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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431397/sensitization-of-tamoxifen-resistant-breast-cancer-cells-by-z-ligustilide-through-inhibiting-autophagy-and-accumulating-dna-damages
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Hongyi Qi, Zhuyun Jiang, Chengqiang Wang, Yi Yang, Li Li, Hui He, Zanyang Yu
Autophagy plays a pro-survival role in the tamoxifen-resistant breast cancer cells. Herein we found that autophagy was concomitantly induced in tamoxifen-resistant MCF-7 (MCF-7TR5) cells through the dissociation of Bcl-2 from Beclin 1 and subsequent enhancement of interaction among the ATG14-Beclin1-PI3KC3 complex. Moreover, higher level of DNA damage was observed in MCF-7TR5 cells with the decreased BRCA1 and RAD51 level and the increased Ku80 level. Interestingly, Nur77 was selectively degraded by autophagy, which causes the release of Ku80 from the Nur77-Ku80 complex, resulting in the increase of the DNA binding of Ku80 and DNA-PKcs...
April 4, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431363/nanomaterial-based-electrochemical-sensors-for-arsenic-a-review
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REVIEW
Sureshkumar Kempahanumakkagari, Akash Deep, Ki-Hyun Kim, Suresh Kumar Kailasa, Hye-On Yoon
The existence of arsenic in the environment poses severe global health threats. Considering its toxicity, the sensing of arsenic is extremely important. Due to the complexity of environmental and biological samples, many of the available detection methods for arsenic have serious limitations on selectivity and sensitivity. To improve sensitivity and selectivity and to circumvent interferences, different electrode systems have been developed based on surface modification with nanomaterials including carbonaceous nanomaterials, metallic nanoparticles (MNPs), metal nanotubes (MNTs), and even enzymes...
April 13, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431335/minimization-of-the-amount-of-kryptofix-222-khco3-for-applications-to-microscale-18-f-radiolabeling
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Ren Iwata, Claudio Pascali, Kazunori Terasaki, Yoichi Ishikawa, Shozo Furumoto, Kazuhiko Yanai
Conversion of aqueous [(18)F]fluoride to reactive [(18)F]fluoride is an important first step in the radiosynthesis of (18)F-labeled compounds by nucleophilic substitution. A versatile method for the rapid preparation of reactive [(18)F]fluoride by the combined use of an Oasis MAX cartridge and a methanolic solution of the Kryptofix 222-KHCO3 complex (K.222/KHCO3) was developed. The latter amount was optimized with the aim to keep it as low as possible while achieving recovery yields of [(18)F]fluoride comparable to those attained with the commonly used QMA cartridge...
April 13, 2017: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431312/melatonin-charge-transfer-complex-with-2-3-dichloro-5-6-dicyano-1-4-benzoquinone-molecular-structure-dft-studies-thermal-analyses-evaluation-of-biological-activity-and-utility-for-determination-of-melatonin-in-pure-and-dosage-forms
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Gehad G Mohamed, Maher M Hamed, Nadia G Zaki, Mohamed M Abdou, Marwa El-Badry Mohamed, Abanoub Mosaad Abdallah
A simple, accurate and fast spectrophotometric method for the quantitative determination of melatonin (ML) drug in its pure and pharmaceutical forms was developed based on the formation of its charge transfer complex with 2,3-dichloro-5,6-dicyano-1,4-benzoquinone (DDQ) as an electron acceptor. The different conditions for this method were optimized accurately. The Lambert-Beer's law was found to be valid over the concentration range of 4-100μgmL(-1) ML. The solid form of the CT complex was structurally characterized by means of different spectral methods...
April 4, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431310/characterization-of-bacterial-communities-of-donkey-milk-by-high-throughput-sequencing
#5
Maria de Los Dolores Soto Del Rio, Alessandra Dalmasso, Tiziana Civera, Maria Teresa Bottero
The interest in donkey milk (DM) is growing because of its functional properties and nutritional value, especially for children with allergies and food intolerances. However, most of the available reports of DM microbiota are based on culture-dependent methods to investigate food safety issues and the presence of lactic acid bacteria (LAB). The aim of this study was to determine the composition of DM bacterial communities using a high-throughput sequencing (HTS) approach. Bulk milk samples from Italian donkey dairy farms from two consecutive years were analysed using the MiSeq Illumina platform...
