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Yuda Chen, Axel Loredo, Aviva Gordon, Juan Tang, Chenfei Yu, Janett Ordonez, Han Xiao
Genetically site-specific introduction of noncanonical amino acids (ncAAs) for protein conjugation generally requires incorporation through exogenous feeding of chemically synthesized ncAAs. We developed a p-amino-phenylalanine (pAF)-based relay system that enables site-specific functionalization of proteins without chemical synthesis of the building blocks. pAF was biosynthesized under optimized conditions, followed by site-specific incorporation into a specific protein residue. The resulting protein was ready for functionalization using an oxidative conjugation reaction...
June 13, 2018: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
Christiana J Raymond-Pope, Donald R Dengel, John S Fitzgerald, Tyler A Bosch
Raymond-Pope, CJ, Dengel, DR, Fitzgerald, JS, and Bosch, TA. Association of compartmental leg lean mass measured by dual X-ray absorptiometry with force production. J Strength Cond Res XX(X): 000-000, 2018-We recently reported a novel method for measuring upper leg anterior/posterior compartmental composition. The purpose of this study was to determine the association of this method with measures of muscle-specific and explosive strength and to compare this method with traditional dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) measurements of total and upper leg masses...
June 6, 2018: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
Patrik Fladischer, Alexandra Weingartner, Johannes Blamauer, Barbara Darnhofer, Ruth Birner-Gruenberger, Tsvetan Kardashliev, Anna Joelle Ruff, Ulrich Schwaneberg, Birgit Wiltschi
The site-specific incorporation of non-canonical amino acids (ncAAs) at amber codons requires an aminoacyl-tRNA synthetase and a cognate amber suppressor tRNA (tRNACUA ). The archaeal tyrosyl-tRNA synthetase from Methanocaldococcus jannaschii and the pyrrolysyl-tRNA synthetase (PylRS) from Methanosarcina mazei have been extensively engineered to accept a versatile set of ncAAs. The PylRS/tRNACUA pair from the bacterium Desulfitobacterium hafniense is functional in Escherichia coli, however, variants of this PylRS have not been reported yet...
June 3, 2018: Biotechnology Journal
J A Sampson, A Murray, S Williams, T Halseth, J Hanisch, G Golden, H H K Fullagar
OBJECTIVES: To determine injury risk-workload associations in collegiate American Football. DESIGN: Retrospective analysis. METHODS: Workload and injury data was recorded from 52 players during a full NCAA football season. Acute, chronic, and a range of acute:chronic workload ratios (ACWR: 7:14, 7:21 and 7:28 day) calculated using rolling and exponentially weighted moving averages (EWMA) were plotted against non-contact injuries (regardless of time lost or not) sustained within 3- and 7-days...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport
Julian C W Willis, Jason W Chin
Genetically encoding distinct non-canonical amino acids (ncAAs) into proteins synthesized in cells requires mutually orthogonal aminoacyl-tRNA synthetase (aaRS)/tRNA pairs. The pyrrolysyl-tRNA synthetase/Pyl tRNA pair from Methanosarcina mazei (Mm) has been engineered to incorporate diverse ncAAs and is commonly considered an ideal pair for genetic code expansion. However, finding new aaRS/tRNA pairs that share the advantages of the MmPylRS/MmPyl tRNA pair and are orthogonal to both endogenous aaRS/tRNA pairs and the MmPylRS/MmPyl tRNA pair has proved challenging...
May 28, 2018: Nature Chemistry
Jonathan M Oliver, Anthony J Anzalone, Jason D Stone, Stephanie M Turner, Damond Blueitt, J Craig Garrison, Andrew T Askow, Joel A Luedke, Andrew R Jagim
OBJECTIVE Repetitive subconcussive head trauma is a consequence of participation in contact sports and may be linked to neurodegenerative diseases. The degree of neurological injury caused by subconcussive head trauma is not easily detectible, and this injury does not induce readily identifiable clinical signs or symptoms. Recent advancements in immunoassays make possible the detection and quantification of blood biomarkers linked to head trauma. Identification of a blood biomarker that can identify the extent of neurological injury associated with subconcussive head trauma may provide an objective measure for informed decisions concerning cumulative exposure to subconcussive head trauma...
