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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923209/recognition-of-ubiquitinated-nucleosomes
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REVIEW
Michael T Morgan, Cynthia Wolberger
Histone ubiquitination plays a non-degradative role in regulating transcription and the DNA damage response. A mechanistic understanding of this chromatin modification has lagged that of small histone modifications because of the technical challenges in preparing ubiquitinated nucleosomes. The recent structure of the DUB module of the SAGA coactivator complex bound to a nucleosome containing monoubiquitinated H2B has provided the first view of how specialized subunits target this enzyme to its substrate. Single particle electron microscopy of the intact SAGA coactivator suggests how the DUB module and histone acetyltransferase module engage a nucleosomal substrate...
December 3, 2016: Current Opinion in Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919796/the-bad-seed-gardener-deubiquitinases-in-the-cancer-stem-cell-signaling-network-and-therapeutic-resistance
#2
REVIEW
Guan-Zhong Qiu, Wei Sun, Ming-Zhu Jin, Jing Lin, Pei-Gang Lu, Wei-Lin Jin
Tumors are comprised of highly heterogeneous populations of cells, of which only a small subset of stem-like cells possess the ability to regenerate tumors in vivo. These rare cancer stem cells (CSCs) have been regarded as the "bad seeds" accounted for tumor initiation, progression, metastasis, relapse and therapeutic resistance. CSC-targeted therapy seems to be a better avenue for radical cure of cancer. Deubiquitinases (DUBs), specifically disassembling ubiquitin chains, have been demonstrated to play an important role in rigidly maintaining the balance between ubiquitination and deubiquitination for protein quality control and homeostasis in normal circumstances...
December 2, 2016: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916522/view-tolerant-face-recognition-and-hebbian-learning-imply-mirror-symmetric-neural-tuning-to-head-orientation
#3
Joel Z Leibo, Qianli Liao, Fabio Anselmi, Winrich A Freiwald, Tomaso Poggio
The primate brain contains a hierarchy of visual areas, dubbed the ventral stream, which rapidly computes object representations that are both specific for object identity and robust against identity-preserving transformations, like depth rotations [1, 2]. Current computational models of object recognition, including recent deep-learning networks, generate these properties through a hierarchy of alternating selectivity-increasing filtering and tolerance-increasing pooling operations, similar to simple-complex cells operations [3-6]...
November 24, 2016: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915118/a-streamlined-acquisition-for-mapping-baseline-brain-oxygenation-using-quantitative-bold
#4
Alan J Stone, Nicholas P Blockley
Quantitative BOLD (qBOLD) is a non-invasive MR technique capable of producing quantitative measurements of the haemodynamic and metabolic properties of the brain. Here we propose a refinement of the qBOLD methodology, dubbed streamlined-qBOLD, in order to provide a clinically feasible method for mapping baseline brain oxygenation. In streamlined-qBOLD confounding signal contributions are minimised during data acquisition through the application of (i) a Fluid Attenuated Inversion Recovery (FLAIR) preparation to remove cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) signal contamination, (ii) a Gradient Echo Slice Excitation Profile Imaging (GESEPI) acquisition to reduce the effect of macroscopic magnetic field gradients and (iii) an Asymmetric Spin Echo (ASE) pulse sequence to directly measure the reversible transverse relaxation rate, R2'...
November 30, 2016: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914308/regulation-of-t-helper-cell-differentiation-by-e3-ubiquitin-ligases-and-deubiquitinating-enzymes
#5
REVIEW
Si-Fa Gao, Bo Zhong, Dandan Lin
CD4 T cells are essential components of adaptive immunity and play a critical role in anti-pathogenic or anti-tumor responses as well as autoimmune and allergic diseases. Naive CD4 T cells differentiate into distinct subsets of T helper (Th) cells by various signals including TCR, costimulatory and cytokine signals. Accumulating evidence suggests that these signaling pathways are critically regulated by ubiquitination and deubiquitination, two reversible posttranslational modifications mediated by E3 ubiquitin ligases and deubiquitinating enzymes (DUBs), respectively...
