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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151267/impaired-permeability-and-antimicrobial-barriers-in-type-2-diabetes-skin-are-linked-to-increased-serum-levels-of-advanced-glycation-end-product
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Jae-Hong Kim, Na Young Yoon, Dong Hye Kim, Minyoung Jung, Myungsoo Jun, Hwa-Young Park, Choon Hee Chung, Kyohoon Lee, Sunki Kim, Chang Seo Park, Kwang-Hyeon Liu, Eung Ho Choi
BACKGROUND: The incidence of type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM) has been increasing rapidly, and the disease has become a serious sociomedical problem. Many skin problems, such as xerosis, pruritus, skin infections, and delayed wound healing, that might be related to chronic impairment of skin barrier function decrease the quality of life in DM patients. However, the status of the permeability and antimicrobial barrier of the skin in DM remains unknown. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to elucidate skin barrier impairment in type 2 DM patients and its patho-mechanisms using classic animal models of type 2 DM...
November 19, 2017: Experimental Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151237/health-risk-contamination-of-heavy-metals-in-yolk-and-albumen-of-duck-eggs-collected-in-central-and-western-thailand
#2
P Aendo, R Netvichian, S Tippayalak, A Sanguankiat, T Khuntamoon, T Songserm, P Tulayakul
Two hundred duck egg samples were collected from 20 farms in Central and Western Thailand. The levels of Zn, Co, Mn, Fe, and Cr in yolks were found significantly higher than in albumen, whereas the levels of Cd and Cu contaminations in egg albumen were significantly higher than in yolks. The mean level of Pb contamination in whole eggs was 4.06 ± 2.70 mg kg(-1) dry weight. This level was higher than the Thai agricultural standard no. 6703-2005 for duck eggs set at 0.1 ppm for the magnitude of 40.6 times...
November 18, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151224/the-potential-role-of-the-osteopontin-osteocalcin-osteoprotegerin-triad-in-the-pathogenesis-of-prediabetes-in-humans
#3
Giuseppe Daniele, Deidre Winnier, Andrea Mari, Jan Bruder, Marcel Fourcaudot, Zuo Pengou, Andrea Hansis-Diarte, Christopher Jenkinson, Devjit Tripathy, Franco Folli
AIMS: To examine the relationship between hormones involved in bone remodeling and glucose metabolism alterations in prediabetes. METHODS: Individuals (n = 43) with NGT (BMI = 31.1 ± 1.1 kg/m(2)) and individuals (n = 79) with impaired glucose regulation (IGR) (BMI = 31.9 ± 1.2 kg/m(2)) including subjects with IFG, IGT, and IFG-IGT underwent OGTT and DXA. Osteopontin (OPN), osteocalcin (OCN), osteoprotegerin (OPG), and PTH levels were measured at fasting...
November 18, 2017: Acta Diabetologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151220/high-efficiency-expression-of-yeast-derived-g-protein-coupled-receptors-and-19-f-labeling-for-dynamical-studies
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Libin Ye, Alexander P Orazietti, Aditya Pandey, R Scott Prosser
We describe a detailed protocol for heterologous expression of the human adenosine A2A G-protein coupled receptor (GPCR), using Pichia pastoris. Details are also provided for the reconstitution and functional purification steps. Yields of 2-6 mg/g membrane were obtained prior to functional purification (ligand column purification). Typically, functional purification reduced overall yields by a factor of 2-4, resulting in final functional production of 0.5-3 mg/L membrane. Yeast is an excellent protein expression system for NMR given its high tolerance for isotope-enriched solvents and its ability to grow in minimal media...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151206/spherical-nanoparticle-supported-lipid-bilayers-a-tool-for-modeling-protein-interactions-with-curved-membranes
#5
Erin R Tyndall, Fang Tian
Mechanistic studies of protein-membrane interactions can be complicated by the limitations of the membrane model system chosen. Many of these limitations can be overcome by using a spherical silica nanoparticle to support the membrane. In this chapter, we present a detailed protocol for the construction of spherical nanoparticle supported lipid bilayers (SSLBs), with discussion of methods to improve production.
