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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821770/drought-and-exogenous-abscisic-acid-alter-hydrogen-peroxide-accumulation-and-differentially-regulate-the-expression-of-two-maize-rd22-like-genes
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Kyle Phillips, Ndiko Ludidi
Increased biosynthesis of abscisic acid (ABA) occurs in plants in response to water deficit, which is mediated by changes in the levels of reactive oxygen species such as H2O2. Water deficit and ABA induce expression of some RD22-like proteins. This study aimed to evaluate the effect of water deficit and exogenous ABA (50 µM ABA applied every 24 hours for a total of 72 hours) on H2O2 content in Zea mays (maize) and to characterise genes encoding two putative maize RD22-like proteins (designated ZmRD22A and ZmRD22B)...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821639/amyloid-induced-%C3%AE-cell-dysfunction-and-islet-inflammation-are-ameliorated-by-4-phenylbutyrate-pba-treatment
#2
Joel Montane, Sara de Pablo, Carlos Castaño, Júlia Rodríguez-Comas, Lisa Cadavez, Mercè Obach, Montse Visa, Gema Alcarraz-Vizán, Melchor Sanchez-Martinez, Alfons Nonell-Canals, Marcelina Parrizas, Joan-Marc Servitja, Anna Novials
Human islet amyloid polypeptide (hIAPP) aggregation is associated with β-cell dysfunction and death in type 2 diabetes (T2D). we aimed to determine whether in vivo treatment with chemical chaperone 4-phenylbutyrate (PBA) ameliorates hIAPP-induced β-cell dysfunction and islet amyloid formation. Oral administration of PBA in transgenic (Tg) mice expressing hIAPP in pancreatic β cells (hIAPP Tg) counteracted impaired glucose homeostasis and restored glucose-stimulated insulin secretion. Moreover, PBA treatment almost completely prevented the transcriptomic alterations observed in hIAPP Tg islets, including the induction of genes related to inflammation...
August 15, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821595/a-computational-model-of-1-5-ag-dynamics-during-pregnancy
#3
Seyedeh M Zekavat, Slava Butkovich, Grace J Young, David M Nathan, Danny Petrasek
The importance of 1,5-anhydroglucitol (1,5-AG) as an intermediate biomarker for diabetic pregnancy is multi-fold: (1) it serves as a reliable indicator of moderate-level glycemic control, especially during early gestation; (2) it has been associated with increased risk of diabetes, independent of HbA1c and fasting glucose; and (3) it is an independent risk factor for the development of eclampsia during pregnancy. However, the clinical use of this biomarker during pregnancy has been underutilized due to physiological changes in glomerular filtration rate, plasma volume, and other hemodynamic parameters which have been hypothesized to bias gestational serum 1,5-AG concentrations...
August 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821552/differences-in-temperature-and-water-chemistry-shape-distinct-diversity-patterns-in-thermophilic-microbial-communities
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Cecilia M Chiriac, Edina Szekeres, Knut Rudi, Andreea Baricz, Adriana Hegedus, Nicolae Dragoş, Cristian Coman
This study presents the biodiversity and ecology of microbial mats developed in thermal gradients (20-65 °C) in the surroundings of three drillings (CH, CI, MB) tapping a hyperthermal aquifer from Romania. Using a metabarcoding approach, 16S rRNA genes were sequenced from both DNA and RNA transcripts (cDNA) and compared. The relationships between the microbial diversity and the physico-chemical factors were explored. Additionally, the cDNA data was used for in silico functionality predictions, bringing new insights into the functional potential and dynamics of these communities...
