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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092835/effects-of-the-central-potassium-ions-on-the-g-quadruplex-and-stabilizer-binding
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Zhiguo Wang, Jun-Ping Liu
Human telomeres undertake the structure of intra-molecular parallel G-quadruplex in the presence of K(+) in eukaryotic cell. Stabilization of the telomere G-quadruplex represents a potential strategy to prevent telomere lengthening by telomerase in cancer therapy. Current work demonstrates that the binding of central K(+) with the parallel G-quadruplex is a coordinated water directed step-wise process. The K(+) above the top G-tetrad is prone to leak into environment and the 5'-adenine quickly flips over the top G-tetrad, leading to the bottom gate of G-tetrads as the only viable pathway of K(+) binding...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092336/the-construction-of-expanded-prefabricated-adipose-tissue-epat-using-an-external-volume-expansion-eve-device
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Yi Yuan, Shuifa Yang, Yangyan Yi, Jianhua Gao, Feng Lu
BACKGROUND: Multiple studies have demonstrated that mechanical forces promote the growth of adipose tissue. However, the mechanism of adipose tissue regeneration induced by mechanical forces remains unclear. METHODS: In an experiment using rats, prefabricated adipose tissue with a vessel pedicle was expanded using an external volume expansion (EVE) device. The volume of fat flaps was tested at different time points. Cell proliferation and angiogenesis were analyzed using immunofluorescence...
January 12, 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091914/altered-liver-proteoglycan-glycosaminoglycan-structure-as-a-manifestation-of-extracellular-matrix-remodeling-upon-bcg-induced-granulomatosis-in-mice
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L B Kim, V A Shkurupy, A N Putyatina
Experimental BCG-induced granulomatosis in mice was used to study changes in the dynamics of individual liver proteoglycan components reflecting phasic extracellular matrix remodeling, determined by the host-parasite interaction and associated with granuloma development. In the early BCG-granulomatosis period, the increase in individual proteoglycan components promotes granuloma formation, providing conditions for mycobacteria adhesion to host cells, migration of phagocytic cells from circulation, and cell-cell interaction leading to granuloma development and fibrosis...
January 14, 2017: Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091668/effect-of-ammonia-on-chemical-vapour-deposition-and-carbon-nanotube-nucleation-mechanisms
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Clothilde A Eveleens, Alister J Page
Chemical vapour deposition (CVD) growth of carbon nanotubes is currently the most viable method for commercial-scale nanotube production. However, controlling the 'chirality', or helicity, of carbon nanotubes during CVD growth remains a challenge. Recent studies have shown that adding chemical 'etchants', such as ammonia and water, to the feedstock gas can alter the diameter and chirality of nanotubes produced with CVD. To date, this strategy for chirality control remains sub-optimal, since we have a poor understanding of how these etchants change the CVD and nucleation mechanisms...
January 16, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089630/the-aspergillus-nidulans-pbp1-homolog-is-required-for-normal-sexual-development-and-secondary-metabolism
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Alexandra A Soukup, Gregory J Fischer, Jerry Luo, Nancy P Keller
P bodies and stress granules are RNA-containing structures governing mRNA degradation and translational arrest, respectively. Saccharomyces cerevisiae Pbp1protein localizes to stress granules and promotes their formation and is involved in proper polyadenylation, suppression of RNA-DNA hybrids, and preventing aberrant rDNA recombination. A genetic screen for Aspergillus nidulans mutants aberrant in secondary metabolism identified the Pbp1 homolog, PbpA. Using Dcp1 (mRNA decapping) as a marker for P-body formation and FabM (Pab1, poly-A binding protein) to track stress granule accumulation, we examine the dynamics of RNA granule formation in A...
