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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636172/a-phos-tag-based-micropipette-tip-method-for-rapid-and-selective-enrichment-of-phosphopeptides
#1
Elena Tianfei Yuan, Yoko Ino, Maho Kawaguchi, Yayoi Kimura, Hisashi Hirano, Emiko Kinoshita-Kikuta, Eiji Kinoshita, Tohru Koike
Phosphorylated peptides are attractive targets in the study of the phosphoproteome. Here, we introduce a simple and convenient micropipette-tip method for the separation of phosphorylated and nonphosphorylated peptides by using a phosphate-binding zinc(II) complex of 1,3-bis(pyridin-2-ylmethylamino)propan-2-olate (Phos-tag). A 200-μL micropipette tip containing 10 μL of swollen agarose beads functionalized with Phos-tag moieties was prepared. All steps in the phosphate-affinity separation (binding, washing, and elution) were conducted by using aqueous buffers at neutral pH values...
June 21, 2017: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636077/arabidopsis-shaker-pollen-inward-k-channel-spik-functions-in-snrk1-complex-regulated-pollen-hydration-on-the-stigma
#2
Dan-Dan Li, Huan Guan, Fei Li, Chang-Zhen Liu, Yu-Xiu Dong, Xian-Sheng Zhang, Xin-Qi Gao
Pollen hydration is a critical step that determines pollen germination on stigma. KINβγ is a plant-specific subunit of the SNF1-related protein kinase 1 complex (SnRK1 complex). In pollen of the Arabidopsis kinβγ mutant, the levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS) were decreased which lead to compromised hydration of the mutant pollen on stigma. In this study, we analyzed gene expression in kinβγ mutant pollen by RNA-seq and found the expression of inward shaker K(+) channel SPIK was down-regulated in the kinβγ pollen...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636010/engineering-multi-functional-bacterial-outer-membrane-vesicles-as-modular-nanodevices-for-biosensing-and-bioimaging
#3
Qi Chen, Sharon Rozovsky, Wilfred Chen
Outer membrane vesicles (OMVs) are proteoliposomes derived from the outer membrane and periplasmic space of many Gram-negative bacteria including E. coli as part of their natural growth cycle. Inspired by the natural ability of E. coli to sort proteins to both the exterior and interior of OMVs, we reported here a one-pot synthesis approach to engineer multi-functionalized OMV-based sensors for both antigen binding and signal generation. SlyB, a native lipoprotein, was used a fusion partner to package nanoluciferase (Nluc) within OMVs, while a previously developed INP-Scaf3 surface scaffold was fused to the Z-domain for antibody recruiting...
June 21, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635675/co-infection-with-marek-s-disease-virus-and-reticuloendotheliosis-virus-increases-illness-severity-and-reduces-marek-s-disease-vaccine-efficacy
#4
Guo-Rong Sun, Yan-Ping Zhang, Lin-Yi Zhou, Hong-Chao Lv, Feng Zhang, Kai Li, Yu-Long Gao, Xiao-Le Qi, Hong-Yu Cui, Yong-Qiang Wang, Li Gao, Qing Pan, Xiao-Mei Wang, Chang-Jun Liu
Marek's disease virus (MDV) and reticuloendotheliosis virus (REV) cause Marek's disease (MD) and reticuloendotheliosis (RE), respectively. Co-infection with MDV and REV is common in chickens, causing serious losses to the poultry industry. However, experimental studies of such co-infection are lacking. In this study, Chinese field strains of MDV (ZW/15) and REV (JLR1501) were used as challenge viruses to evaluate the pathogenicity of co-infection and the influence of MD vaccination in chickens. Compared to the MDV-challenged group, the mortality and tumor rates increased significantly by 20...
June 21, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635397/induction-of-apoptosis-and-autophagy-by-calcifying-nanoparticles-in-human-bladder-cancer-cells
#5
Ji-Hua Wu, Yao-Liang Deng, Quan Liu, Jun-Chuan Yu, Yun-Long Liu, Zi-Qi He, Xiao-Feng Guan
Calcifying nanoparticles have been linked to various types of human disease, but how they contribute to disease processes is unclear. Here, we examined whether and how calcifying nanoparticles isolated from patients with kidney stones are cytotoxic to human bladder cancer cells. Calcifying nanoparticles were isolated from midstream urine of patients with renal calcium oxalate stones and examined by electron microscopy. Human bladder cancer cells (EJ cells) were cultured in the presence of calcifying nanoparticles or nanohydroxyapatites for 12 and 72 h and examined for toxicity using the Cell Counting Kit-8, for autophagy using transmission electron microscopy and confocal microscopy, and for apoptosis using fluorescence microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and flow cytometry...