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151189/the-environmental-pollutant-bde-209-regulates-no-cgmp-signaling-through-activation-of-nmda-receptors-in-neurons
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Jingsi Chen, Xiuying Li, Xiaomei Li, Dunjin Chen
The common flame retardant decabrominated diphenyl ether (BDE-209) is a persistent organic pollutant. Epidemiological studies have revealed that prenatal or postnatal exposure to BDE-209 can result in delayed cognitive development, and BDE-209 has been shown to be toxic to cultured neurons with maturation interference effects. However, its neurotoxic mechanism remains unclear. Nitric oxide/cyclic guanosine monophosphate (NO/cGMP) signaling plays an important role in regulating neuronal maturation. We examined the influence of BDE-209 (100, 200, and 400 nM) on NO production and cGMP levels signaling in rodent neurons in vitro, with or without pretreatment N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor antagonism...
November 18, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151188/dry-flue-gas-desulfurization-by-product-application-effects-on-plant-uptake-and-soil-storage-changes-in-a-managed-grassland
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Jason R Burgess-Conforti, Kristofor R Brye, David M Miller, Erik D Pollock, Lisa S Wood
Environmental regulations mandate that sulfur dioxide (SO2) be removed from the flue gases of coal-fired power plants, which results in the generation of flue gas desulfurization (FGD) by-products. These FGD by-products may be a viable soil amendment, but the large amounts of trace elements contained in FGD by-products are potentially concerning. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of land application of a high-Ca dry FGD (DFGD) by-product on trace elements in aboveground biomass and soil...
November 18, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151161/fluorescent-pseudomonads-pursue-media-dependent-strategies-to-inhibit-growth-of-pathogenic-verticillium-fungi
#8
Kai Nesemann, Susanna A Braus-Stromeyer, Rebekka Harting, Annalena Höfer, Harald Kusch, Alinne Batista Ambrosio, Christian Timpner, Gerhard H Braus
Verticillium species represent economically important phytopathogenic fungi with bacteria as natural rhizosphere antagonists. Growth inhibition patterns of Verticillium in different media were compared to saprophytic Aspergillus strains and were significantly more pronounced in various co-cultivations with different Pseudomonas strains. The Brassica napus rhizosphere bacterium Pseudomonas fluorescens DSM8569 is able to inhibit growth of rapeseed (Verticillium longisporum) or tomato (Verticillium dahliae) pathogens without the potential for phenazine or 2,4-diacetylphloroglucinol (DAPG) mycotoxin biosynthesis...
November 18, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151160/tolerance-improvement-of-corynebacterium-glutamicum-on-lignocellulose-derived-inhibitors-by-adaptive-evolution
#9
Xia Wang, Imrana Khushk, Yanqiu Xiao, Qiuqiang Gao, Jie Bao
Robustness of fermenting strains to lignocellulose derived inhibitors is critical for efficient biofuel and biochemical productions. In this study, the industrial fermenting strain Corynebacterium glutamicum S9114 was evolved for improved inhibitor tolerance using long-term adaptive evolution by continuously transferring into the inhibitors containing corn stover hydrolysate every 24 h, and finally a stably evolved C. glutamicum was obtained after 128 days of serial transfers. The evolved strain exhibited the highly increased conversion rate to the typical lignocellulose derived inhibitors including furfural, 5-hydroxymethylfurfural, vanillin, syringaldehyde, 4-hydroxybenzaldehyde, and acetic acid...
November 18, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151159/enhanced-catalytic-efficiency-and-enantioselectivity-of-epoxide-hydrolase-from-agrobacterium-radiobacter-ad1-by-iterative-saturation-mutagenesis-for-r-epichlorohydrin-synthesis
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Shu-Ping Zou, Yu-Guo Zheng, Qun Wu, Zhi-Cai Wang, Ya-Ping Xue, Zhi-Qiang Liu
Enantioselective hydrolysis of epoxides by epoxide hydrolase (EH) is one of the most attractive approaches for the synthesis of chiral epoxides. So far, attempts to develop an efficient epoxide hydrolase -mediated biotransformation have been limited by either the low activity or insufficient enantioselectivity of epoxide hydrolase. In this study, iterative saturation mutagenesis (ISM) of epoxide hydrolase from Agrobacterium radiobacter AD1 (ArEH) was performed for efficient production of (R)-epichlorohydrin...
