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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149301/use-of-domain-swapping-to-identify-candidate-amino-acids-involved-in-differential-interactions-between-two-allelic-variants-of-type-1%C3%A2-s-locus-f-box-protein-and-s3-rnase-in-petunia-inflata
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Lihua Wu, Justin S Williams, Ning Wang, Wasi A Khatri, Daniele San Román, Teh-Hui Kao
Petunia inflata possesses a self-incompatibility (SI) mechanism, which involves S-RNase and multiple S-locus F-box (SLF) genes at the polymorphic S-locus. For a given S-haplotype, each SLF is thought to interact with some of its non-self S-RNases, but not with its self-S-RNase. In this work, we studied an allelic pair of SLF1, S2-SLF1 and S3-SLF1, which differ in 44 amino acids and show differential interactions with S3-RNase. We first used an in vivo transgenic assay to determine whether four chimeric proteins of S2-SLF1 and S3-SLF1, each with one of the three functional domains swapped, interact with S3-RNase...
November 15, 2017: Plant & Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145496/insights-into-soybean-transcriptome-reconfiguration-under-hypoxic-stress-functional-regulatory-structural-and-compositional-characterization
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Thiago J Nakayama, Fabiana A Rodrigues, Norman Neumaier, Juliana Marcolino-Gomes, Hugo B C Molinari, Thaís R Santiago, Eduardo F Formighieri, Marcos F Basso, José R B Farias, Beatriz M Emygdio, Ana C B de Oliveira, Ângela D Campos, Aluízio Borém, Frank G Harmon, Liliane M Mertz-Henning, Alexandre L Nepomuceno
Soybean (Glycine max) is one of the major crops worldwide and flooding stress affects the production and expansion of cultivated areas. Oxygen is essential for mitochondrial aerobic respiration to supply the energy demand of plant cells. Because oxygen diffusion in water is 10,000 times lower than in air, partial (hypoxic) or total (anoxic) oxygen deficiency is important component of flooding. Even when oxygen is externally available, oxygen deficiency frequently occurs in bulky, dense or metabolically active tissues such as phloem, meristems, seeds, and fruits...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141987/brachyury-directs-histone-acetylation-to-target-loci-during-mesoderm-development
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Arica Beisaw, Pavel Tsaytler, Frederic Koch, Sandra U Schmitz, Maria-Theodora Melissari, Anna D Senft, Lars Wittler, Tracie Pennimpede, Karol Macura, Bernhard G Herrmann, Phillip Grote
T-box transcription factors play essential roles in multiple aspects of vertebrate development. Here, we show that cooperative function of BRACHYURY (T) with histone-modifying enzymes is essential for mouse embryogenesis. A single point mutation (T(Y88A)) results in decreased histone 3 lysine 27 acetylation (H3K27ac) at T target sites, including the T locus, suggesting that T autoregulates the maintenance of its expression and functions by recruiting permissive chromatin modifications to putative enhancers during mesoderm specification...
November 15, 2017: EMBO Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134544/a-broader-phenotype-of-persistence-emerges-from-individual-differences-in-response-to-extinction
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Bruno Sauce, Christopher Wass, Michael Lewis, Louis D Matzel
The typical practice of averaging group performance during extinction gives the impression that responding declines gradually and homogeneously. However, previous studies of extinction in human infants have shown that some individuals persist in responding, whereas others abruptly cease responding. As predicted by theories of control, the infants who quickly resign typically display signs of sadness and despair when the expected reward is omitted. Using genetically diverse mice, here we observed a similar pattern of individual differences and the associated phenotypes...
November 13, 2017: Psychonomic Bulletin & Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128848/antimalarial-activity-of-malaria-box-compounds-against-plasmodium-falciparum-clinical-isolates
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Jersley D Chirawurah, Felix Ansah, Prince B Nyarko, Samuel Duodu, Yaw Aniweh, Gordon A Awandare
Malaria remains a major cause of childhood deaths in resource-limited settings. In the absence of an effective vaccine, drugs and other interventions have played very significant roles in combating the scourge of malaria. The recent reports of resistance to artemisinin necessitate the need for new antimalarial drugs with novel mechanisms of action. Towards the development of new, affordable and easily accessible antimalarial drugs for endemic regions, the Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) assembled a total of 400 active antimalarial compounds called the Malaria Box...
