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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549368/developing-population-models-a-systematic-approach-for-pesticide-risk-assessment-using-herbaceous-plants-as-an-example
#1
Amelie Schmolke, Katherine E Kapo, Pamela Rueda-Cediel, Pernille Thorbek, Richard Brain, Valery Forbes
Population models are used as tools in species management and conservation and are increasingly recognized as important tools in pesticide risk assessments. A wide variety of population model applications and resources on modeling techniques, evaluation and documentation can be found in the literature. In this paper, we add to these resources by introducing a systematic, transparent approach to developing population models. The decision guide that we propose is intended to help model developers systematically address data availability for their purpose and the steps that need to be taken in any model development...
May 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549350/an-anti-cancer-wxxxe-containing-azurin-polypeptide-inhibits-rac1-dependent-stat3-and-erk-gsk-3%C3%AE-signaling-in-breast-cancer-cells
#2
Zhe Zhang, Zhiyong Luo, Wenpu Min, Lin Zhang, Yaqun Wu, Xiaopeng Hu
In our previous study, we characterized a mycoplasmal small GTPase-like polypeptide of 240 amino acids that possesses an N-terminal WVLGE sequence. The N-terminal WVLGE sequence promotes activation of Rac1 and subsequent host cancer cell proliferation. To investigate the function of the WxxxE motif in the interaction with Rac1 and host tumor progression, we synthesized a 35-amino acid WVLGE-containing polypeptide derived from a cell-penetrating peptide derived from the azurin protein. We verified that the WVLGE-containing polypeptide targeted MCF-7 cells rather than MCF-10A cells...
May 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549344/metformin-increases-chemo-sensitivity-via-gene-downregulation-encoding-dna-replication-proteins-in-5-fu-resistant-colorectal-cancer-cells
#3
Sung-Hee Kim, Soon-Chan Kim, Ja-Lok Ku
Metformin is most widely prescribed for type 2 diabetes. Recently, evidences have shown that metformin has anticancer effects on pancreatic-, colorectal-, ovarian-, and other cancers. Because metformin has less adverse effects and is inexpensive, it could be a useful chemo-therapeutic agent with anticancer effects. In this study, we demonstrated metformin inhibited by cell proliferation, cell migration ability, clonogenic ability, and cancer stem cell population. Metformin also induced cell cycle arrest in parental-(SNU-C5), and 5-Fu resistant-colorectal cancer cell line (SNU-C5_5FuR)...
May 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549232/identification-and-characterization-of-transcription-factor-zmereb94-involved-in-starch-synthesis-in-maize
#4
Hui Li, Qianlin Xiao, Chunxia Zhang, Jia Du, Xiao Li, Huanhuan Huang, Bin Wei, Yangping Li, Guowu Yu, Hanmei Liu, Yufeng Hu, Yinghong Liu, Junjie Zhang, Yubi Huang
Maize is an important food crop and industrial material owing to its high starch content. However, the mechanism of starch synthesis is not fully elucidated, especially with regard to the expression and regulation of starch synthetic genes. The APETALA2/Ethylene Responsive Factor (AP2/ERF) family plays a crucial role in various biological processes via regulating gene expression. In this study, the ZmEREB94 gene was identified through co-expression analysis. Bioinformatics analysis confirmed that ZmEREB94 belongs to the AP2/ERF family...
May 4, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549217/surface-enhanced-raman-scattering-active-gold-nanoparticles-with-enzyme-mimicking-activities-for-measuring-glucose-and-lactate-in-living-tissues
#5
Yihui Hu, Hanjun Cheng, Xiaozhi Zhao, Jiangjiexing Wu, Faheem Muhammad, Shichao Lin, Jian He, Liqi Zhou, Chengping Zhang, Yu Deng, Peng Wang, Zhengyang Zhou, Shuming Nie, Hui Wei
Gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) with simultaneous plasmonic and biocatalytic properties provide a promising approach to developing versatile bioassays. However, the combination of AuNPs' intrinsic enzyme mimicking properties with their surface-enhanced Ra-man scattering (SERS) activities has yet to be explored. Here we designed a peroxidase mimicking nanozyme by in situ growing AuNPs into a highly porous and thermally stable metal-organic framework (MOF) called MIL-101. The obtained AuNPs@MIL-101 nanozymes acted as the peroxidase mimics to oxidize Raman inactive reporter leucomalachite green (LMG) into the active malachite green (MG) with hydrogen peroxide, and simultaneously as the SERS substrates to enhance the Raman signals of the as-produced MG...
