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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110353/a-role-for-sigma-receptors-in-stimulant-self-administration-and-addiction
#1
Jonathan L Katz, Takato Hiranita, Weimin C Hong, Martin O Job, Christopher R McCurdy
Sigma receptors (σRs) are structurally unique proteins that function intracellularly as chaperones. Historically, σRs have been implicated as modulators of psychomotor stimulant effects and have at times been proposed as potential avenues for modifying stimulant abuse. However, the influence of ligands for σRs on the effects of stimulants, such as cocaine or methamphetamine, in various preclinical procedures related to drug abuse has been varied. The present paper reviews the effects of σR agonists and antagonists in three particularly relevant procedures: stimulant discrimination, place conditioning, and self-administration...
January 22, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109744/adenocarcinoma-in-continent-anal-urinary-diversion-is-a-sigma-rectum-pouch-a-surgical-option-after-failed-ureterosigmoidostomy
#2
P Honeck, P Kienle, N Huck, A Neisius, J Thüroff, R Stein
OBJECTIVE: To report our experience of radical resection of secondary cancers after ureterosigmoidostomy. Ureterosigmoidostomy was the most common continent urinary diversion before the era of continent cutaneous diversion and neobladders, specifically in children. When performed for bladder exstrophy, patients have been living with this kind of diversion for quite a long time. As a result urologists are now confronted with patients presenting with an adenocarcinoma in their ureterosigmoidostomy...
January 18, 2017: Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108357/sigma-1-receptor-deficiency-reduces-gabaergic-inhibition-in-the-basolateral-amygdala-leading-to-ltd-impairment-and-depressive-like-behaviors
#3
Baofeng Zhang, Ling Wang, Tingting Chen, Juan Hong, Sha Sha, Jun Wang, Hang Xiao, Ling Chen
Sigma-1 receptor knockout (σ1R-/-) in male mice causes depressive-like phenotype. We observed the expression of σ1R in principal neurons of basolateral amygdala (BLA), a main region for affective regulation. The present study investigated the influence of σ1R deficiency in BLA neurons on synaptic properties and plasticity at cortico-BLA pathway. In comparison with wild-type (WT) mice, the slopes of field excitatory postsynaptic potentials (fEPSP) were reduced in σ1R-/- mice with the increases in paired-pulse facilitation (PPF) and paired-pulse inhibition (PPI) values...
January 17, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107913/quantitative-structure-retention-relationship-model-for-the-determination-of-naratriptan-hydrochloride-and-its-impurities-based-on-artificial-neural-networks-coupled-with-genetic-algorithm
#4
Mikołaj Mizera, Anna Krause, Przemysław Zalewski, Robert Skibiński, Judyta Cielecka-Piontek
Mathematical modeling of Quantitative Structure - Property Relationships met great interest in fields of in silico drug design and more recently, pharmaceutical analysis. In our approach we proposed automated method of creation Quantitative Structure-Retention Relationship (QSRR) for analysis of triptans, selective serotonin 5-HT1 receptor agonists used for the treatment of acute headache. The method was created using hybrid machine learning approach, namely Genetic algorithm (GA) coupled with artificial neutral networks (ANN)...
March 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106433/global-symmetries-volume-independence-and-continuity-in-quantum-field-theories
#5
Tin Sulejmanpasic
We discuss quantum field theories with global SU(N) and O(N) symmetries for which temporal direction is compactified on a circle of size L with periodicity of fields up to a global symmetry transformation, i.e., twisted boundary conditions. Such boundary conditions correspond to an insertion of the global symmetry operator in the partition function. We argue in general and prove in particular for CP(N-1) and O(N) nonlinear sigma models that large-N volume independence holds. Further we show that the CP(N-1) theory is free from the Affleck phase transition confirming the Ünsal-Dunne continuity conjecture...
