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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088615/cloning-heterologous-expression-and-biochemical-characterization-of-a-non-specific-endoglucanase-family-12-from-aspergillus-terreus-nih2624
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Fernando Segato, Bruno Dias, Gabriela L Berto, Dyoni M de Oliveira, Flávio H M De Souza, Matheus Augusto R N da Silva, Ana Paula Citadini, Mario T Murakami, André R L Damásio, Fábio Márcio Squina, Igor Polikarpov
The cellulases from Glycoside Hydrolyses family 12 (GH12) play an important role in cellulose degradation and plant cell wall deconstruction being widely used in a number of bioindustrial processes. Aiming to contribute toward better comprehension of these class of the enzymes, here we describe a high-yield secretion of a endoglucanase GH12 from Aspegillus terreus (AtGH12), which was cloned and expressed in Aspergillus nidulans strain A773. The purified protein was used for complete biochemical and functional characterization...
January 11, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088196/the-antibacterial-activity-and-mechanism-of-ginkgolic-acid-c15-1
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Zhebin Hua, Caie Wu, Gongjian Fan, Zhenxing Tang, Fuliang Cao
BACKGROUND: The present study investigated the antibacterial activity and underlying mechanisms of ginkgolic acid (GA) C15:1 monomer using green fluorescent protein (GFP)-labeled bacteria strains. RESULTS: GA presented significant antibacterial activity against Gram-positive bacteria but generally did not affect the growth of Gram-negative bacteria. The studies of the antibacterial mechanism indicated that large amounts of GA (C15:1) could penetrate GFP-labeled Bacillus amyloliquefaciens in a short period of time, and as a result, led to the quenching of GFP in bacteria...
January 14, 2017: BMC Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087533/polysaccharide-degradation-capability-of-actinomycetales-soil-isolates-from-a-semi-arid-grassland-of-the-colorado-plateau
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Chris M Yeager, La Verne Gallegos-Graves, John Dunbar, Cedar N Hesse, Hajnalka Daligault, Cheryl R Kuske
: Among the bacteria, members of the Actinomycetales are considered quintessential degraders of complex polysaccharides in soils. However, studies examining complex polysaccharide degradation by Actinomycetales (other than Streptomyces spp.) in soils are limited. Here, we examine the lignocellulolytic and chitinolytic potential of 112 Actinomycetales strains, encompassing 13 families, isolated from a semi-arid grassland of the Colorado Plateau, Utah, USA. Members of the Streptomycetaceae, Pseudonocardiaceae, Micromonosporaceae and Promicromonosporaceae exhibited robust activity against carboxymethylcellulose, xylan, chitin and pectin substrates (except for low/no pectinase activity by the Micromonosporaceae)...
January 13, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087488/cathepsin-k-targeted-sub-micron-particles-for-regenerative-repair-of-vascular-elastic-matrix
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Brenton Jennewine, Jonathan Fox, Anand Ramamurthi
: Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms (AAA) involve slow dilation and weakening of the aortic wall due to breakdown of structural matrix components, such as elastic fibers by chronically overexpressed matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), primarily, MMPs-2 and -9. Auto-regenerative repair of disrupted elastic fibers by smooth muscle cells (SMCs) at the AAA site is intrinsically poor and together with chronic proteolysis prevents restoration of elastin homeostasis, necessary to enable AAA growth arrest or regression to a healthy state...
January 10, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087439/cerebrovascular-heterogeneity-and-neuronal-excitability
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Laura Librizzi, Marco de Curtis, Damir Janigro, Leonie Runtz, Frederic deBock, Emmanuel L Barbier, Nicola Marchi
The cerebral vasculature is a complex tridimensional network of arterial and venous vessels which are anatomically in proximity of and functionally coupled to neurons. Depending on the cellular composition of the vascular wall and its anatomical arrangement, cerebral vessels control regional blood flow, define interstitial homeostasis or cerebrospinal fluid circulation and influence immune cell patrolling. Pathological deviations from these functions promote or are a consequence of brain diseases, directly impacting neuronal firing...
