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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549370/assessment-of-the-influence-of-key-abiotic-factors-on-the-alternative-microcystin-degradation-pathway-s-mlr-a-detailed-comparison-with-the-mlr-route-mlr
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Jesús Morón-López, Lucía Nieto-Reyes, Rehab El-Shehawy
Cyanobacterial proliferation and toxin production in water bodies around the world have led to global concern about the control of these issues. Indigenous bacteria have been shown to degrade the cyanotoxin microcystin (MC) in natural environments. The mlr cluster has been widely used as a marker for microcystin biodegradation; however, recent studies have shown that alternative pathway(s) also contribute to the natural removal of MCs in the ecosystem. The main objective of this study is to provide initial insights concerning how key abiotic factors affect the rate of MC biodegradation via alternative pathway(s) and to provide a detailed comparison with the mlr(+) pathway...
May 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549263/prevalence-reasons-perceived-effects-and-correlates-of-medical-marijuana-use-a-review
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REVIEW
Ji-Yeun Park, Li-Tzy Wu
BACKGROUND: The use of marijuana for medical purposes is now legal in some U.S. states and other jurisdictions, such as Canada, and Israel. Despite the widespread legalization of medical marijuana globally, there is limited information on patterns and correlates of medical marijuana use (MMU). We conducted a literature review to assess prevalence, reasons, perceived effects, and correlates of MMU among adolescents and adults. METHODS: We searched peer-reviewed articles in English between January 1996 and August 2016 from several databases (PubMed, Google Scholar, Embase, CINAHL, and PsycINFO) using different combinations of keywords...
May 16, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549213/binding-of-copper-and-cisplatin-to-atox1-is-mediated-by-glutathione-through-the-formation-of-metal-sulfur-clusters
#3
Nataliya V Dolgova, Corey Yu, John P Cvitkovic, Miroslav Hodak, Kurt Nienaber, Kelly Lynn Summers, Julien Cotelesage, Jerzy Bernholc, George A Kaminski, Ingrid J Pickering, Graham N George, Oleg Y Dmitriev
Copper is an essential nutrient required for many biological processes involved in primary metabolism, but free cop-per is toxic due to its ability to catalyze formation of free radicals. To prevent toxic effects, in the cell copper is bound to proteins and low molecular weight compounds, such as glutathione, at all times. The widely used chemotherapy agent cisplatin is known to bind to copper-transporting proteins, including copper chaperone Atox1. Cisplatin interac-tions with Atox1 and other copper transporters are linked to cancer resistance to platinum-based chemotherapy...
May 26, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549207/morphological-descriptors-and-issr-molecular-markers-in-the-evaluation-of-genetic-variability-of-tectona-grandis-genotypes
#4
A M Chimello, J G Jesus, P E Teodoro, A A B Rossi, K L Araújo, T N Marostega, L G Neves, M A A Barelli
This study aimed to evaluate the genetic variability of the teak germplasm bank, using morphological traits and inter-simple sequence repeat molecular markers. Thirty clones were evaluated in a randomized complete block design with three replicates, and each plot was composed of three plants. A joint analysis of quantitative and qualitative variables was performed using the Gower algorithm. Quantitative, qualitative, and molecular variables were analyzed simultaneously using the Ward-MLM procedure. There is genetic variability among the 30 teak genotypes studied, considering the quantitative, qualitative, and molecular variables by the Ward-MLM statistical procedure...
May 25, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549206/assessment-of-allelic-diversity-among-drought-resistant-cotton-genotypes-using-microsatellite-markers
#5
A Javaid, F S Awan, F M Azhar, I A Khan
Drought, in conjunction with high temperature, is an important environmental constraint to cotton production. Development of cotton varieties with increased tolerance against adverse environmental conditions has been proposed as effective strategy for ensuring reliable yields. In the present study, 30 simple sequence repeat (SSR) primers were used to estimate genetic divergence among 22 cotton genotypes for drought stress tolerance. Genetic diversity is a prerequisite for developing drought resistant cotton genotypes...
