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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921984/melting-behavior-of-a-dna-four-way-junction-using-spectroscopic-and-calorimetric-techniques
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Carolyn E Carr, Luis A Marky
Intramolecular four-way junctions are structures present during homologous recombination, repair of double stranded DNA breaks and integron recombination, in addition to many others. Because of the wide range of biological processes four-way junctions are involved in, understanding how and under what conditions these structures form is critical. In this work, we used a combination of spectroscopic and calorimetric techniques to present a complete thermodynamic description of the unfolding of a DNA four-way junction (FWJ) and its appropriate control stem-loop motifs (Dumbbell, GAAATT-Hp, CTATC-Hp, GTGC-Hp, and GCGC-Hp)...
September 18, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28883025/do-air-gaps-behind-soft-body-armour-affect-protection
#2
Lee Tilsley, D J Carr, C Lankester, C Malbon
INTRODUCTION: Body armour typically comprises a fabric garment covering the torso combined with hard armour (ceramic/composite). Some users wear only soft armour which provides protection from sharp weapons and pistol ammunition. It is usually recommended that body armour is worn against the body with no air-gaps being present between the wearer and the armour. However, air-gaps can occur in certain situations such as females around the breasts, in badly fitting armour and where manufacturers have incorporated an air-gap claiming improvements in thermophysiological burden...
September 6, 2017: Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28846708/rna-sequencing-demonstrates-large-scale-temporal-dysregulation-of-gene-expression-in-stimulated-macrophages-derived-from-mhc-defined-chicken-haplotypes
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Kristopher J L Irizarry, Eileen Downs, Randall Bryden, Jory Clark, Lisa Griggs, Renee Kopulos, Cynthia M Boettger, Thomas J Carr, Calvin L Keeler, Ellen Collisson, Yvonne Drechsler
Discovering genetic biomarkers associated with disease resistance and enhanced immunity is critical to developing advanced strategies for controlling viral and bacterial infections in different species. Macrophages, important cells of innate immunity, are directly involved in cellular interactions with pathogens, the release of cytokines activating other immune cells and antigen presentation to cells of the adaptive immune response. IFNγ is a potent activator of macrophages and increased production has been associated with disease resistance in several species...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28841214/tudor-domain-protein-phf20l1-reads-lysine-methylated-retinoblastoma-tumour-suppressor-protein
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Simon M Carr, Shonagh Munro, Cari A Sagum, Oleg Fedorov, Mark T Bedford, Nicholas B La Thangue
The retinoblastoma tumour suppressor protein (pRb) classically functions to regulate early cell cycle progression where it acts to enforce a number of checkpoints in response to cellular stress and DNA damage. Methylation at lysine (K) 810, which occurs within a critical CDK phosphorylation site and antagonises a CDK-dependent phosphorylation event at the neighbouring S807 residue, acts to hold pRb in the hypo-phosphorylated growth-suppressing state. This is mediated in part by the recruitment of the reader protein 53BP1 to di-methylated K810, which allows pRb activity to be effectively integrated with the DNA damage response...
August 25, 2017: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790179/high-prevalence-of-ccdc103-p-his154pro-mutation-causing-primary-ciliary-dyskinesia-disrupts-protein-oligomerisation-and-is-associated-with-normal-diagnostic-investigations
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Amelia Shoemark, Eduardo Moya, Robert A Hirst, Mitali P Patel, Evelyn A Robson, Jane Hayward, Juliet Scully, Mahmoud R Fassad, William Lamb, Miriam Schmidts, Mellisa Dixon, Ramila S Patel-King, Andrew V Rogers, Andrew Rutman, Claire L Jackson, Patricia Goggin, Bruna Rubbo, Sarah Ollosson, Siobhán Carr, Woolf Walker, Beryl Adler, Michael R Loebinger, Robert Wilson, Andrew Bush, Hywel Williams, Christopher Boustred, Lucy Jenkins, Eamonn Sheridan, Eddie M K Chung, Christopher M Watson, Thomas Cullup, Jane S Lucas, Priti Kenia, Christopher O'Callaghan, Stephen M King, Claire Hogg, Hannah M Mitchison
RATIONALE: Primary ciliary dyskinesia is a genetically heterogeneous inherited condition characterised by progressive lung disease arising from abnormal cilia function. Approximately half of patients have situs inversus. The estimated prevalence of primary ciliary dyskinesia in the UK South Asian population is 1:2265. Early, accurate diagnosis is key to implementing appropriate management but clinical diagnostic tests can be equivocal. OBJECTIVES: To determine the importance of genetic screening for primary ciliary dyskinesia in a UK South Asian population with a typical clinical phenotype, where standard testing is inconclusive...
