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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150981/systematic-proteomic-analysis-of-protein-methylation-in-prokaryotes-and-eukaryotes-revealed-distinct-substrate-specificity
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Min Zhang, Jun-Yu Xu, Hao Hu, Bang-Ce Ye, Minjia Tan
The studies of protein methylation mainly focus on lysine and arginine residues due to their diverse roles in essential cellular processes from gene expression to signal transduction. Nevertheless, atypical protein methylation occurring on amino acid residues, such as glutamine and glutamic acid, was largely neglected until recently. In addition, the systematic analysis for the distribution of methylation on different amino acids in various species is still lacking, which hinders our understanding of its functional roles...
November 18, 2017: Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150627/high-efficiency-backward-four-wave-mixing-by-quantum-interference
#2
Zi-Yu Liu, Jian-Ting Xiao, Jia-Kang Lin, Jun-Jie Wu, Jz-Yuan Juo, Chin-Yao Cheng, Yong-Fan Chen
Electromagnetically-induced-transparency-based four-wave mixing (FWM) in a resonant four-level double-Λ system has a maximum conversion efficiency (CE) of 25% due to spontaneous emission. Herein, we demonstrate that spontaneous emission can be considerably suppressed by arranging the applied laser beams in a backward configuration. With the backward double-Λ FWM scheme, we observe a CE of 63% in cold rubidium atoms with an optical depth (OD) of 48. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first observation of a CE exceeding the conversion limit in resonant FWM processes...
November 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149901/development-and-exploration-of-the-content-validity-of-a-patient-reported-outcome-measure-to-evaluate-the-impact-of-migraine-the-migraine-physical-function-impact-diary-mpfid
#3
Asha Hareendran, Sally Mannix, Anne Skalicky, Martha Bayliss, Andrew Blumenfeld, Dawn C Buse, Pooja R Desai, Brian G Ortmeier, Sandhya Sapra
BACKGROUND: Adults with migraine experience substantial reductions in quality of life during and in-between migraine attacks. Clinical and regulatory guidelines encourage the inclusion of patient reported outcomes for the evaluation of benefits of interventions for migraine. METHODS: The conceptual framework and items for a new patient-reported outcome (PRO) instrument, the Migraine Physical Function Impact Diary (MPFID), were developed using scientific methods recommended to ensure content validity of PRO instruments...
November 17, 2017: Health and Quality of Life Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149256/structural-and-immunodiagnostic-characterization-of-synthetic-antigen-b-subunits-from-echinococcus-granulosus-and-their-evaluation-as-target-antigens-for-cyst-viability-assessment
#4
Daniela Pagnozzi, Francesca Tamarozzi, Anna Maria Roggio, Vittorio Tedde, Maria Filippa Addis, Salvatore Pisanu, Gabriella Masu, Cinzia Santucciu, Ambra Vola, Adriano Casulli, Giovanna Masala, Enrico Brunetti, Sergio Uzzau
Background: Several tools have been proposed for serodiagnosis of cystic echinococcosis (CE), but none appears promising for cyst viability assessment. Antigens with stage-specific diagnostic value have been described, but few studies with well-characterized antigens and human sera have been performed. Antigen B (AgB) proteoforms hold promise as markers of viability, due to their differential stage-related expression and immunoreactivity. Methods: Four AgB subunits (AgB1, AgB2, AgB3, AgB4) were synthesized and structurally characterized...
November 15, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147852/enhanced-peptide-detection-toward-single-neuron-proteomics-by-reversed-phase-fractionation-capillary-electrophoresis-mass-spectrometry
#5
Sam B Choi, Camille Lombard-Banek, Pablo Muñoz-LLancao, M Chiara Manzini, Peter Nemes
The ability to detect peptides and proteins in single cells is vital for understanding cell heterogeneity in the nervous system. Capillary electrophoresis (CE) nanoelectrospray ionization (nanoESI) provides high-resolution mass spectrometry (HRMS) with trace-level sensitivity, but compressed separation during CE challenges protein identification by tandem HRMS with limited MS/MS duty cycle. Here, we supplemented ultrasensitive CE-nanoESI-HRMS with reversed-phase (RP) fractionation to enhance identifications from protein digest amounts that approximate to a few mammalian neurons...
