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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346879/the-spatial-relations-between-stimulus-and-response-determine-an-absolute-visuo-haptic-calibration-in-pantomime-grasping
#1
Shirin Davarpanah Jazi, Matthew Heath
Pantomime-grasps entail a response to an area adjacent to (i.e., spatially dissociated pantomime-grasp), or previously occupied by (i.e., no-target pantomime-grasp) a target. Previous work has reported that pantomime-grasps differ kinematically from naturalistic grasps (i.e., grasping a physical target object) - a result taken to evince that pantomime-grasps are perception-based and mediated via relative visual information. However, such actions differ not only in terms of their visual properties, but also because the former precludes haptic feedback related to a target's absolute size...
March 24, 2017: Brain and Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346707/periurethral-muscle-derived-mononuclear-cell-injection-improves-urethral-sphincter-restoration-in-rats
#2
Marcelo Pitelli Turco, Alex Balduino de Souza, Isida de Campos Sousa, Paula Fratini, Mariana Matera Veras, Marcio Nogueira Rodrigues, José de Bessa, Marina Pandolphi Brolio, Katia Ramos Moreira Leite, Homero Bruschini, Miguel Srougi, Maria Angélica Miglino, Cristiano Mendes Gomes
AIMS: Investigate the effect of a novel cell-based therapy with skeletal muscle-derived mononuclear cells (SMDMCs) in a rat model of stress urinary incontinence. METHODS: Male Wistar-Kyoto rats' hind limb muscles were enzymatically dissociated, and SMDMCs were isolated without needing expansion. The cell population was characterized. Twenty female rats underwent urethrolysis. One week later, 10 rats received periurethral injection of 10(6) cells (SMDMC group), and 10 rats received saline injections (Saline group)...
March 27, 2017: Neurourology and Urodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346107/a-high-throughput-method-for-measuring-drug-residence-time-using-the-transcreener-adp-assay
#3
Meera Kumar, Robert G Lowery
Analysis of drug-target residence times during drug development can result in improved efficacy, increased therapeutic window, and reduced side effects. Residence time can be estimated as the reciprocal of the dissociation rate ( koff) of an inhibitor from its target. The traditional methods for measuring koff require synthesis of labeled ligands or low-throughput label-free methods. To provide an alternative that is better suited to an automated high-throughput screening (HTS) environment, we adapted a classic "jump dilution" catalytic assay method for determination of koff values for kinase inhibitor drugs...
February 1, 2017: SLAS Discov
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345906/malonylginsenosides-with-potential-antidiabetic-activities-from-the-flower-buds-of-panax-ginseng
#4
Shi Qiu, Wen-Zhi Yang, Chang-Liang Yao, Xiao-Jian Shi, Jing-Ya Li, Yang Lou, Ya-Nan Duan, Wan-Ying Wu, De-An Guo
LC-MS-guided phytochemical isolation of malonylginsenosides, featuring neutral elimination of CO2 and C3H2O3 by the negative mode collision-induced dissociation, from the flower buds of Panax ginseng led to the isolation of 19 malonyl-substituted triterpenoid saponins. They include 15 new malonylginsenosides, malonylfloralginsenosides-Re1-Re3 (1-3), -Rb1 and -Rb2 (4, 5), -Rd1-Rd6 (6-11), and -Rc1-Rc4 (12-15), and the known m-Rb1, m-Rc, m-Rb2, and m-Rd (16-19). Compound 11 represents the first dimalonyl saponin isolated from the Panax genus, while 2-4, 9, and 10 are five ginsenosides with single malonylation at the C-20 sugar chain...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Natural Products
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345900/fluorescence-and-radio-labeling-of-lys-4-nle-17-30-hpp-yields-molecular-tools-for-the-npy-y4-receptor
#5
Stefanie Dukorn, Timo Littmann, Max Keller, Kilian Konrad Kuhn, Chiara Cabrele, Paul Baumeister, Günther Bernhardt, Armin Buschauer
The neuropeptide Y (NPY) Y4 receptor (Y4R) is involved in energy homeostasis and considered as a potential drug target for the treatment of obesity. Only a few molecular tools, i. e., radiolabeled and fluorescent ligands, for the investigation of the Y4R were reported. Previously, [Lys(4)]hPP proved to be an appropriate full-length PP analog to prepare a fluorescent ligand by derivatization at the ε-amino group. To preclude oxidation upon long-term storage, we replaced the two methionine residues in [Lys(4)]hPP by norleucine and prepared the corresponding [(3)H]propionylated ([(3)H]12) and cyanine labeled (13) peptides, which were characterized and compared with a set of reference compounds in binding (Y1, Y2, Y4 and Y5 receptors) and functional (luciferase gene reporter, β-arrestin-1, -2) Y4R assays...
