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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534829/variation-in-the-genetic-repertoire-of-viruses-infecting-micromonas-pusilla-reflects-horizontal-gene-transfer-and-links-to-their-environmental-distribution
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Jan F Finke, Danielle M Winget, Amy M Chan, Curtis A Suttle
Prasinophytes, a group of eukaryotic phytoplankton, has a global distribution and is infected by large double-stranded DNA viruses (prasinoviruses) in the family Phycodnaviridae. This study examines the genetic repertoire, phylogeny, and environmental distribution of phycodnaviruses infecting Micromonas pusilla, other prasinophytes and chlorophytes. Based on comparisons among the genomes of viruses infecting M. pusilla and other phycodnaviruses, as well as the genome from a host isolate of M. pusilla, viruses infecting M...
May 19, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533066/an-efficient-tool-for-metabolic-pathway-construction-and-gene-integration-for-aspergillus-niger
#2
Parveen Sarkari, Hans Marx, Marzena L Blumhoff, Diethard Mattanovich, Michael Sauer, Matthias G Steiger
Metabolic engineering requires functional genetic tools for easy and quick generation of multiple pathway variants. A genetic engineering toolbox for A. niger is presented, which facilitates the generation of strains carrying heterologous expression cassettes at a defined genetic locus. The system is compatible with Golden Gate cloning, which facilitates the DNA construction process and provides high design flexibility. The integration process is mediated by a CRISPR/Cas9 strategy involving the cutting of both the genetic integration locus (pyrG) as well as the integrating plasmid...
May 4, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530276/focus-a-metaheuristic-algorithm-for-computing-knockouts-from-genome-scale-models-for-strain-optimization
#3
Sarma Mutturi
Although handful tools are available for constraint-based flux analysis to generate knockout strains, most of these are either based on bilevel-MIP or its modifications. However, metaheuristic approaches that are known for their flexibility and scalability have been less studied. Moreover, in the existing tools, sectioning of search space to find optimal knocks has not been considered. Herein, a novel computational procedure, termed as FOCuS (Flower-pOllination coupled Clonal Selection algorithm), was developed to find the optimal reaction knockouts from a metabolic network to maximize the production of specific metabolites...
May 22, 2017: Molecular BioSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525766/rationalizing-the-right-ratios
#4
Johannes Arp, Pierre Stallforth
The three hydroxamate siderophores, avaroferrin, bisucaberin, and putrebactin are synthesized by the same key enzyme AvbD. Rütschlin et al. (2017) show that the ratio of these three compounds is not governed by the enzyme's substrate specificity but rather by the substrate pool. This ensures a large metabolic flexibility and adaptability to new environments.
May 18, 2017: Cell Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522333/development-of-qsars-for-parameterizing-physiology-based-toxicokinetic-models
#5
Dimosthenis Α Sarigiannis, Krystalia Papadaki, Periklis Kontoroupis, Spyros P Karakitsios
A Quantitative Structure Activity Relationship (QSAR) model was developed in order to predict physicochemical and biochemical properties of industrial chemicals of various groups. This model was based on the solvation equation, originally proposed by Abraham. In this work Abraham's solvation model got parameterized using artificial intelligence techniques such as artificial neural networks (ANNs) for the prediction of partitioning into kidney, heart, adipose, liver, muscle, brain and lung for the estimation of the bodyweight-normalized maximal metabolic velocity (Vmax) and the Michaelis - Menten constant (Km)...
May 15, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521681/effects-of-diets-on-adipose-tissue
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Silvia Ezquerro, Amaia Rodríguez, Piero Portincasa, Gema Frühbeck
Obesity is a major health problem that has become a global epidemic. Overweight and obesity are commonly associated with the development of several pathologies, such as insulin resistance, cardiovascular diseases, sleep apnea and several types of cancer, which can lead to further morbidity and mortality. An increased abdominal adiposity renders overweight and obese individuals more prone to metabolic and cardiovascular problems. In this sense, excess adiposity leads to several changes in the biology, morphology and function of the adipose tissue, such as adipocyte hypertrophy and hyperplasia, adipose tissue inflammation and fibrosis and an impaired secretion of adipokines, contributing to the onset of obesity-related co-morbidities...
May 17, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520394/in-vitro-metabolic-engineering-of-amorpha-4-11-diene-biosynthesis-at-enhanced-rate-and-specific-yield-of-production
#7
Xixian Chen, Congqiang Zhang, Ruiyang Zou, Gregory Stephanopoulos, Heng-Phon Too
In vitro metabolic engineering is an alternative approach to cell-based biosynthesis. It offers unprecedented flexibility for the study of biochemical pathways, thus, providing useful information for the rational design and assembly of reaction modules. Herein, we took the advantage of in vitro metabolic engineering to initially gain insight into the regulatory network of a reconstituted amorpha-4,11-diene (AD) synthetic pathway. Guided by lin-log approximation, we rapidly identified the hitherto unrecognized inhibition of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) on both farnesyl pyrophosphate synthase (FPPS) and amorpha-4,11-diene synthase (ADS)...
