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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446667/disparate-contributions-of-human-retrovirus-capsid-subdomains-to-gag-gag-oligomerization-virus-morphology-and-particle-biogenesis
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Jessica L Martin, Luiza Mendonça, Isaac Angert, Joachim D Mueller, Wei Zhang, Louis M Mansky
The capsid domain (CA) of the retroviral Gag protein is a primary determinant of Gag oligomerization, which is a critical step for immature Gag lattice formation and virus particle budding. Although the human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) CA carboxy-terminal domain (CTD) is essential for CA-CA interactions, the CA CTD has been suggested to be largely dispensable for human T-cell leukemia virus type 1 (HTLV-1) particle biogenesis. To more clearly define the roles of the HTLV-1 CA amino-terminal domain (NTD) and CA CTD in particle biogenesis, we generated and analyzed a panel of Gag proteins with chimeric HIV-1/HTLV-1 CA domains...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446240/molecular-mechanisms-by-which-herv-k-gag-interferes-with-hiv-1-gag-assembly-and-particle-infectivity
#2
Kazuaki Monde, Hiromi Terasawa, Yusuke Nakano, Ferri Soheilian, Kunio Nagashima, Yosuke Maeda, Akira Ono
BACKGROUND: Human endogenous retroviruses (HERVs), the remnants of ancient retroviral infections, constitute approximately 8% of human genomic DNA. Since HERV-K Gag expression is induced by HIV-1 Tat in T cells, induced HERV-K proteins could affect HIV-1 replication. Indeed, previously we showed that HERV-K Gag and HIV-1 Gag coassemble and that this appears to correlate with the effect of HERV-K Gag expression on HIV-1 particle release and its infectivity. We further showed that coassembly requires both MA and NC domains, which presumably serve as scaffolding for Gag via their abilities to bind membrane and RNA, respectively...
April 26, 2017: Retrovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440746/dual-interaction-of-scaffold-protein-tim44-of-mitochondrial-import-motor-with-channel-forming-translocase-subunit-tim23
#3
See-Yeun Ting, Nicholas L Yan, Brenda A Schilke, Elizabeth A Craig
Proteins destined for the mitochondrial matrix are targeted to the inner membrane Tim17/23 translocon by their presequences. Inward movement is driven by the matrix-localized, Hsp70-based motor. The scaffold Tim44, interacting with the matrix face of the translocon, recruits other motor subunits and binds incoming presequence. The basis of these interactions and their functional relationships remains unclear. Using site-specific in vivo crosslinking and genetic approaches in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, we found that both domains of Tim44 interact with the major matrix-exposed loop of Tim23, with the C-terminal domain (CTD) binding Tim17 as well...
April 25, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440111/quality-of-life-outcomes-in-a-pediatric-thalassemia-population-in-egypt
#4
Soheir Adam, Hanan Afifi, Manal Thomas, Phoebe Magdy, Ghada El-Kamah
Thalassemia is a disorder of hemoglobin (Hb) synthesis characterized by chronic hemolysis. In β-thalassemias major (β-TM), patients require regular transfusion at an early age due to severe anemia. Subsequently, intensive chelation therapy is initiated to mitigate the effects of the resultant iron overload. Clinical disease burden and the demanding treatment can affect health-related quality of life (HRQoL) outcomes in this population. The aim of this study was to assess HRQoL outcomes in Egyptian pediatric thalassemia patients...
April 25, 2017: Hemoglobin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438917/disease-ecology-health-and-the-environment-a-framework-to-account-for-ecological-and-socio-economic-drivers-in-the-control-of-neglected-tropical-diseases
#5
A Garchitorena, S H Sokolow, B Roche, C N Ngonghala, M Jocque, A Lund, M Barry, E A Mordecai, G C Daily, J H Jones, J R Andrews, E Bendavid, S P Luby, A D LaBeaud, K Seetah, J F Guégan, M H Bonds, G A De Leo
Reducing the burden of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) is one of the key strategic targets advanced by the Sustainable Development Goals. Despite the unprecedented effort deployed for NTD elimination in the past decade, their control, mainly through drug administration, remains particularly challenging: persistent poverty and repeated exposure to pathogens embedded in the environment limit the efficacy of strategies focused exclusively on human treatment or medical care. Here, we present a simple modelling framework to illustrate the relative role of ecological and socio-economic drivers of environmentally transmitted parasites and pathogens...
