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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534826/atp-driven-contraction-of-phage-t3-capsids-with-dna-incompletely-packaged-in-vivo
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Philip Serwer, Elena T Wright
Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) cleavage powers packaging of a double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) molecule in a pre-assembled capsid of phages that include T3. Several observations constitute a challenge to the conventional view that the shell of the capsid is energetically inert during packaging. Here, we test this challenge by analyzing the in vitro effects of ATP on the shells of capsids generated by DNA packaging in vivo. These capsids retain incompletely packaged DNA (ipDNA) and are called ipDNA-capsids; the ipDNA-capsids are assumed to be products of premature genome maturation-cleavage...
May 19, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534799/expectation-maximization-algorithm-for-box-cox-transformation-cure-rate-model-and-assessment-of-model-mis-specication-under-weibull-lifetimes
#2
Suvra Pal, N Balakrishnan
In this paper, we develop likelihood inference based on the expectation maximization (EM) algorithm for the Box- Cox transformation cure rate model assuming the lifetimes to follow a Weibull distribution. A simulation study is carried out to demonstrate the performance of the proposed estimation method. Through Monte Carlo simulations, we also study the effect of model mis-specification on the estimate of cure rate. Finally, we analyze a well-known data on melanoma with the model and the inferential method developed here...
May 16, 2017: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534754/the-icvsie-a-general-purpose-integral-equation-method-for-bio-electromagnetic-analysis
#3
Luis J Gomez, Abdulkadir C Yucel, Eric Michielssen
An internally combined volume surface integral equation (ICVSIE) for analyzing electromagnetic (EM) interactions with biological tissue and wide ranging diagnostic, therapeutic, and research applications, is proposed. METHOD: The ICVSIE is a system of integral equations in terms of volume and surface equivalent currents in biological tissue subject to fields produced by externally or internally positioned devices. The system is created by using equivalence principles and solved numerically; the resulting current values are used to evaluate scattered and total electric fields, specific absorption rates, and related quantities...
May 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534504/crystal-structure-of-the-receptor-binding-domain-of-the-spike-glycoprotein-of-human-betacoronavirus-hku1
#4
Xiuyuan Ou, Hongxin Guan, Bo Qin, Zhixia Mu, Justyna A Wojdyla, Meitian Wang, Samuel R Dominguez, Zhaohui Qian, Sheng Cui
Human coronavirus (CoV) HKU1 is a pathogen causing acute respiratory illnesses and so far little is known about its biology. HKU1 virus uses its S1 subunit C-terminal domain (CTD) and not the N-terminal domain like other lineage A β-CoVs to bind to its yet unknown human receptor. Here we present the crystal structure of HKU1 CTD at 1.9 Å resolution. The structure consists of three subdomains: core, insertion and subdomain-1 (SD-1). While the structure of the core and SD-1 subdomains of HKU1 are highly similar to those of other β-CoVs, the insertion subdomain adopts a novel fold, which is largely invisible in the cryo-EM structure of the HKU1 S trimer...
May 23, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534439/hypolipidemic-and-hepatoprotective-activities-of-rosemary-and-thyme-in-gentamicin-treated-rats
#5
A M Hegazy, A S Abdel-Azeem, H M Zeidan, K S Ibrahim, Em El Sayed
Rosemary ( Rosmarinus officinalis; RM) and thyme ( Thymus vulgaris; TV) are used as remedies. We designed this work to investigate the preventive effect of aqueous extracts of RM or TV on the gentamicin (GM)-induced hepatotoxicity and abnormalities of lipid profile in rats. Both plant extracts exhibited an in vitro antioxidant activity as determined by the 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl assay. Radical scavenging activity for TV extract was 48.7% and for RM extract was 25.6%. Polyphenolic determination by high-performance liquid chromatography for both extracts revealed that catechin, coumarin, cinnamic acid and rutin were detected in both extracts...
