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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727548/mr-ntd-manifold-regularization-nonnegative-tucker-decomposition-for-tensor-data-dimension-reduction-and-representation
#1
Xutao Li, Michael K Ng, Gao Cong, Yunming Ye, Qingyao Wu
With the advancement of data acquisition techniques, tensor (multidimensional data) objects are increasingly accumulated and generated, for example, multichannel electroencephalographies, multiview images, and videos. In these applications, the tensor objects are usually nonnegative, since the physical signals are recorded. As the dimensionality of tensor objects is often very high, a dimension reduction technique becomes an important research topic of tensor data. From the perspective of geometry, high-dimensional objects often reside in a low-dimensional submanifold of the ambient space...
August 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723301/maternal-occupation-and-the-risk-of-neural-tube-defects-in-offspring
#2
Jihye Kim, Peter H Langlois, Laura E Mitchell, A J Agopian
We evaluated the association between maternal occupation and the risk of neural tube defects (NTDs) in offspring. Data for 491 nonsyndromic cases were obtained from the Texas Birth Defects Registry for deliveries between 1999 and 2009. We randomly selected 2,291 controls among all live births in Texas during this time. Maternal occupations were classified using automated software and manual assignment. Multivariable logistic regression analyses were used to examine the relationship between maternal occupation and risk for any NTD, adjusting for maternal race/ethnicity, any diabetes, and maternal body mass index...
July 19, 2017: Archives of Environmental & Occupational Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721594/exome-analysis-in-an-estonian-multiplex-family-with-neural-tube-defects-a-case-report
#3
Liina Pappa, Mart Kals, Paula Ann Kivistik, Andres Metspalu, Ann Paal, Tiit Nikopensius
INTRODUCTION: Neural tube defects (NTDs) are a group of common and severe congenital birth defects that occur during early embryonic development due to incomplete closure of the neural tube. The genetic architecture of human NTDs, including spina bifida and hydrocephalus, is highly heterogeneous, with multiple genes/loci and both gene-gene and gene-environment interactions involved. Hence, the variation in outcomes also most likely relates to a combination of the severity of different variants in multiple genes and genetic modifiers affecting the biochemical traits...
July 18, 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718066/the-preventive-effects-of-taurine-on-neural-tube-defects-through-the-wnt-pcp-jnk-dependent-pathway
#4
Qinghua Zhang, Yang Liu, Hui Wang, Li Ma, Hechun Xia, Jianguo Niu, Tao Sun, Li Zhang
The aim of this study was to clarify the protective role of taurine in neuronal apoptosis and the role of the Wnt/PCP-Jnk pathway in mediating the preventive effects of taurine on neural tube defects (NTDs). HT-22 cells (a hippocampal neuron cell line) were divided into a control group, a glutamate-induced apoptosis group, and glutamate (4.0 mmol/L) plus low-dose taurine (L; 0.5 mmol/L) and high-dose taurine (H; 2.0 mmol/L) groups. The MTT assay was used to monitor cell proliferation and cell survival. Immunofluorescence and Western blot analyses were used to determine caspase 9 expression...
July 17, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701710/deficient-vitamin-e-uptake-during-development-impairs-neural-tube-closure-in-mice-lacking-lipoprotein-receptor-sr-bi
#5
Nicolás Santander, Carlos Lizama, María José Parga, Alonso Quiroz, Druso Pérez, Guadalupe Echeverría, Lorena Ulloa, Verónica Palma, Attilio Rigotti, Dolores Busso
SR-BI is the main receptor for high density lipoproteins (HDL) and mediates the bidirectional transport of lipids, such as cholesterol and vitamin E, between these particles and cells. During early development, SR-BI is expressed in extraembryonic tissue, specifically in trophoblast giant cells in the parietal yolk sac. We previously showed that approximately 50% of SR-BI(-/-) embryos fail to close the anterior neural tube and develop exencephaly, a perinatal lethal condition. Here, we evaluated the role of SR-BI in embryonic vitamin E uptake during murine neural tube closure...
