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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911402/utilizing-the-ethylene-releasing-compound-2-chloroethylphosphonic-acid-as-a-tool-to-study-ethylene-response-in-bacteria
#1
Richard V Augimeri, Andrew J Varley, Janice L Strap
Ethylene (C2H4) is a gaseous phytohormone that is involved in numerous aspects of plant development, playing a dominant role in senescence and fruit ripening. Exogenous ethylene applied during early plant development triggers the triple response phenotype; a shorter and thicker hypocotyl with an exaggerated apical hook. Despite the intimate relationship between plants and bacteria, the effect of exogenous ethylene on bacteria has been greatly overlooked. This is partly due to the difficulty of controlling gaseous ethylene within the laboratory without specialized equipment...
November 10, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910838/hydrogen-substituted-%C3%AE-tricalcium-phosphate-synthesized-in-organic-media
#2
Christoph Stähli, Jürg Thüring, Laëtitia Galea, Solène Tadier, Marc Bohner, Nicola Döbelin
β-Tricalcium phosphate (β-TCP) platelets synthesized in ethylene glycol offer interesting geometries for nano-structured composite bone substitutes but were never crystallographically analyzed. In this study, powder X-ray diffraction and Rietveld refinement revealed a discrepancy between the platelet structure and the known β-TCP crystal model. In contrast, a model featuring partial H for Ca substitution and the inversion of P1O4 tetrahedra, adopted from the whitlockite structure, allowed for a refinement with minimal misfits and was corroborated by HPO4(2-) absorptions in Fourier-transform IR spectra...
December 1, 2016: Acta Crystallographica Section B, Structural Science, Crystal Engineering and Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910552/versatile-wetting-measurement-of-microplate-wells
#3
Enoch Ming Wei Ng, Brandon Huey-Ping Cheong, Yang Yu, Oi Wah Liew, Tuck Wah Ng
A method to measure the contact angle, which is indicative of wetting, using small liquid volumes dispensed directly on microplate wells is described and demonstrated. Experiments with enhanced green protein samples of volumes 4.4-6 μl showed no measured variance in the contact angle. Experiments with phosphate buffer solution with varied concentrations of a non-ionic detergent (Tween 20) dissolved, however, revealed smaller contact angles with increased detergent concentration. It is experimentally shown that drops can be located up to 7° from the lowest position of the well without affecting the accuracy of contact angle measurements...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910195/mulberrofuran-g-protects-ischemic-injury-induced-cell-death-via-inhibition-of-nox4-mediated-ros-generation-and-er-stress
#4
Sungeun Hong, Jaeyoung Kwon, Dong-Woo Kim, Hak Ju Lee, Dongho Lee, Woongchon Mar
The aim of this study was to investigate the neuroprotective effect of mulberrofuran G (MG) in in vitro and in vivo models of cerebral ischemia. MG was isolated from the root bark of Morus bombycis. MG inhibited nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate oxidase (NOX) enzyme activity and oxygen-glucose deprivation/reoxygenation (OGD/R)-induced NOX4 protein expression in SH-SY5Y cells. MG inhibited the expression of activated caspase-3 and caspase-9 and cleaved poly adenine dinucleotide phosphate-ribose polymerase in OGD/R-induced SH-SY5Y cells...
December 2, 2016: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909940/enhancement-of-rapamycin-production-by-metabolic-engineering-in-streptomyces-hygroscopicus-based-on-genome-scale-metabolic-model
#5
Lanqing Dang, Jiao Liu, Cheng Wang, Huanhuan Liu, Jianping Wen
Rapamycin, as a macrocyclic polyketide with immunosuppressive, antifungal, and anti-tumor activity produced by Streptomyces hygroscopicus, is receiving considerable attention for its significant contribution in medical field. However, the production capacity of the wild strain is very low. Hereby, a computational guided engineering approach was proposed to improve the capability of rapamycin production. First, a genome-scale metabolic model of Streptomyces hygroscopicus ATCC 29253 was constructed based on its annotated genome and biochemical information...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909925/phosphate-fertilizer-affected-rhizospheric-soils-speciation-of-cadmium-and-phytoremediation-by-chlorophytum-comosum
#6
Youbao Wang, Chengfeng Zhu, Hongfei Yang, Xiaowei Zhang
Experiments were conducted to investigate the effect of phosphate fertilization on chemical speciation of cadmium (Cd) in the rhizospheric soil of Chlorophytum comosum, a potential cadmium hyperaccumulator. The results revealed that when 200 mg kg(-1) phosphate was applied into the soil, the Cd contents in the exchangeable fraction (EXC), carbonate-binding fraction (CA), and Fe-Mn oxides-binding fraction (Fe-Mn) were the highest, and the Cd content in the residual fraction (RES) was the lowest. Phosphate fertilization could enhance Cd conversion from RES into CA and weak RES, thereby improving the bioavailability of Cd and enhancing Cd enrichment and adsorption by C...
