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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637340/an-analysis-of-the-use-of-multichannel-microelectrode-recording-during-deep-brain-stimulation-surgeries-at-a-single-center
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Steven Falowski, James Dierkes
BACKGROUND: Microelectrode recording (MER) can be used to map out the target nucleus and identify ideal lead placement. OBJECTIVE: To assess the use of multichannel MER to increase the efficiency of lead placement without compromising patient safety. METHODS: Analysis of a single center's technique for utilizing multichannel MER with 3 consistent anterior-to-posterior simultaneous passes that include an evaluation of the location of final lead placement, patient diagnosis, target nuclei, and additional work involved for refinement of targeting...
June 14, 2017: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637045/effects-of-injection-of-gamma-aminobutyric-acid-agonists-into-the-nucleus-accumbens-on-naloxone-induced-morphine-withdrawal
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Betilay Topkara, Hasan R Yananli, Eren Sakallı, Mehluge Caferova
AIMS: This study was to investigate the effects of local administration of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) agonists into the nucleus accumbens (NAc) on naloxone-induced morphine withdrawal symptoms. METHODS: Bilateral guide cannulas were stereotaxically implanted in the shell or core regions of the NAc of Sprague-Dawley rats. After a recovery period, 3 morphine pellets, each consisting of 75 mg morphine base, were placed subcutaneously on the first and third days of the study with the rats under mild ether anaesthesia...
June 22, 2017: Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636597/phase-separation-drives-heterochromatin-domain-formation
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Amy R Strom, Alexander V Emelyanov, Mustafa Mir, Dmitry V Fyodorov, Xavier Darzacq, Gary H Karpen
Constitutive heterochromatin is an important component of eukaryotic genomes that has essential roles in nuclear architecture, DNA repair and genome stability, and silencing of transposon and gene expression. Heterochromatin is highly enriched for repetitive sequences, and is defined epigenetically by methylation of histone H3 at lysine 9 and recruitment of its binding partner heterochromatin protein 1 (HP1). A prevalent view of heterochromatic silencing is that these and associated factors lead to chromatin compaction, resulting in steric exclusion of regulatory proteins such as RNA polymerase from the underlying DNA...
June 21, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636317/downsizing-proto-oncogene-cfos-to-short-helix-constrained-peptides-that-bind-jun
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Daniel Baxter, Samuel R Perry, Timothy A Hill, W Mei Kok, Nathan R Zaccai, R Leo Brady, David P Fairlie, Jody M Mason
The oncogenic transcription factor activator protein-1 (AP-1) is a DNA-binding protein that assembles through dimerization of Fos and Jun protein subunits, their leucine-rich helical sequences entwining into a coiled-coil structure. This study reports on downsizing the proto-oncogene cFos protein (380 residues) to shorter peptides (37-25 residues) modified with helix-inducing constraints to enhance binding to Jun. A crystal structure is reported for a 37-residue Fos-derived peptide (FosW) bound to Jun. This guided iterative downsizing of FosW to shorter peptide sequences that were constrained into stable water-soluble α-helices by connecting amino acid side chains to form cyclic pentapeptide components...
June 21, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636266/marap2-4-a-waterlogging-responsive-erf-from-mentha-regulates-bidirectional-sugar-transporter-atsweet10-to-modulate-stress-response-in-arabidopsis
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Ujjal J Phukan, Gajendra Singh Jeena, Vineeta Tripathi, Rakesh Kumar Shukla
As waterlogging and successive events severely influence growth and development of economically important plants, we attempted to characterize the role of a waterlogging-responsive Group I (A-6) Ethylene response factor (MaRAP2-4) from Mentha arvensis. Waterlogging, ethylene and Methyl jasmonate rapidly induced the expression of MaRAP2-4. MaRAP2-4 interacted with multiple cis-elements like Dehydration response elements (DRE1/2), Anoxia/Jasmonic acid response element (JARE) and GCC box showing its involvement in multiple responses...