January 9, 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088502/the-nucleotide-changes-within-hbv-core-promoter-precore-during-the-first-12weeks-of-nucleos-t-ide-treatment-might-be-associated-with-a-better-virological-response
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Yaqin Peng, Yutang Li, Jinlin Hou, Jian Sun, Mingze Su, Yao Li, Kuanhui Xiang, Ling Yan, Hui Zhuang, Tong Li
OBJECTIVES: We aimed to study the dynamic changes of hepatitis B virus (HBV) core promoter/precore (CP/preC) sequences during antiviral treatment and their associations with virological responses. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The baseline and 12-week CP/preC sequences (nts 1655-2014) were obtained from 52 chronic hepatitis B patients with positive hepatitis B e antigen (HBeAg), who received a 104-week lamivudine and adefovir dipivoxil combination therapy. The mutations within the CP/preC were analyzed against genotype specific reference sequences...
January 11, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088211/innovation-contests-to-promote-sexual-health-in-china-a-qualitative-evaluation
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Wei Zhang, David Schaffer, Lai Sze Tso, Songyuan Tang, Weiming Tang, Shujie Huang, Bin Yang, Joseph D Tucker
BACKGROUND: Innovation contests call on non-experts to help solve problems. While these contests have been used extensively in the private sector to increase engagement between organizations and clients, there is little data on the role of innovation contests to promote health campaigns. We implemented an innovation contest in China to increase sexual health awareness among youth and evaluated community engagement in the contest. METHODS: The sexual health image contest consisted of an open call for sexual health images, contest promotion activities, judging of entries, and celebrating contributions...
January 14, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087623/a-p53-based-genetic-tracing-system-to-follow-postnatal-cardiomyocyte-expansion-in-heart-regeneration
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Qi Xiao, Guoxin Zhang, Huijuan Wang, Lai Chen, Shuangshuang Lu, Dejing Pan, Geng Liu, Zhongzhou Yang
For heart regeneration, the proliferative potential of cardiomyocytes in postnatal mice is under intense investigations. However, solely relying on immunostaining of proliferation markers, the long term proliferation dynamics and potential of the cardiomyocytes cannot be readily addressed. Previously, we found that a p53 promoter driving reporter predominantly marked the proliferating lineages in mice. Here, we established a p53 based genetic tracing system to investigate postnatal cardiomyocyte proliferation and heart regeneration...
January 13, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087598/bayesian-network-inference-modeling-identifies-trib1-as-a-novel-regulator-of-cell-cycle-progression-and-survival-in-cancer-cells
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Rina Gendelman, Heming Xing, Olga K Mirzoeva, Preeti Sarde, Christina Curtis, Heidi Feiler, Paul McDonagh, Joe W Gray, Iya Khalil, W Michael Korn
Molecular networks governing cellular responses to targeted therapies are complex dynamic systems with non-intuitive behaviors. Here we applied a novel computational strategy to infer probabilistic causal relationships between network components based on gene expression. We constructed a model comprised of an ensemble of networks using multidimensional data from cell line models of cell cycle arrest caused by inhibition of MEK1/2. Through simulation of reverse-engineered Bayesian network modeling, we generated predictions of G1-S transition...
January 13, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087530/pgas-a-low-ph-induced-promoter-as-a-dynamic-gene-expression-control-tool-for-the-metabolic-engineering-of-aspergillus-niger
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Xian Yin, Hyun-Dong Shin, Jianghua Li, Guocheng Du, Long Liu, Jian Chen
: The dynamic control of gene expression is important for adjusting fluxes in order to obtain desired products and achieve appropriate cell growth, particularly when the synthesis of a desired product drains metabolites required for cell growth. For dynamic gene expression, a promoter responsive to a particular environmental stressor is vital. Here, we report a low pH-inducible promoter, Pgas, which promotes minimal gene expression at pH values of greater than 5.0, but functioned efficiently at low pH values, such as pH 2...
