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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551945/targeting-ablation-strategies-and-electro-anatomical-systems-for-different-atrial-fibrillation-patterns
#1
Francesco Santoro, Christian H Heeger, Andreas Metzner, Natale D Brunetti, Matteo DI Biase, Karl-Heinz Kuck, Feifan Ouyang
INTRODUCTION: Catheter ablation (CA) is an established and widespread treatment option for drug refractory atrial fibrillation (AF). CA has undergone considerable improvements during the last years and several ablation strategies have been proposed for different AF patterns. EVIDENCE ACQUISITION: The main cornerstone is the electrical isolation of pulmonary veins (PVs) especially among patients with paroxysmal AF. This can be achieved mainly with the use of radiofrequency or cryo-energy...
May 25, 2017: Minerva Cardioangiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551375/cytoskeletal-organization-in-microtentacles
#2
Alison N Killilea, Roseann Csencsits, Emily Le, Anand M Patel, Samuel J Kenny, Ke Xu, Kenneth H Downing
Microtentacles are thin, flexible cell protrusions that have recently been described and whose presence enhances efficient attachment of circulating cells. They are found on circulating tumor cells and can be induced on a wide range of breast cancer cell lines, where they are promoted by factors that either stabilize microtubules or destabilize the actin cytoskeleton. Evidence suggests that they are relevant to the metastatic spread of cancer, so understanding their structure and formation may lead to useful therapies...
May 24, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549445/fibrinogen-early-in-severe-trauma-study-feisty-study-protocol-for-a-randomised-controlled-trial
#3
James Winearls, Martin Wullschleger, Elizabeth Wake, Catherine Hurn, Jeremy Furyk, Glenn Ryan, Melita Trout, James Walsham, Anthony Holley, Jeremy Cohen, Megan Shuttleworth, Wayne Dyer, Gerben Keijzers, John F Fraser, Jeffrey Presneill, Don Campbell
BACKGROUND: Haemorrhage is a leading cause of death in severe trauma. Fibrinogen plays a critical role in maintaining haemostasis in traumatic haemorrhage. Early fibrinogen replacement is recommended by several international trauma guidelines using either fibrinogen concentrate (FC) or cryoprecipitate (Cryo). There is limited evidence to support one product over the other with widespread geographic and institutional variation in practice. This pilot trial is the first randomised controlled trial comparing FC to Cryo in traumatic haemorrhage...
May 26, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548638/asymmetric-recognition-of-hiv-1-envelope-trimer-by-v1v2-loop-targeting-antibodies
#4
Haoqing Wang, Harry B Gristick, Louise Scharf, Anthony P West, Rachel P Galimidi, Michael S Seaman, Natalia T Freund, Michel C Nussenzweig, Pamela J Bjorkman
The HIV-1 envelope (Env) glycoprotein binds to host cell receptors to mediate membrane fusion. The prefusion Env trimer is stabilized by V1V2 loops that interact at the trimer apex. Broadly neutralizing antibodies (bNAbs) against V1V2 loops, exemplified by PG9, bind asymmetrically as a single Fab to the apex of the symmetric Env trimer using a protruding CDRH3 to penetrate the Env glycan shield. Here we characterized a distinct mode of V1V2 epitope recognition by the new bNAb BG1 in which two Fabs bind asymmetrically per Env trimer using a compact CDRH3...
May 26, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547763/new-approaches-towards-the-understanding-of-integral-membrane-proteins-a-structural-perspective-on-g-protein-coupled-receptors
#5
REVIEW
Reinhard Grisshammer
Three-dimensional structure determination of integral membrane proteins has advanced in unprecedented detail our understanding of mechanistic events of how ion channels, transporters, receptors and enzymes function. This exciting progress required a tremendous amount of methods development, as exemplified here with G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs): Optimizing the production of GPCRs in recombinant hosts; increasing the probability of crystal formation using high-affinity ligands, nanobodies, and minimal G proteins for co-crystallization, thus stabilizing receptors into one conformation; using the T4 lysozyme technology and other fusion partners to promote crystal contacts; advancing crystallization methods including the development of novel detergents, and miniaturization and automation of the lipidic cubic phase crystallization method; the concept of conformational thermostabilization of GPCRs; and developing microfocus X-ray synchrotron technologies to analyze small GPCR crystals...