May 29, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery
Bruce L Mitchell
Sickle cell trait has long been considered a benign condition but continues to be the leading cause of death in young African Americans in military basic training and civilian organized sports. There continues to be a great deal of controversy surrounding sickle cell trait and its association with exercise-related morbidity and sudden death. Even though sickle cell trait has a high prevalence among African Americans, many clinicians believe the potential adverse consequences should have been mitigated by actions such as universal screening in the USA at birth for sickle hemoglobin, National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) rule changes, and changes in the US Military boot camp system...
May 23, 2018: Sports Medicine—Open
Amy Marquardt, Megan A Wong, Casey M Watkins, Saldiam R Barillas, Andrew J Galpin, Jared W Coburn, Lee E Brown
Speed is a crucial aspect in softball, and can be the difference between winning and losing. Base stealing is a method used to produce runs. There has been debate over which starting position is the most advantageous to maximize acceleration and speed to reach the next base the fastest. The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of different starting stances on acceleration and speed phases in collegiate softball players. Seventeen healthy NCAA Division I women's softball players (age = 19.9 ± 1.3yrs, height = 167...
2018: International Journal of Exercise Science
Christopher W Miars, Andreas Stamatis, Grant B Morgan, Jonathan A Drezner
BACKGROUND: The development of athlete-specific electrocardiogram (ECG) interpretation standards, along with recent rates of sudden cardiac death (SCD) in athletes being higher than previously estimated, has heightened the debate in the sports medicine community regarding cardiovascular screening of the college athlete, including whether certain high-risk subsets, such as male basketball athletes, should undergo more intensive screening. HYPOTHESIS: ECG and/or echocardiography screening in National Collegiate Athletic Association Autonomous 5 Division I (A5DI) schools will be more common than previous reports, and there will be more frequent use of noninvasive cardiac screening for men's basketball players than the general athlete population...
May 1, 2018: Sports Health
Avi D Goodman, Steven F DeFroda, Joseph A Gil, Justin E Kleiner, Neill Y Li, Brett D Owens
BACKGROUND: Examination of the incidence of shoulder season-ending injury (SEI) in the collegiate athlete population is limited. PURPOSE: To determine the incidence of shoulder SEI in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and to investigate the risk factors for a shoulder injury ending an athlete's season. STUDY DESIGN: Descriptive epidemiology study. METHODS: All shoulder injuries from the NCAA Injury Surveillance Program database for the years 2009-2010 to 2013-2014 were extracted, and SEI status was noted...
May 1, 2018: American Journal of Sports Medicine
James Becker, Mimi Nakajima, Will F W Wu
PURPOSE: Medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS) is one of the most common overuse injuries sustained by runners. Despite the prevalence of this injury, risk factors for developing MTSS remain unclear. The purpose of this study was to prospectively evaluate differences in passive range of motion, muscle strength, plantar pressure distributions, and running kinematics between runners who developed MTSS and those who did not. METHODS: 24 NCAA Division 1 cross country runners participated in this study...
May 22, 2018: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
Jessica H Nickling, Tobias Baumann, Franz-Josef Schmitt, Maike Bartholomae, Oscar P Kuipers, Thomas Friedrich, Nediljko Budisa
Nature has a variety of possibilities to create new protein functions by modifying the sequence of the individual amino acid building blocks. However, all variations are based on the 20 canonical amino acids (cAAs). As a way to introduce additional physicochemical properties into polypeptides, the incorporation of non-canonical amino acids (ncAAs) is increasingly used in protein engineering. Due to their relatively short length, the modification of ribosomally synthesized and post-translationally modified peptides by ncAAs is particularly attractive...
May 4, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Ashley Peart, Danielle Wadsworth, Jessica Washington, Gretchen Oliver
Peart, A, Wadsworth, D, Washington, J, and Oliver, G. Body composition assessment in female National Collegiate Athletic Association division I softball athletes as a function of playing position across a multiyear time frame. J Strength Cond Res XX(X): 000-000, 2018-The purpose of this study was to record changes in total body mass, lean body mass (LBM), fat mass (FM), and body fat percentage (BF%) in female National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I level softball athletes over a multiyear time frame using dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (iDXA)...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
Yehuda E Kerbel, Christopher M Smith, John P Prodromo, Michael I Nzeogu, Mary K Mulcahey
Background: Hip and groin pain is a common complaint among athletes. Few studies have examined the epidemiology of hip and groin injuries in collegiate athletes across multiple sports. Purpose: To describe the rates, mechanisms, sex-based differences, and severity of hip/groin injuries across 25 collegiate sports. Study Design: Descriptive epidemiology study. Methods: Data from the 2009-2010 through 2013-2014 academic years were obtained from the National Collegiate Athletic Association Injury Surveillance Program (NCAA ISP)...
