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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728386/the-relationship-between-odd-and-branched-chain-fatty-acids-and-microbial-nucleic-acid-bases-in-rumen
#1
Keyuan Liu, Xiaoyan Hao, Yang Li, Guobin Luo, Yonggen Zhang, Hangshu Xin
Objective: This study aims to identify the relationship between odd- and branched-chain fatty acids (OBCFAs) and microbial nucleic acid base in the rumen, and to establish a model to accurately predict microbial protein flow by using OBCFA. Methods: To develop the regression equations, data on the rumen contents of individual cows was obtained from 2 feeding experiments. In the first experiment, 3 rumen-fistulated dry dairy cows arranged in a 3×3 Latin square were fed diets of differing forage to concentration ratios (F:C)...
June 26, 2017: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728383/potential-influence-of-csn3-and-lgb-genes-in-genetic-association-studies-of-milk-quality-traits
#2
José Luis Zepeda-Batista, Luis Antonio Saavedra-Jiménez, Agustín Ruíz-Flores, Rafael Núñez-Domínguez, Rodolfo Ramírez-Valverde
Objective: From a review of published information on genetic association studies, a meta-analysis was conducted to determine the influence of the genes CSN3 (κ-casein) and LGB (β-lactoglobulin) on milk yield traits in Holstein, Jersey, Brown Swiss, and Fleckvieh. Methods: The GLIMMIX procedure was used to analyze milk production and percentage of milk protein and fat by trait. Models included the main effects and all their possible two-way interactions; not estimable effects and non-significant (p>0...
June 26, 2017: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728361/influence-of-barley-grain-treated-with-alkaline-compounds-or-organic-extracts-on-ex-vivo-site-and-extent-of-digestion-of-starch
#3
Reza Naseroleslami, Mohsen Danesh Mesgaran, Abdolmansour Tahmasbi, Alireza Vakili, Seyed Hadi Ebrahimi
Objective: Two ex vivo experiments were conducted to verify the effect of barley grain (Nusrat cultivar) treated with alkaline compounds (AC) including alum, ammonium, and sodium hydroxide or cation-exchanged organic extracts (OE) prepared from alfalfa hay, sugar beet pulp and Ulva Fasciata, on extent and digestion site of starch. Methods: In the first study, the in vitro first order disappearance kinetic parameters of dry matter (DM), crude protein (CP) and starch were estimated using a non-linear model (D(t)= D(i)...
June 27, 2017: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728355/identification-of-genes-related-to-intramuscular-fat-content-of-pig-using-genome-wide-association-study
#4
Sohyoung Won, Jaehoon Jung, Eungwoo Park, H B Kim
Objective: The aim of this study is to identify SNPs and genes related to pig IMF and estimate the heritability of IMF. Methods: Genome-wide association study (GWAS) on 704 inbred Berkshires was performed for intramuscular fat content (IMF). To consider the inbreeding among samples, associations of the SNPs with IMF were tested as random effects in a mixed linear model using the genetic relationship matrix by GEMMA. Significant genes were compared with reported pig IMF QTL regions and functional classification of the identified genes were also performed...
June 27, 2017: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728309/escherichia-coli-outer-membrane-protein-f-ompf-an-immunogenic-protein-induces-cross-reactive-antibodies-against-escherichia-coli-and-shigella
#5
Xiao Wang, Da Teng, Qingfeng Guan, Ruoyu Mao, Ya Hao, Xiumin Wang, Junhu Yao, Jianhua Wang
Diarrhea caused by pathogenic Escherichia coli (E. coli) is one of the most serious infectious diseases in humans and animals. Due to antibiotics resistance and the lack of efficient vaccine, more attention should be paid to find potential versatile vaccine candidates to prevent diseases. In this study, the sequence homology analysis indicated that OmpF from E. coli CVCC 1515 shares a high identity (90-100%) with about half of the E. coli (46.7%) and Shigella (52.8%) strains. Then the recombinant OmpF was supposed to be developed as a versatile vaccine to prevent E...
