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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530742/a-survey-of-the-different-roles-of-polyoxometalates-in-their-interaction-with-amino-acids-peptides-and-proteins
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Mina Arefian, Masoud Mirzaei, Hossein Eshtiagh-Hosseini, Antonio Frontera
One of the most attractive areas in inorganic chemistry is the synthesis of polyoxometalates (POMs) exhibiting new properties and applications. Since the impact of POMs in biochemistry and related fields of research has increased in the last few years, there has been a special interest in this topic. Significant progress in biological applications has been made where the interaction of POMs with amino acids, peptides and proteins is relevant. Versatile POMs play a series of different roles in the interaction with these biomolecules as described in this review...
May 22, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528544/the-new-chemical-reporter-6-alkynyl-6-deoxy-glcnac-6alkglcnac-reveals-o-glcnac-modification-of-the-apoptotic-caspases-that-can-block-the-cleavage-activation-of-caspase-8
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Kelly N Chuh, Anna R Batt, Balyn W Zaro, Narek Darabedian, Nicholas P Marotta, Caroline K Brennan, Arya Amirhekmat, Matthew R Pratt
O-GlcNAc modification (O-GlcNAcylation) is required for survival in mammalian cells. Genetic and biochemical experiments have found that increased modification inhibits apoptosis in tissues and cell culture and that lowering O-GlcNAcylation induces cell death. However, the molecular mechanisms by which O-GlcNAcylation might inhibit apoptosis are still being elucidated. Here, we first synthesize a new metabolic chemical reporter, 6AlkGlcNAc, for the identification of O-GlcNAc modified proteins. Subsequent characterization of 6AlkGlcNAc shows that this probe is selectively incorporated into O-GlcNAcylated proteins over cell-surface glycoproteins...
May 22, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527084/neurobiology-of-chronicization
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Gian Camillo Manzoni, Marco Russo, Arens Taga, Paola Torelli
In the past few years, research on chronicization of headache has focussed primarily on migraine, even though there are other types of primary headache that over time can turn into chronic forms. Only a minority of migraine sufferers will develop a chronic condition, with attacks that are likely to vary in their clinical features. As a result, in chronic migraine the specific diagnostic criteria for this headache type do not always exhibit the typical features of migraine. Among the factors that play a major role in favouring chronicization are a high frequency of migraine attacks since the beginning, overuse of symptomatic medication and onset of depression or arterial hypertension...
May 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526381/medium-term-effect-of-sublingual-l-glutathione-supplementation-on-flow-mediated-dilation-in-subjects-with-cardiovascular-risk-factors
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Jonica Campolo, Stefano Bernardi, Lorena Cozzi, Silvia Rocchiccioli, Cinzia Dellanoce, Antonella Cecchettini, Annamaria Tonini, Marina Parolini, Benedetta De Chiara, Gianpaolo Micheloni, Gualtiero Pelosi, Claudio Passino, Cristina Giannattasio, Oberdan Parodi
OBJECTIVE: Supplementation of glutathione (GSH) may be a positive strategy to improve the endogenous antioxidant defense required to counteract many acute and chronic diseases. However, the efficacy of GSH treatment seems to be closely related to type of administration, degree of absorption, and increase of its concentrations. The aim of this study was to test a new sublingual formulation of L-GSH, which enters directly the systemic circulation, to assess its efficacy on circulating biochemical markers of hepatic metabolism, lipid profile, and oxidative stress and on peripheral vascular function compared with placebo in patients with cardiovascular risk factors (CVRF)...
June 2017: Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526011/risk-of-acute-kidney-injury-and-survival-in-patients-treated-with-metformin-an-observational-cohort-study
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Samira Bell, Bassam Farran, Stuart McGurnaghan, Rory J McCrimmon, Graham P Leese, John R Petrie, Paul McKeigue, Naveed Sattar, Sarah Wild, John McKnight, Robert Lindsay, Helen M Colhoun, Helen Looker
BACKGROUND: Whether metformin precipitates lactic acidosis in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) remains under debate. We examined whether metformin use was associated with an increased risk of acute kidney injury (AKI) as a proxy for lactic acidosis and whether survival among those with AKI varied by metformin exposure. METHODS: All individuals with type 2 diabetes and available prescribing data between 2004 and 2013 in Tayside, Scotland were included. The electronic health record for diabetes which includes issued prescriptions was linked to laboratory biochemistry, hospital admission, death register and Scottish Renal Registry data...
