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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525769/turning-the-light-on-in-the-phenotypic-drug-discovery-black-box
#1
John G Moffat
In this issue, Drawnel et al. (2017) introduce the concept of a "molecular phenotype" and demonstrate how "big data" coming from gene expression profiling, combined with signaling pathway information, small-molecule chemical information, preclinical animal models, and clinical samples can empower phenotypic discovery at several critical levels.
May 18, 2017: Cell Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505348/implication-of-the-box-c-d-snornp-assembly-factor-rsa1p-in-u3-snornp-assembly
#2
Benjamin Rothé, Xavier Manival, Nicolas Rolland, Christophe Charron, Véronique Senty-Ségault, Christiane Branlant, Bruno Charpentier
The U3 box C/D snoRNA is one key element of 90S pre-ribosome. It contains a 5΄ domain pairing with pre-rRNA and the U3B/C and U3C΄/D motifs for U3 packaging into a unique small nucleolar ribonucleoprotein particle (snoRNP). The RNA-binding protein Snu13/SNU13 nucleates on U3B/C the assembly of box C/D proteins Nop1p/FBL and Nop56p/NOP56, and the U3-specific protein Rrp9p/U3-55K. Snu13p/SNU13 has a much lower affinity for U3C΄/D but nevertheless forms on this motif an RNP with box C/D proteins Nop1p/FBL and Nop58p/NOP58...
May 13, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498915/adults-of-lasioderma-serricorne-and-stegobium-paniceum-anobiidae-coleoptera-are-attracted-to-ultraviolet-uv-over-blue-light-leds
#3
Mantaro Hironaka, Toru Kamura, Midori Osada, Rikiya Sasaki, Kazutaka Shinoda, Takahiko Hariyama, Takahisa Miyatake
Two species, the cigarette beetle Lasioderma serricorne (F.) and the drugstore beetle Stegobium paniceum (L.), are particularly important stored-product pests because they damage dry food. A previous study showed that L. serricorne adults are attracted more to ultraviolet (UV) and blue light wave ranges more than others such as turquoise, green, yellow, red, and warm white. However, the previous study did not equalize the amounts of light. The study also evaluated the attractiveness by the numbers of L. serricorne individuals that were lured to LED lights in a small box in the laboratory...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489649/a-novel-computerized-test-for-detecting-and-monitoring-visual-attentional-deficits-and-delirium-in-the-icu
#4
Cameron Green, Kirsty Hendry, Elizabeth S Wilson, Timothy Walsh, Mike Allerhand, Alasdair M J MacLullich, Zoë Tieges
OBJECTIVES: Delirium in the ICU is associated with poor outcomes but is under-detected. Here we evaluated performance of a novel, graded test for objectively detecting inattention in delirium, implemented on a custom-built computerized device (Edinburgh Delirium Test Box-ICU). DESIGN: A pilot study was conducted, followed by a prospective case-control study. SETTING: Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh General ICU. PATIENTS: A pilot study was conducted in an opportunistic sample of 20 patients...
May 9, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485676/assessment-of-preclinical-liver-and-skeletal-muscle-biomarkers-following-clofibrate-administration-in-wistar-rats
#5
Pierre Maliver, Matthias Festag, Moritz Bennecke, Francois Christen, Balázs Bánfai, Barbara Lenz, Michael Winter
Clofibrate is a known rodent hepatotoxicant classically associated with hepatocellular hypertrophy and increased serum activities of cellular alanine aminotransferase/aspartate aminotransferase (ALT/AST) in the absence of microscopic hepatocellular degeneration. At toxic dose, clofibrate induces liver and skeletal muscle injury. The objective of this study was to assess novel liver and skeletal muscle biomarkers following clofibrate administration in Wistar rats at different dose levels for 7 days. In addition to classical biomarkers, liver injury was assessed by cytokeratin 18 (CK18) cleaved form, high-mobility group box 1, arginase 1 (ARG1), microRNA 122 (miR-122), and glutamate dehydrogenase...
