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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817666/assessing-the-sustainable-development-and-intensification-potential-of-beef-cattle-production-in-sumbawa-indonesia-using-a-system-dynamics-approach
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Dahlanuddin, Benjamin Henderson, Kanar Dizyee, Hermansyah, Andrew Ash
The intensification of beef cattle production in dryland areas of East Indonesia has the potential to substantially raise the incomes of smallholder farmers that dominate the sector. In this study we assess the potential for intensifying beef production on Sumbawa Island, by introducing a household feedlot production system (2-20 animals) based on the Leucaena leucocephala (leucanea) tree legume as an improved source of feed. We used a system dynamics approach to model the entire value chain, accounting for herd dynamics, demand dynamics and seasonality...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817100/modulatory-effects-of-exogenously-applied-polyamines-on-postharvest-physiology-antioxidant-system-and-shelf-life-of-fruits-a-review
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Sunil Sharma, Sunil Pareek, Narashans Alok Sagar, Daniel Valero, Maria Serrano
Polyamines (PAs) are natural compounds involved in many growth and developmental processes in plants, and, specifically in fruits, play a vital role regulating its development, ripening and senescence processes. Putrescine (PUT), spermine (SPE), and spermidine (SPD) are prominent PAs applied exogenously to extend shelf life of fruits. They also originate endogenously during developmental phases of horticultural crops and simultaneously affect the quality attributes and shelf life. Their anti-ethylene nature is being exploited to enhance the shelf life when exogenously applied on fruits...
August 17, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816316/hydrogel-scaffolds-for-differentiation-of-adipose-derived-stem-cells
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REVIEW
Qiutong Huang, Yijie Zou, Maria C Arno, Shuai Chen, Tao Wang, Jingyi Gao, Andrew P Dove, Jianzhong Du
Natural extracellular matrices (ECMs) have been widely used as a support for the adhesion, migration, differentiation, and proliferation of adipose-derived stem cells (ADSCs). However, poor mechanical behavior and unpredictable biodegradation properties of natural ECMs considerably limit their potential for bioapplications and raise the need for different, synthetic scaffolds. Hydrogels are regarded as the most promising alternative materials as a consequence of their excellent swelling properties and their resemblance to soft tissues...
August 17, 2017: Chemical Society Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815923/biophysical-screening-of-a-focused-library-for-the-discovery-of-cyp121-inhibitors-as-novel-antimycobacterials
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Christian Brengel, Andreas Thomann, Alexander Schifrin, Giuseppe Allegretta, Ahmed A M Kamal, Joerg Haupenthal, Isabell Schnorr, Sang Hyun Cho, Scott Gary Franzblau, Martin Empting, Jens Eberhard, Rolf W Hartmann
The development of novel antimycobacterial agents against Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) is urgently required due to the appearance of multi-drug resistance (MDR) combined with a complicated long-term treatment. CYP121 was shown to be a promising novel target for inhibition of mycobacterial growth. In this study, we describe the rational discovery of new CYP121 inhibitors by a systematic screening based on biophysical and microbiological methods. Best hits originating from only one structural class gave first information about molecular motifs required for binding and activity...
August 16, 2017: ChemMedChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815596/use-of-first-trimester-placenta-growth-factor-concentration-to-predict-hypertensive-disorders-of-pregnancy-in-a-low-risk-asian-population
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Manisha Kumar, Karuna Sharma, Shalini Singh, Ritu Singh, Abha Singh, Jayashree Bhattacharjee
OBJECTIVE: To determine the value of placenta growth factor (PlGF) for predicting hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (HDP) in a low-risk population when used either alone or in combination with other markers. METHODS: A prospective observational cohort study was conducted among women with singleton pregnancy in the first trimester in New Delhi, India, between October 1, 2013, and September 30, 2016. First-trimester measures included maternal history, body mass index (BMI), mean arterial pressure (MAP), Doppler uterine artery pulsatility index, and serum levels of biomarkers (including PlGF)...
August 17, 2017: International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814780/adaptive-simulations-towards-interactive-protein-ligand-modeling
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Daniel Lecina, Joan F Gilabert, Victor Guallar
Modeling the dynamic nature of protein-ligand binding with atomistic simulations is one of the main challenges in computational biophysics, with important implications in the drug design process. Although in the past few years hardware and software advances have significantly revamped the use of molecular simulations, we still lack a fast and accurate ab initio description of the binding mechanism in complex systems, available only for up-to-date techniques and requiring several hours or days of heavy computation...
