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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454264/luteolin-a-novel-p90-ribosomal-s6-kinase-inhibitor-suppresses-proliferation-and-migration-in-leukemia-cells
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Lan Deng, Ling Jiang, Xianghua Lin, Kuo-Fu Tseng, Zhigang Lu, Xiuju Wang
Ribosomal S6 kinases (RSKs) are directly regulated by extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) signaling and are implicated in cell growth, survival, motility and senescence. The present study observed that RSK1 was overexpressed in primary untreated leukemia patient bone marrow samples compared with the expression at the complete remission stage, using reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR). In addition, a high RSK1 expression (relative expression ≥10) was associated with a significantly shorter overall survival (P=0...
March 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454135/fiber-surface-bragg-grating-waveguide-for-refractive-index-measurements
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Chupao Lin, Changrui Liao, Jia Wang, Jun He, Ying Wang, Zhengyong Li, Tianhang Yang, Feng Zhu, Kaiming Yang, Zhe Zhang, Yiping Wang
A fiber surface Bragg grating waveguide (BGW) fabricated in the surface of single-mode fiber by direct femtosecond laser inscription is demonstrated and successfully applied for refractive index (RI) measurements. Prior to laser inscription of the fiber surface BGW, an X-coupler is first inscribed across the fiber core to couple light from the core to the fiber surface. The light transmitted in the fiber surface BGW efficiently interacts with the surrounding medium due to a strong evanescent field, and obtains an acceptable RI sensitivity approaching ∼16  nm/RIU...
May 1, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454048/antibacterial-activity-of-biochemically-capped-iron-oxide-nanoparticles-a-view-towards-green-chemistry
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Rabia Irshad, Kamran Tahir, Baoshan Li, Aftab Ahmad, Azka R Siddiqui, Sadia Nazir
A green approach to fabricate nanoparticles has been evolved as a revolutionary discipline. Eco-compatible reaction set ups, use of non-toxic materials and production of highly active biological and photocatalytic products are few benefits of this greener approach. Here, we introduce a green method to synthesize Fe oxide NPs using Punica granatum peel extract. The formation of Fe oxide NPs was optimized using different concentrations of peel extract (20mL, 40mL and 60mL) to achieve small size and better morphology...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454023/toxicity-and-accumulation-of-copper-oxide-cuo-nanoparticles-in-different-life-stages-of-artemia-salina
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M R Madhav, S Einstein Mariya David, R S Suresh Kumar, J S Swathy, M Bhuvaneshwari, Amitava Mukherjee, N Chandrasekaran
Metal nanoparticles production rate and its applications have raised concerns about their release and toxicity to the aquatic and terrestrial organisms. The primary size of Copper Oxide nanoparticles (CuO NP's) was found to be 114±36nm using Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and a significant increase in the hydrodynamic diameter of CuO NP was seen within 1h of interaction. The median lethal concentration (LC50) values obtained from the acute toxicity studies on different life stages of Artemia salina was found to be 61...
March 22, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453983/discovery-and-mechanism-of-action-of-novel-baicalein-modified-derivatives-as-potent-antihepatitis-agent
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Ji Ma, Tengfei Li, Xinwei Han, Huifeng Yuan, Haijun Liang, Yanping Wang, Xinwei Wang, Yuxiu Duan, Aihui Li, Huilian Song, Daokun Yang
Anti-hepatitis B virus (HBV) activity was evaluated in HepG2 2.2.15 cells by novel Baicalein derivatives. The result showed that compounds 4k and 4h was found to be effective anti-HBV agent. Further, the effect of compounds 4k and 4h showed dose-dependent inhibition of HBV-DNA as compared to control together with significant inhibition of HbeAG and HbsAG expression in the tested dose. Both compounds showed considerable affinity against the HepG2.2.15 cells. Moreover, the docking study of compound 4k was carried out with HLA molecule showing excellent intermolecular interactions with the receptor via creation of numerous bonds with Ser5, Thr27, Asp29 and Phe8...