June 5, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438169/ivermectin-and-malaria-control
#6
Satoshi Ōmura, Andy Crump
As the world begins to realize the very real prospect of eliminating malaria as a public health problem globally, the scientific community is acutely aware that novel and innovative new tools will be required if that lofty goal is to be accomplished. Moreover, the need for comprehensive, integrated products and interventions is being recognized in order for the critical 'final steps' toward elimination to be taken successfully. Failure to take these crucial last steps have dogged all past global disease elimination programmes, except for smallpox...
April 24, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434941/dysregulation-of-the-sirt1-oct6-axis-contributes-to-environmental-stress-induced-neural-induction-defects
#7
Guoping Li, Zeyidan Jiapaer, Rong Weng, Yi Hui, Wenwen Jia, Jiajie Xi, Guiying Wang, Songcheng Zhu, Xin Zhang, Dandan Feng, Ling Liu, Xiaoqing Zhang, Jiuhong Kang
Environmental stresses are increasingly acknowledged as core causes of abnormal neural induction leading to neural tube defects (NTDs). However, the mechanism responsible for environmental stress-triggered neural induction defects remains unknown. Here, we report that a spectrum of environmental stresses, including oxidative stress, starvation, and DNA damage, profoundly activate SIRT1, an NAD(+)-dependent lysine deacetylase. Both mouse embryos and in vitro differentiated embryonic stem cells (ESCs) demonstrated a negative correlation between the expression of SIRT1 and that of OCT6, a key neural fate inducer...
April 19, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432198/folate-dependent-methylation-of-septins-governs-ciliogenesis-during-neural-tube-closure
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Manami Toriyama, Michinori Toriyama, John B Wallingford, Richard H Finnell
Periconception maternal folic acid (vitamin B9) supplementation can reduce the prevalence of neural tube defects (NTDs), although just how folates benefit the developing embryo and promote closing of the neural tube and other morphologic processes during development remains unknown. Folate contributes to a 1-carbon metabolism, which is essential for purine biosynthesis and methionine recycling and affects methylation of DNA, histones, and nonhistone proteins. Herein, we used animal models and cultured mammalian cells to demonstrate that disruption of the methylation pathway mediated by folate compromises normal neural tube closure (NTC) and ciliogenesis...
April 21, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426820/the-influence-of-cell-membrane-and-snap25-linker-loop-on-the-dynamics-and-unzipping-of-snare-complex
#9
Yi Shi, Yong Zhang, Jizhong Lou
The soluble N-ethylmaleimide-sensitive factor attachment protein receptor (SNARE) complex is composed of three neuronal proteins VAMP2, Syntaxin and SNAP25, which plays a core role during the process of membrane fusion. The zipping assembly of the SNARE complex releases energies and drives the vesicle and cell membrane into close proximity. In this study, we use all-atom molecular dynamics simulations to probe the dynamics of SNARE and its unzipping process in the context of membrane at the atomistic details...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426672/how-to-determine-if-a-model-is-right-for-neglected-tropical-disease-decision-making
#10
Bruce Y Lee, Sarah M Bartsch
Mathematical and computational modeling can transform decision making for neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) if the right model is used for the right question. Modeling can help better understand and address the complex systems involved in making decisions for NTD prevention and control. However, all models, modelers, and modeling are not the same. Thus, decision makers need to better understand if a particular model actually fits their needs. Here are a series of questions that a decision maker can ask when determining whether a model is right for him or her...
