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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550759/venous-thromboembolism-in-the-elderly-a-narrative-review
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REVIEW
T Tritschler, D Aujesky
Persons aged ≥65years not only account for over 60% of venous thromboembolism (VTE) events, they have also a higher mortality and VTE-related morbidity than younger patients, including anticoagulation-related bleeding and the postthrombotic syndrome. However, only few studies have focused specifically on VTE in older persons and practice guidelines commonly extrapolate study results from younger healthier patients to the multimorbid elderly. Evidence suggests that the clinical presentation is more subtle in the elderly with VTE and that commonly used diagnostic modalities, including clinical prediction rules, D-dimer tests, and planar ventilation-perfusion scans are less specific and efficient in older persons...
May 17, 2017: Thrombosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550306/a-novel-somatic-transforming-mutation-in-the-extracellular-domain-of-epidermal-growth-factor-receptor-identified-in-myeloproliferative-neoplasm
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D A Casolari, T Nguyen, C M Butcher, D G Iarossi, C N Hahn, S C Bray, P Neufing, W T Parker, J Feng, K Z Y Maung, A Wee, L Vidovic, C H Kok, P G Bardy, S Branford, I D Lewis, S W Lane, H S Scott, D M Ross, R J D'Andrea
We describe a novel ERBB1/EGFR somatic mutation (p. C329R; c.985 T > C) identified in a patient with JAK2(V617F) Polycythaemia Vera (PV). This substitution affects a conserved cysteine residue in EGFR domain 2 and leads to the formation of a ligand-independent covalent receptor dimer, associated with increased transforming potential. Aberrant signalling from the EGFR(C329R) receptor is cell type-dependent and in the TF1.8 erythroid cell line expression of this mutant suppresses EPO-induced differentiation...
May 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549925/intracellular-domain-contacts-contribute-to-ecadherin-constitutive-dimerization-in-the-plasma-membrane
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Deo R Singh, Fozia Ahmed, Sarvenaz Sarabipour, Kalina Hristova
Epithelial cadherin (Ecadherin) is responsible for the intercellular cohesion of epithelial tissues. It forms lateral clusters within adherens cell-cell junctions, but its association state outside these clusters is unknown. Here we use a quantitative FRET approach to show that Ecadherin forms constitutive dimers, and that these dimers exist independently of the actin cytosletelon or cytoplasmic proteins. The dimers are stabilized by inter-molecular contacts that occur along the entire length of Ecadherin, with the intracellular domains having a surprisingly strong favorable contribution...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549888/synthesis-of-n%C3%AE-vel-artemisinin-dimers-with-polyamine-linkers-and-evaluation-of-their-potential-as-anticancer-agents
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George E Magoulas, Tzoanna Tsigkou, Lina Skondra, Margarita Lamprou, Panagiota Tsoukala, Vassiliki Kokkinogouli, Evangelia Pantazaka, Dionissios Papaioannou, Constantinos M Athanassopoulos, Evangelia Papadimitriou
The natural product artemisinin and derivatives thereof are currently considered as the drugs of choice for the treatment of malaria. At the same time, a significant number of such drugs have also shown interesting anticancer activity. In the context of the present research work, artemisinin was structurally modified and anchored to naturally occurring polyamines to afford new artemisinin dimeric conjugates whose potential anticancer activity was evaluated. All artemisinin conjugates tested were more effective than artemisinin itself in decreasing the number of MCF7 breast cancer cells...
