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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108671/tenacious-d-symbiodinium-in-clade-d-remain-in-reef-corals-at-both-high-and-low-temperature-extremes-despite-impairment
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Rachel N Silverstein, Ross Cunning, Andrew C Baker
Reef corals are sensitive to thermal stress, which induces coral bleaching (the loss of algal symbionts), often leading to coral mortality. However, corals hosting certain symbionts (notably Symbiodinium in clade D) resist bleaching when exposed to high temperatures. To determine if these symbionts are also cold tolerant, we exposed corals hosting either Symbiodinium C3 or D1a to incremental warming (+1°C week(-1) to 35°C) and cooling (-1°C week(-1) to 15°C), and measured photodamage and symbiont loss. During warming to 33°C, C3-corals were photodamaged and lost >99% of symbionts, while D1a-corals experienced photodamage but did not bleach...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107529/complement-activation-and-stat4-expression-are-associated-with-early-inflammation-in-diabetic-wounds
#2
Kenji M Cunnion, Neel K Krishna, Haree K Pallera, Angela Pineros-Fernandez, Magdielis Gregory Rivera, Pamela S Hair, Brittany P Lassiter, Ryan Huyck, Mary A Clements, Antoinette F Hood, George T Rodeheaver, Patrick S Cottler, Jerry L Nadler, Anca D Dobrian
: Diabetic non-healing wounds are a major clinical problem. The mechanisms leading to poor wound healing in diabetes are multifactorial but unresolved inflammation may be a major contributing factor. The complement system (CS) is the most potent inflammatory cascade in humans and contributes to poor wound healing in animal models. Signal transducer and activator of transcription 4 (STAT4) is a transcription factor expressed in immune and adipose cells and contributes to upregulation of some inflammatory chemokines and cytokines...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106208/studies-on-cyclization-reactions-of-3-amino-2-4-dihydroxybutanoic-acid-derivatives
#3
Mathieu Esgulian, Vincent Belot, Régis Guillot, Sandrine Deloisy, David J Aitken
A number of cyclic derivatives of 3-amino-2,4-dihydroxybutanoic acid are known in the literature but they are often prepared from other cyclic precursors. This study showed that the title compound too may serve as a convenient substrate for cyclization reactions. Using orthogonally-protected linear derivatives, regioselective cyclizations were performed, leading to original and highly-functionalized γ-lactones, oxazolidinones, oxazolines and aziridines. In these reactions a key role was played by the C3 nitrogen group function, while the C2 alcohol function showed no propensity for participation in cyclization reactions...
January 20, 2017: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105808/evolution-of-the-structural-and-electronic-properties-of-medium-sized-sodium-clusters-a-honeycomb-like-na20-cluster
#4
Wei Guo Sun, Jing Jing Wang, Cheng Lu, Xin Xin Xia, Xiao Yu Kuang, Andreas Hermann
Sodium is one of the best examples of a free-electron-like metal and of a certain technological interest. However, an unambiguous determination of the structural evolution of sodium clusters is challenging. Here, we performed an unbiased structure search among neutral and anionic sodium clusters in the medium size range of 10-25 atoms, using the Crystal structure AnaLYsis by Particle Swarm Optimization (CALYPSO) method. Geometries are determined by CALYPSO structure searches, followed by reoptimization of a large number of candidate structures...
January 20, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105715/gigantopithecus-blacki-a-giant-ape-from-the-pleistocene-of-asia-revisited
#5
Yingqi Zhang, Terry Harrison
Gigantopithecus blacki is the largest hominoid that ever lived. The consensus view is that it is a specialized pongine and late-surviving member of the Sivapithecus-Indopithecus lineage. It is known primarily from Early and Middle Pleistocene cave sites in southern China, dating from 2.0 Ma to almost 300 ka. The cause of its extinction in the late Middle Pleistocene is unknown, but ecological change or the arrival of Homo erectus may have been contributing factors. Gigantopithecus is highly specialized in its dentognathic anatomy, with a unique combination of features that distinguish it from all other hominoids...
