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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545014/paracetamol-causes-endocrine-disruption-and-hepatotoxicity-in-male-fish-rhamdia-quelen-after-subchronic-exposure
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Izonete Cristina Guiloski, João Luiz Coelho Ribas, Laercio Dante Stein Piancini, Ana Carolina Dagostim, Silvana Maris Cirio, Luis Fernando Fávaro, Suelen Lúcio Boschen, Marta Margarete Cestari, Cláudio da Cunha, Helena Cristina Silva de Assis
Paracetamol is one of the most widely sold non-prescription drugs. This study aimed to evaluate the effects of the paracetamol on reproductive, biochemical, genetic, histopathological and hematogical biomarkers by waterborne exposure. Male fish of Rhamdia quelen were exposed to environmental concentrations of paracetamol (0, 0.25, 2.5μg/L) in a semi-static bioassay for 21days. Hemoglobin and hematocrit were reduced upon exposure to 0.25μg/L of paracetamol. Leukocytes and thrombocytes increased after paracetamol exposure...
May 8, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544763/hp30-2-a-mitochondrial-prat-protein-for-import-of-signal-sequence-less-precursor-proteins-in-arabidopsis-thaliana
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Claudia Rossig, John Gray, Oscar Valdes, Sachin Rustgi, Diter von Wettstein, Christiane Reinbothe, Steffen Reinbothe
Chloroplasts and mitochondria contain a family of putative preprotein and amino acid transporters designated PRAT. Here, we analyzed the role of two previously characterized PRAT protein family member, encoded by At3g49560 (HP30) and At5g24650 (HP30-2), in planta using a combination of genetic, cell biological and biochemical approaches. Expression studies and GFP tagging identified HP30-2 both in chloroplasts and mitochondria, whereas HP30 was located exclusively in chloroplasts. Biochemical evidence was obtained for an association of mitochondrial HP30-2 with two distinct protein complexes, one containing the inner membrane translocase TIM22 and the other containing an alternative NAD(P)H dehydrogenase subunit (NDC1) implicated in a respiratory complex 1-like electron transport chain...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544258/incidence-and-risk-factors-for-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-a-7-year-follow-up-study-among-urban-adult-sri-lankans
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Madunil Anuk Niriella, Arunasalam Pathmeswaran, Shamila Thivanshi De Silva, Anuradhani Kasturiratna, Ruwan Perera, Chamila Erandaka Subasinghe, Kuleesha Kodisinghe, Chathura Piyaratna, Vithiya Rishikesawan, Anuradha Supun Dassanayaka, Arjuna Priyadarshin De Silva, Rajitha Wickramasinghe, Fumihiko Takeuchi, Norihiro Kato, Hithanadura Janaka de Silva
BACKGROUND: This study investigated incidence and risk factors for NAFLD among an adult cohort with 7-years follow-up. METHODS: The study population (age-stratified random sampling, Ragama MOH area) was screened initially in 2007 (aged 35-64 years) and re-evaluated in 2014 (aged 42-71 years). On both occasions assessed by structured interview, anthropometric measurements, liver ultrasound, biochemical and serological tests. NAFLD was diagnosed on ultrasound criteria, safe alcohol consumption and absence of hepatitis B/C markers...
May 19, 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543186/clinical-biochemical-and-genetic-aspects-of-sj%C3%A3-gren-larsson-syndrome
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REVIEW
Kye Hee Cho, Sung Han Shim, MinYoung Kim
Sjögren-Larsson syndrome (SLS) is caused by an autosomal recessive mutation in ALDH3A2, which encodes the fatty aldehyde dehydrogenase responsible for the metabolism of long-chain aliphatic aldehydes and alcohols. The pathophysiologic accumulation of aldehydes in various organs, including the skin, brain, and eyes, leads to characteristic features of ichthyosis, intellectual disability, spastic di-/quadriplegia, and low visual acuity with photophobia. The severity of the clinical manifestations thereof can vary greatly, although most patients are bound to a wheelchair due to contractures...
