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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053833/clinical-pathological-and-functional-characterization-of-riboflavin-responsive-neuropathy
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Andreea Manole, Zane Jaunmuktane, Iain Hargreaves, Marthe H R Ludtmann, Vincenzo Salpietro, Oscar D Bello, Simon Pope, Amelie Pandraud, Alejandro Horga, Renata S Scalco, Abi Li, Balasubramaniem Ashokkumar, Charles M Lourenço, Simon Heales, Rita Horvath, Patrick F Chinnery, Camilo Toro, Andrew B Singleton, Thomas S Jacques, Andrey Y Abramov, Francesco Muntoni, Michael G Hanna, Mary M Reilly, Tamas Revesz, Dimitri M Kullmann, James E C Jepson, Henry Houlden
Brown-Vialetto-Van Laere syndrome represents a phenotypic spectrum of motor, sensory, and cranial nerve neuropathy, often with ataxia, optic atrophy and respiratory problems leading to ventilator-dependence. Loss-of-function mutations in two riboflavin transporter genes, SLC52A2 and SLC52A3, have recently been linked to Brown-Vialetto-Van Laere syndrome. However, the genetic frequency, neuropathology and downstream consequences of riboflavin transporter mutations are unclear. By screening a large cohort of 132 patients with early-onset severe sensory, motor and cranial nerve neuropathy we confirmed the strong genetic link between riboflavin transporter mutations and Brown-Vialetto-Van Laere syndrome, identifying 22 pathogenic mutations in SLC52A2 and SLC52A3, 14 of which were novel...
September 26, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29052988/ionic-strength-mediated-phase-transitions-of-surface-adsorbed-dna-on-single-walled-carbon-nanotubes
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Daniel P Salem, Xun Gong, Albert Tianxiang Liu, Volodymyr B Koman, Juyao Dong, Michael S Strano
Single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) oligonucleotides have unique, and in some cases, sequence-specific molecular interactions with the surface of carbon nanotubes that remain the subject of fundamental study. In this work, we observe and analyze a generic, ionic strength mediated phase transition exhibited by over 25 distinct oligonucleotides adsorbed to single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) in colloidal suspension. The phase transition occurs as monovalent salts are used to modify the ionic strength from 500 mM to 1 mM, causing a reversible reduction in the fluorescence quantum yield by as much as 90 percent...
October 20, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29045884/effect-of-phosphate-ion-on-the-structure-of-lumazine-synthase-an-antigen-presentation-system-from-bacillus-anthracis
#3
Yangjie Wei, Newton Wahome, Prashant Kumar, Neal Whitaker, Wendy L Picking, C Russell Middaugh
Lumazine synthase (LS) is an oligomeric enzyme involved in the biosynthesis of riboflavin in microorganisms, fungi and plants. LS has become of significant interest to biomedical science because of its critical biological role and attractive structural properties for antigen presentation in vaccines. LS derived from Bacillus anthracis (BaLS) consists of 60 identical subunits forming an icosahedron. Its crystal structure has been solved, but its dynamic conformational properties have not yet been studied. We investigated the conformation of BaLS in response to different stress conditions (e...
October 15, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29043603/epigenetic-modifications-of-gene-expression-by-lifestyle-and-environment
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REVIEW
Qudeer Ahmed Abdul, Byung Pal Yu, Hae Young Chung, Hyun Ah Jung, Jae Sue Choi
Epigenetics oftenly described as the heritable changes in gene expression independent of changes in DNA sequence. Various environmental factors such as nutrition-dietary components, lifestyle, exercise, physical activity, toxins, and other contributing factors remodel the genome either in a constructive or detrimental way. Since epigenetic changes are reversible and nutrition is one of the many epigenetic regulators that modify gene expression without changing the DNA sequence, dietary nutrients and bioactive food components contribute to epigenetic phenomena either by directly suppressing DNA methylation or histone catalyzing enzymes or by changing the availability of substrates required for enzymatic reactions...
October 17, 2017: Archives of Pharmacal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29043533/corneal-cross-linking-has-no-effect-on-matrix-metalloproteinase-9-and-13-levels-during-fungal-keratitis-on-the-early-stage
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Ayse Kalkanci, Kamil Bilgihan, Huseyin Baran Ozdemir, Atiye Seda Yar Saglam, Funda Karakurt, Merve Erdogan
The aim of our study was to investigate matrix metalloproteinases, MMP-9 and MMP-13 levels, in the rabbit model of Fusarium and Candida keratitis treated by corneal cross-linking (PACK-CXL). Rabbit corneas were inoculated with fungal inoculum for keratitis. Each group divided into four subgroups, including un-treated group, PACK-CXL group, voriconazole group and PACK-CXL plus voriconazole group. PACK-CXL was applied with 0.25% riboflavin in accelerated Dresden protocol, and 0.1% voriconazole drops were administered...
