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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433003/the-plastid-outer-membrane-localized-lptd1-is-important-for-glycerolipid-remodeling-under-phosphate-starvation
#1
Yi-Ching Hsueh, Christian Ehmann, Nadine Flinner, Roman Ladig, Enrico Schleiff
Glycerolipid synthesis in plants is coordinated between plastids and the endoplasmic reticulum (ER). A central step within the glycerolipid synthesis is the transport of phosphatidic acid from ER to chloroplasts. The chloroplast outer envelope protein TGD4 belongs to the LptD family conserved in bacteria and plants and selectively binds and may transports phosphatidic acid. We describe a second LptD-family protein in A. thaliana (atLPTD1; At2g44640) characterized by a barrel domain with an amino acid signature typical for cyanobacterial LptDs...
April 22, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433001/principal-cell-types-of-sleep-wake-regulatory-circuits
#2
REVIEW
Barbara E Jones
Electrophysiological recordings indicate that neurons which discharge maximally in association with distinct sleep-wake states are distributed through the brain, albeit in differing proportions. As studied using juxtacellular recording and labeling within the basal forebrain, four functional principal cell types are distinguished as: wake/paradoxical sleep (W/PS)-, slow wave sleep (SWS)-, W- and PS-max active. They are each comprised by both GABA and glutamate neurons, in addition to acetylcholine neurons belonging to the W/PS group...
April 19, 2017: Current Opinion in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433000/elastic-moduli-of-electrospun-mats-importance-of-fiber-curvature-and-specimen-dimensions
#3
Vijay Kumar, Amit Rawal
Success of tissue engineering relies on the architecture and properties of porous scaffolds. Electrospun nonwoven scaffolds in the form of mats are unique materials due to large surface area to volume ratio, high porosity, versatility in surface functionalities and excellent mechanical properties. Maneuvering the mechanical behavior of the electrospun mat is a major challenge both from theoretical and experimental perspectives. Herein, we report a two-dimensional (2D) analytical model of normalized elastic moduli of electrospun mats by formulating a relationship with the governing fiber and structural parameters...
April 12, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432987/multimodal-imaging-of-language-reorganization-in-patients-with-left-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
#4
Yu-Hsuan A Chang, Nobuko Kemmotsu, Kelly M Leyden, N Erkut Kucukboyaci, Vicente J Iragui, Evelyn S Tecoma, Leena Kansal, Marc A Norman, Rachelle Compton, Tobin J Ehrlich, Vedang S Uttarwar, Anny Reyes, Brianna M Paul, Carrie R McDonald
This study explored the relationships among multimodal imaging, clinical features, and language impairment in patients with left temporal lobe epilepsy (LTLE). Fourteen patients with LTLE and 26 controls underwent structural MRI, functional MRI, diffusion tensor imaging, and neuropsychological language tasks. Laterality indices were calculated for each imaging modality and a principal component (PC) was derived from language measures. Correlations were performed among imaging measures, as well as to the language PC...
April 19, 2017: Brain and Language
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432984/cigarette-smoke-extract-counteracts-atheroprotective-effects-of-high-laminar-flow-on-endothelial-function
#5
Sindy Giebe, Natalia Cockcroft, Katherine Hewitt, Melanie Brux, Anja Hofmann, Henning Morawietz, Coy Brunssen
Tobacco smoking and hemodynamic forces are key stimuli in the development of endothelial dysfunction and atherosclerosis. High laminar flow has an atheroprotective effect on the endothelium and leads to a reduced response of endothelial cells to cardiovascular risk factors compared to regions with disturbed or low laminar flow. We hypothesize that the atheroprotective effect of high laminar flow could delay the development of endothelial dysfunction caused by cigarette smoking. Primary human endothelial cells were stimulated with increasing dosages of aqueous cigarette smoke extract (CSEaq)...
