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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647921/proteome-profile-of-aspergillus-terreus-conidia-at-germinating-stage-identification-of-probable-virulent-factors-and-enzymes-from-mycotoxin-pathways
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Raman Thakur, Jata Shankar
Aspergillus terreus is an emerging opportunistic fungal pathogen that causes invasive aspergillosis in immunocompromised individuals. The main risk group of individuals for this organism is leukopenic patients, individuals having cancers, bone marrow transplant persons and those who have immunological disorders. The lack of early diagnostic marker for A. terreus and intrinsic resistance to Amphotericin B, further limits the successful therapy of A. terreus-associated infections. The germination of inhaled conidia is the key step to establish successful invasion in host tissues or organs...
June 24, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645915/cebranopadol-blocks-the-escalation-of-cocaine-intake-and-conditioned-reinstatement-of-cocaine-seeking-in-rats
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Giordano de Guglielmo, Alessandra Matzeu, Jenni Kononoff, Julia Mattioni, Remi Martin-Fardon, Olivier George
Cebranopadol is a novel agonist of nociceptin/orphanin FQ peptide (NOP) and opioid receptors with analgesic properties that is being evaluated in clinical Phase 2 and Phase 3 trials for the treatment of chronic and acute pain. Recent evidence indicates that the combination of opioid and NOP receptor agonism may be a new treatment strategy for cocaine addiction. We sought to extend these findings by examining the effects of cebranopadol on cocaine self-administration (0.5 mg/kg/infusion) and cocaine conditioned reinstatement in rats with extended access to cocaine...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645311/zika-virus-tropism-and-interactions-in-myelinating-neural-cell-cultures-cns-cells-and-myelin-are-preferentially-affected
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Stephanie L Cumberworth, Jennifer A Barrie, Madeleine E Cunningham, Daniely Paulino Gomes de Figueiredo, Verena Schultz, Adrian J Wilder-Smith, Benjamin Brennan, Lindomar J Pena, Rafael Freitas de Oliveira França, Christopher Linington, Susan C Barnett, Hugh J Willison, Alain Kohl, Julia M Edgar
The recent global outbreak of Zika virus (ZIKV) infection has been linked to severe neurological disorders affecting the peripheral and central nervous systems (PNS and CNS, respectively). The pathobiology underlying these diverse clinical phenotypes are the subject of intense research; however, even the principal neural cell types vulnerable to productive Zika infection remain poorly characterised. Here we used CNS and PNS myelinating cultures from wild type and Ifnar1 knockout mice to examine neuronal and glial tropism and short-term consequences of direct infection with a Brazilian variant of ZIKV...
June 23, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644911/interictal-oscillations-and-focal-epileptic-disorders
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Maxime Lévesque, Pariya Salami, Zahra Shiri, Massimo Avoli
Neuronal network oscillations represent a main feature of the brain activity recorded in the EEG under normal and pathological conditions such as epilepsy. Specific oscillations occur between seizures in patients and in animal models of focal epilepsy, and thus they are termed interictal. According to their shape and intrinsic signal frequency, interictal oscillations are classified as spikes and high frequency oscillations (HFOs). Interictal spikes are recorded in the "wideband" EEG signal and consist of large-amplitude events that usually last less than 1 s; HFOs, in contrast, are extracted by amplifying the appropriately filtered EEG signal, and are usually categorized as ripples (80-200 Hz) and fast ripples (250-500 Hz)...
June 23, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643166/structural-disorder-in-plant-proteins-where-plasticity-meets-sessility
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REVIEW
Alejandra A Covarrubias, Cesar L Cuevas-Velazquez, Paulette S Romero-Pérez, David F Rendón-Luna, Caspar C C Chater
Plants are sessile organisms. This intriguing nature provokes the question of how they survive despite the continual perturbations caused by their constantly changing environment. The large amount of knowledge accumulated to date demonstrates the fascinating dynamic and plastic mechanisms, which underpin the diverse strategies selected in plants in response to the fluctuating environment. This phenotypic plasticity requires an efficient integration of external cues to their growth and developmental programs that can only be achieved through the dynamic and interactive coordination of various signaling networks...
