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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441779/glyoxalase-goes-green-the-expanding-roles-of-glyoxalase-in-plants
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REVIEW
Subramanian Sankaranarayanan, Muhammad Jamshed, Abhinandan Kumar, Logan Skori, Sabine Scandola, Tina Wang, David Spiegel, Marcus A Samuel
The ubiquitous glyoxalase enzymatic pathway is involved in the detoxification of methylglyoxal (MG), a cytotoxic byproduct of glycolysis. The glyoxalase system has been more extensively studied in animals versus plants. Plant glyoxalases have been primarily associated with stress responses and their overexpression is known to impart tolerance to various abiotic stresses. In plants, glyoxalases exist as multigene families, and new roles for glyoxalases in various developmental and signaling pathways have started to emerge...
April 24, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441772/structural-and-biochemical-properties-of-novel-self-cleaving-ribozymes
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REVIEW
Ki-Young Lee, Bong-Jin Lee
Fourteen well-defined ribozyme classes have been identified to date, among which nine are site-specific self-cleaving ribozymes. Very recently, small self-cleaving ribozymes have attracted renewed interest in their structure, biochemistry, and biological function since the discovery, during the last three years, of four novel ribozymes, termed twister, twister sister, pistol, and hatchet. In this review, we mainly address the structure, biochemistry, and catalytic mechanism of the novel ribozymes. They are characterized by distinct active site architectures and divergent, but similar, biochemical properties...
April 24, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441732/modified-nucleotides-as-substrates-of-terminal-deoxynucleotidyl-transferase
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Daiva Tauraitė, Jevgenija Jakubovska, Julija Dabužinskaitė, Maksim Bratchikov, Rolandas Meškys
The synthesis of novel modified nucleotides and their incorporation into DNA sequences opens many possibilities to change the chemical properties of oligonucleotides (ONs), and, therefore, broaden the field of practical applications of modified DNA. The chemical synthesis of nucleotide derivatives, including ones bearing thio-, hydrazino-, cyano- and carboxy groups as well as 2-pyridone nucleobase-containing nucleotides was carried out. The prepared compounds were tested as substrates of terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase (TdT)...
April 22, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441672/how-to-lead-the-way-through-complexity-constraint-and-uncertainty-in-academic-health-science-centers
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Susan J Lieff, Francis J Yammarino
Academic medicine is in an era of unprecedented and constant change due to fluctuating economies, globalization, emerging technologies, research, and professional and educational mandates. Consequently, academic health science centers (AHSCs) are facing new levels of complexity, constraint, and uncertainty. Currently, AHSC leaders work with competing academic and health service demands and are required to work with and are accountable to a diversity of stakeholders. Given the new challenges and emerging needs, the authors believe the leadership methods and approaches AHSCs have used in the past that led to successes will be insufficient...
May 2017: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441647/subjective-memory-in-a-national-sample-predicting-psychological-well-being
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Jacqueline A Mogle, Nikki Hill, Caroline McDermott
BACKGROUND: Individual perception of memory performance (i.e., subjective memory) is assessed using a variety of approaches. This article focuses on 2 such approaches: (1) self-comparison assessments that attempt to capture changes in memory ability over a period of time and (2) age-anchored comparisons that assess how an individual perceives their memory in relation to others their age. These different types of assessment may relate to psychological well-being differently due to the underlying mechanisms of assessment...
April 26, 2017: Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441636/psychological-features-and-quality-of-life-in-50-adult-patients-with-epilepsy-and-their-caregivers-from-the-lecco-epilepsy-center-italy
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Alessandra Petruzzi, Andrea Rigamonti, Claudia Yvonne Finocchiaro, Paolo Borelli, Elena Lamperti, Antonio Silvani, Rossana Regazzoni, Lorenzo Stanzani, Andrea Salmaggi
Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological disorders. To the best of our knowledge, in Italy, the relationship between patients' and caregivers' psychological state has rarely been analyzed. Thus, we sought to evaluate both the psychological state of patients with epilepsy and that of their caregivers and the interrelationship between them. We also assessed the existing relation between psychological features and some clinical and demographic information, such as number of antiepileptic drugs (AEDs), epilepsy duration and education level of patients and their caregivers...
April 22, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441622/social-anxiety-and-disordered-eating-the-influence-of-stress-reactivity-and-self-esteem
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Jessica Lyn Ciarma, Jaya Miriam Mathew
While previous research indicates a strong link between social anxiety and disordered eating, more research is needed in order to understand the mechanisms that underlie this relationship. Given that stress is often implicated in disordered eating, it was hypothesised that ones reaction to stress (i.e. stress reactivity) would mediate the relationship between social anxiety and disordered eating. Similarly, given that low self-esteem is commonly reported in both those with social anxiety and eating disorders, it was hypothesised that self-esteem would also mediate the relationship between social anxiety and disordered eating...
