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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163021/schizophrenia-shows-disrupted-links-between-brain-volume-and-dynamic-functional-connectivity
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Anees Abrol, Barnaly Rashid, Srinivas Rachakonda, Eswar Damaraju, Vince D Calhoun
Studies featuring multimodal neuroimaging data fusion for understanding brain function and structure, or disease characterization, leverage the partial information available in each of the modalities to reveal data variations not exhibited through the independent analyses. Similar to other complex syndromes, the characteristic brain abnormalities in schizophrenia may be better understood with the help of the additional information conveyed by leveraging an advanced modeling method involving multiple modalities...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162445/the-neuromorphological-caudate-putaminal-clustering-of-neostriate-interneurons-kohonen-self-organizing-maps-and-supervised-artificial-neural-networks-with-multivariate-analysis
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Ivan Grbatinić, Nebojša Milošević, Bojana Krstonošić
AIMS: The objective of this study is to investigate the possibility of the neuromorphotopological clustering of neostriate interneurons (NSIN) and their consequent classification into caudate (CIN) and putaminal neuron type (PIN), according to the nuclear localization of the neurons. It tends to discover whether these two topological neuron types are morphologically different. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The binary images of adult human NSIN are used for the purposes of the analysis...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155710/dna-nanotubes-as-a-versatile-tool-to-study-semiflexible-polymers
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Jörg Schnauß, Martin Glaser, Jessica S Lorenz, Carsten Schuldt, Christin Möser, Martin Sajfutdinow, Tina Händler, Josef A Käs, David M Smith
Mechanical properties of complex, polymer-based soft matter, such as cells or biopolymer networks, can be understood in neither the classical frame of flexible polymers nor of rigid rods. Underlying filaments remain outstretched due to their non-vanishing backbone stiffness, which is quantified via the persistence length (lp), but they are also subject to strong thermal fluctuations. Their finite bending stiffness leads to unique, non-trivial collective mechanics of bulk networks, enabling the formation of stable scaffolds at low volume fractions while providing large mesh sizes...
October 25, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147533/what-is-the-fundamental-ion-specific-series-for-anions-and-cations-ion-specificity-in-standard-partial-molar-volumes-of-electrolytes-and-electrostriction-in-water-and-non-aqueous-solvents
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Virginia Mazzini, Vincent S J Craig
The importance of electrolyte solutions cannot be overstated. Beyond the ionic strength of electrolyte solutions the specific nature of the ions present is vital in controlling a host of properties. Therefore ion specificity is fundamentally important in physical chemistry, engineering and biology. The observation that the strengths of the effect of ions often follows well established series suggests that a single predictive and quantitative description of specific-ion effects covering a wide range of systems is possible...
October 1, 2017: Chemical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146597/structure-guided-engineering-of-the-substrate-specificity-of-a-fungal-%C3%AE-glucuronidase-toward-triterpenoid-saponins
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Bo Lv, Hanli Sun, Shen Huang, Xudong Feng, Tao Jiang, Chun Li
Glycoside hydrolases (GHs) have attracted special attention in research aimed at modifying natural products by partial removal of sugar moieties to manipulate their solubility and efficacy. However, these modifications are challenging to control because the low substrate specificity of most GHs often generates undesired by-products. We previously identified a GH2-type fungal β-glucuronidase from Aspergillus oryzae (PGUS) exhibiting promiscuous substrate specificity in hydrolysis of triterpenoid saponins. Here, we present the PGUS structure, representing the first structure of a fungal β-glucuronidase, and of an inactive PGUS mutant in complex with the native substrate glycyrrhetic acid 3-O-mono-β- glucuronide (GAMG)...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138002/the-mechanism-of-hdea-unfolding-and-chaperone-activation
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Loïc Salmon, Frederick Stull, Sabrina Sayle, Claire Cato, Şerife Akgül, Linda Foit, Logan S Ahlstrom, Elan Z Eisenmesser, Hashim M Al-Hashimi, James C A Bardwell, Scott Horowitz
HdeA is a periplasmic chaperone that is rapidly activated upon shifting the pH to acidic conditions. This activation is thought to involve monomerization of HdeA. There is evidence that monomerization and partial unfolding allow the chaperone to bind to proteins denatured by low pH thereby protecting them from aggregation. We analyzed the acid-induced unfolding of HdeA using NMR spectroscopy and fluorescence measurements, and obtained experimental evidence suggesting a complex mechanism in HdeA's acid-induced unfolding pathway, as previously postulated from molecular dynamics simulations...
November 11, 2017: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137925/polycomb-repression-complex-2-is-required-for-the-maintenance-of-retinal-progenitor-cells-and-balanced-retinal-differentiation
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Naoko Fujimura, Andrea Kuzelova, Anja Ebert, Hynek Strnad, Jitka Lachova, Ondrej Machon, Meinrad Busslinger, Zbynek Kozmik
Polycomb repressive complexes maintain transcriptional repression of genes encoding crucial developmental regulators through chromatin modification. Here we investigated the role of Polycomb repressive complex 2 (PRC2) in retinal development by inactivating its key components Eed and Ezh2. Conditional deletion of Ezh2 resulted in a partial loss of PRC2 function and accelerated differentiation of Müller glial cells. In contrast, inactivation of Eed led to the ablation of PRC2 function at early postnatal stage...
