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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333140/metabolic-and-molecular-insights-into-an-essential-role-of-nicotinamide-phosphoribosyltransferase
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Li Q Zhang, Leon Van Haandel, Min Xiong, Peixin Huang, Daniel P Heruth, Charlie Bi, Roger Gaedigk, Xun Jiang, Ding-You Li, Gerald Wyckoff, Dmitry N Grigoryev, Li Gao, Linheng Li, Min Wu, J Steven Leeder, Shui Qing Ye
Nicotinamide phosphoribosyltransferase (NAMPT) is a pleiotropic protein implicated in the pathogenesis of acute respiratory distress syndrome, aging, cancer, coronary heart diseases, diabetes, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, and sepsis. However, the underlying molecular mechanisms of NAMPT in these physiological and pathological processes are not fully understood. Here, we provide experimental evidence that a Nampt gene homozygous knockout (Nampt(-/-)) resulted in lethality at an early stage of mouse embryonic development and death within 5-10 days in adult mice accompanied by a 25...
March 23, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299637/the-frailty-index-outperforms-dna-methylation-age-and-its-derivatives-as-an-indicator-of-biological-age
#2
Sangkyu Kim, Leann Myers, Jennifer Wyckoff, Katie E Cherry, S Michal Jazwinski
The measurement of biological age as opposed to chronological age is important to allow the study of factors that are responsible for the heterogeneity in the decline in health and function ability among individuals during aging. Various measures of biological aging have been proposed. Frailty indices based on health deficits in diverse body systems have been well studied, and we have documented the use of a frailty index (FI34) composed of 34 health items, for measuring biological age. A different approach is based on leukocyte DNA methylation...
February 2017: Geroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298523/identification-of-c3b-binding-small-molecule-complement-inhibitors-using-cheminformatics
#3
Brandon L Garcia, D Andrew Skaff, Arindam Chatterjee, Anders Hanning, John K Walker, Gerald J Wyckoff, Brian V Geisbrecht
The complement system is an elegantly regulated biochemical cascade formed by the collective molecular recognition properties and proteolytic activities of more than two dozen membrane-bound or serum proteins. Complement plays diverse roles in human physiology, such as acting as a sentry against invading microorganisms, priming of the adaptive immune response, and removal of immune complexes. However, dysregulation of complement can serve as a trigger for a wide range of human diseases, which include autoimmune, inflammatory, and degenerative conditions...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285754/efficacy-of-intravenous-and-endotracheal-epinephrine-during-neonatal-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-in-the-delivery-room
#4
Cecilie Halling, John E Sparks, Lucy Christie, Myra H Wyckoff
A retrospective examination is presented of intravenous vs a lower (0.03 mg/kg) and higher (0.05 mg/kg) dose of endotracheal epinephrine during delivery room cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Repeated dosing of intravenous and endotracheal epinephrine is needed frequently for successful resuscitation. Research regarding optimal dosing for both routes is needed critically.
March 10, 2017: Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281136/ecological-momentary-assessment-of-dietary-lapses-across-behavioral-weight-loss-treatment-characteristics-predictors-and-relationships-with-weight-change
#5
Evan M Forman, Leah M Schumacher, Ross Crosby, Stephanie M Manasse, Stephanie P Goldstein, Meghan L Butryn, Emily P Wyckoff, J Graham Thomas
BACKGROUND: Adherence to dietary prescriptions is critical for successful weight loss and weight loss maintenance. However, research on specific instances of inadherence (lapses) is limited, and findings regarding the frequency, nature, and causes of lapses are mixed. Additionally, no studies have examined lapses over the course of a weight loss program. PURPOSE: In the context of a reduced calorie diet prescribed as part of a behavioral treatment, we aimed to characterize lapse occurrence, examine lapse frequency across treatment, examine predictors of lapses, and assess the relationship between lapses and weight loss...
March 9, 2017: Annals of Behavioral Medicine: a Publication of the Society of Behavioral Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280805/use-of-site-symmetry-in-supercell-models-of-defective-crystals-polarons-in-ceo2
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R A Evarestov, D Gryaznov, M Arrigoni, E A Kotomin, A Chesnokov, J Maier
In supercell calculations of defective crystals, it is common to place a point defect or vacancy in the atomic position with the highest possible point symmetry. Then, the initial atomic structure is often arbitrary distorted before its optimization, which searches for the total energy minimum. In this paper, we suggest an alternative approach to the application of supercell models and show that it is necessary to preliminarily analyze the site symmetry of the split Wyckoff positions of the perfect crystal supercell atoms (which will be substituted or removed in defective crystals) and then perform supercell calculations with point defects for different possible site symmetries, to find the energetically most favorable defect configuration, which does not necessarily correspond to the highest site symmetry...
