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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822992/low-dose-bisphenol-a-increases-bile-duct-proliferation-in-juvenile-rats-a-possible-evidence-for-risk-of-liver-cancer-in-the-exposed-population
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Ji Seong Jeong, Ki Taek Nam, Buhyun Lee, Aryo Dimas Pamungkas, Daeun Song, Minjeong Kim, Wook-Joon Yu, Jinsoo Lee, Sunha Jee, Youngja H Park, Kyung-Min Lim
Increasing concern is being given to the association between risk of cancer and exposure to low-dose bisphenol A (BPA), especially in young-aged population. In this study, we investigated the effects of repeated oral treatment of low to high dose BPA in juvenile Sprague-Dawley rats. Exposing juvenile rats to BPA (0, 0.5, 5, 50, and 250 mg/kg oral gavage) from post-natal day 9 for 90 days resulted in higher food intakes and increased body weights in biphasic dose-effect relationship. Male mammary glands were atrophied at high dose, which coincided with sexual pre-maturation of females...
August 21, 2017: Biomolecules & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822965/diabetes-increases-the-susceptibility-to-acute-kidney-injury-after-myocardial-infarction-through-augmented-activation-of-renal-toll-like-receptors-in-rats
#2
Kouhei Ohno, Atsushi Kuno, Hiromichi Murase, Shingo Muratsubaki, Takayuki Miki, Masaya Tanno, Toshiyuki Yano, Satoko Ishikawa, Tomohisa Yamashita, Tetsuji Miura
Acute kidney injury (AKI) after acute myocardial infarction (MI) worsens the prognosis of MI patients. Although type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM) is a major risk factor of AKI after MI, the underlying mechanism remains unclear. Here, we examined roles of renal toll-like receptors (TLRs) in the impact of DM on AKI after MI. MI was induced by coronary artery ligation in OLETF, a rat DM model, and LETO, non-diabetic controls. Sham-operated rats served as no-MI controls. Renal mRNA levels of TLR2 and MyD88 were significantly higher in sham-operated OLETF than in sham-operated LETO, though levels of TLR1, TLR3, and TRL4 were similar...
August 19, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822923/sequential-exposure-to-low-levels-of-pesticides-and-temperature-stress-increase-toxicological-sensitivity-of-crustaceans
#3
Renato Russo, Jeremias Martin Becker, Matthias Liess
Frequent pesticide-related impacts on ecosystems at concentrations considered environmentally safe indicate that the current risk assessment framework for registration of pesticides is not protective enough. Causes may include difficulties in assessing the effects of sequential pesticide pulses and their interaction with environmental stressors. By contrast to such realistic scenarios, risk assessment for registration of pesticides is typically based on tests of a single exposure period under benign laboratory conditions...
August 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822839/decreased-surface-expression-of-the-%C3%AE-subunit-of-the-gabaa-receptor-contributes-to-reduced-tonic-inhibition-in-dentate-granule-cells-in-a-mouse-model-of-fragile-x-syndrome
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Nianhui Zhang, Zechun Peng, Xiaoping Tong, A Kerstin Lindemeyer, Yliana Cetina, Christine S Huang, Richard W Olsen, Thomas S Otis, Carolyn R Houser
While numerous changes in the GABA system have been identified in models of Fragile X Syndrome (FXS), alterations in subunits of the GABAA receptors (GABAARs) that mediate tonic inhibition are particularly intriguing. Considering the key role of tonic inhibition in controlling neuronal excitability, reduced tonic inhibition could contribute to FXS-associated disorders such as hyperactivity, hypersensitivity, and increased seizure susceptibility. The current study has focused on the expression and function of the δ subunit of the GABAAR, a major subunit involved in tonic inhibition, in granule cells of the dentate gyrus in the Fmr1 knockout (KO) mouse model of FXS...
August 16, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822812/determinants-of-thermostability-in-the-cytochrome-p450-fold
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REVIEW
Kurt L Harris, Raine E S Thomson, Silja J Strohmaier, Yosephine Gumulya, Elizabeth M J Gillam
Cytochromes P450 are found throughout the biosphere in a wide range of environments, serving a multitude of physiological functions. The ubiquity of the P450 fold suggests that it has been co-opted by evolution many times, and likely presents a useful compromise between structural stability and conformational flexibility. The diversity of substrates metabolized and reactions catalyzed by P450s makes them attractive starting materials for use as biocatalysts of commercially useful reactions. However, process conditions impose different requirements on enzymes to those in which they have evolved naturally...
