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#1
Melanie J Hopkins, Feiyang Chen, Shixue Hu, Zhifei Zhang
The early Cambrian Guanshan biota of eastern Yunnan, China, contains exceptionally preserved animals and algae. Most diverse and abundant are the arthropods, of which there are at least 11 species of trilobites represented by numerous specimens. Many trilobite specimens show soft-body preservation via iron oxide pseudomorphs of pyrite replacement. Here we describe digestive structures from two species of trilobite, Palaeolenus lantenoisi and Redlichia mansuyi. Multiple specimens of both species contain the preserved remains of an expanded stomach region (a "crop") under the glabella, a structure which has not been observed in trilobites this old, despite numerous examples of trilobite gut traces from other Cambrian Lagerstätten...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933661/suppressing-allostery-in-epitope-mapping-experiments-using-millisecond-hydrogen-deuterium-exchange-mass-spectrometry
#2
Bin Deng, Shaolong Zhu, Andrew M Macklin, Jianrong Xu, Cristina Lento, Adnan Sljoka, Derek J Wilson
Localization of the interface between the candidate antibody and its antigen target, commonly known as epitope mapping, is a critical component of the development of therapeutic monoclonal antibodies. With the recent availability of commercial automated systems, hydrogen / deuterium eXchange (HDX) is rapidly becoming the tool for mapping epitopes preferred by researchers in both industry and academia. However, this approach has a significant drawback in that it can be confounded by 'allosteric' structural and dynamic changes that result from the interaction, but occur far from the point(s) of contact...
September 21, 2017: MAbs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931688/a-selective-bottleneck-shapes-the-evolutionary-mutant-spectra-of-enterovirus-a71-during-viral-dissemination-in-humans
#3
Sheng-Wen Huang, Yi-Hui Huang, Huey-Pin Tsai, Pin-Hwa Kuo, Shih-Min Wang, Ching-Chuan Liu, Jen-Ren Wang
RNA viruses accumulate mutations to rapidly adapt to environmental changes. Enterovirus A71 (EV-A71) causes various clinical manifestations with occasional severe neurological complications. However, the mechanism by which EV-A71 evolves within the human body is unclear. Utilizing deep sequencing and haplotype analyses of viruses from various tissues of an autopsy patient, we sought to define the evolutionary pathway by which enterovirus A71 evolves fitness for invading the central nervous system in humans...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931430/global-proteomic-profiling-of-yersinia-ruckeri-strains
#4
Gokhlesh Kumar, Karin Hummel, Timothy J Welch, Ebrahim Razzazi-Fazeli, Mansour El-Matbouli
Yersinia ruckeri is the causative agent of enteric redmouth disease (ERM) of salmonids. There is little information regarding the proteomics of Y. ruckeri. Herein, we perform whole protein identification and quantification of biotype 1 and biotype 2 strains of Y. ruckeri grown under standard culture conditions using a shotgun proteomic approach. Proteins were extracted, digested and peptides were separated by a nano liquid chromatography system and analyzed with a high-resolution hybrid triple quadrupole time of flight mass spectrometer coupled via a nano ESI interface...
September 20, 2017: Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930250/enrichment-of-animal-diets-with-essential-oils-a-great-perspective-on-improving-animal-performance-and-quality-characteristics-of-the-derived-products
#5
REVIEW
Panagiotis E Simitzis
Food industry operates in a competitive market and is continually facing challenges to retain or even increase its market share. Consistent high-quality animal products are required to maintain consumer confidence and consumption. Enrichment of foods with bioactive compounds such as the essential oils appears to improve quality characteristics of the derived products and protects consumers against oxidation and bacterial spoilage effects. Synthetic additives are nowadays questioned due to their suspected carcinogenic potential, and therefore extensive research has been undertaken to identify safe and efficient alternatives...
June 2, 2017: Medicines (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929668/-systematic-review-on-safety-of-sofren-injection
#6
Yi Que, Yan-Ming Xie, Xing Liao, Yi-Li Zhang
This systematic review aims to evaluate the drug safety of sofren injection in clinical studies. Seven databases were retrieved, and the articles were extracted by 2 researchers according to inclusion and exclusion criteria. Then the quality of all studies and extracted information was evaluated. Sixty three articles were finally included in our study, including 58 randomized controlled trials, 3 non randomized controlled trials, and 2 case reports. All studies included 5 872 patients. Intervention group had a total of 23 cases of adverse drug reaction(ADR), accounting for 0...
