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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806784/structural-analysis-of-p-falciparum-kahrp-and-pfemp1-complexes-with-host-erythrocyte-spectrin-suggests-a-model-for-cytoadherent-knob-protrusions
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Erin E Cutts, Niklas Laasch, Dirk M Reiter, Raphael Trenker, Leanne M Slater, Phillip J Stansfeld, Ioannis Vakonakis
Plasmodium falciparum Erythrocyte Membrane Protein 1 (PfEMP1) and Knob-associated Histidine-rich Protein (KAHRP) are directly linked to malaria pathology. PfEMP1 and KAHRP cluster on protrusions (knobs) on the P. falciparum-infected erythrocyte surface and enable pathogenic cytoadherence of infected erythrocytes to the host microvasculature, leading to restricted blood flow, oxygen deprivation and damage of tissues. Here we characterize the interactions of PfEMP1 and KAHRP with host erythrocyte spectrin using biophysical, structural and computational approaches...
August 14, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806744/sustainability-of-knowledge-implementation-in-a-low-and-middle-income-context-experiences-from-a-facilitation-project-in-vietnam-targeting-maternal-and-neonatal-health
#2
Leif Eriksson, Anna Bergström, Dinh Thi Phuong Hoa, Nguyen Thu Nga, Ann Catrine Eldh
BACKGROUND: In a previous trial in Vietnam, a facilitation strategy to secure evidence-based practice in primary care resulted in reduced neonatal mortality over a period of three years. While little is known as to what ensures sustainability in the implementation of community-based strategies, the aim of this study was to investigate factors promoting or hindering implementation, and sustainability of knowledge implementation strategies, by means of the former Neonatal Knowledge Into Practice (NeoKIP) trial...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806736/unravelling-the-interplay-of-sphingolipids-and-tgf-%C3%AE-signaling-in-the-human-corneal-stroma
#3
Sarah E Nicholas, Tyler G Rowsey, Shrestha Priyadarsini, Nawajes A Mandal, Dimitrios Karamichos
PURPOSE: To delineate the role of Sphingolipids (SPLs) in the human cornea and their cross-talks with transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β) in order to develop novel, non-invasive therapies. METHODS: Human corneal fibroblasts (HCFs) were harvested from healthy donors, stimulated with Vitamin C to promote extracellular matrix assembly, treated with exogenous sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) or sphingosine kinase inhibitor 2 (SPHK I2) and isolated after 4 weeks for further analysis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806730/a-systems-approach-reveals-distinct-metabolic-strategies-among-the-nci-60-cancer-cell-lines
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Maike K Aurich, Ronan M T Fleming, Ines Thiele
The metabolic phenotype of cancer cells is reflected by the metabolites they consume and by the byproducts they release. Here, we use quantitative, extracellular metabolomic data of the NCI-60 panel and a novel computational method to generate 120 condition-specific cancer cell line metabolic models. These condition-specific cancer models used distinct metabolic strategies to generate energy and cofactors. The analysis of the models' capability to deal with environmental perturbations revealed three oxotypes, differing in the range of allowable oxygen uptake rates...
August 14, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806719/comparison-of-reactive-oxygen-species-metabolism-during-grape-berry-development-between-kyoho-and-its-early-ripening-bud-mutant-fengzao
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Fei-Fei Xi, Li-Li Guo, Yi-He Yu, Yan Wang, Qiong Li, Hui-Li Zhao, Guo-Hai Zhang, Da-Long Guo
Enzymes and non-enzyme elements related to the metabolism of reactive oxygen species (ROS), such as catalase (CAT), superoxide dismutase (SOD), ascorbic acid (AsA), glutathione (GSH), NADPH oxidase (NOX), hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), superoxide anion (O2(-)), lipoxygenase (LOX) and malondialdehyde (MDA), were measured in 'Kyoho' and its early ripening bud mutant 'Fengzao' to compare ROS level changes and investigate the potential roles of ROS in grape berry development and the ripening process. In addition, the anthocyanin and sugar contents as well as berry diameter were also investigated at different berry development stages...
August 9, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806702/hmgb1-redox-during-sepsis
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Wasan Abdulmahdi, Devika Patel, May M Rabadi, Tala Azar, Edson Jules, Mark Lipphardt, Rameen Hashemiyoon, Brian B Ratliff
During sepsis, the alarmin HMGB1 is released from tissues and promotes systemic inflammation that results in multi-organ damage, with the kidney particularly susceptible to injury. The severity of inflammation and pro-damage signaling mediated by HMGB1 appears to be dependent on the alarmin's redox state. Therefore, we examined HMGB1 redox in kidney cells during sepsis. Using intravital microscopy, CellROX labeling of kidneys in live mice indicated increased ROS generation in the kidney perivascular endothelium and tubules during lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced sepsis...
