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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636238/segmental-domain-selective-perdeuteration-and-small-angle-neutron-scattering-for-structural-analysis-of-multi-domain-proteins
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Miriam Sonntag, Pravin Jagtap, Bernd Simon, Marie-Sousai Appavou, Arie Geerlof, Ralf Stehle, Frank Gabel, Janosch Hennig, Michael Sattler
Multi-domain proteins play critical roles in fine-tuning essential processes in cellular signaling and gene regulation. Typically, multiple globular domains that are connected by flexible linkers undergo dynamic re-arrangements upon binding to protein, DNA or RNA ligands. RNA binding proteins (RBPs) represent an important class of multi-domain proteins, which regulate gene expression by recognizing linear or structured RNA sequence motifs. Here, we employ segmental perdeuteration of the three RNA recognition motif (RRM) domains in the RBP TIA-1 using Sortase A-mediated protein ligation...
June 21, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636161/infinity-sperm-storage-the-gift-that-keeps-on-giving
#2
Gauthier Schang, Beatriz Fernandez-Fuertes, Samantha C Lean, Alexandra L Nguyen, Osvaldo Bogado Pascottini
Female Drosophila retain sperm for up to two weeks post-copulation in a network of storage organs includng the bursa, the seminal receptacle, and the spermathecae. This image shows the seminal receptacle of a Drosophila melanogaster female, 2-hrs post-copulation between a LHM (wild-type) female with a Protamine B (green), β-Tubulin (blue) fluorescently tagged male, whose sperm can be visualized within the female. This 'infinity' structure of the seminal receptacle resembles the tubular coil that allows for the storage of very long sperm relative to female body size -up to 20 times the length of the female in some Drosophila species...
June 21, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636149/photocatalytic-interaction-of-aminophylline-riboflavin-leads-to-ros-mediated-dna-damage-and-cell-death-a-novel-phototherapeutic-mechanism-for-cancer
#3
Saniyya Khan, Imrana Naseem
The accompanied tissue devastation and systemic toxicity of chemotherapy has shifted the quest for having an effective and palliative cancer therapy towards photodynamic therapy (PDT). Riboflavin (Rf), an essential micronutrient is emerging as a potent tool of PDT, due to its excellent photosensitizing properties. It can be used as an efficient adjuvant for various anticancer drugs. The hemolytic and proteolytic effect of photoilluminated aminophylline (Am), a xanthine derivative, and Rf is well documented in literature...
June 21, 2017: IUBMB Life
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636143/tetratricopeptide-repeat-protein-pyg7-is-essential-for-photosystem-i-assembly-by-interacting-with-psac-in-arabidopsis
#4
Huixia Yang, Pin Li, Aihong Zhang, Xiaogang Wen, Lixin Zhang, Congming Lu
Although progress has been made in determining the structure and understanding the function of photosystem I (PSI), the PSI assembly process remains poorly understood. PsaC is an essential subunit of PSI and participates in the transfer of electrons to ferredoxin. However, how PsaC is assembled during accumulation of the PSI complex is unknown. In the present study, we showed that Pyg7 localized to the stromal thylakoid and associated with the PSI complex. We also showed that Pyg7 interacted with PsaC. Furthermore, we found that the PSI assembly process was blocked following formation of the PsaAB heterodimer in the pyg7 mutant...