May 23, 2017: Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542210/drosophila-dna-polymerase-theta-utilizes-both-helicase-like-and-polymerase-domains-during-microhomology-mediated-end-joining-and-interstrand-crosslink-repair
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Kelly Beagan, Robin L Armstrong, Alice Witsell, Upasana Roy, Nikolai Renedo, Amy E Baker, Orlando Scharer, Mitch McVey
Double strand breaks (DSBs) and interstrand crosslinks (ICLs) are toxic DNA lesions that can be repaired through multiple pathways, some of which involve shared proteins. One of these proteins, DNA Polymerase θ (Pol θ), coordinates a mutagenic DSB repair pathway named microhomology-mediated end joining (MMEJ) and is also a critical component for bypass or repair of ICLs in several organisms. Pol θ contains both polymerase and helicase-like domains that are tethered by an unstructured central region. While the role of the polymerase domain in promoting MMEJ has been studied extensively both in vitro and in vivo, a function for the helicase-like domain, which possesses DNA-dependent ATPase activity, remains unclear...
May 25, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541182/chemotactic-network-responses-to-live-bacteria-show-independence-of-phagocytosis-from-chemo-receptor-sensing
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Netra Pal Meena, Alan R Kimmel
Aspects of innate immunity derive from characteristics inherent to phagocytes, including chemotaxis toward and engulfment of unicellular organisms or cell debris. Ligand chemotaxis has been biochemically investigated using mammalian and model systems, but precision of chemotaxis towards ligands being actively secreted by live bacteria is not well studied, nor has there been systematic analyses of interrelationships between chemotaxis and phagocytosis. The genetic/molecular model Dictyostelium and mammalian phagocytes share mechanistic pathways for chemotaxis and phagocytosis; Dictyostelium chemotax toward bacteria and phagocytose them as food sources...
May 25, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541039/label-free-discrimination-of-rhizobial-bacteroids-and-mutants-by-single-cell-raman-microspectroscopy
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Jiabao Xu, Isabel Webb, Philip Poole, Wei E Huang
Symbiotic rhizobia in legume account for a large portion of nitrogen fixation in the biosphere. Nitrogen fixation is an energy-demanding process requiring tight control of metabolism and redox state. It is of great interest to understand the bacteroid differentiation process and the roles of energy storage molecules, such as glycogen and polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB), in maintaining the Rhizobium-legume symbioses. Traditional biochemical assays for checking phenotypic changes of mutants require a large volume of starting materials, which is difficult for unculturable, terminally differentiated bacteroids...
May 25, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540307/decellularization-strategies-for-regenerative-medicine-from-processing-techniques-to-applications
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REVIEW
Anna Gilpin, Yong Yang
As the gap between donors and patients in need of an organ transplant continues to widen, research in regenerative medicine seeks to provide alternative strategies for treatment. One of the most promising techniques for tissue and organ regeneration is decellularization, in which the extracellular matrix (ECM) is isolated from its native cells and genetic material in order to produce a natural scaffold. The ECM, which ideally retains its inherent structural, biochemical, and biomechanical cues, can then be recellularized to produce a functional tissue or organ...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539529/membrane-trafficking-illuminates-a-path-to-parkinson-s-disease
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Takafumi Hasegawa, Naoto Sugeno, Akio Kikuchi, Toru Baba, Masashi Aoki
Parkinson's disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder that is characterized by progressive movement disability and a variety of non-motor symptoms. The neuropathology of PD consists of the loss of dopaminergic neurons in the midbrain and the appearance of neuronal inclusions called Lewy bodies, which contain insoluble α-synuclein, a relatively small protein originally identified in association with synaptic vesicles in the presynaptic nerve terminals. Drugs that replenish dopamine can partly alleviate the motor symptoms, but they do not cure the disease itself...
2017: Tohoku Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539487/characterization-of-the-mammalian-rna-exonuclease-5-nef-sp-as-a-testis-specific-nuclear-3-%C3%A2-5-exoribonuclease
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Sara Silva, David Homolka, Ramesh S Pillai
Ribonucleases catalyse maturation of functional RNAs or mediate degradation of cellular transcripts, activities that are critical for gene expression control. Here we identify a previously uncharacterized mammalian nuclease family member NEF-sp [RNA exonuclease 5 (REXO5) or LOC81691] as a testis-specific factor. Recombinant human NEF-sp demonstrates a divalent metal ion-dependent 3'→5' exoribonuclease activity. This activity is specific to single-stranded RNA substrates and is independent of their length...
