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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107768/arabidopsis-protein-s-acyl-transferase4-mediates-root-hair-growth
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Zhi-Yuan Wan, Sen Chai, Fu-Rong Ge, Qiang-Nan Feng, Yan Zhang, Sha Li
Polar growth of root hairs is critical for plant survival and necessitates fine-tuned ROP signaling. Multiple ROP regulators participate in root hair growth. However, protein S-acyl transferases (PATs), mediating the S-acylation and membrane partitioning of ROPs, are yet to be found. By using a reverse genetic approach, combining fluorescence probes, pharmacological drugs, site-directed mutagenesis, and genetic analysis with related root-hair mutants, we have identified and characterized an Arabidopsis PAT, which may be responsible for ROP2 S-acylation in root hairs...
January 20, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107728/a-three-dimensional-core-shell-nanostructured-composite-of-polypyrrole-wrapped-mno2-reduced-graphene-oxide-carbon-nanotube-for-high-performance-lithium-ion-batteries
#2
Yong Li, Daixin Ye, Wen Liu, Bin Shi, Rui Guo, Haijuan Pei, Jingying Xie
Manganese oxides are promising anode materials for their high-energy density. However, they suffer from poor rate capability and fast capacity fading. Herein, we construct a three-dimensional (3D) core-shell structured polypyrrole (PPy)/MnO2-reduced graphene oxide (rGO)-carbon nanotubes (CNTs) composite via a facile two-step method. In the structure, the CNTs can facilitate fast electron conduction and keep structural integrity. The flexible and conductive rGO nanosheets work as both a reactive material and a carrier for MnO2 in-situ growth...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107702/c1qbp-regulates-ybx1-to-suppress-the-androgen-receptor-ar-enhanced-rcc-cell-invasion
#3
Dan Yue, Yong Wang, Yin Sun, Yuanjie Niu, Chawnshang Chang
Early studies suggested that the androgen receptor (AR) might play important roles to promote the renal cell carcinoma (RCC) progression; however, the detailed mechanisms remain unclear. Here we demonstrated the higher YBX1 expression with lower C1QBP expression in human RCC clinical tissues, and the intensity of C1QBP was negatively correlated with the YBX1 nuclear expression. Mechanism dissection found C1QBP could interact with YBX1 to suppress the YBX1 activation via altering the YBX1 phosphorylation and nuclear translocation in RCC cells...
January 17, 2017: Neoplasia: An International Journal for Oncology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107689/development-and-validation-of-a-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry-method-for-the-assay-of-tafamidis-in-rat-plasma-application-to-a-pharmacokinetic-study-in-rats
#4
Hun-Chan Hyun, Jong-Woo Jeong, Hye-Rim Kim, Ji-Hoon Oh, Jong-Hwa Lee, Sungwook Choi, Yeon-Soo Kim, Tae-Sung Koo
Tafamidis is a first-in-class inhibitor of transthyretin amyloid fibril formation. It has been available in Argentina, Japan, and Mexico for the treatment of transthyretin amyloidosis in adult patients with early-stage symptomatic polyneuropathy. In this study, a rapid and sensitive liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry method was developed and validated for the assay of tafamidis in rat plasma. The method was also assessed for its applicability to pharmacokinetic studies in rats. Tafamidis was extracted from rat plasma by the liquid-liquid extraction method using hydrochloric acid and ethyl acetate...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107688/sequencing-and-de-novo-assembly-of-visceral-mass-transcriptome-of-the-critically-endangered-land-snail-satsuma-myomphala-annotation-and-ssr-discovery
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Se Won Kang, Bharat Bhusan Patnaik, Hee-Ju Hwang, So Young Park, Jong Min Chung, Dae Kwon Song, Hongray Howrelia Patnaik, Jae Bong Lee, Changmu Kim, Soonok Kim, Young-Su Park, Hong Seog Park, Seung-Hwan Park, Yeon Soo Han, Jun Sang Lee, Yong Seok Lee
Satsuma myomphala is critically endangered through loss of natural habitats, predation by natural enemies, and indiscriminate collection. It is a protected species in Korea but lacks genomic resources for an understanding of varied functional processes attributable to evolutionary success under natural habitats. For assessing the genetic information of S. myomphala, we performed for the first time, de novo transcriptome sequencing and functional annotation of expressed sequences using Illumina Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) platform and bioinformatics analysis...