January 1, 2017: Human & Experimental Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533930/early-onset-lyme-carditis-with-concurrent-disseminated-erythema-migrans
#6
Kinjan P Patel, Peter D Farjo, Joy J Juskowich, Ali Hama Amin, James D Mills
BACKGROUND: Lyme disease is an infection that is estimated to affect over 300,000 people in the United States annually. Typically, it presents with erythema migrans (EM), an annular rash at the site of tick attachment, within 3 to 30 days of inoculation. Untreated patients may progress to early disseminated disease. A further complication, Lyme carditis is rare but may occur several weeks later. It commonly manifests as a variable atrioventricular (AV) conduction block, with a high-grade AV block occurring in only 1% of untreated patients...
2017: American Journal of Cardiovascular Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532428/practices-of-lyme-disease-diagnosis-and-treatment-by-general-practitioners-in-quebec-2008-2015
#7
Salima Gasmi, Nicholas H Ogden, Patrick A Leighton, Ariane Adam-Poupart, François Milord, L Robbin Lindsay, Sapha Barkati, Karine Thivierge
BACKGROUND: Lyme disease (LD), a multisystem infection caused by the spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi sensu stricto (B. burgdorferi), is the most reported vector-borne disease in North America, and by 2020, 80% of the population in central and eastern Canada could live in LD risk areas. Among the key factors for minimising the impact of LD are the accurate diagnosis and appropriate management of patients bitten by ticks. In this study, the practices of Quebec general practitioners (GPs) on LD diagnosis and management of patients bitten by infected ticks are described...
May 22, 2017: BMC Family Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532216/structural-insights-into-the-eukaryotic-transcription-initiation-machinery
#8
Eva Nogales, Robert K Louder, Yuan He
Eukaryotic gene transcription requires the assembly at the promoter of a large preinitiation complex (PIC) that includes RNA polymerase II (Pol II) and the general transcription factors TFIID, TFIIA, TFIIB, TFIIF, TFIIE, and TFIIH. The size and complexity of Pol II, TFIID, and TFIIH have precluded their reconstitution from heterologous systems, and purification relies on scarce endogenous sources. Together with their conformational flexibility and the transient nature of their interactions, these limitations had precluded structural characterization of the PIC...
May 22, 2017: Annual Review of Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530393/structural-factors-that-alter-the-redox-potential-of-quinones-in-cyanobacterial-and-plant-photosystem-i
#9
Keisuke Kawashima, Hiroshi Ishikita
Using the cyanobacterial and plant photosystem I (PSI) crystal structures and by considering the protonation states of all titratable residues, redox potentials (Em) of the two phylloquinones--A1A and A1B--were calculated. The calculated Em values were Em(A1A) = -773 mV and Em(A1B) = -818 mV for the plant PSI structure and Em(A1A) = -612 mV and Em(A1B) = -719 mV for the cyanobacterial PSI structure. Our analysis of the PSI crystal structures suggested that the side-chain orientations of Lys-B542 and Gln-B678 in the cyanobacterial crystal structure differ from these side-chain orientations in the plant crystal structure...
May 22, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528669/modulation-of-ion-channels-by-cysteine-rich-peptides-from-sequence-to-structure
#10
Mehdi Mobli, Eivind A B Undheim, Lachlan D Rash
Venom peptides are natural ligands of ion channels and have been used extensively in pharmacological characterization of various ion channels and receptors. In this chapter, we survey all known venom peptide ion-channel modulators. Our survey reveals that the majority of venom peptides characterized to date target voltage-gated sodium or potassium channels. We further find that the majority of these peptides are found in scorpion and spider venoms. We discuss the influence of the pharmacological tools available in biasing discovery and the classical "toxin-to-sequence" approach to venom peptide biodiscovery...
