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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445704/development-of-standard-methods-for-zika-virus-propagation-titration-and-purification
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Sharton Vinicius Antunes Coelho, Rômulo Leão Silva Neris, Michelle Premazzi Papa, Laila Castro Schnellrath, Lana Monteiro Meuren, Diogo A Tschoeke, Luciana Leomil, Brunno Renato Farias Verçoza, Milene Miranda, Fabiano L Thompson, Andrea Thompson Da Poian, Thiago Moreno L Souza, Fabiana Avila Carneiro, Clarissa R Damaso, Iranaia Assunção-Miranda, Luciana Barros de Arruda
The emergence of Zika virus (ZIKV) infection has stimulated several research groups to study and collaborate to understand virus biology and pathogenesis. These efforts may assist with the development of antiviral drugs, vaccines and diagnostic tests, as well as to promote advancements in public health policies. Here, we aim to develop standard protocols for propagation, titration, and purification of Asian and Brazilian ZIKV strains, by systematically testing different cell types, kinetics, multiplicity of infection and centrifugation protocols...
April 23, 2017: Journal of Virological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445605/high-throughput-cell-mechanical-phenotyping-for-label-free-titration-assays-of-cytoskeletal-modifications
#2
Stefan Golfier, Philipp Rosendahl, Alexander Mietke, Maik Herbig, Jochen Guck, Oliver Otto
The mechanical fingerprint of cells is inherently linked to the structure of the cytoskeleton and can serve as a label free marker for cell homeostasis or pathologic states. How cytoskeletal composition affects the physical response of cells to external loads has been intensively studied with a spectrum of techniques, yet quantitative and statistically powerful investigations in the form of titration assays are hampered by the low throughput of most available methods. In this study, we employ real-time deformability cytometry (RT-DC), a novel microfluidic tool to examine the effects of biochemically modified F-actin and microtubule stability and nuclear chromatin structure on cell deformation in a human leukemia cell line (HL60)...
April 26, 2017: Cytoskeleton
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444546/continuous-magnesium-infusions-in-the-management-of-systemic-anti-cancer-therapy-related-hypomagnesaemia
#3
Hector Mateo-Carrasco, Oluwakemi Kostrzynski, Onyinye Ndefo, Simon Stapley, Elaine Davies, Roshan Agarwal
Background Hypomagnesaemia is a relatively-common side effect of some systemic anti-cancer therapies (SACT). Oral and intravenous magnesium (given as injections or short infusions) have problems arising from their poor tolerability, and need for frequent administrations, respectively. Objective Assessing the effectiveness and safety of weekly continuous magnesium infusions (CMI) in the management of SACT-related hypomagnesaemia. Methods CMIs (initiated at 10 mmol/day and up-titrated subject to response) were prescribed to patients with ≥3 magnesium readings <0...
April 25, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442745/phosphorylation-of-the-mitochondrial-autophagy-receptor-nix-enhances-its-interaction-with-lc3-proteins
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Vladimir V Rogov, Hironori Suzuki, Mija Marinković, Verena Lang, Ryuichi Kato, Masato Kawasaki, Maja Buljubašić, Matilda Šprung, Natalia Rogova, Soichi Wakatsuki, Anne Hamacher-Brady, Volker Dötsch, Ivan Dikic, Nathan R Brady, Ivana Novak
The mitophagy receptor Nix interacts with LC3/GABARAP proteins, targeting mitochondria into autophagosomes for degradation. Here we present evidence for phosphorylation-driven regulation of the Nix:LC3B interaction. Isothermal titration calorimetry and NMR indicate a ~100 fold enhanced affinity of the serine 34/35-phosphorylated Nix LC3-interacting region (LIR) to LC3B and formation of a very rigid complex compared to the non-phosphorylated sequence. Moreover, the crystal structure of LC3B in complex with the Nix LIR peptide containing glutamic acids as phosphomimetic residues and NMR experiments revealed that LIR phosphorylation stabilizes the Nix:LC3B complex via formation of two additional hydrogen bonds between phosphorylated serines of Nix LIR and Arg11, Lys49 and Lys51 in LC3B...