August 18, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820887/identification-of-putative-qtls-for-seedling-stage-phosphorus-starvation-response-in-finger-millet-eleusine-coracana-l-gaertn-by-association-mapping-and-cross-species-synteny-analysis
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M Ramakrishnan, S Antony Ceasar, K K Vinod, V Duraipandiyan, T P Ajeesh Krishna, Hari D Upadhyaya, N A Al-Dhabi, S Ignacimuthu
A germplasm assembly of 128 finger millet genotypes from 18 countries was evaluated for seedling-stage phosphorus (P) responses by growing them in P sufficient (Psuf) and P deficient (Pdef) treatments. Majority of the genotypes showed adaptive responses to low P condition. Based on phenotype behaviour using the best linear unbiased predictors for each trait, genotypes were classified into, P responsive, low P tolerant and P non-responsive types. Based on the overall phenotype performance under Pdef, 10 genotypes were identified as low P tolerants...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820886/circulating-mirnas-in-sepsis-a-network-under-attack-an-in-silico-prediction-of-the-potential-existence-of-mirna-sponges-in-sepsis
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Catalin Vasilescu, Mihnea Dragomir, Mihai Tanase, Dana Giza, Raluca Purnichescu-Purtan, Meng Chen, Sai-Ching Jim Yeung, George A Calin
Biomarkers based on the molecular mechanism of sepsis are important for timely diagnosis and treatment. A large panel of small non-coding microRNAs was reported to modulate the immune response in sepsis but have not been tested in clinical practice. Large-scale identification of microRNA networks in sepsis might reveal a new biological mechanism that can be also targeted by gene therapy. Therefore, the main objective of this study is to perform a comparison of the miRNA network between septic patients and healthy controls...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820533/actinomycetes-still-a-source-of-novel-antibiotics
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REVIEW
Olga Genilloud
Covering: 2006 to 2017Actinomycetes have been, for decades, one of the most important sources for the discovery of new antibiotics with an important number of drugs and analogs successfully introduced in the market and still used today in clinical practice. The intensive antibacterial discovery effort that generated the large number of highly potent broad-spectrum antibiotics, has seen a dramatic decline in the large pharma industry in the last two decades resulting in a lack of new classes of antibiotics with novel mechanisms of action reaching the clinic...
August 18, 2017: Natural Product Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820135/bioinformatic-analyses-of-whole-genome-sequence-data-in-a-public-health-laboratory
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Kelly F Oakeson, Jennifer Marie Wagner, Michelle Mendenhall, Andreas Rohrwasser, Robyn Atkinson-Dunn
The ability to generate high-quality sequence data in a public health laboratory enables the identification of pathogenic strains, the determination of relatedness among outbreak strains, and the analysis of genetic information regarding virulence and antimicrobial-resistance genes. However, the analysis of whole-genome sequence data depends on bioinformatic analysis tools and processes. Many public health laboratories do not have the bioinformatic capabilities to analyze the data generated from sequencing and therefore are unable to take full advantage of the power of whole-genome sequencing...
September 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820124/bacillus-wudalianchiensis-sp-nov-isolated-from-grass-soils-of-the-wudalianchi-scenic-area
#9
Bo Liu, Guo-Hong Liu, Cetin Sengonca, Peter Schumann, Jie-Ping Wang, Yu-Jing Zhu, Hai-Feng Zhang
A Gram-stain-positive, rod-shaped, endospore-forming, aerobic bacterium, designated FJAT-27215T, was isolated from grass soil collected from Wudalianchi in the Heilongjiang Province of China. Growth was observed at 10-60 °C (optimum 30 °C), in 0 and 3.0 % NaCl (optimum 0 %) and at pH 5.0-10.0 (optimum 7.0), respectively. The cell-wall peptidoglycan contained meso-diaminopimelic acid and the isoprenoid quinone was MK7. The main fatty acids were iso-C15 : 0, anteiso-C15 : 0, anteiso-C17 : 0, and iso-C16 : 0...
August 18, 2017: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820101/henriciella-pelagia-sp-nov-isolated-from-seawater
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Yue-Hong Wu, Hong Cheng, Ying-Yi Huo, Xiong-Bin Jin, Chun-Sheng Wang, Xue-Wei Xu
Strain LA220T, isolated from seawater of the Eastern Pacific Ocean, was subjected to a polyphasic taxonomic study. Cells of the strain were Gram-stain-negative, aerobic, motile and short rod-shaped. On the basis of 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis, strain LA220T showed high similarity to Henriciella litoralis SD10T (98.5 %), Henriciella marina DSM 19595T (98.3 %) and Henriciellaaquimarina P38T (97.5 %), and exhibited less than 97.0 % 16S rRNA gene sequence similarity with respect to the type strains of other Hyphomonadaceae species...
