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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109185/folding-of-intrinsically-disordered-plant-lea-proteins-is-driven-by-glycerol-induced-crowding-and-the-presence-of-membranes
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Anne Bremer, Martin Wolff, Anja Thalhammer, Dirk K Hincha
Late embryogenesis abundant (LEA) proteins are related to cellular dehydration tolerance. Most LEA proteins are predicted to have no stable secondary structure in solution, i.e. to be intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs), but they may acquire α-helical structure upon drying. In the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana the LEA proteins COR15A and COR15B are highly induced upon cold treatment and are necessary for the plants to attain full freezing tolerance. Freezing leads to increased intracellular crowding due to dehydration by extracellular ice crystals...
January 21, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109180/the-intrauterine-renin-angiotensin-system-sex-specific-effects-on-the-prevalence-of-spontaneous-preterm-birth
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Kirsty G Pringle, Tamas Zakar, Eugenie R Lumbers
Preterm birth (PTB) is the single largest cause of death in infants and young children. The rate of PTB is significantly higher in male infants, particularly those that are born very preterm. Here we present evidence to suggest that the decidual renin-angiotensin system may play a role in inhibiting inflammation and maintaining the integrity of the fetal membranes during pregnancy, and that sex-specific alterations in the intrauterine RAS could contribute to the increased risk of PTB in male babies. Women carrying female fetuses have high levels of expression of decidual prorenin at term...
January 21, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109174/%C3%AE-%C3%AE-nac-cooperates-with-sam37-to-mediate-early-stages-of-mitochondrial-protein-import
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J Carlos Ponce-Rojas, M Clara Avendaño-Monsalve, A Roberto Yañez-Falcón, Fabiola Jaimes-Miranda, Erika Garay, Francisco Torres-Quiroz, Alexander DeLuna, Soledad Funes
The mitochondrial proteome is mostly composed of nuclear-encoded proteins. Such polypeptides are synthesized with signals that guide their intracellular transport to the surface of the organelle and later within the different mitochondrial sub-compartments until they reach their functional destination. It has been suggested that NAC - a cytosolic chaperone which recognizes nascent chains on translationally active ribosomes - has a role in the import of nuclear-encoded mitochondrial proteins. However, the molecular mechanisms that regulate the NAC-mediated co-translational import are still not clear...
January 21, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109100/-claudin-3-expression-in-colorectal-carcinoma-and-its-significance
#4
Jing-Yi Li, Fang Xie, Xiao-Ping Xu, Juan-Juan Ma, Dai-Chao Zhou, Yan Liao, Jing Tang, Qian Xie, Lan Bai, Qing-Zhen Nan
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the expression of claudin-3 in colorectal carcinoma and its association with the occurrence, progression and prognosis of colorectal cancer. METHODS: Forty surgical specimens of colorectal carcinoma and 22 adjacent normal tissues resected between October, 2010 and January, 2013 at Nanfang Hospital were examined for claudin-3 expression using immunohistochemistry, which was analyzed in association with the clinicopathological parameters and the survival of the patients...
January 20, 2017: Nan Fang Yi Ke da Xue Xue Bao, Journal of Southern Medical University
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109085/silencing-of-interferon-induced-transmembrane-protein-1-ifitm1-inhibits-proliferation-migration-and-invasion-in-lung-cancer-cells
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Bing Jin, Hua Jin, Jing Wang
Interferon-induced transmembrane protein 1 (IFITM1), a 17-kDa membrane protein, is largely known as a player in many cellular functions. Recently, there have been studies showing overexpression of IFITM1 in cancers and a positive correlation of IFITM1 overexpression with tumor progression. However, it is poorly understood what role IFITM1 plays in lung cancer. In this study, we presented evidence that IFITM1 was highly expressed in lung cancer tissues and cell lines. IFITM1 silencing inhibited lung cancer cell proliferation, migration and invasion <em>in vitro</em>...
