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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437766/cyanobacterial-lectins-characteristics-and-their-role-as-antiviral-agents
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REVIEW
Ram Sarup Singh, Amandeep Kaur Walia, Jasvirinder Singh Khattar, Davinder Pal Singh, John F Kennedy
Lectins are ubiquitous proteins/glycoproteins of non-immune origin that bind reversibly to carbohydrates in non-covalent and highly specific manner. These lectin-glycan interactions could be exploited for establishment of novel therapeutics, targeting the adherence stage of viruses and thus helpful in eliminating wide spread viral infections. Here the review focuses on the haemagglutination activity, carbohydrate specificity and characteristics of cyanobacterial lectins. Cyanobacterial lectins exhibiting high specificity towards mannose or complex glycans have potential role as anti-viral agents...
April 21, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437743/eco-pharmacovigilance-of-non-steroidal-anti-inflammatory-drugs-necessity-and-opportunities
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REVIEW
Bing-Shu He, Jun Wang, Juan Liu, Xia-Min Hu
Eco-pharmacovigilance (EPV) is a practical and powerful approach to minimize the potential risks posed by pharmaceutical residues in environment. However, it is impracticable to practise rigorous and unitary EPV process for all the existing and new pharmaceuticals. Here, we focused on non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and discussed the necessity and potential opportunities of practising EPV of NSAIDs. We found that the consumption of NSAIDs is huge and ubiquitous across the globe. NSAIDs were worldwidely reported as one of the most dominant and frequently detected groups in environmental matrices including wastewater, surface water, suspended solids, sediments, groundwater, even drinking water...
April 21, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437249/the-differential-spatiotemporal-expression-pattern-of-shelterin-genes-throughout-lifespan
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Kay-Dietrich Wagner, Yilin Ying, Waiian Leong, Jie Jiang, Xuefei Hu, Yi Chen, Jean-François Michiels, Yiming Lu, Eric Gilson, Nicole Wagner, Jing Ye
Shelterin forms the core complex of telomere proteins and plays critical roles in protecting telomeres against unwanted activation of the DNA damage response and in Emaintaining telomere length homeostasis. Although shelterin expression is believed to be ubiquitous for stabilization of chromosomal ends. Evidences suggest that some shelterin subunits have tissue-specific functions. However, very little is known regarding how shelterin subunit gene expression is regulated during development and aging. Using two different animal models, the mouse and zebrafish, we reveal herein that shelterin subunits exhibit distinct spatial and temporal expression patterns that do not correlate with the proliferative status of the organ systems examined...
April 17, 2017: Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437082/high-efficiency-1-and-2-ribosomal-frameshiftings-revealed-by-force-spectroscopy
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Te-Wei Tsai, Haopeng Yang, Heng Yin, Shoujun Xu, Yuhong Wang
Ribosomal frameshifting is a rare but ubiquitous process that is being studied extensively. Meanwhile, frameshifting motifs without any secondary mRNA structures were identified but rarely studied experimentally. We report unambiguous observation of highly efficient "-1" and "-2" frameshiftings on a GA7G slippery mRNA without the downstream secondary structure, using force-induced remnant magnetization spectroscopy combined with unique probing schemes. The result represents the first experimental evidence of multiple frameshifting steps...
April 24, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437004/4-4-dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane-ddt-and-4-4-dichlorodiphenyldichloroethylene-dde-inhibit-myogenesis-in-c2c12-myoblasts
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Jonggun Kim, Min Young Park, Yoo Kim, Kyong Sup Yoon, John Marshall Clark, Yeonhwa Park, Kwang-Youn Whang
BACKGROUND: Most countries have banned the use of 4,4'-Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT). However, due to its extremely high lipophilic characteristics, DDT and its metabolite 4,4'-dichlorodiphenyldichloroethylene (DDE) are ubiquitous in the environment and in many types of food. The positive correlation between exposure to insecticides, including DDT and DDE, and weight gain, resulting in impaired energy metabolism in offspring following perinatal DDT and DDE exposure was previously reported...
