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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637338/complex-interactions-between-potentially-pathogenic-opportunistic-and-resident-bacteria-emerge-during-infection-on-a-reef-building-coral
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Sarah A Gignoux-Wolfsohn, Felicia M Aronson, Steven V Vollmer
Increased bacterial diversity on diseased corals can obscure disease etiology and complicate our understanding of pathogenesis. To untangle microbes that may cause white band disease signs from microbes responding to disease, we inoculated healthy Acropora cervicornis corals with an infectious dose from visibly diseased corals. We sampled these dosed corals and healthy controls over time for sequencing of the bacterial 16S region. Endozoicomonas were associated with healthy fragments from 4/10 colonies, dominating microbiomes before dosing and decreasing over time only in corals that displayed disease signs, suggesting a role in disease resistance...
June 15, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637278/functional-and-structural-analysis-of-at-specific-minor-groove-binders-that-disrupt-dna-protein-interactions-and-cause-disintegration-of-the-trypanosoma-brucei-kinetoplast
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Cinthia R Millan, Francisco J Acosta-Reyes, Laura Lagartera, Godwin U Ebiloma, Leandro Lemgruber, J Jonathan Nué Martínez, Núria Saperas, Christophe Dardonville, Harry P de Koning, J Lourdes Campos
Trypanosoma brucei, the causative agent of sleeping sickness (Human African Trypanosomiasis, HAT), contains a kinetoplast with the mitochondrial DNA (kDNA), comprising of >70% AT base pairs. This has prompted studies of drugs interacting with AT-rich DNA, such as the N-phenylbenzamide bis(2-aminoimidazoline) derivatives 1 [4-((4,5-dihydro-1H-imidazol-2-yl)amino)-N-(4-((4,5-dihydro-1H-imidazol-2-yl)amino)phenyl)benzamide dihydrochloride] and 2 [N-(3-chloro-4-((4,5-dihydro-1H-imidazol-2-yl)amino)phenyl)-4-((4,5-dihydro-1H-imidazol-2-yl)amino)benzamide] as potential drugs for HAT...
June 16, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637249/bypass-surgery-for-complex-intracranial-aneurysms-15-years-of-experience-at-a-single-institution-and-review-of-pertinent-literature
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Seung Pil Ban, Won-Sang Cho, Jeong Eun Kim, Chang Hyeun Kim, Jae Seung Bang, Young-Je Son, Hyun-Seung Kang, O-Ki Kwon, Chang Wan Oh, Moon Hee Han
BACKGROUND: Bypass surgery is a treatment option for complex intracranial aneurysms. OBJECTIVE: To determine the utility of bypass surgery for the treatment of complex intracranial aneurysms and to review the literature on this topic. METHODS: Sixty-two patients were included in this retrospective study. Unruptured aneurysms were dominant (80.6%), and the internal carotid artery was the most common location of the aneurysm (56.4%), followed by the middle cerebral artery (21...
June 14, 2017: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636978/psychiatric-comorbidity-with-hypothalamic-hamartoma-systematic-review-for-predictive-clinical-features
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Zachary Killeen, Raymond Bunch, John F Kerrigan
OBJECTIVE: We conducted a systematic review of the English-language literature to identify clinical features associated with a higher risk of psychiatric symptoms (aggression and rage behaviors) in patients with hypothalamic hamartoma (HH) and epilepsy. METHODS: Two publicly-accessible databases (PubMed and Cochrane Library) were searched for Hypothalamic Hamartoma AND Epilepsy. We identified peer-reviewed original research publications (case reports or clinical series; N=19) in which clinical data was provided on an individual basis...
