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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934596/features-and-outcomes-of-methamphetamine-associated-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
#1
Roham T Zamanian, Haley Hedlin, Paul Greuenwald, David M Wilson, Joshua I Segal, Michelle Jorden, Kristina Kudelko, Juliana Liu, Andrew Hsi, Allyson Rupp, Andrew J Sweatt, Rubin Tuder, Gerald J Berry, Marlene Rabinovitch, Ramona L Doyle, Vinicio De Jesus Perez, Steven M Kawut
RATIONALE: While amphetamines are recognized as "likely" agents to cause drugs and toxins associated pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), (meth)amphetamine associated PAH (Meth-APAH) has not been well described. OBJECTIVES: To prospectively characterize the clinical presentation, histopathology, and outcomes of Meth-APAH compared to those of idiopathic PAH (iPAH). METHODS AND MEASUREMENTS: We performed a prospective cohort study of Meth-APAH and iPAH patients presenting to the Stanford University Pulmonary Hypertension Program between 2003-2015...
September 21, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932862/tailored-release-of-triiodothyronine-and-retinoic-acid-from-a-spatio-temporally-fabricated-nanofiber-composite-instigating-neuronal-differentiation
#2
Aishwarya Satish, Purna Sai Korrapati
Regeneration of the central and peripheral nervous system is challenging since the functional restoration of injured nerves is an incredible task. The fabrication of an ideal nerve guide that fulfills the requirement to regenerate nerve tissue is a herculean challenge requiring a combination of both biochemical and topographical cues. The present study explores the combinatorial effect of aligned nanofibers and the regulated delivery of triiodothyronine and retinoic acid on nerve regeneration. A sequential release mechanism is adopted in fabricating the nanofiber scaffold, with triiodothyronine incorporated into the nanofiber shell ensuring its prior release, followed by retinoic acid (entrapped within zein nanoparticles) from the core...
September 21, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931588/a-25-hydroxycholecalciferol-fortified-dairy-drink-is-more-effective-at-raising-a-marker-of-postprandial-vitamin-d-status-than-cholecalciferol-in-men-with-suboptimal-vitamin-d-status
#3
Jing Guo, Kim G Jackson, Che Suhaili Binti Che Taha, Yue Li, David I Givens, Julie A Lovegrove
Background: One strategy for improving population vitamin D status is consumption of fortified foods. However, the effects of dairy products fortified with different vitamin D isoforms on postprandial vitamin D status and metabolic outcomes have not been addressed.Objective: We investigated whether consumption of dairy drinks fortified with either 25-hydroxycholecalciferol [25(OH)D3] or cholecalciferol (vitamin D3) had differential effects on 24-h circulating plasma 25(OH)D3 concentration (a marker of vitamin D status) and cardiometabolic risk markers...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929899/nutrition-as-a-component-of-dementia-risk-reduction-strategies
#4
Carol E Greenwood, Matthew D Parrott
According to the Alzheimer Society of Canada, within the next generation, Canada will experience a more than doubling of individuals living with dementia and a potentially economically crippling 10-fold increase in costs to Canadians. Up to 50% of cases with dementia can be attributed to seven modifiable, predominantly vascular and/or lifestyle-associated, risk factors. Multi-modal dementia risk reduction strategies, targeting diet, exercise, mental stimulation, and vascular risk monitoring, are likely to be the most successful...
January 2017: Healthcare Management Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923943/-psi-prion-propagation-is-controlled-by-inositol-polyphosphates
#5
Reed B Wickner, Amy C Kelly, Evgeny E Bezsonov, Herman K Edskes
The yeast prions [PSI+] and [URE3] are folded in-register parallel β-sheet amyloids of Sup35p and Ure2p, respectively. In a screen for antiprion systems curing [PSI+] without protein overproduction, we detected Siw14p as an antiprion element. An array of genetic tests confirmed that many variants of [PSI+] arising in the absence of Siw14p are cured by restoring normal levels of the protein. Siw14p is a pyrophosphatase specifically cleaving the β phosphate from 5-diphosphoinositol pentakisphosphate (5PP-IP5), suggesting that increased levels of this or some other inositol polyphosphate favors [PSI+] propagation...