June 22, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642936/young-genes-are-highly-disordered-as-predicted-by-the-preadaptation-hypothesis-of-de-novo-gene-birth
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Benjamin A Wilson, Scott G Foy, Rafik Neme, Joanna Masel
The phenomenon of de novo gene birth from junk DNA is surprising, because random polypeptides are expected to be toxic. There are two conflicting views about how de novo gene birth is nevertheless possible: the continuum hypothesis invokes a gradual gene birth process, while the preadaptation hypothesis predicts that young genes will show extreme levels of gene-like traits. We show that intrinsic structural disorder conforms to the predictions of the preadaptation hypothesis and falsifies the continuum hypothesis, with all genes having higher levels than translated junk DNA, but young genes having the highest level of all...
June 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641732/rehabilitation-of-symptomatic-atraumatic-degenerative-rotator-cuff-tears-a-clinical-commentary-on-assessment-and-management
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Sarah Bleichert, Genevieve Renaud, Joy MacDermid, Lyn Watson, Ken Faber, Ross Lenssen, Marie Saulnier, Paul Phillips, Tyler Evans, Jackie Sadi
STUDY DESIGN: Clinical Commentary. INTRODUCTION: Atraumatic rotator cuff (RC) disease, is one of the most common cause of shoulder pain, which encompasses a continuum from tendinopathy to full thickness cuff tears. Extrinsic, intrinsic and environmental factors have been implicated in the pathophysiology of this disorder, affecting the clinical presentation of symptoms including pain and irritability. Successful rehabilitation of symptomatic atraumatic degenerative rotator cuff (SADRC) tears must address the underlying mechanisms causing dysfunction and correct modifiable factors...
April 2017: Journal of Hand Therapy: Official Journal of the American Society of Hand Therapists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640191/phenotypic-plasticity-and-cell-fate-decisions-in-cancer-insights-from-dynamical-systems-theory
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Dongya Jia, Mohit Kumar Jolly, Prakash Kulkarni, Herbert Levine
Waddington's epigenetic landscape, a famous metaphor in developmental biology, depicts how a stem cell progresses from an undifferentiated phenotype to a differentiated one. The concept of "landscape" in the context of dynamical systems theory represents a high-dimensional space, in which each cell phenotype is considered as an "attractor" that is determined by interactions between multiple molecular players, and is buffered against environmental fluctuations. In addition, biological noise is thought to play an important role during these cell-fate decisions and in fact controls transitions between different phenotypes...
June 22, 2017: Cancers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637186/cpg-and-methylation-dependent-dna-binding-and-dynamics-of-the-methylcytosine-binding-domain-2-protein-at-the-single-molecule-level
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Hai Pan, Stephanie M Bilinovich, Parminder Kaur, Robert Riehn, Hong Wang, David C Williams
The methylcytosine-binding domain 2 (MBD2) protein recruits the nucleosome remodeling and deacetylase complex (NuRD) to methylated DNA to modify chromatin and regulate transcription. Importantly, MBD2 functions within CpG islands that contain 100s to 1000s of potential binding sites. Since NuRD physically rearranges nucleosomes, the dynamic mobility of this complex is directly related to function. In these studies, we use NMR and single-molecule atomic force microscopy and fluorescence imaging to study DNA binding dynamics of MBD2...
