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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223542/the-in-vitro-and-vivo-effects-of-nuclear-and-cytosolic-parafibromin-expression-on-the-aggressive-phenotypes-of-colorectal-cancer-cells-a-search-of-potential-gene-therapy-target
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Hua-Chuan Zheng, Jia-Jie Liu, Jing Li, Ji-Cheng Wu, Lei Yang, Gui-Feng Zhao, Xin Zhao, Hua-Mao Jiang, Ke-Qiang Huang, Zhi-Jie Li
Down-regulated parafibromin is positively linked to the pathogenesis of parathyroid, lung, breast, ovarian, gastric and colorectal cancers. Here, we found that wild-type (WT) parafibromin overexpression suppressed proliferation, tumor growth, induced cell cycle arrest and apoptosis in colorectal cancer cells (p<0.05), but it was the converse for mutant-type (MT, mutation in nucleus localization sequence) parafibromin (p<0.05). Both WT and MT transfectants inhibited migration and invasion, and caused better differentiation (p<0...
February 16, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218386/glucose-adsorption-to-chitosan-membranes-increases-proliferation-of-human-chondrocyte-via-mammalian-target-of-rapamycin-complex-1-and-sterol-regulatory-element-binding-protein-1-signaling
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Shun-Fu Chang, Kuo-Chin Huang, Chin-Chang Cheng, Yu-Ping Su, Ko-Chao Lee, Cheng-Nan Chen, Hsin-I Chang
BACKGROUND: Osteoarthritis (OA) is currently still an irreversible degenerative disease of the articular cartilage. Recent, dextrose (D-glucose) intraarticular injection prolotherapy for OA patients has been reported to benefit the chondrogenic stimulation of damaged cartilage. However, the detailed mechanism of glucose's effect on cartilage repair remains unclear. Chitosan, a naturally derived polysaccharide, has recently been investigated as a surgical or dental dressing to control breeding...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214587/paqr3-augments-amino-acid-deprivation-induced-autophagy-by-inhibiting-mtorc1-signaling
#3
Lin Wang, Yi Pan, Meiqin Huang, Xue You, Feifan Guo, Yan Chen
Amino acids are the key activators of the mTOR complex 1 (mTORC1, mainly composed of mTOR, Raptor and mLST8) required for cell growth and proliferation. On the other hand, deprivation of amino acids induces autophagy via inhibition of mTORC1 signaling. We report here that amino acid-induced mTORC1 activity and amino acid deprivation-induced autophagy are regulated by PAQR3, a tumor suppressor. At the cellular level, PAQR3 negatively regulates amino acid-induced activation of mTORC1. The N-terminal end of PAQR3 interacts with the WD domains of Raptor and mLST8 directly...
February 15, 2017: Cellular Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212891/sulforaphane-inhibits-platelet-derived-growth-factor-induced-vascular-smooth-muscle-cell-proliferation-by-targeting-mtor-p70s6kinase-signaling-independent-of-nrf2-activation
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Noha M Shawky, Lakshman Segar
Activation of nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2, a transcription factor) and/or inhibition of mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) are implicated in the suppression of vascular smooth muscle cell (VSMC) proliferation. The present study has examined the likely regulatory effects of sulforaphane (SFN, an antioxidant) on Nrf2 activation and platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF)-induced mTOR signaling in VSMCs. Using human aortic VSMCs, nuclear extraction and siRNA-mediated downregulation studies were performed to determine the role of Nrf2 on SFN regulation of PDGF-induced proliferative signaling...
February 14, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211246/dna-amplification-in-the-field-move-over-pcr-here-comes-lamp
#5
Patricia L M Lee
It would not be an exaggeration to say that among molecular technologies, it is PCR (polymerase chain reaction) that underpins the discipline of molecular ecology as we know it today. With PCR, it has been possible to target the amplification of particular fragments of DNA, which can then be analysed in a multitude of ways. The capability of PCR to amplify DNA from a mere handful of copies further means that conservationists and ecologists are able to sample DNA unobtrusively and with minimal disturbance to the environment and the organisms of interest...