June 18, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636649/factors-associated-with-successful-transition-among-children-with-disabilities-in-eight-european-countries
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John Ravenscroft, Kerri Wazny, John M Davis
INTRODUCTION: This research paper aims to assess factors reported by parents associated with the successful transition of children with complex additional support requirements that have undergone a transition between school environments from 8 European Union member states. METHODS: Quantitative data were collected from 306 parents within education systems from 8 EU member states (Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Ireland, the Netherlands, Romania, Spain and the UK). The data were derived from an online questionnaire and consisted of 41 questions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636618/de-novo-transcriptome-of-the-mayfly-cloeon-viridulum-and-transcriptional-signatures-of-prometabola
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Qin Si, Juan-Yan Luo, Ze Hu, Wei Zhang, Chang-Fa Zhou
Mayflies (Ephemeroptera) display many primitive characters and a unique type of metamorphosis (Prometabola). However, information on the genomes and transcriptomes of this insect group is limited. The RNA sequencing study presented here generated the first de novo transcriptome assembly of Cloeon viridulum (Ephemeroptera: Baetidae), and compared gene expression signatures among the young larva (YL), mature larva (ML), subimago (SI), and imago (IM) stages of this mayfly. The transcriptome, based on 88 Gb of sequence data, comprised a set of 81,185 high quality transcripts...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636592/quantifiable-predictive-features-define-epitope-specific-t-cell-receptor-repertoires
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Pradyot Dash, Andrew J Fiore-Gartland, Tomer Hertz, George C Wang, Shalini Sharma, Aisha Souquette, Jeremy Chase Crawford, E Bridie Clemens, Thi H O Nguyen, Katherine Kedzierska, Nicole L La Gruta, Philip Bradley, Paul G Thomas
T cells are defined by a heterodimeric surface receptor, the T cell receptor (TCR), that mediates recognition of pathogen-associated epitopes through interactions with peptide and major histocompatibility complexes (pMHCs). TCRs are generated by genomic rearrangement of the germline TCR locus, a process termed V(D)J recombination, that has the potential to generate marked diversity of TCRs (estimated to range from 10(15) (ref. 1) to as high as 10(61) (ref. 2) possible receptors). Despite this potential diversity, TCRs from T cells that recognize the same pMHC epitope often share conserved sequence features, suggesting that it may be possible to predictively model epitope specificity...
June 21, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636389/tumor-microenvironment-responsive-multistaged-nanoplatform-for-systemic-rnai-and-cancer-therapy
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Xiaoding Xu, Phei Er Saw, Wei Tao, Yujing Li, Xiaoyuan Ji, Mikyung Yu, Morteza Mahmoudi, Jonathan Rasmussen, Dana Ayyash, Yuxiao Zhou, Omid C Farokhzad, Jinjun Shi
While RNA interference (RNAi) therapy has demonstrated significant potential for cancer treatment, effective and safe systemic delivery of RNAi agents such as small interfering RNA (siRNA) into tumor cells in vivo remains challenging. We herein reported a unique multistaged siRNA delivery nanoparticle (NP) platform, which is comprised of (i) a polyethylene glycol (PEG) surface shell, (ii) a sharp tumor microenvironment (TME) pH-responsive polymer that forms the NP core, and (iii) charge-mediated complexes of siRNA and tumor cell-targeting- and penetrating-peptide-amphiphile (TCPA) that are encapsulated in the NP core...
June 21, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636387/novel-kiteplatin-pyrophosphate-derivatives-with-improved-efficacy
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Alessandra Curci, Valentina Gandin, Cristina Marzano, James D Hoeschele, Giovanni Natile, Nicola Margiotta
Two new Pt(II) derivatives of kiteplatin ([PtCl2(cis-1,4-DACH)]) with pyrophosphate as carrier ligand, one mononuclear (1) and one dinuclear (2), were synthesized with the aim of potentiating the efficacy of kiteplatin. Complex 1 resulted to be remarkably stable at physiological pH, but it undergoes a fast hydrolysis reaction at acidic pH releasing free pyrophosphate and (aquated) kiteplatin. The dinuclear compound 2 resulted to be less stable than 1 at both neutral and acidic pH forming 1 and (aquated) kiteplatin as first step...
