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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212551/nrip-dcaf6-stabilizes-the-androgen-receptor-protein-by-displacing-ddb2-from-the-cul4a-ddb1-e3-ligase-complex-in-prostate-cancer
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Hsin-Hsiung Chen, Ping Fan, Szu-Wei Chang, Yeou-Ping Tsao, Hsiang-Po Huang, Show-Li Chen
Both nuclear receptor interaction protein (NRIP) and DNA damage binding protein 2 (DDB2) belong to the Cullin 4 (CUL4)-DDB1 binding protein family and are androgen receptor (AR)-interacting proteins. Here, we investigated the expression patterns of the NRIP, DDB2 and AR proteins in human prostate cancer tissues and found that the expression levels of NRIP and AR were higher, but the DDB2 level was lower, in prostate cancer tissues than in non-neoplastic controls, suggesting NRIP as a candidate tumor promoter and DDB2 as a tumor suppressor in prostate cancer...
February 14, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211648/cognitive-development-in-preterm-infants-multi-faceted-deficits-reflect-vulnerability-of-rigorous-neurodevelopmental-pathways
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Jessie R Maxwell, Tracylyn R Yellowhair, Akosua Y Oppong, Jenny E Camacho, Jean R Lowe, Lauren L Jantzie, Robin K Ohls
Prematurity remains the major cause of neonatal morbidity and mortality, with 15 million preterm births occurring worldwide in 2010. Infants born less than 37 weeks gestation are at high risk of abnormal neurodevelopmental outcomes, given that the central nervous system is extremely sensitive to an abnormal intra- and extra-uterine environment. Children born preterm have multiple neurodevelopmental sequelae involving dynamic and complex cognitive deficits. Former preterm infants have difficulty with each domain of cognition, including executive function, language, learning and memory, complex attention, perceptual-motor function and social cognition when compared to children born at term...
February 17, 2017: Minerva Pediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211491/interference-between-variants-of-peach-latent-mosaic-viroid-reveals-novel-features-of-its-fitness-landscape-implications-for-detection
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Pedro Serra, Edson Bertolini, M Carmen Martínez, Mariano Cambra, Ricardo Flores
Natural populations of peach latent mosaic viroid (PLMVd) are complex mixtures of variants. During routine testing, TaqMan rtRT-PCR and RNA gel-blot hybridization produced discordant results with some PLMVd isolates. Analysis of the corresponding populations showed that they were exclusively composed of variants (of class II) with a structural domain different from that of the reference and many other variants (of class I) targeted by the TaqMan rtRT-PCR probe. Bioassays in peach revealed that a representative PLMVd variant of class II replicated without symptoms, generated a progeny with low nucleotide diversity, and, intriguingly, outcompeted a representative symptomatic variant of class I when co-inoculated in equimolecular amounts...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208471/analysis-of-thermodiffusive-cellular-instabilities-in-continuum-combustion-fronts
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Hossein Azizi, Sebastian Gurevich, Nikolas Provatas
We explore numerically the morphological patterns of thermodiffusive instabilities in combustion fronts with a continuum fuel source, within a range of Lewis numbers and ignition temperatures, focusing on the cellular regime. For this purpose, we generalize the recent model of Brailovsky et al. to include distinct process kinetics and reactant heterogeneity. The generalized model is derived analytically and validated with other established models in the limit of infinite Lewis number for zero-order and first-order kinetics...
January 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199083/shape-memory-hydrogels-evolution-of-structural-principles-to-enable-shape-switching-of-hydrophilic-polymer-networks
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Candy Löwenberg, Maria Balk, Christian Wischke, Marc Behl, Andreas Lendlein
The ability of hydrophilic chain segments in polymer networks to strongly interact with water allows the volumetric expansion of the material and formation of a hydrogel. When polymer chain segments undergo reversible hydration depending on environmental conditions, smart hydrogels can be realized, which are able to shrink/swell and thus alter their volume on demand. In contrast, implementing the capacity of hydrogels to switch their shape rather than volume demands more sophisticated chemical approaches and structural concepts...