August 16, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822806/pericardial-adipose-and-aromatase-a-new-translational-target-for-aging-obesity-and-arrhythmogenesis
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Gabriel B Bernasochi, Wah Chin Boon, Claire L Curl, Upasna Varma, Salvatore Pepe, Marianne Tare, Laura J Parry, Evdokia Dimitriadis, Stephen B Harrap, Chrishan J Nalliah, Jonathan M Kalman, Lea M D Delbridge, James R Bell
A correlation exists between the extent of pericardial adipose and atrial fibrillation (AF) risk, though the underlying mechanisms remain unclear. Selected adipose depots express high levels of aromatase, capable of converting androgens to estrogens - no studies have investigated aromatase occurrence/expression regulation in pericardial adipose. The Women's Health Initiative reported that estrogen-only therapy in women elevated AF incidence, indicating augmented estrogenic influence may exacerbate cardiac vulnerability...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822805/mg53-is-dispensable-for-t-tubule-maturation-but-critical-for-maintaining-t-tubule-integrity-following-cardiac-stress
#7
Caimei Zhang, Biyi Chen, Yihui Wang, Ang Guo, Yiqun Tang, Tahsin Khataei, Yun Shi, William J Kutschke, Kathy Zimmerman, Robert M Weiss, Jie Liu, Christopher J Benson, Jiang Hong, Jianjie Ma, Long-Sheng Song
The cardiac transverse (T)-tubule membrane system is the safeguard for cardiac function and undergoes dramatic remodeling in response to cardiac stress. However, the mechanism by which cardiomyocytes repair damaged T-tubule network remains unclear. In the present study, we tested the hypothesis that MG53, a muscle-specific membrane repair protein, antagonizes T-tubule damage to protect against maladaptive remodeling and thereby loss of excitation-contraction coupling and cardiac function. Using MG53-knockout (MG53-KO) mice, we first established that deficiency of MG53 had no impact on maturation of the T-tubule network in developing hearts...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822621/chondrosarcoma-of-the-epiglottis-a-case-report-and-literature-review
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REVIEW
Jonathan Choi, Harish Dharmarajan, Andrew Victores, Ashley Wenaas, Julina Ongkasuwan
BACKGROUND: Laryngeal chondrosarcoma (LCS) is an exceedingly rare malignancy and least frequently reported in the epiglottis. METHODS AND RESULTS: We report a case of a 71-year-old male smoker who presented with sore throat, dysphagia, and odynophagia for 3 months. Computed tomography scan revealed an inhomogeneously enhancing necrotic mass emanating from the right epiglottis and traveling along the aryepiglottic fold. The mass was removed via endoscopic en bloc laser resection...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Voice: Official Journal of the Voice Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822538/smooth-muscle-nitric-oxide-responsiveness-and-clinical-maturation-of-hemodialysis-arteriovenous-fistulae
#9
Xiaoyong Tong, Xiuyun Hou, Christopher Wason, Tal Kopel, Richard A Cohen, Laura M Dember
The arteriovenous fistula is the preferred type of hemodialysis vascular access for patients with end-stage renal disease, but a high proportion of newly created fistulas fail to mature for use. Stenosis caused by neointimal hyperplasia often is present in fistulas with maturation failure, suggesting that local mechanisms controlling vascular smooth muscle cell (SMC) migration and proliferation are important contributors to maturation failure. SMCs cultured from explants of vein tissue obtained at the time of fistula creation from 19 patients with end-stage renal disease were studied to determine whether smooth muscle responsiveness to nitric oxide is associated with fistula maturation outcomes...
August 16, 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822413/-diagnostic-value-of-multi-slice-spiral-computerized-tomographic-fistulography-in-congenital-fistula-of-neck
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H Zheng, Q Ye, X Y Wang, X H Zheng, X Q Yang, Y Chen, Y Jiang, R Y Li
Objective: To investigate the usefulness and effectiveness of multi-slice spiral computerized tomographic fistulography (MSCTF) in the diagnosis and treatment of congenital fistula of neck. Methods: Thirty-four patients with thyroglossal fistulasor branchial cleft fistulas who were initial treated from July 2008 to August 2015 in Fujian Provincial Hospital were retrospectively analyses. Thirteen males and 21 females patients aging from 3 to 46 years old with a median age of 37 were included. There were thyroglossal fistula in 6 cases, the first branchialcleft fistula in 9 cases, the second branchialcleft fistula in 3 cases, the third branchialcleft fistula in 9 cases, and the fourth branchialcleft fistula in 7 cases...
