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Spyridon Chavlis, Panagiotis C Petrantonakis, Panayiota Poirazi
The hippocampus plays a key role in pattern separation, the process of transforming similar incoming information to highly dissimilar, non-overlapping representations. Sparse firing granule cells (GCs) in the dentate gyrus (DG) have been proposed to undertake this computation, but little is known about which of their properties influence pattern separation. Dendritic atrophy has been reported in diseases associated with pattern separation deficits, suggesting a possible role for dendrites in this phenomenon...
October 26, 2016: Hippocampus
Sangyun Lee, Heather B Mayes, Jessica M J Swanson, Gregory A Voth
The ClC family of transmembrane proteins functions throughout nature to control the transport of Cl- ions across biological membranes. ClC-ec1 from Escherichia coli is an antiporter, coupling the transport of Cl- and H+ ions in opposite directions and driven by the concentration gradients of the ions. Despite keen interest in this protein, the molecular mechanism of the Cl-/H+ coupling has not been fully elucidated. Here, we have used multiscale simulation to help identify the essential mechanism of the Cl-/H+ coupling...
October 26, 2016: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Emma Monte, Manuel Rosa Garrido, Thomas M Vondriska, Jessica Wang
The past two decades have witnessed a rapid evolution in our ability to measure RNA and protein from biological systems. As a result, new principles have arisen regarding how information is processed in cells, how decisions are made, and the role of networks in biology. This essay examines this technological evolution, reviewing (and critiquing) the conceptual framework that has emerged to explain how RNA and protein networks control cellular function. We identify how future investigations into transcriptomes, proteomes, and other cellular networks will enable development of more robust, quantitative models of cellular behavior whilst also providing new avenues to use knowledge of biological networks to improve human health...
September 15, 2016: Comprehensive Physiology
Heinrich Taegtmeyer, Truong Lam, Giovanni Davogustto
The heart is a biological pump that converts chemical to mechanical energy. This process of energy conversion is highly regulated to the extent that energy substrate metabolism matches energy use for contraction on a beat-to-beat basis. The biochemistry of cardiac metabolism includes the biochemistry of energy transfer, metabolic regulation, and transcriptional, translational as well as posttranslational control of enzymatic activities. Pathways of energy substrate metabolism in the heart are complex and dynamic, but all of them conform to the First Law of Thermodynamics...
September 15, 2016: Comprehensive Physiology
Álvaro Francisco Lopes de Sousa, Artur Acelino Francisco Luz Nunes Queiroz, Layze Braz de Oliveira, Maria Eliete Batista Moura, Odinéa Maria Amorim Batista, Denise de Andrade
Objective: to understand the biosecurity social representations by primary care nursing professionals and analyze how they articulate with quality of care. Methods: exploratory and qualitative research based on social representation theory. The study participants were 36 nursing workers from primary health care in a state capital in the Northeast region of Brazil. The data were analyzed by descending hierarchical classification. Results: five classes were obtained: occupational accidents suffered by professionals; occupational exposure to biological agents; biosecurity management in primary health care; the importance of personal protective equipment; and infection control and biosecurity...
September 2016: Revista Brasileira de Enfermagem
Ewa Dopierala, Adrian A Chrobak, Flavio Kapczinski, Michal Michalak, Anna Tereszko, Ewa Ferensztajn-Rochowiak, Dominika Dudek, Daria Dembinska-Krajewska, Marcin Siwek, Jan Jaracz, Janusz K Rybakowski
Objective: To assess the relationship of biological rhythms, evaluated by the Biological Rhythms Interview of Assessment in Neuropsychiatry (BRIAN), with affective temperaments and schizotypy. Methods: The BRIAN assessment, along with the Temperament Evaluation of Memphis, Pisa, Paris, and San Diego-Autoquestionnaire (TEMPS-A) and the Oxford-Liverpool Inventory for Feelings and Experiences (O-LIFE), was administered to 54 patients with remitted bipolar disorder (BD) and 54 healthy control (HC) subjects...
October 20, 2016: Revista Brasileira de Psiquiatria
Chuanrui Chen, Emil Karshalev, Jinxing Li, Fernando Soto, Roxanne Castillo, Isaac Campos, Fangzhi Mou, Jianguo Guan, Joseph Wang
Transient self-destroyed micromotors that autonomously disappear in biological media at controlled rates upon completing their task, without leaving a toxic residue, are presented. The propulsion and degradation characteristics of the self-destroyed Mg/ZnO, Mg/Si, Zn/Fe Janus micromotors and single-component Zn micromotors are described. The degradation of the Janus micromotors relies on the different corrosion rates of their core-shell components. Inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry (ICP) measurements are used to probe the time-dependent degradation of the different constituents of the micromotors...
