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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28944573/biosynthesis-and-total-synthesis-of-pyrronazol-b-a-secondary-metabolite-from-nannocystis-pusilla
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Markus Kalesse, Rolf Müller, Swjatoslaw N R Witte, Joachim J Hug, Magalie Géraldy
The first stereoselective total synthesis of the natural product pyrronazol B exhibiting a chlorinated pyrrole-oxazole-pyrone framework has been achieved. Genome sequencing of the myxobacterial producer strain Nannocystis pusilla Ari7 led to the identification of the putative biosynthetic gene cluster. The proposed biosynthetic pathway was supported by feeding experiments with stable isotopes of three biosynthetic building blocks, namely L-proline, L-serine, and L-methionine.
September 24, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28944255/soft-x-ray-absorption-spectroscopy-of-metalloproteins-and-high-valent-metal-complexes-at-room-temperature-using-free-electron-lasers
#2
Markus Kubin, Jan Kern, Sheraz Gul, Thomas Kroll, Ruchira Chatterjee, Heike Löchel, Franklin D Fuller, Raymond G Sierra, Wilson Quevedo, Christian Weniger, Jens Rehanek, Anatoly Firsov, Hartawan Laksmono, Clemens Weninger, Roberto Alonso-Mori, Dennis L Nordlund, Benedikt Lassalle-Kaiser, James M Glownia, Jacek Krzywinski, Stefan Moeller, Joshua J Turner, Michael P Minitti, Georgi L Dakovski, Sergey Koroidov, Anurag Kawde, Jacob S Kanady, Emily Y Tsui, Sandy Suseno, Zhiji Han, Ethan Hill, Taketo Taguchi, Andrew S Borovik, Theodor Agapie, Johannes Messinger, Alexei Erko, Alexander Föhlisch, Uwe Bergmann, Rolf Mitzner, Vittal K Yachandra, Junko Yano, Philippe Wernet
X-ray absorption spectroscopy at the L-edge of 3d transition metals provides unique information on the local metal charge and spin states by directly probing 3d-derived molecular orbitals through 2p-3d transitions. However, this soft x-ray technique has been rarely used at synchrotron facilities for mechanistic studies of metalloenzymes due to the difficulties of x-ray-induced sample damage and strong background signals from light elements that can dominate the low metal signal. Here, we combine femtosecond soft x-ray pulses from a free-electron laser with a novel x-ray fluorescence-yield spectrometer to overcome these difficulties...
September 2017: Structural Dynamics (Melville, N.Y.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28944081/renal-volumetry-with-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Rolf H Christensen, Torbjörn Lundgren, Peter Stenvinkel, Torkel B Brismar
BACKGROUND: No gold standard exists for renal volumetry in vivo. PURPOSE: To devise and evaluate segmentation methods on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) datasets. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Five combinations of MRI pulse sequences and measuring methods were used to measure the renal volumes of five men aged 54-72 years scanned before autologous renal stem cell transplantation and three, six, and 12 months post transplantation. RESULTS: Renal volume did not change after stem cell transplantation...
September 2017: Acta Radiologica Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28943857/transfer-of-motor-learning-is-more-pronounced-in-proximal-compared-to-distal-effectors-in-upper-extremities
#4
Tore K Aune, Morten A Aune, Rolf P Ingvaldsen, Beatrix Vereijken
The current experiment investigated generalizability of motor learning in proximal versus distal effectors in upper extremities. Twenty-eight participants were divided into three groups: training proximal effectors, training distal effectors, and no training control group (CG). Performance was tested pre- and post-training for specific learning and three learning transfer conditions: (1) bilateral learning transfer between homologous effectors, (2) lateral learning transfer between non-homologous effectors, and (3) bilateral learning transfer between non-homologous effectors...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28943405/detection-and-characterization-of-a-novel-rhabdovirus-in-aedes-cantans-mosquitoes-and-evidence-for-a-mosquito-associated-new-genus-in-the-family-rhabdoviridae
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Nariman Shahhosseini, Renke Lühken, Hanna Jöst, Stephanie Jansen, Jessica Börstler, Toni Rieger, Andreas Krüger, Anges Yadouleton, Renata de Mendonça Campos, Claudio Cesar Cirne-Santos, Davis Fernandes Ferreira, Rolf Garms, Norbert Becker, Egbert Tannich, Daniel Cadar, Jonas Schmidt-Chanasit
Thanks to recent advances in random amplification technologies, metagenomic surveillance expanded the number of novel, often unclassified viruses within the family Rhabdoviridae. Using a vector-enabled metagenomic (VEM) tool, we identified a novel rhabdovirus in Aedes cantans mosquitoes collected from Germany provisionally named Ohlsdorf virus (OHSDV). The OHSDV genome encodes the canonical rhabdovirus structural proteins (N, P, M, G and L) with alternative ORF in the P gene. Sequence analysis indicated that OHSDV exhibits a similar genome organization and characteristics compared to other mosquito-associated rhabdoviruses (Riverside virus, Tongilchon virus and North Creek virus)...