March 30, 2017: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431303/circular-shape-constrained-fuzzy-clustering-ciscfc-for-nucleus-segmentation-in-pap-smear-images
#6
Ratna Saha, Mariusz Bajger, Gobert Lee
Accurate detection and segmentation of cell nucleus is the precursor step towards computer aided analysis of Pap smear images. This is a challenging and complex task due to degree of overlap, inconsistent staining and poor contrast. In this paper, a novel nucleus segmentation method is proposed by incorporating a circular shape function in fuzzy clustering. The proposed method was evaluated quantitatively and qualitatively using the Overlapping Cervical Cytology Image Segmentation Challenge - ISBI 2014 challenge dataset comprised of 945 overlapping Pap smear images...
April 14, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431264/intercomparison-of-methods-to-estimate-black-carbon-emissions-from-cookstoves
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Candela de la Sota, Moustapha Kane, Javier Mazorra, Julio Lumbreras, Issakha Youm, Mar Viana
Black carbon is the second largest contributor to climate change and also poses risks to human health. Despite the need for black carbon (BC) emissions estimates from residential biomass burning for cooking, quantitative data are still scarce. This scarcity is mainly due to the scattered location of the stoves, as well as relatively costly and complex analytical methods available. Two low cost and easy-to-use optical methods, a cell-phone based system and smoke stain reflectometry, where compared to elemental carbon (EC) concentrations by the Sunset OCEC Analyzer (TOT)...
April 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431250/nuclear-proximity-of-mtr4-to-rna-exosome-restricts-dna-mutational-asymmetry
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Junghyun Lim, Pankaj Kumar Giri, David Kazadi, Brice Laffleur, Wanwei Zhang, Veronika Grinstein, Evangelos Pefanis, Lewis M Brown, Erik Ladewig, Ophélie Martin, Yuling Chen, Raul Rabadan, François Boyer, Gerson Rothschild, Michel Cogné, Eric Pinaud, Haiteng Deng, Uttiya Basu
The distribution of sense and antisense strand DNA mutations on transcribed duplex DNA contributes to the development of immune and neural systems along with the progression of cancer. Because developmentally matured B cells undergo biologically programmed strand-specific DNA mutagenesis at focal DNA/RNA hybrid structures, they make a convenient system to investigate strand-specific mutagenesis mechanisms. We demonstrate that the sense and antisense strand DNA mutagenesis at the immunoglobulin heavy chain locus and some other regions of the B cell genome depends upon localized RNA processing protein complex formation in the nucleus...
April 20, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431245/host-microbe-co-metabolism-dictates-cancer-drug-efficacy-in-c-%C3%A2-elegans
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Timothy A Scott, Leonor M Quintaneiro, Povilas Norvaisas, Prudence P Lui, Matthew P Wilson, Kit-Yi Leung, Lucia Herrera-Dominguez, Sonia Sudiwala, Alberto Pessia, Peter T Clayton, Kevin Bryson, Vidya Velagapudi, Philippa B Mills, Athanasios Typas, Nicholas D E Greene, Filipe Cabreiro
Fluoropyrimidines are the first-line treatment for colorectal cancer, but their efficacy is highly variable between patients. We queried whether gut microbes, a known source of inter-individual variability, impacted drug efficacy. Combining two tractable genetic models, the bacterium E. coli and the nematode C. elegans, we performed three-way high-throughput screens that unraveled the complexity underlying host-microbe-drug interactions. We report that microbes can bolster or suppress the effects of fluoropyrimidines through metabolic drug interconversion involving bacterial vitamin B6, B9, and ribonucleotide metabolism...
April 20, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431242/structural-and-functional-analysis-of-a-%C3%AE-2-adrenergic-receptor-complex-with-grk5
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Konstantin E Komolov, Yang Du, Nguyen Minh Duc, Robin M Betz, João P G L M Rodrigues, Ryan D Leib, Dhabaleswar Patra, Georgios Skiniotis, Christopher M Adams, Ron O Dror, Ka Young Chung, Brian K Kobilka, Jeffrey L Benovic
The phosphorylation of agonist-occupied G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) by GPCR kinases (GRKs) functions to turn off G-protein signaling and turn on arrestin-mediated signaling. While a structural understanding of GPCR/G-protein and GPCR/arrestin complexes has emerged in recent years, the molecular architecture of a GPCR/GRK complex remains poorly defined. We used a comprehensive integrated approach of cross-linking, hydrogen-deuterium exchange mass spectrometry (MS), electron microscopy, mutagenesis, molecular dynamics simulations, and computational docking to analyze GRK5 interaction with the β2-adrenergic receptor (β2AR)...