June 20, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636929/intrinsic-functional-connectivity-alteration-of-dorsal-and-rostral-anterior-cingulate-cortex-in-obsessive-compulsive-disorder-a-resting-fmri-study
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Zongfeng Zhang, Qing Fan, Yajing Zhu, Ling Tan, Yongjun Chen, Rui Gao, Haiyin Zhang, Yao Li, Zeping Xiao
Cortico-striato-thalamo-cortical (CSTC) circuit has been implicated in OCD pathophysiology by converging neuroimaging findings. The anterior cingulate cortex (ACC), as an important part within CSTC circuit, plays a critical role in OCD etiology. The ACC can be divided into dorsal and rostral parts anatomically, which are involved in cognitive process and emotional function, respectively. However, the diverse function of intrinsic signals from dorsal and rostral ACC regions remains unclear in OCD study. In this work, we applied resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (rs-fMRI) technology to investigate and differentiate the functional connectivity (FC) characteristics between dACC and rACC in unmedicated OCD patients...
June 18, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636913/heterogeneous-tau-tubulin-complexes-accelerate-microtubule-polymerization
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Xiao-Han Li, Elizabeth Rhoades
Tau is an intrinsically disordered protein with a central role in the pathology of a number of neurodegenerative diseases. Tau normally functions to stabilize neuronal microtubules, although the mechanism underlying this function is not well understood. Of note is that the interaction between tau and soluble tubulin, which has implications both in understanding tau function as well as its role in disease, is underexplored. Here we investigate the relationship between heterogeneity in tau-tubulin complexes and tau function...
June 20, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630323/role-of-the-cbp-catalytic-core-in-intramolecular-sumoylation-and-control-of-histone-h3-acetylation
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Sangho Park, Robyn L Stanfield, Maria A Martinez-Yamout, H Jane Dyson, Ian A Wilson, Peter E Wright
The histone acetyl transferases CREB-binding protein (CBP) and its paralog p300 play a critical role in numerous cellular processes. Dysregulation of their catalytic activity is associated with several human diseases. Previous work has elucidated the regulatory mechanisms of p300 acetyltransferase activity, but it is not known whether CBP activity is controlled similarly. Here, we present the crystal structure of the CBP catalytic core encompassing the bromodomain (BRD), CH2 (comprising PHD and RING), HAT, and ZZ domains at 2...
June 19, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629183/an-amyloidogenic-sequence-at-the-n-terminus-of-the-androgen-receptor-impacts-polyglutamine-aggregation
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Emmanuel Oppong, Gunter Stier, Miriam Gaal, Rebecca Seeger, Melanie Stoeck, Marc-André Delsuc, Andrew C B Cato, Bruno Kieffer
The human androgen receptor (AR) is a ligand inducible transcription factor that harbors an amino terminal domain (AR-NTD) with a ligand-independent activation function. AR-NTD is intrinsically disordered and displays aggregation properties conferred by the presence of a poly-glutamine (polyQ) sequence. The length of the polyQ sequence as well as its adjacent sequence motifs modulate this aggregation property. AR-NTD also contains a conserved KELCKAVSVSM sequence motif that displays an intrinsic property to form amyloid fibrils under mild oxidative conditions...
June 19, 2017: Biomolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627461/8-methoxypsoralen-reduces-akt-phosphorylation-induces-intrinsic-and-extrinsic-apoptotic-pathways-and-suppresses-cell-growth-of-sk-n-as-neuroblastoma-and-sw620-metastatic-colon-cancer-cells
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Magdalena Bartnik, Adrianna Sławińska-Brych, Aleksandra Żurek, Martyna Kandefer-Szerszeń, Barbara Zdzisińska
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: 8-methoxypsoralen (8-MOP) is a furanocoumarin and an active compound of a traditional Egyptian medicinal plant Ammi majus L, whose juice/fruit has been used for many years in folk phototherapy for the treatment of vitiligo or a hyperproliferative skin disorder, psoriasis. 8-MOP together with UVA light is also used as an anticancer drug for the treatment of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. However, furanocoumarins exert anticancer activity even without UV irradiation...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627366/pqbp1-an-intrinsically-disordered-denatured-protein-at-the-crossroad-of-intellectual-disability-and-neurodegenerative-diseases
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REVIEW
Hitoshi Okazawa
PQBP1 (polyglutamine binding protein-1) is the earliest identified molecule among the group of disease-related intrinsically disordered/denatured proteins. PQBP1 interacts with splicing-related factors via the disordered/denatured domain and regulates post-transcriptional gene expression. The mutations cause intellectual disability due to decreased dendritic spines and abnormal expression of synapse molecules in neurons, and microcephaly due to elongated cell cycle time and abnormal expression of cell cycle proteins in neural stem progenitor cells...
