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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432922/restricted-access-magnetic-core-mesoporous-shell-microspheres-with-c8-modified-interior-pore-walls-for-the-identification-of-20-s-protopanaxadiol-metabolites-in-rat-plasma-using-uplc-q-tof-ms-ms
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Jin Ling, Yingjia Yu, Jianan Feng, Changjiang Xu, Jiebing Jiang, Liping Wang, Jiakun Long, Yan Li, Gengli Duan
In the present study, a novel sample preparation method based on magnetic core-mesoporous shell microspheres with C8-modified interior pore walls (C8-Fe3O4@mSiO2) was established for the identification of 20(S)-protopanaxadiol (PPD) metabolites in rat plasma by UPLC-Q-TOF-MS/MS analysis. C8-Fe3O4@mSiO2 allowed selective extraction of PPD metabolites from rat plasma by excluding macromolecules in the plasma owing to size exclusion effect. Five extraction conditions including the amount of C8-Fe3O4@mSiO2 microspheres used, extraction time, elution solvents, elution volume, and elution time were investigated and optimized...
April 3, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432521/intermittent-food-restriction-initiated-late-in-life-prolongs-lifespan-and-retards-the-onset-of-age-related-markers-in-the-annual-fish-nothobranchius-guentheri
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Xia Wang, Xiaoyuan Du, Yang Zhou, Su Wang, Feng Su, Shicui Zhang
Two of the most studied and widely accepted conjectures on possible aging mechanisms are the oxidative stress hypothesis and the insulin/insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) signaling (IIS) pathway. Intermittent fasting (IF) is known to modulate aging and to prolong lifespan in a variety of organisms, but the mechanisms are still under debate. In this study, we first demonstrated that late-onset two consecutive days a week fasting, a form of IF, termed intermittent food restriction (IFR), exhibited a time-dependent effect, and long-term late-onset IFR extended the mean lifespan and maximum lifespan by approximately 3...
April 21, 2017: Biogerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432338/crispr-cas9-mediated-inactivation-of-argonaute-2-reveals-its-differential-involvement-in-antiviral-responses
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Márta Ludman, József Burgyán, Károly Fátyol
RNA silencing constitutes an important antiviral mechanism in plants. Small RNA guided Argonaute proteins fulfill essential role in this process by acting as executors of viral restriction. Plants encode multiple Argonaute proteins of which several exhibit antiviral activities. A recent addition to this group is AGO2. Its involvement in antiviral responses is established predominantly by studies employing mutants of Arabidopsis thaliana. In the virological model plant, Nicotiana benthamiana, the contribution of AGO2 to antiviral immunity is much less certain due to the lack of appropriate genetic mutants...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432058/mk5-haplodefficiency-attenuates-hypertrophy-and-preserves-diastolic-function-during-remodeling-induced-by-chronic-pressure-overload-in-the-mouse-heart
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Sherin Nawaito, Dharmendra Dingar, Pramod Sahadevan, Bahira Hussein, Fatiha Sahmi, Yanfen Shi, Marc-Antoine Gillis, Matthias Gaestel, Jean-Claude Tardif, Bruce G Allen
MK5 is a protein serine and threonine kinase that is activated by p38 MAPK and the atypical MAPKs ERK3 and ERK4. The physiological function(s) of MK5 remain unknown. Herein we examine the effect of MK5 haplodeficiency on cardiac function and myocardial remodeling. At 12-weeks of age, MK5 haplodeficient mice (MK5(+/-)) were smaller than age-matched wild-type litter mates (MK5(+/+)), with similar diastolic function but reduced systolic function. Transverse aortic constriction (TAC) was employed to induce a chronic pressure overload in twelve-week-old male MK5(+/-) and MK5(+/+) mice...
April 21, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431250/nuclear-proximity-of-mtr4-to-rna-exosome-restricts-dna-mutational-asymmetry
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Junghyun Lim, Pankaj Kumar Giri, David Kazadi, Brice Laffleur, Wanwei Zhang, Veronika Grinstein, Evangelos Pefanis, Lewis M Brown, Erik Ladewig, Ophélie Martin, Yuling Chen, Raul Rabadan, François Boyer, Gerson Rothschild, Michel Cogné, Eric Pinaud, Haiteng Deng, Uttiya Basu
The distribution of sense and antisense strand DNA mutations on transcribed duplex DNA contributes to the development of immune and neural systems along with the progression of cancer. Because developmentally matured B cells undergo biologically programmed strand-specific DNA mutagenesis at focal DNA/RNA hybrid structures, they make a convenient system to investigate strand-specific mutagenesis mechanisms. We demonstrate that the sense and antisense strand DNA mutagenesis at the immunoglobulin heavy chain locus and some other regions of the B cell genome depends upon localized RNA processing protein complex formation in the nucleus...