May 19, 2017: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525556/transcriptome-of-the-gsh-depleted-lens-reveals-changes-in-detoxification-and-emt-signaling-genes-transport-systems-and-lipid-homeostasis
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Jeremy A Whitson, Xiang Zhang, Mario Medvedovic, Jenny Chen, Zongbo Wei, Vincent M Monnier, Xingjun Fan
Purpose: To understand the effects of glutathione (GSH)-deficiency on genetic processes that regulate lens homeostasis and prevent cataractogenesis. Methods: The transcriptome of lens epithelia and fiber cells was obtained from C57BL/6 LEGSKO (lens GSH-synthesis knockout) and buthionine sulfoximine (BSO)-treated LEGSKO mice and compared to C57BL/6 wild-type mice using RNA-Seq. Transcriptomic data were confirmed by qPCR and Western blot/ELISA on a subset of genes...
May 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525271/electron-spin-relaxation-and-biochemical-characterization-of-the-hydrogenase-maturase-hydf-insights-into-2fe-2s-and-4fe-4s-cluster-communication-and-hydrogenase-activation
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Eric M Shepard, Amanda S Byer, Priyanka Aggarwal, Jeremiah N Betz, Anna G Scott, Krista Shisler, Robert J Usselman, Gareth R Eaton, Sandra S Eaton, Joan B Broderick
Nature utilizes [FeFe]-hydrogenase enzymes to catalyze the interconversion between H2 and protons and electrons. Catalysis occurs at the H-cluster, a carbon monoxide, cyanide, and dithiomethylamine-coordinated 2Fe subcluster bridged via a cysteine to a [4Fe-4S] cluster. Biosynthesis of this unique metallocofactor is accomplished by three maturase enzymes denoted HydE, HydF, and HydG. HydE and HydG belong to the radical S-adenosylmethionine superfamily of enzymes and synthesize the nonprotein ligands of the H-cluster...
May 19, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524363/donor-transmitted-mutation-of-the-abcb11-gene-and-ensuing-intra-hepatic-cholestasis-of-pregnancy-in-a-liver-transplant-recipient
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Tiong Yeng Lim, Iona Coltart, Pierre Foskett, Richard Thompson, Sandra Strautnieks, Leonie Penna, Catherine Williamson, Rosa Miquel, Michael A Heneghan
In liver transplant (LT) recipients, the cause of graft dysfunction in pregnancy is often difficult to ascertain. Moreover, a liver biopsy in late pregnancy is often avoided as a consequence of patient and physician factors. Management of graft dysfunction can be difficult in this setting. We report a 30-year-old female LT recipient who developed acutely deranged liver biochemistry during the third trimester of her first pregnancy. At 29 weeks gestation, her liver function test (LFT) became abnormal; AST peaked at 978 IU/L (normal range 10-50), GGT 25 IU/L (normal range 1-55), bilirubin 1...
May 19, 2017: Liver Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524240/potential-serum-biomarkers-associated-with-mild-and-severe-leptospirosis-infection-a-cohort-study-in-the-malaysian-population
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Tan Xue Ting, Fairuz Binti Amran, Ravindran Thayan, Norazah Ahmad, Roslinda Jaafar, Rahimah Haron, Rafidah Abdullah, Sazwan Reezal Bin Shamsuddin, Nor Suhaila Binti Md Riffin, Puteri Shafinaz Abdul-Rahman
Leptospirosis is an emerging zoonotic infectious disease in Malaysia. The symptoms of leptospirosis vary from mild non-specific flu-like illness to a severe condition which is usually associated with serious complication and fatality. To study the protein expression profile of mild and severe leptospirosis, fifteen paired sera were collected from the patients who were mildly infected and following that progressed to severe stage. The proteome profiles of mild and severe cases were studied using 2DE analysis in combination with LC-MS/MS...
May 19, 2017: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524037/-clinical-analysis-of-53-patients-with-clostridium-botulinum-food-poisoning
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Peng Zhang, Jianguang Dong, Lili Bai, Zewu Qiu
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the epidemiologic data of patients with Clostridium botulinum food poisoning, and to improve the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of food borne botulism. METHODS: A retrospective study was conducted. Fifty-three patients with Clostridium botulinum food poisoning admitted to Chinese PLA Center of Poisoning and Treatment from January 2009 to December 2016 were enrolled, and they were divided into mild, moderate, and severe groups according to the severity of disease...
