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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917863/purification-characterization-and-biological-effect-of-reversing-the-kidney-yang-deficiency-of-polysaccharides-from-semen-cuscutae
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Song Yang, Xinfang Xu, Hefang Xu, Shuya Xu, Qinghua Lin, Zhe Jia, Ting Han, Hui Zhang, Ying Zhang, Huan Liu, Yan Gao, Xiangri Li
Semen cuscutae is a well-known Chinese medicine which has been used to nourish kidney. It is the first study to demonstrate that the polysaccharides from semen cuscutae showed significant activity of nourishing kidney-yang by increasing the levels of testosterone and estradiol, decreasing the level of blood urea nitrogen, improving immune function, possessing antioxidant effect. Three homogeneous polysaccharides were obtained by DEAE-cellulose and Sephacryl S-400 which were named as C-7WR1, C-7WR2 and C-7WR3 with average molecular weight of 7...
November 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916992/longevity-of-daily-oral-vitamin-d3-supplementation-differences-in-25ohd-and-24-25-oh-2d-observed-2%C3%A2-years-after-cessation-of-a-1-year-randomised-controlled-trial-victory-recall
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H M Macdonald, A Gryka, J C Y Tang, L S Aucott, W D Fraser, A D Wood
To determine how long vitamin D lasts after supplementation ceases, the marker of status was measured 2 and 3 years after a 1-year trial. Compared to placebo, the proportion of vitamin D-deficient women was still lower, if they had taken daily vitamin D3, after 2 years, indicating its longevity. INTRODUCTION: The purpose of this study was to determine longevity of vitamin D status following cessation of vitamin D3 supplementation, 2 and 3 years after a 1-year randomised, double-blind placebo controlled trial and to investigate possible predictive factors...
September 15, 2017: Osteoporosis International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916755/protein-o-fucosylation-in-plasmodium-falciparum-ensures-efficient-infection-of-mosquito-and-vertebrate-hosts
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Sash Lopaticki, Annie S P Yang, Alan John, Nichollas E Scott, James P Lingford, Matthew T O'Neill, Sara M Erickson, Nicole C McKenzie, Charlie Jennison, Lachlan W Whitehead, Donna N Douglas, Norman M Kneteman, Ethan D Goddard-Borger, Justin A Boddey
O-glycosylation of the Plasmodium sporozoite surface proteins CSP and TRAP was recently identified, but the role of this modification in the parasite life cycle and its relevance to vaccine design remain unclear. Here, we identify the Plasmodium protein O-fucosyltransferase (POFUT2) responsible for O-glycosylating CSP and TRAP. Genetic disruption of POFUT2 in Plasmodium falciparum results in ookinetes that are attenuated for colonizing the mosquito midgut, an essential step in malaria transmission. Some POFUT2-deficient parasites mature into salivary gland sporozoites although they are impaired for gliding motility, cell traversal, hepatocyte invasion, and production of exoerythrocytic forms in humanized chimeric liver mice...
September 15, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916188/mast-cell-chymase-decreases-the-severity-of-group-b-streptococcus-infections
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Claire Gendrin, Nicholas J Shubin, Erica Boldenow, Sean Merillat, Morgan Clauson, Danny Power, Kelly S Doran, Magnus Abrink, Gunnar Pejler, Lakshmi Rajagopal, Adrian M Piliponsky
BACKGROUND: Group B Streptococcus (GBS) or Streptococcus agalactiae are ß-hemolytic, Gram-positive bacteria that colonize the lower genital tract of women and are frequently associated with infections during pregnancy. Innate immune defenses are critical for controlling GBS dissemination and systemic infection. Mast cells are resident sentinel cells that come into contact with pathogens early during colonization and infection. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to investigate the contribution of chymase to systemic GBS infection and rates of preterm birth...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913343/exacerbating-and-reversing-lysosomal-storage-diseases-from-yeast-to-humans
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REVIEW
Tamayanthi Rajakumar, Andrew B Munkacsi, Stephen L Sturley
Lysosomal storage diseases (LSDs) arise from monogenic deficiencies in lysosomal proteins and pathways and are characterized by a tissue-wide accumulation of a vast variety of macromolecules, normally specific to each genetic lesion. Strategies for treatment of LSDs commonly depend on reduction of the offending metabolite(s) by substrate depletion or enzyme replacement. However, at least 44 of the ~50 LSDs are currently recalcitrant to intervention. Murine models have provided significant insights into our understanding of many LSD mechanisms; however, these systems do not readily permit phenotypic screening of compound libraries, or the establishment of genetic or gene-environment interaction networks...
