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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109185/folding-of-intrinsically-disordered-plant-lea-proteins-is-driven-by-glycerol-induced-crowding-and-the-presence-of-membranes
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Anne Bremer, Martin Wolff, Anja Thalhammer, Dirk K Hincha
Late embryogenesis abundant (LEA) proteins are related to cellular dehydration tolerance. Most LEA proteins are predicted to have no stable secondary structure in solution, i.e. to be intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs), but they may acquire α-helical structure upon drying. In the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana the LEA proteins COR15A and COR15B are highly induced upon cold treatment and are necessary for the plants to attain full freezing tolerance. Freezing leads to increased intracellular crowding due to dehydration by extracellular ice crystals...
January 21, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109180/the-intrauterine-renin-angiotensin-system-sex-specific-effects-on-the-prevalence-of-spontaneous-preterm-birth
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Kirsty G Pringle, Tamas Zakar, Eugenie R Lumbers
Preterm birth (PTB) is the single largest cause of death in infants and young children. The rate of PTB is significantly higher in male infants, particularly those that are born very preterm. Here we present evidence to suggest that the decidual renin-angiotensin system may play a role in inhibiting inflammation and maintaining the integrity of the fetal membranes during pregnancy, and that sex-specific alterations in the intrauterine RAS could contribute to the increased risk of PTB in male babies. Women carrying female fetuses have high levels of expression of decidual prorenin at term...
January 21, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109176/oncogenic-roles-of-smarcb1-ini1-and-its-deficient-tumors
#3
Kenichi Kohashi, Yoshinao Oda
SMARCB1/INI1 is one of the core subunit proteins of the ATP-dependent SWI/SNF chromatin remodeling complex, and is identified as a potent and bona fide tumor suppressor. Interactions have been demonstrated between SMARCB1/INI1 and key proteins in various pathways related to tumor proliferation and progression: the p16-RB pathway, WNT signaling pathway, sonic hedgehog signaling pathway and Polycomb pathway. Initially, no detectable SMARCB1/INI1 protein expression was found in malignant rhabdoid tumor cells, whereas all other kinds of tumor cells and non-tumorous tissue showed SMARCB1/INI1 protein expression...
January 21, 2017: Cancer Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109164/assessment-of-biological-psychological-and-adherence-factors-in-the-prediction-of-step-down-treatment-for-patients-with-well-controlled-asthma
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Norihiro Saito, Akihito Kamata, Masamichi Itoga, Mami Tamaki, Hiroyuki Kayaba, Thomas Ritz
OBJECTIVES: Inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) and inhaled corticosteroids combined with long-acting beta2-agonist (ICS/LABA) are standard treatments for asthma. However, factors that might help reduce medication in well-controlled asthma are unknown. We classified problems of asthma patients into biological, psychological and adherence factors, and investigated factors associated with the indication and failure of a medication step-down treatment. METHODS: Two hundred twenty two well-controlled asthma patients receiving ICS or ICS/LABA were assessed for physical and psychiatric problems and followed up for one year from adjustment of their treatment step...
January 21, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Allergy: Journal of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109154/-inhibitory-effect-of-overexpressed-kisspeptin-on-proliferation-and-migration-of-mkn-45-gastric-cancer-cells
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Xin Wang, Yijiong Li, Ruihua Zhang, Chao Pang, Xiaoqing Jiao, Zhenlong Zhu, Zhengmin Wang
Objective To investigate the expression of kisspeptin in gastric adenocarcinoma and its effect on the proliferation and migration of gastric cancer cells. Methods The level of kisspeptin in 50 gastric cancer tissues and their paracancerous tissues were detected by quantitative real-time PCR and Western blotting. Kisspeptin-siRNA, control-siRNA, pEGFP-N1-kisspeptin, pEGFP-N1 were separately transfected into MKN-45 gastric cancer cells. After 48-hour culture, the levels of matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2), β-catenin, C-myc, MMP-9, kisspeptin were detected by Western blotting; MTT assay was used to detect the proliferation of MKN-45 cells; wound healing assay was performed to assess the migration ability of MKN-45 cells...