May 25, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549202/polymorphism-in-the-beta-casein-gene-and-analysis-of-milk-characteristicsin-gir-and-guzer%C3%A3-dairy-cattle
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A H N Rangel, L G Zaros, T C Lima, L H F Borba, L P Novaes, L F M Mota, M S Silva
Several human health problems have been related to the allergenic constitution of bovine milk due to the body's immune reaction to milk proteins. It is necessary find solutions to minimize the occurrence of such reactions, given the importance of milk as a source of animal protein. The aim of this study was to evaluate the allelic frequency of the CSN2 gene and to evaluate differences in the characteristics of Gir and Guzerá bovine milk. One hundred and fifty-six cows were used (68 Gir and 88 Guzerá) from the Felipe Camarão Experimental Station herd of the Agricultural Research Corporation of RN (EMPARN)...
May 25, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549128/atad3-gene-cluster-deletions-cause-cerebellar-dysfunction-associated-with-altered-mitochondrial-dna-and-cholesterol-metabolism
#7
Radha Desai, Ann E Frazier, Romina Durigon, Harshil Patel, Aleck W Jones, Ilaria Dalla Rosa, Nicole J Lake, Alison G Compton, Hayley S Mountford, Elena J Tucker, Alice L R Mitchell, Deborah Jackson, Abdul Sesay, Miriam Di Re, Lambert P van den Heuvel, Derek Burke, David Francis, Sebastian Lunke, George McGillivray, Simone Mandelstam, Fanny Mochel, Boris Keren, Claude Jardel, Anne M Turner, P Ian Andrews, Jan Smeitink, Johannes N Spelbrink, Simon J Heales, Masakazu Kohda, Akira Ohtake, Kei Murayama, Yasushi Okazaki, Anne Lombès, Ian J Holt, David R Thorburn, Antonella Spinazzola
Although mitochondrial disorders are clinically heterogeneous, they frequently involve the central nervous system and are among the most common neurogenetic disorders. Identifying the causal genes has benefited enormously from advances in high-throughput sequencing technologies; however, once the defect is known, researchers face the challenge of deciphering the underlying disease mechanism. Here we characterize large biallelic deletions in the region encoding the ATAD3C, ATAD3B and ATAD3A genes. Although high homology complicates genomic analysis of the ATAD3 defects, they can be identified by targeted analysis of standard single nucleotide polymorphism array and whole exome sequencing data...
June 1, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549105/outbreak-of-pneumocystis-jirovecii-infection-among-heart-transplant-recipients-molecular-investigation-and-management-of-an-inter-human-transmission
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William Vindrios, Nicolas Argy, Solène Le Gal, François-Xavier Lescure, Laurent Massias, Minh Patrick Le, Michel Wolff, Yazdan Yazdanpanah, Gilles Nevez, Sandrine Houze, Richard Dorent, Jean-Christophe Lucet
Background: An outbreak of Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia (PCP) occurred among heart transplant recipients (HTR) at the outpatient clinic of a university hospital, from March to September 2015. Clinical, therapeutic, biological and molecular data were analyzed to determine its origin and control the outbreak. Methods: Clinical and biological data regarding all HTR followed in the outpatient clinic were collected. PCP diagnosis was based on microscopy and real-time PCR...
May 26, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549097/cluster-of-neisseria-gonorrhoeae-isolates-with-high-level-azithromycin-resistance-and-decreased-ceftriaxone-susceptibility-hawaii-2016
#9
Alan R Katz, Alan Y Komeya, Robert D Kirkcaldy, A Christian Whelen, Olusegun O Soge, John R Papp, Ellen N Kersh, Glenn M Wasserman, Norman P O'Connor, Pamela S O'Brien, Douglas T Sato, Eloisa V Maningas, Gail Y Kunimoto, Juval E Tomas
Background.: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) currently recommends dual therapy with ceftriaxone and azithromycin for gonorrhea to ensure effective treatment and slow emergence of antimicrobial resistance. Since 2013, the prevalence of reduced azithromycin susceptibility increased in the United States; however, these strains were highly susceptible to cephalosporins. We report on a cluster of N. gonorrhoeae isolates demonstrating high-level azithromycin resistance, several of which also demonstrated decreased ceftriaxone susceptibility...