April 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442601/crystal-structure-of-thermostable-alkylsulfatase-sdsap-from-pseudomonas-sp-s9
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Lifang Sun, Pu Chen, Yintao Su, Zhixiong Cai, Lingwei Ruan, Xun Xu, Yunkun Wu
A novel alkylsulfatase from bacterium Pseudomonas sp. S9 (SdsAP) was identified as a thermostable alkylsufatases (type III) which could hydrolyze the primary alkyl sulfate such as sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS). Thus, it has a potential application of SDS bio-degradation. The crystal structure of SdsAP has been solved to a resolution of 1.76 Å and reveals that SdsAP contains the characteristic metallo-β-lactamase like fold domain, dimerization domain and C-terminal sterol carrier protein type 2 like (SCP-2-like) fold domain...
April 25, 2017: Bioscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441731/polyphenolic-compounds-and-digestive-enzymes-in-vitro-non-covalent-interactions
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REVIEW
Alejandra I Martinez-Gonzalez, Ángel G Díaz-Sánchez, Laura A de la Rosa, Claudia L Vargas-Requena, Ismael Bustos-Jaimes, And Emilio Alvarez-Parrilla
The digestive enzymes-polyphenolic compounds (PCs) interactions behind the inhibition of these enzymes have not been completely studied. The existing studies have mainly analyzed polyphenolic extracts and reported inhibition percentages of catalytic activities determined by UV-Vis spectroscopy techniques. Recently, pure PCs and new methods such as isothermal titration calorimetry and circular dichroism have been applied to describe these interactions. The present review focuses on PCs structural characteristics behind the inhibition of digestive enzymes, and progress of the used methods...
April 22, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441541/molecular-interaction-of-2-4-diacetylphloroglucinol-dapg-with-human-serum-albumin-hsa-the-spectroscopic-calorimetric-and-computational-investigation
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Pragna Lakshmi T, Moumita Mondal, Krishna Ramadas, Sakthivel Natarajan
Drug molecule interaction with human serum albumin (HSA) affects the distribution and elimination of the drug. The compound, 2,4-diacetylphloroglucinol (DAPG) has been known for its antimicrobial, antiviral, antihelminthic and anticancer properties. However, its interaction with HSA is not yet reported. In this study, the interaction between HSA and DAPG was investigated through steady-state fluorescence, time-resolved fluorescence (TRF), circular dichroism (CD), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC), molecular docking and molecular dynamics simulation (MDS)...
April 18, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441017/equilibration-of-micelle-polyelectrolyte-complexes-mechanistic-differences-between-static-and-annealed-charge-distributions
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Jennifer E Laaser, Michael McGovern, Yaming Jiang, Elise Lohmann, Theresa M Reineke, David C Morse, Kevin D Dorfman, Timothy P Lodge
The role of charge density and charge annealing in polyelectrolyte complexation was investigated through systematic comparison of two micelle-polyelectrolyte systems. First, poly(dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate)-block-poly(styrene) (PDMAEMA-b-PS) micelles were complexed with poly(styrenesulfonate) (PSS) at pH values above and below the pKa of PDMAEMA to investigate the role of charge annealing in the complexation process. Second, complexes of poly(DMAEMA-stat-oligo(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate)-block-poly(styrene) (P(DMAEMA-stat-OEGMA)-b-PS) micelles with the same PSS at low pH were used to investigate how the complexation process differs when the charged sites are in fixed positions along the polymer chains...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440105/effect-of-doxazosin-on-stress-reactivity-and-the-ability-to-resist-smoking
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Terril L Verplaetse, Andrea H Weinberger, Lindsay M Oberleitner, Kathryn Mz Smith, Brian P Pittman, Julia M Shi, Jeanette M Tetrault, Meaghan E Lavery, Marina R Picciotto, Sherry A McKee
Preclinical findings support a role for α1-adrenergic antagonists in reducing nicotine-motivated behaviors, but these findings have yet to be translated to humans. The current study evaluated whether doxazosin would attenuate stress-precipitated smoking in the human laboratory. Using a well-validated laboratory analogue of smoking-lapse behavior, this pilot study evaluated whether doxazosin (4 and 8 mg/day) versus placebo attenuated the effect of stress (vs neutral imagery) on tobacco craving, the ability to resist smoking and subsequent ad-libitum smoking in nicotine-deprived smokers ( n=35)...
