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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727654/growth-and-nutritional-biomarkers-of-preterm-infants-fed-a-new-powdered-human-milk-fortifier-a-randomized-trial
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Jacques Rigo, Jean-Michel Hascoët, Claude Billeaud, Jean-Charles Picaud, Fabio Mosca, Amandine Rubio, Elie Saliba, Michaël Radkë, Umberto Simeoni, Bernard Guillois, Virginie de Halleux, Jonathan Jaeger, Laurent Ameye, Nicholas P Hays, Johannes Spalinger
OBJECTIVES: Assess growth and nutritional biomarkers of preterm infants fed human milk (HM) supplemented with a new powdered HM fortifier (nHMF) or a control HM fortifier (cHMF). The nHMF provides similar energy content, 16% more protein (partially hydrolyzed whey), and higher micronutrient levels than the cHMF, along with medium-chain triglycerides and docosahexaenoic acid. METHODS: In this controlled, multicenter, double-blind study, a sample of preterm infants ≤32 weeks or ≤1500 g were randomized to receive nHMF (n = 77) or cHMF (n = 76) for a minimum of 21 days...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727628/replication-confirms-the-association-of-loci-in-foxe1-pde8b-capzb-and-pde10a-with-thyroid-traits-a-genetics-of-diabetes-audit-and-research-tayside-study
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Enrique Soto-Pedre, Moneeza K Siddiqui, Alex S Doney, Colin N A Palmer, Ewan R Pearson, Graham P Leese
OBJECTIVE: Replication of associations in genome-wide association studies is desirable to ensure that such signals are potentially clinically meaningful. This study aimed to replicate associations of selected single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) with hypothyroidism and serum thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) using electronic medical records (EMRs). PATIENTS AND METHODS: A cross-sectional study was carried out among patients of European Caucasian ethnicity from the Genetics of Diabetes Audit and Research Tayside recruited in Tayside (Scotland, UK)...
July 19, 2017: Pharmacogenetics and Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725977/the-effect-of-vitamin-d-and-calcium-supplementation-in-pediatric-steroid-sensitive-nephrotic-syndrome
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Sushmita Banerjee, Surupa Basu, Ananda Sen, Jayati Sengupta
BACKGROUND: Low serum levels of total 25-hydroxycholecalciferol (25(OH)D) occur in nephrotic syndrome (NS). We aimed to assess the effects of vitamin D3 and calcium supplementation on 25(OH)D levels, bone mineralization, and NS relapse rate in children with steroid-sensitive NS. METHODS: A randomized controlled trial (RCT) was performed in children with steroid-sensitive NS. The treatment group received vitamin D3 (60,000 IU orally, weekly for 4 weeks) and calcium supplements (500 to 1,000 mg/day for 3 months) after achieving NS remission...
July 19, 2017: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725901/zinc-binding-sites-in-pra1-a-zincophore-from-candida-albicans
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Dorota Łoboda, Magdalena Rowińska-Żyrek
The aim of this work is to understand the interactions of Zn(ii) with Pra1, a zincophore from Candida albicans, one of the most common causes of serious fungal infections in humans. Pra1 is a 299 amino acid protein, secreted from the fungus to specifically bind Zn(ii) and deliver it to a transmembrane zinc transporter, Zrt1. We take the first step towards understanding the bioinorganic chemistry of this process, by pointing out the Zn(ii) binding sites in Pra1 and understanding the thermodynamics of such interactions...