July 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695418/csf-based-analysis-for-identification-of-potential-serum-biomarkers-of-neural-tube-defects
#6
Xinyu Yan, Lixin Mai, Changchun Lin, Wenji He, Gengsheng Yin, Jiakang Yu, Lian Huang, Sanqiang Pan
The protein composition of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in neural tube defects (NTDs) remains unknown. We investigated the protein composition of CSF from 9 infants with NTDs using isobaric tags for relative and absolute quantitation (iTRAQ). We identified 568 proteins in the CSF of infants with spina bifida, which is the most common type of NTD. Among these, 18 proteins were associated with neural tube closure in the CSF during human embryonic neurulation and 5 were involved in NTDs. Based on these results, an animal model was further utilized to investigate early serum biomarkers for NTDs...
July 10, 2017: Neuroscience Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689507/a-survey-of-zoonotic-pathogens-carried-by-house-mouse-and-black-rat-populations-in-yucatan-mexico
#7
J A Panti-May, R R C DE Andrade, Y Gurubel-González, E Palomo-Arjona, L Sodá-Tamayo, J Meza-Sulú, M Ramírez-Sierra, E Dumonteil, V M Vidal-Martínez, C Machaín-Williams, D DE Oliveira, M G Reis, M A Torres-Castro, M R Robles, S F Hernández-Betancourt, F Costa
The house mouse (Mus musculus) and the black rat (Rattus rattus) are reservoir hosts for zoonotic pathogens, several of which cause neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Studies of the prevalence of these NTD-causing zoonotic pathogens, in house mice and black rats from tropical residential areas are scarce. Three hundred and two house mice and 161 black rats were trapped in 2013 from two urban neighbourhoods and a rural village in Yucatan, Mexico, and subsequently tested for Trypanosoma cruzi, Hymenolepis diminuta and Leptospira interrogans...
July 10, 2017: Epidemiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669632/regulation-of-the-equilibrium-between-closed-and-open-conformations-of-annexin-a2-by-n-terminal-phosphorylation-and-s100a4-binding
#8
Péter Ecsédi, Bence Kiss, Gergő Gógl, László Radnai, László Buday, Kitti Koprivanacz, Károly Liliom, Ibolya Leveles, Beáta Vértessy, Norbert Jeszenői, Csaba Hetényi, Gitta Schlosser, Gergely Katona, László Nyitray
Annexin A2 (ANXA2) has a versatile role in membrane-associated functions including membrane aggregation, endo- and exocytosis, and it is regulated by post-translational modifications and protein-protein interactions through the unstructured N-terminal domain (NTD). Our sequence analysis revealed a short motif responsible for clamping the NTD to the C-terminal core domain (CTD). Structural studies indicated that the flexibility of the NTD and CTD are interrelated and oppositely regulated by Tyr24 phosphorylation and Ser26Glu phosphomimicking mutation...
June 21, 2017: Structure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28662028/cryptococcal-meningitis-a-neglected-ntd
#9
Síle F Molloy, Tom Chiller, Gregory S Greene, Jessica Burry, Nelesh P Govender, Cecilia Kanyama, Sayoki Mfinanga, Sokoine Lesikari, Yacouba N Mapoure, Charles Kouanfack, Victor Sini, Elvis Temfack, David R Boulware, Francoise Dromer, David W Denning, Jeremy Day, Neil R H Stone, Tihana Bicanic, Joseph N Jarvis, Olivier Lortholary, Thomas S Harrison, Shabbar Jaffar, Angela Loyse
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659897/comparison-of-biochemical-properties-of-hiv-1-and-hiv-2-capsid-proteins
#10
Yasuyuki Miyazaki, Ariko Miyake, Noya Doi, Takaaki Koma, Tsuneo Uchiyama, Akio Adachi, Masako Nomaguchi
Timely disassembly of viral core composed of self-assembled capsid (CA) in infected host cells is crucial for retroviral replication. Extensive in vitro studies to date on the self-assembly/disassembly mechanism of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) CA have revealed its core structure and amino acid residues essential for CA-CA intermolecular interaction. However, little is known about in vitro properties of HIV-2 CA. In this study, we comparatively analyzed the polymerization properties of bacterially expressed HIV-1 and HIV-2 CA proteins...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652336/structure-of-human-nsmase2-reveals-an-interdomain-allosteric-activation-mechanism-for-ceramide-generation
#11
Michael V Airola, Prajna Shanbhogue, Achraf A Shamseddine, Kip E Guja, Can E Senkal, Rohan Maini, Nana Bartke, Bill X Wu, Lina M Obeid, Miguel Garcia-Diaz, Yusuf A Hannun
Neutral sphingomyelinase 2 (nSMase2, product of the SMPD3 gene) is a key enzyme for ceramide generation that is involved in regulating cellular stress responses and exosome-mediated intercellular communication. nSMase2 is activated by diverse stimuli, including the anionic phospholipid phosphatidylserine. Phosphatidylserine binds to an integral-membrane N-terminal domain (NTD); however, how the NTD activates the C-terminal catalytic domain is unclear. Here, we identify the complete catalytic domain of nSMase2, which was misannotated because of a large insertion...