May 24, 2017: RNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538158/glnk-facilitates-the-dynamic-regulation-of-bacterial-nitrogen-assimilation
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Adam Gosztolai, Jörg Schumacher, Volker Behrends, Jacob G Bundy, Franziska Heydenreich, Mark H Bennett, Martin Buck, Mauricio Barahona
Ammonium assimilation in Escherichia coli is regulated by two paralogous proteins (GlnB and GlnK), which orchestrate interactions with regulators of gene expression, transport proteins, and metabolic pathways. Yet how they conjointly modulate the activity of glutamine synthetase, the key enzyme for nitrogen assimilation, is poorly understood. We combine experiments and theory to study the dynamic roles of GlnB and GlnK during nitrogen starvation and upshift. We measure time-resolved in vivo concentrations of metabolites, total and posttranslationally modified proteins, and develop a concise biochemical model of GlnB and GlnK that incorporates competition for active and allosteric sites, as well as functional sequestration of GlnK...
May 23, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537272/fibril-polymorphism-affects-immobilized-non-amyloid-flanking-domains-of-huntingtin-exon1-rather-than-its-polyglutamine-core
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Hsiang-Kai Lin, Jennifer C Boatz, Inge E Krabbendam, Ravindra Kodali, Zhipeng Hou, Ronald Wetzel, Amalia M Dolga, Michelle A Poirier, Patrick C A van der Wel
Polyglutamine expansion in the huntingtin protein is the primary genetic cause of Huntington's disease (HD). Fragments coinciding with mutant huntingtin exon1 aggregate in vivo and induce HD-like pathology in mouse models. The resulting aggregates can have different structures that affect their biochemical behaviour and cytotoxic activity. Here we report our studies of the structure and functional characteristics of multiple mutant htt exon1 fibrils by complementary techniques, including infrared and solid-state NMR spectroscopies...
May 24, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536840/insights-from-the-complete-genome-sequence-of-clostridium-tyrobutyricum-provide-a-platform-for-biotechnological-and-industrial-applications
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Qian Wu, Tingting Liu, Liying Zhu, He Huang, Ling Jiang
Genetic research enables the evolution of novel biochemical reactions for the production of valuable chemicals from environmentally-friendly raw materials. However, the choice of appropriate microorganisms to support these reactions, which must have strong robustness and be capable of a significant product output, is a major difficulty. In the present study, the complete genome of the Clostridium tyrobutyricum strain CCTCC W428, a hydrogen- and butyric acid-producing bacterium with increased oxidative tolerance was analyzed...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536777/genetic-risk-in-chronic-pancreatitis-the-trypsin-dependent-pathway
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REVIEW
Eszter Hegyi, Miklós Sahin-Tóth
Genetic investigations have provided unique insight into the mechanism of chronic pancreatitis in humans and firmly established that uncontrolled trypsin activity is a central pathogenic factor. Mutations in the PRSS1, SPINK1, and CTRC genes promote increased activation of trypsinogen to trypsin by stimulation of autoactivation or by impairing protective trypsinogen degradation and/or trypsin inhibition. Here we review key genetic and biochemical features of the trypsin-dependent pathological pathway in chronic pancreatitis...
May 23, 2017: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535142/srs2-promotes-synthesis-dependent-strand-annealing-by-disrupting-dna-polymerase-%C3%AE-extending-d-loops
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Jie Liu, Christopher Ede, William D Wright, Steven K Gore, Shirin S Jenkins, Bret D Freudenthal, M Todd Washington, Xavier Veaute, Wolf-Dietrich Heyer
Synthesis-dependent strand annealing (SDSA) is the preferred mode of homologous recombination in somatic cells leading to an obligatory non-crossover outcome, thus avoiding the potential for chromosomal rearrangements and loss of heterozygosity. Genetic analysis identified the Srs2 helicase as a prime candidate to promote SDSA. Here, we demonstrate that Srs2 disrupts D-loops in an ATP-dependent fashion and with a distinct polarity. Specifically, we partly reconstitute the SDSA pathway using Rad51, Rad54, RPA, RFC, DNA Polymerase δ with different forms of PCNA...
