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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646141/human-sialidase-neu3-is-s-acylated-and-behaves-like-an-integral-membrane-protein
#1
Macarena Rodriguez-Walker, Jose L Daniotti
Membrane-bound sialidase Neu3 is involved in the catabolism of glycoconjugates, and plays crucial roles in numerous biological processes. Since the mechanism of its association with membranes is still not completely understood, the aim of this work was to provide further information regarding this aspect. Human Neu3 was found to be associated with the plasma membrane and endomembranes, and it was not released from the lipid bilayer under conditions that typically release peripheral membrane proteins. By different experimental approaches, we demonstrated that its C-terminus is exposed to the cytosol while another portion of the protein is exposed to the extracellular space, suggesting that Neu3 possesses the features of a transmembrane protein...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645873/generation-of-nitric-oxide-by-olive-olea-europaea-l-pollen-during-in-vitro-germination-and-assessment-of-the-s-nitroso-and-nitro-pollen-proteomes-by-computational-predictive-methods
#2
María José Jimenez-Quesada, Rosario Carmona, Elena Lima-Cabello, José Ángel Traverso, Antonio Jesús Castro, M Gonzalo Claros, Juan de Dios Alché
Nitric oxide is recognized as a signaling molecule involved in a broad range of physiological processes in plants including sexual reproduction. NO has been detected in the pollen grain at high levels and regulates pollen tube growth. Previous studies demonstrated that NO as well as ROS are produced in the olive reproductive tissues in a stage- and tissue-specific manner. The aim of this study was to assess the production of NO throughout the germination of olive (Olea europaea L.) pollen in vitro. The NO fluorescent probe DAF-2DA was used to image NO production in situ, which was correlated to pollen viability...
June 20, 2017: Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645845/the-feature-weighted-receptive-field-an-interpretable-encoding-model-for-complex-feature-spaces
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REVIEW
Ghislain St-Yves, Thomas Naselaris
We introduce the feature-weighted receptive field (fwRF), an encoding model designed to balance expressiveness, interpretability and scalability. The fwRFis organized around the notion of a feature map-a transformation of visual stimuli into visual features that preserves the topology of visual space (but not necessarily the native resolution of the stimulus). The key assumption of the fwRFmodel is that activity in each voxel encodes variation in a spatially localized region across multiple feature maps. This region is fixed for all feature maps; however, the contribution of each feature map to voxel activity is weighted...
June 20, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645799/genotype-phenotype-evaluation-of-med13l-defects-in-the-light-of-a-novel-truncating-and-a-recurrent-missense-mutation
#4
Reza Asadollahi, Markus Zweier, Laura Gogoll, Raphael Schiffmann, Heinrich Sticht, Katharina Steindl, Anita Rauch
A decade after the designation of MED13L as a gene and its link to intellectual disability (ID) and dextro-looped transposition of great arteries in 2003, we previously described a recognizable syndrome due to MED13L haploinsufficiency. Subsequent reports of 22 further patients diagnosed by genome-wide testing further delineated the syndrome with expansion of the phenotypic spectrum and showed reduced penetrance for congenital heart defects. We now report two novel patients identified by whole exome sequencing, one with a de novo MED13L truncating mutation and the other with a de novo missense mutation...
June 20, 2017: European Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645778/whole-genome-sequencing-of-monozygotic-twins-discordant-for-schizophrenia-indicates-multiple-genetic-risk-factors-for-schizophrenia
#5
Jinsong Tang, Yu Fan, Hong Li, Qun Xiang, Deng-Feng Zhang, Zongchang Li, Ying He, Yanhui Liao, Ya Wang, Fan He, Fengyu Zhang, Yin Yao Shugart, Chunyu Liu, Yanqing Tang, Raymond C K Chan, Chuan-Yue Wang, Yong-Gang Yao, Xiaogang Chen
Schizophrenia is a common disorder with a high heritability, but its genetic architecture is still elusive. We implemented whole-genome sequencing (WGS) analysis of 8 families with monozygotic (MZ) twin pairs discordant for schizophrenia to assess potential association of de novo mutations (DNMs) or inherited variants with susceptibility to schizophrenia. Eight nonsynonymous DNMs (including one splicing site) were identified and shared by twins, which were either located in previously reported schizophrenia risk genes (p...
