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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550061/the-lectin-chaperone-calnexin-is-involved-in-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-response-by-regulating-ca-2-homeostasis-in-aspergillus-nidulans
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Shenghua Zhang, Hailin Zheng, Qiuyi Chen, Yuan Chen, Sha Wang, Ling Lu, Shizhu Zhang
The Ca(2+)-mediated signaling pathway is crucial for environmental adaptation in fungi. Here we show that calnexin, a molecular chaperone located in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), plays an important role in regulating cytosolic free calcium concentration ([Ca(2+)]c) in Aspergillus nidulans Inactivation of calnexin (ClxA) in A. nidulans caused severe defects in hyphal growth and conidiation under ER stress caused by the ER-stress inducing agent dithiothreitol (DTT) or high temperature. Importantly, defects in the ΔclxA mutant were restored by the addition of extracellular calcium...
May 26, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534787/effect-of-waveform-on-tactile-perception-by-electrovibration-displayed-on-touch-screens
#2
Yasemin Vardar, Burak Guclu, Cagatay Basdogan
In this study, we investigated the effect of input voltage waveform on our haptic perception of electrovibration on touch screens. Through psychophysical experiments performed with eight subjects, we first measured the detection thresholds of electrovibration stimuli generated by sinusoidal and square voltages at various fundamental frequencies. We observed that the subjects were more sensitive to stimuli generated by square wave voltage than sinusoidal one for frequencies lower than 60 Hz. Using Matlab simulations, we showed that the sensation difference of waveforms in low fundamental frequencies occurred due to the frequency-dependent electrical properties of human skin and human tactile sensitivity...
May 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Haptics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533471/the-atypical-response-regulator-atvr-is-a-new-player-in-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-response-to-hypoxia-and-virulence
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Gilberto Hideo Kaihami, Leandro Carvalho Dantas Breda, José Roberto Fogaça de Almeida, Thays de Oliveira Pereira, Gianlucca Gonçalves Nicastro, Ana Laura Boechat, Sandro Rogério de Almeida, Regina Lúcia Baldini
Two-component systems are widespread in bacteria, allowing adaptation to environmental changes. The classical pathway is composed by a histidine kinase that phosphorylates an aspartate residue in the cognate response regulator (RR). RRs lacking the phosphorylable aspartate also occur, but their function and contribution during host-pathogen interaction are poorly characterized. AtvR (PA14_26570) is the only atypical response regulator with a DNA-binding domain in the opportunistic pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa Macrophage infection with the atvR mutant strain resulted in higher TNF-α secretion as well as increased bacterial clearance as compared to macrophages infected with the wild-type strain...
May 22, 2017: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524882/plasmonic-computing-of-spatial-differentiation
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Tengfeng Zhu, Yihan Zhou, Yijie Lou, Hui Ye, Min Qiu, Zhichao Ruan, Shanhui Fan
Optical analog computing offers high-throughput low-power-consumption operation for specialized computational tasks. Traditionally, optical analog computing in the spatial domain uses a bulky system of lenses and filters. Recent developments in metamaterials enable the miniaturization of such computing elements down to a subwavelength scale. However, the required metamaterial consists of a complex array of meta-atoms, and direct demonstration of image processing is challenging. Here, we show that the interference effects associated with surface plasmon excitations at a single metal-dielectric interface can perform spatial differentiation...
May 19, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513434/a-unifying-mechanism-for-the-biogenesis-of-membrane-proteins-co-operatively-integrated-by-the-sec-and-tat-pathways
#5
Fiona J Tooke, Marion Babot, Govind Chandra, Grant Buchanan, Tracy Palmer
The majority of multi-spanning membrane proteins are co-translationally inserted into the bilayer by the Sec pathway. An important subset of membrane proteins have globular, cofactor-containing extracytoplasmic domains requiring the dual action of the co-translational Sec and post-translational Tat pathways for integration. Here, we identify further unexplored families of membrane proteins that are dual Sec-Tat-targeted. We establish that a predicted heme-molybdenum cofactor-containing protein, and a complex polyferredoxin, each require the concerted action of two translocases for their assembly...
