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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549219/design-synthesis-and-properties-of-a-potent-inhibitor-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-deacetylase-lpxc
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Grazia Piizzi, David T Parker, Yunshan Peng, Markus Rolf Dobler, Anup Patnaik, Som Wattanasin, Eugene Liu, Francois Lenoir, Jill Nunez, John Kerrigan, David McKenney, Colin S Osborne, Donghui Yu, Leanne Lanieri, Jade Bojkovic, JoAnne Dzink-Fox, Maria-Dawn Lilly, Elizabeth R Sprague, Yipin Lu, Hongming Wang, Srijan Ranjitkar, Bing Wang, Meir Glick, Lawrence G Hamann, Ruben Tommasi, Xia Yang, Charles R Dean
Over the past several decades the frequency of antibacterial resistance in hospitals, including multi-drug resistance (MDR) and its association with serious infectious diseases, has increased at alarming rates. Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a leading cause of nosocomial infections, and resistance to virtually all approved antibacterial agents is emerging in this pathogen. To address the need for new agents to treat MDR P. aeruginosa, we focused on inhibiting the first committed step in the biosynthesis of lipid A, the deacetylation of uridyldiphospho-3-O-(R-hydroxydecanoyl)-N-acetylglucosamine by the enzyme LpxC...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549209/genotypic-correlation-and-path-analysis-in-early-and-super-early-maize-genotypes
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B M Alves, A Cargnelutti Filho
The aims of this study were to assess the linear relationships between agronomic and nutritional traits and to identify promising traits for indirect selection in early and super-early maturing maize genotypes. Two trials were run in the 2009/2010 agricultural year, each consisting of a randomized block design with three replications. One trial was run on 36 early maturing maize genotypes and the other on 22 super-early maturing genotypes. Six agronomic traits, 11 protein-nutritional traits, and four energetic-nutritional traits were measured...
May 25, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549205/genetic-divergence-among-corn-hybrids-and-combining-ability-for-agronomic-and-bromatological-traits-of-silage
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E Gralak, M V Faria, A S T Figueiredo, D A Rizzardi, M Neumann, M C Mendes, C A Scapim, S Galbeiro
We assessed the impact of genetic divergence and the ability to combine corn hybrids used for the production of silage on the agronomic and bromatological traits of silage quality. We evaluated 18 corn hybrids used as genitors in a circulant diallel scheme in which each genitor hybrid participated in 9 hybrid combinations, and evaluated 100 treatments [18 genitor hybrids, 81 diallelic hybrids, and a commercial check hybrid (DKB330)] in a triple lattice 10 x 10 experimental design in two environments in Brazil...
May 25, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548932/lncrna-tincr-attenuates-cardiac-hypertrophy-by-epigenetic-silencing-of-camkii
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Mingjing Shao, Guangdong Chen, Fengli Lv, Yanyan Liu, Hongjun Tian, Ran Tao, Ronghuan Jiang, Wei Zhang, Chuanjun Zhuo
In the previous study, we established a mouse model of cardiac hypertrophy using transverse aortic constriction (TAC) and found that the expression of long non-coding RNAs TINCR was downregulated in myocardial tissue. The present study was designed to determine the potential role of TINCR in the pathogenesis of cardiac hypertrophy. Our results showed that enforced expression of TINCR could attenuate cardiac hypertrophy in TAC mice. Angiotensin II (Ang-II) was found to be associated with reduced TINCR expression and increased hypertrophy in cultured neonatal cardiomyocytes...