April 25, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453980/effect-of-ultimate-ph-and-ageing-on-thermal-denaturation-of-bovine-muscle-proteins
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Juan D Rios-Mera, Jair Sebastião da Silva Pinto, Carmen J Contreras-Castillo
The thermal denaturation of proteins was evaluated in the natural state of bovine muscle using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The Longissimus lumborum muscle was selected according to ultimate pH (pHu) values classified into two groups: low pHu with values between 5.4 and 5.8, and intermediate pHu with values between 5.81 and 6.19. The muscles were cut and aged at 2°C up to 21d post mortem. The three maximum temperatures of denaturation (Tmax1, Tmax2, Tmax3) found in muscle were evaluated, showing higher thermal stability in the intermediate pHu group, which could be an indicator of protection of proteins against aggregation or enzymatic activity...
April 20, 2017: Meat Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453944/dietary-intake-and-cardiometabolic-biomarkers-in-relation-to-insulin-resistance-and-hypertension-in-a-middle-aged-and-elderly-population-in-beijing-china
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Jia Wang, Zhongxin Hong, Li Wu, Bingjie Ding, Yanxia Bi, Zhongyi Gu, Wei Li
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the relationships of dietary intake and cardiometabolic biomarkers with insulin resistance and hypertension in rural middle-aged and elderly people in China. METHODS: One hundred and eight middle-aged and elderly adults were recruited in Zhangfang village in May 2014. We measured blood pressure, anthropometric parameters, and biochemical indexes, including high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP), soluble intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (sICAM-1), glucose, insulin, and blood lipids...
April 28, 2017: Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, Physiologie Appliquée, Nutrition et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453889/discrepant-platelet-and-plasma-von-willebrand-factor-in-von-willebrand-disease-patients-with-p-pro2808leufs-24
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Mackenzie L Bowman, Fred G Pluthero, Angie Tuttle, Lara Casey, Ling Li, Hilary Christensen, K Sue Robinson, David Lillicrap, Walter H A Kahr, Paula James
BACKGROUND: A novel variant, p.Pro2808Leufs*24, in the von Willebrand factor (VWF) gene was previously identified in the Canadian von Willebrand disease (VWD) patient population. Clinical observations of type 3 VWD patients with this variant indicate a milder bleeding phenotype compared to other type 3 patients. OBJECTIVE: To assess the effect of the Pro2808Leufs*24 variant on the molecular pathogenesis of VWD and correlate with the phenotype observed in patients...
April 28, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453682/distributedfba-jl-high-level-high-performance-flux-balance-analysis-in-julia
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Laurent Heirendt, Ines Thiele, Ronan M T Fleming
Motivation: Flux balance analysis and its variants are widely used methods for predicting steady-state reaction rates in biochemical reaction networks. The exploration of high dimensional networks with such methods is currently hampered by software performance limitations. Results: DistributedFBA.jl is a high-level, high-performance, open-source implementation of flux balance analysis in Julia. It is tailored to solve multiple flux balance analyses on a subset or all the reactions of large and huge-scale networks, on any number of threads or nodes...
May 1, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453643/early-onset-obesity-unrecognized-first-evidence-for-gnas-mutations-and-methylation-changes
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Annette Grüters-Kieslich, Monica Reyes, Amita Sharma, Cem Demirci, Terry J DeClue, Erwin Lankes, Dov Tiosano, Dirk Schnabel, Harald Jüppner
Context: Early-onset obesity, characteristic for disorders affecting the leptin-melanocortin pathway, is also observed in pseudohypoparathyroidism type Ia (PHP1A), a disorder caused by maternal GNAS mutations that disrupt expression or function of the stimulatory G protein (Gsα). Mutations and/or epigenetic abnormalities at the same genetic locus are also the cause of pseudohypoparathyroidism type Ib (PHP1B). However, although equivalent biochemical and radiographic findings can be encountered in these related disorders caused by GNAS abnormalities they are considered distinct clinical entities...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453640/pioneering-topological-methods-for-network-based-drug-target-prediction-by-exploiting-a-brain-network-self-organization-theory
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Claudio Durán, Simone Daminelli, Josephine M Thomas, V Joachim Haupt, Michael Schroeder, Carlo Vittorio Cannistraci
The bipartite network representation of the drug-target interactions (DTIs) in a biosystem enhances understanding of the drugs' multifaceted action modes, suggests therapeutic switching for approved drugs and unveils possible side effects. As experimental testing of DTIs is costly and time-consuming, computational predictors are of great aid. Here, for the first time, state-of-the-art DTI supervised predictors custom-made in network biology were compared-using standard and innovative validation frameworks-with unsupervised pure topological-based models designed for general-purpose link prediction in bipartite networks...