October 17, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29037836/the-genomic-and-transcriptomic-basis-of-the-potential-of-lactobacillus-plantarum-a6-to-improve-the-nutritional-quality-of-a-cereal-based-fermented-food
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Williams Turpin, Marion Weiman, Jean-Pierre Guyot, Aurélie Lajus, Stéphane Cruveiller, Christèle Humblot
The objective of this work was to investigate the nutritional potential of Lactobacillus plantarum A6 in a food matrix using next generation sequencing. To this end, we characterized the genome of the A6 strain for a complete overview of its potential. We then compared its transcriptome when grown in a food matrix made from pearl millet to and its transcriptome when cultivated in a laboratory medium. Genomic comparison of the strain L. plantarum A6 with the strains WCFS1, ST-III, JDM1 and ATCC14917 led to the identification of five regions of genomic plasticity...
October 6, 2017: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29037329/smokers-report-lower-intake-of-key-nutrients-than-nonsmokers-yet-both-fall-short-of-meeting-recommended-intakes
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Susan K Raatz, Lisa Jahns, LuAnn K Johnson, Angela Scheett, Alicia Carriquiry, Andrine Lemieux, Motohiro Nakajima, Mustafa al'Absi
Smoking is a major risk factor in the development of preventable disease which may be due to a poorer diet and the reduced nutrient intake of smokers. Our objective was to compare and evaluate the reported intake of current smokers with that of nonsmokers among participants of a study evaluating stress and smoking. We hypothesized (1) that overall energy and nutrient intake would be reduced in smokers compared with nonsmokers and (2) that smokers would have increased noncompliance with Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs)...
September 2017: Nutrition Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29034851/nitrosopumilus-maritimus-gen-nov-sp-nov-nitrosopumilus-cobalaminigenes-sp-nov-nitrosopumilus-oxyclinae-sp-nov-and-nitrosopumilus-ureiphilus-sp-nov-four-marine-ammonia-oxidizing-archaea-of-the-phylum-thaumarchaeota
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Wei Qin, Katherine R Heal, Rasika Ramdasi, Julia N Kobelt, Willm Martens-Habbena, Anthony D Bertagnolli, Shady A Amin, Christopher B Walker, Hidetoshi Urakawa, Martin Könneke, Allan H Devol, James W Moffett, E Virginia Armbrust, Grant J Jensen, Anitra E Ingalls, David A Stahl
Four mesophilic, neutrophilic, and aerobic marine ammonia-oxidizing archaea, designated strains SCM1(T), HCA1(T), HCE1(T) and PS0(T), were isolated from a tropical marine fish tank, dimly lit deep coastal waters, the lower euphotic zone of coastal waters, and near-surface sediment in the Puget Sound estuary, respectively. Cells are straight or slightly curved small rods, 0.15-0.26 µm in diameter and 0.50-1.59 µm in length. Motility was not observed, although strain PS0(T) possesses genes associated with archaeal flagella and chemotaxis, suggesting it may be motile under some conditions...
October 16, 2017: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29033987/dietary-practices-and-nutritional-profile-of-female-nurses-from-government-hospitals-in-delhi-india
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Shipra Gupta
BACKGROUND: Nursing is a demanding profession and nurses face a considerable degree of stress at work that can adversely influence their dietary practices and nutritional status. The current study was designed to conduct a preliminary investigation of the dietary practices and nutritional profile of nurses from government hospitals in Delhi. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A cross-sectional descriptive study was carried out among 80 female nurses aged between 25 and 39 years from government hospitals...
September 2017: Iranian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031210/effect-of-photoactivated-riboflavin-on-the-biodegradation-resistance-of-root-dentin-collagen
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Balasankar Meera Priyadarshini, Thong Beng Lu, Amr S Fawzy
This study was conducted to evaluate the effect of UVA-activated 1% riboflavin solution on structural integrity; mechanical properties and stability; and collagenase-mediated collagen solubilisation resistance of demineralized root dentin collagen matrix. Root dentin specimens demineralized with 17% EDTA for 7days were treated with 1% RF for 1min followed by UVA photo-activation at intensity 7mW/cm(2) for 1min. Control specimens were completely devoid of riboflavin and/or UVA treatments. Specimens were challenged with bacterial collagenase type-I solution for different time-periods at 37°C...