February 2017: Xi Bao Yu Fen Zi Mian Yi Xue za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Cellular and Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109126/a-step-wise-approach-to-define-binding-mechanisms-of-surrogate-viral-particles-to-multi-modal-anion-exchange-resin-in-a-single-solute-system
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Matthew Brown, Sarah Johnson, Kurt Brorson, Scott Lute, David Roush
Multi-modal anion exchange resins combine properties of both anion exchange and hydrophobic interaction chromatography for commercial protein polishing and may provide some viral clearance as well. From a regulatory viral clearance claim standpoint, it is unclear if multi-modal resins are truly orthogonal to either single-mode anion exchange or hydrophobic interaction columns. To answer this, a strategy of solute surface assays and High Throughput Screening of resin in concert with a scale-down model of large scale chromatography purification was employed to determine the predominant binding mechanisms of a panel of bacteriophage (i...
January 21, 2017: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109010/lack-of-effects-of-an-equine-chorionic-gonadotropin-ecg-administration-between-days-9-and-15-postpartum-on-reproductive-performance-in-a-holstein-dairy-herd
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M Freick, O Passarge, J Weber
Recently, it has been demonstrated that administration of equine chorionic gonadotropin (eCG) in the postpartum period in dairy cows can enhance follicle growth, reduce the interval from calving to first ovulation and increase plasma estradiol concentrations, and, thus, could enhance reproductive performance in a dairy herd when administered on day 6 postpartum. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of a single dose of eCG between days 9 and 15 postpartum on parameters of reproductive performance in dairy cows...
January 21, 2017: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109008/inhibition-of-group-1-p21-activated-kinases-suppresses-pancreatic-stellate-cell-activation-and-increases-survival-of-mice-with-pancreatic-cancer
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Dannel Yeo, Phoebe Phillips, Graham S Baldwin, Hong He, Mehrdad Nikfarjam
Pancreatic cancer remains one of the most lethal of all solid tumours. Pancreatic stellate cells (PSCs) are primarily responsible for the fibrosis that constitutes the stroma and p21-activated kinase 1 (PAK1) may have a role in signalling pathways involving PSCs. This study aimed to examine the role of PAK1 in PSCs and in the interaction of PSCs with pancreatic cancer cells. Human PSCs were isolated using a modified outgrowth method. The effect of inhibiting PAK1 with a group 1 PAK inhibitor, FRAX597, on cell proliferation and apoptosis in vitro was measured by thymidine incorporation and annexin V assays, respectively...
January 21, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109005/the-mboat7-variant-rs641738-increases-inflammation-and-fibrosis-in-chronic-hepatitis-b
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Khaled Thabet, Henry Lik Yuen Chan, Salvatore Petta, Alessandra Mangia, Thomas Berg, Andre Boonstra, Willem P Brouwer, Maria Lorena Abate, Vincent Wai-Sun Wong, Maiiada Nazmy, Janett Fischer, Christopher Liddle, Jacob George, Mohammed Eslam
Chronic hepatitis B (CHB) is characterized by hepatic inflammation that promotes progression to cirrhosis and predisposes to the development of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Subtle inter-individual genetic variation, viral and environmental factors interact to determine the disease progression between individuals. Recently, the rs641738 Membrane Bound O-Acyltransferase Domain Containing 7 (MBOAT7) polymorphism was demonstrated to influence histological liver damage in alcoholic liver disease, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and hepatitis C, but no data are available for CHB...
January 20, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108995/relationships-between-exercise-smoking-habit-and-mortality-in-more-than-100-000-adults
#10
Gary O'Donovan, Mark Hamer, Emmanuel Stamatakis
Exercise is associated with reduced risks of all-cause, cardiovascular disease (CVD), and cancer mortality; however, the benefits in smokers and ex-smokers are unclear. The aim of this study was to investigate associations between exercise, smoking habit and mortality. Self-reported exercise and smoking, and all-cause, CVD, and cancer mortality were assessed in 106,341 adults in the Health Survey for England and the Scottish Health Survey. There were 9149 deaths from all causes, 2839 from CVD, and 2634 from cancer during 999,948 person-years of follow-up...