January 6, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106321/conserved-two-component-hik34-rre1-module-directly-activates-heat-stress-inducible-transcription-of-major-chaperone-and-other-genes-in-synechococcus-elongatus-pcc-7942
#6
Ikki Kobayashi, Satoru Watanabe, Yu Kanesaki, Tomohiro Shimada, Hirofumi Yoshikawa, Kan Tanaka
Bacteria and other organisms, including cyanobacteria, employ two-component signal transducing modules comprising histidine kinases and response regulators to acclimate to changing environments. While the number and composition of these modules differ among cyanobacteria, two response regulators that contain DNA binding domains, RpaB and Rre1, are conserved in all sequenced cyanobacterial genomes and are essential for viability. Although RpaB negatively or positively regulates high light and other stress-responsive gene expression, little is known about the function of Rre1...
January 20, 2017: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105698/characterization-and-in-vivo-regulon-determination-of-an-ecf-sigma-factor-and-its-cognate-anti-sigma-factor-in-nostoc-punctiforme
#7
Nicole Bell, Jamie J Lee, Michael L Summers
Based on primary sequence comparisons and genomic context, Npun_F4153 (SigG)/Npun_F4154 (SapG) of the cyanobacterium Nostoc punctiforme were hypothesized to encode an ECF sigma factor/anti-sigma factor pair. Transcription of sigG increased in heterocysts and akinetes, and after EDTA treatment. Interaction between SigG and the predicted cytoplasmic domain of SapG was observed in vitro. A SigG-GFP translational fusion protein localized to the periphery of vegetative cells in vivo, but lost this association following heat stress...
January 20, 2017: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103041/substituent-effects-on-the-absorption-and-fluorescence-properties-of-anthracene
#8
Salsabil Abou-Hatab, Vincent A Spata, Spiridoula Matsika
Substitution can be used to efficiently tune the photophysical properties of chro- mophores. In this study, we examine the effect of substituents on the absorption and fluorescence properties of anthracene. The effects of mono-, di-, and quad- substitution of electron donating and withdrawing functional groups were explored. In addition, the influence of donor-acceptor substituent pair and the position of substitution were in- vestigated. Eleven functional groups were varied on positions 1, 2 and 9 of anthracene, and on position 6 of 2-methoxyanthracene and 2-carboxyanthracene...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100819/vertically-transmitted-rhabdoviruses-are-found-across-three-insect-families-and-have-dynamic-interactions-with-their-hosts
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Ben Longdon, Jonathan P Day, Nora Schulz, Philip T Leftwich, Maaike A de Jong, Casper J Breuker, Melanie Gibbs, Darren J Obbard, Lena Wilfert, Sophia C L Smith, John E McGonigle, Thomas M Houslay, Lucy I Wright, Luca Livraghi, Luke C Evans, Lucy A Friend, Tracey Chapman, John Vontas, Natasa Kambouraki, Francis M Jiggins
A small number of free-living viruses have been found to be obligately vertically transmitted, but it remains uncertain how widespread vertically transmitted viruses are and how quickly they can spread through host populations. Recent metagenomic studies have found several insects to be infected with sigma viruses (Rhabdoviridae). Here, we report that sigma viruses that infect Mediterranean fruit flies (Ceratitis capitata), Drosophila immigrans, and speckled wood butterflies (Pararge aegeria) are all vertically transmitted...
January 25, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099059/family-physician-readiness-for-value-based-payments-does-ownership-status-matter
#10
Heidy Robertson-Cooper, Bradley Neaderhiser, Laura E Happe, Roy A Beveridge
Value-based payments are rapidly replacing fee-for-service arrangements, necessitating advancements in physician practice capabilities and functions. The objective of this study was to examine potential differences among family physicians who are owners versus employed with respect to their readiness for value-based payment models. The authors surveyed more than 550 family physicians from the American Academy of Family Physician's membership; nearly 75% had made changes to participate in value-based payments...
