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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532132/distributions-of-high-sensitivity-c-reactive-protein-total-cholesterol-hdl-ratio-and-10-year-cardiovascular-risk-national-population-based-study
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Alipasha Meysamie, Saeed Ghodsi, Reza Ghalehtaki, Alireza Esteghamati, Fereshteh Asgari, Mohammad Mehdi Gouya
The present study aimed to evaluate the distributions of High-Sensitivity C-reactive protein, TC-HDL ratio and 10-year risk of cardiovascular diseases among Iranian adult population. We conducted a cross-sectional study on a total of 2125 adults aged 25 to 65. Data of the Third National Surveillance of Risk Factors of Non-Communicable Diseases (SuRFNCD-2007) was used. Anthropometric indices, blood pressure and biochemical measurements had been obtained. Ten-year risk of cardiovascular events was also calculated using different models...
April 2017: Acta Medica Iranica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531921/hesperetin-post-treatment-prevents-rat-cardiomyocytes-from-hypoxia-reoxygenation-injury-in-vitro-via-activating-pi3k-akt-signaling-pathway
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Shangfei He, Xianbao Wang, Yongkang Zhong, Lu Tang, Ya Zhang, Yuanna Ling, Zhipeng Tan, Pingzhen Yang, Aihua Chen
Hesperidin (HES), a citrus fruit extract, has beneficial effects on various ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) models. Here, we investigated the possible positive effect of hesperetin (HPT), an active metabolite of HES, and identified the potential molecular mechanisms involved in cardiomyocytes H/R-induced injury. To construct the cardiomyocyte model of hypoxia/reoxygenation (H/R) injury, cultured neonatal rat cardiomyocytes were subjected to 3h of hypoxia followed by 3h of reoxygenation. Cell viability and apoptosis were detected...
May 16, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531876/photofunctionalization-of-dental-zirconia-oxide-surface-modification-to-improve-bio-integration-preserving-crystal-stability
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Marco Roy, Alfonso Pompella, Jerzy Kubacki, Adam Piosik, Bronisław Psiuk, Joanna Klimontko, Jacek Szade, Robert A Roy, Wieslaw Hedzelek
The use of zirconium oxide in dental implantology is rapidly increasing as it is regarded as being more aesthetical and biologically friendly than titanium oxide. The interaction of titanium oxide with cells and proteins has proven to be significantly affected by the inevitable atmospheric hydrocarbon contamination, defined as biological ageing. The latter has proven to be effectively reversed by UVC irradiation. Crystal structures of both Zr and Ti oxides are very similar, thus also ZrO2 is prone to contamination by hydrocarbons...
May 12, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531805/troxerutin-txn-potentiated-5-fluorouracil-5-fu-treatment-of-human-gastric-cancer-through-suppressing-stat3-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-and-bcl-2-signaling-pathways
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Gui-Yun Xu, Xiao-Jun Tang
Gastric cancer still presents a significant problem for public health worldwide. Troxerutin (TXN), a flavonoid present in tea, coffee, cereal grains, and a variety of fruits and vegetables, exhibits various pharmacological and biological activities in vitro and in vivo. We investigated the ability of TXN to reverse the in vitro and in vivo drug resistance of human gastric cancer cells, which were resistant to treatment of 5-Fluorouracil (5-FU). 5-Fu is a pyrimidine analog, which is widely used in the treatment of cancers...
May 19, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531801/ace-2-ang1-7-mas-cascade-mediates-ace-inhibitor-captopril-protective-effects-in-estrogen-deficient-osteoporotic-rats
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Hatem M Abuohashish, Mohammed M Ahmed, Dina Sabry, Mahmoud M Khattab, Salim S Al-Rejaie
The local role of the renin angiotensin system (RAS) was documented recently beside its conventional systemic functions. Studies showed that the effector angiotensin II (AngII) alters bone health, while inhibition of the angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE-1) preserved these effects. The newly identified Ang1-7 exerts numerous beneficial effects opposing the AngII. Thus, the current study examines the role of Ang1-7 in mediating the osteo-preservative effects of ACEI (captopril) through the G-protein coupled Mas receptor using an ovariectomized (OVX) rat model of osteoporosis...