February 15, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197603/general-baseline-toxicity-qsar-for-nonpolar-polar-and-ionisable-chemicals-and-their-mixtures-in-the-bioluminescence-inhibition-assay-with-aliivibrio-fischeri
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Beate I Escher, Andreas Baumer, Kai Bittermann, Luise Henneberger, Maria König, Christin Kühnert, Nils Klüver
The Microtox assay, a bioluminescence inhibition assay with the marine bacterium Aliivibrio fischeri, is one of the most popular bioassays for assessing the cytotoxicity of organic chemicals, mixtures and environmental samples. Most environmental chemicals act as baseline toxicants in this short-term screening assay, which is typically run with only 30 min of exposure duration. Numerous Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationships (QSARs) exist for the Microtox assay for nonpolar and polar narcosis. However, typical water pollutants, which have highly diverse structures covering a wide range of hydrophobicity and speciation from neutral to anionic and cationic, are often outside the applicability domain of these QSARs...
February 15, 2017: Environmental Science. Processes & Impacts
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192564/a-japanese-family-with-autosomal-dominant-oculocutaneous-albinism-type-4
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Ryoko Oki, Kisaburo Yamada, Satoko Nakano, Kenichi Kimoto, Ken Yamamoto, Hiroyuki Kondo, Toshiaki Kubota
Purpose: We report the clinical characteristics of a Japanese family with autosomal dominant oculocutaneous albinism and a SLC45A2 gene mutation. Methods: A total of 16 members of a Japanese family with general hypopigmentation and foveal hypoplasia underwent detailed clinical examinations. We evaluated the severity of foveal hypoplasia using spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) and graded it according to the criteria of Thomas et al. DNA was extracted from 17 family members and used for genome-wide single nucleotide polymorphism genotyping and linkage analysis...
February 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188791/structure-and-sequence-based-functional-annotation-of-zika-virus-ns2b-protein-computational-insights
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Daniel Aguilera-Pesantes, Miguel A Méndez
While Zika virus (ZIKV) outbreaks are a growing concern for global health, a deep understanding about the virus is lacking. Here we report a contribution to the basic science on the virus- a detailed computational analysis of the non structural protein NS2b. This protein acts as a cofactor for the NS3 protease (NS3Pro) domain that is important on the viral life cycle, and is an interesting target for drug development. We found that ZIKV NS2b cofactor is highly similar to other virus within the Flavivirus genus, especially to West Nile Virus, suggesting that it is completely necessary for the protease complex activity...
February 7, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185903/the-thermodynamics-of-protein-aggregation-reactions-may-underpin-the-enhanced-metabolic-efficiency-associated-with-heterosis-some-balancing-selection-and-the-evolution-of-ploidy-levels
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B R Ginn
Identifying the physical basis of heterosis (or "hybrid vigor") has remained elusive despite over a hundred years of research on the subject. The three main theories of heterosis are dominance theory, overdominance theory, and epistasis theory. Kacser and Burns (1981) identified the molecular basis of dominance, which has greatly enhanced our understanding of its importance to heterosis. This paper aims to explain how overdominance, and some features of epistasis, can similarly emerge from the molecular dynamics of proteins...
February 6, 2017: Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183655/differential-cytotoxicity-and-internalization-of-graphene-family-nanomaterials-in-myocardial-cells
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Flavio F Contreras-Torres, Andrés Rodríguez-Galván, Carlos E Guerrero-Beltrán, Erick Martínez-Lorán, Eduardo Vázquez-Garza, Nancy Ornelas-Soto, Gerardo García-Rivas
Given the well-known physical properties of graphene oxide (GO), numerous applications for this novel nanomaterial have been recently envisioned to improve the performance of biomedical devices. However, the toxicological assessment of GO, which strongly depends on the used material and the studied cell line, is a fundamental task that needs to be performed prior to its use in biomedical applications. Therefore, the toxicological characterization of GO is still ongoing. This study contributes to this, aiming to synthesize and characterize GO particles and thus investigate their toxic effects in myocardial cells...