December 2017: AMB Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728289/-the-protective-effect-of-pigment-epithelial-derived-factor-modified-human-umbilical-cord-mesenchymal-stem-cells-on-rats-with-diabetic-retinopathy
#6
W Zhang, H T Duan, S Chen, Y X Wang, J H Kong, M Dong, X Bi, J Song
Objective: To investigate the effect of pigment epithelial-derived factor (PEDF) gene-modified human umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) on rats with diabetic retinopathy (DR). Methods: Experimental study. Human umbilical cord MSC were transfected by lentivirus packaging PEDF-MSC-green fluorescent protein (GFP) and GFP-MSC plasmid vectors, and the expression of PEDF and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) was measured in the cell culture medium. Fifty adult male Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into five groups: normal control group (group A), DR control group (group B), phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) treated group (group C), GFP-MSC treated group (group D) and PEDF-MSC-GFP treated group (group E), with 10 rats in each group...
July 11, 2017: [Zhonghua Yan Ke za Zhi] Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728277/-effects-of-pi3k%C3%AE-rhoa-pathway-on-phagocytosis-defect-of-alveolar-macrophages-in-a-mouse-model-of-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
#7
S T Hu, Q Xia, X L Zeng, H R Bao, X J Liu
Objective: To investigate effects of Phosphoinositide3-Kinases (PI3Kδ)-Ras homolog gene family member A(RhoA) pathway on phagocytosis deficiency of alveolar macrophages (AMs) in a mouse model of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Methods: Twenty mice were exposed to cigarette smoking to establish the COPD model, with 20 mice as the control group. AMs were isolated from lung tissue by discontinuous density gradient centrifugation and then divided into a healthy control group, a COPD group, a healthy IC87114 group and a COPD IC87114 group...
July 12, 2017: Chinese Journal of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728276/-the-role-of-hur-in-mediating-snail-expression-in-human-small-airway-epithelium-induced-by-cigarette-smoke-extract
#8
X M Gu, X G Wang, J Sun, N Wang, S J Jiang
Objective: To investigate the abundance of human antigen R (HuR) in small airway epithelial cells stimulated by cigarette smoke extract (CSE) as well as the role of HuR in mediating snail which is recognized as a key transcription factor in regulating epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT). Methods: Human small airway epithelial cells (HSAEpiC) cultured in vitro were exposed to cigarette smoke extract (CSE) to model COPD status. Real-time PCR and western blotting analysis were used in detecting HuR protein and mRNA expression in cells with CSE which were divided into 5 groups: a control group, a 1%-24 h group, a 3%-24 h group, a 1%-48 h group and a 3%-48 h group...
July 12, 2017: Chinese Journal of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728117/alzheimer-s-disease-markers-in-the-aged-sheep-ovis-aries
#9
Suzanne J Reid, Natasha E Mckean, Kristen Henty, Erik Portelius, Kaj Blennow, Skye R Rudiger, C Simon Bawden, Renee R Handley, Paul J Verma, Richard L M Faull, Henry J Waldvogel, Henrik Zetterberg, Russell G Snell
This study reports the identification and characterization of markers of Alzheimer's disease (AD) in aged sheep (Ovis aries) as a preliminary step toward making a genetically modified large animal model of AD. Importantly, the sequences of key proteins involved in AD pathogenesis are highly conserved between sheep and human. The processing of the amyloid-β (Aβ) protein is conserved between sheep and human, and sheep Aβ1-42/Aβ1-40 ratios in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) are also very similar to human. In addition, total tau and neurofilament light levels in CSF are comparable with those found in human...
June 24, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728079/probucol-ameliorates-renal-injury-in-diabetic-nephropathy-by-inhibiting-the-expression-of-the-redox-enzyme-p66shc
#10
Shikun Yang, Li Zhao, Yachun Han, Yu Liu, Chao Chen, Ming Zhan, Xiaofen Xiong, Xuejing Zhu, Li Xiao, Chun Hu, Fuyou Liu, Zhiguang Zhou, Yashpal S Kanwar, Lin Sun
AIMS: Probucol is an anti-hyperlipidemic agent and a potent antioxidant drug that can delay progression of diabetic nephropathy (DN) and reverses renal oxidative stress in diabetic animal models; however, the mechanisms underlying these effects remain unclear. p66Shc is a newly recognized mediator of mitochondrial ROS production in renal cells under high-glucose (HG) ambience. We previously showed that p66Shc can serve as a biomarker for renal oxidative injury in DN patients and that p66Shc up-regulation is correlated with renal damage in vivo and in vitro...