June 2017: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634612/pd-0-catalyzed-intramolecular-arylative-dearomatization-of-%C3%AE-naphthols
#6
Ren-Qi Xu, Ping Yang, Shu-Li You
An efficient Pd(0)-catalyzed intramolecular arylative dearomatization of β-naphthols is described. Using Q-Phos as a ligand, the arylative dearomatization reaction proceeded smoothly affording excellent yields and chemoselectivity even when the catalyst loading was reduced to 0.1 mol%. This method offers an efficient access to a series of structurally diverse spirocarbocycles. Preliminary investigation indicates that an enantioselective reaction is feasible in the presence of a chiral phosphoramidite ligand...
June 21, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634517/introduction-of-a-quality-improvement-curriculum-in-the-department-of-internal-medicine-lincoln-medical-center
#7
Usha Venugopal, Moiz Kasubhai, Vikram Paruchuri
Community hospitals with limited resources struggle to engage physicians in Quality improvement initiatives. We introduced Quality Improvement (QI) curriculum for residents in response to ACGME requirements and surveyed the residents understanding of QI and their involvement in QI projects before and after the introduction of the curriculum. The current article describes our experiences with the process, the challenges and possible solutions to have a successful resident led QI initiative in a community hospital...
January 2017: Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634474/different-dynamic-distribution-in-chickens-and-ducks-of-the-hypervirulent-novel-genotype-fowl-adenovirus-serotype-4-recently-emerged-in-china
#8
Qing Pan, Yanchao Yang, Zhibin Shi, Linlin Liu, Yulong Gao, Xiaole Qi, Changjun Liu, Yanping Zhang, Hongyu Cui, Xiaomei Wang
A hypervirulent fowl adenovirus serotype 4 (FAdV-4) has caused hepatitis-hydropericardium syndrome (HHS) with mortalities that range from 30 to 80% in outbreaks across China since 2015. The FAdV-4 strain was characterized as a novel genotype based on the specific genome characteristics. However, our understanding of the dynamic distribution, tissue tropism, and pathogenesis of the novel FAdV-4 is incomplete. In this study, a new, sensitive and FAdV-4-specific real-time PCR was developed and applied to detect the dynamic distribution of the duck origin, novel FAdV-4 strain HLJDAd15 in experimentally infected special-pathogen free (SPF) chickens and ducks...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634450/leonurine-improves-age-dependent-impaired-angiogenesis-possible-involvement-of-mitochondrial-function-and-hif-1%C3%AE-dependent-vegf-activation
#9
Jia Qi, Jing J Wang, Jun L Duan, Zhao Y Lu, Yang G Yuan
Objective: Advanced age is associated with impaired angiogenesis in part because of mitochondrial dysfunction. We have recently reported that leonurine exerts protective effects in neuron via regulation of mitochondrial function. The aim of this study was to explore whether leonurine is able to attenuate mitochondrial dysfunction and to enhance angiogenesis in old rats with hindlimb ischemia. Methods and Results: At day 14 after surgery, hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF)-1α and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) expression was decreased in the ischemic muscle of aged animals, which was accompanied by enhanced oxidative stress, increased mitochondrial damage, decreased capillary density, and reduced limb perfusion compared with young mice...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634358/hiv-1-gp41-targeting-fusion-inhibitory-peptides-enhance-the-gp120-targeting-protein-mediated-inactivation-of-hiv-1-virions
#10
Qianqian Qi, Qian Wang, Weizao Chen, Lanying Du, Dimiter S Dimitrov, Lu Lu, Shibo Jiang
Protein- or peptide-based viral inactivators are being developed as novel antiviral drugs with improved efficacy, pharmacokinetics and toxicity profiles because they actively inactivate cell-free human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) virions before attachment to host cells. By contrast, most clinically used antiviral drugs must penetrate host cells to inhibit viral replication. In this study, we pre-treated HIV-1 particles with a gp120-targeting bispecific multivalent protein, 2Dm2m or 4Dm2m, in the presence or absence of the gp41-targeting HIV-1 fusion inhibitory peptides enfuvirtide (T20), T2635, or sifuvirtide (SFT)...