November 30, 2016: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910351/calibration-of-the-ohrex-high-resolution-imaging-crystal-spectrometer-at-the-livermore-electron-beam-ion-traps
#6
N Hell, P Beiersdorfer, E W Magee, G V Brown
We report the calibration of the Orion High-Resolution X-ray (OHREX) imaging crystal spectrometer at the EBIT-I electron beam ion trap at Livermore. Two such instruments, dubbed OHREX-1 and OHREX-2, are fielded for plasma diagnostics at the Orion laser facility in the United Kingdom. The OHREX spectrometer can simultaneously house two spherically bent crystals with a radius of curvature of r = 67.2 cm. The focusing properties of the spectrometer allow both for larger distance to the source due to the increase in collected light and for observation of extended sources...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910323/three-new-extreme-ultraviolet-spectrometers-on-nstx-u-for-impurity-monitoring
#7
M E Weller, P Beiersdorfer, V A Soukhanovskii, E W Magee, F Scotti
Three extreme ultraviolet (EUV) spectrometers have been mounted on the National Spherical Torus Experiment-Upgrade (NSTX-U). All three are flat-field grazing-incidence spectrometers and are dubbed X-ray and Extreme Ultraviolet Spectrometer (XEUS, 8-70 Å), Long-Wavelength Extreme Ultraviolet Spectrometer (LoWEUS, 190-440 Å), and Metal Monitor and Lithium Spectrometer Assembly (MonaLisa, 50-220 Å). XEUS and LoWEUS were previously implemented on NSTX to monitor impurities from low- to high-Z sources and to study impurity transport while MonaLisa is new and provides the system increased spectral coverage...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909395/reversal-learning-in-humans-and-gerbils-dynamic-control-network-facilitates-learning
#8
Christian Jarvers, Tobias Brosch, André Brechmann, Marie L Woldeit, Andreas L Schulz, Frank W Ohl, Marcel Lommerzheim, Heiko Neumann
Biologically plausible modeling of behavioral reinforcement learning tasks has seen great improvements over the past decades. Less work has been dedicated to tasks involving contingency reversals, i.e., tasks in which the original behavioral goal is reversed one or multiple times. The ability to adjust to such reversals is a key element of behavioral flexibility. Here, we investigate the neural mechanisms underlying contingency-reversal tasks. We first conduct experiments with humans and gerbils to demonstrate memory effects, including multiple reversals in which subjects (humans and animals) show a faster learning rate when a previously learned contingency re-appears...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908972/clustering-of-health-related-behaviors-among-early-and-mid-adolescents-in-tuscany-results-from-a-representative-cross-sectional-study
#9
Giacomo Lazzeri, Donatella Panatto, Alexander Domnich, Lucia Arata, Andrea Pammolli, Rita Simi, Mariano Vincenzo Giacchi, Daniela Amicizia, Roberto Gasparini
BACKGROUND: A huge amount of literature suggests that adolescents' health-related behaviors tend to occur in clusters, and the understanding of such behavioral clustering may have direct implications for the effective tailoring of health-promotion interventions. Despite the usefulness of analyzing clustering, Italian data on this topic are scant. This study aimed to evaluate the clustering patterns of health-related behaviors. METHODS: The present study is based on data from the Health Behaviors in School-aged Children (HBSC) study conducted in Tuscany in 2010, which involved 3291 11-, 13- and 15-year olds...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900902/working-together
#10
Louise Hunt
Dubbed the 'retirement capital' of the UK, Christchurch in Dorset has one of the largest concentrations of older people in the country, with one in three of its 50,000 residents aged over 65.
November 30, 2016: Nursing Older People
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892716/life-and-cancer-without-telomerase-alt-and-other-strategies-for-making-sure-ends-don-t-meet
#11
Manasi S Apte, Julia Promisel Cooper
While most cancer cells rely on telomerase expression/re-activation for linear chromosome maintenance and sustained proliferation, a significant population of cancers (10-15%) employs telomerase-independent strategies, collectively dubbed Alternative Lengthening of Telomeres (ALT). Most ALT cells relax the usual role of telomeres as inhibitors of local homologous recombination while maintaining the ability of telomeres to prohibit local non-homologous end joining reactions. Here we review current concepts surrounding how ALT telomeres achieve this new balance via alterations in chromatin landscape, DNA damage repair processes and handling of telomeric transcription...
