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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793200/influence-of-auxochrome-group-in-disperse-dyes-bearing-azo-groups-as-chromophore-center-in-the-biotransformation-and-molecular-docking-prediction-by-reductase-enzyme-implications-and-assessment-for-environmental-toxicity-of-xenobiotics
#1
Jefferson Honorio Franco, Bianca F da Silva, Elisangela Franciscon G Dias, Alexandre A de Castro, Teodorico C Ramalho, Maria Valnice Boldrin Zanoni
Synthetic azo dyes have increasingly become a matter of great concern as a result of the genotoxic and mutagenic potential of the products derived from azo dye biotransformation. This work evaluates the manner in which reducing enzymes produced by Escherichia coli (E. coli) act on three disperse dyes bearing azo groups, namely Disperse Red 73 (DR 73), Disperse Red 78 (DR 78), and Disperse Red 167 (DR 167). UV-Vis spectrophotometry, high-performance liquid chromatography with diode array detector (HPLC-DAD), and liquid chromatography mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) were applied towards the identification of the main products...
May 21, 2018: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793141/new-contributions-to-gruberia-lanceolata-gruber-1884-kahl-1932-based-on-analyses-of-multiple-populations-and-genes-ciliophora-heterotrichea-gruberiidae
#2
Xiangrui Chen, Shahed Uddin Ahmed Shazib, Ji Hye Kim, Min Seok Kim, Mann Kyoon Shin
Gruberia Kahl, 1932 is a species-poor genus comprising only seven named species. Most of these species have not been reinvestigated since the original reports. In the present work, we investigated the taxonomy and phylogeny of Gruberia lanceolata (Gruber, 1884) Kahl, 1932 based on analyses of morphology and multiple gene sequences from four South Korean populations. This species is mainly characterized by a well-developed peristome region, segmented paroral membrane, and moniliform macronucleus. Some morphological features were not stable among the four populations investigated, such as body shape and size, cell color, and the ratio of oral length to body length...
May 9, 2018: European Journal of Protistology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793138/computation-of-marginal-distributions-of-peak-heights-in-electropherograms-for-analysing-single-source-and-mixture-str-dna-samples
#3
Robert G Cowell
Current models for single source and mixture samples, and probabilistic genotyping software based on them used for analysing STR electropherogram data, assume simple probability distributions, such as the gamma distribution, to model the allelic peak height variability given the initial amount of DNA prior to PCR amplification. Here we illustrate how amplicon number distributions, for a model of the process of sample DNA collection and PCR amplification, may be efficiently computed by evaluating probability generating functions using discrete Fourier transforms...
May 4, 2018: Forensic Science International. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793132/ph-responsive-label-assisted-click-chemistry-triggered-sensitivity-amplification-for-ultrasensitive-electrochemical-detection-of-carbohydrate-antigen-24-2
#4
Yun Zheng, Lihua Zhao, Zhanfang Ma
Sensitivity amplification strategy by implementing click chemistry in the construction of biosensing interface can efficiently improve the performance of immunosensor. Herein, we developed a sandwich-type amperometric immunosensor for ultrasensitive detection of carbohydrate antigen 24-2 (CA 242) based on pH responsive label-assisted click chemistry triggered sensitivity amplification strategy. The sensitivity of amperometric immunosensor relies on the current response differences (ΔI) caused by per unit concentration target analyte...
May 15, 2018: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793093/graphene-oxide-assisted-au-nanoparticle-strip-biosensor-based-on-gr-5-dnazyme-for-rapid-lead-ion-detection
#5
Hai-Bo Wang, Li-Hong Ma, Bi-Yun Fang, Yuan-Di Zhao, Xue-Bin Hu
This study has reported that a GR-5 DNAzyme based lead ion strip biosensor could exhibit an enhanced specificity with the assistance of graphene oxide (GO). This enhancement results from the specific π-stacking interaction between the ribose rings of the nucleobases and the carbon hexagons in GO which can reduce the false positive interference by removing unhybridized ssDNA during the annealing of GR-5 DNAzyme. Meanwhile, conjugate pad was sprayed with two kinds of AuNP-DNA probes, and nitrocellulose membrane test zone and control zone were immobilized with two kinds of biotin-DNA probes, respectively...
