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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214340/molecular-tiling-on-the-surface-of-a-bacterial-spore-the-exosporium-of-the-bacillus-anthracis-cereus-thuringiensis-group
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Cassandra Terry, Shuo Jiang, David S Radford, Wan Qiang, Svetomir Tzokov, Anne Moir, Per A Bullough
Bacteria of the genera Bacillus and Clostridium form highly resistant spores, which in the case of some pathogens act as the infectious agents. An exosporium forms the outermost layer of some spores; it plays roles in protection, adhesion, dissemination, host targeting in pathogens, and germination control. The exosporium of the Bacillus cereus group, including the anthrax pathogen, contains a 2D-crystalline basal layer, overlaid by a hairy nap. BclA and related proteins form the hairy nap, and require ExsFA (BxpB) for their localisation on the basal layer...
February 18, 2017: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213174/evidence-of-the-presence-of-a-calmodulin-sensitive-plasma-membrane-ca-2-atpase-in-trypanosoma-equiperdum
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María Carolina Pérez-Gordones, José Rubén Ramírez-Iglesias, Vincenza Cervino, Graciela L Uzcanga, Gustavo Benaim, Marta Mendoza
Trypanosoma equiperdum belongs to the subgenus Trypanozoon, which has a significant socio-economic impact by limiting animal protein productivity worldwide. Proteins involved in the intracellular Ca(2+) regulation are prospective chemotherapeutic targets since several drugs used in experimental treatment against trypanosomatids exert their action through the disruption of the parasite intracellular Ca(2+) homeostasis. Therefore, the plasma membrane Ca(2+)-ATPase (PMCA) is considered as a potential drug target...
February 14, 2017: Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213121/determination-of-a-clinically-important-difference-and-definition-of-a-responder-threshold-for-the-ucsd-performance-based-skills-assessment-upsa-in-patients-with-major-depressive-disorder
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Philip D Harvey, William Jacobson, Wei Zhong, George G Nomikos, Christina Kurre Olsen, Elizabeth Merikle, Michael Cronquist Christensen
BACKGROUND: This article reports an evaluation of the psychometric properties and clinically important difference (CID) threshold of the UCSD Performance-Based Skills Assessment (UPSA) in major depressive disorder (MDD), using data from a large-scale study of the effects of vortioxetine on cognitive functioning and functional capacity in MDD patients. METHODS: Adults with moderate-to-severe recurrent MDD and self-reported cognitive dysfunction were randomized to 8 weeks of double-blind treatment with vortioxetine 10/20mg QD (flexible), duloxetine 60mg QD, or placebo...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213095/cytotoxicity-of-gold-nanoparticles-with-different-structures-and-surface-anchored-chiral-polymers
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Jun Deng, Mengyun Yao, Changyou Gao
Nanoparticles (NPs) can have profound effects on cell biology. However, the potential adverse effects of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) with different surface chirality and structures have not been elucidated. In this study, monolayers of poly(acryloyl-L(D)-valine (L(D)-PAV) chiral molecules were anchored on the surfaces of gold nanocubes (AuNCs) and nanooctahedras (AuNOs), respectively. The L-PAV-AuNCs and D-PAV-AuNCs, or the L-PAV-AuNOs and D-PAV-AuNOs, had identical physicochemical properties in terms of size, morphology and ligand density except of the reverse molecular chirality on the particle surfaces, respectively...
February 14, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212989/arthroscopic-suture-repair-of-acute-quadriceps-tendon-ruptures
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M Severyns, G Renard, R Guillou, G A Odri, O Labrada-Blanco, J L Rouvillain
Acute quadriceps tendon ruptures disrupt the continuity of the extensor mechanism and must be treated surgically. Tendon reattachment with suture anchors has recently been shown to be biomechanically superior to reattachment through transosseous tunnels. In this context, arthroscopy is an interesting alternative. It can limit postoperative wound healing and infectious complications, while ensuring functional outcomes that are equivalent to standard techniques. The goal of this technical note is to describe an original, reproducible method for arthroscopic reattachment of the quadriceps tendon with suture anchors...
