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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446664/analysis-of-competing-hiv-1-splice-donor-sites-uncovers-a-tight-cluster-of-splicing-regulatory-elements-within-exon-2-2b
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Anna-Lena Brillen, Lara Walotka, Frank Hillebrand, Lisa Müller, Marek Widera, Stephan Theiss, Heiner Schaal
The HIV-1 accessory protein Vif is essential for viral replication by counteracting the host restriction factor APOBEC3G (A3G), and balanced levels of both proteins are required for efficient viral replication. Non-coding exons 2/2b contain the Vif start codon between their alternatively used splice donors 2 and 2b (D2 and D2b). For the vif mRNA, intron 1 must be removed, while intron 2 must be retained. Thus, splice acceptor 1 (A1) must be activated by U1 snRNP binding to either D2 or D2b, while splicing at D2 or D2b must be prevented...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443134/characterization-of-x-chromosome-gene-expression-in-bovine-blastocysts-derived-by-in-vitro-fertilization-and-somatic-cell-nuclear-transfer
#2
Byungkuk Min, Jung Sun Park, Kyuheum Jeon, Yong-Kook Kang
To better understand X-chromosome reactivation (XCR) during early development, we analyzed transcriptomic data obtained from bovine male and female blastocysts derived by in-vitro fertilization (IVF) or somatic-cell nuclear transfer (SCNT). We found that X-linked genes were upregulated by almost two-fold in female compared with male IVF blastocysts. The upregulation of X-linked genes in female IVFs indicated a transcriptional dimorphism between the sexes, because the mean autosomal gene expression levels were relatively constant, regardless of sex...
2017: Frontiers in Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433154/non-immunogenic-porous-and-antibacterial-chitosan-and-antheraea-mylitta-silk-sericin-hydrogels-as-potential-dermal-substitute
#3
Sunaina Sapru, Ananta K Ghosh, Subhas C Kundu
Limitation of existing grafts including restricted donor site, risks of immune reactions, infectious diseases and high cost alarms the growing need of natural, cost effective and functional graft as the dermal substitute. We fabricate stable (>6 weeks) and porous (57.23-75.22μm) yet flexible (in variable pH) matrices using Antheraea mylitta sericin crosslinked with well known biocompatible polysaccharide chitosan by natural crosslinker (genipin) without using any harsh chemical. The fabricated matrices are characterized in terms of chemical modifications (Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy), crystallinity (X-ray diffraction), swelling, degradability and thermal stability...
July 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424683/novel-strategy-to-expand-super-charged-nk-cells-with-significant-potential-to-lyse-and-differentiate-cancer-stem-cells-differences-in-nk-expansion-and-function-between-healthy-and-cancer-patients
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Kawaljit Kaur, Jessica Cook, So-Hyun Park, Paytsar Topchyan, Anna Kozlowska, Nick Ohanian, Changge Fang, Ichiro Nishimura, Anahid Jewett
Natural killer (NK) cells are known to target cancer stem cells and undifferentiated tumors. In this paper, we provide a novel strategy for expanding large numbers of super-charged NK cells with significant potential to lyse and differentiate cancer stem cells and demonstrate the differences in the dynamics of NK cell expansion between healthy donors and cancer patients. Decline in cytotoxicity and lower interferon (IFN)-γ secretion by osteoclast (OC)-expanded NK cells from cancer patients correlates with faster expansion of residual contaminating T cells within purified NK cells, whereas healthy donors' OCs continue expanding super-charged NK cells while limiting T cell expansion for up to 60 days...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414143/the-use-of-hemoglobin-vesicles-for-delivering-medicinal-gas-for-the-treatment-of-intractable-disorders
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REVIEW
Kazuaki Taguchi, Keishi Yamasaki, Hiromi Sakai, Toru Maruyama, Masaki Otagiri
Bioactive gaseous molecules, such as oxygen (O2) and carbon monoxide (CO), are essential elements for most living organisms to maintain their homeostasis and biological activities. An accumulating body of evidence suggests that such molecules can be used in clinics as a medical gas in the treatment of various intractable disorders. Recent developments in hemoglobin-encapsulated liposomes, namely, Hemoglobin-vesicles (HbV), possess great potential for retaining O2 and CO, and could lead to strategies for the development of novel pharmacological agents as medical gas donors...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402654/control-of-ligand-pka-values-tunes-the-electrocatalytic-dihydrogen-evolution-mechanism-in-a-redox-active-aluminum-iii-complex
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Tobias J Sherbow, James C Fettinger, Louise A Berben
Redox-active ligands bring electron- and proton-transfer reactions to main-group coordination chemistry. In this Forum Article, we demonstrate how ligand pKa values can be used in the design of a reaction mechanism for a ligand-based electron- and proton-transfer pathway, where the ligand retains a negative charge and enables dihydrogen evolution. A bis(pyrazolyl)pyridine ligand, (iPr)Pz2P, reacts with 2 equiv of AlCl3 to afford [((iPr)Pz2P)AlCl2(THF)][AlCl4] (1). A reaction involving two-electron reduction and single-ligand protonation of 1 affords [((iPr)HPz2P(-))AlCl2] (2), where each of the electron- and proton-transfer events is ligand-centered...