June 21, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636123/sem-imaging-of-the-stimulatory-response-of-raw264-7-cells-against-porphyromonas-gingivalis-using-a-simple-technique-employing-new-conductive-materials
#5
Chisato Takahashi, Yoshiki Umemura, Ayako Naka, Hiromitsu Yamamoto
In the medical biology, it is essential to understand not only biological morphology but also the interaction between biological materials and agents. To study these, electron microscopy (EM) is often utilized. However, sample preparation techniques for EM require a high level of skill and a considerable time. Here, we conducted EM using a simple technique employing a conductive liquid, BEL-1, and compared the results with another simple technique employing an ionic liquid, 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate ([BMIM][BF4 ])...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636095/suppression-or-knockout-of-saf-sam-overcomes-the-sa-mediated-hybrid-male-sterility-in-rice
#6
Yongyao Xie, Baixiao Niu, Yunming Long, Gousi Li, Jintao Tang, Yaling Zhang, Ding Ren, Yao-Guang Liu, Letian Chen
Hybrids between the indica and japonica subspecies of rice (Oryza sativa) are usually sterile, which hinders utilization of heterosis in the inter-subspecific hybrid breeding. The complex locus Sa comprises two adjacently located genes, SaF and SaM, which interact to cause abortion of pollen grains carrying the japonica allele in japonica-indica hybrids. Here we showed that silencing of SaF or SaM by RNA interference restored male fertility in indica-japonica hybrids with heterozygous Sa. We further used CRISPR/Cas9-based genome editing to knockout the SaF and SaM alleles respectively of an indica rice line to create hybrid-compatible lines...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636039/a-convenient-method-for-multicolour-labelling-of-proteins-with-bodipy-fluorophores-via-tyrosine-residues
#7
Miffy H Y Cheng, Huguette Savoie, Francesca Bryden, Ross W Boyle
Fluorescence is an essential imaging modality for labelling and visualising cells and sub-cellular structures. Multicolour labelling is especially challenging due to differences in physicochemical and photophysical behaviour of structurally unrelated fluorophores in the heterogeneous environments found in sub-cellular compartments. Herein, we report the conjugation of three azide-bearing BODIPYs with similar core structures but widely different emission wavelengths (green, red and NIR) to tyrosine residues of a model globular protein (BSA) via a common linking methodology...
June 21, 2017: Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636006/copper-ion-interaction-with-the-rnase-catalytic-site-fragment-of-the-angiogenin-protein-an-experimental-and-theoretical-investigation
#8
Antonio Magrì, Giovanni Tabbì, Raffaella Breglia, Luca De Gioia, Piercarlo Fantucci, Maurizio Bruschi, Raffaele P Bonomo, Diego La Mendola
The angiogenin protein (Ang) is a member of the vertebrate-specific secreted ribonucleases and one of the most potent angiogenic factors known. Ang is a normal constituent of human plasma and its concentration increases under some physiological and pathological conditions to promote neovascularization. Ang was originally identified as an angiogenic tumour factor, but its biological activity has been found to extend from inducing angiogenesis to promoting cell survival in different neurodegenerative diseases...
June 21, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635952/yunis-var%C3%A3-n-syndrome-caused-by-biallelic-vac14-mutations
#9
Matthew A Lines, Yoko Ito, Kristin D Kernohan, Wendy Mears, Julie Hurteau-Miller, Sunita Venkateswaran, Leanne Ward, Karine Khatchadourian, Jeff McClintock, Priya Bhola, Philippe M Campeau, Kym M Boycott, Jean Michaud, André Bp van Kuilenburg, Sacha Ferdinandusse, David A Dyment
Yunis-Varón syndrome (YVS) is an autosomal recessive disorder comprising skeletal anomalies, dysmorphism, global developmental delay and intracytoplasmic vacuolation in brain and other tissues. All hitherto-reported pathogenic variants affect FIG4, a lipid phosphatase involved in phosphatidylinositol (3,5)-bisphosphate [PtdIns(3,5)P2] metabolism. FIG4 interacts with PIKfyve, a lipid kinase, via the adapter protein VAC14; all subunits of the resulting complex are essential for PtdIns(3,5)P2 synthesis in the endolysosomal membrane compartment...
June 21, 2017: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635679/the-role-of-angiogenesis-in-cancer-treatment
#10
REVIEW
Mehdi Rajabi, Shaker A Mousa
A number of anti-angiogenesis drugs have been FDA-approved and are being used in cancer treatment, and a number of other agents are in different stages of clinical development or in preclinical evaluation. However, pharmacologic anti-angiogenesis strategies that arrest tumor progression might not be enough to eradicate tumors. Decreased anti-angiogenesis activity in single mechanism-based anti-angiogenic strategies is due to the redundancy, multiplicity, and development of compensatory mechanism by which blood vessels are remodeled...
