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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231659/-correlative-factors-on-prevalence-rate-of-dislipidemia-among-1-337-coal-miners-in-shanxi-province
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Z D Fu, D D Wen, B Wang, S L Xue, G S Liu, X H Li, Z H Zhao, J Wang, B G Wei, S P Wang
Objective: To understand the prevalence rate and correlative factors of dislipidemia among Shanxi coal miners and to provide evidence for the development of programs on dislipidemia prevention. Methods: We investigated 1 337 mine workers from a Coal Group in April 2016 and collected data related to their blood biochemistry. We then classified the types in accordance with the diagnostic criteria of " Guidelines for prevention and treatment of dyslipidemia in Chinese adults (2007)" , using χ(2) test and unconditional logistic regression model for analysis...
February 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231411/guanidinium-group-is-protonated-in-a-strongly-basic-arginine-solution
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Bo Xu, Michael I Jacobs, Oleg Kostko, Musahid Ahmed
Knowledge of the acid dissociation constant of an amino acid has very important ramifications in the biochemistry of proteins and lipid bilayers in aqueous environments since charge and proton transfer depend on its value. The acid dissociation constant for the guanidinium group in arginine has historically been posited as 12.5, but there is substantial variation in published values over the years. Recent experiments suggest that the dissociation constant for arginine is much higher than 12.5, which explains why the arginine guanidinium group retains its positive charge under all physiological conditions...
February 23, 2017: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231032/effects-of-live-trapping-and-isoflurane-anesthesia-on-free-ranging-american-martens-martes-americana
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Maria C Spriggs, Lisa I Muller, Paul Keenlance, Robert L Sanders, Jill C Witt, Debra L Miller
Seventy-two free-ranging American martens ( Martes americana ) in Michigan were immobilized using isoflurane from 2011 to 2015. In total, 129 anesthetic procedures were performed with no mortalities. Hypothermia and hyperthermia were the most common anesthetic complications, and the mean rectal temperatures were significantly higher during summer than in winter. Dental abnormalities were common; the majority of abnormal findings were broken or discolored teeth attributed to previous dental trauma and were not trap-induced...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Wildlife Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230335/undergraduate-medical-academic-performance-is-improved-by-scientific-training
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Lili Zhang, Wei Zhang, Chong Wu, Zhongming Liu, Yunfei Cai, Xingguo Cao, Yushan He, Guoxiang Liu, Hongming Miao
The effect of scientific training on course learning in undergraduates is still controversial. In this study, we investigated the academic performance of undergraduate students with and without scientific training. The results show that scientific training improves students' test scores in general medical courses, such as biochemistry and molecular biology, cell biology, physiology, and even English. We classified scientific training into four levels. We found that literature reading could significantly improve students' test scores in general courses...
February 23, 2017: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230314/approaches-to-enhance-the-teaching-quality-of-experimental-biochemistry-for-mbbs-students-in-tsmu-china
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Lijuan Yu, Shuying Yi, Jing Zhai, Zhaojin Wang
With the internationalization of medical education in China, the importance of international students' education in medical schools is also increasing. Except foreign students majoring in Chinese language, English Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBSS) students are the largest group of international students. Based on problems in the teaching process for experimental biochemistry, we designed teaching models adapted to the background of international students and strengthened teachers' teaching ability at Taishan Medical University...
February 23, 2017: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229928/an-expanded-genetic-code-for-probing-the-role-of-electrostatics-in-enzyme-catalysis-by-vibrational-stark-spectroscopy
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REVIEW
Jan-Stefan Völler, Hernan Biava, Peter Hildebrandt, Nediljko Budisa
BACKGROUND: To find experimental validation for electrostatic interactions essential for catalytic reactions represents a challenge due to practical limitations in assessing electric fields within protein structures. SCOPE OF REVIEW: This review examines the applications of non-canonical amino acids (ncAAs) as genetically encoded probes for studying the role of electrostatic interactions in enzyme catalysis. MAJOR CONCLUSIONS: ncAAs constitute sensitive spectroscopic probes to detect local electric fields by exploiting the vibrational Stark effect (VSE) and thus have the potential to map the protein electrostatics...
February 13, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229590/impacts-of-crosslinkers-on-biological-effects-of-mesoporous-silica-nanoparticles
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Yi-Ping Chen, Si-Han Wu, I-Chih Chen, Chien-Tsu Chen
Chemically synthesized crosslinkers play decisive roles in variable cargos attached to nanoparticles (NPs). Previous studies reported that surface properties, such as the size, charge, and surface chemistry, are particularly important determinants influencing the biological fate and actions of NPs and cells. Recent studies also focused on the relationship of serum proteins with the surface properties of NPs (also called the protein corona), which is recognized as a key factor in determining the cytotoxicity and biodistribution...
