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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088640/bioethanol-production-from-cellulosic-hydrolysates-by-engineered-industrial-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
#1
Ye-Gi Lee, Yong-Su Jin, Young-Lok Cha, Jin-Ho Seo
Even though industrial yeast strains exhibit numerous advantageous traits for the production of bioethanol, their genetic manipulation has been limited. This study demonstrates that an industrial polyploidy Saccharomyces cerevisiae JHS200 can be engineered through Cas9 (CRISPR associated protein 9)-based genome editing. Specifically, we generated auxotrophic mutants and introduced a xylose metabolic pathway into the auxotrophic mutants. As expected, the engineered strain (JX123) enhanced ethanol production from cellulosic hydrolysates as compared to other engineered haploid strains...
December 18, 2016: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087697/development-of-high-affinity-and-high-specificity-inhibitors-of-metalloproteinase-14-through-computational-design-and-directed-evolution
#2
Valeria Arkadash, Gal Yosef, Jason Shirian, Itay Cohen, Yuval Horev, Moran Grossman, Irit Sagi, Evette S Radisky, Julia M Shifman, Niv Papo
Degradation of the extracellular matrices in the human body is controlled by matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), a family of more than 20 homologous enzymes. Imbalance in MMP activity can result in many diseases, such as arthritis, cardiovascular diseases, neurological disorders, fibrosis, and cancers. Thus, MMPs present attractive targets for drug design and have been a focus for inhibitor design for as long as three decades. Yet, to date, all MMP inhibitors have failed in clinical trials because of their broad activity against numerous MMP family members and the serious side effects of the proposed treatment...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087461/low-glucose-stress-decreases-cellular-nadh-and-mitochondrial-atp-in-colonic-epithelial-cancer-cells-influence-of-mitochondrial-substrates
#3
Magdalena L Circu, Ronald E Maloney, Tak Yee Aw
In this study, we investigated how colonic epithelial cells maintained pyridine nucleotide (NADH/NAD(+)) redox homeostasis upon acute metabolic variation imposed by glucose deprivation or supplementation with mitochondrial substrates, succinate and malate/glutamate (M/G). Our results showed that low glucose caused cellular NADH/NAD(+) redox imbalance that diminished lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) activity and resulted in lower lactate contents. The concurrent activation of malic enzyme (ME) suggested a role for malate in preserving cellular pyruvate that remained unchanged at low glucose...
January 10, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087388/unravelling-the-role-of-fatty-acid-metabolism-in-cancer-through-the-foxo3-foxm1-axis
#4
Paula Saavedra-García, Katie Nichols, Zimam Mahmud, Lavender Yuen-Nam Fan, Eric W-F Lam
Obesity and cachexia represent divergent states of nutritional and metabolic imbalance but both are intimately linked to cancer. There is an extensive overlap in their signalling pathways and molecular components involved such as fatty acids (FAs), which likely play a crucial role in cancer. Forkhead box (FOX) proteins are responsible of a wide range of transcriptional programmes during normal development, and the FOXO3-FOXM1 axis is associated with cancer initiation, progression and drug resistance. Free fatty acids (FFAs), FA synthesis and β-oxidation are associated with cancer development and progression...
January 10, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087246/adipocytokines-and-anthropometric-measures-in-type-2-diabetics
#5
Shubhangi M Harke, Suresh P Khadke, Abhijit A Ghadge, Ashwini S Manglekar, Shashank S Shah, Arundhati G Diwan, Aniket A Kuvalekar
AIM: Type 2 diabetes mellitus has assumed pandemic proportions worldwide. Aggressive management of hyperglycemia in diabetics is a primary goal of treatment. We have previously reported favorable effects of oral hypoglycemic agents on adipocytokines. Aim of the present study was to investigate the relationship of adipocytokines with anthropometric measures and biochemical parameters in type 2 diabetics. METHODS: Clinically diagnosed type 2 diabetics and age, gender matched healthy volunteers were recruited for study...