June 8, 2017: Journal of Genetics and Genomics, Yi Chuan Xue Bao
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645577/quantitative-structure-skin-permeability-relationships
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REVIEW
Ivanka Tsakovska, Ilza Pajeva, Merilin Al Sharif, Petko Alov, Elena Fioravanzo, Simona Kovarich, Andrew P Worth, Andrea-Nicole Richarz, Chihae Yang, Aleksandra Mostrag-Szlichtyng, Mark T D Cronin
This paper reviews in silico models currently available for the prediction of skin permeability. A comprehensive discussion on the currently available methods is presented, focusing on quantitative structure-permeability relationships. In addition, the mechanistic models and comparative studies that analyse different models are discussed. Limitations and strengths of the different approaches are highlighted together with the emergent issues and perspectives.
June 20, 2017: Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644346/twelve-novel-mutations-in-the-slc26a3-gene-in-17-sporadic-cases-of-congenital-chloride-diarrhea
#7
Felice Amato, Giuseppe Cardillo, Renato Liguori, Manuela Scorza, Marika Comegna, Ausilia Elce, Sonia Giordano, Laura Lucaccioni, Licia Lugli, Sabrina Cardile, Claudio Romano, Vincenza Pezzella, Giuseppe Castaldo, Roberto Berni Canani
OBJECTIVES: We aimed to improve the knowledge of pathogenic mutations in sporadic cases of congenital chloride diarrhea (CCD) and emphasize the importance of functional studies to define the effect of novel mutations. METHODS: All member 3 of solute carrier family 26 (SLC26A3) coding regions were sequenced in 17 sporadic patients with CCD. Moreover, the minigene system was used to analyze the effect of 2 novel splicing mutations. RESULTS: We defined the SLC26A3 genotype of all 17 patients with CCD and identified 12 novel mutations...
July 2017: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642978/ectopic-delivery-of-mir-200c-diminishes-hepatitis-c-virus-infectivity-through-transcriptional-and-translational-repression-of-occludin
#8
Dalia S Elhelw, Sarah E Riad, Heba Shawer, Nada El-Ekiaby, Ayman Salah, Abdelrahman Zekri, Asma Amleh, Gamal Esmat, Ahmed Ihab Abdelaziz
Occludin (OCLN) is an essential factor for HCV entry through interacting with other surface receptors. The aim of this study was to investigate the epigenetic regulation of Occludin expression and to study its impact on viral infectivity. microRNAs expression was assessed using qRT-PCR, while OCLN protein expression was investigated by indirect immunofluorescence and Western blotting. Viral infectivity was assessed by measuring viral-load using qRT-PCR. In silico analysis predicted that miR-200c targeted the OCLN 3'UTR, which was further experimentally confirmed...
June 22, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642634/analysis-of-map-kinase-mpk4-mekk1-mkk-genes-of-carica-papaya-l-comparative-to-other-plant-homologues
#9
Muhammad Hanam Hamid, Lina Rozano, Wee Chien Yeong, Janna Ong Abdullah, Noor Baity Saidi
Mitogen-activated protein kinase 4 (MPK4) interacts with the (Mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase kinase 1) MEKK1/ Mitogenactivated protein kinase kinase 1 (MKK1)/ Mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase 2 (MKK2) complex to affect its function in plant development or against pathogen attacks. The KEGG (Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes) network analysis of Arabidopsis thaliana revealed close interactions between those four genes in the same plant-pathogen interaction pathway, which warrants further study of these genes due to their evolutionary conservation in different plant species...
2017: Bioinformation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642484/mir-100-5p-inhibition-induces-apoptosis-in-dormant-prostate-cancer-cells-and-prevents-the-emergence-of-castration-resistant-prostate-cancer
#10
Noushin Nabavi, Nur Ridzwan Nur Saidy, Erik Venalainen, Anne Haegert, Abhijit Parolia, Hui Xue, Yuwei Wang, Rebecca Wu, Xin Dong, Colin Collins, Francesco Crea, Yuzhuo Wang
Carcinoma of the prostate is the most common cancer in men. Treatment of aggressive prostate cancer involves a regiment of radical prostectomy, radiation therapy, chemotherapy and hormonal therapy. Despite significant improvements in the last decade, the treatment of prostate cancer remains unsatisfactory, because a significant fraction of prostate cancers develop resistance to multiple treatments and become incurable. This prompts an urgent need to investigate the molecular mechanisms underlying the evolution of therapy-induced resistance of prostate cancer either in the form of castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) or transdifferentiated neuroendocrine prostate cancer (NEPC)...
