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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625982/the-novel-stress-survival-islet-2-ssi-2-predominantly-present-in-listeria-monocytogenes-strains-of-st121-is-involved-in-alkaline-and-oxidative-stress-response
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Eva Harter, Eva Maria Wagner, Andreas Zaiser, Sabrina Halecker, Martin Wagner, Kathrin Rychli
The food-borne pathogen Listeria (L) monocytogenes is able to survive a variety of stress conditions leading to the colonization of different niches like the food processing environment. This study focuses on the hypervariable genetic hotspot lmo0443-lmo0449 haboring three inserts: the stress survival islet 1 (SSI-1), the single-gene insert LMOf2365_0481 and two homologous genes of the non-pathogenic species L. innocua: lin0464, a putative transcriptional regulator and lin0465, an intracellular PfpI protease...
June 16, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622300/the-als-linked-e102q-mutation-in-sigma-receptor-1-leads-to-er-stress-mediated-defects-in-protein-homeostasis-and-dysregulation-of-rna-binding-proteins
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Alice Dreser, Jan Tilmann Vollrath, Antonio Sechi, Sonja Johann, Andreas Roos, Alfred Yamoah, Istvan Katona, Saeed Bohlega, Dominik Wiemuth, Yuemin Tian, Axel Schmidt, Jörg Vervoorts, Marc Dohmen, Cordian Beyer, Jasper Anink, Eleonora Aronica, Dirk Troost, Joachim Weis, Anand Goswami
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is characterized by the selective degeneration of motor neurons (MNs) and their target muscles. Misfolded proteins which often form intracellular aggregates are a pathological hallmark of ALS. Disruption of the functional interplay between protein degradation (ubiquitin proteasome system and autophagy) and RNA-binding protein homeostasis has recently been suggested as an integrated model that merges several ALS-associated proteins into a common pathophysiological pathway...
June 16, 2017: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621890/reference-data-for-babybody-plethysmographic-measurements-in-chinese-neonates-and-infants
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Gaoli Jiang, Albert Li, Libo Wang, Liling Qian, Yun Cao, Jianfeng Huang, Chengzhou Wan, Xiaobo Zhang
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Population-specific pulmonary function reference data are essential to identify the nature and severity of respiratory diseases. However, there is a lack of reference data for Chinese neonates and infants. The objective of this study was to develop reference data for tidal breathing and plethysmographic measurements for Chinese subjects during the first 2 years of life. METHODS: Data of tidal breathing and plethysmography from healthy Chinese neonates (≤28 days) and infants (1-24 months) using the Jaeger MasterScreen BabyBody were collated...
June 16, 2017: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611250/translational-control-of-the-sigr-directed-oxidative-stress-response-in-streptomyces-via-if3-mediated-repression-of-a-noncanonical-gtc-start-codon
#4
Morgan A Feeney, Govind Chandra, Kim C Findlay, Mark S B Paget, Mark J Buttner
The major oxidative stress response in Streptomyces is controlled by the sigma factor SigR and its cognate antisigma factor RsrA, and SigR activity is tightly controlled through multiple mechanisms at both the transcriptional and posttranslational levels. Here we show that sigR has a highly unusual GTC start codon and that this leads to another level of SigR regulation, in which SigR translation is repressed by translation initiation factor 3 (IF3). Changing the GTC to a canonical start codon causes SigR to be overproduced relative to RsrA, resulting in unregulated and constitutive expression of the SigR regulon...
June 13, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603497/sigma-1-receptor-plays-a-negative-modulation-on-n-type-calcium-channel
#5
Kang Zhang, Zhe Zhao, Liting Lan, Xiaoli Wei, Liyun Wang, Xiaoyan Liu, Haitao Yan, Jianquan Zheng
The sigma-1 receptor is a 223 amino acids molecular chaperone with a single transmembrane domain. It is resident to eukaryotic mitochondrial-associated endoplasmic reticulum and plasma membranes. By chaperone-mediated interactions with ion channels, G-protein coupled receptors and cell-signaling molecules, the sigma-1 receptor performs broad physiological and pharmacological functions. Despite sigma-1 receptors have been confirmed to regulate various types of ion channels, the relationship between the sigma-1 receptor and N-type Ca(2+) channel is still unclear...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602017/design-and-evaluation-of-artificial-cornea-with-core-skirt-design-using-polyhydroxyethyl-methacrylate-and-graphite
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Mukty Sinha, Tanvi Gupte
PURPOSE: Artificial cornea is the effective treatment option for corneal blindness. One of the challenges with the artificial cornea is limited, or no tissue integration necessitates reimplantation due to necrosis or corneal melting. We propose here a new formulation approach for core-skirt incorporating graphite in the outer skirt region to improve cell adhesion. METHODS: Hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA) and ethylene glycol dimethacrylate were procured from Sigma-Aldrich...
