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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102321/the-chaperonin-cct-inhibits-assembly-of-%C3%AE-synuclein-amyloid-fibrils-by-a-specific-conformation-dependent-interaction
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Begoña Sot, Alejandra Rubio-Muñoz, Ahudrey Leal-Quintero, Javier Martínez-Sabando, Miguel Marcilla, Cintia Roodveldt, José M Valpuesta
The eukaryotic chaperonin CCT (chaperonin containing TCP-1) uses cavities built into its double-ring structure to encapsulate and to assist folding of a large subset of proteins. CCT can inhibit amyloid fibre assembly and toxicity of the polyQ extended mutant of huntingtin, the protein responsible for Huntington's disease. This raises the possibility that CCT modulates other amyloidopathies, a still-unaddressed question. We show here that CCT inhibits amyloid fibre assembly of α-synuclein A53T, one of the mutants responsible for Parkinson's disease...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101862/crystallographic-studies-of-intermediate-filament-proteins
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Dmytro Guzenko, Anastasia A Chernyatina, Sergei V Strelkov
Intermediate filaments (IFs), together with microtubules and actin microfilaments, are the three main cytoskeletal components in metazoan cells. IFs are formed by a distinct protein family, which is made up of 70 members in humans. Most IF proteins are tissue- or organelle-specific, which includes lamins, the IF proteins of the nucleus. The building block of IFs is an elongated dimer, which consists of a central α-helical 'rod' domain flanked by flexible N- and C-terminal domains. The conserved rod domain is the 'signature feature' of the IF family...
2017: Sub-cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100011/association-mapping-of-morphological-traits-in-wild-and-captive-zebra-finches-reliable-within-but-not-between-populations
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Ulrich Knief, Holger Schielzeth, Niclas Backström, Georg Hemmrich-Stanisak, Michael Wittig, Andre Franke, Simon C Griffith, Hans Ellegren, Bart Kempenaers, Wolfgang Forstmeier
Identifying causal genetic variants underlying heritable phenotypic variation is a longstanding goal in evolutionary genetics. We previously identified several quantitative trait loci (QTL) for five morphological traits in a captive population of zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata) by whole-genome linkage mapping. We here follow up on these studies with the aim to narrow down on the quantitative trait variants (QTN) in one wild and three captive populations. First, we performed an association study using 672 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) within candidate genes located in the previously identified QTL regions in a sample of 939 wild-caught zebra finches...
January 18, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098854/lsd1-sustains-estrogen-driven-endometrial-carcinoma-cell-proliferation-through-the-pi3k-akt-pathway-via-di-demethylating-h3k9-of-cyclin%C3%A2-d1
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Chunqin Chen, Yanan Wang, Shiyu Wang, Yuan Liu, Jiawen Zhang, Yuyao Xu, Zhenbo Zhang, Wei Bao, Sufang Wu
A recent study reported that histone lysine specific demethylase 1 (LSD1, KDM1A) is overexpressed in endometrioid endometrial carcinoma (EEC) and associated with tumor progression as well as poor prognosis. However, the physiological function and mechanism of LSD1 in endometrial cancer (EC) remains largely unknown. In this study, we demonstrate that β-estradiol (E2) treatment increased LSD1 expression via the GPR30/PI3K/AKT pathway in endometrial cancer cells. Both siGPR30 and the PI3K inhibitor LY294002 block this effect...
January 16, 2017: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098802/penduliflaworosin-a-diterpenoid-from-croton-crassifolius-exerts-anti-angiogenic-effect-via-vegf-receptor-2-signaling-pathway
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Yeyin Liang, Yubo Zhang, Guocai Wang, Yaolan Li, Weihuan Huang
Anti-angiogenesis targeting vascular endothelial growth factor receptor-2 (VEGFR-2) has been considered as an important strategy for cancer therapy. Penduliflaworosin is a diterpenoid isolated from the plant Croton crassifolius. Our previous study showed that this diterpenoid possesses strong anti-angiogenic activity by inhibiting vessel formation in zebrafish. This study was conducted to further investigate the anti-angiogenic activity and mechanism of penduliflaworosin. Results revealed that penduliflaworosin significantly inhibited VEGF-induced angiogenesis processes including proliferation, invasion, migration, and tube formation of human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs)...