April 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177649/evolutionary-relationships-and-taxa-specific-conserved-signature-indels-among-cellulases-of-archaea-bacteria-and-eukarya
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Lebin Thomas, Hari Ram, Ved Pal Singh
The cellulases from different cellulolytic organisms have evolutionary relationships, which range from single-celled prokaryotes to the complex eukaryotes of the living world. This in silico analysis revealed the presence of a conserved cellulase domain along with evolutionary relationships among cellulases from several species of Archaea, Bacteria, and Eukarya. The amino acid sequences of cellulases from Archaea and Bacteria showed closer identity with their domain or phylum members that provided insights into convergent and divergent evolution of cellulases from other enzymes with different substrate specificities...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Computational Biology: a Journal of Computational Molecular Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176801/mfn2-suppresses-cancer-progression-through-inhibition-of-mtorc2-akt-signaling
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Ke Xu, Guo Chen, Xiaobo Li, Xiaoqin Wu, Zhijie Chang, Jianhua Xu, Yu Zhu, Peihao Yin, Xin Liang, Lei Dong
The mitochondrial GTPase mitofusin-2 (MFN2) has previously been reported to play a role in regulating cell proliferation, apoptosis and differentiation in a number of cell types. Here, we report that breast cancer patients with low MFN2 expression are associated with poor prognosis as compared to patients with high MFN2 expression. We find that MFN2 knockout from MCF7 and A549 cells via Crispr/Cas9 greatly promotes cell viability, colony formation, and invasion of cancer cells in vitro and in vivo, which were confirmed by colony formation assay, transwell invasion assay, and tumor xenograft model...
February 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176135/parallel-n-and-c-terminal-truncations-facilitate-purification-and-analysis-of-a-155-kda-cold-adapted-type-i-pullulanase
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Skander Elleuche, Alina Krull, Ute Lorenz, Garabed Antranikian
The cold-adapted pullulanase Pul13A is an industrial useful amylolytic enzyme, but its low solubility is the major bottleneck to produce the protein in recombinant form. In a previous approach, a complex and time-consuming purification strategy including a step-wise dialysis procedure using decreasing concentrations of urea to renature the insoluble protein from inclusion bodies had been established. In this study, a truncation strategy was developed to facilitate the purification and handling of the type-I pullulanase...
February 8, 2017: Protein Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167918/quantifying-effects-of-pharmacological-blockers-of-cardiac-autonomous-control-using-variability-parameters
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Renata Miyabara, Karsten Berg, Jan F Kraemer, Ovidiu C Baltatu, Niels Wessel, Luciana A Campos
Objective: The aim of this study was to identify the most sensitive heart rate and blood pressure variability (HRV and BPV) parameters from a given set of well-known methods for the quantification of cardiovascular autonomic function after several autonomic blockades. Methods: Cardiovascular sympathetic and parasympathetic functions were studied in freely moving rats following peripheral muscarinic (methylatropine), β1-adrenergic (metoprolol), muscarinic + β1-adrenergic, α1-adrenergic (prazosin), and ganglionic (hexamethonium) blockades...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167535/adaptation-of-a-genetic-screen-reveals-an-inhibitor-for-mitochondrial-protein-import-component-tim44
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Non Miyata, Zhiye Tang, Michael A Conti, Meghan E Johnson, Colin J Douglas, Samuel A Hasson, Robert Damoiseaux, Chia-En A Chang, Carla M Koehler
Diverse protein import pathways into mitochondria use translocons on the outer membrane (TOM) and inner membrane (TIM). We adapted a genetic screen, based on Ura3 mistargeting from mitochondria to the cytosol, to identify small molecules that attenuated protein import. Small molecule Mitochondrial import Blockers of the Carla Koehler laboratory (MitoBloCK, MB)-10 inhibited import of substrates that require the TIM23 translocon. Mutational analysis coupled with molecular docking and molecular dynamics modeling revealed that MB-10 binds to a specific pocket in the C-terminal domain of Tim44 of the Protein Associated Motor (PAM) complex...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167145/the-miia-motif-is-a-common-marker-present-in-polytopic-surface-proteins-of-oral-and-urinary-tract-invasive-bacteria
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Antonio J Martín-Galiano
Many surface virulence factors of bacterial pathogens show mosaicism and confounding phylogenetic origin. The Streptococcus gordonii platelet-binding GspB protein, the Streptococcus sanguinis SrpA adhesin and the Streptococcus pneumoniae DiiA protein, share an imperfect 27-residue motif. Given the disparate domain architectures of these proteins and its association to invasive disease, this motif was named MiiA from Multiarchitecture invasion-involved motif A. MiiA is predicted to adopt a beta-sheet folding, probably related to the Ig-like fold, with a symmetrical positioning of two conserved aspartic residues...