August 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813610/poloxamer-decorated-polymer-nanoparticles-for-lung-surfactant-compatibility
#7
Moritz Beck-Broichsitter, Adam Bohr, Christian Arnold Ruge
Lung-delivered polymer nanoparticles provoked dysfunction of the essential lung surfactant system. A steric shielding of the nanoparticle surface with poloxamers could minimize the unwanted interference of polymer nanoparticles with the biophysical function of lung surfactant. The extent of poly(styrene) and poly(lactide) nanoparticle-induced lung surfactant inhibition could be related to the type and content of the applied poloxamer. Escalations of the adsorbed coating layer thickness (>3 nm) as well as concentration (brush- rather than mushroom-like conformation of poly(ethylene glycol), chain-to-chain distance of <5 nm) on the colloidal surface were capable of circumventing bioadverse effects...
August 16, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813460/mechanisms-for-pattern-specificity-of-deep-brain-stimulation-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Osvaldo Matías Velarde, Germán Mato, Damián Dellavale
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) has become a widely used technique for treating advanced stages of neurological and psychiatric illness. In the case of motor disorders related to basal ganglia (BG) dysfunction, several mechanisms of action for the DBS therapy have been identified which might be involved simultaneously or in sequence. However, the identification of a common key mechanism underlying the clinical relevant DBS configurations has remained elusive due to the inherent complexity related to the interaction between the electrical stimulation and the neural tissue, and the intricate circuital structure of the BG-thalamocortical network...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813456/a-simple-molecular-mechanism-explains-multiple-patterns-of-cell-size-regulation
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Morgan Delarue, Daniel Weissman, Oskar Hallatschek
Increasingly accurate and massive data have recently shed light on the fundamental question of how cells maintain a stable size trajectory as they progress through the cell cycle. Microbes seem to use strategies ranging from a pure sizer, where the end of a given phase is triggered when the cell reaches a critical size, to pure adder, where the cell adds a constant size during a phase. Yet the biological origins of the observed spectrum of behavior remain elusive. We analyze a molecular size-control mechanism, based on experimental data from the yeast S...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813018/biophysical-and-computational-studies-of-the-vcci-vmip-ii-complex
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Anna F Nguyen, Nai-Wei Kuo, Laura J Showalter, Ricardo Ramos, Cynthia M Dupureur, Michael E Colvin, Patricia J LiWang
Certain viruses have the ability to subvert the mammalian immune response, including interference in the chemokine system. Poxviruses produce the chemokine binding protein vCCI (viral CC chemokine inhibitor; also called 35K), which tightly binds to CC chemokines. To facilitate the study of vCCI, we first provide a protocol to produce folded vCCI from Escherichia coli (E. coli.) It is shown here that vCCI binds with unusually high affinity to viral Macrophage Inflammatory Protein-II (vMIP-II), a chemokine analog produced by the virus, human herpesvirus 8 (HHV-8)...
August 16, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812984/modelling-the-effects-of-quinidine-disopyramide-and-e-4031-on-short-qt-syndrome-variant-3-in-the-human-ventricles
#11
Cunjin Luo, Kuanquan Wang, Henggui Zhang
Short QT syndrome (SQTS) is an inherited cardiac channelopathy, but at present little information is available on its pharmacological treatment. SQT3 variant (linked to the inward rectifier potassium current IK1) of SQTS, results from a gain-of-function mutation (Kir2.1 D172N) in the KCNJ2-encoded channels, which is associated with ventricular fibrillation (VF). Using biophysically-detailed human ventricular computer models, this study investigated the potential effects of quinidine, disopyramide, and E-4031 on SQT3...
August 16, 2017: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812944/binding-forces-between-a-novel-schiff-base-palladium-ii-complex-and-two-carrier-proteins-human-serum-albumi-and%C3%AE-lactoglobulin
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Somaye Shahraki, Ali Heydari
Ligand binding studies on carrier proteins are crucial in determining the pharmacological properties of drug candidates. Here, a new palladium(II) complex was synthesized and characterized. The in vitro binding studies of this complexwith two carrier proteins, human serum albumin (HSA) and β-lactoglobulin (βLG) was investigated by employing biophysical techniques as well as computational modeling. The experimental results showed thatthe Pd(II) complex interacted with two carrier proteins with moderate binding affinity (Kb ~̴ 0...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812634/optimization-of-lag-phase-shapes-the-evolution-of-a-bacterial-enzyme
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Bharat V Adkar, Michael Manhart, Sanchari Bhattacharyya, Jian Tian, Michael Musharbash, Eugene I Shakhnovich
Mutations provide the variation that drives evolution, yet their effects on fitness remain poorly understood. Here we explore how mutations in the essential enzyme adenylate kinase (Adk) of Escherichia coli affect multiple phases of population growth. We introduce a biophysical fitness landscape for these phases, showing how they depend on molecular and cellular properties of Adk. We find that Adk catalytic capacity in the cell (the product of activity and abundance) is the major determinant of mutational fitness effects...