April 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426662/plos-neglected-tropical-diseases-ten-years-of-progress-in-neglected-tropical-disease-control-and-elimination-%C3%A2-more-or-less
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EDITORIAL
Peter Hotez, Serap Aksoy
This year PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases (PLOS NTDs) celebrates its tenth anniversary following the publication of the first issue in 2007 [1]. When PLOS NTDs was founded, the framework of the neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) as an alternative to "other diseases" (as they were then referred to in the Millennium Development Goals) was just getting started-especially for Africa [2, 3]. In the decade since, PLOS NTDs has overseen enormous successes in NTD control and elimination. Here, we want to briefly review the ten year progress made towards the control or elimination of the diseases now identified by the WHO as NTDs...
April 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411498/a-pilot-study-on-the-association-between-rare-earth-elements-in-maternal-hair-and-the-risk-of-neural-tube-defects-in-north-china
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Wenhua Huo, Yibing Zhu, Zhenjiang Li, Yiming Pang, Bin Wang, Zhiwen Li
Rare earth elements (REEs) have many applications in industry, agriculture, and medicine, resulting in occupational and environmental exposure and concerns regarding REE-associated health effects. However, few epidemiological studies have examined the adverse effects of REEs on pregnancy outcomes. Therefore, this study examined the relationship between the REE concentrations in maternal hair growing during early pregnancy and the risk of neural tube defects (NTDs) in offspring. We included 191 women with NTD-affected pregnancies (cases) and 261 women delivering healthy infants (controls)...
April 12, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411382/interaction-between-maternal-and-paternal-shmt1-c1420t-predisposes-to-neural-tube-defects-in-the-fetus-evidence-from-case-control-and-family-based-triad-approaches
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Prasoona K Rebekah, Sunitha Tella, Srinadh Buragadda, Muni Kumari Tiruvatturu, Jyothy Akka
BACKGROUND: Neural tube defects (NTDs) are caused by the failure of neural tube formation which occurs during early embryonic development. NTDs are the most severe and leading cause of fetal mortality. Serine hydroxymethyl transferase (SHMT1) provides one-carbon units necessary for embryogenesis and defects in one-carbon production result in specific pathological conditions during pregnancy. The present study is aimed to evaluate the association of SHMT1 C1420T with NTD risk in the fetus using fetal, maternal and paternal groups by applying both case-control and family-based triad approaches...
April 14, 2017: Birth Defects Res
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407112/collaborating-to-develop-joint-water-sanitation-and-hygiene-wash-and-neglected-tropical-disease-ntd-sector-monitoring-an-expert-consultation
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Robyn C Waite, Geordie Woods, Yael Velleman, Matthew C Freeman
Background: Joint monitoring between the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and neglected tropical disease (NTD) sectors presents an opportunity for enhanced collaboration and progress towards shared objectives. Taking forward outputs from global WASH and NTD Roundtables, we engaged experts in a consultative process of identifying measurable priority indicators for joint monitoring. Methods: We used a Delphi method for conducting expert consultation and developing consensus...
April 12, 2017: International Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403928/-prenatal-diagnosis-of-neural-tube-defects-correlation-between-prenatal-and-postnatal-data
#15
L Matuszewski, E Perdriolle-Galet, I Clerc-Urmès, P Bach-Segura, O Klein, J P Masutti, O Morel
OBJECTIVES: Neural tube defects (NTD) are congenital anomalies that can cause significant neurological long-term disabilities. Theses malformations are accessible to prenatal diagnosis and quite recently, to in utero repair for some myelomeningoceles. The aim of this study was to analyse the correlation between prenatal and postnatal examinations. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A descriptive retrospective monocentric study has been conducted between January 2004 and December 2014 in a tertiary care maternity...
