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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735028/protein-only-antimicrobial-peptide-containing-recombinant-nanoparticles-with-inherent-built-in-antibacterial-activity
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Naroa Serna, Laura Sánchez-García, Alejandro Sánchez-Chardi, Ugutz Unzueta, Mónica Roldán, Ramón Mangues, Esther Vázquez, Antonio Villaverde
The emergence of bacterial antibiotic resistances is a serious concern in human and animal health. In this context, naturally occurring cationic antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) might play a main role in a next generation of drugs against bacterial infections. Taking an innovative approach to design self-organizing functional proteins, we have generated here protein-only nanoparticles with intrinsic AMP microbicide activity. Using a recombinant version of the GWH1 antimicrobial peptide as building block, these materials show a wide antibacterial activity spectrum in absence of detectable toxicity on mammalian cells...
July 19, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734827/multi-omics-analyses-of-starvation-responses-reveal-a-central-role-for-lipoprotein-metabolism-in-acute-starvation-survival-in-c-%C3%A2-elegans
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Eva Bang Harvald, Richard R Sprenger, Kathrine Brændgaard Dall, Christer S Ejsing, Ronni Nielsen, Susanne Mandrup, Alejandro Brenes Murillo, Mark Larance, Anton Gartner, Angus I Lamond, Nils J Færgeman
Starvation causes comprehensive metabolic changes, which are still not fully understood. Here, we used quantitative proteomics and RNA sequencing to examine the temporal starvation responses in wild-type Caenorhabditis elegans and animals lacking the transcription factor HLH-30. Our findings show that starvation alters the abundance of hundreds of proteins and mRNAs in a temporal manner, many of which are involved in central metabolic pathways, including lipoprotein metabolism. We demonstrate that premature death of hlh-30 animals under starvation can be prevented by knockdown of either vit-1 or vit-5, encoding two different lipoproteins...
July 12, 2017: Cell Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734773/epico-4-0-total-quality-in-the-management-of-invasive-candidiasis-in-critically-ill-patients-by-analysing-the-integrated-process
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Rafael Zaragoza, Ricard Ferrer, Pedro Llinares, Emilio Maseda, Alejandro Rodríguez, Santiago Grau, Guillermo Quindós
BACKGROUND: A high quality integrated process in the clinical setting of non-neutropenic critically ill patients at risk for invasive candidiasis is a necessary tool to improve the management of these patients. AIMS: To identify the key points on invasive candidiasis in order to develop a set of recommendations with a high level of consensus required for the creation of a total quality integrated process for the management of non-neutropenic critically ill patients at risk of invasive candidiasis...
July 19, 2017: Revista Iberoamericana de Micología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734584/prospective-evaluation-of-the-development-of-contrast-induced-nephropathy-in-patients-with-acute-coronary-syndrome-undergoing-rotational-coronary-angiography-vs-conventional-coronary-angiography-cinerama-study
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Diego Fernández-Rodríguez, José J Grillo-Pérez, Horacio Pérez-Hernández, Marcos Rodríguez-Esteban, Raquel Pimienta, Carlos Acosta-Materán, Sara Rodríguez, Geoffrey Yanes-Bowden, Manuel J Vargas-Torres, Alejandro Sánchez-Grande Flecha, Julio Hernández-Afonso, Francisco Bosa-Ojeda
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: Rotational coronary angiography (RCA) requires less contrast to be administered and can prevent the onset of contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN) during invasive coronary procedures. The aim of the study is to evaluate the impact of RCA on CIN (increase in serum creatinine ≥0.5mg/dl or ≥25%) after an acute coronary syndrome. METHODS: From April to September 2016, patients suffering acute coronary syndromes who underwent diagnostic coronary angiography, with the possibility of ad hoc coronary angioplasty, were prospectively enrolled...
