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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933778/synthesis-of-a-hycosul-peptide-substrate-library-to-dissect-protease-substrate-specificity
#1
Marcin Poreba, Guy S Salvesen, Marcin Drag
Many biologically and chemically based approaches have been developed to design highly active and selective protease substrates and probes. It is, however, difficult to find substrate sequences that are truly selective for any given protease, as different proteases can demonstrate a great deal of overlap in substrate specificities. In some cases, better enzyme selectivity can be achieved using peptide libraries containing unnatural amino acids such as the hybrid combinatorial substrate library (HyCoSuL), which uses both natural and unnatural amino acids...
October 2017: Nature Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932910/a-histone-deacetylase-gene-slhda3-acts-as-a-negative-regulator-of-fruit-ripening-and-carotenoid-accumulation
#2
Jun-E Guo, Zongli Hu, Xiaohui Yu, Anzhou Li, Fenfen Li, Yunshu Wang, Shibing Tian, Guoping Chen
SlHDA3 functions as an inhibitor and regulates tomato fruit ripening and carotenoid accumulation. Post-translational modifications, including histones acetylation, play a pivotal role in the changes of chromatin structure dynamic modulation and gene activity. The regulation of histone acetylation is achieved by the action of histone acetyltransferases and deacetylases, which play crucial roles in the regulation of transcription activation. There is an increasing research focus on histone deacetylation in crops, but the role of histone deacetylase genes (HDACs) in tomato has not been elucidated...
September 20, 2017: Plant Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932199/bacillus-a-biological-tool-for-crop-improvement-through-bio-molecular-changes-in-adverse-environments
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REVIEW
Ramalingam Radhakrishnan, Abeer Hashem, Elsayed F Abd Allah
Crop productivity is affected by environmental and genetic factors. Microbes that are beneficial to plants are used to enhance the crop yield and are alternatives to chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Pseudomonas and Bacillus species are the predominant plant growth-promoting bacteria. The spore-forming ability of Bacillus is distinguished from that of Pseudomonas. Members of this genus also survive for a long time under unfavorable environmental conditions. Bacillus spp. secrete several metabolites that trigger plant growth and prevent pathogen infection...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931334/repeated-exposure-to-experimental-pain-differentiates-combat-tbi-with-and-without-ptsd
#4
Irina A Strigo, Andrea D Spadoni, Sabra S Inslicht, Alan N Simmons
Mild traumatic brain injury(mTBI) and posttraumatic stress disorder(PTSD) are highly comorbid conditions that often co-occur with chronic pain. We have shown that women with PTSD following intimate partner violence show attenuated brain response to repeated experimental pain that was related to symptoms of avoidance. The aim of this study was to extend our prior findings to males with combat trauma and to examine brain response to experimental pain in men with and without PTSD who sustained mTBI during combat...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930825/acinar-cell-carcinoma-of-the-pancreas-presenting-as-diffuse-pancreatic-enlargement-two-case-reports-and-literature-review
#5
Yaping Luo, Guilan Hu, Yanru Ma, Ning Guo, Fang Li
RATIONALE: Pancreatic acinar cell carcinoma (ACC) is a rare malignant tumor of exocrine pancreas. It is typically a well-marginated large solid mass arising in a certain aspect of the pancreas. Diffuse involvement of ACC in the pancreas is very rare, and may simulate pancreatitis in radiological findings. We report 2 cases of ACC presenting as diffuse enlargement of the pancreas due to tumor involvement without formation of a distinct mass. PATIENT CONCERNS: The patients consisted of a 41-year-old man with weight loss and a 77-year-old man who was asymptomatic...
September 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929356/a-high-abdominal-aortic-calcification-score-on-ct-is-a-risk-factor-for-postoperative-pancreatic-fistula-in-elderly-patients-undergoing-pancreaticoduodenectomy
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Nao Kakizawa, Hiroshi Noda, Fumiaki Watanabe, Kosuke Ichida, Koichi Suzuki, Toshiki Rikiyama
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the clinical significance of a CT-based evaluation of abdominal aortic calcification (AAC) in the postoperative outcomes after pancreaticoduodenectomy (PD) in elderly patients. METHODS: Patients 70 years of age and older who were randomly assigned to Group A were compared with those younger than 70 who were assigned to Group B in terms of preoperative and intraoperative variables and postoperative outcomes. We compared the patients with clinically relevant postoperative pancreatic fistula (CR-POPF) (Group C) to those without CR-POPF (Group D), and especially Group A...
September 19, 2017: World Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927961/clinical-and-electrophysiological-outcomes-of-deep-tms-over-the-medial-prefrontal-and-anterior-cingulate-cortices-in-ocd-patients
#7
Lior Carmi, Uri Alyagon, Noam Barnea-Ygael, Joseph Zohar, Reuven Dar, Abraham Zangen
BACKGROUND: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a chronic and disabling disorder with poor response to pharmacological treatments. Converging evidences suggest that OCD patients suffer from dysfunction of the cortico-striato-thalamo-cortical (CSTC) circuit, including in the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) and the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC). OBJECTIVE: To examine whether modulation of mPFC-ACC activity by deep transcranial magnetic stimulation (DTMS) affects OCD symptoms...