July 20, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725218/all-new-faces-of-diatoms-potential-source-of-nanomaterials-and-beyond
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Meerambika Mishra, Ananta P Arukha, Tufail Bashir, Dhananjay Yadav, G B K S Prasad
Nature's silicon marvel, the diatoms have lately astounded the scientific community with its intricate designs and lasting durability. Diatoms are a major group of phytoplanktons involved in the biogeochemical cycling of silica and are virtually inherent in every environment ranging from water to ice to soil. The usage of diatoms has proved prudently cost effective and its handling neither requires costly materials nor sophisticated instruments. Diatoms can easily be acquired from the environment, their culture requires ambient condition and does not involve any costly media or expensive instruments, besides, they can be transported in small quantities and proliferated to a desirable confluence from that scratch, thus are excellent cost effective industrial raw material...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724750/disruption-of-a-structurally-important-extracellular-element-in-the-glycine-receptor-leads-to-decreased-synaptic-integration-and-signaling-resulting-in-severe-startle-disease
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Natascha Schaefer, Alexandra Berger, Johannes van Brederode, Fang Zheng, Yan Zhang, Sophie Leacock, Laura Littau, Sibylle Jablonka, Sony Malhotra, Maya Topf, Friederike Winter, Daria Davydova, Joseph W Lynch, Christopher J Paige, Christian Alzheimer, Robert J Harvey, Carmen Villmann
Functional impairments or trafficking defects of inhibitory glycine receptors (GlyRs) have been linked to human hyperekplexia/startle disease and autism spectrum disorder. We found that lack of synaptic integration of GlyRs, together with disrupted receptor function is responsible for a lethal startle phenotype in a novel spontaneous mouse mutant shaky, caused by a missense mutation Q177K located in the extracellular β8-β9 loop of the GlyR α1 subunit. Recently, structural data provided evidence that the flexibility of the β8-β9 loop is crucial for conformational transitions during opening and closing of the ion channel and represents a novel allosteric binding site in cys-loop receptors...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723407/nano-lipid-drug-conjugate-an-integrated-review
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Piya Adhikari, Paulami Pal, Anup Kr Das, Subhabrata Ray, Arpita Bhattacharjee, Bhaskar Mazumder
Lipid-drug conjugates (LDC), which may also be addressed as lipoidal prodrug, have the therapeutic actives chemically bound to a lipid moiety like fatty acids or phospholipids. Fabricated in nano-size, lipid-drug conjugate forms another breed of lipid nanoparticles. LDCs are prepared in order to increase the drug loading and hence prevent leakage of a highly polar drug from a lipophilic matrix. In turn, it assists to achieve active targeting of therapeutics with reduced side effect by altering the pharmacokinetic profile of the drug...
July 16, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722447/fluorescence-sensing-of-circulating-diagnostic-biomarkers-using-molecular-probes-and-nanoparticles
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Oya Tagit, Niko Hildebrandt
The interplay of photonics, nanotechnology, and biochemistry has significantly improved the identification and characterization of multiple types of biomarkers by optical biosensors. Great achievements in fluorescence-based technologies have been realized, for example, by the advancement of multiplexing techniques or the introduction of nanoparticles to biochemical and clinical research. This review presents a concise overview of recent advances in fluorescence sensing techniques for the detection of circulating disease biomarkers...
January 27, 2017: ACS Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722303/differential-electrochemical-conductance-imaging-at-the-nanoscale
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Montserrat López-Martínez, Juan Manuel Artés, Veronica Sarasso, Marco Carminati, Ismael Díez-Pérez, Fausto Sanz, Pau Gorostiza
Electron transfer in proteins is essential in crucial biological processes. Although the fundamental aspects of biological electron transfer are well characterized, currently there are no experimental tools to determine the atomic-scale electronic pathways in redox proteins, and thus to fully understand their outstanding efficiency and environmental adaptability. This knowledge is also required to design and optimize biomolecular electronic devices. In order to measure the local conductance of an electrode surface immersed in an electrolyte, this study builds upon the current-potential spectroscopic capacity of electrochemical scanning tunneling microscopy, by adding an alternating current modulation technique...
July 19, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721521/expression-patterns-of-the-native-shrunken-2-promoter-in-sorghum-bicolor-visualised-through-use-of-the-gfp-reporter-gene
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Kyle C Lamont, Stephen R Mudge, Guoquan Liu, Ian D Godwin
The AGPase large subunit (shrunken-2) promoter was demonstrated to be active in the placentochalaza and endosperm of developing grain as well as the root tips in transgenic sorghum. The temporal and spatial expression patterns of the Sorghum bicolor Shrunken-2 (Sh2) promoter were evaluated using the green fluorescence protein reporter gene (gfp) in transgenic sorghum, within the context of upregulating starch biosynthesis in the developing grain. GFP fluorescence was analysed throughout development in various tissue types using confocal laser scanning microscopy techniques...
