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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911022/membrane-defects-and-genetic-redundancy-are-we-at-a-turning-point-for-dyt1-dystonia
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REVIEW
Ana Cascalho, Julie Jacquemyn, Rose E Goodchild
Heterozygosity for a 3-base pair deletion (ΔGAG) in TOR1A/torsinA is one of the most common causes of hereditary dystonia. In this review, we highlight current understanding of how this mutation causes disease from research spanning structural biochemistry, cell science, neurobiology, and several model organisms. We now know that homozygosity for ΔGAG has the same effects as Tor1a(KO) , implicating a partial loss of function mechanism in the ΔGAG/+ disease state. In addition, torsinA loss specifically affects neurons in mice, even though the gene is broadly expressed, apparently because of differential expression of homologous torsinB...
December 2, 2016: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900377/microfluidic-technologies-in-cell-isolation-and-analysis-for-biomedical-applications
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Jing Wu, Qiushui Chen, Jin-Ming Lin
Efficient platforms for cell isolation and analysis play an important role in applied and fundamental biomedical studies. As cells commonly have a size of around 10 microns, conventional handling approaches at a large scale are still challenged in precise control and efficient recognition of cells for further performance of isolation and analysis. Microfluidic technologies have become more prominent in highly efficient cell isolation for circulating tumor cells (CTCs) detection, single-cell analysis and stem cell separation, since microfabricated devices allow for the spatial and temporal control of complex biochemistries and geometries by matching cell morphology and hydrodynamic traps in a fluidic network, as well as enabling specific recognition with functional biomolecules in the microchannels...
November 30, 2016: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898041/ribosome-inactivating-proteins-from-plants-a-historical-overview
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REVIEW
Andrea Bolognesi, Massimo Bortolotti, Stefania Maiello, Maria Giulia Battelli, Letizia Polito
This review provides a historical overview of the research on plant ribosome-inactivating proteins (RIPs), starting from the first studies at the end of eighteenth century involving the purification of abrin and ricin, as well as the immunological experiments of Paul Erlich. Interest in these plant toxins was revived in 1970 by the observation of their anticancer activity, which has given rise to a large amount of research contributing to the development of various scientific fields. Biochemistry analyses succeeded in identifying the enzymatic activity of RIPs and allowed for a better understanding of the ribosomal machinery...
November 26, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890639/oxidized-c5-methyl-cytosine-bases-in-dna-5-hydroxymethylcytosine-5-formylcytosine-and-5-carboxycytosine
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Arne Klungland, Adam B Robertson
Recent reports suggest that the Tet enzyme family catalytically oxidize 5-methylcytosine in mammalian cells. The oxidation of 5-methylcytosine can result in three chemically distinct species - 5-hydroxymethylcytsine, 5-formylcytosine, and 5-carboxycytosine. While the base excision repair machinery processes 5-formylcytosine and 5-carboxycytosine rapidly, 5-hydroxymethylcytosine is stable under physiological conditions. As a stable modification 5-hydroxymethylcytosine has a broad range of functions, from stem cell pluriopotency to tumorigenesis...
November 24, 2016: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888488/phaeochromocytoma-and-paraganglioma
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P T Kavinga Gunawardane, Ashley Grossman
Phaeochromocytomas and paragangliomas are relatively uncommon tumours which may be manifest in many ways, specifically as sustained or paroxysmal hypertension, episodes of palpitations, sweating, headache and anxiety, or increasingly as an incidental finding. Recent studies have shown that an increasing number are due to germline mutations. This review concentrates on the diagnosis, biochemistry and treatment of these fascinating tumours.
November 26, 2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879667/biological-chemistry-of-hydrogen-selenide
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REVIEW
Kellye A Cupp-Sutton, Michael T Ashby
There are no two main-group elements that exhibit more similar physical and chemical properties than sulfur and selenium. Nonetheless, Nature has deemed both essential for life and has found a way to exploit the subtle unique properties of selenium to include it in biochemistry despite its congener sulfur being 10,000 times more abundant. Selenium is more easily oxidized and it is kinetically more labile, so all selenium compounds could be considered to be "Reactive Selenium Compounds" relative to their sulfur analogues...
November 22, 2016: Antioxidants (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879439/interpreting-and-integrating-clinical-and-anatomic-pathology-results-pulling-it-all-together
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Lila Ramaiah, Mary Jane Hinrichs, Elizabeth V Skuba, William O Iverson, Daniela Ennulat
The continuing education course on integrating clinical and anatomical pathology data was designed to communicate the importance of using a weight of evidence approach to interpret safety findings in toxicology studies. This approach is necessary, as neither clinical nor anatomic pathology data can be relied upon in isolation to fully understand the relationship between study findings and the test article. Basic principles for correlating anatomic pathology and clinical pathology findings and for integrating these with other study end points were reviewed...