January 21, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108973/development-and-evaluation-of-buccal-films-based-on-chitosan-for-the-potential-treatment-of-oral-candidiasis
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G Tejada, M G Barrera, G N Piccirilli, M Sortino, A Frattini, C J Salomón, María C Lamas, Darío Leonardi
In this work, chitosan films were prepared by a casting/solvent evaporation methodology using pectin or hydroxypropylmethyl cellulose to form polymeric matrices. Miconazole nitrate, as a model drug, was loaded into such formulations. These polymeric films were characterized in terms of mechanical properties, adhesiveness, and swelling as well as drug release. Besides, the morphology of raw materials and films was investigated by scanning electron microscopy; interactions between polymers were analyzed by infrared spectroscopy and drug crystallinity studied by differential scanning calorimetry and X-ray diffraction...
January 20, 2017: AAPS PharmSciTech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108965/transcriptomic-and-hormone-analyses-reveal-mechanisms-underlying-petal-elongation-in-chrysanthemum-morifolium-jinba
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Jingjing Wang, Haibin Wang, Lian Ding, Aiping Song, Feng Shen, Jiafu Jiang, Sumei Chen, Fadi Chen
Auxin regulates chrysanthemum petal elongation by promoting cell elongation. Transcriptomic analysis shows that auxin signal transduction may connect with other transcription factors by TCPs to regulate chrysanthemum petal elongation. As an ornamental species, Chrysanthemum morifolium has high ornamental and economic value. Petal size is the primary factor that influences the ornamental value of chrysanthemum, but the mechanism underlying the development of C. morifolium petals remains unclear. In our study, we tracked the growth of petals and found that the basal region of 'Jinba' petals showed a higher elongation rate, exhibiting rapid cell elongation during petal growth...
January 20, 2017: Plant Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108961/effects-of-negatively-and-positively-charged-ti-metal-surfaces-on-ceramic-coating-adhesion-and-cell-response
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Rodney Marcelo do Nascimento, Vanessa Rafaela de Carvalho, José Silvio Govone, Antônio Carlos Hernandes, Nilson Cristino da Cruz
This manuscript reports an evaluation of the effects of simple chemical-heat treatments on the deposition of different ceramic coatings, i.e., TiO2, CaTiO3 and CaP, on commercially pure titanium (cp-Ti) and Ti6Al4V and the influence of the coatings on cells interaction with the surfaces. The ceramic materials were prepared by the sol-gel method and the coating adhesion was analyzed by pull-off bending tests. The wettability of positively or negatively charged surfaces was characterized by contact angle measurements, which also enabled the calculation of the surface free energy through the polar-apolar liquids approach...
February 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108960/dual-acting-biofunctionalised-scaffolds-for-applications-in-regenerative-medicine
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Camilo Chaves, Chuanyu Gao, Jerome Hunckler, Moustafa Elsawy, Josette Legagneux, Gilles Renault, Alain Charles Masquelet, Achala de Mel
Off the shelf scaffolds for replacing ultra-small diameter vascular grafts are valuable for reconstruction of diseased or damaged vessels. The limitations for such grafts include optimal handling with ready availability of varied lengths of grafts, graft patency with the ability to replace the function of active cellular mechanisms and adequate mechanical properties to maintain physicochemical function. We used a well-established, solvent casting method for potential tissue replacement scaffold fabrication with incorporated bioactive molecules, which we have previously explored to confer haemocompatibility...