November 16, 2017: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146319/developing-a-machine-vision-system-for-simultaneous-prediction-of-freshness-indicators-based-on-tilapia-oreochromis-niloticus-pupil-and-gill-color-during-storage-at-4%C3%A2-c
#6
Ce Shi, Jianping Qian, Shuai Han, Beilei Fan, Xinting Yang, Xiaoming Wu
The study assessed the feasibility of developing a machine vision system based on pupil and gill color changes in tilapia for simultaneous prediction of total volatile basic nitrogen (TVB-N), thiobarbituric acid (TBA) and total viable counts (TVC) during storage at 4°C. The pupils and gills were chosen and color space conversion among RGB, HSI and L(∗)a(∗)b(∗) color spaces was performed automatically by an image processing algorithm. Multiple regression models were established by correlating pupil and gill color parameters with TVB-N, TVC and TBA (R(2)=0...
March 15, 2018: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145130/photophysical-and-photochemical-insights-into-the-photodegradation-of-sulfapyridine-in-water-a-joint-experimental-and-theoretical-study
#7
Heming Zhang, Xiaoxuan Wei, Xuedan Song, Shaheen Shah, Jingwen Chen, Jianhui Liu, Ce Hao, Zhongfang Chen
For organic pollutants, photodegradation, as a major abiotic elimination process and of great importance to the environmental fate and risk, involves rather complicated physical and chemical processes of excited molecules. Herein, we systematically studied the photophysical and photochemical processes of a widely used antibiotic, namely sulfapyridine. By means of density functional theory (DFT) computations, we examined the rate constants and the competition of both photophysical and photochemical processes, elucidated the photochemical reaction mechanism, calculated reaction quantum yield (Φ) based on both photophysical and photochemical processes, and subsequently estimated the photodegradation rate constant...
October 7, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144871/consistency-ensured-parametric-tests-for-critical-events-of-composite-endpoints
#8
Mohammad F Huque, Mohamed Alosh, Matthew Guerra
Composite endpoints (CEs) are commonly used in clinical trials when clinically important events are rare or when the disease is multifaceted. However, components of a CE often differ markedly in their clinical importance. The overall treatment effect on the composite can be driven by less-important, yet more frequently occurring, components, with no effects on some clinically important components. These situations create difficulties in interpreting the results of the CE. The literature has proposed several approaches for handling these conditions, for example, by setting requirements on the results of the clinically important components...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Biopharmaceutical Statistics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144728/simultaneous-analysis-of-a-non-lipidated-protein-and-its-lipidated-counterpart-enabling-quantitative-investigation-of-protein-lipidation-s-impact-on-cellular-regulation
#9
Agnesa Shala-Lawrence, Melanie Jane Blanden, Svetlana M Krylova, Soumyashree A Gangopadhyay, Stanislav S Beloborodov, James L Hougland, Sergey N Krylov
Here we introduce Protein-Lipidation Quantitation (PLQ) - the first method for quantitative analysis of both a substrate and a product of protein lipidation in a biologically relevant context. Such analysis is required to study roles of protein lipidation in cellular regulation. In PLQ, the substrate is fused with a fluorescent protein to facilitate quantitative detection of both the non-lipidated substrate and the lipidated product. When expressed in cells with endogenous lipidation activity, the substrate is intracellularly lipidated...
November 16, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143214/cellular-processing-of-gold-nanoparticles-ce-icp-ms-evidence-for-the-speciation-changes-in-human-cytosol
#10
Joanna Legat, Magdalena Matczuk, Andrei R Timerbaev, Maciej Jarosz
The cellular uptake of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) may (or may not) affect their speciation, but information on the chemical forms in which the particles exist in the cell remains obscure. An analytical method based on the use of capillary electrophoresis hyphenated with inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) has been proposed to shed light on the intracellular processing of AuNPs. It was observed that when being introduced into normal cytosol, the conjugates of 10-50 nm AuNPs with albumin evolved in human serum stayed intact...