October 26, 2016: ACS Nano
Song Cai, Chuwen Ling, Jun Lu, Songwei Duan, Yingzhao Wang, Huining Zhu, Ruibang Lin, Liang Chen, Xingchang Pan, Muyi Cai, Huaiyu Gu
A primary pathogeny of epilepsy is excessive activation of α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazole propionate receptors (AMPARs). To find potential molecules to inhibit AMPARs, high-throughput screening was performed in a library of tetrapeptides in silico. Computational results suggest that some tetrapeptides bind stably to the AMPAR. We aligned these sequences of tetrapeptide candidates with those from in vitro digestion of the trout skin protein. Among salmon-derived products, Glu-Gly-Ala-Arg (EGAR) showed a high biological affinity toward AMPAR when tested in silico...
October 25, 2016: Neurotherapeutics: the Journal of the American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics
Mohammad A Kaisar, Ravi K Sajja, Shikha Prasad, Vinay V Abhyankar, Taylor Liles, Luca Cucullo
The blood-brain barrier (BBB) is a dynamic biological interface which actively controls the passage of substances between the blood and the central nervous system (CNS). From a biological and functional standpoint, the BBB plays a crucial role in maintaining brain homeostasis inasmuch that deterioration of BBB functions are prodromal to many CNS disorders. Conversely, the BBB hinders the delivery of drugs targeting the brain to treat a variety of neurological diseases. Area covered: This article reviews recent technological improvements and innovation in the field of BBB modeling including static and dynamic cell-based platforms, microfluidic systems and the use of stem cells and 3D printing technologies...
October 26, 2016: Expert Opinion on Drug Discovery
Jodi L Connell, Eric T Ritschdorff, Jason B Shear
Advances in microscopic three-dimensional (µ3D) printing provide a means to microfabricate an almost limitless range of arbitrary geometries, offering new opportunities to rapidly prototype complex architectures for microfluidic and cellular applications. Such 3D lithographic capabilities present the tantalizing prospect for engineering micromechanical components - for example, pumps and valves - for cellular environments comprised of smart materials whose size, shape, permeability, stiffness, and other attributes might be modified in real time to precisely manipulate ultra-low-volume samples...
October 26, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
Janus A Schatz-Jakobsen, Dennis V Pedersen, Gregers R Andersen
The complement system is a highly complex and carefully regulated proteolytic cascade activated through three different pathways depending on the activator recognized. The structural knowledge regarding the intricate proteolytic enzymes that activate and control complement has increased dramatically over the last decade. This development has been pivotal for understanding how mutations within complement proteins might contribute to pathogenesis and has spurred new strategies for development of complement therapeutics...
November 2016: Immunological Reviews
Otome E Okoromoba, Zhou Li, Nicole Robertson, Mark S Mashuta, Uenifer R Couto, Cláudio F Tormena, Bo Xu, Gerald B Hammond
We developed an efficient fluorination protocol that converts easily accessible aziridines into β-fluoroamines, which are important motifs in biologically active molecules. In contrast with traditional fluorination approaches, DMPU-HF has shown both higher reactivity and regioselectivity and good functional group tolerance; thus, a wide scope of β-fluoroamines can now be accessed conveniently. The stereochemical behavior of the ring opening depends on the substitution pattern of the aziridine substrate.
October 26, 2016: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
Wim Trypsteen, Pejman Mohammadi, Clarissa Van Hecke, Pieter Mestdagh, Steve Lefever, Yvan Saeys, Pieter De Bleser, Jo Vandesompele, Angela Ciuffi, Linos Vandekerckhove, Ward De Spiegelaere
Studying the effects of HIV infection on the host transcriptome has typically focused on protein-coding genes. However, recent advances in the field of RNA sequencing revealed that long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) add an extensive additional layer to the cell's molecular network. Here, we performed transcriptome profiling throughout a primary HIV infection in vitro to investigate lncRNA expression at the different HIV replication cycle processes (reverse transcription, integration and particle production). Subsequently, guilt-by-association, transcription factor and co-expression analysis were performed to infer biological roles for the lncRNAs identified in the HIV-host interplay...
