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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340519/barrington-s-nucleus-neuroanatomic-landscape-of-the-mouse-pontine-micturition-center
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Anne M J Verstegen, Veronique Vanderhorst, Paul A Gray, Mark L Zeidel, Joel C Geerling
Barrington's nucleus (Bar) is thought to contain neurons that trigger voiding and thereby function as the "pontine micturition center." Lacking detailed information on this region in mice, we examined gene and protein markers to characterize Bar and the neurons surrounding it. Like rats and cats, mice have an ovoid core of medium-sized Bar neurons located medial to the locus coeruleus (LC). Bar neurons express a GFP reporter for Vglut2, develop from a Math1/Atoh1 lineage, and exhibit immunoreactivity for NeuN...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340485/an-approach-for-liposome-immobilization-using-sterically-stabilized-micelles-ssms-as-a-precursor-for-bio-layer-interferometry-based-interaction-studies
#2
Jakob Wallner, Gabriele Lhota, Markus Schosserer, Karola Vorauer-Uhl
Non-fluidic bio-layer interferometry (BLI) has rapidly become a standard tool for monitoring almost all biomolecular interactions in a label-free, real-time and high-throughput manner. High-efficiency screening methods which measure the kinetics of liposomes with a variety of compounds require the immobilization of liposomes. In this work, a method is described for immobilizing liposomes for interaction studies, based on the biophysical principles of this biosensor platform. The immobilization approach includes the loading of DSPE-PEG(2000)-biotin containing sterically stabilized micelles (SSMs) which are restructured in a buffer change step, resulting in an accessible substrate for liposome immobilization...
March 12, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340089/how-embryophytic-is-the-biosynthesis-of-phenylpropanoids-and-their-derivatives-in-streptophyte-algae
#3
Jan de Vries, Sophie de Vries, Claudio H Slamovits, Laura E Rose, John M Archibald
The origin of land plants from algae is a long-standing question in evolutionary biology. It is becoming increasingly clear that many characters that were once assumed to be "embryophyte-specific" can in fact be found in their closest algal relatives, the streptophyte algae. One such case is the phenylpropanoid pathway. While biochemical data indicate that streptophyte algae harbor lignin-like components, the phenylpropanoid core pathway, which serves as the backbone of lignin biosynthesis, has been proposed to have arisen at the base of the land plants...
March 13, 2017: Plant & Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338950/non-replicative-rna-recombination-of-an-animal-plus-strand-rna-virus-in-the-absence-of-efficient-translation-of-viral-proteins
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Maximiliane Kleine Büning, Denise Meyer, Sophia Austermann-Busch, Gleyder Roman-Sosa, Tillmann Rümenapf, Paul Becher
RNA recombination is a major driving force for the evolution of RNA viruses and is significantly implicated in the adaptation of viruses to new hosts, changes of virulence, as well as in the emergence of new viruses including drug-resistant and escape mutants. However, the molecular details of recombination in animal RNA viruses are only poorly understood. In order to determine whether viral RNA recombination depends on translation of viral proteins, a non-replicative recombination system was established which is based on cotransfection of cells with synthetic bovine viral diarrhea virus (family Flaviviridae) RNA genome fragments either lacking the internal ribosome entry site required for cap-independent translation or lacking almost the complete polyprotein coding region...
