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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934823/comprehensive-analysis-of-non-synonymous-natural-variants-of-g-protein-coupled-receptors
#1
Hee Ryung Kim, Nguyen Minh Duc, Ka Young Chung
G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) are the largest superfamily of transmembrane receptors and have vital signaling functions in various organs. Because of their critical roles in physiology and pathology, GPCRs are the most commonly used therapeutic target. It has been suggested that GPCRs undergo massive genetic variations such as genetic polymorphisms and DNA insertions or deletions. Among these genetic variations, non-synonymous natural variations change the amino acid sequence and could thus alter GPCR functions such as expression, localization, signaling, and ligand binding, which may be involved in disease development and altered responses to GPCR-targeting drugs...
September 19, 2017: Biomolecules & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934799/factors-influencing-the-application-of-a-biopsychosocial-perspective-in-clinical-judgement-of-chronic-pain-interactive-management-with-medical-students
#2
Christopher P Dwyer, Phoebe E McKenna-Plumley, Hannah Durand, Emer M Gormley, Brian W Slattery, Owen M Harney, Padraig MacNeela, Brian E McGuire
BACKGROUND: Though there is wide support for the application of biopsychosocial perspectives in clinical judgement of chronic pain cases, such perspectives are often overlooked due to either inadequate training or attitudes favoring a biomedical approach. Recent research has indicated that despite such explanations, both established general practitioners (GP) and medical students account for some psychosocial factors when making clinical judgements regarding chronic pain cases, but report not being likely to apply these in real-world, clinical settings due to numerous factors, including available time with patients...
September 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934747/untangling-longevity-dauer-and-healthspan-in-caenorhabditis-elegans-insulin-igf-1-signalling
#3
Collin Yvès Ewald, Jorge Iván Castillo-Quan, T Keith Blackwell
The groundbreaking discovery that lower levels of insulin/IGF-1 signaling (IIS) can induce lifespan extension was reported 24 years ago in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. In this organism, mutations in the insulin/IGF-1 receptor gene daf-2 or other genes in this pathway can double lifespan. Subsequent work has revealed that reduced IIS (rIIS) extends lifespan across diverse species, possibly including humans. In C. elegans, IIS also regulates development into the diapause state known as dauer, a quiescent larval form that enables C...
September 22, 2017: Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934724/integrating-health-into-local-climate-response-lessons-from-the-u-s-cdc-climate-ready-states-and-cities-initiative
#4
Mary C Sheehan, Mary A Fox, Charlotte Kaye, Beth Resnick
Public health has potential to serve as a frame to convey the urgency of behavior change needed to adapt to a changing climate and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Local governments form the backbone of climate-related public health preparedness. Yet local health agencies are often inadequately prepared and poorly integrated into climate change assessments and plans. We reviewed the climate health profiles of 16 states and two cities participating in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)'s Climate-Ready States and Cities Initiative (CRSCI) that aims to build local capacity to assess and respond to the health impacts of climate change...
September 20, 2017: Environmental Health Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934723/neural-mechanisms-underlying-the-disruption-of-male-courtship-behavior-by-adult-exposure-to-di-2-ethylhexyl-phthalate-in-mice
#5
Carlos Dombret, Daphné Capela, Kevin Poissenot, Caroline Parmentier, Emma Bergsten, Cédric Pionneau, Solenne Chardonnet, Hélène Hardin-Pouzet, Valérie Grange-Messent, Matthieu Keller, Isabelle Franceschini, Sakina Mhaouty-Kodja
BACKGROUND: Courtship behavior plays a critical role in attracting females and reproduction success. However, the effects of exposure to a ubiquitous contaminant di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) on these behaviors and, in particular, on courtship vocalizations have not been examined. OBJECTIVE: The effects of adult exposure to DEHP on courtship and mating behaviors and gonadotropic axis and neural mechanisms involved in DEHP-induced effects were analyzed in male mice...