April 20, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431241/akt-pkb-signaling-navigating-the-network
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REVIEW
Brendan D Manning, Alex Toker
The Ser and Thr kinase AKT, also known as protein kinase B (PKB), was discovered 25 years ago and has been the focus of tens of thousands of studies in diverse fields of biology and medicine. There have been many advances in our knowledge of the upstream regulatory inputs into AKT, key multifunctional downstream signaling nodes (GSK3, FoxO, mTORC1), which greatly expand the functional repertoire of AKT, and the complex circuitry of this dynamically branching and looping signaling network that is ubiquitous to nearly every cell in our body...
April 20, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431230/structural-basis-for-guide-rna-processing-and-seed-dependent-dna-targeting-by-crispr-cas12a
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Daan C Swarts, John van der Oost, Martin Jinek
The CRISPR-associated protein Cas12a (Cpf1), which has been repurposed for genome editing, possesses two distinct nuclease activities: endoribonuclease activity for processing its own guide RNAs and RNA-guided DNase activity for target DNA cleavage. To elucidate the molecular basis of both activities, we determined crystal structures of Francisella novicida Cas12a bound to guide RNA and in complex with an R-loop formed by a non-cleavable guide RNA precursor and a full-length target DNA. Corroborated by biochemical experiments, these structures reveal the mechanisms of guide RNA processing and pre-ordering of the seed sequence in the guide RNA that primes Cas12a for target DNA binding...
April 20, 2017: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431184/congener-specific-disposition-of-chiral-polychlorinated-biphenyls-in-lactating-mice-and-their-offspring-implications-for-pcb-developmental-neurotoxicity
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Izabela Kania-Korwel, Tracy Lukasiewicz, Christopher D Barnhart, Marianna Stamou, Haeun Chung, Kevin M Kelly, Stelvio Bandiera, Pamela J Lein, Hans-Joachim Lehmler
Chiral polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) congeners have been implicated by laboratory and epidemiological studies in PCB developmental neurotoxicity. These congeners are metabolized by cytochrome P450 (P450) enzymes to potentially neurotoxic hydroxylated metabolites (OH-PCBs). The present study explores the enantioselective disposition and toxicity of two environmentally relevant, neurotoxic PCB congeners and their OH-PCB metabolites in lactating mice and their offspring following dietary exposure of the dam. Female C57BL/6N mice (8 weeks old) were fed daily, beginning two weeks prior to conception and continuing throughout gestation and lactation, with 3...
April 14, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431169/spa-ln-a-scoring-function-of-ligand-nucleic-acid-interactions-via-optimizing-both-specificity-and-affinity
#14
Zhiqiang Yan, Jin Wang
Nucleic acids have been widely recognized as potential targets in drug discovery and aptamer selection. Quantifying the interactions between small molecules and nucleic acids is critical to discover lead compounds and design novel aptamers. Scoring function is normally employed to quantify the interactions in structure-based virtual screening. However, the predictive power of nucleic acid-ligand scoring functions is still a challenge compared to other types of biomolecular recognition. With the rapid growth of experimentally determined nucleic acid-ligand complex structures, in this work, we develop a knowledge-based scoring function of nucleic acid-ligand interactions, namely SPA-LN...
April 20, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431152/insights-into-the-existence-of-isomeric-plastomes-in-cupressoideae-cupressaceae
#15
Xiao-Jian Qu, Chung-Shien Wu, Shu-Miaw Chaw, Ting-Shuang Yi
The cypress family (Cupressaceae) possesses highly rearranged plastomes that lack a pair of large inverted repeats typically found in land plants. A few cypress species have been reported to contain isomeric plastomes, but whether the existence of isomeric plastomes is ubiquitous in the family remains to be investigated with a broader taxon sampling. In this study, we sequenced the complete plastomes of ten species in Cupressoideae, the largest cypress subfamily. Cupressoideae showed relatively accelerated rates of substitutions at both nonsynonymous and synonymous sites as compared with other subfamilies of Cupressaceae...
