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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441772/structural-and-biochemical-properties-of-novel-self-cleaving-ribozymes
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REVIEW
Ki-Young Lee, Bong-Jin Lee
Fourteen well-defined ribozyme classes have been identified to date, among which nine are site-specific self-cleaving ribozymes. Very recently, small self-cleaving ribozymes have attracted renewed interest in their structure, biochemistry, and biological function since the discovery, during the last three years, of four novel ribozymes, termed twister, twister sister, pistol, and hatchet. In this review, we mainly address the structure, biochemistry, and catalytic mechanism of the novel ribozymes. They are characterized by distinct active site architectures and divergent, but similar, biochemical properties...
April 24, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441764/altered-adipogenesis-in-zebrafish-larvae-following-high-fat-diet-and-chemical-exposure-is-visualised-by-stimulated-raman-scattering-microscopy
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Marjo J den Broeder, Miriam J B Moester, Jorke H Kamstra, Peter H Cenijn, Valentina Davidoiu, Leonie M Kamminga, Freek Ariese, Johannes F de Boer, Juliette Legler
Early life stage exposure to environmental chemicals may play a role in obesity by altering adipogenesis; however, robust in vivo methods to quantify these effects are lacking. The goal of this study was to analyze the effects of developmental exposure to chemicals on adipogenesis in the zebrafish (Danio rerio). We used label-free Stimulated Raman Scattering (SRS) microscopy for the first time to image zebrafish adipogenesis at 15 days post fertilization (dpf) and compared standard feed conditions (StF) to a high fat diet (HFD) or high glucose diet (HGD)...
April 24, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441755/role-of-rheb-in-regulating-differentiation-fate-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells-for-cartilage-and-bone-regeneration
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Sajjad Ashraf, In-Bo Han, Hansoo Park, Soo-Hong Lee
Advances in mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) and cell replacement therapies are promising approaches to treat cartilage and bone defects since substantial differentiation capacities of MSCs match the demands of tissue regeneration. Our understanding of the dynamic process requiring indispensable differentiation of MSCs remains limited. Herein, we describe the role of RHEB (Ras homolog enriched in brain) regulating gene signature for differentiation of human adipose derived mesenchymal stem cells (ASCs) into chondrogenic, osteogenic, and adipogenic lineages...
April 24, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441628/potassium-deficiency-affects-the-carbon-nitrogen-balance-in-cotton-leaves
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Wei Hu, Taylor D Coomer, Dimitra A Loka, Derrick M Oosterhuis, Zhiguo Zhou
Potassium (K) plays important roles in the metabolism of carbon (C) and nitrogen (N), but studies of K deficiency affecting C-N balance are lacking. This study explored the influence of K deficiency on C-N interaction in cotton leaves by conducting a field experiment with cotton cultivar DP0912 under two K rates (K0: 0 kg K2O ha(-1) and K67: 67 kg K2O ha(-1)) and a controlled environment experiment with K-deficient solution (K1: 0 mM K(+)) and K-sufficient solution (K2: 6 mM K(+)). The results showed that leaf K content, leaf number, leaf area, boll number, reproductive dry weight and total dry weight were significant lower under K deficiency (K0 or K1)...
April 6, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441624/various-soil-amendments-and-environmental-wastes-affect-the-im-mobilization-and-phytoavailability-of-potentially-toxic-elements-in-a-sewage-effluent-irrigated-sandy-soil
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Sabry M Shaheen, Mohamed S Shams, Mohamed R Khalifa, Mohamed A El-Dali, Jörg Rinklebe
Contamination of long-term sewage effluent irrigated soils by potentially toxic elements (PTEs) is a serious concern due to its high environmental and health risk. Our scientific hypothesis is that soil amendments can cause contradictory effects on the element mobilization and phytoavailability depending on the type of element and amendment. Therefore, we aimed to assess the impact of the application (1%) of several low cost amendments and environmental wastes on the (im)mobilization, availability, and uptake of Al, Cd, Cr, Cu, Fe, Mn, Ni, and Zn by sorghum (Sorghum bicolor) in a long term sewage effluent irrigated sandy soils collected from Egypt...
