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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445965/molecular-docking-3d-qsar-and-structural-optimization-on-imidazo-pyridine-derivatives-dually-targeting-at1-and-pparg
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Jun Zhang, Qing-Qing Hao, Xin Liu, Zhi Jing, Wen-Qing Jia, Shu-Qing Wang, Wei-Ren Xu, Xian-Chao Cheng, Run-Ling Wang
Telmisartan, a bifunctional agent of blood pressure lowering and glycemia reduction, was previously reported to antagonize angiotensin II type 1 (AT1) receptor and partially activate peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ (PPARγ) simultaneously. Through the modification to telmisartan, researchers designed and obtained imidazo-\pyridine derivatives with the IC50s of 0.49~94.1 nM against AT1 and EC50s of 20~3640 nM towards PPARγ partial activation. For minutely inquiring the interaction modes with the relevant receptor and analyzing the structure-activity relationships, molecular docking and 3D-QSAR (Quantitative structure-activity relationships) analysis of these imidazo-\pyridines on dual targets were conducted in this work...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445750/effect-of-phosphorylation-on-a-human-like-osteopontin-peptide
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Samuel Lenton, Marco Grimaldo, Felix Roosen-Runge, Frank Schreiber, Tommy Nylander, Roger Clegg, Carl Holt, Michael Härtlein, Victoria García Sakai, Tilo Seydel, Susana C Marujo Teixeira
The last decade established that the dynamic properties of the phosphoproteome are central to function and its modulation. The temporal dimension of phosphorylation effects remains nonetheless poorly understood, particularly for intrinsically disordered proteins. Osteopontin, selected for this study due to its key role in biomineralization, is expressed in many species and tissues to play a range of distinct roles. A notable property of highly phosphorylated isoforms of osteopontin is their ability to sequester nanoclusters of calcium phosphate to form a core-shell structure, in a fluid that is supersaturated but stable...
April 25, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445746/crosstalk-and-the-dynamical-modularity-of%C3%A2-feed-forward-loops-in-transcriptional-regulatory-networks
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Michael A Rowland, Ahmed Abdelzaher, Preetam Ghosh, Michael L Mayo
Network motifs, such as the feed-forward loop (FFL), introduce a range of complex behaviors to transcriptional regulatory networks, yet such properties are typically determined from their isolated study. We characterize the effects of crosstalk on FFL dynamics by modeling the cross regulation between two different FFLs and evaluate the extent to which these patterns occur in vivo. Analytical modeling suggests that crosstalk should overwhelmingly affect individual protein-expression dynamics. Counter to this expectation we find that entire FFLs are more likely than expected to resist the effects of crosstalk (≈20% for one crosstalk interaction) and remain dynamically modular...
April 25, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445622/thiocarbohydrates-on-gold-nanoparticles-strong-influences-of-stereocenters-on-binding-affinitiy-and-interparticle-forces
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Torsten Linker, Prashant Pavashe, Werner Fudickar
Carbohydrates carrying thiol groups at the C-2 position have been attached to gold nanoparticles (AuNP) with stereocenters in close proximity to the surface for the first time. Their configurations can be clearly distinguished by the tendency of particle aggregation. AuNP surface plasmon resonance (SPR), x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and IR spectroscopy indicate that the thiocarbohydrates replace citrate molecules at different rates causing aggregation and eventually precipitation. A quantitative formulation of this aggregation process shows that reactivities can vary by several magnitudes...
April 26, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444414/-general-diagnostic-work-up-for-benign-tumors-of-the-musculoskeletal-system
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REVIEW
J Panotopoulos, P Th Funovics, R Windhager
INTRODUCTION: Benign bone tumors are heterogeneous and have different biological behaviors. Treatment requires knowledge of the principle diagnosis and clinical behavior to avoid, on the one hand, overtreatment and, on the other hand, incorrect diagnosis of a potentially malignant tumor. METHODS: Bone tumors of stage I (according to Enneking) should be observed clinically and radiologically. For stage II and stage III lesions, a biopsy should be performed, based on the corresponding oncological guidelines...