May 10, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549694/d-dimer-is-associated-with-arterial-and-venous-coronary-artery-bypass-graft-occlusion
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Alessandro Parolari, Laura Cavallotti, Daniele Andreini, Veronika Myasoedova, Cristina Banfi, Marina Camera, Paolo Poggio, Fabio Barili, GianLuca Pontone, Luciana Mussoni, Chiara Centenaro, Francesco Alamanni, Elena Tremoli
OBJECTIVE: In this observational prospective study, we assessed the role of clinical variables and circulating biomarkers in graft occlusion at 18 months to identify a signature for graft occlusion. METHODS: A total of 330 patients undergoing primary elective coronary artery bypass grafting were enrolled. Blood collection for biomarker assessment was performed before surgery and discharge. Patients were then scheduled to undergo coronary computed tomography angiography at 18 months follow-up, and 179 patients underwent coronary computed tomography angiography 18 ± 2 months postoperatively...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549662/simplified-diagnostic-management-of-suspected-pulmonary-embolism-the-years-study-a-prospective-multicentre-cohort-study
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Tom van der Hulle, Whitney Y Cheung, Stephanie Kooij, Ludo F M Beenen, Thomas van Bemmel, Josien van Es, Laura M Faber, Germa M Hazelaar, Christian Heringhaus, Herman Hofstee, Marcel M C Hovens, Karin A H Kaasjager, Rick C J van Klink, Marieke J H A Kruip, Rinske F Loeffen, Albert T A Mairuhu, Saskia Middeldorp, Mathilde Nijkeuter, Liselotte M van der Pol, Suzanne Schol-Gelok, Marije Ten Wolde, Frederikus A Klok, Menno V Huisman
BACKGROUND: Validated diagnostic algorithms in patients with suspected pulmonary embolism are often not used correctly or only benefit subgroups of patients, leading to overuse of computed tomography pulmonary angiography (CTPA). The YEARS clinical decision rule that incorporates differential D-dimer cutoff values at presentation, has been developed to be fast, to be compatible with clinical practice, and to reduce the number of CTPA investigations in all age groups. We aimed to prospectively evaluate this novel and simplified diagnostic algorithm for suspected acute pulmonary embolism...
May 23, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549295/structural-characterization-of-astaxanthin-aggregates-as-revealed-by-analysis-and-simulation-of-optical-spectra
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Liping Lu, Taoping Hu, Zhigang Xu
Carotenoids can self-assemble in hydrated polar solvents to form J- or H-type aggregates, inducing dramatic changes in photophysical properties. Here, we measured absorption and emission spectra of astaxanthin in ethanol-water solution using ultraviolet-visible and fluorescence spectrometers. Two types of aggregates were distinguished in mixed solution at different water contents by absorption spectra. After addition of water, all probed samples immediately formed H-aggregates with maximum blue shift of 31nm...
May 15, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549184/coiled-coil-interactions-mediate-serine-integrase-directionality
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Kushol Gupta, Robert Sharp, Jimmy B Yuan, Huiguang Li, Gregory D Van Duyne
Serine integrases are bacteriophage enzymes that carry out site-specific integration and excision of their viral genomes. The integration reaction is highly directional; recombination between the phage attachment site attP and the host attachment site attB to form the hybrid sites attL and attR is essentially irreversible. In a recent model, extended coiled-coil (CC) domains in the integrase subunits are proposed to interact in a way that favors the attPxattB reaction but inhibits the attLxattR reaction. Here, we show for the Listeria innocua integrase (LI Int) system that the CC domain promotes self-interaction in isolated Int and when Int is bound to attachment sites...
May 26, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549117/engineering-of-recombinant-wisteria-floribunda-agglutinin-specifically-binding-to-galnac%C3%AE-1-4glcnac-lacdinac
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Takashi Sato, Hiroaki Tateno, Hiroyuki Kaji, Yasunori Chiba, Tomomi Kubota, Jun Hirabayashi, Hisashi Narimatsu
Wisteria floribunda agglutinin (WFA) is a useful probe for distinguishing glycan structural alterations in diseases such as intrahepatic bile duct carcinoma and hepatic fibrosis; however, the gene encoding WFA has not been identified. Here, we identified the gene encoding WFA, and recombinant WFA was expressed in Escherichia coli and purified. The natural cDNA sequence obtained from wisteria seeds contained an open reading frame of 861 nucleotides encoding a WFA precursor, which included a hydrophobic signal peptide at the N-terminus, a propeptide at the C-terminus and a single cysteine (Cys) residue for dimer formation...
