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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820402/does-signaling-of-estrogen-related-receptors-affect-structure-and-function-of-bank-vole-leydig-cells
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P Pawlicki, A Milon, M Zarzycka, J Galas, W Tworzydlo, A Kaminska, L Pardyak, K Lesniak, A Pacwa, B Bilinska, E Gorowska-Wojtowicz, M Kotula-Balak
To get a deeper insight into the function of estrogen-related receptors (ERRs) and dissect underlying mechanism in Leydig cells, ERRs (type α, β and γ) were blocked or activated in testes of adult bank voles (Myodes glareolus) which show seasonal changes in the intratesticular sex hormones level. Both actively reproducing animals (long day conditions; LD) and those with regression of the reproductive system (short day conditions; SD) received intraperitoneal injections of selective ERRα antagonist 3-[4-(2,4-Bis-trifluoromethylbenzyloxy)-3-methoxyphenyl]-2-cyano-N-(5-trifluoromethyl-1,3,4-thiadiazol-2-yl)acrylamide (XCT 790) or selective ERRβ/ERRγ agonist N-(4-(Diethylaminobenzylidenyl)-N'-(4-hydroxybenzoyl)-hydrazine (DY131) (50 μ/kg bw; six doses every other day)...
June 2017: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: An Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820329/sources-to-variability-in-circulating-human-mirna-signatures
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Andreas Keller, Trine Rounge, Christina Backes, Nicole Ludwig, Randi Gislefoss, Petra Leidinger, Hilde Langseth, Eckart Meese
An increasing number of studies propose circulating microRNAs (miRNAs) as biomarkers for a large number of human diseases including cancer, cardiovascular diseases, neurological pathologies and others. To further validate miRNA as biomarkers it is indispensable to understand the variability of circulating miRNAs in healthy individuals. We determined the longitudinal miRNomes of 90 serum samples from the Janus Serum Bank in Norway, which have been stored between 23 and 40 years at -25 degrees Celsius. We profiled three serum samples with microarrays for 30 individuals, each...
August 18, 2017: RNA Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818107/patellofemoral-kinematics-in-dogs-with-cranial-cruciate-ligament-insufficiency-an-in-vivo-fluoroscopic-analysis-during-walking
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Stanley E Kim, Geoffrey J Zann, Selena Tinga, Erica J Moore, Antonio Pozzi, Scott A Banks
BACKGROUND: Complete rupture of the cranial cruciate ligament (CrCL) in dogs causes profound disturbance to stifle joint biomechanics. The objective of this study was to characterize the effects of cranial cruciate ligament (CrCL) insufficiency on patellofemoral (PF) kinematics in dogs during walking. Ten client-owned dogs (20-40 kg) with natural unilateral complete CrCL rupture were included. Dogs underwent computed tomographic scans to create digital bone-models of the patella and femur...
