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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346781/metabolism-of-ibuprofen-by-phragmites-australis-uptake-and-phytodegradation
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Yujie He, Alette A M Langenhoff, Nora B Sutton, Huub H M Rijnaarts, Marco H Blokland, Feiran Chen, Christian Huber, Peter Schröder
This study explores ibuprofen (IBP) uptake and transformation in the wetland plant species Phragmites australis and the underlying mechanisms. We grew P. australis in perlite under greenhouse conditions and treated plants with 60 µg/l of IBP. Roots and rhizomes (RR), stems and leaves (SL), and liquid samples were collected during 21 days of exposure. Results show that P. australis can take up, translocate, and degrade IBP. IBP was completely removed from the liquid medium after 21 days with a half-life of 2...
March 27, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346561/reduced-intestinal-motility-mucosal-barrier-function-and-inflammation-in-aged-monkeys
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E L Mitchell, A T Davis, K Brass, M Dendinger, R Barner, R Gharaibeh, A A Fodor, K Kavanagh
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to examine the general health and intestinal physiology of young and old non-human primates with comparable life histories and dietary environments. DESIGN: Vervet monkeys (Chlorcebus aethiops sabaeus) in stable and comparable social and nutritional environments were selected for evaluation. Health phenotype, circulating cytokines and biomarkers of microbial translocation (MT) were measured (n=26-44). Subsets of monkeys additionally had their intestinal motility, intestinal permeability, and fecal microbiomes characterized...
2017: Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346506/specific-expression-of-novel-long-non-coding-rnas-in-high-hyperdiploid-childhood-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
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Mathieu Lajoie, Simon Drouin, Maxime Caron, Pascal St-Onge, Manon Ouimet, Romain Gioia, Marie-Hélène Lafond, Ramon Vidal, Chantal Richer, Karim Oualkacha, Arnaud Droit, Daniel Sinnett
Pre-B cell childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (pre-B cALL) is a heterogeneous disease involving many subtypes typically stratified using a combination of cytogenetic and molecular-based assays. These methods, although widely used, rely on the presence of known chromosomal translocations, which is a limiting factor. There is therefore a need for robust, sensitive, and specific molecular biomarkers unaffected by such limitations that would allow better risk stratification and consequently better clinical outcome...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346455/collective-helicity-switching-of-a-dna-coat-assembly
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Yongju Kim, Huichang Li, Ying He, Xi Chen, Xiaoteng Ma, Myongsoo Lee
Hierarchical assemblies of biomolecular subunits can carry out versatile tasks at the cellular level with remarkable spatial and temporal precision. As an example, the collective motion and mutual cooperation between complex protein machines mediate essential functions for life, such as replication, synthesis, degradation, repair and transport. Nucleic acid molecules are far less dynamic than proteins and need to bind to specific proteins to form hierarchical structures. The simplest example of these nucleic acid-based structures is provided by a rod-shaped tobacco mosaic virus, which consists of genetic material surrounded by coat proteins...
March 27, 2017: Nature Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346411/the-cold-induced-lipokine-12-13-dihome-promotes-fatty-acid-transport-into-brown-adipose-tissue
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Matthew D Lynes, Luiz O Leiria, Morten Lundh, Alexander Bartelt, Farnaz Shamsi, Tian Lian Huang, Hirokazu Takahashi, Michael F Hirshman, Christian Schlein, Alexandra Lee, Lisa A Baer, Francis J May, Fei Gao, Niven R Narain, Emily Y Chen, Michael A Kiebish, Aaron M Cypess, Matthias Blüher, Laurie J Goodyear, Gökhan S Hotamisligil, Kristin I Stanford, Yu-Hua Tseng
Brown adipose tissue (BAT) and beige adipose tissue combust fuels for heat production in adult humans, and so constitute an appealing target for the treatment of metabolic disorders such as obesity, diabetes and hyperlipidemia. Cold exposure can enhance energy expenditure by activating BAT, and it has been shown to improve nutrient metabolism. These therapies, however, are time consuming and uncomfortable, demonstrating the need for pharmacological interventions. Recently, lipids have been identified that are released from tissues and act locally or systemically to promote insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance; as a class, these lipids are referred to as 'lipokines'...