September 21, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28943239/how-to-effectively-treat-acute-leukemia-patients-bearing-mll-rearrangements
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Dieter Steinhilber, Rolf Marschalek
Chromosomal translocations - leading to the expression of fusion genes - are well-studied genetic abberrations associated with the development of leukemias. Most of them represent altered transcription factors that affect transcription or epigenetics, while others - like BCR-ABL - are enhancing signaling. BCR-ABL has become the prototype for rational drug design, and drugs like Imatinib and subsequently improved drugs have a great impact on cancer treatments. By contrast, MLL-translocations in acute leukemia patients are hard to treat, display a high relapse rate and the overall survival rate is still very poor...
September 21, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28941813/the-use-of-tailored-subheadings-was-successful-in-enhancing-compliance-with-consort-in-a-dental-journal
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Despina Koletsi, Padhraig S Fleming, Rolf G Behrents, Christopher D Lynchd, Nikolaos Pandis
OBJECTIVES: Efforts to enhance the reporting of clinical trials have intensified in recent years with automated strategies and editorial involvement showing promise in improving compliance with accepted guidelines. This study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of a concerted approach to adherence to CONSORT (CONsolidated Standards Of Reporting Trials) guidelines in a dental journal. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Following the publication of an exemplar clinical trial on the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics (AJO-DO) website and related changes to the author guidelines, trial submissions were required to follow a standard format incorporating subheadings mirroring the CONSORT guidelines...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28940808/microwave-assisted-rapid-one-pot-synthesis-of-fused-and-non-fused-indoles-and-5-18f-fluoroindoles-from-phenylazocarboxylates
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Jasmin Krüll, Anja Hubert, Natascha Nebel, Olaf Prante, Markus Rolf Heinrich
Substituted indoles can be prepared from phenylazo-carboxylates through a rapid one-pot sequence featuring a microwave-assisted Fischer indole synthesis as key step. As the phenylazocarboxylates may beforehand be modified by mild nucleophilic aromatic substitution, including the introduction of [18F]fluoride, the overall strategy offers an attractive new access to 5-[18F]fluoroindoles.
September 22, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28940549/the-effect-of-18-o-labelled-water-vapour-on-the-oxygen-isotope-ratio-of-water-and-assimilates-in-plants-at-high-humidity
#9
Marco M Lehmann, Gregory R Goldsmith, Lola Schmid, Arthur Gessler, Matthias Saurer, Rolf T W Siegwolf
Our understanding of how temporal variations of atmospheric water vapour and its isotopic composition (δ(18) OV ) influence water and assimilates in plants remains limited, restricting our ability to use δ(18) O as a tracer of ecophysiological processes. We exposed oak (Quercus robur) saplings under wet and dry soil moisture conditions to (18) O-depleted water vapour (c. - 200‰) at high relative humidity (c. 93%) for 5 h, simulating a fog event. We then traced the step change in δ(18) OV into water and assimilates (e...
September 20, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28940313/n-glycolylneuraminic-acid-knockout-reduces-erythrocyte-sequestration-and-thromboxane-elaboration-in-an-ex-vivo-pig-to-human-xenoperfusion-model
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Arielle Cimeno, Wessam Hassanein, Beth M French, Jessica M Powell, Lars Burdorf, Olga Goloubeva, Xiangfei Cheng, Dawn M Parsell, Jagdeece Ramsoondar, Kasinath Kuravi, Todd Vaught, Mehmet C Uluer, Emily Redding, Natalie O'Neill, Christopher Laird, Alena Hershfeld, Ivan Tatarov, Kathryn Thomas, David Ayares, Agnes M Azimzadeh, Richard N Pierson, Rolf N Barth, John C LaMattina
BACKGROUND: Wild-type pigs express several carbohydrate moieties on their cell surfaces that differ from those expressed by humans. This difference in profile leads to pig tissue cell recognition of human blood cells causing sequestration, in addition to antibody-mediated xenograft injury. One such carbohydrate is N-glycolylneuraminic acid (Neu5Gc), a sialic acid molecule synthesized in pigs but not in humans. Here, we evaluate livers with and without Neu5Gc in an ex vivo liver xeno perfusion model...