June 21, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636203/directional-matrix-nanotopography-with-varied-sizes-for-engineering-wound-healing
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Jangho Kim, Won-Gyu Bae, Yeon Ju Kim, Hoon Seonwoo, Han-Wool Choung, Kyoung-Je Jang, Sunho Park, Bog Hee Kim, Hong-Nam Kim, Kyoung Soon Choi, Myung-Sun Kim, Pill-Hoon Choung, Yun-Hoon Choung, Jong Hoon Chung
Topographic features play a crucial role in the regulation of physiologically relevant cell and tissue functions. Here, an analysis of feature-size-dependent cell-nanoarchitecture interactions is reported using an array of scaffolds in the form of uniformly spaced ridge/groove structures for engineering wound healing. The ridge and groove widths of nanopatterns are varied from 300 to 800 nm and the nanotopography features are classified into three size ranges: dense (300-400 nm), intermediate (500-600 nm), and sparse (700-800 nm)...
June 21, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635668/the-role-of-cccdna-in-hbv-maintenance
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Lena Allweiss, Maura Dandri
Chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection continues to be a major health burden worldwide; it can cause various degrees of liver damage and is strongly associated with the development of liver cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. The molecular mechanisms determining HBV persistence are not fully understood, but these appear to be multifactorial and the unique replication strategy employed by HBV enables its maintenance in infected hepatocytes. Both the stability of the HBV genome, which forms a stable minichromosome, the covalently closed circular DNA (cccDNA) in the hepatocyte nucleus, and the inability of the immune system to resolve chronic HBV infection are believed to be key mechanisms of HBV chronicity...
June 21, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635622/the-arabidopsis-gpr1-gene-negatively-affects-pollen-germination-pollen-tube-growth-and-gametophyte-senescence
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Xiao Yang, Qinying Zhang, Kun Zhao, Qiong Luo, Shuguang Bao, Huabin Liu, Shuzhen Men
Genes essential for gametophyte development and fertilization have been identified and studied in detail; however, genes that fine-tune these processes are largely unknown. Here, we characterized an unknown Arabidopsis gene, GTP-BINDING PROTEIN RELATED1 (GPR1). GPR1 is specifically expressed in ovule, pollen, and pollen tube. Enhanced green fluorescent protein-tagged GPR1 localizes to both nucleus and cytoplasm, and it also presents in punctate and ring-like structures. gpr1 mutants exhibit no defect in gametogenesis and seed setting, except that their pollen grains are pale in color...
June 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635590/imbalance-between-innate-antiviral-and-pro-inflammatory-immune-responses-may-contribute-to-different-outcomes-involving-low-and-highly-pathogenic-avian-influenza-h5n3-infections-in-chickens
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John Pasick, Sandra Diederich, Yohannes Berhane, Carissa Embury-Hyatt, Wanhong Xu
In order to gain further insight into the early virus-host interactions associated with highly pathogenic avian influenza virus infections in chickens, genome-wide expression profiling of chicken lung and brain was carried out at 24 and 72 h post-inoculation (h p.i.). For this purpose two recombinant H5N3 viruses were utilized, each possessing a polybasic HA0 cleavage site but differing in pathogenicity. The original rH5N3 P0 virus, which has a low-pathogenic phenotype, was passaged six times through chickens to give rise to the derivative rH5N3 P6 virus, which is highly pathogenic (Diederich S, Berhane Y, Embury-Hyatt C, Hisanaga T, Handel K et al...
June 21, 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635493/the-structure-of-lamin-filaments-in-somatic-cells-as-revealed-by-cryo-electron-tomography
#10
Y Turgay, O Medalia
Metazoan nuclei are equipped with nuclear lamina - a thin layer of intermediate filaments (IFs) mostly built of nuclear lamins facing the inner nuclear membrane (INM). The nuclear lamina serves as an interaction hub for INM-proteins, soluble nuclear factors and DNA. It confers structural and mechanical stability to the nucleus, transduces mechanical forces and biochemical signals across the nuclear envelope (NE) and regulates the organization of chromatin. By utilizing cryo-electron tomography (cryo-ET), we recently provided an unprecedented view into the 3D organization of lamin filaments within the lamina meshwork in mammalian somatic cells...