March 27, 2017: Nature Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346358/genomic-evidence-for-bacterial-determinants-influencing-obesity-development
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Raphael D Isokpehi, Shaneka S Simmons, Matilda O Johnson, Marinelle Payton
Obesity is a major global public health problem requiring multifaceted interventional approaches including dietary interventions with probiotic bacteria. High-throughput genome sequencing of microbial communities in the mammalian gastrointestinal system continues to present diverse protein function information to understand the bacterial determinants that influence obesity development. The goal of the research reported in this article was to identify biological processes in probiotic bacteria that could influence the mechanisms for the extraction of energy from diet in the human gastrointestinal system...
March 26, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346351/in-vitro-and-in-vivo-studies-on-the-structural-organization-of-chs3-from-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
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Simon Gohlke, Subbaratnam Muthukrishnan, Hans Merzendorfer
Chitin biosynthesis in yeast is accomplished by three chitin synthases (Chs) termed Chs1, Chs2 and Chs3, of which the latter accounts for most of the chitin deposited within the cell wall. While the overall structures of Chs1 and Chs2 are similar to those of other chitin synthases from fungi and arthropods, Chs3 lacks some of the C-terminal transmembrane helices raising questions regarding its structure and topology. To fill this gap of knowledge, we performed bioinformatic analyses and protease protection assays that revealed significant information about the catalytic domain, the chitin-translocating channel and the interfacial helices in between...
March 25, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346326/sarcomas-with-cic-rearrangements-are-a-distinct-pathologic-entity-with-aggressive-outcome-a-clinicopathologic-and-molecular-study-of-115-cases
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Cristina R Antonescu, Adepitan A Owosho, Lei Zhang, Sonja Chen, Kemal Deniz, Joseph M Huryn, Yu-Chien Kao, Shih-Chiang Huang, Samuel Singer, William Tap, Inga-Marie Schaefer, Christopher D Fletcher
CIC-DUX4 gene fusion, resulting from either a t(4;19) or t(10;19) translocation, is the most common genetic abnormality detected in EWSR1-negative small blue round cell tumors. Following their discovery it was debated if these tumors should be classified as variants of Ewing sarcoma (ie, atypical Ewing sarcoma) or as a stand-alone pathologic entity. As such the WHO classification temporarily grouped the CIC-rearranged tumors under undifferentiated sarcomas with round cell phenotype, until further clinical evidence was available...
March 24, 2017: American Journal of Surgical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346143/action-of-cmg-with-strand-specific-dna-blocks-supports-an-internal-unwinding-mode-for-the-eukaryotic-replicative-helicase
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Lance D Langston, Mike E O'Donnell
Replicative helicases are ring-shaped hexamers that encircle DNA for duplex unwinding. The currently accepted view of hexameric helicase function is by steric exclusion, where the helicase encircles one DNA strand and excludes the other, acting as a wedge with an external DNA unwinding point during translocation. Accordingly, strand specific blocks only affect these helicases when placed on the tracking strand, not the excluded strand. We examined the effect of blocks on the eukaryotic CMG and, contrary to expectations, blocks on either strand inhibit CMG unwinding...
March 27, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345963/accumulation-and-speciation-of-cd-in-avicennia-marina-tissues
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Li Jian, Yan Chongling, Du Daolin, Lu Haoliang, Liu Jingchun
Avicennia marina is a high Cd tolerant species in the mangrove wetlands. A hydroponic experiment was carried out to research the accumulation and chemical form distribution of Cd in the tissues of A. marina under different concentration and time of Cd stress. It was found that the concentrations of Cd in plant tissues followed the order of root> stem>leaf. The data suggested that root activity decreased, Cd accumulation ability weakened in roots and the Translocation Factor increased in stems and leaves with the increase of stress time...
March 27, 2017: International Journal of Phytoremediation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345721/dissecting-the-structural-basis-for-the-intracellular-delivery-of-osw-1-by-fluorescent-probes
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M Hiraizumi, R Komatsu, T Shibata, Y Ohta, K Sakurai
The structural basis for the intracellular delivery of OSW-1 is investigated using fluorescent derivatives of OSW-1 and its closely related congeners. Despite the large differences in activity, all the fluorescent probes are found to translocate across the plasma membrane to the ER and Golgi apparatus. This observation suggests that the glycosylated cholestane moiety plays an important role in the cell internalization and intracellular localization property of OSW-1.