September 6, 2017: Brain Stimulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925649/differences-between-the-aafp-atrial-fibrillation-guideline-and-the-aha-acc-hrs-guideline
#8
Margot L Savoy
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 1, 2017: American Family Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925477/the-study-on-the-effect-of-hyperglycemia-on-offspring-fatty-tissue-metabolism-during-pregnancy
#9
H-P Dong, M-Z Tan, Q-J Liu, J Wang, S-B Zhong
OBJECTIVE: In this study, we adopted maternal diabetes model on rats, which induced by streptozotocin to explore the metabolism changes of rat adipose tissue during the neonatal period. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The female rats were induced as diabetes models by streptozotocin (STZ), and mated with the normal male rats when they entered into adulthood. The chosen male offspring rats were executed at week 12 and the epididymis and subcutaneous fat pad were obtained...
August 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925006/evidence-based-source-modeling-of-nociceptive-cortical-responses-a-direct-comparison-of-scalp-and-intracranial-activity-in-humans
#10
Claire Bradley, Hélène Bastuji, Luis Garcia-Larrea
BACKGROUND: Source modeling of EEG traditionally relies on interplay between physiological hypotheses and mathematical estimates. We propose to optimize the process by using evidence gathered from brain imaging and intracortical recordings. METHODS: We recorded laser-evoked potentials in 18 healthy participants, using high-density EEG. Brain sources were modeled during the first second poststimulus, constraining their initial position to regions where nociceptive-related activity has been ascertained by intracranial EEG...
September 18, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924621/an-altered-scaffold-for-information-processing-cognitive-control-development-in-adolescents-with-autism
#11
Marjorie Solomon, Jeremy Hogeveen, Lauren Libero, Christine Nordahl
We investigated how cognitive neuroscientific studies during the last decade have advanced understanding of cognitive control from adolescence to young adulthood in individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). To do so, we conducted a selective review of the larger structural, resting state, and diffusion imaging studies of brain regions and networks related to cognitive control that have been conducted since 2007 in individuals with ASD and typical development (TYP) ages 10 to 30 years that examined how these regions and networks support behavioral and task-based fMRI performance on tasks assessing cognitive control during this period...
September 2017: Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924583/screening-for-primary-aldosteronism-using-the-newly-developed-ids-isys%C3%A2-automated-assay-system
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P M O'Shea, T P Griffin, G A Browne, N Gallagher, J J Brady, M C Dennedy, M Bell, D Wall, M Fitzgibbon
BACKGROUND: The recommended approach to screening for primary aldosteronism (PA) in at-risk populations is to determine the ratio of aldosterone concentration (serum (SAC)/plasma (PAC)) to renin measured in plasma as activity (PRA) or concentration (DRC). However, lack of assay standardisation mandates the need for method-specific decision thresholds and clinical validation in the local population. AIM: The study objective was to establish method-specific aldosterone: renin ratio (ARR) cut-offs for PA in men and women using the IDS-iSYS® assay system (IDS plc)...
April 2017: Pract Lab Med
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924181/common-and-dissociable-regional-cerebral-blood-flow-differences-associate-with-dimensions-of-psychopathology-across-categorical-diagnoses
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A N Kaczkurkin, T M Moore, M E Calkins, R Ciric, J A Detre, M A Elliott, E B Foa, A Garcia de la Garza, D R Roalf, A Rosen, K Ruparel, R T Shinohara, C H Xia, D H Wolf, R E Gur, R C Gur, T D Satterthwaite
The high comorbidity among neuropsychiatric disorders suggests a possible common neurobiological phenotype. Resting-state regional cerebral blood flow (CBF) can be measured noninvasively with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and abnormalities in regional CBF are present in many neuropsychiatric disorders. Regional CBF may also provide a useful biological marker across different types of psychopathology. To investigate CBF changes common across psychiatric disorders, we capitalized upon a sample of 1042 youths (ages 11-23 years) who completed cross-sectional imaging as part of the Philadelphia Neurodevelopmental Cohort...
September 19, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923415/diindolylmethane-and-its-halogenated-derivatives-induce-protective-autophagy-in-human-prostate-cancer-cells-via-induction-of-the-oncogenic-protein-aeg-1-and-activation-of-amp-dependent-kinase-ampk
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Hossam Draz, Alexander A Goldberg, Vladimir I Titorenko, Emma Guns, Stephen H Safe, J Thomas Sanderson
3,3'-Diindolylmethane (DIM) and its synthetic halogenated derivatives 4,4'-Br2- and 7,7'-Cl2DIM (ring-DIMs) have recently been shown to induce protective autophagy in human prostate cancer cells. The mechanisms by which DIM and ring-DIMs induce autophagy have not been elucidated. As DIM is a mitochondrial ATP-synthase inhibitor, we hypothesized that DIM and ring-DIMs induce autophagy via alteration of intracellular AMP/ATP ratios and activation of AMPK signaling in prostate cancer cells. We found that DIM and ring-DIMs induced autophagy was accompanied by increased autophagic vacuole formation and conversion of LC3BI to LC3BII in LNCaP and C42B human prostate cancer cells...