December 30, 2016: Diabetes & Metabolic Syndrome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087060/personality-in-parkinson-s-disease-clinical-behavioural-and-cognitive-correlates
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REVIEW
Gabriella Santangelo, Fausta Piscopo, Paolo Barone, Carmine Vitale
Affective disorders and personality changes have long been considered pre-motor aspects of Parkinson's disease (PD). Many authors have used the term "premorbid personality" to define distinctive features of PD patients' personality characterized by reduced exploration of new environmental stimuli or potential reward sources ("novelty seeking") and avoidance behaviour ("harm avoidance") present before motor features. The functional correlates underlying the personality changes described in PD, implicate dysfunction of meso-cortico-limbic and striatal circuits...
January 5, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081568/non-lethal-endotoxin-injection-a-rat-model-of-hypercoagulability
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Marjory B Brooks, James R Turk, Abraham Guerrero, Padma K Narayanan, John P Nolan, Elizabeth G Besteman, Dennis W Wilson, Roberta A Thomas, Cindy E Fishman, Karol L Thompson, Heidrun Ellinger-Ziegelbauer, Jennifer B Pierson, April Paulman, Alan Y Chiang, Albert E Schultze
Systemic inflammation co-activates coagulation, which unchecked culminates in a lethal syndrome of multi-organ microvascular thrombosis known as disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC). We studied an endotoxin-induced inflammatory state in rats to identify biomarkers of hemostatic imbalance favoring hypercoagulability. Intraperitoneal injection of LPS at 15 mg/kg body weight resulted in peripheral leukopenia and widespread neutrophilic sequestration characteristic of an acute systemic inflammatory response...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080981/phenotypic-interactions-between-tree-hosts-and-invasive-forest-pathogens-in-the-light-of-globalization-and-climate-change
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REVIEW
Jan Stenlid, Jonàs Oliva
Invasive pathogens can cause considerable damage to forest ecosystems. Lack of coevolution is generally thought to enable invasive pathogens to bypass the defence and/or recognition systems in the host. Although mostly true, this argument fails to predict intermittent outcomes in space and time, underlining the need to include the roles of the environment and the phenotype in host-pathogen interactions when predicting disease impacts. We emphasize the need to consider host-tree imbalances from a phenotypic perspective, considering the lack of coevolutionary and evolutionary history with the pathogen and the environment, respectively...
December 5, 2016: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079622/prevalence-and-determinants-of-job-stress-in-patients-with-inflammatory-bowel-disease
#9
Philipp Schreiner, Luc Biedermann, Jean-Benoit Rossel, Gerhard Rogler, Valérie Pittet, Roland von Känel
BACKGROUND: Psychosocial factors have been shown to predict a poor disease course in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), but whether this applies to job stress is currently unknown. We assessed the prevalence of job stress and its correlates in a large cohort of patients with IBD. METHODS: We included all adult, professionally active patients enrolled between 2006 and 2015 in the Swiss IBD Cohort. Job stress was measured through the self-report effort-reward imbalance ratio and overcommitment (OC) to work questionnaires...
January 10, 2017: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079404/free-amino-acids-in-fibromyalgia-syndrome-relationship-with-clinical-picture
#10
Valeria Ruggiero, Massimiliano Mura, Enrico Cacace, Benedetta Era, Marcella Peri, Giuseppina Sanna, Antonella Fais
The objectives of our study were to evaluate free amino acid (FAA) concentrations in the serum of patients affected by fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) and to determine the relationships between FAA levels and FMS clinical parameters. Thus, serum amino acid concentrations were quantified (HPLC analysis) in 23 females with fibromyalgia (according to the American College of Rheumatology classification criteria) and 20 healthy females. The results showed significantly higher serum concentrations of aspartate, cysteine, glutamate, glycine, isoleucine, leucine, methionine, ornithine, phenylalanine, sarcosine, serine, taurine, tyrosine and valine in FMS patients vs...
