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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340510/the-diverse-family-of-mmpl-transporters-in-mycobacteria-from-regulation-to-antimicrobial-developments
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Albertus Viljoen, Violaine Dubois, Fabienne Girard-Misguich, Mickael Blaise, Jean-Louis Herrmann, Laurent Kremer
Mycobacterial genomes contain large sets of loci encoding membrane proteins that belong to a family of multidrug resistance pumps designated Resistance-Nodulation-Cell Division (RND) permeases. Mycobacterial membrane protein Large (MmpL) transporters represent a subclass of RND transporters known to participate in the export of lipid components across the cell envelope. These surface-exposed lipids with unusual structures play key roles in the physiology of mycobacteria and/or can act as virulence factors and immunomodulators...
March 24, 2017: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340498/academic-difficulties-in-children-with-prenatal-alcohol-exposure-presence-profile-and-neural-correlates
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Leila Glass, Eileen M Moore, Natacha Akshoomoff, Kenneth Lyons Jones, Edward P Riley, Sarah N Mattson
BACKGROUND: Academic achievement was evaluated in children with heavy prenatal alcohol exposure to determine potential strengths and weaknesses, evaluate the utility of different definitions for identifying low academic performance, and explore the neural correlates that may underlie academic performance. METHODS: Children (8 to 16 years) were assessed using the WIAT-II. Patterns of performance were examined in 2 subject groups: children with heavy prenatal alcohol exposure (n = 67) and controls (n = 61)...
March 24, 2017: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340454/pea-cultivar-and-wheat-residues-affect-carbon-nitrogen-dynamics-in-pea-triticale-intercropping-a-microcosms-approach
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Antonella Scalise, Valentini A Pappa, Antonio Gelsomino, Robert M Rees
The underlying mechanisms by which legume cultivars contribute to nitrous oxide (N2O) generation are poorly understood. The aim of the present study was to explore the effects of two pea cultivars (Zero4 and Nitouche) intercropped with triticale, with or without wheat (Triticum aestivum) residues incorporation, on soil C and N dynamics, on bacterial community structure and their links with N2O emissions. Monocrops and bare soil (no plant) treatments were used as an additional control in order to account for the level of mineralisation between treatments...
March 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340358/lysosomal-rupture-induced-by-structurally-distinct-chitosans-either-promotes-a-type-1-ifn-response-or-activates-the-inflammasome-in-macrophages
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David Fong, Pascal Grégoire-Gélinas, Alexandre P Cheng, Tal Mezheritsky, Marc Lavertu, Sachiko Sato, Caroline D Hoemann
Chitosan is a family of glucosamine and N-acetyl glucosamine polysaccharides with poorly understood immune modulating properties. Here, functional U937 macrophage responses were analyzed in response to a novel library of twenty chitosans with controlled degree of deacetylation (DDA, 60-98%), molecular weight (1 to >100 kDa), and acetylation pattern (block vs. random). Specific chitosan preparations (10 or 190 kDa 80% block DDA and 3, 5, or 10 kDa 98% DDA) either induced macrophages to release CXCL10 and IL-1ra at 5-50 μg/mL, or activated the inflammasome to release IL-1β and PGE2 at 50-150 μg/mL...
March 15, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340353/molecular-structure-of-the-human-cftr-ion-channel
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Fangyu Liu, Zhe Zhang, László Csanády, David C Gadsby, Jue Chen
The cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) is an ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporter that uniquely functions as an ion channel. Here, we present a 3.9 Å structure of dephosphorylated human CFTR without nucleotides, determined by electron cryomicroscopy (cryo-EM). Close resemblance of this human CFTR structure to zebrafish CFTR under identical conditions reinforces its relevance for understanding CFTR function. The human CFTR structure reveals a previously unresolved helix belonging to the R domain docked inside the intracellular vestibule, precluding channel opening...
