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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230606/secretions-of-bifidobacterium-infantis-and-lactobacillus-acidophilus-protect-intestinal-epithelial-barrier-function
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Shuangshuang Guo, Tyler Gillingham, Yuming Guo, Di Meng, Weishu Zhu, W Allen Walker, Kriston Ganguli
OBJECTIVES: The secreted metabolites of probiotics are cytoprotective to intestinal epithelium and have been shown to attenuate inflammation and reduce gut permeability. The present study was designed to determine the protective effects of probiotic conditioned media (PCM) from Bifidobacterium infantis (BCM) and Lactobacillus acidophilus (LCM) on interleukin (IL)-1β-induced intestinal barrier compromise. METHODS: The epithelial barrier was determined by measuring the transepithelial electrical resistance (TER) across a Caco-2 cell monolayer using a Transwell model...
March 2017: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228717/mild-hypothermia-attenuates-the-anesthetic-isoflurane-induced-cytotoxicity
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Cheng Li, Yuanlin Dong, Dan Chen, Zhongcong Xie, Yiying Zhang
The commonly used inhalation anesthetic isoflurane has been reported to induce DNA damage and cytotoxicity. However, the methods to attenuate these effects remain largely to be determined. Mild hypothermia has neuroprotective effects. We therefore set out to assess whether mild hypothermia could protect the isoflurane-induced DNA damage and cytotoxicity. Moreover, we investigated the underlying mechanisms by assessing the effects of mild hypothermia on the isoflurane-induced changes in ATP levels. H4 human neuroglioma cells were treated with 2% isoflurane for 3 or 6 h with and without mild hypothermia (35°C)...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225761/amplified-stimulated-emission-in-upconversion-nanoparticles-for-super-resolution-nanoscopy
#3
Yujia Liu, Yiqing Lu, Xusan Yang, Xianlin Zheng, Shihui Wen, Fan Wang, Xavier Vidal, Jiangbo Zhao, Deming Liu, Zhiguang Zhou, Chenshuo Ma, Jiajia Zhou, James A Piper, Peng Xi, Dayong Jin
Lanthanide-doped glasses and crystals are attractive for laser applications because the metastable energy levels of the trivalent lanthanide ions facilitate the establishment of population inversion and amplified stimulated emission at relatively low pump power. At the nanometre scale, lanthanide-doped upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) can now be made with precisely controlled phase, dimension and doping level. When excited in the near-infrared, these UCNPs emit stable, bright visible luminescence at a variety of selectable wavelengths, with single-nanoparticle sensitivity, which makes them suitable for advanced luminescence microscopy applications...
February 22, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222760/tlr4-rs41426344-increases-susceptibility-of-rheumatoid-arthritis-ra-and-juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis-jia-in-a-central-south-chinese-han-population
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Yan Wang, Lianghui Chen, Fang Li, Meihua Bao, Jie Zeng, Ju Xiang, Huaiqing Luo, Jianming Li, Liang Tang
BACKGROUND: The aim of the study was to determine whether polymorphisms in toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) confer susceptibility to rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) in a central south Chinese Han population. METHODS: Genotyping for six well studied polymorphisms (rs4986790, rs4986791, rs10759932, rs41426344, rs11536889 and rs7873784) in TLR4 gene were conducted in 1074 unrelated patients with RA and 1692 healthy control subjects, as well as in 217 unrelated patients with JIA and 378 healthy control subjects using direct sequencing technique...
