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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335551/molecular-basis-for-modulation-of-metabotropic-glutamate-receptors-and-their-drug-actions-by-extracellular-ca-2
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REVIEW
Juan Zou, Jason Y Jiang, Jenny J Yang
Metabotropic glutamate receptors (mGluRs) associated with the slow phase of the glutamatergic signaling pathway in neurons of the central nervous system have gained importance as drug targets for chronic neurodegenerative diseases. While extracellular Ca(2+) was reported to exhibit direct activation and modulation via an allosteric site, the identification of those binding sites was challenged by weak binding. Herein, we review the discovery of extracellular Ca(2+) in regulation of mGluRs, summarize the recent developments in probing Ca(2+) binding and its co-regulation of the receptor based on structural and biochemical analysis, and discuss the molecular basis for Ca(2+) to regulate various classes of drug action as well as its importance as an allosteric modulator in mGluRs...
March 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335479/phakellistatins-an-underwater-unsolved-puzzle
#2
REVIEW
Alessandra Meli, Consiglia Tedesco, Giorgio Della Sala, Rosaria Schettini, Fernando Albericio, Francesco De Riccardis, Irene Izzo
A critical summary on the discovery of the nineteen members of the phakellistatin family (phakellistatin 1-19), cytotoxic proline-rich cyclopeptides of marine origin, is reported. Isolation, structural elucidation, and biological properties of the various-sized natural macrocycles are described, along with the total syntheses and the enigmatic issues of the cytotoxic activity reproducibility.
March 18, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335446/knowledge-self-confidence-and-attitudes-towards-suicidal-patients-at-emergency-and-psychiatric-departments-a-randomised-controlled-trial-of-the-effects-of-an-educational-poster-campaign
#3
Renate van Landschoot, Gwendolyn Portzky, Kees van Heeringen
Educational posters are used to enhance knowledge, attitudes and self-confidence of patients. Little is known on their effectiveness for educating health care professionals. As these professionals may play an important role in suicide prevention, the effects of a poster and accompanying evaluation and triage guide on knowledge, self-confidence and attitudes regarding suicidal thoughts and behaviours, were studied in a multicentre cluster randomised controlled trial, involving staff from 39 emergency and 38 psychiatric departments throughout Flanders (n = 1171)...
March 14, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335419/anti-allergic-compounds-from-the-deep-sea-derived-actinomycete-nesterenkonia-flava-mccc-1k00610
#4
Chun-Lan Xie, Qingmei Liu, Jin-Mei Xia, Yuanyuan Gao, Quan Yang, Zong-Ze Shao, Guangming Liu, Xian-Wen Yang
A novel cyclic ether, nesterenkoniane (1), was isolated from the deep-sea-derived actinomycete Nesterenkonia flava MCCC 1K00610, together with 12 known compounds, including two macrolides (2, 3), two diketopiperazines (4, 5), two nucleosides (6, 7), two indoles (8, 9), three phenolics (10-12), and one butanol derivate (13). Their structures were established mainly on detailed analysis of the NMR and MS spectroscopic data. All 13 compounds were tested for anti-allergic activities using immunoglobulin E (IgE) mediated rat mast RBL-2H3 cell model...
March 14, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335401/the-vital-dye-cdr10b-labels-the-zebrafish-mid-intestine-and-lumen
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Veronika Sander, Shantanu Patke, Jung Y Lee, Young-Tae Chang, Alan J Davidson
We describe the use of the fluorescent reporter compound CDr10b to label mid-intestinal structures in zebrafish larvae after simple immersion. CDr10b is deposited into the gut where it initially fills the lumen and is excreted. Using laser-mediated injury of the intestine, we show that CDr10b provides a useful readout of the integrity and repair of the epithelial cell barrier. In addition, CDr10b specifically labels the absorptive mid-intestine segment that is analogous to the mammalian small intestine. By perturbing retinoic acid signaling, which regulates the size of the mid-intestine segment, we show that CDr10b is a valuable tool to rapidly assess developmental malformations of the intestine in live animals...