February 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108952/transcriptional-regulators-dictate-innate-lymphoid-cell-fates
#15
REVIEW
Chao Zhong, Jinfang Zhu
Research on innate lymphoid cells (ILC) has recently been a fast paced topic of immunological research. As ILCs are able to produce signature Th cytokine, ILCs have garnered considerable attention and have been described to represent the innate counterpart of the CD4(+) T helper (Th) cells. The development and function of ILCs are precisely regulated by a network of crucial transcription factors, which are also involved in the development or differentiation of conventional natural killer (cNK) cells and T cells...
January 20, 2017: Protein & Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108933/modelling-genome-wide-topological-associating-domains-in-mouse-embryonic-stem-cells
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REVIEW
Y Zhan, L Giorgetti, G Tiana
Chromosome conformation capture (3C)-based techniques such as chromosome conformation capture carbon copy (5C) and Hi-C revealed that the folding of mammalian chromosomes is highly hierarchical. A fundamental structural unit in the hierarchy is represented by topologically associating domains (TADs), sub-megabase regions of the genome within which the chromatin fibre preferentially interacts. 3C-based methods provide the mean contact probabilities between chromosomal loci, averaged over a large number of cells, and do not give immediate access to the single-cell conformations of the chromatin fibre...
January 20, 2017: Chromosome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108890/toxic-and-heavy-metals-as-a-cause-of-crayfish-mass-mortality-from-acidified-headwater-streams
#17
Jitka Svobodová, Karel Douda, David Fischer, Natalia Lapšanská, Pavel Vlach
Mining activities are responsible for high concentrations of metals in river networks in many parts of the world. Mining activities and the resulting high loads of heavy metals interact with intensive acid rain, and often have great consequences for biodiversity. However, considering the frequently episodic nature of these heavy acid rains, there is little detailed evidence of direct impacts. In 2011 we observed a massive mortality of noble crayfish and stone crayfish in Padrťsko Special Area of Conservation (SAC) in the Brdy Mountain region of the Czech Republic...
January 21, 2017: Ecotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108886/phase-behaviour-in-complementary-dna-coated-gold-nanoparticles-and-fd-viruses-mixtures-a-numerical-study
#18
Massimiliano Chiappini, Erika Eiser, Francesco Sciortino
A new gel-forming colloidal system based on a binary mixture of fd-viruses and gold nanoparticles functionalized with complementary DNA single strands has been recently introduced. Upon quenching below the DNA melt temperature, such a system results in a highly porous gel state, that may be developed in a new functional material of tunable porosity. In order to shed light on the gelation mechanism, we introduce a model closely mimicking the experimental one and we explore via Monte Carlo simulations its equilibrium phase diagram...
January 2017: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108879/patterns-of-social-affiliations-and-healthcare-engagement-among-young-black-men-who-have-sex-with-men
#19
Rachel L Behler, Benjamin T Cornwell, John A Schneider
Little work has examined how individuals' social affiliations-the venues in which they meet friends and engage in informal social interaction-influence their engagement with public health services. We investigate how links to these local places shape access to information and exposure to health-seeking behavior. Using longitudinal data from a respondent-driven sample of 618 young black men who have sex with men (YBMSM) in Chicago, we identify different sets of social venues that connect YBMSM. We then examine how YBMSM's connections within this network influence their receipt of HIV prevention and treatment services and knowledge of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)...
January 21, 2017: AIDS and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108877/a-moderated-mediation-model-of-hiv-related-stigma-depression-and-social-support-on-health-related-quality-of-life-among-incarcerated-malaysian-men-with-hiv-and-opioid-dependence
#20
Roman Shrestha, Michael Copenhaver, Alexander R Bazazi, Tania B Huedo-Medina, Archana Krishnan, Frederick L Altice
Although it is well established that HIV-related stigma, depression, and lack of social support are negatively associated with health-related quality of life (HRQoL) among people living with HIV (PLH), no studies to date have examined how these psychosocial factors interact with each other and affect HRQoL among incarcerated PLH. We, therefore, incorporated a moderated mediation model (MMM) to explore whether depression mediates the effect of HIV-related stigma on HRQoL as a function of the underlying level of social support...
January 20, 2017: AIDS and Behavior
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