May 23, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533904/-this-is-where-it-all-started-the-pivotal-role-of-plc%C3%AE-within-the-sophisticated-process-of-mammalian-reproduction-a-systemic-review
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Itai Gat, Raoul Orvieto
Mammalian reproduction is one of the most complex and fascinating biological phenomenon, which aims to transfer maternal and paternal genetic material to the next generation. At the end of oogenesis and spermatogenesis, both haploid gametes contain a single set of chromosomes ready to form the zygote, the first cell of the newly developing individual. The mature oocyte and spermatozoa remain in a quiescent state, during which the oocyte is characterized by nuclear and cytoplasmic arrest, while the spermatozoa necessitates further maturation within the epididymis and female reproductive track prior to egg fertilization...
2017: Basic and Clinical Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533386/metabolic-basis-to-sherpa-altitude-adaptation
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James A Horscroft, Aleksandra O Kotwica, Verena Laner, James A West, Philip J Hennis, Denny Z H Levett, David J Howard, Bernadette O Fernandez, Sarah L Burgess, Zsuzsanna Ament, Edward T Gilbert-Kawai, André Vercueil, Blaine D Landis, Kay Mitchell, Monty G Mythen, Cristina Branco, Randall S Johnson, Martin Feelisch, Hugh E Montgomery, Julian L Griffin, Michael P W Grocott, Erich Gnaiger, Daniel S Martin, Andrew J Murray
The Himalayan Sherpas, a human population of Tibetan descent, are highly adapted to life in the hypobaric hypoxia of high altitude. Mechanisms involving enhanced tissue oxygen delivery in comparison to Lowlander populations have been postulated to play a role in such adaptation. Whether differences in tissue oxygen utilization (i.e., metabolic adaptation) underpin this adaptation is not known, however. We sought to address this issue, applying parallel molecular, biochemical, physiological, and genetic approaches to the study of Sherpas and native Lowlanders, studied before and during exposure to hypobaric hypoxia on a gradual ascent to Mount Everest Base Camp (5,300 m)...
May 22, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530019/men1-in-children-and-adolescents-data-from-patients-of-a-regional-referral-center-for-hereditary-endocrine-tumors
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Letizia Vannucci, Francesca Marini, Francesca Giusti, Simone Ciuffi, Francesco Tonelli, Maria Luisa Brandi
PURPOSE: To retrospectively evaluate the age of onset of MEN1-associated lesions in a group of affected children and adolescents and to compare the clinical features of our series with the evidence derived from the literature. METHODS: The study population consisted of 22 Italian children and adolescents (age 6-31 years at the time of the inclusion in this study) all with a clinical and/or a genetic diagnosis of MEN1 performed before the age of 16 who have been followed-up regularly from 1998 to 2016 at the Regional Referral Center for Hereditary Endocrine Tumors...
May 22, 2017: Endocrine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528544/the-new-chemical-reporter-6-alkynyl-6-deoxy-glcnac-6alkglcnac-reveals-o-glcnac-modification-of-the-apoptotic-caspases-that-can-block-the-cleavage-activation-of-caspase-8
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Kelly N Chuh, Anna R Batt, Balyn W Zaro, Narek Darabedian, Nicholas P Marotta, Caroline K Brennan, Arya Amirhekmat, Matthew R Pratt
O-GlcNAc modification (O-GlcNAcylation) is required for survival in mammalian cells. Genetic and biochemical experiments have found that increased modification inhibits apoptosis in tissues and cell culture and that lowering O-GlcNAcylation induces cell death. However, the molecular mechanisms by which O-GlcNAcylation might inhibit apoptosis are still being elucidated. Here, we first synthesize a new metabolic chemical reporter, 6AlkGlcNAc, for the identification of O-GlcNAc modified proteins. Subsequent characterization of 6AlkGlcNAc shows that this probe is selectively incorporated into O-GlcNAcylated proteins over cell-surface glycoproteins...
May 22, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528442/herpesvirus-capsid-assembly-and-dna-packaging
#20
Jason D Heming, James F Conway, Fred L Homa
Herpes simplex virus type I (HSV-1) is the causative agent of several pathologies ranging in severity from the common cold sore to life-threatening encephalitic infection. During productive lytic infection, over 80 viral proteins are expressed in a highly regulated manner, resulting in the replication of viral genomes and assembly of progeny virions. The virion of all herpesviruses consists of an external membrane envelope, a proteinaceous layer called the tegument, and an icosahedral capsid containing the double-stranded linear DNA genome...
2017: Advances in Anatomy, Embryology, and Cell Biology
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