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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539635/regulation-of-chloroplast-and-nucleomorph-replication-by-the-cell-cycle-in-the-cryptophyte-guillardia-theta
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Ryo Onuma, Neha Mishra, Shin-Ya Miyagishima
The chloroplasts of cryptophytes arose through a secondary endosymbiotic event in which a red algal endosymbiont was integrated into a previously nonphotosynthetic eukaryote. The cryptophytes retain a remnant of the endosymbiont nucleus (nucleomorph) that is replicated once in the cell cycle along with the chloroplast. To understand how the chloroplast, nucleomorph and host cell divide in a coordinated manner, we examined the expression of genes/proteins that are related to nucleomorph replication and chloroplast division as well as the timing of nuclear and nucleomorph DNA synthesis in the cryptophyte Guillardia theta...
May 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531811/synthesis-of-novel-indole-derivatives-as-promising-dna-binding-agents-and-evaluation-of-antitumor-and-antitopoisomerase-i-activities
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Elizabeth Almeida Lafayette, Sinara Mônica Vitalino de Almeida, Renata Virginia Cavalcanti Santos, Jamerson Ferreira de Oliveira, Cezar Augusto da Cruz Amorim, Rosali Maria Ferreira da Silva, Maira Galdino da Rocha Pitta, Ivan da Rocha Pitta, Ricardo Olimpio de Moura, Luiz Bezerra de Carvalho Júnior, Moacyr Jesus Barreto de Melo Rêgo, Maria do Carmo Alves de Lima
Molecules bearing indole nucleus present diverse biological properties such as antitumor and anti-inflammatory activities that can be associated both to DNA and protein interactions. This study focused on the synthesis of new indole derivatives with thiazolidines and imidazolidine rings condensed as side chains as well as the evaluation of their ability to interact with the DNA and antitumor and topoisomerase inhibition activities. All derivatives were successfully synthesized and their structures were elucidated by mass spectrometry (MS), infrared (IR), spectroscopy (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR, COSY (1)H-(1)H and HSQC (1)H-(13)C...
May 4, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509921/bright-red-emitting-pyrene-derivatives-with-a-large-stokes-shift-for-nucleus-staining
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Chathura S Abeywickrama, Kaveesha J Wijesinghe, Robert V Stahelin, Yi Pang
A highly fluorescent red-emitting pyrene derivative was synthesized and found to exhibit a large Stokes shift (λem ≈ 610 nm, Δλ ∼ 130 nm, Δν ∼ 4597 cm(-1)). The probe molecule showed remarkable selectivity to stain the nucleus in both live and fixed cells, with higher sensitivity than commercial dye DRAQ5.
May 16, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498102/chimeric-origins-of-ochrophytes-and-haptophytes-revealed-through-an-ancient-plastid-proteome
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Richard G Dorrell, Gillian Gile, Giselle McCallum, Raphaël Méheust, Eric P Bapteste, Christen M Klinger, Loraine Brillet-Guéguen, Katalina D Freeman, Daniel J Richter, Chris Bowler
Plastids are supported by a wide range of proteins encoded within the nucleus and imported from the cytoplasm. These plastid-targeted proteins may originate from the endosymbiont, the host, or other sources entirely. Here, we identify and characterise 770 plastid-targeted proteins that are conserved across the ochrophytes, a major group of algae including diatoms, pelagophytes and kelps, that possess plastids derived from red algae. We show that the ancestral ochrophyte plastid proteome was an evolutionary chimera, with 25% of its phylogenetically tractable proteins deriving from green algae...
May 12, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494459/influence-of-bovine-serum-lipids-and-fetal-bovine-serum-on-the-expression-of-cell-surface-markers-in-cultured-bovine-preadipocytes
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Mansur A Sandhu, Sandra Jurek, Susanne Trappe, Martin Kolisek, Gerhard Sponder, Jörg R Aschenbach
To establish the influence of fetal bovine serum (FBS) and bovine serum lipids (BSL) on cell differentiation marker expression, bovine adipose-derived stem cells from subcutaneous tissue were incubated for 14 days in 4 types of differentiation media containing 10% FBS and 10 µL/mL BSL (TRT-1), no FBS and 10 µL/mL of BSL (TRT-2), 10% FBS and no BSL (TRT-3), or no supplements (TRT-4). Cells were subjected to Nile red staining, immunocytochemistry (CD73, CD90, CD105, DLK1, FabP4), and quantitative real-time PCR (CD73, CD90, CD105, FabP4)...
