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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438535/a-critical-view-on-in-vitro-analysis-of-p-glycoprotein-p-gp-transport-kinetics
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Lasse Saaby, Birger Brodin
Transport proteins expressed in the different barriers of the human body can have great implications on absorption, distribution and excretion of drug compounds. Inhibition or saturation of a transporter can potentially alter these ADME properties, and thereby also the pharmacokinetic profile and bioavailability of drug compounds. P-glycoprotein (P-gp, ABCB1), is an efflux transporter which is present in most of the barriers of the body, including the small intestine, the blood-brain barrier, the liver and the kidney...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412935/fitness-costs-of-symbiont-switching-using-entomopathogenic-nematodes-as-a-model
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John G McMullen, Brittany F Peterson, Steven Forst, Heidi Goodrich Blair, S Patricia Stock
BACKGROUND: Steinernematid nematodes form obligate symbioses with bacteria from the genus Xenorhabdus. Together Steinernema nematodes and their bacterial symbionts successfully infect, kill, utilize, and exit their insect hosts. During this process the nematodes and bacteria disassociate requiring them to re-associate before emerging from the host. This interaction can be complicated when two different nematodes co-infect an insect host. RESULTS: Non-cognate nematode-bacteria pairings result in reductions for multiple measures of success, including total progeny production and virulence...
April 17, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412929/testosterone-territorial-response-and-song-in-seasonally-breeding-tropical-and-temperate-stonechats
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Beate Apfelbeck, Kim G Mortega, Heiner Flinks, Juan Carlos Illera, Barbara Helm
BACKGROUND: Testosterone facilitates physiological, morphological, and behavioral changes required for breeding in male vertebrates. However, testosterone concentrations and the link between its seasonal changes and those in reproductive behaviors vary greatly among species. To better understand the impact of tropical and temperate environments and life history factors on this variation, we have compared testosterone, territorial behavior and song performance across sequential stages of the breeding season in males of 16 closely related taxa of East African tropical and West European temperate stonechats (Saxicola spp), which all breed during a short breeding season, but differ in migratory behavior, seasonal territory-acquisition and pace of life...
April 17, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404816/pick1-ca-2-sensor-modulates-nmda-receptor-dependent-microrna-mediated-translational-repression-in-neurons
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Dipen Rajgor, Maria Fiuza, Gabrielle T Parkinson, Jonathan G Hanley
miRNAs are important regulators of localized mRNA translation in neuronal dendrites. The presence of RNA-induced silencing complex (RISC) proteins in these compartments and the dynamic miRNA expression changes that occur in response to neuronal stimulation highlights their importance in synaptic plasticity. Previously we demonstrated a novel interaction between the major RISC component Argounaute-2 (Ago2) and the BAR-domain protein PICK1. PICK1 recruits Ago2 to recycling endosomes in dendrites, where it inhibits miRNA-mediated translational repression...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401151/white-matter-integrity-in-genetic-high-risk-individuals-and-first-episode-schizophrenia-patients-similarities-and-disassociations
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Yifang Zhou, Jie Liu, Naomi Driesen, Fay Womer, Kaiyuan Chen, Ye Wang, Xiaowei Jiang, Qian Zhou, Chuan Bai, Dahai Wang, Yanqing Tang, Fei Wang
White matter (WM) neuroimaging studies have shown varied findings at different stages of schizophrenia (SZ). Understanding these variations may elucidate distinct markers of genetic vulnerability and conversion to psychosis. To examine the similarities and differences in WM connectivity between those at-risk for and in early stages of SZ, a cross-sectional diffusion tensor imaging study of 48 individuals diagnosed with first-episode SZ (FE-SZ), 37 nonpsychotic individuals at a high genetic risk of SZ (GHR-SZ), and 67 healthy controls (HC) was conducted...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386167/efficient-purification-protocol-for-bioengineering-allophycocyanin-trimer-with-n-terminus-histag
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Wenjun Li, Yang Pu, Na Gao, Zhihong Tang, Lufei Song, Song Qin
Allophycocyanin plays a key role for the photon energy transfer from the phycobilisome to reaction center chlorophylls with high efficiency in cyanobacteria. Previously, the high soluble self-assembled bioengineering allophycocyanin trimer with N-terminus polyhistidine from Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 had been successfully recombined and expressed in Escherichia coli strain. The standard protocol with immobilized metal-ion affinity chromatography with chelating transition metal ion (Ni(2+)) was used to purify the recombinant protein...