May 21, 2018: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793088/decellularized-and-matured-esophageal-scaffold-for-circumferential-esophagus-replacement-proof-of-concept-in-a-pig-model
#6
Guillaume Luc, Guillaume Charles, Caroline Gronnier, Magali Cabau, Charlotte Kalisky, Mallory Meulle, Reine Bareille, Samantha Roques, Lionel Couraud, Johanna Rannou, Laurence Bordenave, Denis Collet, Marlène Durand
Surgical resection of the esophagus requires sacrificing a long portion of it. Its replacement by the demanding gastric pull-up or colonic interposition techniques may be avoided by using short biologic scaffolds composed of decellularized matrix (DM). The aim of this study was to prepare, characterize, and assess the in vivo remodeling of DM and its clinical impact in a preclinical model. A dynamic chemical and enzymatic decellularization protocol of porcine esophagus was set up and optimized. The resulting DM was mechanically and biologically characterized by DNA quantification, histology, and histomorphometry techniques...
May 17, 2018: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793068/prenatal-phthalate-exposure-birth-outcomes-and-dna-methylation-of-alu-and-line-1-repetitive-elements-a-pilot-study-in-china
#7
Li-Li Huang, Bin Zhou, Song-Hua Ai, Pan Yang, Ying-Jun Chen, Chong Liu, Yan-Ling Deng, Qing Lu, Xiao-Ping Miao, Wen-Qing Lu, Yi-Xin Wang, Qiang Zeng
BACKGROUND: Epigenetic mechanisms, such as altered DNA methylation, may participate in the relationship between prenatal phthalate exposure and adverse birth outcomes. OBJECTIVE: To explore the mediation effect of DNA methylation in the associations of phthalate exposure before delivery with birth outcomes in a Chinese cohort. METHODS: Eight phthalate metabolites in maternal urine before delivery and DNA methylation of Alu and long interspersed nucleotide elements (LINE-1) in cord blood were determined among 106 mother-infant pairs...
May 7, 2018: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793048/dna-methylation-differences-at-the-glucocorticoid-receptor-gene-in-depression-are-related-to-functional-alterations-in-hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal-axis-activity-and-to-early-life-emotional-abuse
#8
Chloё Farrell, Kelly Doolin, Niamh O' Leary, Chaitra Jairaj, Darren Roddy, Leonardo Tozzi, Derek Morris, Andrew Harkin, Thomas Frodl, Zsófia Nemoda, Moshe Szyf, Linda Booij, Veronica O'Keane
Depression is associated with alterations in hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis activity. A proposed mechanism to explain these alterations are changes in DNA methylation levels, secondary to early life adversity (ELA), at stress-related genes. Two gene regions that have been implicated in the literature, the glucocorticoid receptor gene (NR3C1) exon 1F and the FKBP5 gene intron 7 were examined in 67 individuals (33 depressed patients and 34 controls). We investigated whether cortisol concentrations, evaluated in 25 depressed patients and 20 controls, and measures of ELA were associated with the degree of methylation at these candidate gene regions...
May 8, 2018: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792945/cross-linking-by-epichlorohydrin-and-diepoxybutane-correlates-with-cytotoxicity-and-leads-to-apoptosis-in-human-leukemia-hl-60-cells
#9
Phuong M Le, Vanesa L Silvestri, Samuel C Redstone, Jordanne B Dunn, Julie T Millard
The bifunctional alkylating agents epichlorohydrin (ECH) and diepoxybutane (DEB) have been linked to increased cancer risks in industrial workers. These compounds react with DNA and proteins, leading to genotoxic effects. We used the comet assay to monitor formation of cross-links in HL-60 cells treated with ECH, DEB, and the structurally related anti-cancer drug mechlorethamine (HN2). We report a time- and dose-dependent cytotoxicity that correlated with cross-linking activity, following the order HN2 > DEB > ECH...