June 10, 2017: International Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599830/normative-left-ventricular-m-mode-echocardiographic-values-in-preterm-infants-up-to-2-kg
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Swati Choudhry, Amber Salter, Tyler W Cunningham, Philip T Levy, Hoang H Nguyen, Michael Wallendorf, Gautam K Singh, Mark C Johnson
BACKGROUND: There is a paucity of normative echocardiographic data in preterm infants. The objectives of this study were to (1) derive left ventricular (LV) M-mode reference values and (2) compare the performance of alternative methods of indexing LV dimensions and LV mass (LVM) in preterm infants. The authors propose that indexing LV measures to weight in preterm infants is a practical approach given the variability associated with tape-measure length measurement in infants. METHODS: In this retrospective study, LV M-mode echocardiographic measurements of end-diastolic interventricular septal thickness, end-diastolic LV posterior wall thickness, LV end-diastolic and end-systolic dimensions, LVM, and relative wall thickness were remeasured in 503 hospitalized preterm infants ≤2 kg (372 from a retrospective sample and 131 prospectively enrolled)...
June 6, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586228/retained-carrier-mobility-and-enhanced-plasmonic-photovoltaics-of-graphene-via-ring-centered-%C3%AE-6-functionalization-and-nanointerfacing
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Songwei Che, Kabeer Jasuja, Sanjay K Behura, Phong Nguyen, T S Sreeprasad, Vikas Berry
Binding graphene with auxiliary nanoparticles for plasmonics, photovoltaics, and/or optoelectronics, while retaining the trigonal-planar bonding of sp(2) hybridized carbons to maintain its carrier-mobility, has remained a challenge. The conventional nanoparticle-incorporation route for graphene is to create nucleation/attachment sites via "carbon-centered" covalent functionalization, which changes the local hybridization of carbon atoms from trigonal-planar sp(2) to tetrahedral sp(3). This disrupts the lattice planarity of graphene, thus dramatically deteriorating its mobility and innate superior properties...
June 14, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28582895/implementation-of-integrated-circuit-and-design-of-sar-adc-for-fully-implantable-hearing-aids
#9
Jong Hoon Kim, Jyung Hyun Lee, Jin-Ho Cho
BACKGOUND: The hearing impaired population has been increasing; many people suffer from hearing problems. To deal with this difficulty, various types of hearing aids are being rapidly developed. In particular, fully implantable hearing aids are being actively studied to improve the performance of existing hearing aids and to reduce the stigma of hearing loss patients. It has to be of small size and low-power consumption for easy implantation and long-term use. OBJECTIVE: The objective of the study was to implement a small size and low-power consumption successive approximation register analog-to-digital converter (SAR ADC) for fully implantable hearing aids...
May 19, 2017: Technology and Health Care: Official Journal of the European Society for Engineering and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574466/a-robust-96-6-db-sndr-50-khz-bandwidth-switched-capacitor-delta-sigma-modulator-for-ir-imagers-in-space-instrumentation
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Michele Dei, Stepan Sutula, Jose Cisneros, Ernesto Pun, Richard Jan Engel Jansen, Lluís Terés, Francisco Serra-Graells
Infrared imaging technology, used both to study deep-space bodies' radiation and environmental changes on Earth, experienced constant improvements in the last few years, pushing data converter designers to face new challenges in terms of speed, power consumption and robustness against extremely harsh operating conditions. This paper presents a 96.6-dB-SNDR (Signal-to-Noise-plus-Distortion Ratio) 50-kHz-bandwidth fourth-order single-bit switched-capacitor delta-sigma modulator for ADC operating at 1.8 V and consuming 7...