November 28, 2016: Critical Reviews in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885737/a-zirconium-macrocyclic-metal-organic-framework-with-predesigned-shape-persistent-apertures
#12
Teng-Hao Chen, Ilya Popov, Ognjen Š Miljanić
A microporous metal-organic framework (MOF) was synthesized from [Zr6 O4 (OH)4 (C6 H5 COO)12 ] clusters and a triacid ligand based on a shape-persistent arylene ethynylene macrocycle. This framework, dubbed Zr-MCMOF, is held together by metal-ligand coordination and multiple weak interactions: hydrogen bonding, [π⋅⋅⋅π] stacking, and [C-H⋅⋅⋅π] interactions. The rigid ligand has a 9 Å-wide central void, which serves as a predesigned aperture for the 1D channels; all of the porosity of Zr-MCMOF comes from the ligand...
November 7, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884201/nickel-pyrithione-induces-apoptosis-in-chronic-myeloid-leukemia-cells-resistant-to-imatinib-via-both-bcr-abl-dependent-and-bcr-abl-independent-mechanisms
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Xiaoying Lan, Chong Zhao, Xin Chen, Peiquan Zhang, Dan Zang, Jinjie Wu, Jinghong Chen, Huidan Long, Li Yang, Hongbiao Huang, Bing Z Carter, Xuejun Wang, Xianping Shi, Jinbao Liu
BACKGROUND: Acquired imatinib (IM) resistance is frequently characterized by Bcr-Abl mutations that affect IM binding and kinase inhibition in patients with chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML). Bcr-Abl-T315I mutation is the predominant mechanism of the acquired resistance to IM. Therefore, it is urgent to search for additional approaches and targeting strategies to overcome IM resistance. We recently reported that nickel pyrithione (NiPT) potently inhibits the ubiquitin proteasome system via targeting the 19S proteasome-associated deubiquitinases (UCHL5 and USP14), without effecting on the 20S proteasome...
November 25, 2016: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875325/phase-diagram-of-interacting-spinless-fermions-on-the-honeycomb-lattice
#14
Sylvain Capponi
Fermions hopping on a hexagonal lattice represent one of the most active research fields in condensed matter since the discovery of graphene in 2004 and its numerous applications. Another exciting aspect of the interplay between geometry and quantum mechanical effects is given by the Haldane model (Haldane 1988 Phys. Rev. Lett. 61 2015), where spinless fermions experiencing a certain flux pattern on the honeycomb lattice leads to the stabilization of a topological phase of matter, distinct from a Mott insulator and nowadays dubbed Chern insulator...
November 22, 2016: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27864334/deubiquitinase-otud6b-isoforms-are-important-regulators-of-growth-and-proliferation
#15
Anna Sobol, Caroline Askonas, Sara Alani, Megan J Weber, Vijayalakshmi Ananthanarayanan, Clodia Osipo, Maurizio Bocchetta
: Deubiquitinases (DUBs) are increasingly linked to the regulation of fundamental processes in normal and cancer cells, including DNA replication and repair, programmed cell death, and oncogenes and tumor suppressors signaling. Here evidence is presented that the deubiquitinase OTUD6B regulates protein synthesis in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) cells, operating downstream from mTORC1. OTUD6B associates with the protein synthesis initiation complex and modifies components of the 48S preinitiation complex...