May 26, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549208/identification-of-reference-genes-for-rt-qpcr-analysis-in-peach-genotypes-with-contrasting-chilling-requirements
#6
N Marini, C B Bevilacqua, M V Büttow, M C B Raseira, S Bonow
Selecting and validating reference genes are the first steps in studying gene expression by reverse transcriptase-quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR). The present study aimed to evaluate the stability of five reference genes for the purpose of normalization when studying gene expression in various cultivars of Prunus persica with different chilling requirements. Flower bud tissues of nine peach genotypes from Embrapa's peach breeding program with different chilling requirements were used, and five candidate reference genes based on the RT-qPCR that were useful for studying the relative quantitative gene expression and stability were evaluated using geNorm, NormFinder, and bestKeeper software packages...
May 25, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549169/regulatory-dynamics-of-11p13-suggest-a-role-for-ehf-in-modifying-cf-lung-disease-severity
#7
Lindsay R Stolzenburg, Rui Yang, Jenny L Kerschner, Sara Fossum, Matthew Xu, Andrew Hoffmann, Kay-Marie Lamar, Sujana Ghosh, Sarah Wachtel, Shih-Hsing Leir, Ann Harris
Mutations in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene cause cystic fibrosis (CF), but are not good predictors of lung phenotype. Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) previously identified additional genomic sites associated with CF lung disease severity. One of these, at chromosome 11p13, is an intergenic region between Ets homologous factor (EHF) and Apaf-1 interacting protein (APIP). Our goal was to determine the functional significance of this region, which being intergenic is probably regulatory...
May 26, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549152/mdsnrk1-1-interacts-with-mdjaz18-to-regulate-sucrose-induced-anthocyanin-and-proanthocyanidin-accumulation-in-apple
#8
Xiao-Juan Liu, Xiu-Hong An, Xin Liu, Da-Gang Hu, Xiao-Fei Wang, Chun-Xiang You, Yu-Jin Hao
Sugars induce anthocyanin biosynthesis in plants. As a conserved energy sensor, SnRK1 (SNF1-related kinase 1) is involved in sucrose-induced anthocyanin accumulation. However, the exact molecular mechanism by which SnRK1 regulates the biosynthesis of anthocyanins and proanthocyanidins (PAs) in response to sucrose in plants is not clear. In this study, it was found that MdSnRK1.1 interacted with MdJAZ18 protein which acts as a repressor in the jasmonate (JA) signaling pathway. MdSnRK1.1 then phosphorylated MdJAZ18 to facilitate its 26S proteasome-mediated degradation, which released MdbHLH3 thereby activating the expression of the regulatory and structural genes, thus finally promoting the biosynthesis of anthocyanins and PAs...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549121/long-acting-injectable-anti-retroviral-therapy-an-opportunity-to-improve-hiv-treatment-and-reduce-hiv-transmission-among-persons-being-released-from-prison-facilities
#9
Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein, David L Rosen, Paul Christopher, Lauri Bazerman, Curt G Beckwith
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 26, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549094/a-novel-dominant-mutation-in-sag-the-arrestin-1-gene-is-a-common-cause-of-retinitis-pigmentosa-in-hispanic-families-in-the-southwestern-united-states
#10
Lori S Sullivan, Sara J Bowne, Daniel C Koboldt, Elizabeth L Cadena, John R Heckenlively, Kari E Branham, Dianna H Wheaton, Kaylie D Jones, Richard S Ruiz, Mark E Pennesi, Paul Yang, David Davis-Boozer, Hope Northrup, Vsevold V Gurevich, Rui Chen, Mingchu Xu, Yumei Li, David G Birch, Stephen P Daiger
Purpose: To identify the causes of autosomal dominant retinitis pigmentosa (adRP) in a cohort of families without mutations in known adRP genes and consequently to characterize a novel dominant-acting missense mutation in SAG. Methods: Patients underwent ophthalmologic testing and were screened for mutations using targeted-capture and whole-exome next-generation sequencing. Confirmation and additional screening were done by Sanger sequencing. Haplotypes segregating with the mutation were determined using short tandem repeat and single nucleotide variant polymorphisms...
