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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923267/sleep-and-processing-of-trauma-memories
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Ihori Kobayashi, Thomas A Mellman, Duaa Altaee, Mary Katherine Howell, Joseph Lavela
Sleep has been implicated in learning processes that appear to underlie recovery from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The importance of quality and timing of sleep following exposure-based therapies has been suggested. The present study evaluated relationships between sleep and adaptive emotional processing following written narrative exposure (WNE) to memories of traumatic events experienced by participants with clinically significant PTSD symptoms. Participants included 21 urban-residing nontreatment-seeking adults with full or subthreshold symptoms of PTSD who completed 4 sessions of 30-min WNE with the first session either in the evening or the morning...
December 2016: Journal of Traumatic Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923220/differential-regulation-of-bmal1-clock-and-endothelial-signaling-in-the-aortic-arch-and-ligated-common-carotid-artery
#2
Xia Shang, Paramita Pati, Ciprian B Anea, David J R Fulton, R Daniel Rudic
The circadian clock is rhythmically expressed in blood vessels, but the interaction between the circadian clock and disturbed blood flow remains unclear. We examined the relationships between BMAL1 and CLOCK and 2 regulators of endothelial function, AKT1 and endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS), in vascular regions of altered blood flow. We found that the aortic arch from WT mice exhibited reduced sensitivity to acetylcholine (Ach)-mediated relaxation relative to the thoracic aorta. In Clock-mutant (mut) mice the aorta exhibited a reduced sensitivity to Ach...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Vascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923210/study-on-the-interactional-behaviour-of-transition-metal-ions-with-myoglobin-a-detailed-calorimetric-spectroscopic-and-light-scattering-analysis
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Amandeep Kaur, Parampaul K Banipal, Tarlok S Banipal
The energetics and the impact on the conformation of heme containing protein myoglobin (Mb) due to the binding of three transition metal ions (Zn(2+), Ni(2+), and Mn(2+)) have been investigated using isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC), dynamic light scattering (DLS), UV-vis, and circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy under physiological conditions. The binding affinity of the order of 10(4)M(-1) has been observed for all metal ions from calorimetry as well as from absorption spectroscopy. The binding of these metal ions with Mb is a spontaneous process that exposes the hydrophobic groups away from the protein core as exhibited by the negative Gibbs free energy change (ΔG) and positive heat capacity change (ΔCp) values...
November 27, 2016: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923209/recognition-of-ubiquitinated-nucleosomes
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Michael T Morgan, Cynthia Wolberger
Histone ubiquitination plays a non-degradative role in regulating transcription and the DNA damage response. A mechanistic understanding of this chromatin modification has lagged that of small histone modifications because of the technical challenges in preparing ubiquitinated nucleosomes. The recent structure of the DUB module of the SAGA coactivator complex bound to a nucleosome containing monoubiquitinated H2B has provided the first view of how specialized subunits target this enzyme to its substrate. Single particle electron microscopy of the intact SAGA coactivator suggests how the DUB module and histone acetyltransferase module engage a nucleosomal substrate...
December 3, 2016: Current Opinion in Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923202/structure-based-optimization-of-salt-bridge-network-across-the-complex-interface-of-ptpn4-pdz-domain-with-its-peptide-ligands-in-neuroglioma
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Xian Xiao, Qiang-Hua He, Li-Yan Yu, Song-Qing Wang, Yang Li, Hua Yang, Ai-Hua Zhang, Xiao-Hong Ma, Yu-Jie Peng, Bing Chen
The PTP non-receptor type 4 (PTPN4) is an important regulator protein in learning, spatial memory and cerebellar synaptic plasticity; targeting the PDZ domain of PTPN4 has become as attractive therapeutic strategy for human neuroglioma. Here, we systematically examined the complex crystal structures of PTPN4 PDZ domain with its known peptide ligands; a number of charged amino acid residues were identified in these ligands and in the peptide-binding pocket of PDZ domain, which can constitute a complicated salt-bridge network across the complex interface...
November 30, 2016: Computational Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923186/influence-of-surface-passivation-of-2-methoxyestradiol-loaded-plga-nanoparticles-on-cellular-interactions-pharmacokinetics-and-tumour-accumulation
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Gopikrishna J Pillai, Bindhu Paul-Prasanth, Shantikumar V Nair, Deepthy Menon
In the present work, 2-Methoxyestradiol [2ME2] loaded PLGA nanoparticles [NPs] were stabilized with Casein or poly(ethylene glycol) [PEG] and evaluated for its cellular interactions, pharmacokinetics and tumour accumulation. Surface stabilized PLGA nanoparticles prepared through a modified emulsion route possessed similar size, surface charge, drug loading and release characteristics. Particle-cell interactions as well as the anti-angiogenesis activity were similar for both nanoformulations in vitro. However, in vivo pharmacokinetics and tumour accumulation of the drug were substantially improved for the PEGylated nanoformulation...