June 21, 2017: Biomedicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635660/diverse-regulation-of-vitamin-d-receptor-gene-expression-by-1-25-dihydroxyvitamin-d-and-atra-in-murine-and-human-blood-cells-at-early-stages-of-their-differentiation
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Sylwia Janik, Urszula Nowak, Agnieszka Łaszkiewicz, Anastasiia Satyr, Michał Majkowski, Aleksandra Marchwicka, Łukasz Śnieżewski, Klaudia Berkowska, Marian Gabryś, Małgorzata Cebrat, Ewa Marcinkowska
Vitamin D receptor (VDR) is present in multiple blood cells, and the hormonal form of vitamin D, 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D (1,25D) is essential for the proper functioning of the immune system. The role of retinoic acid receptor α (RARα) in hematopoiesis is very important, as the fusion of RARα gene with PML gene initiates acute promyelocytic leukemia where differentiation of the myeloid lineage is blocked, followed by an uncontrolled proliferation of leukemic blasts. RARα takes part in regulation of VDR transcription, and unliganded RARα acts as a transcriptional repressor to VDR gene in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) cells...
June 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635634/despite-inflammation-supplemented-essential-amino-acids-may-improve-circulating-levels-of-albumin-and-haemoglobin-in-patients-after-hip-fractures
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Roberto Aquilani, Ginetto Carlo Zuccarelli, Anna Maria Condino, Michele Catani, Carla Rutili, Consiglia Del Vecchio, Pietro Pisano, Manuela Verri, Paolo Iadarola, Simona Viglio, Federica Boschi
Essential amino acids (EAAs) are nutritional substrates that promote body protein synthesis; thus we hypothesised that their supplementation may improve circulating albumin (Alb) and haemoglobin (Hb) in rehabilitative elderly patients following hip fractures (HF). Out of the 145 HF patients originally enrolled in our study, 112 completed the protocol. These subjects were divided into two randomised groups, each containing 56 patients. For a period of two months, one group (age 81.4 ± 8.1 years; male/female 27/29) received a placebo, and the other (age 83...
June 21, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635622/the-arabidopsis-gpr1-gene-negatively-affects-pollen-germination-pollen-tube-growth-and-gametophyte-senescence
#13
Xiao Yang, Qinying Zhang, Kun Zhao, Qiong Luo, Shuguang Bao, Huabin Liu, Shuzhen Men
Genes essential for gametophyte development and fertilization have been identified and studied in detail; however, genes that fine-tune these processes are largely unknown. Here, we characterized an unknown Arabidopsis gene, GTP-BINDING PROTEIN RELATED1 (GPR1). GPR1 is specifically expressed in ovule, pollen, and pollen tube. Enhanced green fluorescent protein-tagged GPR1 localizes to both nucleus and cytoplasm, and it also presents in punctate and ring-like structures. gpr1 mutants exhibit no defect in gametogenesis and seed setting, except that their pollen grains are pale in color...
June 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635610/chemical-components-antioxidant-potential-and-hepatoprotective-effects-of-artemisia-campestris-essential-oil-against-deltamethrin-induced-genotoxicity-and-oxidative-damage-in-rats
#14
Mongi Saoudi, Marwa Ncir, Manel Ben Ali, Malek Grati, Kamel Jamoussi, Noureddine Allouche, Abdelfattah El Feki
In the present study, we evaluated the antioxidant potential of Artemisia campestris essential oil (ACEO) and the possible protective effects against deltamethrin induced hepatic toxic effects. The ACEO showed radical scavenging activity with IC50 = 47.66 ± 2.51 µg/ml, ferric reducing antioxidant power (FRAP) potential (EC50 = 5.36 ± 0.77 µg/ml), superoxide scavenging activity (IC50 = 0.175 ± 0.007 µg/ml) and ˙OH scavenging activity (IC50 = 0.034 ± 0.007 µg/ml). The obtained results of phenolic profile demonstrated that phenolic compounds are the major contributor to the antioxidant activity of ACEO...