August 25, 2017: Microbial Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912874/dietary-vitamin-b6-modulates-the-gene-expression-of-myokines-nrf2-related-factors-myogenin-and-hsp60-in-the-skeletal-muscle-of-rats
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Sofya Suidasari, Shinji Uragami, Noriyuki Yanaka, Norihisa Kato
Previous studies have suggested that vitamin B6 is an ergogenic factor. However, the role of dietary vitamin B6 in skeletal muscle has not been widely researched. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effects of dietary vitamin B6 on the gene expression of 19 myokines, 14 nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2)-regulated factors, 8 myogenesis-related factors and 4 heat shock proteins (HSPs), which may serve important roles in skeletal muscles. Rats were fed a diet containing 1 (marginal vitamin B6 deficiency), 7 (recommended dietary level) or 35 mg/kg of pyridoxine (PN) HCl/ for 6 weeks...
October 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912786/co-infection-of-sweet-orange-with-severe-and-mild-strains-of-citrus-tristeza-virus-is-overwhelmingly-dominated-by-the-severe-strain-on-both-the-transcriptional-and-biological-levels
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Shimin Fu, Jonathan Shao, Changyong Zhou, John S Hartung
Citrus tristeza is one of the most destructive citrus diseases and is caused by the phloem-restricted Closterovirus, Citrus tristeza virus. Mild strain CTV-B2 does not cause obvious symptoms on indicators whereas severe strain CTV-B6 causes symptoms, including stem pitting, cupping, yellowing, and stiffening of leaves, and vein corking. Our laboratory has previously characterized changes in transcription in sweet orange separately infected with CTV-B2 and CTV-B6. In the present study, transcriptome analysis of Citrus sinensis in response to double infection by CTV-B2 and CTV-B6 was carried out...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912669/identification-of-novel-mutations-in-congenital-afibrinogenemia-patients-and-molecular-modeling-of-missense-mutations-in-pakistani-population
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Arshi Naz, Arijit Biswas, Tehmina Nafees Khan, Anne Goodeve, Nisar Ahmed, Nazish Saqlain, Shariq Ahmed, Ikram Din Ujjan, Tahir S Shamsi, Johannes Oldenburg
BACKGROUND: Congenital afibrinogenemia (OMIM #202400) is a rare coagulation disorder that was first described in 1920. It is transmitted as an autosomal recessive trait that is characterized by absent levels of fibrinogen (factor I) in plasma. Consanguinity in Pakistan and its neighboring countries has resulted in a higher number of cases of congenital fibrinogen deficiency in their respective populations. This study focused on the detection of mutations in fibrinogen genes using DNA sequencing and molecular modeling of missense mutations in all three genes [Fibrinogen gene alpha (FGA), beta (FGB) and gamma (FGG)] in Pakistani patients...
2017: Thrombosis Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911209/intracellular-activation-of-ovastacin-mediates-pre-fertilization-hardening-of-the-zona-pellucida
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Hagen Körschgen, Michael Kuske, Konstantin Karmilin, Irene Yiallouros, Melanie Balbach, Julia Floehr, Dagmar Wachten, Willi Jahnen-Dechent, Walter Stöcker
STUDY QUESTION: How and where is pro-ovastacin activated and how does active ovastacin regulate zona pellucida hardening (ZPH) and successful fertilization? STUDY FINDING: Ovastacin is partially active before exocytosis and pre-hardens the zona pellucida (ZP) before fertilization. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: The metalloproteinase ovastacin is stored in cortical granules, it cleaves zona pellucida protein 2 (ZP2) upon fertilization and thereby destroys the ZP sperm ligand and triggers ZPH...
September 1, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911199/age-dependent-effects-of-armc5-haploinsufficiency-on-adrenocortical-function
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A Berthon, F R Faucz, S Espiard, L Drougat, J Bertherat, C A Stratakis
Inactivating mutations in the Armadillo repeat-containing 5 (ARMC5) gene have recently been discovered in primary macronodular adrenal hyperplasia (PMAH), a cause of Cushing syndrome. Biallelic ARMC5 inactivation in PMAH suggested that ARMC5 may have tumor suppressor functions in the adrenal cortex. We generated and characterized a new mouse model of Armc5 deficiency. Almost all Armc5 knockout mice died during early embryonic development, around 6.5 and 8.5 days. Knockout embryos did not undergo gastrulation, as demonstrated by the absence of mesoderm development at E7...
September 15, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911096/distinct-regulation-of-alternative-polyadenylation-and-gene-expression-by-nuclear-poly-a-polymerases
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Weimin Li, Wencheng Li, Rakesh S Laishram, Mainul Hoque, Zhe Ji, Bin Tian, Richard A Anderson
Polyadenylation of nascent RNA by poly(A) polymerase (PAP) is important for 3' end maturation of almost all eukaryotic mRNAs. Most mammalian genes harbor multiple polyadenylation sites (PASs), leading to expression of alternative polyadenylation (APA) isoforms with distinct functions. How poly(A) polymerases may regulate PAS usage and hence gene expression is poorly understood. Here, we show that the nuclear canonical (PAPα and PAPγ) and non-canonical (Star-PAP) PAPs play diverse roles in PAS selection and gene expression...