September 1, 2017: Environmental Health Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934713/imposex-levels-and-butyltin-compounds-bts-in-hexaplex-trunculus-linnaeus-1758-from-the-northern-adriatic-sea-italy-ecological-risk-assessment-before-and-after-the-ban
#6
Federica Cacciatore, Rossella Boscolo Brusà, Seta Noventa, Camilla Antonini, Vanessa Moschino, Malgorzata Formalewicz, Claudia Gion, Daniela Berto, Massimo Gabellini, Maria Gabriella Marin
The aim of this study was to compare imposex and butyltin compounds (BTs) data, collected before and after the organotin ban in 2008, in order to assess temporal and spatial variation of the phenomenon, the decline of BT contamination, and the effects on Hexaplex trunculus population in the coastal area of the northern Adriatic Sea, close to the Venice Lagoon. Both in marine and in lagoon sites, the results obtained in 2013-2015 showed a significant decline in the incidence of imposex in respect to those from the 2002 survey...
September 18, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934711/alterations-of-larval-photo-dependent-swimming-responses-pdr-new-endpoints-for-rapid-and-diagnostic-screening-of-aquatic-contamination
#7
Luis Colón-Cruz, Lauren Kristofco, Jonathan Crooke-Rosado, Agnes Acevedo, Aranza Torrado, Bryan W Brooks, María A Sosa, Martine Behra
Detection and toxicity assessment of waterborne contaminants are crucial for protecting human health and the environment. Development of easy-to-implement, rapid and cost-effective tools to measure anthropogenic effects on watersheds are critical for responsible management, particularly in times of increasing development and urbanization. Traditionally, environmental toxicology has focused on limited endpoints, such as lethality and fertility, which are directly affecting population levels. However, more sensitive readings are needed to assess sub-lethal effects...
September 18, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934692/identification-of-key-genes-and-pathways-and-therapeutic-agents-in-cadmium-treated-liver-cells-a-bioinformatics-study
#8
Liang Zhang, Yi Huang, Zhen Yu, Mengmeng Shao, Yunbo Luo, Yi Zhu
Evidence indicates that Cadmium (Cd) can accumulate in liver, which results in acute or chronic cell damage with unclear complex mechanisms. Thus, we aimed to explore the possible molecules and pathways by using bioinformatics methods Consequently, two datasets (GSE8865 and GSE31286) were retrieved and the differentially expressed genes (DEGs) were screened out. The intersection of the DEGs included seven up-regulated and forty-three down-regulated genes, which were mainly enriched in biological cell proliferation items, and were enriched in several metabolism-related pathways...
September 14, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934676/simultaneous-biofiltration-of-btex-and-hg%C3%A2-from-a-petrochemical-waste-stream
#9
Mostafa Leili, Sima Farjadfard, George A Sorial, Bahman Ramavandi
A biofiltration system was developed to treat benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene (BTEX) and Hg° vapour from a petrochemical waste stream during overhaul maintenance. The biofilter compost bed was inoculated with a microbial consortium provided by a petrochemical wastewater treatment plant. The effect of the a BTEX concentration (192.6-973.8 g/m(3)h) and empty bed residence time (EBRT) of 20-100 s were studied under the conditions of steady state, transient, shock BTEX-loading, and off-restart. The findings revealed that during a biofilter start-up, an increase in the influent BTEX concentration to around 334...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934663/using-a-fluorescence-quenching-method-to-detect-dna-adsorption-onto-single-walled-carbon-nanotube-surfaces
#10
Kazuo Umemura, Shizuma Sato, Gilbert Bustamante, Jing Yong Ye
Surface modification of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) with DNA molecules has attracted much attention in recent years to increase SWNT solubility and make various SWNT-based nanobiodevices. Therefore, there is a critical need to quantify the interaction between DNA molecules and SWNT surfaces, particularly the intermediate structures during DNA adsorption. In this study, we demonstrate the ability to detect the adsorption of DNA oligomers on SWNT surfaces by fluorescence spectroscopy. Fluorescein-labelled, 30mer, thymine oligonucleotides (F-T30) were employed as a fluorescent probe to study the interaction of DNA with SWNTs...
