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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346818/regulation-of-low-temperature-stress-in-plants-by-micrornas
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Swati Megha, Urmila Basu, Nat N V Kav
Low temperature is one of the most common environmental stresses that seriously affects the growth and development of plants. However, plants have the plasticity in their defense mechanisms enabling them to tolerate and, sometimes, even survive adverse environmental conditions. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small non-coding RNAs, approximately 19-21 nucleotides in length, and are being increasingly recognized as regulators of gene expression at the post-transcriptional level and have the ability to influence a broad range of biological processes...
March 27, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346799/activation-of-macrophages-by-lipopolysaccharide-for-assessing-the-immunomodulatory-property-of-biomaterials
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Shengwei Han, Zetao Chen, Pingping Han, Qingang Hu, Yin Xiao
The design paradigm of biomaterials has been changed to ones with favorable immunomodulatory effects, indicating the importance of accurately evaluating the immunomodulatory properties of biomaterials. Among all the immune cells macrophages receive most attention, due to their plasticity and multiple roles in the materials and host interactions, and thereby become model immune cells for the evaluation of immunomodulatory properties of biomaterials in many studies. Lipopolysaccharides (LPS), a polysaccharide in the outer membrane of Gram-negative bacteria, elicit strong immune responses, which was often applied to activate macrophages, resulting in a proinflammatory M1 phenotype, and the release of proinflammatory cytokines, including tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFα), interleukin (IL)-1, and IL-6...
March 24, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346658/spatially-heterogeneous-selection-in-nature-favors-phenotypic-plasticity-in-anuran-larvae
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Josh Van Buskirk
Theory holds that adaptive phenotypic plasticity evolves under spatial or temporal variation in natural selection. I tested this prediction in a classic system of predator-induced plasticity: frog tadpoles (Rana temporaria) reacting to predaceous aquatic insects. An outdoor mesocosm experiment manipulating exposure to Aeshna dragonfly larvae revealed plasticity in most characters: growth, development, behavior, and external morphology. I measured selection by placing 1927 tadpoles into enclosures within natural ponds; photographs permitted identification of the survivors 6-9 days later...
March 27, 2017: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346493/aberrant-neuronal-activity-induced-signaling-and-gene-expression-in-a-mouse-model-of-rasopathy
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Franziska Altmüller, Santosh Pothula, Anil Annamneedi, Saeideh Nakhei-Rad, Carolina Montenegro-Venegas, Eneko Pina-Fernández, Claudia Marini, Monica Santos, Denny Schanze, Dirk Montag, Mohammad R Ahmadian, Oliver Stork, Martin Zenker, Anna Fejtova
Noonan syndrome (NS) is characterized by reduced growth, craniofacial abnormalities, congenital heart defects, and variable cognitive deficits. NS belongs to the RASopathies, genetic conditions linked to mutations in components and regulators of the Ras signaling pathway. Approximately 50% of NS cases are caused by mutations in PTPN11. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying cognitive impairments in NS patients are still poorly understood. Here, we report the generation and characterization of a new conditional mouse strain that expresses the overactive Ptpn11D61Y allele only in the forebrain...
March 27, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346433/a-cytosolic-ezh1-isoform-modulates-a-prc2-ezh1-epigenetic-adaptive-response-in-postmitotic-cells
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Beatrice Bodega, Federica Marasca, Valeria Ranzani, Alessandro Cherubini, Francesco Della Valle, Maria Victoria Neguembor, Michel Wassef, Alessio Zippo, Chiara Lanzuolo, Massimiliano Pagani, Valerio Orlando
The evolution of chromatin-based epigenetic cell memory may be driven not only by the necessity for cells to stably maintain transcription programs, but also by the need to recognize signals and allow plastic responses to environmental stimuli. The mechanistic role of the epigenome in adult postmitotic tissues, however, remains largely unknown. In vertebrates, two variants of the Polycomb repressive complex (PRC2-Ezh2 and PRC2-Ezh1) control gene silencing via methylation of histone H3 on Lys27 (H3K27me). Here we describe a reversible mechanism that involves a novel isoform of Ezh1 (Ezh1β)...