January 1, 2017: Toxicologic Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480497/expression-analysis-of-genes-encoding-double-b-box-zinc-finger-proteins-in-maize
#6
Wenlan Li, Jingchao Wang, Qi Sun, Wencai Li, Yanli Yu, Meng Zhao, Zhaodong Meng
The B-box proteins play key roles in plant development. The double B-box (DBB) family is one of the subfamily of the B-box family, with two B-box domains and without a CCT domain. In this study, 12 maize double B-box genes (ZmDBBs) were identified through a genome-wide survey. Phylogenetic analysis of DBB proteins from maize, rice, Sorghum bicolor, Arabidopsis, and poplar classified them into five major clades. Gene duplication analysis indicated that segmental duplications made a large contribution to the expansion of ZmDBBs...
May 8, 2017: Functional & Integrative Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472147/surface-reflectance-drives-nest-box-temperature-profiles-and-thermal-suitability-for-target-wildlife
#7
Stephen R Griffiths, Jessica A Rowland, Natalie J Briscoe, Pia E Lentini, Kathrine A Handasyde, Linda F Lumsden, Kylie A Robert
Thermal properties of tree hollows play a major role in survival and reproduction of hollow-dependent fauna. Artificial hollows (nest boxes) are increasingly being used to supplement the loss of natural hollows; however, the factors that drive nest box thermal profiles have received surprisingly little attention. We investigated how differences in surface reflectance influenced temperature profiles of nest boxes painted three different colors (dark-green, light-green, and white: total solar reflectance 5.9%, 64...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469775/melatonin-promoted-renal-regeneration-in-folic-acid-induced-acute-kidney-injury-via-inhibiting-nucleocytoplasmic-translocation-of-hmgb1-in-tubular-epithelial-cells
#8
Fengming Zhu, Octavia Ls Chong Lee Shin, Huzi Xu, Zhi Zhao, Guangchang Pei, Zhizhi Hu, Juan Yang, Yanchao Guo, Jingyi Mou, Jie Sun, Han Zhu, Yuxi Wang, Meng Wang, Qian Yang, Wenhui Liao, Gang Xu, Rui Zeng, Ying Yao
Melatonin (N-acetyl-5-methoxytryptamine), a circadian-regulating hormone, has been reported to exert a protective role during acute kidney injury (AKI) induced by renal ischemia-reperfusion injury (I/R). High-mobility group box 1 (HMGB1) is a novel member of the damage-associated molecular pattern (DAMP) family, and has been verified to be an inflammatory cytokine mediating AKI induced by I/R and cisplatin. However, the effect of melatonin on HMGB1, as well as the relationship of these two with folic acid induced AKI are elusive...
2017: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28465542/the-importance-of-illumination-in-nest-site-choice-and-nest-characteristics-of-cavity-nesting-birds
#9
Paweł Podkowa, Adrian Surmacki
Light has a significant impact on many aspects of avian biology, physiology and behaviour. An increasing number of studies show that illumination may positively influences birds' offspring fitness by e.g. acceleration of embryo development, stimulation of skeleton growth or regulation of circadian rhythm. Because nest cavities have especially low illumination, suitable light levels may be especially important for species which nest there. We may therefore expect that birds breeding in relatively dim conditions should prefer brighter nest sites and/or evolve behavioral mechanisms to secure sufficient light levels in the nest...
May 2, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454605/chaperone-surveillance-system-in-plant-circadian-clock
#10
Joon-Yung Cha, Laila Khaleda, Hee Jin Park, Woe-Yeon Kim
Circadian clock is an internal system synchronized by external stimuli such as light and temperature and influences various physiological and developmental processes in living organisms. In Arabidopsis as a model plant, transcriptional, translational and post-translational processes are interlocked as by feedback loops between morning- and evening-phased genes. In a post-translational loop, plant-specific single-gene encoded GIGANTEA (GI) stabilize the F-box protein ZEITLUPE (ZTL) leading targeted-proteasomal degradation of TIMING OF CAB EXPRESSION 1 (TOC1) and PSEUDO-RESPONSE REGULATOR 5 (PRR5)...