May 18, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516427/the-organism-strikes-back-chlorella-algae-and-their-impact-on-photosynthesis-research-1920s-1960s
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Kärin Nickelsen
Historians and philosophers of twentieth-century life sciences have demonstrated that the choice of experimental organism can profoundly influence research fields, in ways that sometimes undermined the scientists' original intentions. The present paper aims to enrich and broaden the scope of this literature by analysing the career of unicellular green algae of the genus Chlorella. They were introduced for the study of photosynthesis in 1919 by the German cell physiologist Otto H. Warburg, and they became the favourite research objects in this field up to the 1960s...
June 2017: History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513544/morphogenetically-active-barrier-membrane-for-guided-bone-regeneration-based-on-amorphous-polyphosphate
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Xiaohong Wang, Maximilian Ackermann, Meik Neufurth, Shunfeng Wang, Heinz C Schröder, Werner E G Müller
We describe a novel regeneratively-active barrier membrane which consists of a durable electrospun poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) net covered with a morphogenetically-active biohybrid material composed of collagen and inorganic polyphosphate (polyP). The patch-like fibrous collagen structures are decorated with small amorphous polyP nanoparticles (50 nm) formed by precipitation of this energy-rich and enzyme-degradable (alkaline phosphatase) polymer in the presence of calcium ions. The fabricated PCL-polyP/collagen hybrid mats are characterized by advantageous biomechanical properties, such as enhanced flexibility and stretchability with almost unaltered tensile strength of the PCL net...
May 17, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507190/the-effect-of-thermal-acclimation-on-aerobic-scope-and-critical-swimming-speed-in-atlantic-salmon-salmo-salar
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Malthe Hvas, Ole Folkedal, Albert Imsland, Frode Oppedal
The Atlantic salmon is extensively studied due to conservation concerns and its economic importance in aquaculture. However, a thorough report of their aerobic capacity throughout their entire thermal niche has not been described. In this study, Atlantic salmon (∼450 g) were acclimated for four weeks at 3, 8, 13, 18 or 23°C, and then tested in a large Brett-type swimming respirometer in groups of ten per trial. Both standard metabolic rate and active metabolic rate continued to increase with temperature, which resulted in an aerobic scope that also increased with temperature, but was statistically similar between 13, 18 and 23°C...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500654/altered-timing-of-riboflavin-and-ultraviolet-light-pathogen-inactivation-improves-platelet-in-vitro-quality
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Peter Schubert, Brankica Culibrk, Simrath Karwal, Katherine Serrano, Elena Levin, QiLong Yi, Thomas Thiele, Andreas Greinacher, Susanne Marschner, Dana V Devine
BACKGROUND: The platelet (PLT) storage lesion is in part caused by the collection and/or production process. Pathogen inactivation (PI) further accelerates its development leading to a reduced in vitro PLT functionality and hence quality. Although the treatment of PLT concentrates (PCs) with riboflavin and ultraviolet light PI should occur within 22 hours of collection, in this study the impact of treatment timing on in vitro PLT quality was investigated. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: Apheresis PCs were PI treated on the day of production or on Days 1, 3, or 4 of storage or left untreated as control...
May 12, 2017: Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496053/chemical-and-structural-biology-of-protein-lysine-deacetylases
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Minoru Yoshida, Norio Kudo, Saori Kosono, Akihiro Ito
Histone acetylation is a reversible posttranslational modification that plays a fundamental role in regulating eukaryotic gene expression and chromatin structure/function. Key enzymes for removing acetyl groups from histones are metal (zinc)-dependent and NAD(+)-dependent histone deacetylases (HDACs). The molecular function of HDACs have been extensively characterized by various approaches including chemical, molecular, and structural biology, which demonstrated that HDACs regulate cell proliferation, differentiation, and metabolic homeostasis, and that their alterations are deeply involved in various human disorders including cancer...
2017: Proceedings of the Japan Academy. Series B, Physical and Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495870/early-life-experience-drives-short-term-acclimation-of-metabolic-and-osmoregulatory-traits-in-the-leaf-eared-mouse
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G Cavieres, M Nuñez-Villegas, F Bozinovic, P Sabat
We studied the putative effect of early experience on the physiological flexibility of metabolic and osmoregulatory traits in the leaf-eared mouse Phyllotis darwini, an altricial rodent inhabiting seasonal mediterranean environments. Adult individuals were collected in central Chile and maintained in breeding pairs. Pups were isolated after weaning and acclimated to different temperature (cold or warm) and water availability (unrestricted and restricted) until adulthood. Subsequently, individuals were re-acclimated to the opposite treatment...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491867/metabolic-reprogramming-in-glioma
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REVIEW
Marie Strickland, Elizabeth A Stoll
Many cancers have long been thought to primarily metabolize glucose for energy production-a phenomenon known as the Warburg Effect, after the classic studies of Otto Warburg in the early twentieth century. Yet cancer cells also utilize other substrates, such as amino acids and fatty acids, to produce raw materials for cellular maintenance and energetic currency to accomplish cellular tasks. The contribution of these substrates is increasingly appreciated in the context of glioma, the most common form of malignant brain tumor...