May 19, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531799/numb-had-anti-tumor-effects-in-prostatic-cancer
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Ji Sun, Kai Wang, Jingfei Teng, Yufu Yu, Runmiao Hua, Haiyong Zhou, Dachuan Zhong, Yi Fan
AIM: The aim of this study was to explain the Numb anti-cancer effects in the prostatic cancer. METHODS: Collecting the 20 prostatic cancer patients and analyzing the correlation between Numb and Glease score. Transfection Numb into DU-145 and PC-3 cells, measuring the proliferation rate of difference groups by MTT assay, evaluating the cell apoptosis and cell cycle of difference group by Flow cytometry; measuring the invasion and migration abilities by transwell and wound healing assays...
May 19, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531773/impact-of-metabolic-syndrome-on-resting-energy-expenditure-in-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease
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Carolina Q D Rodrigues, Jacqueline A P Santos, Beata M R Quinto, Mauro S M Marrocos, Andrei A Teixeira, Cássio J O Rodrigues, Marcelo C Batista
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Resting energy expenditure (REE) changes in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) may contribute to mortality increase. The obesity and inflammation is associated with high REE and when not compensated by adequate intake, may determine an unfavorable clinical outcome in this population. We aimed to evaluate the influence of metabolic syndrome (MetS) on REE in CKD patients. METHODS: One hundred eighty-three patients were stratified according to glomerular filtration rate (GFR) and divided in groups: without CKD (GFR > 60 ml/min/1...
October 2016: Clinical Nutrition ESPEN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531373/identification-of-potential-inhibitors-for-hcv-ns3-genotype-4a-by-combining-protein-ligand-interaction-fingerprint-3d-pharmacophore-docking-and-dynamic-simulation
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Mahmoud Abd El-Monem El-Hasab, Eman Esmat El-Bastawissy, Tarek Faathy El-Moselhy
HCV NS3 protease domain has been one of the most attractive targets for developing new drugs for HCV infection and many drugs were successfully developed, but all of them were designed for targeting HCV genotype 1 infection. HCV genotype 4a dominant in Egypt has paid less attention. Here we describe our protocol of virtual screening in identification of novel potential potent inhibitors for HCV NS3 of genotype 4a using homology modelling, PLIF (protein ligand interaction fingerprint), docking, pharmacophore and dynamic simulation...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531352/conformational-complexity-in-the-lh2-antenna-of-the-purple-sulfur-bacterium-allochromatium-vinosum-revealed-by-hole-burning-spectroscopy
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Adam Kell, Mahboobe Jassas, Khem Acharya, Kirsty Hacking, Richard J Cogdell, Ryszard J Jankowiak
This work discusses the protein conformational complexity of the B800-850 LH2 complexes from the purple sulfur bacterium Allochromatium vinosum, focusing on the spectral characteristics of the B850 chromophores. Low-temperature B850 absorption and the split B800 band shift blue and red, respectively, at elevated temperatures, revealing isosbestic points. The latter indicates the presence of two (unresolved) conformations of B850 bacteriochlorophylls (BChls), referred to as conformations 1 and 2, and two conformations of B800 BChls, denoted as B800R and B800B...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531234/directed-evolution-to-improve-the-catalytic-efficiency-of-urate-oxidase-from-bacillus-subtilis
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Wenjie Li, Shouteng Xu, Biao Zhang, Yelin Zhu, Yan Hua, Xin Kong, Lianhong Sun, Jiong Hong
Urate oxidase is a key enzyme in purine metabolism and catalyzes the oxidation of uric acid to allantoin. It is used to treat hyperuricemia and gout, and also in a diagnostic kit. In this study, error-prone polymerase chain reaction and staggered extension process was used to generate a mutant urate oxidase with improved enzyme activity from Bacillus subtilis. After several rounds of mutagenesis and screening, two mutants 6E9 and 8E279 were obtained which exhibited 2.99 and 3.43 times higher catalytic efficiency, respectively...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531220/highly-conserved-type-1-pili-promote-enterotoxigenic-e-coli-pathogen-host-interactions
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Alaullah Sheikh, Rasheduzzaman Rashu, Yasmin Ara Begum, F Matthew Kuhlman, Matthew A Ciorba, Scott J Hultgren, Firdausi Qadri, James M Fleckenstein
Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC), defined by their elaboration of heat-labile (LT) and/or heat-stable (ST) enterotoxins, are a common cause of diarrheal illness in developing countries. Efficient delivery of these toxins requires ETEC to engage target host enterocytes. This engagement is accomplished using a variety of pathovar-specific and conserved E. coli adhesin molecules as well as plasmid encoded colonization factors. Some of these adhesins undergo significant transcriptional modulation as ETEC encounter intestinal epithelia, perhaps suggesting that they cooperatively facilitate interaction with the host...