November 18, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151158/guidelines-to-reach-high-quality-purified-recombinant-proteins
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REVIEW
Carla Oliveira, Lucília Domingues
The final goal in recombinant protein production is to obtain high-quality pure protein samples. Indeed, the successful downstream application of a recombinant protein depends on its quality. Besides production, which is conditioned by the host, the quality of a recombinant protein product relies mainly on the purification procedure. Thus, the purification strategy must be carefully designed from the molecular level. On the other hand, the quality control of a protein sample must be performed to ensure its purity, homogeneity and structural conformity, in order to validate the recombinant production and purification process...
November 18, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151157/potent-apoptosis-inducing-activity-of-erypoegin-k-an-isoflavone-isolated-from-erythrina-poeppigiana-against-human-leukemia-hl-60-cells
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Kiyomi Hikita, Natsuki Hattori, Aya Takeda, Yuko Yamakage, Rina Shibata, Saori Yamada, Kuniki Kato, Tomiyasu Murata, Hitoshi Tanaka, Norio Kaneda
Erypoegin K is an isoflavone isolated from the stem bark of Erythrina poeppigiana. It contains a furan group at the A-ring of the core isoflavone structure and can inhibit the activity of glyoxalase I, an enzyme that catalyzes the detoxification of methylglyoxal (MG), a by-product of glycolysis. In the present study, we found that erypoegin K has a potent cytotoxic effect on human leukemia HL-60 cells. Its cytotoxic effect was much stronger than that of a known glyoxalase I inhibitor S-p-bromobenzylglutathione cyclopentyl diester...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Natural Medicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151152/a-maize-inbred-exhibits-resistance-against-western-corn-rootwoorm-diabrotica-virgifera-virgifera
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Lina Castano-Duque, Kenneth W Loades, John F Tooker, Kathleen M Brown, W Paul Williams, Dawn S Luthe
Insect resistance against root herbivores like the western corn rootworm (WCR, Diabrotica virgifera virgifera) is not well understood in non-transgenic maize. We studied the responses of two American maize inbreds, Mp708 and Tx601, to WCR infestation using biomechanical, molecular, biochemical analyses, and laser ablation tomography. Previous studies performed on several inbreds indicated that these two maize genotypes differed in resistance to pests including fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) and WCR. Our data confirmed that Mp708 shows resistance against WCR, and demonstrates that the resistance mechanism is based in a multi-trait phenotype that includes increased resistance to cutting in nodal roots, stable root growth during insect infestation, constitutive and induced expression of known herbivore-defense genes, including ribosomal inhibitor protein 2 (rip2), terpene synthase 23 (tps23) and maize insect resistance cysteine protease-1 (mir1), as well high constitutive levels of jasmonic acid and production of (E)-β-caryophyllene...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Chemical Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151151/long-term-treatment-of-diabetic-rats-with-vanadyl-sulfate-or-insulin-attenuate-acute-focal-cerebral-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-via-their-antiglycemic-effect
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Hossein Ahmadi-Eslamloo, Gholam Abbas Dehghani, Seyed Mostafa Shid Moosavi
It is well-known that patients with diabetes mellitus have worse clinical outcomes following acute ischemic stroke. The intensifying effects of diabetes on ischemic brain injury have been shown to be mostly due to hyperglycemia, rather than the lack of insulin direct effects on brain. It is also well-approved that vanadium compounds have insulin-like and anti-diabetic effects, and the present study was designed to compare the protective effects of diabetes treatment with vanadium or insulin on ischemic/reperfused brain injury...
November 19, 2017: Metabolic Brain Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151143/salinity-reduces-2-4-d-efficacy-in-echinochloa-crusgalli-by-affecting-redox-balance-nutrient-acquisition-and-hormonal-regulation
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Faisal Islam, Yuan Xie, Muhammad A Farooq, Jian Wang, Chong Yang, Rafaqat A Gill, Jinwen Zhu, Weijun Zhou
Distinct salinity levels have been reported to enhance plants tolerance to different types of stresses. The aim of this research is to assess the interaction of saline stress and the use of 2,4-D as a means of controlling the growth of Echinochloa crusgalli. The resultant effect of such interaction is vital for a sustainable approach of weed management and food production. The results showed that 2,4-D alone treatment reduces the chlorophyll contents, photosynthetic capacity, enhanced MDA, electrolyte leakage, and ROS production (H2O2, O2(·-)) and inhibited the activities of ROS scavenging enzymes...