July 4, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728065/c-reactive-protein-in-atherosclerosis-a-risk-marker-but-not-a-causal-factor-a-13-year-population-based-longitudinal-study-the-troms%C3%A3-study
#11
Agnethe Eltoft, Kjell Arne Arntzen, John-Bjarne Hansen, Tom Wilsgaard, Ellisiv B Mathiesen, Stein Harald Johnsen
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: CRP predicts cardiovascular disease (CVD) in large epidemiologic studies. The aim of the present study was to elucidate the role of CRP in atherosclerosis formation and progression in a prospective population-based study. METHODS: 6503 middle-aged subjects from The Tromsø study had serum CRP, carotid ultrasound and complete covariate data collected at baseline in 1994. Of these, 4730 and 2917 attended follow-up surveys with repeated assessments in 2001 and 2007, respectively...
July 5, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728041/multi-structure-docking-analysis-of-bace1-crystal-structures-and-non-peptidic-ligands
#12
Zahra Haghighijoo, Bahram Hemmateenejad, Najmeh Edraki, Ramin Miri, Saeed Emami
In order to design novel non-peptidic inhibitors of BACE1, many research groups have attempted using computational studies including docking analyses. Since there are too many 3D structures for BACE1 in the protein database, the selection of suitable crystal structures is a key prerequisite for the successful application of molecular docking. We employed a multi-structure docking protocol. In which 615 ligands' structures were docked into 150 BACE1 structures. The large number of the resultant docking scores were post-processed by different data analysis methods including exploratory data analysis, regression analysis and discriminant analysis...
June 28, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728032/tunable-fluorescence-quenching-near-the-graphene-aqueous-interface
#13
Aaron W Chen, Alejandro L Briseno, Maria M Santore
With increased interest in graphene-based sensors for biomolecules and other targets, we investigated the impact of ionic strength on the steady-state emissions from fluorescein labels on proteins adsorbing on pristine CVD (chemical vapor deposited)-graphene on a silica support. Using the model system of fluorescein-tagged fibrinogen we demonstrated that, for fluorescein tags on adsorbed fibrinogen, emission intensity was very sensitive to the salt concentration. This behavior was not seen for fluorescein-tagged fibrinogen in solution...
July 6, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728000/tailor-made-purified-human-platelet-lysate-concentrated-in-neurotrophins-for-treatment-of-parkinson-s-disease
#14
Ming-Li Chou, Joe-Wei Wu, Flore Gouel, Aurélie Jonneaux, Kelly Tillerman, Ting-Yi Renn, Charlotte Laloux, Hung-Ming Chang, Liang-Tzung Lin, Jean-Christophe Devedjian, David Devos, Thierry Burnouf
Human platelet lysates (PLs), which contain multiple neurotrophins, have been proposed for treating neurodegenerative disorders, including Parkinson's disease (PD). However, current PLs suspended in plasma have high protein content and contain fibrinogen/fibrin and, following activation, also proteolytic and thrombogenic enzymes. Upon brain administration, such PLs may saturate the cerebrospinal fluid and exert neurotoxicity. We assessed whether purified PLs, concentrated in neurotrophins, protected dopaminergic neurons in PD models...
July 12, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727998/enrichment-of-endogenous-fractalkine-and-anti-inflammatory-cells-via-aptamer-functionalized-hydrogels
#15
Syed Faaiz Enam, Jack R Krieger, Tarun Saxena, Brian E Watts, Claire E Olingy, Edward A Botchwey, Ravi V Bellamkonda
Early recruitment of non-classical monocytes and their macrophage derivatives is associated with augmented tissue repair and improved integration of biomaterial constructs. A promising therapeutic approach to recruit these subpopulations is by elevating local concentrations of chemoattractants such as fractalkine (FKN, CX3CL1). However, delivering recombinant or purified proteins is not ideal due to their short half-lives, suboptimal efficacy, immunogenic potential, batch variabilities, and cost. Here we report an approach to enrich endogenous FKN, obviating the need for delivery of exogenous proteins...
