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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214364/in-situ-analysis-of-bacillus-licheniformis-biofilms-amyloid-like-polymers-and-edna-are-involved-in-the-adherence-and-aggregation-of-the-extracellular-matrix
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I Randrianjatovo-Gbalou, P Rouquette, D Lefebvre, E Girbal-Neuhauser, C-E Marcato-Romain
AIMS: This study attempts to determine which exopolymeric substances are involved in the adherence and aggregation of a Bacillus licheniformis biofilm. METHODS AND RESULTS: The involvement of extracellular proteins and eDNA were particularly investigated using DNase and proteinase K treatment. The permeability of the biofilms increased 5-fold after DNase I-treatment. Quantification of the matrix components showed that, whatever the enzyme tested, some eDNA and amyloid-like polymers were removed simultaneously...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213560/identification-of-putative-substrates-of-sec2-a-chloroplast-inner-envelope-translocase
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Yubing Li, Jonathan R Martin, Giovanni A Aldama, Donna E Fernandez, Kenneth Cline
Most chloroplast proteins are synthesized in the cytosol and imported into chloroplasts. Many imported proteins are further targeted to the thylakoid membrane and lumen by the SEC1, TAT or SRP/ALB3 translocases. Others are targeted to the inner chloroplast envelope membrane by un-described translocase(s). Recently, a second SEC system (SEC2) consisting of SCY2, SECE2, and SECA2 was found in the chloroplast envelope. Null mutants of SCY2 in Arabidopsis exhibit a severe embryo lethal phenotype. To investigate the function of SEC2 system in plants, we used inducible RNAi to knockdown SCY2 in Arabidopsis...
February 17, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213191/microneurosurgical-management-of-posterior-communicating-artery-aneurysm-a-contemporary-series-from-helsinki
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Peeraphong Thiarawat, Behnam Rezai Jahromi, Danil A Kozyrev, Patcharin Intarakhao, Mario K Teo, Joham Choque-Velasquez, Juha Hernesniemi
OBJECTIVE: Our purposes are to analyze microsurgical techniques and to determine correlations between microsurgical techniques with the radiographic findings in the microneurosurgical treatment of the posterior communicating artery aneurysms (PCoAAs). METHODS: The authors retrospectively analyzed radiographic findings and videos of surgery in 64 patients with PCoAAs who underwent microsurgical clipping by the senior author from August 2010-2014. RESULTS: From 64 aneurysms, 30 (47%) had SAH that necessitated the lamina terminalis fenestration (odds ratio [OR], 67...
February 14, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212986/correlating-the-effects-of-antimicrobial-preservatives-on-conformational-stability-aggregation-propensity-and-backbone-flexibility-of-an-igg1-monoclonal-antibody
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Jayant Arora, Sangeeta B Joshi, C Russell Middaugh, David D Weis, David B Volkin
Multi-dose formulations of biotherapeutics, which offer better dosage management and reduced production costs, require the addition of antimicrobial preservatives (APs). APs have been shown, however, to decrease protein stability in solution and cause protein aggregation. In this report, the effect of four APs, m-cresol, phenol, phenoxyethanol and benzyl alcohol, on conformational stability, aggregation propensity and backbone flexibility of an IgG1 monoclonal antibody, mAb-4, is investigated. Compared to no preservative control, each of the APs decreased the conformational stability of mAb-4 as measured by DSC and extrinsic fluorescence spectroscopy...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211116/ac-dielectrophoretic-manipulation-and-electroporation-of-vaccinia-virus-using-carbon-nanoelectrode-arrays
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Foram Ranjeet Madiyar, Sherry Basset, Omer Farooq, Stefan Rothenburg, Christopher Culbertson, Jun Li
This paper reports the capture and detection of vaccinia virus particles based on AC dielectrophoresis (DEP) and electrochemical impedance measurements employing an embedded vertically aligned carbon nanofiber (VACNF) nanoelectrode array (NEA) versus a macroscopic indium-tin-oxide (ITO) transparent electrode in a "points-and-lid" configuration. The nano-DEP device was fabricated by bonding two SU-8 covered electrodes patterned using photolithography. The bottom electrode contains a 200 × 200 μm(2) active region on a randomly distributed NEA and the top electrode contains a microfluidic channel in SU-8 spin-coated on ITO to guide the flow of the virus solution...