January 2017: American Journal of Physical Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105476/remarkable-solvent-isotope-dependence-on-gelation-strength-in-low-molecular-weight-hydro-gelators
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Tjalling R Canrinus, Florian J R Cerpentier, Ben L Feringa, Wesley R Browne
A delicate interplay of anisotropic hydrophobic/hydrophilic, π-π stacking, ionic and hydrogen bond interactions determine the strength of hydrogelators and are considered key factors in efforts to design potent small molecule hydrogelators. Here we show that solvent deuteration and electrolytic strength affect the strength of hydrogels formed from amino acid modified C3-symmetric cyclohexane trisamides profoundly. Gels formed by self-assembly through heating/cooling of solutions or by pH switching show up to a 30 °C increase in their melting temperatures in D2O compared to H2O...
January 20, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104543/a-review-of-human-diseases-caused-or-exacerbated-by-aberrant-complement-activation
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Patrick L McGeer, Moonhee Lee, Edith G McGeer
Complement is the backbone of our innate immune system. It is of ancient evolutionary origin, being traced back to horseshoe crabs 350 million years ago. It consists today of more than 25 proteins which must work together like clockwork to distinguish friend from foe. Self-attack by the complement system can occur whenever it fails to do so. This failure has been reported to occur in an estimated 22 human diseases. A significant number of these are chronic degenerative neurological disorders. In some, there is overwhelming evidence that complement self-attack causes the disease...
December 27, 2016: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104444/rhoa-rock-pathway-mediates-leptin-induced-upa-expression-to-promote-cell-invasion-in-ovarian-cancer-cells
#8
Ahmad Ghasemi, Seyed Isaac Hashemy, Mahmoud Aghaei, Mojtaba Panjehpour
Previous studies have shown that leptin, an adipocyte-secreted hormone, stimulates ovarian cancer invasion. Here, we investigated the contribution of uPA in leptin-induced ovarian cancer cell invasion. The cell invasion and migration experiments were carried out using matrigel invasion and wound healing assays in ovarian cancer cell lines (OVCAR3, SKOV3and CaoV-3). The mechanism underlying the invasive effect of leptin was examined using cell transfection with Ob-Rb siRNA, pre-treatment with a specific inhibitor of RhoA and ROCK, RhoA activation assay, OB-Rb, Rock and upA protein expression...
January 16, 2017: Cellular Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103241/contextual-refinement-of-regulatory-targets-reveals-effects-on-breast-cancer-prognosis-of-the-regulome
#9
Erik Andrews, Yue Wang, Tian Xia, Wenqing Cheng, Chao Cheng
Gene expression regulators, such as transcription factors (TFs) and microRNAs (miRNAs), have varying regulatory targets based on the tissue and physiological state (context) within which they are expressed. While the emergence of regulator-characterizing experiments has inferred the target genes of many regulators across many contexts, methods for transferring regulator target genes across contexts are lacking. Further, regulator target gene lists frequently are not curated or have permissive inclusion criteria, impairing their use...
January 19, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102671/structural-analysis-of-glycosylated-intact-hiv-1-gp120-b12-antibody-complex-using-hydroxyl-radical-protein-footprinting
#10
Xiaoyan Li, Oliver C Grant, Keigo Ito, Aaron Wallace, Shixia Wang, Peng Zhao, Lance Wells, Shan Lu, Robert J Woods, Joshua S Sharp
Glycoprotein gp120 is a surface antigen and virulence factor of the human immunodeficiency virus-1 (HIV-1). Broadly neutralizing antibodies (bNAbs) that are reactive to gp120 from a variety of HIV isolates offer hope for the development of broadly effective immunogens for vaccination purposes, if the interactions between gp120 and bNAbs can be understood. From a structural perspective, gp120 is a particularly difficult system due to its size, the presence of multiple flexible regions, and the large amount of glycosylation, all of which are important in gp120-bNAb interactions...