April 24, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436674/general-dialdehyde-click-chemistry-for-amine-bioconjugation
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Sina Elahipanah, Paul J O'Brien, Dmitry Rogozhnikov, Muhammad N Yousaf
The development of methods for conjugating a range of molecules to primary amine functional groups has revolutionized the fields of chemistry, biology, and material science. The primary amine is a key functional group and one of the most important nucleophiles and bases used in all of synthetic chemistry. Therefore, tremendous interest in the synthesis of molecules containing primary amines and strategies to devise chemical reactions to react with primary amines has been at the core of chemical research. In particular, primary amines are a ubiquitous functional group found in biological systems as free amino acids, as key side chain lysines in proteins, and in signaling molecules and metabolites and are also present in many natural product classes...
April 24, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435885/phylogenomic-reconstruction-of-the-oomycete-phylogeny-derived-from-37-genomes
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Charley G P McCarthy, David A Fitzpatrick
The oomycetes are a class of microscopic, filamentous eukaryotes within the Stramenopiles-Alveolata-Rhizaria (SAR) supergroup which includes ecologically significant animal and plant pathogens, most infamously the causative agent of potato blight Phytophthora infestans. Single-gene and concatenated phylogenetic studies both of individual oomycete genera and of members of the larger class have resulted in conflicting conclusions concerning species phylogenies within the oomycetes, particularly for the large Phytophthora genus...
March 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435869/a-dynamic-hydrophobic-core-orchestrates-allostery-in-protein-kinases
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Jonggul Kim, Lalima G Ahuja, Fa-An Chao, Youlin Xia, Christopher L McClendon, Alexandr P Kornev, Susan S Taylor, Gianluigi Veglia
Eukaryotic protein kinases (EPKs) constitute a class of allosteric switches that mediate a myriad of signaling events. It has been postulated that EPKs' active and inactive states depend on the structural architecture of their hydrophobic cores, organized around two highly conserved spines: C-spine and R-spine. How the spines orchestrate the transition of the enzyme between catalytically uncommitted and committed states remains elusive. Using relaxation dispersion nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, we found that the hydrophobic core of the catalytic subunit of protein kinase A, a prototypical and ubiquitous EPK, moves synchronously to poise the C subunit for catalysis in response to binding adenosine 5'-triphosphate...
April 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435856/dynamic-microbiome-evolution-in-social-bees
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Waldan K Kwong, Luis A Medina, Hauke Koch, Kong-Wah Sing, Eunice Jia Yu Soh, John S Ascher, Rodolfo Jaffé, Nancy A Moran
The highly social (eusocial) corbiculate bees, comprising the honey bees, bumble bees, and stingless bees, are ubiquitous insect pollinators that fulfill critical roles in ecosystem services and human agriculture. Here, we conduct wide sampling across the phylogeny of these corbiculate bees and reveal a dynamic evolutionary history behind their microbiota, marked by multiple gains and losses of gut associates, the presence of generalist as well as host-specific strains, and patterns of diversification driven, in part, by host ecology (for example, colony size)...
March 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435394/the-role-of-mast-cells-in-oral-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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REVIEW
Swetha Gudiseva, Arvind Babu Rajendra Santosh, Raviteja Chitturi, Vamsikrishna Anumula, Chandrashekar Poosarla, Venkat Ramana Reddy Baddam
The mast cells are initial effective lineage in both humoral and adaptive immunity. They are ubiquitous in skin, mucosa, and in function. They contain biologically essential and dynamic mediators in healthy and harmful conditions of tissue. Mast cell malfunctioning could be attributed to various chronic allergic diseases. Considerately, emerging evidence of mast cell involvement in various cancers shows them to have both positive and negative roles in tumour growth. It mostly indulges in tumour progression and metastasis via angiogenesis, extracellular matrix degradation, and mitogenic activity in the tumour microenvironment...