October 29, 2016: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part D, Genomics & Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107667/two-opposite-dose-dependent-effects-of-diazinon-on-the-motor-activity-of-the-rat-ileum
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Saša M Trailović, Djordje S Marjanović, Teodora Vidonja Uzelac, Mirjana Milovanović, Jelena Nedeljković Trailović
Acute poisoning with OPs may lead to a range of neurological effects, which cannot be explained by AChE inhibition alone. Several OPs interact directly with cholinergic receptors in mammals, but such data does not exist for invertebrates. The aim of current study was to investigate the direct and indirect effects of diazinon on the contractions of rat ileum and to compare those effects on the nervemuscle preparation of the Ascaris suum. In the presence of increasing concentrations of diazinon (3, 10 and 30nM), EFS-induced ileal contractions were increased significantly...
January 10, 2017: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107666/development-of-a-microwave-energy-delivery-system-for-reversible-stunning-of-cattle
#7
D McLean, L Meers, J Ralph, J S Owen, A Small
Stunning prior to slaughter is commonly used to render the animal insensible to pain. However, for certain markets, stunning is disallowed, unless the animal can fully recover if not slaughtered. There are very few available methods of inducing a fully recoverable stun. This paper describes the development of a microwave energy application system for stunning cattle. Cadaver heads were used to demonstrate that brain temperature could be raised to a point at which insensibility would be expected to occur (44°C), and to calculate the power and time combinations required to achieve this in a range of cattle weights...
January 7, 2017: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107626/polymeric-nanofibers-with-ultrahigh-piezoelectricity-via-self-orientation-of-nanocrystals
#8
Xia Liu, Jing Ma, Xiaoming Wu, Liwei Lin, Xiaohong Wang
Piezoelectricity in macromolecule polymers has been gaining immense attention, particularly for applications in biocompatible, implantable, and flexible electronic devices. This paper introduces core-shell-structured piezoelectric polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) nanofibers chemically wrapped by graphene oxide (GO) lamellae (PVDF/GO nanofibers), in which the polar β-phase nanocrystals are formed and uniaxially self-oriented by the synergistic effect of mechanical stretching, high-voltage alignment, and chemical interactions...
January 20, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107590/endocannabinoid-activation-of-cb1-receptors-contributes-to-long-lasting-reversal-of-neuropathic-pain-by-repetitive-spinal-cord-stimulation
#9
L Sun, L Tai, Q Qiu, R Mitchell, S Fleetwood-Walker, E A Joosten, C W Cheung
BACKGROUND: Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) has been shown to be effective in the management of certain neuropathic pain conditions, however, the underlying mechanisms are incompletely understood. In this study, we investigated repetitive SCS in a rodent neuropathic pain model, revealing long-lasting and incremental attenuation of hyperalgesia and a mechanism of action involving endocannabinoids. METHOD: Animals were implanted with monopolar electrodes at the time of partial sciatic nerve injury...
January 20, 2017: European Journal of Pain: EJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107546/bone-marrow-stroma-protects-myeloma-cells-from-cytotoxic-damage-via-induction-of-the-oncoprotein-muc1
#10
Michal Bar-Natan, Dina Stroopinsky, Katarina Luptakova, Maxwell D Coll, Arie Apel, Hasan Rajabi, Athalia R Pyzer, Kristen Palmer, Michaela R Reagan, Myrna R Nahas, Rebecca Karp Leaf, Salvia Jain, Jon Arnason, Irene M Ghobrial, Kenneth C Anderson, Donald Kufe, Jacalyn Rosenblatt, David Avigan
Multiple myeloma (MM) is a lethal haematological malignancy that arises in the context of a tumour microenvironment that promotes resistance to apoptosis and immune escape. In the present study, we demonstrate that co-culture of MM cells with stromal cells results in increased resistance to cytotoxic and biological agents as manifested by decreased rates of cell death following exposure to alkylating agents and the proteosome inhibitor, bortezomib. To identify the mechanism of increased resistance, we examined the effect of the co-culture of MM cells with stroma cells, on expression of the MUC1 oncogene, known to confer tumour cells with resistance to apoptosis and necrosis...