February 21, 2017: Pediatric Rheumatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220140/nbs-lrr-protein-pik-h4-interacts-with-osbihd1-to-balance-rice-blast-resistance-and-growth-by-coordinating-ethylene-brassinosteroid-pathway
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Hao Liu, Shuangyu Dong, Fengwei Gu, Wei Liu, Guili Yang, Ming Huang, Wuming Xiao, Yongzhu Liu, Tao Guo, Hui Wang, Zhiqiang Chen, Jiafeng Wang
The regulation of innate immunity and plant growth, along with the trade-off between them, affects the defense and recovery mechanisms of the plant after it is attacked by pathogens. Although it is known that hormonal crosstalk plays a major role in regulating interaction of plant growth and PAMP-triggered immunity, the relationship between plant growth and effector-triggered immunity (ETI) remains unclear. In a large-scale yeast two-hybrid screening for Pik-H4-interacting proteins, a homeodomain transcription factor OsBIHD1 was identified, which is previously known to function in biotic and abiotic stress responses...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218250/chromatin-remodeller-fun30-fft3-induces-nucleosome-disassembly-to-facilitate-rna-polymerase-ii-elongation
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Junwoo Lee, Eun Shik Choi, Hogyu David Seo, Keunsoo Kang, Joshua M Gilmore, Laurence Florens, Michael P Washburn, Joonho Choe, Jerry L Workman, Daeyoup Lee
Previous studies have revealed that nucleosomes impede elongation of RNA polymerase II (RNAPII). Recent observations suggest a role for ATP-dependent chromatin remodellers in modulating this process, but direct in vivo evidence for this is unknown. Here using fission yeast, we identify Fun30(Fft3) as a chromatin remodeller, which localizes at transcribing regions to promote RNAPII transcription. Fun30(Fft3) associates with RNAPII and collaborates with the histone chaperone, FACT, which facilitates RNAPII elongation through chromatin, to induce nucleosome disassembly at transcribing regions during RNAPII transcription...
February 20, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217953/b7-h4-deficiency-in-salivary-gland-of-patients-with-primary-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome-impairs-the-regulatory-effect-on-t-cells
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Xiaomei Li, Daliang Yu, Ning Yu, Ximei Wang, Xiangpei Li, David C H Harris, Yiping Wang
AIM: Our previous study confirmed the defect of B7-H4 expression in peripheral blood and salivary glands of patients with primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS). The aim of this study was to analyze the effect of the deficit expression of B7-H4 on CD4(+) T cells. METHODS: CD4(+) T cells were purified by magnetic-activated cell sorting MACS. The proliferation and cytokine production of CD4(+) T cells co-cultured with purified salivary gland epithelial cells (SGECs) from pSS or non-SS sicca syndrome were detected...
February 20, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216183/safety-and-immunogenicity-of-the-novel-h4-ic31-tuberculosis-vaccine-candidate-in-bcg-vaccinated-adults-two-phase-i-dose-escalation-trials
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Maria Norrby, Timo Vesikari, Lars Lindqvist, Markus Maeurer, Raija Ahmed, Shahnaz Mahdavifar, Sean Bennett, J Bruce McClain, Barbara M Shepherd, Daner Li, David A Hokey, Ingrid Kromann, Søren T Hoff, Peter Andersen, Adriëtte W de Visser, Simone A Joosten, Tom H M Ottenhoff, Jan Andersson, Susanna Brighenti
BACKGROUND: Novel vaccine strategies are required to provide protective immunity in tuberculosis (TB) and prevent development of active disease. We investigated the safety and immunogenicity of a novel TB vaccine candidate, H4:IC31 (AERAS-404) that is composed of a fusion protein of M. tuberculosis antigens Ag85B and TB10.4 combined with an IC31® adjuvant. METHODS: BCG-vaccinated healthy subjects were immunized with various antigen (5, 15, 50, 150μg) and adjuvant (0, 100, 500nmol) doses of the H4:IC31 vaccine (n=106) or placebo (n=18) in two randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled phase I studies conducted in a low TB endemic setting in Sweden and Finland...
February 16, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213899/human-influence-and-biotic-homogenization-drive-the-distribution-of-escherichia-coli-virulence-genes-in-natural-habitats
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Adriana Cabal, Joaquin Vicente, Julio Alvarez, Jose Angel Barasona, Mariana Boadella, Lucas Dominguez, Christian Gortazar
Cattle are the main reservoirs for Shiga-toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC), the only known zoonotic intestinal E. coli pathotype. However, there are other intestinal pathotypes that can cause disease in humans, whose presence has been seldom investigated. Thus, our aim was to identify the effects of anthropic pressure and of wild and domestic ungulate abundance on the distribution and diversity of the main human E. coli pathotypes and nine of their representative virulence genes (VGs). We used a quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR) for the direct detection and quantification of the genus-specific gene uidA, nine E...