March 23, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340350/a-viral-immunoevasin-controls-innate-immunity-by-targeting-the-prototypical-natural-killer-cell-receptor-family
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Oscar A Aguilar, Richard Berry, Mir Munir A Rahim, Johanna J Reichel, Branka Popović, Miho Tanaka, Zhihui Fu, Gautham R Balaji, Timothy N H Lau, Megan M Tu, Christina L Kirkham, Ahmad Bakur Mahmoud, Aruz Mesci, Astrid Krmpotić, David S J Allan, Andrew P Makrigiannis, Stipan Jonjić, Jamie Rossjohn, James R Carlyle
Natural killer (NK) cells play a key role in innate immunity by detecting alterations in self and non-self ligands via paired NK cell receptors (NKRs). Despite identification of numerous NKR-ligand interactions, physiological ligands for the prototypical NK1.1 orphan receptor remain elusive. Here, we identify a viral ligand for the inhibitory and activating NKR-P1 (NK1.1) receptors. This murine cytomegalovirus (MCMV)-encoded protein, m12, restrains NK cell effector function by directly engaging the inhibitory NKR-P1B receptor...
March 23, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340304/family-members-experiences-of-driving-disruption-after-acquired-brain-injury
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Phyllis Liang, Jennifer Fleming, Louise Gustafsson, Janelle Griffin, Jacki Liddle
PRIMARY OBJECTIVE: 1) To explore family members' lived experiences of driving disruption at early and later stages of the recovery continuum following acquired brain injury (ABI). 2) To describe health-related quality of life of family members of individuals with ABI who are experiencing driving disruption. RESEARCH DESIGN: Mixed methods phenomenological research approach. METHODS AND PROCEDURES: Semi-structured interviews and health-related quality of life questionnaires were conducted with 15 family members of individuals with ABI (early group: 1-12 months post-injury, n = 6; later group: >1 year post-injury, n = 9)...
March 24, 2017: Brain Injury: [BI]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340300/synthesis-of-3-o-sulfated-oligosaccharides-to-understand-the-relationship-between-structures-and-functions-of-heparan-sulfate
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Zhangjie Wang, Po-Hung Hsieh, Yongmei Xu, David Thieker, Evangeline Juan En Chai, Shaoshuai Xie, Brian Cooley, Robert Woods, Lianli Chi, Jian Liu
The sulfation at the 3-OH position of glucosamine is an important modification in forming structural domains for heparan sulfate to enable its biological functions. Seven 3-O-sulfotransferase isoforms in the human genome are involved in the biosynthesis of 3-O-sulfated heparan sulfate. As a rare modification present in heparan sulfate, the availability of 3-O-sulfated oligosaccharides is very limited. Here, we report the use of a chemoenzymatic synthetic approach to synthesize six 3-O-sulfated oligosaccharides, including three hexasaccharides and three octasaccharides...
March 24, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340291/-head-to-head-prenyl-synthases-in-some-pathogenic-bacteria
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Christopher J Schwalen, Xinxin Feng, Weidong Liu, Bing O-Dowd, Tzu-Ping Ko, Christopher J Shin, Rey-Ting Guo, Douglas A Mitchell, Eric Oldfield
Many organisms contain "head-to-head" isoprenoid synthases and here, we investigate three types of such enzymes from the pathogens Neisseria meningitidis, N. gonorrhoeae, and Enterococcus hirae. The E. hirae enzyme was found to produce dehydrosqualene and we solved an inhibitor-bound structure which revealed a fold similar to that of CrtM from Staphylococcus aureus. In contrast, the homologous proteins from Neisseria spp. carried out only the "first half" reaction, yielding presqualene diphosphate (PSPP). Based on product analyses, bioinformatics, and mutagenesis we conclude that the Neisseria proteins are HpnDs (PSPP synthases)...
March 24, 2017: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340155/identification-of-jasmonic-acid-and-jasmonoyl-isoleucine-and-characterization-of-aos-aoc-opr-and-jar1-in-the-model-lycophyte-selaginella-moellendorffii
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Putri Pratiwi, Genta Tanaka, Tomohiro Takahashi, Xiaonan Xie, Koichi Yoneyama, Hideyuki Matsuura, Kosaku Takahashi
Jasmonic acid (JA) is involved in a variety of physiological responses in seed plants. However, the detection and role of JA in lycophytes, a group of seedless vascular plants, have remained elusive until recently. This study provides the first evidence of 12-oxo-phytodienoic acid (OPDA), JA and jasmonoyl-isoleucine (JA-Ile) in the model lycophyte Selaginella moellendorffii. Mechanical wounding stimulated the accumulation of OPDA, JA and JA-Ile. These data were corroborated by the detection of enzymatically active allene oxide synthase (AOS), allene oxide cyclase (AOC), 12-oxo-phytodienoic acid reductase 3 (OPR3) and JA-Ile synthase (JAR1) in S...