July 18, 2017: Plant Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720541/biological-sources-of-variation-of-serum-adiponectin-among-healthy-individuals-in-comparison-with-related-nutritional-and-inflammatory-markers
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Yoshihisa Shimizu, Kiyoshi Ichihara, Katsuyuki Nakajima
BACKGROUND: Serum adiponectin (AN) is a nutritional and inflammatory marker of various diseases. Its biological sources of variation (SVs) have been widely evaluated in, but its relationships with other related markers remain to be studied comprehensibly by use of multivariate analyses including factor analysis. METHODS: Serum specimens from 752 well-defined healthy subjects (295 males; 457 females) obtained from Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Vietnam were tested for total AN (tAN) and high-molecular-weight AN (hmAN) together with 71 major analytes...
July 15, 2017: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718082/low-first-trimester-papp-a-in-ivf-fresh-and-frozen-thawed-pregnancies-likely-due-to-a-biological-cause
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Lauren P Hunt, A M McInerney-Leo, S Sinnott, B Sutton, R Cincotta, G Duncombe, J Chua, M Peterson
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to confirm a difference in the first-trimester screen maternal biochemistry and false-positive rates (FPR) between pregnancies conceived spontaneously and those conceived via assisted reproductive technologies (ART). METHODS: Retrospective analysis of the complete population of women (17,889 pregnancies) who had undergone first-trimester screening between January 2004 and September 2009 at three private ultrasound clinics in Queensland, Australia was used in the study...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717982/characterization-of-zinc-amino-acid-complexes-for-zinc-delivery-in-vitro-using-caco-2-cells-and-enterocytes-from-hipsc
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Ann Katrin Sauer, Stefanie Pfaender, Simone Hagmeyer, Laura Tarana, Ann-Kathrin Mattes, Franziska Briel, Sébastien Küry, Tobias M Boeckers, Andreas M Grabrucker
Zn is essential for growth and development. The bioavailability of Zn is affected by several factors such as other food components. It is therefore of interest, to understand uptake mechanisms of Zn delivering compounds to identify ways to bypass the inhibitory effects of these factors. Here, we studied the effect of Zn amino acid conjugates (ZnAAs) on the bioavailabilty of Zn. We used Caco-2 cells and enterocytes differentiated from human induced pluripotent stem cells from a control and Acrodermatitis enteropathica (AE) patient, and performed fluorescence based assays, protein biochemistry and atomic absorption spectrometry to characterize cellular uptake and absorption of ZnAAs...
July 17, 2017: Biometals: An International Journal on the Role of Metal Ions in Biology, Biochemistry, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717108/isoflurane-is-a-suitable-alternative-to-ether-for-anesthetizing-rats-prior-to-euthanasia-for-gene-expression-analysis
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Noriyuki Nakatsu, Yoshinobu Igarashi, Taiki Aoshi, Isao Hamaguchi, Masumichi Saito, Takuo Mizukami, Haruka Momose, Ken J Ishii, Hiroshi Yamada
Diethyl ether (ether) had been widely used in Japan for anesthesia, despite its explosive properties and toxicity to both humans and animals. We also had used ether as an anesthetic for euthanizing rats for research in the Toxicogenomics Project (TGP). Because the use of ether for these purposes will likely cease, it is required to select an alternative anesthetic which is validated for consistency with existing TGP data acquired under ether anesthesia. We therefore compared two alternative anesthetic candidates, isoflurane and pentobarbital, with ether in terms of hematological findings, serum biochemical parameters, and gene expressions...
2017: Journal of Toxicological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716182/atp-sensing-in-living-plant-cells-reveals-tissue-gradients-and-stress-dynamics-of-energy-physiology
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Valentina De Col, Philippe Fuchs, Thomas Nietzel, Marlene Elsässer, Chia Pao Voon, Alessia Candeo, Ingo Seeliger, Mark D Fricker, Christopher Grefen, Ian Max Møller, Andrea Bassi, Boon Leong Lim, Marco Zancani, Andreas J Meyer, Alex Costa, Stephan Wagner, Markus Schwarzländer
Growth and development of plants is ultimately driven by light energy captured through photosynthesis. ATP acts as universal cellular energy cofactor fuelling all life processes, including gene expression, metabolism, and transport. Despite a mechanistic understanding of ATP biochemistry, ATP dynamics in the living plant have been largely elusive. Here, we establish MgATP(2-) measurement in living plants using the fluorescent protein biosensor ATeam1.03-nD/nA. We generate Arabidopsis sensor lines and investigate the sensor in vitro under conditions appropriate for the plant cytosol...