April 24, 2017: BMB Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449268/ventral-but-not-dorsal-hippocampus-inactivation-impairs-reward-memory-expression-and-retrieval-in-contexts-defined-by-proximal-cues
#11
Sadia Riaz, Anett Schumacher, Seyon Sivagurunathan, Matthijs Van Der Meer, Rutsuko Ito
The hippocampus (HPC) has been widely implicated in the contextual control of appetitive and aversive conditioning. However, whole hippocampal lesions do not invariably impair all forms of contextual processing, as in the case of complex biconditional context discrimination, leading to contention over the exact nature of the contribution of the HPC in contextual processing. Moreover, the increasingly well-established functional dissociation between the dorsal (dHPC) and ventral (vHPC) subregions of the HPC has been largely overlooked in the existing literature on hippocampal-based contextual memory processing in appetitively-motivated tasks...
April 27, 2017: Hippocampus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446542/a-proteolytic-regulator-controlling-chalcone-synthase-stability-and-flavonoid-biosynthesis-in-arabidopsis
#12
Xuebin Zhang, Carolina Abrahan, Thomas A Colquhoun, Chang-Jun Liu
Flavonoids represent a large family of specialized metabolites involved in plant growth, development and adaptation. Chalcone synthase (CHS) catalyzes the first step of flavonoid biosynthesis by directing carbon flux from general phenylpropanoid metabolism to flavonoid pathway. Despite extensive characterization on its function and transcriptional regulation, the molecular basis governing its post-translational modification is enigmatic. Here, we report the discovery of a proteolytic regulator of CHS, namely KFBCHS, a Kelch domain-containing F-box protein in Arabidopsis...
April 26, 2017: Plant Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445880/heating-of-newborn-infants-due-to-blue-light-emitting-diode-fibreoptic-phototherapy-pads
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Pei Ling Ng, Tony Carlisle, Marleesa Ly, Scott Adam Morris
BACKGROUND: Surface temperatures of fibreoptic phototherapy pads using a high intensity blue light-emitting diode (LED) light source have not been studied. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to measure the temperature of LED fibreoptic phototherapy pads during phototherapy in a bench-top study, and to determine temperature effects on babies during phototherapy. METHODS: A commercially available LED fibreoptic phototherapy system was tested...
April 27, 2017: Neonatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444833/chronic-stress-induced-mechanical-hyperalgesia-is-controlled-by-capsaicin-sensitive-neurones-in-the-mouse
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B Scheich, P Vincze, É Szőke, É Borbély, Á Hunyady, J Szolcsányi, Á Dénes, Zs Környei, B Gaszner, Zs Helyes
BACKGROUND: Clinical studies demonstrated peripheral nociceptor deficit in stress-related chronic pain states, such as fibromyalgia. The interactions of stress and nociceptive systems have special relevance in chronic pain, but the underlying mechanisms including the role of specific nociceptor populations remain unknown. We investigated the role of capsaicin-sensitive neurones in chronic stress-related nociceptive changes. METHOD: Capsaicin-sensitive neurones were desensitized by the capsaicin analogue resiniferatoxin (RTX) in CD1 mice...
April 25, 2017: European Journal of Pain: EJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440454/microrna%C3%A2-336-directly-targets-sox%C3%A2-2-in-osteosarcoma-to-inhibit-tumorigenesis
#15
Yong Cao, Tianding Wu, Dongzhe Li, Jianzhong Hu, Hongbin Lu
Previous evidence has suggested that microRNAs (miRNAs or miRs), which belong to a class of non‑coding RNAs, shape cellular processes by regulating gene expression. Abnormal expression of miRNAs has been associated with tumorigenesis in multiple cancers. However, the function of miR‑336 in osteosarcoma (OS) remains unknown. The experimental procedures used in the present study included flow cytometry, reverse transcription‑quantitative polymerase chain reaction, luciferase reporter assay, invasion assay, western blot analysis and in vivo implantation...
