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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102321/the-chaperonin-cct-inhibits-assembly-of-%C3%AE-synuclein-amyloid-fibrils-by-a-specific-conformation-dependent-interaction
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Begoña Sot, Alejandra Rubio-Muñoz, Ahudrey Leal-Quintero, Javier Martínez-Sabando, Miguel Marcilla, Cintia Roodveldt, José M Valpuesta
The eukaryotic chaperonin CCT (chaperonin containing TCP-1) uses cavities built into its double-ring structure to encapsulate and to assist folding of a large subset of proteins. CCT can inhibit amyloid fibre assembly and toxicity of the polyQ extended mutant of huntingtin, the protein responsible for Huntington's disease. This raises the possibility that CCT modulates other amyloidopathies, a still-unaddressed question. We show here that CCT inhibits amyloid fibre assembly of α-synuclein A53T, one of the mutants responsible for Parkinson's disease...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102000/bone-regeneration-in-minipigs-via-calcium-phosphate-cement-scaffold-delivering-autologous-bmscs-and-platelet-rich-plasma
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Gengtao Qiu, Zhanjun Shi, Hockin H K Xu, Bo Yang, Michael D Weir, Guangjun Li, Yang Song, Jixing Wang, Kevin Hu, Ping Wang, Liang Zhao
Macroporous calcium phosphate cement (CPC) with stem cell seeding is promising for bone regeneration. The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of co-delivering autologous bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) and autologous platelet-rich plasma (PRP) in CPC scaffold for bone regeneration in minipigs for the first time. Twelve female adult Tibet minipigs (12-18 months old) were used. A cylindrical defect with 10 mm height and 8 mm diameter was prepared at the femoral condyle. Two bone defects were created in each minipig, one at each side of the femoral condyle...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099734/tertiary-level-study-of-the-implementation-of-a-technique-checklist-for-cesarean-deliveries-at-a-university-hospital-in-uruguay
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Stephanie Viroga, Gerardo Vitureira, Santiago Artucio, Washington Lauría
OBJECTIVE: To assess the adherence of healthcare providers to cesarean-delivery techniques before and after the introduction of a technique checklist at a university hospital. METHODS: A retrospective cross-sectional cohort study included data from all cesarean deliveries at Gynecology Clinic B of the University of the Republic, Montevideo, Uruguay, between January 1 and December 31, 2011. The data were grouped based on whether delivery occurred before or after the implementation of the checklist and were compared across a range of cesarean-delivery techniques...
February 2017: International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097537/optimization-of-a-new-aerodynamic-cylindrical-faims-device-for-small-molecule-analysis
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Randy W Purves, Satendra Prasad, Michael Belford, Albert Vandenberg, Jean-Jacques Dunyach
The implementation of an aerodynamic mechanism to improve ion sampling between nanoelectrospray (n-ESI) and FAIMS was recently reported for proteomic analyses. This investigation explores the new FAIMS interface for small molecule analysis at high liquid flow rates and includes an examination of key differences in ionization between heated-ESI (HESI) and n-ESI. The sheath gas, critical for desolvation with HESI, affects FAIMS operation as higher FAIMS gas flow rates are required to achieve sufficient desolvation...
January 17, 2017: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097167/expression-purification-and-kinetic-characterization-of-recombinant-benzoate-dioxygenase-from-rhodococcus-ruber-ukmp-5m
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Arezoo Tavakoli, Ainon Hamzah, Amir Rabu
In this study, benzoate dioxygenase from Rhodococcus ruber UKMP-5M was catalyzed by oxidating the benzene ring to catechol and other derivatives. The benzoate dioxygenase (benA gene) from Rhodococcus ruber UKMP-5M was then expressed, purified, characterized, The benA gene was amplified (642 bp), and the product was cloned into a pGEM-T vector. The recombinant plasmid pGEMT-benA was digested by double restriction enzymes BamHI and HindIII to construct plasmid pET28b-benA and was then ligated into Escherichia coli BL21 (DE3)...