2017: Advances in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528643/a-new-method-for-cryo-sectioning-cell-monolayers-using-a-correlative-workflow
#11
Androniki Kolovou, Martin Schorb, Abul Tarafder, Carsten Sachse, Yannick Schwab, Rachel Santarella-Mellwig
Cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) techniques have made a huge advancement recently, providing close to atomic resolution of the structure of protein complexes. Interestingly, this imaging technique can be performed in cells, giving access to the molecular machines in their natural context, therefore bridging structural and cell biology. However, in situ structural electron microscopy faces one major challenge, which is the ability to focus on specific subcellular regions to capture the objects of interest...
2017: Methods in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528641/preserving-the-photoswitching-ability-of-standard-fluorescent-proteins-for-correlative-in-resin-super-resolution-and-electron-microscopy
#12
Errin Johnson, Rainer Kaufmann
There are many different correlative light and electron microscopy (CLEM) techniques available. The use of super-resolution microscopy in CLEM is an emerging application and while offering the obvious advantages of improved resolution in the fluorescence image, and therefore more precise correlation to electron microscopy (EM) ultrastructure, it also presents new challenges. Choice of fluorophore, method of fixation, and timing of the fluorescence imaging are critical to the success of super-resolution CLEM and the relative importance, and technical difficulty, of each of these factors depends on the type of super-resolution microscopy being employed...
2017: Methods in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528637/find-your-way-with-x-ray-using-microct-to-correlate-in-vivo-imaging-with-3d-electron-microscopy
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Matthia A Karreman, Bernhard Ruthensteiner, Luc Mercier, Nicole L Schieber, Gergely Solecki, Frank Winkler, Jacky G Goetz, Yannick Schwab
Combining in vivo imaging with electron microscopy (EM) uniquely allows monitoring rare and critical events in living tissue, followed by their high-resolution visualization in their native context. A major hurdle, however, is to keep track of the region of interest (ROI) when moving from intravital microscopy (IVM) to EM. Here, we present a workflow that relies on correlating IVM and microscopic X-ray computed tomography to predict the position of the ROI inside the EM-processed sample. The ROI can then be accurately and quickly targeted using ultramicrotomy and imaged using EM...
2017: Methods in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528636/correlative-two-photon-and-serial-block-face-scanning-electron-microscopy-in-neuronal-tissue-using-3d-near-infrared-branding-maps
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Robert M Lees, Christopher J Peddie, Lucy M Collinson, Michael C Ashby, Paul Verkade
Linking cellular structure and function has always been a key goal of microscopy, but obtaining high resolution spatial and temporal information from the same specimen is a fundamental challenge. Two-photon (2P) microscopy allows imaging deep inside intact tissue, bringing great insight into the structural and functional dynamics of cells in their physiological environment. At the nanoscale, the complex ultrastructure of a cell's environment in tissue can be reconstructed in three dimensions (3D) using serial block face scanning electron microscopy (SBF-SEM)...
2017: Methods in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528629/correlative-light-and-electron-microscopic-detection-of-gfp-labeled-proteins-using-modular-apex
#15
Nicholas Ariotti, Thomas E Hall, Robert G Parton
The use of green fluorescent protein (GFP) and related proteins has revolutionized light microscopy. Here we describe a rapid and simple method to localize GFP-tagged proteins in cells and in tissues by electron microscopy (EM) using a modular approach involving a small GFP-binding peptide (GBP) fused to the ascorbate peroxidase-derived APEX2 tag. We provide a method for visualizing GFP-tagged proteins by light and EM in cultured cells and in the zebrafish using modular APEX-GBP. Furthermore, we describe in detail the benefits of this technique over many of the currently available correlative light and electron microscopy approaches and demonstrate APEX-GBP is readily applicable to modern three-dimensional techniques...