October 16, 2017: International Journal for Parasitology, Drugs and Drug Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127725/a-loss-of-function-homozygous-mutation-in-ddx59-implicates-a-conserved-dead-box-rna-helicase-in-nervous-system-development-and-function
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Vincenzo Salpietro, Stephanie Efthymiou, Andreea Manole, Bhawana Maurya, Sarah Wiethoff, Balasubramaniem Ashokkumar, Maria Concetta Cutrupi, Valeria Dipasquale, Sara Manti, Juan A Botia, Mina Ryten, Jana Vandrovcova, Oscar D Bello, Conceicao Bettencourt, Kshitij Mankad, Ashim Mukherjee, Mousumi Mutsuddi, Henry Houlden
We report on a homozygous frameshift deletion in DDX59 (c.185del: p.Phe62fs*13) in a family presenting with oro-facio-digital syndrome phenotype associated to a broad neurological involvement characterized by microcephaly, intellectual disability, epilepsy, and white matter signal abnormalities associated with cortical and sub-cortical ischemic events. DDX59 encodes a DEAD-box RNA helicase and its role in brain function and neurological diseases is unclear. We showed a reduction of mutant cDNA and perturbation of SHH signalling from patient-derived cell lines; furthermore, analysis of human brain gene expression provides evidence that DDX59 is enriched in oligodendrocytes and might act within pathways of leukoencephalopathies associated genes...
November 11, 2017: Human Mutation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126819/to-reduce-the-global-burden-of-human-schistosomiasis-use-old-fashioned-snail-control
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Susanne H Sokolow, Chelsea L Wood, Isabel J Jones, Kevin D Lafferty, Armand M Kuris, Michael H Hsieh, Giulio A De Leo
Control strategies to reduce human schistosomiasis have evolved from 'snail picking' campaigns, a century ago, to modern wide-scale human treatment campaigns, or preventive chemotherapy. Unfortunately, despite the rise in preventive chemotherapy campaigns, just as many people suffer from schistosomiasis today as they did 50 years ago. Snail control can complement preventive chemotherapy by reducing the risk of transmission from snails to humans. Here, we present ideas for modernizing and scaling up snail control, including spatiotemporal targeting, environmental diagnostics, better molluscicides, new technologies (e...
November 7, 2017: Trends in Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126207/effects-of-30-and-50-cigarette-pack-graphic-warning-labels-on-visual-attention-negative-affect-quit-intentions-and-smoking-susceptibility-among-disadvantaged-populations-in-the-united-states
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Chris Skurka, Deena Kemp, Julie Davydova, James F Thrasher, Sahara Byrne, Amelia Greiner Safi, Rosemary J Avery, Michael C Dorf, Alan D Mathios, Leah Scolere, Jeff Niederdeppe
Introduction: Though the WHO Framework Convention for Tobacco Control (FCTC) calls for the implementation of large graphic warning labels on cigarette boxes (GWLs), the courts have blocked the implementation of 50% labels in the U.S. We conducted an experiment to explore whether changing the size of GWLs is associated with changes in visual attention, negative affect, risk beliefs, and behavioral intentions. Method: We recruited adult smokers (N = 238) and middle-school youth (N = 237) throughout New York state in May 2016...
November 4, 2017: Nicotine & Tobacco Research: Official Journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29116866/functional-changes-through-the-usage-of-3d-printed-transitional-prostheses-in-children
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Jorge M Zuniga, Jean L Peck, Rakesh Srivastava, James E Pierce, Drew R Dudley, Nicholas A Than, Nicholas Stergiou
INTRODUCTION: There is limited knowledge on the use of 3 D-printed transitional prostheses, as they relate to changes in function and strength. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to identify functional and strength changes after usage of 3 D-printed transitional prostheses for multiple weeks for children with upper-limb differences. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Gross manual dexterity was assessed using the Box and Block Test and wrist strength was measured using a dynamometer...
November 8, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29116798/1-d-metal-nanobead-arrays-within-encapsulated-nanowires-via-a-red-ox-induced-dewetting-mechanism-study-by-atom-probe-tomography
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Zhiyuan Sun, Avra Tzaguy, Ori Hazut, Lincoln Lauhon, Roie Yerushalmi, David N Seidman
Metal nanoparticle arrays are excellent candidates for a variety of applications due to the versatility of their morphology and structure at the nanoscale. Bottom-up self-assembly of metal nanoparticles provides an important complementary alternative to the traditional top-down lithography method and makes it possible to assemble structures with higher-order complexity, for example, nanospheres, nanocubes, and core-shell nanostructures. Here we present a mechanism study of the self-assembly process of 1-D noble metal nanoparticles arrays, composed of Au, Ag, and AuAg alloy nanoparticles...