July 19, 2017: Nefrología: Publicación Oficial de la Sociedad Española Nefrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734292/single-file-mobility-of-water-like-fluid-in-a-generalized-frenkel-kontorova-model
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Patricia Ternes, Alejandro Mendoza-Coto, Evy Salcedo
In this work, we used a generalized Frenkel-Kontorova model to study the mobility of water molecules inside carbon nanotubes with small radius at low temperatures. Our simulations show that the mobility of confined water decreases monotonically increasing the amplitude of the substrate potential at fixed commensurations. On the other hand, the mobility of the water molecules shows a non-monotonic behavior when varying the commensuration. This result indicates that the mobility of the confined fluid presents different behavior regimes depending on the amplitude of the water-nanotube interaction...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734032/characterization-of-the-axon-initial-segment-of-mice-substantia-nigra-dopaminergic-neurons
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Cristian González-Cabrera, Rodrigo Meza, Lorena Ulloa, Paulina Merino-Sepúlveda, Valentina Luco, Ana Sanhueza, Alejandro Oñate-Ponce, J Paul Bolam, Pablo Henny
The axon initial segment (AIS) is the site of initiation of action potentials and also influences action potential waveform, firing pattern and rate. In view of the fundamental aspects of motor function and behavior that depend on the firing of substantia nigra pars compacta (SNc) dopaminergic neurons, we identified and characterized their AIS in the mouse. Immunostaining for tyrosine hydroxylase (TH), sodium channels (Nav ) and ankyrin-G (Ank-G) was used to visualize the AIS of dopaminergic neurons. Reconstructions of sampled AIS of dopaminergic neurons revealed variable lengths (12 - 60 μm) and diameters (0...
July 22, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733881/a-dft-study-of-hydrogen-and-methane-activation-by-b-c6f5-3-p-t-bu-3-and-al-c6f5-3-p-t-bu-3-frustrated-lewis-pairs
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Nery Villegas-Escobar, Alejandro Toro-Labbé, Marcos Becerra, Misael Real-Enriquez, Jose R Mora, Luis Rincon
This contribution presents a computational study aimed at understanding factors affecting barriers associated with the activation of the H-H bond in molecular hydrogen and the H-CH3 bond in methane mediated by intermolecular Frustrated Lewis Pairs (FLPs). The classical phosphine P(t-Bu)3 Lewis base in conjunction with two Lewis acids, B(C6F5)3 and Al(C6F5)3, were used as representative models of intermolecular FLPs. DFT calculations were performed using the dispersion corrected ωB97x-D functional, including toluene as a solvent through the PCM-SMD implicit solvent scheme...
August 2017: Journal of Molecular Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731989/-new-opportunities-towards-gastroenterology-training
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Alejandro Piscoya
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April 2017: Revista de Gastroenterología del Perú: órgano Oficial de la Sociedad de Gastroenterología del Perú
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731692/quinolinyl-nitrone-rp19-induces-neuroprotection-after-transient-brain-ischemia
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Maria Irene Ayuso, Emma Martinez-Alonso, Mourad Chioua, Alejandro Escobar-Peso, Rafael Gonzalo-Gobernado, Joan Montaner, José Marco-Contelles, Alberto Alcazar
There is a need to develop additional effective therapies for ischemic stroke. Nitrones, which were first developed as reactive oxygen species (ROS)-trapping compounds, have been proposed as neuroprotective agents for ischemic stroke, a ROS-related disorder. The previous reported ROS-trapping compound, quinolyl nitrone RP19, is here being assayed to induce neuroprotection to ischemia-reperfusion injury in three experimental ischemia models: (i), oxygen-glucose deprivation (OGD) on primary neuronal cultures; (ii), transient global cerebral ischemia in four-vessel occlusion model; and (iii), transient focal cerebral ischemia in middle cerebral artery occlusion (tMCAO) model...
July 21, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731347/integrated-venomics-and-venom-gland-transcriptome-analysis-of-juvenile-and-adult-mexican-rattlesnakes-crotalus-simus-c-tzabcan-and-c-culminatus-revealed-mirna-modulated-ontogenetic-shifts
#10
Jordi Durban, Libia Sanz, Dilza Trevisan-Silva, Edgar Neri-Castro, Alejandro Alagón, Juan Jose Calvete
Adult rattlesnakes within genus Crotalus express one of two distinct venom phenotypes, type I (haemorrhagic) and type II (neurotoxic). In Costa Rican Central American rattlesnake, ontogenetic changes in the concentration of miRNAs modulate venom type II to type I transition. Venomics and venom gland transcriptome analyses showed that adult C. simus and C. tzabcan expressed intermediate patterns between type II and type I venoms, whereas C. culminatus had a canonical type I venom. Neonate/juvenile and adult Mexican rattlesnakes showed notable inter- and intraspecific variability in the number, type, abundance and ontogenetic shifts of the transcriptional and translational venom gland activities...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Proteome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730950/statistical-analysis-plan-for-the-head-position-in-stroke-trial-headpost-an-international-cluster-cross-over-randomized-trial
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Laurent Billot, Mark Woodward, Hisatomi Arima, Maree L Hackett, Paula Muñoz Venturelli, Pablo M Lavados, Alejandro Brunser, Bin Peng, Liying Cui, Lily Song, Stephane Heritier, Stephen Jan, Sandy Middleton, Verónica V Olavarría, Joyce Lim, Thompson Robinson, Octavio Pontes-Neto, Caroline Watkins, Craig S Anderson
Background There is evidence to indicate that the lying flat head position increases cerebral blood flow and oxygenation in patients with acute ischemic stroke, but how these physiological effects translate into clinical outcomes is uncertain. The Head Position in Stroke Trial aims to determine the comparative effectiveness of lying flat (0°) compared to sitting up (≥30°) head positioning, initiated within 24 h of hospital admission for patients with acute stroke. Design An international, pragmatic, cluster-randomized, crossover, open, blinded outcome assessed clinical trial...