May 17, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508430/combined-delivery-of-a-lipopolysaccharide-binding-peptide-and-the-heme-oxygenase-1-gene-using-deoxycholic-acid-conjugated-polyethylenimine-for-the-treatment-of-acute-lung-injury
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Ji Yeon Kim, Chunxian Piao, Gyeungyun Kim, Seonyeong Lee, Min Sang Lee, Ji Hoon Jeong, Minhyung Lee
A ternary complex comprising plasmid DNA, lipopolysaccharide-binding peptide (LBP), and deoxycholic acid-conjugated polyethylenimine (PEI-DA) is prepared for combinational therapy of acute lung injury (ALI). The LBP is designed as an anti-inflammatory peptide based on the lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-binding domain of HMGB-1. In vitro cytokine assays show that LBP reduces levels of proinflammatory cytokines by inhibiting LPS. PEI-DA is synthesized as the gene carrier by conjugation of deoxycholic acid to low-molecular weight polyethylenimine (2 kDa, PEI2k)...
May 16, 2017: Macromolecular Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506460/mechanisms-of-ubiquitin-nucleosome-recognition-and-regulation-of-53bp1-chromatin-recruitment-by-rnf168-169-and-rad18
#7
Qi Hu, Maria Victoria Botuyan, Gaofeng Cui, Debiao Zhao, Georges Mer
The protein 53BP1 plays a central regulatory role in DNA double-strand break repair. 53BP1 relocates to chromatin by recognizing RNF168-mediated mono-ubiquitylation of histone H2A Lys15 in the nucleosome core particle dimethylated at histone H4 Lys20 (NCP-ubme). 53BP1 relocation is terminated by ubiquitin ligases RNF169 and RAD18 via unknown mechanisms. Using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy and biochemistry, we show that RNF169 bridges ubiquitin and histone surfaces, stabilizing a pre-existing ubiquitin orientation in NCP-ubme to form a high-affinity complex...
May 18, 2017: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502238/parotid-gland-mean-dose-as-a-xerostomia-predictor-in-low-dose-domains
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Hubert Szymon Gabryś, Florian Buettner, Florian Sterzing, Henrik Hauswald, Mark Bangert
PURPOSE: Xerostomia is a common side effect of radiotherapy resulting from excessive irradiation of salivary glands. Typically, xerostomia is modeled by the mean dose-response characteristic of parotid glands and prevented by mean dose constraints to either contralateral or both parotid glands. The aim of this study was to investigate whether normal tissue complication probability (NTCP) models based on the mean radiation dose to parotid glands are suitable for the prediction of xerostomia in a highly conformal low-dose regime of modern intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) techniques...
May 13, 2017: Acta Oncologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495363/app-aplp2-and-lrp1-interact-with-pcsk9-but-are-not-required-for-pcsk9-mediated-degradation-of-the-ldlr-in-vivo
#9
Ting Fu, YangYang Guan, Junjie Xu, Yan Wang
Proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) is a secreted protein that post-transcriptionally regulates the levels of hepatic low-density lipoprotein receptors (LDLRs). PCSK9 binds to the extracellular domain of the LDLR, and the PCSK9-LDLR complex is internalized through canonical clathrin-dependent endocytosis and then delivered to lysosomes for degradation. The mechanism by which PCSK9 blocks recycling of the LDLR has not been fully defined. Previous reports showed that amyloid precursor-like protein 2 (APLP2) interacts with PCSK9, but its role in PCSK9-mediated LDLR degradation remains controversial...
May 8, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489019/heart-sound-classification-from-unsegmented-phonocardiograms
#10
Philip Langley, Alan Murray
Objective Most algorithms for automated analysis of phonocardiograms (PCG) require segmentation of the signal into the characteristic heart sounds. The aim was to assess the feasibility for accurate classification of heart sounds on short, unsegmented recordings. Approach PCG segments of 5 second duration from the PhysioNet/Computing in Cardiology Challenge database were analysed. Initially the 5 second segment at the start of each recording (seg 1) was analysed. Segments were zero-mean but otherwise had no pre-processing or segmentation...