May 2018: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
Steven F DeFroda, Avi D Goodman, Joseph A Gil, Brett D Owens
BACKGROUND: Injuries to the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) of the elbow are of major concern in baseball; however, the epidemiology of these injuries among National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) athletes is poorly described. PURPOSE: To determine the incidence of UCL injuries in NCAA baseball and investigate the risk factors involved. STUDY DESIGN: Descriptive epidemiology study. METHODS: All UCL injuries for academic years 2009-2010 through 2013-2014 were extracted from the NCAA Injury Surveillance Program database...
May 1, 2018: American Journal of Sports Medicine
Gabriel J Sanders, Brad Roll, Corey A Peacock, Roger O Kollock
Sanders, GJ, Roll, B, Peacock, CA, and Kollock, RO. Maximum movement workloads and high-intensity workload demands by position in NCAA division I collegiate football. J Strength Cond Res XX(X): 000-000, 2018-The purpose of the study was to quantify the average and maximum (i.e., peak) movement workloads, and the percent of those workloads performed at high intensity by NCAA division I football athletes during competitive games. Using global positioning system devices (Catapult Sports), low, moderate, and high and total multidirectional movement workloads were quantified by each position...
May 2, 2018: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
Erin Renee Marchesseault, Daniel Nguyen, Lee Spahr, Caroline Beals, Brian Razak, John M Rosene
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this investigation was to record head impacts and assess cognitive function throughout a NCAA Division III men's lacrosse season. METHODS: Fifteen NCAA Div III men's lacrosse players (age = 21.1 ± 1.5 years; height = 179 ± 7.00cm; weight = 80.74 ± 8.00kg) wore Smart Impact Monitors (SIM) (Triax Technologies, Inc., Norwalk, CT) within headbands, in 28 practices and 9 home games of one season. The SIM devices communicated with the Triax Technologies SKYi, which confirmed activated SIMs and obtained data of linear acceleration, rotational acceleration, rotational velocity, direction, and location of each head impact...
May 7, 2018: Physician and Sportsmedicine
Andrew R Buller, Paul van Roye, Jackson K B Cahn, Remkes A Scheele, Michael Herger, Frances H Arnold
Allosteric enzymes contain a wealth of catalytic diversity that remains distinctly underutilized for biocatalysis. Tryptophan synthase is a model allosteric system and a valuable enzyme for the synthesis of non-canonical amino acids (ncAA). Previ-ously, we evolved the β-subunit from Pyrococcus furiosus, PfTrpB, for ncAA synthase activity in the absence of its native partner protein PfTrpA. However, the precise mechanism by which mutation activated TrpB to afford a stand-alone cata-lyst remained enigmatic. Here, we show that directed evolution caused a gradual change in the rate-limiting step of the cata-lytic cycle...
April 30, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Marcus A Rothermich, Stan A Conte, Kyle T Aune, Glenn S Fleisig, E Lyle Cain, Jeffrey R Dugas
Background: Recent reports have highlighted the progressive increase in the incidence of ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) injuries to the elbow in baseball players of all levels. However, knowledge of the incidence and other epidemiological factors regarding UCL injuries, specifically in college baseball players, is currently lacking. Purpose: To evaluate, over a period of 1 year, the incidence of UCL injuries requiring surgery in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I baseball programs...
April 2018: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
Robert Serfling, Lisa Seidel, Thore Böttke, Irene Coin
The genetic incorporation of non-canonical amino acids (ncAAs) via amber stop codon suppression is a powerful technique to install artificial probes and reactive moieties onto proteins directly in the live cell. Each ncAA is incorporated by a dedicated orthogonal suppressor-tRNA/amino-acyl-tRNA-synthetase (AARS) pair that is imported into the host organism. The incorporation efficiency of different ncAAs can greatly differ, and be unsatisfactory in some cases. Orthogonal pairs can be improved by manipulating either the AARS or the tRNA...
April 9, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
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