May 2017: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523911/cup-shaped-nanoantenna-arrays-for-zeptoliter-volume-biochemistry-and-plasmonic-sensing-in-the-visible-wavelengths-range
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Rokas Drevinskas, Tomas Rakickas, Algirdas Selskis, Lorenzo Rosa, Ramunas Valiokas
Although three-dimensional shaping of metallic nanostructures is an important strategy for control and manipulation of localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR), its implementation in high-throughput, on-chip fabrication of plasmonic devices remains to be challenging. Here we demonstrate nanocontact-based large area fabrication of a novel, LSPR-active Au architecture consisting of periodic arrays of reduced symmetry nanoantennas having sub-50 nm, out-of-plane features. Namely, by combining nanosphere and molecular self-assembly processes we have patterned evaporated polycrystalline Au films for chemical etching of nanocups with controlled aspect ratios (an outer diameter d=100 nm, void volumes of 18 or 39 zeptoliters)...
May 19, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523824/laser-desorption-ionisation-mass-spectrometry-imaging-of-european-yew-taxus-baccata-on-gold-nanoparticle-enhanced-target
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Adrian Arendowski, Tomasz Ruman
INTRODUCTION: European yew (Taxus baccata) is a plant known to man for centuries as it produces many interesting and important metabolites. These chemical compounds were repeatedly analysed by various analytical techniques, but none of the methods used so far allowed the localisation of the chemical compounds within the tissue and also correlation between plant morphology and its biochemistry. OBJECTIVE: Visualisation of the spatial distribution of yew metabolites with nanoparticle-based mass spectrometry imaging...
May 19, 2017: Phytochemical Analysis: PCA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523054/acute-bacterial-meningitis-in-children-presenting-to-the-children-s-hospital-lahore-before-and-after-pneumococcal-vaccine-in-pakistan-national-immunization-program-a-comparison
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Attia Bari, Fatima Zeeshan, Aizza Zafar, Hasan Ejaz, Uzma Jabeen, Ahsan Waheed Rathore
OBJECTIVE: To describe bacteriological profile, morbidity and mortality of acute bacterial meningitis (ABM) in children and to compare these parameters before and after the introduction of Pneumococcal vaccine in Pakistan National Immunization Program. METHODS: The present descriptive study was conducted at the Department of Paediatric Medicine of The Children's Hospital Lahore from January 2012 to December 2015. A total of 503 children one month to five years of age admitted with diagnosis of meningitis were included...
March 2017: Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522250/ppargamma-agonists-rescue-increased-phosphorylation-of-fgf14-at-s226-in-the-tg2576-mouse-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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Wei-Chun J Hsu, Norelle Wildburger, Sigmund J Haidacher, Miroslav N Nenov, Oluwarotimi Folorunso, Aditya K Singh, Brent C Chesson, Whitney F Franklin, Ibdanelo Cortez, Rovshan G Sadygov, Kelly T Dineley, Jai Rudra, Giulio Taglialatela, Cheryl F Lichti, Larry Denner, Fernanda Laezza
BACKGROUND: Cognitive impairment in humans with Alzheimer's disease (AD) and in animal models of Aβ-pathology can be ameliorated by treatments with the nuclear receptor peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-gamma (PPARγ) agonists, such as rosiglitazone (RSG). Previously, we demonstrated that in the Tg2576 animal model of AD, RSG treatment rescued cognitive deficits and reduced aberrant activity of granule neurons in the dentate gyrus (DG), an area critical for memory formation...
May 15, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521569/exploring-the-biochemistry-of-the-prenylome-and-its-role-in-disease-through-proteomics-progress-and-potential
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Maura Brioschi, Alma Martinez Fernandez, Cristina Banfi
Protein prenylation is a ubiquitous covalent post-translational modification characterized by the addition of farnesyl or geranylgeranyl isoprenoid groups to a cysteine residue located near the carboxyl terminal of a protein. It is essential for the proper localization and cellular activity of numerous proteins, including Ras family GTPases and G-proteins. In addition to its roles in cellular physiology, the prenylation process has important implications in human diseases and in the recent years, it has become attractive target of inhibitors with therapeutic potential...
