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Federico Melaccio, María Del Carmen Marín, Alessio Valentini, Fabio Montisci, Silvia Rinaldi, Marco Cherubini, Xuchun Yang, Yoshitaka Kato, Michael Stenrup, Yoelvis Orozco-Gonzalez, Nicolas Ferré, Hoi Ling Luk, Hideki Kandori, Massimo Olivucci
We report on a prototype protocol for the automatic and fast construction of congruous sets of QM/MM models of rhodopsin-like photoreceptors and of their mutants. In the present implementation the information required for the construction of each model is essentially a crystallographic structure or a comparative model complemented with information on the protonation state of ionizable side-chains and distributions of external counterions. Starting with such information a model formed by a fixed environment system, a flexible cavity system and a chromophore system is automatically generated...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
Yoonja Kang, Ying-Zhong Tang, Gordon T Taylor, Christopher J Gobler
To date, the life stages of pelagophytes have been poorly described. This study describes the ability of Aureoumbra lagunensis to enter a resting stage in response to environmental stressors including high temperature, nutrient depletion, and darkness as well as their ability to revert from resting cells back to vegetative cells after exposure to optimal light, temperature, and nutrient conditions. Resting cells became round in shape and larger in size, filled with red accumulation bodies, had smaller and fewer plastids, more vacuolar space, contained lower concentrations of chlorophyll a and RNA, displayed reduced photosynthetic efficiency, and lower respiration rates relative to vegetative cells...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Phycology
Yong Cheng, Xuan Shi, Jin-Feng Qu, Ming-Wei Zhao, Xiao-Xin Li
BACKGROUND: Polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV) is characterized by the presence of polyps with or without a branching vascular network and more prevalent among Asians. The aim of this study was to compare the outcomes of conbercept therapy between two different angiographic subtypes of PCV. METHODS: Fifty-eight patients of PCV were classified into two phenotypes according to indocyanine green angiography (ICGA). In Type 1, both feeder and draining vessels are visible on ICGA and network vessels are numerous...
2016: Chinese Medical Journal
Joo Youn Shin, Byunghoon Chung, Yun Hyup Na, Jonghyun Lee, Hyewon Chung, Suk Ho Byeon
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to investigate wound healing in the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) after traumatic indirect choroidal rupture using fundus autofluorescence (FAF) and spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT). METHODS: A total of 14 eyes of 14 patients with traumatic indirect choroidal rupture were included. Baseline and last follow-up FAF images were compared to evaluate the extent of RPE healing after choroidal rupture, and associated morphologic characteristics were examined by SD-OCT...
October 24, 2016: Acta Ophthalmologica
Aikaterini Patsatsi, Miltiadis Kokolios, Olga Pikou, Vasilios Lambropoulos, Ioannis Efstratiou, Dimitrios Sotiriadis
Regression of congenital nevi is usually associated with loss of pigment or halo formation. In rare cases, regression is characterized by sclerosis and hair loss. We describe a rare case of a sclerotic hypopigmented large congenital melanocytic nevus in which a localized scleroderma-like reaction process of regression seemed to have started in utero and progressed throughout early childhood.
October 25, 2016: Pediatric Dermatology
Gahee Min, Sae-Kwang Ku, Mi Seon Park, Tae-Joo Park, Hyun-Shik Lee, Jong-Sup Bae
A certain nucleosomal protein-high mobility group box-1 (HMGB1)-has recently been established as a late mediator of sepsis, with a relatively wide therapeutic window for pharmacological intervention. Pelargonidin (PEL) is a well-known red pigment found in plants; it has important biological activities that are potentially beneficial for human health. In the present study, we investigated whether PEL can modulate HMGB1-mediated inflammatory responses in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) and in mice...
October 24, 2016: Archives of Pharmacal Research
Bose Karthikeyan, Lakshminarasimhan Harini, Vaithilingam Krishnakumar, Velu Rajesh Kannan, Krishnan Sundar, Thandavarayan Kathiresan
Endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress-mediated apoptosis is a well-known factor in the pathogenesis of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). ER stress leads to accumulation of misfolded proteins, which in turn activates unfolded protein response (UPR) of the cell for its survival. The prolonged UPR of ER stress promotes cell death; however, the transition between adaptation and ER stress-induced apoptosis has not been clearly understood. Hence, the present study investigates the regulatory effect of (-)-epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) on ER stress-induced by hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and disturbance of calcium homeostasis by thapsigargin (TG) in mouse retinal pigment epithelial (MRPE) cells...