2017: Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487707/functional-balancing-of-the-hypoxia-regulators-rap2-12-and-hra1-takes-place-in-vivo-in-arabidopsis-thaliana-plants
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Beatrice Giuntoli, Francesco Licausi, Hans van Veen, Pierdomenico Perata
Plants are known to respond to variations in cellular oxygen availability and distribution by quickly adapting the transcription rate of a number of genes, generally associated to improved energy usage pathways, oxygen homeostasis and protection from harmful products of anaerobic metabolism. In terrestrial plants, such coordinated gene expression program is promoted by a conserved subfamily of ethylene responsive transcription factors called ERF-VII, which act as master activators of hypoxic gene transcription...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482151/trisubstituted-imidazoles-with-a-rigidized-hinge-binding-motif-act-as-single-digit-nm-inhibitors-of-clinically-relevant-egfr-l858r-t790m-and-l858r-t790m-c797s-mutants-an-example-of-target-hopping
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Michael Juchum, Marcel Günther, Eva Döring, Adrian Sievers-Engler, Michael Lämmerhofer, Stefan Laufer
The high genomic instability of non-small cell lung cancer tumors leads to the rapid development of resistance against promising EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs). A recently detected triple mutation compromises the activity of the gold standard third-generation EGFR inhibitors. We have prepared a set of trisubstituted imidazoles with a rigidized 7-azaindole hinge binding motif as a new structural class of EGFR inhibitors by a target hopping approach from p38α MAPK inhibitor templates. On the basis of an iterative approach of docking, compound preparation, biological testing, and SAR interpretation, robust and flexible synthetic routes were established...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480693/factors-determining-800-m-running-performance-in-young-male-athletes
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Ramon Cruz, Romulo C de Moraes Bertuzzi, Danilo L Alves, Rafael Azevedo, Phelipe H Cardoso Castro, Jefferson Verbena Freitas, Adriano E Lima-Silva, Fernando R de Oliveira, Jorge R Perrout Lima
BACKGROUND: The aim of the present study was to identify determinant variables on 800-m running performance in young male athletes derived from field tests and biological maturity. METHODS: A total of 89 athletes, aged between 13 and 15 years old, performed a 800-m running trial and a battery of tests which involved anthropometric measurements, a running anaerobic test (RAST), a flexibility test (sit-and-reach), a counter movement jump test and progressive test for aerobic fitness evaluation...
May 5, 2017: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478771/evaluation-of-the-long-term-safety-and-tolerability-of-cariprazine-in-patients-with-schizophrenia-results-from-a-1-year-open-label-study
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Andrew J Cutler, Suresh Durgam, Yao Wang, Raffaele Migliore, Kaifeng Lu, István Laszlovszky, György Németh
OBJECTIVE: Cariprazine, a dopamine D3/D2 partial agonist atypical antipsychotic with preferential binding to D3 receptors, is approved for the treatment of schizophrenia and manic or mixed episodes associated with bipolar I disorder. The efficacy and safety of cariprazine was established in three randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, 6-week trials in patients with acute exacerbation of schizophrenia. This 53-week study evaluated the long-term safety and tolerability of cariprazine in patients with schizophrenia...
May 8, 2017: CNS Spectrums
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475309/simbiotics-a-multi-scale-integrative-platform-for-3d-modeling-of-bacterial-populations
#19
Jonathan Naylor, Harold Fellermann, Yuchun Ding, Waleed K Mohammed, Nicholas S Jakubovics, Joy Mukherjee, Catherine A Biggs, Phillip C Wright, Natalio Krasnogor
Simbiotics is a spatially explicit multi-scale modeling platform for the design, simulation and analysis of bacterial populations. Systems ranging from planktonic cells and colonies, to biofilm formation and development may be modeled. Representation of biological systems in Simbiotics is flexible, user-defined processes may be in a variety of forms depending on desired model abstraction. Simbiotics provides a library of modules such as cell geometries, physical force dynamics, genetic circuits, metabolic pathways, chemical diffusion and cell interactions...
May 5, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28467922/metabolic-flexibility-in-health-and-disease
#20
REVIEW
Bret H Goodpaster, Lauren M Sparks
Metabolic flexibility is the ability to respond or adapt to conditional changes in metabolic demand. This broad concept has been propagated to explain insulin resistance and mechanisms governing fuel selection between glucose and fatty acids, highlighting the metabolic inflexibility of obesity and type 2 diabetes. In parallel, contemporary exercise physiology research has helped to identify potential mechanisms underlying altered fuel metabolism in obesity and diabetes. Advances in "omics" technologies have further stimulated additional basic and clinical-translational research to further interrogate mechanisms for improved metabolic flexibility in skeletal muscle and adipose tissue with the goal of preventing and treating metabolic disease...
May 2, 2017: Cell Metabolism
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