June 21, 2017: Nucleus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635365/nucleosomal-organization-and-dna-base-composition-patterns
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Alicia García, Sara González, Francisco Antequera
Nucleosomes are the basic units of chromatin. They compact the genome inside the nucleus and regulate the access of proteins to DNA. In the yeast genome, most nucleosomes occupy well-defined positions, which are maintained under many different physiological situations and genetic backgrounds. Although several short sequence elements have been described that favour or reduce the affinity between histones and DNA, the extent to which the DNA sequence affects nucleosome positioning in the genomic context remains unclear...
June 21, 2017: Nucleus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635134/locomotor-sensitization-is-expressed-by-ghrelin-and-d1-dopamine-receptor-agonist-in-the-nucleus-accumbens-core-in-amphetamine-pre-exposed-rat
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Ju Kyong Jang, Wha Young Kim, Bo Ram Cho, Jung Won Lee, Jeong-Hoon Kim
Ghrelin modulates mesolimbic dopaminergic pathways in the brain in addition to its role in feeding. We investigated what roles ghrelin in the nucleus accumbens (NAcc) core may play in mediating locomotor activating effects of amphetamine (AMPH). First, when rats were administered with AMPH (1 mg/kg, i.p.) following a bilateral microinjection of ghrelin (0.1 or 0.5 μg/side) into the NAcc core, their locomotor activity was significantly enhanced, while these effects were blocked by co-microinjection of ghrelin receptor antagonist (0...
June 21, 2017: Addiction Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635080/neuroadaptations-of-presynaptic-and-postsynaptic-gabab-receptor-function-in-the-paraventricular-nucleus-in-response-to-chronic-unpredictable-stress
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Yonggang Gao, Jing-Jing Zhou, Yun Zhu, Li Wang, Therese A Kosten, Xiangjian Zhang, De-Pei Li
BACKGROUND: Chronic stress induces an impaired GABAA (γ-aminobutyric acid type A) receptor-mediated inhibition in the hypothalamic paraventricular nucleus (PVN). It is not clear whether GABAB receptor function is altered in chronic stress. We hypothesize that chronic stress alters GABAB receptor function in PVN corticotrophin-releasing hormone (CRH) neurons to control hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis activity. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: Whole cell patch-clamp recording was performed on PVN-CRH neurons expressing eGFP driven by CRH promoter in brain slices from unstressed rats and rats that had been subjected to chronic unpredictable mild stress (CUMS)...
June 20, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634786/inhibition-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-activity-by-aminoguanidine-alleviates-neuroinflammation-induced-by-hyperglycemia
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Yuanjian Song, Fang Zhang, Changjiang Ying, Kiran Ashok Kumar, Xiaoyan Zhou
Neuroinflammation is a key feature of cerebral complication which is associated with diabetes mellitus (DM). Inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) is implicated in the pathogenesis of neuroinflammation. However, how iNOS facilitates the development of inflammation in brain is still unidentified. The aim of the present study was to investigate the association of iNOS and neuroinflammation in diabetic mice, and elucidate the potential mechanisms underlying aminoguanidine (AG), the selective inhibitor of iNOS, protected neurons against inflammation in diabetic mice...
June 20, 2017: Metabolic Brain Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634719/a-sugarcane-pathogenesis-related-protein-scpr10-plays-a-positive-role-in-defense-responses-under-sporisorium-scitamineum-srmv-sa-and-meja-stresses
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Qiong Peng, Yachun Su, Hui Ling, Waqar Ahmad, Shiwu Gao, Jinlong Guo, Youxiong Que, Liping Xu
A pathogenesis-related gene, ScPR10 , was isolated from sugarcane and its bio-function was characterized, demonstrating that ScPR10 was involved in plant defense responses to Sporisorium scitamineum , SrMV, SA, and MeJA stresses. Plant fungal and viral diseases are the major concerns in sugarcane industry. Many anti-fungal and antivirus components, including pathogenesis-related (PR) proteins, have been identified. The pathogenesis-related protein 10 (PR10) is the dominant group in PR families, involved in the plant defense mechanism...
