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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340507/understanding-the-contribution-of-disulphide-bridges-to-the-folding-and-misfolding-of-an-anti-a%C3%AE-scfv
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Laia Montoliu-Gaya, Jose C Martínez, Sandra Villegas
ScFv-h3D6 is a single chain variable fragment that precludes Aβ peptide-induced cytotoxicity by withdrawing Aβ oligomers from the amyloid pathway to the worm-like pathway. Production of scFv molecules is not a straightforward procedure because of the occurrence of disulphide scrambled conformations generated in the refolding process. Here, we separately removed the disulphide bond of each domain and solved the scrambling problem; and then, we intended to compensate the loss of thermodynamic stability by adding three C-terminal elongation mutations previously described to stabilize the native fold of scFv-h3D6...
March 24, 2017: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340427/identification-and-characterization-of-a-%C3%AE-defensin-gene-involved-in-the-immune-defense-response-of-channel-catfish-ictalurus-punctatus
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Jieyao Zhu, Hong Wang, Jun Wang, Xingli Wang, Shuang Peng, Yi Geng, Kaiyu Wang, Pin Ouyang, Zhiqiong Li, Xiaoli Huang, Defang Chen
Antimicrobial peptides are small peptides that play important roles in a host's innate immune response. As an important antimicrobial peptide, β-defensin widely distribute in mammals, insects and plants with broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity. In this study, the β-defensin gene of the channel catfish, Ictalurus punctatus, was cloned, sequenced, and subjected to a bioinformatic analysis. The β-defensin gene of the channel catfish contains three exons and two introns, and encodes a precursor peptide consisting of two domains: a signal peptide of 24 amino acid residues and a mature peptide of 43 amino acid residues...
March 21, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340351/bedside-back-to-bench-building-bridges-between-basic-and-clinical-genomic-research
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Teri A Manolio, Douglas M Fowler, Lea M Starita, Melissa A Haendel, Daniel G MacArthur, Leslie G Biesecker, Elizabeth Worthey, Rex L Chisholm, Eric D Green, Howard J Jacob, Howard L McLeod, Dan Roden, Laura Lyman Rodriguez, Marc S Williams, Gregory M Cooper, Nancy J Cox, Gail E Herman, Stephen Kingsmore, Cecilia Lo, Cathleen Lutz, Calum A MacRae, Robert L Nussbaum, Jose M Ordovas, Erin M Ramos, Peter N Robinson, Wendy S Rubinstein, Christine Seidman, Barbara E Stranger, Haoyi Wang, Monte Westerfield, Carol Bult
Genome sequencing has revolutionized the diagnosis of genetic diseases. Close collaborations between basic scientists and clinical genomicists are now needed to link genetic variants with disease causation. To facilitate such collaborations, we recommend prioritizing clinically relevant genes for functional studies, developing reference variant-phenotype databases, adopting phenotype description standards, and promoting data sharing.
March 23, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340193/addressing-structural-barriers-to-hiv-care-among-triply-diagnosed-adults-project-bridge-oakland
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Christina Powers, Megan Comfort, Andrea M Lopez, Alex H Kral, Owen Murdoch, Jennifer Lorvick
People who are "triply diagnosed" with HIV, mental health issues, and substance-related disorders face tremendous barriers connecting to and remaining in HIV care. Authors of this article implemented Project Bridge Oakland (PBO), an intervention based on harm reduction and trauma-informed care, to help maintain continuity of care for triply diagnosed adults through cycles of criminal justice involvement. From August 2011 to December 2014, a clinical social worker and an HIV physician provided intensive case management for 19 clients living in Oakland, California...
March 14, 2017: Health & Social Work
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340094/nlrp2-is-a-suppressor-of-nf-%C3%A6-b-signaling-and-hla-c-expression-in-human-trophoblasts
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Tamara Tilburgs, Torsten B Meissner, Leonardo M R Ferreira, Arend Mulder, Kiran Musunuru, Junqiang Ye, Jack L Strominger
During human pregnancy, fetal extravillous trophoblasts (EVT) play a key role in the regulation of maternal T cell and NK cell responses. EVT display a unique combination of Human Leukocyte Antigens (HLA); EVT do not express HLA-A and HLA-B, but do express HLA-C, HLA-E and HLA-G. The mechanisms establishing this unique HLA expression pattern have not been fully elucidated. The MHC class I and class II transcriptional activators NLRC5 and CIITA are expressed neither by EVT nor by the EVT model cell line JEG3, which has an MHC expression pattern identical to that of EVT...