October 2016: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929442/the-role-of-methionine-on-metabolism-oxidative-stress-and-diseases
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REVIEW
Yordan Martínez, Xue Li, Gang Liu, Peng Bin, Wenxin Yan, Dairon Más, Manuel Valdivié, Chien-An Andy Hu, Wenkai Ren, Yulong Yin
Methionine is an aliphatic, sulfur-containing, essential amino acid, and a precursor of succinyl-CoA, homocysteine, cysteine, creatine, and carnitine. Recent research has demonstrated that methionine can regulate metabolic processes, the innate immune system, and digestive functioning in mammals. It also intervenes in lipid metabolism, activation of endogenous antioxidant enzymes such as methionine sulfoxide reductase A, and the biosynthesis of glutathione to counteract oxidative stress. In addition, methionine restriction prevents altered methionine/transmethylation metabolism, thereby decreasing DNA damage and carcinogenic processes and possibly preventing arterial, neuropsychiatric, and neurodegenerative diseases...
September 19, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929244/analyzing-polymeric-matrix-for-fabrication-of-a-biodegradable-microneedle-array-to-enhance-transdermal-delivery
#8
Kuo-Yuan Hwa, Vincent H S Chang, Yao-Yi Cheng, Yue-Da Wang, Pey-Shynan Jan, Boopathi Subramani, Min-Ju Wu, Bo-Kai Wang
Traditional drug delivery systems, using invasive, transdermal, and oral routes, are limited by various factors, such as the digestive system environment, skin protection, and sensory nerve stimulation. To improve the drug delivery system, we fabricated a polysaccharide-based, dissolvable microneedle-based array, which combines the advantages of both invasive and transdermal delivery systems, and promises to be an innovative solution for minimally invasive drug delivery. In this study, we designed a reusable aluminum mold that greatly improved the efficiency and convenience of microneedle fabrication...
September 19, 2017: Biomedical Microdevices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929088/microbial-invasion-vs-tick-immune-regulation
#9
REVIEW
Daniel E Sonenshine, Kevin R Macaluso
Ticks transmit a greater variety of pathogenic agents that cause disease in humans and animals than any other haematophagous arthropod, including Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, human granulocytic anaplasmosis, babesiosis, tick-borne encephalitis, Crimean Congo haemorhagic fever, and many others (Gulia-Nuss et al., 2016). Although diverse explanations have been proposed to explain their remarkable vectorial capacity, among the most important are their blood feeding habit, their long term off-host survival, the diverse array of bioactive molecules that disrupt the host's natural hemostatic mechanisms, facilitate blood flow, pain inhibitors, and minimize inflammation to prevent immune rejection (Hajdušek et al...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928222/single-subunit-oligosaccharyltransferases-of-trypanosoma-brucei-display-different-and-predictable-peptide-acceptor-specificities
#10
Anders A J Jinnelov, Liaqat Ali, Michele Tinti, Michael A J Ferguson
Trypanosoma brucei causes African trypanosomiasis and contains three full-length oligosaccharyltransferase (OST) genes; two of which, TbSTT3A and TbSTT3B, are expressed in the bloodstream form of the parasite. These OSTs have different peptide acceptor and lipid-linked oligosaccharide donor specificities and trypanosomes do not follow many of the canonical rules developed for other eukaryotic N-glycosylation pathways, raising questions as to the basic architecture and detailed function of trypanosome OSTs. Here, we show by blue-native gel electrophoresis and stable isotope labelling in cell culture proteomics that the TbSTT3A and TbSTT3B proteins associate with each other in large complexes that contain no other detectable protein subunits...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926912/waste-treatment-and-energy-production-from-small-scale-wastewater-digesters
#11
Stephanie Lansing, Ayella Maile-Moskowitz, Alexander Eaton
Three tubular anaerobic digestion (AD) systems were installed in Haiti to treat black water (toilet-based wastewater), including a three cell 36m(3) clinic digester (CD), a two cell 2m(3) hotel digester (HD), and a three-cell 3m(3) farm digester (FD) for worker use. During digestion, total coliforms were reduced by 99.1%, E. coli by 98.5%, and chemical oxygen demand (COD) by 93.6%. Nutrients in the effluent averaged 99.4mg/L NH4(+) and 10.6mg/L PO4(2-), producing an effective organic fertilizer. Average biogas production in CD was 108L/d, with 65...