March 27, 2017: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345606/53bp1-contributes-to-regulation-of-autophagic-clearance-of-mitochondria
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Cha Kyung Youn, Hong Beum Kim, Ting Ting Wu, Sanggon Park, Sung Il Cho, Jung-Hee Lee
Autophagy, the primary recycling pathway within cells, plays a critical role in mitochondrial quality control under normal growth conditions and in the cellular response to stress. Here we provide evidence that 53BP1, a DNA damage response protein, is involved in regulating mitochondrial clearance from the cell via a type of autophagy termed mitophagy. We found that when either human or mouse cells were 53BP1-deficient, there was an increase in mitochondrial abnormalities, as observed through staining intensity, aggregation, and increased mass...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345487/extranuclear-translocation-of-high-mobility-group-a1-reduces-the-invasion-of-extravillous-trophoblasts-involved-in-the-pathogenesis-of-preeclampsia
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Yuka Uchikura, Keiichi Matsubara, Yoshifumi Muto, Yuko Matsubara, Toru Fujioka, Takashi Matsumoto, Takashi Sugiyama
OBJECTIVE: High-mobility group A1 (HMGA1) protein is known to express in trophoblast; however, the role of migration has not been reported to date. In this study, we investigated the role of HMGA1 on the pathogenesis of preeclampsia using immortalized human trophoblast cell (HTR-8/SVneo). MATERIALS AND METHODS: We investigated HMGA1 expression in cytotrophoblasts derived from our preeclampsia model mouse, the CD40L mouse, using immunofluorescence. Wound healing and transwell migration assays were also performed using HTR-8/SVneo (extravillous trophoblast) cells transfected with DNA or siRNA of HMGA1...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345128/rs9-a-novel-nrf2-activator-attenuates-light-induced-death-of-cells-of-photoreceptor-cells-and-m%C3%A3-ller-glia-cells
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Yuki Inoue, Masamitsu Shimazawa, Yasuhiro Noda, Ryota Nagano, Tomohiro Otsuka, Yoshiki Kuse, Yukimichi Nakano, Kazuhiro Tsuruma, Yasuhiro Nakagami, Hideaki Hara
The retina is highly sensitive to oxidative stress because of its high consumption of oxygen associated with the phototransductional processes. Recent findings have suggested that oxidative stress is involved in the pathology of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a progressive degeneration of the central retina. A well-known environmental risk factor is light exposure, as excessive and continuous light exposure can damage photoreceptors. Nuclear factor-erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) is a transcriptional factor that controls antioxidative responses and phase 2 enzymes...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344491/effect-of-aster-tataricus-on-production-of-inflammatory-mediators-in-lps-stimulated-rat-astrocytoma-cell-line-c6-and-thp-1-cells
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Hong-Tao Zhang, Miao Tian, Qiao-Wei He, Nan Chi, Chun-Ming Xiu, Yun-Bo Wang
Neuroinflammation is the commonest cause of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease. Present investigation evaluates the inhibitory effect of ethanolic root extract of Aster tataricus (AS) on inflammatory mediators production in lipopolysaccharide (LPS) stimulated C6 cells. C6 cells were treated with AS (20 and 40 mg/kg) and nimesulide (NSL, 1.5 μg/ml) for 1 day. Thereafter various parameters such as production of ROS, release of nitrite, MDA, glutathione level and NF-κB translocation were estimated in C6 cell lines...