August 8, 2017: Thorax
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724534/m6aviewer-software-for-the-detection-analysis-and-visualization-of-n6-methyl-adenosine-peaks-from-m6a-seq-me-rip-sequencing-data
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Agne Antanaviciute, Belinda Baquero-Perez, Christopher M Watson, Sally M Harrison, Carolina Lascelles, Laura Crinnion, Alexander F Markham, David T Bonthron, Adrian Whitehouse, Ian M Carr
Recent methods for transcriptome-wide N6-methyl-adenosine(m6A) profiling have facilitated investigations into the RNA methylome and established m6A as a dynamic modification that has critical regulatory roles in gene expression and may play a role in human disease. However, bioinformatics resources available for the analysis of m6A sequencing data are still limited. Here, we describe m6aViewer - a cross-platform application for analysis and visualisation of m6A peaks from sequencing data. m6aViewer implements a novel m6A peak-calling algorithm that identifies high-confidence methylated residues with more precision than previously described approaches...
July 19, 2017: RNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723566/genome-wide-rnai-screen-for-fat-regulatory-genes-in-c-%C3%A2-elegans-identifies-a-proteostasis-ampk-axis-critical-for-starvation-survival
#7
Christopher M Webster, Elizabeth C Pino, Christopher E Carr, Lianfeng Wu, Ben Zhou, Lucydalila Cedillo, Michael C Kacergis, Sean P Curran, Alexander A Soukas
Organisms must execute metabolic defenses to survive nutrient deprivation. We performed a genome-wide RNAi screen in Caenorhabditis elegans to identify fat regulatory genes indispensable for starvation resistance. Here, we show that opposing proteostasis pathways are principal determinants of starvation survival. Reduced function of cytoplasmic aminoacyl tRNA synthetases (ARS genes) increases fat mass and extends starvation survival, whereas reduced proteasomal function reduces fat and starvation survival. These opposing pathways converge on AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) as the critical effector of starvation defenses...
July 18, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718821/tick-haller-s-organ-a-new-paradigm-for-arthropod-olfaction-how-ticks-differ-from-insects
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Ann L Carr, Robert D Mitchell Iii, Anirudh Dhammi, Brooke W Bissinger, Daniel E Sonenshine, R Michael Roe
Ticks are the vector of many human and animal diseases; and host detection is critical to this process. Ticks have a unique sensory structure located exclusively on the 1st pairs of legs; the fore-tarsal Haller's organ, not found in any other animals, presumed to function like the insect antennae in chemosensation but morphologically very different. The mechanism of tick chemoreception is unknown. Utilizing next-generation sequencing and comparative transcriptomics between the 1st and 4th legs (the latter without the Haller's organ), we characterized 1st leg specific and putative Haller's organ specific transcripts from adult American dog ticks, Dermacentor variabilis...
July 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718409/metronomic-chemotherapy-direct-targeting-of-cancer-cells-after-all
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Nicolas André, Kelvin Tsai, Manon Carré, Eddy Pasquier
Metronomic chemotherapy (MC) was initially described as an antiangiogenic therapy more than 15 years ago. Over the past few years, additional data have highlighted the impact of MC on the microenvironment beyond angiogenesis, with, most importantly, a potential impact on the immune system. Here, we review and reappraise the fact that MC might be able to directly kill cancer cells. Although long neglected, this question is of critical importance both fundamentally and clinically, especially when considering future associations with immunotherapies...