November 15, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142514/practice-patterns-and-clinical-significance-of-use-of-capsule-endoscopy-in-suspected-and-established-crohn-s-disease
#11
Yonghyun Kim, Seong Ran Jeon, Sang Myung Choi, Hyun Gun Kim, Tae Hee Lee, Jun-Hyung Cho, Yunho Jung, Wan Jung Kim, Bong Min Ko, Jin-Oh Kim, Joon Sung Lee, Moon Sung Lee
Background/Aims: Although the role of capsule endoscopy (CE) in Crohn's disease (CD) has expanded, CE is not used routinely for diagnosing and evaluating CD in Korea. We aimed to investigate current patterns of practice and evaluate the clinical significance of the use of CE in CD in Korean patients. Methods: Among 651 CE procedures performed for various indications, we retrospectively analyzed the medical records of patients who underwent CE in 57 cases of suspected CD (sCD) and 14 cases of established CD (eCD)...
October 2017: Intestinal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142431/characterization-of-leaf-extracts-of-schinus-terebinthifolius-raddi-by-gc-ms-and-chemometric-analysis
#12
Fabíola B Carneiro, Pablo Q Lopes, Ricardo C Ramalho, Marcus T Scotti, Sócrates G Santos, Luiz A L Soares
Background: Schinus terebinthifolius Raddi belongs to Anacardiacea family and is widely known as "aroeira." This species originates from South America, and its extracts are used in folk medicine due to its therapeutic properties, which include antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and antipyretic effects. The complexity and variability of the chemical constitution of the herbal raw material establishes the quality of the respective herbal medicine products. Objective: Thus, the purpose of this study was to investigate the variability of the volatile compounds from leaves of S...
October 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142428/in-vitro-protoscolicidal-effects-of-cinnamomum-zeylanicum-essential-oil-and-its-toxicity-in-mice
#13
Hossein Mahmoudvand, Hormoz Mahmoudvand, Razieh Tavakoli Oliaee, Amir Tavakoli Kareshk, Seyed Reza Mirbadie, Mohammad Reza Aflatoonian
Background: This study investigates the scolicidal effects of Cinnamomum zeylanicum essential oil against the protoscoleces of hydatid cysts and its toxicity in the mice model. Materials and Methods: Gas chromatography/mass spectroscopy analyses were used to identify the constituents of essential oil. Protoscoleces were treated with different concentrations of the essential oil (6.25-100 µL/mL) in each test tube for 5-30 min. The viability of protoscoleces was confirmed using eosin exclusion test (0...
October 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140288/capillary-electrophoresis-hyphenated-with-mass-spectrometry-for-determination-of-inflammatory-bowel-disease-drugs-in-clinical-urine-samples
#14
Katarína Maráková, Juraj Piešťanský, Zuzana Zelinková, Peter Mikuš
Azathioprine is the main thiopurine drug used in the treatment of immune-based inflammations of gastrointestinal tract. For the purpose of therapy control and optimization, effective and reliable analytical methods for a rapid drug monitoring in biological fluids are essential. Here, we developed a separation method based on the capillary electrophoresis (CE) hyphenated with tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS) for the simultaneous determination of azathioprine and its selected metabolites (6-thioguanine, 6-mercaptopurine, and 6-methylmercaptopurine) as well as other co-medicated drugs (mesalazine, prednisone, and allopurinol)...
November 15, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139297/direct-exosome-quantification-via-bivalent-cholesterol-labeled-dna-anchor-for-signal-amplification
#15
Fang He, Hui Liu, Xinggang Guo, Bin-Cheng Yin, Bang-Ce Ye
Exosomes, as an important subpopulation of extracellular vesicles (EVs), play an important role in intercellular communications in various important pathophysiological processes, especially cancer-related. However, reliable and convenient quantitative methods for their determination are still technically challenging. In this study, we developed an efficient and direct method by combining immunoaffinity and lipid membrane surface modification into a single platform for specific isolation and accurate quantification of exosomes...
November 15, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139018/vaccination-against-hydatidosis-molecular-cloning-and-optimal-expression-of-the-eg95nc-recombinant-antigen-in-escherichia-coli
#16
M Jazouli, M Lightowlers, C G Gauci, K Tadlaoui, A Belmlih, M M Ennaji, M Elharrak
Cystic echinococcosis (CE) is a widely distributed zoonosis that is highly endemic in the Mediterranean basin. The disease represents a serious public health threat and causes economic losses. The parasite life-cycle involves dogs and ruminants as definitive and intermediate hosts; humans are accidently infected, causing serious clinical issues. Vaccination of ruminants and dog treatments represent the most efficient measures to prevent parasite transmission. The recombinant protein vaccine, EG95, has been used successfully in sheep vaccine trials against CE in several countries...