February 14, 2017: Orthopaedics & Traumatology, Surgery & Research: OTSR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212887/erratum-to-toxoplasma-gondii-immune-mapped-protein-1-is-anchored-to-the-inner-leaflet-of-the-plasma-membrane-and-adopts-a-novel-protein-fold-biochim-biophys-acta-protein-proteomics-1865-2-2017-208-219
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Yonggen Jia, Stefi Benjamin, Qun Liu, Yingqi Xu, Sunil Kumar Dogga, Jing Liu, Stephen Matthews, Dominique Soldati-Favre
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 17, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212642/beyond-cultural-stereotyping-views-on-end-of-life-decision-making-among-religious-and-secular-persons-in-the-usa-germany-and-israel
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Mark Schweda, Silke Schicktanz, Aviad Raz, Anita Silvers
BACKGROUND: End-of-life decision making constitutes a major challenge for bioethical deliberation and political governance in modern democracies: On the one hand, it touches upon fundamental convictions about life, death, and the human condition. On the other, it is deeply rooted in religious traditions and historical experiences and thus shows great socio-cultural diversity. The bioethical discussion of such cultural issues oscillates between liberal individualism and cultural stereotyping...
February 17, 2017: BMC Medical Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212596/site-specific-dual-functionalization-of-cysteine-residue-in-peptides-and-proteins-with-2-azidoacrylates
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Shinya Ariyasu, Hirohito Hayashi, Bengang Xing, Shunsuke Chiba
Herein, we report use of 2-azidoacrylates to perform site-specific dual functionalization of the cysteine residue of peptides and native protein. The sulfhydryl group of the cysteine residue could be conjugated with 2-azidoacrylates bearing various functionality such as fluorescent dyes under physiological aqueous buffer conditions to afford peptide/protein conjugates anchoring an azide moiety. Successive azide-alkyne cycloaddition enables installation of the 2nd functionality, thus affording dual functionalized peptide/protein based materials...
February 17, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212488/graphene-oxide-glue-electrode-for-fabrication-of-vertical-elastic-conductive-columns
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Liusi Yang, Mingchu Zou, Shiting Wu, Wenjing Xu, Huaisheng Wu, Anyuan Cao
Graphene has a planar atomic structure with high flexibility, and might be used as ultra-thin conductive glues or adhesion layers in electronics and other applications. Here, we show that graphene oxide (GO) sheets condensed from solution can act as a pure, thin-layer, non-penetrating glue for fabrication of vertical architectures anchored on rigid and flexible substrates. Carbon nanotube (CNT) sponges are used as a porous template to make polymer-reinforced composite columns, to achieve both high conductivity and elastic behavior...
February 17, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212453/bone-morphogenetic-protein-2-hybridized-with-nano-anchored-oligonucleotides-on-titanium-implants-enhances-osteogenic-differentiation-in-vivo
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Florian Böhrnsen, Jennifer Rublack, Nelia Aeckerle, Anne Foerster, Bernd Schwenzer, Judith Reichert, Dieter Scharnweber, Henning Schliephake
PURPOSE: Previous in vitro studies have shown that DNA oligonucleotides (ODN) can be successfully used as anchor strands for the binding and retarded release of biologically active recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein 2 (rhBMP-2). The aim of the present study was to test the hypothesis that rhBMP-2 bound to the surface of titanium implants through hybridization with nano-anchored ODN strands is biologically active and can enhance the induction of osteogenic markers in peri-implant bone in vivo...
February 17, 2017: International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212339/adamantane-in-drug-delivery-systems-and-surface-recognition
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Adela Štimac, Marina Šekutor, Kata Mlinarić-Majerski, Leo Frkanec, Ruža Frkanec
The adamantane moiety is widely applied in design and synthesis of new drug delivery systems and in surface recognition studies. This review focuses on liposomes, cyclodextrins, and dendrimers based on or incorporating adamantane derivatives. Our recent concept of adamantane as an anchor in the lipid bilayer of liposomes has promising applications in the field of targeted drug delivery and surface recognition. The results reported here encourage the development of novel adamantane-based structures and self-assembled supramolecular systems for basic chemical investigations as well as for biomedical application...
