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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102930/modulation-of-the-thermodynamic-signatures-of-an-rna-thermometer-by-osmolytes-and-salts
#1
Mimi Gao, Loana Arns, Roland Winter
Folding of ribonucleic acids (RNAs) is driven by several factors, such as base pairing and stacking, chain entropy, and ion-mediated electrostatics, which have been studied in great detail. However, the power of background molecules in the cellular milieu is often neglected. Herein, we study the effect of common osmolytes on the folding equilibrium of a hairpin-structured RNA and, using pressure perturbation, provide novel thermodynamic and volumetric insights into the modulation mechanism. The presence of TMAO causes an increased thermal stability and a more positive volume change for the helix-to-coil transition, whereas urea destabilizes the hairpin and leads to an increased expansibility of the unfolded state...
January 19, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102665/cosolute-and-crowding-effects-on-a-side-by-side-protein-dimer
#2
Alex J Guseman, Gary J Pielak
The effects of small (~102 Da) and larger (>103 Da) cosolutes on protein stability are broadly understood: excluding volume stabilizes proteins, and chemical interactions are stabilizing when repulsive, but destabilizing when attractive. Proteins, however, rarely work alone. Here, we investigate the effects of small and larger cosolutes on the equilibrium stability of the simplest defined protein-protein interactions, the side-by-side homodimer formed by the A34F variant of the 56-residue B1 domain of protein G...
January 19, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102663/highly-stretchable-and-waterproof-electroluminescence-device-based-on-superstable-stretchable-transparent-electrode
#3
Banseok You, Youngmin Kim, Byeong-Kwon Ju, Jong-Woong Kim
Realization of devices with enhanced stretchability and waterproof properties will significantly expand the reach of electronics. To this end, we herein fabricate an elastic transparent conductor that comprises silver nanowires (AgNWs) on a hydroxylated polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) substrate covered by polyurethane urea (PUU), which is fully compatible with both materials. Carboxylic acid groups of PUU was designed to form hydrogen bonds with the carbonyl groups of poly(vinylpyrrolidone) on the AgNW surface, resulting in an enhanced affinity of AgNWs for PUU...
January 19, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101652/alteration-of-metabolomic-markers-of-amino-acid-metabolism-in-piglets-with-in-feed-antibiotics
#4
Chunlong Mu, Yuxiang Yang, Kaifan Yu, Miao Yu, Chuanjian Zhang, Yong Su, Weiyun Zhu
In-feed antibiotics have been used to promote growth in piglets, but its impact on metabolomics profiles associated with host metabolism is largely unknown. In this study, to test the hypothesis that antibiotic treatment may affect metabolite composition both in the gut and host biofluids, metabolomics profiles were analyzed in antibiotic-treated piglets. Piglets were fed a corn-soy basal diet with or without in-feed antibiotics from postnatal day 7 to day 42. The serum biochemical parameters, metabolomics profiles of the serum, urine, and jejunal digesta, and indicators of microbial metabolism (short-chain fatty acids and biogenic amines) were analyzed...
January 18, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101461/acute-and-subchronic-toxicity-study-of-the-median-septum-of-juglans-regia-in-wistar-rats
#5
Asma Ravanbakhsh, Majid Mahdavi, Ghader Jalilzade-Amin, Shahram Javadi, Masoud Maham, Daryosh Mohammadnejad, Mohammad Reza Rashidi
Purpose: Median septum of Juglans regia L. (Juglandaceae) with anti-diabetic effects has been used in Iranian traditional medicine. The present study estimates both oral acute and subchronic toxicities. Methods: In the oral acute toxicity study, female Wistar rats were treated with doses of 10, 100, 1000, 1600, 2900 and 5000 mg/ kg of the Juglans regia septum of methanol extract (JRSME), and were monitored for 14 days. In subchronic study, JRSME was administered by gavage at dose of 1000 mg/kg daily in Wistar rats for 28 days...