June 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438413/functional-redundancy-between-canonical-endocannabinoid-signaling-systems-in-the-modulation-of-anxiety
#16
Gaurav Bedse, Nolan D Hartley, Emily Neale, Andrew D Gaulden, Toni A Patrick, Philip J Kingsley, Md Jashim Uddin, Niels Plath, Lawrence J Marnett, Sachin Patel
BACKGROUND: Increasing the available repertoire of effective treatments for mood and anxiety disorders represents a critical unmet need. Pharmacological augmentation of endogenous cannabinoid (eCB) signaling has been suggested to represent a novel approach to the treatment of anxiety disorders; however, the functional interactions between two canonical eCB pathways mediated via anandamide (N-arachidonylethanolamine [AEA]) and 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG) in the regulation of anxiety are not well understood...
March 15, 2017: Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437133/the-impact-of-the-centrifuge-characteristics-and-centrifugation-protocols-on-the-cells-growth-factors-and-fibrin-architecture-of-a-leukocyte-and-platelet-rich-fibrin-l-prf-clot-and-membrane
#17
David M Dohan Ehrenfest, Nelson R Pinto, Andrea Pereda, Paula Jiménez, Marco Del Corso, Byung-Soo Kang, Mauricio Nally, Nicole Lanata, Hom-Lay Wang, Marc Quirynen
L-PRF (leukocyte- and platelet-rich fibrin) is one of the four families of platelet concentrates for surgical use and is widely used in oral and maxillofacial regenerative therapies. The first objective of this article was to evaluate the mechanical vibrations appearing during centrifugation in four models of commercially available table-top centrifuges used to produce L-PRF and the impact of the centrifuge characteristics on the cell and fibrin architecture of a L-PRF clot and membrane. The second objective of this article was to evaluate how changing some parameters of the L-PRF protocol may influence its biological signature, independently from the characteristics of the centrifuge...
April 24, 2017: Platelets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434813/rhythmic-expressed-clock-regulates-the-transcription-of-proliferating-cellular-nuclear-antigen-in-teleost-retina
#18
Hang Song, Defeng Wang, Felipe De Jesus Perez, Rongrong Xie, Zhipeng Liu, Chun-Chun Chen, Meijuan Yu, Liudi Yuan, Russell D Fernald, Sheng Zhao
Teleost fish continues to grow their eyes throughout life with the body size. In Astatotilapia burtoni, the fish retina increases by adding new retinal cells at the ciliary marginal zone (CMZ) and in the outer nuclear layer (ONL). Cell proliferation at both sites exhibits a daily rhythm in number of dividing cells. To understand how this diurnal rhythm of new cell production is controlled in retinal progenitor cells, we studied the transcription pattern of clock genes in retina, including clock1a, clock1b, bmal1a (brain and muscle ARNT-Like), and per1b (period1b)...
April 20, 2017: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427045/mir-142-3p-overexpression-increases-chemo-sensitivity-of-nsclc-by-inhibiting-hmgb1-mediated-autophagy
#19
Yuqing Chen, Xin Zhou, Jianou Qiao, Aihua Bao
BACKGROUND: Non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is a deadly cancer with high mortality rate. Drug resistance represents a main obstacle in NSCLC treatment. High mobility group box-1 (HMGB1) protein promotes drug resistance in NSCLC cells by activating protective autophagy. METHODS: In the current study, we investigated the regulatory role of microRNA-142-3p (miR-142-3p) in HMGB1-mediated autophagy of NSCLC cells and its impact on drug resistance of NSCLC in vitro and in vivo...
2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417964/light-patterned-current-generation-in-a-droplet-bilayer-array
#20
Vanessa Restrepo Schild, Michael J Booth, Stuart J Box, Sam N Olof, Kozhinjampara R Mahendran, Hagan Bayley
We have created a 4 × 4 droplet bilayer array comprising light-activatable aqueous droplet bio-pixels. Aqueous droplets containing bacteriorhodopsin (bR), a light-driven proton pump, were arranged on a common hydrogel surface in lipid-containing oil. A separate lipid bilayer formed at the interface between each droplet and the hydrogel; each bilayer then incorporated bR. Electrodes in each droplet simultaneously measured the light-driven proton-pumping activities of each bio-pixel. The 4 × 4 array derived by this bottom-up synthetic biology approach can detect grey-scale images and patterns of light moving across the device, which are transduced as electrical current generated in each bio-pixel...
April 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
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