May 10, 2017: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487373/interactions-between-small-ankyrin-1-and-sarcolipin-coordinately-regulate-activity-of-the-sarco-endo-plasmic-reticulum-ca2-atpase-serca1
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Patrick F Desmond, Amanda Labuza, Joaquin Muriel, Michele L Markwardt, Allison E Mancini, Mark A Rizzo, Robert J Bloch
SERCA1, the sarco(endo)plasmic reticulum Ca2+-ATPase of skeletal muscle, is essential for muscle relaxation and maintenance of low resting Ca2+ levels in the myoplasm. We recently reported that small ankyrin 1 (sAnk1) interacts with the sarco(endo)plasmic reticulum Ca2+-ATPase in skeletal muscle (SERCA1) to inhibit its activity (1). We also showed that this interaction is mediated at least in part through sAnk1's transmembrane domain in a manner similar to that of sarcolipin (SLN). Earlier studies have shown that SLN and phospholamban (PLN), the other well-studied small SERCA-regulatory proteins, oligomerize either alone or together...
May 9, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482899/improving-access-to-health-care-amongst-vulnerable-populations-a-qualitative-study-of-village-malaria-workers-in-kampot-cambodia
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Marco Liverani, Chea Nguon, Ra Sok, Daro Kim, Panharith Nou, Sokhan Nguon, Shunmay Yeung
BACKGROUND: There is growing interest in the expansion of community health workers programmes in low- and middle-income countries as a cost-effective approach to address shortages of health professionals. However, our understanding of the reception of large-scale programmes and how to improve them remains limited, with knowledge gaps about factors that may promote or discourage equitable access to services. This paper examines the case of the Village Malaria Workers (VMW) programme in Cambodia, an extensive community-based intervention for the management of malaria cases in remote rural areas...
May 8, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475327/development-of-dna-nanostructures-for-high-affinity-binding-to-human-serum-albumin
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Aurélie Lacroix, Thomas G W Edwardson, Mark A Hancock, Michael D Dore, Hanadi F Sleiman
The development of nucleic acid therapeutics has been hampered by issues associated with their stability and in vivo delivery. To address these challenges, we describe a new strategy to engineer DNA structures with strong binding affinity to human serum albumin (HSA). HSA is the most abundant protein in the blood and has a long circulation half-life (19 days). It has been shown to hinder phagocytosis, is retained in tumors, and aids in cellular penetration. Indeed, HSA has already been successfully used for the delivery of small-molecule drugs and nanoparticles...
May 18, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473706/molecular-mechanisms-underlying-the-evolution-of-the-slp76-signalosome
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Xuemei Qu, Xin Lan, Chong Deng, Jiatao Zhou, Jingjing Du, Shengfeng Huang, Yingqiu Li
The well-defined mammalian slp76-signalosome is crucial for T-cell immune response, yet whether slp76-signalosome exists in invertebrates and how it evolved remain unknown. Here we investigated slp76-signalosome from an evolutionary perspective in amphioxus Branchiostoma belcheri (bb). We proved slp76-signalosome components bbslp76, bbGADS and bbItk are present in amphioxus and bbslp76 interacts with bbGADS and bbItk, but differences exist between the interaction manners within slp76-signalosome components of amphioxus and human (h)...
May 4, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472610/nature-functions-and-clinical-implications-of-igg4-autoantibodies-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-and-rheumatoid-arthritis
#15
Qingjun Pan, Qiaofen Lan, Yanxia Peng, Jun Cai, Jian Zheng, Carol Dickerson, Haiyan Xiao, Hua-Feng Liu
Protective autoantibodies in homeostasis, clinical relevance, and therapeutic potential have gained wide attention. Recent studies showed that IgG4 autoantibodies play crucial roles in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). In one aspect, IgG4 autoantibodies can bind autoantigens in competition with other classes of immunoglobulins (e.g., IgG1, IgG2a) to form non-inflammatory immune-complexes (ICs), which have a limited ability to induce immune responses because of the low affinity of IgG4 for both Fc receptors and the C1 complement molecule, resulting in reduced inflammatory response in SLE and RA...