September 22, 2017: Xenotransplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937220/a-fluorescence-polarization-activity-based-protein-profiling-assay-in-the-discovery-of-potent-selective-inhibitors-for-human-non-lysosomal-glucosylceramidase
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Daniel Lahav, Bing Liu, Richard J B H N van den Berg, Adrianus M C H van den Nieuwendijk, Tom Wennekes, Amar T Ghisaidoobe, Imogen Breen, Maria J Ferraz, Chi-Lin Kuo, Liang Wu, Paul P Geurink, Huib Ovaa, Gijsbert A van der Marel, Mario van der Stelt, Rolf G Boot, Gideon J Davies, Johannes M F G Aerts, Herman S Overkleeft
Human non-lysosomal glucosylceramidase (GBA2) is one of several enzymes that controls levels of glycolipids and whose activity is linked to several human disease states. There is a major need to design or discover selective GBA2 inhibitors both as chemical tools and as potential therapeutic agents. Here, we describe the development of a fluorescence polarization activity-based protein profiling (FluoPol-ABPP) assay for the rapid identification, from a 350+ library of iminosugars, of GBA2 inhibitors. A focused library is generated based on leads from the FluoPol-ABPP screen and assessed on GBA2 selectivity offset against the other glucosylceramide metabolizing enzymes, glucosylceramide synthase (GCS), lysosomal glucosylceramidase (GBA) and the cytosolic retaining β-glucosidase, GBA3...
September 22, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935741/insights-into-the-genome-of-the-anaerobic-acetogen-sporomusa-silvacetica-dsm-10669
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Jonathan R Humphreys, Rolf Daniel, Anja Poehlein
Sporomusa silvacetica is a spore-forming, anaerobic acetogen isolated from soil derived from east central Germany. The genome contains genes of the Wood-Ljungdahl pathway required for carbon fixation and genes involved in the biosynthesis of the amino acid pyrrolysine. The genome (5.92 Mb) harbors 4,355 predicted protein-encoding genes.
September 21, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935740/genome-sequence-of-the-homoacetogenic-gram-negative-endospore-forming-bacterium-sporomusa-acidovorans-dsm-3132
#13
Jonathan R Humphreys, Rolf Daniel, Anja Poehlein
Sporomusa acidovorans DSM 3132 is a strictly anaerobic, spore-forming and acetogenic bacterium, which was isolated from effluent of an alcohol distillation fermenter. The genome harbors genes involved in the Wood-Ljungdahl pathway for carbon fixation and several genes for glycerol metabolism. The genome (6.06 Mb) contains 4,506 predicted protein-encoding genes.
September 21, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934388/loss-of-slc25a46-causes-neurodegeneration-by-affecting-mitochondrial-dynamics-and-energy-production-in-mice
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Zhuo Li, Yanyan Peng, Robert B Hufnagel, Yueh-Chiang Hu, Chuntao Zhao, Luis F Queme, Zaza Khuchua, Ashley M Driver, Fei Dong, Q Richard Lu, Diana M Lindquist, Michael P Jankowski, Rolf W Stottmann, Winston W Y Kao, Taosheng Huang
Recently, we identified biallelic mutations of SLC25A46 in patients with multiple neuropathies. Functional studies revealed that SLC25A46 may play an important role in mitochondrial dynamics by mediating mitochondrial fission. However, the cellular basis and pathogenic mechanism of the SLC25A46-related neuropathies are not fully understood. Thus, we generated a Slc25a46 knock-out mouse model. Mice lacking SLC25A46 displayed severe ataxia, mainly caused by degeneration of Purkinje cells. Increased numbers of small, unmyelinated and degenerated optic nerves as well as loss of retinal ganglion cells indicated optic atrophy...
October 1, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934202/platelet-dysfunction-contributes-to-bleeding-complications-in-patients-with-probable-leptospirosis
#15
Rahajeng N Tunjungputri, Muhammad Hussein Gasem, Willemijn van der Does, Pandu H Sasongko, Bambang Isbandrio, Rolf T Urbanus, Philip G de Groot, Andre van der Ven, Quirijn de Mast
BACKGROUND: Severe leptospirosis is frequently complicated by a hemorrhagic diathesis, of which the pathogenesis is still largely unknown. Thrombocytopenia is common, but often not to the degree that spontaneous bleeding is expected. We hypothesized that the hemorrhagic complications are not only related to thrombocytopenia, but also to platelet dysfunction, and that increased binding of von Willebrand factor (VWF) to platelets is involved in both platelet dysfunction and increased platelet clearance...