September 12, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934594/noncoding-rnas-in-polycomb-and-trithorax-regulation-a-quantitative-perspective
#11
Leonie Ringrose
The question of how noncoding RNAs are involved in Polycomb group (PcG) and Trithorax group (TrxG) regulation has been on an extraordinary journey over the last three decades. Favored models have risen and fallen, and healthy debates have swept back and forth. The field has recently reached a critical mass of compelling data that throws light on several previously unresolved issues. The time is ripe for a fruitful combination of these findings with two other long-running avenues of research, namely the biochemical properties of the PcG/TrxG system and the application of theoretical mathematical models toward an understanding of the system's regulatory properties...
September 15, 2017: Annual Review of Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934584/principles-and-benefits-of-explicitly-designed-medical-device-safety-architecture
#12
Brian R Larson, Paul Jones, Yi Zhang, John Hatcliff
The complexity of medical devices and the processes by which they are developed pose considerable challenges to producing safe designs and regulatory submissions that are amenable to effective reviews. Designing an appropriate and clearly documented architecture can be an important step in addressing this complexity. Best practices in medical device design embrace the notion of a safety architecture organized around distinct operation and safety requirements. By explicitly separating many safety-related monitoring and mitigation functions from operational functionality, the aspects of a device most critical to safety can be localized into a smaller and simpler safety subsystem, thereby enabling easier verification and more effective reviews of claims that causes of hazardous situations are detected and handled properly...
2017: Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934563/hemophagocytic-lymphohistiocytosis
#13
Hanny Al-Samkari, Nancy Berliner
Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis is a life-threatening disorder characterized by unbridled activation of cytotoxic T lymphocytes, natural killer (NK) cells, and macrophages resulting in hypercytokinemia and immunemediated injury of multiple organ systems. It is seen in both children and adults and is recognized as primary (driven by underlying genetic mutations that abolish critical proteins required for normal function of cytotoxic T cells and NK cells) or secondary (resulting from a malignant, infectious, or autoimmune stimulus without an identifiable underlying genetic trigger)...
September 13, 2017: Annual Review of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934520/damage-of-inner-ear-sensory-hair-cells-via-mitochondrial-loss-in-a-murine-model-of-sleep-apnea-with-chronic-intermittent-hypoxia
#14
Young Joon Seo, Hyun Mi Ju, Sun Hee Lee, Sang Hyun Kwak, Min Jung Kang, Joo-Heon Yoon, Chang-Hoon Kim, Hyung-Ju Cho
Study Objectives: Investigating the exact pathophysiology of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS)-induced hearing loss is critical. We sought to verify the hypothesis that a correlation exists between mitochondrial dysfunction in inner ear hair cells and the auditory dysfunction induced by chronic intermittent hypoxia (CIH) in a murine model of sleep apnea. Methods: C57BL/6J adult male mice were randomized to 4 weeks of CIH (n = 12) or normoxia (Sham) (n = 12)...
September 1, 2017: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934497/systematic-analysis-of-dna-crosslink-repair-pathways-during-development-and-aging-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
#15
David M Wilson, Matthias Rieckher, Ashley B Williams, Björn Schumacher
DNA interstrand crosslinks (ICLs) are generated by endogenous sources and chemotherapeutics, and pose a threat to genome stability and cell survival. Using Caenorhabditis elegans mutants, we identify DNA repair factors that protect against the genotoxicity of ICLs generated by trioxsalen/ultraviolet A (TMP/UVA) during development and aging. Mutations in nucleotide excision repair (NER) components (e.g. XPA-1 and XPF-1) imparted extreme sensitivity to TMP/UVA relative to wild-type animals, manifested as developmental arrest, defects in adult tissue morphology and functionality, and shortened lifespan...