January 10, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086804/comparative-analysis-of-the-root-transcriptomes-of-cultivated-sweetpotato-ipomoea-batatas-l-lam-and-its-wild-ancestor-ipomoea-trifida-kunth-g-don
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Sathish K Ponniah, Jyothi Thimmapuram, Ketaki Bhide, Venu Kal Kalavacharla, Muthusamy Manoharan
BACKGROUND: The complex process of formation of storage roots (SRs) from adventitious roots affects sweetpotato yield. Identifying the genes that are uniquely expressed in the SR forming cultivated species, Ipomoea batatas (Ib), and its immediate ancestral species, Ipomoea trifida (It), which does not form SRs, may provide insights into the molecular mechanisms underlying SR formation in sweetpotato. RESULTS: Illumina paired-end sequencing generated ~208 and ~200 million reads for Ib and It, respectively...
January 13, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081530/antipathy-of-trichoderma-against-sclerotium-rolfsii-sacc-evaluation-of-cell-wall-degrading-enzymatic-activities-and-molecular-diversity-analysis-of-antagonists
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Darshna G Hirpara, Harsukh P Gajera, Hitesh Z Hirpara, Balubhai A Golakiya
The fungus Trichoderma is a teleomorph of the Hypocrea genus and associated with biological control of plant diseases. The microscopic, biochemical, and molecular characterization of Trichoderma was carried out and evaluated for in vitro antagonistic activity against the fungal pathogen Sclerotium rolfsii causing stem rot disease in groundnut. In total, 11 isolates of Trichoderma were examined for antagonism at 6 and 12 days after inoculation (DAI). Out of 11, T. virens NBAII Tvs12 evidenced the highest (87...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081472/endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-and-apoptosis-via-perk-eif2%C3%AE-chop-signaling-in-the-methamphetamine-induced-chronic-pulmonary-injury
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Yu-Han Gu, Yun Wang, Yang Bai, Ming Liu, Huai-Liang Wang
Methamphetamine (MA) leads to multiple organs lesions and apoptosis. The aim of this study is to investigate if endoplasmic reticulum stress (ERS) - initiated apoptosis is involved in the chronic pulmonary injury induced by MA. In this study, rats were divided into a control group, methamphetamine 5mg/kg group and methamphetamine 10mg/kg group. This study found that the protein level of GRP78 is higher in M10 group than in control group. PERK signaling and the relevant apoptosis factors were also activated...
January 3, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081186/mechanical-compression-effects-on-the-secretion-of-vwf-and-il-8-by-cultured-human-vein-endothelium
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Dar Weiss, Sharon Avraham, Ruth Guttlieb, Lee Gasner, Alina Lotman, Oren M Rotman, Shmuel Einav
Short peripheral catheters are ubiquitous in today's healthcare environment enabling effective delivery of fluids and medications directly into a patient's vasculature. However, complications related to their use, such as short peripheral catheter thrombophlebitis (SPCT), affect up to 80% of hospitalized patients. While indwelling within the vein, the catheters exert prolonged constant pressure upon the endothelium which can trigger inflammation processes. We have developed and studied an in-vitro model of cultured endothelial cells subjected to mechanical compression of modular self-designed weights, and explored their inflammatory response by quantification of two key biomarkers- vWF and IL-8...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080251/tetrahedral-dna-nanoparticle-vector-for-intracellular-delivery-of-targeted-peptide-nucleic-acid-antisense-agents-to-restore-antibiotic-sensitivity-in-cefotaxime-resistant-escherichia-coli
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John Benedict Readman, George Dickson, Nick G Coldham
The bacterial cell wall presents a barrier to the uptake of unmodified synthetic antisense oligonucleotides, such as peptide nucleic acids, and so is one of the greatest obstacles to the development of their use as therapeutic anti-bacterial agents. Cell-penetrating peptides have been covalently attached to antisense agents, to facilitate penetration of the bacterial cell wall and deliver their cargo into the cytoplasm. Although they are an effective vector for antisense oligonucleotides, they are not specific for bacterial cells and can exhibit growth inhibitory properties at higher doses...