August 4, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806668/combination-of-electrochemical-biosensor-and-textile-threads-a-microfluidic-device-for-phenol-determination-in-tap-water
#7
F R Caetano, E A Carneiro, D Agustini, L C S Figueiredo-Filho, C E Banks, M F Bergamini, L H Marcolino-Junior
Microfluidic devices constructed using low cost materials presents as alternative for conventional flow analysis systems because they provide advantages as low consumption of reagents and samples, high speed of analysis, possibility of portability and the easiness of construction and maintenance. Herein, is described for the first time the use of an electrochemical biosensor for phenol detection combined with a very simple and efficient microfluidic device based on commercial textile threads. Taking advantages of capillary phenomena and gravity forces, the solution transportation is promoted without any external forces or injection pump...
July 29, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806665/a-sequential-delivery-system-employing-the-synergism-of-epo-and-ngf-promotes-sciatic-nerve-repair
#8
Wei Zhang, Gongshe Zhou, Yuan Gao, Yan Zhou, Jianheng Liu, Licheng Zhang, Anhua Long, Lihai Zhang, Peifu Tang
The different mechanisms of nerve growth factor (NGF) and erythropoietin (EPO) in promoting repair of peripheral nerve injuries suggest a potential therapeutic application through the synergism of the two. Yet NGF has also been reported to induce early nerve apoptosis after injury. To utilize the potential synergism of NGF and EPO while minimize the possible defect, in this study, we first confirmed the time dependency of NGF caused nerve apoptosis, and then established a sequential and sustained delivery system for NGF and EPO with poly(lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA), which has been approved by the US FDA for human use because of its injectable, biocompatible, and biodegradable properties...
August 1, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806640/the-importance-of-nutrition-in-aiding-recovery-from-substance-use-disorders-a-review
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REVIEW
Kendall D Jeynes, E Leigh Gibson
BACKGROUND: Nutrition is a prerequisite for health; yet, there is no special nutritional assessment or guidance for drug and alcohol dependent individuals, despite the fact that their food consumption is often very limited, risking malnutrition. Further, the premise is examined that malnutrition may promote drug seeking and impede recovery from substance use disorders (SUD). METHOD: A narrative review addressed the relationship between substance use disorders and nutrition, including evidence for malnutrition, as well as their impact on metabolism and appetite regulation...
August 4, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806616/parvovirus-b19-integration-into-human-cd36-erythroid-progenitor-cells
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Tyler Janovitz, Susan Wong, Neal S Young, Thiago Oliveira, Erik Falck-Pedersen
The pathogenic autonomous human parvovirus B19 (B19V) productively infects erythroid progenitor cells (EPCs). Functional similarities between B19V nonstructural protein (NS1), a DNA binding endonuclease, and the Rep proteins of Adeno-Associated Virus (AAV) led us to hypothesize that NS1 may facilitate targeted nicking of the human genome and B19 vDNA integration. We adapted an integration capture sequencing protocol (IC-Seq) to screen B19V infected human CD36+ EPCs for viral integrants, and discovered 40,000 unique B19V integration events distributed throughout the human genome...
August 11, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806575/lessons-from-ctla-4-deficiency-and-checkpoint-inhibition
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REVIEW
Bernice Lo, Ussama M Abdel-Motal
CTLA-4 is a crucial negative regulator of immune responses. Absence of CTLA-4 in mice causes autoimmunity and lethal multiorgan lymphocytic infiltration and tissue destruction. Recently, heterozygous CTLA4 or biallelic LRBA mutations leading to functional CTLA-4 deficiency and autoimmunity have been discovered. LRBA was identified as a novel regulator of steady-state CTLA-4 protein levels in Tregs and activated T cells. CTLA-4 deficiency due to checkpoint blockade cancer immunotherapy has also been found to lead to autoimmune reactions...
August 11, 2017: Current Opinion in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806464/beyond-back-to-sleep-ways-to-further-reduce-the-risk-of-sudden-infant-death-syndrome
#12
Fern R Hauck, Kawai O Tanabe
Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) remains the leading cause of postneonatal mortality in the United States, despite reduction in rates of more than 50% since the initiation of the "Back to Sleep" (now called "Safe to Sleep") campaign in 1994. In recent years, the rate of decline in SIDS deaths has plateaued, even with the ongoing educational efforts that promote safe sleep and other risk reduction measures. The 2016 American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines for reducing the risk of SIDS focus heavily on sleep practices, bedding, and location, but also include factors that often receive less attention (ie, prenatal care, maternal smoking, alcohol and drug use, and childhood vaccinations)...
August 1, 2017: Pediatric Annals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806463/the-evolving-understanding-of-sudden-unexpected-infant-death
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Christine G McIntosh, Edwin A Mitchell
Sudden unexpected infant death (SUID) is the leading cause for post-neonatal mortality in industrialized nations. Case-control studies have identified risk factors for SUID that have shaped research into studies of causation. Most current hypotheses for the mechanisms for SUID contribute to the "SUID sequence"-hypoxia and/or hypercarbia in sleep to which a vulnerable infant fails to respond adequately and that results in death. Reducing vulnerability in infants and promoting safe sleep for infants is important for prevention and requires knowledge of the prevalence of risk factors within the target population and a culturally sensitive approach...
