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Luiz Filipe Barbosa-Martins, Jossaria Pereira de Sousa, Aline Rogéria Freire de Castilho, Julia Puppin-Rontani, Robert P W Davies, Regina Maria Puppin-Rontani
Bonding to demineralized dentin of a diseased tooth has shown to be a significant clinical issue. This study evaluated the effect of 0.2% NaF-(NaF), MI Paste™-(CPP-ACP) and the self-assembling peptide 'P11 - 4 ' (Ace-QQRFEWEFEQQ-NH2 ) contained in Curodont™ Repair, have on microtensile bond strength-(µTBS) of two different adhesive systems (Adper™ Single Bond-(SB) or Clearfil™ SE Bond (CSE)) and wettability of demineralized dentin slices after remineralising agents were applied. The highest µTBS were found for the demineralized dentin-(DD) treated with CPP-ACP; both adhesives systems (p < 0...
March 10, 2018: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
Simone Aparecida Penimpedo Calamita, Daniela Aparecida Biasotto-Gonzalez, Nívea Cristina De Melo, Marco Antônio Fumagalli, César Ferreira Amorim, Cid André Fidelis de Paula Gomes, Fabiano Politti
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to assess changes in upper trapezius myoelectric activity and pain in patients with nonspecific neck pain after a single session of acupuncture (ACP). METHODS: A blinded randomized clinical trial was conducted. Fifteen patients with nonspecific neck pain and 15 healthy participants were enrolled in a randomized, single-blinded, crossover study. Each participant was subjected to a single session of ACP and sham acupuncture (SACP)...
March 2018: Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics
Marika Ziesack, Nathan Rollins, Aashna Shah, Brendon Dusel, Gordon Webster, Pamela A Silver, Jeffrey C Way
Medium-chain fatty acids are commodity chemicals. Increasing and modifying the activity of thioesterases (TEs) on medium chain fatty acyl-ACP esters may enable high yield microbial production of these molecules. The plant Cuphea palustris harbors two distinct TEs: Cp FatB1 (C8 -specificity, lower activity) and Cp FatB2 (C14 -specificity, higher activity) with 78% sequence identity. We combined structural features from these two enzymes to create several chimeric TEs, some of which showed non-natural fatty acid production as measured by an enzymatic assay and GC-MS...
March 16, 2018: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
Shuang-An Li, Wei-Dan Jiang, Lin Feng, Yang Liu, Pei Wu, Jun Jiang, Sheng-Yao Kuang, Ling Tang, Wu-Neng Tang, Yong-An Zhang, Juan Yang, Xu Tang, He-Qun Shi, Xiao-Qiu Zhou
In this study, we investigated the effects of dietary myo-inositol on the intestinal immune barrier function and related signaling pathway in young grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella). A total of 540 young grass carp (221.33 ± 0.84 g) were fed six diets containing graded levels of myo-inositol (27.0, 137.9, 286.8, 438.6, 587.7 and 737.3 mg/kg) for 10 weeks. After the growth trial, fish were challenged with Aeromonas hydrophila. The results indicated that compared with the optimal dietary myo-inositol level, myo-inositol deficiency (27...
March 12, 2018: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
John R Apps, Gabriela Carreno, Jose Mario Gonzalez-Meljem, Scott Haston, Romain Guiho, Julie E Cooper, Saba Manshaei, Nital Jani, Annett Hölsken, Benedetta Pettorini, Robert J Beynon, Deborah M Simpson, Helen C Fraser, Ying Hong, Shirleen Hallang, Thomas J Stone, Alex Virasami, Andrew M Donson, David Jones, Kristian Aquilina, Helen Spoudeas, Abhijit R Joshi, Richard Grundy, Lisa C D Storer, Márta Korbonits, David A Hilton, Kyoko Tossell, Selvam Thavaraj, Mark A Ungless, Jesus Gil, Rolf Buslei, Todd Hankinson, Darren Hargrave, Colin Goding, Cynthia L Andoniadou, Paul Brogan, Thomas S Jacques, Hywel J Williams, Juan Pedro Martinez-Barbera
Adamantinomatous craniopharyngiomas (ACPs) are clinically challenging tumours, the majority of which have activating mutations in CTNNB1. They are histologically complex, showing cystic and solid components, the latter comprised of different morphological cell types (e.g. β-catenin-accumulating cluster cells and palisading epithelium), surrounded by a florid glial reaction with immune cells. Here, we have carried out RNA sequencing on 18 ACP samples and integrated these data with an existing ACP transcriptomic dataset...
March 14, 2018: Acta Neuropathologica
Yannan Zhao, Lilan Luo, Jiesi Xu, Peiyong Xin, Hongyan Guo, Jian Wu, Lin Bai, Guodong Wang, Jinfang Chu, Jianru Zuo, Hong Yu, Xun Huang, Jiayang Li
Programmed cell death (PCD) is a fundamental biological process. Deficiency in MOSAIC DEATH 1 (MOD1), a plastid-localized enoyl-ACP reductase, leads to the accumulation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and PCD, which can be suppressed by mitochondrial complex I mutations, indicating a signal from chloroplasts to mitochondria. However, this signal remains to be elucidated. In this study, through cloning and analyzing a series of mod1 suppressors, we reveal a comprehensive organelle communication pathway that regulates the generation of mitochondrial ROS and triggers PCD...