September 15, 2017: Cellular Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922930/author-s-reply-to-comment-translating-guidelines-into-practice-interpreting-the-2016-acc-expert-consensus-decision-pathway-on-the-role-of-non-statin-therapies-for-ldl-cholesterol-lowering-in-the-management-of-atherosclerotic-cardiovascular-disease-risk
#15
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922757/regulation-of-ethylene-related-gene-expression-by-indole-3-acetic-acid-and-4-chloroindole-3-acetic-acid-in-relation-to-pea-fruit-and-seed-development
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Charitha P A Jayasinghege, Jocelyn A Ozga, Kosala D Waduthanthri, Dennis M Reinecke
In pea, the auxins 4-chloroindole-3-acetic acid (4-Cl-IAA) and indole-3-acetic acid (IAA) occur naturally; however, only 4-Cl-IAA stimulates pericarp growth and gibberellin (GA) biosynthesis, and inhibits the ethylene response in deseeded ovaries (pericarps), mimicking the presence of seeds. Expression of ovary ethylene biosynthesis genes was regulated similarly in most cases by the presence of 4-Cl-IAA or seeds. PsACS1 [which encodes an enzyme that synthesizes 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid (ACC)] transcript abundance was high in pericarp tissue adjacent to developing seeds following pollination...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921959/quantification-and-theoretical-analysis-of-the-electrophilicities-of-michael-acceptors
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Dominik S Allgäuer, Harish Jangra, Haruyasu Asahara, Zhen Li, Quan Chen, Hendrik Zipse, Armin R Ofial, Herbert Mayr
In order to quantify the electrophilic reactivities of common Michael acceptors, we measured the kinetics of the reactions of monoacceptor-substituted ethylenes (H2C═CH-Acc, 1) and styrenes (PhCH═CH-Acc, 2) with pyridinium ylides 3, sulfonium ylide 4, and sulfonyl-substituted chloromethyl anion 5. Substitution of the 57 measured second-order rate constants (log k) and the previously reported nucleophile-specific parameters N and sN for 3-5 into the correlation log k = sN(E + N) allowed us to calculate 15 new empirical electrophilicity parameters E for Michael acceptors 1 and 2...
September 18, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921563/advanced-genomic-testing-may-aid-in-counseling-of-isolated-agenesis-of-the-corpus-callosum-on-prenatal-ultrasound
#18
M C de Wit, F Boekhorst, G M Mancini, L S Smit, I A L Groenenberg, J Dudink, F A T de Vries, A T J I Go, R J H Galjaard
OBJECTIVE: Isolated agenesis of the corpus callosum (ACC) on fetal ultrasound has a varied prognosis. Microarray and exome sequencing might aid in prenatal counseling. METHOD: This study includes 25 fetuses with apparently isolated complete ACC (cACC) on ultrasound. All cases were offered SNP array. Complementary exome sequencing (ES) was offered postnatally in selected cases. Clinical physical and neurodevelopmental follow-up was collected. RESULTS: Eighteen cases opted for SNP array testing, which detected a causal anomaly in 2/18(11...
September 16, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921167/brain-structural-concomitants-of-resting-state-heart-rate-variability-in-the-young-and-old-evidence-from-two-independent-samples
#19
Hyun Joo Yoo, Julian F Thayer, Steven Greening, Tae-Ho Lee, Allison Ponzio, Jungwon Min, Michiko Sakaki, Lin Nga, Mara Mather, Julian Koenig
Previous research has shown associations between brain structure and resting state high-frequency heart rate variability (HF HRV). Age affects both brain structure and HF HRV. Therefore, we sought to examine the relationship between brain structure and HF HRV as a function of age. Data from two independent studies were used for the present analysis. Study 1 included 19 older adults (10 males, age range 62-78 years) and 19 younger adults (12 males, age range 19-37). Study 2 included 23 older adults (12 males; age range 55-75) and 27 younger adults (17 males; age range 18-34)...
September 18, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921102/pancreatic-acinar-cell-carcinoma-with-extensive-tumor-embolism-at-the-trunk-of-portal-vein-and-pancreatic-intraductal-infiltration
#20
Akihiko Kida, Koichiro Matsuda, Kai Takegoshi, Mitsuru Matsuda, Akito Sakai, Yatsugi Noda
A 59-year-old man was admitted to the hospital with acute pancreatitis. The cause was suggested to be a pancreatic tumor based on computed tomography (CT). The pancreatic tumor was 45 mm with an extensive tumor embolism at the trunk of the portal vein and intraductal infiltration of the main pancreatic duct (MPD). The pancreatic tumor was diagnosed as acinar cell carcinoma (ACC) by endoscopic ultrasound guided fine needle aspiration. Therefore, the cause of acute pancreatitis was diagnosed to be intraductal infiltration of ACC in the MPD...
September 18, 2017: Clinical Journal of Gastroenterology
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