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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786180/-bartter-syndrome-severe-rare-orphan-kidney-disease-a-step-towards-therapy-through-pharmacogenetic-and-epidemiological-studies
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Elena Conte, Paola Imbrici, Dalila Sahbani, Antonella Liantonio, Diana Conte
Bartter syndromes (BS) types 1-5 are rare salt-losing tubulopathies presenting with overlapping clinical phenotypes including marked salt wasting and hypokalemia leading to polyuria, polydipsia, volume contraction, muscle weakness and growth retardation. These diseases are due to an impairment of sodium, potassium, chloride reabsorption caused by mutations in genes encoding for ion channel or transporters expressed in specific nephron tubule segments. Particularly, BS type 3 is a clinically heterogeneous form caused by mutations in CLCNKB gene which encodes the ClC-Kb chloride channel involved in NaCl reabsorption in the renal tubule...
May 2018: Giornale Italiano di Nefrologia: Organo Ufficiale Della Società Italiana di Nefrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785641/in-silico-analysis-of-natural-resistance-associated-macrophage-protein-nramp-family-of-transporters-in-rice
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Anitha Mani, Kavitha Sankaranarayanan
In Oryza sativa (rice) there are seven members in the NRAMP (natural resistance- associated macrophage protein) family of transporter proteins. They have been identified as OsNRAMP1, OsNRAMP2, OsNRAMP3, OsNRAMP4, OsNRAMP5, OsNRAMP6 and OsNRAMP7. Several metal ions like Zn2+ , Mn2+ , Fe2+ , Cd2+ etc. have been studied to be transported via NRAMP transporter proteins in rice plant. In spite of this, very little information is available regarding these transporters. Hence it is important to computationally predict and characterize the OsNRAMP family of transporters for studying and understanding their molecular insights in future studies...
May 21, 2018: Protein Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784782/riboswitches-for-the-alarmone-ppgpp-expand-the-collection-of-rna-based-signaling-systems
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Madeline E Sherlock, Narasimhan Sudarsan, Ronald R Breaker
Riboswitches are noncoding portions of certain mRNAs that bind metabolite, coenzyme, signaling molecule, or inorganic ion ligands and regulate gene expression. Most known riboswitches sense derivatives of RNA monomers. This bias in ligand chemical composition is consistent with the hypothesis that widespread riboswitch classes first emerged during the RNA World, which is proposed to have existed before proteins were present. Here we report the discovery and biochemical validation of a natural riboswitch class that selectively binds guanosine tetraphosphate (ppGpp), a widespread signaling molecule and bacterial "alarmone" derived from the ribonucleotide GTP...
May 21, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784777/structure-of-an-eiic-sugar-transporter-trapped-in-an-inward-facing-conformation
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Zhenning Ren, Jumin Lee, Mahdi Muhammad Moosa, Yin Nian, Liya Hu, Zhichun Xu, Jason G McCoy, Allan Chris M Ferreon, Wonpil Im, Ming Zhou
The phosphoenolpyruvate-dependent phosphotransferase system (PTS) transports sugar into bacteria and phosphorylates the sugar for metabolic consumption. The PTS is important for the survival of bacteria and thus a potential target for antibiotics, but its mechanism of sugar uptake and phosphorylation remains unclear. The PTS is composed of multiple proteins, and the membrane-embedded Enzyme IIC (EIIC) component transports sugars across the membrane. Crystal structures of two members of the glucose superfamily of EIICs, bcChbC and bcMalT, were solved in the inward-facing and outward-facing conformations, and the structures suggest that sugar translocation could be achieved by movement of a structured domain that contains the sugar-binding site...
May 21, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784768/b-alleviates-al-toxicity-by-promoting-alkalization-in-root-transition-zone-via-polar-auxin-transport
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Xuewen Li, Ya Lin Li, Jingwen Mai, Lin Tao, Mei Qu, Jia You Liu, Ren Fang Shen, Gui Lian Xu, Ying Ming Feng, Hong Dong Xiao, Li Shu Wu, Lei Shi, Shao Xue Guo, Jian Liang, Yiyong Zhu, Yongming He, Frantisek Baluska, Sergey Shabala, Min Yu
Boron (B) supply alleviates aluminum (Al) toxicity in higher plants. The underlying mechanisms behind this phenomenon remain elusive. Here we demonstrate that B promotes, while Al inhibits, surface pH gradients, leading to alkalization in the root transition zone and acidification in the elongation zone, as shown by using a bromocresol green pH indicator. B supply significantly decreased Al accumulation in the transition zone (~ 1.0-2.5 mm from the apex) of lateral pea (Pisum sativum) roots, thus alleviated Al-induced inhibition of root elongation...
