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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926928/an-interactome-centered-protein-discovery-approach-reveals-novel-components-involved-in-mitosome-function-and-homeostasis-in-giardia-lamblia
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Samuel Rout, Jon Paulin Zumthor, Elisabeth M Schraner, Carmen Faso, Adrian B Hehl
Protozoan parasites of the genus Giardia are highly prevalent globally, and infect a wide range of vertebrate hosts including humans, with proliferation and pathology restricted to the small intestine. This narrow ecological specialization entailed extensive structural and functional adaptations during host-parasite co-evolution. An example is the streamlined mitosomal proteome with iron-sulphur protein maturation as the only biochemical pathway clearly associated with this organelle. Here, we applied techniques in microscopy and protein biochemistry to investigate the mitosomal membrane proteome in association to mitosome homeostasis...
December 2016: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926926/a-robust-design-capture-recapture-analysis-of-abundance-survival-and-temporary-emigration-of-three-odontocete-species-in-the-gulf-of-corinth-greece
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Nina Luisa Santostasi, Silvia Bonizzoni, Giovanni Bearzi, Lavinia Eddy, Olivier Gimenez
While the Mediterranean Sea has been designated as a Global Biodiversity Hotspot, assessments of cetacean population abundance are lacking for large portions of the region, particularly in the southern and eastern basins. The challenges and costs of obtaining the necessary data often result in absent or poor abundance information. We applied capture-recapture models to estimate abundance, survival and temporary emigration of odontocete populations within a 2,400 km2 semi-enclosed Mediterranean bay, the Gulf of Corinth...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926862/vav-proteins-are-key-regulators-of-card9-signaling-for-innate-antifungal-immunity
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Susanne Roth, Hanna Bergmann, Martin Jaeger, Assa Yeroslaviz, Konstantin Neumann, Paul-Albert Koenig, Clarissa Prazeres da Costa, Lesley Vanes, Vinod Kumar, Melissa Johnson, Mauricio Menacho-Márquez, Bianca Habermann, Victor L Tybulewicz, Mihai Netea, Xosé R Bustelo, Jürgen Ruland
Fungal infections are major causes of morbidity and mortality, especially in immunocompromised individuals. The innate immune system senses fungal pathogens through Syk-coupled C-type lectin receptors (CLRs), which signal through the conserved immune adaptor Card9. Although Card9 is essential for antifungal defense, the mechanisms that couple CLR-proximal events to Card9 control are not well defined. Here, we identify Vav proteins as key activators of the Card9 pathway. Vav1, Vav2, and Vav3 cooperate downstream of Dectin-1, Dectin-2, and Mincle to engage Card9 for NF-κB control and proinflammatory gene transcription...
December 6, 2016: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926858/g-protein-coupled-receptor-2-interacting-protein-1-controls-stalk-cell-fate-by-inhibiting-delta-like-4-notch1-signaling
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Syamantak Majumder, GuoFu Zhu, Xiangbin Xu, Sharon Senchanthisai, Dongyang Jiang, Hao Liu, Chao Xue, Xiaoqun Wang, Heidi Coia, Zhaoqiang Cui, Elaine M Smolock, Richard T Libby, Bradford C Berk, Jinjiang Pang
The spatiotemporal localization and expression of Dll4 are critical for sprouting angiogenesis. However, the related mechanisms are poorly understood. Here, we show that G-protein-coupled receptor-kinase interacting protein-1 (GIT1) is a robust endogenous inhibitor of Dll4-Notch1 signaling that specifically controls stalk cell fate. GIT1 is highly expressed in stalk cells but not in tip cells. GIT1 deficiency remarkably enhances Dll4 expression and Notch1 signaling, resulting in impaired retinal sprouting angiogenesis, which can be rescued by treatment with the Notch inhibitor or Dll4 neutralizing antibody...