May 12, 2017: Cells, Tissues, Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491942/a-dataset-of-multi-contrast-population-averaged-brain-mri-atlases-of-a-parkinson-s-disease-cohort
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Yiming Xiao, Vladimir Fonov, M Mallar Chakravarty, Silvain Beriault, Fahd Al Subaie, Abbas Sadikot, G Bruce Pike, Gilles Bertrand, D Louis Collins
Parkinson׳s disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disease that primarily affects the motor functions of the patients. Research and surgical treatment of PD (e.g., deep brain stimulation) often require human brain atlases for structural identification or as references for anatomical normalization. However, two pitfalls exist for many current atlases used for PD. First, most atlases do not represent the disease-specific anatomy as they are based on healthy young subjects. Second, subcortical structures, such as the subthalamic nucleus (STN) used in deep brain stimulation procedures, are often not well visualized...
June 2017: Data in Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479324/theta-oscillations-during-active-sleep-synchronize-the-developing-rubro-hippocampal-sensorimotor-network
#7
Carlos Del Rio-Bermudez, Jangjin Kim, Greta Sokoloff, Mark S Blumberg
Neuronal oscillations comprise a fundamental mechanism by which distant neural structures establish and express functional connectivity. Long-range functional connectivity between the hippocampus and other forebrain structures is enabled by theta oscillations. Here, we show for the first time that the infant rat red nucleus (RN)-a brainstem sensorimotor structure-exhibits theta (4-7 Hz) oscillations restricted primarily to periods of active (REM) sleep. At postnatal day 8 (P8), theta is expressed as brief bursts immediately following myoclonic twitches; by P12, theta oscillations are expressed continuously across bouts of active sleep...
May 22, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28470379/novel-application-of-red-fluorescent-protein-dsred-express-for-the-study-of-functional-dynamics-of-nuclear-receptors
#8
Amit K Dash, Ashutosh S Yende, Rakesh K Tyagi
Arrivals of fluorescent proteins have revolutionized the way we do research in the areas of molecular cell biology. In the present study, we have successfully exploited the multimer-forming property of Red Fluorescent Protein (RFP) in living cells to preferentially shift the unliganded nuclear receptors from the nuclear to the cytoplasmic compartment. Subsequently, these cytoplasmic-shifted unliganded receptors could be induced to translocate into the nucleus by their ligands. Though the multimerization of RFP as a protein-tag is viewed as a disadvantage, we have exploited and projected this property towards novel applications in validating the clinical drugs, herbal compounds, metabolic disruptors etc...
May 3, 2017: Journal of Fluorescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469157/brain-iron-chelation-by-deferiprone-in-a-phase-2-randomised-double-blinded-placebo-controlled-clinical-trial-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Antonio Martin-Bastida, Roberta J Ward, Rexford Newbould, Paola Piccini, David Sharp, Christina Kabba, Maneesh C Patel, Michael Spino, John Connelly, Fernando Tricta, Robert R Crichton, David T Dexter
Parkinson's disease (PD) is associated with increased iron levels in the substantia nigra (SNc). This study evaluated whether the iron chelator, deferiprone, is well tolerated, able to chelate iron from various brain regions and improve PD symptomology. In a randomised double-blind, placebo controlled trial, 22 early onset PD patients, were administered deferiprone, 10 or 15 mg/kg BID or placebo, for 6 months. Patients were evaluated for PD severity, cognitive function, depression rating and quality of life...
May 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28468769/an-animal-like-cryptochrome-controls-the-chlamydomonas-sexual-cycle
#10
Yong Zou, Sandra Wenzel, Nico Müller, Katja Prager, Elke-Martina Jung, Erika Kothe, Tilman Kottke, Maria Mittag
Cryptochromes are known as flavin-binding blue light receptors in bacteria, fungi, plants and insects. The animal-like cryptochrome (aCRY) of the green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii has extended our view on cryptochromes, because it responds also to other wavelengths of the visible spectrum, including red light. Here, we have investigated if aCRY is involved in the regulation of the sexual life cycle of C. reinhardtii, which is controlled by blue and red light at both, the step of gametogenesis and of germination...
