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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103137/cap-gly-proteins-contribute-to-microtubule-dependent-trafficking-via-interactions-with-the-c-terminal-aromatic-residue-of-%C3%AE-tubulin
#1
Annie Andrieux, Laurence Aubry, Cécile Boscheron
In mammals, the C-terminal tyrosine residue of α-tubulin is subjected to removal/re-addition cycles resulting in tyrosinated microtubules and detyrosinated Glu-microtubules. CLIP170 and its yeast ortholog (Bik1) interact weakly with Glu-microtubules. Recently, we described a Microtubule- Rho1- and Bik1-dependent mechanism involved in Snc1 routing. Here, we further show a contribution of the yeast p150Glued ortholog (Nip100) in Snc1 trafficking. Both CLIP170 and p150Glued are CAP-Gly-containing proteins that belong to the microtubule +end-tracking protein family (known as +Tips)...
January 19, 2017: Small GTPases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101866/titin-and-nebulin-in-thick-and-thin-filament-length-regulation
#2
Larissa Tskhovrebova, John Trinick
In this review we discuss the history and the current state of ideas related to the mechanism of size regulation of the thick (myosin) and thin (actin) filaments in vertebrate striated muscles. Various hypotheses have been considered during of more than half century of research, recently mostly involving titin and nebulin acting as templates or 'molecular rulers', terminating exact assembly. These two giant, single-polypeptide, filamentous proteins are bound in situ along the thick and thin filaments, respectively, with an almost perfect match in the respective lengths and structural periodicities...
2017: Sub-cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101692/the-assembly-and-function-of-perinuclear-actin-cap-in-migrating-cells
#3
Miloslava Maninova, Josef Caslavsky, Tomas Vomastek
Stress fibers are actin bundles encompassing actin filaments, actin-crosslinking, and actin-associated proteins that represent the major contractile system in the cell. Different types of stress fibers assemble in adherent cells, and they are central to diverse cellular processes including establishment of the cell shape, morphogenesis, cell polarization, and migration. Stress fibers display specific cellular organization and localization, with ventral fibers present at the basal side, and dorsal fibers and transverse actin arcs rising at the cell front from the ventral to the dorsal side and toward the nucleus...
January 18, 2017: Protoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100054/efficacy-of-silver-hydrophilic-poly-p-xylylene-on-preventing-bacterial-growth-and-biofilm-formation-in-urinary-catheters
#4
Hamideh Heidari Zare, Viktorija Juhart, Attila Vass, Gerhard Franz, Dieter Jocham
Catheter associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI), caused by several strains of bacteria, are a common complication for catheterized patients. This may eventually lead to a blockage of the catheter due to the formation of a crystalline or amorphous biofilm. Inhibiting bacteria should result in a longer application time free of complaints. This issue has been investigated using an innovative type of silver-coated catheter with a semipermeable cap layer to prevent CAUTI. In this work, two different types of silver catheters were investigated, both of which were capped with poly(p-xylylene) (PPX-N) and exhibited different surface properties that completely changed their wetting conduct with water...
January 18, 2017: Biointerphases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099080/catastrophic-antiphospholipid-syndrome-candidate-therapies-for-a-potentially-lethal-disease
#5
Ozan Unlu, Doruk Erkan
Catastrophic antiphospholipid syndrome (CAPS) is a potentially lethal disease that presents with rapidly progressive multiple organ thromboses. Anticoagulation, corticosteroids, intravenous immunoglobulin, and plasma exchange are the most commonly used treatments for CAPS patients. However, the high mortality despite these medications necessitates new treatment strategies. Following a brief review of current diagnostic and management strategies, we discuss the candidate therapies, i.e., hydroxychloroquine, rituximab, eculizumab, sirolimus, and defibrotide, that can be considered in CAPS patients refractory to traditional treatment...