May 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548837/the-role-of-the-hydroxyl-group-in-propofol-protein-target-recognition-insights-from-oniom-studies
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Ling Qiu, Jianguo Lin, Qingzhu Liu, Shanshan Wang, Gaochao Lv, Ke Li, Haiming Shi, Zhengkun Huang, Edward J Bertaccini
Propofol (PFL, 1-hydroxyl-2,6-diisopropylbenzene) is currently used widely as one of the most well-known intravenous anesthetics to relieve surgical suffering, but its mechanism of action is not yet clear. Previous experimental studies have demonstrated that the hydroxyl group of PFL plays a dominant role in the molecular recognition of PFL with receptors that lead to hypnosis. To further explore the mechanism of anesthesia induced by PFL in the present work, the exact binding features and interaction details of PFL with three important proteins, human serum albumin (HSA), the pH-gated ion channel from Gloeobacter violaceus (GLIC) and horse spleen apoferritin (HSAF), were investigated systematically by using a rigorous three-layer ONIOM(M06-2X/6-31+G*:PM6:AMBER) method...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548833/structure-activity-relationship-for-small-molecule-inhibitors-of-nicotinamide-n-methyltransferase
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Harshini Neelakantan, Hua-Yu Wang, Virginia Vance, Jonathan D Hommel, Stanton F McHardy, Stanley J Watowich
Nicotinamide N-methyltransferase (NNMT) is a fundamental cytosolic biotransforming enzyme that catalyzes the N-methylation of endogenous and exogenous xenobiotics. We have identified small molecule inhibitors of NNMT with >1000-fold range of activity and developed comprehensive structure-activity relationships (SARs) for NNMT inhibitors. Screening of N-methylated quinolinium, isoquinolinium, pyrididium, and benzimidazolium/benzothiazolium analogs resulted in the identification of quinoliniums as a promising scaffold with very low micromolar (IC50 ~1 μM) NNMT inhibition...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548587/comparison-of-efficacy-between-tace-combined-with-apatinib-and-tace-alone-in-the-treatment-of-intermediate-and-advanced-hepatocellular-carcinoma-a-single-center-randomized-controlled-trial
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Wei Lu, Xin-Li Jin, Chao Yang, Peng Du, Fu-Qiang Jiang, Jun-Peng Ma, Jian Yang, Peng Xie, Zhe Zhang
OBJECTIVE: This study was designed to compare the clinical efficacy and safety of transcatheter arterial chemoembolization (TACE) combined with apatinib and TACE alone in the treatment of intermediate and advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). METHODS: From March 2015 to August 2015, a total of 44 patients with moderate and advanced HCC, who were admitted in the Navy General Hospital of China, were included into this study. These patients were randomly divided into two groups: group A and group B...
May 26, 2017: Cancer Biology & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548572/analytical-validation-of-a-reference-laboratory-elisa-for-the-detection-of-feline-leukemia-virus-p27-antigen
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Jesse S Buch, Genevieve H Clark, Roberta Cahill, Brendon Thatcher, Peter Smith, Ramaswamy Chandrashekar, Christian M Leutenegger, Thomas P O'Connor, Melissa J Beall
Feline leukemia virus (FeLV) is an oncogenic retrovirus of cats. Immunoassays for the p27 core protein of FeLV aid in the detection of FeLV infections. Commercial microtiter-plate ELISAs have rapid protocols and visual result interpretation, limiting their usefulness in high-throughput situations. The purpose of our study was to validate the PetChek FeLV 15 ELISA, which is designed for the reference laboratory, and incorporates sequential, orthogonal screening and confirmatory protocols. A cutoff for the screening assay was established with 100% accuracy using 309 feline samples (244 negative, 65 positive) defined by the combined results of FeLV PCR and an independent reference p27 antigen ELISA...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548488/a-fluorescent-split-aptamer-for-visualizing-rna-rna-assembly-in-vivo
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Khalid K Alam, Kwaku D Tawiah, Matthew F Lichte, David Porciani, Donald H Burke
RNA-RNA assembly governs key biological processes and is a powerful tool for engineering synthetic genetic circuits. Characterizing RNA assembly in living cells often involves monitoring fluorescent reporter proteins, which are at best indirect measures of underlying RNA-RNA hybridization events and are subject to additional temporal and load constraints associated with translation and activation of reporter proteins. In contrast, RNA aptamers that sequester small molecule dyes and activate their fluorescence are increasingly utilized in genetically encoded strategies to report on RNA-level events...
May 26, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548485/clinically-relevant-detection-of-streptococcus-pneumoniae-with-dna-antibody-nanostructures
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Jinping Wang, May Ching Leong, Eric Zhewei Leong, Win Sen Kuan, David T Leong
Streptococcus pneumoniae (SP) is a pathogenic bacterium and a major cause of community-acquired pneumonia that could be fatal if left untreated. Therefore, rapid and sensitive detection of SP is crucial to enable targeted treatment during SP infections. In this study, DNA tetrahedron (DNA TH) with a hollow structure is anchored on gold electrodes to construct an electrochemical immunosensor for rapid detection of pneumococcal surface protein A (PspA) peptide and SP lysate from synthetic and actual human samples...