June 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641578/methylome-analysis-of-extreme-chemoresponsive-patients-identifies-novel-markers-of-platinum-sensitivity-in-high-grade-serous-ovarian-cancer
#11
Tushar Tomar, Nicolette G Alkema, Leroy Schreuder, Gert Jan Meersma, Tim de Meyer, Wim van Criekinge, Harry G Klip, Heidi Fiegl, Els van Nieuwenhuysen, Ignace Vergote, Martin Widschwendter, Ed Schuuring, Ate G J van der Zee, Steven de Jong, G Bea A Wisman
BACKGROUND: Despite an early response to platinum-based chemotherapy in advanced stage high-grade serous ovarian cancer (HGSOC), the majority of patients will relapse with drug-resistant disease. Aberrant epigenetic alterations like DNA methylation are common in HGSOC. Differences in DNA methylation are associated with chemoresponse in these patients. The objective of this study was to identify and validate novel epigenetic markers of chemoresponse using genome-wide analysis of DNA methylation in extreme chemoresponsive HGSOC patients...
June 23, 2017: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641512/molecular-docking-and-molecular-dynamics-simulation-based-approach-to-explore-the-dual-inhibitor-against-hiv-1-reverse-transcriptase-and-integrase
#12
Subhash Chander, Rajan Kumar Pandey, Ashok Penta, Bhanwar Singh Choudhary, Manish Sharma, Ruchi Malik, Vijay Kumar Prajapati, Sankaranarayanan Murugesan
HIV integrase (IN) and reverse transcriptase (RT) are key enzymes for the replication of HIV-1. DNA polymerase and ribonuclease H (RNase H) are the two catalytic domains of HIV-1 RT which are validated as drug targets because of their essence for replication. IN and RNase H domain of RT share the striking structural similarity; it contains conserved DDE triad (two aspartates and one glutamate) and a pair of divalent Mg2+/Mn2+ ions at their catalytic core domain. Therefore, the search of compounds with dual inhibition of IN and RNase H can be the viable and more efficacious approach for the drug development against both wild and drug resistance strains of HIV...
June 15, 2017: Combinatorial Chemistry & High Throughput Screening
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641482/insights-into-eukaryotic-evolution-from-transmembrane-domain-lengths
#13
Aditya Mittal, Snigdha Singh
Biological membranes, comprised of proteins anchored by their trans-membrane domains (TMDs) creating a semi-permeable phase with lipid constituents, serve as "checkposts" for not only intracellular trafficking in eukaryotic cells but also for material transactions of all living cells with external environments. Hydropathy (or hydrophobicity) plots of "bitopic" proteins (i.e. having single alpha-helical TMDs) are routinely utilized in biochemistry texts for predicting their TMDs. The number of amino acids (i...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641312/impact-of-novel-mir-145-3p-regulatory-networks-on-survival-in-patients-with-castration-resistant-prostate-cancer
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Yusuke Goto, Akira Kurozumi, Takayuki Arai, Nijiro Nohata, Satoko Kojima, Atsushi Okato, Mayuko Kato, Kazuto Yamazaki, Yasuo Ishida, Yukio Naya, Tomohiko Ichikawa, Naohiko Seki
BACKGROUND: Despite recent advancements, metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) is not considered curative. Novel approaches for identification of therapeutic targets of CRPC are needed. METHODS: Next-generation sequencing revealed 945-1248 miRNAs from each lethal mCRPC sample. We constructed miRNA expression signatures of CRPC by comparing the expression of miRNAs between CRPC and normal prostate tissue or hormone-sensitive prostate cancer (HSPC)...
June 22, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641210/comparative-analysis-of-polyspecificity-of-the-endogenous-trna-synthetase-of-different-expression-host-towards-photocrosslinking-amino-acids-using-an-in-silico-approach
#15
Nadarajan Saravanan Prabhu, Hyungdon Yun
Photo-induced covalent crosslinking has emerged as the powerful strategy for analyzing and characterizing the protein-protein interaction and mapping protein 3D conformations. In the last decades, a number of photocrosslinking amino acids have been reported but only a few have been efficiently utilized for photocrosslinking purposes. Recently, incorporation of diazirine containing photoactivatable analogs such as photo-methionine, photo-leucine, photo-isoleucine and photo-lysine into target proteins were accomplished in live cells (Human A549cells, HEK 293) by depleting corresponding natural amino acid and supplementing these analogs in the medium...