March 13, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335389/characteristics%C3%A2-and%C3%A2-lethality%C3%A2-of%C3%A2-a%C3%A2-novel%C3%A2-recombinant%C3%A2-dermonecrotic%C3%A2-venom%C3%A2-phospholipase%C3%A2-d%C3%A2-from%C3%A2-hemiscorpius%C3%A2-lepturus
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Elham Torabi, Mahdi Behdani, Mohammad Hosseininejad Chafi, Reza Moazzami, Jean-Marc Sabatier, Vahid Khalaj, Delavar Shahbazzadeh, Kamran Pooshang Bagheri
Hemoscorpius lepturus is the most medically important scorpion in Iran. The clinical signs of H. lepturus envenomation are remarkably similar to those reported for brown spiders, including dermonecrosis, hematuria, renal failure and even death. The lethality and toxicity of brown spiders' venom have been attributed to its phospholipase D activity. This study aims to identify a phospholipase D with possible lethality and dermonecrotic activity in H. lepturus venom. In this study, a cDNA library of the venom glands was generated by Illumina RNA sequencing...
March 13, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335318/a-label-free-and-sensitive-fluorescent-qualitative-assay-for-bisphenol-a-based-on-rolling-circle-amplification-exonuclease-iii-combined-cascade-amplification
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Xia Li, Juan Song, Qing-Wang Xue, Fu-Heng You, Xia Lu, Yan-Cong Kong, Shu-Yi Ma, Wei Jiang, Chen-Zhong Li
Bisphenol A (BPA) detection in drinking water and food packaging materials has attracted much attention since the discovery that BPA can interfere with normal physiological processes and cause adverse health effects. Here, we constructed a label-free aptamer fluorescent assay for selective and sensitive detection of BPA based on the rolling circle amplification (RCA)/Exonuclease III (Exo III)-combined cascade amplification strategy. First, the duplex DNA probe (RP) with anti-BPA aptamer and trigger sequence was designed for BPA recognition and signal amplification...
October 21, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335236/complex-morphology-metal-based-nanostructures-fabrication-characterization-and-applications
#8
REVIEW
Antonella Gentile, Francesco Ruffino, Maria Grazia Grimaldi
Due to their peculiar qualities, metal-based nanostructures have been extensively used in applications such as catalysis, electronics, photography, and information storage, among others. New applications for metals in areas such as photonics, sensing, imaging, and medicine are also being developed. Significantly, most of these applications require the use of metals in the form of nanostructures with specific controlled properties. The properties of nanoscale metals are determined by a set of physical parameters that include size, shape, composition, and structure...
June 6, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335231/enhanced-activity-of-supported-ni-catalysts-promoted-by-pt-for-rapid-reduction-of-aromatic-nitro-compounds
#9
Huishan Shang, Kecheng Pan, Lu Zhang, Bing Zhang, Xu Xiang
To improve the activities of non-noble metal catalysts is highly desirable and valuable to the reduced use of noble metal resources. In this work, the supported nickel (Ni) and nickel-platinum (NiPt) nanocatalysts were derived from a layered double hydroxide/carbon composite precursor. The catalysts were characterized and the role of Pt was analysed using X-ray diffraction (XRD), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) mapping, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) techniques...
June 4, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335224/structural-changes-induced-in-grapevine-vitis-vinifera-l-dna-by-femtosecond-ir-laser-pulses-a-surface-enhanced-raman-spectroscopic-study
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Nicoleta E Dina, Cristina M Muntean, Nicolae Leopold, Alexandra Fălămaș, Adela Halmagyi, Ana Coste
In this work, surface-enhanced Raman spectra of ten genomic DNAs extracted from leaf tissues of different grapevine (Vitis vinifera L.) varieties, respectively, are analyzed in the wavenumber range 300-1800 cm(-1). Furthermore, structural changes induced in grapevine genomic nucleic acids upon femtosecond (170 fs) infrared (IR) laser pulse irradiation (λ = 1100 nm) are discussed in detail for seven genomic DNAs, respectively. Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) signatures, vibrational band assignments and structural characterization of genomic DNAs are reported for each case...
May 25, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335058/instructions-for-radiological-case-reports
#11
Peter Bannas
Purpose This paper explains the purpose and structure of a radiological case report and provides guidance for radiologists with respect to the writing of a well-structured patient case report. Materials and Methods The current literature and the author's experience as a writer were used to create a manual that describes steps for preparing a radiological case report containing all of the important ingredients for effective communication. Results Case reports are the first line of evidence in documenting clinical observations in the literature...