January 12, 2017: Nucleic Acid Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080022/single-wall-carbon-nanotubes-doping-in-lead-acid-batteries-a-new-horizon
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Anjan Banerjee, Baruch Ziv, Yuliya Shilina, Elena Levi, Shalom Luski, Doron Aurbach
The addition of single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNT) to lead-acid battery electrodes is the most efficient suppresser of uncontrolled sulfation processes. Due to the cost of SWCNT, we studied the optimization loading of SWCNT in lead-acid batteries electrodes. We optimized the SWCNT loading concentrations in both the positive and negative plates, separately. Loadings of 0.01% and 0.001% in the positive and negative active masses were studied, respectively. Two volts of lead-acid laboratory cells with sulfuric acid, containing silica gel-type electrolytes, were cycled in a 25% and 50% depth-of-discharge (DOD) cycling with a charging rate of C and 2C, respectively, and discharge rates of C/2 and C, respectively...
January 12, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079599/steatohepatitis-like-changes-in-focal-nodular-hyperplasia-a-finding-to-distinguish-from-steatohepatitic-variant-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Kemal Deniz, Roger K Moreira, Matthew M Yeh, Linda D Ferrell
Steatohepatitis-like change has not been described in focal nodular hyperplasia (FNH). Steatohepatitis-like change in FNH may show overlapping features with steatohepatitic variant of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). This problem can be compounded if seen in FNH with widened cell plates or hepatocyte rosettes, other features that can also be seen in HCC. This study examined steatotic FNHs for the frequency of steatohepatitis-like change, especially in the setting of FNH with rosettes and/or widened cell plates...
February 2017: American Journal of Surgical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079369/muropeptide-binding-and-the-x-ray-structure-of-the-effector-domain-of-the-transcriptional-regulator-ampr-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
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David Alan Dik, Teresa Dominguez-Gil, Mijoon Lee, Dusan Hesek, Byungjin Byun, Jennifer Fishovitz, William Boggess, Lance M Hellman, Jed F Fisher, Juan A Hermoso, Shahriar Mobashery
A complex link between cell-wall recycling/repair and the manifestation of resistance to β-lactam antibiotics in many Enterobacteriaceae and Pseudomonas aeruginosa exists. This process is mediated by specific cell-wall-derived muropeptide products. These muropeptides are internalized into the cytoplasm and bind to the transcriptional regulator AmpR, which controls the cytoplasmic events that lead to expression of β-lactamase, an antibiotic-resistance determinant. The effector-binding domain (EBD) of AmpR was purified to homogeneity...
January 12, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079179/transcriptome-and-network-analyses-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-reveal-that-amphotericin-b-and-lactoferrin-synergy-disrupt-metal-homeostasis-and-stress-response
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Chi Nam Ignatius Pang, Yu-Wen Lai, Leona T Campbell, Sharon C-A Chen, Dee A Carter, Marc R Wilkins
Invasive fungal infections are difficult to treat. The few available antifungal drugs have problems with toxicity or efficacy, and resistance is increasing. To overcome these challenges, existing therapies may be enhanced by synergistic combination with another agent. Previously, we found amphotericin B (AMB) and the iron chelator, lactoferrin (LF), were synergistic against a range of different fungal pathogens. This study investigates the mechanism of AMB-LF synergy, using RNA-seq and network analyses. AMB treatment resulted in increased expression of genes involved in iron homeostasis and ATP synthesis...
January 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079132/critical-role-for-cafen1-and-cafen12-of-candida-albicans-in-cell-wall-integrity-and-biofilm-formation
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Md Alfatah, Vinay K Bari, Anubhav S Nahar, Swati Bijlani, K Ganesan
Sphingolipids are involved in several cellular functions, including maintenance of cell wall integrity. To gain insight into the role of individual genes of sphingolipid biosynthetic pathway, we have screened Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains deleted in these genes for sensitivity to cell wall perturbing agents calcofluor white and congo red. Only deletants of FEN1 and SUR4 genes were found to be sensitive to both these agents. Candida albicans strains deleted in their orthologs, CaFEN1 and CaFEN12, respectively, also showed comparable phenotypes, and a strain deleted for both these genes was extremely sensitive to cell wall perturbing agents...