December 2016: Advanced Pharmaceutical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101159/clinical-effects-of-furl-and-pcnl-with-holmium-laser-for-the-treatment-of-kidney-stones
#6
Zhi-Gang Li, Yan Zhao, Tao Fan, Lin Hao, Cong-Hui Han, Guang-Hui Zang
In the present study, the clinical effects of flexible ureteroscopy lithotripsy (FURL) and percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL) for the treatment of kidney stones of ≤2 cm was studied. Seventy-two patients with kidney stones were randomly divided into the FURL group (n=39) under ureteroscope lithotripsy with holmium laser and PCNL group (n=33) under PCNL with holmium laser and compared their clinical effects. At 3 months after the operation, the stone removal rate of the FURL group was significantly higher than that of the PCNL group...
December 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100702/zanthoxylum-alkylamides-ameliorate-protein-metabolism-disorder-in-stz-induced-diabetic-rats
#7
Tingyuan Ren, Zhu Yu Ping, Xuejuan Xia, Ding Bo Yong, Guo Jing, Kan Jian Quan
This study aimed to evaluate the protein metabolism effect of Zanthoxylum alkylamides and to explore the potential mechanism in streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetic rats. Diabetic rats were orally treated with 2, 4 and 8 mg per kg bw of alkylamides daily for 28 days. Alkylamides decreased the relative weight of the liver and food intake, significantly increased the relative skeletal muscle weight and significantly decreased the blood urea nitrogen levels. Insulin, insulin-like growth factor I, total protein (TP) and albumin (ALB), globular proteins and ALB proteins/globulin protein levels in serum significantly increased...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Molecular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100505/-5r-5-hydroxytriptolide-ameliorates-lupus-nephritis-in-mrl-lpr-mice-by-preventing-infiltration-of-immune-cells
#8
Lu-Yao Zhang, Heng Li, Yan-Wei Wu, Lei Cheng, Yu-Xi Yan, Xiao-Qian Yang, Feng-Hua Zhu, Shi-Jun He, Wei Tang, Jian-Ping Zuo
(5R)-5-Hydroxytriptolide (LLDT-8), a triptolide derivative with low toxicity, was previously reported to have strong immunosuppressive effects both in vitro and in vivo, but it remains unknown whether LLDT-8 has a therapy effect on systemic lupus erythematosus. In this study, we aimed to investigate the therapeutic effects of LLDT-8 on lupus nephritis in MRL/lpr mice, a model of systemic lupus erythematosus. Compared with vehicle group, different clinical parameters were improved upon LLDT-8 treatment: prolonged life-span of mice, decreased proteinuria, downregulated blood urea nitrogen and serum creatinine, reduced glomerular IgG deposits, and ameliorated histopathology...
January 18, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100100/a-new-update-for-radiocontrast-induced-nephropathy-aggravated-with-glycerol-in-rats-the-protective-potential-of-epigallocatechin-3-gallate
#9
Saziye Sezin Palabiyik, Busra Dincer, Elif Cadirci, Irfan Cinar, Cemal Gundogdu, Beyzagul Polat, Muhammed Yayla, Zekai Halici
Contrast media (CM) is known to have nephrotoxic adverse effects. Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) is the most abundant and active catechin in green tea, and has strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. This study investigated whether EGCG can reduce contrast-induced nephrotoxicity (CIN), alone or with glycerol (GLY)-induced renal damage, and to understand its mechanisms of protection against toxicity, using models of GLY and CIN in rats. The rats were separated into eight groups (n = 6 in each), as follows: Healthy, GLY, CM, GLY + CM, CM + EGCG 50 mg/kg (po), GLY + CM + EGCG 50 mg/kg (po), CM + EGCG 100 mg/kg (po), and GLY + CM + EGCG 100 mg/kg (po)...
November 2017: Renal Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100083/%C3%AE-glucosidase-inhibitory-activity-and-cytotoxic-effects-of-some-cyclic-urea-and-carbamate-derivatives
#10
Jelena B Popović-Djordjević, Ivana I Jevtić, Nadja Dj Grozdanić, Sandra B Šegan, Mario V Zlatović, Milovan D Ivanović, Tatjana P Stanojković
The inhibitory activities of selected cyclic urea and carbamate derivatives (1-13) toward α-glucosidase (α-Gls) in in vitro assay were examined in this study. All examined compounds showed higher inhibitory activity (IC50) against α-Gls compared to standard antidiabetic drug acarbose. The most potent was benzyl (3,4,5-trimethoxyphenyl)carbamate (12) with IC50 = 49.85 ± 0.10 µM. In vitro cytotoxicity of the investigated compounds was tested on three human cancer cell lines HeLa, A549 and MDA-MB-453 using MTT assay...