May 21, 2018: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783866/effect-of-the-flame-retardant-tris-1-3-dichloro-2-propyl-phosphate-tdcpp-on-na-k-atpase-and-cl-transport-in-hela-cells
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Simona Latronico, Maria Elena Giordano, Emanuela Urso, Maria Giulia Lionetto, Trifone Schettino
Tris (1, 3-dichloro-2-propyl) phosphate (TDCPP) is one of the most diffused phosphorus flame retardants in the environment and is highly persistent and abundant in residential dust samples. To date the cellular targets and mechanisms underlying its toxic effects are not completely understood. The aim of this work was to study the effects of TDCPP on ion transport mechanisms fundamental for the cellular ionic homeostasis, such as Na+ -K+ -ATPase and Cl- transport. HeLa cells were used as experimental model. TDCPP showed a dose-dependent effect on cell viability in cells exposed for 24h as assessed by MTT test (IC50 = 52...
May 21, 2018: Toxicology Mechanisms and Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783787/plasma-pharmacokinetic-determination-of-canagliflozin-and-its-metabolites-in-a-type-2-diabetic-rat-model-by-uplc-ms-ms
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Song-Tao Dong, Hui-Min Niu, Yin Wu, Jia-Lei Jiang, Ying Li, Kun-Yu Jiang, Xin Wang, Mao-Fan Zhang, Ming-Feng Han, Sheng-Nan Meng
Canagliflozin is a novel, orally selective inhibitor of sodium-dependent glucose co-transporter-2 (SGLT2) for the treatment of patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. In this study, a sensitive and efficient UPLC-MS/MS method for the quantification of canagliflozin and its metabolites in rat plasma was established and applied to pharmacokinetics in a type 2 diabetic rat model. We firstly investigated the pharmacokinetic changes of canagliflozin and its metabolites in type 2 diabetic rats in order to use canagliflozin more safely, reasonably and effectively...
May 20, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781443/ion-beam-induced-bending-of-semiconductor-nanowires
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Imran Hanif, Osmane Camara, Matheus Araújo Tunes, Robert William Harrison, Graeme Greaves, Stephen E Donnelly, Jonathan A Hinks
The miniaturization of technology increasingly requires the development of both new structures as well as novel techniques for their manufacture and modification. Semiconductor nanowires (NWs) are a prime example of this and as such have been the subject of intense scientific research for applications ranging from microelectronics to nano-electromechanical devices. Ion irradiation has long been a key processing step for semiconductors and the natural extension of this technique to the modification of semiconductor NWs has led to the discovery of ion-beam-induced deformation effects...
May 21, 2018: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780533/a-halogen-bond-mediated-highly-active-artificial-chloride-channel-with-high-anticancer-activity
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Changliang Ren, Xin Ding, Arundhati Roy, Jie Shen, Shaoyuan Zhou, Feng Chen, Sam Fong Yau Li, Haisheng Ren, Yi Yan Yang, Huaqiang Zeng
Chloride-selective transmembrane carriers or channels might have possible uses in treating channelopathies or cancers. While chloride carriers have been extensively investigated, the corresponding chloride channels have remained limitedly studied. Moreover, all hitherto reported channel systems lack clearly definable and readily modifiable positions in their structures for the reliable construction and combinatorial optimization of their ion transport properties. As a result, the existing channels are limited by their large molecular weight, weak activity or low anion selectivity...
May 7, 2018: Chemical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779706/plant-water-transport-and-aquaporins-in-oxygen-deprived-environments
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Xiangfeng Tan, Hao Xu, Shanjida Khan, Maria A Equiza, Seong H Lee, Maryamsadat Vaziriyeganeh, Janusz J Zwiazek
Oxygen deprivation commonly affects plants exposed to flooding and soil compaction. The resulting root hypoxia has an immediate effect on plant water relations and upsets water balance. Hypoxia inhibits root water transport and triggers stomatal closure. The processes contributing to the inhibition of root hydraulic conductivity and conductance (hydraulic conductivity of the whole root system) are complex and involve changes in root morphology and the functions of aquaporins. Aquaporins (AQPs) comprise a group of membrane intrinsic proteins that are responsible for the transport of water, as well as some small neutral solutes and ions...