April 20, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431197/serum-c-reactive-protein-procalcitonin-and-lactate-dehydrogenase-for-the-diagnosis-of-pancreatic-necrosis
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Oluyemi Komolafe, Stephen P Pereira, Brian R Davidson, Kurinchi Selvan Gurusamy
BACKGROUND: The treatment of people with pancreatic necrosis differs from that of people with oedematous pancreatitis. It is important to know the diagnostic accuracy of serum C-reactive protein (CRP), serum procalcitonin, and serum lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) as a triage test for the detection of pancreatic necrosis in people with acute pancreatitis, so that an informed decision can be made as to whether the person with pancreatic necrosis needs further investigations such as computed tomography (CT) scan or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan and treatment for pancreatic necrosis started...
April 21, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430576/ezrin-activation-by-lok-phosphorylation-involves-a-pip2-dependent-wedge-mechanism
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Thaher Pelaseyed, Cécile Sauvanet, Raghuvir Viswanatha, Joshua J Filter, Michael L Goldberg, Anthony Bretscher
How cells specify morphologically distinct plasma membrane domains is poorly understood. Prior work has shown that restriction of microvilli to the apical aspect of epithelial cells requires the localized activation of the membrane-F-actin linking protein ezrin. Using an in vitro system, we now define a multi-step process whereby the kinase LOK specifically phosphorylates ezrin to activate it. Binding of PIP2 to ezrin induces a conformational change permitting the insertion of the LOK C-terminal domain to wedge apart the membrane and F-actin-binding domains of ezrin...
April 21, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429995/new-insights-into-the-role-of-dietary-spermine-on-inflammation-immune-function-and-related-signalling-molecules-in-the-thymus-and-spleen-of-piglets
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Wei Cao, Xianjian Wu, Gang Jia, Hua Zhao, Xiaoling Chen, Caimei Wu, Jiayong Tang, Jing Wang, Jingyi Cai, Guangmang Liu
This study aimed to determine the effects of dietary spermine supplementation on the inflammatory response and immune function of the thymus and spleen in piglets. Eighty suckling piglets were randomly assigned to receive adequate nutrients supplemented with spermine (0.4 mmol/kg body weight) or restricted nutrient intake supplemented with normal saline for 7 h or 3, 6 and 9 days in pairs. Regardless of treatment time, spermine supplementation decreased (p < 0.05, compared with the controls) the following: (1) tumour necrosis factor α (TNF-α), interleukin (IL)-1β, 2 and 6, and interferon (IFN)-γ levels in serum; (2) gene expression of cluster of differentiation 8 and integrin beta-2 in the thymus and spleen and the lymphocyte function-associated antigen 1 in the thymus; (3) mRNA levels of TNF-α, IL 1β, 2, 6, and 12, IFN-γ and inducible nitric oxide synthase in the thymus and spleen, as well as IL-8 in the spleen; and (4) eukaryotic IF4E-binding protein 1, Janus kinase 2, signal transducer and activator of transcription 3, and nuclear factor-kappa B P65 gene transcriptions in the thymus and spleen...
June 2017: Archives of Animal Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428825/comprehensive-evaluation-of-genome-wide-5-hydroxymethylcytosine-profiling-approaches-in-human-dna
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Ksenia Skvortsova, Elena Zotenko, Phuc-Loi Luu, Cathryn M Gould, Shalima S Nair, Susan J Clark, Clare Stirzaker
BACKGROUND: The discovery that 5-methylcytosine (5mC) can be oxidized to 5-hydroxymethylcytosine (5hmC) by the ten-eleven translocation (TET) proteins has prompted wide interest in the potential role of 5hmC in reshaping the mammalian DNA methylation landscape. The gold-standard bisulphite conversion technologies to study DNA methylation do not distinguish between 5mC and 5hmC. However, new approaches to mapping 5hmC genome-wide have advanced rapidly, although it is unclear how the different methods compare in accurately calling 5hmC...
2017: Epigenetics & Chromatin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427940/characterization-of-the-rax1-gene-encoding-a-putative-regulator-of-g-protein-signaling-in-aspergillus-fumigatus
#10
Olumuyiwa Ayokunle Igbalajobi, Jae-Hyuk Yu, Kwang-Soo Shin
The filamentous fungus Aspergillus fumigatus is the major cause of life threatening invasive aspergillosis, and its small hydrophobic asexual spores (conidia) are the major infection agent. To better understand biology of A. fumigatus, we have characterized the rax1 gene encoding a putative regulator of G protein signaling (RGS). The deletion (Δ) of rax1 results in restricted colony growth and highly reduced number of conidia in A. fumigatus. Transcript levels of the three central activators of asexual development abaA, brlA, and wetA are significantly reduced in the Δrax1 mutant...