July 11, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645916/structures-and-dynamics-of-hibernating-ribosomes-from-staphylococcus-aureus-mediated-by-intermolecular-interactions-of-hpf
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Iskander Khusainov, Quentin Vicens, Rustam Ayupov, Konstantin Usachev, Alexander Myasnikov, Angelita Simonetti, Shamil Validov, Bruno Kieffer, Gulnara Yusupova, Marat Yusupov, Yaser Hashem
In bacteria, ribosomal hibernation shuts down translation as a response to stress, through reversible binding of stress-induced proteins to ribosomes. This process typically involves the formation of 100S ribosome dimers. Here, we present the structures of hibernating ribosomes from human pathogen Staphylococcus aureus containing a long variant of the hibernation-promoting factor (SaHPF) that we solved using cryo-electron microscopy. Our reconstructions reveal that the N-terminal domain (NTD) of SaHPF binds to the 30S subunit as observed for shorter variants of HPF in other species...
July 14, 2017: EMBO Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631291/folate-deficiency-disturbs-hsa-let-7-g-level-through-methylation-regulation-in-neural-tube-defects
#13
Li Wang, Shaofang Shangguan, Yu Xin, Shaoyan Chang, Zhen Wang, Xiaolin Lu, Lihua Wu, Bo Niu, Ting Zhang
Folic acid deficiency during pregnancy is believed to be a high-risk factor for neural tube defects (NTDs). Disturbed epigenetic modifications, including miRNA regulation, have been linked to the pathogenesis of NTDs in those with folate deficiency. However, the mechanism by which folic acid-regulated miRNA influences this pathogenesis remains unclear. It is believed that DNA methylation is associated with dysregulated miRNA expression. To clarify this issue, here we measured the methylation changes of 22 miRNAs in 57 human NTD cases to explore whether such changes are involved in miRNA regulation in NTD cases through folate metabolism...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629183/an-amyloidogenic-sequence-at-the-n-terminus-of-the-androgen-receptor-impacts-polyglutamine-aggregation
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Emmanuel Oppong, Gunter Stier, Miriam Gaal, Rebecca Seeger, Melanie Stoeck, Marc-André Delsuc, Andrew C B Cato, Bruno Kieffer
The human androgen receptor (AR) is a ligand inducible transcription factor that harbors an amino terminal domain (AR-NTD) with a ligand-independent activation function. AR-NTD is intrinsically disordered and displays aggregation properties conferred by the presence of a poly-glutamine (polyQ) sequence. The length of the polyQ sequence as well as its adjacent sequence motifs modulate this aggregation property. AR-NTD also contains a conserved KELCKAVSVSM sequence motif that displays an intrinsic property to form amyloid fibrils under mild oxidative conditions...
June 19, 2017: Biomolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624468/fish-mass-immunization-against-virus-with-recombinant-spiny-bacterins
#15
Julio Coll
Bacterins obtained from recombinant bacteria displaying heterologous antigens in its surface coded by prokaryotic rather than eukaryotic expression plasmids (here called "spiny" bacterins or spinycterins), have been used to increase fish immunogenicity of recombinant viral protein fragments. To explore their immunogenicity, five bacterial-specific membrane anchor-motifs characterized in the literature (Nmistic, Mistic, NTD, YAIN and YBEL) were genetically fused to the immunorelevant cystein-free 117 amino acid fragment II from the ORF149 of cyprinid herpes virus 3 (frgIICyHV3)...