May 12, 2018: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779223/gene-editing-vectors-for-studying-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptors-in-cholinergic-transmission
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Can Peng, Yijin Yan, Veronica J Kim, Staci E Engle, Jennifer N Berry, J Michael McIntosh, Rachael L Neve, Ryan M Drenan
Nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs), prototype members of the cys-loop ligand gated ion channel family, are key mediators of cholinergic transmission in the central nervous system. Despite their importance, technical gaps exist in our ability to dissect the function of individual subunits in the brain. To overcome these barriers, we designed CRISPR/Cas9 small guide RNA sequences (sgRNAs) for production of loss-of-function alleles in mouse nAChR genes. These sgRNAs were validated in vitro via deep sequencing...
May 19, 2018: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777971/symmetric-supercapacitor-sulphurized-graphene-and-ionic-liquid
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Jasmin S Shaikh, Navajsharif S Shaikh, Rohini Kharade, Sonali A Beknalkar, Jyoti V Patil, Mahesh P Suryawanshi, Pongsakorn Kanjanaboos, Chang Kook Hong, Jin Hyeok Kim, Pramod S Patil
Symmetric supercapacitor is advanced over simple supercapacitor device due to their stability over a large potential window and high energy density. Graphene is a desired candidate for supercapacitor application since it has a high surface area, good electronic conductivity and high electro chemical stability. There is a pragmatic use of ionic liquid electrolyte for supercapacitor due to its stability over a large potential window, good ionic conductivity and eco-friendly nature. For high performance supercapacitor, the interaction between ionic liquid electrolyte and graphene are crucial for better charge transportation...
May 11, 2018: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777120/softness-induced-enhancement-in-net-throughput-of-non-linear-bio-fluids-in-nanofluidic-channel-under-edl-phenomenon
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Harshad Sanjay Gaikwad, Pranab Kumar Mondal, Somchai Wongwises
In this article, we describe the electro-hydrodynamics of non-Newtonian fluid in narrow fluidic channel with solvent permeable and ion-penetrable polyelectrolyte layer (PEL) grafted on channel surface with an interaction of non-overlapping electric double layer (EDL) phenomenon. In this analysis, we integrate power-law model in the momentum equation for describing the non-Newtonian rheology. The complex interplay between the non-Newtonian rheology and interfacial electrochemistry in presence of PEL on the walls leads to non-intuitive variations in the underlying flow dynamics in the channels...
May 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777056/the-extracellular-loop-of-pendrin-and-prestin-modulates-their-voltage-sensing-property
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Makoto F Kuwabara, Koichiro Wasano, Satoe Takahashi, Justin Bodner, Tomotaka Komori, Sotaro Uemura, Jing Zheng, Tomohiro Shima, Kazuaki Homma
Pendrin and prestin belong to the solute carrier 26 (SLC26) family of anion transporters. Prestin is unique among the SLC26 family members in that it displays voltage-driven motor activity (electromotility) and concurrent gating currents that manifests as nonlinear cell membrane electrical capacitance (NLC). Although the anion transport mechanism of the SLC26 proteins has begun to be elucidated, the molecular mechanism of electromotility, which is thought to be evolved from an ancestral ion transport mechanism, still remains largely elusive...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776341/different-adaptive-strategies-in-e-coli-populations-evolving-under-macronutrient-limitation-and-metal-ion-limitation
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Omar M Warsi, Dan I Andersson, Daniel E Dykhuizen
BACKGROUND: Adaptive responses to nutrient limitation involve mutations that increase the efficiency of usage or uptake of the limiting nutrient. However, starvation of different nutrients has contrasting effects on physiology, resulting in different evolutionary responses. Most studies performed to understand these evolutionary responses have focused only on macronutrient limitation. Hence our understanding of adaptation under limitation of other forms of nutrients is limited. In this study, we compared the evolutionary response in populations evolving under growth-limiting conditions for a macronutrient and a major cation...
May 18, 2018: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775612/crystal-structure-of-wa352-provides-insight-into-cytoplasmic-male-sterility-in-rice
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Xiang Wang, Zeyuan Guan, Zhou Gong, Junjie Yan, Guangsheng Yang, Yao-Guang Liu, Ping Yin
Plant cytoplasmic male sterility (CMS) is an important phenomenon and is widely utilized in hybrid crop breeding. The Wild Abortive CMS (CMS-WA), a well-known CMS type, has been successfully applied in the commercial production of hybrid rice seeds for more than 40 years. The CMS-WA causal gene WA352 encodes a novel transmenbrane protein and the interacts with the mitochondrial copper chaperone COX11, triggering reactive oxygen species production and resulting in male sterility in CMS-WA lines. However, the structure of WA352 is currently unknown, and the structural mechanism whereby WA352 perturbs COX11 function to cause CMS remains largely unknown...