June 21, 2017: Emerging Microbes & Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634148/iodine-and-freeze-drying-enhanced-high-resolution-microct-imaging-for-reconstructing-3d-intraneural-topography-of-human-peripheral-nerve-fascicles
#11
Liwei Yan, Yongze Guo, Jian Qi, Qingtang Zhu, Liqiang Gu, Canbin Zheng, Tao Lin, Yutong Yu, Zitao Zeng, Sha Yu, Shuang Zhu, Xiang Zhou, Xi Zhang, Yunfei Du, Zhi Yao, Yao Lu, Xiaolin Liu
BACKGROUND: The precise annotation and accurate identification of the topography of fascicles to the end organs are prerequisites for studying human peripheral nerves. NEW METHOD: In this study, we present a feasible imaging method that acquires 3D high-resolution (HR) topography of peripheral nerve fascicles using an iodine and freeze-drying (IFD) micro-computed tomography (microCT) method to greatly increase the contrast of fascicle images. RESULTS: The enhanced microCT imaging method can facilitate the reconstruction of high-contrast HR fascicle images, fascicle segmentation and extraction, feature analysis, and the tracing of fascicle topography to end organs, which define fascicle functions...
June 17, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634136/tongxie-formula-reduces-symptoms-of-irritable-bowel-syndrome
#12
Heng Fan, Liang Zheng, Yaoliang Lai, Weimin Lu, Zhixiang Yan, Qi Xiao, Baiwen Li, Min Tang, Dawei Huang, Yuanyuan Wang, Zhen Li, Yuwei Mei, Zhengyan Jiang, Xingxing Liu, Qing Tang, Dongmei Zuo, Jingyi Ye, Yongqiang Yang, Huisuo Huang, Zongxiang Tang, Jun Xiao
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is the most common chronic gastrointestinal disorder, yet few drugs are effective in reducing symptoms. Approximately 50% of patients with IBS attempt herbal therapy at least once. We performed a randomized controlled trial to compare the efficacy of the herb formulation tongxie vs placebo or pinaverium (an antispasmodic agent) in reducing symptoms of IBS. METHODS: We performed a trial of 1044 adult patients with IBS (based on Rome III criteria) at 5 hospitals in China, from August 2012 through January 2015...
June 17, 2017: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634117/to-assess-the-effects-of-parathyroidectomy-tptx-versus-tptx-at-for-secondary-hyperparathyroidism-in-chronic-renal-failure-a-meta-analysis
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Nian-Cun Qiu, Si-Luo Zha, Miao-E Liu, Zhi-Peng Du, Yi-Fan Wang, Qiang Wang, Qi Chen, Ying Jiang, Cheng-Xiang Shan, Ming Qiu
BACKGROUND: Secondary Hyperparathyroidism (SHPT) requiring parathyroidectomy (PTX) occurs more commonly in patients with progressive chronic kidney disease and in those on long-term lithium therapy. Successful PTX often results in a dramatic drop of parathyroid hormone level, relieves the patient from clinical symptoms, and reduces mortality. However, there is an ongoing debate on the optimal surgical treatment of SHPT. Currently, no clinical guidelines or trials have definitely answered the question of whether Total Parathyroidectomy (TPTX) is superior or equal to Total Parathyroidectomy with Autotransplantation (TPTX + AT)...
June 17, 2017: International Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634045/egfr-egfrviii-remodels-the-cytoskeleton-via-epigenetic-silencing-of-ajap1-in-glioma-cells
#14
Chao Yang, Yan-Sheng Li, Qi-Xue Wang, Kai Huang, Jian-Wei Wei, Yun-Fei Wang, Jun-Hu Zhou, Kai-Kai Yi, Kai-Liang Zhang, Bing-Cong Zhou, Cong Liu, Liang Zeng, Chun-Sheng Kang
EGFR amplification and mutations are the most common oncogenic events in GBM. EGFR overexpression correlates with GBM invasion, but the underlying mechanisms are poorly understood. In a previous study, we showed that AJAP1 is involved in regulating F-actin to inhibit the invasive ability of GBM. In addition, in a GBM cell line, the AJAP1 promoter was highly bound by H3K27me3 and, through bioinformatics analysis, we found that AJAP1 expression was negatively correlated with EGFR. In this study, we found that the pathway downstream of EGFR had a higher activation level in GBM cell lines, which led to excessive tumor suppressor silencing...
June 17, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633861/optimization-of-magnetic-field-assisted-ultrasonication-for-the-disintegration-of-waste-activated-sludge-using-box-behnken-design-with-response-surface-methodology
#15
Su Guan, Feng Deng, Si-Qi Huang, Shu-Yang Liu, Le-Xian Ai, Pu-Ying She
This study investigated for the first time the feasibility of using a magnetic field for sludge disintegration. Approximately 41.01% disintegration degree (DD) was reached after 30min at 180mT magnetic field intensity upon separate magnetic field treatment. Protein and polysaccharide contents significantly increased. This test was optimized using a Box-Behnken design (BBD) with response surface methodology (RSM) to fit the multiple equation of the DD. The maximum DD was 43.75% and the protein and polysaccharide contents increased to 56...