March 2017: Molecular Ecology Resources
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209509/the-visual-system-of-diurnal-raptors-updated-review
#6
J González-Martín-Moro, J L Hernández-Verdejo, A Clement-Corral
OBJECTIVE: Diurnal birds of prey (raptors) are considered the group of animals with highest visual acuity (VA). The purpose of this work is to review all the information recently published about the visual system of this group of animals. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A bibliographic search was performed in PubMed. The algorithm used was (raptor OR falcon OR kestrel OR hawk OR eagle) AND (vision OR «visual acuity» OR eye OR macula OR retina OR fovea OR «nictitating membrane» OR «chromatic vision» OR ultraviolet)...
February 13, 2017: Archivos de la Sociedad Española de Oftalmología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207853/numerical-simulations-of-atmospheric-dispersion-of-iodine-131-by-different-models
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Ádám Leelőssy, Róbert Mészáros, Attila Kovács, István Lagzi, Tibor Kovács
Nowadays, several dispersion models are available to simulate the transport processes of air pollutants and toxic substances including radionuclides in the atmosphere. Reliability of atmospheric transport models has been demonstrated in several recent cases from local to global scale; however, very few actual emission data are available to evaluate model results in real-life cases. In this study, the atmospheric dispersion of 131I emitted to the atmosphere during an industrial process was simulated with different models, namely the WRF-Chem Eulerian online coupled model and the HYSPLIT and the RAPTOR Lagrangian models...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199005/specialized-photoreceptor-composition-in-the-raptor-fovea
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Mindaugas Mitkus, Peter Olsson, Matthew B Toomey, Joseph C Corbo, Almut Kelber
The retinae of many bird species contain a depression with high photoreceptor density known as the fovea. Many species of raptors have two foveae, a deep central fovea and a shallower temporal fovea. Birds have six types of photoreceptors: rods, active in dim light, double cones that are thought to mediate achromatic discrimination, and four types of single cones mediating color vision. To maximize visual acuity, the fovea should only contain photoreceptors contributing to high-resolution vision. Interestingly, it has been suggested that raptors might lack double cones in the fovea...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193689/signaling-by-fgf-receptor-2-not-fgf-receptor-1-regulates-myelin-thickness-through-activation-of-erk1-2-mapk-which-promotes-mtorc1-activity-in-an-akt-independent-manner
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M Furusho, A Ishii, R Bansal
FGF signaling has emerged as a significant 'late-stage' regulator of myelin thickness in the CNS, independent of oligodendrocyte differentiation. Therefore, it is critically important to identify the specific FGF-Receptor-type and its downstream signaling molecules in oligodendrocytes to obtain better insights into the regulatory mechanisms of myelin growth. Here, we show that FGF-Receptor-type-2 (FGFR2) is highly enriched at the paranodal loops of myelin. Conditional ablation of this receptor-type, but not FGF-Receptor-type-1 (FGFR1), resulted in attenuation of myelin growth, expression of major myelin genes, key transcription factor Myrf and ERK1/2 activity...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193557/birds-and-flame-retardants-a-review-of-the-toxic-effects-on-birds-of-historical-and-novel-flame-retardants
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REVIEW
Mélanie F Guigueno, Kim J Fernie
Flame retardants (FRs) are a diverse group of chemicals, many of which persist in the environment and bioaccumulate in biota. Although some FRs have been withdrawn from manufacturing and commerce (e.g., legacy FRs), many continue to be detected in the environment; moreover, their replacements and/or other novel FRs are also detected in biota. Here, we review and summarize the literature on the toxic effects of various FRs on birds. Birds integrate chemical information (exposure, effects) across space and time, making them ideal sentinels of environmental contamination...
