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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527322/arsenic-biotransformation-by-a-cyanobacterium-nostoc-sp-pcc-7120
#1
Xi-Mei Xue, Yu Yan, Chan Xiong, Georg Raber, Kevin Francesconi, Ting Pan, Jun Ye, Yong-Guan Zhu
Nostoc sp. PCC 7120 (Nostoc), a typical filamentous cyanobacterium ubiquitous in aquatic system, is recognized as a model organism to study prokaryotic cell differentiation and nitrogen fixation. In this study, Nostoc cells incubated with arsenite (As(III)) for two weeks were extracted with dichloromethane/methanol (DCM/MeOH) and the extract was partitioned between water and DCM. Arsenic species in aqueous and DCM layers were determined using high performance liquid chromatography - inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer/electrospray tandem mass spectrometry (HPLC-ICPMS/ESIMSMS)...
May 17, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527311/challenging-assumptions-from-emotion-dysregulation-psychological-treatments
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REVIEW
Andrada D Neacsiu, Megan Smith, Caitlin M Fang
BACKGROUND: Contemporary treatments assume that the inability to downregulate negative emotional arousal is a key problem in the development and maintenance of psychopathology and that lack of effective regulation efforts and a preference to use maladaptive regulation strategies is a primary mechanism. Though ubiquitous, there is limited empirical evidence to support this assumption. Therefore, the aim of the current study was to examine whether self-reported emotion dysregulation equated to difficulties reducing emotional arousal during a behavioral task and to primary use of maladaptive strategies to manage negative emotions...
May 8, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526666/a-smart-toy-to-enhance-the-decision-making-process-at-children-s-psychomotor-delay-screenings-a-pilot-study
#3
María Angeles Gutiérrez García, María Luisa Martín Ruiz, Diego Rivera, Laura Vadillo, Miguel Angel Valero Duboy
BACKGROUND: EDUCERE ("Ubiquitous Detection Ecosystem to Care and Early Stimulation for Children with Developmental Disorders") is an ecosystem for ubiquitous detection, care, and early stimulation of children with developmental disorders. The objectives of this Spanish government-funded research and development project are to investigate, develop, and evaluate innovative solutions to detect changes in psychomotor development through the natural interaction of children with toys and everyday objects, and perform stimulation and early attention activities in real environments such as home and school...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526246/impaired-mitophagy-facilitates-mitochondrial-damage-in-danon-disease
#4
Sherin I Hashem, Anne N Murphy, Ajit S Divakaruni, Matthew L Klos, Bradley C Nelson, Emily C Gault, Teisha J Rowland, Cynthia N Perry, Yusu Gu, Nancy D Dalton, William H Bradford, Eric J Devaney, Kirk L Peterson, Kenneth L Jones, Matthew R G Taylor, Ju Chen, Neil C Chi, Eric D Adler
RATIONALE: Lysosomal associated membrane protein type-2 (LAMP-2) is a highly conserved, ubiquitous protein that is critical for autophagic flux. Loss of function mutations in the LAMP-2 gene cause Danon disease, a rare X-linked disorder characterized by developmental delay, skeletal muscle weakness, and severe cardiomyopathy. We previously found that human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (hiPSC-CMs) from Danon patients exhibited significant mitochondrial oxidative stress and apoptosis...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526231/exposures-to-endocrine-disrupting-chemicals-in-consumer-products-a-guide-for-pediatricians
#5
Katelyn H Wong, Timur S Durrani
Endocrine disrupting chemicals, a group of exogenous chemicals that can interfere with hormone action in the body, have been implicated in disrupting endocrine function, which negatively affects human health and development. Endocrine disrupting chemicals are ubiquitously detected in consumer products, foods, beverages, personal care products, and household cleaning products. Due to concerns about their negative effects on human health, several professional health provider societies have recommended the reduction of common endocrine disrupting chemical exposures...
May 16, 2017: Current Problems in Pediatric and Adolescent Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525880/differential-sulphur-assimilation-mechanism-regulates-response-of-arabidopsis-thaliana-natural-variation-towards-arsenic-stress-under-limiting-sulphur-condition
#6
Ria Khare, Smita Kumar, Tapsi Shukla, Avriti Ranjan, Prabodh Kumar Trivedi
Arsenic (As) is a ubiquitous element, which imposes threat to crops productivity and human health through contaminated food chain. As a part of detoxification mechanism, As is chelated and sequestered into the vacuoles via sulphur containing compounds glutathione (GSH) and phytochelatins (PCs). Under limiting sulphur (LS) conditions, exposure of As leads to enhanced toxic effects in plants. Therefore, it is a prerequisite to understand molecular mechanisms involved in As stress response under sulphur deficiency conditions in plants...