September 2016: Molecular Biology Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094469/immunohistochemical-assessment-of-glucagon-like-peptide-1-receptor-glp-1r-expression-in-the-pancreas-of-patients-with-type-2-diabetes
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Rikke Kaae Kirk, Charles Pyke, Matthias G von Herrath, Jane Preuss Hasselby, Lars Pedersen, Pia Gottrup Mortensen, Lotte Bjerre Knudsen, Ken Coppieters
Glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) is an incretin hormone which stimulates insulin release and inhibits glucagon secretion from the pancreas in a glucose-dependent manner. Incretin-based therapies, consisting of GLP-1 receptor (GLP-1R) agonists and dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors, are used for the treatment of T2D. Immunohistochemical studies for GLP-1R expression have previously been hampered by the use of unspecific polyclonal antibodies. This study used a new monoclonal antibody to assess GLP-1R expression in pancreatic tissue from 23 patients with T2D, including 7 with a DPP-4 inhibitor and 1 with a GLP-1R agonist treatment history...
January 17, 2017: Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091655/probing-the-magnetic-relaxation-and-magnetic-moment-arrangement-in-a-series-of-dy4-squares
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Jianfeng Wu, Shuang-Yan Lin, Si Shen, Xiao-Lei Li, Lang Zhao, Li Zhang, Jinkui Tang
Three μ4-O bridged Dy4 squares, {[Dy4(μ4-O)(HL(1))4(H2O)4]2(NO3)3(OH)}·2H2O·2CH3OH (1), [Dy4(μ4-O)(HL(2))4(SCN)2]·2H2O·4CH3OH (2) and [Dy4(μ4-O)(H2L(3))2(SCN)2]·6H2O (3) were assembled by using a Schiff base ligand and its dimerized and reduced congener, respectively. These complexes share a similar μ4-O bridged Dy4 core, while, both the coordination geometry and metal-ligand interactions are slightly changed upon the modulation of the ligands, resulting in distinct single-molecular magnetic (SMM) and single-molecular toroic (SMT) properties...
January 16, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091362/epicutaneous-immunotherapy-for-the-treatment-of-peanut-allergy-in-children-and-young-adults
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Stacie M Jones, Scott H Sicherer, A Wesley Burks, Donald Y M Leung, Robert W Lindblad, Peter Dawson, Alice K Henning, M Cecilia Berin, David Chiang, Brian P Vickery, Robbie D Pesek, Christine B Cho, Wendy F Davidson, Marshall Plaut, Hugh A Sampson, Robert A Wood
BACKGROUND: Peanut allergy is common, life-threatening, and without therapeutic options. We evaluated peanut epicutaneous immunotherapy (EPIT) by using Viaskin Peanut for peanut allergy treatment. OBJECTIVE: We sought to evaluate the clinical, safety, and immunologic effects of EPIT for the treatment of peanut allergy. METHODS: In this multicenter, double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study, 74 participants with peanut allergy (ages 4-25 years) were treated with placebo (n = 25), Viaskin Peanut 100 μg (VP100; n = 24) or Viaskin Peanut 250 μg (VP250; n = 25; DBV Technologies, Montrouge, France)...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089661/studying-the-influence-of-formulation-and-process-variables-on-vancomycin-loaded-polymeric-nanoparticles-as-potential-carrier-for-enhanced-ophthalmic-delivery
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Carol Yousry, Seham A Elkheshen, Hanan M El-Laithy, Tamer Essam, Rania H Fahmy
Ocular topically applied Vancomycin (VCM) suffers poor bioavailability due to its high molecular weight and hydrophilicity. In the present investigation, VCM-loaded polymeric nanoparticles (PNPs) were developed aiming to enhance its ocular bioavailability through prolonging its release pattern and ophthalmic residence. PNPs were prepared utilizing double emulsion (W/O/O), solvent evaporation technique. 2(3)×4(1) full factorial design was applied to evaluate individual and combined influences of polymer type, Eudragit® RS100, sonication time, and Span®80 concentration on PNPs particle size, encapsulation efficiency, and zeta potential...
January 12, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089476/serum-asymmetric-and-symmetric-dimethylarginine-and-morbidity-and-mortality-in-hemodialysis-patients
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Tariq Shafi, Thomas H Hostetter, Timothy W Meyer, Seungyoung Hwang, Xin Hai, Michal L Melamed, Tanushree Banerjee, Josef Coresh, Neil R Powe
BACKGROUND: Asymmetric (ADMA) and symmetric dimethylarginine (SDMA) are putative uremic toxins that may exert toxicity by a number of mechanisms, including impaired nitric oxide synthesis and generation of reactive oxygen species. The study goal was to determine the association between these metabolites and cardiovascular outcomes in hemodialysis patients. STUDY DESIGN: Post hoc analysis of the Hemodialysis (HEMO) Study. SETTING & PARTICIPANTS: 1,276 prevalent hemodialysis patients with available samples 3 to 6 months after randomization...