October 8, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29017670/visual-and-topographical-outcomes-following-accelerated-trans-epithelial-corneal-crosslinking-in-progressive-keratoconus
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Kanwal Latif, Muhammad Saeed Iqbal
OBJECTIVE: To assess the visual and topographical outcomes following accelerated trans-epithelial corneal crosslinking (TE-CXL) in progressive keratoconus. STUDY DESIGN: Case series. PLACE AND DURATION OF STUDY: Laser Vision Centre, Karachi, from January 2015 to December 2016. METHODOLOGY: Forty-five eyes of 25 patients affected with progressive keratoconus and treated with accelerated TE-CXL with riboflavin (vitamin B2) and ultra-violet A(UV-A) irradiation were enrolled in this study...
September 2017: Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons—Pakistan: JCPSP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28991335/customized-corneal-cross-linking-using-different-uva-beam-profiles
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Rohit Shetty, Natasha Pahuja, Thimmarayappa Roshan, Rashmi Deshmukh, Mathew Francis, Arkasubhra Ghosh, Abhijit Sinha Roy
PURPOSE: To evaluate the performance of different customized corneal cross-linking (CXL) methods. METHODS: This was a single-center interventional, prospective, longitudinal case series. Four different customized CXL methods were evaluated in keratoconic eyes: (1) uniform (uniform intensity ultraviolet-A [UVA] beam [9 mW/cm(2)] for 10 minutes) (n = 12 eyes); (2) sector axial map (sector-based UVA irradiation) (n = 12 eyes); (3) ring axial map (concentric rings of UVA beam intensity centered at the steepest curvature of the anterior axial map) (n = 12 eyes); and ring tangential map (same as the ring axial map but centered at the steepest curvature of the anterior tangential map) (n = 14 eyes)...
October 1, 2017: Journal of Refractive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28991267/cytotoxic-and-regulatory-roles-of-mucosal-associated-invariant-t-cells-in-type-1-diabetes
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Ophélie Rouxel, Jennifer Da Silva, Lucie Beaudoin, Isabelle Nel, Céline Tard, Lucie Cagninacci, Badr Kiaf, Masaya Oshima, Marc Diedisheim, Marion Salou, Alexandra Corbett, Jamie Rossjohn, James McCluskey, Raphael Scharfmann, Manuela Battaglia, Michel Polak, Olivier Lantz, Jacques Beltrand, Agnès Lehuen
Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease that results from the destruction of pancreatic β-cells by the immune system that involves innate and adaptive immune cells. Mucosal-associated invariant T cells (MAIT cells) are innate-like T-cells that recognize derivatives of precursors of bacterial riboflavin presented by the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class I-related molecule MR1. Since T1D is associated with modification of the gut microbiota, we investigated MAIT cells in this pathology. In patients with T1D and mice of the non-obese diabetic (NOD) strain, we detected alterations in MAIT cells, including increased production of granzyme B, which occurred before the onset of diabetes...
October 9, 2017: Nature Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28985003/the-apses-protein-sok2-is-a-positive-regulator-of-sporulation-in-ashbya-gossypii
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Lisa Wasserstrom, Alexander Dünkler, Andrea Walther, Jürgen Wendland
Ashbya gossypii is a homothallic, flavinogenic, filamentous ascomycete that starts overproduction of riboflavin and fragments its mycelium quantitatively into spore producing sporangia at the end of a growth phase. Mating is not required for sporulation and the standard homothallic laboratory strain is a MATa strain. Here we show that ectopic expression of Saccharomyces cerevisiae MATα2 in A. gossypii completely suppresses sporulation, inhibits riboflavin overproduction, and downregulates amongst others AgSOK2...
October 6, 2017: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28980568/-peripheral-corneal-cross-linking-p-cxl-for-ultrathin-corneas-with-severe-keratoconus-a-new-technique
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M Abbondanza, V De Felice, G Abbondanza
Corneal cross-linking (CXL) is aimed at halting the progression of keratoconus and is widely considered to be the golden standard in its treatment. It is usually contraindicated, however, in patients with corneal thickness of less than 400 µm, leaving the ophthalmic surgeon no option, but to perform transepithelial CXL (epi-on), usually regarded as less effective. We report a novel approach for ultrathin corneas with severe keratoconus - peripheral corneal cross-linking (P-CXL), in which corneal epithelium is still removed but the apex of the cornea is left untouched...