September 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633849/effects-of-bovine-serum-albumin-on-a-single-cavitation-bubble
#16
Shuibao Qi, Badreddine Assouar, Weizhong Chen
The dynamics and sonoluminescence (SL) of a single cavitation bubble in bovine serum albumin (BSA) aqueous solutions have been experimentally and theoretically investigated. A phase-locked integral imaging has been used to record the bubble pulsation evolutions. The results show that, under the optimum driving condition, the endurable driving pressure, maximum radius, radius compression ratio and SL intensity of the cavitation bubble increase correspondingly with the increase of BSA concentrations within the critical micelle concentration, which indicates that the addition of BSA increases the power capability of the cavitation bubble...
September 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633389/multiple-soluble-tgf-%C3%AE-receptors-in-addition-to-soluble-endoglin-are-elevated-in-preeclamptic-serum-and-they-synergistically-inhibit-tgf-%C3%AE-signalling
#17
Yao Wang, Qi Chen, Min Zhao, Kelly Walton, Craig Harrison, Guiying Nie
Context: Preeclampsia (PE) can be classified into early-onset (<34wk of gestation) and late-onset (>34wk) subtypes. Soluble endoglin, an auxiliary receptor for TGF-β ligands, is increased in PE circulation and believed to inhibit TGF-β action by sequestering the ligands. However, soluble endoglin, with a low affinity to TGF-β ligands, is demonstrated to have little effect by itself on TGF-β action. Objectives: We examined whether multiple soluble TGF-β receptors are elevated in PE circulation and whether they synergistically block TGF-β signalling...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633366/magnesium-deficiency-induced-alterations-of-gas-exchange-major-metabolites-and-key-enzymes-differ-among-roots-and-lower-and-upper-leaves-of-citrus-sinensis-seedlings
#18
Chun-Ping Li, Yi-Ping Qi, Jiang Zhang, Lin-Tong Yang, Dan-Hong Wang, Xin Ye, Ning-Wei Lai, Ling-Ling Tan, Dan Lin, Li-Song Chen
Magnesium (Mg)-deficiency is a widespread problem adversely affecting the quality and yield of crops, including citrus. 'Xuegan' [Citrus sinensis (L.) Osbeck] seedlings were irrigated every other day with nutrient solution at an Mg concentration of 0 mM (Mg-deficiency) or 1 mM (Mg-sufficiency) for 16 weeks. Thereafter, biomass, leaf mass per area, ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase (Rubisco), pigments in the upper and lower leaves, Mg, gas exchange, organic acids, nonstructural carbohydrates, total soluble proteins, amino acids, phenolics and anthocyanins, and key enzymes related to organic acid, amino acid and phenolic metabolisms in the roots, and upper and lower leaves were assayed in order to test the hypothesis that Mg-deficiency-induced alterations of gas exchange, major metabolites and key enzymes may differ among the roots, and upper and lower leaves...
June 14, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632942/the-glycans-mediated-mechanism-on-the-interactions-of-gp120-with-cd4-and-antibody-insights-from-molecular-dynamics-simulation
#19
Yan Zhang, Yuzhen Niu, Jia Qi Tian, Xuewei Liu, Xiaojun Yao, Huanxiang Liu
N-linked glycans such as 234 and 276 gp120 glycans are vital components of HIV evasion from humoral immunity and important for HIV-1 neutralization of many broadly neutralizing antibodies (bNAbs). However, it is unknown the action mechanism of two glycans. To investigate the roles of the glycans on the interactions of gp120 with CD4 and antibody, molecular dynamics simulations based on gp120-CD4-8ANC195 complex with 234 and 276 gp120 glycans, 234 gp120 glycan, 276 gp120 glycan and without glycan were performed...
June 20, 2017: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632390/atomistic-simulation-derived-insight-on-the-irreversible-structural-changes-of-si-electrode-during-fast-and-slow-delithiation
#20
Kwang Jin Kim, James Wortman, Sung-Yup Kim, Yue Qi
Quantifying the irreversible chemical and structural changes of Si during cycling remains challenging. In this study, a continuous reactive molecular dynamics delithiation algorithm, with well-controlled potential gradient and delithiation rate, was developed and used to investigate the "natural" delithiation responses of an aluminum-oxide coated silicon thin-film. Fast delithiation led to the formation of dense Si network near the surface and nanoporosity inside the a-LixSi, resulting in 141 % volume dilation and significant amount of Li trapped inside (a-Li1...
June 20, 2017: Nano Letters
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