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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820943/the-active-site-flexibility-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-isocitrate-lyase-in-dimer-form
#1
Yie-Vern Lee, Sybing Choi, Habibah Wahab, Yee Siew Choong
Tuberculosis (TB) still remains as global threat due to the emerging of drug resistant strain. Instead of focus on drug target of active stage TB, we are highlighting the isocitrate lyase (ICL) at the dormant stage TB. ICL is one of the persistent factors for Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) to survive during dormant phase. In addition, the absent of ICL in human has made ICL a potential drug target for TB therapy. However, the dynamics details of ICL which could give insights to the ICL-ligand interaction is yet to be solved...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820083/threonine-deficiency-decreased-intestinal-immunity-and-aggravated-inflammation-associated-with-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-and-target-of-rapamycin-signalling-pathways-in-juvenile-grass-carp-ctenopharyngodon-idella-after-infection-with-aeromonas-hydrophila
#2
Yu-Wen Dong, Wei-Dan Jiang, Yang Liu, Pei Wu, Jun Jiang, Sheng-Yao Kuang, Ling Tang, Wu-Neng Tang, Yong-An Zhang, Xiao-Qiu Zhou, Lin Feng
This study aimed to investigate the impacts of dietary threonine on intestinal immunity and inflammation in juvenile grass carp. Six iso-nitrogenous semi-purified diets containing graded levels of threonine (3·99-21·66 g threonine/kg) were formulated and fed to fishes for 8 weeks, and then challenged with Aeromonas hydrophila for 14 d. Results showed that, compared with optimum threonine supplementation, threonine deficiency (1) decreased the ability of fish against enteritis, intestinal lysozyme activities (except in the distal intestine), acid phosphatase activities, complement 3 (C3) and C4 contents and IgM contents (except in the proximal intestine (PI)), and it down-regulated the transcript abundances of liver-expressed antimicrobial peptide (LEAP)-2A, LEAP-2B, hepcidin, IgZ, IgM and β-defensin1 (except in the PI) (P<0·05); (2) could up-regulate intestinal pro-inflammatory cytokines TNF-α, IL-1β, IL-6, IL-8 and IL-17D mRNA levels partly related to NF-κB signalling; (3) could down-regulate intestinal anti-inflammatory cytokine transforming growth factor (TGF)-β1, TGF-β2, IL-4/13A (not IL-4/13B) and IL-10 mRNA levels partly by target of rapamycin signalling...
July 2017: British Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818227/impact-of-an-educational-program-on-the-quality-of-life-of%C3%A2-patients-with-lymphedema-a-preliminary-evaluation
#3
Sophie Blaise, Bernadette Satger, Gilles Pernod, Cécile Richaud, Béatrice Villemur, Patrick H Carpentier
OBJECTIVE: We report on the preliminary evaluation of a well-designed program, Living with Lymphedema. This longitudinal cohort study assessed patients' quality of life using questionnaires. Our main objective was to evaluate the satisfaction of the patients and their adherence to the program. This was done using a specific questionnaire of satisfaction as well as by noting patients' adherence to the program (number of patients attending all three consultations). The secondary objective was to assess the effect of the program on the patient's quality of life...
September 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery. Venous and Lymphatic Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818225/patient-centered-outcomes-of-a-dual-action-pneumatic-compression-device-in-comparison-to-compression-stockings-for-patients-with-chronic-venous-disease
#4
Fedor Lurie, Marc Schwartz
OBJECTIVE: The ACTitouch (AT) device (Tactile Medical, Minneapolis, Minn) represents a new generation of pneumatic compression devices by combining sustained compression with intermittent pneumatic compression. The sustained compression mode provides automatic pressure adjustment every 30 minutes, ensuring pressure consistency regardless of leg volume changes and environmental influences. Designed for mobile patients, this device has not been studied in comparison to standard compression stockings (CS)...