2017: Vestnik Oftalmologii
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28970517/human-in-vitro-model-reveals-the-effects-of-collagen-cross-linking-on-keratoconus-pathogenesis
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Rabab Sharif, Jesper Hjortdal, Henrik Sejersen, Garett Frank, Dimitrios Karamichos
Keratoconus (KC) is a corneal thinning disorder that leads to severe vision impairment As opposed to corneal transplantation; corneal collagen crosslinking (CXL) is a relatively non-invasive procedure that leads to an increase in corneal stiffness. In order to evaluate the effect of CXL on human corneal stromal cells in vitro, we developed a 3-D in vitro CXL model, using primary Human corneal fibroblasts (HCFs) from healthy patients and Human Keratoconus fibroblasts (HKCs) from KC patients. Cells were plated on transwell polycarbonate membranes and stimulated by a stable vitamin C...
October 2, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28967629/mutations-in-aifm1-cause-an-x-linked-childhood-cerebellar-ataxia-partially-responsive-to-riboflavin
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G Heimer, E Eyal, X Zhu, E K Ruzzo, D Marek-Yagel, Doron Sagiv, Y Anikster, H Reznik-Wolf, E Pras, D Oz Levi, D Lancet, B Ben-Zeev, A Nissenkorn
BACKGROUND: AIFM1 encodes a mitochondrial flavoprotein with a dual role (NADH oxidoreductase and regulator of apoptosis), which uses riboflavin as a cofactor. Mutations in the X-linked AIFM1 were reported in relation to two main phenotypes: a severe infantile mitochondrial encephalomyopathy and an early-onset axonal sensorimotor neuropathy with hearing loss. In this paper we report two unrelated males harboring AIFM1 mutations (one of which is novel) who display distinct phenotypes including progressive ataxia which partially improved with riboflavin treatment...
September 15, 2017: European Journal of Paediatric Neurology: EJPN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28965533/the-potential-contribution-of-yellow-cassava-to-dietary-nutrient-adequacy-of-primary-school-children-in-eastern-kenya-the-use-of-linear-programming
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Elise F Talsma, Karin J Borgonjen-van den Berg, Alida Melse-Boonstra, Eva V Mayer, Hans Verhoef, Ayşe Y Demir, Elaine L Ferguson, Frans J Kok, Inge D Brouwer
OBJECTIVE: Introduction of biofortified cassava as school lunch can increase vitamin A intake, but may increase risk of other deficiencies due to poor nutrient profile of cassava. We assessed the potential effect of introducing a yellow cassava-based school lunch combined with additional food-based recommendations (FBR) on vitamin A and overall nutrient adequacy using Optifood (linear programming tool). DESIGN: Cross-sectional study to assess dietary intakes (24 h recall) and derive model parameters (list of foods consumed, median serving sizes, food and food (sub)group frequency distributions, food cost)...
October 2, 2017: Public Health Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28963702/in-vivo-confocal-laser-microscopy-of-morphologic-changes-after-small-incision-lenticule-extraction-with-accelerated-cross-linking-smile-xtra-in-patients-with-thin-corneas-and-high-myopia
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Yugui Zhou, Manli Liu, Ting Zhang, Hua Zheng, Yuan Sun, Xiaonan Yang, Shengbei Weng, Haiqin Lin, Quan Liu
PURPOSE: To evaluate the microstructural modifications and safety of small incision lenticule extraction combined with accelerated cross-linking (SMILE Xtra) in high myopia and thin corneas by means of in vivo confocal microscopy (IVCM) and 3D-OCT after a 6-month follow-up. METHODS: Forty-three eyes with high myopia and thin corneas were enrolled. All eyes underwent SMILE procedure. After the lenticule was extracted, 0.25% riboflavin was injected into the interface and allowed to diffuse for 60 s...
September 29, 2017: Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28963627/ferric-iron-and-extracellular-electron-shuttling-increase-xylose-utilization-and-butanol-production-during-fermentation-with-multiple-solventogenic-bacteria
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Jovan Popovic, Xiaofeng Ye, Anne Haluska, Kevin T Finneran
Xylose is the second most abundant sugar derived from lignocellulose; it is considered less desirable than glucose for fermentation, and strategies that specifically increase xylose utilization in wild-type cells are goals for biofuel production. Xylose consumption, butanol production, and hydrogen production increased in both Clostridium beijerinckii and a novel solventogenic bacterium (strain DC-1) when anthraquinone-2,6,-disulfonate (AQDS) or riboflavin were used as redox mediators to transfer electrons to poorly crystalline Fe(OH)3 as an extracellular electron sink...
September 29, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
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