November 11, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135137/-renal-function-after-laparoscopic-partial-nephrectomy-with-superselective-balloon-embolization-of-renal-artery
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A V Maksimov, A G Martov, L P Pavlov
AIM: To evaluate the functional state of the renal parenchyma after partial nephrectomy, depending on surgical technique. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study comprised 21 patients with kidney neoplasms of stage T1-2N0M0. The patients underwent either laparoscopic partial nephrectomy with superselective balloon embolization of the renal artery (study group, n=11), or partial nephrectomy with vascular clamping (control group, n=10). The mean age of the patients in the study group (3 men and 8 women) was 56...
October 2017: Urologii︠a︡
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134332/type-iv-pilus-biogenesis-genes-and-their-roles-in-biofilm-formation-in-the-biological-control-agent-lysobacter-enzymogenes-oh11
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Jing Xia, Jiaojiao Chen, Yuan Chen, Guoliang Qian, Fengquan Liu
Type IV pilus (T4P) is widespread in bacteria, yet its biogenesis mechanism and functionality is only partially elucidated in a limited number of bacterial species. Here, by using strain OH11 as the model organism, we reported the identification of 26 T4P structural or functional component (SFC) proteins in the Gram-negative Lysobacter enzymogenes, which is a biocontrol agent potentially exploiting T4P-mediated twitching motility for antifungal activity. Twenty such SFC coding genes were individually knocked-out in-frame to create a T4P SFC deletion library...
November 13, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126476/high-throughput-human-plasma-n-glycan-analysis-using-dna-analyzer-and-multivariate-analysis-for-biomarker-discovery
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Hua-Tao Feng, Siying Lim, Anna Karen Carrasco Laserna, Pingjing Li, Xuejiao Yin, Erhan Simsek, Shaheer H Khan, Shiaw-Min Chen, Sam F Y Li
Carbohydrates form the majority of organic compounds found in nature and their presence on proteins influences many important bioactivities. Therefore, glycan profiling shows potential in clinical applications. This work demonstrates the use of a high-throughput GlycanAssure™ sample preparation technology and multi-capillary DNA analyzer for the analysis of the major N-linked glycans (N-glycans) found in human plasma. The application involves two biomarker studies: (1) in profiling patients with chronic kidney disease and (2) in differentiating heart disease patients with normal controls in response to an antiplatelet drug from hypo-responders...
December 1, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124976/rethinking-mercury-the-role-of-selenium-in-the-pathophysiology-of-mercury-toxicity
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Henry A Spiller
INTRODUCTION: There is increasing evidence that the pathophysiological target of mercury is in fact selenium, rather than the covalent binding of mercury to sulfur in the body's ubiquitous sulfhydryl groups. The role of selenium in mercury poisoning is multifaceted, bidirectional, and central to understanding the target organ toxicity of mercury. METHODS: An initial search was performed using Medline/PubMed, Toxline, Google Scholar, and Google for published work on mercury and selenium...
November 10, 2017: Clinical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123483/impact-of-vortioxetine-on-synaptic-integration-in-prefrontal-subcortical-circuits-comparisons-with-escitalopram
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Shreaya Chakroborty, Thomas R Geisbush, Elena Dale, Alan L Pehrson, Connie Sánchez, Anthony R West
Prefrontal-subcortical circuits support executive functions which often become dysfunctional in psychiatric disorders. Vortioxetine is a multimodal antidepressant that is currently used in the clinic to treat major depressive disorder. Mechanisms of action of vortioxetine include serotonin (5-HT) transporter blockade, 5-HT1A receptor agonism, 5-HT1B receptor partial agonism, and 5-HT1D, 5-HT3, and 5-HT7 receptor antagonism. Vortioxetine facilitates 5-HT transmission in the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC), however, the impact of this compound on related prefrontal-subcortical circuits is less clear...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121886/the-strange-case-of-mr-h-starting-dialysis-at-90%C3%A2-years-of-age-clinical-choices-impact-on-ethical-decisions
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Giorgina Barbara Piccoli, Andreea Corina Sofronie, Jean-Philippe Coindre
BACKGROUND: Starting dialysis at an advanced age is a clinical challenge and an ethical dilemma. The advantages of starting dialysis at "extreme" ages are questionable as high dialysis-related morbidity induces a reflection on the cost- benefit ratio of this demanding and expensive treatment in a person that has a short life expectancy. Where clinical advantages are doubtful, ethical analysis can help us reach decisions and find adapted solutions. CASE PRESENTATION: Mr...