September 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery. Venous and Lymphatic Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816089/medusa-s-head-the-complement-system-in-traumatic-brain-and-spinal-cord-injury
#5
Francesco Roselli, Ebru Karasu, Clara Volpe, Markus Huber-Lang
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) and Spinal cord injury (SCI) are critical medical conditions and public health problem for which limited therapeutic options are available. Complement cascade is activated after TBI and SCI and the resulting effects have been investigated in gene-knockout and pharmacological models. Multiple experimental studies support a net detrimental role of C3 and C5 activation in the early stages of TBI and SCI. Less firm experimental evidence suggests that, downstream of C3/C5, effector mechanisms including the generation of MAC and direct damage to membranes and neutrophils infiltration may bring about the direct damage of CNS tissue and the enhancement of neuroinflammation...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815824/time-of-flight-secondary-ion-mass-spectrometry-tof-sims-using-a-new-primary-ion-beam-generated-by-vacuum-electrospray-of-a-protic-ionic-liquid-propylammonium-nitrate
#6
Yukio Fujiwara, Naoaki Saito
RATIONALE: Protic ionic liquids have the potential to be useful materials for primary ion beams in terms of protonation, since they have active protons. Selecting protic ionic liquids suitable for primary ion beams is of great importance to increase molecular secondary ion yields. Propylammonium nitrate ([C3 H7 NH3 ][NO3 ]) seems promising in view of its proton affinity. It is likely that [C3 H7 NH3 ](+) cations can act as proton donors, and [NO3 ](-) anions can work as proton acceptors...
August 16, 2017: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry: RCM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814730/quantification-of-lactate-from-various-metabolic-pathways-and-quantification-issues-of-lactate-isotopologues-and-isotopmers
#7
Wei Zhang, Cheng Guo, Kezhi Jiang, Minfeng Ying, Xun Hu
(13)C-labeled glucose combined with chromatography and mass spectrometry enables us to decipher the percentage of lactate generated from various metabolic pathways. We showed that lactate derived from glycolysis, pentose phosphate pathway, Krebs cycle, and other sources accounted for 82-90%, 6.0-11%, 0.67-1.8% and 1.5-7.9%, respectively, depending on different types of cells. When using glucose isotopomers ([1-(13)C]-, [3-(13)C]-, [4-(13)C]-, and [6-(13)C]glucose) or isotopologues ([1,2-(13)C2]- and [1,2,3-(13)C3]glucose) for tracing, the ratio of lactate derived from glucose carbon 1, 2, 3 over 4, 5, 6 via glycolysis varied significantly, ranging from 1...
August 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813532/nitrogen-and-carbon-isotopic-dynamics-of-subarctic-soils-and-plants-in-southern-yukon-territory-and-its-implications-for-paleoecological-and-paleodietary-studies
#8
Farnoush Tahmasebi, Fred J Longstaffe, Grant Zazula, Bruce Bennett
We examine here the carbon and nitrogen isotopic compositions of bulk soils (8 topsoil and 7 subsoils, including two soil profiles) and five different plant parts of 79 C3 plants from two main functional groups: herbs and shrubs/subshrubs, from 18 different locations in grasslands of southern Yukon Territory, Canada (eastern shoreline of Kluane Lake and Whitehorse area). The Kluane Lake region in particular has been identified previously as an analogue for Late Pleistocene eastern Beringia. All topsoils have higher average total nitrogen δ15N and organic carbon δ13C than plants from the same sites with a positive shift occurring with depth in two soil profiles analyzed...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811496/genome-wide-expression-differences-in-anti-vegf-and-dexamethasone-treatment-of-inflammatory-angiogenesis-in-the-rat-cornea
#9
Pierfrancesco Mirabelli, Anthony Mukwaya, Anton Lennikov, Maria Xeroudaki, Beatrice Peebo, Mira Schaupper, Neil Lagali
Angiogenesis as a pathological process in the eye can lead to blindness. In the cornea, suppression of angiogenesis by anti-VEGF treatment is only partially effective while steroids, although effective in treating inflammation and angiogenesis, have broad activity leading to undesirable side effects. In this study, genome-wide expression was investigated in a suture-induced corneal neovascularization model in rats, to investigate factors differentially targeted by dexamethasone and anti-Vegf. Topical treatment with either rat-specific anti-Vegf, dexamethasone, or normal goat IgG (sham) was given to sutured corneas for 48 hours, after which in vivo imaging, tissue processing for RNA microarray, and immunofluorescence were performed...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811142/anatomical-analysis-of-human-ligamentum-flavum-in-the-cervical-spine-special-consideration-to-the-attachments-coverage-and-lateral-extent
#10
Mohammad Suhrab Rahmani, Hidetomi Terai, Javid Akhgar, Akinobu Suzuki, Hiromitsu Toyoda, Masatoshi Hoshino, Koji Tamai, Sayed Abdullah Ahmadi, Kazunori Hayashi, Shinji Takahashi, Hiroaki Nakamura
BACKGROUND: Posterior decompression surgeries of cervical spine such as laminoplasty and laminoforaminotomy are well established and increasing in aging population. The anatomical knowledge of cervical ligamentum flavum (LF) is critical to perform posterior spinal surgeries, however, few studies have evaluated it, especially the relation of LF and neural foramen. METHODS: The whole spine was removed en bloc from 15 formalin-embalmed human cadavers and then divided into two segments along the pedicle bases...