February 17, 2017: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210042/the-effects-of-new-taping-methods-designed-to-increase-muscle-strength
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Tsutomu Fukui, Yuko Otake, Takashi Kondo
[Purpose] Although there are several studies on the use of elastic tape to influence muscle strength, results are contradictory and controversial. Our previous studies based on the sliding mechanism between superficial fascia and subcutaneous tissue may help the muscle strength. The purpose of this study was to confirm the effects of new taping methods on muscle strength. [Subjects and Methods] Sixteen healthy male participants took part in this study. Tape was applied on the right gluteus maximus and hip extension strength was determined by an isokinetic evaluation (30°/sec, concentric mode, four conditions)...
January 2017: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210031/effects-of-exercise-therapy-during-dialysis-for-elderly-patients-undergoing-maintenance-dialysis
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Yusuke Chigira, Takahiro Oda, Masataka Izumi, Tukasa Yoshimura
[Purpose] Exercise therapy during dialysis is currently being recommended since it is easy for patients to follow and results in high participation rates. In this study, this therapy was performed for elderly patients undergoing maintenance dialysis, and its effects were examined. [Subjects and Methods] Seven elderly patients (age: 70.6 ± 4.4) with chronic renal failure, who were able to perform exercises during maintenance dialysis, received the exercise therapy 2 or 3 times weekly for 3 months. Lower-limb muscle strength as well as the standardized dialysis dose (Kt/V) was measured before and after intervention...
January 2017: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209728/evaluation-of-cell-therapy-on-exercise-performance-and-limb-perfusion-in-peripheral-artery-disease-the-cctrn-patients-with-intermittent-claudication-injected-with-aldh-bright-cells-pace-trial
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Emerson C Perin, Michael P Murphy, Keith L March, Roberto Bolli, John Loughran, Phillip C Yang, Nicholas J Leeper, Ronald L Dalman, Jason Q Alexander, Timothy D Henry, Jay H Traverse, Carl J Pepine, R David Anderson, Scott Berceli, James T Willerson, Raja Muthupillai, Amir A Gahremanpour, Ganesh Raveendran, Omaida C Velazquez, Joshua M Hare, Ivonne H Schulman, Vijaykumar S Kasi, William R Hiatt, Bharath Ambale-Venkatesh, João A Lima, Doris A Taylor, Micheline M Resende, Adrian P Gee, April G Durett, Jeannette Bloom, Sara Richman, Patricia G'Sell, Shari Williams, Fouzia Khan, Elsie G Ross, Michelle R Santoso, JoAnne Goldman, Dana Leach, Eileen Handberg, Benjamin Y C Cheong, Nichole A Piece, Darcy DiFede, Barb Bruhn-Ding, Emily Caldwell, Judy Bettencourt, Dejian Lai, Linda B Piller, Lara M Simpson, Michelle Cohen, Shelly L Sayre, Rachel W Vojvodic, Lem Moyé, Ray F Ebert, Robert D Simari, Alan T Hirsch
Background -Atherosclerotic peripheral artery disease (PAD) affects 8-12% of Americans over 65 and is associated with a major decline in functional status, increased myocardial infarction and stroke rates, and increased risk of ischemic amputation. Current treatment strategies for claudication have limitations. PACE is an NHLBI-sponsored, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled phase 2, exploratory clinical trial designed to assess safety and efficacy of autologous bone marrow-derived aldehyde dehydrogenase bright (ALDHbr) cells in PAD patients and to explore associated claudication physiologic mechanisms...
February 16, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208245/preparation-of-yellow-green-emissive-carbon-dots-and-their-application-in-constructing-a-fluorescent-turn-on-nanoprobe-for-imaging-of-selenol-in-living-cells
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Qin Wang, Shengrui Zhang, Yaogang Zhong, Xiao-Feng Yang, Zheng Li, Hua Li
Selenocysteine (Sec) carries out the majority of the functions of the various Se-containing species in vivo. Thus, it is of great importance to develop sensitive and selective assays to detect Sec. Herein, a carbon-dot-based fluorescent turn-on probe for highly selective detection of selenol in living cells is presented. The highly photoluminescent carbon dots that emit yellow-green fluorescence (Y-G-CDs; λmax = 520 nm in water) were prepared by using m-aminophenol as carbon precursor through a facile solvothermal method...