May 26, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548470/whole-exome-sequencing-of-etv6-runx1-in-four-childhood-acute-lymphoblastic-leukaemia-cases
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Zubaidah Zakaria, Norodiyah Othman, Azli Ismail, Nor Rizan Kamaluddin, Ezalia Esa, Eni Juraida Abdul Rahman, Yuslina Mat Yusoff, Fazlin Mohd Fauzi, Ten Sew Keoh
Background: ETV6/RUNX1 gene fusion is the most frequently seen chromosomal abnormality in childhood acute lymphobastic leukamia (ALL). However, additional genetic changes are known to be required for the development of this type of leukaemia. Therefore, we here aimed to assess the somatic mutational profile of four ALL cases carrying the ETV6/RUNX1 fusion gene using whole-exome sequencing. Methods: DNA was isolated from bone marrow samples using a QIAmp DNA Blood Mini kit and subsequently sequenced using the Illumina MiSeq system...
April 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548098/rationally-designed-mineralization-for-selective-recovery-of-the-rare-earth-elements
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Takaaki Hatanaka, Akimasa Matsugami, Takamasa Nonaka, Hideki Takagi, Fumiaki Hayashi, Takao Tani, Nobuhiro Ishida
The increasing demand for rare earth (RE) elements in advanced materials for permanent magnets, rechargeable batteries, catalysts and lamp phosphors necessitates environmentally friendly approaches for their recovery and separation. Here, we propose a mineralization concept for direct extraction of RE ions with Lamp (lanthanide ion mineralization peptide). In aqueous solution containing various metal ions, Lamp promotes the generation of RE hydroxide species with which it binds to form hydrophobic complexes that accumulate spontaneously as insoluble precipitates, even under physiological conditions (pH ∼6...
May 26, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547869/the-zinc-finger-domain-of-ring-finger-protein-141-reveals-a-unique-ring-fold
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Kazuhide Miyamoto, Airi Uechi, Kazuki Saito
Human RING finger protein 141 (RFP141) is a germ cell-specific transcription factor during spermatogenesis. We synthesized a compact construct encoding the C-terminal zinc finger of RFP141 (RFP141C peptide). Herein we determined the solution structure of the RFP141C peptide by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). Moreover, NMR data and the chemical modification of cysteine residues demonstrated that the RFP141C peptide binds to two zinc atoms in a cross-brace arrangement. The Simple Modular Architecture Research Tool database predicted the structure of RFP141C as a RING finger...
May 25, 2017: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546923/homocysteine-mediates-transcriptional-changes-of-the-inflammatory-pathway-signature-genes-in-human-retinal-pigment-epithelial-cells
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Mahavir Singh, Suresh C Tyagi
AIM: To test whether homocysteine (Hcy) can influence the transcriptional profile, we hypothesized that Hcy can lead to the induction of proinflammatory molecules in the retinal cells of aging people. METHODS: An unbiased in vitro inflammatory pathway focused study was designed employing retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cell line, ARPE-19. Cells were cultured in the presence or absence of Hcy to capture target genes' expression profile. Three different concentrations of Hcy were added in the culture medium of confluent monolayers...
2017: International Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546877/amino-acid-medical-foods-provide-a-high-dietary-acid-load-and-increase-urinary-excretion-of-renal-net-acid-calcium-and-magnesium-compared-with-glycomacropeptide-medical-foods-in-phenylketonuria
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Bridget M Stroup, Emily A Sawin, Sangita G Murali, Neil Binkley, Karen E Hansen, Denise M Ney
Background. Skeletal fragility is a complication of phenylketonuria (PKU). A diet containing amino acids compared with glycomacropeptide reduces bone size and strength in mice. Objective. We tested the hypothesis that amino acid medical foods (AA-MF) provide a high dietary acid load, subsequently increasing urinary excretion of renal net acid, calcium, and magnesium, compared to glycomacropeptide medical foods (GMP-MF). Design. In a crossover design, 8 participants with PKU (16-35 y) provided food records and 24-hr urine samples after consuming a low-Phe diet in combination with AA-MF and GMP-MF for 1-3 wks...