January 19, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102168/brachial-plexus-root-avulsion-injury-with-occipital-condyle-fractures-case-study
#11
Alicja Baranowska, Joanna Baranowska, Agata Pydych, Paweł Baranowski
Avulsion injuries of the brachial plexus with occipital condyle fractures are very rare and usually result from motor vehicle accidents. This paper presents an analysis of the case of a 24-year-old male patient who sustained both these injuries in a car accident. Computed tomography revealed a fracture of the right occipital condyle and a magnetic resonance scan showed spinal nerve disruption at the C3-C7 level on the left. The patient underwent conservative treatment.
August 30, 2016: Ortopedia, Traumatologia, Rehabilitacja
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100419/redox-dysregulation-immuno-inflammatory-alterations-and-genetic-variants-of-bdnf-and-mmp-9-in-schizophrenia-pathophysiological-and-phenotypic-implications
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Fahmy T Ali, Eman M Abd El-Azeem, Marwa A Hamed, Mohamed A M Ali, Nour M Abd Al-Kader, Ekrami A Hassan
BACKGROUND: Although a clear mechanism underlying the pathophysiology of schizophrenia (SZ) remains elusive, oxidative stress, inflammatory syndrome and immune activation have become an attractive hypothesis for explaining the pathophysiology of SZ. Data from prior studies on the role of matrix metalloproteinase 9 (MMP-9) and brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in SZ are contradictory. We aimed to investigate whether oxidative stress, inflammatory and immune activation markers as well as MMP-9 levels may be implicated in SZ pathogenesis...
January 15, 2017: Schizophrenia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099805/the-importance-of-cannizzaro-type-reactions-during-electrocatalytic-reduction-of-carbon-dioxide
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Yuvraj Y Birdja, Marc T M Koper
A seemingly catalytic inactive electrode as boron doped diamond is found to be active for CO2 and CO reduction to formaldehyde and even methane. At very cathodic potentials formic acid and methanol are formed as well. However, these products are the result of base-catalyzed Cannizzaro-type disproportionation reactions. A local alkaline environment near the electrode surface, caused by the hydrogen evolution reaction, initiates aldehyde disproportionation promoted by hydroxide ions, which leads to the formation of the corresponding carboxylic acid and alcohol...
January 18, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099777/positive-selection-on-sperm-ion-channels-in-a-brooding-brittle-star-consequence-of-life-history-traits-evolution
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A A-T Weber, L Abi-Rached, N Galtier, A Bernard, J I Montoya-Burgos, A Chenuil
Closely related species are key models to investigate mechanisms leading to reproductive isolation and early stages of diversification, also at the genomic level. The brittle star cryptic species complex Ophioderma longicauda encompasses the sympatric broadcast spawning species C3 and the internal brooding species C5. Here we used de novo transcriptome sequencing and assembly in two closely related species displaying contrasting reproductive modes to compare their genetic diversity and to investigate the role of natural selection in reproductive isolation...
January 18, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098952/solving-the-puzzle-of-one-carbon-loss-in-ripostatin-biosynthesis
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Chengzhang Fu, David Auerbach, Yanyan Li, Ullrich Scheid, Eva Luxenburger, Ronald Garcia, Herbert Irschik, Rolf Müller
Ripostatin is a promising antibiotic that inhibits RNA polymerase by binding to a novel binding site. In this study, the characterization of the biosynthetic gene cluster of ripostatin, which is a peculiar polyketide synthase (PKS) hybrid cluster encoding cis- and trans-acyltransferase PKS genes, is reported. Moreover, an unprecedented mechanism for phenyl acetic acid formation and loading as a starter unit was discovered. This phenyl-C2 unit is derived from phenylpyruvate (phenyl-C3) and the mechanism described herein explains the mysterious loss of one carbon atom in ripostatin biosynthesis from the phenyl-C3 precursor...
January 18, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098102/evaluation-of-renal-lesions-and-clinicopathologic-correlation-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Periyasamy Muthukumar, Jeyachandran Dhanapriya, Natarajan Gopalakrishnan, Thanigachalam Dineshkumar, Ramanathan Sakthirajan, T Balasubramaniyan
The most common causes of renal disease in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are glomerulonephritis (GN), amyloidosis, tubulo-interstitial nephritis, and drug toxicity. Our aim was to evaluate the clinicopathologic correlation of renal lesions and to assess the course and prognosis of renal disease in patients with RA. We conducted a prospective observational study in all adult patients with RA between July 2010 and June 2015. The total number of patients studied was 90, with a female:male ratio of 2.3:1. Mean follow-up duration was 30 ± 6...