April 7, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432981/hidden-markov-model-and-chapman-kolmogrov-for-protein-structures-prediction-from-images
#6
Md Sarwar Kamal, Linkon Chowdhury, Mohammad Ibrahim Khan, Amira S Ashour, João Manuel R S Tavares, Nilanjan Dey
Protein structure prediction and analysis are more significant for living organs to perfect asses the living organ functionalities. Several protein structure prediction methods use neural network (NN). However, the Hidden Markov model is more interpretable and effective for more biological data analysis compared to the NN. It employs statistical data analysis to enhance the prediction accuracy. The current work proposed a protein prediction approach from protein images based on Hidden Markov Model and Chapman Kolmogrov equation...
April 13, 2017: Computational Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432976/cuticular-wax-coverage-and-composition-differ-among-organs-of-taraxacum-officinale
#7
Yanjun Guo, Lucas Busta, Reinhard Jetter
Primary plant surfaces are coated with hydrophobic cuticular waxes to minimize non-stomatal water loss. Wax compositions differ greatly between plant species and, in the few species studied systematically so far, also between organs, tissues, and developmental stages. However, the wax mixtures of more species in diverse plant families must be investigated to assess overall wax variability, and ultimately to correlate organ-specific composition with local water barrier properties. Here, we present comprehensive analyses of the waxes covering five organs of Taraxacum officinale (dandelion), to help close a gap in our understanding of wax chemistry in the Asteraceae family...
April 6, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432974/highly-efficient-degradation-of-thidiazuron-with-ag-agcl-activated-carbon-composites-under-led-light-irradiation
#8
Yisi Yang, Yan Zhang, Mingguang Dong, Ting Yan, Maosheng Zhang, Qingru Zeng
Thidiazuron (TDZ; 1-phenyl-3-(1,2,3-thiadiazol-5-yl)urea) is one of the most widely used defoliant and easy to dissolve in surface water. Risk associated with the pesticide is not clearly defined, so it is important to remove/degrade TDZ with an efficient and environment friendly technology. Here, we investigated the use of Ag/AgCl-activated carbon (Ag/AgCl-AC) composites in photocatalytic degradation of TDZ under LED light. By the synergic effect of Ag/AgCl and AC, the optimum Ag/carbon weight ratio of 2:1 exhibited superior visible-light photocatalytic activity, the highest removal efficiency was close to 91% in pH 7 matrix...
April 5, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432969/quantitative-effects-of-amination-degree-on-the-magnetic-iron-oxide-nanoparticles-mionps-using-as-adsorbents-to-remove-aqueous-heavy-metal-ions
#9
Sen Lin, Meng Xu, Wei Zhang, Xiufu Hua, Kuangfei Lin
The hierarchical effect of amine-functionalization on nanoparticle properties, magnetism especially, and adsorption of Cu(2+), Ni(2+), Pb(2+) and Zn(2+) by aminated MIONPs were investigated elaboratively. The results reflected that the dispersibility and stability of nanoparticles in aqueous solution were both enhanced as MIONPs grafted with amine groups, while saturation magnetism and magnetic recovery conveniences had a negatively correlative relation with the amination degree. In addition, the adsorption performances of Cu(2+), Ni(2+), Pb(2+) and Zn(2+) by different aminated MIONPs were also studied comprehensively...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432967/friendliness-functionality-and-freedom-design-characteristics-that-support-midwifery-practice-in-the-hospital-setting
#10
Athena Hammond, Caroline S E Homer, Maralyn Foureur
OBJECTIVE: to identify and describe the design characteristics of hospital birth rooms that support midwives and their practice. DESIGN: this study used a qualitative exploratory descriptive methodology underpinned by the theoretical approach of critical realism. Data was collected through 21 in-depth, face-to-face photo-elicitation interviews and a thematic analysis guided by study objectives and the aims of exploratory research was undertaken. SETTING: the study was set at a recently renovated tertiary hospital in a large Australian city...