August 12, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Science: Official Journal of the Japanese Orthopaedic Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810788/direct-measurement-of-site-specific-rates-of-reactions-of-h-with-c3h8-i-c4h10-and-n-c4h10
#11
Chia-Chieh Lin, Wei-Yu Chen, Hiroyuki Matsui, Niann-Shiah Wang
We measured the rates of abstraction of a hydrogen atom from specific sites in propane C3H8, 2-methyl propane (i-C4H10), and butane (n-C4H10); the sites are a primary hydrogen of C3H8 and i-C4H10 and a secondary hydrogen of n-C4H10. The excellent reproducibility of conditions of a diaphragm-less shock tube enabled us to conduct comparative measurements of the evolution of H atoms in three mixtures-(i) 0.5 ppm C2H5I + Ar, (ii) 0.5 ppm C2H5I + 50-100 ppm alkane as C3H8 or i-C4H10 or n-C4H10 + Ar, and (iii) the same concentrations of alkane + Ar without C2H5I-in the temperature range 1000-1200 K and at a pressure of 2...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809506/stereospecific-palladium-catalyzed-c-h-arylation-of-pyroglutamic-acid-derivatives-at-the-c3-position-enabled-by-8-aminoquinoline-as-a-directing-group
#12
Oscar Verho, Micah Maetani, Bruno Melillo, Jochen Zoller, Stuart L Schreiber
An efficient and stereospecific Pd-catalyzed protocol for the C-H arylation of pyroglutamic acid derivatives that uses 8-aminoquinoline as a directing group is described. The reaction was shown to proceed efficiently with a variety of aryl and heteroaryl iodides bearing different functional groups, giving C3-arylated cis products in good to high yields. Removal of the 8-aminoquinoline unit from these C-H arylation products enables access to synthetically useful cis and trans pyroglutamic acid-based building blocks...
August 15, 2017: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808775/how-novel-structures-inform-understanding-of-complement-function
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REVIEW
Elena Goicoechea de Jorge, Hugo Yebenes, Marina Serna, Agustín Tortajada, Oscar Llorca, Santiago Rodríguez de Córdoba
During the last decade, the complement field has experienced outstanding advancements in the mechanistic understanding of how complement activators are recognized, what C3 activation means, how protein complexes like the C3 convertases and the membrane attack complex are assembled, and how positive and negative complement regulators perform their function. All of this has been made possible mostly because of the contributions of structural biology to the study of the complement components. The wealth of novel structural data has frequently provided support to previously held knowledge, but often has added alternative and unexpected insights into complement function...
August 14, 2017: Seminars in Immunopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808109/slow-induction-of-photosynthesis-on-shade-to-sun-transitions-in-wheat-may-cost-at-least-21-of-productivity
#14
Samuel H Taylor, Stephen P Long
Wheat is the second most important direct source of food calories in the world. After considerable improvement during the Green Revolution, increase in genetic yield potential appears to have stalled. Improvement of photosynthetic efficiency now appears a major opportunity in addressing the sustainable yield increases needed to meet future food demand. Effort, however, has focused on increasing efficiency under steady-state conditions. In the field, the light environment at the level of individual leaves is constantly changing...
September 26, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808102/recruitment-of-pre-existing-networks-during-the-evolution-of-c4-photosynthesis
#15
REVIEW
Ivan Reyna-Llorens, Julian M Hibberd
During C4 photosynthesis, CO2 is concentrated around the enzyme RuBisCO. The net effect is to reduce photorespiration while increasing water and nitrogen use efficiencies. Species that use C4 photosynthesis have evolved independently from their C3 ancestors on more than 60 occasions. Along with mimicry and the camera-like eye, the C4 pathway therefore represents a remarkable example of the repeated evolution of a highly complex trait. In this review, we provide evidence that the polyphyletic evolution of C4 photosynthesis is built upon pre-existing metabolic and genetic networks...