2017: Contemporary Oncology Współczesna Onkologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435310/tropical-diseases-of-the-myocardium-a-review
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REVIEW
Zoe C Groom, Aristotle D Protopapas, Vasileios Zochios
Cardiovascular diseases are widely distributed throughout the world. Human parasitic infections are ubiquitous. Tropical parasites are increasingly recognized as causes of cardiovascular diseases. In this review, we address the most frequently reported parasites that directly infect the myocardium, including Trypanosoma cruzi, the protozoal causative agent of American trypanosomiasis (Chagas disease), and Taenia solium, the cestode causative agent of taeniasis and cysticercosis. We also discuss tropical endomyocardial fibrosis, trichinellosis and schistosomiasis...
2017: International Journal of General Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434146/differential-regulation-of-h3s10-phosphorylation-mitosis-progression-and-cell-fate-by-aurora-kinase-b-and-c-in-mouse-preimplantation-embryos
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Wenzhi Li, Peizhe Wang, Bingjie Zhang, Jing Zhang, Jia Ming, Wei Xie, Jie Na
Coordination of cell division and cell fate is crucial for the successful development of mammalian early embryos. Aurora kinases are evolutionarily conserved serine/threonine kinases and key regulators of mitosis. Aurora kinase B (AurkB) is ubiquitously expressed while Aurora kinase C (AurkC) is specifically expressed in gametes and preimplantation embryos. We found that increasing AurkC level in one blastomere of the 2-cell embryo accelerated cell division and decreasing AurkC level slowed down mitosis. Changing AurkB level had the opposite effect...
April 22, 2017: Protein & Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433885/electric-fields-within-clay-materials-how-to-affect-the-adsorption-of-metal-ions
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Xiong Li, Hang Li, Gang Yang
Electric fields exist ubiquitously in chemical and biological systems while how to affect the interfacial adsorption processes remain elusive. Here, molecular dynamics simulations are used to understand at a molecular level the adsorption of metal ions at the interface of aqueous solutions and clay materials that are generally endowed with strong electric fields. In absence of electric fields, even Cs(+), one of the strongest adsorbed metal ions, is facile to detach from solvated clay surfaces. Electric fields are critical to construct stable inner-sphere complexes and enhance pronouncedly the adsorption strengths of both inner- and outer-sphere complexes...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433695/disinfection-of-water-inoculated-with-enterococcus-faecalis-using-solar-fe-iii-edds-h2o2-or-s2o8-2-process
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A Bianco, M I Polo López, P Fernández Ibáñez, M Brigante, G Mailhot
In this study, the activation of H2O2 and persulfate ions induced by solar photolysis of Fe(III)EDDS complex were investigated in water disinfection, applying solar AOPs processes. The use of Fe(III)EDDS complex maintains iron in soluble form until slightly basic pH and so the photolysis is efficient in a large range of pH compatible with natural waters. Moreover, for the first time, the impact of photogenerated hydroxyl and sulfate radicals on the inactivation of Enterococcus faecalis in water was studied...
April 18, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433171/gellan-gum-based-physical-hydrogels-incorporating-highly-valuable-endogen-molecules-and-associating-bmp-2-as-bone-formation-platforms
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Rita López-Cebral, Ana Civantos, Viviana Ramos, Begoña Seijo, José Luis López-Lacomba, José Vicente Sanz-Casado, Alejandro Sanchez
Physical hydrogels have been designed for a double purpose: as growth factor delivery systems and as scaffolds to support cell colonization and formation of new bone. Specifically, the polysaccharide gellan gum and the ubiquitous endogenous molecules chondroitin, albumin and spermidine have been used as exclusive components of these hydrogels. The mild ionotropic gelation technique was used to preserve the bioactivity of the selected growth factor, rhBMP-2. In vitro tests demonstrated the effective delivery of rhBMP-2 in its bioactive form...