May 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549065/c-elegans-daf-16-foxo-interacts-with-tgf-%C3%A3-bmp-signaling-to-induce-germline-tumor-formation-via-mtorc1-activation
#11
Wenjing Qi, Yijian Yan, Dietmar Pfeifer, Erika Donner V Gromoff, Yimin Wang, Wolfgang Maier, Ralf Baumeister
Activation of the FOXO transcription factor DAF-16 by reduced insulin/IGF signaling (IIS) is considered to be beneficial in C. elegans due to its ability to extend lifespan and to enhance stress resistance. In the germline, cell-autonomous DAF-16 activity prevents stem cell proliferation, thus acting tumor-suppressive. In contrast, hypodermal DAF-16 causes a tumorous germline phenotype characterized by hyperproliferation of the germline stem cells and rupture of the adjacent basement membrane. Here we show that cross-talk between DAF-16 and the transforming growth factor ß (TGFß)/bone morphogenic protein (BMP) signaling pathway causes germline hyperplasia and results in disruption of the basement membrane...
May 26, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548959/identification-of-the-histone-lysine-demethylase-kdm4a-jmjd2a-as-a-novel-epigenetic-target-in-m1-macrophage-polarization-induced-by-oxidized-ldl
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Xue Wang, Siqing Wang, Gang Yao, Dehai Yu, Kexin Chen, Qian Tong, Long Ye, Chuan Wu, Yue Sun, Haixia Li, Dirk M Hermann, Thorsten R Döppner, Fengyan Jin, Yun Dai, Jiang Wu
Oxidized low density lipoprotein (oxLDL) induces macrophage activation, an event essential for atherosclerosis. Emerging evidence supports that epigenetic regulation plays important roles in macrophage activation and function. However, it remains unclear which epigenetic modulator is responsible for oxLDL-induced macrophage activation. Here, we identify for the first time KDM4A (JMJD2A) as an epigenetic modifying enzyme that controls oxLDL-induced pro-inflammatory M1 polarization of macrophages. OxLDL triggered M1 polarization of murine and human macrophages, characterized by expression of iNOS and robust production of inflammatory cytokines (e...
May 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548944/the-adenosine-a2b-receptor-promotes-tumor-progression-of-bladder-urothelial-carcinoma-by-enhancing-mapk-signaling-pathway
#13
Yihong Zhou, Xi Chu, Fei Deng, Liang Tong, Guoxiong Tong, Ye Yi, Jianye Liu, Jin Tang, Yuxin Tang, Yang Xia, Yingbo Dai
The adenosine A2b receptor (A2bR) was considered to play an oncogenic role in many human malignancies. However, the expression and molecular function of A2bR in bladder urothelial carcinoma (BUC) have not been well elucidated. Herein, we found that the expression of A2bR was higher than other adenosine receptors in BUC tissues and cells, and it was upregulated in BUC tissues compared with matched normal bladder tissues. Furthermore, high expression of A2bR was associated with poor prognosis of patients with BUC...
May 12, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548939/netrin-1-promotes-gastric-cancer-cell-proliferation-and-invasion-via-the-receptor-neogenin-through-pi3k-akt-signaling-pathway
#14
Kai Yin, Linjun Wang, Xuan Zhang, Zhongyuan He, Yiwen Xia, Jianghao Xu, Song Wei, Bowen Li, Zheng Li, Guangli Sun, Qing Li, Hao Xu, Zekuan Xu
Netrin-1 is a laminin-related protein found to promote proliferation and invasion in multiple types of cancers. Recent studies have identified the function role of netrin-1 in several cancers; however, the influence of netrin-1 in human gastric cancer(GC) remains largely unknown. In this study, we found netrin-1 was upregulated in human GC tissues, where its expression correlated inversely with cancer stage and lymph node metastasis. We detected netrin-1 and its receptor knockdown significantly suppressed GC cells proliferation and invasion, while overexpression netrin-1 reversed these effects...