May 26, 2017: Glycobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548858/theoretical-study-of-acetic-acid-association-based-on-hydrogen-bonding-mechanism
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Minhua Zhang, Lihang Chen, Huaming Yang, Jing Ma
Combining molecular dynamics (MD) and quantum chemistry (QM) simulation, the association mechanism of acetic acid systems were examined. DFT method was proposed to compare the hydrogen-bonding energy of variable acetic acid dimers, and definitely provided the stable dimers configuration. Geometry parameters of dimers were also obtained by QM calculations, which were taken as the characteristic criteria for further MD analysis. Proportion of different acetic acid dimers in gas phase was obtained by Radial distribution function (RDF) analysis, and cyclic dimer with two O=c-Hoacid hydrogen bonds was demonstrated as the most stable structure...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548848/quantum-mechanical-study-of-the-reaction-mechanism-for-2%C3%AF-2%C3%AF-cycloaddition-of-fluorinated-methylene-groups
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Andrew R Motz, Andrew M Herring, Shubham Vyas, C Mark Maupin
Perfluorocyclobutyl polymers are thermally and chemically stable, may be produced without a catalyst via thermal 2π-2π cycloaddition, and can form block structures making them suitable for commercialization of specialty polymers. Thermal 2π-2π cycloaddition is a rare reaction that starts in the singlet state and proceeds through a triplet intermediate forming an energetically stable 4 membered ring in the singlet state. This reaction involves two changes in spin state and thus two spin-crossover transitions...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548839/structural-distortions-and-charge-density-waves-in-iodine-chains-encapsulated-inside-carbon-nanotubes
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Hannu-Pekka Komsa, Ryosuke Senga, Kazutomo Suenaga, Arkady V Krasheninnikov
Atomic chains are perfect systems for getting fundamental insights into the electron dynamics and coupling between the electronic and ionic degrees of freedom in one dimensional metals. Depending on the band filling, they can exhibit Peierls instabilities (or charge density waves), where equally spaced chain of atoms with partially filled band is inherently unstable, exhibiting spontaneous distortion of the lattice that further leads to metal-insulator transition in the system. Here, using high-resolution scanning transmission electron microscopy, we directly image the atomic structures of a chain of iodine atoms confined inside carbon nanotubes...
May 26, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548666/zinc-and-the-iron-donor-frataxin-regulate-oligomerization-of-the-scaffold-protein-to-form-new-fe-s-cluster-assembly-centers
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B K Galeano, W Ranatunga, O Gakh, D Y Smith, J R Thompson, G Isaya
Early studies of the bacterial Fe-S cluster assembly system provided structural details for how the scaffold protein and the cysteine desulfurase interact. This work and additional work on the yeast and human systems elucidated a conserved mechanism for sulfur donation but did not provide any conclusive insights into the mechanism for iron delivery from the iron donor, frataxin, to the scaffold. We previously showed that oligomerization is a mechanism by which yeast frataxin (Yfh1) can promote assembly of the core machinery for Fe-S cluster synthesis both in vitro and in cells, in such a manner that the scaffold protein, Isu1, can bind to Yfh1 independent of the presence of the cysteine desulfurase, Nfs1...
May 26, 2017: Metallomics: Integrated Biometal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548217/tellurite-squarate-driven-assembly-of-a-new-family-of-nanoscale-clusters-based-on-mo2o2s2-2
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Lee Cronin, Jamie Purcell, Haralampos Miras, De-Liang Long, Panagiota Markopoulou
We report the preparation and characterization of a new family of four polyoxothiometalate (POTM) clusters, with varying size and complexity, based upon the dimeric [Mo2O2S2(H2O)6]2+ with the general formula (NMe4)aKb[(Mo2O2S2)c(TeO4)d(C4O4)e(OH)f] where a,b,c,d,e,f = {1,7,14,2,4,10} = 1, {Mo28Te2}; {2,26,36,4,10,48} = 2, {Mo72Te12}; {0,11,15,3,3,21} = 3, {Mo30Te3}; {2,6,12,2,4,16} = 4, {Mo24Te2}. The incorporation of tellurite anions allowed the fine tuning of the templation and bridging of the available building blocks leading to new topologies of increased complexity...
May 26, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548078/associated-variables-of-myositis-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-a-cross-sectional-study
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Yan Liang, Rui-Xue Leng, Hai-Feng Pan, Dong-Qing Ye
BACKGROUND This study aimed to estimate the point prevalence of myositis and identify associated variables of myositis in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). MATERIAL AND METHODS Clinical date of patients hospitalized with lupus at the First Affiliated Hospital of Anhui Medical University and Anhui Provincial Hospital were collected. Patients were defined as having myositis if they reported the presence of persistent invalidating muscular weakness combined with increased levels of creatine phosphokinase (CPK) and abnormal electromyography (EMG)...