November 29, 2016: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923163/waste-conversion-into-high-value-ceramics-carbothermal-nitridation-synthesis-of-titanium-nitride-nanoparticles-using-automotive-shredder-waste
#7
Mohannad Mayyas, Farshid Pahlevani, Samane Maroufi, Zhao Liu, Veena Sahajwalla
Environmental concern about automotive shredder residue (ASR) has increased in recent years due to its harmful content of heavy metals. Although several approaches of ASR management have been suggested, these approaches remain commercially unproven. This study presents an alternative approach for ASR management where advanced materials can be generated as a by-product. In this approach, titanium nitride (TiN) has been thermally synthesized by nitriding pressed mixture of automotive shredder residue (ASR) and titanium oxide (TiO2)...
December 3, 2016: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923154/socioeconomic-position-john-henryism-and-incidence-of-acute-myocardial-infarction-in-finnish-men
#8
Mahasin S Mujahid, Sherman A James, George A Kaplan, Jukka T Salonen
Previous cross-sectional studies examining whether John Henryism (JH), or high-effort coping with socioeconomic adversity, potentiates the inverse association between socioeconomic position (SEP) and cardiovascular health have focused mainly on hypertension in African Americans. We conducted the first longitudinal test of this hypothesis on incident acute myocardial infarction (AMI) using data from the Kuopio Ischemic Heart Disease Risk Factor Study in Finland (N = 1405 men, 42-60 years). We hypothesized that the expected inverse gradient between SEP and AMI risk would be stronger for men scoring high on JH than for those scoring low...
November 25, 2016: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923146/behaviors-associated-with-negative-affect-in-the-friendships-of-children-with-adhd-an-exploratory-study
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Sébastien Normand, James Ambrosoli, Joanna Guiet, Marie Michèle Soucisse, Barry H Schneider, Marie-France Maisonneuve, Matthew D Lee, Fulvio Tassi
Our objective was to identify behaviors and contextual situations associated with negative affect observed in the interactions of children with and without ADHD and their real-life friends. We expected negative affect to be linked to rule violations and disagreements about the choice of games. Loss of game was associated with episodes of negative affect in a structured game. Negative appraisal of friend's ability was most frequently associated with negative affect during unstructured free play. Comparison children expressed greater frustration regarding their own abilities, whereas children with ADHD commented more frequently about the inabilities of their friends...
November 28, 2016: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923144/folic-acid-grafted-bovine-serum-albumin-decorated-graphene-oxide-an-efficient-drug-carrier-for-targeted-cancer-therapy
#10
Naxin Ma, Jing Liu, Wenxiu He, Zhonghao Li, Yuxia Luan, Yunmei Song, Sanjay Garg
Targeting drug carrier systems based on graphene oxide (GO) are of great interest, since it can selectively deliver anticancer drugs to tumor cells, and enhance therapeutic activities with minimized side effects. However, direct grafting target molecules on GO usually results in aggregation of physiological fluid, limiting its biomedical applications. Here, we propose a new strategy to construct targeting GO drug carrier using folic acid grafted bovine serum albumin (FA-BSA) as both the stabilizer and targeting agent...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923143/monolayers-of-immunoglobulin-g-on-polystyrene-microparticles-and-their-interactions-with-human-serum-albumin
#11
Paulina Żeliszewska, Monika Wasilewska, Zbigniew Adamczyk
The adsorption of mouse monoclonal immunoglobulin G (IgG) on negatively charged polystyrene microparticles was studied by the laser Doppler velocimetry (LDV) electrophoretic mobility measurements. The dependence of the electrophoretic mobility of microparticles on the IgG concentration in the suspension was determined for different ionic strengths and pHs (3.5, 7.4). The increase in the electrophoretic mobility was quantitatively interpreted in terms of the 3D electrokinetic model. The maximum coverage of IgG on latex was determined by the depletion method aided by AFM imaging...
November 27, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923118/cutting-out-the-middle-man-in-light-hormone-interactions
#12
Anna N Stepanova, Jose M Alonso
In this issue of Developmental Cell, Shi et al. (2016a) show that red-light-activated phytochrome B interacts with transcriptional regulators of ethylene signaling, EIN3/EIL1, triggering their degradation by bringing the F-box proteins EBF1 and 2 to the complex. These findings provide a paradigm for crosstalk between light and hormone signaling pathways.
December 5, 2016: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923117/examining-topological-domain-influence-on-enhancer-function
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Robert A Beagrie, Ana Pombo
Enhancers regulate the expression of target genes across large genomic distances, but it is unclear how recently discovered topological domains affect this regulation. Reporting in this issue of Developmental Cell, Symmons et al. (2016) show that the endogenous Shh topological domain promotes functional interactions between Shh and its remote enhancer.
December 5, 2016: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923068/gene-expression-correlates-with-the-number-of-herpes-viral-genomes-initiating-infection-in-single-cells
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Efrat M Cohen, Oren Kobiler
Viral gene expression varies significantly among genetically identical cells. The sources of these variations are not well understood and have been suggested to involve both deterministic host differences and stochastic viral host interactions. For herpesviruses, only a limited number of incoming viral genomes initiate expression and replication in each infected cell. To elucidate the effect of this limited number of productively infecting genomes on viral gene expression in single cells, we constructed a set of fluorescence-expressing genetically tagged herpes recombinants...