January 20, 2017: British Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107508/prospects-of-targeting-the-gastrin-releasing-peptide-receptor-and-somatostatin-receptor-2-for-nuclear-imaging-and-therapy-in-metastatic-breast-cancer
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Simone U Dalm, Willemijne A M E Schrijver, Anieta M Sieuwerts, Maxime P Look, Angelique C J Ziel-van der Made, Vanja de Weerd, John W Martens, Paul J van Diest, Marion de Jong, Carolien H M van Deurzen
BACKGROUND: The gastrin releasing peptide receptor (GRPR) and the somatostatin receptor 2 (SSTR2) are overexpressed on primary breast cancer (BC), making them ideal candidates for receptor-mediated nuclear imaging and therapy. The aim of this study was to determine whether these receptors are also suitable targets for metastatic BC. METHODS: mRNA expression of human BC samples were studied by in vitro autoradiography and associated with radioligand binding. Next, GRPR and SSTR2 mRNA levels of 60 paired primary BCs and metastases from different sites were measured by quantitative reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107507/a-multiplex-rt-pcr-assay-for-detection-and-differentiation-of-avian-origin-canine-h3n2-equine-origin-h3n8-human-origin-h3n2-and-h1n1-2009-canine-influenza-viruses
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Chenxi Wang, Qian Wang, Junyi Hu, Honglei Sun, Juan Pu, Jinhua Liu, Yipeng Sun
Virological and serological surveys have documented that H1N1/2009, avian-origin canine H3N2 (cH3N2), seasonal human-origin H3N2 (hH3N2), and equine-origin H3N8 influenza viruses are consistently circulating in dogs. In the present study, a multiplex reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (mRT-PCR) assay was developed for simultaneous detection and differentiation of these influenza viruses. Four primer sets were designed to target the hemagglutinin genes of H1N1/2009, cH3N2, hH3N2, and H3N8 canine influenza viruses (CIVs)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107470/development-of-a-blocking-elisa-using-a-monoclonal-antibody-to-a-dominant-epitope-in-non-structural-protein-3a-of-foot-and-mouth-disease-virus-as-a-matching-test-for-a-negative-marker-vaccine
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Yuanfang Fu, Pinghua Li, Yimei Cao, Na Wang, Pu Sun, Qian Shi, Xincheng Ji, Huifang Bao, Dong Li, Yingli Chen, Xingwen Bai, Xueqing Ma, Jing Zhang, Zengjun Lu, Zaixin Liu
Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) is a devastating animal disease. Strategies for differentiation of infected from vaccinated animals (DIVA) remain very important for controlling disease. Development of an epitope-deleted marker vaccine and accompanying diagnostic method will improve the efficiency of DIVA. Here, a monoclonal antibody (Mab) was found to recognize a conserved "AEKNPLE" epitope spanning amino acids 109-115 of non-structural protein (NSP) 3A of foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV; O/Tibet/CHA/99 strain), which could be deleted by a reverse-genetic procedure...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107409/targeted-deletion-of-a-plasmodium-site-2-protease-impairs-life-cycle-progression-in-the-mammalian-host
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Konstantinos Koussis, Evi Goulielmaki, Anna Chalari, Chrislaine Withers-Martinez, Inga Siden-Kiamos, Kai Matuschewski, Thanasis G Loukeris
Site-2 proteases (S2P) belong to the M50 family of metalloproteases, which typically perform essential roles by mediating activation of membrane-bound transcription factors through regulated intramembrane proteolysis (RIP). Protease-dependent liberation of dormant transcription factors triggers diverse cellular responses, such as sterol regulation, Notch signalling and the unfolded protein response. Plasmodium parasites rely on regulated proteolysis for controlling essential pathways throughout the life cycle...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107385/evaluating-the-significance-of-viscoelasticity-in-diagnosing-early-stage-liver-fibrosis-with-transient-elastography
#15
Jingxin Zhao, Fei Zhai, Jun Cheng, Qiong He, Jianwen Luo, Xueping Yang, Jinhua Shao, Huichun Xing
Transient elastography quantifies the propagation of a mechanically generated shear wave within a soft tissue, which can be used to characterize the elasticity and viscosity parameters of the tissue. The aim of our study was to combine numerical simulation and clinical assessment to define a viscoelastic index of liver tissue to improve the quality of early diagnosis of liver fibrosis. This is clinically relevant, as early fibrosis is reversible. We developed an idealized two-dimensional axisymmetric finite element model of the liver to evaluate the effects of different viscoelastic values on the propagation characteristics of the shear wave...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107345/syk-regulates-neutrophilic-airway-hyper-responsiveness-in-a-chronic-mouse-model-of-allergic-airways-inflammation