May 21, 2018: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792944/enrichment-of-low-density-symbiont-dna-from-minute-insects
#10
Corinne M Stouthamer, Suzanne Kelly, Martha S Hunter
Symbioses between bacteria and insects are often associated with changes in important biological traits that can significantly affect host fitness. To a large extent, studies of these interactions have been based on physiological changes or induced phenotypes in the host, and the genetic mechanisms by which symbionts interact with their hosts have only recently become better understood. Learning about symbionts has been challenging in part due to difficulties such as obtaining enough high quality genomic material for high throughput sequencing technology, especially for symbionts present in low titers, and in small or difficult to rear non-model hosts...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Microbiological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792930/functional-genomics-for-the-oleaginous-yeast-yarrowia-lipolytica
#11
Kurt Patterson, James Yu, Jenny Landberg, Ivan Chang, Farbod Shavarebi, Virginia Bilanchone, Suzanne Sandmeyer
Oleaginous yeasts are valuable systems for biosustainable production of hydrocarbon-based chemicals. Yarrowia lipolytica is one of the best characterized of these yeast with respect to genome annotation and flux analysis of metabolic processes. Nonetheless, progress is hampered by a dearth of genome-wide tools enabling functional genomics. In order to remedy this deficiency, we developed a library of Y. lipolytica insertion mutants via transposon mutagenesis. The Hermes DNA transposon was expressed to achieve saturation mutagenesis of the genome...
May 21, 2018: Metabolic Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792924/creation-of-an-acellular-vaginal-matrix-for-potential-vaginal-augmentation-and-cloacal-repair
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K V Greco, L G Jones, I Obiri-Yeboa, T Ansari
STUDY OBJECTIVE: our aim was to use porcine vagina to create a vaginal matrix and test its cellular biocompatibility. DESIGN: vagina was harvested from pigs and de-cellularised (DC) using a combination of detergents (Triton x-100 and sodium deoxycholate) and enzymes (DNAse/RNAse). INTERVENTIONS: the presence of cellular material, collagen structural integrity and basement membrane proteins were assessed histologically. To address cytocompatibility, porcine adipose derived-mesenchymal stem cells (AD-MSC) were harvested from abdominal fat together with vaginal epithelial cells (VEC) and seeded onto the mucosal aspect of the vaginal scaffold...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792916/flow-cytometry-based-method-facilitates-optimization-of-pma-treatment-condition-for-pma-qpcr-method
#13
Zhiqing Huang, Jianwei Zheng, Chunmei Shi, Qiang Chen
Coupling propidium monoazide (PMA) with quantitative PCR (PMA-qPCR) has been successfully applied to specific detection and quantification of viable cells in various samples. The optimal PMA treatment condition is usually determined through qPCR. However, it is a tedious, time consuming and costly process including DNA extraction and qPCR. To overcome this problem, a flow cytometry-based (FCM-based) method was first proposed in this study to replace qPCR for screening of the optimal PMA treatment condition for Helicobacter pylori, since the pure culture treated with PMA was actually a single cell suspension with fluorescent dye...
May 21, 2018: Molecular and Cellular Probes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792884/pharmacological-inhibition-of-dna-methylation-attenuates-pressure-overload-induced-cardiac-hypertrophy-in-rats
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Justus Stenzig, Yvonne Schneeberger, Alexandra Löser, Barbara S Peters, Andreas Schaefer, Rong-Rong Zhao, Shi Ling Ng, Grit Höppner, Birgit Geertz, Marc N Hirt, Wilson Tan, Eleanor Wong, Hermann Reichenspurner, Roger S-Y Foo, Thomas Eschenhagen
BACKGROUND: Heart failure is associated with altered gene expression and DNA methylation. De novo DNA methylation is associated with gene silencing, but its role in cardiac pathology remains incompletely understood. We hypothesized that inhibition of DNA methyltransferases (DNMT) might prevent the deregulation of gene expression and the deterioration of cardiac function under pressure overload (PO). To test this hypothesis, we evaluated a DNMT inhibitor in PO in rats and analysed DNA methylation in cardiomyocytes...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792877/coordinating-multi-protein-mismatch-repair-by-managing-diffusion-mechanics-on-the-dna
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REVIEW
Daehyung Kim, Richard Fishel, Jong-Bong Lee
DNA mismatch repair (MMR) corrects DNA base pairing errors that occur during DNA replication. MMR catalyzes strand-specific DNA degradation and resynthesis by dynamic molecular coordination of sequential downstream pathways. The temporal and mechanistic order of molecular events is essential to insure interactions in MMR that occur over long distances on the DNA. Biophysical real-time studies of highly conserved components on mismatched DNA have shed light on the mechanics of MMR. Single-molecule imaging has visualized stochastically coordinated MMR interactions that are based on thermal fluctuation-driven motions...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792861/nlgn3-protects-retinal-cells-from-h-2-o-2-via-activating-nrf2-signaling
#16
Xiu-Miao Li, Dan Huang, Qing Yu, Jin Yao, Jian Yang
Intensified oxidative stress can cause severe damage to human retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) cells and retinal ganglion cells (RGCs). The potential effect of neuroligin-3 (NLGN3) against the process is studied here. Our results show that NLGN3 efficiently inhibited hydrogen peroxide (H2 O2 )-induced death and apoptosis in human RPE cells and RGCs. H2 O2 -induced reactive oxygen species (ROS) production, lipid peroxidation and DNA damage in retinal cells were alleviated by NLGN3. NLGN3 activated nuclear-factor-E2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) signaling, enabling Nrf2 protein stabilization, nuclear translocation and expression of key anti-oxidant enzymes (HO1, NOQ1 and GCLC) in RPE cells and RGCs...