November 8, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29116372/tumor-derived-high-mobility-group-box-1-and-thymic-stromal-lymphopoietin-are-involved-in-modulating-dendritic-cells-to-activate-t-regulatory-cells-in-a-mouse-model
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Yi Zhang, Zuqiang Liu, Xingxing Hao, Ang Li, Jiying Zhang, Cara D Carey, Louis D Falo, Zhaoyang You
High-mobility group box 1 (HMGB1) is involved in the tumor-associated activation of regulatory T cells (Treg), but the mechanisms remain unknown. In a mouse tumor model, silencing HMGB1 in tumor cells or inhibiting tumor-derived HMGB1 not only dampened the capacity of tumor cells to produce thymic stromal lymphopoietin (TSLP), but also aborted the tumor-associated modulation of Treg-activating DC. Tumor-derived HMGB1 triggered the production of TSLP by tumor cells. Importantly, both tumor-derived HMGB1 and TSLP were necessary for modulating DC to activate Treg in a TSLP receptor (TSLPR)-dependent manner...
November 7, 2017: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29115856/lps-induced-acute-lung-injury-involves-the-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-mediated-downregulation-of-sox18
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Christine M Gross, Manuela Kellner, Ting Wang, Qing Lu, Xutong Sun, Evgeny A Zemskov, Satish Noonepalle, Archana Kangath, Sanjiv Kumar, Manuel Gonzalez-Garay, Ankit A Desai, Saurabh Aggarwal, Boris Gorshkov, Christina Klinger, Alexander D Verin, John D Catravas, Jeffrey R Jacobson, Jason X-J Yuan, Ruslan Rafikov, Joe G N Garcia, Stephen M Black
One of the early events in the progression of lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-mediated acute lung injury (ALI) in mice is the disruption of the pulmonary endothelial barrier resulting in lung edema. However, the molecular mechanisms by which the endothelial barrier becomes compromised remain unresolved. The SRY-related High Mobility Group box (Sox) group-F family member, Sox18, is a barrier- protective protein through its ability to increase the expression of the tight junction protein, Claudin-5. Thus, the purpose of this study was to determine if down-regulation of the Sox18-Claudin-5 axis plays a role in the pulmonary endothelial barrier disruption associated with LPS exposure...
November 8, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114080/a-role-for-the-f-box-protein-hawaiian-skirt-in-plant-microrna-function
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Patricia L M Lang, Michael D Christie, Ezgi S Dogan, Rebecca Schwab, Jörg Hagmann, Anna-Lena Van de Weyer, Detlef Weigel, Emanuele Scacchi
As regulators of gene expression in multicellular organisms, microRNAs (miRNAs) are crucial for growth and development. While a plethora of factors involved in their biogenesis and action in Arabidopsis thaliana has been described, these processes and their fine-tuning are not fully understood. Here, we used plants expressing an artificial miRNA target mimic (MIM) to screen for negative regulators of miR156. We identified a new mutant allele of the F-box gene HAWAIIAN SKIRT (HWS; At3G61590), hws-5, as a suppressor of the MIM156-induced developmental and molecular phenotypes...
November 7, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29112955/salmonella-typhimurium-dt193-and-dt99-are-present-in-great-and-blue-tits-in-flanders-belgium
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R Boonyarittichaikij, E Verbrugghe, D Dekeukeleire, R De Beelde, L O Rouffaer, R Haesendonck, D Strubbe, W Mattheus, S Bertrand, F Pasmans, D Bonte, K Verheyen, L Lens, A Martel
Endemic infections with the common avian pathogen Salmonella enterica subspecies enterica serovar Typhimurium (Salmonella Typhimurium) may incur a significant cost on the host population. In this study, we determined the potential of endemic Salmonella infections to reduce the reproductive success of blue (Cyanistes caeruleus) and great (Parus major) tits by correlating eggshell infection with reproductive parameters. The fifth egg of each clutch was collected from nest boxes in 19 deciduous forest fragments...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29111974/architecture-of-taf11-taf13-tbp-complex-suggests-novel-regulation-properties-of-general-transcription-factor-tfiid
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Kapil Gupta, Aleksandra A Watson, Tiago Baptista, Elisabeth Scheer, Anna L Chambers, Christine Koehler, Juan Zou, Ima Obong-Ebong, Eaazhisai Kandiah, Arturo Temblador, Adam Round, Eric Forest, Petr Man, Christoph Bieniossek, Ernest D Laue, Edward A Lemke, Juri Rappsilber, Carol V Robinson, Didier Devys, Làszlò Tora, Imre Berger
General transcription factor TFIID is a key component of RNA polymerase II transcription initiation. Human TFIID is a megadalton-sized complex comprising TATA-binding protein (TBP) and 13 TBP-associated factors (TAFs). TBP binds to core promoter DNA, recognizing the TATA-box. We identified a ternary complex formed by TBP and the histone fold (HF) domain-containing TFIID subunits TAF11 and TAF13. We demonstrate that TAF11/TAF13 competes for TBP binding with TATA-box DNA, and also with the N-terminal domain of TAF1 previously implicated in TATA-box mimicry...