July 2017: General Physiology and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635589/regulation-of-escherichia-coli-pathogenesis-by-alternative-sigma-factor-n
#15
James T Riordan, Avishek Mitra
σ(N) (also σ(54)) is an alternative sigma factor subunit of the RNA polymerase complex that regulates the expression of genes from many different ontological groups. It is broadly conserved in the Eubacteria with major roles in nitrogen metabolism, membrane biogenesis, and motility. σ(N) is encoded as the first gene of a five-gene operon including rpoN (σ(N)), ptsN, hpf, rapZ, and npr that has been genetically retained among species of Escherichia, Shigella, and Salmonella. In an increasing number of bacteria, σ(N) has been implicated in the control of genes essential to pathogenic behavior, including those involved in adherence, secretion, immune subversion, biofilm formation, toxin production, and resistance to both antimicrobials and biological stressors...
June 2017: EcoSal Plus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635575/-high-risk-obstetrics-in-tertiary-centres-anaesthetist-hybrid-operating-suite-and-obstetric-critical-care-unit
#16
C D van der Marel, A J Eggink, R J Stolker
The frequency of pregnancy-related morbidity has increased over recent decades, as has the number of patients with complex congenital cardiac anomalies reaching fertile age, resulting in an increasing number of high-risk pregnancies. In order to optimalise maternal and foetal outcome in these patients, not only is the availability of optimal in-hospital facilities (e.g. obstetric critical care unit, hybrid operating suite) important, but also a multidisciplinary approach which is mandatory for successful maternal and foetal outcome...
2017: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635452/reflective-practice
#17
Lynda Kenny
What was the nature of the CPD activity, practice-related feedback and/or event and/or experience in your practice? The article focused on reflection, which is an essential tool for nurses that can be used in their personal and professional development, while reinforcing continuous learning.
June 21, 2017: Nursing Standard
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635449/nursing-care-after-death-in-northern-ireland
#18
Lynne Pearce
Essential facts According to the Registrar General Annual Report, there were 15,548 deaths in Northern Ireland in 2015. Almost two thirds of these were of people aged 75 or over, and almost half occurred in NHS hospitals, with a further 20% in other hospitals or nursing homes. There are significant differences between what happens after death in Northern Ireland and in other UK countries. For example, in Northern Ireland it is common practice to hold a wake, where family and friends come together to view the deceased person in their home...
June 21, 2017: Nursing Standard
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635440/adding-an-accredited-exercise-physiologist-role-to-a-new-model-of-care-at-a-secure-extended-care-mental-health-service-a-qualitative-study
#19
Trentham Furness, Jude Hewavasam, Jakqui Barnfield, Brian McKenna, Corey Joseph
BACKGROUND: Accredited exercise physiologists (AEPs) are emerging as essential members of allied health in the management of non-communicable chronic diseases. People diagnosed with severe mental illness (SMI) are at greater risk of cardiovascular diseases. Secure extended care units (SECUs) provide treatment, supervision and support for people with SMI whose needs cannot be met adequately in the community. However, the role of AEPs in SECUs has not been described. AIM: Describe the processes and outcomes of adding an AEP to a new model of care at a SECU...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635411/single-nucleotide-polymorphisms-in-the-human-rad21l-gene-may-be-a-genetic-risk-factor-for-japanese-patients-with-azoospermia-caused-by-meiotic-arrest-and-sertoli-cell-only-syndrome
#20
Gaku Minase, Toshinobu Miyamoto, Yasushi Miyagawa, Masashi Iijima, Hiroto Ueda, Yasuaki Saijo, Mikio Namiki, Kazuo Sengoku
Genetic mechanisms are implicated in some cases of male infertility. Recently, it was demonstrated that male mice lacking the gene for RAD21L exhibited azoospermia caused by meiotic arrest. Mouse RAD21L is a functionally relevant meiotic α-kleisin that is essential for male fertility. Therefore, we hypothesized that RAD21L mutations or polymorphisms may be associated with male infertility, especially azoospermia secondary to meiotic arrest. To determine if RAD21L defects are associated with azoospermia in groups of patients with meiotic arrest, we performed direct sequencing of the RAD21L coding regions in 38 Japanese patients with meiotic arrest and in 200 normal controls...
February 21, 2017: Human Fertility: Journal of the British Fertility Society
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