March 14, 2018: Cell Research
Lei Xu, Guangmin Liang, Longjie Wang, Changrui Liao
Cancer is a serious health issue worldwide. Traditional treatment methods focus on killing cancer cells by using anticancer drugs or radiation therapy, but the cost of these methods is quite high, and in addition there are side effects. With the discovery of anticancer peptides, great progress has been made in cancer treatment. For the purpose of prompting the application of anticancer peptides in cancer treatment, it is necessary to use computational methods to identify anticancer peptides (ACPs). In this paper, we propose a sequence-based model for identifying ACPs (SAP)...
March 13, 2018: Genes
Sergio Allegrini, Antonio Carlos da Silva, Maristela Tsujita, Marcos Barbosa Salles, Sergio Alexandre Gerhke, Francisco José Correa Braga
Synthetic biomaterials submitted to new structural technologies have become ideal for the recovery of traumatized bone tissues and some bone substitutes such as bioactive glass, β-Tricalcium phosphate (β-TCP) and amorphous calcium phosphate (ACP) are being used in areas of tissue defects. For this study, ACP was produced in the form of fibers and then submitted to cytotoxicity testing. A sample of ACP was inserted into the mandibular region of a patient with a lost implant so after removal and curettage, the remaining bone site was filled with the ACP biomaterial...
March 13, 2018: Microscopy Research and Technique
Woo Cheol Lee, Min-Cheol Jeong, Yeongjoon Lee, Chulhee Kwak, Jee-Young Lee, Yangmee Kim
Originally annotated as the initiator of fatty acid synthesis (FAS), β-ketoacyl-acyl carrier protein synthase III (KAS III) is a unique component of the bacterial FAS system. Novel variants of KAS III have been identified that promote the de novo use of additional extracellular fatty acids by FAS. These KAS III variants prefer longer acyl-groups, notably octanoyl-CoA. Acinetobacter baumannii, a clinically important nosocomial pathogen, contains such a multifunctional KAS III (AbKAS III). To characterize the structural basis of its substrate specificity, we determined the crystal structures of AbKAS III in the presence of different substrates...
March 12, 2018: Molecular Microbiology
N A Hasona
This study scrutinised the ameliorative properties of grape seed extract (GSE) in dexamethasone (DEX)-induced testicular and thyroid dysfunction associated with oxidative stress in male albino rats. Thirty-two healthy adult male albino rats were divided into four groups of eight animals each: normal, DEX control, DEX + GSE (200 mg/kg body weight) group and DEX + GSE (400 mg/kg body weight) group. The body weight gain and testes weight were assessed. Plasma testosterone and thyroid profile were determined...
March 12, 2018: Andrologia
Mary M Mitchell, Eric D Hansen, Tuo-Yen Tseng, Meng Shen, Cynda Rushton, Tom Smith, Nancy Hutton, Jennifer Wolfe, Lee Bone, Jeanne Keruly, Lawrence Wissow, Amy R Knowlton
CONTEXT & OBJECTIVE: Advance care planning (ACP) rates remain low, especially among people who are HIV positive, disadvantaged, and African American. While ACP can be a sensitive topic for clinicians and patients to discuss, health values clarification can be an important initial step. METHODS: Data were from the first 325 participants in the AFFIRM Care study, which enrolled adults living with HIV/AIDS in Baltimore, MD, who had histories of illicit drug use...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
Shaorui Ke, Qi Liu, Yuhan Yao, Xinlian Zhang, Guodong Sui
In present study, we compared for the first time the cytotoxicities of the 16 priority polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in human pulmonary alveolar epithelial cells HPAEpiC. Moreover, we examined the effects of each PAH on oxidative stress (SOD, GSH, and ROS), cell viability, extracellular LDH, and apoptosis. The 16 priority PAHs were classified into four levels of cytotoxicity: (1) high cytotoxicity, BkF, BaP, and DBA; (2) moderate cytotoxicity, BbF, IND, BghiP, BaA, and CHR; (3) low cytotoxicity, PA, FL, and Pyr; and (4) mild cytotoxicity, Nap, AcPy, Acp, Flu, and Ant...
March 8, 2018: Toxicology Letters
Apurva Patange, Daniela Boehm, Michelle Giltrap, Peng Lu, P J Cullen, Paula Bourke
Generation of wastewater is one of the main environmental sustainability issues across food sector industries. The constituents of food process effluents are often complex and require high energy and processing for regulatory compliance. Wastewater streams are the subject of microbiological and chemical criteria, and can have a significant eco-toxicological impact on the aquatic life. Thus, innovative treatment approaches are required to mitigate environmental impact in an energy efficient manner. Here, dielectric barrier discharge atmospheric cold plasma (ACP) was evaluated for control of key microbial indicators encountered in food industry effluent...