March 11, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338731/purification-and-enzymatic-characterization-of-gallus-gallus-blm-helicase
#5
Jing Shi, Na-Nv Liu, Yan-Tao Yang, Xu-Guang Xi
Mutations in human BLM helicase give rise to the autosomal recessive Bloom syndrome, which shows high predisposition to types of malignant tumours. Though lots of biochemical and structural investigations have shed lights on the helicase core, structural investigations of the whole BLM protein are still limited due to its low stability and production. Here by comparing with the expression systems and functions of other BLM homologues, we developed the heterologous high-level expression and high-yield purification systems for Gallus gallus BLM (gBLM) in Escherichia coli...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338727/rin4-recruits-the-exocyst-subunit-exo70b1-to-the-plasma-membrane
#6
Peter Sabol, Ivan Kulich, Viktor Žárský
The exocyst is a conserved vesicle-tethering complex with principal roles in cell polarity and morphogenesis. Several studies point to its involvement in polarized secretion during microbial pathogen defense. In this context, we have found an interaction between the Arabidopsis EXO70B1 exocyst subunit, a protein which was previously associated with both the defense response and autophagy, and RPM1 INTERACTING PROTEIN 4 (RIN4), the best studied member of the NOI protein family and a known regulator of plant defense pathways...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338422/therapeutic-hypothermia-reduces-the-inflammatory-response-following-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-in-rat-hearts
#7
Jianru Shi, Wangde Dai, Robert A Kloner
Therapeutic hypothermia (TH) is known to protect against ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury. One mechanism of I/R injury includes secondary injury due to the inflammatory cascade. We hypothesized that TH reduces the inflammatory response following I/R injury. Rats were randomized to sham, normothermic, or hypothermic groups and subjected to 1 hour of coronary artery occlusion and 48 hours of reperfusion. Hypothermia was initiated, using the ThermoSuit(®) device, 2 minutes after the onset of coronary artery occlusion to a core temperature of 32°C, and then the rats were allowed to rewarm...
March 24, 2017: Therapeutic Hypothermia and Temperature Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338321/thiol-reactive-star-polymers-display-enhanced-association-with-distinct-human-blood-components
#8
Joshua Julian Glass, Yang Li, Robert De Rose, Angus P R Johnston, Ewa I Czuba, Song Yang Khor, John F Quinn, Michael R Whittaker, Thomas P Davis, Stephen J Kent
Directing nanoparticles to specific cell types using non-antibody based methods is of increasing interest. Thiol-reactive nanoparticles can enhance the efficiency of cargo delivery into specific cells through interactions with cell surface proteins. However, studies to date using this technique have been largely limited to immortalized cell lines or rodents and the utility of this technology on primary human cells is unknown. Herein, we used RAFT polymerization to prepare pyridyl disulphide (PDS)-functionalized star polymers with a methoxy-poly(ethylene glycol) brush corona and a fluorescently-labelled crosslinked core using an arm-first method...
March 24, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337468/comparative-analysis-data-of-sf1-and-sf2-helicases-from-three-domains-of-life
#9
Wafi Chaar, Hiba Ibrahim, Juliana Kozah, Hala Chamieh
SF1 and SF2 helicases are important molecular motors that use the energy of ATP to unwind nucleic acids or nucleic-acid protein complexes. They are ubiquitous enzymes and found in almost all organisms sequenced to date. This article provides a comparative analysis for SF1 and SF2 helicase families from three domains of life archaea, human, bacteria. Seven families are conserved in these three representatives and includes Upf1-like, UvrD-like, Rad3-like, DEAD-box, RecQ-like. Snf2 and Ski2-like. The data highlight conservation of the helicase core motifs for each of these families...
April 2017: Data in Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337377/the-e3-ubiquitin-ligase-chip-mir-92b-pten-regulatory-network-contributes-to-tumorigenesis-of-glioblastoma
#10
Tao Xu, Hongxiang Wang, Mei Jiang, Yong Yan, Weiqing Li, Hanchong Xu, Qilin Huang, Yicheng Lu, Juxiang Chen
Glioblastoma (GBM) is the most frequent, aggressive and fatal tumor in the central nervous system, while PTEN signaling is frequently deregulated in human GBM. We previously reported the up-regulation of the carboxyl terminal of Hsp70-interacting protein (CHIP) in GBM, however, the causal link between its dysregulation and tumorigenesis has not been established. Using miRNA microarrays and quantitative RT-PCR (qRT-PCR), we found activation of CHIP leads to increased transcription of miR-92b. Further studies in T98G and LN229 cells showed overexpression of miR-92b elicited reduction of PTEN and efficiently rescued glioma development in CHIP knock-down cells...