#16
Sepehr Salehi, Xiaomin Wang, Stephen Juvet, Jeremy A Scott, Chung-Wai Chow
BACKGROUND: Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease characterized by airways hyper-responsiveness (AHR), reversible airway obstruction, and airway inflammation and remodeling. We previously showed that Syk modulates methacholine-induced airways contractility in naïve mice and in mice with allergic airways inflammation. We hypothesize that Syk plays a role in the pathogenesis of AHR; this was evaluated in a chronic 8-week mouse model of house dust mite (HDM)-induced allergic airways inflammation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107316/lymphedema-improving-screening-and-treatment-among-at-risk-breast-cancer-survivors
#17
Kelly Reichart
Inadequate peripheral lymphedema screening is a persistent gap in the provision of quality survivorship care at many breast cancer centers. Lymphedema should be identified and treated during the subclinical stage, when it is more likely reversible. The purpose of this project was to integrate a screening process for patients with breast cancer at risk for lymphedema, using bioimpedance spectroscopy via the L-Dex®, in a breast cancer center. A protocol was developed that included specific criteria for early patient referral to physical therapy...
February 1, 2017: Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107255/high-methotrexate-triglutamate-level-is-an-independent-predictor-of-adverse-effects-in-asian-indian-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients-a-preliminary-study
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Amit Sandhu, Varun Dhir, Archana Bhatnagar, Veena Dhawan, Jasbinder Kaur, Ankita Sood, Shankar Naidu, Shabeer Ahmad, Neelam Varma, Aman Sharma, Shefali Sharma
BACKGROUND: It is unclear whether erythrocyte methotrexate polyglutamate levels (MTX-glun) are associated with response or adverse effects to methotrexate in rheumatoid arthritis. This preliminary study evaluated their utility in Asian-Indian patients over 24 weeks. METHODS: Rheumatoid arthritis patients were started on oral methotrexate at a dose of 15 mg per week, which was escalated to 25 mg by 12 weeks and continued till 24 weeks. Erythrocyte (RBC) MTX-glu1 to MTX-glu5 levels (nmol/L RBC) were determined at 4, 8, 16, and 24 weeks by using reverse-phase high-performance liquid chromatography...
January 19, 2017: Therapeutic Drug Monitoring
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107238/roles-of-the-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-transducer-oasis-in-ossification-of-the-posterior-longitudinal-ligament
#19
Yu Chen, Haisong Yang, Jinhao Miao, Xiaowei Liu, Xinwei Wang, Deyu Chen
STUDY DESIGN: In vitro molecular research on the posterior longitudinal ligament fibroblasts. OBJECTIVE: To investigate different expression of old astrocyte specifically induced substance (OASIS) between spinal ligament fibroblasts from the patients with ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament (OPLL) and from non-OPLL patients and demonstrate knockdown of OASIS protein expression by RNA interference inhibiting expression of type I collagen (COL I) in OPLL cells...
February 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107222/romidepsin-induced-hiv-1-viremia-during-effective-art-contains-identical-viral-sequences-with-few-deleterious-mutations
#20
Anni Winckelmann, Kirston Barton, Bonnie Hiener, Timothy E Schlub, Wei Shao, Thomas A Rasmussen, Lars Østergaard, Ole S Søgaard, Martin Tolstrup, Sarah Palmer
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the origin of the HIV-1 viremia induced by the latency-reversing agent romidepsin. DESIGN: Six individuals on suppressive antiretroviral therapy received romidepsin administered intravenously once weekly for three consecutive weeks. CD4+ T-cells were obtained at baseline, following the second and third romidepsin infusion, and 10 weeks after the final romidepsin treatment. METHODS: Single-genome sequencing of the env region was used to genetically characterize the virus from proviral DNA, the transcribed cell-associated RNA and the plasma RNA pool...
January 19, 2017: AIDS
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