January 13, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087486/enhanced-articular-cartilage-by-human-mesenchymal-stem-cells-in-enzymatically-mediated-transiently-rgds-functionalized-collagen-mimetic-hydrogels
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Paresh A Parmar, Jean-Philippe St-Pierre, Lesley W Chow, Christopher D Spicer, Violet Stoichevska, Yong Y Peng, Jerome A Werkmeister, John A M Ramshaw, Molly M Stevens
: Recapitulation of the articular cartilage microenvironment for regenerative medicine applications faces significant challenges due to the complex and dynamic biochemical and biomechanical nature of native tissue. Towards the goal of biomaterial designs that enable the temporal presentation of bioactive sequences, recombinant bacterial collagens such as Streptococcal collagen-like 2 (Scl2) proteins can be employed to incorporate multiple specific bioactive and biodegradable peptide motifs into a single construct...
January 10, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087342/myeloid-leukemia-factor-1-is-a-novel-modulator-of-neonatal-rat-cardiomyocyte-proliferation
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Ashraf Yusuf Rangrez, Jost Pott, Annika Kluge, Robert Frauen, Katharina Stiebeling, Phillip Hoppe, Samuel Sossalla, Norbert Frey, Derk Frank
The present study focuses on the identification of the gene expression profile of neonatal rat cardiomyocytes (NRVCMs) after dynamic mechanical stretch through microarrays of RNA isolated from cells stretched for 2, 6 or 24h. In this analysis, myeloid leukemia factor-1 (MLF1) was found to be significantly downregulated during the course of stretch. We found that MLF1 is highly expressed in the heart, however, its cardiac function is unknown yet. In line with microarray data, MLF1 was profoundly downregulated in in vivo mouse models of cardiomyopathy, and also significantly reduced in the hearts of human patients with dilated cardiomyopathy...
January 10, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087332/exo-mfa-a-13c-metabolic-flux-analysis-to-dissect-tumor-microenvironment-secreted-exosome-contributions-towards-cancer-cell-metabolism
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Abhinav Achreja, Hongyun Zhao, Lifeng Yang, Tae Hyun Yun, Juan Marini, Deepak Nagrath
Dissecting the pleiotropic roles of tumor micro-environment (TME) on cancer progression has been brought to the foreground of research on cancer pathology. Extracellular vesicles such as exosomes, transport proteins, lipids, and nucleic acids, to mediate intercellular communication between TME components and have emerged as candidates for anti-cancer therapy. We previously reported that cancer-associated fibroblast (CAF) derived exosomes (CDEs) contain metabolites in their cargo that are utilized by cancer cells for central carbon metabolism and promote cancer growth...
January 10, 2017: Metabolic Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087256/manganese-superoxide-dismutase-and-glutathione-peroxidase-1-contribute-to-the-rise-and-fall-of-mitochondrial-reactive-oxygen-species-which-drive-oncogenesis
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REVIEW
Dede N Ekoue, Chenxia He, Alan M Diamond, Marcelo G Bonini
Reactive oxygen species (ROS) largely originating in the mitochondria play essential roles in the metabolic and (epi)genetic reprogramming of cancer cell evolution towards more aggressive phenotypes. Recent studies have indicated that the activity of superoxide dismutase (SOD2) may promote tumor progression by serving as a source of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). H2O2 is a form of ROS that is particularly active as a redox agent affecting cell signaling due to its ability to freely diffuse out of the mitochondria and alter redox active amino acid residues on regulatory proteins...
January 10, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087202/family-adaptation-to-cerebral-palsy-in-adolescents-a-european-multicenter-study
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Audrey Guyard, Susan I Michelsen, Catherine Arnaud, Jerome Fauconnier
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Factors promoting family adaptation to child's disability are poorly studied together. The aim of the study was to describe the family adaptation to disability and to identify determinants associated with using a global theoretical model. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 286 families of teenagers [13-17 years] with cerebral palsy (CP) from 4 European disability registers were included and visited at home. Face to face interviews were performed in order to measure parental distress, perceived impact in various dimensions of family life, family resources and stressors...