December 1, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909791/immunological-evaluation-of-a-dna-cocktail-vaccine-with-co-delivery-of-calcium-phosphate-nanoparticles-capns-against-the-toxoplasma-gondii-rh-strain-in-balb-c-mice
#7
Mohammad Taghi Rahimi, Shahabeddin Sarvi, Mahdi Sharif, Saeid Abediankenari, Ehsan Ahmadpour, Reza Valadan, Mahdi Fasihi- Ramandie, Seyed-Abdollah Hosseini, Ahmad Daryani
Many recent studies have been conducted to evaluate protective immunity mediated by DNA vaccines against toxoplasmosis. Cocktail DNA vaccines showed better immune responses compared to single vaccines. The objective of the current study was to evaluate the protective efficacy of rhomboid 4 (ROM4) and cocktail DNA vaccines (ROM4 + GRA14) of the Toxoplasma gondii RH strain with or without coated calcium phosphate nanoparticles (CaPNs) as the adjuvant to improve the immunogenicity against the T. gondii RH strain in BALB/c mice...
December 2, 2016: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909777/quantitative-determination-of-the-neurotoxin-%C3%AE-n-methylamino-l-alanine-bmaa-by-capillary-electrophoresis-tandem-mass-spectrometry
#8
Elliott S Kerrin, Robert L White, Michael A Quilliam
Recent reports of the widespread occurrence of the neurotoxin β-N-methylamino-L-alanine (BMAA) in cyanobacteria and particularly seafood have raised concerns for public health. LC-MS/MS is currently the analytical method of choice for BMAA determinations but incomplete separation of isomeric and isobaric compounds, matrix suppression and conjugated forms are plausible limitations. In this study, capillary electrophoresis (CE) coupled with MS/MS has been developed as an alternative method for the quantitative determination of free BMAA...
December 1, 2016: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909554/high-maysin-corn-silk-extract-reduces-body-weight-and-fat-deposition-in-c57bl-6j-mice-fed-high-fat-diets
#9
Eun Young Lee, Sun Lim Kim, Hyeon Jung Kang, Myung Hwan Kim, Ae Wha Ha, Woo Kyoung Kim
BACKGROUNG/OBJECTIVES: The study was performed to investigate the effects and mechanisms of action of high maysin corn silk extract on body weight and fat deposition in experimental animals. MATERIALS/METHODS: A total of 30 male C57BL/6J mice, 4-weeks-old, were purchased and divided into three groups by weight using a randomized block design. The normal-fat (NF) group received 7% fat (diet weight basis), the high-fat (HF) group received 25% fat and 0.5% cholesterol, and the high-fat corn silk (HFCS) group received high-fat diet and high maysin corn silk extract at 100 mg/kg body weight through daily oral administration...
December 2016: Nutrition Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909430/bacterial-active-community-cycling-in-response-to-solar-radiation-and-their-influence-on-nutrient-changes-in-a-high-altitude-wetland
#10
Verónica Molina, Klaudia Hernández, Cristina Dorador, Yoanna Eissler, Martha Hengst, Vilma Pérez, Chris Harrod
Microbial communities inhabiting high-altitude spring ecosystems are subjected to extreme changes in solar irradiance and temperature throughout the diel cycle. Here, using 16S rRNA gene tag pyrosequencing (cDNA) we determined the composition of actively transcribing bacteria from spring waters experimentally exposed through the day (morning, noon, and afternoon) to variable levels of solar radiation and light quality, and evaluated their influence on nutrient recycling. Solar irradiance, temperature, and changes in nutrient dynamics were associated with changes in the active bacterial community structure, predominantly by Cyanobacteria, Verrucomicrobia, Proteobacteria, and 35 other Phyla, including the recently described Candidate Phyla Radiation (e...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909351/new-precipitation-method-for-isolation-of-99m-tc-from-irradiated-100-mo-target
#11
M Gumiela, J Dudek, A Bilewicz
Technetium-99m is the most widely used radionuclide in nuclear medicine. This work describes the method to separate (99m)Tc from irradiated (100)Mo target. For this purpose we utilized formation of ammonium molybdenum phosphate (AMP) and have optimized the four parameters of the process. The proposed process is promising and allows fast separation of macroamounts of molybdenum without co-precipitation of (99m)Tc. The concentration of molybdenum in solution after precipitation of AMP was lower than 300 µg ml(-1)...