March 10, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214793/evaluation-of-timing-and-route-of-epinephrine-in-a-neonatal-model-of-asphyxial-arrest
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Payam Vali, Praveen Chandrasekharan, Munmun Rawat, Sylvia Gugino, Carmon Koenigsknecht, Justin Helman, William J Jusko, Bobby Mathew, Sara Berkelhamer, Jayasree Nair, Myra H Wyckoff, Satyan Lakshminrusimha
BACKGROUND: Epinephrine administered by low umbilical venous catheter (UVC) or endotracheal tube (ETT) is indicated in neonates who fail to respond to positive pressure ventilation and chest compressions at birth. Pharmacokinetics of ETT epinephrine via fluid-filled lungs or UVC epinephrine in the presence of fetal shunts is unknown. We hypothesized that epinephrine administered by ETT or low UVC results in plasma epinephrine concentrations and rates of return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) similar to right atrial (RA) epinephrine...
February 18, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192917/simple-reagentless-quantification-of-total-bilirubin-in-blood-via-microfluidic-phototreatment-and-image-analysis
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Brandon L Thompson, Sarah L Wyckoff, Doris M Haverstick, James P Landers
Total bilirubin (T-Bil) is an important clinical diagnostic marker that is measured frequently by physicians to assist in the diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring of multiple medical conditions. The work demonstrated here utilizes the 48-year-old mechanism of phototherapy that is commonly implemented in the treatment of infants with exaggerated physiologic and pathologic jaundice but adapts it to the microfluidic level for the ultimate purpose of total bilirubin quantitation. After acquisition of a small volume of blood (<10 μL) and through subsequent separation (plasma + red blood cells), a 3 μL plasma sample was imaged by a portable scanner and analyzed through a custom algorithm for color intensity...
February 13, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144628/de-novo-generation-of-a-unique-cervid-prion-strain-using-protein-misfolding-cyclic-amplification
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Crystal Meyerett-Reid, A Christy Wyckoff, Terry Spraker, Bruce Pulford, Heather Bender, Mark D Zabel
Substantial evidence supports the hypothesis that prions are misfolded, infectious, insoluble, and protease-resistant proteins (PrP(RES)) devoid of instructional nucleic acid that cause transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs). Protein misfolding cyclic amplification (PMCA) has provided additional evidence that PrPRes acts as a template that can convert the normal cellular prion protein (PrP(C)) present in uninfected normal brain homogenate (NBH) into the infectious misfolded PrP(RES) isoform. Human PrP(C) has been shown to spontaneously convert to a misfolded pathological state causing sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (sCJD)...
January 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100665/co-option-of-bacteriophage-lysozyme-genes-by-bivalve-genomes
#10
Qian Ren, Chunyang Wang, Min Jin, Jiangfeng Lan, Ting Ye, Kaimin Hui, Jingmin Tan, Zheng Wang, Gerald J Wyckoff, Wen Wang, Guan-Zhu Han
Eukaryotes have occasionally acquired genetic material through horizontal gene transfer (HGT). However, little is known about the evolutionary and functional significance of such acquisitions. Lysozymes are ubiquitous enzymes that degrade bacterial cell walls. Here, we provide evidence that two subclasses of bivalves (Heterodonta and Palaeoheterodonta) acquired a lysozyme gene via HGT, building on earlier findings. Phylogenetic analyses place the bivalve lysozyme genes within the clade of bacteriophage lysozyme genes, indicating that the bivalves acquired the phage-type lysozyme genes from bacteriophages, either directly or through intermediate hosts...
January 2017: Open Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087771/genome-wide-convergence-during-evolution-of-mangroves-from-woody-plants
#11
Shaohua Xu, Ziwen He, Zixiao Guo, Zhang Zhang, Gerald J Wyckoff, Anthony Greenberg, Chung-I Wu, Suhua Shi
When living organisms independently invade a new environment, the evolution of similar phenotypic traits is often observed. An interesting but contentious issue is whether the underlying molecular biology also converges in the new habitat. Independent invasions of tropical intertidal zones by woody plants, collectively referred to as mangrove trees, represent some dramatic examples. The high salinity, hypoxia and other stressors in the new habitat might have affected both genomic features and protein structures...