September 18, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923515/integrative-functions-of-the-mitochondrial-contact-site-and-cristae-organizing-system
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REVIEW
Stefan Schorr, Martin van der Laan
Mitochondria are complex double-membrane-bound organelles of eukaryotic cells that function as energy-converting powerhouses, metabolic factories and signaling centers. The outer membrane controls the exchange of material and information with other cellular compartments. The inner membrane provides an extended, highly folded surface for selective transport and energy-coupling reactions. It can be divided into an inner boundary membrane and tubular or lamellar cristae membranes that accommodate the oxidative phosphorylation units...
September 15, 2017: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921984/melting-behavior-of-a-dna-four-way-junction-using-spectroscopic-and-calorimetric-techniques
#7
Carolyn E Carr, Luis A Marky
Intramolecular four-way junctions are structures present during homologous recombination, repair of double stranded DNA breaks and integron recombination, in addition to many others. Because of the wide range of biological processes four-way junctions are involved in, understanding how and under what conditions these structures form is critical. In this work, we used a combination of spectroscopic and calorimetric techniques to present a complete thermodynamic description of the unfolding of a DNA four-way junction (FWJ) and its appropriate control stem-loop motifs (Dumbbell, GAAATT-Hp, CTATC-Hp, GTGC-Hp, and GCGC-Hp)...
September 18, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920984/tailoring-the-morphology-followed-by-the-electrochemical-performance-of-nimn-ldh-nanosheet-arrays-through-controlled-co-doping-for-high-energy-and-power-asymmetric-supercapacitors
#8
Saurabh Singh, Nanasaheb M Shinde, Qi Xun Xia, Chandu V V M Gopi, Je Moon Yun, Rajaram S Mane, Kwang Ho Kim
Herein, we tailor the surface morphology of nickel-manganese-layered double hydroxide (NiMn-LDH) nanostructures on 3D nickel-foam via a step-wise cobalt (Co)-doping hydrothermal chemical process. At the 10% optimum level of Co-doping, we noticed a thriving tuned morphological pattern of NiMn-LDH nanostructures (NiCoMn-LDH (10%)) in terms of the porosity of the nanosheet (NS) arrays which not only improves the rate capability as well as cycling stability, but also demonstrates nearly two-fold specific capacitance enhancement compared to Co-free and other NiCoMn-LDH electrodes with a half-cell configuration in 3 M KOH, suggesting that Co-doping is indispensable for improving the electrochemical performance of NiMn-LDH electrodes...
September 18, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918393/improving-membrane-protein-expression-by-optimizing-integration-efficiency
#9
Michiel J M Niesen, Stephen S Marshall, Thomas F Miller, William M Clemons
The heterologous overexpression of integral membrane proteins in Escherichia coli often yields insufficient quantities of purifiable protein for applications of interest. The current study leverages a recently demonstrated link between co-translational membrane integration efficiency and protein expression levels to predict protein sequence modifications that improve expression. Membrane integration efficiencies, obtained using a coarse-grained simulation approach, robustly predicted effects on expression of the integral membrane protein TatC for a set of 140 sequence modifications, including loop-swap chimeras and single-residue mutations distributed throughout the protein sequence...
September 16, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916835/plasmon-coupled-whispering-gallery-modes-on-nanodisk-arrays-for-signal-enhancements
#10
Tae Young Kang, Wonju Lee, Heesang Ahn, Dong-Myeong Shin, Chang-Seok Kim, Jin-Woo Oh, Donghyun Kim, Kyujung Kim
Metallic nanostructures including single and double nanodisks are successfully used to enhance the localized electric field in vicinity of microcavity in whispering gallery mode (WGM) sensor. We demonstrate numerical calculations of plasmonic coupling of WGMs to single and double nanodisk arrays on a planar substrate. We then experimentally confirmed that the resonance wavelength of WGM sensor was dramatically shifted by adoption of single and double nanodisks on the surface of microcavity in the WGM sensor...
September 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913575/day-to-day-fasting-glycaemic-variability-in-devote-associations-with-severe-hypoglycaemia-and-cardiovascular-outcomes-devote-2
#11
Bernard Zinman, Steven P Marso, Neil R Poulter, Scott S Emerson, Thomas R Pieber, Richard E Pratley, Martin Lange, Kirstine Brown-Frandsen, Alan Moses, Ann Marie Ocampo Francisco, Jesper Barner Lekdorf, Kajsa Kvist, John B Buse
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: The Trial Comparing Cardiovascular Safety of Insulin Degludec vs Insulin Glargine in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes at High Risk of Cardiovascular Events (DEVOTE) was a double-blind, randomised, event-driven, treat-to-target prospective trial comparing the cardiovascular safety of insulin degludec with that of insulin glargine U100 (100 units/ml) in patients with type 2 diabetes at high risk of cardiovascular events. This paper reports a secondary analysis investigating associations of day-to-day fasting glycaemic variability (pre-breakfast self-measured blood glucose [SMBG]) with severe hypoglycaemia and cardiovascular outcomes...
