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Anastasia K Atabekova, Anna V Pankratenko, Svetlana S Makarova, Ekaterina A Lazareva, Robert A Owens, Andrey G Solovyev, Sergey Y Morozov
Human B-cell receptor-associated protein BAP31 (HsBAP31) is the endoplasmic reticulum-resident protein involved in protein sorting and transport as well as pro-apoptotic signaling. Plant orthologs of HsBAP31 termed 'plant BAP-like proteins' (PBL proteins) have thus far remained unstudied. Recently, the PBL protein from Nicotiana tabacum (NtPBL) was identified as an interactor of Nt-4/1, a plant protein known to interact with plant virus movement proteins and affect the long-distance transport of potato spindle tuber viroid (PSTVd) via the phloem...
October 19, 2016: Biochimie
Keqiang Chen, Ruoxi Yuan, Shuo Geng, Yao Zhang, Taojing Ran, Elizabeth Kowalski, Jingze Liu, Liwu Li
The excessive accumulation of specific cellular proteins or autophagic vacuoles (AVs) within neurons is a pathologic hallmark of neurodegenerative diseases. Constitutive autophagy in neurons prevents abnormal intracellular protein aggregation and is critical for maintaining cell survival. Since our previous study showed that Toll-interacting protein (Tollip)-deficient macrophages had constitutive disruption of endosome-lysosome fusion, we hypothesize that Tollip deficiency may also promote neuron death via blockage of autophagy completion...
October 5, 2016: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
Gabriela Copetti, Gabriel V Soares, Cláudio Radtke
The thermal instability of GeO2/Ge structures lasts as a barrier against the development of Ge-based metal-oxide-semiconductor devices. In the present work, stabilization was achieved through the incorporation of nitrogen into the oxide layer by thermally growing GeOxNy films in NO. With this approach, a stable layer is obtained in a single step as opposed to other nitridation techniques (like plasma immersion) which require additional processing. Significant reduction of GeO desorption from the surface and a strong barrier against additional substrate oxidation were obtained by the insertion of a small amount of nitrogen content (N/O ≈ 10%)...
October 12, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Himanshu Charan, Julia Kinzel, Ulrich Glebe, Deepak Anand, Tayebeh Mirzaei Garakani, Leilei Zhu, Marco Bocola, Ulrich Schwaneberg, Alexander Böker
The research on protein-polymer conjugates by grafting from the surface of proteins has gained significant interest in the last decade. While there are many studies with globular proteins, membrane proteins have remained untouched to the best of our knowledge. In this study, we established the conjugate formation with a class of transmembrane proteins and grow polymer chains from the ferric hydroxamate uptake protein component A (FhuA; a β-barrel transmembrane protein of Escherichia coli). As the lysine residues of naturally occurring FhuA are distributed over the whole protein, FhuA was reengineered to have up to 11 lysines, distributed symmetrically in a rim on the membrane exposed side (outside) of the protein channel and exclusively above the hydrophobic region...
November 2016: Biomaterials
Mohammad A Anwar, Ali H Eid
Stroke and other neurovascular derangements are main causes of global death. They, along with spinal cord injuries, are responsible for being the principal cause of disability due to neurological and cognitive problems. These problems then lead to a burden on scarce financial resources and societal care facilities as well as have a profound effect on patients' families. The mechanism of action in these debilitating diseases is complex and unclear. An important component of these problems arises from derangement of blood vessels, such as blockage due to clotting/embolism, endothelial dysfunction, and overreactivity to contractile agents, as well as alteration in endothelial permeability...
2016: Methods in Molecular Biology
Yoshinori Goto, Ryosei Nishimura, Atsushi Nohara, Shintaro Mase, Toshihiro Fujiki, Hitoshi Irabu, Rie Kuroda, Raita Araki, Yasuhiro Ikawa, Hideaki Maeba, Akihiro Yachie
A 10-year-old girl developed L-asparaginase (ASP)-associated pancreatitis during chemotherapy for acute lymphocytic leukemia. Her symptoms showed alleviation with continuous regional arterial infusion of protease inhibitor and systemic somatostatin analog therapy. She had intermittent and marked hypertriglyceridemia, an initial trigger for pancreatitis, probably as a side effect of ASP and steroids. However, we considered the pancreatitis to have developed mainly because of factors other than hypertriglyceridemia as lipoprotein analysis confirmed chylomicron levels to be nearly undetectable...