2017: American Journal of Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336770/ptac10-a-key-subunit-of-plastid-encoded-rna-polymerase-promotes-chloroplast-development
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Sun Hyun Chang, Sangyool Lee, Tae Young Um, Ju-Kon Kim, Yang Do Choi, Geupil Jang
Regulation of photosynthetic gene expression by plastid-encoded RNA polymerase (PEP) is essential for chloroplast development. The activity of PEP largely relies on at least 12 PEP-associated proteins (PAPs) encoded in the nuclear genome of plant cells. A recent model proposed that these PAPs regulate the establishment of the PEP complex through broad PAP-PEP or PAP-PAP interactions. In this study, we identified the Arabidopsis thaliana seedling lethal mutant ptac10-1, which has defects in chloroplast development, and found that the mutant phenotype is caused by the suppression of PLASTID S1 RNA-BINDING DOMAIN PROTEIN (pTAC10/PAP3)...
March 23, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336748/the-sweet-side-of-ampk-signaling-regulation-of-gfat1
#12
John W Scott, Jonathan S Oakhill
Maintaining a steady balance between nutrient supply and energy demand is essential for all living organisms and is achieved through the dynamic control of metabolic processes that produce and consume adenosine-5'-triphosphate (ATP), the universal currency of energy in all cells. A key sensor of cellular energy is the adenosine-5'-monophosphate (AMP)-activated protein kinase (AMPK), which is the core component of a signaling network that regulates energy and nutrient metabolism. AMPK is activated by metabolic stresses that decrease cellular ATP, and functions to restore energy balance by orchestrating a switch in metabolism away from anabolic pathways toward energy-generating catabolic processes...
March 23, 2017: Biochemical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336429/insight-into-stereochemistry-of-a-new-imp-allelic-variant-imp-55-metallo-%C3%AE-lactamase-identified-in-a-clinical-strain-of-acinetobacter-baumannii
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Mohammad Reza Shakibaie, Omid Azizi, Fereshteh Shahcheraghi
Metallo-β-lactamases (MBLs) such as IMPs are broad-spectrum β-lactamases that inactivate virtually all β-lactam antibiotics including carbapenems. In this study, we investigated the hydrolytic activity, phylogenetic relationship, three dimensional (3D) structure including zinc binding motif of a new IMP variant (IMP-55) identified in a clinical strain of Acinetobacter baumannii (AB). AB strain 56 was isolated from an adult ICU of a teaching hospital in Kerman, Iran. It exhibited MIC 32μg/ml to imipenem and showed MBL activity...
March 20, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336070/highly-modular-bioluminescent-sensors-for-small-molecules-and-proteins
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Qiuliyang Yu, Rudolf Griss, Alberto Schena, Kai Johnsson
Obtaining patient-specific information through the quantification of small molecules and proteins in bodily fluids is essential for personalized therapies. Point-of-care (POC) diagnostic devices hold the promise of delivering such benefit to a wide range of patients. However, there is a lack of enabling technology, as the majority of newly developed POC devices focus on the same underlying core technologies. Here we provide an overview of a new technology based on highly modular bioluminescent sensors that enables the quantification of small molecules and proteins at the POC with low-cost devices...
2017: Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335969/design-synthesis-and-application-of-a-new-class-of-stimuli-responsive-separation-materials
#15
Roshanak Sepehrifar, Reinhard I Boysen, Basil Danylec, Yuanzhong Yang, Kei Saito, Milton T W Hearn
A new class of efficient stationary phase has been investigated for use in the liquid chromatographic separation of low molecular weight analytes and high molecular weight biomolecules, based on the application of immobilised stimuli-responsive polymers (SRPs). To this end, two polymeric units, namely poly(2-dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate) (PDMAEMA) and poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) were tethered to a triazine core. The derived poly(2-dimethyl-aminoethyl methacrylate)-block-poly(acrylic acid) (PDMAEMA-b-PAA), as a diblock co-polymer, was then immobilised onto the surface of porous silica particles...