June 8, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640805/high-confidence-assessment-of-functional-impact-of-human-mitochondrial-non-synonymous-genome-variations-by-apogee
#16
Stefano Castellana, Caterina Fusilli, Gianluigi Mazzoccoli, Tommaso Biagini, Daniele Capocefalo, Massimo Carella, Angelo Luigi Vescovi, Tommaso Mazza
24,189 are all the possible non-synonymous amino acid changes potentially affecting the human mitochondrial DNA. Only a tiny subset was functionally evaluated with certainty so far, while the pathogenicity of the vast majority was only assessed in-silico by software predictors. Since these tools proved to be rather incongruent, we have designed and implemented APOGEE, a machine-learning algorithm that outperforms all existing prediction methods in estimating the harmfulness of mitochondrial non-synonymous genome variations...
June 22, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640592/identification-of-a-small-molecule-activator-for-aphb-a-lysr-type-virulence-transcriptional-regulator-in-vibrio-cholerae
#17
Britney Privett, Maria Pellegrini, Gabriela Kovacikova, Ronald Taylor, Karen Skorupski, Dale F Mierke, F Jon Kull
AphB is a LysR-type transcriptional regulator (LTTR) that cooperates with a second transcriptional activator, AphA, at the tcpPH promoter to initiate expression of the virulence cascade in Vibrio cholerae. Since it is not yet known whether AphB responds to a natural ligand in V. cholerae that influences its ability to activate transcription, we used a computational approach to identify small molecules that influence its activity. In silico docking was used to identify potential ligands for AphB, and saturation transfer difference NMR was subsequently employed to access the validity of promising targets...
June 22, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639390/design-synthesis-and-biological-evaluation-of-a-new-class-of-benzo-b-furan-derivatives-as-antiproliferative-agents-with-in-silico-predicted-antitubulin-activity
#18
Antonino Lauria, Carla Gentile, Francesco Mingoia, Antonio Palumbo Piccionello, Roberta Bartolotta, Riccardo Delisi, Silvestre Buscemi, Annamaria Martorana
A new series of 3-benzoylamino-5-(1H-imidazol-4-yl)methylaminobenzo[b]furans were synthesized and screened as antitumor agents. As a general trend, tested compounds showed concentration-dependent antiproliferative activity against HeLa and MCF-7 cancer cell lines, exhibiting GI50 values in the low micromolar range. In most cases, insertion of a methyl substituent on the imidazole moiety improved the antiproliferative activity. Therefore, methyl-imidazolyl-benzo[b]furans compounds were tested in cell cycle perturbation experiments, producing cell cycle arrest with proapoptotic effects...
June 22, 2017: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639016/accumulation-properties-of-polychlorinated-biphenyl-congeners-in-yusho-patients-and-prediction-of-their-cytochrome-p450-dependent-metabolism-by-in-silico-analysis
#19
Shusaku Hirakawa, Takashi Miyawaki, Tsuguhide Hori, Jumboku Kajiwara, Susumu Katsuki, Masashi Hirano, Yuka Yoshinouchi, Hisato Iwata, Chikage Mitoma, Masutaka Furue
In what has become known as the Yusho incident, thousands of people in western Japan were poisoned by the accidental ingestion of rice bran oil contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and various dioxins and dioxin-like compounds. In this study, we investigated the accumulation patterns of 69 PCB congeners in the blood of Yusho patients in comparison with those of non-exposed controls. The blood samples were collected at medical check-ups in 2004 and 2005. To compare the patterns of PCB congeners, we calculated the concentration ratio of each congener relative to the 2,2',4,4',5,5'-hexaCB (CB153) concentration...
June 21, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638312/in-silico-signature-prediction-modeling-in-cytolethal-distending-toxin-producing-escherichia-coli-strains
#20
Maryam Javadi, Mana Oloomi, Saeid Bouzari
In this study, cytolethal distending toxin (CDT) producer isolates genome were compared with genome of pathogenic and commensal Escherichia coli strains. Conserved genomic signatures among different types of CDT producer E. coli strains were assessed. It was shown that they could be used as biomarkers for research purposes and clinical diagnosis by polymerase chain reaction, or in vaccine development. cdt genes and several other genetic biomarkers were identified as signature sequences in CDT producer strains...
June 2017: Genomics & Informatics
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