January 12, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Clinical and Laboratory Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078776/performance-of-the-forenseq-tm-dna-signature-prep-kit-on-highly-degraded-samples
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Paolo Fattorini, Carlo Previderé, Ilaria Carboni, Giorgio Marrubini, Solange Sorçaburu-Cigliero, Pierangela Grignani, Barbara Bertoglio, Paolo Vatta, Ugo Ricci
Next generation sequencing (NGS) is the emerging technology in forensic genomics laboratories. It offers higher resolution to address most problems of human identification, greater efficiency and potential ability to interrogate very challenging forensic casework samples. In the present study, a trial set of DNA samples was artificially degraded, by progressive aqueous hydrolysis, and analyzed together with the corresponding unmodified DNA sample and control sample 2800M, to test the performance and reliability of the ForenSeq(TM) DNA Signature Prep kit using the MiSeq Sequencer (Illumina)...
January 12, 2017: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078521/exogenously-applied-poly-%C3%AE-glutamic-acid-alleviates-salt-stress-in-wheat-seedlings-by-modulating-ion-balance-and-the-antioxidant-system
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Zhengfei Guo, Na Yang, Changhua Zhu, Lijun Gan
Salt stress is a main abiotic stress that limits agricultural productivity in many parts of the world. To investigate whether poly-γ-glutamic acid (γ-PGA) can alleviate the negative effects of salt stress on wheat, a foliar application of 400 mg/L γ-PGA was applied to wheat seedlings, which were then subjected to 150 mM NaCl. Our results showed that after application of γ-PGA, the plant height, the plant weight, and the antioxidant enzymes including superoxide dismutase, peroxidase, and catalase were significantly increased compared with the treatment of 150 mM NaCl alone...
January 11, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078437/senescence-in-the-lesional-fibroblasts-of-non-segmental-vitiligo-patients
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Seema Rani, Supriya Bhardwaj, Niharika Srivastava, Vijay Lakshmi Sharma, Davinder Parsad, Ravinder Kumar
Dermal fibroblasts secrete various growth factors which are important for skin pigmentation. Imbalance in the synchronization of epidermal and dermal cells in the skin can play vital role in the pathogenesis of pigmentary disorder vitiligo. Therefore, our objective was to check the lesional fibroblasts for any abnormality and senescence in non-segmental vitiligo patients (NSV). Skin punch biopsies were taken from NSV patients and healthy controls. Explant culture of fibroblast from lesional dermis, non-lesional dermis, and control was analyzed...
January 11, 2017: Archives of Dermatological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077661/characterizing-differential-post-stroke-corticomotor-drive-to-the-dorsi-and-plantarflexor-muscles-during-resting-and-volitional-muscle-activation
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Jacqueline Ann Palmer, Ryan Zarzycki, Susanne M Morton, Trisha M Kesar, Stuart A Binder-Macleod
Imbalance of corticomotor excitability between the paretic and nonparetic limbs has been associated with the extent of upper extremity motor recovery post-stroke, is greatly influenced by specific testing conditions such as the presence or absence of volitional muscle activation, and may vary across muscle groups. However, despite its clinical importance, post-stroke corticomotor drive to lower extremity muscles has not been thoroughly investigated. Additionally, while conventional gait rehabilitation strategies for stroke survivors focus on paretic limb foot drop and dorsiflexion impairments, most contemporary literature has indicated that paretic limb propulsion and plantarflexion impairments are the most significant limiters to post-stroke walking function...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077620/mitogen-induced-distinct-epi-alleles-are-phosphorylated-at-either-h3s10-or-h3s28-depending-on-h3k27-acetylation
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Dilshad H Khan, Shannon Healy, Shihua He, Daniel Lichtensztejn, Ludger Klewes, Kiran L Sharma, Veronica Lau, Sabine Mai, Geneviève P Delcuve, James R Davie
Stimulation of the MAPK pathway results in mitogen- and stress-activated protein kinase 1/2 (MSK1/2)-catalyzed phosphorylation of histone H3 at serine 10 or 28 and expression of immediate-early (IE) genes. In 10T1/2 mouse fibroblasts, phosphorylation of H3S10 and H3S28 occurs on different H3 molecules and in different nuclear regions. Likewise, we show that mitogen-induced H3S10 and H3S28 phosphorylation occurs in separate pools in human primary fibroblasts. High-resolution imaging studies on both cell types have revealed that H3S10 and H3S28 phosphorylation events can be induced in a single cell but on different alleles, giving rise to H3S10ph and H3S28ph epi-alleles...