August 18, 2017: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820088/bacillus-praedii-sp-nov-isolated-from-purplish-paddy-soil
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Bo Liu, Guo-Hong Liu, Cetin Sengonca, Peter Schumann, Jie-Ping Wang, Yu-Jing Zhu, Qin-Ying Liu, Ming-Kuang Wang
A Gram-stain-positive, rod-shaped, endospore-forming, aerobic bacterium, designated strain FJAT-25547T, was isolated from the purplish paddy soil collected from Linshan Township, Yanting Prefecture of Sichuan Province in PR China (31° 16' N 105° 27' E). Growth was achieved aerobically at temperatures between 15 and 40 °C (optimum 30 °C), with between 0 and 10.0 % NaCl (w/v) (optimum 4 %) and in the range of pH 5.0-12.0 (optimum pH 9.0). The cell-wall peptidoglycan contained meso-diaminopimelic acid, and the main isoprenoid quinone was MK-7...
August 18, 2017: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820066/mutational-impact-on-the-interaction-between-human-il27-and-gp130-in-silico-approach-for-defending-hiv-infection
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Arundhati Banerjee, Rakhi Dasgupta, Sujay Ray
INTRODUCTION: With advances in proteomics, it is essential to investigate the molecular-level participation of IL27 and gp130 to hinder HIV infection. Their interaction causes cell-cycle arrest in HIV+ cells by activating the receptor-associated JAK signaling and causing apoptosis of cancerous cells. METHODOLOGY: The best human wild-type WT_IL27 model was prepared after varied molecular modeling techniques. The vital tyrosine residues in WT_IL27 were identified, mutated and IL27 was re-modeled...
August 17, 2017: Current HIV Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819758/an-in-silico-biomechanical-analysis-of-the-stent-esophagus-interaction
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Mathias Peirlinck, Nic Debusschere, Francesco Iannaccone, Peter D Siersema, Benedict Verhegghe, Patrick Segers, Matthieu De Beule
Despite all technological innovations in esophageal stent design over the past 20 years, the association between the stent design's mechanical behavior and its effect on the clinical outcome has not yet been thoroughly explored. A parametric numerical model of a commercially available esophageal bioresorbable polymeric braided wire stent is set up, accounting for stent design aspects such as braiding angle, strut material, wire thickness, degradation and friction between the wires comprising a predictive tool on the device's mechanical behavior...
August 17, 2017: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819457/type-1-diabetes-urinary-proteomics-and-protein-network-analysis-support-perturbation-of-lysosomal-function
#14
Harinder Singh, Yanbao Yu, Moo-Jin Suh, Manolito G Torralba, Robert D Stenzel, Andrey Tovchigrechko, Vishal Thovarai, Derek M Harkins, Seesandra V Rajagopala, Whitney Osborne, Fran R Cogen, Paul B Kaplowitz, Karen E Nelson, Ramana Madupu, Rembert Pieper
While insulin replacement therapy restores the health and prevents the onset of diabetic complications (DC) for many decades, some T1D patients have elevated hemoglobin A1c values suggesting poor glycemic control, a risk factor of DC. We surveyed the stool microbiome and urinary proteome of a cohort of 220 adolescents and children, half of which had lived with T1D for an average of 7 years and half of which were healthy siblings. Phylogenetic analysis of the 16S rRNA gene did not reveal significant differences in gut microbial alpha-diversity comparing the two cohorts...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819354/mediating-roles-of-ppars-in-the-effects-of-environmental-chemicals-on-sex-steroids
#15
REVIEW
Qiansheng Huang, Qionghua Chen
Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPARs) are ligand-activated nuclear receptors that are widely involved in various physiological functions. They are widely expressed through the reproductive system. Their roles in the metabolism and function of sex steroids and thus the etiology of reproductive disorders receive great concern. Various kinds of exogenous chemicals, especially environmental pollutants, exert their adverse impact on the reproductive system through disturbing the PPAR signaling pathway...