2016: Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909055/molecular-identification-of-d-ribulokinase-in-budding-yeast-and-mammals
#12
Charandeep Singh, Enrico Glaab, Carole L Linster
Proteomes of even well characterized organisms still contain a high percentage of proteins with unknown or uncertain molecular and/or biological function. A significant fraction of those proteins are predicted to have catalytic properties. Here we aimed at identifying the function of the Saccharomyces cerevisiae Ydr109c protein and of its human homolog FGGY, both of which belong to the broadly conserved FGGY family of carbohydrate kinases. Functionally identified members of this family phosphorylate 3- to 7-carbon sugars or sugar derivatives, but the endogenous substrate of S...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909014/sodium-4-phenylbutyrate-attenuates-myocardial-reperfusion-injury-by-reducing-the-unfolded-protein-response
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Osamu Takatori, Soichiro Usui, Masaki Okajima, Shuichi Kaneko, Hiroshi Ootsuji, Shin-Ichiro Takashima, Daisuke Kobayashi, Hisayoshi Murai, Hiroshi Furusho, Masayuki Takamura
BACKGROUND: The unfolded protein response (UPR) plays a pivotal role in ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) injury in various organs such as heart, brain, and liver. Sodium 4-phenylbutyrate (PBA) reportedly acts as a chemical chaperone that reduces UPR. In the present study, we evaluated the effect of PBA on reducing the UPR and protecting against myocardial I/R injury in mice. METHODS: Male C57BL/6 mice were subjected to 30-minute myocardial I/R, and were treated with phosphate-buffered saline (as a vehicle) or PBA...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908734/triosephosphate-isomerase-1-suppresses-growth-migration-and-invasion-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cells
#14
Hao Jiang, Ning Ma, Yurong Shang, Wentao Zhou, Tianwei Chen, Dongxian Guan, Jingjing Li, Jingjing Wang, Erbin Zhang, Yuanyuan Feng, Fenfen Yin, Yanmei Yuan, Yuanyuan Fang, Lin Qiu, Dong Xie, Dongzhi Wei
Metabolic dysregulation is one of the most common and recognizable features of cancer. Triosephosphate isomerase 1 (TPI1), which catalyzes the interconversion of dihydroxyacetone phosphate (DHAP) and d-glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate (G3P) during glycosis and gluconeogenesis, is a crucial enzyme in the carbohydrate metabolism. However, the biological function and mechanism of TPI1 in cancer remain largely unknown. In this study, we have found that TPI1 expression was greatly decreased in clinical HCC samples, positively correlated with overall survival, and negatively associated with histological differentiation, tumor size and organ metastasis...
November 28, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908729/structural-and-biochemical-characterization-of-fabk-from-thermotoga-maritima
#15
Byung Hak Ha, Sang Chul Shin, Jin Ho Moon, Gyochang Keum, Chan-Wha Kim, Eunice EunKyeong Kim
TM0800 from Thermotoga maritima is one of the hypothetical proteins with unknown function. The crystal structure determined at 2.3 Å resolution reveals a two domain structure: the N-terminal domain forming a barrel and the C-terminal forming a lid. One FMN is bound between the two domains with the phosphate making intricate hydrogen bonds with protein and three tightly bound water molecules, and the isoalloxazine ring packed against the side chains of Met22 and Met276. The structure is almost identical to that of FabK (enoyl-acyl carrier protein (ACP) reductase, ENR II), a key enzyme in bacterial type II fatty-acid biosynthesis that catalyzes the final step in each elongation cycle; and the enzymatic activity confirms that TM0800 is an ENR...