March 2017: Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28371616/salvianolic-acid-a-protects-retinal-pigment-epithelium-from-ox-ldl-induced-inflammation-in-an-age-related-macular-degeneration-model
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Ke Mao, Wanting Shu, Qinghua Qiu, Qing Gu, Xingwei Wu
BACKGROUND: Salvianolic acid A (Sal A), an active monomer of Salvia miltiorrhiza, is a phenolic carboxylic acid derivative. The present study was performed to investigate the underlying mechanism of the anti-inflammation effect of Sal A, especially focusing on mTOR-KEAP1-Nrf2 and P2X7R-PKR-NLRP3 signaling pathways. METHODS: SD mice were divided into four groups: PBS, oxidized-low density lipoprotein (ox-LDL, 3 mg/kg), and ox-LDL (3 mg/kg) + Sal A (5 mg/kg) and + Sal A (10 mg/ml) groups...
February 2017: Discovery Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369529/human-apo-srp72-and-srp68-72-complex-structures-reveal-the-molecular-basis-of-protein-translocation
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Yina Gao, Qi Zhang, Yue Lang, Yang Liu, Xiaofei Dong, Zhenhang Chen, Wenli Tian, Jun Tang, Wei Wu, Yufeng Tong, Zhongzhou Chen
The co-translational targeting or insertion of secretory and membrane proteins into the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) is a key biological process mediated by the signal recognition particle (SRP). In eukaryotes, the SRP68-SRP72 (SRP68/72) heterodimer plays an essential role in protein translocation. However, structural information on the two largest SRP proteins, SRP68 and SRP72, is limited, especially regarding their interaction. Herein, we report the first crystal structures of human apo-SRP72 and the SRP68/72 complex at 2...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Molecular Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28365517/host-guest-kinetic-interactions-between-hp-%C3%AE-cyclodextrin-and-drugs-for-prediction-of-bitter-taste-masking
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Zhen Guo, Fei Wu, Vikramjeet Singh, Tao Guo, Xiaohong Ren, Xianzhen Yin, Qun Shao, Peter York, Laurence H Patterson, Jiwen Zhang
Cyclodextrins (CD) are widely used bitter taste masking agents, for which the binding equilibrium constant (K) for the drug-CD complex is a conventional parameter for quantitating the taste masking effects. However, some exceptions have been reported to the expected relationship between K and bitterness reduction and the relationship between kinetic parameters of a drug-CD interaction, including association rate constant (Ka) and disassociation rate constant (Kd), and taste masking remains unexplored. In this study, based upon a database of kinetic parameters of drugs-HP-β-CD generated by Surface Plasmon Resonance Imaging for 485 drugs, the host-guest kinetic interactions between drugs and HP-β-CD for prediction of taste masking effects have been investigated...
June 5, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350644/disassociating-lung-mechanics-and-oxygenation-in-pediatric-acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome
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Nadir Yehya, Neal J Thomas
OBJECTIVES: Both oxygenation and peak inspiratory pressure are associated with mortality in pediatric acute respiratory distress syndrome. Since oxygenation and respiratory mechanics are linked, it is difficult to identify which variables, pressure or oxygenation, are independently associated with outcome. We aimed to determine whether respiratory mechanics (peak inspiratory pressure, positive end-expiratory pressure, ΔP [PIP minus PEEP], tidal volume, dynamic compliance [Cdyn]) or oxygenation (PaO2/FIO2) was associated with mortality...