August 17, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817696/phenotypic-and-molecular-characterization-of-sweet-sorghum-accessions-for-bioenergy-production
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Michele Jorge da Silva, Maria Marta Pastina, Vander Fillipe de Souza, Robert Eugene Schaffert, Pedro Crescêncio Souza Carneiro, Roberto Willians Noda, José Eustáquio de Souza Carneiro, Cynthia Maria Borges Damasceno, Rafael Augusto da Costa Parrella
Sweet sorghum [Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench] is a type of cultivated sorghum characterized by the accumulation of high levels of sugar in the stems and high biomass accumulation, making this crop an important feedstock for bioenergy production. Sweet sorghum breeding programs that focus on bioenergy have two main goals: to improve quantity and quality of sugars in the juicy stem and to increase fresh biomass productivity. Genetic diversity studies are very important for the success of a breeding program, especially in the early stages, where understanding the genetic relationship between accessions is essential to identify superior parents for the development of improved breeding lines...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817602/exploring-the-potential-of-a-structural-alphabet-based-tool-for-mining-multiple-target-conformations-and-target-flexibility-insight
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Leslie Regad, Jean-Baptiste Chéron, Dhoha Triki, Caroline Senac, Delphine Flatters, Anne-Claude Camproux
Protein flexibility is often implied in binding with different partners and is essential for protein function. The growing number of macromolecular structures in the Protein Data Bank entries and their redundancy has become a major source of structural knowledge of the protein universe. The analysis of structural variability through available redundant structures of a target, called multiple target conformations (MTC), obtained using experimental or modeling methods and under different biological conditions or different sources is one way to explore protein flexibility...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817433/class-wide-access-to-a-commercial-step-1-question-bank-during-preclinical-organ-based-modules-a-pilot-project
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James H Baños, Mark E Pepin, Nicholas Van Wagoner
PURPOSE: The authors examined the usefulness of a commercially available Step 1 question bank as a formative academic support tool throughout organ-based modules in an integrated preclinical medical curriculum. The authors also determined the extent to which correlation between question bank utilization and academic metrics varied with Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) scores. METHOD: In 2015, a cohort of 185 first-year medical students at University of Alabama School of Medicine were provided with 18-month full access to a commercially available Step 1 question bank of over 2,100 items throughout organ-based modules, although there were no requirements for use...
August 16, 2017: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816806/autologous-blood-transfusion-for-postpartum-hemorrhage
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Julia A Greenawalt, Denise Zernell
Postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) is a leading contributor to maternal morbidity and mortality in the United States and globally. Although the rate of PPH is generally decreasing nationally, severity of PPH appears to be increasing, potentially related to the various comorbidities associated with women of childbearing age. There is increasing evidence of risks associated with allogeneic blood transfusion, which has historically been the classic therapeutic approach for treatment to PPH. Pregnant women are particularly susceptible to the implications of sensitization to red cell antigens, a common sequela to allogenic blood transfusion...
September 2017: MCN. the American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816086/inducible-knockout-of-mouse-zfhx3-emphasizes-its-key-role-in-setting-the-pace-and-amplitude-of-the-adult-circadian-clock
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Ashleigh G Wilcox, Lucie Vizor, Michael J Parsons, Gareth Banks, Patrick M Nolan
The transcription factor zinc finger homeobox 3 (ZFHX3) plays a key role in coupling intracellular transcriptional-translational oscillations with intercellular synchrony in mouse suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN). However, like many key players in central nervous system function, ZFHX3 serves an important role in neurulation and neuronal terminal differentiation while retaining discrete additional functions in the adult SCN. Recently, using a dominant missense mutation in mouse Zfhx3, we established that this gene can modify circadian period and sleep in adult animals...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Biological Rhythms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815771/molstack-interactive-visualization-tool-for-presentation-interpretation-and-validation-of-macromolecules-and-electron-density-maps
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Przemyslaw J Porebski, Piotr Sroka, Heping Zheng, David R Cooper, Wladek Minor
Our understanding of the world of biomolecular structures is based upon the interpretation of macromolecular models, of which ∼ 90% are themselves the interpretation of electron density maps. This structural information guides scientific progress and exploration in many biomedical disciplines. The Protein Data Bank's web portals have made these structures available for mass scientific consumption and greatly broaden the scope of information presented in scientific publications. The portals provide numerous quality metrics; however, the portion of the structure that is most vital for interpretation of the function may have the most difficult to interpret electron density and this ambiguity is not reflected by any single metric...