May 8, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525878/vaccine-development-for-respiratory-syncytial-virus
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REVIEW
Barney S Graham
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is an important and ubiquitous respiratory pathogen for which no vaccine is available notwithstanding more than 50 years of effort. It causes the most severe disease at the extremes of age and in settings of immunodeficiency. Although RSV is susceptible to neutralizing antibody, it has evolved multiple mechanisms of immune evasion allowing it to repeatedly infect people despite relatively little genetic diversity. Recent breakthroughs in determining the structure and antigenic content of the fusion (F) glycoprotein in its metastable untriggered prefusion form (pre-F) and the stable rearranged postfusion form (post-F) have yielded vaccine strategies that can induce potent neutralizing antibody responses and effectively boost pre-existing neutralizing activity...
May 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525642/dynamics-of-sequestration-based-gene-regulatory-cascades
#8
Tatenda Shopera, William R Henson, Tae Seok Moon
Gene regulatory cascades are ubiquitous in biology. Because regulatory cascades are integrated within complex networks, their quantitative analysis is challenging in native systems. Synthetic biologists have gained quantitative insights into the properties of regulatory cascades by building simple circuits, but sequestration-based regulatory cascades remain relatively unexplored. Particularly, it remains unclear how the cascade components collectively control the output dynamics. Here, we report the construction and quantitative analysis of the longest sequestration-based cascade in Escherichia coli...
May 19, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525308/toxin-antitoxin-systems-implications-for-plant-disease
#9
T Shidore, L R Triplett
Toxin-antitoxin (TA) systems are gene modules that are ubiquitous in freeliving prokaryotes. Diverse in structure, cellular function, and fitness roles, TA systems are defined by the presence of a toxin gene that suppresses bacterial growth and a toxin-neutralizing antitoxin gene, usually encoded in a single operon. Originally viewed as DNA maintenance modules, TA systems are now thought to function in many roles, including bacterial stress tolerance, virulence, phage defense, and biofilm formation. However, very few studies have investigated the significance of TA systems in the context of plant-microbe interactions...
May 19, 2017: Annual Review of Phytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524925/how-is-charge-transport-different-in-ionic-liquids-the-effect-of-high-pressure
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Z Wojnarowska, E Thoms, B Blanchard, S N Tripathy, P Goodrich, J Jacquemin, J Knapik-Kowalczuk, M Paluch
Modern ionic liquids (ILs) are considered green solvents for the future applications due to their inherited advantages and remarkable transport properties. One of the ubiquitous properties of ILs is their intrinsic ionic conductivity. However, understanding of the super-Arrhenius behavior of the ionic conductivity process at elevated pressure still remains elusive and crucial in glass science. In this work, we investigate the ion transport properties of 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium bis[(trifluoromethyl)sulfonyl]imide: [C4mim][NTf2], 1-butylimidazolium bis[(trifluoromethyl)-sulfonyl]imide: [C4Him][NTf2] and 1-butylimidazolium hydrogen sulfate: [C4Him][HSO4] ILs in the supercooled liquid state using dielectric spectroscopy at ambient and high pressure...
May 19, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524870/autotrophic-and-heterotrophic-acquisition-of-carbon-and-nitrogen-by-a-mixotrophic-chrysophyte-established-through-stable-isotope-analysis
#11
Ramon Terrado, Alexis L Pasulka, Alle A-Y Lie, Victoria J Orphan, Karla B Heidelberg, David A Caron
Collectively, phagotrophic algae (mixotrophs) form a functional continuum of nutritional modes between autotrophy and heterotrophy, but the specific physiological benefits of mixotrophic nutrition differ among taxa. Ochromonas spp. are ubiquitous chrysophytes that exhibit high nutritional flexibility, although most species generally fall towards the heterotrophic end of the mixotrophy spectrum. We assessed the sources of carbon and nitrogen in Ochromonas sp. strain BG-1 growing mixotrophically via short-term stable isotope probing...
May 19, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524704/radiation-from-wireless-technology-elevates-blood-glucose-and-body-temperature-in-40-year-old-type-1-diabetic-male
#12
Catherine E Kleiber
A type 1 diabetic male reports multiple instances when his blood glucose was dramatically elevated by the presence of microwave radiation from wireless technology and plummeted when the radiation exposure ended. In one instance, his body temperature elevated in addition to his blood glucose. Both remained elevated for nearly 48 h after exposure with the effect gradually decreasing. Possible mechanisms for microwave radiation elevating blood glucose include effects on glucose transport proteins and ion channels, insulin conformational changes and oxidative stress...
May 19, 2017: Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524625/mrna-decay-an-adaptation-tool-for-the-environmental-fungal-pathogen-cryptococcus-neoformans
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REVIEW
Amanda L M Bloom, Jay Leipheimer, John C Panepinto
Fungi are ubiquitous in the environment and humans constantly encounter them in the soil, air, water, and food. The vast majority of these interactions are inconsequential. However, in the context of immunodeficiency precipitated by HIV infection, hematologic malignancy, or transplantation, a small subset of fungi can cause devastating, systemic infection. The most deadly of the opportunistic environmental fungi, Cryptococcus neoformans, is estimated to cause hundreds of thousands of deaths per year, mostly in the context of HIV co-infection...