April 22, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441533/a-global-view-of-rna-protein-interactions-identifies-post-transcriptional-regulators-of-root-hair-cell-fate
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Shawn W Foley, Sager J Gosai, Dongxue Wang, Nur Selamoglu, Amelia C Sollitti, Tino Köster, Alexander Steffen, Eric Lyons, Fevzi Daldal, Benjamin A Garcia, Dorothee Staiger, Roger B Deal, Brian D Gregory
The Arabidopsis thaliana root epidermis is comprised of two cell types, hair and nonhair cells, which differentiate from the same precursor. Although the transcriptional programs regulating these events are well studied, post-transcriptional factors functioning in this cell fate decision are mostly unknown. Here, we globally identify RNA-protein interactions and RNA secondary structure in hair and nonhair cell nuclei. This analysis reveals distinct structural and protein binding patterns across both transcriptomes, allowing identification of differential RNA binding protein (RBP) recognition sites...
April 24, 2017: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441338/effects-of-3d-printed-polycaprolactone-%C3%AE-tricalcium-phosphate-membranes-on-guided-bone-regeneration
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Jin-Hyung Shim, Joo-Yun Won, Jung-Hyung Park, Ji-Hyeon Bae, Geunseon Ahn, Chang-Hwan Kim, Dong-Hyuk Lim, Dong-Woo Cho, Won-Soo Yun, Eun-Bin Bae, Chang-Mo Jeong, Jung-Bo Huh
This study was conducted to compare 3D-printed polycaprolactone (PCL) and polycaprolactone/β-tricalcium phosphate (PCL/β-TCP) membranes with a conventional commercial collagen membrane in terms of their abilities to facilitate guided bone regeneration (GBR). Fabricated membranes were tested for dry and wet mechanical properties. Fibroblasts and preosteoblasts were seeded into the membranes and rates and patterns of proliferation were analyzed using a kit-8 assay and by scanning electron microscopy. Osteogenic differentiation was verified by alizarin red S and alkaline phosphatase (ALP) staining...
April 25, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440742/leptin-overexpression-in-bone-marrow-stromal-cells-promotes-periodontal-regeneration-in-a-rat-model-of-osteoporosis
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Baoyu Zheng, Jun Jiang, Yuling Chen, Minkui Lin, Zhibin Du, Yin Xiao, Kai Luo, Fuhua Yan
BACKGROUND: Osteoporosis (OP) is associated with widespread periodontitis and impaired periodontal healing. However, there is a lack of information about the outcomes of regenerative approaches under the influence of OP. This study investigated the effect of leptin (LEP) overexpression on the regenerative potential of bone marrow stromal cells (BMSCs) in an osteoporotic rat periodontal fenestration defect model. METHODS: Rat BMSCs were transfected with adenoviruses harboring the human (h) LEP gene...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Periodontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440703/zeta-potential-changing-nanoparticles-conjugated-with-cell-penetrating-peptides-for-enhanced-transfection-efficiency
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Wongsakorn Suchaoin, Arshad Mahmood, Kesinee Netsomboon, Andreas Bernkop-Schnürch
AIM: The aim of this study was to develop zeta-potential-changing nanoparticles (NPs) combining cell-penetrating peptides for gene delivery. METHODS & MATERIALS: NPs were formed using phosphorylated carboxymethyl cellulose-glucosamine 6-phosphate (CMC-G6P) and polyethylene imine-polyarginine conjugates. Phosphate release was evaluated using intestinal alkaline phosphatase and cell lines. Transfection studies with plasmid DNA were then performed. RESULTS: The zeta potential of CMC-G6P/branched PEI NPs was -3 mV and switched to +4 mV after intestinal alkaline phosphatase cleavage...
April 25, 2017: Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440700/selection-and-assessment-of-plant-growth-promoting-rhizobacteria-pgpr-for-biological-control-of-multiple-plant-diseases
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Ke Liu, Molli Newman, John A McInroy, Chia-Hui Hu, Joseph W Kloepper
A study was designed to screen individual strains of plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) for broad-spectrum disease suppression in vitro and in planta. In a preliminary screen, 28 of 196 strains inhibited eight different tested pathogens in vitro. In a secondary screen, these 28 strains showed broad spectrum antagonistic activity to six different genera of pathogens, and 24 of the 28 strains produced five traits reported to be related to plant growth promotion, including nitrogen fixation, phosphate solubilization, indole-3-acetic acid (IAA) production, siderophore production, and biofilm formation...