January 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079053/molecular-evidence-for-the-involvement-of-a-polygalacturonase-inhibiting-protein-ghpgip1-in-enhanced-resistance-to-verticillium-and-fusarium-wilts-in-cotton
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Nana Liu, Xueyan Zhang, Yun Sun, Ping Wang, Xiancai Li, Yakun Pei, Fuguang Li, Yuxia Hou
Polygalacturonase-inhibiting protein (PGIP), belonging to a group of plant defence proteins, specifically inhibits endopolygalacturonases secreted by pathogens. Herein, we showed that purified GhPGIP1 is a functional inhibitor of Verticillium dahliae and Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. vasinfectum, the two fungal pathogens causing cotton wilt. Transcription of GhPGIP1 was increased in cotton upon infection, wounding, and treatment with defence hormone and H2O2. Resistance by GhPGIP1 was examined by its virus-induced gene silencing in cotton and overexpression in Arabidopsis...
January 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078843/association-between-expression-of-cumulus-expansion-markers-and-real-time-proliferation-of-porcine-follicular-granulosa-cells-in-a-primary-cell-culture-model
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S Ciesiółka, J Budna, A Bryja, W Kranc, A Chachuła, M Dyszkiewicz-Konwińska, H Piotrowska, D Bukowska, P Antosik, M Bruska, K P Brüssow, M Nowicki, M Zabel, B Kempisty
Folliculogenesis is a compound process that involves both ovarian follicle growth and oocyte development, which is tightly attached to the follicular wall. During this process, cells that form the follicle structure undergo substantial morphological and molecular modifications that finally lead to differentiation and specialization of ovarian follicular cells. The differentiation of ovarian cells encompasses formation of follicle, which is composed of theca (TCs), mural granulosa (GCs), and cumulus cells (CCs)...
October 2016: Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078708/blood-vessel-formation-during-tail-regeneration-in-the-leopard-gecko-eublepharis-macularius-the-blastema-is-not-avascular
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Samantha L Payne, Hanna M Peacock, Matthew K Vickaryous
Unique among amniotes, many lizards are able to self-detach (autotomize) their tail and then regenerate a replacement. Tail regeneration involves the formation of a blastema, an accumulation of proliferating cells at the site of autotomy. Over time, cells of the blastema give rise to most of the tissues in the replacement tail. In non-amniotes capable of regenerating (such as urodeles and some teleost fish), the blastema is reported to be essentially avascular until tissue differentiation takes place. For tail regenerating lizards less is known...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078170/computational-fluid-dynamics-assisted-characterization-of-parafoveal-hemodynamics-in-normal-and-diabetic-eyes-using-adaptive-optics-scanning-laser-ophthalmoscopy
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Yang Lu, Miguel O Bernabeu, Jan Lammer, Charles C Cai, Martin L Jones, Claudio A Franco, Lloyd Paul Aiello, Jennifer K Sun
Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is the leading cause of visual loss in working-age adults worldwide. Previous studies have found hemodynamic changes in the diabetic eyes, which precede clinically evident pathological alterations of the retinal microvasculature. There is a pressing need for new methods to allow greater understanding of these early hemodynamic changes that occur in DR. In this study, we propose a noninvasive method for the assessment of hemodynamics around the fovea (a region of the eye of paramount importance for vision)...
December 1, 2016: Biomedical Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078130/radiographic-and-endoscopic-regression-of-metastatic-gastric-cancer-to-the-colon-in-the-setting-of-5-aminosalicylic-acid-use
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Yuval A Patel, Shannon J McCall, Xuefeng Zhang, Tracy Jaffe, Rahul A Shimpi
Colonic metastases from gastric cancer are a rare phenomenon and sparsely reported in the literature. We report a case of a 59-year-old woman who presented with vague abdominal symptoms and initial computer tomography (CT) imaging suggestive of a colonic apple-core lesion with serial colonoscopic biopsies diagnostic of metastatic signet ring cell gastric adenocarcinoma. This case is unique given the evolving CT and endoscopic findings that suggested a regression in colonic wall thickening in the setting of 5-aminosalicylic acid (5-ASA) use prior to histologic diagnosis...
December 2016: Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology
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