March 27, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321202/emotionality-of-colors-an-implicit-link-between-red-and-dominance
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Stijn V Mentzel, Linda Schücker, Norbert Hagemann, Bernd Strauss
The color red has been shown to alter emotions, physiology, psychology, and behavior. Research has suggested that these alterations could possibly be due to a link between red and perceived dominance. In this study we examined if the color red is implicitly associated to the concept of dominance. In addition, we similarly hypothesized that blue is implicitly linked to rest. A modified Stroop word evaluation task was used in which 30 participants (23.07 ± 4.42 years) were asked to classify words shown in either red, blue, or gray (control condition), as being either dominant- or rest-related...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301469/global-analysis-of-translation-termination-in-e-coli
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Natalie E Baggett, Yan Zhang, Carol A Gross
Terminating protein translation accurately and efficiently is critical for both protein fidelity and ribosome recycling for continued translation. The three bacterial release factors (RFs) play key roles: RF1 and 2 recognize stop codons and terminate translation; and RF3 promotes disassociation of bound release factors. Probing release factors mutations with reporter constructs containing programmed frameshifting sequences or premature stop codons had revealed a propensity for readthrough or frameshifting at these specific sites, but their effects on translation genome-wide have not been examined...
March 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288978/mff-dependent-mitochondrial-fission-contributes-to-the-pathogenesis-of-cardiac-microvasculature-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-via-induction-of-mros-mediated-cardiolipin-oxidation-and-hk2-vdac1-disassociation-involved-mptp-opening
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Hao Zhou, Shunying Hu, Qinhua Jin, Chen Shi, Ying Zhang, Pingjun Zhu, Qiang Ma, Feng Tian, Yundai Chen
BACKGROUND: The cardiac microvascular system ischemia/reperfusion injury following percutaneous coronary intervention is a clinical thorny problem. This study explores the mechanisms by which ischemia/reperfusion injury induces cardiac microcirculation collapse. METHODS AND RESULTS: In wild-type mice, mitochondrial fission factor (Mff) expression increased in response to acute microvascular ischemia/reperfusion injury. Compared with wild-type mice, homozygous Mff-deficient (Mff(gt)) mice exhibited a smaller infarcted area, restored cardiac function, improved blood flow, and reduced microcirculation perfusion defects...
March 13, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286305/yipf1-yipf2-and-yipf6-are-medial-trans-golgi-and-trans-golgi-network-localized-yip-domain-family-proteins-which-play-a-role-in-the-golgi-reassembly-and-glycan-synthesis
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Jeerawat Soonthornsit, Noriko Sakai, Yurika Sasaki, Ryota Watanabe, Shiho Osako, Nobuhiro Nakamura
In this study, we attempted to explore the function of three uncharacterized mammalian homologs of yeast Yip domain family proteins-YIPF6, a homolog of Yip1p, and YIPF1 and YIPF2, which are homologs of Yif1p. Immunofluorescence staining revealed that YIPF1, YIPF2, and YIPF6 mainly localize in the medial-/trans-Golgi and also partially in the trans-Golgi network (TGN). On treatment with brefeldin A (BFA), the homologs co-migrated partly with medial-/trans-Golgi markers and also with a TGN marker in earlier time point, but finally redistributed within cytoplasmic punctate structures that were distinct from medial-/trans-Golgi and the TGN markers...
March 9, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283412/silver-nanoparticles-alter-learning-and-memory-formation-in-an-aquatic-organism-lymnaea-stagnalis
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Austin Young, Amy Protheroe, Ken Lukowiak
We tested the effect of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) on the ability of the pond snail, Lymnaea stagnalis, to learn and form long-term memory (LTM) following operant conditioning of aerial respiration. We hypothesized that the AgNPs would act as a stressor and prevent learning and LTM formation. We tested snails exposed for either 72 h or only during training and testing for memory (i.e. 0.5 h) and found no difference between those treatments. We found that at a low concentration of AgNPs (5 μg/L) neither learning and nor memory formation were altered...