February 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226215/multiple-functions-and-regulation-of-mammalian-peroxiredoxins
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Sue Goo Rhee, In Sup Kil
Peroxiredoxins (Prxs) constitute a major family of peroxidases, with mammalian cells expressing six Prx isoforms (PrxI to PrxVI). Cells produce hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) at various intracellular locations where it can serve as a signaling molecule. Given that Prxs are abundant and possess a structure that renders the cysteine (Cys) residue at the active site highly sensitive to oxidation by H2O2, the signaling function of this oxidant requires extensive and highly localized regulation. Recent findings on the reversible regulation of PrxI through phosphorylation at the centrosome and on the hyperoxidation of the Cys at the active site of PrxIII in mitochondria are described in this review as examples of such local regulation of H2O2 signaling...
February 2, 2017: Annual Review of Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225758/biochemistry-origin-of-a-key-player-in-methane-biosynthesis
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Tadhg P Begley
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 22, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225090/proton-transfer-dynamics-dictate-quinone-speciation-at-lipid-modified-electrodes
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Edmund C M Tse, Christopher J Barile, Ying Li, Steven C Zimmerman, Ali Hosseini, Andrew A Gewirth
Proton-coupled electron transfer (PCET) reactions are ubiquitous in biochemistry and alternative energy schemes. Natural enzymes utilize quinones in proton transfer chains and energy conversion processes. Here, we utilize a bio-inspired hybrid bilayer membrane system to control the reaction mechanism of a quinone molecule covalently bound to an electrode surface. In particular, by impeding proton access to the quinone moiety, we change the reaction pathway from a PCET process to a pure electron transfer step...
February 22, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225081/biomolecular-condensates-organizers-of-cellular-biochemistry
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REVIEW
Salman F Banani, Hyun O Lee, Anthony A Hyman, Michael K Rosen
Biomolecular condensates are micron-scale compartments in eukaryotic cells that lack surrounding membranes but function to concentrate proteins and nucleic acids. These condensates are involved in diverse processes, including RNA metabolism, ribosome biogenesis, the DNA damage response and signal transduction. Recent studies have shown that liquid-liquid phase separation driven by multivalent macromolecular interactions is an important organizing principle for biomolecular condensates. With this physical framework, it is now possible to explain how the assembly, composition, physical properties and biochemical and cellular functions of these important structures are regulated...
February 22, 2017: Nature Reviews. Molecular Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224979/intrinsic-peroxidase-like-activity-of-ficin
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Yufang Yang, Dongjun Shen, Yijuan Long, Zhixiong Xie, Huzhi Zheng
Ficin is classified as a sulfhydryl protease isolated from the latex of fig trees. In most cases, a particular enzyme fits a few types of substrate and catalyzes one type of reaction. In this investigation, we found sufficient proofs for the intrinsic peroxidase-like activity of ficin and designed experiments to examine its effectiveness in a variety of scenarios. Ficin can transform peroxidase substrates to colored products in the existence of H2O2. Our results also indicate that the active sites of peroxidase-like activity of ficin are different from that of protease, which reveals that one enzyme may catalyze more than one kind of substrate to perform different types of reactions...
February 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224975/intraperitoneal-infusion-of-neutral-ph-superoxidized-solution-in-rats-evaluation-of-toxicity-and-complications-on-peritoneal-surface-and-liver
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Abbas Aras, Erbil Karaman, Serkan Yıldırım, Özkan Yılmaz, Remzi Kızıltan, Kamuran Karaman
BACKGROUND Superoxidized water (SOW) is known to be a potent disinfectant. The aim of this study was to evaluate the toxicity and complications on the peritoneal surface and liver after infusion of pH-neutral SOW into the peritoneal cavity of rats. MATERIAL AND METHODS Thirty Wistar-Albino rats weighing 250-300 g were randomly divided into 3 groups (10 rats/group). Group1 (control group) rats received single dose of 10 mg/kg saline solution intraperitoneally. Group 2 (single-dose group) rats received a single dose of 10 mg/kg pH-neutral SOW intraperitoneally...
February 22, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223859/histatin-peptides-pharmacological-functions-and-their-applications-in-dentistry
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REVIEW
Zohaib Khurshid, Shariq Najeeb, Maria Mali, Syed Faraz Moin, Syed Qasim Raza, Sana Zohaib, Farshid Sefat, Muhammad Sohail Zafar
There are many human oral antimicrobial peptides responsible for playing important roles including maintenance, repairing of oral tissues (hard or soft) and defense against oral microbes. In this review we have highlighted the biochemistry, physiology and proteomics of human oral histatin peptides, secreted from parotid and submandibular salivary glands in human. The significance of these peptides includes capability for ionic binding that can kill fungal Candida albicans. They have histidine rich amino acid sequences (7-12 family members; corresponding to residues 12-24, 13-24, 12-25, 13-25, 5-11, and 5-12, respectively) for Histatin-3...