February 4, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166594/influence-of-dyslipidemia-on-the-quality-of-sexual-life-in-women-in-the-menacme-using-a-combined-oral-contraceptive
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Rodolfo Strufaldi, Luciano Melo Pompei, Marcelo Luis Steiner, César Eduardo Fernandes
Purpose Female sexual dysfunction is a complex and common condition that affects women, and the relationship between sexual function and dyslipidemia is poorly studied. This study aims to assess this relationship in the reproductive life women in the menacme who use combined oral contraceptives (COCs). Methods A total of 49 healthy women who were sexually active received COC pills that contained ethinylestradiol 30 mcg (EE30) plus levonorgestrel 150 mcg (LNG150). The women were divided into two groups according to their lipid profiles...
December 2016: Revista Brasileira de Ginecologia e Obstetrícia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159075/remote-video-auditing-in-the-surgical-setting
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Anne Pedersen, Elizabeth Getty Ritter, Megan Beaton, David Gibbons
Remote video auditing, a method first adopted by the food preparation industry, was later introduced to the health care industry as a novel approach to improving hand hygiene practices. This strategy yielded tremendous and sustained improvement, causing leaders to consider the potential effects of such technology on the complex surgical environment. This article outlines the implementation of remote video auditing and the first year of activity, outcomes, and measurable successes in a busy surgery department in the eastern United States...
February 2017: AORN Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157660/adaptive-local-window-for-level-set-segmentation-of-ct-and-mri-liver-lesions
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Assaf Hoogi, Christopher F Beaulieu, Guilherme M Cunha, Elhamy Heba, Claude B Sirlin, Sandy Napel, Daniel L Rubin
We propose a novel method, the adaptive local window, for improving level set segmentation technique. The window is estimated separately for each contour point, over iterations of the segmentation process, and for each individual object. Our method considers the object scale, the spatial texture, and the changes of the energy functional over iterations. Global and local statistics are considered by calculating several gray level co-occurrence matrices. We demonstrate the capabilities of the method in the domain of medical imaging for segmenting 233 images with liver lesions...
January 13, 2017: Medical Image Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28154194/autophosphorylation-based-calcium-ca2-sensitivity-priming-and-ca2-calmodulin-inhibition-of-arabidopsis-thaliana-ca2-dependent-protein-kinase-28-cpk28
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Kyle W Bender, R Kevin Blackburn, Jacqueline Monaghan, Paul Derbyshire, Frank Lh Menke, Cyril Zipfel, Michael B Goshe, Raymond E Zielinski, Steven C Huber
Plant calcium (Ca(2+)) dependent protein kinases (CPKs) represent the primary Ca(2+)- dependent protein kinase activities in plant systems. CPKs are composed of a dual specificity (Ser/Thr and Tyr) kinase domain tethered to a Calmodulin-like domain (CLD) via an autoinhibitory junction (J). While regulation of CPKs by Ca(2+) has been extensively studied, the contribution of autophosphorylation in controlling CPK activity is less well understood. Furthermore, whether Calmodulin (CaM) contributes to CPK regulation, as is the case for Ca(2+)/CaM-dependent protein kinases (CaMKs) outside the plant lineage, remains an open question...
January 30, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
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