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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340510/the-diverse-family-of-mmpl-transporters-in-mycobacteria-from-regulation-to-antimicrobial-developments
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Albertus Viljoen, Violaine Dubois, Fabienne Girard-Misguich, Mickael Blaise, Jean-Louis Herrmann, Laurent Kremer
Mycobacterial genomes contain large sets of loci encoding membrane proteins that belong to a family of multidrug resistance pumps designated Resistance-Nodulation-Cell Division (RND) permeases. Mycobacterial membrane protein Large (MmpL) transporters represent a subclass of RND transporters known to participate in the export of lipid components across the cell envelope. These surface-exposed lipids with unusual structures play key roles in the physiology of mycobacteria and/or can act as virulence factors and immunomodulators...
March 24, 2017: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340481/metabolic-profiling-of-tyrosine-tryptophan-and-glutamate-in-human-urine-using-gas-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry-combined-with-single-spe-cleanup
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Hyun Ju Shin, Na Hyun Park, Wonwoong Lee, Man Ho Choi, Bong Chul Chung, Jongki Hong
The tyrosine, tryptophan, and glutamate metabolic pathways play key roles on pathological state of neuronal functions and the change of their levels in biological systems reflects the progress degree of neuronal diseases. Comprehensive profiling of these metabolites is important to find new biomarkers for diagnosis or prognosis of various neuronal diseases. However, the overall profiling analysis of various neurochemicals in biological sample is confronted with several limitations due to their low concentration and physicochemical properties and the coexistence of matrices...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340471/chemotaxonomic-studies-of-nine-paris-species-from-china-based-on-ultra-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry-and-fourier-transform-infrared-spectroscopy
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Yuanzhong Wang, Ehu Liu, Ping Li
Paris species, which contain steroid saponins, have been used as herb folk medicines in Asia. In the present study, a comprehensive strategy based on liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) and Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy was firstly proposed to evaluate the chemotaxonomic relationships of nine Paris species sampled from different geographical regions in China. Principle component analysis (PCA) based on FT-IR data revealed chemical similarities in term of the nine species and geographical regions, indicating the accumulation of metabolites affected by the combination of geographical factors and species...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340469/characterization-and-expression-patterns-of-key-c4-photosynthetic-pathway-genes-in-bread-wheat-triticum-aestivum-l-under-field-conditions
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Daoura Goudia Bachir, Iqbal Saeed, Quanhao Song, Tay Zar Linn, Liang Chen, Yin-Gang Hu
Wheat is a C3 plant with relatively low photosynthetic efficiency and is a potential target for C4 photosynthetic pathway engineering. Here we reported the characterization of four key C4 pathway genes and assessed their expression patterns and enzymatic activities at three growth stages in flag leaves of 59 bread wheat genotypes. The C4-like genes homologous to PEPC, NADP-ME, MDH, and PPDK in maize were identified in the A, B, and D sub-genomes of bread wheat, located on the long arms of chromosomes 3 and 5 (TaPEPC), short arms of chromosomes 1 and 3 (TaNADP-ME), long arms of chromosomes 1 and 7 (TaMDH), and long arms of chromosome 1 (TaPPDK), respectively...
March 9, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340463/hypoxia-and-hydrogen-sulfide-differentially-affect-normal-and-tumor-derived-vascular-endothelium
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Serena Bianco, Daniele Mancardi, Annalisa Merlino, Benedetta Bussolati, Luca Munaron
BACKGROUND: endothelial cells play a key role in vessels formation both under physiological and pathological conditions. Their behavior is influenced by blood components including gasotransmitters (H2S, NO and CO). Tumor cells are subjected to a cyclic shift between pro-oxidative and hypoxic state and, in this scenario, H2S can be both cytoprotective and detrimental depending on its concentration. H2S effects on tumors onset and development is scarcely studied, particularly concerning tumor angiogenesis...
