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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822346/comparative-study-of-single-combination-use-of-huang-lian-jie-du-decoction-and-berberine-on-their-protection-on-sepsis-induced-acute-liver-injury-by-nmr-metabolic-profiling
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Yan Lv, Junsong Wang, Dingqiao Xu, Shanting Liao, Pei Li, Qian Zhang, Minghua Yang, Lingyi Kong
Sepsis is a serious clinical disease with a high mortality rate all around the world. Liver organ dysfunction is an important sign for the severity and outcome of sepsis in patients. In this study, (1)H NMR-based metabolomics approach and biochemical assays were applied to investigate the metabolic profiling for cecal ligation and puncture (CLP) induced acute liver injury, the therapeutical effect of single/combination use of Huang-Lian-Jie-Du decoction (HLJDD) and berberine, and the interaction of them. Metabolomics analysis revealed significant perturbations in livers of septic rats, which could be ameliorated by HLJDD, berberine and their combination treatment...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821552/differences-in-temperature-and-water-chemistry-shape-distinct-diversity-patterns-in-thermophilic-microbial-communities
#2
Cecilia M Chiriac, Edina Szekeres, Knut Rudi, Andreea Baricz, Adriana Hegedus, Nicolae Dragoş, Cristian Coman
This study presents the biodiversity and ecology of microbial mats developed in thermal gradients (20-65 °C) in the surroundings of three drillings (CH, CI, MB) tapping a hyperthermal aquifer from Romania. Using a metabarcoding approach, 16S rRNA genes were sequenced from both DNA and RNA transcripts (cDNA) and compared. The relationships between the microbial diversity and the physico-chemical factors were explored. Additionally, the cDNA data was used for in silico functionality predictions, bringing new insights into the functional potential and dynamics of these communities...
August 18, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820256/comparison-of-physicochemical-membrane-properties-of-vesicles-modified-with-guanidinium-derivatives
#3
Nozomi Watanabe, Keishi Suga, Hiroshi Umakoshi
Bilayer vesicles have garnered considerable research attention as molecular vehicles capable of noncovalent interaction with biomolecules via electrostatic and hydrophobic bonds, and van der Waals interactions. Guanidinium strongly interacts with phosphate groups. Thus, guanidinium modification of vesicles helps intensify the interaction between lipid membranes and nucleic acids. Here, two kinds of guanidinium derivatives, stearylguanidinium (SG) and myristoylarginine (MA), were synthesized and incorporated into 1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphatidylcholine (POPC) vesicles...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820128/molecular-antimicrobial-resistance-surveillance-for-neisseria-gonorrhoeae-northern-territory-australia
#4
David M Whiley, Ella Trembizki, Cameron Buckley, Kevin Freeman, Robert W Baird, Miles Beaman, Marcus Chen, Basil Donovan, Ratan L Kundu, Christopher K Fairley, Rebecca Guy, Tiffany Hogan, John M Kaldor, Mahdad Karimi, Athena Limnios, David G Regan, Nathan Ryder, Jiunn-Yih Su, James Ward, Monica M Lahra
Neisseria gonorrhoeae antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a globally recognized health threat; new strategies are needed to enhance AMR surveillance. The Northern Territory of Australia is unique in that 2 different first-line therapies, based primarily on geographic location, are used for gonorrhea treatment. We tested 1,629 N. gonorrhoeae nucleic acid amplification test-positive clinical samples, collected from regions where ceftriaxone plus azithromycin or amoxicillin plus azithromycin are recommended first-line treatments, by using 8 N...
September 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819973/mobile-platform-for-multiplexed-detection-and-differentiation-of-disease-specific-nucleic-acid-sequences-using-microfluidic-loop-mediated-isothermal-amplification-and-smartphone-detection
#5
Weili Chen, Hojeong Yu, Fu Sun, Akid Ornob, Ryan Brisbin, Anurup Ganguli, Vinay Kumar Vemuri, Piotr Strzebonski, Guangzhe Cui, Karen J Allen, Smit A Desai, Weiran Lin, David M Nash, David Hirschberg, Ian Brooks, Rashid Bashir, Brian T Cunningham
New tools are needed to enable rapid detection, identification, and reporting of infectious viral and microbial pathogens in a wide variety of point-of-care applications that impact human and animal health. We report the design, construction, and characterization of a platform for multiplexed analysis of disease-specific DNA sequences that utilizes a smartphone camera as the sensor in conjunction with a handheld "cradle" that interfaces the phone with a silicon-based microfluidic chip embedded within a credit card-sized cartridge...