June 21, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636361/a-machine-learning-assisted-approach-for-discovering-novel-inhibitors-targeting-bromodomain-containing-protein-4
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Jing Xing, Wenchao Lu, Rongfeng Liu, Yulan Wang, Yiqian Xie, Hao Zhang, Zhe Shi, Hao Jiang, Yu-Chih Liu, Kaixian Chen, Hualiang Jiang, Cheng Luo, Mingyue Zheng
Bromodomain-containing protein 4 (BRD4) is implicated in the pathogenesis of a number of different cancers, inflammatory diseases and heart failure. Much effort has been dedicated toward discovering novel scaffold BRD4 inhibitors (BRD4is) with different selectivity profiles and potential anti-resistance properties. Structure-based drug design (SBDD) and virtual screening (VS) are the most frequently used approaches. Here, we demonstrate a novel, structure-based VS approach that uses machine-learning algorithms trained on the priori structure and activity knowledge to predict the likelihood that a compound is a BRD4i based on its binding pattern with BRD4...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636344/ruthenium-complexes-are-ph-activated-metallo-prodrugs-phamps-with-light-triggered-selective-toxicity-toward-cancer-cells
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Fengrui Qu, Seungjo Park, Kristina Martinez, Jessica L Gray, Fathima Shazna Thowfeik, John A Lundeen, Ashley E Kuhn, David J Charboneau, Deidra L Gerlach, Molly M Lockart, James A Law, Katherine L Jernigan, Nicole Chambers, Matthias Zeller, Nicholas A Piro, W Scott Kassel, Russell H Schmehl, Jared J Paul, Edward J Merino, Yonghyun Kim, Elizabeth T Papish
Metallo prodrugs that take advantage of the inherent acidity surrounding cancer cells have yet to be developed. We report a new class of pH-activated metallo prodrugs (pHAMPs) that are activated by light- and pH-triggered ligand dissociation. These ruthenium complexes take advantage of a key characteristic of cancer cells and hypoxic solid tumors (acidity) that can be exploited to lessen the side effects of chemotherapy. Five ruthenium complexes of the type [(N,N)2Ru(PL)](2+) were synthesized, fully characterized, and tested for cytotoxicity in cell culture (1A: N,N = 2,2'-bipyridine (bipy) and PL, the photolabile ligand, = 6,6'-dihydroxybipyridine (6,6'-dhbp); 2A: N,N = 1,10-phenanthroline (phen) and PL = 6,6'-dhbp; 3A: N,N = 2,3-dihydro-[1,4]dioxino[2,3-f][1,10]phenanthroline (dop) and PL = 6,6'-dhbp; 4A: N,N = bipy and PL = 4,4'-dimethyl-6,6'-dihydroxybipyridine (dmdhbp); 5A: N,N = 1,10-phenanthroline (phen) and PL = 4,4'-dihydroxybipyridine (4,4'-dhbp)...
June 21, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636341/biochemical-characterization-of-wbkc-an-n-formyltransferase-from-brucella-melitensis
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Alexander S Riegert, Daniel P Chantigian, James B Thoden, Peter A Tipton, Hazel M Holden
It has become increasingly apparent within the last several years that unusual N-formylated sugars are often found on the O-antigens of such Gram negative pathogenic organisms as Francisella tularensis, Campylobacter jejuni, and Providencia alcalifaciens, amongst others. Indeed, in some species of Brucella, for example, the O-antigen contains 1,2-linked 4-formamido-4,6-dideoxy-alpha-D-mannosyl groups. These sugars, often referred to as N-formylperosamine, are synthesized in pathways initiating with GDP-mannose...
June 21, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636332/new-insights-into-the-wavelength-dependence-of-maldi-mass-spectrometry
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Marcel Niehaus, Andreas Schnapp, Annika Koch, Jens Soltwisch, Klaus Dreisewerd
The interplay between the wavelength of the laser and the absorption profile of the matrix constitutes a crucial factor in matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization mass spectrometry (MALDI-MS). Numerous studies have shown that typically best analytical results are obtained if the laser wavelength matches the UV absorption band of the matrix in the solid state well. However, many powerful matrices exhibit peak absorptions which differ notably from the standard MALDI laser wavelengths of 337, 349, and 355 nm, respectively...
June 21, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636311/insights-into-integrated-lead-generation-and-target-identification-in-malaria-and-tuberculosis-drug-discovery
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John Okombo, Kelly Chibale
New, safe and effective drugs are urgently needed to treat and control malaria and tuberculosis, which affect millions of people annually. However, financial return on investment in the poor settings where these diseases are mostly prevalent is very minimal to support market-driven drug discovery and development. Moreover, the imminent loss of therapeutic lifespan of existing therapies due to evolution and spread of drug resistance further compounds the urgency to identify novel effective drugs. However, the advent of new public-private partnerships focused on tropical diseases and the recent release of large data sets by pharmaceutical companies on antimalarial and antituberculosis compounds derived from phenotypic whole cell high throughput screening have spurred renewed interest and opened new frontiers in malaria and tuberculosis drug discovery...