February 10, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183038/supplementary-feeding-and-endoparasites-in-threatened-avian-scavengers-coprologic-evidence-from-red-kites-in-their-wintering-stronghold
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Guillermo Blanco, Jesús Cardells, María M Garijo-Toledo
Many obligate and facultative avian scavengers are increasingly dependent on food provided in supplementary feeding stations (SFS), which are managed for the conservation of these species. Deliberate feeding can influence disease-related host demography and population dynamics through physiological changes and density-dependent parasite acquisition and transmission, but information on this threat to avian scavengers is scarce. Due to their effects on host aggregation and density, we hypothesised that the predictability and concentration of food in SFS can exacerbate parasite infection...
February 6, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28180973/fatal-attack-on-a-rylands-bald-faced-saki-monkey-pithecia-rylandsi-by-a-black-and-white-hawk-eagle-spizaetus-melanoleucus
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Dara B Adams, Sean M Williams
Predation risk has played an important role in primate behavioral evolution, yet natural primate-predator interactions are rarely observed. We describe the consumption and probable predation of an adult bald-faced saki monkey (Pithecia rylandsi) by a black-and-white hawk-eagle (Spizaetus melanoleucus) at the Los Amigos Biological Station in lowland Amazonian Peru. To our knowledge, this is the first published case of a black-and-white hawk-eagle consuming any primate species. We contend that while most reported observations of successful and attempted predation by raptors involves the largest and most notorious species (i...
February 8, 2017: Primates; Journal of Primatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178239/eprs-is-a-critical-mtorc1-s6k1-effector-that-influences-adiposity-in-mice
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Abul Arif, Fulvia Terenzi, Alka A Potdar, Jie Jia, Jessica Sacks, Arnab China, Dalia Halawani, Kommireddy Vasu, Xiaoxia Li, J Mark Brown, Jie Chen, Sara C Kozma, George Thomas, Paul L Fox
Metabolic pathways that contribute to adiposity and ageing are activated by the mammalian target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1) and p70 ribosomal protein S6 kinase 1 (S6K1) axis. However, known mTORC1-S6K1 targets do not account for observed loss-of-function phenotypes, suggesting that there are additional downstream effectors of this pathway. Here we identify glutamyl-prolyl-tRNA synthetase (EPRS) as an mTORC1-S6K1 target that contributes to adiposity and ageing. Phosphorylation of EPRS at Ser999 by mTORC1-S6K1 induces its release from the aminoacyl tRNA multisynthetase complex, which is required for execution of noncanonical functions of EPRS beyond protein synthesis...
February 16, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176631/grid-based-continual-analysis-of-molecular-interior-for-drug-discovery-qsar-and-qspr
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A V Potemkin, M A Grishina, V A Potemkin
BACKGROUND: In 1979, R.D.Cramer and M.Milne made a first realization of the above mentioned principles attempting to compare molecules by aligning them in space and by mapping their molecular fields to a 3D grid. Further, this approach was developed as the DYLOMMS (DYnamic Lattice-Oriented Molecular Modelling System) approach. In 1984, H.Wold and S.Wold proposed the use of partial least squares (PLS) analysis, instead of principal component analysis, to correlate the field values with biological activities...
February 7, 2017: Current Drug Discovery Technologies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28120805/behavioural-adaptations-to-flight-into-thin-air
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Sherub Sherub, Gil Bohrer, Martin Wikelski, Rolf Weinzierl
Soaring raptors can fly at high altitudes of up to 9000 m. The behavioural adjustments to high-altitude flights are largely unknown. We studied thermalling flights of Himalayan vultures (Gyps himalayensis) from 50 to 6500 m above sea level, a twofold range of air densities. To create the necessary lift to support the same weight and maintain soaring flight in thin air birds might modify lift coefficient by biophysical changes, such as wing posture and increasing the power expenditure. Alternatively, they can change their flight characteristics...