June 13, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625737/insights-into-the-conformations-and-dynamics-of-intrinsically-disordered-proteins-using-single-molecule-fluorescence
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REVIEW
Gregory-Neal Gomes, Claudiu C Gradinaru
Most proteins are not static structures, but many of them are found in a dynamic state, exchanging conformations on various time scales as a key aspect of their biological function. An entire spectrum of structural disorder exists in proteins and obtaining a satisfactory quantitative description of these states remains a challenge. Single-molecule fluorescence spectroscopy techniques are uniquely suited for this task, by measuring conformations without ensemble averaging and kinetics without interference from asynchronous processes...
June 15, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625682/are-circadian-rhythms-new-pathways-to-understand-autism-spectrum-disorder
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M-M Geoffray, A Nicolas, M Speranza, N Georgieff
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a frequent neurodevelopmental disorder. ASD is probably the result of intricate interactions between genes and environment altering progressively the development of brain structures and functions. Circadian rhythms are a complex intrinsic timing system composed of almost as many clocks as there are body cells. They regulate a variety of physiological and behavioral processes such as the sleep- wake rhythm. ASD is often associated with sleep disorders and low levels of melatonin...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Physiology, Paris
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624372/taming-tricky-dsbs-atm-on-duty
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REVIEW
Thomas Clouaire, Aline Marnef, Gaëlle Legube
Ataxia Telangiectasia Mutated (ATM) has been known for decades as the main kinase mediating the DNA Double-Strand Break Response (DDR). Extensive studies have revealed its dual role in locally promoting detection and repair of DSBs as well as in activating global DNA damage checkpoints. However, recent studies pinpoint additional unanticipated functions for ATM in modifying both the local chromatin landscape and the global chromosome organization, more particularly at persistent breaks. Given the emergence of a novel and unexpected class of DSBs prevalently arising in transcriptionally active genes and intrinsically difficult to repair, a specific role of ATM at refractory DSBs could be an important and so far overlooked feature of Ataxia Telangiectasia (A-T) a severe disorder associated with ATM mutations...
June 9, 2017: DNA Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623264/structural-characterization-of-the-smrt-corepressor-interacting-with-histone-deacetylase-7
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Danielle C Desravines, Itziar Serna Martin, Robert Schneider, Philippe J Mas, Nataliia Aleksandrova, Malene Ringkjøbing Jensen, Martin Blackledge, Darren J Hart
The 2525 amino acid SMRT corepressor is an intrinsically disordered hub protein responsible for binding and coordinating the activities of multiple transcription factors and chromatin modifying enzymes. Here we have studied its interaction with HDAC7, a class IIa deacetylase that interacts with the corepressor complex together with the highly active class I deacetylase HDAC3. The binding site of class IIa deacetylases was previously mapped to an approximate 500 amino acid region of SMRT, with recent implication of short glycine-serine-isoleucine (GSI) containing motifs...
June 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622626/age-related-patterns-in-nonmedical-prescription-opioid-use-and-disorder-in-the-us-population-at-ages-12-34-from-2002-to-2014
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Mei-Chen Hu, Pamela Griesler, Melanie Wall, Denise B Kandel
OBJECTIVES: To estimate age-related patterns in nonmedical prescription opioid (NMPO) use in the US population and disorder among past-year users at ages 12-34 between 2002 and 2014, controlling for period and birth-cohort effects. METHODS: Data are from 13 consecutive cross-sectional National Surveys on Drug Use and Health (N=542,556). Synthetic longitudinal cohorts spanning ages 12-34 were created and an age-period-cohort analysis was implemented based on the Intrinsic Estimator algorithm...
May 24, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
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