December 6, 2016: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926784/preoperative-characteristics-and-cytological-features-of-136-histologically-confirmed-pancreatic-mucinous-cystic-neoplasms
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Aristana Scourtas, Jonathan C Dudley, William R Brugge, Abdurrahman Kadayifci, Mari Mino-Kenudson, Martha B Pitman
BACKGROUND: Mucinous cystic neoplasms (MCNs) of the pancreas present a management conundrum. The majority are benign but all are resected due to their malignant potential. Recent studies have recommended nonsurgical management. In the current study, the authors analyzed the preoperative imaging, cytology, and cyst fluid characteristics of 136 histologically confirmed MCNs to assess predictors of a high-risk (HR) cyst for surgical triage. METHODS: MCNs resected at the Massachusetts General Hospital between 1990 and 2014 formed the study cohort...
December 7, 2016: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926736/structure-of-cc-chemokine-receptor-2-with-orthosteric-and-allosteric-antagonists
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Yi Zheng, Ling Qin, Natalia V Ortiz Zacarías, Henk de Vries, Gye Won Han, Martin Gustavsson, Marta Dabros, Chunxia Zhao, Robert J Cherney, Percy Carter, Dean Stamos, Ruben Abagyan, Vadim Cherezov, Raymond C Stevens, Adriaan P IJzerman, Laura H Heitman, Andrew Tebben, Irina Kufareva, Tracy M Handel
CC chemokine receptor 2 (CCR2) is one of 19 members of the chemokine receptor subfamily of human class A G-protein-coupled receptors. CCR2 is expressed on monocytes, immature dendritic cells, and T-cell subpopulations, and mediates their migration towards endogenous CC chemokine ligands such as CCL2 (ref. 1). CCR2 and its ligands are implicated in numerous inflammatory and neurodegenerative diseases including atherosclerosis, multiple sclerosis, asthma, neuropathic pain, and diabetic nephropathy, as well as cancer...
December 7, 2016: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926732/electric-field-stimulated-protein-mechanics
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Doeke R Hekstra, K Ian White, Michael A Socolich, Robert W Henning, Vukica Šrajer, Rama Ranganathan
The internal mechanics of proteins-the coordinated motions of amino acids and the pattern of forces constraining these motions-connects protein structure to function. Here we describe a new method combining the application of strong electric field pulses to protein crystals with time-resolved X-ray crystallography to observe conformational changes in spatial and temporal detail. Using a human PDZ domain (LNX2(PDZ2)) as a model system, we show that protein crystals tolerate electric field pulses strong enough to drive concerted motions on the sub-microsecond timescale...
December 7, 2016: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926665/clinicopathological-analysis-and-risk-factors-of-advanced-colorectal-neoplasms-incidentally-detected-by-18f-fdg-pet-ct
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Seung Min Chung, Kyeong Ok Kim, Ihn Ho Cho, Tae Nyeun Kim
BACKGROUND: As the clinical use of fluorine-18-fluorodeoxyglucose PET-computed tomography (F-FDG PET-CT) has increased, the incidental finding of F-FDG uptake with subsequent diagnosis of advanced neoplasm at colorectum has increased. The aim of this study is to analyze the characteristics and risk factors of advanced colorectal neoplasm incidentally detected by F-FDG PET-CT. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients who underwent colonoscopy because of an incidental finding of F-FDG uptake at the colorectum from January 2006 to January 2015 at Yeungnam University Hospital were reviewed retrospectively...
December 6, 2016: European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926642/ovarian-conservation-and-overall-survival-in-young-women-with-early-stage-cervical-cancer
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Koji Matsuo, Hiroko Machida, Donna Shoupe, Alexander Melamed, Laila I Muderspach, Lynda D Roman, Jason D Wright
OBJECTIVE: To identify predictors of ovarian conservation at hysterectomy and to examine the association of ovarian conservation and survival of young women with early-stage cervical cancer. METHODS: This is a retrospective cohort study using the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program to identify hysterectomy-based surgically treated patients with stage I cervical cancer diagnosed between 1983 and 2012 (N=16,511). Multivariable models were used to identify independent factors associated with ovarian conservation...