September 4, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925864/kinetic-characterization-of-anticarsia-gemmatalis-digestive-serine-proteases-and-the-inhibitory-effect-of-synthetic-peptides
#12
Adriana Patarroyo Vargas, Yaremis Meriño Cabrera, José Cola Zanuncio, Francelina Rocha, Wellington Garcia Campos, Maria Goreti de Almeida Oliveira
The kinetics of Anticarsia gemmatalis Hübner gut serine proteases with tripeptidyl substrates, and the enzymatic inhibition model using synthetic peptides Gor 3, Gor 4, and Gor 5 are described. The enzymes were purified on p-aminobenzamidine agarose affinity column in an FPLC system using electrophoresis with 12.5% polyacrylamide gel. Michaelis-Menten constants and the inhibition model were determined according to the Dixon methodology and Lineweaver-Burk's double reciprocal. The KM values and catalytic constants of peptide substrates show that A...
September 17, 2017: Protein and Peptide Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925862/biofactories-for-the-production-of-recombinant-phytases-and-its-application-in-animal-feed-industry
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Thais P P de Souza, Resyla M da Mariano, Mariana S Vieira, Suliana F V Andrade, Renato R Godoi, Ana Flavia A Gonçalves, Luciana P Naves, William J N Lima, Daniel B Gonçalves, Mariana Campos da Paz, Alexsandro S Galdino
BACKGROUND: Phytases are enzymes capable of degrading phytic acid and are used in animal feed supplementation in order to improve digestibility through the release of minerals such as phosphorus. Recent inventions show interest in production and optimization of recombinant phytases with biochemical and physicochemical characteristics promising for animal feed industry. METHODS: This review article is focused on relevant patents of the promising phytases, as well as the commonly used expression systems for its production, and also the tools currently used to generate new phytases...
September 15, 2017: Recent Patents on Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925155/-analysis-on-dna-methylation-of-mosaic-and-moxa-type-leaves-of-aconitum-carmichaeli-by-msap
#14
Huan Wen, Cheng Peng, Chao-Long Rao, Da-Yan Zhang, Xiao-Fang Xie, Ji-Hai Gao
An MSAP analysis method was established for detecting DNA methylation of Aconitum carmichaeli leaves, and the DNA methylation of different leaf shapes and different leaf position was analyzed by MSAP. The study made experiments on the leaves of different position of mosaic and moxa leaf type A. carmichaeli, researched the effects of restriction digestion of genomic DNA by using two restriction enzymes, screened the suitable selective amplification primers, and analyzed the methylation differences of leaves by calculating the 6% acrylamide gel electrophoresis bands and lane...
October 2016: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923569/digestive-behavior-of-dendrobium-huoshanense-polysaccharides-in-the-gastrointestinal-tracts-of-mice
#15
Song-Zi Xie, Ji-Chun Ge, Fan Li, Jun Yang, Li-Hua Pan, Xue-Qiang Zha, Qiang-Ming Li, Jun Duan, Jian-Ping Luo
With fluorescent end-labeling method, a homogenous Dendrobium huoshanense polysaccharide (GXG) that was orally administrated to mice was found to be degraded into a stable fragment (dGXG) in the stomach, where dGXG was propelled into the small intestine and absorbed into the systemic circulation. The residual GXG in the stomach could pass through the gastrointestinal tract and was excreted into faeces with a very slow fermentation in the large intestine. The simulated digestion of GXG indicated that the acidic pH condition in the gastric fluid was responsible for GXG degradation, which was supported by the oral digestion of dGXG...