May 25, 2017: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546914/transmission-electron-microscopy-as-a-tool-for-the-characterization-of-soft-materials-application-and-interpretation
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REVIEW
Linda E Franken, Egbert J Boekema, Marc C A Stuart
Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) provides direct structural information on nano-structured materials and is popular as a characterization tool in soft matter and supramolecular chemistry. However, technical aspects of sample preparation are overlooked and erroneous image interpretations are regularly encountered in the literature. There are three most commonly used TEM methods as we derived from literature: drying, staining and cryo-TEM, which are explained here with respect to their application, limitations and interpretation...
May 2017: Advanced Science (Weinheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546105/ex-vivo-skin-permeation-and-penetration-of-nonivamide-from-and-in-vivo-skin-tolerability-of-film-forming-formulations-containing-porous-silica
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Rouven Heck, Milica Ž Lukić, Snežana D Savić, Rolf Daniels, Dominique J Lunter
AIM: The purpose of this study was to evaluate skin permeation and penetration of nonivamide which has been formulated in novel film-forming formulations (FFFs). These formulations aim to prolong the availability of capsaicinoids which are used in long-term treatment of chronic pruritus. METHODS: An oily solution of nonivamide was loaded into porous silica particles which then were suspended in an aqueous dispersion of a sustained release polymer. Permeation and penetration experiments were performed ex vivo with postauricular porcine skin using modified Franz diffusion cells...
May 22, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543996/self-assembly-of-perylenediimide-single-strand-dna-conjugates-employing-hydrophobic-interactions-and-dna-base-pairing-to-create-a-diverse-structural-space
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Frederick Lewis, Ashutosh Kumar Mishra, Haim Weissman, Elisha Krieg, Kevin A Voltaw, Martin McCullagh, Boris Rybtchiinski
The self-assembly behavior of DNA conjugates possessing a perylenediimide (PDI) head group and a single N-oligonucleotide tail has been investigated using a combination of optical spectroscopy and cryogenic transmission electron microscopy (cryo-TEM) imaging. In order to obtain insight into the interplay between DNA base pairing and PDI hydrophobic interactions we employed systematic variation in the length and composition of the oligo tails. Conjugates with short (TA)n or (CG)n oligo tails (n ≤ 3) form fibers (helical or nonhelical) constructed from -stacked PDI head groups with pendent oligo tails at room temperature in aqueous solution...
May 24, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543856/experimental-charge-density-from-electron-microscopic-maps
#9
Jimin Wang
The charge density (CD) distribution of an atom is the difference per unit volume between the positive charge of its nucleus and the distribution of the negative charges carried by the electrons that are associated with it. The CDs of the atoms in macromolecules are responsible for their electrostatic potential (ESP) distributions, which can now be visualized using cryo-electron microscopy at high resolution. CD maps can be recovered from experimental ESP density maps using the negative Laplacian operation...
May 20, 2017: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542628/chemical-and-structural-characterization-of-a-model-post-termination-complex-potc-for-the-ribosome-recycling-reaction-evidence-for-the-release-of-the-mrna-by-rrf-and-ef-g
#10
Nobuhiro Iwakura, Takeshi Yokoyama, Fabio Quaglia, Kaoru Mitsuoka, Kazuhiro Mio, Hideki Shigematsu, Mikako Shirouzu, Akira Kaji, Hideko Kaji
A model Post-Termination Complex (PoTC) used for the discovery of Ribosome Recycling Factor (RRF) was purified and characterized by cryo-electron microscopic analysis and biochemical methods. We established that the model PoTC has mostly one tRNA, at the P/E or P/P position, together with one mRNA. The structural studies were supported by the biochemical measurement of bound tRNA and mRNA. Using this substrate, we establish that the release of tRNA, release of mRNA and splitting of ribosomal subunits occur during the recycling reaction...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541401/three-dimensional-structural-labeling-microscopy-of-cilia-and-flagella
#11
Toshiyuki Oda
Locating a molecule within a cell using protein-tagging and immunofluorescence is a fundamental technique in cell biology, whereas in three-dimensional electron microscopy, locating a subunit within a macromolecular complex remains challenging. Recently, we developed a new structural labeling method for cryo-electron tomography by taking advantage of the biotin-streptavidin system, and have intensively used this method to locate a number of proteins and protein domains in cilia and flagella. In this review, we summarize our findings on the three-dimensional architecture of the axoneme, especially the importance of coiled-coil proteins...