May 22, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531192/overexpression-of-the-essential-sis1-chaperone-reduces-tdp-43-effects-on-toxicity-and-proteolysis
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Sei-Kyoung Park, Joo Y Hong, Fatih Arslan, Vydehi Kanneganti, Basant Patel, Alex Tietsort, Elizabeth M H Tank, Xingli Li, Sami J Barmada, Susan W Liebman
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a devastating neurodegenerative disease characterized by selective loss of motor neurons with inclusions frequently containing the RNA/DNA binding protein TDP-43. Using a yeast model of ALS exhibiting TDP-43 dependent toxicity, we now show that TDP-43 overexpression dramatically alters cell shape and reduces ubiquitin dependent proteolysis of a reporter construct. Furthermore, we show that an excess of the Hsp40 chaperone, Sis1, reduced TDP-43's effect on toxicity, cell shape and proteolysis...
May 22, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531191/exogenous-expression-of-drp1-plays-neuroprotective-roles-in-the-alzheimer-s-disease-in-the-a%C3%AE-42-transgenic-drosophila-model
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Fengshou Lv, Xiaopeng Yang, Chuanju Cui, Chunhe Su
BACKGROUND: Alzheimer's disease (AD) is one of the most common neurodegenerative disorders. Recent studies have shown that mitochondrial dysfunction is a causative factor of AD. Drp1 (Dynamin-related protein 1), a regulator of mitochondrial fission, shows neuroprotective effects on Parkinson's disease. In this study, we investigate the effect and mechanism of Drp1 on Aβ42 transgenic Drosophila. METHODS: Elav-gal4/UAS>Aβ42 transgenic Drosophila model was constructed using Elav-gal4 promoter...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531185/thermal-stability-and-kinetic-constants-for-129-variants-of-a-family-1-glycoside-hydrolase-reveal-that-enzyme-activity-and-stability-can-be-separately-designed
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Dylan Alexander Carlin, Siena Hapig-Ward, Bill Wayne Chan, Natalie Damrau, Mary Riley, Ryan W Caster, Bowen Bethards, Justin B Siegel
Accurate modeling of enzyme activity and stability is an important goal of the protein engineering community. However, studies seeking to evaluate current progress are limited by small data sets of quantitative kinetic constants and thermal stability measurements. Here, we report quantitative measurements of soluble protein expression in E. coli, thermal stability, and Michaelis-Menten constants (kcat, KM, and kcat/KM) for 129 designed mutants of a glycoside hydrolase. Statistical analyses reveal that functional Tm is independent of kcat, KM, and kcat/KM in this system, illustrating that an individual mutation can modulate these functional parameters independently...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531167/a-role-for-the-host-dna-damage-response-in-hepatitis-b-virus-cccdna-formation-and-beyond
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REVIEW
Sabrina Schreiner, Michael Nassal
Chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection puts more than 250 million people at a greatly increased risk to develop end-stage liver disease. Like all hepadnaviruses, HBV replicates via protein-primed reverse transcription of a pregenomic (pg) RNA, yielding an unusually structured, viral polymerase-linked relaxed-circular (RC) DNA as genome in infectious particles. Upon infection, RC-DNA is converted into nuclear covalently closed circular (ccc) DNA. Associating with cellular proteins into an episomal minichromosome, cccDNA acts as template for new viral RNAs, ensuring formation of progeny virions...