December 2017: Journal of Enzyme Inhibition and Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099727/association-of-biochemical-markers-with-the-severity-of-pre-eclampsia
#11
Ahmed M Maged, Gamal Aid, Nehal Bassiouny, Doaa S Eldin, Sherif Dahab, Nevein K Ghamry
OBJECTIVE: To assess the association between pre-eclampsia severity and biochemical and ultrasonography markers. METHODS: A retrospective study was undertaken of women with severe pre-eclampsia (group 1, n=90), mild pre-eclampsia (group 2, n=90), or a normal pregnancy (group 3, n=90) who attended a hospital in Egypt in October 2013-April 2015. Associations between pre-eclampsia and biochemical, cardiotocography, and ultrasonography markers were investigated. RESULTS: There were significant differences between the groups in C-reactive protein (331...
February 2017: International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099346/liuwei-dihuang-pill-treats-diabetic-nephropathy-in-rats-by-inhibiting-of-tgf-%C3%AE-smads-mapk-and-nf-kb-and-upregulating-expression-of-cytoglobin-in-renal-tissues
#12
Zhong Ju Xu, Shi Shu, Zhi Jie Li, Yu Min Liu, Rui Yi Zhang, Yue Zhang
Liuwei Dihuang pill (LDP) was assessed for its effects on renal deficiency.90 STZ induced DN rats were divided into groups (n = 22) without treatment (STZ) and LDP treated (STZ-L) (n = 23), Zhenwu decoction treated (STZ-Z) (n = 22), and valsartan treated (STZ-V) (n = 23) groups, with 16 normal control rats. Total urine protein (TP), blood urea nitrogen (BUN), and serum creatinine (Cr) were measured. Superoxide dismutase (SOD), nitric oxide synthase (NOS), and malondialdehyde (MDA) concentrations as well as expression/phosphorylation of SMAD3, SMAD2, and α-SMA, TGF-β, RI /II, P38, ERK, and NF-kB in renal tissues were determined...
January 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099031/stereospecific-intramolecular-arylation-of-2-and-3-pyridyl-substituted-alkylamines-via-configurationally-stable-%C3%AE-pyridyl-organolithiums
#13
Julien Maury, Wojciech Zawodny, Jonathan Clayden
Treatment of N'-aryl urea derivatives of enantiomerically enriched α-(2-pyridyl) and α-(3-pyridyl)alkylamines with a base leads to the migration of the N'-aryl substituent from N to C in a 'nonclassical' intramolecular nucleophilic aromatic substitution reaction. Both electron-rich and -poor rings migrate successfully. A new quaternary stereogenic center is formed adjacent to the pyridine ring with high stereospecificity, even when the intermediate anion is a presumably planar 2-picolyllithium. Base hydrolysis of the urea gives enantiomerically enriched α-pyridylalkylamines...
January 18, 2017: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099000/application-of-nano-fe%C3%A2-tannic-acid-complexes-in-modifying-aqueous-acrylic-latex-for-controlled-release-coated-urea
#14
Yazhen Shen, Changwen Du, Jianmin Zhou, Fei Ma
Acrylic latexes are valuable waterborne materials used in controlled-release fertilizers. Controlled-release urea coated with these latexes release a large amount of nutrients, making it difficult to meet the requirement of plants. Herein, FeⅢ-Tannic Acid (TA) complexes, which were blended with acrylic latex and subsequently reassembled capsules on a surface of polyacrylate particles. These complexes remarkably retarded the release of urea (the preliminary solubility was decreased from 22.3% to 0.8%) via decreasing the coating tackiness (Tg was increased from 4...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098408/vonoprazan-improves-the-efficacy-of-helicobacter-pylori-eradication-therapy-with-a-regimen-consisting-of-clarithromycin-and-metronidazole-in-patients-allergic-to-penicillin
#15
Shoko Ono, Mototsugu Kato, Soichi Nakagawa, Katsuhiro Mabe, Naoya Sakamoto
BACKGROUND: Although all Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori)-positive patients should receive eradication therapy, the therapy is a challenge for patients allergic to penicillin. There have been a few reports on the efficacy of eradication therapy for such patients. OBJECTIVE: To analyze the efficacy of vonoprazan or proton pump inhibitor (PPI)-based 7-day triple therapy in patients allergic to penicillin. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 88 consecutive patients allergic to penicillin who received H...