May 25, 2017: Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541300/splicing-modulators-act-at-the-branch-point-adenosine-binding-pocket-defined-by-the-phf5a-sf3b-complex
#12
Teng Teng, Jennifer Hc Tsai, Xiaoling Puyang, Michael Seiler, Shouyong Peng, Sudeep Prajapati, Daniel Aird, Silvia Buonamici, Benjamin Caleb, Betty Chan, Laura Corson, Jacob Feala, Peter Fekkes, Baudouin Gerard, Craig Karr, Manav Korpal, Xiang Liu, Jason T Lowe, Yoshiharu Mizui, James Palacino, Eunice Park, Peter G Smith, Vanitha Subramanian, Zhenhua Jeremy Wu, Jian Zou, Lihua Yu, Agustin Chicas, Markus Warmuth, Nicholas Larsen, Ping Zhu
Pladienolide, herboxidiene and spliceostatin have been identified as splicing modulators that target SF3B1 in the SF3b subcomplex. Here we report that PHF5A, another component of this subcomplex, is also targeted by these compounds. Mutations in PHF5A-Y36, SF3B1-K1071, SF3B1-R1074 and SF3B1-V1078 confer resistance to these modulators, suggesting a common interaction site. RNA-seq analysis reveals that PHF5A-Y36C has minimal effect on basal splicing but inhibits the global action of splicing modulators. Moreover, PHF5A-Y36C alters splicing modulator-induced intron-retention/exon-skipping profile, which correlates with the differential GC content between adjacent introns and exons...
May 25, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540834/the-cryo-thermal-therapy-induced-il-6-rich-acute-pro-inflammatory-response-promoted-dcs-phenotypic-maturation-as-the-prerequisite-to-cd4-t-cell-differentiation
#13
Kun Liu, Kun He, Ting Xue, Ping Liu, Lisa X Xu
In our previous studies, a novel tumor therapeutic modality of the cryo-thermal therapy has been developed leading to long-term survival in 4T1 murine mammary carcinoma model. The cryo-thermal therapy induced the strong acute inflammatory response and IL-6 was identified in an acute profile. In this study, we found that the cryo-thermal therapy triggered robust acute inflammatory response with high expression of IL-6 locally and systemically. The phenotypic maturation of dendritic cells (DCs) was induced by acute IL-6 following the treatment...
May 17, 2017: International Journal of Hyperthermia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538735/ensemble-cryo-em-elucidates-the-mechanism-of-translation-fidelity
#14
Anna B Loveland, Gabriel Demo, Nikolaus Grigorieff, Andrei A Korostelev
Gene translation depends on accurate decoding of mRNA, the structural mechanism of which remains poorly understood. Ribosomes decode mRNA codons by selecting cognate aminoacyl-tRNAs delivered by elongation factor Tu (EF-Tu). Here we present high-resolution structural ensembles of ribosomes with cognate or near-cognate aminoacyl-tRNAs delivered by EF-Tu. Both cognate and near-cognate tRNA anticodons explore the aminoacyl-tRNA-binding site (A site) of an open 30S subunit, while inactive EF-Tu is separated from the 50S subunit...
May 24, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538729/cryo-em-structure-of-the-activated-glp-1-receptor-in-complex-with-a-g-protein
#15
Yan Zhang, Bingfa Sun, Dan Feng, Hongli Hu, Matthew Chu, Qianhui Qu, Jeffrey T Tarrasch, Shane Li, Tong Sun Kobilka, Brian K Kobilka, Georgios Skiniotis
Glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1) is a hormone with essential roles in regulating insulin secretion, carbohydrate metabolism and appetite. GLP-1 effects are mediated through binding to the GLP-1 receptor (GLP-1R), a class B G-protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) that signals primarily through the stimulatory G protein Gs. Class B GPCRs are important therapeutic targets; however, our understanding of their mechanism of action is limited by the lack of structural information on activated and full-length receptors. Here we report the cryo-electron microscopy structure of the peptide-activated GLP-1R-Gs complex at near atomic resolution...