December 6, 2016: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923063/control-of-gene-expression-by-rna-binding-protein-action-on-alternative-translation-initiation-sites
#15
Angela Re, Levi Waldron, Alessandro Quattrone
Transcript levels do not faithfully predict protein levels, due to post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression mediated by RNA binding proteins (RBPs) and non-coding RNAs. We developed a multivariate linear regression model integrating RBP levels and predicted RBP-mRNA regulatory interactions from matched transcript and protein datasets. RBPs significantly improved the accuracy in predicting protein abundance of a portion of the total modeled mRNAs in three panels of tissues and cells and for different methods employed in the detection of mRNA and protein...
December 2016: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923061/comparative-transcriptomic-and-epigenomic-analyses-reveal-new-regulators-of-murine-brown-adipogenesis
#16
Reinhard Brunmeir, Jingyi Wu, Xu Peng, Sun-Yee Kim, Sofi G Julien, Qiongyi Zhang, Wei Xie, Feng Xu
Increasing energy expenditure through brown adipocyte recruitment is a promising approach to combat obesity. We report here the comprehensive profiling of the epigenome and transcriptome throughout the lineage commitment and differentiation of C3H10T1/2 mesenchymal stem cell line into brown adipocytes. Through direct comparison to datasets from differentiating white adipocytes, we systematically identify stage- and lineage-specific coding genes, lncRNAs and microRNAs. Utilizing chromatin state maps, we also define stage- and lineage-specific enhancers, including super-enhancers, and their associated transcription factor binding motifs and genes...
December 2016: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923054/fused-regression-for-multi-source-gene-regulatory-network-inference
#17
Kari Y Lam, Zachary M Westrick, Christian L Müller, Lionel Christiaen, Richard Bonneau
Understanding gene regulatory networks is critical to understanding cellular differentiation and response to external stimuli. Methods for global network inference have been developed and applied to a variety of species. Most approaches consider the problem of network inference independently in each species, despite evidence that gene regulation can be conserved even in distantly related species. Further, network inference is often confined to single data-types (single platforms) and single cell types. We introduce a method for multi-source network inference that allows simultaneous estimation of gene regulatory networks in multiple species or biological processes through the introduction of priors based on known gene relationships such as orthology incorporated using fused regression...
December 2016: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923044/killer-whale-orcinus-orca-predation-on-beaked-whales-mesoplodon-spp-in-the-bremer-sub-basin-western-australia
#18
Rebecca Wellard, Keith Lightbody, Leila Fouda, Michelle Blewitt, David Riggs, Christine Erbe
Observations of killer whales (Orcinus orca) feeding on the remains of beaked whales have been previously documented; however, to date, there has been no published account of killer whales actively preying upon beaked whales. This article describes the first field observations of killer whales interacting with, hunting and preying upon beaked whales (Mesoplodon spp.) on four separate occasions during 2014, 2015 and 2016 in the Bremer Sub-Basin, off the south coast of Western Australia.
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923041/crystal-structure-of-the-salmonella-typhimurium-effector-gtge
#19
Caishuang Xu, Guennadi Kozlov, Kathy Wong, Kalle Gehring, Miroslaw Cygler
Salmonella Typhimurium GtgE is an effector protein contributing to the virulence of this pathogen. It was shown to possess highly selective proteolytic activity against a subset of Rab proteins that helps in evasion of Salmonella-containing vacuole (SCV) fusion with lysosomes. Cys45, His151 and Asp169 are essential for proteolytic activity. The structure of a C-terminal fragment GtgE(79-214) indicated the presence of a papain-like fold. Here, we present the structure of GtgE(17-214) containing the fully assembled active site...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923039/natural-variation-in-arabidopsis-cvi-0-accession-reveals-an-important-role-of-mpk12-in-guard-cell-co2-signaling
#20
Liina Jakobson, Lauri Vaahtera, Kadri Tõldsepp, Maris Nuhkat, Cun Wang, Yuh-Shuh Wang, Hanna Hõrak, Ervin Valk, Priit Pechter, Yana Sindarovska, Jing Tang, Chuanlei Xiao, Yang Xu, Ulvi Gerst Talas, Alfonso T García-Sosa, Saijaliisa Kangasjärvi, Uko Maran, Maido Remm, M Rob G Roelfsema, Honghong Hu, Jaakko Kangasjärvi, Mart Loog, Julian I Schroeder, Hannes Kollist, Mikael Brosché
Plant gas exchange is regulated by guard cells that form stomatal pores. Stomatal adjustments are crucial for plant survival; they regulate uptake of CO2 for photosynthesis, loss of water, and entrance of air pollutants such as ozone. We mapped ozone hypersensitivity, more open stomata, and stomatal CO2-insensitivity phenotypes of the Arabidopsis thaliana accession Cvi-0 to a single amino acid substitution in MITOGEN-ACTIVATED PROTEIN (MAP) KINASE 12 (MPK12). In parallel, we showed that stomatal CO2-insensitivity phenotypes of a mutant cis (CO2-insensitive) were caused by a deletion of MPK12...
December 2016: PLoS Biology
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