September 21, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932639/soluble-nkg2d-ligands-in-the-ovarian-cancer-microenvironment-are-associated-with-an-adverse-clinical-outcome-and-decreased-memory-effector-t-cells-independent-of-nkg2d-downregulation
#16
Maulik Vyas, Silke Reinartz, Nathalie Hoffmann, Katrin S Reiners, Sonja Lieber, Julia M Jansen, Uwe Wagner, Rolf Müller, Elke Pogge von Strandmann
The immune receptor NKG2D is predominantly expressed on NK cells and T cell subsets and confers anti-tumor activity. According to the current paradigm, immune surveillance is counteracted by soluble ligands shed into the microenvironment, which down-regulate NKG2D receptor expression. Here, we analyzed the clinical significance of the soluble NKG2D ligands sMICA and sULBP2 in the malignancy-associated ascites of ovarian cancer. We show that high levels of sMICA and sULBP2 in ascites were associated with a poor prognosis...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930984/high-fat-diet-feeding-and-high-throughput-triacylglyceride-assay-in-drosophila-melanogaster
#17
Soda Balla Diop, Ryan T Birse, Rolf Bodmer
Heart disease is the number one cause of human death worldwide. Numerous studies have shown strong connections between obesity and cardiac malfunction in humans, but more tools and research efforts are needed to better elucidate the mechanisms involved. For over a century, the genetically highly tractable model of Drosophila has been instrumental in the discovery of key genes and molecular pathways that proved to be highly conserved across species. Many biological processes and disease mechanisms are functionally conserved in the fly, such as development (e...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928857/updated-nomogram-incorporating-percentage-of-positive-cores-to-predict-probability-of-lymph-node-invasion-in-prostate-cancer-patients-undergoing-sentinel-lymph-node-dissection
#18
Alexander Winter, Thomas Kneib, Clara Wasylow, Lena Reinhardt, Rolf-Peter Henke, Svenja Engels, Holger Gerullis, Friedhelm Wawroschek
Objectives: To update the first sentinel nomogram predicting the presence of lymph node invasion (LNI) in prostate cancer patients undergoing sentinel lymph node dissection (sPLND), taking into account the percentage of positive cores. Patients and Methods: Analysis included 1,870 prostate cancer patients who underwent radioisotope-guided sPLND and retropubic radical prostatectomy. Prostate-specific antigen (PSA), clinical T category, primary and secondary biopsy Gleason grade, and percentage of positive cores were included in univariate and multivariate logistic regression models predicting LNI, and constituted the basis for the regression coefficient-based nomogram...
2017: Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927677/std-nmr-experiments-identify-a-structural-motif-with-novel-second-site-activity-against-west-nile-virus-ns2b-ns3-protease
#19
Tobias Schöne, Lena Lisbeth Grimm, Naoki Sakai, Linlin Zhang, Rolf Hilgenfeld, Thomas Peters
West Nile virus (WNV) belongs to the genus Flavivirus of the family Flaviviridae. This mosquito-borne virus that is highly pathogenic to humans has been evolving into a global threat during the past two decades. Despite many efforts, neither antiviral drugs nor vaccines are available. The viral protease NS2B-NS3(pro) is essential for viral replication, and therefore it is considered a prime drug target. However, success in the development of specific NS2B-NS3(pro) inhibitors had been moderate so far. In the search for new structural motifs with binding affinity for NS2B-NS3(pro), we have screened a fragment library, the Maybridge Ro5 library, employing saturation transfer difference (STD) NMR experiments as readout...
September 16, 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927503/learning-induces-the-translin-trax-rnase-complex-to-express-activin-receptors-for-persistent-memory
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Alan Jung Park, Robbert Havekes, Xiuping Fu, Rolf Hansen, Jennifer C Tudor, Lucia Peixoto, Zhi Li, Yen-Ching Wu, Shane G Poplawski, Jay M Baraban, Ted Abel
Long-lasting forms of synaptic plasticity and memory require de novo protein synthesis. Yet, how learning triggers this process to form memory is unclear. Translin/trax is a candidate to drive this learning-induced memory mechanism by suppressing microRNA-mediated translational silencing at activated synapses. We find that mice lacking translin/trax display defects in synaptic tagging, which requires protein synthesis at activated synapses, and long-term memory. Hippocampal samples harvested from these mice following learning show increases in several disease-related microRNAs targeting the activin A receptor type 1C (ACVR1C), a component of the transforming growth factor-β receptor superfamily...
September 20, 2017: ELife
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