May 21, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792832/sperm-dna-fragmentation-in-the-total-and-vital-fractions-before-and-after-density-gradient-centrifugation-significance-in-male-fertility-diagnosis
#17
U Punjabi, H Van Mulders, I Goovaerts, K Peeters, K Clasen, P Janssens, O Zemtsova, D De Neubourg
BACKGROUND: Sperm DNA fragmentation measured by different techniques make comparisons impossible due to lack of standardization. Induction of DNA damage after sperm preparation in the entire fraction has been observed on independent occasions but findings are not consistent. METHODS: Men presenting at a University hospital setup for infertility treatment. DNA damage via TUNEL assay was validated on fresh semen samples, as conventional semen parameters, to reduce variability of results...
May 21, 2018: Clinical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792819/distinct-mechanisms-of-transcription-initiation-by-rna-polymerases-i-and-ii
#18
Christoph Engel, Simon Neyer, Patrick Cramer
RNA polymerases I and II (Pol I and Pol II) are the eukaryotic enzymes that catalyze DNA-dependent synthesis of ribosomal RNA and messenger RNA, respectively. Recent work shows that the transcribing forms of both enzymes are similar and the fundamental mechanisms of RNA chain elongation are conserved. However, the mechanisms of transcription initiation and its regulation differ between Pol I and Pol II. Recent structural studies of Pol I complexes with transcription initiation factors provided insights into how the polymerase recognizes its specific promoter DNA, how it may open DNA, and how initiation may be regulated...
May 20, 2018: Annual Review of Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792782/25-hydroxyvitamin-d3-and-1-25-dihydroxyvitamin-d3-as-an-antiviral-and-immunomodulator-against-herpes-simplex-virus-1-infection-in-hela-cells
#19
Archit Kumar, Mini P Singh, Ragini S Kumar, Radha Kanta Ratho
The antiviral and immunomodulatory role of vitamin D has been shown in various viral infections. However, there is scanty literature available about the effect of vitamin D supplementation in herpes simplex virus-1 (HSV-1) infection. Therefore, the present study aimed to evaluate the role of two different forms of vitamin D: 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 (25D3) and 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 (1,25D3) against HSV-1 in HeLa cells. The HeLa cells were supplemented with either 25D3 or 1,25D3 before HSV-1 infection and were studied after 6, 12, and 24 h postinfection (p...
May 24, 2018: Viral Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792724/a-systematic-understanding-of-signaling-by-erbb2-in-cancer-using-phosphoproteomics
#20
C Sidhanth, P Manasa, S Krishnapriya, S Sneha, S Bindhya, R P Nagare, M Garg, T S Ganesan
ErbB2 is an important receptor tyrosine kinase and a member of the ErbB family. Although it does not have a specific ligand, it transmits signals downstream by heterodimerization with other receptors in the family. It plays a major role in a variety of cellular responses like proliferation, differentiation, and adhesion. ErbB2 is amplified at the DNA level in breast cancer (20%-30%) and gastric cancer (10%-20%), and trastuzumab is effective as a therapeutic antibody. This review is a critical analysis of the currently published data on the signaling pathways of ErbB2 and the interacting proteins...
May 24, 2018: Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Biochimie et Biologie Cellulaire
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