May 15, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775473/na-k-atpase-signaling-mediates-mir-29b-3p-regulation-and-cardiac-fibrosis-formation-in-mice-with-chronic-kidney-disease
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Christopher A Drummond, Xiaoming Fan, Steven T Haller, David J Kennedy, Jiang Liu, Jiang Tian
The Na/K-ATPase is an important membrane ion transporter and a signaling receptor that is essential for maintaining normal cell function. The current study examined the role of Na/K-ATPase signaling in regulating miR-29b-3p, an anti-fibrotic microRNA, in a mouse chronic kidney disease (CKD) model (5/6th partial nephrectomy or PNx). The results showed that CKD induced significant reduction of miR-29b-3p expression in the heart tissue by activation of Src and NFκB signaling in these animals. To demonstrate the role of Na/K-ATPase signaling, we also performed the PNx surgery on Na/K-ATPase α1 heterozygous (α1+/-) mice, which expresses ~40% less Na/K-ATPase α1 compared to their wild type littermates (WT) and exhibits deficiency in Na/K-ATPase signaling...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775247/microspheres-self-assembled-by-anti-site-defect-less-nanocrystal-lifepo4-c-rgo-to-achieve-both-high-rate-capability-and-high-tap-density-for-li-ion-batteries
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Hongbin Wang, Lijia Liu, Runwei Wang, Xiao Yan, Ziqi Wang, Jiangtao Hu, Haibiao Chen, Shang Jiang, Ling Ni, Hailong Qiu, Haitong Tang, Yingjin Wei, Zongtao Zhang, Qiu Shilun, Feng Pan
LiFePO4@C/rGO hierarchical microspheres with superior electrochemical activity and high tap density were first synthesized using a Fe3+-based single inorganic precursor (LiFePO4OH@RF/GO) obtained from a template-free self-assembly synthesis, following with direct calcination. The synthesis process requires no physical mixing step. The phase transformation path way from tavorite LiFePO4OH to olivine LiFePO4 upon calcination was determined by the in situ high temperature XRD technique. Benefitted from the unique structure of the material, these microspheres can be densely packed together, giving a high tap density of 1...
May 18, 2018: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774618/direct-laser-writing-of-graphene-made-from-chemical-vapor-deposition-for-flexible-integratable-micro-supercapacitors-with-ultrahigh-power-output
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Jianglin Ye, Huabing Tan, Shuilin Wu, Kun Ni, Fei Pan, Jie Liu, Zhuchen Tao, Yan Qu, Hengxing Ji, Patrice Simon, Yanwu Zhu
High-performance yet flexible micro-supercapacitors (MSCs) hold great promise as miniaturized power sources for increasing demand of integrated electronic devices. Herein, this study demonstrates a scalable fabrication of multilayered graphene-based MSCs (MG-MSCs), by direct laser writing (DLW) of stacked graphene films made from industry-scale chemical vapor deposition (CVD). Combining the dry transfer of multilayered CVD graphene films, DLW allows a highly efficient fabrication of large-areal MSCs with exceptional flexibility, diverse planar geometry, and capability of customer-designed integration...
May 17, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774604/plant-sunscreen-and-co-ii-iii-porphyrins-for-uv-resistant-and-thermally-stable-perovskite-solar-cells-from-natural-to-artificial
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Jing Cao, Xudong Lv, Peng Zhang, Tracy T Chuong, Binghui Wu, Xiaoxia Feng, Changfu Shan, Jiacheng Liu, Yu Tang
The poor UV, thermal, and interfacial stability of perovskite solar cells (PSCs) makes it highly challenging for their technological application, and has drawn increasing attention to resolving the above issues. In nature, plants generally sustain long exposure to UV illumination without damage, which is attributed to the presence of the organic materials acting as sunscreens. Inspired by the natural phenomenon, a natural plant sunscreen, sinapoyl malate, an ester derivative of sinapic acid, is employed to modify the surface of electron transport materials (ETMs)...
May 17, 2018: Advanced Materials
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