September 15, 2017: Diabetologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912786/co-infection-of-sweet-orange-with-severe-and-mild-strains-of-citrus-tristeza-virus-is-overwhelmingly-dominated-by-the-severe-strain-on-both-the-transcriptional-and-biological-levels
#12
Shimin Fu, Jonathan Shao, Changyong Zhou, John S Hartung
Citrus tristeza is one of the most destructive citrus diseases and is caused by the phloem-restricted Closterovirus, Citrus tristeza virus. Mild strain CTV-B2 does not cause obvious symptoms on indicators whereas severe strain CTV-B6 causes symptoms, including stem pitting, cupping, yellowing, and stiffening of leaves, and vein corking. Our laboratory has previously characterized changes in transcription in sweet orange separately infected with CTV-B2 and CTV-B6. In the present study, transcriptome analysis of Citrus sinensis in response to double infection by CTV-B2 and CTV-B6 was carried out...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912270/the-periplasmic-transaminase-ptaa-of-pseudomonas-fluorescens-converts-the-glutamic-acid-residue-at-the-pyoverdine-fluorophore-to-%C3%AE-ketoglutaric-acid
#13
Michael T Ringel, Gerald Draeger, Thomas Brueser
The periplasmic conversion of ferribactin to pyoverdine is essential for siderophore biogenesis in fluorescent pseudomonads, such as pathogenic Pseudomonas aeruginosa or plant growth promoting P. fluorescens The non-ribosomal peptide ferribactin undergoes cyclizations and oxidations that result in the fluorophore, and a strictly conserved fluorophore-bound glutamic acid residue is converted to a range of variants, including succinamide, succinic acid, and α-ketoglutaric acid residues. We recently discovered that the pyridoxal phosphate (PLP)-containing enzyme PvdN is responsible for the generation of the succinamide, which can be hydrolyzed to succinic acid...
September 14, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910491/a-double-epsps-gene-mutation-endowing-glyphosate-resistance-shows-a-remarkably-high-resistance-cost
#14
Heping Han, Martin M Vila-Aiub, Adam Jalaludin, Qin Yu, Stephen B Powles
A novel glyphosate resistance double point mutation (T102I/P106S, TIPS) in the 5-enolpyruvylshikimate-3 phosphate synthase (EPSPS) gene has been recently identified for the first time only in the weed species Eleusine indica. Quantification of plant resistance cost associated with the TIPS and the often reported glyphosate resistance single P106S mutation was performed. A significant resistance cost (50% in seed number currency) associated with the homozygous TIPS but not the homozygous P106S EPSPS variant was identified in E...
September 14, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910333/reduced-proliferation-of-endothelial-colony-forming-cells-in-unprovoked-venous-thromboembolic-disease-as-a-consequence-of-endothelial-dysfunction
#15
Rubicel Hernandez-Lopez, Antonieta Chavez-Gonzalez, Patricia Torres-Barrera, Dafne Moreno-Lorenzana, Norma Lopez-DiazGuerrero, David Santiago-German, Irma Isordia-Salas, David Smadja, Mervin C Yoder, Abraham Majluf-Cruz, J Antonio Alvarado-Moreno
BACKGROUND: Venous thromboembolic disease (VTD) is a public health problem. We recently reported that endothelial colony-forming cells (ECFCs) derived from endothelial cells (EC) (ECFC-ECs) from patients with VTD have a dysfunctional state. For this study, we proposed that a dysfunctional status of these cells generates a reduction of its proliferative ability, which is also associated with senescence and reactive oxygen species (ROS). METHODS AND RESULTS: Human mononuclear cells (MNCs) were obtained from peripheral blood from 40 healthy human volunteers (controls) and 50 patients with VTD matched by age (20-50 years) and sex to obtain ECFCs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910155/identification-of-the-molecular-mechanism-of-trimethoprim-resistance-in-listeria-monocytogenes
#16
Dorota Korsak, Agata Krawczyk-Balska
Trimethoprim with sulfamethoxazole is a therapeutic agent combination used to treat infections caused by the facultative intracellular foodborne pathogen Listeria monocytogenes. The aim of this study was to assess the frequency of resistance of L. monocytogenes arising due to exposure to trimethoprim and subsequently investigate the molecular mechanisms of resistance. After exposure of a culture of L. monocytogenes ATCC 13932 to trimethoprim at 10-fold the minimal inhibitory concentration spontaneous resistant mutants were recovered, giving a frequency of resistance development of 6...