August 7, 2017: Zhonghua Er Bi Yan Hou Tou Jing Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822392/optimal-modified-frailty-index-cutoff-in-older-gastrointestinal-cancer-patients
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Mary Garland, Fang-Chi Hsu, Perry Shen, Clancy J Clark
The newly characterized modified frailty index (mFI) is a robust predictor of postoperative outcomes for surgical patients. The present study investigates the optimal cutoff for mFI specifically in older gastrointestinal (GI) cancer patients undergoing surgery. All patients more than 60 years old who underwent surgery for a GI malignancy (esophagus, stomach, colon, rectum, pancreas, liver, and bile duct) were identified in the 2005 to 2012 National Surgical Quality Improvement Program, Participant Use Data File (NSQIP PUF)...
August 1, 2017: American Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822027/impact-of-orientation-and-flexibility-of-peptide-linkers-on-t-maritima-lipase-tm1350-displayed-on-bacillus-subtilis-spores-surface-using-cotb-as-fusion-partner
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Jawad Ullah, Huayou Chen, Ake Vastermark, Jinru Jia, Bangguo Wu, Zhong Ni, Yilin Le, Hongcheng Wang
Fusion protein construction often requires peptide linkers for prolonged conformation, extended stability and enzyme activity. In this study a series of fusion between Thermotoga maritima lipase Tm1350 and Bacillus subtillis coat protein CotB, comprising of several peptide linkers, with different length, flexibility and orientations were constructed. Effects of temperature, pH and chemicals were examined, on the activity of displayed enzyme. The fusion protein with longer flexible linkers L9 [(GGGGS)4] and L7 (GGGGS-GGGGS-EAAAK-EAAAK-GGGGS-GGGGS) possess 1...
August 18, 2017: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821874/global-methylation-correlates-with-clinical-status-in-multiple-sclerosis-patients-in-the-first-year-of-ifnbeta-treatment
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María Jesús Pinto-Medel, Begoña Oliver-Martos, Patricia Urbaneja-Romero, Isaac Hurtado-Guerrero, Jesús Ortega-Pinazo, Pedro Serrano-Castro, Óscar Fernández, Laura Leyva
The alteration of DNA methylation patterns are a key component of disease onset and/or progression. Our objective was to evaluate the differences in Long Interspersed Nuclear Element-1 (LINE-1) methylation levels, as a surrogate marker of global DNA methylation, between multiple sclerosis (MS) patients and healthy controls. In addition, we assessed the association of LINE-1 methylation with clinical disease activity in patients treated with IFNbeta (IFNβ). We found that individuals with high levels of LINE-1 methylation showed 6-fold increased risk of suffering MS...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821847/overcoming-the-plasticity-of-plant-specialized-metabolism-for-selective-diterpene-production-in-yeast
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Codruta Ignea, Anastasia Athanasakoglou, Aggeliki Andreadelli, Maria Apostolaki, Minas Iakovides, Euripides G Stephanou, Antonios M Makris, Sotirios C Kampranis
Plants synthesize numerous specialized metabolites (also termed natural products) to mediate dynamic interactions with their surroundings. The complexity of plant specialized metabolism is the result of an inherent biosynthetic plasticity rooted in the substrate and product promiscuity of the enzymes involved. The pathway of carnosic acid-related diterpenes in rosemary and sage involves promiscuous cytochrome P450s whose combined activity results in a multitude of structurally related compounds. Some of these minor products, such as pisiferic acid and salviol, have established bioactivity, but their limited availability prevents further evaluation...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821844/n-glycosylation-triggers-a-dual-selection-pressure-in-eukaryotic-secretory-proteins
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Máximo Lopez Medus, Gabriela E Gomez, Lucía F Zacchi, Paula M Couto, Carlos A Labriola, María S Labanda, Rodrigo Corti Bielsa, Eugenia M Clérico, Benjamin L Schulz, Julio J Caramelo
Nearly one third of the eukaryotic proteome traverses the secretory pathway and most of these proteins are N-glycosylated in the lumen of the endoplasmic reticulum. N-glycans fulfill multiple structural and biological functions, and are crucial for productive folding of many glycoproteins. N-glycosylation involves the attachment of an oligosaccharide to selected asparagine residues in the sequence N-X-S/T (X ≠ P), a motif known as an N-glycosylation'sequon'. Mutations that create novel sequons can cause disease due to the destabilizing effect of a bulky N-glycan...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821803/hidden-peculiar-magnetic-anisotropy-at-the-interface-in-a-ferromagnetic-perovskite-oxide-heterostructure