November 13, 2016: Toxicologic Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871070/khat-catha-edulis-and-obesity-a-scoping-review-of-animal-and-human-studies
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Mustafa Ahmed Alshagga, Mohammed Abdullah Alshawsh, Atefehalsadat Seyedan, Abdulsamad Alsalahi, Yan Pan, Suresh Kumar Mohankumar, Abdolgodose Alkebsi, Saba Kassim, Zahurin Mohamed
BACKGROUND: Khat (Catha edulis) is a plant that is deeply rooted in the cultural life of East African and Southwestern Arabian populations. Prevalent traditional beliefs about khat are that the plant has an effect on appetite and body weight. SUMMARY: This review assesses the accumulated evidences on the mutual influence of monoamines, hormones and neuropeptides that are linked to obesity. A few anti-obesity drugs that exert their mechanisms of action through monoamines are briefly discussed to support the notion of monoamines being a critical target of drug discovery for new anti-obesity drugs...
November 22, 2016: Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27865781/imaging-transcriptional-regulation-of-eukaryotic-mrna-genes-advances-and-outlook
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REVIEW
Jie Yao
Regulation of eukaryotic transcription in vivo occurs at distinct stages. Previous research has identified many active or repressive transcription factors (TFs) and core transcription components and studied their functions in vitro and in vivo. Nonetheless, how individual TFs act in concert to regulate mRNA gene expression in a single cell remains poorly understood. Direct observation of TF assembly and disassembly and various biochemical reactions during transcription of a single-copy gene in vivo is the ideal approach to study this problem...
November 16, 2016: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27864885/phylogenetic-and-functional-classification-of-the-photolyase-cryptochrome-family
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Nuri Ozturk
The Photolyase/Cryptochrome (PHR/CRY) family is a large group of proteins with similar structure and but very diverge functions such as in DNA repair, circadian clock resetting, and regulation of transcription. As a result of advances in the biochemistry of the CRY/PHR family and identification of new members, several adjustments have been made to the classification of this protein family. For example, a new class of PHRs, Class III, has been proposed. Furthermore, CRYs have been suggested to function as photosensory proteins in the primordial eye of sponge larvae...
November 19, 2016: Photochemistry and Photobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27863776/parathyroidectomy-prior-to-kidney-transplant-decreases-graft-failure
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Glenda G Callender, Jennifer Malinowski, Mahsa Javid, Yawei Zhang, Huang Huang, Courtney E Quinn, Tobias Carling, Ricarda Tomlin, J Douglas Smith, Sanjay Kulkarni
BACKGROUND: Uncorrected uremic hyperparathyroidism is associated with delayed graft function after kidney transplantation. The current guidelines of the Kidney Disease Improving Global Outcomes recommend maintaining parathyroid hormone ≤9x normal in patients pre-kidney transplantation. This study explores the effect of increased levels of serum parathyroid hormone and preoperative parathyroidectomy on outcomes after kidney transplantation. METHODS: A retrospective review was performed of adult patients who underwent kidney transplantation between January 1, 2005, and December 31, 2014, at a single institution...
November 15, 2016: Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27827919/taming-prebiotic-chemistry-the-role-of-heterogeneous-and-interfacial-catalysis-in-the-emergence-of-a-prebiotic-catalytic-information-polymer-system
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REVIEW
Pierre-Alain Monnard
Cellular life is based on interacting polymer networks that serve as catalysts, genetic information and structural molecules. The complexity of the DNA, RNA and protein biochemistry suggests that it must have been preceded by simpler systems. The RNA world hypothesis proposes RNA as the prime candidate for such a primal system. Even though this proposition has gained currency, its investigations have highlighted several challenges with respect to bulk aqueous media: (1) the synthesis of RNA monomers is difficult; (2) efficient pathways for monomer polymerization into functional RNAs and their subsequent, sequence-specific replication remain elusive; and (3) the evolution of the RNA function towards cellular metabolism in isolation is questionable in view of the chemical mixtures expected on the early Earth...
November 4, 2016: Life
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27826254/elastin-in-the-liver
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REVIEW
Jiří Kanta
A characteristic feature of liver cirrhosis is the accumulation of large amounts of connective tissue with the prevailing content of type I collagen. Elastin is a minor connective tissue component in normal liver but it is actively synthesized by hepatic stellate cells and portal fibroblasts in diseased liver. The accumulation of elastic fibers in later stages of liver fibrosis may contribute to the decreasing reversibility of the disease with advancing time. Elastin is formed by polymerization of tropoelastin monomers...