January 20, 2017: Oncology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109081/shope-fibroma-in-the-external-ear-canal-of-a-domestic-rabbit
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Shawna J
A 5-y-old, intact, 2.5-kg female domestic rabbit was presented because of blood spatter on the wall of its cage and thetoenailsof its right hind limb. Physical examination revealed a red, gelatinous mass that spanned the width of the right vertical ear canal. Radiographic images revealed a soft-tissue opacity at the base of the right ear, which was superimposed over the tympanic bulla and extended to the pinna. A CT scan revealed that the soft-tissue mass was within the vertical and horizontal portions of the right external ear canal and extended to the level of the tympanic membrane, with no bony involvement...
January 20, 2017: Comparative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109053/frogs-model-man-in-vivo-thyroid-hormone-signaling-during-development
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Laurent M Sachs, Daniel R Buchholz
Thyroid hormone (TH) signaling comprises TH transport across cell membranes, metabolism by deiodinases, and molecular mechanisms of gene regulation. Proper TH signaling is essential for normal perinatal development, most notably for neurogenesis and fetal growth. Knowledge of perinatal TH endocrinology needs improvement to provide better treatments for premature infants and endocrine diseases during gestation and to counteract effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals. Studies in amphibians have provided major insights to understand in-vivo mechanisms of TH signaling...
January 21, 2017: Genesis: the Journal of Genetics and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109047/novel-antiplatelet-role-for-a-protein-disulfide-isomerase-targeted-peptide-evidence-of-covalent-binding-to-c-terminal-cghc-redox-motif
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H R Sousa, R S Gaspar, E M L Sena, S A da Silva, J L de L Fontelles, T L S Araújo, M Mastrogiovanni, D M Fries, A P S Azevedo-Santos, F R M Laurindo, A Trostchansky, A M Paes
Protein disulfide isomerase (PDI) plays a major role in platelet aggregation and its inhibitors have emerged as novel antithrombotic drugs. In previous work, we designed a peptide based on PDI redox motif (CGHC) that inhibited both PDI reductase activity and PDI-modulated superoxide generation by neutrophil Nox2. Thus, we hypothesized this peptide would also inhibit platelet aggregation by association to surface PDI. Three peptides were used: CxxC, containing the PDI redox motif; Scr, presenting a scrambled sequence of the same residues and AxxA, with cysteines replaced by alanine...
January 21, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109026/refinement-of-the-criteria-for-ultrastructural-peritubular-capillary-basement-membrane-multilayering-in-the-diagnosis-of-chronic-active-acute-antibody-mediated-rejection
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Heounjeong Go, Sung Shin, Young Hoon Kim, Duck Jong Han, Yong Mee Cho
Chronic active/acute antibody-mediated rejection (cABMR) is the main cause of late renal allograft loss. Severe peritubular capillary basement membrane multilayering (PTCML) assessed on electron microscopy is one diagnostic feature of cABMR according to the Banff2013 classification. We aimed to refine the PTCML criteria for an earlier diagnosis of cABMR. We retrospectively investigated ultrastructural features of 159 consecutive renal allografts and 44 non-allografts. The presence of serum donor-specific antibodies at the time of biopsy of allografts was also examined...
January 21, 2017: Transplant International: Official Journal of the European Society for Organ Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109005/the-mboat7-variant-rs641738-increases-inflammation-and-fibrosis-in-chronic-hepatitis-b
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Khaled Thabet, Henry Lik Yuen Chan, Salvatore Petta, Alessandra Mangia, Thomas Berg, Andre Boonstra, Willem P Brouwer, Maria Lorena Abate, Vincent Wai-Sun Wong, Maiiada Nazmy, Janett Fischer, Christopher Liddle, Jacob George, Mohammed Eslam
Chronic hepatitis B (CHB) is characterized by hepatic inflammation that promotes progression to cirrhosis and predisposes to the development of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Subtle inter-individual genetic variation, viral and environmental factors interact to determine the disease progression between individuals. Recently, the rs641738 Membrane Bound O-Acyltransferase Domain Containing 7 (MBOAT7) polymorphism was demonstrated to influence histological liver damage in alcoholic liver disease, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and hepatitis C, but no data are available for CHB...