December 2, 2016: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926641/vaginal-hysterectomy-for-treatment-of-cervical-ectopic-pregnancy
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Roa Alammari, Renee Thibodeau, Oz Harmanli
BACKGROUND: Cervical ectopic pregnancy can lead to catastrophic hemorrhage, and may be managed conservatively with intra-amniotic methotrexate (MTX), systemic MTX, or both; surgical evacuation with or without balloon tamponade; and uterine artery embolization. However, some patients require hysterectomy, which has traditionally been performed abdominally. CASE: A 39-year-old parous woman was diagnosed with cervical ectopic pregnancy at an estimated 7 1/7 weeks of gestation...
December 2, 2016: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926562/long-term-experience-of-magnetic-anal-sphincter-augmentation-in-patients-with-fecal-incontinence
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Jeremy Sugrue, Paul-Antoine Lehur, Robert D Madoff, Shane McNevin, Steen Buntzen, Søren Laurberg, Anders Mellgren
BACKGROUND: Magnetic anal sphincter augmentation is a novel technique for the treatment of patients with fecal incontinence. OBJECTIVE: The current study reports the long-term effectiveness and safety of this new treatment modality. DESIGN: This was a prospective multicenter pilot study. SETTINGS: The study was performed at 4 clinical sites in Europe and the United States. PATIENTS: The cohort included patients with severe fecal incontinence for ≥6 months who had previously failed conservative therapy and were implanted with a magnetic anal sphincter device between 2008 and 2011...
January 2017: Diseases of the Colon and Rectum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926499/breast-carcinoma-in-situ-an-observational-study-of-tumor-subtype-treatment-and-outcomes
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Qi Wu, Juanjuan Li, Si Sun, Shan Zhu, Chuang Chen, Juan Wu, Qian Liu, Wen Wei, Shengrong Sun
BACKGROUND & AIMS: To evaluate the clinical presentation, treatment and outcome of patients with breast carcinoma in situ (BCIS) with special emphasis on the role of the tumor subtype and local treatment in these patients. METHODS: Using data obtained by the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) program from 2010-2013, a retrospective, population-based cohort study was conducted to investigate tumor subtype-specific differences in various characteristics, overall survival (OS) and breast cancer-specific mortality (BCSM)...
December 2, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926480/calcium-dependent-binding-of-myc-to-calmodulin
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Philipp Raffeiner, Andrea Schraffl, Thomas Schwarz, Ruth Röck, Karin Ledolter, Markus Hartl, Robert Konrat, Eduard Stefan, Klaus Bister
The bHLH-LZ (basic region/helix-loop-helix/leucine zipper) oncoprotein Myc and the bHLH-LZ protein Max form a binary transcription factor complex controlling fundamental cellular processes. Deregulated Myc expression leads to neoplastic transformation and is a hallmark of most human cancers. The dynamics of Myc transcription factor activity are post-translationally coordinated by defined protein-protein interactions. Here, we present evidence for a second messenger controlled physical interaction between the Ca2+ sensor calmodulin (CaM) and all Myc variants (v-Myc, c-Myc, N-Myc, and L-Myc)...
December 1, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925667/tracking-the-activity-of-mtorc1-in-living-cells-using-genetically-encoded-fret-based-biosensor-torcar
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Xin Zhou, Simin Li, Jin Zhang
Mechanistic target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1) is a highly conserved serine/threonine protein kinase that responds to multiple distinct signals (e.g., growth factors, amino acids, stress, and energy level) and coordinates cell growth and proliferation. The underlying molecular mechanisms by which these stimuli regulate the activity of mTORC1 are still not fully understood. The spatial compartmentalization of mTORC1 signaling has been suggested as an important mechanism for mTORC1 to achieve the signal specificity and efficiency...