January 12, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042040/executive-functioning-and-dietary-intake-neurocognitive-correlates-of-fruit-vegetable-and-saturated-fat-intake-in-adults-with-obesity
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Emily P Wyckoff, Brittney C Evans, Stephanie M Manasse, Meghan L Butryn, Evan M Forman
Obesity is a significant public health issue, and is associated with poor diet. Evidence suggests that eating behavior is related to individual differences in executive functioning. Poor executive functioning is associated with poorer diet (few fruits and vegetables and high saturated fat) in normal weight samples; however, the relationship between these specific dietary behaviors and executive functioning have not been investigated in adults with obesity. The current study examined the association between executive functioning and intake of saturated fat, fruits, and vegetables in an overweight/obese sample using behavioral measures of executive function and dietary recall...
April 1, 2017: Appetite
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28024083/direct-evidence-for-cancer-cell-autonomous-extracellular-protein-catabolism-in-pancreatic-tumors
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Shawn M Davidson, Oliver Jonas, Mark A Keibler, Han Wei Hou, Alba Luengo, Jared R Mayers, Jeffrey Wyckoff, Amanda M Del Rosario, Matthew Whitman, Christopher R Chin, Kendall J Condon, Alex Lammers, Katherine A Kellersberger, Brian K Stall, Gregory Stephanopoulos, Dafna Bar-Sagi, Jongyoon Han, Joshua D Rabinowitz, Michael J Cima, Robert Langer, Matthew G Vander Heiden
Mammalian tissues rely on a variety of nutrients to support their physiological functions. It is known that altered metabolism is involved in the pathogenesis of cancer, but which nutrients support the inappropriate growth of intact malignant tumors is incompletely understood. Amino acids are essential nutrients for many cancer cells that can be obtained through the scavenging and catabolism of extracellular protein via macropinocytosis. In particular, macropinocytosis can be a nutrient source for pancreatic cancer cells, but it is not fully understood how the tumor environment influences metabolic phenotypes and whether macropinocytosis supports the maintenance of amino acid levels within pancreatic tumors...
February 2017: Nature Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27980823/crystal-structure-of-a-dimeric-%C3%AE-diketiminate-magnesium-complex
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Connor S MacNeil, Kevin R D Johnson, Paul G Hayes, René T Boeré
The solid-state structure of a dimeric β-diketiminate magnesium(II) complex is discussed. The compound, di-μ-iodido-bis-[(-{4-amino-1,5-bis-[2,6-bis-(propan-2-yl)phen-yl]pent-3-en-2-yl-idene}aza-nido-κ(2)N,N')magnesium(II)] toluene sesquisolvate, [Mg2(C29H41N2)2I2]·1.5C7H8, crystallizes as two independent mol-ecules, each with 2/m crystallographic site symmetry, located at Wyckoff sites 2c and 2d. These have symmetry-equivalent magnesium atoms bridged by μ-iodide ligands with very similar Mg-I distances...
December 1, 2016: Acta Crystallographica. Section E, Crystallographic Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933048/clay-components-in-soil-dictate-environmental-stability-and-bioavailability-of-cervid-prions-in-mice
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A Christy Wyckoff, Sarah Kane, Krista Lockwood, Jeff Seligman, Brady Michel, Dana Hill, Aimee Ortega, Mihnea R Mangalea, Glenn C Telling, Michael W Miller, Kurt Vercauteren, Mark D Zabel
Chronic wasting disease (CWD) affects cervids and is the only known prion disease to affect free-ranging wildlife populations. CWD spread continues unabated, and exact mechanisms of its seemingly facile spread among deer and elk across landscapes in North America remain elusive. Here we confirm that naturally contaminated soil contains infectious CWD prions that can be transmitted to susceptible model organisms. We show that smectite clay content of soil potentiates prion binding capacity of different soil types from CWD endemic and non-endemic areas, likely contributing to environmental stability of bound prions...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27808309/exo-bonded-six-membered-heterocycle-in-the-crystal-structures-of-re7co2ge4-re-la-nd
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Siméon Ponou, Sven Lidin
In this article four new ternary phases of RE7Co2Ge4 (RE = La-Nd) are reported. They were synthesized by a solid-state reaction of the elements at high temperature, and their crystal structures were investigated by single crystal X-ray diffraction data. The isostructural phases crystallize in a new monoclinic structure type, space group P21/c, Z = 4, Pearson code mP52, and Wyckoff sequence e(13). They feature planar {Co4Ge6} clusters consisting of a benzene-like six-membered (Co4Ge2) metal heterocycle and four Co-Ge exo-bonds...