2017: PPAR Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819320/genome-wide-identification-and-expression-analysis-of-e2-ubiquitin-conjugating-enzymes-in-tomato
#16
Bhaskar Sharma, Tarun Kumar Bhatt
The ubiquitin-proteasomal degradation mechanism has gained the attention over the past decade. The E2 ubiquitin conjugating enzymes are the crucial part of ubiquitination mechanism and they are believed to hold imperative association for plant development. It accepts ubiquitin from the E1 enzyme and interacts with the E3 ligase to transfer ubiquitin or directly transfers ubiquitin to the substrate. The functional aspects of E2 ubiquitin enzymes in plant systems are unclear. Tomato is being used as a model plant and rarely explored to study E2 ubiquitin enzyme...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819178/curcumin-liposomes-interfere-with-quorum-sensing-system-of-aeromonas-sobria-and-in-silico-analysis
#17
Ting Ding, Tingting Li, Zhi Wang, Jianrong Li
Aeromonas sobria is opportunistic pathogen frequently found in environment and food. Interfering with its quorum sensing (QS) system could be a promising way to alleviate its virulence. In this study, curcumin liposomes were prepared and their characteristics like particle size, zeta potential, PDI (Polymey Disperse Index), encapsulation efficiency and loading capacity were measured. The quorum sensing inhibitory effect of curcumin liposomes under sub-MIC (Minimum Inhibitory Concentration) on siderophore production, swimming and swarming motility, extracellular proteases, biofilm formation and AHLs (N-acylhomoserine lactones) production of A...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819150/the-g%C3%AE-i-giv-binding-interface-is-a-druggable-protein-protein-interaction
#18
Vincent DiGiacomo, Alain Ibáñez de Opakua, Maria P Papakonstantinou, Lien T Nguyen, Nekane Merino, Juan B Blanco-Canosa, Francisco J Blanco, Mikel Garcia-Marcos
Heterotrimeric G proteins are usually activated by the guanine-nucleotide exchange factor (GEF) activity of GPCRs. However, some non-receptor proteins are also GEFs. GIV (a.k.a Girdin) was the first non-receptor protein for which the GEF activity was ascribed to a well-defined protein sequence that directly binds Gαi. GIV expression promotes metastasis and disruption of its binding to Gαi blunts the pro-metastatic behavior of cancer cells. Although this suggests that inhibition of the Gαi-GIV interaction is a promising therapeutic strategy, protein-protein interactions (PPIs) are considered poorly "druggable" targets requiring case-by-case validation...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819106/identification-and-characterization-of-a-bacterial-homolog-of-chloride-intracellular-channel-clic-protein
#19
Shubha Gururaja Rao, Devasena Ponnalagu, Sowmya Sukur, Harkewal Singh, Shridhar Sanghvi, Yixiao Mei, Ding J Jin, Harpreet Singh
Chloride intracellular channels (CLIC) are non-classical ion channels lacking a signal sequence for membrane targeting. In eukaryotes, they are implicated in cell volume regulation, acidification, and cell cycle. CLICs resemble the omega class of Glutathione S-transferases (GST), yet differ from them in their ability to form ion channels. They are ubiquitously found in eukaryotes but no prokaryotic homolog has been characterized. We found that indanyloxyacetic acid-94 (IAA-94), a blocker of CLICs, delays the growth of Escherichia coli...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818799/an-ultrafiltration-and-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-coupled-with-diode-array-detector-and-mass-spectrometry-approach-for-screening-and-characterizing-thrombin-inhibitors-from-rhizoma-chuanxiong
#20
Qian Zhang, Yu-Xiu Yang, Su-Ying Li, Ya-Li Wang, Feng-Qing Yang, Hua Chen, Zhi-Ning Xia
Thrombin (THR) plays a significant role in thromboembolic diseases, direct THR inhibitors are a class of important clinical anticoagulant drugs. This study established a THR in-solution based biospecific extraction combined with ultrafiltration and high performance liquid chromatography coupled with diode array detector and mass spectrometry analysis (TUA) method to screen and identify ligands for THR in Rhizoma Chuanxiong. After evaluating the reliability of the present TUA method using positive (argatroban) and negative (adenosine, tirofiban, ticagrelor) control drugs, this method was successfully applied to detect eight potential active compounds in Rhizoma Chuanxiong...
August 4, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
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