June 21, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636171/pulsed-food-resources-but-not-forest-cover-determines-lifetime-reproductive-success-in-a-forest-dwelling-rodent
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Katrine S Hoset, Alexandre Villers, Ralf Wistbacka, Vesa Selonen
1.The relative contributions of habitat and food availability on fitness may provide evidence for key habitat features needed to safeguard population persistence. However, defining habitat quality for a species can be a complex task, especially if knowledge on the relationship between individual performance and habitat quality is lacking. 2.Here, we determined the relative importance of availability of suitable forest habitat, body mass, and food from masting tree species on female lifetime reproductive success (LRS) of Siberian flying squirrels (Pteromys volans)...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Animal Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636162/cobalt-catalyzed-ortho-c-h-functionalization-alkyne-annulation-of-benzylamine-derivatives-access-to-dihydroisoquinolines
#16
Angel Manu Martínez, Nuria Rodríguez, Ramon Gomez-Arrayas, Juan C Carretero
A practical picolinamide-directed C-H functionalization/alkyne annulation of benzylamine derivatives enabling the access to the previously elusive 1,4-dihydroisoquinoline skeleton was developed using molecular O2 as the sole oxidant and Co(OAc)2 as precatalyst. The method is compatible with both internal and terminal alkynes and shows high versatility and functional-group tolerance. Furthermore, full preservation of enantiopurity is observed when using non-racemic alpha-substituted benzylamine derivatives...
June 21, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636113/linking-re-i-and-pt-ii-chromophores-with-aminopyridines-a-simple-route-to-achieve-a-complicated-photophysical-behavior
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Igor O Koshevoy, Kristina S Kisel, Alexei S Melnikov, Elena V Grachova, Pipsa Hirva, Sergey P Tunik
The bifunctional aminopyridine ligands H2N-(CH2)n-4-C5H4N (n = 0, L1; 1, L2; 2, L3) have been utilized for the preparation of rhenium complexes [Re(phen)(CO)3(L1-L3)]+ (1-3). 2 and 3 with NH2-coordinated L2/L3 were coupled with cycloplatinated motifs {Pt(ppy)Cl} and {Pt(dpyb)}+ to give the bimetallic species [Re(phen)(CO)3(μ-L2/L3)Pt(ppy)Cl]+ (4, 6) and [Re(phen)(CO)3(μ-L2/L3)Pt(dpyb)]2+ (5, 7). In solution, complexes 4 and 6 show 3MLCT {Re}-based emission at 298 K, which changes the parentage to 3IL(ppy) state at 77 K...
June 21, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636047/decoding-the-regulatory-mechanism-of-glucose-and-insulin-induced-phosphatidylinositol-3-4-5-trisphosphate-dynamics-in-%C3%AE-cells
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Tagari Samanta, Peeyush Sharma, Dwijendra Kukri, Sandip Kar
In MIN6 pancreatic β-cells, glucose and insulin act in a synergistic manner to regulate the dynamics of Phosphatidylinositol (3,4,5)-trisphosphate (PIP3). However, the precise regulatory mechanism behind such an experimentally observed synergy is poorly understood. In this article, we propose a phenomenological mathematical model for studying the glucose and insulin driven PIP3 activation dynamics under various stimulatory conditions to unfold the mechanism responsible for the observed synergy. The modeling study reveals that the experimentally observed oscillation in PIP3 dynamics with disparate time scales for different external glucose doses is mainly orchestrated by the complex dynamic regulation of cytosolic Ca(2+) in β-cells...
June 21, 2017: Molecular BioSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636005/mass-mobility-and-ms-n-measurements-of-single-ions-using-charge-detection-mass-spectrometry
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Andrew G Elliott, Conner C Harper, Haw-Wei Lin, Evan R Williams
Charge detection mass spectrometry is used to measure the mass, charge, MS(n) and mobility of an individual ion produced by electrospray ionization of a 8 MDa polyethylene glycol sample. The charge detection mass spectrometer is an electrostatic ion trap that uses cone electrodes and a single tube detector and can detect ions for up to the full trapping time of 4.0 s. The time-domain signal induced on the detector tube by a single multiply charged ion can be complex owing to sequential fragmentation of the original precursor ion as well as increasing oscillation frequencies of the single ion owing to collisions with background gas that reduce the kinetic energy of the ion inside the trap...
June 21, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635283/piezoresistive-effect-in-the-fe-htrz-2-trz-bf4-spin-crossover-complex
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Andrei Diaconu, Simona-Lacramioara Lupu, Ionela Rusu, Ioan-Marian Risca, Lionel Salmon, Gabor Molnár, Azzedine Bousseksou, Philippe Demont, Aurelian Rotaru
We report on the effect of hydrostatic pressure on the electrical conductivity and dielectric permittivity of the [Fe(Htrz)2(trz)](BF4) (Htrz = 1H-1,2,4, triazole) spin crossover complex. Variable temperature and pressure broadband imped-ance spectrometry revealed a piezo-resistive effect of more than one order of magnitude for pressures as low as 500 bar, associated with a large pressure-induced hysteresis of 1700 bar. The origin of the piezo-resistive effect has been attributed to the pressure induced spin-state switching in the complex and the associated P,T phase diagram was determined...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
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