January 12, 2017: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081140/bnlate-a-cys2-his2-type-zinc-finger-protein-enhances-silique-shattering-resistance-by-negatively-regulating-lignin-accumulation-in-the-silique-walls-of-brassica-napus
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Zhangsheng Tao, Yi Huang, Lida Zhang, Xinfa Wang, Guihua Liu, Hanzhong Wang
Silique shattering resistance is one of the most important agricultural traits in oil crop breeding. Seed shedding from siliques prior to and during harvest causes devastating losses in oilseed yield. Lignin biosynthesis in the silique walls is thought to affect silique-shattering resistance in oil crops. Here, we identified and characterized B. napus LATE FLOWERING (BnLATE), which encodes a Cys2/His2-type zinc-finger protein. Heterologous expression of BnLATE under the double enhanced CaMV 35S promoter (D35S) in wild-type Arabidopsis plants resulted in a marked decrease in lignification in the replum, valve layer (carpel) and dehiscence zone...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080033/solvent-templated-folding-of-perylene-bisimide-macrocycles-into-coiled-double-string-ropes-with-solvent-sensitive-optical-signatures
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Peter Spenst, Ryan M Young, Brian T Phelan, Michel Keller, Jakub Dostál, Tobias Brixner, Michael R Wasielewski, Frank Würthner
A series of semi-rigid perylene bisimide (PBI) macrocycles with varied ring size containing two to nine PBI chromophores were synthesized in a one-pot reaction and their photophysical properties were characterized by fluorescence, steady-state and transient absorption spectroscopy as well as femtosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopy. These macrocycles show solvent-dependent conformational equilibria and excited-state properties. In dichloromethane the macrocycles prevail in wide-stretched conformations and exhibit upon photoexcitation symmetry-breaking charge separation followed by charge recombination to triplet states, which photosensitize singlet oxygen formation...
January 12, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077839/atypical-trigeminal-neuralgia-a-rare-neurological-manifestation-of-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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Viki Kumar, Jaspinder Kaur, Pallavi Pothuri, Sahiba Bandagi
BACKGROUND Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a multisystem autoimmune disorder of unknown etiology which can present at any age with symptoms of mucocutaneous, musculoskeletal, renal, central nervous system, and nonspecific clinical pictures making the disease a "master of mimicry". CASE REPORT A 53-year-old female, who was recently diagnosed with SLE, presented with right-sided sharp and electric shock-like facial pain starting at the side of her right nostril and traveling down the naso-labial fold and then back to the angle of the jaw, mostly in the region of V2-V3 distribution with no radiation beyond trigeminal distribution...
January 12, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073779/glucose-dependent-insulinotropic-polypeptide-promotes-lipid-deposition-in-subcutaneous-adipocytes-in-obese-type-2-diabetes-patients-a-maladaptive-response
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Sravan K Thondam, Christina Daousi, John P H Wilding, Jens J Holst, Gulizar I Ameen, Chenjing Yang, Catherine Whitmore, Silvia Mora, Daniel J Cuthbertson
: Glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide (GIP) beyond its insulinotropic effects may regulate post-prandial lipid metabolism. While the insulinotropic action of GIP is known to be impaired in type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), its adipogenic effect is unknown. We hypothesised GIP is anabolic in human subcutaneous adipose tissue (SAT) promoting triacylglycerol (TAG) deposition through re-esterification of non-esterified fatty acids (NEFA) and this effect may differ according to obesity status or glucose tolerance...