April 17, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427824/association-between-monocyte-chemoattractant-protein-1-2518-a-g-gene-polymorphism-and-the-outcome-of-the-nonsurgical-periodontal-treatment
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Ching-Wen Chang, Hsiu-Hui Lin, Shih-Yun Wu, Ching-Yi Wu, Yu-Lin Lai, Shan-Ling Hung
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Elevated monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1) is related to severe periodontal destruction. Furthermore, MCP-1 -2518 A/G gene polymorphism affects MCP-1 after inflammatory stimuli. This study analyzed the association between MCP-1 -2518 gene polymorphism and the outcome of nonsurgical periodontal treatment. METHODS: Forty periodontal patients were recruited and MCP-1 -2518 A/G gene polymorphisms were analyzed using polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism assay...
April 17, 2017: Journal of the Formosan Medical Association, Taiwan Yi Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427097/systematic-quantification-of-gpcr-camp-controlled-protein-kinase-a-interactions
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O Torres-Quesada, R Röck, E Stefan
The diffusible second messenger cyclic AMP (cAMP) originates from multiple G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) cascades activating the intracellular key effector protein kinase A (PKA). Spatially and temporally restricted cAMP-fluxes are directly sensed by macromolecular PKA complexes. The consequences are alterations of molecular interactions, which lead to activation of compartmentalized PKA phosphotransferase activities, regulating a vast array of cellular functions. To decode cell-type and cell-compartment specific PKA functions, the spatio-temporal dynamics of small molecule:protein interactions, protein:protein interactions (PPIs), cAMP-mobilization, and phosphotransferase activities need to be determined directly in the appropriate cellular context...
April 2017: Hormone and Metabolic Research, Hormon- und Stoffwechselforschung, Hormones et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426742/multiple-components-of-pka-and-tgf-%C3%AE-pathways-are-mutated-in-pseudomyxoma-peritonei
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Lilli Saarinen, Pirjo Nummela, Alexandra Thiel, Rainer Lehtonen, Petrus Järvinen, Heikki Järvinen, Lauri A Aaltonen, Anna Lepistö, Sampsa Hautaniemi, Ari Ristimäki
Pseudomyxoma peritonei (PMP) is a subtype of mucinous adenocarcinoma mainly restricted to the peritoneal cavity and most commonly originating from the appendix. The genetic background of PMP is poorly understood and no targeted treatments are currently available for this fatal disease. While RAS signaling pathway is affected in most if not all PMP cases and over half of them also have a mutation in the GNAS gene, other genetic alterations and affected pathways are, to a large degree, poorly known. In this study, we sequenced whole coding genome of nine PMP tumors and paired normal tissues in order to identify additional, commonly mutated genes and signaling pathways affected in PMP...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426736/lacanobia-oleracea-nucleopolyhedrovirus-laolnpv-a-new-european-species-of-alphabaculovirus-with-a-narrow-host-range
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Oihane Simón, Martin A Erlandson, Marie Frayssinet, Trevor Williams, David A Theilmann, Anne-Nathalie Volkoff, Primitivo Caballero
During an insect sampling program in alfalfa crops near Montpellier, France in 2011, Lacanobia oleracea larvae were collected that died due to nucleopolyhedrovirus infection (LaolNPV). This virus was subjected to molecular and biological characterization. The virus was a multiple nucleocapsid NPV that showed similar restriction profiles to Mamestra configurata NPV-A (MacoNPV-A) but with significant differences. Polypeptide analysis demonstrated similar proteins in occlusion bodies and occlusion derived virions, to those observed in NPVs from Mamestra spp...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426719/transcriptome-of-interstitial-cells-of-cajal-reveals-unique-and-selective-gene-signatures
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Moon Young Lee, Se Eun Ha, Chanjae Park, Paul J Park, Robert Fuchs, Lai Wei, Brian G Jorgensen, Doug Redelman, Sean M Ward, Kenton M Sanders, Seungil Ro
Transcriptome-scale data can reveal essential clues into understanding the underlying molecular mechanisms behind specific cellular functions and biological processes. Transcriptomics is a continually growing field of research utilized in biomarker discovery. The transcriptomic profile of interstitial cells of Cajal (ICC), which serve as slow-wave electrical pacemakers for gastrointestinal (GI) smooth muscle, has yet to be uncovered. Using copGFP-labeled ICC mice and flow cytometry, we isolated ICC populations from the murine small intestine and colon and obtained their transcriptomes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426650/neural-injury-markers-in-intrauterine-growth-restriction-and-their-relation-to-perinatal-outcomes
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E Mazarico, E Llurba, R Cumplido, A Valls, J C Melchor, M Iglesias, L Cabero, E Gratacós, Md Gómez Roig
BACKGROUND: The aims of this study were to: (1) compare the concentrations of two neural injury markers, S100B protein and neuron-specific enolase (NSE), in intrauterine growth-restricted fetuses (IUGR) and in fetuses with appropriate growth-for-gestational-age (AGA), and (2) investigate potential relationships between concentrations of these markers, Doppler abnormalities, and adverse perinatal or neonatal outcomes. METHODS: This was a case-controlled, cooperative, prospective study among Spanish Maternal and Child Health Network (Retic SAMID) hospitals...