May 19, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. RNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524354/an-aggregating-amphiphilic-squaraine-a-light-up-probe-that-discriminates-parallel-g-quadruplexes
#14
Vincenzo Grande, Filippo Doria, Mauro Freccero, Frank Würthner
G-quadruplexes (G4s) are peculiar DNA or RNA tertiary structures that are involved in the regulation of many biological events within mammalian cells, bacteria, and viruses. Although their role as versatile therapeutic targets has been emphasized for 35 years, G4 selectivity over ubiquitous double-stranded DNA/RNA, as well as G4 differentiation by small molecules, still remains challenging. Here, a new amphiphilic dicyanovinyl-substituted squaraine, SQgl, is reported to act as an NIR fluorescent light-up probe discriminating an extensive panel of parallel G4s while it is non-fluorescent in the aggregated state...
May 19, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523850/n-aryl-groups-are-ubiquitous-in-cross-dehydrogenative-couplings-because-they-stabilize-reactive-intermediates
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Althea S-K Tsang, A Stephen K Hashmi, Peter Comba, Marion Kerscher, Bun Chan, Matthew Todd
The mechanism of cross-dehydrogenative coupling (CDC) reactions has been examined by experimental and computational means. We have provided a rationale for the ubiquity of the N-aryl group in these reactions. The aryl substituent stabilizes two intermediates and the high-energy transition state that connects them, which together represent the rate-determining step. This knowledge has enabled us to predict new CDC substrates that react either well or poorly.
May 18, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523015/transcription-factors-in-fungi-tfome-dynamics-three-major-families-and-dual-specificity-tfs
#16
Ekaterina Shelest
Transcription factors (TFs) are essential regulators of gene expression in a cell; the entire repertoire of TFs (TFome) of a species reflects its regulatory potential and the evolutionary history of the regulatory mechanisms. In this work, I give an overview of fungal TFs, analyze TFome dynamics, and discuss TF families and types of particular interest. Whole-genome annotation of TFs in more than 200 fungal species revealed ~80 families of TFs that are typically found in fungi. Almost half of the considered genomes belonged to basidiomycetes and zygomycetes, which have been underrepresented in earlier annotations due to dearth of sequenced genomes...
2017: Frontiers in Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521686/prothymosin-alpha-an-alarmin-and-more
#17
Pinelopi Samara, Chrysoula-Evangelia Karachaliou, Kyriaki Ioannou, Nikos E Papaioannou, Ioannis F Voutsas, Christos Zikos, Ioannis Pirmettis, Minas Papadopoulos, Hubert Kalbacher, Evangelia Livaniou, Ourania E Tsitsilonis, Wolfgang Voelter
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVE: Prothymosin alpha (proTα) is a ubiquitous polypeptide first isolated by Haritos in 1984, whose role still remains partly elusive. We know that proTα acts both, intracellularly, as an anti-apoptotic and proliferation mediator, and extracellularly, as a biologic response modifier mediating immune responses similarly to molecules termed "alarmins". Our research team pioneered the elucidation of the mechanisms underlying the observed activities of proTα. RESULTS: We were the first to demonstrate that proTα levels increase during normal and abnormal cell proliferation...
May 17, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521569/exploring-the-biochemistry-of-the-prenylome-and-its-role-in-disease-through-proteomics-progress-and-potential
#18
Maura Brioschi, Alma Martinez Fernandez, Cristina Banfi
Protein prenylation is a ubiquitous covalent post-translational modification characterized by the addition of farnesyl or geranylgeranyl isoprenoid groups to a cysteine residue located near the carboxyl terminal of a protein. It is essential for the proper localization and cellular activity of numerous proteins, including Ras family GTPases and G-proteins. In addition to its roles in cellular physiology, the prenylation process has important implications in human diseases and in the recent years, it has become attractive target of inhibitors with therapeutic potential...
May 18, 2017: Expert Review of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521210/selective-thermal-transformation-of-old-computer-printed-circuit-boards-to-cu-sn-based-alloy
#19
Ali Shokri, Farshid Pahlevani, Ivan Cole, Veena Sahajwalla
This study investigates, verifies and determines the optimal parameters for the selective thermal transformation of problematic electronic waste (e-waste) to produce value-added copper-tin (Cu-Sn) based alloys; thereby demonstrating a novel new pathway for the cost-effective recovery of resources from one of the world's fastest growing and most challenging waste streams. Using outdated computer printed circuit boards (PCBs), a ubiquitous component of e-waste, we investigated transformations across a range of temperatures and time frames...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520752/antimicrobial-peptides-extend-lifespan-in-drosophila
#20
Gerrit Loch, Ingo Zinke, Tetsushi Mori, Pilar Carrera, Jonas Schroer, Haruko Takeyama, Michael Hoch
Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are important defense molecules of the innate immune system. High levels of AMPs are induced in response to infections to fight pathogens, whereas moderate levels induced by metabolic stress are thought to shape commensal microbial communities at barrier tissues. We expressed single AMPs in adult flies either ubiquitously or in the gut by using the inducible GeneSwitch system to tightly regulate AMP expression. We found that activation of single AMPs, including Drosocin, resulted in a significant extension of Drosophila lifespan...
2017: PloS One
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