March 7, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340039/infant-birth-outcomes-are-associated-with-dna-damage-biomarkers-as-measured-by-the-cytokinesis-block-micronucleus-cytome-assay-the-dadhi-study
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Mansi Dass Singh, Philip Thomas, Maryam Hor, Theodora Almond, Julie Owens, William Hague, Michael Fenech
Accumulation of DNA damage in the first 1000 days may increase risk of accelerated ageing and degenerative diseases in adult life such as cancers. The extent of DNA damage in infants and the correlation of maternal factors during pregnancy with neonate birth outcomes and DNA damage is not known in infants born in Australia. Therefore, we performed a prospective cohort study to collect data on DNA damage in lymphocytes of Australian infants (aged 0, 3 and 6 months), using the cytokinesis block micronucleus cytome (CBMN-Cyt) assay...
March 3, 2017: Mutagenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339794/short-term-dabigatran-interruption-before-cardiac-rhythm-device-implantation-multi-centre-experience-from-the-re-ly-trial
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Vidal Essebag, Riccardo Proietti, David H Birnie, Jia Wang, James Douketis, Benoit Coutu, Ratika Parkash, Gregory Y H Lip, Stefan H Hohnloser, Andrew Moriarty, Jonas Oldgren, Stuart J Connolly, Michael Ezekowitz, Jeff S Healey
Aims: Cardiac implantable electronic device (CIED) surgery is commonly performed in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). The current analysis was undertaken to compare peri-operative anticoagulation management, bleeding, and thrombotic events in AF patients treated with dabigatran vs. warfarin. Methods and results: This study included 611 patients treated with dabigatran vs. warfarin who underwent CIED surgery during the RE-LY trial. Among 201 warfarin-treated patients, warfarin was interrupted a median of 144 (inter-quartile range, IQR: 120-216) h, and 37 (18...
February 23, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339791/bridg-a-domain-information-model-for-translational-and-clinical-protocol-driven-research
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Lauren B Becnel, Smita Hastak, Wendy Ver Hoef, Robert P Milius, MaryAnn Slack, Diane Wold, Michael L Glickman, Boris Brodsky, Charles Jaffe, Rebecca Kush, Edward Helton
Background: It is critical to integrate and analyze data from biological, translational, and clinical studies with data from health systems; however, electronic artifacts are stored in thousands of disparate systems that are often unable to readily exchange data. Objective: To facilitate meaningful data exchange, a model that presents a common understanding of biomedical research concepts and their relationships with health care semantics is required. The Biomedical Research Integrated Domain Group (BRIDG) domain information model fulfills this need...
February 26, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: JAMIA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339347/the-aging-kidney-and-the-nephrotoxic-effects-of-mercury
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Christy C Bridges, Rudolfs K Zalups
Owing to advances in modern medicine, life expectancies are lengthening and leading to an increase in the population of older individuals. The aging process leads to significant alterations in many organ systems, with the kidney being particularly susceptible to age-related changes. Within the kidney, aging leads to ultrastructural changes such as glomerular and tubular hypertrophy, glomerulosclerosis, and tubulointerstitial fibrosis, which may compromise renal plasma flow (RPF) and glomerular filtration rate (GFR)...
2017: Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part B, Critical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339204/liquid-marble-coalescence-and-triggered-microreaction-inspired-by-acoustic-levitation
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Zhen Chen, Duyang Zang, Liang Zhao, Mengfei Qu, Xu Li, Xiaoguang Li, Lixin Li, Xingguo Geng
Liquid marbles show promising potential application in the microreactor field. It is of great importance to control the coalescence between two or multiple liquid marbles, however, it is highly difficult to successfully merge two isolated marbles due to their mechanically robust particle shells. In this work, we accomplished the coalescence of multiple liquid marbles via acoustic levitation. The dynamic behaviors of the liquid marbles were monitored by a high-speed camera to find that driven by the sound field, the liquid marbles moved towards each other, collided, and eventually coalesced into a larger single marble...