May 24, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537918/cryoablation-combined-with-allogenic-natural-killer-cell-immunotherapy-improves-the-curative-effect-in-patients-with-advanced-hepatocellular-cancer
#16
Mao Lin, Shuzhen Liang, Xiaohua Wang, Yinqing Liang, Mingjie Zhang, Jibing Chen, Lizhi Niu, Kecheng Xu
In this study, the clinical efficacy of cryosurgery combined with allogenic natural killer cell immunotherapy for advanced hepatocellular cancer was evaluated. From October 2015 to March 2017, we enrolled 61 patients who met the enrollment criteria and divided them into two groups: 1) the simple cryoablation group (Cryo group, n = 26); and 2) the cryoablation combined with allogenic natural killer cells group (Cryo-NK group, n = 35), the safety and short-term effects were evaluated firstly, then the median progression-free survival, response rate and disease control rate were assessed...
May 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536302/a-cryo-em-based-model-of-phosphorylation-and-fkbp12-6-mediated-allosterism-of-the-cardiac-ryanodine-receptor
#17
Sonali Dhindwal, Joshua Lobo, Vanessa Cabra, Demetrio J Santiago, Ashok R Nayak, Kelly Dryden, Montserrat Samsó
Type 2 ryanodine receptors (RyR2s) are calcium channels that play a vital role in triggering cardiac muscle contraction by releasing calcium from the sarcoplasmic reticulum into the cytoplasm. Several cardiomyopathies are associated with the abnormal functioning of RyR2. We determined the three-dimensional structure of rabbit RyR2 in complex with the regulatory protein FKBP12.6 in the closed state at 11.8 Å resolution using cryo-electron microscopy and built an atomic model of RyR2. The heterogeneity in the data set revealed two RyR2 conformations that we proposed to be related to the extent of phosphorylation of the P2 domain...
May 23, 2017: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536299/new-connections-how-to-become-more-flexible-and-open-up
#18
Wei Wong
Cryo-EM-generated structures provide insight into how RyR2 is gated and how phosphorylation may affect the activation process.
May 23, 2017: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535686/development-and-characterization-of-a-stable-adhesive-bond-between-a-poly-dimethylsiloxane-catheter-material-and-a-bacterial-biofilm-resistant-acrylate-polymer-coating
#19
Bonnie J Tyler, Andrew Hook, Andreas Pelster, Paul Williams, Morgan Alexander, Heinrich F Arlinghaus
Catheter associated urinary tract infections are the most common health related infections worldwide, contributing significantly to patient morbidity and mortality and increased health care costs. To reduce the incidence of these infections, new materials that resist bacterial biofilm formation are needed. A composite catheter material, consisting of bulk poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) coated with a novel bacterial biofilm resistant polyacrylate [ethylene glycol dicyclopentenyl ether acrylate (EGDPEA)-co-di(ethyleneglycol) methyl ether methacrylate (DEGMA)], has been proposed...
May 23, 2017: Biointerphases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534504/crystal-structure-of-the-receptor-binding-domain-of-the-spike-glycoprotein-of-human-betacoronavirus-hku1
#20
Xiuyuan Ou, Hongxin Guan, Bo Qin, Zhixia Mu, Justyna A Wojdyla, Meitian Wang, Samuel R Dominguez, Zhaohui Qian, Sheng Cui
Human coronavirus (CoV) HKU1 is a pathogen causing acute respiratory illnesses and so far little is known about its biology. HKU1 virus uses its S1 subunit C-terminal domain (CTD) and not the N-terminal domain like other lineage A β-CoVs to bind to its yet unknown human receptor. Here we present the crystal structure of HKU1 CTD at 1.9 Å resolution. The structure consists of three subdomains: core, insertion and subdomain-1 (SD-1). While the structure of the core and SD-1 subdomains of HKU1 are highly similar to those of other β-CoVs, the insertion subdomain adopts a novel fold, which is largely invisible in the cryo-EM structure of the HKU1 S trimer...
May 23, 2017: Nature Communications
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