September 26, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807649/effects-of-dietary-tenebrio-molitor-meal-on-the-growth-performance-immune-response-and-disease-resistance-of-yellow-catfish-pelteobagrus-fulvidraco
#16
Jingzhi Su, Yulong Gong, Shenping Cao, Fei Lu, Dong Han, Haokun Liu, Junyan Jin, Yunxia Yang, Xiaoming Zhu, Shouqi Xie
This study evaluated the influence of diets containing mealworm (Tenebrio molitor) meal in partial substitution of fishmeal on growth performance and immune responses of juvenile yellow catfish (Pelteobagrus fulvidraco). Four diets were formulated to contain 0 (the control diet), 9, 18 and 27 g mealworm meal per 100 g diet with 0%, 25%, 50% and 75% of fishmeal replacement, respectively. Yellow catfish were randomly divided into 4 groups with 3 replicates in each group. The fish in each group were fed with one of the four experimental diets for 5 weeks...
August 11, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806527/a-2d-substitutional-solid-solution-through-hydrogen-bonding-of-molecular-building-blocks
#17
Jennifer M Macleod, Josh Lipton-Duffin, Chaoying Fu, Tyler Taerum, Dmitrii F Perepichka, Federico Rosei
Two-dimensional (2D) molecular self-assembly allows for the formation of well-defined supramolecular layers with tailored geometrical, compositional and chemical properties. To date, random intermixing and entropic effects in these systems have largely been associated with crystalline disorder and glassy phases. Here we describe a 2D crystalline self-assembled molecular system that exhibits random incorporation of substitutional molecules. The lattice is formed from a mixture of trimesic acid (TMA) and terthienobenzenetricarboxylic acid (TTBTA), C3-symmetric hydrogen-bonding units of very different sizes (0...
August 14, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806402/multi-functional-mechanisms-of-immune-evasion-by-the-streptococcal-complement-inhibitor-c5a-peptidase
#18
Nicola N Lynskey, Mark Reglinski, Damien Calay, Matthew K Siggins, Justin C Mason, Marina Botto, Shiranee Sriskandan
The complement cascade is crucial for clearance and control of invading pathogens, and as such is a key target for pathogen mediated host modulation. C3 is the central molecule of the complement cascade, and plays a vital role in opsonization of bacteria and recruitment of neutrophils to the site of infection. Streptococcal species have evolved multiple mechanisms to disrupt complement-mediated innate immunity, among which ScpA (C5a peptidase), a C5a inactivating enzyme, is widely conserved. Here we demonstrate for the first time that pyogenic streptococcal species are capable of cleaving C3, and identify C3 and C3a as novel substrates for the streptococcal ScpA, which are functionally inactivated as a result of cleavage 7 amino acids upstream of the natural C3 convertase...
August 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805355/sensing-mg-2-contributes-to-the-resistance-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-to-complement-mediated-opsonophagocytosis
#19
Mohammad Qadi, Sofía Izquierdo-Rabassa, Margalida Mateu Borrás, Antonio Doménech-Sánchez, Carlos Juan, Joanna B Goldberg, Robert E W Hancock, Sebastián Albertí
Pseudomonas aeruginosa adaptation to survive in the host hinges on its ability to probe the environment and respond appropriately. Rapid adaptation is often mediated by two-component regulatory systems, such as the PhoP/PhoQ system that responds to Mg(2+) ion concentration. However, there is limited information about the role of PhoQ in P. aeruginosa bloodstream infections. We used a murine model of systemic infection to test the virulence of a PhoQ-deficient mutant. Mutation of PhoQ impaired the virulence and the ability to cause bacteremia of P...
August 14, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803590/differential-protein-analysis-of-serum-exosomes-post-intravenous-immunoglobulin-therapy-in-patients-with-kawasaki-disease
#20
Li Zhang, Qi-Fang Song, Jing-Jie Jin, Ping Huang, Zhou-Ping Wang, Xiao-Fei Xie, Xiao-Qiong Gu, Xue-Juan Gao, Hong-Ling Jia
BACKGROUND: Kawasaki disease, which is characterised by systemic vasculitides accompanied by acute fever, is regularly treated by intravenous immunoglobulin to avoid lesion formation in the coronary artery; however, the mechanism of intravenous immunoglobulin therapy is unclear. Hence, we aimed to analyse the global expression profile of serum exosomal proteins before and after administering intravenous immunoglobulin. METHODS: Two-dimensional electrophoresis coupled with mass spectrometry analysis was used to identify the differentially expressed proteome of serum exosomes in patients with Kawasaki disease before and after intravenous immunoglobulin therapy...
August 14, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
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