April 25, 2017: Der Orthopäde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444349/adult-children-s-education-and-physiological-dysregulation-among-older-parents
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Chioun Lee
Objectives: Despite growing awareness that children's education benefits the health of older parents, the underlying mechanisms of this relationship are not well-understood. We investigated (a) the associations between children's education and biological functioning of parents, (b) psychosocial and behavioral factors that explain the associations, and (c) gendered patterns in the associations. Methods: Using longitudinal data from a nationally representative sample of older Taiwanese, we performed mediation analysis of the association between adult children's education and physiological dysregulation of their parents...
April 21, 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series B, Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443654/quantifying-the-self-assembly-behavior-of-anisotropic-nanoparticles-using-liquid-phase-transmission-electron-microscopy
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Binbin Luo, John W Smith, Zihao Ou, Qian Chen
For decades, one of the overarching objectives of self-assembly science has been to define the rules necessary to build functional, artificial materials with rich and adaptive phase behavior from the bottom-up. To this end, the computational and experimental efforts of chemists, physicists, materials scientists, and biologists alike have built a body of knowledge that spans both disciplines and length scales. Indeed, today control of self-assembly is extending even to supramolecular and molecular levels, where crystal engineering and design of porous materials are becoming exciting areas of exploration...
April 26, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443231/clinical-characteristics-and-risk-factors-analysis-of-lung-metastasis-of-benign-giant-cell-tumor-of-bone
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Yongkun Yang, Zhen Huang, Xiaohui Niu, Hairong Xu, Yuan Li, Weifeng Liu
Pulmonary metastasis of benign giant cell tumor of bone is very rare, and its biological behavior is difficult to predict. In the present study, we analyzed the clinical characteristics of and related risk factors for pulmonary metastasis of this tumor. Forty-six patients with lung metastasis were analyzed. In total, 60.9% of the primary tumors were located around the knee joint. The Campanacci stage of all tumors was stage 3. Surgery of the primary tumor included curettage in 37 patients, resection in 8, and amputation in 1...
June 2017: Journal of Bone Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442802/study-of-prevalence-of-sexually-transmitted-infections-human-immunodeficiency-virus-and-condom-use-among-male-to-female-transgender-a-retrospective-analysis-from-a-tertiary-care-hospital-in-chennai
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Subhash Dasarathan, S Kalaivani
CONTEXT: A "Transgender" person is one who dresses as, desires to be, has undergone surgery to become or identifies with opposite sex. They have a higher risk of sexually transmitted infection (STI) due to a combination of biological and social reasons. They have risky sexual behaviors but low-risk perception. AIMS: The aim of this study is to determine the prevalence of STI/human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in transgender (TG) and association with condom use. SETTINGS AND DESIGN: A retrospective study of 82 male-to-female TGs attending our sexually transmitted disease (STD) clinic from 2011 to 2014 was undertaken...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Sexually Transmitted Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442708/the-complete-12%C3%A2-mb-genome-and-transcriptome-of-nonomuraea-gerenzanensis-with-new-insights-into-its-duplicated-magic-rna-polymerase
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Valeria D'Argenio, Mauro Petrillo, Daniela Pasanisi, Caterina Pagliarulo, Roberta Colicchio, Adelfia Talà, Maria Stella de Biase, Mario Zanfardino, Emanuela Scolamiero, Chiara Pagliuca, Antonio Gaballo, Annunziata Gaetana Cicatiello, Piergiuseppe Cantiello, Irene Postiglione, Barbara Naso, Angelo Boccia, Miriana Durante, Luca Cozzuto, Paola Salvatore, Giovanni Paolella, Francesco Salvatore, Pietro Alifano
In contrast to the widely accepted consensus of the existence of a single RNA polymerase in bacteria, several actinomycetes have been recently shown to possess two forms of RNA polymerases due the to co-existence of two rpoB paralogs in their genome. However, the biological significance of the rpoB duplication is obscure. In this study we have determined the genome sequence of the lipoglycopeptide antibiotic A40926 producer Nonomuraea gerenzanensis ATCC 39727, an actinomycete with a large genome and two rpoB genes, i...