January 13, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097729/the-role-of-orexin-signaling-in-the-ventral-tegmental-area-and-central-amygdala-in-modulating-binge-like-ethanol-drinking-behavior
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Jeffrey J Olney, Montserrat Navarro, Todd E Thiele
BACKGROUND: Recent reports have demonstrated that binge-like ethanol drinking leads to an increase in hypothalamic orexin (OX) signaling and that suppressing this signaling via systemic administration of an orexin receptor (OXR) antagonist blocks this behavior; however, the specific OX pathways that modulate this behavior remain unknown. The goal of the present study was to further elucidate the role of the OX system in binge-like ethanol drinking using behavioral, molecular, and pharmacological techniques...
January 17, 2017: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096587/is-dedicating-an-ultrasound-machine-to-regional-anesthesia-an-economically-viable-option
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Vrushali Ponde, Dinesh Borse, Jayashree More, Tulsidas Mange
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The cost effectiveness of ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia is an issue which requires discussion. Based on our experience, we hypothesized that this is an economically viable option. MATERIAL AND METHODS: In this retrospective study, we included 90 patients who underwent upper extremity surgeries in our institute solely under ultrasound (USG)-guided brachial plexus blocks in a year. The cost of the block was derived by adding the cost of the material and drugs used for the block...
October 2016: Journal of Anaesthesiology, Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094960/tunable-length-and-optical-properties-of-few-units-cell-cspbx3-x-cl-br-i-nanowires
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Daniel Amgar, Avigail Stern, Dvir Rotem, Danny Porath, Lioz Etgar
Perovskite nanostructures, both hybrid organo-metal and fully inorganic perovskites, gained a lot of interest in the past few years for their intriguing optical properties in the visible region. We report on inorganic cesium lead bromide (CsPbBr3) nanowires (NWs) having quantum confined dimensions corresponding to 5 unit cells. The addition of various hydrohalic acids (HX, X=Cl, Br, I) was found to highly affect the NWs' length, composition, and optical properties. Hydrochloric (HCl) and hydroiodic (HI) acids mixed in the reaction solution influence the crystal structure and optical properties and shorten the NWs, while hydrobromic acid's (HBr) addition results solely in shorter NWs, without any structural change...
January 17, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094446/deep-sequencing-of-a-candidate-region-harboring-the-sox9-gene-for-the-canine-xx-disorder-of-sex-development
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J Nowacka-Woszuk, I Szczerbal, H Pausch, S Hundi, M K Hytönen, A Grzemski, K Flisikowski, H Lohi, M Switonski, M Szydlowski
A disorder of sex development (DSD) in dogs with female sex chromosomes (78, XX), a lack of the SRY gene and the presence of testes or ovotestes is commonly diagnosed in numerous breeds. The molecular background of DSD is not fully recognized but has been linked to the copy number variation in the region harboring the SOX9 gene. We applied a genome-wide association study and targeted next-generation sequencing techniques to compare DSD and normal female dogs. The genome-wide association study did not indicate a significant chromosome region...
January 17, 2017: Animal Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094254/describing-polyhedral-tilings-and-higher-dimensional-polytopes-by-sequence-of-their-two-dimensional-components
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Kengo Nishio, Takehide Miyazaki
Polyhedral tilings are often used to represent structures such as atoms in materials, grains in crystals, foams, galaxies in the universe, etc. In the previous paper, we have developed a theory to convert a way of how polyhedra are arranged to form a polyhedral tiling into a codeword (series of numbers) from which the original structure can be recovered. The previous theory is based on the idea of forming a polyhedral tiling by gluing together polyhedra face to face. In this paper, we show that the codeword contains redundant digits not needed for recovering the original structure, and develop a theory to reduce the redundancy...