October 26, 2016: Scientific Reports
E N I Weeks, E T Machtinger, S A Gezan, P E Kaufman, C J Geden
The house fly Musca domestica L. (Diptera: Muscidae) and stable fly Stomoxys calcitrans (L.) (Diptera: Muscidae) are major pests of livestock. Biological control is an important tool in an integrated control framework. Increased mortality in filth flies has been documented with entomopathogenic fungi, several strains of which are commercially available. Three strains of Beauveria bassiana (Balsamo-Crivelli) Vuillemin (Hypocreales: Cordycipitaceae) and one strain of Metarhizium brunneum (Petch) (Hypocreales: Clavicipitaceae) were tested in commercial formulations for pathogenicity against house flies and stable flies...
October 26, 2016: Medical and Veterinary Entomology
Sara Moradipoor, Patimah Ismail, Ali Etemad, Wan Aliaa Wan Sulaiman, Salma Ahmadloo
Endothelial dysfunction appears to be an early sign indicating vascular damage and predicts the progression of atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disorders. Extensive clinical and experimental evidence suggests that endothelial dysfunction occurs in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) and prediabetes patients. This study was carried out with an aim to appraise the expression levels in the peripheral blood of 84 genes related to endothelial cells biology in patients with diagnosed T2DM or prediabetes, trying to identify new genes whose expression might be changed under these pathological conditions...
2016: BioMed Research International
Candace L Beilman, Nguyen Xuan Thanh, Victoria Ung, Christopher Ma, Karen Wong, Karen I Kroeker, Thomas Lee, Haili Wang, Arto Ohinmaa, Phil Jacobs, Brendan P Halloran, Richard N Fedorak
Background. Adalimumab is effective for the maintenance of remission in patients with moderate-to-severe ulcerative colitis (UC). Currently, biologic therapies are used in cases where patients fail conventional medical therapies. If biologic therapies are not available, patients often choose to remain in an unwell state rather than undergo colectomy. Objective. The aim of the study was to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of adalimumab in patients with UC where adalimumab was readily available compared to not available...
2016: Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Roy Marshal Wagner, Kamesh Sivagnanam, William Andrew Clark, Jonathan M Peterson
: C1q TNF Related Protein 3 (CTRP3) is a novel adipose tissue derived secreted factor, or adipokine, which has been linked to a number of beneficial biological effects on metabolism, inflammation, and survival signaling in a variety of tissues. However, very little is known about CTRP3 in regards to human health. The purpose of this project was to examine circulating CTRP3 levels in a clinical population, patients with symptoms requiring heart catheterization in order to identify the presence of obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD)...
2016: PeerJ
Samra Khalid, Rumeza Hanif, Samar H K Tareen, Amnah Siddiqa, Zurah Bibi, Jamil Ahmad
BACKGROUND: Breast cancer (BC) is one of the leading cause of death among females worldwide. The increasing incidence of BC is due to various genetic and environmental changes which lead to the disruption of cellular signaling network(s). It is a complex disease in which several interlinking signaling cascades play a crucial role in establishing a complex regulatory network. The logical modeling approach of René Thomas has been applied to analyze the behavior of estrogen receptor-alpha (ER-α) associated Biological Regulatory Network (BRN) for a small part of complex events that leads to BC metastasis...
2016: PeerJ
Jesse M Engreitz, Noah Ollikainen, Mitchell Guttman
Over the past decade, it has become clear that mammalian genomes encode thousands of long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs), many of which are now implicated in diverse biological processes. Recent work studying the molecular mechanisms of several key examples - including Xist, which orchestrates X chromosome inactivation - has provided new insights into how lncRNAs can control cellular functions by acting in the nucleus. Here we discuss emerging mechanistic insights into how lncRNAs can regulate gene expression by coordinating regulatory proteins, localizing to target loci and shaping three-dimensional (3D) nuclear organization...
October 26, 2016: Nature Reviews. Molecular Cell Biology
Ziwei Zhang, Mingyu Bi, Qi Liu, Jie Yang, Shiwen Xu
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the most common cancer type. There is a correlation between selenium (Se) deficiency and the incidence of HCC. To clarify the effects of Se level on the risk of HCC patients, a meta-analysis was performed. A total of 9 articles published between 1994 and 2016 worldwide were selected through searching PubMed, EMBASE, web of science, Cochrane Library, Springer Link, Chinese National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI), and Chinese Biology Medicine (CBM), and the information were analyzed using a meta-analysis method...
October 21, 2016: Oncotarget
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