March 18, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340454/pea-cultivar-and-wheat-residues-affect-carbon-nitrogen-dynamics-in-pea-triticale-intercropping-a-microcosms-approach
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Antonella Scalise, Valentini A Pappa, Antonio Gelsomino, Robert M Rees
The underlying mechanisms by which legume cultivars contribute to nitrous oxide (N2O) generation are poorly understood. The aim of the present study was to explore the effects of two pea cultivars (Zero4 and Nitouche) intercropped with triticale, with or without wheat (Triticum aestivum) residues incorporation, on soil C and N dynamics, on bacterial community structure and their links with N2O emissions. Monocrops and bare soil (no plant) treatments were used as an additional control in order to account for the level of mineralisation between treatments...
March 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340425/increased-nucleus-accumbens-volume-in-first-episode-psychosis
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Mireia Forns-Nadal, Daniel Bergé, Federico Sem, Anna Mané, Laura Igual, Dani Guinart, Oscar Vilarroya
Nucleus accumbens has been reported as a key structure in the neurobiology of schizophrenia. Studies analyzing structural abnormalities have shown conflicting results, possibly related to confounding factors. We investigated the nucleus accumbens volume using manual delimitation in first-episode psychosis (FEP) controlling for age, cannabis use and medication. Thirty-one FEP subjects who were naive or minimally exposed to antipsychotics and a control group were MRI scanned and clinically assessed from baseline to 6 months of follow-up...
March 18, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340417/interfacial-interactions-between-skeletonema-costatum-extracellular-organic-matter-and-metal-oxides-implications-for-ceramic-membrane-filtration
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Noor Zaouri, Leonardo Gutierrez, Laure Dramas, Daniel Garces, Jean-Philippe Croue
In the current study, the interfacial interactions between the high molecular weight (HMW) compounds of Skeletonema costatum (SKC) extracellular organic matter (EOM) and ZrO2 or Al2O3, were investigated by atomic force microscopy (AFM). HMW SKC-EOM was rigorously characterized and described as a hydrophilic organic compound mainly comprised of polysaccharide-like structures. Lipids and proteins were also observed, although in lower abundance. HMW SKC-EOM displayed attractive forces during approaching (i.e., leading to jump-to-contact events) and adhesion forces during retracting regime to both metal oxides at all solution conditions tested, where electrostatics and hydrogen bonding were suggested as dominant interacting mechanisms...
March 21, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340414/intersection-crash-prediction-modeling-with-macro-level-data-from-various-geographic-units
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Jaeyoung Lee, Mohamed Abdel-Aty, Qing Cai
There have been great efforts to develop traffic crash prediction models for various types of facilities. The crash models have played a key role to identify crash hotspots and evaluate safety countermeasures. In recent, many macro-level crash prediction models have been developed to incorporate highway safety considerations in the long-term transportation planning process. Although the numerous macro-level studies have found that a variety of demographic and socioeconomic zonal characteristics have substantial effects on traffic safety, few studies have attempted to coalesce micro-level with macro-level data from existing geographic units for estimating crash models...
March 21, 2017: Accident; Analysis and Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340358/lysosomal-rupture-induced-by-structurally-distinct-chitosans-either-promotes-a-type-1-ifn-response-or-activates-the-inflammasome-in-macrophages
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David Fong, Pascal Grégoire-Gélinas, Alexandre P Cheng, Tal Mezheritsky, Marc Lavertu, Sachiko Sato, Caroline D Hoemann
Chitosan is a family of glucosamine and N-acetyl glucosamine polysaccharides with poorly understood immune modulating properties. Here, functional U937 macrophage responses were analyzed in response to a novel library of twenty chitosans with controlled degree of deacetylation (DDA, 60-98%), molecular weight (1 to >100 kDa), and acetylation pattern (block vs. random). Specific chitosan preparations (10 or 190 kDa 80% block DDA and 3, 5, or 10 kDa 98% DDA) either induced macrophages to release CXCL10 and IL-1ra at 5-50 μg/mL, or activated the inflammasome to release IL-1β and PGE2 at 50-150 μg/mL...