2017: Methods in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528306/the-group-ii-intron-maturase-a-reverse-transcriptase-and-splicing-factor-go-hand-in-hand
#16
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Chen Zhao, Anna Marie Pyle
The splicing of group II introns in vivo requires the assistance of a multifunctional intron encoded protein (IEP, or maturase). Each IEP is also a reverse-transcriptase enzyme that enables group II introns to behave as mobile genetic elements. During splicing or retro-transposition, each group II intron forms a tight, specific complex with its own encoded IEP, resulting in a highly reactive holoenzyme. This review focuses on the structural basis for IEP function, as revealed by recent crystal structures of an IEP reverse transcriptase domain and cryo-EM structures of an IEP-intron complex...
May 18, 2017: Current Opinion in Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527679/salivary-steroid-response-and-competitive-anxiety-in-elite-basketball-players-effect-of-opponent-level
#17
Ademir F S Arruda, Marcelo S Aoki, Ana Carolina Paludo, Alexandre Moreira
This study examined the effect of playing matches against different opponent teams (hard match; HM, medium match; MM, and easy match; EM) on pre-match testosterone concentration (T), pre-to-post match cortisol (C) concentration, and pre-competitive anxiety (CSAI-2 questionnaire) in 20 elite male basketball players. One training session (TS) was also assessed (control condition). Saliva steroids were determined by ELISA. The pre-T concentration was significantly lower for the TS (163±54pmolL(-1)), compared to the three official matches (EM: 208±82pmolL(-1), MM: 213±57pmolL(-1), and HM: 218±37pmolL(-1)) (p<0...
May 17, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525302/treatment-of-endometriosis-associated-pain-with-elagolix-an-oral-gnrh-antagonist
#18
Hugh S Taylor, Linda C Giudice, Bruce A Lessey, Mauricio S Abrao, Jan Kotarski, David F Archer, Michael P Diamond, Eric Surrey, Neil P Johnson, Nelson B Watts, J Chris Gallagher, James A Simon, Bruce Carr, W Paul Dmowski, Nicholas Leyland, Jean P Rowan, W Rachel Duan, Juki Ng, Brittany Schwefel, James W Thomas, Rita I Jain, Kristof Chwalisz
Background Endometriosis is a chronic, estrogen-dependent condition that causes dysmenorrhea and pelvic pain. Elagolix, an oral, nonpeptide, gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) antagonist, produced partial to nearly full estrogen suppression in previous studies. Methods We performed two similar, double-blind, randomized, 6-month phase 3 trials (Elaris Endometriosis I and II [EM-I and EM-II]) to evaluate the effects of two doses of elagolix - 150 mg once daily (lower-dose group) and 200 mg twice daily (higher-dose group) - as compared with placebo in women with surgically diagnosed endometriosis and moderate or severe endometriosis-associated pain...
May 19, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524812/em-proves-invaluable-in-the-confirmation-of-chordoma-in-the-sacral-mass-of-a-middle-aged-man
#19
A Flowers, E Turbat-Herrera
A case of a 47-year-old male with a sacral spine mass was investigated by histology, immunohistochemistry (IHC), and electron microscopy (EM). The light microscopy of the first core biopsy revealed scant cellularity with spindle and round cells with eosinophilic cytoplasm within a fibromyxoid background. Immunostaining with pancytokeratin, cytokeratin 19, and S100 was nonspecific. Another biopsy was attempted to obtain a more definitive diagnosis. Light microscopy of the second core had scant cellular material...
May 2017: Ultrastructural Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524029/-predictive-value-of-left-ventricular-diastolic-dysfunction-on-mechanical-ventilation-weaning
#20
Hui Wang, Ming Ma, Desheng Chen, Gang Li, Shupeng Wang, Jingen Xia, Jun Duan
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the predictive value of left ventricular diastolic function on mechanical ventilation weaning in patients with left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) > 0.50. METHODS: A retrospective case control study was conducted. Sixty-five patients with LVEF > 0.50 undergoing mechanical ventilation for more than 48 hours admitted to surgery intensive care unit (ICU) of China-Japan Friendship Hospital from June 2014 to December 2016 were enrolled...
May 2017: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
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