March 27, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345688/a-vacuum-ultraviolet-laser-pulsed-field-ionization-photoion-study-of-methane-ch4-determination-of-the-appearance-energy-of-methylium-from-methane-with-unprecedented-precision-and-the-resulting-impact-on-the-bond-dissociation-energies-of-ch4-and-ch4
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Yih-Chung Chang, Bo Xiong, David H Bross, Branko Ruscic, C Y Ng
We report on the successful implementation of a high-resolution vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) laser pulsed field ionization-photoion (PFI-PI) detection method for the study of unimolecular dissociation of quantum-state- or energy-selected molecular ions. As a test case, we have determined the 0 K appearance energy (AE0) for the formation of methylium, CH3(+), from methane, CH4, as AE0(CH3(+)/CH4) = 14.32271 ± 0.00013 eV. This value has a significantly smaller error limit, but is otherwise consistent with previous laboratory and/or synchrotron-based studies of this dissociative photoionization onset...
March 27, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345513/-schizophrenia-and-oral-health
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M Moullan, F Denis
Mental health is an essential component of general health. Schizophrenia is a severe and chronic mental illness that affects higher brain functions. It is characterized by the presence of a mental dissociation, dampened or inappropriate affects, hallucinations and delirium. Schizophrenia has also a negative impact on oral health. As schizophrenia affects 1% of the population, every practitioner concerned with oral sphere will be confronted one day or another with a patient suffering from this disease. It is therefore important to acquire essential notions...
March 24, 2017: J Stomatol Oral Maxillofac Surg
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345347/a-systematic-evaluation-of-the-n-f-bond-strength-of-electrophilic-n-f-reagents-hints-for-atomic-fluorine-donating-ability
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Jin-Dong Yang, Ya Wang, Xiao-Song Xue, Jin-Pei Cheng
The recent uncovering of the radical reactivity of a few traditionally electrophilic N-F reagents has sparked a renaissance of radical fluorination. A knowledge of the N-F bond dissociation enthalpies (BDE) of electrophilic N-F reagents is essential for the understanding of their reactivities. However, a thorough literature survey revealed that such information is extremely sparse. This prompted us to carry out the first systematic computation on the N-F BDEs of electrophilic N-F reagents. The calculated N-F BDE scale of 88 electrophilic N-F reagents ranges from 49...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345116/oligomeric-state-and-thermal-stability-of-apo-and-holo-human-ornithine-%C3%AE-aminotransferase
#9
Riccardo Montioli, Carlotta Zamparelli, Carla Borri Voltattorni, Barbara Cellini
Human ornithine δ-aminotransferase (hOAT) (EC 2.6.1.13) is a mitochondrial pyridoxal 5'-phosphate (PLP)-dependent aminotransferase whose deficit is associated with gyrate atrophy, a rare autosomal recessive disorder causing progressive blindness and chorioretinal degeneration. Here, both the apo- and holo-form of recombinant hOAT were characterized by means of spectroscopic, kinetic, chromatographic and computational techniques. The results indicate that apo and holo-hOAT (a) show a similar tertiary structure, even if apo displays a more pronounced exposure of hydrophobic patches, (b) exhibit a tetrameric structure with a tetramer-dimer equilibrium dissociation constant about fivefold higher for the apoform with respect to the holoform, and (c) have apparent Tm values of 46 and 67 °C, respectively...
March 27, 2017: Protein Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344766/phosphorylation-of-lsd1-by-plk1-promotes-its-chromatin-release-during-mitosis
#10
Bin Peng, Ruifeng Shi, Weiwei Jiang, Yue-He Ding, Meng-Qiu Dong, Wei-Guo Zhu, Xingzhi Xu
BACKGROUND: Lysine-specific histone demethylase 1 (LSD1) modulates chromatin status through demethylation of H3K4 and H3K9. It has been demonstrated that LSD1 is hyperphosphorylated and dissociates from chromatin during mitosis. However, the molecular mechanism of LSD1 detachment is unknown. RESULTS: In this report, we found that polo-like kinase 1 (PLK1) directly interacted with LSD1 and phosphorylated LSD1 at Ser-126 . Nocodazole-induced metaphase arrest promoted release of LSD1 from chromatin, and the phosphorylation-defective mutant LSD1 (S126A) failed to dissociate from chromatin upon nocodazole treatment...