April 14, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431149/next-generation-non-starch-polysaccharide-degrading-multi-carbohydrase-complex-rich-in-xylanase-and-arabinofuranosidase-to-enhance-broiler-feed-digestibility
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Pierre Cozannet, Michael T Kidd, Roberto Montanhini Neto, Pierre-André Geraert
This study was carried out to evaluate the effect of a multi-carbohydrase complex ( ) rich in xylanase ( ) and arabinofuranosidase ( ) on overall broiler feed digestibility in broilers. Energy utilization and digestibility of dry matter ( ), organic matter ( ), protein, starch, fat, and insoluble and soluble fibers were measured using the mass-balance method. The experiment was carried out on 120 broilers (3-week-old chickens). Broilers were distributed over 8 treatments to evaluate the effect of the dietary arabinoxylan content and nutrient density with and without MCC (Rovabio® Advance)...
April 20, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431142/respiratory-chain-enzyme-deficiency-induces-mitochondrial-location-of-actin-binding-gelsolin-to-modulate-the-oligomerization-of-vdac-complexes-and-cell-survival
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Alberto García-Bartolomé, Ana Peñas, Lorena Marín-Buera, Teresa Lobo-Jarne, Rafael Pérez-Pérez, María Morán, Joaquín Arenas, Miguel A Martín, Cristina Ugalde
Despite considerable knowledge on the genetic basis of mitochondrial disorders, their pathophysiological consequences remain poorly understood. We previously used 2D-DIGE analyses to define a protein profile characteristic for respiratory chain complex III-deficiency that included a significant overexpression of cytosolic Gelsolin (GSN), a cytoskeletal protein that regulates the severing and capping of the actin filaments. Biochemical and immunofluorescence assays confirmed a specific increase of GSN levels in the mitochondria from patientś fibroblasts and from transmitochondrial cybrids with complex III assembly defects...
April 18, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431138/cardiovascular-outcome-trials-in-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease-challenges-associated-with-selection-of-patients-and-endpoints
#18
Patrick Rossignol, Rajiv Agarwal, Bernard Canaud, Alan Charney, Gilles Chatellier, Jonathan C Craig, William C Cushman, Ronald T Gansevoort, Bengt Fellström, Dahlia Garza, Nicolas Guzman, Frank A Holtkamp, Gerard M London, Ziad A Massy, Alexandre Mebazaa, Peter G M Mol, Marc A Pfeffer, Yves Rosenberg, Luis M Ruilope, Jonathan Seltzer, Amil M Shah, Salim Shah, Bhupinder Singh, Bergur V Stefánsson, Norman Stockbridge, Wendy Gattis Stough, Kristian Thygesen, Michael Walsh, Christoph Wanner, David G Warnock, Christopher S Wilcox, Janet Wittes, Bertram Pitt, Aliza Thompson, Faiez Zannad
Although cardiovascular disease is a major health burden for patients with chronic kidney disease, most cardiovascular outcome trials have excluded patients with advanced chronic kidney disease. Moreover, the major cardiovascular outcome trials that have been conducted in patients with end-stage renal disease have not demonstrated a treatment benefit. Thus, clinicians have limited evidence to guide the management of cardiovascular disease in patients with chronic kidney disease, particularly those on dialysis...
April 18, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431131/dnaprodb-an-interactive-tool-for-structural-analysis-of-dna-protein-complexes
#19
Jared M Sagendorf, Helen M Berman, Remo Rohs
Many biological processes are mediated by complex interactions between DNA and proteins. Transcription factors, various polymerases, nucleases and histones recognize and bind DNA with different levels of binding specificity. To understand the physical mechanisms that allow proteins to recognize DNA and achieve their biological functions, it is important to analyze structures of DNA-protein complexes in detail. DNAproDB is a web-based interactive tool designed to help researchers study these complexes. DNAproDB provides an automated structure-processing pipeline that extracts structural features from DNA-protein complexes...
April 20, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431114/molecular-characterization-of-cryptococcus-neoformans-isolated-from-the-environment-in-beijing-china
#20
Hongtao Dou, Huizhu Wang, Shaowei Xie, Xinxin Chen, Zhipeng Xu, Yingchun Xu
The molecular type of environmental Cryptococcus neoformans in Beijing was not clear. Our study aims to reveal the molecular characterization of C. neoformans complex from environment in Beijing, China. A total of 435 samples of pigeon droppings from 11 different homes in Beijing were collected from August to November in 2015. Pigeon droppings were inoculated onto caffeic acid cornmeal agar (CACA) to screen C. neoformans complex. Bruker Biotyper matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) was performed for species identification...
April 20, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
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