April 22, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335732/lung-function-associated-gene-integrator-complex-subunit-12-regulates-protein-synthesis-pathways
#16
Alexander K Kheirallah, Cornelia H de Moor, Alen Faiz, Ian Sayers, Ian P Hall
BACKGROUND: Genetic studies of human lung function and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease have identified a highly significant and reproducible signal on 4q24. It remains unclear which of the two candidate genes within this locus may regulate lung function: GSTCD, a gene with unknown function, and/or INTS12, a member of the Integrator Complex which is currently thought to mediate 3'end processing of small nuclear RNAs. RESULTS: We found that, in lung tissue, 4q24 polymorphisms associated with lung function correlate with INTS12 but not neighbouring GSTCD expression...
March 23, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334975/apricot-an-integrated-computational-pipeline-for-the-sequence-based-identification-and-characterization-of-rna-binding-proteins
#17
Malvika Sharan, Konrad U Förstner, Ana Eulalio, Jörg Vogel
RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) have been established as core components of several post-transcriptional gene regulation mechanisms. Experimental techniques such as cross-linking and co-immunoprecipitation have enabled the identification of RBPs, RNA-binding domains (RBDs) and their regulatory roles in the eukaryotic species such as human and yeast in large-scale. In contrast, our knowledge of the number and potential diversity of RBPs in bacteria is poorer due to the technical challenges associated with the existing global screening approaches...
March 2, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334881/random-pseuoduridylation-in-vivo-reveals-critical-region-of-escherichia-coli-23s-rrna-for-ribosome-assembly
#18
Margus Leppik, Aivar Liiv, Jaanus Remme
Pseudouridine is the most common modified nucleoside in RNA, which is found in stable RNA species and in eukaryotic mRNAs. Functional analysis of pseudouridine is complicated by marginal effect of its absence. We demonstrate that excessive pseudouridines in rRNA inhibit ribosome assembly. Ten-fold increase of pseudouridines in the 16S and 23S rRNA made by a chimeric pseudouridine synthase leads to accumulation of the incompletely assembled large ribosome subunits. Hyper modified 23S rRNA is found in the r-protein assembly defective particles and are selected against in the 70S and polysome fractions showing modification interference...
March 7, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334810/bimodal-regulation-of-dishevelled-function-by-vangl2-during-morphogenesis
#19
Hwa-Seon Seo, Raymond Habas, Chenbei Chang, Jianbo Wang
Convergent extension (CE) is a fundamental morphogenetic mechanism that underlies numerous processes in vertebrate development, and its disruption can lead to human congenital disorders such as neural tube closure defects. The dynamic, oriented cell intercalation during CE is regulated by a group of core proteins identified originally in flies to coordinate epithelial planar cell polarity (PCP). The existing model explains how core PCP proteins, including Van Gogh (Vang) and Dishevelled (Dvl), segregate into distinct complexes on opposing cell cortex to coordinate polarity among static epithelial cells...
March 13, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333957/immune-response-of-rats-vaccinated-orally-with-various-plant-expressed-recombinant-cysteine-proteinase-constructs-when-challenged-with-fasciola-hepatica-metacercariae
#20
Malgorzata Kesik-Brodacka, Agnieszka Lipiec, Monika Kozak Ljunggren, Luiza Jedlina, Katarzyna Miedzinska, Magdalena Mikolajczak, Andrzej Plucienniczak, Andrzej B Legocki, Halina Wedrychowicz
BACKGROUND: Cysteine proteinases of Fasciola hepatica are important candidates for vaccine antigens because of their role in fluke biology and host-parasite relationships. In our previous experiments, we found that a recombinant cysteine proteinase cloned from adult F. hepatica (CPFhW) can protect rats against liver fluke infections when it is administered intramuscularly or intranasally in the form of cDNA. We also observed considerable protection upon challenge following mucosal vaccination with inclusion bodies containing recombinant CPFhW produced in Escherichia coli...
March 23, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
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