September 6, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906318/nutritional-state-and-feeding-behaviors-of-children-with-eosinophilic-esophagitis-and-gastroesophageal-reflux-disease
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Pooja Mehta, Glenn T Furuta, Taryn Brennan, Michelle L Henry, Nancy Creskoff Maune, Shikha S Sundaram, Calies Menard-Katcher, Dan Atkins, Faith Takurukura, Sandra Giffen, Zhaoxing Pan, Angela M Haas
OBJECTIVE: Because both gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) are associated with malnutrition and feeding dysfunction, this study compares growth, nutrition and feeding behaviors in children with GERD and EoE. METHODS: Subjects aged 1-7 with GERD or EoE were enrolled in a prospective study. Assessments included length/height, weight, 3-day food diary, serum biomarkers of nutrition, and the Behavioral Pediatric Feeding Assessment Scale (BPFAS)...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904456/association-of-serum-25-hydroxyvitamin-d-in-carotid-intima-media-thickness-a-study-from-south-india
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Jaydip Ray Chauduri, K Rukmini Mridula, Matapathi Umamashesh, Banda Balaraju, V C S Srinivasarao Bandaru
BACKGROUND: Abnormal carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) is a marker of carotid atherosclerosis which is a risk factor for cerebrovascular and cardiovascular diseases. Recent studies have found an association of 25-hydroxyvitamin D deficiency with abnormal carotid IMT. PURPOSE: The purpose of the study was to investigate the association of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels with carotid IMT in Indian participants. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We prospectively recruited 300 participants at Yashoda Hospital, Hyderabad, during the study period between January 2012 and December 2014...
July 2017: Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903498/from-the-cover-lifelong-exposure-of-c57bl-6n-male-mice-to-bisphenol-a-or-bisphenol-s-reduces-recovery-from-a-myocardial-infarction
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Amanda Kasneci, Jun Seong Lee, Tae Jin Yun, Jijun Shang, Shaun Lampen, Tamar Gomolin, Cheolho C Cheong, Lorraine E Chalifour
Bisphenol A (BPA) leaches from plastics to contaminate foodstuffs. Analogs, such as bisphenol S (BPS), are now used increasingly in manufacturing. Greater BPA exposure has been correlated with exacerbation of cardiovascular disease, including myocardial infarction (MI). To test the hypothesis that bisphenol exposure impairs cardiac healing, we exposed C57bl/6n mice to water containing 25ng/ml BPA or BPS from conception and surgically induced an MI in adult male progeny. Increased early death and cardiac dilation, and reduced cardiac function were found post-MI in BPA- and BPS-exposed mice...
September 1, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903385/dpp-4-enzyme-deficiency-protects-kidney-from-acute-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-role-for-remote-intermittent-bowel-ischemia-reperfusion-preconditioning
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Yen-Ta Chen, Christopher Glenn Wallace, Chih-Chao Yang, Chih-Hung Chen, Kuan-Hung Chen, Pei-Hsun Sung, Yung-Lung Chen, Han-Tan Chai, Sheng-Ying Chung, Sarah Chua, Fan-Yen Lee, Sheung-Fat Ko, Mel S Lee, Hon-Kan Yip
We analyzed the effects of acute ischemia-reperfusion (KIR) injury on the status of kidney function and architecture in dipeptidyl peptidase4-difficient (DPP4(D)) rats and the effect of remote small bowel ischemia-reperfusion (BIR) preconditioning. DPP4-deficient (DPP4(D)) and normal Fischer344 (F344) rats were divided into 6 groups: (1) sham-F344, (2) sham-DPP4(D), (3) KIR-F344 (4) KIR-DPP4(D), (5) DPP4(D)-KIR-extendin-9-39 and (6) BIR-KIR-F344. Blood creatinine and urea nitrogen levels and the urinary protein-to-creatinine ratio was higher in KIR-F344 rats than BIR-KIR-F344 or KIR-DPP4(D) rats 72 h after acute KIR...