February 16, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211688/functionalized-triptycene-derived-tripodal-ligands-privileged-formation-of-tetranuclear-cage-assemblies-with-larger-ln-iii
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Alexandra Vuillamy, Soumaila Zebret, Céline Besnard, Virginie Placide, Stéphane Petoud, Josef Hamacek
In this Article, we report the self-assembly of lanthanide complexes formed with two new tripodal ligands, L2 and L3, where binding strands are connected to a rigid triptycene anchor. The pyridine moieties are functionalized with methoxy and PEG groups to enhance ligand solubility and to evaluate the effect of these substituents on lanthanide coordination. These ligands were successfully synthesized and characterized, and their coordination properties were examined along the lanthanide series through speciation studies with NMR and ESI-MS...
February 17, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211307/local-and-systemic-changes-associated-with-long-term-percutaneous-static-implantation-of-titanium-alloys-in-rhesus-macaques-macaca-mulatta
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Galit H Frydman Robert P Marini Vasudevan Bakthavatchalu Kathleen E Biddle Sureshkumar Muthupalani Charles R Vanderburg Barry Lai Pavan K Bendapudi Ronald G Tompkins And James G Fox
Metal alloys are frequently used as implant materials in veterinary medicine. Recent studies suggest that many alloys induce both local and systemic inflammatory responses. In this study, 37 rhesus macaques with long-term skull-anchored percutaneous titanium alloy implants (duration, 0 to 14 y) were evaluated for changes in their hematology, coagulation, and serum chemistry profiles. Negative controls (n = 28) did not have implants. Macaques with implants had higher plasma D-dimer and lower antithrombin III concentrations than nonimplanted animals...
February 16, 2017: Comparative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210903/role-of-exchange-protein-directly-activated-by-camp-epac1-in-breast-cancer-cell-migration-and-apoptosis
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Naveen Kumar, Sonal Gupta, Surbhi Dabral, Shailja Singh, Seema Sehrawat
Despite the current progress in cancer research and therapy, breast cancer remains the leading cause of mortality among half a million women worldwide. Migration and invasion of cancer cells are associated with prevalent tumor metastasis as well as high mortality. Extensive studies have powerfully established the role of prototypic second messenger cAMP and its two ubiquitously expressed intracellular cAMP receptors namely the classic protein kinaseA/cAMP-dependent protein kinase (PKA) and the more recently discovered exchange protein directly activated by cAMP/cAMP-regulated guanine nucleotide exchange factor (EPAC/cAMP-GEF) in cell migration, cell cycle regulation, and cell death...
February 16, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210872/responsiveness-and-minimum-important-change-of-the-oswestry-disability-index-in-italian-subjects-with-symptomatic-lumbar-spondylolisthesis
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Carla Vanti, Silvano Ferrari, Jorge Hugo Villafañe, Pedro Berjano, Marco Monticone
BACKGROUND: This study aims to investigate the responsiveness and the minimum important change of the Italian version of the Oswestry Disability Index (ODI-I) in subjects with symptomatic specific low back pain associated with lumbar spondylolisthesis (SPL). MATERIALS AND METHODS: One hundred and fifty-one patients with symptomatic SPL completed the ODI-I, a 0-100 numerical rating scale (NRS), and performed the prone and supine bridge tests. The global perception of effectiveness was measured with a 7-point Likert scale...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedics and Traumatology: Official Journal of the Italian Society of Orthopaedics and Traumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210208/promoter-specific-expression-and-genomic-structure-of-iglon-family-genes-in-mouse
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Taavi Vanaveski, Katyayani Singh, Jane Narvik, Kattri-Liis Eskla, Tanel Visnapuu, Indrek Heinla, Mohan Jayaram, Jürgen Innos, Kersti Lilleväli, Mari-Anne Philips, Eero Vasar