August 18, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819659/solvent-hydrophobicity-induced-complex-coacervation-of-dsdna-and-in-situ-formed-zein-nanoparticles
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Pankaj Kumar Pandey, Priyanka Kaushik, Kamla Rawat, V K Aswal, H B Bohidar
Zein, a predominantly hydrophobic protein, was sustained as a stable dispersion in ethanol-water (80 : 20, % (v/v)) binary solvent at room temperature (25 °C). Addition of aqueous dsDNA solution (1% (w/v)) to the above dispersion prepared with the protein concentration of Czein = 0.01-0.5% (w/v) caused a concomitant change in ethanol content from 14-35% (v/v), which in turn generated zein nanoparticles in situ of size 80-120 nm increasing with water content. The subsequent associative interaction between DNA (polyanion; 2000 bps) and the positively charged zein nanoparticles, (at pH = 4) was driven by Coulombic forces, and by the solvent hydrophobicity due to the ethanol content of the binary solvent...
August 18, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818896/genome-sequences-of-three-novel-isolates-of-human-parainfluenza-virus-2-associated-with-acute-respiratory-infection
#7
J L Kennedy, J C Kincaid, K C Schwalm, A N Stoner, T J Abramo, T M Thompson, O Hardin, C Putt, D L Dinwiddie
Using target capture of viral nucleic acid and next-generation sequencing, we generated the genome sequences of three novel human parainfluenza virus 2 isolates. Isolates ACRI_0185 (GenBank accession number MF077311), ACRI_0230 (MF077312), and ACRI_0248 (MF077313) were collected in October 2016, February 2017, and March 2017, respectively, from pediatric patients with acute respiratory infection in Arkansas.
August 17, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818830/high-speed-melting-analysis-the-effect-of-melting-rate-on-small-amplicon-microfluidic-genotyping
#8
Robert J Pryor, Joseph T Myrick, Robert A Palais, Scott O Sundberg, Jeanette Y Paek, Carl T Wittwer, Ivor T Knight
BACKGROUND: High-resolution DNA melting analysis of small amplicons is a simple and inexpensive technique for genotyping. Microfluidics allows precise and rapid control of temperature during melting. METHODS: Using a microfluidic platform for serial PCR and melting analysis, 4 targets containing single nucleotide variants were amplified and then melted at different rates over a 250-fold range from 0.13 to 32ü°C/s. Genotypes (n = 1728) were determined manually by visual inspection after background removal, normalization, and conversion to negative derivative plots...
August 17, 2017: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818785/a-single-tube-approach-for-in-vitro-diagnostics-using-diatomaceous-earth-and-optical-sensor
#9
Fei Zhao, Bonhan Koo, Huifang Liu, Choong Eun Jin, Yong Shin
Versatile, simple and efficient sample preparation is desirable for point-of-care testing of emerging diseases such as zoonoses, but current sample preparation assays are insensitive, labour-intensive and time-consuming and require multiple instruments. We developed a single-tube sample preparation approach involving direct pathogen enrichment and extraction from human specimens using diatomaceous earth (DE). Amine-modified DE was used to directly enrich a zoonotic pathogen, Brucella, in a large sample volume...
August 12, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817704/analysis-of-multidrug-resistant-group-b-streptococci-with-reduced-penicillin-susceptibility-forming-small-less-hemolytic-colonies
#10
Hirotsugu Banno, Kouji Kimura, Yosuke Tanaka, Tsuyoshi Sekizuka, Makoto Kuroda, Wanchun Jin, Jun-Ichi Wachino, Keiko Yamada, Keigo Shibayama, Yoshichika Arakawa
Group B streptococci (GBS; Streptococcus agalactiae) are the leading cause of neonatal invasive diseases and are also important pathogens for elderly adults. Until now, nearly all GBS with reduced penicillin susceptibility (PRGBS) have shown β-hemolytic activity and grow on sheep blood agar. However, we have previously reported three PRGBS clinical isolates harboring a CylK deletion that form small less hemolytic colonies. In this study, we examined the causes of small, less hemolytic colony formation in these clinical isolates...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817232/crystal-structure-of-the-melampsora-lini-effector-avrp-reveals-insights-into-a-possible-nuclear-function-and-recognition-by-the-flax-disease-resistance-protein-p
#11
Xiaoxiao Zhang, Nadya Farah, Laura Rolston, Daniel J Ericsson, Ann-Maree Catanzariti, Maud Bernoux, Thomas Ve, Katerina Bendak, Chunhong Chen, Joel P Mackay, Gregory J Lawrence, Adrienne Hardham, Jeffrey G Ellis, Simon J Williams, Peter N Dodds, David A Jones, Bostjan Kobe
The effector protein AvrP is secreted by the flax rust fungal pathogen (Melampsora lini) and recognized specifically by the flax (Linum usitatissimum) P disease resistance protein, leading to effector-triggered immunity. To investigate the biological function of this effector and mechanisms of specific recognition by the P resistance protein, we determined the crystal structure of AvrP. The structure reveals an elongated zinc-finger-like structure with a novel interleaved zinc-binding topology. The residues responsible for zinc binding are conserved in AvrP effector variants and mutations of these motifs result in loss of P-mediated recognition...