September 14, 2017: Foodborne Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904004/jadomycins-inhibit-type-ii-topoisomerases-and-promote-dna-damage-and-apoptosis-in-multidrug-resistant-triple-negative-breast-cancer-cells
#17
Steven R Hall, Jay Toulany, Leah G Bennett, Camilo F Martinez-Farina, Andrew W Robertson, David L Jakeman, Kerry B Goralski
Jadomycins are natural products that kill drug-sensitive and multidrug resistant (MDR) breast cancer cells. To date the cytotoxic activity of jadomycins has never been tested in MDR breast cancer cells that are also triple-negative. Additionally, there is only a rudimentary understanding of how jadomycins cause cancer cell death, which includes the induction of intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS). We first created a paclitaxel-resistant, triple-negative breast cancer cell line (231-TXL) from drug-sensitive MDA-MB-231 cells (231-CON)...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900515/fluorocarbons-enhance-intracellular-delivery-of-short-stat3-sensors-and-enable-specific-imaging
#18
Valeriy Metelev, Surong Zhang, Shaokuan Zheng, Anand T N Kumar, Alexei Bogdanov
Short oligonucleotide sequences are now being widely investigated for their potential therapeutic properties. The modification of oligonucleotide termini with short fluorinated residues is capable of drastically altering their behavior in complex in vitro and in vivo systems, and thus may serve to greatly enhance their therapeutic potential. The main goals of our work were to explore: 1) how modification of STAT3 transcription factor-binding oligodeoxynucleotide (ODN) duplexes (ODND) with one or two short fluorocarbon (FC)-based residues would change their properties in vitro and in vivo, and if so, how this would affect their intracellular uptake by cancer cells, and 2) the ability of such modified ODND to form non-covalent complexes with FC-modified carrier macromolecule...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894283/jinqijiangtang-tablets-for-pre-diabetes-a-randomized-double-blind-and-placebo-controlled-clinical-trial
#19
Hui Wang, Liping Guo, Hongcai Shang, Ming Ren, Xuemei Wang, Dehui Wang, Jianzong Chen, Shuanglei Li, Liming Chen, Yue Wang, Zhi Liu, Jingbo Zhai, Yuzhen Song, Hongbo Cao, Junhua Zhang, Chunxiang Liu, Xiao Sun, Da Huo, Wei Mu, Li Zhang, Wenke Zheng, Xiaoyan Yan, Chen Yao
This study observed the efficacy and safety of JinqiJiangtang tablets (JQJT tablets, a traditional Chinese patent medicine) for pre-diabetes. Four hundred patients with pre-diabetes at five centres were treated for 12months and followed for an additional 12months to investigate the preventative effects of JQJT tablets (Registration ID: ChiCTR-PRC-09000401). The incidence rate of diabetes mellitus was the primary endpoint. The risk of converting from pre-diabetes to diabetes was 0.58-fold less in the JQJT tablets group than in the placebo group [HR (95% CI): 0...
September 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892201/two-brm-promoter-polymorphisms-predict-poor-survival-in-patients-with-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#20
Ivan Pasic, Kit Man Wong, Jonghun John Lee, Osvaldo Espin-Garcia, Yonathan Brhane, Dangxiao Cheng, Zhuo Chen, Devalben Patel, Catherine Brown, Roxana Bucur, David Reisman, Jennifer J Knox, Wei Xu, Rayjean J Hung, Geoffrey Guo, Sean P Cleary
BACKGROUND: Polymorphisms in the promoter of the BRM gene, a critical subunit of the chromatin remodeling SWI/SNF complex, have previously been implicated in risk and prognosis in Caucasian-predominant lung, head and neck, esophageal, and pancreatic cancers, and in hepatocellular cancers in Asians. We investigated the role of these polymorphisms in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) risk and prognosis. METHODS: HCC cases were recruited in a comprehensive cancer centre while the matched controls were recruited from family practice units from the same catchment area...
September 11, 2017: Molecular Carcinogenesis
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