August 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623428/quantitative-measurement-of-pard3-copy-number-variations-in-human-neural-tube-defects
#16
Yonghui Gao, Jianhua Wang, Shaofang Shangguan, Yihua Bao, Xiaoli Lu, Jizhen Zou, Yaohua Dai, Junling Liu, Ting Zhang
Although more than 200 genes are known to be related to neural tube defects (NTDs), the exact molecular basis is still unclear. Evaluating the contribution of copy number variation (CNV) might be a priority because CNV involves changes in the copy number of large segments of DNA, leading to phenotypic traits and disease susceptibility. Recent studies have documented that the polarity protein partitioning defective 3 homolog (Pard3) plays an essential role in the process of neural tube closure. The aim of this study was to assess the role of PARD3 CNVs in the etiology of human NTDs...
June 16, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604726/rif1-maintains-telomeres-and-mediates-dna-repair-by-encasing-dna-ends
#17
Stefano Mattarocci, Julia K Reinert, Richard D Bunker, Gabriele A Fontana, Tianlai Shi, Dominique Klein, Simone Cavadini, Mahamadou Faty, Maksym Shyian, Lukas Hafner, David Shore, Nicolas H Thomä, Ulrich Rass
In yeast, Rif1 is part of the telosome, where it inhibits telomerase and checkpoint signaling at chromosome ends. In mammalian cells, Rif1 is not telomeric, but it suppresses DNA end resection at chromosomal breaks, promoting repair by nonhomologous end joining (NHEJ). Here, we describe crystal structures for the uncharacterized and conserved ∼125-kDa N-terminal domain of Rif1 from Saccharomyces cerevisiae (Rif1-NTD), revealing an α-helical fold shaped like a shepherd's crook. We identify a high-affinity DNA-binding site in the Rif1-NTD that fully encases DNA as a head-to-tail dimer...
July 2017: Nature Structural & Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600041/lessons-from-the-mohw-compensation-pilot-program-on-birth-incidents-first-step-and-looking-forward
#18
Tsung-Hsi Wang, Shu-Fen Lin, Kun-Yu Tsai, Yu-Fu Liu
OBJECTIVE: In Taiwan, the number of medical disputes and litigation has increased dramatically over the past 20 years. The seriousness of medical disputes continuing grows in clinical practice, especially in obstetricians. This study provided a possible solution to the medical dispute litigation issue. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW) compensation program for birth incidents has been implemented since 2012 and it provided pecuniary compensation for mothers, newborns, and fetuses who got injured or died in birth-related medical incidents...
June 2017: Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598244/accumulation-of-undegraded-autophagosomes-by-expression-of-dominant-negative-stx17-syntaxin-17-mutants
#19
Masaaki Uematsu, Taki Nishimura, Yuriko Sakamaki, Hayashi Yamamoto, Noboru Mizushima
Macroautophagy/autophagy, which is one of the main degradation systems in the cell, is mediated by a specialized organelle, the autophagosome. Purification of autophagosomes prior to fusion with lysosomes is important for both mechanistic and physiological studies of the autophagosome. Here, we report a simple method to accumulate undigested autophagosomes. Overexpression of the autophagosomal Qa-SNARE STX17 (syntaxin 17) lacking the N-terminal domain (NTD) or N-terminally tagged GFP-STX17 causes accumulation of autophagosomes...
June 9, 2017: Autophagy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587231/a-novel-lid-covering-peptide-inhibitor-of-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptors-derived-from-%C3%AE-d-conotoxin-gexxa
#20
Longjin Yang, Han-Shen Tae, Zhou Fan, Xiaoxia Shao, Shaoqiong Xu, Suwen Zhao, David J Adams, Chunguang Wang
Nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) play a fundamental role in nervous signal transmission, therefore various antagonists and agonists are highly desired to explore the structure and function of nAChRs. Recently, a novel dimeric αD-conotoxin GeXXA was identified to inhibit nAChRs by binding at the top surface of the receptors, and the monomeric C-terminal domain (CTD) of αD-GeXXA retains some inhibitory activity. In this study, the internal dimeric N-terminal domain (NTD) of this conopeptide was further investigated...
June 5, 2017: Marine Drugs
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