April 12, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402390/hybridization-drives-evolution-of-apomicts-in-rubus-subgenus-rubus-evidence-from-microsatellite-markers
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Petra Šarhanová, Timothy F Sharbel, Michal Sochor, Radim J Vašut, Martin Dancák, Bohumil Trávnícek
Background and Aims: Rubus subgenus Rubus is a group of mostly apomictic and polyploid species with a complicated taxonomy and history of ongoing hybridization. The only polyploid series with prevailing sexuality is the series Glandulosi , although the apomictic series Discolores and Radula also retain a high degree of sexuality, which is influenced by environmental conditions and/or pollen donors. The aim of this study is to detect sources of genetic variability, determine the origin of apomictic taxa and validate microsatellite markers by cloning and sequencing...
April 11, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389600/intravascular-donor-monocytes-play-a-central-role-in-lung-transplant-ischaemia-reperfusion-injury
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Kate Colette Tatham, Kieran Patrick O'Dea, Rosalba Romano, Hannah Elizabeth Donaldson, Kenji Wakabayashi, Brijesh Vipin Patel, Louit Thakuria, Andre Rudiger Simon, Padmini Sarathchandra, Nandor Marczin, Masao Takata
RATIONALE: Primary graft dysfunction in lung transplant recipients derives from the initial, largely leukocyte-dependent, ischaemia-reperfusion injury. Intravascular lung-marginated monocytes have been shown to play key roles in experimental acute lung injury, but their contribution to lung ischaemia-reperfusion injury post transplantation is unknown. OBJECTIVE: To define the role of donor intravascular monocytes in lung transplant-related acute lung injury and primary graft dysfunction...
April 7, 2017: Thorax
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28383473/pro-coagulant-activity-of-human-mesenchymal-stem-cells
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Barbara A Christy, Maryanne C Herzig, Robbie K Montgomery, Christopher Delavan, James A Bynum, Kristin M Reddoch, Andrew P Cap
BACKGROUND: Allogeneic mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) show great potential for the treatment of military and civilian trauma, based on their reduced immunogenicity and ability to modulate inflammation and immune function in the recipient. Although generally considered to be safe, MSCs express tissue factor (TF), a potent activator of coagulation. In the current study, we evaluated multiple MSC populations for tissue factor expression and pro-coagulant activity in order to characterize safety considerations for systemic use of MSCs in trauma patients who may have altered coagulation homeostasis...
April 5, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374567/a-time-resolved-fret-cell-based-binding-assay-for-the-apelin-receptor
#10
Christel Valencia, Céline Dujet, Jean-François Margathe, Xavier Iturrioz, Thomas Roux, Eric Trinquet, Pascal Villa, Marcel Hibert, Elodie Dupuis, Catherine Llorens-Cortes, Dominique Bonnet
Analogues of apelin-13 carrying diverse spacers and an ad hoc DY647-derived fluorophore were designed and synthesized by chemoselective acylation of α-hydrazinopeptides. The resulting probes retain very high affinity and efficacy for both the wild-type and SNAP-tagged apelin receptor (ApelinR). They give a time-resolved FRET (TR-FRET) signal with rare-earth lanthanides used as donor fluorophores grafted onto the SNAP-tagged receptor. This specific signal allowed the validation of a binding assay with a high signal-to-noise ratio...