April 1, 2017: Journal of Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440034/role-of-transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-on-reduction-of-postsurgical-opioid-consumption-and-pain-in-total-knee-arthroplasty-double-randomized-clinical-trial
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E M Khedr, E S A Sharkawy, A M A Attia, N M Ibrahim Osman, Z M Sayed
BACKGROUND: Postoperative pain control is an important factor in determining recovery in total knee arthroplasty (TKA).The aim of the study was to assess the efficacy of 4 sessions of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) over primary motor cortex (M1) in patients undergoing unilateral TKA. MATERIALS: Fifty patients undergoing TKA were included in the study. They were divided randomly into two groups (25 patients for each, using closed envelopes): real tDCS (2 mA, 20 min, with anodal stimulation applied over M1 postoperative for 4 consecutive days) and sham tDCS...
April 25, 2017: European Journal of Pain: EJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440031/production-characterization-and-assessment-of-a-stable-analog-of-the-response-regulator-chey-phosphate-from-thermotoga-maritima
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Matthew S Beyersdorf, Ria Sircar, Daniel B Lookadoo, Cory Bottone, Michael J Lynch, Brian R Crane, Christopher J Halkides
Phosphorylation of CheY promotes association with the flagellar motor and ultimately controls the directional bias of the motor. However, biochemical studies of activated CheY-phosphate have been challenging due to the rapid hydrolysis of the aspartyl-phosphate in vitro. An inert analog of Tm CheY-phosphate, phosphono-CheY, was synthesized by chemical modification and purified by cation-exchange chromatography. Changes in HPLC retention times, chemical assays for phosphate and free thiol, and mass spectrometry experiments demonstrate modification of Cys54 with a phosphonomethyl group...
April 25, 2017: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438657/the-thiol-of-human-serum-albumin-acidity-microenvironment-and-mechanistic-insights-on-its-oxidation-to-sulfenic-acid
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Jenner Bonanata, Lucía Turell, Laura Antmann, Gerardo Ferrer-Sueta, Santiago Botasini, Eduardo Méndez, Beatriz Alvarez, E Laura Coitiño
Human serum albumin (HSA) has a single reduced cysteine residue, Cys34, whose acidity has been controversial. Three experimental approaches (pH-dependence of reactivity towards hydrogen peroxide, ultraviolet titration and infrared spectroscopy) are used to determine that the pKa value in delipidated HSA is 8.1 ± 0.2 at 37°C and 0.1M ionic strength. Molecular dynamics simulations of HSA in the sub-microsecond timescale show that while sulfur exposure to solvent is limited and fluctuating in the thiol form, it increases in the thiolate, stabilized by a persistent hydrogen-bond (HB) network involving Tyr84 and bridging waters to Asp38 and Gln33 backbone...
April 21, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438634/structural-insights-into-baf47-and-baf155-complex-formation
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Li Yan, Si Xie, Yongming Du, Chengmin Qian
Mammalian BAF complexes are a subfamily of SWI/SNF ATP-dependent chromatin remodelers that dynamically modulate chromatin structure to regulate fundamental cellular processes including gene transcription, cell cycle control and DNA damage response. So far many distinct BAF complexes have been identified with polymorphic assemblies of up to 15 subunits from 29 genes. The evolutionarily conserved BRG1/BRM, BAF47 and BAF155/BAF170 form a stable complex that carries out essential chromatin remodeling activity and therefore have been regarded as the core components of BAF complex...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436996/continuum-electrostatic-calculation-on-bovine-rhodopsin-protonation-and-the-effect-of-the-membrane-potential
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Elisa Bombarda, G Matthias Ullmann
In this work, we calculate the protonation probabilities of titratable residues of bovine rhodopsin using the Poisson-Boltzmann equation. We also consider the influence of the membrane potential. Our results indicate that at physiological pH, the titratable groups directly involved in photosensing, namely Glu113, Glu181 and the retinal Schiff base, are charged. In contrast, the residues Asp83, Glu122, and His211, which are buried in the membrane, are uncharged. However, since these later residues are localized in the middle of the membrane, they are exposed to the membrane potential more strongly, which may have important functional implications...