April 8, 2017: Eating Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441621/prion-like-transmission-of-pathogenic-protein-aggregates-in-genetic-models-of-neurodegenerative-disease
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REVIEW
Margaret Mp Pearce
A key pathological hallmark of most neurodegenerative diseases is the misfolding of a particular protein, leading to deposition of toxic protein aggregates in brain tissue. Recent data provide compelling evidence that pathogenic protein aggregates have prion-like properties-they self-replicate by templated misfolding of monomeric proteins and spread between individual cells. Studies in genetic model organisms have expanded our understanding of how prion-like pathogenic aggregates propagate in vivo, revealing potential roles for spreading along neural networks and key cellular processes in both neurons and glial cells...
April 22, 2017: Current Opinion in Genetics & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441618/motivation-deficits-and-use-of-alcohol-and-illicit-drugs-among-individuals-with-schizophrenia
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Amber L Bahorik, Catherine G Greeno, Gerald Cochran, Jack R Cornelius, Shaun M Eack
This study examined the impact of substance use on intrinsic motivation and evaluated the association between intrinsic motivation and substance use recovery among individuals with schizophrenia. Alcohol and illicit drug use and intrinsic motivation were evaluated at baseline and 6-months for 1434 individuals with schizophrenia from the Clinical Antipsychotic Trials of Intervention Effectiveness (CATIE) using self-rated substance use assessments and a derived motivation measure from the Heinrichs-Carpenter Quality of Life Scale...
April 5, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441590/screening-arabidopsis-mutants-in-genes-useful-for-phytoremediation
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María Sanz-Fernández, María Rodríguez-Serrano, Ana Sevilla-Perea, Liliana Pena, M Dolores Mingorance, Luisa M Sandalio, María C Romero-Puertas
Emissions of heavy metals have risen over the past 200 years and significantly exceed those from natural sources. Phytoremediation strategies may be able to recover soil productivity in self-sustaining ecosystems; however, our knowledge of the molecular mechanisms involved in plant heavy-metal perception and signalling is scarce. The aim of this study was to assemble a "molecular tool box" of genes useful for phytoremediation. To identify mutants with different heavy-metal-tolerance, we first selected a medium from mixtures containing three metals based on their presence in two Spanish mining areas and then screened about 7000 lines of Arabidopsis T-DNA mutants and found 74 lines more resistant and 56 more susceptible than the wild type (WT)...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441572/trait-mindfulness-and-protective-strategies-for-alcohol-use-implications-for-college-student-drinking
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Emma I Brett, Thad R Leffingwell, Eleanor L Leavens
INTRODUCTION: The use of Protective Behavioral Strategies (PBS) has been strongly linked with decreased experience of alcohol-related consequences, making them a potential target for intervention. Additionally, mindfulness is associated with decreased experience of alcohol-related consequences. The purpose of the current study was to evaluate a model of PBS as a mediator of the effect of mindfulness on alcohol-related consequences. Additionally, mindfulness as a moderator of the relationship between PBS and alcohol use and consequences was examined...
April 8, 2017: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441530/aubergine-controls-germline-stem-cell-self-renewal-and-progeny-differentiation-via-distinct-mechanisms
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Xing Ma, Xiujuan Zhu, Yingying Han, Benjamin Story, Trieu Do, Xiaoqing Song, Su Wang, Ying Zhang, Marco Blanchette, Madelaine Gogol, Kate Hall, Allison Peak, Perera Anoja, Ting Xie
Piwi family protein Aubergine (Aub) maintains genome integrity in late germ cells of the Drosophila ovary through Piwi-associated RNA-mediated repression of transposon activities. Although it is highly expressed in germline stem cells (GSCs) and early progeny, it remains unclear whether it plays any roles in early GSC lineage development. Here we report that Aub promotes GSC self-renewal and GSC progeny differentiation. RNA-iCLIP results show that Aub binds the mRNAs encoding self-renewal and differentiation factors in cultured GSCs...
April 24, 2017: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441522/feeling-safe-but-appearing-anxious-differential-effects-of-alcohol-on-anxiety-and-social-performance-in-individuals-with-social-anxiety-disorder
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Stephan Stevens, Ruth Cooper, Trisha Bantin, Christiane Hermann, Alexander L Gerlach
Social anxiety disorder (SAD) and alcohol use disorders (AUD) co-occur frequently and there is preliminary evidence that alcohol might reduce social anxiety. It is, however, unclear which mechanisms contribute to the anxiety reducing effect, particularly regarding key aspects of social anxiety such as deficits in social performance. We compared self-rated and physiological measures of anxiety as well as self- and observer-rated social performance in a sample of 62 individuals with SAD and 60 nonanxious control participants during a speech task after receiving either alcohol, an alcohol-free placebo drink or orange juice...