January 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093854/reduced-representation-genome-sequencing-reveals-patterns-of-genetic-diversity-and-selection-in-apple
#11
Baiquan Ma, Liao Liao, Qian Peng, Ting Fang, Hui Zhou, Schuyler S Korban, Yuepeng Han
Identifying DNA sequence variations is a fundamental step towards deciphering the genetic basis of traits of interest. Here, a total of 20 cultivated and 10 wild apples were genotyped using specific-locus amplified fragment sequencing, and 39,635 single nucleotide polymorphism with no missing genotypes and evenly distributed along the genome were selected to investigate patterns of genome-wide genetic variations between cultivated and wild apples. Overall, wild apples displayed higher levels of genetic diversity than cultivated apples...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093211/pharmacological-properties-of-sak3-a-novel-t-type-voltage-gated-ca-2-channel-enhancer
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Yasushi Yabuki, Kazuya Matsuo, Hisanao Izumi, Hidaka Haga, Takashi Yoshida, Minoru Wakamori, Akira Kakehi, Kenji Sakimura, Takaichi Fukuda, Kohji Fukunaga
T-type voltage-gated Ca(2+) channels (T-VGCCs) function in the pathophysiology of epilepsy, pain and sleep. However, their role in cognitive function remains unclear. We previously reported that the cognitive enhancer ST101, which stimulates T-VGCCs in rat cortical slices, was a potential Alzheimer's disease therapeutic. Here, we introduce a more potent T-VGCC enhancer, SAK3 (ethyl 8'-methyl-2',4-dioxo-2-(piperidin-1-yl)-2'H-spiro[cyclopentane-1,3'-imidazo [1,2-a]pyridin]-2-ene-3-carboxylate), and characterize its pharmacological properties in brain...
January 13, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092527/block-matching-distortion-correction-of-echo-planar-images-with-opposite-phase-encoding-directions
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Renaud Hedouin, Olivier Commowick, Elise Bannier, Benoit Scherrer, Maxime Taquet, Simon Warfield, Christian Barillot
By shortening the acquisition time of MRI, Echo Planar Imaging (EPI) enables the acqui- sition of a large number of images in a short time, com- patible with clinical constraints as required for diffusion or functional MRI. However such images are subject to large, local distortions disrupting their correspondence with the underlying anatomy. The correction of those distortions is an open problem, especially in regions where large deformations occur. We propose a new block-matching registration method to perform EPI distortion correction based on the acquisition of two EPI with opposite phase encoding directions (PED)...
January 9, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092011/microbubble-moving-in-blood-flow-in-microchannels-effect-on-the-cell-free-layer-and-cell-local-concentration
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David Bento, Lúcia Sousa, Tomoko Yaginuma, Valdemar Garcia, Rui Lima, João M Miranda
Gas embolisms can hinder blood flow and lead to occlusion of the vessels and ischemia. Bubbles in microvessels circulate as tubular bubbles (Taylor bubbles) and can be trapped, blocking the normal flow of blood. To understand how Taylor bubbles flow in microcirculation, in particular, how bubbles disturb the blood flow at the scale of blood cells, experiments were performed in microchannels at a low Capillary number. Bubbles moving with a stream of in vitro blood were filmed with the help of a high-speed camera...
March 2017: Biomedical Microdevices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091727/intrinsic-cardiac-ganglia-and-acetylcholine-are-important-in-the-mechanism-of-ischaemic-preconditioning
#15
J M J Pickard, N Burke, S M Davidson, D M Yellon
This study aimed to investigate the role of the intrinsic cardiac nervous system in the mechanism of classical myocardial ischaemic preconditioning (IPC). Isolated perfused rat hearts were subjected to 35-min regional ischaemia and 60-min reperfusion. IPC was induced as three cycles of 5-min global ischaemia-reperfusion, and provided significant reduction in infarct size (IS/AAR = 14 ± 2% vs control IS/AAR = 48 ± 3%, p < 0.05). Treatment with the ganglionic antagonist, hexamethonium (50 μM), blocked IPC protection (IS/AAR = 37 ± 7%, p < 0...
