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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334561/preoperative-18f-fdg-pet-ct-in-pheochromocytomas-and-paragangliomas-allows-for-precision-surgery
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Pavel Nockel, Mustapha El Lakis, Apostolos Gaitanidis, Roxanne Merkel, Dhaval Patel, Naris Nilubol, Tamara Prodanov, Karel Pacak, Electron Kebebew
BACKGROUND: Fluorodeoxyglucose (F-FDG) positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) imaging is recommended in patients with metastatic pheochromocytoma (PC) and paraganglioma (PGL). There are no data on whether routine preoperative F-FDG PET/CT in all patients with PC/PGL impacts surgical management. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to determine whether routine preoperative F-FDG PET/CT imaging affects the surgical management of patients with PC/PGLs...
January 12, 2018: Annals of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334409/climate-driven-mitochondrial-selection-a-test-in-australian-songbirds
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Annika Mae Lamb, Han Ming Gan, Chris Greening, Leo Joseph, Yin Peng Lee, Alejandra Morán-Ordóñez, Paul Sunnucks, Alexandra Pavlova
Diversifying selection between populations that inhabit different environments can promote lineage divergence within species and ultimately drive speciation. The mitochondrial genome (mitogenome) encodes essential proteins of the oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS) system and can be a strong target for climate-driven selection (i.e. associated with inhabiting different climates). We investigated whether Pleistocene climate changes drove mitochondrial selection and evolution within Australian birds. First, using phylogeographic analyses of the mitochondrial ND2 gene for 17 songbird species, we identified mitochondrial clades (mitolineages)...
January 15, 2018: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334321/biosynthesis-of-galactomannans-found-in-filamentous-fungi-belonging-to-pezizomycotina
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Takuji Oka
The galactomannans (GMs) that are produced by filamentous fungi belonging to Pezizomycotina, many of which are pathogenic for animals and plants, are polysaccharides consisting of α-(1→2)-/α-(1→6)-mannosyl and β-(1→5)-/β-(1→6)-galactofuranosyl residues. GMs are located at the outermost layer of the cell wall. When a pathogenic fungus infects a host, its cell surface must be in contact with the host. The GMs on the cell surface may be involved in the infection mechanism of a pathogenic fungus or the defense mechanism of a host...
January 15, 2018: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334187/surveying-the-landscape-of-optogenetic-methods-for-detection-of-protein-protein-interactions
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REVIEW
Matthew D Wiens, Robert E Campbell
Mapping the protein-protein interaction (PPi) landscape is of critical importance to furthering our understanding how cells and organisms function. Optogenetic methods, that is, approaches that utilize genetically encoded fluorophores or fluorogenic enzyme reactions, uniquely enable the visualization of biochemical phenomena in live cells with high spatial and temporal accuracy. Applying optogenetic methods to the detection of PPis requires the engineering of protein-based systems in which an optical signal undergoes a substantial change when the two proteins of interest interact...
January 15, 2018: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Systems Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332973/metabologenomics-of-phaeochromocytoma-and-paraganglioma-an-integrated-approach-for-personalised-biochemical-and-genetic-testing
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Graeme Eisenhofer, Barbara Klink, Susan Richter, Jacques Wm Lenders, Mercedes Robledo
The tremendous advances over the past two decades in both clinical genetics and biochemical testing of chromaffin cell tumours have led to new considerations about how these aspects of laboratory medicine can be integrated to improve diagnosis and management of affected patients. With germline mutations in 15 genes now identified to be responsible for over a third of all cases of phaeochromocytomas and paragangliomas, these tumours are recognised to have one of the richest hereditary backgrounds among all neoplasms...