April 18, 2017: Behaviour Research and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441520/age-gender-and-deterrability-are-younger-male-drivers-more-likely-to-discount-the-future
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James Freeman, Sherrie-Anne Kaye, Verity Truelove, Jeremy Davey
Utilizing the Classical Deterrence theory and Stafford and Warr's (1993) reconceptualized model of deterrence, the current study examined whether age, gender, and discounting the future tendencies influence perceptions of being apprehended for speeding offences. Licensed motorists (N=700; 57% female) in Queensland (Australia) were recruited to complete a self-report questionnaire that measured perceptual deterrence, speeding related behaviors and discounting the future tendencies. Data were analyzed utilizing descriptive, bivariate and multivariate regressions...
April 22, 2017: Accident; Analysis and Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441504/paradoxical-long-timespan-opening-of-the-hole-in-self-supported-water-films-of-nanometrical-thickness
#15
Zahava Barkay, Edward Bormashenko
Opening of holes in self-supported thin (nano-scaled) water films has been in situ investigated with the environmental scanning electron microscope. Opening of a hole occurs within a two-stage process. At the first stage the rim surrounding a hole is formed, resembling the process which is observed under puncturing of soap bubbles. At the second stage the exponential growth of the hole is observed, with a characteristic time of a dozen of seconds. We explain the exponential kinetics of holes' growth by the balance between inertia (gravity) and viscous dissipation...
April 25, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441473/assembly-of-macrocycle-dye-derivatives-into-particles-for-fluorescence-and-photoacoustic-applications
#16
Hoang Dung Lu, Tristan L Lim, Shoshana Javitt, Andrew Heinmiller, Robert K Prud'homme
Optical imaging is a rapidly progressing medical technique that can benefit from the development of new and improved optical imaging agents suitable for use in vivo. However, the molecular rules detailing what optical agents can be processed and encapsulated into in vivo presentable forms are not known. We here present the screening of series of highly hydrophobic porphyrin, phthalocyanine, and naphthalocyanine dye macrocycles through a self-assembling Flash NanoPrecipitation process to form a series of water dispersible dye nanoparticles (NPs)...
April 25, 2017: ACS Combinatorial Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441472/repurposing-a-two-component-system-based-biosensor-for-the-killing-of-vibrio-cholerae
#17
Premkumar Jayaraman, Maciej Bartosz Holowko, Jing Wui Yeoh, Sierin Lim, Chueh Loo Poh
New strategies to control cholera are urgently needed. This study develops an in vitro proof-of-concept sense-and-eradicate system in a wild-type Escherichia coli strain to target the causative pathogen Vibrio cholerae using a synthetic biology approach. Our engineered E. coli specifically detects V. cholerae via its quorum-sensing molecule CAI-1 and responds by expressing the lysis protein (YebF-Art-085), thereby self-lysing to release the killing protein (Art-085) to eradicate V. cholerae. For this report, we individually characterized the YebF-Art-085 and Art-085 expression and their activities when coupled to our previously developed V...
April 25, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441471/gemcitabine-integrated-nano-prodrug-carrier-system
#18
Seren Hamsici, Melis Sardan Ekiz, Goksu Cinar Ciftci, Ayse Begum Tekinay, Mustafa O Guler
Peptide nanomaterials have received a great deal of interest in drug delivery applications due to their biodegradability, biocompatibility, suitability for large scale synthesis, high drug loading capacities, targeting ability and ordered structural organization. The covalent conjugation of drugs to peptide backbone results in prolonged circulation time and improved stability of drugs. Therapeutic efficacy of gemcitabine, which is used for breast cancer treatment, is severely compromised due to its rapid plasma degradation...
April 25, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441460/how-embarrassing-the-behavioral-and-neural-correlates-of-processing-social-norm-violations
#19
Janna Marie Bas-Hoogendam, Henk van Steenbergen, Tanja Kreuk, Nic J A van der Wee, P Michiel Westenberg
Social norms are important for human social interactions, and violations of these norms are evaluated partly on the intention of the actor. Here, we describe the revised Social Norm Processing Task (SNPT-R), a paradigm enabling the study of behavioral and neural responses to intended and unintended social norm violations among both adults and adolescents. We investigated how participants (adolescents and adults, n = 87) rate intentional and unintentional social norm violations with respect to inappropriateness and embarrassment, and we examined the brain activation patterns underlying the processing of these transgressions in an independent sample of 21 adults using functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441408/short-term-internet-search-using-makes-people-rely-on-search-engines-when-facing-unknown-issues
#20
Yifan Wang, Lingdan Wu, Liang Luo, Yifen Zhang, Guangheng Dong
The Internet search engines, which have powerful search/sort functions and ease of use features, have become an indispensable tool for many individuals. The current study is to test whether the short-term Internet search training can make people more dependent on it. Thirty-one subjects out of forty subjects completed the search training study which included a pre-test, a six-day's training of Internet search, and a post-test. During the pre- and post- tests, subjects were asked to search online the answers to 40 unusual questions, remember the answers and recall them in the scanner...
2017: PloS One
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