January 11, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077460/glyburide-versus-metformin-and-their-combination-for-the-treatment-of-gestational-diabetes-mellitus-a-randomized-controlled-study
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Zohar Nachum, Noah Zafran, Raed Salim, Noura Hissin, Jamal Hasanein, Yifat Gam Ze Letova, Abeer Suleiman, Enav Yefet
OBJECTIVE: To compare the efficacy and safety of glyburide versus metformin and their combination for the treatment of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: In this prospective randomized controlled study, we randomly assigned patients with GDM at 13-33 weeks gestation and whose blood glucose was poorly controlled by diet to receive either glyburide or metformin. If optimal glycemic control was not achieved, the other drug was added. If adverse effects occurred, the drug was replaced...
January 11, 2017: Diabetes Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076799/adenylyl-cyclase-type-9-gene-polymorphisms-are-associated-with-asthma-and-allergy-in-brazilian-children
#17
Helena M P Teixeira, Neuza M Alcantara-Neves, Maurício Barreto, Camila A Figueiredo, Ryan S Costa
Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the respiratory tract. This heterogeneous disease is caused by the interaction of interindividual genetic variability and environmental factors. The gene adenylyl cyclase type 9 (ADCY9) encodes a protein called adenylyl cyclase (AC), responsible for producing the second messenger cyclic AMP (cAMP). cAMP is produced by T regulatory cells and is involved in the down-regulation of T effector cells. Failures in cAMP production may be related to an imbalance in the regulatory immune response, leading to immune-mediated diseases, such as allergic disorders...
January 8, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075389/control-of-initiation-of-dna-replication-in-bacillus-subtilis-and-escherichia-coli
#18
REVIEW
Katie H Jameson, Anthony J Wilkinson
Initiation of DNA Replication is tightly regulated in all cells since imbalances in chromosomal copy number are deleterious and often lethal. In bacteria such as Bacillus subtilis and Escherichia coli, at the point of cytokinesis, there must be two complete copies of the chromosome to partition into the daughter cells following division at mid-cell during vegetative growth. Under conditions of rapid growth, when the time taken to replicate the chromosome exceeds the doubling time of the cells, there will be multiple initiations per cell cycle and daughter cells will inherit chromosomes that are already undergoing replication...
January 10, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075331/predictive-modeling-of-respiratory-tumor-motion-for-real-time-prediction-of-baseline-shifts
#19
Arvind Balasubramanian, Rittika Shamsuddin, Balakrishnan Prabhakaran, Amit Sawant
Baseline shifts in respiratory patterns can result in significant spatiotemporal changes in patient anatomy (compared to that captured during simulation), in turn, causing geometric and dosimetric errors in the administration of thoracic and abdominal radiotherapy. We propose predictive modeling of the tumor motion trajectories for predicting a baseline shift ahead of its occurrence. The key idea is to use the features of the tumor motion trajectory over a 1-minute window, and predict the occurrence of a baseline shift in the 5 seconds that immediately follow (lookahead window)...
January 11, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074600/analyzing-multiple-endpoints-in-a-confirmatory-randomized-clinical-trial-an-approach-that-addresses-stratification-missing-values-baseline-imbalance-and-multiplicity-for-strictly-ordinal-outcomes
#20
Hengrui Sun, Atsushi Kawaguchi, Gary Koch
Confirmatory randomized clinical trials with a stratified design may have ordinal response outcomes, ie, either ordered categories or continuous determinations that are not compatible with an interval scale. Also, multiple endpoints are often collected when 1 single endpoint does not represent the overall efficacy of the treatment. In addition, random baseline imbalances and missing values can add another layer of difficulty in the analysis plan. Therefore, the development of an approach that provides a consolidated strategy to all issues collectively is essential...
January 11, 2017: Pharmaceutical Statistics
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