April 4, 2017: Midwifery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432960/molecular-dynamic-simulations-on-tkx-50-rdx-cocrystal
#11
Shuling Xiong, Shusen Chen, Shaohua Jin
Dihydroxylammonium 5,5'-bistetrazole-1,1'-diolate (TKX-50) is a newly synthesized energetic material with excellent comprehensive properties. Cyclotrimethylenetrinitramine (RDX) is currently one of the most widely used energetic materials in the world. TKX-50 and RDX supercell models and TKX-50/RDX cocrystal model were constructed based on their crystal cell parameters and the formation mechanism of cocrystal, respectively, then they were simulated by molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. The maximum trigger bond (NNO2) length(Lmax), binding energy (Ebind), radial distribution function (RDF), cohesive energy density(CED) and mechanical properties were simulated at different temperatures based on the simulated equilibrium structures of the models...
March 19, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432959/molecular-dynamics-simulation-studies-of-novel-%C3%AE-lactamase-inhibitor
#12
Farhan Ul Haq, Asma Abro, Saad Raza, Klaus R Liedl, Syed Sikander Azam
New Delhi Metallo-β-Lactamase-1 (NDM-1) has drawn great attention due to its diverse antibiotic resistant activity. It can hydrolyze almost all clinically available β-lactam antibiotics. To inhibit the activity of NDM-1 a new strategy is proposed using computational methods. Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations are used to analyze the molecular interactions between selected inhibitor candidates and NDM-1 structure. The enzyme-ligand complex is subject to binding free energy calculations using MM(PB/GB)SA methods...
April 4, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432957/nanoencapsulation-strategies-for-the-delivery-of-novel-bifunctional-antioxidant-%C3%AF-1-selective-ligands
#13
Claudia Carbone, Emanuela Arena, Veronica Pepe, Orazio Prezzavento, Ivana Cacciatore, Hasan Turkez, Agostino Marrazzo, Antonio Di Stefano, Giovanni Puglisi
Nowadays sigma-1 receptors are considered as new therapeutic objectives for central nervous system neurodegenerative diseases. Among different molecules, alpha lipoic acid has been identified as a natural potent antioxidant drug, whose therapeutic efficacy is limited by its many drawbacks, such as fast metabolism, poor bioavailability and high physico-chemical instability. Alfa-lipoic acid derivatives have been recently developed demonstrating their neuroprotective activity and effectiveness in different types of oxidative stress...
April 12, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432951/microbial-communities-in-the-functional-areas-of-a-biofilm-reactor-with-anaerobic-aerobic-process-for-oily-wastewater-treatment
#14
Jianhua Li, Shanshan Sun, Ping Yan, Li Fang, Yang Yu, Yangdong Xiang, Di Wang, Yejing Gong, Yanjun Gong, Zhongzhi Zhang
Microbial communities in the functional areas of biofilm reactors with large height-diameter ratio using the anaerobic-aerobic (A/O) reflux process was investigated to treat heavy oil refinery wastewater without pretreatment. In the process, chemical oxygen demand (COD) and total nitrogen (TN) removal reached 93.2% and 82.8%, and the anaerobic biofilm reactor was responsible for 95% and 99%, respectively. Areas for hydrolysis acidification and acetic acid production, methane production, and COD recovery were obvious in the anaerobic reactor...
April 10, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432946/design-and-synthesis-of-sulfonamide-substituted-diphenylpyrimidines-sfa-dppys-as-potent-bruton-s-tyrosine-kinase-btk-inhibitors-with-improved-activity-toward-b-cell-lymphoblastic-leukemia
#15
He Liu, Menghua Qu, Lina Xu, Xu Han, Changyuan Wang, Xiaohong Shu, Jihong Yao, Kexin Liu, Jinyong Peng, Yanxia Li, Xiaodong Ma
A new series of diphenylpyrimidine derivatives (SFA-DPPYs) were synthesized by introducing a functional sulfonamide into the C-2 aniline moiety of pyrimidine template, and then were biologically evaluated as potent Bruton's tyrosine kinase (BTK) inhibitors. Among these molecules, inhibitors 10c, 10i, 10j and 10k displayed high potency against the BTK enzyme, with IC50 values of 1.18 nM, 0.92 nM, 0.42 nM and 1.05 nM, respectively. In particular, compound 10c could remarkably inhibit the proliferation of the B lymphoma cell lines at concentrations of 6...