February 7, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207839/plasma-fibrin-d-dimer-and-the-risk-of-left-atrial-thrombus-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Huaibin Wan, Shuang Wu, Yanmin Yang, Jun Zhu, Aidong Zhang, Yan Liang
BACKGROUND: Plasma fibrin d-dimer has been taken as a marker for thrombus. The aim of this study was to evaluate the relationship between d-dimer (DD) levels and left atrial spontaneous echo contrast (SEC)/left atrial thrombus (LAT). METHODS: We identified clinical studies by systematic search of MEDLINE and EMBASE databases up to Feb 2016. All observational studies that considered DD as a study factor and trans-esophageal echocardiography (TEE) identified SEC/LAT as an outcome were included...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207770/embarras-de-richesses-it-is-not-good-to-be-too-anomalous-accurate-structure-of-selenourea-a-chiral-crystal-of-planar-molecules
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Zhipu Luo, Zbigniew Dauter
Selenourea, SeC(NH2)2, recently found an application as a derivatization reagent providing a significant anomalous diffraction signal used for phasing macromolecular crystal structures. The crystal structure of selenourea itself was solved about 50 years ago, from data recorded on films and evaluated by eye and refined to R = 0.15 with errors of bond lengths and angles about 0.1 Å and 6°. In the current work this structure is re-evaluated on the basis of synchrotron data and refined to R1 = 0.021 with bond and angle errors about 0...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207756/structural-changes-on-a-molecular-basis-of-canola-meal-by-conditioning-temperature-and-time-during-pelleting-process-in-relation-to-physiochemical-energy-and-protein-properties-relevant-to-ruminants
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Xuewei Huang, Huihua Zhang, Peiqiang Yu
The objectives of this study were: (1) To investigate the effects of conditioning temperature (70, 80, 90°C), time (30, 60 sec), and interaction (temperature × time) during the pelleting process on internal protein molecular structure changes of the co-products; (2) To identify differences in protein molecular structures among pellets that were processed under different conditions, and between unprocessed mash and pellets; 3) To quantify protein molecular structure changes in relation to predicted energy and protein utilization in dairy cows...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202715/updating-of-aversive-memories-after-temporal-error-detection-is-differentially-modulated-by-mtor-across-development
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Lucille Tallot, Lorenzo Diaz-Mataix, Rosemarie E Perry, Kira Wood, Joseph E LeDoux, Anne-Marie Mouly, Regina M Sullivan, Valérie Doyère
The updating of a memory is triggered whenever it is reactivated and a mismatch from what is expected (i.e., prediction error) is detected, a process that can be unraveled through the memory's sensitivity to protein synthesis inhibitors (i.e., reconsolidation). As noted in previous studies, in Pavlovian threat/aversive conditioning in adult rats, prediction error detection and its associated protein synthesis-dependent reconsolidation can be triggered by reactivating the memory with the conditioned stimulus (CS), but without the unconditioned stimulus (US), or by presenting a CS-US pairing with a different CS-US interval than during the initial learning...
March 2017: Learning & Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28201962/preparation-and-optimization-of-fast-dissolving-film-of-naratriptan-hydrochloride
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Krishna D Koradia, Pradip T Sidhdhapara, Navin R Sheth
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Naratriptan is second-generation triptan class of antimigraine drug which selectively bind with 5-HT(1B/1D) receptor. It is widely used to treat the migraine attack due to its better tolerability and lower recurrence rate as compared to other triptans. Despite of the applicability, Naratriptan also have several drawback like slow onset of action and fist pass metabolism which reduce its efficacy. In order to increase the efficacy of naratriptan fast dissolving film is prepared...
February 12, 2017: Recent Patents on Drug Delivery & Formulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197578/chemical-characterization-of-the-glycated-myofibrillar-proteins-from-grass-carp-ctenopharyngodon-idella-and-their-impacts-on-the-human-gut-microbiota-in-vitro-fermentation
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Kaining Han, Ye Yao, Shiyuan Dong, Sun Jin, Hang Xiao, Haohao Wu, Mingyong Zeng
In this study, the chemical characterization of glycoconjugates of myofibrillar proteins from grass carp conjugated with glucose via Maillard reaction for up to 24 h of dry-heating was investigated, and their impacts on the microbial community in vitro human fecal fermentation were firstly evaluated by high-throughput sequencing technologies. The glycation greatly increased the furosine levels in glycoconjugates, which reached the maximum level (2.87 ± 0.08 mg per 100 mg protein) for 9 h of heating, and resulted in the structural changes of myofibrillar proteins based on the sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) analysis...