March 2017: Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal: SPJ: the Official Publication of the Saudi Pharmaceutical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344354/hdac1-3-inhibitor-ms-275-enhances-il10-expression-in-raw264-7-macrophages-and-reduces-cigarette-smoke-induced-airway-inflammation-in-mice
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Niek G J Leus, Thea van den Bosch, Petra E van der Wouden, Kim Krist, Maria E Ourailidou, Nikolaos Eleftheriadis, Loes E M Kistemaker, Sophie Bos, Rutger A F Gjaltema, Solomon A Mekonnen, Rainer Bischoff, Reinoud Gosens, Hidde J Haisma, Frank J Dekker
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) constitutes a major health burden. Studying underlying molecular mechanisms could lead to new therapeutic targets. Macrophages are orchestrators of COPD, by releasing pro-inflammatory cytokines. This process relies on transcription factors such as NF-κB, among others. NF-κB is regulated by lysine acetylation; a post-translational modification installed by histone acetyltransferases and removed by histone deacetylases (HDACs). We hypothesized that small molecule HDAC inhibitors (HDACi) targeting class I HDACs members that can regulate NF-κB could attenuate inflammatory responses in COPD via modulation of the NF-κB signaling output...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344327/mevalonate-cascade-inhibition-by-simvastatin-induces-the-intrinsic-apoptosis-pathway-via-depletion-of-isoprenoids-in-tumor-cells
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Javad Alizadeh, Amir A Zeki, Nima Mirzaei, Sandipan Tewary, Adel Rezaei Moghadam, Aleksandra Glogowska, Pandian Nagakannan, Eftekhar Eftekharpour, Emilia Wiechec, Joseph W Gordon, Fred Y Xu, Jared T Field, Ken Y Yoneda, Nicholas J Kenyon, Mohammad Hashemi, Grant M Hatch, Sabine Hombach-Klonisch, Thomas Klonisch, Saeid Ghavami
The mevalonate (MEV) cascade is responsible for cholesterol biosynthesis and the formation of the intermediate metabolites geranylgeranylpyrophosphate (GGPP) and farnesylpyrophosphate (FPP) used in the prenylation of proteins. Here we show that the MEV cascade inhibitor simvastatin induced significant cell death in a wide range of human tumor cell lines, including glioblastoma, astrocytoma, neuroblastoma, lung adenocarcinoma, and breast cancer. Simvastatin induced apoptotic cell death via the intrinsic apoptotic pathway...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344322/astragaloside-iv-attenuates-free-fatty-acid-induced-er-stress-and-lipid-accumulation-in-hepatocytes-via-ampk-activation
#18
Bing Zhou, Dan-Li Zhou, Xiao-Hong Wei, Rong-Yu Zhong, Jie Xu, Liao Sun
Although the pathogenesis of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is not completely understood, the increased influx of free fatty acids (FFAs) into the liver and the FFA-induced hepatic endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress are two crucial pathogenic processes in the initiation and development of NAFLD. In this study we investigated the effects of astragaloside IV (AS-IV), a bioactive compound purified from Astragali Radix, on FFA-induced lipid accumulation in hepatocytes and elucidated the underlying mechanisms...
March 27, 2017: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344081/plasma-membrane-crpk1-mediated-phosphorylation-of-14-3-3-proteins-induces-their-nuclear-import-to-fine-tune-cbf-signaling-during-cold-response
#19
Ziyan Liu, Yuxin Jia, Yanglin Ding, Yiting Shi, Zhen Li, Yan Guo, Zhizhong Gong, Shuhua Yang
In plant cells, changes in fluidity of the plasma membrane may serve as the primary sensor of cold stress; however, the precise mechanism and how the cell transduces and fine-tunes cold signals remain elusive. Here we show that the cold-activated plasma membrane protein cold-responsive protein kinase 1 (CRPK1) phosphorylates 14-3-3 proteins. The phosphorylated 14-3-3 proteins shuttle from the cytosol to the nucleus, where they interact with and destabilize the key cold-responsive C-repeat-binding factor (CBF) proteins...
March 21, 2017: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343982/single-cell-5-formylcytosine-landscapes-of-mammalian-early-embryos-and-escs-at-single-base-resolution
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Chenxu Zhu, Yun Gao, Hongshan Guo, Bo Xia, Jinghui Song, Xinglong Wu, Hu Zeng, Kehkooi Kee, Fuchou Tang, Chengqi Yi
Active DNA demethylation in mammals involves ten-eleven translocation (TET) family protein-mediated oxidation of 5-methylcytosine (5mC). However, base-resolution landscapes of 5-formylcytosine (5fC) (an oxidized derivative of 5mC) at the single-cell level remain unexplored. Here, we present "CLEVER-seq" (chemical-labeling-enabled C-to-T conversion sequencing), which is a single-cell, single-base resolution 5fC-sequencing technology, based on biocompatible, selective chemical labeling of 5fC and subsequent C-to-T conversion during amplification and sequencing...
March 15, 2017: Cell Stem Cell
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