August 2017: International Journal of Stroke: Official Journal of the International Stroke Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730808/determination-of-the-relationship-between-expression-and-functional-activity-of-multidrug-resistance-associated-protein-1-using-scanning-electrochemical-microscopy
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David Polcari, Javier Alejandro Hernandez-Castro, Kebin Li, Matthias Geissler, Janine Mauzeroll
Cancer cells can develop multidrug resistance (MDR) after prolonged exposure to chemotherapeutic drugs, which is a severe impediment to successful treatment. MDR is typically associated with transmembrane proteins mediating efflux of administered drugs, thereby keeping their intracellular concentration below the threshold required to kill cells. Although expression assays based on flow cytometry and immunostaining have shown that multidrug resistance-associated protein 1 (MRP1) is prevalent in many cancer types, the functional activity of this efflux pump is more difficult to elucidate, especially at the single-cell level...
July 21, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730491/development-of-selected-reaction-monitoring-methods-to-systematically-quantify-kinase-abundance-and-phosphorylation-stoichiometry-in-human-samples
#13
Kirsten Beck, Nathan Camp, Michael Bereman, James Bollinger, Jarrett Egertson, Michael MacCoss, Alejandro Wolf-Yadlin
Protein phosphorylation, one of the most common types of post-translational modifications, is the central regulatory mechanism of cellular signaling networks. In human cells, thousands of proteins are continuously and dynamically phosphorylated and dephosphorylated at specific sites and times in response to external and internal stimuli. Reversible phosphorylation is facilitated by the action of two protein superfamilies: kinases and phosphatases. Kinases play an essential role in almost every relevant physiological process in human cells and their deregulation is linked to pathologies ranging from cancer to autoimmune diseases...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730090/critical-pathway-for-primary-open-angle-glaucoma-diagnosis
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Alejandro R Allocco, Julia A Ponce, Maria J Riera, Mauricio G Magurno
AIM: To develop a critical pathway for primary open angle glaucoma (POAG) diagnosis intended to be efficient, to unify criteria, reduce resource use and minimize costs to the health system. METHODS: We performed a systematic search on PubMed, Cochrane, Embase and ClinicalTrials.org databases and classified the quality of evidence from level I through III. RESULTS: A critical pathway was designed by setting a key-decision step by step model on the basis of the best current evidence...