April 4, 2017: ChemMedChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28357542/novel-thermostable-amine-transferases-from-hot-spring-metagenomes
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Erica Elisa Ferrandi, Alessandra Previdi, Ivan Bassanini, Sergio Riva, Xu Peng, Daniela Monti
Hot spring metagenomes, prepared from samples collected at temperatures ranging from 55 to 95 °C, were submitted to an in silico screening aimed at the identification of novel amine transaminases (ATAs), valuable biocatalysts for the preparation of optically pure amines. Three novel (S)-selective ATAs, namely Is3-TA, It6-TA, and B3-TA, were discovered in the metagenome of samples collected from hot springs in Iceland and in Italy, cloned from the corresponding metagenomic DNAs and overexpressed in recombinant form in E...
March 29, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351672/redesigning-ph-optimum-of-geobacillus-sp-tf16-endoxylanase-through-in-silico-designed-dna-swapping-strategy
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Ugur Uzuner, Sabriye Canakci, Kadriye Inan Bektas, Merve Tuncel, Ali Osman Belduz
Thermoalkaliphilic xylanases are highly desired and of great importance due to their vast potential in paper pulp and bleaching processes. Here, we report rapid, cost-effective, and result-oriented combinatorial potential of in silico DNA swapping strategy to engineer the pH optimum of industrially crucial enzymes, particularly engineering of Geobacillus sp. TF16 endoxylanase for alkaline environments. The 3D structures of Geobacillus sp. TF16 and donor Bacillus halodurans C-125 endoxylanases were firstly predicted, analyzed, and compared for their similarities before any in silico design of mutants...
March 25, 2017: Biochimie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334530/morphology-and-doping-engineering-of-sn-doped-hematite-nanowire-photoanodes
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Mingyang Li, Yi Yang, Yichuan Ling, Weitao Qiu, Fuxin Wang, Tianyu Liu, Yu Song, Xiaoxia Liu, Pingping Fang, Yexiang Tong, Yat Li
High-temperature activation has been commonly used to boost the photoelectrochemical (PEC) performance of hematite nanowires for water oxidation, by inducing Sn diffusion from fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) substrate into hematite. Yet, hematite nanowires thermally annealed at high temperature suffer from two major drawbacks that negatively affect their performance. First, the structural deformation reduces light absorption capability of nanowire. Second, this "passive" doping method leads to nonuniform distribution of Sn dopant in nanowire and limits the Sn doping concentration...
March 27, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334205/tetrahymena-phagocytic-vesicles-as-ecological-micro-niches-of-phage-transfer
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Iqbal Aijaz, Gerald B Koudelka
The microbial communities in natural environments such as soil, pond water, or animal rumens are composed of a diverse mixture of bacteria and protozoa including ciliates or flagellates. In such microbiomes, a major source of bacterial mortality is grazing by phagocytic protists. Many protists are omnivorous heterotrophs, feeding on a range of different bacterial species. Due to this indiscriminate feeding, different bacterial species can assemble together in the same phagocytic vesicles where they can potentially exchange genetic material...
April 1, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319197/the-hiv-care-cascade-japanese-perspectives
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Aikichi Iwamoto, Rikizo Taira, Yoshiyuki Yokomaku, Tomohiko Koibuchi, Mahbubur Rahman, Yoko Izumi, Kenji Tadokoro
Japan has been known as a low HIV-prevalence country with a concentrated epidemic among high-risk groups. However, it has not been determined whether Japan meets the 90-90-90 goals set by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)/World Health Organization (WHO). Moreover, to date, the HIV care cascade has not been examined. We estimated the total number of diagnosed people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) (n = 22,840) based on legal reports to the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare by subtracting the number of foreigners who left Japan (n = 2,273) and deaths (n = 2,321) from the cumulative diagnosis report (n = 27,434)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315377/patient-derived-xenografts-a-platform-for-accelerating-translational-research-in-prostate-cancer
#16
Alastair H Davies, Yuzhuo Wang, Amina Zoubeidi
Recently, there has been renewed interest in the development and characterization of patient-derived tumour xenograft (PDX) models. Numerous PDX models have been established for prostate cancer and, importantly, retain the principal molecular, genetic, and histological characteristics of the donor tumour. As such, these models provide significant improvements over standard cell line xenograft models for biological studies, preclinical drug development, and personalized medicine strategies. This review summarizes the current state of the art in this field, illustrating the opportunities and limitations of PDX models in translational prostate cancer research...