May 26, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549077/clinical-criteria-for-subtyping-parkinson-s-disease-biomarkers-and-longitudinal-progression
#10
Seyed-Mohammad Fereshtehnejad, Yashar Zeighami, Alain Dagher, Ronald B Postuma
Parkinson's disease varies widely in clinical manifestations, course of progression and biomarker profiles from person to person. Identification of distinct Parkinson's disease subtypes is of great priority to illuminate underlying pathophysiology, predict progression and develop more efficient personalized care approaches. There is currently no clear way to define and divide subtypes in Parkinson's disease. Using data from the Parkinson's Progression Markers Initiative, we aimed to identify distinct subgroups via cluster analysis of a comprehensive dataset at baseline (i...
May 25, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549064/chemomechanical-regulation-of-myosin-ic-cross-bridges-deducing-the-elastic-properties-of-an-ensemble-from-single-molecule-mechanisms
#11
Florian Berger, A J Hudspeth
Myosin Ic is thought to be the principal constituent of the motor that adjusts mechanical responsiveness during adaptation to prolonged stimuli by hair cells, the sensory receptors of the inner ear. In this context myosin molecules operate neither as filaments, as occurs in muscles, nor as single or few molecules, as characterizes intracellular transport. Instead, myosin Ic molecules occur in a complex cluster in which they may exhibit cooperative properties. To better understand the motor's remarkable function, we introduce a theoretical description of myosin Ic's chemomechanical cycle based on experimental data from recent single-molecule studies...
May 26, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549048/disposable-versus-reusable-absorbent-underpads-for-prevention-of-hospital-acquired-incontinence-associated-dermatitis-and-pressure-injuries
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Kathleen Francis, Sau Man Pang, Brenda Cohen, Helene Salter, Peter Homel
PURPOSE: The primary purpose of our study was to determine if there is a difference in the occurrence of hospital-acquired pressure injuries (HAPIs) and incontinence-associated dermatitis (IAD) in incontinent adults using a disposable versus reusable absorptive underpads. We also compared hospital length of stay in the 2 groups. DESIGN: Randomized controlled trial using cluster randomization based on inpatient care unit. SUBJECTS AND SETTING: Four hundred sixty-two patients admitted to 4 medical-surgical study units participated in the study; 252 used reusable underpads (control group) and 210 subjects used disposable underpads (intervention group)...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549034/mantle-cell-lymphoma-with-hodgkin-and-reed-sternberg-cells-review-with-illustrative-case
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Steven Kramer, Guldeep Uppal, Zi-Xuan Wang, Jerald Z Gong
Non-Hodgkin lymphoma may occasionally contain large transformed cells resembling Hodgkin and Reed-Sternberg cells (HRS cells). We report a 63-year-old man with HRS cells in a recurrent mantle cell lymphoma (MCL). The patient initially presented with orbital MCL and recurred after 8 years with widespread involvement. The HRS cells were present in the recurrent disease but not in the initial orbital lesions, suggesting a transformed event after a prolonged disease course. Morphologically, the HRS cells were single cells and small clusters among the MCL cells and were frequently accompanied by histiocytes but without eosinophils or other inflammatory cells...
May 25, 2017: Applied Immunohistochemistry & Molecular Morphology: AIMM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548990/outbreaks-of-nontuberculous-mycobacteria
#14
Geeta Sood, Nikki Parrish
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this review is to summarize the emerging literature on nontuberculous mycobacteria outbreaks in healthcare settings. As our ability to identify mycobacterial species develops, we are better able to recognize epidemiologic connections and better understand the prevalence and importance of these outbreaks and pseudo-outbreaks in healthcare settings. RECENT FINDINGS: The number of outbreaks related to nontuberculous outbreaks is increasing because of heightened awareness and better diagnostic tests for species level identification of mycobacteria...
May 25, 2017: Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548961/identification-and-validation-of-a-prognostic-9-genes-expression-signature-for-gastric-cancer
#15
Zhiqiang Wang, Gongxing Chen, Qilong Wang, Wei Lu, Meidong Xu
Gastric cancer (GC) is a common malignant tumor with high incidence and mortality. Reasonable assessment of prognosis is essential to improve the outcomes of patients. In this study, we constructed and validated a prognostic gene model to evaluate the risks of GC patients. To identify the differentially expressed genes between GC patients and controls, we extracted Gene expression profiles of GC patients (N=432) from Gene Expression Omnibus database and then stable signature genes by using Robust likelihood-based modeling with 1000 iterations...
