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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429756/a-non-canonical-binding-interface-in-the-crystal-structure-of-hiv-1-gp120-core-in-complex-with-cd4
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Liang-Wei Duan, Hui Zhang, Meng-Ting Zhao, Ji-Xue Sun, Wen-Li Chen, Jian-Ping Lin, Xin-Qi Liu
Numerous crystal structures of HIV gp120 have been reported, alone or with receptor CD4 and cognate antibodies; however, no sole gp120/CD4 complex without stabilization by an antibody is available. Here, we report a crystal structure of the gp120/CD4 complex without the aid of an antibody from HIV-1 CRF07_BC, a strain circulating in China. Interestingly, in addition to the canonical binding surface, a second interacting interface was identified. A mutagenesis study on critical residues revealed that the stability of this interface is important for the efficiency of Env-mediated membrane fusion...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428562/dehydroascorbic-acids-modified-polymer-micelles-target-cancer-cells-to-enhance-anti-tumor-efficacy-of-paclitaxel
#2
Xiaoyu Pei, Feifei Luo, Jun Zhang, Wulian Chen, Chen Jiang, Jie Liu
Paclitaxel (PTX), especially albumin-bound PTX in clinical, has displayed significant inhibition of tumor growth in patients. But the systemic distribution and poor water solubility of PTX often lead to severe side effects, consequently limiting the anti-tumor efficacy. In this study, we developed a novel PTX-loaded polymeric micelle drug delivery system. These self-assembled polymeric micelles from core to outside consisted of poly L-phenylalanine (pPhe), DTSSP linked poly L-lysine (pLys), poly ethylene glycol (PEG) and dehydroascorbic acids (DHA)...
April 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426070/controllable-synthesis-of-ferromagnetic-antiferromagnetic-core-shell-nws-with-tunable-magnetic-properties
#3
M Irfan, C J Wang, U Khan, W J Li, X M Zhang, W J Kong, P Liu, C H Wan, Y W Liu, X F Han
Several nanotechnology applications are based on the promising scheme of highly anisotropic magnetic nanomaterials. Using this idea, we investigated the structure, magnetic properties, and interfacial exchange anisotropy effects of the Ni/Cr2O3 and Fe/Cr2O3 core-shell nanowires (NWs) geometry. A template-based strategy was developed to synthesize Ni (Fe)-Cr2O3 core-shell NWs, which combines a wet-chemical route and electrodeposition within the nanopores of the membranes. Structural determination in correlation with magnetic testing shows that the crystalline Cr2O3-nanoshells (NSs) cause an enhanced exchange bias, providing an extra source of anisotropy that leads to their magnetic stability...
April 20, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425458/anatomy-of-terminal-moraine-segments-and-implied-lake-stability-on-ngozumpa-glacier-nepal-from-electrical-resistivity-tomography-ert
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Sarah S Thompson, Bernd Kulessa, Douglas I Benn, Jordan R Mertes
Moraine-dammed lakes at debris-covered glaciers are becoming increasingly common and pose significant outburst flood hazards if the dam is breached. While moraine subsurface structure and internal processes are likely to influence dam stability, only few sites have so far been investigated. We conducted electrical resistivity tomography (ERT) surveys at two sites on the terminal moraine complex of the Ngozumpa Glacier, Nepal, to aid assessment of future terminus stability. The resistivity signature of glacier ice at the site (100-15 kΩ m) is more consistent with values measured from cold glacier ice and while this may be feasible, uncertainties in the data inversion introduce ambiguity to this thermal interpretation...
April 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425239/an-8-week-thoracic-spine-stabilization-exercise-program-improves-postural-back-pain-spine-alignment-postural-sway-and-core-endurance-in-university-students-a-randomized-controlled-study
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Şeyda Toprak Çelenay, Derya Özer Kaya
BACKGROUND/AIM: To investigate the effects of an 8-week thoracic stabilization exercise program on back pain, spinal alignment, postural sway, and core endurance in university students. MATERIALS AND METHODS: University students were randomly allocated into exercise (n: 28) and control (n: 25) groups. The exercise program was carried out 3 days a week for 8 weeks. Postural pain, spinal alignment, postural sway, and core endurance were assessed via visual analogue scale, Spinal Mouse, Biodex Balance System, and McGill's trunk muscle endurance tests at the baseline and after 8 weeks of training...