February 15, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196853/impaired-cardiac-and-skeletal-muscle-bioenergetics-in-children-adolescents-and-young-adults-with-barth-syndrome
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Adil Bashir, Kathryn L Bohnert, Dominic N Reeds, Linda R Peterson, Adam J Bittel, Lisa de Las Fuentes, Christina A Pacak, Barry J Byrne, W Todd Cade
: Barth syndrome (BTHS) is an X-linked condition characterized by altered cardiolipin metabolism and cardioskeletal myopathy. We sought to compare cardiac and skeletal muscle bioenergetics in children, adolescents, and young adults with BTHS and unaffected controls and examine their relationships with cardiac function and exercise capacity. Children/adolescents and young adults with BTHS (n = 20) and children/adolescent and young adult control participants (n = 23, total n = 43) underwent (31)P magnetic resonance spectroscopy ((31)P-MRS) of the lower extremity (calf) and heart for estimation of skeletal muscle and cardiac bioenergetics...
February 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195976/self-reported-measures-of-strength-and-sport-specific-skills-distinguish-ranking-in-an-international-online-fitness-competition
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Paul R Serafini, Yuri Feito, Gerald T Mangine
To determine if self-reported performance measures could distinguish ranking during the 2016 CrossFit Open, data from three thousand male (n=1500; 27.2±8.4 y; 85.2±7.9 kg; 177.0±6.5 cm) and female (n=1500, 28.7±4.9 y; 63.7±5.8 kg; 163.7±6.6 cm) competitors was used for this study. Competitors were split by gender and grouped into quintiles (Q1-Q5) based upon their final ranking. Quintiles were compared for one-repetition maximum (1RM) squat, deadlift, clean and jerk (CJ), snatch, 400-m sprint, 5,000-m run, and benchmark workouts (Fran, Helen, Grace, Filthy-50, and Fight-gone-bad)...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195674/solvent-and-halogen-free-modification-of-biobased-polyphenols-to-introduce-vinyl-groups-versatile-aromatic-building-blocks-for-polymer-synthesis
#18
Antoine Duval, Luc Averous
Various biobased polyphenols (lignins and condensed tannins) were derivatized with vinyl ethylene carbonate, a functional cyclic carbonate, to obtain multifunctional aromatic polymers carrying vinyl groups. The reaction was optimized on a condensed tannin and soda lignin. In both cases, a full conversion of the phenol groups is achieved in only 1 h at 150 °C, without solvent and with K2CO3 as cheap and safe catalyst. This reaction was later applied to other condensed tannins and technical lignins (Kraft and organosolv), showing only little dependence on the chemical structure of the polyphenols...
February 14, 2017: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193838/selenocysteine-insertion-at-a-predefined-uag-codon-in-a-release-factor-1-rf1-depleted-escherichia-coli-host-strain-bypasses-species-barriers-in-recombinant-selenoprotein-translation
#19
Qing Cheng, Elias S J Arnér
Selenoproteins contain the amino acid selenocysteine (Sec), co-translationally inserted at a predefined UGA opal codon by means of Sec-specific translation machineries. This process is in E. coli dependent upon binding of the Sec-dedicated elongation factor SelB to a SECIS element in the selenoprotein-encoding mRNA and competes with UGA-directed translational termination. Here we found that Sec can also be efficiently incorporated at a predefined UAG amber codon, thereby competing with RF1 rather than RF2. Subsequently utilizing the RF1 depleted E...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193785/evaluation-of-the-agreement-of-tidal-breathing-parameters-measured-simultaneously-using-pneumotachography-and-structured-light-plethysmography
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Shayan Motamedi-Fakhr, Richard Iles, Anna Barney, Willem de Boer, Jenny Conlon, Amna Khalid, Rachel C Wilson
Structured light plethysmography (SLP) is a noncontact, noninvasive, respiratory measurement technique, which uses a structured pattern of light and two cameras to track displacement of the thoraco-abdominal wall during tidal breathing. The primary objective of this study was to examine agreement between tidal breathing parameters measured simultaneously for 45 sec using pneumotachography and SLP in a group of 20 participants with a range of respiratory patterns ("primary cohort"). To examine repeatability of the agreement, an additional 21 healthy subjects ("repeatability cohort") were measured twice during resting breathing and once during increased respiratory rate (RR)...
February 2017: Physiological Reports
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