April 26, 2017: Briefings in Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453576/a-novel-framework-for-the-identification-of-drug-target-proteins-combining-stacked-auto-encoders-with-a-biased-support-vector-machine
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Qi Wang, YangHe Feng, JinCai Huang, TengJiao Wang, GuangQuan Cheng
The identification of drug target proteins (IDTP) plays a critical role in biometrics. The aim of this study was to retrieve potential drug target proteins (DTPs) from a collected protein dataset, which represents an overwhelming task of great significance. Previously reported methodologies for this task generally employ protein-protein interactive networks but neglect informative biochemical attributes. We formulated a novel framework utilizing biochemical attributes to address this problem. In the framework, a biased support vector machine (BSVM) was combined with the deep embedded representation extracted using a deep learning model, stacked auto-encoders (SAEs)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453523/the-mismatch-repair-and-meiotic-recombination-endonuclease-mlh1-mlh3-is-activated-by-polymer-formation-and-can-cleave-dna-substrates-in-trans
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Carol M Manhart, Xiaodan Ni, Martin A White, Joaquin Ortega, Jennifer A Surtees, Eric Alani
Crossing over between homologs is initiated in meiotic prophase by the formation of DNA double-strand breaks that occur throughout the genome. In the major interference-responsive crossover pathway in baker's yeast, these breaks are resected to form 3' single-strand tails that participate in a homology search, ultimately forming double Holliday junctions (dHJs) that primarily include both homologs. These dHJs are resolved by endonuclease activity to form exclusively crossovers, which are critical for proper homolog segregation in Meiosis I...
April 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453489/changes-of-cerebrospinal-fluid-peptides-due-to-tauopathy
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Petra Majerova, Peter Barath, Alena Michalicova, Stanislav Katina, Michal Novak, Andrej Kovac
Alzheimer's disease (AD) and progressive supranuclear palsy are two common neurodegenerative tauopathies, and the most common cause of progressive brain dementia in elderly affecting more than 35 million people. The tauopathies are characterized by abnormal deposition of microtubule associated protein tau into intracellular neurofibrillary tangles composed mainly of the hyperphosphorylated form of the protein. The diagnosis of tauopathies is based on the presence of clinical features and pathological changes...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453477/diagnostic-biomarkers-of-alzheimer-s-disease-as-identified-in-saliva-using-1h-nmr-based-metabolomics
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Ali Yilmaz, Tim Geddes, BeomSoo Han, Ray O Bahado-Singh, George Wilson, Khaled Imam, Michael Maddens, Stewart F Graham
Using 1H NMR metabolomics, we biochemically profiled saliva samples collected from healthy-controls (n = 12), mild cognitive impairment (MCI) sufferers (n = 8), and Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients (n = 9). We accurately identified significant concentration changes in 22 metabolites in the saliva of MCI and AD patients compared to controls. This pilot study demonstrates the potential for using metabolomics and saliva for the early diagnosis of AD. Given the ease and convenience of collecting saliva, the development of accurate and sensitive salivary biomarkers would be ideal for screening those at greatest risk of developing AD...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453395/association-of-vitamin-d-pathway-snps-and-clinical-response-to-interferon-in-a-cohort-of-hbeag-negative-patients
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Jessica Cusato, Lucio Boglione, Amedeo De Nicolò, Rosaria Imbornone, Chiara Simona Cardellino, Valeria Ghisetti, Chiara Carcieri, Giuseppe Cariti, Giovanni Di Perri, Antonio D'Avolio
AIM: Vitamin D modulates biological processes; an influence of vitamin D levels and genetic variants was identified concerning hepatitis B virus infection. We evaluated the role of some SNPs of vitamin D pathway genes in some clinical features of hepatitis B affected patients treated with pegylated interferon. METHODS: We investigated SNPs in IL-28B, CYP27B1, CYP27A1, CYP24A1, VDBP and VDR genes, through real-time PCR. RESULTS:  VDRApaI SNP was associated to viral load and HBsAg presence at different timings...