September 19, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934496/activities-of-gyrase-and-topoisomerase-iv-on-positively-supercoiled-dna
#16
Rachel E Ashley, Andrew Dittmore, Sylvia A McPherson, Charles L Turnbough, Keir C Neuman, Neil Osheroff
Although bacterial gyrase and topoisomerase IV have critical interactions with positively supercoiled DNA, little is known about the actions of these enzymes on overwound substrates. Therefore, the abilities of Bacillus anthracis and Escherichia coli gyrase and topoisomerase IV to relax and cleave positively supercoiled DNA were analyzed. Gyrase removed positive supercoils ∼10-fold more rapidly and more processively than it introduced negative supercoils into relaxed DNA. In time-resolved single-molecule measurements, gyrase relaxed overwound DNA with burst rates of ∼100 supercoils per second (average burst size was 6...
September 19, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934491/phosphorylation-regulates-human-pol%C3%AE-stability-and-damage-bypass-throughout-the-cell-cycle
#17
Federica Bertoletti, Valentina Cea, Chih-Chao Liang, Taiba Lanati, Antonio Maffia, Mario D M Avarello, Lina Cipolla, Alan R Lehmann, Martin A Cohn, Simone Sabbioneda
DNA translesion synthesis (TLS) is a crucial damage tolerance pathway that oversees the completion of DNA replication in the presence of DNA damage. TLS polymerases are capable of bypassing a distorted template but they are generally considered inaccurate and they need to be tightly regulated. We have previously shown that polη is phosphorylated on Serine 601 after DNA damage and we have demonstrated that this modification is important for efficient damage bypass. Here we report that polη is also phosphorylated by CDK2, in the absence of damage, in a cell cycle-dependent manner and we identify serine 687 as an important residue targeted by the kinase...
September 19, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934486/stn1-pola2-interaction-provides-a-basis-for-primase-pol-%C3%AE-stimulation-by-human-stn1
#18
Swapna Ganduri, Neal F Lue
The CST (CTC1-STN1-TEN1) complex mediates critical functions in maintaining telomere DNA and overcoming genome-wide replication stress. A conserved biochemical function of the CST complex is its primase-Pol α (PP) stimulatory activity. In this report, we demonstrate the ability of purified human STN1 alone to promote PP activity in vitro. We show that this regulation is mediated primarily by the N-terminal OB fold of STN1, but does not require the DNA-binding activity of this domain. Rather, we observed a strong correlation between the PP-stimulatory activity of STN1 variants and their abilities to bind POLA2...
September 19, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934464/recruitment-and-delivery-of-the-fission-yeast-rst2-transcription-factor-via-a-local-genome-structure-counteracts-repression-by-tup1-family-corepressors
#19
Ryuta Asada, Miki Umeda, Akira Adachi, Satoshi Senmatsu, Takuya Abe, Hiroshi Iwasaki, Kunihiro Ohta, Charles S Hoffman, Kouji Hirota
Transcription factors (TFs) determine the transcription activity of target genes and play a central role in controlling the transcription in response to various environmental stresses. Three dimensional genome structures such as local loops play a fundamental role in the regulation of transcription, although the link between such structures and the regulation of TF binding to cis-regulatory elements remains to be elucidated. Here, we show that during transcriptional activation of the fission yeast fbp1 gene, binding of Rst2 (a critical C2H2 zinc-finger TF) is mediated by a local loop structure...
September 19, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934461/effect-of-priming-with-seasonal-influenza-a-h3n2-virus-on-the-prevalence-of-cross-reactive-hemagglutination-inhibition-antibodies-to-swine-origin-a-h3n2-variants
#20
Feng Liu, Vic Veguilla, F Liaini Gross, Eric Gillis, Thomas Rowe, Xiyan Xu, Terrence M Tumpey, Jacqueline M Katz, Min Z Levine, Xiuhua Lu
Background: Recent outbreaks of swine-origin influenza A(H3N2) variant (H3N2v) viruses have raised public health concerns. Previous studies indicated that older children and young adults had the highest levels of hemagglutination-inhibition (HI) antibodies to 2010-2011 H3N2v viruses. However, newly emerging 2013 H3N2v have acquired antigenic mutations in the hemagglutinin at amino acid position 145 (N145K/R). We estimated the levels of serologic cross-reactivity among humans primed with seasonal influenza A(H3N2) (sH3N2), using postinfection ferret antisera...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
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