May 2017: Trends in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28662202/innovative-non-thermal-plasma-disinfection-process-inside-sealed-bags-assessment-of-bactericidal-and-sporicidal-effectiveness-in-regard-to-current-sterilization-norms
#10
Zouhaier Ben Belgacem, Gaëlle Carré, Emilie Charpentier, Florian Le-Bras, Thomas Maho, Eric Robert, Jean-Michel Pouvesle, Franck Polidor, Sophie C Gangloff, Mohamed Boudifa, Marie-Paule Gelle
In this work, we developed a device capable to generate a non-thermal plasma discharge inside a sealed bag. The aim of this study was to assess the effectiveness of the oxygen, nitrogen and argon plasma sterilization on Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus aureus and Bacillus subtilis spores according to the NF EN 556 Norm. Moreover the bag integrity which is a critical key to maintain the sterile state of items after the end of the process was verified by Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) and X-ray Photoelectron Spectrometry (XPS) analyses...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648579/release-mechanism-of-doxazosin-from-carrageenan-matrix-tablets-effect-of-ionic-strength-and-addition-of-sodium-dodecyl-sulphate
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Petra Kos, Matej Pavli, Saša Baumgartner, Ksenija Kogej
The polyelectrolyte matrix tablets loaded with an oppositely charged drug exhibit complex drug-release mechanisms. In this study, the release mechanism of a cationic drug doxazosin mesylate (DM) from matrix tablets based on an anionic polyelectrolyte λ-carrageenan (λ-CARR) is investigated. The drug release rates from λ-CARR matrices are correlated with binding results based on potentiometric measurements using the DM ion-sensitive membrane electrode and with molecular characteristics of the DM-λ-CARR-complex particles through hydrodynamic size measurements...
June 22, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594281/are-you-smiling-or-have-i-seen-you-before-familiarity-makes-faces-look-happier
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Evan W Carr, Timothy F Brady, Piotr Winkielman
It is clear that unreinforced repetition (familiarization) influences affective responses to social stimuli, but its effects on the perception of facial emotion are unknown. Reporting the results of two experiments, we show for the first time that repeated exposure enhances the perceived happiness of facial expressions. In Experiment 1, using a paradigm in which subjects' responses were orthogonal to happiness in order to avoid response biases, we found that faces of individuals who had previously been shown were deemed happier than novel faces...
August 2017: Psychological Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500272/probing-the-lithium-response-pathway-in-hipscs-implicates-the-phosphoregulatory-set-point-for-a-cytoskeletal-modulator-in-bipolar-pathogenesis
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Brian T D Tobe, Andrew M Crain, Alicia M Winquist, Barbara Calabrese, Hiroko Makihara, Wen-Ning Zhao, Jasmin Lalonde, Haruko Nakamura, Glenn Konopaske, Michelle Sidor, Cameron D Pernia, Naoya Yamashita, Moyuka Wada, Yuuka Inoue, Fumio Nakamura, Steven D Sheridan, Ryan W Logan, Michael Brandel, Dongmei Wu, Joshua Hunsberger, Laurel Dorsett, Cordulla Duerr, Ranor C B Basa, Michael J McCarthy, Namrata D Udeshi, Philipp Mertins, Steven A Carr, Guy A Rouleau, Lina Mastrangelo, Jianxue Li, Gustavo J Gutierrez, Laurence M Brill, Nikolaos Venizelos, Guang Chen, Jeffrey S Nye, Husseini Manji, Jeffrey H Price, Colleen A McClung, Hagop S Akiskal, Martin Alda, De-Maw M Chuang, Joseph T Coyle, Yang Liu, Yang D Teng, Toshio Ohshima, Katsuhiko Mikoshiba, Richard L Sidman, Shelley Halpain, Stephen J Haggarty, Yoshio Goshima, Evan Y Snyder
The molecular pathogenesis of bipolar disorder (BPD) is poorly understood. Using human-induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) to unravel such mechanisms in polygenic diseases is generally challenging. However, hiPSCs from BPD patients responsive to lithium offered unique opportunities to discern lithium's target and hence gain molecular insight into BPD. By profiling the proteomics of BDP-hiPSC-derived neurons, we found that lithium alters the phosphorylation state of collapsin response mediator protein-2 (CRMP2)...
May 30, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486752/exosomes-contribute-to-endothelial-integrity-and-acute-chest-syndrome-risk-preliminary-findings
#14
Gabrielle Lapping-Carr, Abdelnaby Khalyfa, Stephanie Rangel, Wendy Darlington, Eric C Beyer, Radhika Peddinti, John M Cunningham, David Gozal
BACKGROUND: Acute Chest Syndrome (ACS) is one of the leading causes of death among children with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD). Disruption of microvascular integrity is critical to the pathophysiology of ACS, but the factors governing its phenotypic variability are incompletely understood. Because circulating exosomes have been implicated in vascular dysfunction in various diseases, we hypothesized that exosomes induce endothelial dysfunction in patients who experience ACS. PROCEDURE: Cross-sectional cohort study including 33 outpatients with SCD (without new health-related complaints or recent transfusions) and a cohort of control patients...