August 1, 2017: Pediatric Annals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806436/effectiveness-of-a-timing-and-coordination-group-exercise-program-to-improve-mobility-in-community-dwelling-older-adults-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Jennifer S Brach, Subashan Perera, Sandra Gilmore, Jessie M VanSwearingen, Deborah Brodine, Neelesh K Nadkarni, Edmund Ricci
Importance: Timing and coordination exercises may be an important addition to community-based health promotion exercise programs to improve walking in older adults. Objective: To compare the effectiveness of the On the Move group exercise program, which focuses on the timing and coordination of movement, with a seated strength, endurance, and flexibility program (usual care) at improving function, disability, and walking ability of older adults. Design, Setting, and Participants: Cluster-randomized, single-blind intervention trial...
August 14, 2017: JAMA Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806435/light-therapy-promoting-dopamine-release-by-stimulating-retina-in-parkinson-disease
#15
Zhaoming Li, Tian Tian
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 14, 2017: JAMA Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806434/light-therapy-promoting-dopamine-release-by-stimulating-retina-in-parkinson-disease-reply
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Aleksandar Videnovic, Elizabeth B Klerman, Phyllis C Zee
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 14, 2017: JAMA Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806421/the-effect-of-fe2o3-crystal-phases-on-co2-hydrogenation
#17
Wensheng Ning, Tianqi Wang, Hongxian Chen, Xiazhen Yang, Yangfu Jin
The effect of Fe2O3 crystal phases on their performance in CO2 hydrogenation was studied. α-Fe2O3 crystal was prepared by precipitation method from Fe(NO3)3·9H2O and (NH4)2CO3, and γ-Fe2O3 was prepared by grinding Fe(NO3)3·9H2O and L(+)-Tartaric acid in agate mortar completely. The crystal phases of Fe2O3 influence the distribution of promoter Zn, K and Cu on catalysts. The dispersity of K on γ-Fe2O3 surface is higher than α-Fe2O3. On the contrary, Cu and Zn are more dispersive on α-Fe2O3 surface than γ-Fe2O3...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806404/rig-i-and-il-6-are-negative-feedback-regulators-of-sting-induced-by-double-stranded-dna
#18
Xueling Wu, Jun Yang, Tao Na, Kehua Zhang, Andrew M Davidoff, Bao-Zhu Yuan, Youchun Wang
The stimulator of interferon genes (STING) protein has emerged as a critical signal transduction molecule in the innate immune response. Sustained activation of the STING signaling induced by cytosolic DNA has been considered to be the cause of a variety of autoimmune diseases characterized by uncontrolled inflammation. Therefore, it is important to understand the molecular basis of the regulation of STING signaling pathway. Here we demonstrate that the STING protein undergoes a proteasome-mediated degradation in human diploid cell (HDC) lines including MRC-5 following the transfection of double-stranded DNA (dsDNA)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806402/multi-functional-mechanisms-of-immune-evasion-by-the-streptococcal-complement-inhibitor-c5a-peptidase
#19
Nicola N Lynskey, Mark Reglinski, Damien Calay, Matthew K Siggins, Justin C Mason, Marina Botto, Shiranee Sriskandan
The complement cascade is crucial for clearance and control of invading pathogens, and as such is a key target for pathogen mediated host modulation. C3 is the central molecule of the complement cascade, and plays a vital role in opsonization of bacteria and recruitment of neutrophils to the site of infection. Streptococcal species have evolved multiple mechanisms to disrupt complement-mediated innate immunity, among which ScpA (C5a peptidase), a C5a inactivating enzyme, is widely conserved. Here we demonstrate for the first time that pyogenic streptococcal species are capable of cleaving C3, and identify C3 and C3a as novel substrates for the streptococcal ScpA, which are functionally inactivated as a result of cleavage 7 amino acids upstream of the natural C3 convertase...
August 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806397/mdm2-promotes-cdc25c-protein-degradation-and-delays-cell-cycle-progression-through-the-g2-m-phase
#20
L E Giono, L Resnick-Silverman, L A Carvajal, S St Clair, J J Manfredi
Upon different types of stress, the gene encoding the mitosis-promoting phosphatase Cdc25C is transcriptionally repressed by p53, contributing to p53's enforcement of a G2 cell cycle arrest. In addition, Cdc25C protein stability is also decreased following DNA damage. Mdm2, another p53 target gene, encodes a ubiquitin ligase that negatively regulates p53 levels by ubiquitination. Ablation of Mdm2 by siRNA led to an increase in p53 protein and repression of Cdc25C gene expression. However, Cdc25C protein levels were actually increased following Mdm2 depletion...
August 14, 2017: Oncogene
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