November 3, 2016: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27793045/serpin-e2-promotes-breast-cancer-metastasis-by-remodeling-the-tumor-matrix-and-polarizing-tumor-associated-macrophages
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Tatiana Smirnova, Laura Bonapace, Gwen MacDonald, Shunya Kondo, Jeffrey Wyckoff, Hilmar Ebersbach, Bérengère Fayard, Arno Doelemeyer, Marie-May Coissieux, Marinus R Heideman, Mohamed Bentires-Alj, Nancy E Hynes
The extracellular serine protease inhibitor serpinE2 is overexpressed in breast cancer and has been shown to foster metastatic spread. Here, we investigated the hypothesis that serpinE2 creates tumor-promoting conditions in the tumor microenvironment (TME) by affecting extracellular matrix remodeling. Using two different breast cancer models, we show that blocking serpinE2, either by knock-down (KD) in tumor cells or in response to a serpinE2 binding antibody, decreases metastatic dissemination from primary tumors to the lungs...
October 26, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27759919/a-synthesis-of-radial-growth-patterns-preceding-tree-mortality
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Maxime Cailleret, Steven Jansen, Elisabeth M R Robert, Lucía Desoto, Tuomas Aakala, Joseph A Antos, Barbara Beikircher, Christof Bigler, Harald Bugmann, Marco Caccianiga, Vojtěch Čada, Jesus J Camarero, Paolo Cherubini, Hervé Cochard, Marie R Coyea, Katarina Čufar, Adrian J Das, Hendrik Davi, Sylvain Delzon, Michael Dorman, Guillermo Gea-Izquierdo, Sten Gillner, Laurel J Haavik, Henrik Hartmann, Ana-Maria Hereş, Kevin R Hultine, Pavel Janda, Jeffrey M Kane, Vyacheslav I Kharuk, Thomas Kitzberger, Tamir Klein, Koen Kramer, Frederic Lens, Tom Levanic, Juan C Linares Calderon, Francisco Lloret, Raquel Lobo-Do-Vale, Fabio Lombardi, Rosana López Rodríguez, Harri Mäkinen, Stefan Mayr, Ilona Mészáros, Juha M Metsaranta, Francesco Minunno, Walter Oberhuber, Andreas Papadopoulos, Mikko Peltoniemi, Any M Petritan, Brigitte Rohner, Gabriel Sangüesa-Barreda, Dimitrios Sarris, Jeremy M Smith, Amanda B Stan, Frank Sterck, Dejan B Stojanović, Maria L Suarez, Miroslav Svoboda, Roberto Tognetti, José M Torres-Ruiz, Volodymyr Trotsiuk, Ricardo Villalba, Floor Vodde, Alana R Westwood, Peter H Wyckoff, Nikolay Zafirov, Jordi Martínez-Vilalta
Tree mortality is a key factor influencing forest functions and dynamics, but our understanding of the mechanisms leading to mortality and the associated changes in tree growth rates are still limited. We compiled a new pan-continental tree-ring width database from sites where both dead and living trees were sampled (2970 dead and 4224 living trees from 190 sites, including 36 species), and compared early and recent growth rates between trees that died and those that survived a given mortality event. We observed a decrease in radial growth before death in ca...
October 19, 2016: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27700068/site-occupancies-luminescence-and-thermometric-properties-of-liy9-sio4-6o2-ce-3-phosphors
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Weijie Zhou, Fengjuan Pan, Lei Zhou, Dejian Hou, Yan Huang, Ye Tao, Hongbin Liang
In this work, we report the tunable emission properties of Ce(3+) in an apatite-type LiY9(SiO4)6O2 compound via adjusting the doping concentration or temperature. The occupancies of Ce(3+) ions at two different sites (Wyckoff 6h and 4f sites) in LiY9(SiO4)6O2 have been determined by Rietveld refinements. Two kinds of Ce(3+) f-d transitions have been studied in detail and then assigned to certain sites. The effects of temperature and doping concentration on Ce(3+) luminescence properties have been systematically investigated...
October 4, 2016: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27683912/chemogenetic-activation-of-an-extinction-neural-circuit-reduces-cue-induced-reinstatement-of-cocaine-seeking
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Isabel F Augur, Andrew R Wyckoff, Gary Aston-Jones, Peter W Kalivas, Jamie Peters
UNLABELLED: The ventromedial prefrontal cortex (vmPFC) has been shown to negatively regulate cocaine-seeking behavior, but the precise conditions by which vmPFC activity can be exploited to reduce cocaine relapse are currently unknown. We used viral-mediated gene transfer of designer receptors (DREADDs) to activate vmPFC neurons and examine the consequences on cocaine seeking in a rat self-administration model of relapse. Activation of vmPFC neurons with the Gq-DREADD reduced reinstatement of cocaine seeking elicited by cocaine-associated cues, but not by cocaine itself...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
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