February 18, 2017: MicrobiologyOpen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209779/a-histone-h4-lysine-20-methyltransferase-couples-environmental-cues-to-sensory-neuron-control-of-developmental-plasticity
#10
Colin E Delaney, Albert T Chen, Jacqueline V Graniel, Kathleen J Dumas, Patrick J Hu
Animals change developmental fates in response to external cues. In the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans, unfavorable environmental conditions induce a state of diapause known as dauer by inhibiting the conserved DAF-2 insulin-like signaling (ILS) pathway through incompletely understood mechanisms. We previously established a role for the C. elegans dosage compensation protein DPY-21 in the control of dauer arrest and DAF-2 ILS. Here we show that the histone H4 lysine 20 methyltransferase SET-4, which also influences dosage compensation, promotes dauer arrest in part by repressing the X-linked ins-9 gene, which encodes a new agonist insulin-like peptide (ILP) expressed specifically in the paired ASI sensory neurons that are required for dauer bypass...
February 16, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199959/central-neuronal-functions-of-histamine-h4-receptors
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Maria Domenica Sanna, Nicoletta Galeotti
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February 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199145/characterization-and-virulence-potential-of-serogroup-o113-shiga-toxin-producing-escherichia-coli-strains-isolated-from-beef-and-cattle-in-the-united-states
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Peter Feng, Sabine Delannoy, David W Lacher, Joseph M Bosilevac, Patrick Fach
Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) of serotype O113:H21 have caused severe diseases but are unusual in that they do not produce the intimin protein required for adherence to intestinal epithelial cells. Strains of serogroup O113 are one of the most common STEC found in ground beef and beef products in the United States, but their virulence potential is unknown. We used a microarray to characterize 65 O113 strains isolated in the United States from ground beef, beef trim, cattle feces, and fresh spinach...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196963/genetic-predisposition-to-acquire-a-polybasic-cleavage-site-for-highly-pathogenic-avian-influenza-virus-hemagglutinin
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Naganori Nao, Junya Yamagishi, Hiroko Miyamoto, Manabu Igarashi, Rashid Manzoor, Aiko Ohnuma, Yoshimi Tsuda, Wakako Furuyama, Asako Shigeno, Masahiro Kajihara, Noriko Kishida, Reiko Yoshida, Ayato Takada
Highly pathogenic avian influenza viruses with H5 and H7 hemagglutinin (HA) subtypes evolve from low-pathogenic precursors through the acquisition of multiple basic amino acid residues at the HA cleavage site. Although this mechanism has been observed to occur naturally only in these HA subtypes, little is known about the genetic basis for the acquisition of the polybasic HA cleavage site. Here we show that consecutive adenine residues and a stem-loop structure, which are frequently found in the viral RNA region encoding amino acids around the cleavage site of low-pathogenic H5 and H7 viruses isolated from waterfowl reservoirs, are important for nucleotide insertions into this RNA region...
February 14, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192098/anti-leukemic-effects-of-hdaci-belinostat-and-hmti-3-deazaneplanocin-a-on-human-acute-promyelocytic-leukemia-cells
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Giedrė Valiulienė, Ieva Stirblytė, Monika Jasnauskaitė, Veronika Borutinskaitė, Rūta Navakauskienė
Development of acute myeloid leukemia is usually sustained by deregulated epigenome. Alterations in DNA methylation and histone modifications are common manifestations of the disease. Acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) is not an exception. Therefore, drugs that target epigenetic processes suggest an appealing strategy for APL treatment. In this study we tested the anti-leukemic activity of histone deacetylase inhibitor (HDACi) Belinostat (PXD101, (2E)-N-Hydroxy-3-[3-(phenylsulfamoyl)phenyl]prop-2-enamide), and histone methyltransferase inhibitor (HMTi) 3-Deazaneplanocin A (DZNep, 5R-(4-amino-1H-imidazo[4,5-c]pyridin-1-yl)-3-(hydroxymethyl)-3-cyclopentene-1S,2R-diol) combined with retinoic acid (RA) in APL cells NB4 and HL-60...
February 10, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181726/enhanced-photoluminescence-of-the-ca0-8-zn0-2-tio3-0-05-pr-3-phosphor-by-optimized-hydrothermal-conditions
#15
Mao Xia, Guanhua Wang, Zhiqiang Gu, Zhongxian Qiu, Chunying Rong, Jilin Zhang, Wenli Zhou, Liping Yu, Shixun Lian
The red-emitting phosphor Ca0.8 Zn0.2 TiO3 :Pr(3+) was synthesized using an ethylene glycol (EG)-assisted hydrothermal method. The effects of additional amounts of and order of adding EG, plus hydrothermal temperature, time, and pH on the composition, morphology and optical properties of the titanate phosphors were studied. The crystalline phases of the titanate phosphors were confirmed to be constituted of a series of co-existing CaTiO3 , Zn2 TiO4 and Ca2 Zn4 Ti16 O38 compounds in various proportions that were visualized using an X-ray diffractometer (XRD)...