April 25, 2017: Phytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440624/acid-base-catalysis-in-glycosidations-a-nature-derived-alternative-to-the-generally-employed-methodology
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Peng Peng, Richard R Schmidt
Inverting glycosyltransferases enforce in the active site an intramolecular, acid-base catalyzed glycosidation that, due to proximity of the donor anomeric carbon and the acceptor hydroxyl group, follows an SN2-type reaction. Spacers, tethering donor and acceptor via nonreacting functional groups, led in intramolecular glycosidations to excellent yields and, independent of the donor anomeric configuration, to either the α- or the β-anomer. The requirement of a demanding protecting group pattern confines the application of this efficient method...
April 25, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440594/identification-of-a-hypertrehalosemic-factor-in-spodoptera-exigua
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Youngjin Park, Yonggyun Kim
Trehalose is a major blood sugar in insects with a range of physiological functions, including an energy source and a cryoprotectant. Hemolymph trehalose concentrations are tightly regulated according to physiological conditions. An insulin-like peptide, SeILP1, downregulates hemolymph trehalose concentrations in Spodoptera exigua. Here, we identified a factor that upregulates hemolymph trehalose concentration in S. exigua. Hemolymph trehalose concentrations were significantly increased after immune challenge or under starvation in a time-dependent manner...
April 25, 2017: Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440590/sodium-glucose-co-transporter-2-sglt2-inhibitors-and-fracture-risk-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-a-meta-analysis
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Darin Ruanpeng, Patompong Ungprasert, Jutarat Sangtian, Tasma Harindhanavudhi
INTRODUCTION: Sodium glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors could potentially alter calcium and phosphate homeostasis and may increase the risk of bone fracture. METHODS: The current meta-analysis was conducted to investigate the fracture risk among patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus treated with SGLT2 inhibitors. Randomized controlled trials that compared the efficacy of SGLT2 inhibitors to placebo were identified. The risk ratios of fracture among patients who received SGLT2 inhibitors versus placebo were extracted from each study...
April 25, 2017: Diabetes/metabolism Research and Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440456/tetrahydropalmatine-inhibits-lipid-accumulation-through-ampk-signaling-pathway-in-3t3%C3%A2-l1-adipocytes
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Guang-Chun Piao, Guan-Cheng Liu, Xue-Jun Jin, Dan Jin, Hai-Dan Yuan
Tetrahydropalmatine (THP), one of the active components of Rhizoma corydalis, has been reported to exert several pharmacological effects, including anti‑inflammatory, anti‑tumor and analgesic activities. However, its effect on obesity and the underlying molecular mechanisms that may be involved have not yet been elucidated. In the present study, the inhibitory effects of THP on the adipogenesis in 3T3‑L1 adipocytes was examined using hstology, western blotting and RT‑qPCR. THP was identified to significantly suppress lipid accumulation in 3T3‑L1 cells and it inhibited pre‑adipocyte differentiation in a concentration‑dependent manner, as evidenced by the reduced formation of lipid droplets and decreased triglyceride levels and glycerol‑3‑phosphate dehydrogenase activity...
April 12, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440031/production-characterization-and-assessment-of-a-stable-analog-of-the-response-regulator-chey-phosphate-from-thermotoga-maritima
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Matthew S Beyersdorf, Ria Sircar, Daniel B Lookadoo, Cory Bottone, Michael J Lynch, Brian R Crane, Christopher J Halkides
Phosphorylation of CheY promotes association with the flagellar motor and ultimately controls the directional bias of the motor. However, biochemical studies of activated CheY-phosphate have been challenging due to the rapid hydrolysis of the aspartyl-phosphate in vitro. An inert analog of Tm CheY-phosphate, phosphono-CheY, was synthesized by chemical modification and purified by cation-exchange chromatography. Changes in HPLC retention times, chemical assays for phosphate and free thiol, and mass spectrometry experiments demonstrate modification of Cys54 with a phosphonomethyl group...