March 2017: Basic Research in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089351/longitudinal-association-between-hippocampus-atrophy-and-episodic-memory-decline
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Tetiana Gorbach, Sara Pudas, Anders Lundquist, Greger Orädd, Maria Josefsson, Alireza Salami, Xavier de Luna, Lars Nyberg
There is marked variability in both onset and rate of episodic-memory decline in aging. Structural magnetic resonance imaging studies have revealed that the extent of age-related brain changes varies markedly across individuals. Past studies of whether regional atrophy accounts for episodic-memory decline in aging have yielded inconclusive findings. Here we related 15-year changes in episodic memory to 4-year changes in cortical and subcortical gray matter volume and in white-matter connectivity and lesions...
December 11, 2016: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088783/%C3%AE-asarone-blocks-7%C3%AE-hydroxycholesterol-exposed-macrophage-injury-through-blocking-elf2%C3%AE-phosphorylation-and-prompting-beclin-1-dependent-autophagy
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Sin-Hye Park, Min-Kyung Kang, Yean-Jung Choi, Yun-Ho Kim, Lucia Dwi Antika, Dong Yeon Kim, Eun-Jung Lee, Soon Sung Lim, Young-Hee Kang
Macrophage apoptosis is salient in advanced atherosclerotic lesions and is induced by several stimuli including endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress. This study examined that α-asarone present in purple perilla abrogated macrophage injury caused by oxysterols via ER stress- and autophagy-mediated mechanisms. Nontoxic α-asarone at 1-20 μM attenuated 7β-hydroxycholesterol-induced activation of eukaryotic initiation factor 2α in macrophages leading to C/EBP homologous protein (CHOP) expression and apoptosis due to sustained ER stress...
January 9, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088409/genome-wide-association-analysis-and-pathways-enrichment-for-lactation-persistency-in-canadian-holstein-cattle
#18
D N Do, N Bissonnette, P Lacasse, F Miglior, M Sargolzaei, X Zhao, E M Ibeagha-Awemu
Lactation persistency (LP), defined as the rate of declining milk yield after milk peak, is an economically important trait for dairy cattle. Improving LP is considered a good alternative method for increasing overall milk production because it does not cause the negative energy balance and other health issues that cows experience during peak milk production. However, little is known about the biology of LP. A genome-wide association study (GWAS) and pathway enrichment were used to explore the genetic mechanisms underlying LP...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087765/synapsin-ii-regulation-of-gabaergic-synaptic-transmission-is-dependent-on-interneuron-subtype
#19
Pedro Feliciano, Heidi Matos, Rodrigo Andrade, Maria Bykhovskaia
: Synapsins are epilepsy susceptibility genes that encode phosphoproteins reversibly associated with synaptic vesicles. Synapsin II (SynII) gene deletion produces a deficit in inhibitory synaptic transmission, and this defect is thought to cause epileptic activity. We systematically investigated how SynII affects synchronous and asynchronous release components of inhibitory transmission in the CA1 region of the mouse hippocampus. We found that the asynchronous GABAergic release component is diminished in SynII deleted (SynII(-)) slices...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087411/aspirin-prevents-tnf-%C3%AE-induced-endothelial-cell-dysfunction-by-regulating-the-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-dependent-mir-155-enos-pathway-role-of-a-mir-155-enos-axis-in-preeclampsia
#20
Joohwan Kim, Kyu-Sun Lee, Ji-Hee Kim, Dong-Keon Lee, Minsik Park, Seunghwan Choi, Wonjin Park, Suji Kim, Yoon Kyoung Choi, Jong Yun Hwang, Jongseon Choe, Moo-Ho Won, Dooil Jeoung, Hansoo Lee, Sungwoo Ryoo, Kwon-Soo Ha, Young-Guen Kwon, Young-Myeong Kim
Preeclampsia is an inflammatory disease with endothelial cell dysfunction that occurs via decreased endothelial nitric oxide synthase/nitric oxide (eNOS/NO) activity. Aspirin reduces the incidence of hypertensive pregnancy complications. However, the underlying mechanism has not been clearly explained. Here, we found that tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α, microRNA (miR)-155, and eNOS levels as well as endothelial redox phenotype were differentially regulated in preeclamptic patients, implying the involvement of TNF-α- and redox signal-mediated miR-155 biogenesis and eNOS downregulation in the pathogenesis of preeclampsia...
January 10, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
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