June 2, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28572762/evaluating-and-improving-automatic-sleep-spindle-detection-by-using-multi-objective-evolutionary-algorithms
#11
Min-Yin Liu, Adam Huang, Norden E Huang
Sleep spindles are brief bursts of brain activity in the sigma frequency range (11-16 Hz) measured by electroencephalography (EEG) mostly during non-rapid eye movement (NREM) stage 2 sleep. These oscillations are of great biological and clinical interests because they potentially play an important role in identifying and characterizing the processes of various neurological disorders. Conventionally, sleep spindles are identified by expert sleep clinicians via visual inspection of EEG signals. The process is laborious and the results are inconsistent among different experts...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28572528/apex2-enhanced-electron-microscopy-distinguishes-sigma-1-receptor-localization-in-the-nucleoplasmic-reticulum
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Timur A Mavlyutov, Huan Yang, Miles L Epstein, Arnold E Ruoho, Jay Yang, Lian-Wang Guo
The sigma-1 receptor (Sig1R) is an endoplasmic reticulum chaperonin that is attracting tremendous interest as a potential anti-neurodegenerative target. While this membrane protein is known to reside in the inner nuclear envelope (NE) and influences transcription, apparent Sig1R presence in the nucleoplasm is often observed, seemingly contradicting its NE localization. We addressed this confounding issue by applying an antibody-free approach of electron microscopy (EM) to define Sig1R nuclear localization. We expressed APEX2 peroxidase fused to Sig1R-GFP in a Sig1R-null NSC34 neuronal cell line generated with CRISPR-Cas9...
May 16, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28572487/biodistribution-and-radiation-dosimetry-of-18-f-ftc-146-in-humans
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Trine Hjørnevik, Peter W Cipriano, Bin Shen, Jun Hyung Park, Praveen Gulaka, Dawn Holley, Harsh Gandhi, Daehyun Yoon, Erik S Mittra, Greg Zaharchuk, Sanjiv S Gambhir, Christopher R McCurdy, Frederick T Chin, Sandip Biswal
The purpose of this study is to assess safety, biodistribution and radiation dosimetry in humans for the highly selective sigma-1 receptor (S1R) positron emission tomography (PET) agent (18)F-6-(3-fluoropropyl)-3-(2-(azepan-1-yl)ethyl)benzo[d]thiazol-2(3H)-one ((18)F-FTC-146). Methods: Ten healthy volunteers (HV; five female, five male; age: 34.3 ± 6.5 years) were recruited, and written informed consent was obtained from all participants. Series of whole-body PET/magnetic resonance imaging (PET/MRI) examinations were acquired for up to three hours after injection (357...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28560270/a-cross-country-exchange-market-pressure-emp-dataset
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Mohit Desai, Ila Patnaik, Joshua Felman, Ajay Shah
The data presented in this article are related to the research article titled - "An exchange market pressure measure for cross country analysis" (Patnaik et al. [1]). In this article, we present the dataset for Exchange Market Pressure values (EMP) for 139 countries along with their conversion factors, ρ (rho). Exchange Market Pressure, expressed in percentage change in exchange rate, measures the change in exchange rate that would have taken place had the central bank not intervened. The conversion factor ρ can interpreted as the change in exchange rate associated with $1 billion of intervention...
June 2017: Data in Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28554311/the-role-of-sigma-1-receptor-an-intracellular-chaperone-in-neurodegenerative-diseases
#15
Botond Penke, Lívia Fülöp, Mária Szűcs, Ede Frecska
Widespread protein aggregation occurs in the living system under stress or during aging, owing to disturbance of endoplasmic reticulum (ER) proteostasis. Many neurodegenerative diseases may have a common mechanism: the failure of protein homeostasis. Perturbation of ER results in unfolded protein response (UPR). Prolonged chronical UPR may activate apoptotic pathways and cause cell death. ER is associated to mitochondria by the mitochondria-associated ER-membrane, MAM. The sigma-1 receptor (Sig-1R), a well-known ER-chaperone localizes in the MAM...