2017: Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546853/caveolin-1-an-oxidative-stress-related-target-for-cancer-prevention
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REVIEW
Shengqi Wang, Neng Wang, Yifeng Zheng, Jin Zhang, Fengxue Zhang, Zhiyu Wang
Aberrant oxidative metabolism is one of the hallmarks of cancer. Reactive species overproduction could promote carcinogenesis via inducing genetic mutations and activating oncogenic pathways, and thus, antioxidant therapy was considered as an important strategy for cancer prevention and treatment. Caveolin-1 (Cav-1), a constituent protein of caveolae, has been shown to mediate tumorigenesis and progression through oxidative stress modulation recently. Reactive species could modulate the expression, degradation, posttranslational modifications, and membrane trafficking of Cav-1, while Cav-1-targeted treatments could scavenge the reactive species...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546757/microrna-381-enhances-radiosensitivity-in-esophageal-squamous-cell-carcinoma-by-targeting-x-linked-inhibitor-of-apoptosis-protein
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Suna Zhou, Yaoyou Cui, Dequan Yu, Jun Liang, Mingxin Zhang, Wenguang Ye
BACKGROUND: Increasing evidence indicates that radioresistance remains a major problem in the treatment of patients with esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC). This study was designed to investigate the expression of microRNA-381 (miR-381) and its function in the radioresistance of ESCC. METHODS: In this study, miR-381 expression was first detected in ESCC cell lines and tissue samples by quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR). Then, the effects of miR-381 expression on growth, apoptosis, and radiosensitivity of ESCC cells were analyzed by MTT, colony formation, and flow cytometry, respectively...
2017: OncoTargets and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546023/a-cxcl-ortholog-from-hippocampus-abdominalis-molecular-features-and-functional-delineation-as-a-pro-inflammatory-chemokine
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Minyoung Oh, S D N K Bathige, Yucheol Kim, Seongdo Lee, Hyerim Yang, Myoung-Jin Kim, Jehee Lee
Chemokines are a family of chemotactic cytokines that regulate leukocyte migration. They are classified into four groups namely, CXC, CC, C and CX3C, based on the formation of a disulfide bridge. Among these, CXC chemokines have been identified as the largest group of chemokines in humans. In this study, we identified and functionally characterized a homolog of CXC chemokine from the big-belly seahorse, Hippocampus abdominalis, and designated it as ShCXCL. The cDNA of ShCXCL composed of a 342-bp open reading frame encoding 113 amino acids (aa)...
May 22, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545998/a-randomized-phase-ii-study-to-determine-the-effect-of-2-different-doses-of-aflibercept-in-patients-with-metastatic-renal-cell-carcinoma-ecog-acrin-e4805
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Roberto Pili, Opeyemi Jegede, Michael A Carducci, Judith Manola, David L Groteluschen, Leonard L Appleman, Glenn Liu, James C Shanks, Shaker R Dakhil, Janice Dutcher, Robert S DiPaola
BACKGROUND: Aflibercept is a recombinantly produced fusion protein that has potent anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) activity. We tested whether aflibercept has clinical activity in clear-cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC). The recommended phase II dose was 4 mg/kg but several patients (pts) treated at 1 mg/kg showed prolonged progression-free survival. We therefore tested both doses in a parallel group randomized trial. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Eligible pts had histologically confirmed advanced or metastatic ccRCC and previous treatments included exposure to a VEGF receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitor...
April 26, 2017: Clinical Genitourinary Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545467/expression-of-deleted-atoxic-atypical-recombinant-beta2-toxin-in-a-baculovirus-system-and-production-of-polyclonal-and-monoclonal-antibodies
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Anna Serroni, Chiara Francesca Magistrali, Giovanni Pezzotti, Luca Bano, Martina Pellegrini, Giulio Severi, Chiara Di Pancrazio, Mirella Luciani, Manuela Tittarelli, Silvia Tofani, Antonio De Giuseppe
BACKGROUND: Clostridium perfringens is an important animal and human pathogen that can produce more than 16 different major and minor toxins. The beta-2 minor toxin (CPB2), comprising atypical and consensus variants, appears to be involved in both human and animal enterotoxaemia syndrome. The exact role of CPB2 in pathogenesis is poorly investigated, and its mechanism of action at the molecular level is still unknown because of the lack of specific reagents such as monoclonal antibodies against the CPB2 protein and/or the availability of a highly purified antigen...
May 25, 2017: Microbial Cell Factories
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