August 17, 2017: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815765/new-tools-and-functions-in-data-out-activities-at-protein-data-bank-japan-pdbj
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Akira R Kinjo, Gert-Jan Bekker, Hiroshi Wako, Shigeru Endo, Yuko Tsuchiya, Hiromu Sato, Hafumi Nishi, Kengo Kinoshita, Hirofumi Suzuki, Takeshi Kawabata, Masashi Yokochi, Takeshi Iwata, Naohiro Kobayashi, Toshimichi Fujiwara, Genji Kurisu, Haruki Nakamura
The Protein Data Bank Japan (PDBj), a member of the worldwide Protein Data Bank (wwPDB), accepts and processes the deposited data of experimentally determined biological macromolecular structures. In addition to archiving the PDB data in collaboration with the other wwPDB partners, PDBj also provides a wide range of original and unique services and tools, which are continuously improved and updated. Here, we report the new RDB PDBj Mine 2, the WebGL molecular viewer Molmil, the ProMode-Elastic server for normal mode analysis, a virtual reality system for the eF-site protein electrostatic molecular surfaces, the extensions of the Omokage search for molecular shape similarity, and the integration of PDBj and BMRB searches...
August 17, 2017: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815558/sequence-variants-in-esr1-and-oxtr-are-associated-with-mayer-rokitansky-k%C3%A3-ster-hauser-syndrome
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Sara Yvonne Brucker, Liliane Frank, Simone Eisenbeis, Melanie Henes, Diethelm Wallwiener, Olaf Riess, Barbara Van Eijck, Dorit Schöller, Michael Bonin, Kristin Katharina Rall
INTRODUCTION: Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser syndrome (MRKHS) is characterized by congenital absence of the uterus and the upper two-thirds of the vagina in otherwise phenotypically normal females. It is found isolated or associated with renal, skeletal and other malformations. Despite of ongoing research, the etiology is mainly unknown. For a long time, the hypothesis of deficient hormone receptors as cause for MRKHS exists, and is supported by previous findings of our group. The aim of the present study was to identify unknown genetic causes for MRKHS and to compare them with data banks including a review of the literature...
August 16, 2017: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815432/influence-of-nitrogen-loading-and-flooding-on-seedling-emergence-and-recruitment-from-a-seed-bank-in-chaohu-lake-basin-china
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Naxin Cui, Juan Wu, Yanran Dai, Zhu Li, Shuiping Cheng
Vegetation severely degraded and even disappeared in the water bodies of Chaohu Lake basin, which is the fifth largest freshwater lake in the Yangtze flood plain in China, because of water pollution and eutrophication. Vegetation restoration projects have been carried out. However, the influences of water quality and hydrology on vegetation restoration from seed banks have been rarely investigated. This experiment aimed to identify the effect of water level and nitrogen loading (ammonium and nitrate) on seedling emergence and recruitment from the riparian seed bank of the river in this basin...
August 16, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815423/backbone-and-side-chain-1-h-15-n-and-13-c-resonance-assignments-of-a-novel-staphylococcal-inhibitor-of-myeloperoxidase
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Nicoleta T Ploscariu, Alvaro I Herrera, Srinivas Jayanthi, Thallapuranam K Suresh Kumar, Brian V Geisbrecht, Om Prakash
The bacterium Staphylococcus aureus produces an array of anti-inflammatory molecules that prevent the innate immune system from recognizing it as a pathogen and clearing it from the host. In the acute phase of inflammation, our immune system relies on neutrophils to clear invading bacteria. Recently, novel classes of secreted proteins from S. aureus, including the Extracellular Adherence Protein (EAP) family (Stapels et al., Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 111:13187-13192, 2014) and the Staphylococcal Peroxidase Inhibitor (SPIN), (unpublished work) have been identified as highly selective inhibitors acting on Neutrophil Serine Proteases (NSPs) and myeloperoxidase (MPO) respectively...