November 28, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908495/analysis-of-low-abundant-trehalose-6-phosphate-and-related-metabolites-in-medicago-truncatula-by-hydrophilic-interaction-liquid-chromatography-triple-quadrupole-mass-spectrometry
#16
Ana Teresa Mata, Tiago Filipe Jorge, João Ferreira, Maria do Rosário Bronze, Diana Branco, Pedro Fevereiro, Susana Araújo, Carla António
Trehalose-6-phosphate (T6P) is an important signaling metabolite involved in plant growth control that inhibits the sucrose nonfermenting-1-related protein kinase 1 (SnRK1), a key regulator of energy and carbon metabolism in plants. The quantification of T6P in plant tissues is fundamental to improve our understanding of sugar signaling and the links between plant growth and development in response to stress conditions. However, the almost undetectable levels of T6P together with the complex plant matrix and the presence of T6P isomers such as sucrose-6-phosphate (S6P), makes the detection of this metabolite challenging...
November 21, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908267/development-of-poly-lactide-co-glicolide-nanoparticles-incorporating-morphine-hydrochloride-to-prolong-its-circulation-in-blood
#17
Victoria Gómez-Murcia, Mercedes García Montalbán, Juan Carmelo Gómez-Fernández, Pilar Almela
Formulations incorporating nanoparticles (NPs) are widely used to prolong drug release. In this regard, poly(lactide-co-glicolide) (PLGA) is often used in their preparation due to its high degree of biocompatibility and biodegradability. In the present study, morphine HCl is incorporated in PLGA-NPs and different preparation alternatives are evaluated for their effects on the properties, stability and capacity of encapsulation. NPs were prepared by a double emulsion solvent diffusion-ammonium loading (DESD-AL) or double emulsion solvent diffusion-traditional (DESD-T) technique...
December 1, 2016: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908246/inhibition-of-chaperonin-groel-by-a-monomer-of-ovine-prion-protein-and-its-oligomeric-forms
#18
S S Kudryavtseva, Y Y Stroylova, I A Zanyatkin, T Haertle, V I Muronetz
The possibility of inhibition of chaperonin functional activity by amyloid proteins was studied. It was found that the ovine prion protein PrP as well as its oligomeric and fibrillar forms are capable of binding with the chaperonin GroEL. Besides, GroEL was shown to promote amyloid aggregation of the monomeric and oligomeric PrP as well as PrP fibrils. The monomeric PrP was shown to inhibit the GroEL-assisted reactivation of the glycolytic enzyme glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase (GAPDH). The oligomers of PrP decelerate the GroEL-assisted reactivation of GAPDH, and PrP fibrils did not affect this process...
October 2016: Biochemistry. Biokhimii︠a︡
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908239/protein-transphosphorylation-during-the-mutual-interaction-between-phytochrome-a-and-a-nuclear-isoform-of-nucleoside-diphosphate-kinase-is-regulated-by-red-light
#19
A Hetmann, M Wujak, S Kowalczyk
The nuclear isoform of nucleoside diphosphate kinase isoenzyme NDPK-In undergoes strong catalytic activation upon its interaction with the active form of phytochrome A (Pfr) in red light. The autophosphorylation or intermolecular transphosphorylation of NDPK-In leads to the formation of phosphoester bonds stable in acidic solution. The phosphate residue of the phosphamide bond in the active center of NDPK-In can also be transferred to serine and threonine residues localized in other proteins, including phytochrome A...
October 2016: Biochemistry. Biokhimii︠a︡
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907894/interventions-for-orthodontically-induced-white-spot-lesions-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Damian Höchli, Monika Hersberger-Zurfluh, Spyridon N Papageorgiou, Theodore Eliades
BACKGROUND: Although orthodontic white spot lesions (WSLs) are one of the most often and most evident adverse effects of comprehensive fixed appliance treatment, the efficacy of interventions for WSLs has not yet been adequately assessed in an evidence-based manner. OBJECTIVE: Aim of this systematic review was to assess the therapeutic and adverse effects of interventions to treat post-orthodontic WSLs from randomized trials in human patients. SEARCH METHODS: An unrestricted electronic search of eight databases from inception to May 2016...
October 17, 2016: European Journal of Orthodontics
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