December 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442501/chlorokb-a-web-application-for-the-integration-of-knowledge-related-to-chloroplast-metabolic-network
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Pauline Gloaguen, Sylvain Bournais, Claude Alban, Stephane Ravanel, Daphne Seigneurin-Berny, Michel Matringe, Marianne Tardif, Marcel Kuntz, Myriam Ferro, Christophe Bruley, Norbert Rolland, Yves Vandenbrouck, Gilles Curien
CONTEXT: Higher plants, as autotrophic organisms, are effective sources of molecules. They hold great promise for metabolic engineering, but the behavior of plant metabolism at the network level is still incompletely described. Although structural models (stoichiometry matrices) and pathway databases are extremely useful, they cannot describe the complexity of the metabolic context and new tools are required to visually represent integrated biocurated knowledge for use by both humans and computers...
April 25, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442107/in%C3%A2-vitro-and-in%C3%A2-vivo-investigation-of-natural-compounds-from-seed-extract-of-mucuna-pruriens-lacking-l-dopa-for-the-treatment-of-erectile-dysfunction
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Natthachai Duangnin, Thanyaluck Phitak, Peraphan Pothacharoen, Prachya Kongtawelert
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the biological effects of the Mucuna pruriens (M. pruriens) seed extracts that lacked l-DOPA, which was formerly reported as the active ingredient, on erectile dysfunction (ED) both in vitro and in vivo. METHODS: Seed of M. pruriens plant that cultivated in Mae Taeng District, Chiang Mai Province, Thailand, was collected. Component of its seeds were extracted and isolated into 2 fractions using methanol, polar and nonpolar. Each fraction was investigated for phytochemicals using gas chromatography and mass spectroscopy and was screened for biological activity in vitro using three different cell lines...
March 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441975/seek-test-treat-substance-using-women-in-the-hiv-treatment-cascade-in-south-africa
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Wendee M Wechsberg, Charles van der Horst, Jacqueline Ndirangu, Irene A Doherty, Tracy Kline, Felicia A Browne, Jennifer M Belus, Robin Nance, William A Zule
BACKGROUND: Women in South Africa who use alcohol and other drugs face multiple barriers to HIV care. These barriers make it difficult for women to progress through each step in the HIV treatment cascade from diagnosis to treatment initiation and adherence. This paper examines correlates of HIV status, newly diagnosed HIV status, and use of antiretroviral therapy (ART). METHODS: Outreach workers recruited sexually active Black African women who used substances in Pretoria as part of a U...
April 26, 2017: Addiction Science & Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441776/gold-nanoparticles-for-modulating-neuronal-behavior
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REVIEW
Chiara Paviolo, Paul R Stoddart
Understanding the detailed functioning and pathophysiology of the brain and the nervous system continues to challenge the scientific community, particularly in terms of scaling up techniques for monitoring and interfacing with complex 3D networks. Nanotechnology has the potential to support this scaling up, where the eventual goal would be to address individual nerve cells within functional units of both the central and peripheral nervous system. Gold nanoparticles provide a variety of physical and chemical properties that have attracted attention as a light-activated nanoscale neuronal interface...
April 24, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441559/hydra-imaging-nerve-nets-in-action
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Ni Ji, Steven W Flavell
Mapping whole-brain activity during behavior represents one of the biggest and most exciting challenges of systems neuroscience. New research has taken advantage of the unique biology of an ancient organism to bring us a step closer to that goal.