August 16, 2017: Biomolecular NMR Assignments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815355/egg-donation-of-vitrified-oocytes-bank-produces-similar-pregnancy-rates-by-blastocyst-transfer-when-compared-to-fresh-cycle
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Thais S Domingues, Ana Paula Aquino, Bruna Barros, Raquel Mazetto, Mariana Nicolielo, Carolina M Kimati, Talita Devecchi, Tatiana C S Bonetti, Paulo C Serafini, Eduardo L A Motta
PURPOSE: Advances in reproductive techniques, mainly the introduction of oocyte vitrification, have provided the opportunity to conceive from oocyte banks. The aim of this study was to compare the clinical outcomes of fresh and vitrified oocytes in an egg donation program following blastocyst transfer. METHODS: This retrospective observational study included 504 oocyte donation cycles. All donor women were younger than 30 years of age. The recipient cycles were divided into two groups: fresh oocytes (n = 78) or vitrified oocytes (n = 426)...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814238/structural-insights-for-drugs-developed-for-phospholipase-d-enzymes
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Kimberly Stieglitz
BACKGROUND: In recent years human phospholipase D enzymes (PLD1 and PLD2 isozymes) have emerged as drug targets for various diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, infectious diseases and neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. The interest in PLD as a drug target is due to the fact that PLD enzymes belong to a superfamily of phospholipases that are essential to intracellular and extracellular signaling. Many bioactive lipid signaling molecules are generated by these enzymes including phosphatidic and lysophosphatidic acid, arachidonic acid, and diacylglycerol (DAG)...
August 15, 2017: Current Drug Discovery Technologies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813440/invasive-australian-acacia-seed-banks-size-and-relationship-with-stem-diameter-in-the-presence-of-gall-forming-biological-control-agents
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Matthys Strydom, Ruan Veldtman, Mzabalazo Z Ngwenya, Karen J Esler
Australian Acacia are invasive in many parts of the world. Despite significant mechanical and biological efforts to control their invasion and spread, soil-stored seed banks prevent their effective and sustained removal. In response South Africa has had a strong focus on employing seed reducing biological control agents to deal with Australian Acacia invasion, a programme that is considered as being successful. To provide a predictive understanding for their management, seed banks of four invasive Australian acacia species (Acacia longifolia, A...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812609/please-do-not-disturb-ecosystems-further
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David Lindenmayer, Simon Thorn, Sam Banks
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 24, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812222/ethics-and-phishing-experiments
#18
David B Resnik, Peter R Finn
Phishing is a fraudulent form of email that solicits personal or financial information from the recipient, such as a password, username, or social security or bank account number. The scammer may use the illicitly obtained information to steal the victim's money or identity or sell the information to another party. The direct costs of phishing on consumers are exceptionally high and have risen substantially over the past 12 years. Phishing experiments that simulate real world conditions can provide cybersecurity experts with valuable knowledge they can use to develop effective countermeasures and prevent people from being duped by phishing emails...
August 15, 2017: Science and Engineering Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811799/diversity-physiochemical-and-phylogenetic-analyses-of-bacteria-isolated-from-various-drinking-water-sources
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Neveen H Eid, Huda A Al Doghaither, Taha A Kumosani, Munazza Gull
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the indigenous bacterial strains of drinking water from the most commercial water types including bottled and filtered water that are currently used in Saudi Arabia. METHODS: Thirty randomly selected commercial brands of bottled water were purchased from Saudi local markets. Moreover, samples from tap water and filtered water were collected in sterilized glass bottles and stored at 4°C. Biochemical analyses including pH, temperature, lactose fermentation test (LAC), indole test (IND), methyl red test (MR), Voges-Proskauer test (VP), urease test (URE), catalase test (CAT), aerobic and anaerobic test (Ae/An) were measured...
May 2017: Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811499/the-role-of-dermcidin-isoform-2-in-the-occurrence-and-severity-of-diabetes
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Suman Bhattacharya, Md Mobidullah Khan, Chandradipa Ghosh, Sarbashri Bank, Smarajit Maiti
Diabetes is now epidemic worldwide. Several hundred-million peoples are presently suffering from this disease with other secondary-disorders. Stress, hypertension, sedentary life-style, carbohydrate/lipid metabolic-disorders due to genetic or environmental factors attributes to type-1 and/or type-2 diabetes. Present investigation demonstrates that stress-induced protein dermcidin isoform-2 (DCN-2) which appears in the serum of diabetic-patients play a key-role in this disease pathogenesis/severity. DCN-2 suppresses insulin production-release from liver/pancreas...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
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