March 13, 2017: Plant & Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339981/transcriptome-analysis-of-comb-and-testis-from-rose-comb-silky-chicken-r1-r1-and-beijing-fatty-wild-type-chicken-r-r
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Y Wang, J Li, C Feng, Y Zhao, X Hu, N Li
Rose-comb was one of the chicken comb-variants first used by Bateson and Punnet in 1902 to demonstrate Mendelian inheritance in animals. Rose-comb is a monogenic trait that has been widely described in chickens. It is caused by a large structural rearrangement that leads to mis-expression of transcription factor MNR2 on chromosome 7. Rose-comb has pleiotropic effects in homozygous roosters, which is associated with poor sperm mobility. It was postulated that this is caused by the disruption of the CCDC108 gene located at the distal inversion breakpoint...
March 2, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339926/study-on-the-expression-of-human-lysozyme-in-oviduct-bioreactor-mediated-by-recombinant-avian-adeno-associated-virus1
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A P Wang, Y J Wang, S Wu, W Y Zuo, C M Guo, W M Hong, S Y Zhu
Due to its antimicrobial properties and low toxicity, human lysozyme (hLYZ) has broad application in the medical field and as a preservative used by the food industry. However, limited availability hinders its widespread use. Hence, we constructed a recombinant avian adeno-associated virus (rAAAV) that would specifically express hLYZ in the chicken oviduct and harvested hLYZ from the egg whites of laying hens. The oviduct-specific human lysozyme expression cassette flanked by avian adeno-associated virus (AAAV) inverted terminal repeats (ITRs) was subcloned into the modified baculovirus transfer vector pFBX, and then the recombinant baculovirus rBac-ITRLYZ was generated...
March 2, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339847/telephone-delivered-exercise-advice-and-behavior-change-support-by-physical-therapists-for-people-with-knee-osteoarthritis-protocol-for-the-telecare-randomized-controlled-trial
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Rana S Hinman, Belinda J Lawford, Penny K Campbell, Andrew M Briggs, Janette Gale, Caroline Bills, Simon D French, Jessica Kasza, Andrew Forbes, Anthony Harris, Stephen J Bunker, Clare M Delany, Kim L Bennell
Background.: Exercise and physical activity are a core component of knee osteoarthritis (OA) care, yet access to physical therapists is limited for many people. Telephone service delivery models may increase access. Objective.: Determine the effectiveness of incorporating exercise advice and behaviour change support by physical therapists into an existing Australian nurse-led musculoskeletal telephone service for adults with knee OA. Design.: Randomized controlled trial with nested qualitative studies...
March 1, 2017: Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339807/differential-effects-of-carbohydrates-on-arabidopsis-pollen-germination
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Jörg Hirsche, José M García Fernández, Edith Stabentheiner, Dominik K Großkinsky, Thomas Roitsch
Pollen germination as a crucial process in plant development strongly depends on the accessibility of carbon as energy source. Carbohydrates, however, function not only as a primary energy source, but also as important signaling components. In a comprehensive study, we analyzed various aspects of the impact of 32 different sugars on in vitro germination of Arabidopsis pollen comprising about 150 variations of individual sugars and combinations. Twenty-six structurally different mono-, di- and oligosaccharides, and sugar analogs were initially tested for their ability to support pollen germination...
February 10, 2017: Plant & Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339687/extra-gonadal-oocytes-residing-in-the-mouse-ovarian-hilum-contribute-to-fertility1
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Xiaofei Sun, Junya Ito, Sarah J Potter, Sudhansu K Dey, Tony DeFalco
The observation of pups born from recipient and donor mice after ovariectomy followed by ovarian transplant poses the interesting possibility of an extra-ovarian source of oocytes. However, whether mammalian adult oocytes reside in extra-gonadal tissues remains elusive. Using transgenic fluorescent reporter mice and transplantation surgeries, we demonstrate the presence of both donor- and recipient-derived corpora lutea and recovery of both donor- and recipient-derived offspring from ovariectomized mice after transplantation of donor ovaries...