January 14, 2017: Annual Review of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098753/reagent-less-and-robust-biosensor-for-direct-determination-of-lactate-in-food-samples
#6
Iria Bravo, Mónica Revenga-Parra, Félix Pariente, Encarnación Lorenzo
Lactic acid is a relevant analyte in the food industry, since it affects the flavor, freshness, and storage quality of several products, such as milk and dairy products, juices, or wines. It is the product of lactose or malo-lactic fermentation. In this work, we developed a lactate biosensor based on the immobilization of lactate oxidase (LOx) onto N,N'-Bis(3,4-dihydroxybenzylidene) -1,2-diaminobenzene Schiff base tetradentate ligand-modified gold nanoparticles (3,4DHS-AuNPs) deposited onto screen-printed carbon electrodes, which exhibit a potent electrocatalytic effect towards hydrogen peroxide oxidation/reduction...
January 13, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098502/united-kingdom-national-paediatric-bilateral-project-results-of-professional-rating-scales-and-parent-questionnaires
#7
H E Cullington, D Bele, J C Brinton, S Cooper, M Daft, J Harding, N Hatton, J Humphries, M E Lutman, J Maddocks, J Maggs, K Millward, G O'Donoghue, S Patel, K Rajput, V Salmon, T Sear, A Speers, A Wheeler, K Wilson
OBJECTIVES: This fourteen-centre project used professional rating scales and parent questionnaires to assess longitudinal outcomes in a large non-selected population of children receiving simultaneous and sequential bilateral cochlear implants. METHODS: This was an observational non-randomized service evaluation. Data were collected at four time points: before bilateral cochlear implants or before the sequential implant, one year, two years, and three years after...
January 18, 2017: Cochlear Implants International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098076/melting-of-large-pt-mgo-100-icosahedra
#8
Kevin Rossi, Tom Ellaby, Lauro Oliver Paz Borbon, Ivailo Atanasov, Luca Pavan, Francesca Baletto
On the basis of ab-initio calculations, we present a new parametrisation of the Vervisch-Mottet-Goniakowski (VMG) potential [Vervisch et al. Phys. Rev B24, 245411 (2002)] for modelling the oxide-metal interaction. Applying this model to mimic the finite temperature behaviour of large platinum icosahedra deposited on the pristine MgO(100), we find the nanoparticle undergoes two solid-solid transitions. At 650 K the ���squarisation��� of the interface layer, while a full reshaping towards a fcc architecture takes place above 950 K...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097775/breaking-the-tetra-coordinated-framework-rule-new-clathrate-ba8-m24-p28-%C3%AE-m-cu-zn
#9
Juli-Anna Dolyniuk, Julia V Zaikina, Derrick C Kaseman, Sabyasachi Sen, Kirill Kovnir
A new clathrate type has been discovered in the Ba/Cu/Zn/P system. The crystal structure of the Ba8 M24 P28+δ (M=Cu/Zn) clathrate is composed of the pentagonal dodecahedra common to clathrates along with a unique 22-vertex polyhedron with two hexagonal faces capped by additional partially occupied phosphorus sites. This is the first example of a clathrate compound where the framework atoms are not in tetrahedral or trigonal-pyramidal coordination. In Ba8 M24 P28+δ a majority of the framework atoms are five- and six-coordinated, a feature more common to electron-rich intermetallics...