March 24, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339190/luminescent-zn-ii-coordination-polymers-for-highly-selective-sensing-of-cr-iii-and-cr-vi-in-water
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Tian-Yi Gu, Ming Dai, David James Young, Zhi-Gang Ren, Jian-Ping Lang
Three photoluminescent zinc coordination polymers (CPs), {[Zn2(tpeb)2(2,5-tdc)(2,5-Htdc)2]·2H2O}n (1), {[Zn2(tpeb)2(1,4-ndc)(1,4-Hndc)2]·2.6H2O}n (2), and {[Zn2(tpeb)2(2,3-ndc)2]·H2O}n (3) (tpeb = 1,3,5-tri-4-pyridyl-1,2-ethenylbenzene, 2,5-tdc = 2,5-thiophenedicarboxylic acid, 1,4-ndc = 1,4-naphthalenedicarboxylic acid, and 2,3-ndc = 2,3-naphthalenedicarboxylic acid) were prepared from reactions of Zn(NO3)2·6H2O with tpeb and 2,5-H2tdc, 1,4-H2ndc, or 2,3-H2ndc under solvothermal conditions. Compound 1 has a two-dimensional (2D) grid-like network formed from bridging 1D [Zn(tpeb)]n chains via 2,5-tdc dianions...
March 24, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335585/anisotropic-magnetoresistance-of-nano-conductive-filament-in-co-hfo2-pt-resistive-switching-memory
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Leilei Li, Yang Liu, Jiao Teng, Shibing Long, Qixun Guo, Meiyun Zhang, Yu Wu, Guanghua Yu, Qi Liu, Hangbing Lv, Ming Liu
Conductive bridge random access memory (CBRAM) has been extensively studied as a next-generation non-volatile memory. The conductive filament (CF) shows rich physical effects such as conductance quantization and magnetic effect. But so far, the study of filaments is not very sufficient. In this work, Co/HfO2/Pt CBRAM device with magnetic CF was designed and fabricated. By electrical manipulation with a partial-RESET method, we controlled the size of ferromagnetic metal filament. The resistance-temperature characteristics of the ON-state after various partial-RESET behaviors have been studied...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335404/perceptions-of-health-co-benefits-in-relation-to-greenhouse-gas-emission-reductions-a-survey-among-urban-residents-in-three-chinese-cities
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Jinghong Gao, Guozhang Xu, Wenjun Ma, Yong Zhang, Alistair Woodward, Sotiris Vardoulakis, Sari Kovats, Paul Wilkinson, Tianfeng He, Hualiang Lin, Tao Liu, Shaohua Gu, Jun Wang, Jing Li, Jun Yang, Xiaobo Liu, Jing Li, Haixia Wu, Qiyong Liu
Limited information is available on the perceptions of stakeholders concerning the health co-benefits of greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions. The purpose of this study was to investigate the perceptions of urban residents on the health co-benefits involving GHG abatement and related influencing factors in three cities in China. Beijing, Ningbo and Guangzhou were selected for this survey. Participants were recruited from randomly chosen committees, following quotas for gender and age in proportion to the respective population shares...
March 13, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334797/molecular-mechanism-governing-ratio-dependent-transcription-regulation-in-the-ccdab-operon
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Alexandra Vandervelde, Igor Drobnak, San Hadži, Yann G-J Sterckx, Thomas Welte, Henri De Greve, Daniel Charlier, Rouslan Efremov, Remy Loris, Jurij Lah
Bacteria can become transiently tolerant to several classes of antibiotics. This phenomenon known as persistence is regulated by small genetic elements called toxin-antitoxin modules with intricate yet often poorly understood self-regulatory features. Here, we describe the structures of molecular complexes and interactions that drive the transcription regulation of the ccdAB toxin-antitoxin module. Low specificity and affinity of the antitoxin CcdA2 for individual binding sites on the operator are enhanced by the toxin CcdB2, which bridges the CcdA2 dimers...
February 17, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334755/tracking-fluctuation-hotspots-on-the-yeast-ribosome-through-the-elongation-cycle
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Suna P Gulay, Sujal Bista, Amitabh Varshney, Serdal Kirmizialtin, Karissa Y Sanbonmatsu, Jonathan D Dinman
Chemical modification was used to quantitatively determine the flexibility of nearly the entire rRNA component of the yeast ribosome through 8 discrete stages of translational elongation, revealing novel observations at the gross and fine-scales. These include (i) the bulk transfer of energy through the intersubunit bridges from the large to the small subunit after peptidyltransfer, (ii) differences in the interaction of the sarcin ricin loop with the two elongation factors and (iii) networked information exchange pathways that may functionally facilitate intra- and intersubunit coordination, including the 5...