November 18, 2017: Protoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151140/effects-of-oxygen-availability-on-oxidative-stress-biomarkers-in-the-mediterranean-mussel-mytilus-galloprovincialis
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Alessia Giannetto, Maria Maisano, Tiziana Cappello, Sabrina Oliva, Vincenzo Parrino, Antonino Natalotto, Giuseppe De Marco, Salvatore Fasulo
In aquatic environments, hypoxia and oxygen-deficient areas are increasing worldwide. Transitions in oxygen levels can influence the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS), eventually leading to oxidative stress. The transcriptional response of oxidative stress biomarkers was evaluated by qPCR in gill tissue from Mytilus galloprovincialis experimentally subjected to 48-h air exposure followed by 48-h re-oxygenation, as compared to normoxic control mussels. Superoxide dismutases (CuZnsod and Mnsod), catalase (cat), and glutathione S-transferase (gst) were over-expressed early after 8-h air exposure and returned to normoxic levels during re-oxygenation...
November 18, 2017: Marine Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151097/the-dancing-manias-psychogenic-illness-as-a-social-phenomenon
#17
Douglas J Lanska
The dancing mania erupted in the 14th century in the wake of the Black Death, and recurred for centuries in central Europe - particularly Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium - finally abating in the early 17th century. The term "dancing mania" was derived from "choreomania," a concatenation of choros (dance) and mania (madness). A variant, tarantism, was prevalent in southern Italy from the 15th to the 17th centuries, and was attributed at the time to bites from the tarantula spider. Affected individuals participated in continuous, prolonged, erratic, often frenzied and sometimes erotic, dancing...
2018: Frontiers of Neurology and Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151092/conversion-factitious-disorder-and-malingering-a-distinct-pattern-or-a-continuum
#18
Silvio Galli, Laurent Tatu, Julien Bogousslavsky, Selma Aybek
This chapter is aimed at highlighting the recent findings concerning physiopathology, diagnosis, and management of conversion, factitious disorder, and malingering. Conversion disorder is the unintentional production of neurological symptom, whereas malingering and factitious disorder represent the voluntary production of symptoms with internal or external incentives. They have a close history and this has been frequently confounded. Practitioners are often confronted to medically unexplained symptoms; they represent almost 30% of neurologist's consultation...
2018: Frontiers of Neurology and Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151087/ganser-syndrome
#19
Sebastian Dieguez
Ganser's syndrome is a rare and controversial condition, whose main and most striking feature is the production of approximate answers (or near misses) to very simple questions. For instance, asked how many legs a horse has, Ganser patients will reply "5", and answers to plain arithmetic questions will likewise be wrong, but only slightly off the mark (e.g., 2 + 2 = 3). This symptom was originally described by Sigbert Ganser in 1897 in prisoners on remand and labeled Vorbeigehen ("to pass by"), although the term Vorbeireden ("to talk beside the point") is also frequently used...
2018: Frontiers of Neurology and Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151074/interferon-lambda-2-promotes-mammary-tumor-metastasis-via-angiogenesis-extension-and-stimulation-of-cancer-cell-migration
#20
R Pingwara, K Witt-Jurkowska, K Ulewicz, J Mucha, K Tonecka, Z Pilch, B Taciak, K Zabielska-Koczywas, M Mori, S Berardozzi, B Botta, T P Rygiel, M Krol
Myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) support tumor development by stimulation of angiogenesis and immune response inhibition. In our previous study, we showed that interferon lambda 2 (IFN-λ2), secreted by MDSCs, enhances production of pro-angiogenic factors by cancer cells via phosphorylation of STAT3 and therefore promotes blood vessels formation. In the present study IFN-λ2 level was evaluated by ELISA in serum of tumor-bearing mice, whereas its expression in MDSCs isolated from the lungs with metastatic tumors and normal lungs was assessed by qPCR...
August 2017: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: An Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society
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