January 18, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097492/activation-of-trpm2-and-trpv1-channels-in-dorsal-root-ganglion-by-nadph-oxidase-and-protein-kinase-c-molecular-pathways-a-patch-clamp-study
#10
Mustafa Nazıroğlu
Despite considerable research, the mechanisms of neuropathic pain induced by excessive oxidative stress production and overload calcium ion (Ca(2+)) entry in dorsal root ganglion (DRG) remain substantially unidentified. The transient receptor potential melastatin 2 (TRPM2) and vanilloid 1 (TRPV1) channels are activated with different stimuli including oxidative stress. TRPM2 and TRPV1 have been shown to be involved in induction of neuropathic pain. However, the activation mechanisms of TRPM2 and TRPV1 via NADPH oxidase and protein kinase C (PKC) pathways are poorly understood...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096445/unraveling-the-stereochemical-and-dynamic-aspects-of-the-catalytic-site-of-bacterial-peptidyl-trna-hydrolase
#11
Ashish Kabra, Salman Shahid, Ravi Kant Pal, Rahul Yadav, S V S Rama Krishna Pulavarti, Anupam Jain, Sarita Tripathi, Ashish Arora
Bacterial peptidyl-tRNA hydrolase (Pth; EC 3.1.1.29) hydrolyzes the peptidyl-tRNAs accumulated in the cytoplasm and thereby prevents cell death by alleviating tRNA starvation. X-ray and NMR studies of Vibrio cholerae Pth (VcPth) and mutants of its key residues involved in catalysis show that the activity and selectivity of the protein depends on the stereochemistry and dynamics of residues H24, D97, N118, and N14. D97-H24 interaction is critical for activity because it increases the nucleophilicity of H24. The N118 and N14 have orthogonally competing interactions with H24, both of which reduce the nucleophilicity of H24 and are likely to be offset by positioning of a peptidyl-tRNA substrate...
February 2017: RNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095970/cyclic-alternating-pattern-associated-with-catathrenia-and-bruxism-in-a-10-year-old-patient
#12
Brian Villafuerte-Trisolini, Fiorella Adrianzén-Álvarez, Kevin R Duque, Jimmy Palacios-García, Darwin Vizcarra-Escobar
Cyclic alternating pattern (CAP) is widely recognized as an expression of sleep instability in electroencephalogram activity during nonrapid eye movement sleep. We report a case with sequences of CAP followed by bruxism and catathrenia in a 10-y-old male patient with a diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in treatment with methylphenidate. We found CAP in 83.1% of all episodes of catathrenia, and the CAP rate was 12.8%. We propose to consider catathrenia as one of the sleep disorders that may be accompanied by CAP...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine: JCSM: Official Publication of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095688/effect-of-gold-nanoparticle-size-and-coating-on-labeling-monocytes-for-ct-tracking
#13
Peter Chhour, Johoon Kim, Barbara Benardo, Alfredo Tovar, Shaameen Mian, Harold I Litt, Victor A Ferrari, David P Cormode
With advances in cell therapies, interest in cell tracking techniques to monitor the migration, localization, and viability of these cells continues to grow. X-ray computed tomography (CT) is a cornerstone of medical imaging but has been limited in cell tracking applications due to its low sensitivity toward contrast media. In this study, we investigate the role of size and surface functionality of gold nanoparticles for monocyte uptake to optimize the labeling of these cells for tracking in CT. We synthesized gold nanoparticles (AuNP) that range from 15 to 150 nm in diameter and examined several capping ligands, generating 44 distinct AuNP formulations...
January 18, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095607/heat-shock-protein-70-promotes-coxsackievirus-b3-translation-initiation-and-elongation-via-akt-mtorc1-pathway-depending-on-activation-of-p70s6k-and-cdc2
#14
Fengping Wang, Ye Qiu, Huifang M Zhang, Paul Hanson, Xin Ye, Guangze Zhao Ronald Xie, Lei Tong, Decheng Yang
We previously demonstrated that coxsackievirus B3 (CVB3) infection upregulated heat shock protein 70 (Hsp70) and promoted CVB3 multiplication. Here, we report the underlying mechanism by which Hsp70 enhances viral RNA translation. By using an Hsp70-overexpressing cell line infected with CVB3, we found that Hsp70 enhanced CVB3 VP1 translation at two stages. First, Hsp70 induced upregulation of VP1 translation at the initiation stage via upregulation of IRES trans-acting factor La protein and activation of eIF4E binding protein 1, a cap-dependent translation suppressor...