January 18, 2017: Population Health Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098783/the-influence-of-the-toxin-antitoxin-mazef-on-growth-and-survival-of-listeria-monocytogenes-under-stress
#11
Thomas D Curtis, Ippei Takeuchi, Lone Gram, Gitte M Knudsen
A major factor in the resilience of Listeria monocytogenes is the alternative sigma factor B (σ(B)). Type II Toxin/Antitoxin (TA) systems are also known to have a role in the bacterial stress response upon activation via the ClpP or Lon proteases. Directly upstream of the σ(B) operon in L. monocytogenes is the TA system mazEF, which can cleave mRNA at UACMU sites. In this study, we showed that the mazEF TA locus does not affect the level of persister formation during treatment with antibiotics in lethal doses, but exerts different effects according to the sub-inhibitory stress added...
January 13, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098242/merr-and-chrr-mediate-blue-light-induced-photo-oxidative-stress-response-at-the-transcriptional-level-in-vibrio-cholerae
#12
Mehmet Tardu, Selma Bulut, Ibrahim Halil Kavakli
Blue light (BL) is a major environmental factor that affects the physiology, behavior, and infectivity of bacteria as it contributes to the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) while increasing photo-oxidative stress in cells. However, precise photo-oxidative response mechanism in non-phototrophic bacteria is yet to be elucidated. In this study, we investigated the effect of BL in Vibrio cholerae by using genetics and transcriptome profiling. Genome-wide analysis revealed that transcription of 6.3% of V...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097724/unphosphorylated-eiia-ntr-induces-clpap-mediated-degradation-of-rpos-in-azotobacter-vinelandii
#13
Luis Felipe Muriel-Millán, Soledad Moreno, Ramsés Gallegos-Monterrosa, Guadalupe Espín
The nitrogen-related phosphotransferase system (PTS(Ntr) ) is composed of the EI(Ntr) , NPr and EIIA(Ntr) proteins that form a phosphorylation cascade from phosphoenolpyruvate. PTS(Ntr) is a global regulatory system present in most Gram-negative bacteria that controls some pivotal processes such as potassium and phosphate homeostasis, virulence, nitrogen fixation and ABC transport activation. In the soil bacterium Azotobacter vinelandii, unphosphorylated EIIA(Ntr) negatively regulates the expression of genes related to the synthesis of the bioplastic polyester poly-β-hydroxybutyrate (PHB) and cyst-specific lipids alkylresorcinols (ARs)...
January 18, 2017: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097006/contribution-of-sigma-1-receptor-to-cytoprotective-effect-of-afobazole
#14
Mikhail V Voronin, Ilya A Kadnikov
Anxiolytic afobazole (5-Ethoxy-2-[2-(morpholino)-ethylthio]benzimidazole dihidrochloride) has pronounced ligand properties toward Sigma-1 receptor (σ1 receptor,SigmaR1) and MT 3 receptors. Our previous work demonstrated that afobazole possess cytoprotective effect in the in vitro model of menadione genotoxicity (Woods et al. 1997) through interaction with MT 3 receptor (Kadnikov et al. 2014). Present study utilized previously described models to address the contribution of SigmaR1 to cytoprotective action of afobazole...
December 2016: Pharmacology Research & Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095907/the-targeted-smac-mimetic-sw-iv-134-is-a-strong-enhancer-of-standard-chemotherapy-in-pancreatic-cancer
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Yassar M Hashim, Suwanna Vangveravong, Narendra V Sankpal, Pratibha S Binder, Jingxia Liu, S Peter Goedegebuure, Robert H Mach, Dirk Spitzer, William G Hawkins
BACKGROUND: Pancreatic cancer is a lethal malignancy that frequently acquires resistance to conventional chemotherapies often associated with overexpression of inhibitors of apoptosis proteins (IAPs). We have recently described a novel means to deliver second mitochondria-derived activator of caspases (SMAC) mimetics selectively to cancer cells employing the sigma-2 ligand/receptor interaction. The intrinsic death pathway agonist SMAC offers an excellent opportunity to counteract the anti-apoptotic activity of IAPs...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research: CR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093830/age-affects-sleep-microstructure-more-than-sleep-macrostructure
#16
Johanna F A Schwarz, Torbjörn Åkerstedt, Eva Lindberg, Georg Gruber, Håkan Fischer, Jenny Theorell-Haglöw
It is well known that the quantity and quality of physiological sleep changes across age. However, so far the effect of age on sleep microstructure has been mostly addressed in small samples. The current study examines the effect of age on several measures of sleep macro- and microstructure in 211 women (22-71 years old) of the 'Sleep and Health in Women' study for whom ambulatory polysomnography was registered. Older age was associated with significantly lower fast spindle (effect size f(2)  = 0.32) and K-complex density (f(2)  = 0...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Sleep Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089467/the-evolution-of-implant-design-decreases-the-incidence-of-lateral-release-in-primary-total-knee-arthroplasty
#17
Jonathan E Webb, Heidi Y Yang, Jamie E Collins, Elena Losina, Thomas S Thornhill, Jeffrey N Katz
BACKGROUND: Appropriate balancing of the patellofemoral joint (PFJ) using a lateral release can help to prevent patellar instability in total knee arthroplasty (TKA). Contemporary total knee implant designs are characterized by enhanced trochlear geometry more similar to native knee anatomy to minimize instability and reduce utilization of a lateral release. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed consecutive TKA cases from a single senior surgeon's practice with 3 successive total knee designs: the Press-Fit Condylar (PFC), the Sigma, and the ATTUNE (DePuy, Warsaw, IN)...