November 7, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29108228/cbp501-induces-immunogenic-tumor-cell-death-and-cd8-t-cell-infiltration-into-tumors-in-combination-with-platinum-and-increases-the-efficacy-of-immune-checkpoint-inhibitors-against-tumors-in-mice
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Keiichi Sakakibara, Takuji Sato, Donald W Kufe, Daniel D VonHoff, Takumi Kawabe
CBP501, a calmodulin-binding peptide, is an anti-cancer drug candidate and functions as an enhancer of platinum uptake into cancer cells. Here we show that CBP501 promotes immunogenic cell death (ICD) in combination with platinum agents. CBP501 enhanced a clinically relevant low dose of cisplatin (CDDP) in vitro as evidenced by upregulation of ICD markers, including cell surface calreticulin exposure and release of high-mobility group protein box-1. Synergistic induction of ICD by CDDP plus CBP501 as compared to CDDP alone was confirmed in the well-established vaccination assay...
October 3, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29107644/the-glycolytic-pyruvate-kinase-is-recruited-directly-into-the-viral-replicase-complex-to-generate-atp-for-rna-synthesis
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Chingkai Chuang, K Reddisiva Prasanth, Peter D Nagy
Viruses accomplish their replication by exploiting many cellular resources, including metabolites and energy. Similarly to other (+)RNA viruses, tomato bushy stunt virus (TBSV) induces major changes in infected cells. However, the source of energy required to fuel TBSV replication is unknown. We find that TBSV co-opts the cellular glycolytic ATP-generating pyruvate kinase (PK) directly into the viral replicase complex to boost progeny RNA synthesis. The co-opted PK generates high levels of ATP within the viral replication compartment at the expense of a reduction in cytosolic ATP pools...
November 8, 2017: Cell Host & Microbe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29101189/distribution-and-phylogeny-of-microsymbionts-associated-with-cowpea-vigna-unguiculata-nodulation-in-three-agro-ecological-regions-of-mozambique
#18
Ifeoma N Chidebe, Sanjay K Jaiswal, Felix D Dakora
Cowpea derives most of its N nutrition from biological nitrogen fixation (BNF) via symbiotic bacteroids in root nodules. In Sub-Saharan Africa, the diversity and biogeo-graphic distribution of bacterial microsymbionts nodulating cowpea and other indigenous legumes are not well understood, though needed for increased legume production. The aim of this study was to describe rhizobial distribution and their phylogenies at different agro-ecological regions of Mozambique using BOX-PCR, ITS-RFLP and sequence analysis of housekeeping genes...
November 3, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29091901/resistance-training-and-hawthorn-extract-ameliorate-cognitive-deficits-in-streptozotocin-induced-diabetic-rats
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Ebrahim Zarrinkalam, Kamal Ranjbar, Iraj Salehi, Nejat Kheiripour, Alireza Komaki
It has been shown that diabetic rats display cognitive impairment. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of resistance training and natural antioxidants on learning and memory in type 1 diabetic rats. For this purpose, fifty male Wistar rats were randomly divided into five groups: (i) Control (Con, n=10), (ii) Diabetic (D, n=10), (iii) Diabetic+Resistance training (DRT, n=10), (iv) Diabetic+natural antioxidants (DHE, n=10), and (v) Diabetic+Resistance training+ natural antioxidants (DRH, n=10)...
October 28, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29091087/a-new-fe4co4-soluble-switchable-nanomagnet-encapsulating-cs-enhancing-the-stability-and-redox-flexibility-and-tuning-the-photomagnetic-effect
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J-R Jiménez, M Tricoire, D Garnier, L-M Chamoreau, J von Bardeleben, Yves Journaux, Yanling Li, R Lescouëzec
We report a new cyanide-bridged Cs⊂{Fe4Co4} box, a soluble model of photomagnetic Prussian blue analogues (PBAs). The Cs(+) ion has a high affinity for the box and can replace the K(+) ion in the preformed K-cube. This exchange is kinetically impeded at room temperature but is accelerated by heating and using the 18-crown-6 ether. The inserted Cs(+) ion confers a high robustness to the cube, which withstands boiling, as shown by variable-temperature NMR studies. The stability of this model complex in solution allows the probing of the electronic interaction between the alkali ion and the cyanide cage by using various techniques...
November 14, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
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