May 3, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464353/neurokinin-1-receptor-blocker-cp-99%C3%A2-994-improved-emesis-induced-by-cisplatin-via-regulating-the-activity-of-gastric-distention-responsive-neurons-in-the-dorsal-motor-nucleus-of-vagus-and-enhancing-gastric-motility-in-rats
#11
X Sun, L Xu, F Guo, W Luo, S Gao, X Luan
BACKGROUND: Nowadays, chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting (CINV) is still common in patients with cancer. It was reported that substance P mediated CINV via neurokinin-1 (NK1 ) receptor and antagonists of NK1 receptor has been proved useful for treating CINV but the mechanism are not fully understood. This study aimed to examine the role of NK1 receptor blocker, CP-99 994, when administrated into dorsal motor nucleus of vagus (DMNV), on the cisplatin-induced emesis in rats and the possible mechanism...
May 2, 2017: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435973/acclimatization-to-middle-altitude-hypoxia-protects-against-developmental-and-cognitive-deficits-caused-by-acute-fetal-hypoxia-in-mice
#12
Hui-Lang Liu, Yong-Mei Sun, Chuan-Yu Li, Hai-Chen Niu, Min Su, Jing-Kun Wang
Acute fetal hypoxia (AFH) can elicit postnatal motor deficits and cognitive impairments. To test whether lifelong acclimatization to middle altitude (MA) hypoxia has protective effects on the impairments caused by AFH, ICR mice bred at 1 900 m altitude for 6-7 generations were evaluated under AFH. On gestation day 9 (GD 9), 13 (GD 13) or 17 (GD 17), pregnant mice received a single exposure to acute hypoxia (7% O2, 6 h). Physiological and neurodevelopmental behaviors, motor function (open field), spatial learning and memory (Morris water maze), and anxiety level (elevated plus maze) were examined in the offspring from neonate to adulthood...
April 25, 2017: Sheng Li Xue Bao: [Acta Physiologica Sinica]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424610/characterizing-brain-iron-deposition-in-patients-with-subcortical-vascular-mild-cognitive-impairment-using-quantitative-susceptibility-mapping-a-potential-biomarker
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Yawen Sun, Xin Ge, Xu Han, Wenwei Cao, Yao Wang, Weina Ding, Mengqiu Cao, Yong Zhang, Qun Xu, Yan Zhou, Jianrong Xu
The presence and pattern of iron accumulation in subcortical vascular mild cognitive impairment (svMCI) and their effects on cognition have rarely been investigated. We aimed to examine brain iron deposition in svMCI subjects using quantitative susceptibility mapping (QSM). Moreover, we aimed to investigate the correlation between brain iron deposition and the severity of cognitive impairment as indicated by z-scores. We recruited 20 subcortical ischemic vascular disease (SIVD) patients who fulfilled the criteria for svMCI...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412365/vaccinia-related-kinase-3-vrk3-sets-the-circadian-period-and-amplitude-by-affecting-the-subcellular-localization-of-clock-proteins-in-mammalian-cells
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Nayoung Park, Jieun Song, Seongsu Jeong, Thanh Thi Tran, Hyuk Wan Ko, Eun Young Kim
In the eukaryotic circadian clock machinery, negative feedback repression of CLOCK (CLK) and BMAL1 transcriptional activity by PERIOD (PER) and CRYPTOCHROME (CRY) underlies the basis for 24 h rhythmic gene expression. Thus, precise regulation of the time-dependent nuclear entry of circadian repressors is crucial to generating normal circadian rhythms. Here, we sought to identify novel kinase(s) that regulate nuclear entry of mammalian CRY1 (mCRY1) with an unbiased screening using red fluorescent protein (RFP)-tagged human kinome expression plasmids in mammalian cells...