March 8, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
Drew A Vander Wood, Adrian T Keatinge-Clay
Here, the term "module" is redefined for trans-acyltransferase (trans-AT) assembly lines to agree with how its domains cooperate and evolutionarily co-migrate. The key domain in both the polyketide synthase (PKS) and nonribosomal peptide synthetase (NRPS) modules of assembly lines is the acyl carrier protein (ACP). ACPs not only relay growing acyl chains through the assembly line but also collaborate with enzymes in modules, both in cis and in trans, to add a specific chemical moiety. A ketosynthase (KS) downstream of ACP often plays the role of gatekeeper, ensuring that only a single intermediate generated by the enzymes of a module is passed downstream...
March 10, 2018: Proteins
Evelyn Fletcher, Kelly T Morgan, Jawwad A Qureshi, Jorge A Leiva, Peter Nkedi-Kizza
Imidacloprid (IM) is used to control the Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP) and citrus leafminer (CLM), which are related to the spread of huanglongbing (HLB or citrus greening) and citrus canker diseases, respectively. In Florida citrus, imidacloprid is mainly soil-drenched around the trees for proper root uptake and translocation into plant canopy to impact ACP and CLM. The objective of this study was to determine the effect of imidacloprid rate, and irrigate amount on concentration of imidacloprid in the soil following drench application to citrus trees in three age classes...
2018: PloS One
Franziska Hemmerling, Karen Lebe, Johannes Wunderlich, Frank Hahn
The divinylcyclopropane (DVC) fragment of the ambruticins is proposed to be formed via a unique polyene cyclization mechanism in which the unusual didomain AmbG plays a key role. It is proposed to activate the branched thioester carboxylic acid resulting from the polyene cyclisation and to transfer it to its associated ACP. After oxidative decarboxylation, the intermediate is channeled back into polyketide synthase (PKS) processing. AmbG was previously annotated as an adenylation-thiolation didomain with a very unusual substrate selectivity code, but has not yet been biochemically studied...
March 8, 2018: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
Mingliang Li, Fuk Yee Kwong
A cobalt-catalyzed chelation-assisted tandem C-H activation/C-C cleavage/C-H cyclization of aromatic amides with alkylidenecyclopropanes (ACPs) is reported. This process allows the sequential formation of two C-C bonds, in which it is in sharp contrast to previous report of using Rh catalyst for the formation of C-N bond. Here the inexpensive catalyst system exhibits good functional group compatibility and relatively broad substrate scope. The desired products can be easily transformed into polycyclic lactones with m-CPBA...
March 8, 2018: Angewandte Chemie
Phillip M Pifer, Mark K Farrugia, Malcolm D Mattes
BACKGROUND: Early palliative/supportive care (PSC) consultation and advance care planning (ACP) improve outcomes for patients with incurable cancer. However, PSC is underutilized in the United States. OBJECTIVE: To examine philosophical differences among PSC, radiation oncology (RO), and medical oncology (MO) physicians in order to understand barriers to early PSC referral. DESIGN: An electronic survey collected views of a nationwide cohort of health-care professionals regarding ACP and end-of-life care...
January 1, 2018: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
Shannon Coy, Rumana Rashid, Jia-Ren Lin, Ziming Du, Andrew M Donson, Todd C Hankinson, Nicholas K Foreman, Peter E Manley, Mark W Kieran, David A Reardon, Peter K Sorger, Sandro Santagata
Background: Craniopharyngiomas are neoplasms of the sellar/parasellar region that are classified into adamantinomatous (ACP) and papillary (PCP) subtypes. Surgical resection of craniopharyngiomas is challenging, and recurrence is common, frequently leading to profound morbidity. BRAF V600E mutations render PCP susceptible to BRAF/MEK inhibitors, but effective targeted therapies are needed for ACP. We explored the feasibility of targeting the PD-1/PD-L1 immune checkpoint pathway in ACP and PCP...
March 2, 2018: Neuro-oncology
Daryl L Richie, Lisha Wang, Helen Chan, Gianfranco De Pascale, David A Six, Jun-Rong Wei, Charles R Dean
Acinetobacter baumannii ATCC 19606 can grow without lipooligosaccharide (LOS). Lack of LOS can result from disruption of the early lipid A biosynthetic pathway genes lpxA, lpxC or lpxD. Although LOS itself is not essential for growth of A. baumannii ATCC 19606, it was previously shown that depletion of the lipid A biosynthetic enzyme LpxK in cells inhibited growth due to the toxic accumulation of lipid A pathway intermediates. Growth of LpxK-depleted cells was restored by chemical inhibition of LOS biosynthesis using CHIR-090 (LpxC) and fatty acid biosynthesis using cerulenin (FabB/F) and pyridopyrimidine (acetyl-CoA-carboxylase)...
2018: PloS One
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