May 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548826/protein-nanocage-based-photo-controlled-nitric-oxide-releasing-platform
#16
Xiao Li, Yajie Zhang, Jian Sun, Weijian Chen, Xuewei Wang, Fenli Shao, Yuyu Zhu, Fude Feng, Yang Sun
A photoactive NO releasing system was constructed by incorporation of NO-bound Fe-S clusters into horse spleen apoferritin cavities with high loading efficacy. The composites retained intact core-shell structure and indicated advantages such as enhanced stability, reduced cytotoxicity, efficient cellular uptake, and photo-controlled NO releasing property.
May 26, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548674/how-silver-segregation-stabilizes-1d-surface-gold-oxide-a-cluster-expansion-study-combined-with-ab-initio-md-simulations
#17
Sandra Hoppe, Yong Li, Lyudmila V Moskaleva, Stefan Müller
Gold has many unique properties, some of which continue to be uncovered, such as the rich chemistry of gold at the nanoscale. In this study, gold surprises us again by the unusual stability of one-dimensional gold oxide structures on the surface of gold, which enhances in the presence of silver impurities. We employ first-principles calculations to investigate the surface segregation of silver in the presence of atomic-oxygen adsorbates arranged in chains on the Au(321) surface. Such 1D oxide chains have previously been suggested as the most stable form of adsorbed oxygen on gold...
May 26, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548672/complex-magnetic-orders-in-small-cobalt-benzene-molecules
#18
J W González, T Alonso-Lanza, F Delgado, F Aguilera-Granja, A Ayuela
Organometallic clusters based on transition metal atoms are interesting because of their possible applications in spintronics and quantum information processing. In addition to the enhanced magnetism at the nanoscale, the organic ligands may provide a natural shield against unwanted magnetic interactions with the matrices required for applications. Here we show that the organic ligands may lead to non-collinear magnetic order as well as the expected quenching of the magnetic moments. We use different density functional theory (DFT) methods to study the experimentally relevant three cobalt atoms surrounded by benzene rings (Co3Bz3)...
May 26, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548666/zinc-and-the-iron-donor-frataxin-regulate-oligomerization-of-the-scaffold-protein-to-form-new-fe-s-cluster-assembly-centers
#19
B K Galeano, W Ranatunga, O Gakh, D Y Smith, J R Thompson, G Isaya
Early studies of the bacterial Fe-S cluster assembly system provided structural details for how the scaffold protein and the cysteine desulfurase interact. This work and additional work on the yeast and human systems elucidated a conserved mechanism for sulfur donation but did not provide any conclusive insights into the mechanism for iron delivery from the iron donor, frataxin, to the scaffold. We previously showed that oligomerization is a mechanism by which yeast frataxin (Yfh1) can promote assembly of the core machinery for Fe-S cluster synthesis both in vitro and in cells, in such a manner that the scaffold protein, Isu1, can bind to Yfh1 independent of the presence of the cysteine desulfurase, Nfs1...
May 26, 2017: Metallomics: Integrated Biometal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548573/inulin-type-fructan-degradation-capacity-of-clostridium-cluster-iv-and-xiva-butyrate-producing-colon-bacteria-and-their-associated-metabolic-outcomes
#20
F Moens, L De Vuyst
Four selected butyrate-producing colon bacterial strains belonging to Clostridium cluster IV (Butyricicoccus pullicaecorum DSM 23266(T) and Faecalibacterium prausnitzii DSM 17677(T)) and XIVa (Eubacterium hallii DSM 17630 and Eubacterium rectale CIP 105953(T)) were studied as to their capacity to degrade inulin-type fructans and concomitant metabolite production. Cultivation of these strains was performed in bottles and fermentors containing a modified medium for colon bacteria, including acetate, supplemented with either fructose, oligofructose, or inulin as the sole energy source...
May 30, 2017: Beneficial Microbes
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