May 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548931/succinate-an-initiator-in-tumorigenesis-and-progression
#15
REVIEW
Ting Zhao, Xianmin Mu, Qiang You
As an intermediate metabolite of the tricarboxylic acid cycle in mitochondria, succinate is widely investigated for its role in metabolism. In recent years, an increasing number of studies have concentrated on the unanticipated role of succinate outside metabolism, acting as, for instance, an inflammatory signal or a carcinogenic initiator. Actually, succinate dehydrogenase gene mutations and abnormal succinate accumulation have been observed in a battery of hereditary and sporadic malignancies. In this review, we discuss the unexpected role of succinate and possible mechanisms that may contribute to its accumulation...
May 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548904/utilization-of-a-patient-centered-asthma-passport-tool-in-a-subspecialty-clinic
#16
Jonathan Greenberg, Olga Prushinskaya, Joshua D Harris, Gillian Guidetti-Myers, Jacqueline Steiding, Gregory S Sawicki, Jonathan M Gaffin
INTRODUCTION: Despite available and effective tools for asthma self-assessment (Asthma Control Test, ACT) and self-management (Asthma Action Plan, AAP), they are underutilized in outpatient specialty clinics. We evaluated the impact of a patient-centered checklist, the Asthma Passport, on improving ACT and AAP utilization in clinic. METHODS: This was a randomized, interventional quality-improvement project in which the Asthma Passport was distributed to 120 pediatric asthma patients over the duration of 16 weeks...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548881/constraints-drivers-and-implications-of-influenza-a-virus-reassortment
#17
Anice C Lowen
Influenza A viruses are constantly changing. This change accounts for seasonal epidemics, infrequent pandemics, and zoonotic outbreaks. A major mechanism underlying the genetic diversification of influenza A virus is reassortment of intact gene segments between coinfecting viruses. This exchange is possible because of the segmented nature of the viral genome. Here, I first consider the constraints and drivers acting on influenza A virus reassortment, including the likelihood of coinfection at the host and cellular levels, mixing and assembly of heterologous gene segments within coinfected cells, and the fitness associated with reassortant genotypes...
May 26, 2017: Annual Review of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548874/the-role-of-the-school-nurse-in-the-special-education-process-part-2-eligibility-determination-and-the-individualized-education-program
#18
Robin Adair Shannon, Catherine Falusi Yonkaitis
This is the second of two articles outlining the professional school nurse's role in the special education process for students with disabilities. The Individuals with Disabilities in Education Improvement Act of 2004 mandates the special education process: identification, full and individual evaluation, eligibility determination, and development of the individual education program (IEP), including special education placement. Part 1 focused on the importance of the school nurse's role in student identification, response to intervention, and the full and individual evaluation...
May 1, 2017: NASN School Nurse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548862/gold-catalyzed-formal-3-2-cycloaddition-of-ynamides-with-4-5-dihydro-1-2-4-oxadiazoles-synthesis-of-functionalized-4-aminoimidazoles
#19
Wei Xu, Gaonan Wang, Ning Sun, Yuanhong Liu
A gold-catalyzed formal [3 + 2] cycloaddition of ynamides with 4,5-dihydro-1,2,4-oxadiazoles has been developed. The reaction provides a concise and regioselective access to highly functionalized 4-aminoimidazoles likely via the formation of an α-imino gold carbene intermediate followed by cyclization. 4,5-Dihydro-1,2,4-oxadiazole was found to act as an efficient N-iminonitrene equivalent in these reactions.
May 26, 2017: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548821/turning-nonspecific-interference-into-signal-amplification-covalent-biosensing-nanoassembly-enabled-by-metal-catalyzed-cross-coupling
#20
Hao Li, Fang Wang, Shenguang Ge, Haiyun Liu, Mei Yan, Jinghua Yu
In this work, a new method of protein detection in complicated samples is proposed. This method employs probe-target recognition to induce cross-linking among the probe, the target, and the nonspecific proteins in the complicated sample as a means to convert interference into effective signal amplification. This also eliminates the necessity of multistep signal amplification in a separate solution system. On the basis of this strategy, a simple and robust assay for the activity of serum cathepsin B is established...
May 26, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
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