April 2017: Clinical Biochemist. Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332359/novel-molecular-and-metabolic-aspects-in-osteosarcoma
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Evangelos Tsiambas, Panagiotis P Fotiades, Chrissa Sioka, Dimitrios Kotrotsios, Evangelia Gkika, Andreas Fotopoulos, Stylianos N Mastronikolis, Ilianna E Armata, Evangelos Giotakis, Vasileios Ragos
Osteosarcoma (OS) is the most frequent bone-forming malignancy in children and adolescents. Concerning its molecular landscape, there is no a direct relationship with a specific gene, but a combination of genetic events. A broad spectrum of activated oncogenes and downregulated suppressor genes has been already explored and considered crucial for its progressive pathogenesis. Mechanisms of gene deregulation include amplifications, point mutations, allelic losses and also epigenetic abnormalities such as aberrant promoter methylation...
November 2017: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331920/engineering-yeast-for-utilization-of-alternative-feedstocks
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Allison Yaguchi, Michael Spagnuolo, Mark Blenner
Realizing the economic benefits of alternative substrates for commodity chemical bioproduction typically requires significant metabolic engineering of common model organisms, such as Saccharomyces cerevisiae. A growing toolkit is enabling engineering of non-conventional yeast that have robust native metabolism for xylose, acetate, aromatics, and waste lipids. Scheffersomyces stipitis was engineered to produce itaconic acid from xylose. Yarrowia lipolytica produced lipids from dilute acetate at over 100g/L. Cutaneotrichosporon oleaginosus was engineered to produce omega-3 fatty acids and recently was shown to accumulate nearly 70% lipids when grown on aromatics as a carbon source...
January 10, 2018: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330844/bradykinin-mediates-the-association-of-collecting-duct-cells-to-form-migratory-colonies-through-b2-receptor-activation
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Edith Del Valle Guaytima, Yamila Romina Brandán, Nicolás Octavio Favale, Bruno Jaime Santacreu, Norma B Sterin-Speziale, María Gabriela Márquez
It is known that bradykinin (BK) B2 receptor (B2R) is expressed in the collecting duct (CD) cells of the newborn rat kidney, but little is known about its role during early postnatal life. Therefore, we hypothesize that BK could participate in the mechanisms that mediate CD formation during the postnatal renal development. Performing primary cultures, combined with biochemical, immunocytochemical, and time-lapse analysis, we studied the role of BK in CD cell behaviour isolated from renal papilla of neonatal rats...
January 13, 2018: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330803/western-blot-analysis-of-c-elegans-proteins
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Dae-Eun Jeong, Yujin Lee, Seung-Jae V Lee
C. elegans has been widely used as a model organism for basic biological research and is particularly amenable for molecular genetic studies using a broad repertoire of techniques. Biochemical approaches, including Western blot analysis, have emerged as a powerful tool in C. elegans biology for understanding molecular mechanisms that link genotypes to phenotypes. Here, we provide a protocol for Western blot analysis using protein extracts obtained from C. elegans samples.
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330301/genetic-control-of-predominantly-error-free-replication-through-an-acrolein-derived-minor-groove-dna-adduct
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Jung-Hoon Yoon, Richard P Hodge, Linda C Hackfeld, Jeseong Park, Jayati Roy Choudhury, Satya Prakash, Louise Prakash
Acrolein, an α, β unsaturated aldehyde, is generated in vivo as the end product of lipid peroxidation and from metabolic oxidation of polyamines, and it is an ubiquitous environmental pollutant. The reaction of acrolein with the N2 of guanine in DNA leads to the formation of γ-hydroxy-1-N2-propano-2' deoxyguanosine (γ-HOPdG) which can exist in DNA in a ring-closed or a ring-opened form. Here we identify the translesion synthesis (TLS) DNA polymerases (Pols) which conduct replication through the permanently ring-opened reduced form of γ-HOPdG [(r) γ-HOPdG] and show that replication through this adduct is mediated via Rev1/Polη, Polι/Polκ, and Polθ dependent pathways, respectively...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330178/development-of-an-efficient-genome-editing-tool-in-bacillus-licheniformis-using-crispr-cas9-nickase
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Kaifeng Li, Dongbo Cai, Zhangqian Wang, Zhili He, Shouwen Chen
Bacillus strains are important industrial bacteria that can produce various biochemical products. However, low transformation efficiencies and a lack of effective genome editing tools have hindered its widespread application. Recently, clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat (CRISPR)/cas9 techniques have been utilized in many organisms as genome editing tools because of their high efficiency and easy manipulation. In this study, an efficient genome editing method was developed for Bacillus licheniformis using a CRISPR-Cas9 nickase integrated into the genome of B...