January 20, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108992/intralesional-immunotherapy-compared-to-cryotherapy-in-the-treatment-of-warts
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Fahime Khozeimeh, Farahzad Jabbari Azad, Yaghoub Mahboubi Oskouei, Majid Jafari, Shahrzad Tehranian, Roohallah Alizadehsani, Pouran Layegh
BACKGROUND: Warts are the most common clinical manifestation of the human papilloma-virus infection in the skin and mucous membranes. In spite of the various therapeutic modalities for nongenital skin warts, there is still no single method to be used as an approved treatment. In this study, we compared the efficacy of immunotherapy and cryotherapy on wart lesions. METHODS: Sixty patients with verruca vulgaris and plantar warts were randomly divided into two groups...
January 21, 2017: International Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108942/compartmentalized-culture-of-perivascular-stroma-and-endothelial-cells-in-a-microfluidic-model-of-the-human-endometrium
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Juan S Gnecco, Virginia Pensabene, David J Li, Tianbing Ding, Elliot E Hui, Kaylon L Bruner-Tran, Kevin G Osteen
The endometrium is the inner lining of the uterus. Following specific cyclic hormonal stimulation, endometrial stromal fibroblasts (stroma) and vascular endothelial cells exhibit morphological and biochemical changes to support embryo implantation and regulate vascular function, respectively. Herein, we integrated a resin-based porous membrane in a dual chamber microfluidic device in polydimethylsiloxane that allows long term in vitro co-culture of human endometrial stromal and endothelial cells. This transparent, 2-μm porous membrane separates the two chambers, allows for the diffusion of small molecules and enables high resolution bright field and fluorescent imaging...
January 20, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108904/intravitreal-anti-vegf-treatment-for-subretinal-neovascularisation-secondary-to-type-2-idiopathic-juxtafoveolar-telangiectasia
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Teresa Barth, Florian Zeman, Horst Helbig, Maria-Andreea Gamulescu
PURPOSE: To assess the long-term outcome of patients with subretinal neovascular membrane (SRNVM) secondary to type 2 idiopathic juxtafoveolar telangiectasia (IJT) receiving intravitreal anti-VEGF (vascular endothelial growth factor) injections. METHODS: A total of 14 eyes of 12 patients treated with intravitreal anti-VEGF for SRNVM related to type 2 IJT were retrospectively assessed. RESULTS: Nine men and 3 women with a mean age of 66 years (SD 12, range 47-87 years) were diagnosed with IJT-related SRNVM...
January 21, 2017: International Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108777/a-randomized-controlled-trial-demonstrating-sustained-benefit-of-autologous-matrix-induced-chondrogenesis-over-microfracture-at-five%C3%A2-years
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Martin Volz, Jens Schaumburger, Hubert Frick, Joachim Grifka, Sven Anders
PURPOSE: Autologous Matrix-Induced Chondrogenesis (AMIC(®)) utilizing a type I/III collagen membrane was compared with microfracture (MFx) alone in focal cartilage lesions of the knee at one, two and five years. METHODS: Forty-seven patients (aged 37 ± 10 years, mean defect size 3.6 ± 1.6 cm(2)) were randomized and treated either with MFx, with sutured or glued AMIC(®) in a prospective multicentre clinical trial. RESULTS: After improvement for the first two years in all subgroups, a progressive and significant score degradation was observed in the MFx group, while all functional parameters remained stable for least five years in the AMIC(®) groups...
January 20, 2017: International Orthopaedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108698/genome-wide-analysis-of-fatty-acid-desaturation-and-its-response-to-temperature
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Guillaume Menard, Jose Martin Moreno, Fiona Bryant, Olaya Munoz-Azcarate, Amélie A Kelly, Keywan Hassani-Pak, Smita Kurup, Peter J Eastmond
Plants modify the polyunsaturated fatty acid content of their membrane and storage lipids in order to adapt to changes in temperature. In developing seeds this response is largely controlled by the activities of the microsomal ω-6 and ω-3 fatty acid desaturases, FAD2 and FAD3. Although temperature-regulation of desaturation has been studied at the molecular and biochemical level, the genetic control of this trait is poorly understood. Here we have characterised the response of Arabidopsis thaliana seed lipids to variation in ambient temperature and found that heat inhibits both ω-6 and ω-3 desaturation in phosphatidylcholine, leading to a proportional change in triacylglycerol composition...