May 28, 2017: Current Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549890/-18-f-labeled-indole-based-analogs-as-highly-selective-radioligands-for-imaging-sigma-2-receptors-in-the-brain
#16
Liang Wang, Jiajun Ye, Yingfang He, Winnie Deuther-Conrad, Jinming Zhang, Xiaojun Zhang, Mengchao Cui, Jörg Steinbach, Yiyun Huang, Peter Brust, Hongmei Jia
We have designed and synthesized a series of indole-based σ2 receptor ligands containing 5,6-dimethoxyisoindoline or 6,7-dimethoxy-1,2,3,4-tetrahydroisoquinoline as pharmacophore. In vitro competition binding assays showed that all ten ligands possessed low nanomolar affinity (Ki=1.79-5.23nM) for σ2 receptors and high subtype selectivity (Ki (σ2)/Ki (σ1)=56-708). Moreover, they showed high selectivity for σ2 receptor over the vesicular acetylcholine transporter (>1000-fold). The corresponding radiotracers [(18)F]16 and [(18)F]21 were prepared by an efficient one-pot, two-step reaction sequence with a home-made automated synthesis module, with 10-15% radiochemical yield and radiochemical purity of >99%...
May 10, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549090/sigma-1-receptor-regulates-mitochondrial-function-in-glucose-and-oxygen-deprived-retinal-ganglion-cells
#17
Dorette Z Ellis, Linya Li, Yong Park, Shaoqing He, Brett Mueller, Thomas Yorio
Purpose: Understanding the role of mitochondria in retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) is relevant to human disease as studies have shown mitochondrial abnormalities in primary open-angle glaucoma patients. This study seeks to determine the effects of the sigma-1 receptor (σ-1r) and its agonists on mitochondrial function in oxygen- and glucose- deprived (OGD) purified neonatal RGCs. Methods: Retinal ganglion cells were isolated from rat pups and subjected to OGD in varying conditions in the presence or absence of σ-1r agonist and antagonist and following addition of an AAV2-σ-1r vector that was used to increase σ-1r expression...
May 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548604/quorum-sensing-systems-in-the-plant-growth-promoting-bacterium-paraburkholderia-phytofirmans-psjn-exhibit-cross-regulation-and-are-involved-in-biofilm-formation
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Ana Zúñiga, Raúl A Donoso, Daniela Ruiz, Gonzalo A Ruz, Bernardo González
Quorum-sensing systems play important roles in host colonization and host establishment of Burkholderiales species. Beneficial Paraburkholderia species share a conserved quorum-sensing (QS) system, designated BraI/R, that controls different phenotypes. In this context, the plant growth-promoting bacterium Paraburkholderia phytofirmans PsJN possesses two different homoserine lactone QS systems BpI.1/R.1 and BpI.2/R.2 (BraI/R-like QS system). The BpI.1/R.1 QS system was previously reported to be important to colonize and produce beneficial effects in Arabidopsis thaliana plants...
July 2017: Molecular Plant-microbe Interactions: MPMI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548042/new-insights-into-reovirus-evolution-implications-from-a-newly-characterized-mycoreovirus
#19
Lijiang Liu, Jiasen Cheng, Yanping Fu, Huiquan Liu, Daohong Jiang, Jiatao Xie
We performed molecular cloning and complete genome sequencing of a novel mycoreovirus, Sclerotinia sclerotiorumreovirus 1 (SsReV1), isolated from an isolate of the phytopathogenic fungus Sclerotinia sclerotiorum. SsReV1 has a genome of 28 055 bp and is composed of 11 double-stranded RNA segments. With a combination of unique molecular features, virion shape and composition, and phylogenetic analysis, SsReV1 is significantly distinct from all known reoviruses and defines a novel genus in the family Reoviridae...
May 26, 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545064/transcriptomic-analysis-of-the-response-of-pseudomonas-fluorescens-to-epigallocatechin-gallate-by-rna-seq
#20
Xiaoxiang Liu, Bimiao Shen, Peng Du, Nan Wang, Jiaxue Wang, Jianrong Li, Aihua Sun
Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) is a main constituent of green tea polyphenols that are widely used as food preservatives and are considered to be safe for consumption. However, the underlying antimicrobial mechanism of EGCG and the bacterial response to EGCG are not clearly understood. In the present study, a genome-wide transcriptional analysis of a typical spoilage bacterium, Pseudomonas fluorescens that responded to EGCG was performed using RNA-seq technology. A total of 26,365,414 and 23,287,092 clean reads were generated from P...
2017: PloS One
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