November 9, 2017: BMC Medical Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120300/enterovirus-71-antagonizes-the-antiviral-activity-of-host-stat3-and-il-6r-with-partial-dependence-on-virus-induced-mir-124
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Zhangmei Chang, Yan Wang, Liang Bian, Qingqing Liu, Jian-Er Long
Enterovirus 71 (EV71) has caused major outbreaks of hand, foot and mouth disease. EV71 infections increase the production of many host cytokines and pro-inflammatory factors, including interleukin (IL)-6, IL-10 and COX-2. Some of these molecules could stimulate the signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3), which plays a key role in regulating host immune responses and several viral diseases. However, the role of STAT3 in EV71 infection remains unknown. This study found that the phosphorylation levels of STAT3 (p(Y705)-STAT3) are closely related to EV71 infection...
November 9, 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118853/identification-of-a-novel-herv-k-hml10-comprehensive-characterization-and-comparative-analysis-in-non-human-primates-provide-insights-about-hml10-proviruses-structure-and-diffusion
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Nicole Grandi, Marta Cadeddu, Maria Paola Pisano, Francesca Esposito, Jonas Blomberg, Enzo Tramontano
Background: About half of the human genome is constituted of transposable elements, including human endogenous retroviruses (HERV). HERV sequences represent the 8% of our genetic material, deriving from exogenous infections occurred millions of years ago in the germ line cells and being inherited by the offspring in a Mendelian fashion. HERV-K elements (classified as HML1-10) are among the most studied HERV groups, especially due to their possible correlation with human diseases. In particular, the HML10 group was reported to be upregulated in persistent HIV-1 infected cells as well as in tumor cells and samples, and proposed to have a role in the control of host genes expression...
2017: Mobile DNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114019/native-elongating-transcript-sequencing-reveals-global-anti-correlation-between-sense-and-antisense-nascent-transcription-in-fission-yeast
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Maxime Wery, Camille Gautier, Marc Descrimes, Mayuko Yoda, Hervé Vennin-Rendos, Valérie Migeot, Daniel Gautheret, Damien Hermand, Antonin Morillon
Antisense transcription can regulate sense gene expression. However, previous annotations of antisense transcription units have been based on detection of mature antisense long non-coding (aslnc)RNAs by RNA-Seq and/or micro-arrays, only giving a partial view of the antisense transcription landscape and incomplete molecular bases for antisense-mediated regulation. Here, we used Native Elongating Transcript sequencing to map genome-wide nascent antisense transcription in fission yeast. Strikingly, antisense transcription was detected for most protein-coding genes, correlating with low sense transcription, especially when overlapping the mRNA start site...
November 7, 2017: RNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29112719/a-lesion-model-of-envy-and-schadenfreude-legal-deservingness-and-moral-dimensions-as-revealed-by-neurodegeneration
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Hernando Santamaría-García, Sandra Baez, Pablo Reyes, José A Santamaría-García, José M Santacruz-Escudero, Diana Matallana, Analía Arévalo, Mariano Sigman, Adolfo M García, Agustín Ibáñez
The study of moral emotions (i.e. Schadenfreude and envy) is critical to understand the ecological complexity of everyday interactions between cognitive, affective, and social cognition processes. Most previous studies in this area have used correlational imaging techniques and framed Schadenfreude and envy as unified and monolithic emotional domains. Here, we profit from a relevant neurodegeneration model to disentangle the brain regions engaged in three dimensions of Schadenfreude and envy: deservingness, morality, and legality...
November 2, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29112375/gold-polar-intermetallics-structural-versatility-through-exclusive-bonding-motifs
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Volodymyr Smetana, Melissa Rhodehouse, Gerd Meyer, Anja-Verena Mudring
The design of new materials with desired chemical and physical characteristics requires thorough understanding of the underlying composition-structure-property relationships and the experimental possibility of their modification through the controlled involvement of new components. From this point of view, intermetallic phases, a class of compounds formed by two or more metals, present an endless field of combinations that produce several chemical compound classes ranging from simple alloys to true ionic compounds...
November 7, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29109144/autophagic-clearance-of-proteasomes-in-yeast-requires-the-conserved-sorting-nexin-snx4
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Antonia A Nemec, Lauren A Howell, Anna K Peterson, Matthew A Murray, Robert J Tomko
Turnover of the 26S proteasome by autophagy is an evolutionarily conserved process that governs cellular proteolytic capacity and eliminates inactive particles. In most organisms, proteasomes are located in both the nucleus and cytoplasm. However, the specific autophagy routes for nuclear and cytoplasmic proteasomes are unclear. Here, we investigate the spatial control of autophagic proteasome turnover in budding yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae). We found that nitrogen starvation-induced proteasome autophagy is independent of known nucleophagy pathways, but is compromised when nuclear protein export is blocked...
November 6, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29104614/proton-radiobiology-and-its-clinical-implications
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REVIEW
Bleddyn Jones
Denser ionisation clustering and complex DNA damage in proton Bragg peaks far exceeds that seen with conventional X-rays. This results in more efficient cell sterilisation, quantified by the relative biological effectiveness (RBE). Currently, a 1.1 RBE is used to determine the clinical proton doses by dividing the usual X-rays dose by this amount. This number, derived from short-term experiments, has been criticised as being irrelevant to late normal tissue (NT) effects following radiotherapy and included many control irradiations using lower voltage X-rays (with elevated RBE values) than those used in the clinic...
2017: Ecancermedicalscience
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