October 24, 2016: Apoptosis: An International Journal on Programmed Cell Death
Hengning Ke, Julhash U Kazi, Hui Zhao, Jianmin Sun
Somatic mutations of KIT are frequently found in mastocytosis and gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST), while germline mutations of KIT are rare, and only found in few cases of familial GIST and mastocytosis. Although ligand-independent activation is the common feature of KIT mutations, the phenotypes mediated by various germline KIT mutations are different. Germline KIT mutations affect different tissues such as interstitial cells of Cajal (ICC), mast cells or melanocytes, and thereby lead to GIST, mastocytosis, or abnormal pigmentation...
2016: Cell & Bioscience
Natalia Velichko, Mikhail Rayko, Ekaterina Chernyaeva, Alla Lapidus, Alexander Pinevich
Prochlorothrix hollandica is filamentous non-heterocystous cyanobacterium which possesses the chlorophyll a/b light-harvesting complexes. Despite the growing interest in unusual green-pigmented cyanobacteria (prochlorophytes) to date only a few sequenced genome from prochlorophytes genera have been reported. This study sequenced the genome of Prochlorothrix hollandica CCAP 1490/1(T) (CALU1027). The produced draft genome assembly (5.5 Mb) contains 3737 protein-coding genes and 114 RNA genes.
2016: Standards in Genomic Sciences
Donna M Bond, Nick W Albert, Robyn H Lee, Gareth B Gillard, Chris M Brown, Roger P Hellens, Richard C Macknight
BACKGROUND: Transcription factors (TFs) coordinate precise gene expression patterns that give rise to distinct phenotypic outputs. The identification of genes and transcriptional networks regulated by a TF often requires stable transformation and expression changes in plant cells. However, the production of stable transformants can be slow and laborious with no guarantee of success. Furthermore, transgenic plants overexpressing a TF of interest can present pleiotropic phenotypes and/or result in a high number of indirect gene expression changes...
2016: Plant Methods
Chantal Dysli, Muriel Dysli, Martin S Zinkernagel, Volker Enzmann
Fluorescence lifetime imaging ophthalmoscopy (FLIO) was used to investigate retinal autofluorescence lifetimes in mouse models of pharmacologically induced retinal degeneration over time. Sodium iodate (NaIO3, 35 mg/kg intravenously) was used to induce retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) degeneration with subsequent loss of photoreceptors (PR) whereas N-methyl-N-nitrosourea (MNU, 45 mg/kg intraperitoneally) was employed for degeneration of the photoreceptor cell layer alone. All mice were measured at day 3, 7, 14, and 28 after the respective injection of NaIO3, MNU or NaCl (control)...
October 21, 2016: Experimental Eye Research
John D Hulleman, Joseph C Genereux, Annie Nguyen
Fibulin-3 (F3) is an important, disulfide-rich, extracellular matrix glycoprotein that has been associated with a number of diseases ranging from cancer to retinal degeneration. An Arg345Trp (R345W) mutation in F3 causes the rare, autosomal dominant macular dystrophy, Malattia Leventinese. The purpose of this study was to identify and validate novel intracellular interacting partners of wild-type (WT) and R345W F3 in retinal pigment epithelium cells. We used stable isotope labeling by amino acids in cell culture (SILAC) to generate 'heavy' and 'light' isotopically labeled ARPE-19 cell populations which were subsequently infected with adenovirus encoding for FLAG-tagged (FT) WT or R345W F3...
October 21, 2016: Experimental Eye Research
Sedef Ilk, Necdet Sağlam, Mustafa Özgen, Feza Korkusuz
Quorum sensing (QS) is a cell density dependent expression of species in bacteria mediated by compounds called autoinducers (AI). Several processes responsible for successful establishment of bacterial infection are mediated by QS. Inhibition of QS is therefore being considered as a new target for antimicrobial chemotherapy. Flavonoid compounds are strong antioxidant and antimicrobial agents but their applications are limited due to their poor dissolution and bioavailability. Our objective was to investigate the effect of kaempferol loaded chitosan nanoparticles on modulating QS mediated by AI in model bioassay test systems...
October 21, 2016: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Sindhu Doppalapudi, Anjali Jain, Dhiraj Kumar Chopra, Wahid Khan
Psoralen in combination with ultraviolet A radiation (PUVA) is an FDA recommended therapy for clinical application in the management of severe recalcitrant psoriasis. Psoralen acts by intercalation of DNA and upon exposure to UV-A, it forms monoadducts which inturn induce apoptosis. Poor skin deposition, weak percutaneous permeability of psoralen and adverse effects of severe burning, blisters, pigmentation associated with conventional topical psoralen vehicles hinders the therapeutic efficacy and safety of topical PUVA...