March 15, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306398/returning-results-let-s-be-honest
#17
Bernice S Elger, Eva De Clercq
Biobank research has the potential to return results that could have beneficial and even life-saving consequences for participants. This possibility raises some important questions, not only about the ethical duty to return results within a research setting, but also about participants' right to refuse results and researchers' responsibility to respect that choice. This article argues in favor of adopting a return-of-results policy that limits participants' ability to refuse clinically relevant and actionable results...
March 2017: Genetic Testing and Molecular Biomarkers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300406/enzymatic-synthesis-of-a-novel-kaempferol-3-o-%C3%AE-d-glucopyranosyl-1%C3%A2-4-o-%C3%AE-d-glucopyranoside-using-cyclodextrin-glucanotransferase-and-its-inhibitory-effects-on-aldose-reductase-inflammation-and-oxidative-stress
#18
Woo-Jae Choung, Seung Hwan Hwang, Dam-Seul Ko, Set Byeol Kim, Seo Hyun Kim, Sung Ho Jeon, Hee-Don Choi, Soon Sung Lim, Jae-Hoon Shim
Kaempferol-3-O-β-d-glucopyranoside (astragalin, AS), a major flavonoid that exists in various plants, exerts antioxidant, antitumor, anti-human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and anti-inflammatory effects. However, the low water solubility of AS limits its use. In this study, we used cyclodextrin glucanotransferase (CGTase) with maltose (G2) as a donor molecule to enzymatically modify AS to improve its water solubility and physiochemical properties. We isolated the glycosylated astragalin (G1-AS) and identified the structure of G1-AS as kaempferol-3-O-β-d-glucopyranosyl-(1→4)-O-α-d-glucopyranoside, where one glucose residue was transferred to AS...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293817/cd4-memory-t-cells-retain-surface-expression-of-cd31-independently-of-thymic-function-in-patients-with-lymphoproliferative-disorders-following-autologous-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation
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Egor V Batorov, Marina A Tikhonova, Irina V Kryuchkova, Vera V Sergeevicheva, Svetlana A Sizikova, Galina Y Ushakova, Dariya S Batorova, Andrey V Gilevich, Alexander A Ostanin, Ekaterina Y Shevela, Elena R Chernykh
High-dose chemotherapy with autologous hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation (AHSCT) causes severe and long-lasting immunodeficiency in patients with lymphoproliferative disorders. The thymus begins to restore the T-cell repertoire approximately from the sixth month post-transplant. We assessed the dynamics of post-transplant recovery of CD4(+)CD45RA(+)CD31(+) T cells, "recent thymic emigrants" (RTEs), and a poorly described subtype of CD4(+)CD45RA(-)CD31(+) T cells in 90 patients with lymphoproliferative disorders following high-dose chemotherapy with AHSCT...
March 14, 2017: International Journal of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292264/establishment-of-patient-derived-gastric-cancer-xenografts-a-useful-tool-for-preclinical-evaluation-of-targeted-therapies-involving-alterations-in-her-2-met-and-fgfr2-signaling-pathways
#20
Haiyong Wang, Jun Lu, Jian Tang, Shitu Chen, Kuifeng He, Xiaoxia Jiang, Weiqin Jiang, Lisong Teng
BACKGROUND: Targeted therapies are emerging treatment options for gastric cancer (GC). Patient-derived tumor xenograft(PDX) models of GC closely retain the features of the original clinical cancer, offering a powerful tool for preclinical drug efficacy testing. This study aimed to establish PDX GC models, and explore therapeutics targeting Her2, MET(cMet), and FGFR2, which may assist doctor to select the proper target therapy for selected patients. METHODS: GC tissues from 32 patients were collected and implanted into immuno-deficient mice...
March 14, 2017: BMC Cancer
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