December 14, 2016: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086830/sigma-2-receptor-agonist-derivatives-of-1-cyclohexyl-4-3-5-methoxy-1-2-3-4-tetrahydronaphthalen-1-yl-propyl-piperazine-pb28-induce-cell-death-via-mitochondrial-superoxide-production-and-caspase-activation-in-pancreatic-cancer
#18
Maria Laura Pati, John R Hornick, Mauro Niso, Francesco Berardi, Dirk Spitzer, Carmen Abate, William Hawkins
BACKGROUND: Despite considerable efforts by scientific research, pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer related mortalities. Sigma-2 receptors, which are overexpressed in several tumors, represent promising targets for triggering selective pancreatic cancer cells death. METHODS: We selected five differently structured high-affinity sigma-2 ligands (PB28, PB183, PB221, F281 and PB282) to study how they affect the viability of diverse pancreatic cancer cells (human cell lines BxPC3, AsPC1, Mia PaCa-2, and Panc1 and mouse Panc-02, KCKO and KP-02) and how this is reflected in vivo in a tumor model...
January 13, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077623/a-quality-improvement-project-to-decrease-human-milk-errors-in-the-nicu
#19
Reena Oza-Frank, Rashmi Kachoria, James Dail, Jasmine Green, Krista Walls, Richard E McClead
BACKGROUD AND OBJECTIVE: Ensuring safe human milk in the NICU is a complex process with many potential points for error, of which one of the most serious is administration of the wrong milk to the wrong infant. Our objective was to describe a quality improvement initiative that was associated with a reduction in human milk administration errors identified over a 6-year period in a typical, large NICU setting. METHODS: We employed a quasi-experimental time series quality improvement initiative by using tools from the model for improvement, Six Sigma methodology, and evidence-based interventions...
January 11, 2017: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077325/role-of-14-3-3-sigma-in-over-expression-of-p-gp-by-rifampin-and-paclitaxel-stimulation-through-interaction-with-pxr
#20
So Won Kim, Md Hasanuzzaman, Munju Cho, Nam Hyun Kim, Hye-Young Choi, Jung Woo Han, Hyun June Park, Ji Won Oh, Jae-Gook Shin
In this study, we presented the role of 14-3-3σ to activate CK2-Hsp90β-PXR-MDR1 pathway on rifampin and paclitaxel treated LS174T cells and in vivo LS174T cell-xenografted nude mouse model. Following several in vitro and in vivo experiments, rifampin and paclitaxel were found to be stimulated the CK2-Hsp90β-PXR-MDR1 pathway. Of the proteins in this pathway, Pregnane X receptor (PXR) is a representative transcription factor of multidrug resistance protein 1 (MDR1). We constructed FLAG-PXR-LS174T stable cell lines and discovered 22 proteins that interacted with PXR on rifampin treatment...
January 7, 2017: Cellular Signalling
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