March 27, 2017: Nature Structural & Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346321/growth-arrest-and-dna-damage-inducible-protein-45%C3%AE-mediated-dna-demethylation-of-voltage-dependent-t-type-calcium-channel-3-2-subunit-enhances-neuropathic-allodynia-after-nerve-injury-in-rats
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Cheng-Yuan Lai, Ming-Chun Hsieh, Yu-Cheng Ho, An-Sheng Lee, Hsueh-Hsiao Wang, Jen-Kun Cheng, Yat-Pang Chau, Hsien-Yu Peng
BACKGROUND: Growth arrest and DNA-damage-inducible protein 45β reactivates methylation-silenced neural plasticity-associated genes through DNA demethylation. However, growth arrest and DNA-damage-inducible protein 45β-dependent demethylation contributes to neuropathic allodynia-associated spinal plasticity remains unclear. METHODS: Adult male Sprague-Dawley rats (654 out of 659) received a spinal nerve ligation or a sham operation with or without intrathecal application of one of the following: growth arrest and DNA-damage-inducible protein 45β messenger RNA-targeted small interfering RNA, lentiviral vector expressing growth arrest and DNA-damage-inducible protein 45β, Ro 25-6981 (an NR2B-bearing N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor antagonist), or KN-93 (a calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II antagonist) were used for behavioral measurements, Western blotting, immunofluorescence, dot blots, detection of unmodified cytosine enrichment at cytosine-phosphate-guanine site, chromatin immunoprecipitation quantitative polymerase chain reaction analysis, and slice recordings...
March 27, 2017: Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346200/compatibility-and-stability-of-rolapitrant-injectable-emulsion-admixed-with-intravenous-palonsetron-hydrochloride
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George Wu, Stanley Yeung, Frank Chen
Neurokinin-1 receptor antagonist, 5-hydroxytryptamine-3 RA, and dexamethasone combination therapy is standard of care for the prevention of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. Herein we describe the physical and chemical stability of rolapitant injectable emulsion 166.5 mg in 92.5 mL (185 mg hydrochloride salt) admixed with palonosetron injection 0.25 mg in 5 mL (0.28 mg hydrochloride salt). Admixtures were prepared and stored in two types of container closures (110-mL Crystal Zenith plastic and glass bottles) and four types of intravenous administration sets (or intravenous tubing sets)...
January 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346199/compatibility-and-stability-of-rolapitant-injectable-emulsion-admixed-with-dexamethasone-sodium-phosphate
#8
George Wu, Stanley Yeung, Frank Chen
Neurokinin-1 receptor antagonist, 5-hydroxytryptamine-3 receptor antagonist, and dexamethasone combination therapy is the standard of care for the prevention of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. Herein, we describe the physical and chemical stability of an injectable emulsion of the Neurokinin-1 receptor antagonist rolapitant 185 mg in 92.5 mL (free base, 166.5 mg in 92.5 mL) admixed with either 2.5 mL of dexamethasone sodium phosphate (10 mg) or 5 mL of dexamethasone sodium phosphate (20 mg). Admixtures were prepared and stored in two types of container closures (glass and Crystal Zenith plastic bottles) and four types of intravenous administration tubing sets (or intravenous tubing sets)...
January 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346142/the-neuropeptide-f-nitric-oxide-pathway-is-essential-for-shaping-locomotor-plasticity-underlying-locust-phase-transition
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Li Hou, Pengcheng Yang, Feng Jiang, Qing Liu, Xianhui Wang, Le Kang
Behavioral plasticity is widespread in swarming animals, however little is known about its underlying neural and molecular mechanisms. Here, we report that a neuropeptide F (NPF)/nitric oxide (NO) pathway plays a critical role in the locomotor plasticity of swarming migratory locusts. Two related neuropeptides, NPF1a and NPF2, show reduced levels of their encoding transcripts during crowding, and the transcript levels of their receptors significantly increase during locust isolation. Both of these NPFs have suppressive effects on phase-related locomotor activity...
March 27, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346091/a-high-throughput-screening-model-of-the-tumor-microenvironment-for-ovarian-cancer-cell-growth
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Madhu Lal-Nag, Lauren McGee, Rajarshi Guha, Ernst Lengyel, Hilary A Kenny, Marc Ferrer
The tumor microenvironment plays an important role in the processes of tumor growth, metastasis, and drug resistance. We have used a multilayered 3D primary cell culture model that reproduces the human ovarian cancer metastatic microenvironment to study the effect of the microenvironment on the pharmacological responses of different classes of drugs on cancer cell proliferation. A collection of oncology drugs was screened to identify compounds that inhibited the proliferation of ovarian cancer cells growing as monolayers or forming spheroids, on plastic and on a 3D microenvironment culture model of the omentum metastatic site, and also cells already in preformed spheroids...