January 20, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108666/antibiotic-induced-elevations-of-plasma-bile-acids-in-rats-independent-of-bsep-inhibition
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Yutai Li, Michael J Hafey, Hong Duong, Raymond Evers, Kyeongmi Cheon, Daniel J Holder, Alema Galijatovic-Idrizbegovic, Frank D Sistare, Warren E Glaab
Drug-induced liver injury (DILI) is a common toxicity observed in drug development and can lead to withdrawal of approved drugs from the market. To better understand the numerous mechanisms of DILI, recent efforts have focused on transporter inhibition, specifically liver canalicular bile salt export pump (Bsep) as one mechanism of DILI, and on the potential use of plasma bile acids as monitorable mechanism-based biomarkers of Bsep inhibition. To explore alternative mechanisms of bile acid increases in plasma, six antibiotic and two non-antibiotic drugs unlikely to be Bsep inhibitors were evaluated in rat studies...
January 20, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108651/roflumilast-and-aquaporin-2-regulation-in-rat-renal-inner-medullary-collecting-duct
#17
Ezigbobiara N Umejiego, Yanhua Wang, Mark A Knepper, Chung-Lin Chou
Roflumilast is a cyclic nucleotide phosphodiesterase inhibitor that is FDA-approved for treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. With a view toward possible use for treatment of patients with X-linked nephrogenic diabetes insipidus (NDI) due to hemizygous mutations in the V2 vasopressin receptor, this study sought to determine the effect of roflumilast on aquaporin-2 (AQP2) phosphorylation, AQP2 trafficking, and water permeability in the rat inner medullary collecting duct (IMCD). In the presence of the vasopressin analog dDAVP (0...
January 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108647/effects-of-early-life-exposure-to-thip-on-brainstem-neuronal-excitability-in-the-mecp2-null-mouse-model-of-rett-syndrome-before-and-after-drug-withdrawal
#18
Weiwei Zhong, Christopher M Johnson, Ningren Cui, Max F Oginsky, Yang Wu, Chun Jiang
Rett syndrome (RTT) is mostly caused by mutations of the X-linked MECP2 gene. Although the causal neuronal mechanisms are still unclear, accumulating experimental evidence obtained from Mecp2(-/Y) mice suggests that imbalanced excitation/inhibition in central neurons plays a major role. Several approaches may help to rebalance the excitation/inhibition, including agonists of GABAA receptors (GABAAR). Indeed, our previous studies have shown that early-life exposure of Mecp2-null mice to the extrasynaptic GABAAR agonist THIP alleviates several RTT-like symptoms including breathing disorders, motor dysfunction, social behaviors, and lifespan...
January 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108553/the-bright-fluorescent-protein-mneongreen-facilitates-protein-expression-analysis-in-vivo
#19
Lola Hostettler, Laura Grundy, Stéphanie Käser-Pébernard, Chantal Wicky, William R Schafer, Dominique A Glauser
The Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP) has been tremendously useful to investigate cell architecture, protein localization, and protein function. While recent developments in transgenesis and genome editing methods enable working with few transgene copies and, consequently, with physiological expression levels, lower signal intensity might become a limiting factor. The recently developed mNeonGreen protein is a brighter alternative to GFP in vitro The goal of the present study was to determine how mNeonGreen performs in vivo in Caenorhabditis elegans, a model extensively used for fluorescence imaging in intact animals...
January 20, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108527/incredibly-close-a-newly-identified-peroxisome-er-contact-site-in-humans
#20
Maya Schuldiner, Einat Zalckvar
Peroxisomes are tiny organelles that control important and diverse metabolic processes via their interplay with other organelles, including the endoplasmic reticulum (ER). In this issue, Costello et al. (2017. J. Cell Biol. https://doi.org/10.1083/jcb.201607055) and Hua et al. (2017. J. Cell Biol. https://doi.org/10.1083/jcb.201608128) identify a peroxisome-ER contact site in human cells held together by a tethering complex of VAPA/B (vesicle-associated membrane protein-associated proteins A/B) and ACBD5 (acyl Co-A binding protein 5)...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
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