January 12, 2018: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329929/detoxification-genes-polymorphisms-in-sids-exposed-to-tobacco-smoke
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Laura Filonzi, Cinzia Magnani, Anna Maria Lavezzi, Marina Vaghi, Luana Nosetti, Francesco Nonnis Marzano
The best hypothesis to explain Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) pathogenesis is offered by the "triple risk model", which suggests that an interaction of different variables related to exogenous stressors and infant vulnerability may lead to the syndrome. Environmental factors are triggers that act during a particular sensible period, modulated by intrinsic genetic characteristics. Although literature data show that one of the major SIDS risk factors is smoking exposure, a specific involvement of molecular components has never been highlighted...
January 9, 2018: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329716/gelatin-hydroxyapatite-calcium-sulphate-based-biomaterial-for-long-term-sustained-delivery-of-bone-morphogenic-protein-2-and-zoledronic-acid-for-increased-bone-formation-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-carrier-properties
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Deepak Bushan Raina, David Larsson, Filip Mrkonjic, Hanna Isaksson, Ashok Kumar, Lars Lidgren, Magnus Tägil
In this study, a novel macroporous composite biomaterial consisting of gelatin-hydroxyapatite-calcium sulphate for delivery of bone morphogenic protein-2 (rhBMP-2) and zoledronic acid (ZA) has been developed. The biomaterial scaffold has a porous structure and functionalization of the scaffold with rhBMP-2 induces osteogenic differentiation of MC3T3-e1 cells seen by a significant increase in biochemical and genetic markers of osteoblastic differentiation. In-vivo muscle pouch experiments showed higher mineralization using scaffold+rhBMP-2 when compared to an approved absorbable collagen sponge (ACS)+rhBMP-2 as verified by micro-CT...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329682/feline-coronavirus-insights-into-viral-pathogenesis-based-on-the-spike-protein-structure-and-function
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Javier A Jaimes, Gary R Whittaker
Feline coronavirus (FCoV) is an etiological agent that causes a benign enteric illness and the fatal systemic disease feline infectious peritonitis (FIP). The FCoV spike (S) protein is considered the viral regulator for binding and entry to the cell. This protein is also involved in FCoV tropism and virulence, as well as in the switch from enteric disease to FIP. This regulation is carried out by spike's major functions: receptor binding and virus-cell membrane fusion. In this review, we address important aspects in FCoV genetics, replication and pathogenesis, focusing on the role of S...
January 9, 2018: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328376/identification-of-a-novel-compound-heterozygous-mutation-of-the-cyp21a2-gene-causing-21%C3%A2-hydroxylase-deficiency-in-a-chinese-pedigree
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Jia Liu, Xiujuan Zhang, Haiqing Zhang, Li Fang, Jin Xu, Qingbo Guan, Chao Xu
21‑Hydroxylase deficiency (21‑OHD) is the most common cause of congenital adrenal hyperplasia. Inherited in an autosomal recessive manner, 21‑OHD is caused by mutations in the cytochrome P450 family 21 subfamily A member 2 (CYP21A2) gene. The present study was designed to investigate the genetic characteristics of one Chinese pedigree and to identify the genotype‑phenotype association, thereby facilitating the precise diagnosis of 21‑OHD at the molecular level. Members of a Chinese family with 21‑OHD were screened for mutations in the CYP21A2 gene...