January 1, 2017: SLAS Discov
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346078/molecular-dynamics-simulation-of-three-plastic-additives-diffusion-in-polyethylene-terephthalate
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Bo Li, Zhi-Wei Wang, Qin-Bao Lin, Chang-Ying Hu
Accurate diffusion coefficient data of additives in polymer is of paramount importance for estimating the migration of the additives over time. In this article it is shown how this diffusion coefficient can be estimated for three plastic additives [2-(2'-hydroxy-5'-methylphenyl) (UV-P), 2, 6-di-tert-butyl-4-methylphenol (BHT) and di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP)] in polyethylene terephthalate (PET) using the molecular dynamics (MD) simulation method. MD simulations were performed at temperatures of 293-433 K...
March 27, 2017: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part A, Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure & Risk Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345896/transcriptomics-and-lipidomics-of-the-environmental-strain-rhodococcus-ruber-point-out-consumption-pathways-and-potential-metabolic-bottlenecks-for-polyethylene-degradation
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Kevin Gravouil, Romain Ferru-Clement, Steven Colas, Reynald Helye, Linette Kadri, Ludivine Bourdeau, Bouziane Moumen, Anne Mercier, Thierry Ferreira
Polyethylene (PE), one of the most prominent synthetic polymer used worldwide, is very poorly biodegradable in the natural environment. Consequently, PE represents by itself more than half of all plastic wastes. PE biodegradation is achieved through the combination of abiotic and biotic processes. Several microorganisms have been shown to grow on the surface of PE materials, among which are the species of the Rhodococcus genus, suggesting a potent ability of these microorganisms to use, at least partly, PE as a potent carbon source...
March 27, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345856/instantaneous-pulsed-light-cross-linking-of-a-polymer-gate-dielectric-for-flexible-organic-thin-film-transistors
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Soo Jin Kim, Mi Jang, Hee Yeon Yang, Jinhan Cho, Ho Sun Lim, Hoichang Yang, Jung Ah Lim
We report the instantaneous pulsed-light cross-linking of polymer gate dielectrics on a flexible substrate by using intensely pulsed white light (IPWL) irradiation. Irradiation with IPWL for only 1.8 s of a poly(4-vinylphenol) (PVP) thin film with the cross-linking agent poly(melamine-co-formaldehyde) (PMF) deposited on a plastic substrate was found to yield fully cross-linked PVP films. It was confirmed that the IPWL-cross-linked PVP films have smooth pinhole-free surfaces and exhibit a low leakage current density, organic solvent resistance, and good compatibility with organic semiconductor, and that they can be used as replacements for typical PVP dielectrics that are cross-linked with time and energy intensive thermal heating processes...
March 27, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345603/pja2-ubiquitinates-the-hiv-1-tat-protein-with-atypical-chain-linkages-to-activate-viral-transcription
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Tyler B Faust, Yang Li, Gwendolyn M Jang, Jeffrey R Johnson, Shumin Yang, Amit Weiss, Nevan J Krogan, Alan D Frankel
Transcription complexes that assemble at the HIV-1 promoter efficiently initiate transcription but generate paused RNA polymerase II downstream from the start site. The virally encoded Tat protein hijacks positive transcription elongation factor b (P-TEFb) to phosphorylate and activate this paused polymerase. In addition, Tat undergoes a series of reversible post-translational modifications that regulate distinct steps of the transcription cycle. To identify additional functionally important Tat cofactors, we performed RNAi knockdowns of sixteen previously identified Tat interactors and found that a novel E3 ligase, PJA2, ubiquitinates Tat in a non-degradative manner and specifically regulates the step of HIV transcription elongation...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345507/plasmodium-knowlesi-invasion-following-spread-by-infected-mosquitoes-macaques-and-humans
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Laith Yakob, Alun L Lloyd, Rowland R Kao, Heather M Ferguson, Patrick M Brock, Chris Drakeley, Michael B Bonsall
Plasmodium knowlesi is increasingly recognized as a major cause of malaria in Southeast Asia. Anopheles leucosphyrous group mosquitoes transmit the parasite and natural hosts include long-tailed and pig-tailed macaques. Despite early laboratory experiments demonstrating successful passage of infection between humans, the true role that humans play in P. knowlesi epidemiology remains unclear. The threat posed by its introduction into immunologically naïve populations is unknown despite being a public health priority for this region...