April 13, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398031/a-carbon-nanotube-optical-sensor-reports-nuclear-entry-via-a-noncanonical-pathway
#15
Januka Budhathoki-Uprety, Rachel E Langenbacher, Prakrit V Jena, Daniel Roxbury, Daniel A Heller
Single-walled carbon nanotubes are of interest in biomedicine for imaging and molecular sensing applications and as shuttles for various cargos such as chemotherapeutic drugs, peptides, proteins, and oligonucleotides. Carbon nanotube surface chemistry can be modulated for subcellular targeting while preserving photoluminescence for label-free visualization in complex biological environments, making them attractive materials for such studies. The cell nucleus is a potential target for many pathologies including cancer and infectious diseases...
April 25, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391323/genomic-and-transcriptomic-analysis-reveals-spliced-leader-trans-splicing-in-cryptomonads
#16
Scott William Roy
Spliced leader trans-splicing (SLTS) is a poorly understood mechanism that is found in a diversity of eukaryotic lineages. In SLTS, a short RNA sequence is added near the 5' ends of the transcripts of protein-coding genes by a modified spliceosomal reaction. Available data suggest that SLTS has evolved many times, and might be more likely to evolve in animals. That SLTS might be more likely to evolve in the context of the generally complex transcriptomes characteristic of animals suggests the possibility that SLTS functions in gene regulation or transcriptome diversification, however no general novel function for SLTS is known...
March 1, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388867/are-friends-really-the-family-we-choose-local-variations-of-hypothalamus-activity-when-viewing-personally-known-faces
#17
Farah H Wolfe, Christine Deruelle, Thierry Chaminade
Sibling and friend relationships have significant impact on individuals' socio-emotional development. Hypothalamic supraoptic nucleus (SON) and paraventricular nucleus (PVN) synthesize and secrete neuropeptides, including oxytocin, associated with attachment behaviors. Here, using fMRI, we investigate the implication of these two hypothalamic nuclei in the visual processing of personally known faces.  Faces of same-sex sibling, best friend, celebrity, and unknown person appear in the middle of the screen while participants perform a task requiring a button click each time a central white dot turns red...
April 23, 2017: Social Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367713/src-syk-targeted-anti-inflammatory-actions-of-triterpenoidal-saponins-from-gac-momordica-cochinchinensis-seeds
#18
Jae Sik Yu, Jun Ho Kim, Seulah Lee, Kiwon Jung, Ki Hyun Kim, Jae Youl Cho
Momordica cochinchinensis Spreng (family Cucurbitaceae), also known as gac, or red melon, is an edible Southeast Asian fruit valued for its nutritional and medicinal properties. Specifically, Momordicae Semen, the seeds of the gac fruit, is used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat boils, rheumatic pain, muscle spasm, hemorrhoids, and hemangiomas. In this study, a chemical investigation into a gac seed ethanol (EtOH) extract resulted in the identification of three triterpenoidal saponins (1-3), which were investigated for their anti-inflammatory effects...
April 2, 2017: American Journal of Chinese Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28364007/combined-diffusion-tensor-imaging-and-apparent-transverse-relaxation-rate-differentiate-parkinson-disease-and-atypical-parkinsonism
#19
G Du, M M Lewis, S Kanekar, N W Sterling, L He, L Kong, R Li, X Huang
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Both diffusion tensor imaging and the apparent transverse relaxation rate have shown promise in differentiating Parkinson disease from atypical parkinsonism (particularly multiple system atrophy and progressive supranuclear palsy). The objective of the study was to assess the ability of DTI, the apparent transverse relaxation rate, and their combination for differentiating Parkinson disease, multiple system atrophy, progressive supranuclear palsy, and controls...
May 2017: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345262/purebreeding-of-red-maasai-and-crossbreeding-with-dorper-sheep-in-different-environments-in-kenya
#20
E Zonabend König, E Strandberg, J M K Ojango, T Mirkena, A M Okeyo, J Philipsson
The aim of this article was to study opportunities for improvement of the indigenous and threatened Red Maasai sheep (RM) in Kenya, by comparing purebreeding with crossbreeding with Dorper sheep (D) as a terminal breed, in two different environments (Env. A and a harsher Env. B), assuming different levels of genotype-by-environment interaction (G × E). Breeding goals differed between environments and breeds. Four scenarios of nucleus breeding schemes were stochastically simulated, with the nucleus in Env...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Animal Breeding and Genetics, Zeitschrift Für Tierzüchtung und Züchtungsbiologie
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