March 2017: J Gynecol Obstet Hum Reprod
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398620/high-ratios-of-c20-4n-6-c20-5n-3-and-thromboxane-b2-6-keto-prostaglandin-f1%C3%AE-in-placenta-are-potential-risk-contributors-for-neural-tube-defects-a-case-control-study-in-shanxi-province-china
#16
Kelei Li, Xiaotian Zhang, Lijun Pei, Gong Chen, Jianmeng Liu, Mark L Wahlqvist, Xiaoying Zheng, Duo Li
BACKGROUND: Neural tube defects (NTDs) are severe congenital malformations. Folate supplementation can reduce the risk, but cannot prevent all NTDs, suggesting other reasons for folate-resistant NTDs. The present study assesses placental fatty acid composition, eicosanoids, and cytokines as risk factors for NTDs in a Chinese population with highly incident NTDs. METHODS: Seventy-seven aborted fetuses with NTDs during the third trimester were cases and 142 healthy newborns were controls...
March 24, 2017: Birth Defects Res
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397756/anti-trypanosomatid-elemanolide-sesquiterpene-lactones-from-vernonia-lasiopus-o-hoffm
#17
Njogu M Kimani, Josphat C Matasyoh, Marcel Kaiser, Reto Brun, Thomas J Schmidt
Sleeping sickness or human African trypanosomiasis (HAT) is a neglected tropical disease (NTD) threatening millions of peoples' lives with thousands infected. The disease is endemic in poorly developed regions of sub-Saharan Africa and is caused by the kinetoplastid "protozoan" parasite Trypanosoma brucei. The parasites are transmitted to humans through bites of infected tsetse flies of the genus Glossina. The few available drugs for treatment of this disease are highly toxic, difficult to administer, costly and unavailable to poor rural communities bearing the major burden of this infection...
April 8, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397206/relationship-between-maternal-blood-ceruloplasmin-level-catalase-and-myeloperoxidase-activity-and-neural-tube-defects
#18
Orkun Cetin, Erbil Karaman, Baris Boza, Numan Cim, Murat Alisik, Ozcan Erel, Ismet Alkis, Recep Yildizhan, Ali Kolusari, Guler Hanım Sahin
OBJECTIVES: The exact pathogenesis of neural tube defects (NTDs) is poorly understood. We aimed at evaluating maternal anti-oxidant capacity (ceruloplasmin level, myeloperoxidase and catalase activity) in pregnancies complicated by NTDs. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Fifty-four mothers with NTD-affected pregnancies and 61 healthy mothers, matched for gestational age, were recruited. Maternal venous blood samples were obtained after detailed fetal ultrasound examination to measure myeloperoxidase, catalase activity and ceruloplasmin levels...
2017: Ginekologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396559/an-mrna-capping-enzyme-targets-fact-to-the-active-gene-to-enhance-the-engagement-of-rna-polymerase-ii-into-transcriptional-elongation
#19
Rwik Sen, Amala Kaja, Jannatul Ferdoush, Shweta Lahudkar, Priyanka Barman, Sukesh R Bhaumik
We have recently demonstrated that an mRNA-capping enzyme, Cet1, impairs promoter proximal accumulation/pausing of RNA polymerase II (pol-II) independently of its capping activity in Saccharomyces cerevisiae to control transcription. However, it is yet unknown how pol-II pausing is regulated by Cet1. Here, we show that Cet1's N-terminal domain (NTD) promotes the recruitment of FACT (FAcilitates Chromatin Transcription that enhances engagement of pol-II into transcriptional elongation) to the coding sequence of an active gene, ADH1, independently of mRNA-capping activity...
April 10, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396396/formation-of-neurodegenerative-aggresome-and-death-inducing-signaling-complex-in-maternal-diabetes-induced-neural-tube-defects
#20
Zhiyong Zhao, Lixue Cao, E Albert Reece
Diabetes mellitus in early pregnancy increases the risk in infants of birth defects, such as neural tube defects (NTDs), known as diabetic embryopathy. NTDs are associated with hyperglycemia-induced protein misfolding and Caspase-8-induced programmed cell death. The present study shows that misfolded proteins are ubiquitinylated, suggesting that ubiquitin-proteasomal degradation is impaired. Misfolded proteins form aggregates containing ubiquitin-binding protein p62, suggesting that autophagic-lysosomal clearance is insufficient...
April 10, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
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