2017: International Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729721/plasma-derived-exosome-characterization-reveals-a-distinct-microrna-signature-in-long-duration-type-1-diabetes
#15
Marta Garcia-Contreras, Sanket H Shah, Alejandro Tamayo, Paul D Robbins, Ronald B Golberg, Armando J Mendez, Camillo Ricordi
Type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) results from an autoimmune attack against the insulin-producing ß cells which leads to chronic hyperglycemia. Exosomes are lipid vesicles derived from cellular multivesicular bodies that are enriched in specific miRNAs, potentially providing a disease-specific diagnostic signature. To assess the value of exosome miRNAs as biomarkers for T1DM, miRNA expression in plasma-derived exosomes was measured. Nanoparticle tracking analysis and transmission electron microscopy confirmed the presence of plasma-derived exosomes (EXOs) isolated by differential centrifugation...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729673/distinct-functional-relevance-of-dynamic-gtpase-cysteine-methylation-in-fission-yeast
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Alejandro Franco, Teresa Soto, Rebeca Martín-García, Marisa Madrid, Beatriz Vázquez-Marín, Jero Vicente-Soler, Pedro M Coll, Mariano Gacto, Pilar Pérez, José Cansado
The final step in post-translational processing of Ras and Rho GTPases involves methylation of the prenylated cysteine residue by an isoprenylcysteine-O-carboxyl methyltransferase (ICMT). ICMT activity is essential for cell growth and development in higher eukaryotes, and inhibition of GTPase methylation has become an attractive target in cancer therapy to inactivate prenylated oncoproteins. However, the specificity and dynamics of the GTPase methylation process remain to be fully clarified. Notably, cells lacking Mam4, the ICMT ortholog in the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe, are viable...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729370/anterior-segment-optical-coherence-tomography-angle-and-vault-analysis-after-toric-and-non-toric-implantable-collamer-lens-v4c-implantation-in-patients-with-high-myopia
#17
Guillermo Garcia-De la Rosa, Andrew Olivo-Payne, Juan Carlos Serna-Ojeda, Maria Sandra Salazar-Ramos, Alejandro Lichtinger, Arturo Gomez-Bastar, Arturo Ramirez-Miranda, Alejandro Navas, Enrique O Graue-Hernandez
OBJECTIVE: To assess anterior segment changes, including iridocorneal angle and vault, after toric and non-toric implantable collamer lens (ICL) V4c (STAAR Surgical AG) implantation under different lighting conditions. METHODS: Longitudinal, prospective, case series. Patients with high myopia (>6 dioptres) underwent toric and non-toric ICL V4c implantation. Optical coherence tomography measurements were taken under different lighting conditions preoperatively and at 1 week and 1, 6 and 12 months of follow-up...
July 20, 2017: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728389/influence-of-substituting-steam-flaked-corn-for-dry-rolled-corn-on-feedlot-cattle-growth-performance-when-cattle-are-allowed-either-ad-libitum-or-restricted-access-to-the-finishing-diet
#18
Víctor Manuel González-Vizcarra, Alejandro Plascencia, Daniel Ramos-Aviña, Richard Avery Zinn
Objective: The influence of substituting steam-flaked corn (SFC) for dry rolled corn (DRC) on feedlot cattle growth performance and dietary net energy when cattle are allowed either ad libitum or 2-h restricted access to the finishing diet was evaluated. Methods: Treatment effects were tested using 96 crossbred steers (251 ±2 kg) during the initial 56 d of the finishing phase. Cattle were blocked by weight and randomly assigned within blocks to 16 pens (4 pens/treatment)...
June 26, 2017: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728032/tunable-fluorescence-quenching-near-the-graphene-aqueous-interface
#19
Aaron W Chen, Alejandro L Briseno, Maria M Santore
With increased interest in graphene-based sensors for biomolecules and other targets, we investigated the impact of ionic strength on the steady-state emissions from fluorescein labels on proteins adsorbing on pristine CVD (chemical vapor deposited)-graphene on a silica support. Using the model system of fluorescein-tagged fibrinogen we demonstrated that, for fluorescein tags on adsorbed fibrinogen, emission intensity was very sensitive to the salt concentration. This behavior was not seen for fluorescein-tagged fibrinogen in solution...
July 6, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727723/analytical-sensitivity-and-specificity-of-a-loop-mediated-isothermal-amplification-lamp-kit-prototype-for-detection-of-trypanosoma-cruzi-dna-in-human-blood-samples
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Susana A Besuschio, Mónica Llano Murcia, Alejandro F Benatar, Severine Monnerat, Israel Cruz Mata, Albert Picado de Puig, María de Los Ángeles Curto, Yutaka Kubota, Diana P Wehrendt, Paula Pavia, Yasuyoshi Mori, Concepción Puerta, Joseph M Ndung'u, Alejandro G Schijman
This study aimed to assess analytical parameters of a prototype LAMP kit that was designed for detection of Trypanosoma cruzi DNA in human blood. The prototype is based on the amplification of the highly repetitive satellite sequence of T.cruzi in microtubes containing dried reagents on the inside of the caps. The reaction is carried out at 65°C during 40 minutes. Calcein allows direct detection of amplified products with the naked eye. Inclusivity and selectivity were tested in purified DNA from Trypanosoma cruzi stocks belonging to the six discrete typing units (DTUs), in DNA from other protozoan parasites and in human DNA...
July 20, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
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