February 21, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334700/single-agent-pixantrone-as-a-bridge-to-autologous-stem-cell-transplantation-in-a-patient-with-refractory-diffuse-large-b-cell-lymphoma
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Lorena Appio, Carlo Landoni, Maria La Targia, Vanda Bertolli, Martina Chiarucci, Giovanni Crovetti, Elisabetta Vassenna, Giovanni Serio, Marco Bregni
Aggressive non-Hodgkin lymphoma is associated with poor long-term survival after relapse or resistance to chemotherapy. We report a case of aggressive non-Hodgkin lymphoma refractory to first-line R-CHOP (rituximab, cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisone) and second-line R-DHAP (rituximab, dexamethasone, cytarabine, and cisplatin) chemotherapy treatments. The patient achieved remission with single-agent pixantrone, and received a consolidation with high-dose BEAM (BCNU, etoposide, cytarabine, and melphalan) chemotherapy and autologous stem cell transplantation...
March 24, 2017: Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334602/a-spotlight-on-bridging-microscale-and-macroscale-human-brain-architecture
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Martijn P van den Heuvel, B T Thomas Yeo
We place a spotlight on the emerging trend of jointly studying the micro- and macroscale organization of nervous systems. We discuss the pioneering studies of Ding et al. (2016) and Glasser et al. (2016) in the context of growing efforts to combine and integrate multiple features of brain organization into a multi-modal and multi-scale examination of the human brain.
March 22, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334414/association-of-a-haplotype-in-the-nr3c2-gene-encoding-the-mineralocorticoid-receptor-with-chronic-central-serous-chorioretinopathy
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Elon H C van Dijk, Rosa L Schellevis, Maaike G J M van Bergen, Myrte B Breukink, Lebriz Altay, Paula Scholz, Sascha Fauser, Onno C Meijer, Carel B Hoyng, Anneke I den Hollander, Camiel J F Boon, Eiko K de Jong
Importance: Chronic central serous chorioretinopathy (cCSC) is a chorioretinal disease with unknown disease etiology. The glucocorticoid receptor and the mineralocorticoid receptor, 2 glucocorticoid-binding receptors, might be involved in the pathogenesis of cCSC. Objective: To assess the association of functional variants and haplotypes in the glucocorticoid receptor (NR3C1) and mineralocorticoid receptor (NR3C2) genes with cCSC. Design, Setting, and Participants: In this case-control genetic association study, 336 patients with cCSC and 1314 unaffected controls, collected at 3 university medical centers from September 1, 2009, to May 1, 2016, underwent KASP genotyping for selected variants in NR3C1 (rs56149945, rs41423247, and rs6198) and NR3C2 (rs2070951 and rs5522)...
March 23, 2017: JAMA Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333493/bayesian-approaches-to-autism-towards-volatility-action-and-behavior
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Colin J Palmer, Rebecca P Lawson, Jakob Hohwy
Autism spectrum disorder currently lacks an explanation that bridges cognitive, computational, and neural domains. In the past 5 years, progress has been sought in this area by drawing on Bayesian probability theory to describe both social and nonsocial aspects of autism in terms of systematic differences in the processing of sensory information in the brain. The present article begins by synthesizing the existing literature in this regard, including an introduction to the topic for unfamiliar readers. The key proposal is that autism is characterized by a greater weighting of sensory information in updating probabilistic representations of the environment...
March 23, 2017: Psychological Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333095/cytosolic-bnip3-dimer-interacts-with-mitochondrial-bax-forming-heterodimers-in-the-mitochondrial-outer-membrane-under-basal-conditions
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Ulrike B Hendgen-Cotta, Sonja Esfeld, Katharina Rudi, Ilkka Miinalainen, Johann P Klare, Tienush Rassaf
The primary function of mitochondria is energy production, a task of particular importance especially for cells with a high energy demand like cardiomyocytes. The B-cell lymphoma (BCL-2) family member BCL-2 adenovirus E1B 19 kDa-interacting protein 3 (BNIP3) is linked to mitochondrial targeting after homodimerization, where it functions in inner membrane depolarization and permeabilization of the mitochondrial outer membrane (MOM) mediating cell death. We investigated the basal distribution of cardiac BNIP3 in vivo and its physical interaction with the pro-death protein BCL2 associated X, apoptosis regulator (BAX) and with mitochondria using immunoblot analysis, co-immunoprecipitation, and continuous wave and pulsed electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy techniques...
March 23, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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