April 2017: RöFo: Fortschritte Auf Dem Gebiete der Röntgenstrahlen und der Nuklearmedizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335044/semi-automated-de-identification-of-german-content-sensitive-reports-for-big-data-analytics
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Hannes Seuss, Peter Dankerl, Matthias Ihle, Andrea Grandjean, Rebecca Hammon, Nicola Kaestle, Peter A Fasching, Christian Maier, Jan Christoph, Martin Sedlmayr, Alexander Cavallaro, Matthias Hammon
Purpose Projects involving collaborations between different institutions require data security via selective de-identification of words or phrases. A semi-automated de-identification tool was developed and evaluated on different types of medical reports natively and after adapting the algorithm to the text structure. Materials and Methods A semi-automated de-identification tool was developed and evaluated for its sensitivity and specificity in detecting sensitive content in written reports. Data from 4671 pathology reports (4105 + 566 in two different formats), 2804 medical reports, 1008 operation reports, and 6223 radiology reports of 1167 patients suffering from breast cancer were de-identified...
March 23, 2017: RöFo: Fortschritte Auf Dem Gebiete der Röntgenstrahlen und der Nuklearmedizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334990/insulin-resistance-and-exendin-4-treatment-for-multiple-system-atrophy
#13
Fares Bassil, Marie-Hélène Canron, Anne Vital, Erwan Bezard, Yazhou Li, Nigel H Greig, Seema Gulyani, Dimitrios Kapogiannis, Pierre-Olivier Fernagut, Wassilios G Meissner
Multiple system atrophy is a fatal sporadic adult-onset neurodegenerative disorder with no symptomatic or disease-modifying treatment available. The cytopathological hallmark of multiple system atrophy is the accumulation of α-synuclein aggregates in oligodendrocytes, forming glial cytoplasmic inclusions. Impaired insulin/insulin-like growth factor-1 signalling (IGF-1) and insulin resistance (i.e. decreased insulin/IGF-1) have been reported in other neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's disease. Increasing evidence also suggests impaired insulin/IGF-1 signalling in multiple system atrophy, as corroborated by increased insulin and IGF-1 plasma concentrations in multiple system atrophy patients and reduced IGF-1 brain levels in a transgenic mouse model of multiple system atrophy...
March 14, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334889/the-primary-transcriptome-of-neisseria-meningitidis-and-its-interaction-with-the-rna-chaperone-hfq
#14
Nadja Heidrich, Saskia Bauriedl, Lars Barquist, Lei Li, Christoph Schoen, Jörg Vogel
Neisseria meningitidis is a human commensal that can also cause life-threatening meningitis and septicemia. Despite growing evidence for RNA-based regulation in meningococci, their transcriptome structure and output of regulatory small RNAs (sRNAs) are incompletely understood. Using dRNA-seq, we have mapped at single-nucleotide resolution the primary transcriptome of N. meningitidis strain 8013. Annotation of 1625 transcriptional start sites defines transcription units for most protein-coding genes but also reveals a paucity of classical σ70-type promoters, suggesting the existence of activators that compensate for the lack of -35 consensus sequences in N...
March 17, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334865/structure-of-human-pofut1-its-requirement-in-ligand-independent-oncogenic-notch-signaling-and-functional-effects-of-dowling-degos-mutations
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Brian J McMillan, Brandon Zimmerman, Emily D Egan, Michael Lofgren, Xiang Xu, Anthony Hesser, Stephen C Blacklow
Protein O-fucosyltransferase-1 (POFUT1), which transfers fucose residues to acceptor sites on serine and threonine residues of epidermal growth factor-like repeats of recipient proteins, is essential for Notch signal transduction in mammals. Here, we examine the consequences of POFUT1 loss on the oncogenic signaling associated with certain leukemia-associated mutations of human Notch1, report the structures of human POFUT1 in free and GDP-fucose bound states, and assess the effects of Dowling-Degos mutations on human POFUT1 function...