January 10, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073260/promoting-active-species-generation-by-electrochemical-activation-in-alkaline-media-for-efficient-electrocatalytic-oxygen-evolution-in-neutral-media
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Kun Xu, Han Cheng, Linqi Liu, Haifeng Lv, Xiaojun Wu, Changzheng Wu, Yi Xie
In this study, by using dicobalt phosphide nanoparticles as precatalysts, we demonstrated that electrochemical activation of metallic precatalysts in alkaline media (comparing with directly electrochemical activation in neutral media) could significantly promote the OER catalysis in neutral media, specifically realizing a 2-fold enhanced activity and meanwhile showing a greatly decreased overpotential of about 100 mV at 10 mA cm(-2). Compared directly with electrochemical activation in neutral media, the electrochemical activation in harsh alkaline media could easily break the strong Co-Co bond and promote active species generation on the surface of metallic Co2P, thus accounting for the enhancement of neutral OER activity, which is also evidenced by HRTEM and the electrochemical double-layer capacitance measurement...
January 11, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073147/treating-nonalcoholic-steatohepatitis-nash-in-children-not-a-cinch-task
#16
Naim Alkhouri, Ariel E Feldstein
BACKGROUND & AIMS: No treatment for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) has been approved by regulatory agencies. We performed a randomized controlled trial to determine whether 52 weeks of cysteamine bitartrate delayed release (CBDR) reduces the severity of liver disease in children with NAFLD. METHODS: We performed a double-masked trial of 169 children with NAFLD Activity Scores ≥ 4 at 10 centers. From June 2012 to January 2014, the patients were randomly assigned to receive CBDR or placebo twice daily (300 mg for ≤65 kg, 375 mg for >65-80 kg, 450 mg for >80 kg) for 52 weeks...
January 10, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069917/dopamine-modulates-the-functional-organization-of-the-orbitofrontal-cortex
#17
Thorsten Kahnt, Philippe N Tobler
: Neuromodulators such as dopamine can alter the intrinsic firing properties of neurons, and may thereby change the configuration of larger functional circuits. The primate orbitofrontal cortex (OFC) receives dopaminergic input from midbrain nuclei, but the role of dopamine in the OFC is still unclear. Here we tested the idea that dopaminergic activity changes the pattern of connectivity between the OFC and the rest of the brain, and thereby reconfigures functional networks in the OFC...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069813/residues-in-the-recq-c-terminal-domain-of-the-human-werner-syndrome-helicase-are-involved-in-unwinding-g-quadruplex-dna
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Amit Ketkar, Markus Voehler, Tresor Mukiza, Robert L Eoff
The structural and biophysical properties typically associated with G-quadruplex (G4) structures renders them a significant block for DNA replication, which must be overcome for cell division to occur. The Werner syndrome protein (WRN) is a RecQ-family helicase that has been implicated in the efficient processing of G4 DNA structures. The aim of the current study was to identify the residues of WRN involved in the binding and ATPase-driven unwinding of G4 DNA. Using a c-Myc G4 DNA model sequence and recombinant WRN, we have determined that the RecQ-C-terminal (RQC) domain of WRN imparts a 2-fold preference for binding to G4 DNA relative to non-G4 DNA substrates...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068459/does-pharmacogenomic-testing-improve-clinical-outcomes-for-major-depressive-disorder-a-systematic-review-of-clinical-trials-and-cost-effectiveness-studies
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Joshua D Rosenblat, Yena Lee, Roger S McIntyre
OBJECTIVE: Pharmacogenomic testing has become scalable and available to the general public. Pharmacogenomics has shown promise for predicting antidepressant response and tolerability in the treatment of major depressive disorder (MDD). In theory, pharmacogenomics can improve clinical outcomes by guiding antidepressant selection and dosing. The current systematic review examines the extant literature to determine the impact of pharmacogenomic testing on clinical outcomes in MDD and assesses its cost-effectiveness...
January 3, 2017: Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067485/honokiol-inhibits-dna-polymerases-%C3%AE-and-%C3%AE-and-increases-bleomycin-sensitivity-of-human-cancer-cells
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A S Prakasha Gowda, Zucai Suo, Thomas E Spratt
A major concept to sensitize cancer cells to DNA damaging agents is by inhibiting proteins in the DNA repair pathways. X-family DNA polymerases play critical roles in both base excision repair (BER) and nonhomologous end joining (NHEJ). In this study, we examined the effectiveness of honokiol to inhibit human DNA polymerase β (pol β), which is involved in BER, and DNA polymerase λ (pol λ), which is involved in NHEJ. Kinetic analysis with purified polymerases showed that honokiol inhibited DNA polymerase activity...
January 19, 2017: Chemical Research in Toxicology
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