July 18, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715177/ribosome-mediated-quinary-interactions-modulate-in-cell-protein-activities
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Christopher M DeMott, Subhabrata Majumder, David S Burz, Sergey Reverdatto, Alexander Shekhtman
Ribosomes are present inside bacterial cells at micromolar concentrations and occupy up to 20% of the cell volume. Under these conditions even weak quinary interactions between ribosomes and cytosolic proteins can affect protein activity. By using in-cell and in vitro NMR spectroscopy, and biophysical techniques, we show that the enzymes, adenylate kinase and dihydrofolate reductase, and the respective co-enzymes, ATP and NADPH, bind to ribosomes with micromolar affinity, and that this interaction suppresses the enzymatic activities of both enzymes...
July 17, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713731/magnetic-field-effects-on-bone-repair-after-calcium-phosphate-cement-implants-histometric-and-biochemistry-evaluation
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Thiago Calcagnotto, Marcos Miguel Bechstedt Schwengber, Carlos Cesar De Antoni, Danilo Louzada de Oliveira, Théssio Mina Vago, Jessica Guilinelli
OBJECTIVE: This work evaluated histologic and biochemically the effect of magnetic field buried in bone repair after autogenous bone graft and calcium phosphate cement implants. METHODOLOGY: Bone defects with 5,0 mm of diameter in the cranium of Wistar mice were used to analyse. These mice were submitted to different interventions: autogenous bone graft and calcium phosphate cement implants, both with and without magnetic stimulation. Longitudinal and transversal histometric and biochemistry analysis were made in times of 15, 30 and 60 post-operative days...
January 2017: Annals of Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713269/the-emerging-role-for-zinc-in-depression-and-psychosis
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REVIEW
Matthew A Petrilli, Thorsten M Kranz, Karine Kleinhaus, Peter Joe, Mara Getz, Porsha Johnson, Moses V Chao, Dolores Malaspina
Zinc participation is essential for all physiological systems, including neural functioning, where it participates in a myriad of cellular processes. Converging clinical, molecular, and genetic discoveries illuminate key roles for zinc homeostasis in association with clinical depression and psychosis which are not yet well appreciated at the clinical interface. Intracellular deficiency may arise from low circulating zinc levels due to dietary insufficiency, or impaired absorption from aging or medical conditions, including alcoholism...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712060/abnormal-social-behavior-in-mice-with-tyrosinemia-type-i-is-associated-with-an-increase-of-myelin-in-the-cerebral-cortex
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Marissa E Moore, Ashton E Koenig, Megan A Hillgartner, Christopher C Otap, Elizabeth Barnby, Gordon G MacGregor
Hereditary tyrosinemia type I (HT1) is caused by mutations in the fumarylacetoacetate hydrolase (FAH) gene, the template for the final enzyme in the tyrosine catabolism pathway. If left untreated this deficiency of functional FAH leads to a buildup of toxic metabolites that can cause liver disease, kidney dysfunction and high mortality. The current treatment with the drug NTBC prevents the production of these metabolites and has consequently increased the survival rate in HT1 children. As a result of this increased survival, long term complications of HT1 are now being observed, including slower learning, impaired cognition and altered social behavior...
July 15, 2017: Metabolic Brain Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711872/cell-scientist-to-watch-kevin-corbett
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Kevin Corbett graduated in biology and biochemistry from the University of Virginia. He then went to the University of California, Berkeley, to work on the structure and function of DNA topoisomerases in bacteria and archaea for his PhD with James Berger. In 2005, he moved to the laboratory of Stephen Harrison at Harvard Medical School for his postdoctoral work on kinetochore structure and function, particularly the yeast monopolin complex, which promotes proper chromosome segregation in the first meiotic division...
July 15, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
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