April 24, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441401/ancient-genes-establish-stress-induced-mutation-as-a-hallmark-of-cancer
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Luis Cisneros, Kimberly J Bussey, Adam J Orr, Milica Miočević, Charles H Lineweaver, Paul Davies
Cancer is sometimes depicted as a reversion to single cell behavior in cells adapted to live in a multicellular assembly. If this is the case, one would expect that mutation in cancer disrupts functional mechanisms that suppress cell-level traits detrimental to multicellularity. Such mechanisms should have evolved with or after the emergence of multicellularity. This leads to two related, but distinct hypotheses: 1) Somatic mutations in cancer will occur in genes that are younger than the emergence of multicellularity (1000 million years [MY]); and 2) genes that are frequently mutated in cancer and whose mutations are functionally important for the emergence of the cancer phenotype evolved within the past 1000 million years, and thus would exhibit an age distribution that is skewed to younger genes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440940/from-the-sea-to-the-laboratory-characterization-of-microplastic-as-prerequisite-for-the-assessment-of-ecotoxicological-impact
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Annegret Potthoff, Kathrin Oelschlägel, Mechthild Schmitt-Jansen, Christoph Daniel Rummel, Dana Kühnel
The presence of microplastic (MP) in the aquatic environment is recognized as a global-scale pollution issue. Secondary MP particles result from an ongoing fragmentation process governed by various biotic and abiotic factors. For a reliable risk assessment of these MP particles, knowledge about interactions with biota is needed. However, extensive testing with standard organisms under reproducible laboratory conditions with well-characterized MP suspensions is not available yet. As MP in the environment represents a mixture of particles differing in properties (e...
May 2017: Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440581/the-toxicity-of-silver-to-soil-organisms-exposed-to-silver-nanoparticles-and-silver-nitrate-in-biosolids-amended-field-soil
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Alexander H Jesmer, Jessica R Velicogna, Dina M Schwertfeger, Richard P Scroggins, Juliska I Princz
The use of engineered silver nanoparticles (AgNP) is widespread, with expected release to the terrestrial environment through the application of biosolids onto agricultural lands. The toxicity of AgNP and AgNO3 (as ionic Ag(+) ) to plant (Elymus lanceolatus and Trifolium pratense) and soil invertebrate (Eisenia andrei and Folsomia candida) species was assessed using silver-amended biosolids applied to a natural sandy loam soil. Bioavailable Ag(+) in soil samples was estimated using an ion-exchange technique applied to KNO3 soil extracts while exposure to dispersible AgNP was verified by single particle-ICP-MS and TEM-EDS analysis...
April 25, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440528/-effect-of-asct2-gene-knock-down-by-shrna-on-biological-behaviors-of-colorectal-cancer-cells
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Canfeng Cai, Bing Zeng, Jun Zeng, Haiyang Xin, Chaoming Tang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of ASCT2 gene (glutamine transporter) knock-down by shRNA on biological behaviors of colorectal cancer cells. METHODS: shRNA was transfected into colorectal cancer cells Lovo and SW480 to knockdown ASCT2 mediated by Lipofectamine 2000. Reverse transcription-PCR and Western blot were used to examine the mRNA and protein expression of ASCT2. MTT and transwell assay were used to determine the proliferation and invasiveness of Lovo and SW480 cells...
April 25, 2017: Zhonghua Wei Chang Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440076/cell-substrate-dynamics-of-the-epithelial-to-mesenchymal-transition
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Thilo Baronsky, Daja Ruhlandt, Bastian Rouven Brueckner, Jonas Schäfer, Narain Karedla, Sebastian Isbaner, Dirk Haehnel, Ingo Gregor, Joerg Enderlein, Andreas Janshoff, Alexey I Chizhik
The biological process of epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) allows epithelial cells to enhance their migratory and invasive behavior and plays a key role in embryogenesis, fibrosis, wound healing and metastasis. Through the multiple biochemical changes from an epithelial to a mesenchymal phenotype, the alteration of cellular dynamics in cell-cell as well as cell-substrate contacts is crucial. To determine these variations over the whole time scale of the EMT, we measure the cell-substrate distance of epithelial NMuMGs cells during EMT using our newly established metal-induced energy transfer (MIET) microscopy, which allows one to achieve nanometer axial resolution...
April 25, 2017: Nano Letters
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