Mo Yang, Hye Shin Lee, Ji Hae Seo, Ji-Hyeon Park, Irwin H Gelman, Eng H Lo, Kyu-Won Kim
Macrophages exhibit phenotypic plasticity, as they have the ability to switch their functional phenotypes during inflammation and recovery. Simultaneously, the mechanical environment actively changes. However, how these dynamic alterations affect the macrophage phenotype is unknown. Here, we observed that the extracellular matrix (ECM) constructed by AKAP12+ colon mesenchymal cells (CMCs) generated M2 macrophages by regulating their shape during recovery. Notably, rounded macrophages were present in the linear and loose ECM of inflamed colons and polarized to the M1 phenotype...
February 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205516/a-viral-protease-relocalizes-in-the-presence-of-the-vector-to-promote-vector-performance
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Aurélie Bak, Andrea L Cheung, Chunling Yang, Steven A Whitham, Clare L Casteel
Vector-borne pathogens influence host characteristics relevant to host-vector contact, increasing pathogen transmission and survival. Previously, we demonstrated that infection with Turnip mosaic virus, a member of one of the largest families of plant-infecting viruses, increases vector attraction and reproduction on infected hosts. These changes were due to a single viral protein, NIa-Pro. Here we show that NIa-Pro responds to the presence of the aphid vector during infection by relocalizing to the vacuole...
February 16, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202678/stress-induced-o-glcnacylation-an-adaptive-process-of-injured-cells
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REVIEW
Marissa R Martinez, Thiago Braido Dias, Peter S Natov, Natasha E Zachara
In the 30 years, since the discovery of nucleocytoplasmic glycosylation, O-GlcNAc has been implicated in regulating cellular processes as diverse as protein folding, localization, degradation, activity, post-translational modifications, and interactions. The cell co-ordinates these molecular events, on thousands of cellular proteins, in concert with environmental and physiological cues to fine-tune epigenetics, transcription, translation, signal transduction, cell cycle, and metabolism. The cellular stress response is no exception: diverse forms of injury result in dynamic changes to the O-GlcNAc subproteome that promote survival...
February 8, 2017: Biochemical Society Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202517/tankyrase-binding-protein-tnks1bp1-regulates-actin-cytoskeleton-rearrangement-and-cancer-cell-invasion
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Tomokazu Ohishi, Haruka Yoshida, Masamichi Katori, Toshiro Migita, Yukiko Muramatsu, Mao Miyake, Yuichi Ishikawa, Akio Saiura, Shun-Ichiro Iemura, Tohru Natsume, Hiroyuki Seimiya
Tankyrase, a poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) that promotes telomere elongation and Wnt/β-catenin signaling, has various binding partners, suggesting that it has as-yet unidentified functions. Here we report that the tankyrase-binding protein TNKS1BP1 regulates actin cytoskeleton and cancer cell invasion, which is closely associated with cancer progression. TNKS1BP1 colocalized with actin filaments and negatively regulated cell invasion. In TNKS1BP1-depleted cells, actin filament dynamics, focal adhesion, and lamellipodia ruffling were increased with activation of the ROCK-LIMK-cofilin pathway...
February 15, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202041/the-microtubule-plus-end-tracking-protein-tacc3-promotes-persistent-axon-outgrowth-and-mediates-responses-to-axon-guidance-signals-during-development
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Burcu Erdogan, Garrett M Cammarata, Eric J Lee, Benjamin C Pratt, Andrew F Francl, Erin L Rutherford, Laura Anne Lowery
BACKGROUND: Formation of precise neuronal connections requires proper axon guidance. Microtubules (MTs) of the growth cone provide a critical driving force during navigation of the growing ends of axons. Pioneer MTs and their plus-end tracking proteins (+TIPs) are thought to play integrative roles during this navigation. TACC3 is a + TIP that we have previously implicated in regulating MT dynamics within axons. However, the role of TACC3 in axon guidance has not been previously explored...
February 15, 2017: Neural Development
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