August 17, 2017: Molecular Plant Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817123/evaluation-of-telomere-length-in-human-cardiac-tissues-using-cardiac-quantitative-fish
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Maryam Sharifi-Sanjani, Alan K Meeker, Foteini Mourkioti
Telomere length has been correlated with various diseases, including cardiovascular disease and cancer. The use of currently available telomere-length measurement techniques is often restricted by the requirement of a large amount of cells (Southern-based techniques) or the lack of information on individual cells or telomeres (PCR-based methods). Although several methods have been used to measure telomere length in tissues as a whole, the assessment of cell-type-specific telomere length provides valuable information on individual cell types...
September 2017: Nature Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814661/hdac-inhibition-induces-hiv-1-protein-and-enables-immune-based-clearance-following-latency-reversal
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Guoxin Wu, Michael Swanson, Aarthi Talla, Donald Graham, Julie Strizki, Daniel Gorman, Richard Jo Barnard, Wade Blair, Ole S Søgaard, Martin Tolstrup, Lars Østergaard, Thomas A Rasmussen, Rafick-Pierre Sekaly, Nancie M Archin, David M Margolis, Daria J Hazuda, Bonnie J Howell
Promising therapeutic approaches for eradicating HIV include transcriptional activation of provirus from latently infected cells using latency-reversing agents (LRAs) and immune-mediated clearance to purge reservoirs. Accurate detection of cells capable of producing viral antigens and virions, and the measurement of clearance of infected cells, is essential to assessing therapeutic efficacy. Here, we apply enhanced methodology extending the sensitivity limits for the rapid detection of subfemtomolar HIV gag p24 capsid protein in CD4+ T cells from ART-suppressed HIV+ individuals, and we show viral protein induction following treatment with LRAs...
August 17, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812261/backbone-and-side-chain-1-h-15-n-and-13-c-resonance-assignments-of-two-sac10b-family-members-mvo10b-and-mth10btqqa-from-archaea
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Jinsong Xuan, Hongwei Yao, Yingang Feng, Jinfeng Wang
The Sac10b family proteins, also named as Alba, are small, basic, nucleic acid-binding proteins widely distributed in archaea. They possess divergent physiological functions such as binding to both DNA and RNA with a high affinity and involving in genomic DNA compaction, RNA transactions and transcriptional regulations. The structures of many Sac10b family proteins from hyperthermophilic archaea have been reported, while those from thermophilic and mesophilic archaea are largely unknown. As was pointed out, the homologous members from thermophilic and mesophilic archaea may have functions different from the hyperthermophilic members...
August 16, 2017: Biomolecular NMR Assignments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812260/zinc-metabolism-and-metallothioneins
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REVIEW
Abdulkerim Kasim Baltaci, Kemal Yuce, Rasim Mogulkoc
Among the trace elements, zinc is one of the most used elements in biological systems. Zinc is found in the structure of more than 2700 enzymes, including hydrolases, transferases, oxyreductases, ligases, isomerases, and lyases. Not surprisingly, it is present in almost all body cells. Preserving the stability and integrity of biological membranes and ion channels, zinc is also an intracellular regulator and provides structural support to proteins during molecular interactions. It acts as a structural element in nucleic acids or other gene-regulating proteins...
August 15, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811262/probe-microscopy-methods-and-applications-in-imaging-of-biological-materials
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REVIEW
Alper D Ozkan, Ahmet E Topal, Fatma B Dikecoglu, Mustafa O Guler, Aykutlu Dana, Ayse B Tekinay
Atomic force microscopy is an emerging tool for investigating the biomolecular aspects of cellular interactions; however, cell and tissue analyses must frequently be performed in aqueous environment, over rough surfaces, and on complex adhesive samples that complicate the imaging process and readily facilitate the blunting or fouling of the AFM probe. In addition, the shape and surface chemistry of the probe determine the quality and types of data that can be acquired from biological materials, with certain information becoming available only within a specific range of tip lengths or diameters, or through the assistance of specific chemical or biological functionalization procedures...