December 7, 2016: Current Protocols in Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925615/positive-selection-in-cathelicidin-host-defense-peptides-adaptation-to-exogenous-pathogens-or-endogenous-receptors
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S Zhu, B Gao
The cause of adaptive protein evolution includes internal (for example, co-evolution of ligand-receptor pairs) and external (for example, adaptation to different ecological niches) mechanisms. Host defense peptides (HDPs) are a class of vertebrate-specific cationic antimicrobial peptides evolving under positive selection. Besides their antibiotic activity, HDPs also exert an effect on multiple host immune cells, thus providing an ideal model to study selective agents driving their evolution. On the basis of a combination of computational and experimental approaches, we studied the evolution of LL-37-type HDPs in mammals, the mature peptide of cathelicidin CAP18 (herein termed CAP18-MP) and investigated the driving force behind the evolution...
December 7, 2016: Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925569/focus-is-on-our-doctors
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James Buchan
With around one in three NHS doctors having been trained in another country, the headline-grabber at the Conservative party conference in October was the government's commitment to NHS England becoming 'self-sufficient' in doctors. Funding for the projected 15% increase in the number of medical students will come from the Department of Health's existing budget.
December 7, 2016: Nursing Standard
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925493/the-effect-of-freeze-drying-on-the-nutrient-polyphenol-and-oxidant-levels-of-breast-milk
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Mariela Valentina Cortez, Elio Andrés Soria
OBJECTIVES: Human milk banks need to extend the suitability of milk for breastfeeding, and for this technological advances are required. Our aim was to establish the capacity of freeze-drying to conserve milk properties without further oxidative deterioration. METHODS: One hundred sixteen healthy women participated from the city of Cordoba (Argentina). Proteins, glucose, triglycerides, polyphenols, and markers (nitrites, superoxide anion, hydroperoxides, lipoperoxides, and γ-glutamyl transpeptidase) were measured in their fresh milk...
December 2016: Breastfeeding Medicine: the Official Journal of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925396/arabidopsis-sumo-protease-asp1-positively-regulates-flowering-time-partially-through-regulating-flc-stability
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Xiangxiong Kong, Xi Luo, Gao-Ping Qu, Peng Liu, Jing Bo Jin
The initiation of flowering is tightly regulated by the endogenous and environment signals, which is crucial for the reproductive success of flowering plants. It is well known that autonomous and vernalization pathways repress transcription of FLOWERING LOCUS C (FLC), a focal floral repressor, but how its protein stability is regulated remains largely unknown. Here, we found that mutations in a novel Arabidopsis SUMO protease 1 (ASP1) resulted in a strong late-flowering phenotype under long-days, but to a lesser extent under short-days...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925351/multispecies-genetic-objectives-in-spatial-conservation-planning
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Erica S Nielsen, Maria Beger, Romina Henriques, Kimberly A Selkoe, Sophie von der Heyden
The growing threats to biodiversity and global alteration of habitats and species distributions make it increasingly necessary to consider evolutionary patterns in conservation decision-making. Yet there is no clear-cut guidance on how genetic features can be incorporated into conservation planning processes, with multiple molecular markers and several genetic metrics for each marker type to choose from. Genetic patterns also differ between species, but the potential trade-offs amongst genetic objectives for multiple species in conservation planning are currently understudied...
December 7, 2016: Conservation Biology: the Journal of the Society for Conservation Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925288/genomic-sequence-and-virulence-evaluation-of-mn184a-like-porcine-reproductive-and-respiratory-syndrome-virus-in-japan
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Hiroshi Iseki, Takeya Morozumi, Michihiro Takagi, Kenji Kawashima, Tomoyuki Shibahara, Hirohide Uenishi, Hiroshi Tsunemitsu
This study characterized a porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) that was isolated in Japan from a 9-week-old diseased pig on a farm with an increased mortality rate during 2007-2008. This unique isolate, designated as Jpn5-37, did not have a high nucleotide identity in open reading frame 5 against any Japanese isolates. Among all available type 2 PRRSV complete genome sequences, Jpn5-37 shared the highest nucleotide identity (93.6%) with virulent strain MN184A. The genomic characteristics of Jpn5-37 were highly conserved with respect to the virulent MN184A, including a continuous 8-amino acid deletion in the nonstructural protein 2 region...
December 7, 2016: Microbiology and Immunology
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