August 15, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902627/serum-%C3%AE-klotho-levels-are-not-informative-for-the-evaluation-of-growth-hormone-secretion-in-short-children
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Cristina Meazza, Heba H Elsedfy, Randa I Khalaf, Fiorenzo Lupi, Sara Pagani, Mohamed El Kholy, Carmine Tinelli, Giorgio Radetti, Mauro Bozzola
BACKGROUND: α-Klotho is a transmembrane protein that can be cleaved and act as a circulating hormone (s-klotho). s-Klotho serum levels seem to reflect growth hormone (GH) secretory status. We investigated the role of s-klotho as a reliable marker of GH secretion in short children and the factors influencing its secretion. METHODS: We enrolled 40 short Egyptian children (20 GH deficiency [GHD] and 20 idiopathic short stature [ISS]). They underwent a pegvisomant-primed insulin tolerance test (ITT) and were accordingly reclassified as 16 GHD and 24 ISS...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology & Metabolism: JPEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900001/samd7-is-a-cell-type-specific-prc1-component-essential-for-establishing-retinal-rod-photoreceptor-identity
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Yoshihiro Omori, Shun Kubo, Tetsuo Kon, Mayu Furuhashi, Hirotaka Narita, Taro Kominami, Akiko Ueno, Ryotaro Tsutsumi, Taro Chaya, Haruka Yamamoto, Isao Suetake, Shinji Ueno, Haruhiko Koseki, Atsushi Nakagawa, Takahisa Furukawa
Precise transcriptional regulation controlled by a transcription factor network is known to be crucial for establishing correct neuronal cell identities and functions in the CNS. In the retina, the expression of various cone and rod photoreceptor cell genes is regulated by multiple transcription factors; however, the role of epigenetic regulation in photoreceptor cell gene expression has been poorly understood. Here, we found that Samd7, a rod-enriched sterile alpha domain (SAM) domain protein, is essential for silencing nonrod gene expression through H3K27me3 regulation in rod photoreceptor cells...
September 12, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28888202/iron-accumulation-in-senescent-cells-is-coupled-with-impaired-ferritinophagy-and-inhibition-of-ferroptosis
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Shashank Masaldan, Sharnel A S Clatworthy, Cristina Gamell, Peter M Meggyesy, Antonia-Tonia Rigopoulos, Sue Haupt, Ygal Haupt, Delphine Denoyer, Paul A Adlard, Ashley I Bush, Michael A Cater
Cellular senescence is characterised by the irreversible arrest of proliferation, a pro-inflammatory secretory phenotype and evasion of programmed cell death mechanisms. We report that senescence alters cellular iron acquisition and storage and also impedes iron-mediated cell death pathways. Senescent cells, regardless of stimuli (irradiation, replicative or oncogenic), accumulate vast amounts of intracellular iron (up to 30-fold) with concomitant changes in the levels of iron homeostasis proteins. For instance, ferritin (iron storage) levels provided a robust biomarker of cellular senescence, for associated iron accumulation and for resistance to iron-induced toxicity...
September 1, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887792/liver-failure-as-the-presentation-of-ornithine-transcarbamylase-deficiency-in-a-13-month-old-female
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Farrah Rajabi, Lance H Rodan, Maureen M Jonas, Janet S Soul, Nicole J Ullrich, Ann Wessel, Susan E Waisbren, Wen-Hann Tan, Gerard T Berry
Ornithine transcarbamylase deficiency (OTCD) is an X-linked urea cycle disorder with variable expressivity in heterozygous females. While liver function testing is often abnormal in patients with OTCD, liver failure is uncommon on presentation. A 13-month-old female with no significant past medical history presented with irritability, right arm weakness, and decreased appetite. Initial workup revealed hepatic dysfunction with an INR of 3.4, ammonia level of 75 μmol/L, and abnormal brain MRI with gyral edema with restricted diffusion, and patchy signal abnormality in basal ganglia...
September 9, 2017: JIMD Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887111/impairment-of-gill-structural-integrity-by-manganese-deficiency-or-excess-related-to-induction-of-oxidative-damage-apoptosis-and-dysfunction-of-the-physical-barrier-as-regulated-by-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-caspase-and-nrf2-signaling-in-fish
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Wei-Dan Jiang, Ren-Jun Tang, Yang Liu, Pei Wu, Sheng-Yao Kuang, Jun Jiang, Ling Tang, Wu-Neng Tang, Yong-An Zhang, Xiao-Qiu Zhou, Lin Feng
This study is for the first time to explore the possible effects of dietary manganese (Mn) on structural integrity and the related signaling in the gills of fish. Grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella) were fed with six diets containing graded levels of Mn [3.65-27.86 mg Mn/kg diet] for 8 weeks. The results firstly demonstrated that Mn deficiency aggravated inflammation indicated by up-regulation of pro-inflammatory cytokines (tumour necrosis factor α, interleukin 8, and interleukin 1β mRNA levels) and down-regulation of anti-inflammatory cytokines (interleukin 10, transforming growth factor-β1) mRNA levels, which might be partially related to the up-regulation of nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB p65) and down-regulation of nuclear inhibitor factor κBα (iκBα) mRNA levels in the gills of fish...
September 6, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
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