January 2017: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096309/anti-factor-b-and-anti-c3b-autoantibodies-in-c3-glomerulopathy-and-ig-associated-membranoproliferative-gn
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Maria Chiara Marinozzi, Lubka T Roumenina, Sophie Chauvet, Alexandre Hertig, Dominique Bertrand, Jérome Olagne, Marie Frimat, Tim Ulinski, Georges Deschênes, Stephane Burtey, Michel Delahousse, Bruno Moulin, Christophe Legendre, Véronique Frémeaux-Bacchi, Moglie Le Quintrec
In C3 glomerulopathy (C3G), the alternative pathway of complement is frequently overactivated by autoantibodies that stabilize the C3 convertase C3bBb. Anti-C3b and anti-factor B (anti-FB) IgG have been reported in three patients with C3G. We screened a cohort of 141 patients with C3G and Ig-associated membranoproliferative GN (Ig-MPGN) for anti-FB and anti-C3b autoantibodies using ELISA. We identified seven patients with anti-FB IgG, three patients with anti-C3b IgG, and five patients with anti-FB and anti-C3b IgG...
January 17, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095095/joint-association-of-complement-component-3-and-cc-cytokine-ligand2-ccl2-or-complement-component-3-and-cfh-polymorphisms-in-age-related-macular-degeneration
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Mortaza Bonyadi, Mohammad Hossein Jabbarpoor Bonyadi, Mehdi Yaseri, Tahereh Mohammadian, Nikou Fotouhi, Alireza Javadzadeh, Masoud Soheilian
BACKGROUND: To determine the joint effect of complement component 3(C3 R102G) with CC-cytokine ligand2 (CCL2-2518) or complement factor H (CFH) Y402H polymorphisms on advanced age-related macular degeneration (AMD). METHODS: In this case-control study, 233 patients with advanced AMD and 159 unrelated healthy controls enrolled for evaluation. Selected polymorphisms were determined by polymerase chain reaction and restriction fragment length polymorphism. RESULTS: A combination of AA CCL2 (rs1024611) and GG C3 (R102G) genotypes resulted in a super-additivity of the risks: OR = 10...
January 17, 2017: Ophthalmic Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094964/palladium-ii-catalyzed-intramolecular-oxidative-c-h-c-h-cross-coupling-reaction-of-c3-n-linked-biheterocycles-rapid-access-to-polycyclic-nitrogen-heterocycles
#19
Serena Mantenuto, Cecilia Ciccolini, Simone Lucarini, Giovanni Piersanti, Gianfranco Favi, Fabio Mantellini
A Pd(II)-catalyzed intramolecular oxidative C-H/C-H cross-coupling has been developed for the direct construction of valuable polycyclic heteroarene scaffolds. From a retrosynthetic point of view, the strategic formation of a C-C bond via C(sp(2))-H/C(sp(2))-H dehydrogenative coupling across C3,N-linked biheterocyclic precursors may be useful in de novo syntheses of indole-derived natural products and pharmaceuticals. The reaction exhibited good functional group/heterocycle tolerance, and a proposed mechanism involving an azoylpalladium complex is also supported...
January 17, 2017: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094460/n-heterocyclic-carbene-catalyzed-intramolecular-nucleophilic-substitution-reaction-enantioselective-construction-of-all-carbon-quaternary-stereocenters
#20
Ming Zhao, Jie Chen, Hui Yang, Ling Zhou
An efficient enantioselective N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) catalyzed intramolecular SN2' nucleophilic substitution reaction of aldehyde with (E/Z)-trisubstituted allylic bromides has been accomplished. A range of enantioenriched chromanones bearing an all-carbon quaternary stereocenter at the C3 position were prepared with up to 97% yield and 98% ee. The resulting vinyl and carbonyl groups in these products can be transformed to a variety of synthetically important building blocks.
January 17, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
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