January 17, 2017: Cellular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094928/efficient-charge-transport-via-dna-g-quadruplexes
#15
Arun K Thazhathveetil, Michelle A Harris, Ryan M Young, Michael R Wasielewski, Frederick D Lewis
The dynamics and efficiency of photoinduced charge transport has been investigated in DNA capped hairpins possessing a stilbenedicarboxamide (Sa) hole donor and stilbenediether (Sd) hole acceptor separated by DNA G-quadruplex structures possessing 2-to-4 tetrads by means of femtosecond and nanosecond transient absorption spectroscopy with global analysis. The results for the quadruplex structures are compared with those for the corresponding duplex structures having G-C base pairs in place of the G-tetrads...
January 17, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094506/superior-performance-of-artificial-nacre-based-on-graphene-oxide-nanosheets
#16
Yang Wang, Hao Yuan, Piming Ma, Huiyu Bai, Mingqing Chen, Weifu Dong, Yi Xie, Yogesh S Deshmukh
Natural nacre is well-known by its unique properties due to the well-recognized "brick and mortar" structure. Inspired by the natural nacre, graphene oxide (GO) was modified with dopamine in aqueous solution and then chemically reduced to yield polydopamine-capped reduce GO (PDG). The artificial nacre films of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) and PDG presentating layered structure had been successfully constructed via vacuum-assisted assembly process, in which PDG and PVA acted as "bricks" and "mortar", respectively...
January 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093834/seasonality-of-pathogens-causing-community-acquired-pneumonia
#17
Catia Cilloniz, Santiago Ewig, Albert Gabarrus, Miquel Ferrer, Jorge Puig de la Bella Casa, Josep Mensa, Antoni Torres
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Seasonal distribution of microbial aetiology in patients with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) may add important information both for epidemiologists and clinicians. We investigate the seasonal distribution of microbial aetiology in CAP. METHODS: This prospective observational study was carried out in the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona, Spain (January 2003-December 2014). RESULTS: We studied 4431 patients with CAP, of whom 2689 (61%) were males...
January 17, 2017: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093703/african-american-and-caribbean-born-men-s-perceptions-of-prostate-cancer-fear-and-facilitators-for-screening-behavior-a-pilot-study
#18
Ewan K Cobran, Jori N Hall, William D Aiken
This study describes how a concurrent exploratory mixed methodology (CEMM) approach was used to investigate perceptions of prostate cancer (CaP) fear and facilitators of screening behavior in African-American (AA) and Caribbean-born (CB) black men for instrument development. A quantitative paper-based questionnaire was modified, adapted, and administered to participants from the Personal Integrative Model of Prostate Cancer Disparity Survey and the Powe Fatalism Inventory. Focus groups and individual interviews were conducted and analyzed using thematic analysis...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Cancer Education: the Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093671/evaluation-of-laboratory-scale-in-situ-capping-sediments-with-purple-parent-rock-to-control-the-eutrophication
#19
Xuejiao Huang, Wenhao Shi, Jiupai Ni, Zhenlun Li
In this study, the effectiveness of controlling the eutrophication using purple parent rock to cap the sediments was evaluated in the laboratory scale. Sediments were collected from Sanxikou reservoir (China) in July 2013. Then, three types of purple parent rock (T1f, J3p, and J2s) which are distributed widely in southwest China were used to cap the sediments. Limestone and calcite were used as the contrast group, because they had been reported as effective controls on eutrophication. Then, they were incubated at 20 °C for 46 days...
January 16, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093364/fabrication-of-nanofibrous-electrospun-scaffolds-from-a-heterogeneous-library-of-co-and-self-assembling-peptides
#20
Mahboubeh Maleki, Antonino Natalello, Raffaele Pugliese, Fabrizio Gelain
: Self-assembling (SAPs) and co-assembling peptides (CAPs) are driving increasing enthusiasm as synthetic but biologically inspired biomaterials amenable of easy functionalization for regenerative medicine. On the other hand, electrospinning (ES) is a versatile technique useful for tailoring the nanostructures of various biomaterials into scaffolds resembling the extracellular matrices found in organs and tissues. The synergistic merging of these two approaches is a long-awaited advance in nanomedicine that has not been deeply documented so far...
January 13, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
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