April 28, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812261/backbone-and-side-chain-1-h-15-n-and-13-c-resonance-assignments-of-two-sac10b-family-members-mvo10b-and-mth10btqqa-from-archaea
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Jinsong Xuan, Hongwei Yao, Yingang Feng, Jinfeng Wang
The Sac10b family proteins, also named as Alba, are small, basic, nucleic acid-binding proteins widely distributed in archaea. They possess divergent physiological functions such as binding to both DNA and RNA with a high affinity and involving in genomic DNA compaction, RNA transactions and transcriptional regulations. The structures of many Sac10b family proteins from hyperthermophilic archaea have been reported, while those from thermophilic and mesophilic archaea are largely unknown. As was pointed out, the homologous members from thermophilic and mesophilic archaea may have functions different from the hyperthermophilic members...
August 16, 2017: Biomolecular NMR Assignments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811996/experimental-method-and-statistical-analysis-to-fit-tumor-growth-model-using-spect-ct-imaging-a-preclinical-study
#15
Ivan Hidrovo, Joyoni Dey, Megan E Chesal, Dmytro Shumilov, Narayan Bhusal, J Michael Mathis
BACKGROUND: Over the last decade, several theoretical tumor-models have been developed to describe tumor growth. Oncology imaging is performed using various modalities including computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) and fluorodeoxyglucose-positron emission tomography (FDG-PET). Our goal is to extract useful, otherwise hidden, quantitative biophysical parameters (such as growth-rate, tumor-necrotic-factor, etc.) from these serial images of tumors by fitting mathematical models to images...
June 2017: Quantitative Imaging in Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811664/structure-based-cross-docking-analysis-of-antibody-antigen-interactions
#16
Krishna Praneeth Kilambi, Jeffrey J Gray
Antibody-antigen interactions are critical to our immune response, and understanding the structure-based biophysical determinants for their binding specificity and affinity is of fundamental importance. We present a computational structure-based cross-docking study to test the identification of native antibody-antigen interaction pairs among cognate and non-cognate complexes. We picked a dataset of 17 antibody-antigen complexes of which 11 have both bound and unbound structures available, and we generated a representative ensemble of cognate and non-cognate complexes...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811318/the-%C3%AE-cell-assassin-iapp-cytotoxicity
#17
Daniel Raleigh, Xiaoxue Zhang, Benoit Hastoy, Anne Clark
Islet amyloid polypeptide (IAPP) forms cytotoxic oligomers and amyloid fibrils in islets in Type 2 diabetes (T2DM). The causal factors for amyloid formation are largely unknown. Mechanisms of molecular folding and assembly of human IAPP (hIAPP) into β-sheets, oligomers and fibrils have been assessed by detailed biophysical studies of hIAPP and non-fibrillogenic, rodent IAPP (rIAPP); cytotoxicity is associated with the early phases (oligomers/multimers) of fibrillogenesis. Interaction with synthetic membranes promotes β-sheet assembly possibly via a transient α-helical molecular conformation...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Molecular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811267/app-a%C3%AE-structural-diversity-and-alzheimer-s-disease-pathogenesis
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REVIEW
Alex E Roher, Tyler A Kokjohn, Steven G Clarke, Michael R Sierks, Chera L Maarouf, Geidy E Serrano, Marwan S Sabbagh, Thomas G Beach
The amyloid cascade hypothesis of Alzheimer's disease (AD) proposes amyloid- β (Aβ) is a chief pathological element of dementia. AD therapies have targeted monomeric and oligomeric Aβ 1-40 and 1-42 peptides. However, alternative APP proteolytic processing produces a complex roster of Aβ species. In addition, Aβ peptides are subject to extensive posttranslational modification (PTM). We propose that amplified production of some APP/Aβ species, perhaps exacerbated by differential gene expression and reduced peptide degradation, creates a diverse spectrum of modified species which disrupt brain homeostasis and accelerate AD neurodegeneration...
August 12, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810960/talk-to-the-hand-u-s-army-biophysical-testing
#19
William R Santee, Adam W Potter, Karl E Friedl
BACKGROUND: Many people are unaware of the science underlying the biophysical properties of Soldier clothing and personal protective equipment, yet there is a well-refined biomedical methodology initiated by Army physiologists in World War II. This involves a methodical progression of systematic material testing technologies, computer modeling, and human testing that enables more efficient development and rapid evaluation of new concepts for Soldier health and performance. Sophisticated manikins that sweat and move are a central part of this testing continuum...
July 2017: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809845/whole-cell-patch-clamp-recordings-of-isolated-primary-epithelial-cells-from-the-epididymis
#20
Bao Li Zhang, Da Yuan Gao, Xiao Xu Zhang, Shuo Shi, Winnie Shum
The epididymis is an essential organ for sperm maturation and reproductive health. The epididymal epithelium consists of intricately connected cell types that are distinct not only in molecular and morphological features but also in physiological properties. These differences reflect their diverse functions, which together establish the necessary microenvironment for the post-testicular sperm development in the epididymal lumen. The understanding of the biophysical properties of the epididymal epithelial cells is critical for revealing their functions in sperm and reproductive health, under both physiological and pathophysiological conditions...
August 3, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
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