April 18, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425221/conceptualizing-movement-by-expert-bobath-instructors-in-neurological-rehabilitation
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Julie Vaughan-Graham, Kara Patterson, Karl Zabjek, Cheryl A Cott
RATIONALE, AIMS, AND OBJECTIVES: Movement, a core aspect of physiotherapy practice, and integral to the clinical reasoning process has undergone limited theoretical development. Instead, research has focused on intervention effectiveness embedded within the positivist paradigm. The purpose of this study was to explore how expert neurorehabilitation therapists conceptualize movement as part of their clinical reasoning. METHOD: A qualitative interpretive descriptive approach consisting of stimulated recall using video-recorded treatment sessions and in-depth interviews was used...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425152/nmr-structures-and-molecular-dynamics-simulation-of-hylin-a1-peptide-analogs-interacting-with-micelles
#7
Edson Crusca, Amanda Souza Câmara, Carolina Oliveira Matos, Reinaldo Marchetto, Eduardo Maffud Cilli, Luciano Morais Lião, Aline Lima de Oliveira
Antimicrobial peptides are recognized candidates with pharmaceutical potential against epidemic emerging multi-drug resistant bacteria. In this study, we use nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and molecular dynamics simulations to determine the unknown structure and evaluate the interaction with dodecylphosphatidylcholine (DPC) and sodium dodecylsulphate (SDS) micelles with three W(6) -Hylin-a1 analogs antimicrobial peptides (HyAc, HyK, and HyD). The HyAc, HyK, and HyD bound to DPC micelles are all formed by a unique α-helix structure...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Peptide Science: An Official Publication of the European Peptide Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421433/modification-of-the-catalytic-subunit-of-plasma-fibrin-stabilizing-factor-under-induced-oxidation
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A D Vasilyeva, A V Bychkova, A E Bugrova, M I Indeykina, A P Chikunova, V B Leonova, E A Kostanova, M I Biryukova, M L Konstantinova, A S Kononikhin, E N Nikolaev, M A Rosenfeld
For the first time, by using mass-spectrometry method, the oxidation-mediated modification of the catalytic FXIII-A subunit of plasma fibrin-stabilizing factor, pFXIII, has been studied. The oxidative sites were identified to belong to all structural elements of the catalytic subunit: the β-sandwich (Tyr104, Tyr117, and Cys153), the catalytic core domain (Met160, Trp165, Met266, Cys328, Asp352, Pro387, Arg409, Cys410, Tyr442, Met475, Met476, Tyr482, and Met500), the β-barrel 1 (Met596), and the β-barrel 2 (Met647, Pro676, Trp692, Cys696, and Met710), which correspond to 3...
January 2017: Doklady. Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418856/low-density-lipoprotein-receptor-related-protein-6-is-a-novel-coreceptor-of-protease-activated-receptor-2-in-the-dynamics-of-cancer-associated-%C3%AE-catenin-stabilization
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Jeetendra Kumar Nag, Arun Kancharla, Myriam Maoz, Hagit Turm, Daniel Agranovich, Chhedi Lal Gupta, Beatrice Uziely, Rachel Bar-Shavit
Protease-activated receptor-2 (PAR2) plays a central role in cancer; however, the molecular machinery of PAR2-instigated tumors remains to be elucidated. We show that PAR2 is a potent inducer of β-catenin stabilization, a core process in cancer biology, leading to its transcriptional activity. Novel association of low-density lipoprotein-related protein 6 (LRP6), a known coreceptor of Frizzleds (Fz), with PAR2 takes place following PAR2 activation. The association between PAR2 and LRP6 was demonstrated employing co-immunoprecipitation, bioluminescence resonance energy transfer (BRET), and confocal microscopy analysis...
March 16, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417978/efficient-heat-dissipation-of-uncooled-400-gbps-16%C3%A3-25-gbps-optical-transceiver-employing-multimode-vcsel-and-pd-arrays
#10
Tien-Tsorng Shih, Yu-Chieh Chi, Ruei-Nian Wang, Chao-Hsin Wu, Jian-Jang Huang, Jau-Ji Jou, Tai-Cheng Lee, Hao-Chung Kuo, Gong-Ru Lin, Wood-Hi Cheng
An effective heat dissipation of uncooled 400-Gbps (16×25-Gbps) form-factor pluggable (CDFP) optical transceiver module employing chip-on-board multimode 25-Gbps vertical-surface-emitting-laser (VCSEL) and 25-Gbps photodiode (PD) arrays mounted on a brass metal core embedded within a printed circuit board (PCB) is proposed and demonstrated. This new scheme of the hollow PCB filling with thermally-dissipated brass metal core was simulated and used for high temperature and long term stability operation of the proposed 400-Gbps CDFP transceiver...