February 20, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339605/uniparental-chicken-offsprings-derived-from-oogenesis-of-chicken-primordial-germ-cells-zz-%C3%A2
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Chunhai Liu, Il-Kuk Chang, Kamal A Khazanehdari, Shruti Thomas, Preetha Varghese, Vijaya Baskar, Razan Alkhatib, Wenhai Li, Jörg Kinne, Michael J McGrew, Ulrich Wernery
Cloning (somatic cell nuclear transfer) in avian species has proven unachievable due to the physical structure of the avian oocyte. Here, the sexual differentiation of primordial germ cells with genetic sex ZZ (ZZ PGCs) was investigated in female germline chimeric chicken hosts with the aim to produce uniparental offspring. ZZ PGCs were expanded in culture and transplanted into the same and opposite sex chicken embryos which were partially sterilized using irradiation. All tested chimeric roosters (ZZ/ZZ) showed germline transmission with transmission rates of 3...
February 2, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339599/a-single-nucleotide-polymorphism-in-coq9-affects-mitochondrial-and-ovarian-function-and-fertility-in-holstein-cows%C3%A2
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M Sofia Ortega, Stephanie Wohlgemuth, Paula Tribulo, Luiz G B Siqueira, Daniel J Null, John B Cole, Marcus V Da Silva, Peter J Hansen
A single missense mutation at position 159 of coenzyme Q9 (COQ9) (G→A; rs109301586) has been associated with genetic variation in fertility in Holstein cattle, with the A allele associated with higher fertility. COQ9 is involved in the synthesis of coenzyme COQ10, a component of the electron transport system of the mitochondria. Here we tested whether reproductive phenotype is associated with the mutation and evaluated functional consequences for cellular oxygen metabolism, body weight changes, and ovarian function...
February 3, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339485/chronic-parp-1-inhibition-reduces-carotid-vessel-remodeling-and-oxidative-damage-of-the-dorsal-hippocampus-in-spontaneously-hypertensive-rats
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Krisztian Eros, Klara Magyar, Laszlo Deres, Arpad Skazel, Adam Riba, Zoltan Vamos, Tamas Kalai, Ferenc Gallyas, Balazs Sumegi, Kalman Toth, Robert Halmosi
Vascular remodeling during chronic hypertension may impair the supply of tissues with oxygen, glucose and other compounds, potentially unleashing deleterious effects. In this study, we used Spontaneously Hypertensive Rats and normotensive Wistar-Kyoto rats with or without pharmacological inhibition of poly(ADP-ribose)polymerase-1 by an experimental compound L-2286, to evaluate carotid artery remodeling and consequent damage of neuronal tissue during hypertension. We observed elevated oxidative stress and profound thickening of the vascular wall with fibrotic tissue accumulation induced by elevated blood pressure...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339482/a-genome-wide-identification-and-analysis-of-the-dyw-deaminase-genes-in-the-pentatricopeptide-repeat-gene-family-in-cotton-gossypium-spp
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Bingbing Zhang, Guoyuan Liu, Xue Li, Liping Guo, Xuexian Zhang, Tingxiang Qi, Hailin Wang, Huini Tang, Xiuqin Qiao, Jinfa Zhang, Chaozhu Xing, Jianyong Wu
The RNA editing occurring in plant organellar genomes mainly involves the change of cytidine to uridine. This process involves a deamination reaction, with cytidine deaminase as the catalyst. Pentatricopeptide repeat (PPR) proteins with a C-terminal DYW domain are reportedly associated with cytidine deamination, similar to members of the deaminase superfamily. PPR genes are involved in many cellular functions and biological processes including fertility restoration to cytoplasmic male sterility (CMS) in plants...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339459/functional-classification-of-dna-variants-by-hybrid-minigenes-identification-of-30-spliceogenic-variants-of-brca2-exons-17-and-18
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Eugenia Fraile-Bethencourt, Beatriz Díez-Gómez, Valeria Velásquez-Zapata, Alberto Acedo, David J Sanz, Eladio A Velasco
Mutation screening of the breast cancer genes BRCA1 and BRCA2 identifies a large fraction of variants of uncertain clinical significance (VUS) whose functional and clinical interpretations pose a challenge for genomic medicine. Likewise, an increasing amount of evidence indicates that genetic variants can have deleterious effects on pre-mRNA splicing. Our goal was to investigate the impact on splicing of a set of reported variants of BRCA2 exons 17 and 18 to assess their role in hereditary breast cancer and to identify critical regulatory elements that may constitute hotspots for spliceogenic variants...
March 24, 2017: PLoS Genetics
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