March 15, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340350/a-viral-immunoevasin-controls-innate-immunity-by-targeting-the-prototypical-natural-killer-cell-receptor-family
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Oscar A Aguilar, Richard Berry, Mir Munir A Rahim, Johanna J Reichel, Branka Popović, Miho Tanaka, Zhihui Fu, Gautham R Balaji, Timothy N H Lau, Megan M Tu, Christina L Kirkham, Ahmad Bakur Mahmoud, Aruz Mesci, Astrid Krmpotić, David S J Allan, Andrew P Makrigiannis, Stipan Jonjić, Jamie Rossjohn, James R Carlyle
Natural killer (NK) cells play a key role in innate immunity by detecting alterations in self and non-self ligands via paired NK cell receptors (NKRs). Despite identification of numerous NKR-ligand interactions, physiological ligands for the prototypical NK1.1 orphan receptor remain elusive. Here, we identify a viral ligand for the inhibitory and activating NKR-P1 (NK1.1) receptors. This murine cytomegalovirus (MCMV)-encoded protein, m12, restrains NK cell effector function by directly engaging the inhibitory NKR-P1B receptor...
March 23, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340345/snapshot-subcellular-mrna-localization
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Mohammad Mofatteh, Simon L Bullock
Many cells localize mRNAs to discrete locations in the cytoplasm. Coupled to local translation, this process affords precise spatial and temporal control of protein function. This SnapShot provides an overview of the key events in subcellular mRNA localization and highlights recent progress in understanding how cytoskeletal motors orchestrate mRNA trafficking.
March 23, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340332/super-elongation-complex-promotes-early-hiv-transcription-and-its-function-is-modulated-by-p-tefb
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Alona Kuzmina, Simona Krasnopolsky, Ran Taube
Early work on the control of transcription of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) laid the foundation for our current knowledge of how RNA Polymerase II is released from promoter-proximal pausing sites and transcription elongation is enhanced. The viral Tat activator recruits Positive Transcription Elongation Factor b (P-TEFb) and Super Elongation Complex (SEC) that jointly drive transcription elongation. While substantial progress in understanding the role of SEC in HIV gene transcription elongation has been obtained, defining of the mechanisms that govern SEC functions is still limited, and the role of SEC in controlling HIV transcription in the absence of Tat is less clear...
February 17, 2017: Transcription
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340323/a-key-to-the-backdoor-into-the-castle-the-clinical-ramifications-of-immunoediting-driven-by-antigenic-competition
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M G Hanna, Jason David Howard
Over the last decade the field of cancer biology has gained considerable data on genomic heterogeneity. This situation creates challenges and possibly opportunities for cancer treatment. The evolution of the tumor at all stages also requires the growing malignancy to confront and avoid the immune system. What we describe here is the interaction of two immune phenomena that work together to change the characteristics of the tumor, i.e., antigenic competition and immune editing. These two systems are mutually functional and their interaction is capable of altering the characteristics of the tumor for protection and survival in an immune competent host as well as restricting the diversity of the tumor clones...
March 24, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340296/ultra-low-surface-recombination-velocity-in-passivated-ingaas-inp-nanopillars
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Aura Higuera-Rodriguez, Bruno Romeira, Simone Birindelli, Lachlan E Black, Barry Smalbrugge, Peter J van Veldhoven, Wilhelmus Erwin M M Kessels, Meint K Smit, Andrea Fiore
The III-V semiconductor InGaAs is a key material for photonics since it provides optical emission and absorption in the 1.55 μm telecommunication wavelength window. However, InGaAs suffers from pronounced non-radiative effects associated with its surface states, which affect the performance of nanophotonic devices for optical interconnects, namely nanolasers and nanodetectors. This work reports the strong suppression of surface recombination of undoped InGaAs/InP nanostructured semiconductor pillars using a combination of ammonium sulfide, (NH4)2S, passivation and silicon oxide, SiOx, coating...