June 20, 2017: Plant Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634481/genome-wide-analysis-of-the-rav-family-in-soybean-and-functional-identification-of-gmrav-03-involvement-in-salt-and-drought-stresses-and-exogenous-aba-treatment
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Shu-Ping Zhao, Zhao-Shi Xu, Wei-Jun Zheng, Wan Zhao, Yan-Xia Wang, Tai-Fei Yu, Ming Chen, Yong-Bin Zhou, Dong-Hong Min, You-Zhi Ma, Shou-Cheng Chai, Xiao-Hong Zhang
Transcription factors play vital roles in plant growth and in plant responses to abiotic stresses. The RAV transcription factors contain a B3 DNA binding domain and/or an APETALA2 (AP2) DNA binding domain. Although genome-wide analyses of RAV family genes have been performed in several species, little is known about the family in soybean (Glycine max L.). In this study, a total of 13 RAV genes, named as GmRAVs, were identified in the soybean genome. We predicted and analyzed the amino acid compositions, phylogenetic relationships, and folding states of conserved domain sequences of soybean RAV transcription factors...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634473/toxic-effects-of-prodigiosin-secreted-by-hahella-sp-ka22-on-harmful-alga-phaeocystis-globosa
#17
Huajun Zhang, Hui Wang, Wei Zheng, Zhiyuan Yao, Yun Peng, Su Zhang, Zhong Hu, Zhen Tao, Tianling Zheng
Application of algicidal compounds secreted by bacteria is a promising and environmentally friendly strategy to control harmful algal blooms (HABs). Years ago prodigiosin was described as an efficient algicidal compound, but the details about the effect of prodigiosin on algal cells are still elusive. Prodigiosin shows high algicidal activity on Phaeocystis globosa, making it a potential algicide in HAB control. When P. globosa were treated with prodigiosin at 5 μg/mL, algae cells showed cytoplasmic hypervacuolization, chloroplast and nucleus rupture, flagella missing, and cell fracture, when observed by scanning electron microscope and transmission electron microscopy...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634440/cysteines-as-redox-molecular-switches-and-targets-of-disease
#18
REVIEW
Annamaria Fra, Edgar D Yoboue, Roberto Sitia
Thiol groups can undergo numerous modifications, making cysteine a unique molecular switch. Cysteine plays structural and regulatory roles as part of proteins or glutathione, contributing to maintain redox homeostasis and regulate signaling within and amongst cells. Not surprisingly therefore, cysteines are associated with many hereditary and acquired diseases. Mutations in the primary protein sequence (gain or loss of a cysteine) are most frequent in membrane and secretory proteins, correlating with the key roles of disulfide bonds...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634266/30-years-of-the-mineralocorticoid-receptor-the-brain-mineralocorticoid-receptor-a-saga-in-three-episodes
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REVIEW
Marian Joëls, E Ronald de Kloet
In 1968, Bruce McEwen discovered that (3)H-corticosterone administered to adrenalectomised rats is retained in neurons of hippocampus rather than those of hypothalamus. This discovery signalled the expansion of endocrinology into the science of higher brain regions. With this in mind, our contribution highlights the saga of the brain mineralocorticoid receptor (MR) in three episodes. First, the precloning era dominated by the conundrum of two types of corticosterone-binding receptors in the brain, which led to the identification of the high-affinity corticosterone receptor as the 'promiscuous' MR cloned in 1987 by Jeff Arriza and Ron Evans in addition to the classical glucocorticoid receptor (GR)...
July 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634086/towards-building-a-more-complex-view-of-the-lateral-geniculate-nucleus-recent-advances-in-understanding-its-role
#20
REVIEW
Masoud Ghodrati, Seyed-Mahdi Khaligh-Razavi, Sidney R Lehky
The lateral geniculate nucleus (LGN) has often been treated in the past as a linear filter that adds little to retinal processing of visual inputs. Here we review anatomical, neurophysiological, brain imaging, and modeling studies that have in recent years built up a much more complex view of LGN. These include effects related to nonlinear dendritic processing, cortical feedback, synchrony and oscillations across LGN populations, as well as involvement of LGN in higher level cognitive processing Although recent studies have provided valuable insights into early visual processing including the role of LGN, a unified model of LGN responses to real-world objects has not yet been developed...
June 17, 2017: Progress in Neurobiology
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