October 21, 2016: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Joris J Snellenburg, Lucyna M Wlodarczyk, Jan P Dekker, Rienk van Grondelle, Ivo H M van Stokkum
The regulatory mechanism of state transitions was studied in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii (C.r.) wild type (WT) as well as mutant strains deficient in the photosystem I (PSI) or the photosystem II (PSII) core. Time-resolved fluorescence measurements were obtained on instantly frozen cells incubated beforehand in the dark in aerobic or anaerobic conditions which leads to state 1 (S1) or state 2 (S2). WT data contains information on the light-harvesting complex (LHC) connected to PSI and PSII. The mutants' data contain information on either LHCII-LHCI-PSI or LHCII-PSII, plus information on LHC antennas devoid of a PS core...
October 21, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Cutter A Lindbergh, Catherine M Mewborn, Billy R Hammond, Lisa M Renzi-Hammond, Joanne M Curran-Celentano, L Stephen Miller
OBJECTIVES: It is well known that the carotenoids lutein (L) and zeaxanthin (Z) improve eye health and an accumulating evidence base suggests cognitive benefits as well. The present study investigated underlying neural mechanisms using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). It was hypothesized that lower L and Z concentrations would be associated with neurobiological inefficiency (i.e., increased activation) during cognitive performance. METHODS: Forty-three community-dwelling older adults (mean age=72 years; 58% female; 100% Caucasian) were asked to learn and recall pairs of unrelated words in an fMRI-adapted paradigm...
October 25, 2016: Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society: JINS
Simona De Summa, Michele Guida, Stefania Tommasi, Sabino Strippoli, Cristina Pellegrini, Maria Concetta Fargnoli, Brunella Pilato, Iole Natalicchio, Gabriella Guida, Rosamaria Pinto
Multiple primary melanoma (MPM) is a rare condition, whose genetic basis has not yet been clarified. Only 8-12% of MPM are due to germline mutations of CDKN2A. However, other genes (POT1, BRCA1/2, MC1R, MGMT) have been demonstrated to be involved in predisposition to this pathology.To our knowledge, this is the first family study based on two siblings with the rare coexistence of MPM and oculocutaneous albinism (OCA), an autosomal recessive disease characterized by the absence or decrease in pigmentation in the skin, hair, and eyes...
October 20, 2016: Oncotarget
Koji M Nishiguchi, Yu Yokoyama, Yusuke Fujii, Kosuke Fujita, Yusuke Tomiyama, Ryo Kawasaki, Toshinori Furukawa, Fumiko Ono, Nobuhiro Shimozawa, Mutsumi Togo, Michihiro Suzuki, Toru Nakazawa
Age-dependent formation of macular drusen caused by the focal accumulation of extracellular deposits beneath the retinal pigment epithelium precede the development of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), one of the leading causes of blindness worldwide. It is established that inflammation contributes to the pathogenesis of drusen and AMD. However, development of a preemptive therapeutic strategy targeting macular drusen and AMD has been impeded by the lack of relevant animal models because most laboratory animals lack macula, an anatomic feature present only in humans and a subset of monkeys...
2016: PloS One
Fang Miao, Ying Shi, Zhi-Feng Fan, Shan Jiang, Shi-Zheng Xu, Tie-Chi Lei
Safe and effective ingredients capable of removing undesired hyperpigmentation from facial skin are urgently needed for both pharmaceutical and cosmetic purposes. Deoxyarbutin (4-[(tetrahydro-2H-pyran-2-yl) oxy] phenol, D-Arb) is a glucoside derivative of hydroquinone. Here, we investigated the toxicity and efficacy of D-Arb at the sub-cellular level (directly on melanosomes) and skin pigmentation using in vivo and in vitro models to compare with its parent compound hydroquinone (1,4-benzenediol, HQ). At first, we examined the ultrastructural changes of melanosomes in hyperpigmented guinea pig skin induced by 308-nm monochromatic excimer lightand/or treated with HQ and D-Arb using transmission electron microscopy...
2016: PloS One
Monika B Dolinska, Nicole Kus, Katie Farney, Paul T Wingfield, Brian P Brooks, Yuri V Sergeev
: Oculocutaneous albinism Type 1 (OCA1) is an autosomal recessive disorder caused by mutations in the tyrosinase gene. Two subtypes of OCA1 have been described: severe OCA1A with complete absence of tyrosinase activity and less severe OCA1B with residual tyrosinase activity. Here, we characterize the recombinant human tyrosinase intra-melanosomal domain and mutant variants, which mimic genetic changes in both subtypes of OCA1 patients. Proteins were prepared using site-directed mutagenesis, expressed in insect larvae, purified by chromatography, and characterized by enzymatic activities- tryptophan fluorescence, and Gibbs free energy changes...
October 24, 2016: Pigment Cell & Melanoma Research
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