March 7, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259822/ddx17-nucleocytoplasmic-shuttling-promotes-acquired-gefitinib-resistance-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-cells-via-activation-of-%C3%AE-catenin
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Kai Li, Chunfen Mo, Di Gong, Yan Chen, Zhao Huang, Yanyan Li, Jie Zhang, Lugang Huang, Yuan Li, Frances V Fuller-Pace, Ping Lin, Yuquan Wei
Although epidermal growth factor receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitors (EGFR-TKIs) are effective for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients with EGFR mutations, almost all these patients will eventually develop acquired resistance to EGFR-TKI. However, the molecular mechanisms responsible for gefitinib resistance remain still not fully understood. Here, we report that elevated DDX17 levels are observed in gefitinib-resistant NSCLC cells than gefitinib-sensitive cells. Upregulation of DDX17 enhances the gefitinib resistance, whereas DDX17-silenced cells partially restore gefitinib sensitivity...
March 1, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255674/testing-of-viable-human-skin-cell-dilution-cultures-as-an-approach-to-validating-microsampling
#17
Stephen A Ainger, X L Hilary Yong, H Peter Soyer, Richard A Sturm
Skin biopsies are a valuable technique in the diagnosis of cutaneous inflammatory and neoplastic conditions. We were interested to test the minimal size or equivalent volume by dilution of proteolytically disassociated skin tissue required to allow the isolation and propagation of cutaneous cells, for freezing, storage and biochemical analysis. It was possible to propagate with 100% efficiency fibroblast and melanocytic cells from a 0.1 to 0.5 mm(3) equivalent neonatal foreskin sample using a combination of DispaseII and CollagenaseIV...
May 2017: Archives of Dermatological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28249611/intervention-mapping-to-address-social-and-economic-factors-impacting-indigenous-people-s-health-in-suriname-s-interior-region
#18
Daniel Peplow, Sarah Augustine
BACKGROUND: Previous studies found that while internationally financed economic development projects reduced poverty when measured in terms of per capita GDP, they also caused indigenous people to become disassociated, impoverished and alienated minorities whose health status has declined to unacceptable lows when measured in terms of mercury poisoning and the burgeoning rate of suicide. In this study, we developed a needs assessment and a policy-oriented causal diagram to determine whether the impaired health of the people in this region was at least partially due to the role the country has played within the global economy...
March 1, 2017: Globalization and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28248973/a-new-genus-and-species-of-marine-catfishes-siluriformes-ariidae-from-the-upper-eocene-birket-qarun-formation-wadi-el-hitan-egypt
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Sanaa E El-Sayed, Mahmoud A Kora, Hesham M Sallam, Kerin M Claeson, Erik R Seiffert, Mohammed S Antar
Wadi El-Hitan, the UNESCO World Heritage Site, of the Fayum Depression in the northeast part of the Western Desert of Egypt, has produced a remarkable collection of Eocene vertebrates, in particular the fossil whales from which it derives its name. Here we describe a new genus and species of marine catfishes (Siluriformes; Ariidae), Qarmoutus hitanensis, from the base of the upper Eocene Birket Qarun Formation, based on a partial neurocranium including the complete left side, partial right dentary, left suspensorium, two opercles, left pectoral girdle and spine, nuchal plates, first and second dorsal spines, Weberian apparatus and a disassociated series of abdominal vertebrae...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218221/gene-expressions-underlying-mishandled-calcium-clearance-and-elevated-generation-of-reactive-oxygen-species-in-the-coronary-artery-smooth-muscle-cells-of-chronic-heart-failure-rats
#20
Liang Ding, Xian-Xiu Su, Wen-Hui Zhang, Yu-Xiang Xu, Xue-Feng Pan
BACKGROUND: The calcium clearance and reactive oxygen species (ROS) generations in the coronary artery smooth muscle cells in chronic heart failure (HF) have not been fully investigated. Therefore, we attempted to understand the gene expressions underlying the mishandling of calcium clearance and the accumulations of ROS. METHODS: We initially established an animal model of chronic HF by making the left anterior descending coronary artery ligation (CAL) in rats, and then isolated the coronary artery vascular smooth muscle cells from the ischemic and the nonischemic parts of the coronary artery vessels in 12 weeks after CAL operation...
February 20, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
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