2017: Cell & Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344646/comparative-insights-into-the-saccharification-potentials-of-a-relatively-unexplored-but-robust-penicillium-funiculosum-glycoside-hydrolase-7-cellobiohydrolase
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Funso Emmanuel Ogunmolu, Navya Bhatt Kammachi Jagadeesha, Rakesh Kumar, Pawan Kumar, Dinesh Gupta, Syed Shams Yazdani
BACKGROUND: GH7 cellobiohydrolases (CBH1) are vital for the breakdown of cellulose. We had previously observed the enzyme as the most dominant protein in the active cellulose-hydrolyzing secretome of the hypercellulolytic ascomycete-Penicillium funiculosum (NCIM1228). To understand its contributions to cellulosic biomass saccharification in comparison with GH7 cellobiohydrolase from the industrial workhorse-Trichoderma reesei, we natively purified and functionally characterized the only GH7 cellobiohydrolase identified and present in the genome of the fungus...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344539/scaphocapitate-syndrome-with-associated-trans-scaphoid-trans-hamate-perilunate-dislocation-a-case-report-and-description-of-surgical-fixation
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Fiesky A Nunez, T David Luo, Jesse B Jupiter, Fiesky A Nunez
Background: Perilunate fracture dislocations are often associated with fractures of the distal pole of the scaphoid or the proximal pole of the capitate. However, the combination of perilunate dislocation with multiple carpal fractures and associated scaphocapitate syndrome is very rare. Methods: We report a unique case of scaphocapitate fracture syndrome with perilunate dislocation and fracture of the hamate resulting from a high-energy injury to the wrist during a dirt-bike competition. Results: Open reduction and internal fixation of the scaphoid fracture with a 3...
March 2017: Hand: Official Journal of the American Association for Hand Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344372/radicals-and-molecular-products-from-the-gas-phase-pyrolysis-of-lignin-model-compounds-cinnamyl-alcohol
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Lavrent Khachatryan, Meng-Xia Xu, Ang-Jian Wu, Mikhail Pechagin, Rubik Asatryan
The experimental results on detection and identification of intermediate radicals and molecular products from gas-phase pyrolysis of cinnamyl alcohol (CnA), the simplest non-phenolic lignin model compound, over the temperature range of 400-800 °C are reported. The low temperature matrix isolation - electron paramagnetic resonance (LTMI-EPR) experiments along with the theoretical calculations, provided evidences on the generation of the intermediate carbon and oxygen centered as well as oxygen-linked, conjugated radicals...
September 2016: Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344096/dissociable-effects-of-systemic-and-orbitofrontal-administration-of-adrenoceptor-antagonists-on-yohimbine-induced-motor-impulsivity
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Wendy K Adams, Michael M Barrus, Fiona D Zeeb, Paul J Cocker, James Benoit, Catharine A Winstanley
The α2-adrenoceptor antagonist, yohimbine, is commonly used as a pharmacological stressor. Its behavioural effects are typically attributed to elevated noradrenaline release via blockade of central, inhibitory autoreceptors. We have previously reported that yohimbine increases motor impulsivity in rats on the five-choice serial reaction time task (5CSRTT), a cognitive behavioural assessment which measures motor impulsivity and visuospatial attention. Furthermore, this effect depended on cyclic adenomonophosphate (cAMP) signalling via cAMP response element binding (CREB) protein in the orbitofrontal cortex (OFC)...
March 23, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343938/testosterone-influences-volitional-but-not-reflexive-orienting-of-attention-in-human-males
#15
Steve Hansen, Jim McAuliffe, Bernard Goldfarb, Justin M Carré
The impact of testosterone (T) on the exogenous (Experiment 1) and endogenous (Experiment 2) orienting of visual attention in males was examined. Sixteen male participants completed both an exogenous and an endogenous cuing task on two separate days. About 2-3h prior to testing, either a placebo or a dose of T was administered. The inhibition of return (IOR) phenomenon was observed during the exogenous cuing task, but IOR was not influenced by T. During the endogenous task, participants demonstrated the expected cuing effects on both days...