March 17, 2017: Glycobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334861/defective-signaling-through-plexin-a1-compromises-the-development-of-the-peripheral-olfactory-system-and-neuroendocrine-reproductive-axis-in-mice
#16
Séverine Marcos, Carine Monnier, Xavier Rovira Algans, Corinne Fouveaut, Nelly Pitteloud, Fabrice Ango, Catherine Dodé, Jean-Pierre Hardelin
The olfacto-genital syndrome (Kallmann syndrome) associates congenital hypogonadism due to gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) deficiency and anosmia. This is a genetically heterogeneous developmental disease with various modes of transmission, including oligogenic inheritance. Previous reports have involved defective cell signaling by semaphorin-3A in the disease pathogenesis. Here, we report that the embryonic phenotype of Plxna1-/- mutant mice lacking plexin-A1 (a major receptor of class 3 semaphorins), though not fully penetrant, resembles that of Kallmann syndrome fetuses...
March 2, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334855/slc30a9-mutation-affecting-intracellular-zinc-homeostasis-causes-a-novel-cerebro-renal-syndrome
#17
Yonatan Perez, Zamir Shorer, Keren Liani-Leibson, Pauline Chabosseau, Rotem Kadir, Michael Volodarsky, Daniel Halperin, Shiran Barber-Zucker, Hanna Shalev, Ruth Schreiber, Libe Gradstein, Evgenia Gurevich, Raz Zarivach, Guy A Rutter, Daniel Landau, Ohad S Birk
A novel autosomal recessive cerebro-renal syndrome was identified in consanguineous Bedouin kindred: neurological deterioration was evident as of early age, progressing into severe intellectual disability, profound ataxia, camptocormia and oculomotor apraxia. Brain MRI was normal. Four of the six affected individuals also had early-onset nephropathy with features of tubulo-interstitial nephritis, hypertension and tendency for hyperkalemia, though none had rapid deterioration of renal function. Genome wide linkage analysis identified an ∼18 Mb disease-associated locus on chromosome 4 (maximal logarithm of odds score 4...
February 9, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334829/structure-of-the-sac3-rna-binding-m-region-in-the-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-trex-2-complex
#18
James M B Gordon, Shintaro Aibara, Murray Stewart
Transcription-export complex 2 (TREX-2, or THSC) facilitates localization of actively transcribing genes such as GAL1 to the nuclear periphery, contributes to the generation of export-competent mRNPs and influences gene expression through interactions with Mediator. TREX-2 is based on a Sac3 scaffold to which Thp1, Sem1, Cdc31 and Sus1 bind and consists of three modules: the N-region (Sac3∼1-100), which binds mRNA export factor Mex67:Mtr2; the M-region, in which Thp1 and Sem1 bind to Sac3∼100-550; and the CID region in which Cdc31 and two Sus1 chains bind to Sac3∼720-805...
March 15, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334827/yeast-hrq1-shares-structural-and-functional-homology-with-the-disease-linked-human-recq4-helicase
#19
Cody M Rogers, Joseph Che-Yen Wang, Hiroki Noguchi, Tsuyoshi Imasaki, Yuichiro Takagi, Matthew L Bochman
The five human RecQ helicases participate in multiple processes required to maintain genome integrity. Of these, the disease-linked RecQ4 is the least studied because it poses many technical challenges. We previously demonstrated that the yeast Hrq1 helicase displays similar functions to RecQ4 in vivo, and here, we report the biochemical and structural characterization of these enzymes. In vitro, Hrq1 and RecQ4 are DNA-stimulated ATPases and robust helicases. Further, these activities were sensitive to DNA sequence and structure, with the helicases preferentially unwinding D-loops...
February 25, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334799/the-relative-roles-of-anc-and-epi-in-the-continuous-distribution-of-llins-a-qualitative-study-in-four-countries
#20
Katherine Theiss-Nyland, Diakalia Koné, Corine Karema, Waqo Ejersa, Jayne Webster, Jo Lines
Background: The continuous distribution of long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) for malaria prevention, through the antenatal care (ANC) and the Expanded Programme on Immunizations (EPI), is recommended by the WHO to improve and maintain LLIN coverage. Despite these recommendations, little is known about the relative strengths and weaknesses of the ANC and EPI-based LLIN distribution. This study aimed to explore and compare the roles of the ANC and EPI for LLIN distribution in four African countries...
December 26, 2016: Health Policy and Planning
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