January 2017: Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal: SPJ: the Official Publication of the Saudi Pharmaceutical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222031/a-retrospective-analysis-of-longitudinal-changes-in-bone-mineral-content-in-cystic-fibrosis
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Adela Chirita-Emandi, Sheila Shepherd, Andreas Kyriakou, Jane D McNeilly, Carol Dryden, Donna Corrigan, Anne Devenny, Syed Faisal Ahmed
BACKGROUND: We aimed to describe the longitudinal changes in bone mineral content and influencing factors, in children with cystic fibrosis (CF). METHODS: One hundred children (50 females) had dual X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) performed. Of these, 48 and 24 children had two to three scans, respectively over 10 years of follow-up. DXA data were expressed as lumbar spine bone mineral content standard deviation score (LSBMCSDS) adjusted for age, gender, ethnicity and bone area...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology & Metabolism: JPEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221037/computational-investigation-of-ligand-binding-to-the-peripheral-site-in-cyp3a4-conformational-dynamics-and-inhibitor-discovery
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Hanwen Du, Junhao Li, Yingchun Cai, Hongxiao Zhang, Guixia Liu, Yun Tang, Weihua Li
Human cytochrome P450 3A4 (CYP3A4) is a major drug-metabolizing enzyme responsible for the metabolism of ~50% of clinically used drugs and is often involved in drug-drug interactions. It exhibits atypical binding and kinetic behavior towards many ligands. Binding of ligands to CYP3A4 is a complex process. Recent studies from both crystallography and biochemistry suggested the existence of a peripheral ligand-binding site at the enzyme surface. However, the stability of ligand bound at this peripheral site and the possibility of discovering new CYP3A4 ligands based on this site remain unclear...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220601/multiple-sclerosis-and-nephrolithiasis-a-matched-case-comparative-study
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Vishnu Ganesan, Wen Min Chen, Rajat Jain, Shubha De, Manoj Monga
OBJECTIVE: To compare stone composition and serum/urine biochemistries in stone formers with multiple sclerosis (MS) against stone formers without MS and to examine the association between mobility, methods of bladder emptying, and stone formation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this retrospective case-control study, we identified patients diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and kidney stone disease who were seen at our institution between 2001 and 2016. For the first part of the study, up to 2 controls (stone formers without a history of MS) were identified for each case and matched on age, body mass index (BMI), and sex...
February 20, 2017: BJU International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218883/case-239-cerebrotendinous-xanthomatosis
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Amy C Gerrish, Suchi Gaba
History A 63-year-old man with learning difficulties presented to the Accident and Emergency Department with right ankle pain after an inversion injury and underwent plain radiography. The patient had developed normally until his teenage years, at which point he experienced cognitive regression. He experienced swallowing difficulties, tinnitus, and fecal incontinence, and he had undergone cataract surgery at the age of 20 years. He also had a small nodule on the volar surface of his right ring finger. Magnetic resonance (MR) imaging of the brain and the right ankle had been performed 3 years previously...
March 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218831/new-possibilities-for-magnetic-control-of-chemical-and-biochemical-reactions
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Anatoly Buchachenko, Ronald G Lawler
Chemistry is controlled by Coulomb energy; magnetic energy is lower by many orders of magnitude and may be confidently ignored in the energy balance of chemical reactions. The situation becomes less clear, however, when reaction rates are considered. In this case, magnetic perturbations of nearly degenerate energy surface crossings may produce observable, and sometimes even dramatic, effects on reactions rates, product yields, and spectroscopic transitions. A case in point that has been studied for nearly five decades is electron spin-selective chemistry via the intermediacy of radical pairs...
February 20, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218693/propylene%C3%A2-glycol%C3%A2-alginate%C3%A2-sodium%C3%A2-sulfate%C3%A2-alleviates%C3%A2-cerulein-induced%C3%A2-acute%C3%A2-pancreatitis%C3%A2-by%C3%A2-modulating%C3%A2-the%C3%A2-mek-erk%C3%A2-pathway%C3%A2-in%C3%A2-mice
#20
Hui Zhang, Yueyue Li, Linqiang Li, Hua Liu, Liangkai Hu, Ying Dai, Jianqing Chen, Shuqi Xu, Weimin Chen, Xiaorong Xu, Xuanfu Xu
Previous studies have focused on the effects of propylene glycol alginate sodium sulfate  (PSS)  against  thrombosis,  but  the  anti-inflammatory  potential  is  unknown.  Therefore,  we  specifically focused on the protective effects of PSS on cerulein-induced acute pancreatitis (AP)  using a mouse model, and investigated the mechanism of PSS on autophagy and apoptosis via the  Mitogen-activated  protein  kinase  (MEK)/extracellular  signal-regulated  kinase  (ERK)  pathway...
February 17, 2017: Marine Drugs
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