March 23, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343765/human-cardiac-progenitor-cells-with-regenerative-potential-can-be-isolated-and-characterized-from-3d-electro-anatomic-guided-endomyocardial-biopsies
#16
Domenico D'Amario, Antonio Maria Leone, Maria Lucia Narducci, Costantino Smaldone, Dalgisio Lecis, Frediano Inzani, Marco Luciani, Andrea Siracusano, Federica La Neve, Melissa Manchi, Gemma Pelargonio, Francesco Perna, Piergiorgio Bruno, Massimo Massetti, Dario Pitocco, Donato Cappetta, Grazia Esposito, Konrad Urbanek, Antonella De Angelis, Francesco Rossi, Roberto Piacentini, Giulia Angelini, Domenica Donatella Li Puma, Claudio Grassi, Elisa De Paolis, Ettore Capoluongo, Valentina Silvestri, Biagio Merlino, Riccardo Marano, Filippo Crea
AIMS: In the present study, we aimed to develop a percutaneous approach and a reproducible methodology for the isolation and expansion of Cardiac Progenitor Cells (CPCs) from EndoMyocardial Biopsies (EMB) in vivo. Moreover, in an animal model of non-ischemic heart failure (HF), we would like to test whether CPCs obtained by this methodology may engraft the myocardium and differentiate. METHODS AND RESULTS: EMB were obtained using a preformed sheath and a disposable bioptome, advanced via right femoral vein in 12 healthy mini pigs, to the right ventricle...
March 1, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343396/insight-into-the-mechanism-of-reversible-ring-opening-of-1-3-benzoxazine-with-thiols
#17
Tobias Urbaniak, Marc Soto, Manuel Liebeke, Katharina Koschek
The reversible ring-opening addition and fragmentation reaction of p-cresol based N-phenylbenzoxazine with aliphatic and aromatic thiols was investigated in solvent-mediated and solvent-free reactions. Independently of the used thiol, N-phenylbenzoxazine and the thiols reacted to equilibrium with comparable amounts of reactants and products in aprotic solvent, whereas in protic solvent almost full conversions wereas reached. In contrast, thiol reactivity was a crucial factor in solvent-free reactions yielding fast and complete conversions for a more acidic thiol and balanced equilibrium concentrations in case of thiols with high pKa values...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343391/single-molecule-peptide-lipid-affinity-assay-reveals-interplay-between-solution-structure-and-partitioning
#18
Tina R Matin, Krishna P Sigdel, Milica Utjesanovic, Brendan P Marsh, Fabio Gallazzi, Virginia F Smith, Ioan Kosztin, Gavin M King
Interactions between short protein segments and phospholipid bilayers dictate fundamental aspects of cellular activity and have important applications in biotechnology. Yet, a lack of suitable methodology for directly probing these interactions has hindered mechanistic understanding. We developed a precision atomic force microscope (AFM)-based single-molecule force spectroscopy assay and probed partitioning into lipid bilayers by measuring the mechanical force experienced by a peptide. Protein segments were constructed from the peripheral membrane protein SecA, a key ATPase in bacterial secretion...
March 27, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343361/genetic-dissociation-of-morphine-analgesia-from-hyperalgesia-in-mice
#19
Gina F Marrone, Valerie Le Rouzic, Andras Varadi, Jin Xu, Anjali M Rajadhyaksha, Susruta Majumdar, Ying-Xian Pan, Gavril W Pasternak
RATIONALE: Morphine is the prototypic mu opioid, producing its analgesic actions through traditional 7 transmembrane domain (7TM) G-protein-coupled receptors generated by the mu opioid receptor gene (Oprm1). However, the Oprm1 gene undergoes extensive alternative splicing to yield three structurally distinct sets of splice variants. In addition to the full-length 7TM receptors, it produces a set of truncated variants comprised of only 6 transmembrane domains (6TM). OBJECTIVES: This study explored the relative contributions of 7TM and 6TM variants in a range of morphine actions...
March 25, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343145/effects-of-tiletamine-on-the-adenosine-monophosphate-activated-protein-kinase-signaling-pathway-in-the-rat-central-nervous-system
#20
Li-Xue Su, Xing-Xing Shi, Peng Yang, Hao Chen, Xin Li, Hong-Gang Fan, Hong-Bin Wang
OBJECTIVE: The dissociative anesthetic tiletamine, which acts on the central nervous system (CNS), is widely used in veterinary medicine and animal experiments. Recent studies indicate that adenosine 5'-monophosphate activated protein kinase (AMPK) plays a key role in the analgesic action of tiletamine. In the present study, the effects of tiletamine on the AMPK signaling pathway in rats were investigated. METHODS: Sprague-Dawley rats were injected intraperitoneally with tiletamine and executed at 10, 20, 40 and 60min post injection...
March 21, 2017: Research in Veterinary Science
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