IgLON family is composed of five genes: Lsamp, Ntm, Opcml, Negr1, and Iglon5; encoding for five highly homologous neural adhesion proteins that regulate neurite outgrowth and synapse formation. In the current study we performed in silico analysis revealing that Ntm and Opcml display similar genomic structure as previously reported for Lsamp, characterized by two alternative promotors 1a and 1b. Negr1 and Iglon5 transcripts have uniform 5' region, suggesting single promoter. Iglon5, the recently characterized family member, shares high level of conservation and structural qualities characteristic to IgLON family such as N-terminal signal peptide, three Ig domains, and GPI anchor binding site...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209843/lipid-transport-by-tmem24-at-er-plasma-membrane-contacts-regulates-pulsatile-insulin-secretion
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Joshua A Lees, Mirko Messa, Elizabeth Wen Sun, Heather Wheeler, Federico Torta, Markus R Wenk, Pietro De Camilli, Karin M Reinisch
Insulin is released by β cells in pulses regulated by calcium and phosphoinositide signaling. Here, we describe how transmembrane protein 24 (TMEM24) helps coordinate these signaling events. We showed that TMEM24 is an endoplasmic reticulum (ER)-anchored membrane protein whose reversible localization to ER-plasma membrane (PM) contacts is governed by phosphorylation and dephosphorylation in response to oscillations in cytosolic calcium. A lipid-binding module in TMEM24 transports the phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate [PI(4,5)P2] precursor phosphatidylinositol between bilayers, allowing replenishment of PI(4,5)P2 hydrolyzed during signaling...
February 17, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209172/evaluation-of-the-contribution-of-the-transmembrane-region-to-the-ectodomain-conformation-of-the-human-immunodeficiency-virus-hiv-1-envelope-glycoprotein
#18
Hanh T Nguyen, Navid Madani, Haitao Ding, Emerald Elder, Amy Princiotto, Christopher Gu, Patrice Darby, James Alin, Alon Herschhorn, John C Kappes, Youdong Mao, Joseph G Sodroski
BACKGROUND: The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-1) envelope glycoprotein (Env), a Type 1 transmembrane protein, assembles into a trimeric spike complex that mediates virus entry into host cells. The high potential energy of the metastable, unliganded Env trimer is maintained by multiple non-covalent contacts among the gp120 exterior and gp41 transmembrane Env subunits. Structural studies suggest that the gp41 transmembrane region forms a left-handed coiled coil that contributes to the Env trimer interprotomer contacts...
February 16, 2017: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209054/confinement-of-ultrasmall-cu-znox-nanoparticles-in-metal-organic-frameworks-for-selective-methanol-synthesis-from-catalytic-hydrogenation-of-co2
#19
Bing An, Jingzheng Zhang, Kang Cheng, Pengfei Ji, Cheng Wang, Wenbin Lin
The interfaces of Cu/ZnO and Cu/ZrO2 play vital roles in the hydrogenation of CO2 to methanol by these composite catalysts. Surface structural reorganization and particle growth during catalysis deleteriously reduce these active interfaces, diminishing both catalytic activities and MeOH selectivities. Here we report the use of pre-assembled bpy and Zr6(μ3-O)4(μ3-OH)4 sites in UiO-bpy metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) to anchor ultrasmall Cu/ZnOx nanoparticles, thus preventing the agglomeration of Cu NPs and phase separation between Cu and ZnOx in MOF cavity-confined Cu/ZnOx nanoparticles...
February 17, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208474/key-lock-colloids-in-a-nematic-liquid-crystal
#20
Nuno M Silvestre, M Tasinkevych
The Landau-de Gennes free energy is used to study theoretically the effective interaction of spherical "key" and anisotropic "lock" colloidal particles. We assume identical anchoring properties of the surfaces of the key and of the lock particles, and we consider planar degenerate and perpendicular anchoring conditions separately. The lock particle is modeled as a spherical particle with a spherical dimple. When such a particle is introduced into a nematic liquid crystal, it orients its dimple at an oblique angle θ_{eq} with respect to the far field director n_{∞}...
January 2017: Physical Review. E
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