July 10, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727940/intestinal-transit-time-and-cortisol-mediated-stress-in-zebrafish
#16
Clayton Brady, Maxwell Denora, Ian Shannon, Karl J Clark, Adam Rich
Intestinal motility, the spontaneous and rhythmic smooth muscle contraction, is a complex process that is regulated by overlapping and redundant regulatory mechanisms. Primary regulators intrinsic to the gastrointestinal tract include interstitial cells of Cajal, enteric neurons, and smooth muscle cells. Extrinsic primary regulators include the autonomic nervous system, immune system, and the endocrine system. Due to this complexity, a reductionist approach may be inappropriate if the ultimate goal is to understand motility regulation in vivo...
July 20, 2017: Zebrafish
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727920/ballistic-penetration-of-highly-charged-nanoaerosol-particles-through-a-lipid-monolayer
#17
Victor N Morozov, Yuri M Shlyapnikov, Igor L Kanev, Elena Andreevna Shlyapnikova
To be used as a drug, inhaled nanoaerosol particles (NAPs) must first penetrate the lipid layer on top of the lung fluid before they will be able to reach the lung epithelium. We investigated how the penetration of NAPs through a model lipid monolayer (LM) depends upon their charging level and size. It was shown that deposition of NAPs 20-200 nm in diameter and charged to the Rayleigh limit gradually increased the surface tension of a dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine monolayer (DPPC), indicating a loss of lipid molecules from the monolayer...
July 20, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727843/atomistic-modeling-of-alternating-access-of-a-mitochondrial-adp-atp-membrane-transporter-with-molecular-simulations
#18
Koichi Tamura, Shigehiko Hayashi
The mitochondrial ADP/ATP carrier (AAC) is a membrane transporter that exchanges a cytosolic ADP for a matrix ATP. Atomic structures in an outward-facing (OF) form which binds an ADP from the intermembrane space have been solved by X-ray crystallography, and revealed their unique pseudo three-fold symmetry fold which is qualitatively different from pseudo two-fold symmetry of most transporters of which atomic structures have been solved. However, any atomic-level information on an inward-facing (IF) form, which binds an ATP from the matrix side and is fixed by binding of an inhibitor, bongkrekic acid (BA), is not available, and thus its alternating access mechanism for the transport process is unknown...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727767/exploring-the-binding-pathways-of-the-14-3-3%C3%AE-protein-structural-and-free-energy-profiles-revealed-by-hamiltonian-replica-exchange-molecular-dynamics-with-distancefield-distance-restraints
#19
Gabor Nagy, Chris Oostenbrink, Jozef Hritz
The 14-3-3 protein family performs regulatory functions in eukaryotic organisms by binding to a large number of phosphorylated protein partners. Whilst the binding mode of the phosphopeptides within the primary 14-3-3 binding site is well established based on the crystal structures of their complexes, little is known about the binding process itself. We present a computational study of the process by which phosphopeptides bind to the 14-3-3ζ protein. Applying a novel scheme combining Hamiltonian replica exchange molecular dynamics and distancefield restraints allowed us to map and compare the most likely phosphopeptide-binding pathways to the 14-3-3ζ protein...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727736/persistent-damaged-bases-in-dna-allow-mutagenic-break-repair-in-escherichia-coli
#20
Jessica M Moore, Raul Correa, Susan M Rosenberg, P J Hastings
Bacteria, yeast and human cancer cells possess mechanisms of mutagenesis upregulated by stress responses. Stress-inducible mutagenesis potentially accelerates adaptation, and may provide important models for mutagenesis that drives cancers, host pathogen interactions, antibiotic resistance and possibly much of evolution generally. In Escherichia coli repair of double-strand breaks (DSBs) becomes mutagenic, using low-fidelity DNA polymerases under the control of the SOS DNA-damage response and RpoS general stress response, which upregulate and allow the action of error-prone DNA polymerases IV (DinB), II and V to make mutations during repair...
July 20, 2017: PLoS Genetics
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