April 14, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432942/insights-into-the-diversity-of-nod-like-receptors-identification-and-expression-analysis-of-nlrc3-nlrc5-and-nlrx1-in-rainbow-trout
#16
Claudio A Álvarez, Felipe Ramírez-Cepeda, Paula Santana, Elisa Torres, Jimena Cortés, Fanny Guzmán, Paulina Schmitt, Luis Mercado
Nucleotide-binding oligomerization domain (NOD)-like receptors (NLRs) are efficient soluble intracellular sensors that activate defense mechanisms against pathogens. In teleost fish, the involvement of NLRs in the immune response is not well understood. However, recent work has evidenced the expression of different NLRs in response to some pathogen associated molecular patterns (PAMPs). In the present work, the cDNA sequence encoding three new NOD-like receptors were identified in Oncorhynchus mykiss, namely OmNLRC3, OmNLRC5 and OmNLRX1...
April 19, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432941/validation-of-a-spe-hplc-uv-method-for-the-quantification-of-a-new-er-specific-photosensitizer-or-141-in-blood-serum-using-total-error-concept
#17
Emilie Bony, Yohan Mace, Adán Pinto, David Delvaux, Robert Kiss, Olivier Riant, Olivier Feron, Joëlle Quetin-Leclercq
The aim of this work is to develop the first validated HPLC-UV method quantification in blood serum for a new endoplasmic reticulum (ER)-specific benzophenazine photosensitizer (OR-141). A fast solid phase extraction (SPE) cleaning sample procedure was achieved on C18 encapped (ec) SPE cartridges and the separation was performed on a RP-18e column (5μM) using an isocratic elution with methanol. The method has been fully validated according to accuracy profiles based on total error and tolerance intervals. Calibration was performed in the matrix and trueness (<4...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432936/the-immunosuppressive-characteristics-of-fb1-by-inhibition-of-maturation-and-function-of-bmdcs
#18
Yinhuan Li, Yanhong Fan, Bingbing Xia, Qiuping Xiao, Qingqing Wang, Weidong Sun, Haibin Zhang, Chenghua He
Fumonisin B1 (FB1) is one kind of mycotoxins that has the neurotoxicity, carcinogenicity, hepatotoxicity and immunotoxicity produced by the fungus Fusarium verticillioides, which commonly infects corn and other crops and is harmful to animal and human health upon consumption of FB1-contaminated feed or food. However, the mechanism of immunotoxicity, especially the immunosuppression induced by FB1 is still unclear. The most pivotal cells in the induction of immune responses are dendritic cells (DCs). In this study, we used murine bone marrow-derived dendritic cells (BMDCs) as a model system to elucidate the effect of FB1 on the function of BMDCs through biological methods...
April 19, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432921/gates-for-soluble-and-membrane-proteins-and-two-trafficking-systems-ift-and-lift-establish-a-dynamic-ciliary-signaling-compartment
#19
REVIEW
Victor L Jensen, Michel R Leroux
Primary cilia are microtubule-based organelles found on most mammalian cell surfaces. They possess a soluble matrix and membrane contiguous with the cell body cytosol and plasma membrane, and yet, have distinct compositions that can be modulated to enable dynamic signal transduction. Here, we discuss how specialized ciliary compartments are established using a coordinated network of gating, trafficking and targeting activities. Cilium homeostasis is maintained by a size-selective molecular mesh that limits soluble protein entry, and by a membrane diffusion barrier localized at the transition zone...
April 19, 2017: Current Opinion in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432920/health-family-strains-dependency-and-life-satisfaction-of-older-adults
#20
Srinivasan Chokkanathan, Jayashree Mohanty
Using stress process theory and structural equation modelling, this study investigated the complex relationship between health status, family strain, dependency, and the life satisfaction of rural older adults with reported functional impairments in India. Data were extracted from a large-scale study of 903 randomly selected adults aged 61 years and older from 30 rural clusters of India. The sample for this study was confined to 653 older adults who reported functional impairments. Structural equation modelling showed that poor health status indirectly lowered the life satisfaction of older adults through family strains...
April 10, 2017: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
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