April 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416677/structural-toggle-in-the-rnaseh-domain-of-prp8-helps-balance-splicing-fidelity-and-catalytic-efficiency
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Megan Mayerle, Madhura Raghavan, Sarah Ledoux, Argenta Price, Nicholas Stepankiw, Haralambos Hadjivassiliou, Erica A Moehle, Senén D Mendoza, Jeffrey A Pleiss, Christine Guthrie, John Abelson
Pre-mRNA splicing is an essential step of eukaryotic gene expression that requires both high efficiency and high fidelity. Prp8 has long been considered the "master regulator" of the spliceosome, the molecular machine that executes pre-mRNA splicing. Cross-linking and structural studies place the RNaseH domain (RH) of Prp8 near the spliceosome's catalytic core and demonstrate that prp8 alleles that map to a 17-aa extension in RH stabilize it in one of two mutually exclusive structures, the biological relevance of which are unknown...
April 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416659/deubiquitinase-yod1-potentiates-yap-taz-activities-through-enhancing-itch-stability
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Youngeun Kim, Wantae Kim, Yonghee Song, Jeong-Rae Kim, Kyungjoo Cho, Hyuk Moon, Simon Weonsang Ro, Eunjeong Seo, Yeon-Mi Ryu, Seung-Jae Myung, Eek-Hoon Jho
Hippo signaling controls the expression of genes regulating cell proliferation and survival and organ size. The regulation of core components in the Hippo pathway by phosphorylation has been extensively investigated, but the roles of ubiquitination-deubiquitination processes are largely unknown. To identify deubiquitinase(s) that regulates Hippo signaling, we performed unbiased siRNA screening and found that YOD1 controls biological responses mediated by YAP/TAZ. Mechanistically, YOD1 deubiquitinates ITCH, an E3 ligase of LATS, and enhances the stability of ITCH, which leads to reduced levels of LATS and a subsequent increase in the YAP/TAZ level...
April 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416636/p53-dynamically-directs-tfiid-assembly-on-target-gene-promoters
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R A Coleman, Z Qiao, S K Singh, C S Peng, M Cianfrocco, Z Zhang, A Piasecka, H Aldeborgh, G Basishvili, W L Liu
p53 is a central regulator that turns on vast gene networks to maintain cellular integrity upon various stimuli. p53 activates transcription initiation in part by aiding recruitment of TFIID to the promoter. However, the precise means by which p53 dynamically interacts with TFIID to facilitate assembly on target gene promoters remains elusive. To address this key question, we have undertaken an integrated approach involving single molecule fluorescence microscopy, single particle cryo-electron microscopy, and biochemistry...
April 17, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416470/block-ionomer-micellar-nanoparticles-from-double-hydrophilic-copolymers-classifications-and-promises-for-delivery-of-cancer-chemotherapeutics
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S S Abolmaali, A M Tamaddon, M Salmanpour, S Mohammadi, R Dinarvand
A class of double hydrophilic copolymers comprising ionic and nonionic water-soluble blocks, which are also called block ionomers, represent an interesting type of polymer assembly forming stable, homogeneous core-corona dispersions. They exhibit the solution behavior of normal polyelectrolytes, whereas assembly into micelle, vesicle or disk morphology happens by an external stimulus (pH, temperature or ionic strength) or complex formation with metal ions, ionic surfactants, polyelectrolytes, etc. Temperature, pH, redox or salt sensitivity affords a unique opportunity to control the triggered release of payloads accommodated through electrostatic interaction, coordination or chemical conjugation...
April 14, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416112/flexibility-and-design-conformational-heterogeneity-along-the-evolutionary-trajectory-of-a-redesigned-ubiquitin
#15
Justin T Biel, Michael C Thompson, Christian N Cunningham, Jacob E Corn, James S Fraser
Although protein design has been used to introduce new functions, designed variants generally only function as well as natural proteins after rounds of laboratory evolution. One possibility for this pattern is that designed mutants frequently sample nonfunctional conformations. To test this idea, we exploited advances in multiconformer modeling of room-temperature X-ray data collection on redesigned ubiquitin variants selected for increasing binding affinity to the deubiquitinase USP7. Initial core mutations disrupt natural packing and lead to increased flexibility...