August 2016: [Rinshō Ketsueki] the Japanese Journal of Clinical Hematology
Nurullah Yilmaz, Ersin Koksal, Gokce Ultan Ozgen, Ersan Ozen, Ahmet Dilek, Deniz Karakaya, Fatma Ulger
We consider that general anesthesia will be an appropriate and safe method as regional methods could lead to significant time loss in the prevention or minimization of complications. High blockage required for regional anesthetic methods in pregnant women with TGA and the maintenance of hemodynamic stability may become difficult due to neuroaxial sympathectomy even if a successful neuroaxial block has been provided. Agents with minimal effect on cardiovascular functions should be preferred for anesthesia induction and maintenance and close hemodynamic monitoring should be done during intraoperative and postoperative periods...
June 2016: Medical Archives
Esra Uyar Türkyilmaz, Nuray Camgöz Eryilmaz, Nihan Aydin Güzey, Özlem Moraloğlu
BACKGROUND: Post-dural puncture headache (PDPH) is an important complication of neuroaxial anesthesia and more frequently noted in pregnant women. The pain is described as severe, disturbing and its location is usually fronto-occipital. The conservative treatment of PDPH consists of bed rest, fluid theraphy, analgesics and caffeine. Epidural blood patch is gold standard theraphy but it is an invasive method. The greater occipital nerve (GON) is formed of sensory fibers that originate in the C2 and C3 segments of the spinal cord and it is the main sensory nerve of the occipital region...
September 2016: Brazilian Journal of Anesthesiology
R Kamal Kanthan
AIM: (1) To assess the feasibility, safety, and effectiveness of superficial cervical plexus (SCP) block in oral and maxillofacial surgical (OMFS) practice as an alternative to general anesthesia in selective cases. (2) To assess any associated complication specifically related to the procedure. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: The total number of patients was 10, out of which 6 were male and 4 were female patients. Six patients had incision and drainage of perimandibular space infections, two patients had Level Ib cervical lymph node biopsies, one patient had enucleation of cyst in the body of mandible, one patient had open reduction and internal fixation isolated angle fracture...
January 2016: Annals of Maxillofacial Surgery
Zhenzhen Sun, Zhan Zhang, Minghui Ji, Hongbao Yang, Meghan Cromie, Jun Gu, Chao Wang, Lu Yang, Yongquan Yu, Weimin Gao, Shou-Lin Wang
Cytochrome P450 3A (CYP3A) is the most abundant CYP450 enzyme in the liver and is involved in the metabolism of over 50% of xenobiotics. Our previous studies revealed that 2,2',4,4'-tetrabromodiphenyl ether (BDE47) could induce rat CYP3A1 expression, but the molecular basis remains unclear. Using in silico analysis, we identified a potential miR-23b recognition element (MRE23b) in the 3'-UTR region of CYP3A1 mRNA, which was verified by the luciferase assay. The miR-23b mimic and inhibitor significantly down- and up-regulated the expression of CYP3A1, respectively...
2016: Scientific Reports
Dorothee Deiss, Peter Adolfsson, Marije Alkemade-van Zomeren, Geremia B Bolli, Guillaume Charpentier, Claudio Cobelli, Thomas Danne, Angela Girelli, Heiko Mueller, Carol A Verderese, Eric Renard
Insulin pump users worldwide depend on insulin infusion sets (IISs) for predictable delivery of insulin to the subcutaneous tissue. Yet emerging data indicates that IISs are associated with many pump-related adverse events and may contribute to potentially life-threatening problem of unexplained hyperglycemia. The relative scarcity of published research on IISs to date, the heterogeneity of regional IIS practices, and the increasing demand for international standards guiding their use prompted convening of a panel of diabetologists and diabetes nurse educators last February, in Milan, Italy, to discuss a framework for optimizing IIS practice in Europe...
September 2016: Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics
Teresia A Carreon, Genea Edwards, Haiyan Wang, Sanjoy K Bhattacharya
The main and only modifiable risk factor in glaucoma, the group of usually late onset progressive and irreversible blinding optic neuropathies, is elevated intraocular pressure (IOP). The increase in IOP is due to impeded aqueous humor (AH) outflow through the conventional pathway. The aberrant increased resistance at the trabecular meshwork (TM), the filter-like region in the anterior eye chamber is the major contributory factor in causing the impeded outflow. In normal as well as in glaucoma eyes the regions of the TM are divided into areas of high and low flow...
August 3, 2016: Experimental Eye Research
Huang Xiaohuan, Zhao Yang, Liu Linyan, Fan Zhenhua, Zhou Linyan, Wang Zhijian, Wei Ling, Wang Deshou, Wei Jing
POU5F1 (OCT4) is a crucial transcription factor for induction and maintenance of cellular pluripotency, as well as survival of germ cells in mammals. However, the homologues of POU5F1 in teleost fish, including zebrafish and medaka, now named Pou5f3, exhibit considerable differences in expression pattern and pluripotency-maintaining activity. To what extent the POU5F1 homologues are conserved in vertebrates has been unclear. In this study, we report that the POU5F1 homologue from the Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus), OnPou5f3, displays an expression pattern and biological activity somewhat different from those in zebrafish or medaka...