May 26, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547749/nhc-nih-catalyzed-intermolecular-regio-and-diastereoselective-cross-hydroalkenylations-of-endocyclic-dienes-with-a-olefins
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Xiaoyan Lian, Weihao Chen, Liang Dang, Yuchen Li, Chun Yu Ho
Highly selective cross-hydroalkenylation of endocyclic-1,3-dienes at the least substituted site with a-olefins was achieved by set of neutral NHC-Ni(II)H(OTf), and by cationic Ni(II) catalysts with novel NHC structure. Under the heteroatom assistance, skipped dienes were obtained in good yield by using as low as equal molar amount of substrate pairs and 2-5 mol% catalyst. A rare 4,3- product selectivity (i.e., H at C4 and alkenyl group at C3 of diene) was observed, which is different from known dimerizations of a-olefins with both acyclic Co and Fe systems...
May 26, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546558/probing-the-roles-of-calcium-binding-sites-during-the-folding-of-human-peptidylarginine-deiminase-4
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Yi-Liang Liu, Chien-Yun Lee, Yu-Ni Huang, Hui-Yi Chen, Guang-Yaw Liu, Hui-Chih Hung
Our recent studies of peptidylarginine deiminase 4 (PAD4) demonstrate that its non-catalytic Ca(2+)-binding sites play a crucial role in the assembly of the correct geometry of the enzyme. Here, we examined the folding mechanism of PAD4 and the role of Ca(2+) ions in the folding pathway. Multiple mutations were introduced into the calcium-binding sites, and these mutants were termed the Ca1_site, Ca2_site, Ca3_site, Ca4_site and Ca5_site mutants. Our data indicate that during the unfolding process, the PAD4 dimer first dissociates into monomers, and the monomers then undergo a three-state denaturation process via an intermediate state formation...
May 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546512/wnt5a-promotes-frizzled-4-signalosome-assembly-by-stabilizing-cysteine-rich-domain-dimerization
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Zachary J DeBruine, Jiyuan Ke, Kaleeckal G Harikumar, Xin Gu, Peter Borowsky, Bart O Williams, Wenqing Xu, Laurence J Miller, H Eric Xu, Karsten Melcher
Wnt/β-catenin signaling is activated when extracellular Wnt ligands bind Frizzled (FZD) receptors at the cell membrane. Wnts bind FZD cysteine-rich domains (CRDs) with high affinity through a palmitoylated N-terminal "thumb" and a disulfide-stabilized C-terminal "index finger," yet how these binding events trigger receptor activation and intracellular signaling remains unclear. Here we report the crystal structure of the Frizzled-4 (FZD4) CRD in complex with palmitoleic acid, which reveals a CRD tetramer consisting of two cross-braced CRD dimers...
May 25, 2017: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546025/molecular-and-functional-characterization-of-a-glycosylated-galactose-binding-lectin-from-mytilus-californianus
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Efrén García-Maldonado, Patricia Cano-Sánchez, Alejandra Hernández-Santoyo
Lectins play crucial roles for innate immune responses in invertebrates by recognizing and eliminating pathogens. In this study, a lectin from the mussel Mytilus californianus (MCL) was identified and characterized. The lectin was purified by affinity chromatography in α-lactose-agarose resin showing an experimental molecular weight of 18000 Da as determined by SDS-PAGE and MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry. It was specific for binding d-galactose and N-Acetyl-d-galactosamine that contained carbohydrate moieties that were also inhibited by melibiose and raffinose...
May 22, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545963/the-carboxy-terminal-region-of-the-tbc1d4-as160-rabgap-mediates-protein-homodimerization
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Ju Rang Woo, Soon-Jong Kim, Keon Young Kim, Hyonchol Jang, Steven E Shoelson, SangYoun Park
TBC1D4 (also known as AS160) is a Rab·GTPase-activating protein (RabGAP) which functions in insulin signaling. TBC1D4 is critical for translocation of glucose transporter 4 (GLUT4), from an inactive, intracellular, vesicle-bound site to the plasma membrane, where it promotes glucose entry into cells. The TBC1D4 protein is structurally subdivided into two N-terminal phosphotyrosine-binding (PTB) domains, a C-terminal catalytic RabGAP domain, and a disordered segment in between containing potential Akt phosphorylation sites...
May 22, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
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