November 18, 2016: Molecular Cancer Research: MCR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27853678/rejuvenation-of-facial-skin-and-improvement-in-the-dermal-architecture-by-transplantation-of-autologous-stromal-vascular-fraction-a-clinical-study
#16
Mohammad Amir Amirkhani, Alireza Shoae-Hassani, Masoud Soleimani, Somayeh Hejazi, Leila Ghalichi, Mohammad Ali Nilforoushzadeh
Introduction: The rejuvenation characteristics of fat tissue grafting has been established for many years. Recently it has been shown that stromal vascular fraction (SVF) of fat tissue contributes to its rejuvenation properties. As the SVF is a minimal processed cell population (based on FDA guidance), therefore it is a suitable cell therapy for skin rejuvenation. This clinical trial was aimed to evaluate the ultrastructural improvement of aging skin in the facial nasolabial region after transplantation of autologous SVF...
2016: BioImpacts: BI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27851871/robust-sliding-window-reconstruction-for-accelerating-the-acquisition-of-mr-fingerprinting
#17
Xiaozhi Cao, Congyu Liao, Zhixing Wang, Ying Chen, Huihui Ye, Hongjian He, Jianhui Zhong
PURPOSE: To develop a method for accelerated and robust MR fingerprinting (MRF) with improved image reconstruction and parameter matching processes. THEORY AND METHODS: A sliding-window (SW) strategy was applied to MRF, in which signal and dictionary matching was conducted between fingerprints consisting of mixed-contrast image series reconstructed from consecutive data frames segmented by a sliding window, and a precalculated mixed-contrast dictionary. The effectiveness and performance of this new method, dubbed SW-MRF, was evaluated in both phantom and in vivo...
November 7, 2016: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27851749/the-machado-joseph-disease-deubiquitinase-ataxin-3-regulates-the-stability-and-apoptotic-function-of-p53
#18
Hongmei Liu, Xiaoling Li, Guozhu Ning, Shu Zhu, Xiaolu Ma, Xiuli Liu, Chunying Liu, Min Huang, Ina Schmitt, Ullrich Wüllner, Yamei Niu, Caixia Guo, Qiang Wang, Tie-Shan Tang
As a deubiquitinating enzyme (DUB), the physiological substrates of ataxin-3 (ATX-3) remain elusive, which limits our understanding of its normal cellular function and that of pathogenic mechanism of spinocerebellar ataxia type 3 (SCA3). Here, we identify p53 to be a novel substrate of ATX-3. ATX-3 binds to native and polyubiquitinated p53 and deubiquitinates and stabilizes p53 by repressing its degradation through the ubiquitin (Ub)-proteasome pathway. ATX-3 deletion destabilizes p53, resulting in deficiency of p53 activity and functions, whereas ectopic expression of ATX-3 induces selective transcription/expression of p53 target genes and promotes p53-dependent apoptosis in both mammalian cells and the central nervous system of zebrafish...
November 2016: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27844253/the-role-of-deubiquitinases-in-breast-cancer
#19
Zhenna Xiao, Peijing Zhang, Li Ma
Although growing numbers of oncoproteins and pro-metastatic proteins have been extensively characterized, many of these tumor-promoting proteins are not good drug targets, which represent a major barrier to curing breast cancer and other cancers. There is a need, therefore, for alternative therapeutic approaches to destroying cancer-promoting proteins. The human genome encodes approximately 100 deubiquitinating enzymes (DUBs, also called deubiquitinases), which are amenable to pharmacologic inhibition by small molecules...
November 14, 2016: Cancer Metastasis Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27836700/coupled-hoop-signature-correlates-with-quantum-yield-of-isorhodopsin-and-analog-pigments
#20
Petra H M Bovee-Geurts, Johan Lugtenburg, Willem J DeGrip
With a quantum yield of 0.66±0.03 the photoisomerization efficiency of the visual pigment rhodopsin (11-cis⇒all-trans chromophore) is exceptionally high. This is currently explained by coherent coupling of the excited state electronic wavepacket with local vibrational nuclear modes, facilitating efficient cross-over at a conical intersection onto the photoproduct energy surface. The 9-cis counterpart of rhodopsin, dubbed isorhodopsin, has a much lower quantum yield (0.26±0.03), which, however, can be markedly enhanced by modification of the retinal chromophore (7,8-dihydro and 9-cyclopropyl derivatives)...
November 9, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
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