July 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432562/increased-expression-of-the-microrna-106b-25-cluster-and-its-host-gene-mcm7-in-corticotroph-pituitary-adenomas-is-associated-with-tumor-invasion-and-crooke-s-cell-morphology
#16
Filip Garbicz, Dawid Mehlich, Beata Rak, Emir Sajjad, Maria Maksymowicz, Wiktor Paskal, Grzegorz Zieliński, Paweł K Włodarski
PURPOSE: MCM7 (minichromosome maintenance complex component 7), a DNA replication licensing factor, is a host gene for the oncogenic miR-106b~25 cluster. It has been recently revealed as a relevant prognostic biomarker in a variety of cancers, including pituitary adenomas. The purpose of this study was to assess whether miR-106b~25 and MCM7 levels correlate with tumor invasiveness in a cohort of ACTH-immunopositive adenomas. METHODS: Tissue samples were obtained intraoperatively from 25 patients with pituitary adenoma...
April 21, 2017: Pituitary
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432259/probing-native-metal-ion-association-sites-through-quenching-of-fluorophores-in-the-nucleotide-binding-domains-of-the-abc-transporter-msba
#17
Daiki Tatsumi, Kei Nanatani, Yuto Koike, Kiyoto Kamagata, Satoshi Takahashi, Ayumu Konno, Tadaomi Furuta, Minoru Sakurai, Nobuyuki Uozumi
ATP binding cassette (ABC) transporters are ubiquitously present in prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. Binding of ATP to the nucleotide binding domains (NBDs) elicits major conformational changes of the transporters resulting in the transport of the substrate across the membrane. The availability of a crystal structure of the NBDs enabled us to elucidate the local structure and small-scale dynamics in the NBDs. Here, we labeled the ABC transporter MsbA, a homodimeric flippase from E. coli , with a fluorescent probe, Alexa532, within the NBDs...
April 21, 2017: Biochemical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431976/the-impact-of-exposure-to-environmental-contaminant-on-hepatocellular-lipid-metabolism
#18
Zongguang Hui, Rujiang Li, Li Chen
Increasing evidences show that ubiquitous perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), a representative environmental pollutant, is found to be linked to lipid dysmetabolism. However, the biological mechanism behind this outcome remains uninvestigated. In the present study, we established the PFOA-injured liver in mice to explore the underlying mechanism associated with PFOA-induced lipid disturbance in the liver via a group of biochemical and molecular assays. As results, PFOA-exposed mice showed increased transaminase (ALT), reduced triglyceride and free fatty acid contents in serum, as well as elevated level of hepatic triglyceride...
April 18, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431744/incidence-of-marine-debris-in-seabirds-feeding-at-different-water-depths
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D C Tavares, J F de Moura, A Merico, S Siciliano
Marine debris such as plastic fragments and fishing gears are accumulating in the ocean at alarming rates. This study assesses the incidence of debris in the gastrointestinal tracts of seabirds feeding at different depths and found stranded along the Brazilian coast in the period 2010-2013. More than half (55%) of the species analysed, corresponding to 16% of the total number of individuals, presented plastic particles in their gastrointestinal tracts. The incidence of debris was higher in birds feeding predominantly at intermediate (3-6m) and deep (20-100m) waters than those feeding at surface (<2m)...
April 18, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431522/comparative-proteomic-analysis-of-neisseria-meningitidis-wildtype-and-dpra-null-mutant-strains-links-dna-processing-to-pilus-biogenesis
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Getachew Tesfaye Beyene, Shewit Kalayou, Tahira Riaz, Tone Tonjum
BACKGROUND: DNA processing chain A (DprA) is a DNA binding protein which is ubiquitous in bacteria, and is required for DNA transformation to various extents among bacterial species. However, the interaction of DprA with competence and recombination proteins is poorly understood. Therefore, the proteomes of whole Neisseria meningitidis (Nm) wildtype and dprA mutant cells were compared. Such a comparative proteomic analysis increases our understanding of the interactions of DprA with other Nm components and may elucidate its potential role beyond DNA processing in transformation...
April 21, 2017: BMC Microbiology
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