January 10, 2017: Research in Developmental Disabilities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086909/fast-detection-and-data-compensation-for-electrodes-disconnection-in-long-term-monitoring-of-dynamic-brain-electrical-impedance-tomography
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Ge Zhang, Meng Dai, Lin Yang, Weichen Li, Haoting Li, Canhua Xu, Xuetao Shi, Xiuzhen Dong, Feng Fu
BACKGROUND: Electrode disconnection is a common occurrence during long-term monitoring of brain electrical impedance tomography (EIT) in clinical settings. The data acquisition system suffers remarkable data loss which results in image reconstruction failure. The aim of this study was to: (1) detect disconnected electrodes and (2) account for invalid data. METHODS: Weighted correlation coefficient for each electrode was calculated based on the measurement differences between well-connected and disconnected electrodes...
January 7, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081290/membrane-microdomains-and-the-cytoskeleton-constrain-athir1-dynamics-and-facilitate-the-formation-of-an-athir1-associated-immune-complex
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Xueqin Lv, Yanping Jing, Jianwei Xiao, Yongdeng Zhang, Yingfang Zhu, Russell Julian, Jinxing Lin
Arabidopsis hypersensitive induced reaction (AtHIR) proteins function in plant innate immunity. However, the underlying mechanisms by which AtHIRs participate in plant immunity remain elusive. Here, using VA-TIRFM and FLIM-FRET, we revealed that AtHIR1 is present in membrane microdomains and co-localizes with the membrane microdomain marker REM1.3. Single-particle tracking analysis revealed that membrane microdomains and the cytoskeleton, especially microtubules, restrict the lateral mobility of AtHIR1 at the plasma membrane and facilitate its oligomerization...
January 12, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081156/generation-of-a-stable-transgenic-swine-model-expressing-a-porcine-histone-2b-egfp-fusion-protein-for-cell-tracking-and-chromosome-dynamics-studies
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Renan B Sper, Sehwon Koh, Xia Zhang, Sean Simpson, Bruce Collins, Jeff Sommer, Robert M Petters, Ignacio Caballero, Jeff L Platt, Jorge A Piedrahita
Transgenic pigs have become an attractive research model in the field of translational research, regenerative medicine, and stem cell therapy due to their anatomic, genetic and physiological similarities with humans. The development of fluorescent proteins as molecular tags has allowed investigators to track cell migration and engraftment levels after transplantation. Here we describe the development of two transgenic pig models via SCNT expressing a fusion protein composed of eGFP and porcine Histone 2B (pH2B)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080987/ploidy-dynamics-and-evolvability-in-fungi
#19
REVIEW
Noa Blutraich Wertheimer, Neil Stone, Judith Berman
Rapid responses to acute stresses are essential for stress survival and are critical to the ability of fungal pathogens to adapt to new environments or hosts. The rapid emergence of drug resistance is used as a model for how fungi adapt and survive stress conditions that inhibit the growth of progenitor cells. Aneuploidy and loss of heterozygosity (LOH), which are large-scale genome shifts involving whole chromosomes or chromosome arms, occur at higher frequency than point mutations and have the potential to mediate stress survival...
December 5, 2016: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080315/we-know-who-likes-us-but-not-who-competes-against-us
#20
Noah Eisenkraft, Hillary Anger Elfenbein, Shirli Kopelman
Research on dyadic meta-accuracy suggests that people can accurately judge how their acquaintances feel toward them. However, existing studies have focused exclusively on positive feelings, such as liking. We present the first research on dyadic meta-accuracy for competition, a common dynamic among work colleagues. Data from the sales staff at a car dealership and students working on project teams suggest that the prevailing model of dyadic meta-accuracy breaks down for judgments of competition. For liking, projecting one's own feelings promotes dyadic meta-accuracy because colleagues tend to reciprocate each other's liking...
January 1, 2017: Psychological Science
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