April 24, 2017: Photochemistry and Photobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435338/recommendations-for-optimizing-methotrexate-treatment-for-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
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REVIEW
Alfonso E Bello, Elizabeth L Perkins, Randy Jay, Petros Efthimiou
Methotrexate (MTX) remains the cornerstone therapy for patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), with well-established safety and efficacy profiles and support in international guidelines. Clinical and radiologic results indicate benefits of MTX monotherapy and combination with other agents, yet patients may not receive optimal dosing, duration, or route of administration to maximize their response to this drug. This review highlights best practices for MTX use in RA patients. First, to improve the response to oral MTX, a high initial dose should be administered followed by rapid titration...
2017: Open Access Rheumatology: Research and Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435303/economic-benefit-of-back-titration-in-the-treatment-of-hypertension-in-jos-nigeria
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Basil N Okeahialam, Michael A Adeniyi
PURPOSE: Treatment of hypertension is expensive and cost is one of the reasons for inadequate blood pressure control. Where there are no social cost cushions, the burden is borne by patients. With pervasive poverty and inadequate control, complications are unchecked. Back titration in appropriate circumstances should, therefore, translate to economic benefit. This is an attempt to compute, in economic terms, the benefit of back titration. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Thirty-nine patients who entered an antihypertensive back titration program for 12 months and who had been earlier reported on, form the subject of this study...
2017: ClinicoEconomics and Outcomes Research: CEOR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435238/automated-versus-manual-oxygen-titration-in-copd-exacerbation-machine-or-hands-this-is-the-question
#17
COMMENT
Gulsah Karaoren, Senay Goksu Tomruk, Antonio M Esquinas
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2017: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435101/interaction-of-glucocorticoids-and-progesterone-derivatives-with-human-serum-albumin
#18
Rola Abboud, Mohammad Akil, Catherine Charcosset, Hélène Greige-Gerges
Glucocorticoids (GCs) and progesterone derivatives (PGDs) are steroid hormones with well-known biological activities. Their interaction with human serum albumin (HSA) may control their distribution. Their binding to albumin is poorly studied in literature. This paper deals with the interaction of a series of GCs (cortisol, cortisone, prednisolone, prednisone, 6-methylprednisolone and 9-fluorocortisol acetate) and PGDs (progesterone, hydroxylated PGDs, methylated PGDs and dydrogesterone) with HSA solution (pH 7...
April 20, 2017: Chemistry and Physics of Lipids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435078/preformulation-studies-of-ceftriaxone-for-pediatric-non-parenteral-administration-as-an-alternative-to-existing-injectable-formulations
#19
Tina Kauss, Mathieu Marchivie, Thida Phoeung, Alexandra Gaubert, Amélie Désiré, Giovanni Tonelli, Chantal Boyer, Marie-Hélène Langlois, Anthony Cartwright, Melba Gomes, Nicholas White, Karen Gaudin
Ceftriaxone, a third generation cephalosporin, has a wide antibacterial spectrum that has good CNS penetration, which makes it potentially suitable for initial treatment of severe neonatal pediatric infections providing suitable formulation. We evaluated its physicochemical and technical characteristics to assess its potential for development as a non-parenteral dosage form. As ceftriaxone is marked only for injectable use, these data are not available. Using HPLC and Karl Fischer titration, sensitivity of ceftriaxone to water, feasibility and impact of pharmaceutical processes and compatibility with common pharmaceutical excipients were assessed...
April 20, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434915/x-ray-crystallography-and-electron-microscopy-of-cross-and-multi-module-nonribosomal-peptide-synthetase-proteins-reveal-a-flexible-architecture
#20
Michael J Tarry, Asfarul S Haque, Khanh Huy Bui, T Martin Schmeing
Nonribosomal peptide synthetases (NRPS) are macromolecular machines that produce peptides with diverse activities. Structural information exists for domains, didomains, and even modules, but little is known about higher-order organization. We performed a multi-technique study on constructs from the dimodular NRPS DhbF. We determined a crystal structure of a cross-module construct including the adenylation (A) and peptidyl carrier protein (PCP) domains from module 1 and the condensation domain from module 2, complexed with an adenosine-vinylsulfonamide inhibitor and an MbtH-like protein (MLP)...
April 17, 2017: Structure
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