#16
Le Duc Anh, Noboru Okamoto, Munetoshi Seki, Hitoshi Tabata, Masaaki Tanaka, Shinobu Ohya
Understanding and controlling the interfacial magnetic properties of ferromagnetic thin films are crucial for spintronic device applications. However, using conventional magnetometry, it is difficult to detect them separately from the bulk properties. Here, by utilizing tunneling anisotropic magnetoresistance in a single-barrier heterostructure composed of La0.6Sr0.4MnO3 (LSMO)/LaAlO3 (LAO)/Nb-doped SrTiO3 (001), we reveal the presence of a peculiar strong two-fold magnetic anisotropy (MA) along the [110]c direction at the LSMO/LAO interface, which is not observed in bulk LSMO...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821791/determination-of-phenols-isomers-in-water-by-novel-nanosilica-polydimethylsiloxane-coated-stirring-bar-combined-with-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-fourier-transform-infrared-spectroscopy
#17
Bei Zheng, Wentao Li, Lin Liu, Xin Wang, Chen Chen, Zhiyong Yu, Hongyan Li
A novel nanosilica/polydimethylsiloxane (SiO2/PDMS) coated stirring bar was adopted in the sorption extraction (SBSE) of phenols in water, and the high performance liquid chromatography-fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (HPLC-FTIR) was subsequently used to determination of phenol concentration. The SiO2/PDMS coating was prepared by sol-gel method and characterized with respect to morphology and specific surface area. The results of field-emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM) and N2 adsorption-desorption as well as phenol adsorption experiments denoted that SiO2/PDMS has larger surface area and better adsorption capacity than commercial PDMS...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821780/selective-inhibition-mechanism-of-rvx-208-to-the-second-bromodomain-of-bromo-and-extraterminal-proteins-insight-from-microsecond-molecular-dynamics-simulations
#18
Qianqian Wang, Ying Li, Jiahui Xu, Yuwei Wang, Elaine Lai-Han Leung, Liang Liu, Xiaojun Yao
RVX-208 is a recently reported inhibitor of bromo and extraterminal (BET) family proteins (including BRD2-4 and BRDT) with selectivity for the second bromodomain (BD2), currently in phase III clinical trials. Despite of its promising antitumor activity, due to the conserved folds of the first and second bromodomains (BD1 and BD2), the detailed selectivity mechanism of RVX-208 towards BD2 over BD1 is still unknown. To elucidate selective inhibition mechanism of RVX-208 to BD2, microsecond molecular dynamics simulations were performed in this study for BRD2-BD1, BRD2-BD2 and BRD4-BD1 with and without RVX-208, respectively...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821758/how-to-achieve-tat-transport-with-alien-tata
#19
René Steffen Hauer, Roland Freudl, Julia Dittmar, Mario Jakob, Ralf Bernd Klösgen
TatA is an essential and structurally conserved component of all known Twin-arginine transport (Tat) machineries which are able to catalyse membrane transport of fully folded proteins. Here we have investigated if bacterial TatA, or chimeric pea/E. coli TatA derivatives, are capable of replacing thylakoidal TatA in function. While authentic E. coli TatA does not show any transport activity in thylakoid transport experiments, TatA chimeras comprising the transmembrane helix (TMH) of pea TatA are fully active...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821744/exploring-the-sequence-based-prediction-of-folding-initiation-sites-in-proteins
#20
Daniele Raimondi, Gabriele Orlando, Rita Pancsa, Taushif Khan, Wim F Vranken
Protein folding is a complex process that can lead to disease when it fails. Especially poorly understood are the very early stages of protein folding, which are likely defined by intrinsic local interactions between amino acids close to each other in the protein sequence. We here present EFoldMine, a method that predicts, from the primary amino acid sequence of a protein, which amino acids are likely involved in early folding events. The method is based on early folding data from hydrogen deuterium exchange (HDX) data from NMR pulsed labelling experiments, and uses backbone and sidechain dynamics as well as secondary structure propensities as features...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
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