April 28, 2017: Pharmacogenomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453376/control-of-the-unfolded-protein-response-in-health-and-disease
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Dimitrios Doultsinos, Tony Avril, Stéphanie Lhomond, Nicolas Dejeans, Philippe Guédat, Eric Chevet
The unfolded protein response (UPR) is an integrated, adaptive biochemical process that is inextricably linked with cell homeostasis and paramount to maintenance of normal physiological function. Prolonged accumulation of improperly folded proteins in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) leads to stress. This is the driving stimulus behind the UPR. As such, prolonged ER stress can push the UPR past beneficial functions such as reduced protein production and increased folding and clearance to apoptotic signaling. The UPR is thus contributory to the commencement, maintenance, and exacerbation of a multitude of disease states, making it an attractive global target to tackle conditions sorely in need of novel therapeutic intervention...
April 1, 2017: SLAS Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453364/quantification-of-ucp1-function-in-human-brown-adipose-tissue
#18
Craig Porter
Brown adipose tissue (BAT) mitochondria are distinct from their counterparts in other tissues in that ATP production is not their primary physiologic role. BAT mitochondria are equipped with a specialized protein known as uncoupling protein 1 (UCP1). UCP1 short-circuits the electron transport chain, allowing mitochondrial membrane potential to be transduced to heat, making BAT a tissue capable of altering energy expenditure and fuel metabolism in mammals without increasing physical activity. The recent discovery that adult humans have metabolically active BAT has rekindled an interest in this intriguing tissue, with the overarching aim of manipulating BAT function to augment energy expenditure as a countermeasure for obesity and the metabolic abnormalities it incurs...
April 14, 2017: Adipocyte
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453253/athabasca-oil-sands-petcoke-extract-elicits-biochemical-and-transcriptomic-effects-in-avian-hepatocytes
#19
Doug Crump, Kim Williams, Suzanne Chiu, Yifeng Zhang, Jonathan W Martin
Petroleum coke or "petcoke" is a granular carbonaceous material produced during the upgrading of heavy crude oils, including bitumen. Petcoke dust was recently reported as an environmental contaminant in the Athabasca oil sands region, but the ecotoxicological hazards posed by this complex bitumen-derived material - including those to avian species - have not been characterized. In this study, solvent extracts (x) of delayed and fluid petcoke (xDP and xFP) were prepared and dissolved in dimethylsulfoxide. A water accommodated fraction of delayed petcoke (waDP) was also prepared...
April 28, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449558/in-silicomodel-driven-assessment-of-the-effects-of-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-deficiency-on-glutamate-and-gamma-aminobutyric-acid-implications-for-understanding-schizophrenia-pathophysiology
#20
Rimjhim Agrawal, Sunil Vasu Kalmady, Ganesan Venkatasubramanian
Objective: Deficient brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is one of the important mechanisms underlying the neuroplasticity abnormalities in schizophrenia. Aberration in BDNF signaling pathways directly or circuitously influences neurotransmitters like glutamate and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). For the first time, this study attempts to construct and simulate the BDNF-neurotransmitter network in order to assess the effects of BDNF deficiency on glutamate and GABA. Methods: Using CellDesigner, we modeled BDNF interactions with calcium influx via N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR)- Calmodulin activation; synthesis of GABA via cell cycle regulators protein kinase B, glycogen synthase kinase and β-catenin; transportation of glutamate and GABA...
May 31, 2017: Clinical Psychopharmacology and Neuroscience: the Official Scientific Journal of the Korean College of Neuropsychopharmacology
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