March 27, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345161/a-decrease-in-eukaryotic-elongation-factor-2-phosphorylation-is-required-for-local-translation-of-sensorin-and-long-term-facilitation-in-aplysia
#16
Patrick K McCamphill, Larissa Ferguson, Wayne S Sossin
Mechanistic target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1)-dependent protein synthesis is required for many forms of synaptic plasticity and memory, but the downstream pathways important for synaptic plasticity are poorly understood. Long-term facilitation (LTF) in Aplysia is a form of synaptic plasticity that is closely linked to behavioural memory and an attractive model system for examining the important downstream targets for mTORC1 in regulating synaptic plasticity. While mTORC1 regulated protein synthesis has been strongly linked to translation initiation, translation elongation is also regulated by mTORC1 and LTF leads to an mTORC1 dependent decrease in eukaryotic elongation factor 2 (eEF2) phosphorylation...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345037/pure-climb-creep-mechanism-drives-flow-in-earth-s-lower-mantle
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Francesca Boioli, Philippe Carrez, Patrick Cordier, Benoit Devincre, Karine Gouriet, Pierre Hirel, Antoine Kraych, Sebastian Ritterbex
At high pressure prevailing in the lower mantle, lattice friction opposed to dislocation glide becomes very high, as reported in recent experimental and theoretical studies. We examine the consequences of this high resistance to plastic shear exhibited by ringwoodite and bridgmanite on creep mechanisms under mantle conditions. To evaluate the consequences of this effect, we model dislocation creep by dislocation dynamics. The calculation yields to an original dominant creep behavior for lower mantle silicates where strain is produced by dislocation climb, which is very different from what can be activated under high stresses under laboratory conditions...
March 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344884/the-differentiation-and-plasticity-of-tc17-cells-are-regulated-by-ctla-4-mediated-effects-on-stats
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Aditya Arra, Holger Lingel, Benno Kuropka, Jonas Pick, Tina Schnoeder, Thomas Fischer, Christian Freund, Mandy Pierau, Monika C Brunner-Weinzierl
As the blockade of inhibitory surface-molecules such as CTLA-4 on T cells has led to recent advances in antitumor immune therapy, there is great interest in identifying novel mechanisms of action of CD8(+) T cells to evoke effective cytotoxic antitumor responses. Using in vitro and in vivo models, we investigated the molecular pathways underlying the CTLA-4-mediated differentiation of IL-17-producing CD8(+) T cells (Tc17 cells) that strongly impairs cytotoxicity. Our studies demonstrate that Tc17 cells lacking CTLA-4 signaling have limited production of STAT3-target gene products such as IL-17, IL-21, IL-23R and RORγt...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344849/developing-asbestos-job-exposure-matrix-using-occupation-and-industry-specific-exposure-data-1984-2008-in-republic-of-korea
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Sangjun Choi, Dongmug Kang, Donguk Park, Hyunhee Lee, Bongkyoo Choi
BACKGROUND: The goal of this study is to develop a general population job-exposure matrix (GPJEM) on asbestos to estimate occupational asbestos exposure levels in the Republic of Korea. METHODS: Three Korean domestic quantitative exposure datasets collected from 1984 to 2008 were used to build the GPJEM. Exposure groups in collected data were reclassified based on the current Korean Standard Industrial Classification (9(th) edition) and the Korean Standard Classification of Occupations code (6(th) edition) that is in accordance to international standards...
March 2017: Safety and Health At Work
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344630/flexible-reaction-norms-to-environmental-variables-along-the-migration-route-and-the-significance-of-stopover-duration-for-total-speed-of-migration-in-a-songbird-migrant
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Heiko Schmaljohann, Simeon Lisovski, Franz Bairlein
BACKGROUND: Predicting the consequences of continuing anthropogenic changes in the environment for migratory behaviours such as phenology remains a major challenge. Predictions remain particularly difficult, because our knowledge is based on studies from single-snapshot observations at specific stopover sites along birds' migration routes. However, a general understanding on how birds react to prevailing environmental conditions, e.g. their 'phenotypic reaction norm', throughout the annual cycle and along their entire migration routes is required to fully understand how migratory birds respond to rapid environmental change...
2017: Frontiers in Zoology
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