October 2016: Biology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28117149/the-role-of-density-dependence-regulation-in-the-misleading-effect-of-the-aznalcollar-mining-spill-on-the-booted-eagle-fecundity
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Esperanza Gil-Jiménez, Javier Manzano, Eva Casado, Miguel Ferrer
The aim of this study was to assess the exposure and potential effects of the toxic elements released by the Aznalcollar spillage on the fecundity of the booted eagle (Hieraetus pennatus) population of Doñana National Park. We measured As, Cd, Cu, Pb, Zn, Sb and Tl levels in the blood of 24 individuals after the accident and also used data of reproductive performance of the species from 1976 to 2000. While As, Sb and Tl were below their detection limits and only 3 samples were above detection limit for Cd (0...
January 20, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28116549/run-hide-or-fight-anti-predation-strategies-in-endangered-red-nosed-cuxi%C3%A3%C2%BA-chiropotes-albinasus-pitheciidae-in-southeastern-amazonia
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Adrian A Barnett, João M Silla, Tadeu de Oliveira, Sarah A Boyle, Bruna M Bezerra, Wilson R Spironello, Eleonore Z F Setz, Rafaela F Soares da Silva, Samara de Albuquerque Teixeira, Lucy M Todd, Liliam P Pinto
Although primate predation is rarely observed, a series of primate anti-predation strategies have been described. Energetic costs of such strategies can vary from high-cost mobbing, via less costly alarm calling, to low-cost furtive concealment. Here we report the anti-predation strategies of red-nosed cuxiú, Chiropotes albinasus, based on direct observations from four study sites in southeastern Brazilian Amazonia. Over a collective period of 1255 fieldwork hours, we observed nine direct interactions between raptors (all potential predators) and red-nosed cuxiús...
January 23, 2017: Primates; Journal of Primatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28112218/mtorc1-phosphorylates-larp6-to-stimulate-type-i-collagen-expression
#18
Yujie Zhang, Branko Stefanovic
Excessive deposition of type I collagen causes fibrotic diseases. Binding of La ribonucleoprotein domain family, member 6 (LARP6) to collagen mRNAs regulates their translation and is necessary for high type I collagen expression. Here we show that mTORC1 phosphorylates LARP6 on S348 and S409. The S348A/S409A mutant of LARP6 acts as a dominant negative protein in collagen biosynthesis, which retards secretion of type I collagen and causes excessive posttranslational modifications. Similar effects are seen using mTORC1 inhibitor rapamycin or by knocking down raptor...
January 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107077/evaluation-of-cardiac-size-in-the-common-kestrel-falco-tinnunculus-based-on-radiographic-measurements
#19
Ali Mirshahi, Mahnaz Shariatzadeh, Jamshid Razmyar, Mohammad Azizzadeh
The common kestrel ( Falco tinnunculus ) is a common raptor found worldwide. To establish reference intervals for cardiac size by radiography, 14 adult common kestrels were evaluated clinically and with radiographs (lateral and ventrodorsal views). The cardiac width, thoracic width, distance between third and fourth ribs, synsacrum width, coracoid width, and distance between clavicle bones were measured on ventrodorsal radiographs. The ratio between cardiac width and the other 5 indices was calculated. Results showed a significant, positive correlation between the cardiac width and thoracic width and between cardiac width and coracoid width...
December 2016: Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107076/characterization-of-an-avipoxvirus-from-a-bald-eagle-haliaeetus-leucocephalus-using-novel-consensus-pcr-protocols-for-the-rpo147-and-dna-dependent-dna-polymerase-genes
#20
Alexa A Stephen, Angelique M Leone, David E Toplon, Linda L Archer, James F X Wellehan
A juvenile female bald eagle ( Haliaeetus leucocephalus ) was presented with emaciation and proliferative periocular lesions. The eagle did not respond to supportive therapy and was euthanatized. Histopathologic examination of the skin lesions revealed plaques of marked epidermal hyperplasia parakeratosis, marked acanthosis and spongiosis, and eosinophilic intracytoplasmic inclusion bodies. Novel polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assays were done to amplify and sequence DNA polymerase and rpo147 genes. The 4b gene was also analyzed by a previously developed assay...
December 2016: Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery
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