March 24, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340249/orthodontic-strain-affects-the-hippo-pathway-effector-yap-concomitant-with-proliferation-in-human-periodontal-ligament-fibroblasts
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Diana Huelter-Hassler, Pascal Tomakidi, Thorsten Steinberg, Britta A Jung
Objectives: During orthodontic tooth movement (OTM), human periodontal ligament fibroblasts (hPDLFs) sense, and respond to mechanical forces. Since the molecular constituents involved in these processes are not fully elucidated, the objective of the present study was to identify further key molecules of the cellular strain response. Materials and Methods: Primary hPDLFs were strained with a static equiaxial strain of 2.5 per cent for 15 minutes, 1 hour, 6 hours, and 24 hours...
March 17, 2017: European Journal of Orthodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340244/bupropion-administration-increases-resting-state-functional-connectivity-in-dorso-medial-prefrontal-cortex
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Ewelina Rzepa, Zola Dean, Ciara McCabe
Background: Patients on the selective serotonergic re-uptake inhibitors (SSRI) like citalopram report emotional blunting. We have shown previously that citalopram reduces resting-state functional connectivity (RSFC) in healthy volunteers in a number of brain regions including the dorso-medial prefrontal cortex, which may be related to its clinical effects. Bupropion is a dopaminergic and noradrenergic re-uptake inhibitor (DNRI) and is not reported to cause emotional blunting. However how bupropion affects RSFC in healthy controls remains unknown...
March 11, 2017: International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340190/systematic-review-a-systematic-review-of-the-interrelationships-among-children-s-coping-responses-children-s-coping-outcomes-and-parent-cognitive-affective-behavioral-and-contextual-variables-in-the-needle-related-procedures-context
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Lauren Campbell, Miranda DiLorenzo, Nicole Atkinson, Rebecca Pillai Riddell
 To conduct a systematic review of the interrelationships between children's coping responses, children's coping outcomes, and parent variables during needle-related procedures.   A systematic literature search was conducted. It was required that the study examined a painful needle-related procedure in children from 3 to 12 years of age, and included a children's coping response, a children's coping outcome, and a parent variable. In all, 6,081 articles were retrieved to review against inclusion criteria...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340156/the-impact-of-multicomponent-weight-management-interventions-on-self-esteem-in-overweight-and-obese-adolescents-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Margaret Murray, Aimee L Dordevic, Maxine P Bonham
 Building self-esteem in overweight adolescents is key to long-term weight management; yet, self-esteem is rarely a key outcome of adolescent weight management interventions. This systematic review investigates the impact of multicomponent weight management interventions on self-esteem in overweight and obese adolescents.  Six databases were searched in December 2014. Eligible studies met the following criteria: (1) randomized controlled trial, (2) overweight or obese participants, (3) adolescents (10-19 years), (4) multicomponent weight management intervention, (5) reported self-esteem and weight changes...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340123/rapid-ascent-from-zero-quality-to-international-organization-for-standardization-accreditation%C3%A2-a-case-study-of-hai-duong-preventive-medicine-center-in-vietnam-2012-2013
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Cuong Ngoc Duong, Kyle B Bond, Humberto Carvalho, Hien Bui Thi Thu, Thuong Nguyen, Thomas Rush
Objectives: In 2012, the Vietnam Ministry of Health sought to improve the quality of health laboratories by introducing international quality standards. Methods: Strengthening Laboratory Management Toward Accreditation (SLMTA), a year-long, structured, quality improvement curriculum (including projects and mentorship) was piloted in 12 laboratories. Progress was measured using a standardized audit tool (Stepwise Laboratory Quality Improvement Process Towards Accreditation)...
March 15, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Pathology
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