April 20, 2017: Pediatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425860/a-novel-recombinant-multi-epitope-vaccine-could-induce-specific-cytotoxic-t-lymphocyte-response-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
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Yahong Wu, Wenjie Zhai, Meng Sun, Zhe Zou, Xiuman Zhou, Guodong Li, Zhongyi Yan, Yuanming Qi, Yanfeng Gao
Cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs) against various tumor antigens play an important role in elimination of tumor cells. To develop therapeutic vaccines that can induce specific immune response, we designed a novel recombinant multiepitope vaccine YL66 which consists of HLA-A2-restricted CTL epitopes from two widely expressed tumor antigen cyclooxygenase-2 and MAGE-4, linked with membrane permeable Tat-PTD and the universal T helper epitope. The DNA fragment of YL66 was cloned into pGEX-4T-2-YL66 and pcDNA3.1(+)-YL66, respectively...
April 19, 2017: Protein and Peptide Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424472/temperature-dependent-folding-allows-stable-dimerization-of-secretory-and-virus-associated-e-proteins-of-dengue-and-zika-viruses-in-mammalian-cells
#18
J L Slon Campos, S Marchese, J Rana, M Mossenta, M Poggianella, M Bestagno, O R Burrone
Dengue and Zika are two of the most important human viral pathogens worldwide. In both cases, the envelope glycoprotein E is the main target of the antibody response. Recently, new complex quaternary epitopes were identified which are the consequence of the arrangement of the antiparallel E dimers on the viral surface. Such epitopes can be exploited to develop more efficient cross-neutralizing vaccines. Here we describe a successful covalent stabilization of E dimers from Dengue and Zika viruses in mammalian cells...
April 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424350/tau-haploinsufficiency-causes-prenatal-loss-of-dopaminergic-neurons-in-the-ventral-tegmental-area-and-reduction-of-transcription-factor-orthodenticle-homeobox-2-expression
#19
Meige Zheng, Luyan Jiao, Xiaolu Tang, Xianhong Xiang, Xiaomei Wan, Yan Yan, Xingjian Li, Guofeng Zhang, Yonglin Li, Bin Jiang, Huaibin Cai, Xian Lin
Homozygous tau knockout (Mapt(-/-)) mice develop age-dependent dopaminergic (DA) neuronal loss in the substantia nigra (SN) and ventral tegmental area (VTA), supporting an important function of tau in maintaining the survival of midbrain dopaminergic neurons (mDANs) during aging. However, it remains to be determined whether the microtubule-associated protein tau regulates the differentiation and survival of mDANs during embryonic developmental stages. Here, we show that tau haploinsufficiency in postnatal day 0 (P0) heterozygous (Mapt(+/-)) pups, but not a complete loss of tau in the Mapt(-/-) littermates, led to a significant reduction of DA neurons in the VTA...
April 19, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424288/virion-associated-vpr-alleviates-a-post-integration-block-to-hiv-1-infection-of-dendritic-cells
#20
Caitlin M Miller, Hisashi Akiyama, Luis M Agosto, Ann Emery, Chelsea R Ettinger, Ronald I Swamstrom, Andrew J Henderson, Suryaram Gummuluru
Viral protein R (Vpr) is an HIV-1 accessory protein whose function remains poorly understood. In this report, we sought to determine the requirement of Vpr in facilitating HIV-1 infection of monocyte-derived dendritic cells (MDDCs), one of the first cells to encounter virus in the peripheral mucosal tissues. We characterize in this report a significant restriction to Vpr-deficient virus replication and spread in MDDCs alone and in cell-to-cell spread in MDDC - CD4(+) T cell co-cultures. This restriction to HIV-1 replication in MDDCs was observed in a single round of virus replication and was rescued by expression of Vpr in trans in the incoming virion...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Virology
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