April 12, 2017: Structure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415382/alkali-etching-growth-of-nest-like-ag-mtio2-hierarchical-nanostructures-and-their-potential-applications
#16
Zongnan Zhang, Haijiao Zhang
Porous nanomaterials have attracted extensive interests in adsorption, catalysis, biosensors, and biomedicine due to their high surface area, well-defined pore structure and tunable pore size. However, how to obtain porous nanomaterials of desirable component and unique structure with multifunctionalities and synergetic properties is still a great challenge. In this work, a novel nest-like Ag@mTiO2 hierarchical nanostructure with Ag nanoparticle as the core and a mesoporous crystalline TiO2 as the protective shell was successfully prepared by layer-by-layer assembly technique and alkali-etching hydrothermal route...
June 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414305/spop-regulates-prostate-epithelial-cell-proliferation-and-promotes-ubiquitination-and-turnover-of-c-myc-oncoprotein
#17
C Geng, S Kaochar, M Li, K Rajapakshe, W Fiskus, J Dong, C Foley, B Dong, L Zhang, O-J Kwon, S S Shah, M Bolaki, L Xin, M Ittmann, B W O'Malley, C Coarfa, N Mitsiades
The E3 ubiquitin ligase adaptor speckle-type POZ protein (SPOP) is frequently dysregulated in prostate adenocarcinoma (PC), via either somatic mutations or mRNA downregulation, suggesting an important tumour suppressor function. To examine its physiologic role in the prostate epithelium in vivo, we generated mice with prostate-specific biallelic ablation of Spop. These mice exhibited increased prostate mass, prostate epithelial cell proliferation, and expression of c-MYC protein compared to littermate controls, and eventually developed prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia (PIN)...
April 17, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413356/propagation-of-combustion-waves-in-the-shell-core-energetic-materials-with-external-heat-losses
#18
V V Gubernov, V N Kudryumov, A V Kolobov, A A Polezhaev
In this paper, the properties and stability of combustion waves propagating in the composite solid energetic material of the shell-core type are numerically investigated within the one-dimensional diffusive-thermal model with heat losses to the surroundings. The flame speed is calculated as a function of the parameters of the model. The boundaries of stability are determined in the space of parameters by solving the linear stability problem and direct integration of the governing non-stationary equations. The results are compared with the characteristics of the combustion waves in pure solid fuel...
March 2017: Proceedings. Mathematical, Physical, and Engineering Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413257/tuning-and-locking-the-localized-surface-plasmon-resonances-of-cus-covellite-nanocrystals-by-an-amorphous-cupd-x-s-shell
#19
Yi Xie, Wenhui Chen, Giovanni Bertoni, Ilka Kriegel, Mo Xiong, Neng Li, Mirko Prato, Andreas Riedinger, Ayyappan Sathya, Liberato Manna
We demonstrate the stabilization of the localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) in a semiconductor-based core-shell heterostructure made of a plasmonic CuS core embedded in an amorphous-like alloyed CuPd x S shell. This heterostructure is prepared by reacting the as-synthesized CuS nanocrystals (NCs) with Pd(2+) cations at room temperature in the presence of an electron donor (ascorbic acid). The reaction starts from the surface of the CuS NCs and proceeds toward the center, causing reorganization of the initial lattice and amorphization of the covellite structure...
February 28, 2017: Chemistry of Materials: a Publication of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413219/contemporary-biopsychosocial-exercise-prescription-for-chronic-low-back-pain-questioning-core-stability-programs-and-considering-context
#20
Peter Stilwell, Katherine Harman
This commentary explores the importance of considering the biopsychosocial model and contextual factors when prescribing exercise. Diverse exercise programs for patients with chronic low back pain (CLBP) produce similar outcomes, without one specific exercise protocol demonstrating clear superiority. One clear barrier to positive outcomes is poor exercise adherence. We suggest that there are certain common contextual factors present in all exercise prescription scenarios that may impact adherence and health-related outcomes...
March 2017: Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association
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