August 12, 2017: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811193/a-novel-detection-procedure-for-mutations-in-the-23s-rrna-gene-of-mycoplasma-pneumoniae-with-peptide-nucleic-acid-mediated-loop-mediated-isothermal-amplification-assay
#17
Jun Sakai, Takuya Maeda, Norihito Tarumoto, Kazuhisa Misawa, Shinsuke Tamura, Kazuo Imai, Toshiyuki Yamaguchi, Satoshi Iwata, Takashi Murakami, Shigefumi Maesaki
Rapid and easy detection of a single nucleotide point mutation of bacterial genes, which is directly linked to drug susceptibility, is essential for the proper use of antimicrobial agents. Here, we established a detection method using a peptide nucleic acid mediated loop-mediated amplification (LAMP) assay for macrolide (ML)-susceptible Mycoplasma pneumoniae. This assay specifically detected the absence of missense mutations encoding the central loop of domain V in the gene encoding 23S rRNA, which can reduce the affinity for MLs and subsequently generate ML-resistant strains of M...
August 12, 2017: Journal of Microbiological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811143/nadph-oxidases-as-drug-targets-and-biomarkers-in-neurodegenerative-diseases-what-is-the-evidence
#18
REVIEW
Silvia Sorce, Roland Stocker, Tamara Seredenina, Rikard Holmdahl, Adriano Aguzzi, Adriano Chio, Antoine Depaulis, Freddy Heitz, Peter Olofsson, Tomas Olsson, Venceslas Duveau, Despina Sanoudou, Sara Skosgater, Antonia Vlahou, Dominique Wasquel, Karl-Heinz Krause, Vincent Jaquet
Neurodegenerative disease are frequently characterized by microglia activation and/or leukocyte infiltration in the parenchyma of the central nervous system and at the molecular level by increased oxidative modifications of proteins, lipids and nucleic acids. NADPH oxidases (NOX) emerged as a novel promising class of pharmacological targets for the treatment of neurodegeneration due to their role in oxidant generation and presumably in regulating microglia activation. The unique function of NOX is the generation of superoxide anion (O2(•-)) and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2)...
August 12, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810907/schr%C3%A3-dinger-s-microbes-tools-for-distinguishing-the-living-from-the-dead-in-microbial-ecosystems
#19
REVIEW
Joanne B Emerson, Rachel I Adams, Clarisse M Betancourt Román, Brandon Brooks, David A Coil, Katherine Dahlhausen, Holly H Ganz, Erica M Hartmann, Tiffany Hsu, Nicholas B Justice, Ivan G Paulino-Lima, Julia C Luongo, Despoina S Lymperopoulou, Cinta Gomez-Silvan, Brooke Rothschild-Mancinelli, Melike Balk, Curtis Huttenhower, Andreas Nocker, Parag Vaishampayan, Lynn J Rothschild
While often obvious for macroscopic organisms, determining whether a microbe is dead or alive is fraught with complications. Fields such as microbial ecology, environmental health, and medical microbiology each determine how best to assess which members of the microbial community are alive, according to their respective scientific and/or regulatory needs. Many of these fields have gone from studying communities on a bulk level to the fine-scale resolution of microbial populations within consortia. For example, advances in nucleic acid sequencing technologies and downstream bioinformatic analyses have allowed for high-resolution insight into microbial community composition and metabolic potential, yet we know very little about whether such community DNA sequences represent viable microorganisms...
August 16, 2017: Microbiome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810615/detecting-serum-and-urine-metabolic-profile-changes-of-ccl4-liver-fibrosis-in-rats-at-12-weeks-based-on-gas-chromatography-mass-spectrometry
#20
Jiarong Gao, Xiu-Juan Qin, Hui Jiang, Jin-Feng Chen, Ting Wang, Ting Zhang, Shuang-Zhi Xu, Jun-Mei Song
Liver fibrosis is caused by liver injury induced by a number of chronic liver diseases, including schistosome infection, hepatitis infection, metabolic disease, alcoholism and cholestasis. The tissue damage occurring after injury or inflammation of the liver is a reversible lesion; however, liver fibrosis has become a worldwide problem and poses a threat to human health. The development of an effective drug for the prevention and treatment of liver fibrosis is ongoing and uses information from different occurrences of liver fibrosis...
August 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
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