November 14, 2017: Protein Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137789/sonochemical-synthesis-of-graphene-ce-tio2-and-graphene-fe-tio2-ternary-hybrid-photocatalyst-nanocomposite-and-its-application-in-degradation-of-crystal-violet-dye
#17
T P Shende, B A Bhanvase, A P Rathod, D V Pinjari, S H Sonawane
The present work deals with the preparation of graphene oxide (GO) using Hummers-Offeman method in the presence of ultrasonic irradiations. Further loading of TiO2 photocatalyst on prepared GO was accomplished which is basically oxidation reduction reaction between graphene oxide and titanium isopropoxide that leads to the formation of graphene-TiO2 nanocomposite. Graphene-Ce-TiO2 and Graphene-Fe-TiO2 nanocomposites were prepared using one step in-situ ultrasound assisted method using GO, titanium isopropoxide, cerium nitrate, ferric nitrate, and 2-propanol...
March 2018: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137283/c1q-tumor-necrosis-factor-related-protein-3-protects-macrophages-against-lps-induced-lipid-accumulation-inflammation-and-phenotype-transition-via-ppar%C3%AE-and-tlr4-mediated-pathways
#18
Jiale Lin, Qi Liu, Hui Zhang, Xingtao Huang, Ruoxi Zhang, Shuyuan Chen, Xuedong Wang, Bo Yu, Jingbo Hou
Macrophage inflammation and foam cell formation are critical events during the initiation and development of atherosclerosis (AS). C1q/tumor necrosis factor-related protein-3 (CTRP3) is a novel adipokine with anti-inflammatory and cardioprotection properties; however, little is known regarding the influence of CTRP3 on AS. As macrophages play a key role in AS, this study investigated the effects of CTRP3 on macrophage lipid metabolism, inflammatory reactions, and phenotype transition, as well as underlying mechanisms, to reveal the relationship between CTRP3 and AS...
October 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137240/mutational-re-modeling-of-di-aspartyl-intramembrane-proteases-uncoupling-physiologically-relevant-activities-from-those-associated-with-alzheimer-s-disease
#19
Anastasia P Grigorenko, Youri K Moliaka, Olga V Plotnikova, Alexander Smirnov, Vera A Nikishina, Andrey Y Goltsov, Fedor Gusev, Tatiana V Andreeva, Omar Nelson, Ilya Bezprozvanny, Evgeny I Rogaev
The intramembrane proteolytic activities of presenilins (PSEN1/PS1 and PSEN2/PS2) underlie production of β-amyloid, the key process in Alzheimer's disease (AD). Dysregulation of presenilin-mediated signaling is linked to cancers. Inhibition of the γ-cleavage activities of PSENs that produce Aβ, but not the ε-like cleavage activity that release physiologically essential transcription activators, is a potential approach for the development of rational therapies for AD. In order to identify whether different activities of PSEN1 can be dissociated, we designed multiple mutations in the evolutionary conserved sites of PSEN1...
October 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136869/facile-synthesis-of-fe3o4-pda-core-shell-microspheres-functionalized-with-various-metal-ions-a-systematic-comparison-of-commonly-used-metal-ions-for-imac-enrichment
#20
Jiebing Jiang, Xueni Sun, Yan Li, Chunhui Deng, Gengli Duan
Metal ions differed greatly in affinity towards phosphopeptides, and thus it is essential to systematically compare the phosphopeptides enrichment ability of different metal ions usually used in the IMAC techniques. In this work, for the first time, eight metal ions, including Nb(5+), Ti(4+), Zr(4+), Ga(3+), Y(3+), In(3+), Ce(4+), Fe(3+), were immobilized on the polydopamine (PDA)-coated Fe3O4 (denoted as Fe3O4@PDA-M(n+)), and systematically compared by the real biosamples, in addition to standard phosphopeptides...
February 1, 2018: Talanta
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