September 15, 2016: Stem Cells and Development
Esra Uyar Türkyilmaz, Nuray Camgöz Eryilmaz, Nihan Aydin Güzey, Özlem Moraloğlu
BACKGROUND: Post-dural puncture headache (PDPH) is an important complication of neuroaxial anesthesia and more frequently noted in pregnant women. The pain is described as severe, disturbing and its location is usually fronto-occipital. The conservative treatment of PDPH consists of bed rest, fluid theraphy, analgesics and caffeine. Epidural blood patch is gold standard theraphy but it is an invasive method. The greater occipital nerve (GON) is formed of sensory fibers that originate in the C2 and C3 segments of the spinal cord and it is the main sensory nerve of the occipital region...
September 2016: Revista Brasileira de Anestesiologia
Geancarlo Zanatta, Gustavo Della Flora Nunes, Eveline Matias Bezerra, Roner F da Costa, Alice Maria Martins, Ewerton Wagner Santos Caetano, Valder Nogueira Freire, Carmem Gottfried
Risperidone is an atypical antipsychotic used in the treatment of schizophrenia and of symptoms of irritability associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Its main action mechanism is the blockade of D2-like receptors acting over positive and negative symptoms of schizophrenia with small risk of extrapyramidal symptoms (EPS) at doses corresponding to low/moderate D2 occupancy. Such decrease in the side effect incidence can be associated to its fast unbinding from D2 receptors in the nigrostriatal region allowing the recovery of dopamine signaling pathways...
July 19, 2016: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
Javier Del Pino, Gabriela Zeballos, María José Anadon, María Jesús Díaz, Paula Moyano, Gloria Gómez Díaz, Jimena García, Margarita Lobo, María Teresa Frejo
Cadmium is a toxic compound reported to produce cognitive dysfunctions, though the mechanisms involved are unknown. In a previous work we described how cadmium blocks cholinergic transmission and induces greater cell death in primary cholinergic neurons from the basal forebrain. It also induces cell death in SN56 cholinergic neurons from the basal forebrain through M1R blockage, alterations in the expression of AChE variants and GSK-3β, and an increase in Aβ and total and phosphorylated Tau protein levels...
June 15, 2016: Toxicology
Pablo G Camara, Daniel I S Rosenbloom, Kevin J Emmett, Arnold J Levine, Raul Rabadan
Meiotic recombination is a fundamental evolutionary process driving diversity in eukaryotes. In mammals, recombination is known to occur preferentially at specific genomic regions. Using topological data analysis (TDA), a branch of applied topology that extracts global features from large data sets, we developed an efficient method for mapping recombination at fine scales. When compared to standard linkage-based methods, TDA can deal with a larger number of SNPs and genomes without incurring prohibitive computational costs...
July 2016: Cell Systems
Taraknath Mandal, Subbarao Kanchi, K G Ayappa, Prabal K Maiti
Designing effective nanoscale blockers for membrane inserted pores formed by pore forming toxins, which are expressed by several virulent bacterial strains, on a target cell membrane is a challenging and active area of research. Here we demonstrate that PAMAM dendrimers can act as effective pH controlled gating devices once the pore has been formed. We have used fully atomistic molecular dynamics (MD) simulations to characterize the cytolysin A (ClyA) protein pores modified with fifth generation (G5) PAMAM dendrimers...
July 14, 2016: Nanoscale
Kamichika Hayashi, Takeshi Onda, Hitoshi Ohata, Nobuo Takano, Takahiko Shibahara
Here we report a case of Kussmaul's disease, or sialodochitis fibrinosa. This rare disease is characterized by recurrent swelling of the salivary glands, which then discharge clots of fibrin into the oral cavity. An 80-year-old man with a history of allergic rhinitis visited our department with the chief complaint of pain in the bilateral parotid gland area on eating. An initial examination revealed mild swelling and tenderness in this region, and indurations could be felt around the bilateral parotid papillae...
2016: Bulletin of Tokyo Dental College
Sudhakar Tummala, Bhaswati Roy, Bumhee Park, Daniel W Kang, Mary A Woo, Ronald M Harper, Rajesh Kumar
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is characterized by recurrent upper airway blockage, with continued diaphragmatic efforts to breathe during sleep. Brain structural changes in OSA appear in various regions, including white matter sites that mediate autonomic, mood, cognitive, and respiratory control. However, the relationships between brain white matter changes and disease severity in OSA are unclear. This study examines associations between an index of tissue integrity, magnetization transfer (MT) ratio values (which show MT between free and proton pools associated with tissue membranes and macromolecules), and disease severity (apnea-hypopnea index [AHI]) in OSA subjects...
October 2016: Journal of Neuroscience Research
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