March 2017: Discovery Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28471366/structure-of-the-family-b-dna-polymerase-from-the-hyperthermophilic-archaeon-pyrobaculum-calidifontis
#16
Jingxu Guo, Wenling Zhang, Alun R Coker, Steve P Wood, Jonathan B Cooper, Shazeel Ahmad, Syed Ali, Naeem Rashid, Muhummad Akhtar
The family B DNA polymerase from Pyrobaculum calidifontis (Pc-polymerase) consists of 783 amino acids and is magnesium-ion dependent. It has an optimal pH of 8.5, an optimal temperature of 75°C and a half-life of 4.5 h at 95°C, giving it greater thermostability than the widely used Taq DNA polymerase. The enzyme is also capable of PCR-amplifying larger DNA fragments of up to 7.5 kb in length. It was shown to have functional, error-correcting 3'-5' exonuclease activity, as do the related high-fidelity DNA polymerases from Pyrococcus furiosus, Thermococcus kodakarensis KOD1 and Thermococcus gorgonarius, which have extensive commercial applications...
May 1, 2017: Acta Crystallographica. Section D, Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28470243/bottom-up-engineering-of-thermoelectric-nanomaterials-and-devices-from-solution-processed-nanoparticle-building-blocks
#17
Silvia Ortega, Maria Ibáñez, Yu Liu, Yu Zhang, Maksym V Kovalenko, Doris Cadavid, Andreu Cabot
The conversion of thermal energy to electricity and vice versa by means of solid state thermoelectric devices is extremely appealing. However, its cost-effectiveness is seriously hampered by the relatively high production cost and low efficiency of current thermoelectric materials and devices. To overcome present challenges and enable a successful deployment of thermoelectric systems in their wide application range, materials with significantly improved performance need to be developed. Nanostructuration can help in several ways to reach the very particular group of properties required to achieve high thermoelectric performances...
May 4, 2017: Chemical Society Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28468675/validation-of-an-instrument-for-measuring-satisfaction-of-patients-undergoing-hemodialysis
#18
Mauricio Sanabria-Arenas, Julia Tobón- Marín, María Claudia Certuche-Quintana, Ricardo Sánchez-Pedraza
BACKGROUND: Patients' satisfaction is an indicator of the quality of healthcare services. Its measurement involves developing and validating complex instruments. The purpose of this study was to validate a scale for measuring hemodialysis patients' satisfaction with the provided care, the Scale for Evaluation of Hemodialysis Patient's Satisfaction with Service provided at a Chronic Kidney Disease Unit (or ESUR-HD, its acronym in Spanish). METHODS: The instrument was applied to 370 patients undergoing hemodialysis for undertaking exploratory and confirmatory analyses, internal consistency assessment, and Rasch analysis...
May 3, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28465216/ros1-protein-tyrosine-kinase-inhibitors-in-the-treatment-of-ros1-fusion-protein-driven-non-small-cell-lung-cancers
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REVIEW
Robert Roskoski
ROS1 protein-tyrosine kinase fusion proteins are expressed in 1-2% of non-small cell lung cancers. The ROS1 fusion partners include CD74, CCDC6, EZR, FIG, KDELR2, LRIG3, MSN, SDC4, SLC34A2, TMEM106B, TMP3, and TPD52L1. Physiological ROS1 is closely related to the ALK, LTK, and insulin receptor protein-tyrosine kinases. ROS1 is a so-called orphan receptor because the identity of its activating ligand, if any, is unknown. The receptor is expressed during development, but little is expressed in adults and its physiological function is unknown...
April 30, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464675/simulation-of-acoustic-guided-wave-propagation-in-cortical-bone-using-a-semi-analytical-finite-element-method
#20
Daniel Pereira, Guillaume Haiat, Julio Fernandes, Pierre Belanger
Axial transmission techniques have been extensively studied for cortical bone quality assessment. However, the modeling of ultrasonic guided waves propagation in such a complex medium remains challenging. The aim of this paper is to develop a semi-analytical finite element method to simulate the propagation of guided waves in an irregular, multi-layer, and heterogeneous bone cross-section modeled with anisotropic and viscoelastic material properties. The accuracy of the simulations was verified against conventional time-domain three-dimensional finite element...
April 2017: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
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