April 25, 2017: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439409/serial-deletion-reveals-structural-basis-and-stability-for-the-core-enzyme-activity-of-human-glutaminase-1-isoforms-relevance-to-excitotoxic-neurodegeneration
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Yuju Li, Justin Peer, Runze Zhao, Yinghua Xu, Beiqing Wu, Yi Wang, Changhai Tian, Yunlong Huang, Jialin Zheng
BACKGROUND: Glutaminase 1 is a phosphate-activated metabolic enzyme that catalyzes the first step of glutaminolysis, which converts glutamine into glutamate. Glutamate is the major neurotransmitter of excitatory synapses, executing important physiological functions in the central nervous system. There are two isoforms of glutaminase 1, KGA and GAC, both of which are generated through alternative splicing from the same gene. KGA and GAC both transcribe 1-14 exons in the N-terminal, but each has its unique C-terminal in the coding sequence...
2017: Translational Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439382/association-between-adiponectin-and-insulin-resistance-in-diabetic-urolithiasis
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Dona Devasia, Kavitha Meiyappan, Palani Selvam Mohanraj, Dorairajan Lalgudi Narayanan, Gandhipuram Periyasamy Senthilkumar, Md Yasir
OBJECTIVES: The prevalence of urolithiasis is increasing worldwide. Diabetes mellitus (DM) is characterized by insulin resistance, which increases the risk of kidney stone formation. Adiponectin is an insulin-sensitizing and anti-inflammatory cytokine, which is known to improve glucose tolerance and insulin resistance in humans. The association of insulin and adiponectin with kidney stones is not clear. Hence, the present study aim to assess the serum levels of adiponectin and insulin resistance in DM patients with urolithiasis in comparison to those without...
March 2017: Oman Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439263/microbial-diversity-of-browning-peninsula-eastern-antarctica-revealed-using-molecular-and-cultivation-methods
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Sarita Pudasaini, John Wilson, Mukan Ji, Josie van Dorst, Ian Snape, Anne S Palmer, Brendan P Burns, Belinda C Ferrari
Browning Peninsula is an ice-free polar desert situated in the Windmill Islands, Eastern Antarctica. The entire site is described as a barren landscape, comprised of frost boils with soils dominated by microbial life. In this study, we explored the microbial diversity and edaphic drivers of community structure across this site using traditional cultivation methods, a novel approach the soil substrate membrane system (SSMS), and culture-independent 454-tag pyrosequencing. The measured soil environmental and microphysical factors of chlorine, phosphate, aspect and elevation were found to be significant drivers of the bacterial community, while none of the soil parameters analyzed were significantly correlated to the fungal community...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439086/quality-and-freshness-of-human-bone-marrow-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-decrease-over-time-after-trypsinization-and-storage-in-phosphate-buffered-saline
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Tae Hwan Shin, Seungah Lee, Ki Ryung Choi, Da Yeon Lee, Yongman Kim, Man Jeong Paik, Chan Seo, Seok Kang, Moon Suk Jin, Tae Hyeon Yoo, Seong Ho Kang, Gwang Lee
Human bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (hBM-MSCs) have been studied for their therapeutic potential. However, evaluating the quality of hBM-MSCs before transplantation remains a challenge. We addressed this issue in the present study by investigating deformation, the expression of genes related to reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation, changes in amino acid profiles, and membrane fluidity in hBM-MSCs. Deformability and cell size were decreased after storage for 6 and 12 h, respectively, in phosphate-buffered saline...
April 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438779/human-alternative-macrophages-populate-calcified-areas-of-atherosclerotic-lesions-and-display-impaired-rankl-induced-osteoclastic-bone-resorption-activity
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Giulia Chinetti-Gbaguidi, Mehdi Daoudi, Mickael Rosa, Manjula Vinod, Loïc Louvet, Corinne Copin, Melanie Fanchon, Jonathan Vanhoutte, Bruno Derudas, Loic Belloy, Stephan Haulon, Christophe Zawadzki, Sophie Susen, Ziad A Massy, Jérôme Eeckhoute, Bart Staels
Rationale: Vascular calcification is a process similar to bone formation leading to an inappropriate deposition of calcium phosphate minerals in advanced atherosclerotic plaques. Monocyte-derived macrophages, located in atherosclerotic lesions and presenting heterogeneous phenotypes, from classical pro-inflammatory M1 to alternative anti-inflammatory M2 macrophages, could potentially display osteoclast-like functions. Objective: To characterize the phenotype of macrophages located in areas surrounding the calcium deposits in human atherosclerotic plaques...
April 24, 2017: Circulation Research
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