May 9, 2017: Pediatric Pulmonology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440926/sources-and-dispersive-modes-of-micro-fibers-in-the-environment
#15
Steve A Carr
Understanding the sources and distribution of microfibers (MFs) in the environment is critical if control and remediation measures are to be effective. Microfibers comprise an overwhelming fraction (>85%) of microplastic debris found on shorelines around the world. Although primary sources have not been fully vetted, until recently it was widely believed that domestic laundry discharges were the major source. It was also thought that synthetic fibers and particles having dimensions <5 mm easily bypassed filtration and other solid separation processes at wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) and entered oceans and surface waters...
May 2017: Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423062/filamentous-fungal-carbon-catabolite-repression-supports-metabolic-plasticity-and-stress-responses-essential-for-disease-progression
#16
Sarah R Beattie, Kenneth M K Mark, Arsa Thammahong, Laure Nicolas Annick Ries, Sourabh Dhingra, Alayna K Caffrey-Carr, Chao Cheng, Candice C Black, Paul Bowyer, Michael J Bromley, Joshua J Obar, Gustavo H Goldman, Robert A Cramer
Aspergillus fumigatus is responsible for a disproportionate number of invasive mycosis cases relative to other common filamentous fungi. While many fungal factors critical for infection establishment are known, genes essential for disease persistence and progression are ill defined. We propose that fungal factors that promote navigation of the rapidly changing nutrient and structural landscape characteristic of disease progression represent untapped clinically relevant therapeutic targets. To this end, we find that A...
April 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396388/altering-the-allosteric-pathway-in-igps-suppresses-millisecond-motions-and-catalytic-activity
#17
George P Lisi, Kyle W East, Victor S Batista, J Patrick Loria
Imidazole glycerol phosphate synthase (IGPS) is a V-type allosteric enzyme, meaning that its catalytic rate is critically dependent on activation by its allosteric ligand, N'-[(5'-phosphoribulosyl)formimino]-5-aminoimidazole-4-carboxamide ribonucleotide (PRFAR). The allosteric mechanism of IGPS is reliant on millisecond conformational motions for efficient catalysis. We engineered four mutants of IGPS designed to disrupt millisecond motions and allosteric coupling to identify regions that are critical to IGPS function...
April 25, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387346/plk1-regulates-the-repressor-function-of-foxm1b-by-inhibiting-its-interaction-with-the-retinoblastoma-protein
#18
Nishit K Mukhopadhyay, Vaibhav Chand, Akshay Pandey, Dragana Kopanja, Janai R Carr, Yi-Ju Chen, Xiubei Liao, Pradip Raychaudhuri
FoxM1b is a cell cycle-regulated transcription factor, whose over-expression is a marker for poor outcome in cancers. Its transcriptional activation function requires phosphorylation by Cdk1 or Cdk2 that primes FoxM1b for phosphorylation by Plk1, which triggers association with the co-activator CBP. FoxM1b also possesses transcriptional repression function. It represses the mammary differentiation gene GATA3 involving DNMT3b and Rb. We investigated what determines the two distinct functions of FoxM1b: activation and repression...
April 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385571/aging-mobility-impairments-and-subjective-wellbeing
#19
Vicki A Freedman, Deborah Carr, Jennifer C Cornman, Richard E Lucas
BACKGROUND: Wellbeing is often described as U-shaped over the life course, suggesting an apparent paradox that wellbeing remains high at older ages despite increases in impairments. OBJECTIVE/HYPOTHESES: We explore associations among age, lower body impairments-one of the most common late-life impairments-and three measures of wellbeing: life satisfaction, emotional wellbeing and somatic wellbeing. We hypothesize that age effects are positive, become stronger once lower body impairments are controlled, and are concentrated among those who have maintained their mobility...
March 22, 2017: Disability and Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346141/insights-into-electrosensory-organ-development-physiology-and-evolution-from-a-lateral-line-enriched-transcriptome
#20
Melinda S Modrell, Mike Lyne, Adrian R Carr, Harold H Zakon, David Buckley, Alexander S Campbell, Marcus C Davis, Gos Micklem, Clare Vh Baker
The anamniote lateral line system, comprising mechanosensory neuromasts and electrosensory ampullary organs, is a useful model for investigating the developmental and evolutionary diversification of different organs and cell types. Zebrafish neuromast development is increasingly well understood, but neither zebrafish nor Xenopus is electroreceptive and our molecular understanding of ampullary organ development is rudimentary. We have used RNA-seq to generate a lateral line-enriched gene-set from late-larval paddlefish (Polyodon spathula)...
March 27, 2017: ELife
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