February 9, 2017: Luminescence: the Journal of Biological and Chemical Luminescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179535/a-bivalent-heterologous-dna-virus-like-particles-prime-boost-vaccine-elicits-broad-protection-against-both-groups-1-and-2-influenza-a-viruses
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Wenbo Jiang, Shuangshuang Wang, Honglin Chen, Huanhuan Ren, Xun Huang, Guiqin Wang, Ze Chen, Ling Chen, Zhiwei Chen, Paul Zhou
Current seasonal influenza vaccines are efficacious when vaccine strains are matched with circulating strains. But they do not protect antigenic variants and newly emerging pandemic and outbreak strains. Thus there is a critical need for developing so-called "universal" vaccines that protect against all influenza viruses. In the present study we developed a bivalent heterologous DNA-virus-like particles (VLP) prime-boost vaccine strategy. We show that mice immunized with this vaccine were broadly protected against lethal challenge of group 1 (H1, H5 and H9) and group 2 (H3 and H7) viruses with 94% aggregate survival...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179079/exploiting-charge-differences-for-the-analysis-of-challenging-post-translational-modifications-by-capillary-electrophoresis-mass-spectrometry
#17
Klaus Faserl, Bettina Sarg, Verena Maurer, Herbert H Lindner
Reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography (RP-HPLC) in combination with mass spectrometry (MS) is typically employed for mapping modifications in proteins and peptides. Here we applied a low-flow capillary electrophoresis (CE) -electrospray ionization interface coupled to Orbitrap mass spectrometers to analyze challenging modifications such as asparagine deamidation, aspartate isomerization, arginine citrullination, and phosphopeptide isomers. We achieved excellent resolution of asparagine (Asn), aspartic acid (Asp) and isoaspartic acid (iso-Asp) containing peptides using a synthetic peptide mixture...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162001/genetic-affiliation-of-pre-hispanic-and-contemporary-mayas-through-maternal-linage
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Mirna Isabel Ochoa-Lugo, María de Lourdes Muñoz, Gerardo Pérez-Ramírez, Kristine G Beaty, Mauro López-Armenta, Javiera Cervini-Silva, Miguel Moreno-Galeana, Adrián Martínez Meza, Eduardo Ramos, Michael H Crawford, Arturo Romano-Pacheco
Maya civilization developed in Mesoamerica and encompassed the Yucatan Peninsula, Guatemala, Belize, part of the Mexican states of Tabasco and Chiapas, and the western parts of Honduras and El Salvador. This civilization persisted approximately 3,000 years and was one of the most advanced of its time, possessing the only known full writing system at the time, as well as art, sophisticated architecture, and mathematical and astronomical systems. This civilization reached the apex of its power and influence during the Preclassic period, from 2000 BCE to 250 CE...
April 2016: Human Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159901/53bp1-contributes-to-igh-locus-chromatin-topology-during-class-switch-recombination
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Scott Feldman, Robert Wuerffel, Ikbel Achour, Lili Wang, Phillip B Carpenter, Amy L Kenter
In B lymphocytes, Ig class switch recombination (CSR) is induced by activation-induced cytidine deaminase, which initiates a cascade of events leading to DNA double-strand break formation in switch (S) regions. Resolution of DNA double-strand breaks proceeds through formation of S-S synaptic complexes. S-S synapsis is mediated by a chromatin loop that spans the C region domain of the Igh locus. S-S junctions are joined via a nonhomologous end joining DNA repair process. CSR occurs via an intrachromosomal looping out and deletion mechanism that is 53BP1 dependent...
February 3, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28158064/long-term-time-dependence-of-internal-stress-in-lanthanum-titanium-oxide-h4-optical-thin-films
#20
Masashi Takegami, Ryota Nakano, Hiroshi Murotani
The time variation in the internal stress of optical thin films composed of lanthanum titanium oxide (H4) deposited by ion-beam assisted deposition (IAD) and electron beam deposition was observed over a period of 10 years after deposition, and it was found that the internal stresses in the optical thin films can be controlled by optimizing the IAD conditions. Both tensile stress and compressive stress could be created by IAD, and the chemical bonding state of Ti may affect the stress behavior. The network size of the chemical bonds may affect the stress direction...
February 1, 2017: Applied Optics
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