September 15, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923171/potential-early-biomarkers-of-sarcopenia-among-independent-older-adults
#16
Ana Coto Montes, José Antonio Boga, Carlos Bermejo Millo, Adrián Rubio González, Yaiza Potes Ochoa, Ignacio Vega Naredo, Marta Martínez Reig, Luis Romero Rizos, Pedro Manuel Sánchez Jurado, Juan Jose Solano, Pedro Abizanda, Beatriz Caballero
OBJECTIVES: There are no tools or biomarkers for a quantitative analysis of sarcopenia. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional study of the diagnosis of sarcopenia in 200 independent adults aged 70 years or over. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Sarcopenia was defined as loss of muscle mass together with low strength and/or loss of physical performance. We considered different clinical parameters and assayed potential blood biomarkers (cell energetic metabolism, muscle performance, inflammation, infection and oxidative stress)...
October 2017: Maturitas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921966/tool-for-rapid-analysis-of-glycopeptide-by-permethylation-trap-via-one-pot-site-mapping-and-glycan-analysis
#17
Asif Shajahan, Nitin Tatyaso Supekar, Christian Heiss, Mayumi Ishihara, Parastoo Azadi
To overcome the challenges in the analysis of protein glycosylation, we have developed a comprehensive and universal tool through permethylation of glycopeptides and their tandem mass spectrometric analysis. This method has the potential to simplify glycoprotein analysis by integrating glycan sequencing and glycopeptide analysis in a single experiment. Moreover, glycans with unique glycosidic linkages, particularly from prokaryotes, which are resistant to enzymatic or chemical release, could also be detected and analyzed by this methodology...
September 18, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921955/characterization-of-site-specific-glycosylation-in-influenza-a-virus-hemagglutinin-produced-by-spodoptera-frugiperda-insect-cell-line
#18
Yanjun Liu, Shiaw-Lin Wu, Kerry Routenberg Love, William S Hancock
Influenza hemagglutinin is a surface glycoprotein related to virus invasion and host immune system response. Understanding site specific glycosylation of hemagglutinin will increase our knowledge about virus evolution and can improve the design and quality of vaccines. In our study, we used glycoproteomic analysis based on multienzyme digestion followed by LC tandem MS analysis to determine the glycosylation of Influenza hemagglutinin (H1/A/California/04/2009) using the following steps: PNGaseF treatment combined with trypsin or pepsin digestion were used to determine the glycosites and glycan occupancy...
September 18, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921575/ingested-nitrate-and-nitrite-disinfection-by-products-and-pancreatic-cancer-risk-in-postmenopausal-women
#19
Arbor J L Quist, Maki Inoue-Choi, Peter J Weyer, Kristin E Anderson, Kenneth P Cantor, Stuart Krasner, Laura E Beane Freeman, Mary H Ward, Rena R Jones
Nitrate and nitrite are precursors of N-nitroso compounds (NOC), probable human carcinogens that cause pancreatic tumors in animals. Disinfection by-products (DBP) exposures have also been linked with digestive system cancers, but few studies have evaluated relationships with pancreatic cancer. We investigated the association of pancreatic cancer with these drinking water contaminants and dietary nitrate/nitrite in a cohort of postmenopausal women in Iowa (1986-2011). We used historical monitoring and treatment data to estimate levels of long-term average nitrate and total trihalomethanes (TTHM; the sum of the most prevalent DBP class) and the duration exceeding one-half the maximum contaminant level (>½ MCL; nitrate-nitrogen 5mg/L, 40µg/L TTHM) among participants on public water supplies (PWS) >10 years...
September 16, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919761/effects-of-bromadiolone-poisoning-on-the-central-nervous-system
#20
Meiling Wang, Yanfeng Yang, Yiwei Hou, Wenbin Ma, Rui Jia, Jinbo Chen
Cases of rodenticide poisoning (second-generation long-acting dicoumarin rodenticide, superwarfarin) have occasionally been reported. The main symptoms of bromadiolone poisoning are skin mucosa hemorrhage, digestive tract hemorrhage, and hematuresis. However, the symptoms of central nervous system toxicity have rarely been reported. Our case reports on a 41-year-old male who had no contact with bromadiolone. His main symptoms were dizziness, unsteady gait, and abnormal behavior. Laboratory test results revealed the presence of bromadiolone in his blood and urine, a longer prothrombin time, activated partial thromboplastin time, and a high international normalized ratio...
2017: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
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