May 18, 2017: Expert Review of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521452/assessment-of-high-sensitivity-c-reactive-protein-tests-for-the-diagnosis-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-in-patients-with-hepatitis-b-associated-liver-cirrhosis
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Li-Na Ma, Xiao-Yan Liu, Zhen-Hui Lu, Li-Gang Wu, Yuan-Yuan Tang, Xia Luo, Yan-Chao Hu, Ting-Ting Yan, Qi Wang, Xiang-Chun Ding, Yan Xie
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a common malignant tumor worldwide, with high morbidity and mortality. Chronic infection with hepatitis B virus (HBV) is a major risk factor for the development of hepatocellular carcinoma and the majority (~80%) of hepatocellular carcinoma patients in China exhibit co-morbidity with HBV-associated liver cirrhosis. The goal of reliable early diagnostic and prognostic techniques for HBV-associated HCC remains unrealized. The aim of the present study was to explore the efficacy of serum high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) tests in the early diagnosis of HCC in patients with HBV-associated liver cirrhosis...
May 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521051/efficiency-of-early-single-dose-probiotic-administration-methods-on-performance-small-intestinal-morphology-blood-biochemistry-and-immune-response-of-japanese-quail
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Kazem Seifi, Mohammad Amir Karimi Torshizi, Shaban Rahimi, Mohammad Kazemifard
The aim of the present study was to investigate the efficacy of early probiotics (single dose) administered in different ways, on quails' performance, small intestine morphology, blood biochemistry, and immune response. In total, 192 day-old chicks were used in one of the following experimental groups before being transferred to a raising room: 1) Control (no probiotic administered), 2) oral gavage, 3) spray, and 4) vent lip. Four replicates of 12 chicks per cage were considered for each treatment and birds were raised up to 35 d in the same conditions...
May 17, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520272/a-focus-on-polarity-investigating-the-role-of-orientation-cues-in-mediating-student-performance-on-mrna-synthesis-tasks-in-an-introductory-cell-and-molecular-biology-course
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Jeffrey T Olimpo, Daniel A Quijas, Anita M Quintana
The central dogma has served as a foundational model for information flow, exchange, and storage in the biological sciences for several decades. Despite its continued importance, however, recent research suggests that novices in the domain possess several misconceptions regarding the aforementioned processes, including those pertaining specifically to the formation of messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA) transcripts. In the present study, we sought to expand upon these observations through exploration of the influence of orientation cues on students' aptitude at synthesizing mRNAs from provided deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) template strands...
May 18, 2017: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28517369/treatment-of-primary-biliary-cholangitis-non-responders-a-systematic-review
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Duminda Suraweera, Harman Rahal, Melissa Jimenez, Matthew Viramontes, Gina Choi, Sammy Saab
BACKGROUND: Primary biliary cholangitis (PBC), formerly known as primary biliary cirrhosis, is a chronic cholestatic liver disease characterized by an immune mediated destruction of intrahepatic bile ducts. Ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA) has been the primary medication for the treatment of PBC, resulting in improved liver tests, resolution of symptoms and increased transplant free survival. However, not all patients respond to UDCA. The aim of this systematic review is to provide an evidence based assessment of the medications that have been studied in patients who are refractory to UDCA...
May 18, 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28517362/the-absence-of-quadrupolar-nuclei-facilitates-efficient-13-c-hyperpolarization-via-reversible-exchange-with-parahydrogen
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Danila A Barskiy, Roman V Shchepin, Christian P N Tanner, Johannes F P Colell, Boyd M Goodson, Thomas Theis, Warren S Warren, Eduard Y Chekmenev
Nuclear spin hyperpolarization techniques are revolutionizing the field of (13) C molecular MRI. While dissolution dynamic nuclear polarization (d-DNP) is currently the leading technique, it is generally slow (requiring ≈1 h) and costly (≈$USD10(6) ). As a consequence of carbon's central place in biochemistry, tremendous progress using (13) C d-DNP bioimaging has been demonstrated to date including a number of clinical trials. Despite numerous attempts to develop alternatives to d-DNP, the competing methods have faced significant translational challenges...
May 18, 2017: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
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