January 8, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327078/the-role-of-the-thioredoxin-thioredoxin-reductase-system-in-the-metabolic-syndrome-towards-a-possible-prognostic-marker
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REVIEW
Alexey A Tinkov, Geir Bjørklund, Anatoly V Skalny, Arne Holmgren, Margarita G Skalnaya, Salvatore Chirumbolo, Jan Aaseth
Mammalian thioredoxin reductase (TrxR) is a selenoprotein with three existing isoenzymes (TrxR1, TrxR2, and TrxR3), which is found primarily intracellularly but also in extracellular fluids. The main substrate thioredoxin (Trx) is similarly found (as Trx1 and Trx2) in various intracellular compartments, in blood plasma, and is the cell's major disulfide reductase. Thioredoxin reductase is necessary as a NADPH-dependent reducing agent in biochemical reactions involving Trx. Genetic and environmental factors like selenium status influence the activity of TrxR...
January 11, 2018: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326107/tcf7l2-genetic-variation-augments-incretin-resistance-and-influences-response-to-a-sulfonylurea-and-metformin-the-study-to-understand-the-genetics-of-the-acute-response-to-metformin-and-glipizide-in-humans-sugar-mgh
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Shylaja Srinivasan, Varinderpal Kaur, Bindu Chamarthi, Katherine R Littleton, Ling Chen, Alisa K Manning, Jordi Merino, Melissa K Thomas, Margo Hudson, Allison Goldfine, Jose C Florez
OBJECTIVE: The rs7903146 T allele in transcription-factor-7-like-2 (TCF7L2) is strongly associated with type 2 diabetes (T2D), but the mechanisms for increased risk remain unclear. We evaluated the physiologic and hormonal effects of TCF7L2 genotype before and after interventions that influence glucose physiology. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: We genotyped rs7903146 in 608 individuals without diabetes and recorded biochemical data before and after one dose of glipizide (5 mg) on visit 1, and a 75-g oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) performed after administration of metformin 500 mg twice daily over 2 days...
January 11, 2018: Diabetes Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325990/quantitative-proteomics-reveals-a-role-of-jaz7-in-plant-defense-response-to-pseudomonas-syringae-dc3000
#18
Tong Zhang, Li Meng, Wenwen Kong, Zepeng Yin, Yang Wang, Jacqueline D Schneider, Sixue Chen
Jasmonate ZIM-domain (JAZ) proteins are key transcriptional repressors regulating various biological processes. Although many studies have studied JAZ proteins by genetic and biochemical analyses, little is known about JAZ7-associated global protein networks and how JAZ7 contributes to bacterial pathogen defense. In this study, we aim to fill this knowledge gap by conducting unbiased large-scale quantitative proteomics using tandem mass tags (TMT). We compared the proteomes of a JAZ7 knock-out line, a JAZ7 overexpression line, as well as the wild type Arabidopsis plants in the presence and absence of Pseudomonas syringae DC3000 infection...
January 8, 2018: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321328/activities-of-thrombin-and-factor-xa-are-essential-for-replication-of-hepatitis-e-virus-and-are-possibly-implicated-in-the-orf1-polyprotein-processing
#19
Gayatri D Kanade, Kunal D Pingale, Yogesh A Karpe
Hepatitis E virus (HEV) is a clinically important positive-sense RNA virus. The ORF1 of HEV encodes a non-structural polyprotein of 1693 amino acids. It is not clear whether the ORF1 polyprotein is processed into distinct enzymatic domains. Many researchers have attempted to understand the mechanisms of pORF1 processing. However, these studies gave varied results and could never convincingly establish the mechanism of pORF1 processing. In this study, we demonstrated the possible role of thrombin and factor Xa in pORF1 processing...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321280/analysis-of-mitotic-checkpoint-function-in-xenopus-egg-extracts
#20
Yinghui Mao
Accurate sister chromatid segregation is pivotal in the faithful transmission of genetic information during each cell division. To ensure accurate segregation, eukaryotic organisms have evolved a "mitotic (or spindle assembly) checkpoint" to prevent premature advance to anaphase before successful attachment of every chromosome to the microtubules of the mitotic spindle. An unattached kinetochore generates a diffusible signal that inhibits ubiquitination of substrates such as cyclin B and securins. This protocol presents an in vitro assay for studying the mitotic checkpoint using Xenopus laevis egg extracts...
January 10, 2018: Cold Spring Harbor Protocols
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