May 22, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531129/rapid-and-cost-effective-quantification-of-glucosinolates-and-total-phenolic-content-in-rocket-leaves-by-visible-near-infrared-spectroscopy
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Eva María Toledo-Martín, Rafael Font, Sara Obregón-Cano, Antonio De Haro-Bailón, Myriam Villatoro-Pulido, Mercedes Del Río-Celestino
The potential of visible-near infrared spectroscopy to predict glucosinolates and total phenolic content in rocket (Eruca vesicaria) leaves has been evaluated. Accessions of the E. vesicaria species were scanned by NIRS as ground leaf, and their reference values regressed against different spectral transformations by modified partial least squares (MPLS) regression. The coefficients of determination in the external validation (R²VAL) for the different quality components analyzed in rocket ranged from 0.59 to 0...
May 20, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531107/analysis-of-gene-expression-signatures-in-cancer-associated-stroma-from-canine-mammary-tumours-reveals-molecular-homology-to-human-breast-carcinomas
#17
Julia Ettlin, Elena Clementi, Parisa Amini, Alexandra Malbon, Enni Markkanen
Cancer-associated stroma (CAS) plays a key role in cancer initiation and progression. Spontaneously occurring canine mammary carcinomas are viewed as excellent models of human breast carcinomas. Considering the importance of CAS for human cancer, it likely plays a central role in canine tumours as well. So far, however, canine CAS lacks characterisation, and it remains unclear whether the biology between CAS from canine and human tumours is comparable. In this proof-of-principle study, using laser-capture microdissection, we isolated CAS and normal stroma from 13 formalin-fixed paraffin embedded canine simple mammary carcinomas and analysed the expression of seven known human CAS markers by RT-qPCR (Reverse Transcription quantitative PCR) and validated some targets by immunohistochemistry...
May 20, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530831/blue-shifted-green-fluorescent-protein-homologs-are-brighter-than-enhanced-green-fluorescent-protein-under-two-photon-excitation
#18
Rosana S Molina, Tam M Tran, Robert E Campbell, Gerard Glenn Lambert, Anya Salih, Nathan C Shaner, Thomas E Hughes, Mikhail Drobizhev
Fluorescent proteins (FPs) are indispensable markers for two-photon imaging of live tissue, especially in the brains of small model organisms. The quantity of physiologically relevant data collected, however, is limited by heat-induced damage of the tissue due to the high intensities of the excitation laser. We seek to minimize this damage by developing FPs with improved brightness. Among FPs with the same chromophore structure, the spectral properties can vary widely due to differences in the local protein environment...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530826/high-speed-atomic-force-microscopy-reveals-loss-of-nuclear-pore-resilience-as-a-dying-code-in-colorectal-cancer-cells
#19
Mahmoud Shaaban Mohamed, Akiko Kobayashi, Azuma Taoka, Takahiro Watanabe-Nakayama, Yosuke Kikuchi, Masaharu Hazawa, Toshinari Minamoto, Yoshihiro Fukumori, Noriyuki Kodera, Takayuki Uchihashi, Toshio Ando, Richard W Wong
Nuclear pore complexes (NPCs) are the sole turnstile implanted in the nuclear envelope (NE), acting as a central nano-regulator of transport between the cytosol and the nucleus. NPCs consist of ~30 proteins, termed nucleoporins. About one-third of nucleoporins harbour natively unstructured, intrinsically disordered phenylalanine-glycine strings (FG-Nups), which engage in transport selectivity. Because the barriers insert deeply in the NPC, they are nearly inaccessible. Several in vitro barrier models have been proposed; however, the dynamic FG-Nups protein molecules themselves are imperceptible in vivo...
May 22, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530824/human-immune-protein-c1q-selectively-disaggregates-carbon-nanotubes
#20
Maximilien Saint Cricq, Jesús Carrete, Christine Gaboriaud, Edmond Gravel, Eric Doris, Nicole Thielens, Natalio Mingo, Wai Li Ling
We atomistically compute the change in free energy upon binding of the globular domain of the complement protein C1q to carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and graphene in solution. Our modeling results imply that C1q is able to disaggregate and disperse bundles of large diameter multi-walled CNTs but not those of thin single-walled CNTs, and we validate this prediction with experimental observations. The results support the view of a strong binding, with potential implications for the understanding of the immune response and biomedical applications of graphitic nanomaterials...
May 22, 2017: Nano Letters
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