January 18, 2017: Helicobacter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098182/nephro-toxic-effects-of-intraperitoneally-injected-egcg-in-diabetic-mice-involvement-of-oxidative-stress-inflammation-and-apoptosis
#16
Nora O Abdel Rasheed, Lamiaa A Ahmed, Dalaal M Abdallah, Bahia M El-Sayeh
Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) has been studied for its beneficial effects. However, some case reports have associated EGCG supplementation with hepato-toxicity. In the present study, we investigated the possible nephro-toxic effects of EGCG in diabetic mice. Streptozotocin (150 mg/kg, i.p.) was injected in mice for diabetes induction. EGCG (100 mg/kg/day, i.p.) was then given for 4 days. The administration of EGCG to diabetic mice caused 60% mortality with no death recorded in other groups. Blood samples were collected for estimation of serum cystatin C, neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin and blood urea nitrogen...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098110/hepatitis-c-in-children-with-chronic-kidney-disease-a-single-center-egypt
#17
Doaa Mohammed Youssef, Hanaa Abdo, Ahmed Alakhras, Tamer Adham, Abdelnasser Hussien Mohamoud
Prevalence of hepatitis C varies largely according to geographical distribution, and Egypt so far has the highest prevalence worldwide. The aim of this study was to evaluate hepatitis C infection in chronic kidney disease (CKD) children in our center with regard to its incidence and other morbidities. This is a cross-sectional study involving 50 children with CKD, not on dialysis. All patients underwent a thorough history taking including disease duration and mean duration of admission, clinical examination including blood pressure measurements, and routine laboratory examination such as hemoglobin level, serum aspartate aminotransferase (AST), alanine aminotransferase (ALT), urea, and creatinine...
January 2017: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098097/protective-role-of-nigella-sativa-in-diabetic-nephropathy-a-randomized-clinical-trial
#18
Zafar Masood Ansari, Mohammad Nasiruddin, Rahat Ali Khan, Shahzad Faizul Haque
This study aims to evaluate efficacy and safety of Nigella sativa oil supplementation in patients with chronic kidney disease Stage 3 and 4 due to diabetic nephropathy. It was a prospective, comparative, and open-label study. Patients were randomized into two groups. Group 1 (Control) received conservative management of diabetic nephropathy, whereas Group 2 (Test) received N. sativa oil (2.5 mL, once daily and per orally) along with conservative management for 12 weeks. Blood glucose, hemogram, and kidney function test were done at 0, 6, and 12 weeks of treatment...
January 2017: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097854/-citrullinemia-type-i-with-recurrent-liver-failure-in-a-child
#19
Verónica Bindi, Hernán Eiroa
Citrullinemia type I is an autosomal recessive disorder caused by mutation of the gene expressing ASS1 argininosuccinate synthetase, limiting enzyme of the urea cycle. The classic variants are associated with neonatal/infantile forms that cause hyperammonemia leading to death if treatment is not established. Initial symptoms of disorders of the urea cycle include neurological impairment with mild or moderate liver damage. We report a case of recurrent liver failure in an infant diagnosed with type I citrullinemia without severe neurological involvement that was referred to our center for liver transplantation...
1, 2017: Archivos Argentinos de Pediatría
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097712/force-generation-by-titin-folding
#20
Zsolt Mártonfalvi, Pasquale Bianco, Katalin Naftz, György G Ferenczy, Miklós Kellermayer
Titin is a giant protein that provides elasticity to muscle. As the sarcomere is stretched, titin extends hierarchically according to the mechanics of its segments. Whether titin's globular domains unfold during this process and how such unfolded domains might contribute to muscle contractility are strongly debated. To explore the force-dependent folding mechanisms, here we manipulated skeletal-muscle titin molecules with high-resolution optical tweezers. In force-clamp mode, after quenching the force (<10 pN), extension fluctuated without resolvable discrete events...
January 18, 2017: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
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