2016: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27814576/protein-oxidation-an-overview-of-metabolism-of-sulphur-containing-amino-acid-cysteine
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Saheem Ahmad, Hamda Khan, Uzma Shahab, Shahnawaz Rehman, Zeeshan Rafi, Mohd Yasir Khan, Ahsanullah Ansari, Zeba Siddiqui, Jalaluddin Mohammad Ashraf, Saleh M S Abdullah, Safia Habib, Moin Uddin
The available data suggest that among cellular constituents, proteins are the major target for oxidation primarily because of their quantity and high rate of interactions with ROS. Proteins are susceptible to ROS modifications of amino acid side chains which alter protein structure. Among the amino acids, Cysteine (Cys) is more prone to oxidation by ROS because of its high nucleophilic property. The reactivity of Cys with ROS is due to the presence of thiol group. In the oxidised form, Cys forms disulfide bond, which are primary covalent cross-link found in proteins, and which stabilize the native conformation of a protein...
January 1, 2017: Frontiers in Bioscience (Scholar Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27802036/evolution-of-enzyme-superfamilies-comprehensive-exploration-of-sequence-function-relationships
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Florian Baier, Janine N Copp, Nobuhiko Tokuriki
The sequence and functional diversity of enzyme superfamilies has expanded through billions of years of evolution from a common ancestor. Understanding how protein sequence and functional "space" has expanded, at both the evolutionary and molecular level, is central to biochemistry, molecular and evolutionary biology. Integrative approaches that examine protein sequence, structure, and function have begun to provide comprehensive views of the functional diversity and evolutionary relationships within enzyme superfamilies...
November 1, 2016: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27797139/tuberous-sclerosis-complex-from-molecular-biology-to-novel-therapeutic-approaches
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REVIEW
Katarzyna Switon, Katarzyna Kotulska, Aleksandra Janusz-Kaminska, Justyna Zmorzynska, Jacek Jaworski
Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) is a rare multi-system disorder, primary manifestations of which are benign tumors and lesions in various organs of the body, including the brain. TSC patients often suffer from epilepsy, mental retardation, and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Therefore, TSC serves as a model of epilepsy, ASD, and tumorigenesis. TSC is caused by the lack of functional Tsc1-Tsc2 complex, which serves as a major cellular inhibitor of mammalian Target of Rapamycin Complex 1 (mTORC1). mTORC1 is a kinase controlling most of anabolic processes in eukaryotic cells...
October 31, 2016: IUBMB Life
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27796947/prenatal-mammary-gland-development-in-the-mouse-research-models-and-techniques-for-its-study-from-past-to-present
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Jacqueline M Veltmaat
Mammary gland development starts during prenatal life, when at designated positions along the ventrolateral boundary of the embryonic or fetal trunk, surface ectodermal cells coalesce to form primordia for mammary glands, instead of differentiating into epidermis. With the wealth of genetically engineered mice available as research models, our understanding of the prenatal phase of mammary development has recently greatly advanced. This understanding includes the recognition of molecular and mechanistic parallels between prenatal and postnatal mammary morphogenesis and even tumorigenesis, much of which can moreover be extrapolated to human...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27789671/applying-metabolomics-to-cardiometabolic-intervention-studies-and-trials-past-experiences-and-a-roadmap-for-the-future
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Naomi J Rankin, David Preiss, Paul Welsh, Naveed Sattar
Metabolomics and lipidomics are emerging methods for detailed phenotyping of small molecules in samples. It is hoped that such data will: (i) enhance baseline prediction of patient response to pharmacotherapies (beneficial or adverse); (ii) reveal changes in metabolites shortly after initiation of therapy that may predict patient response, including adverse effects, before routine biomarkers are altered; and( iii) give new insights into mechanisms of drug action, particularly where the results of a trial of a new agent were unexpected, and thus help future drug development...
October 27, 2016: International Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27787975/phosphonate-biochemistry
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Geoff P Horsman, David L Zechel
Organophosphonic acids are unique as natural products in terms of stability and mimicry. The C-P bond that defines these compounds resists hydrolytic cleavage, while the phosphonyl group is a versatile mimic of transition-states, intermediates, and primary metabolites. This versatility may explain why a variety of organisms have extensively explored the use organophosphonic acids as bioactive secondary metabolites. Several of these compounds, such as fosfomycin and bialaphos, figure prominently in human health and agriculture...
October 27, 2016: Chemical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27784255/clear-shot-at-primary-aim-susceptibility-of-trypanosoma-cruzi-organelles-structures-and-molecular-targets-to-drug-treatment
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Rubem Figueiredo Sadok Menna-Barreto, Solange Lisboa de Castro
Chagas disease, caused by Trypanosoma cruzi, stands out due to its socio- economic effects on low-income tropical populations. This disease affects millions of people worldwide. The current chemotherapy for it is based on benznidazole (Bz) and nifurtimox (Nif) and is unsatisfactory. In this review, we will focus on the search for potential target organelles and molecules for the chemotherapy of Chagas disease. We consider as potential target organelles those that are absent or significantly different in host cells and present in the clinically relevant forms of the parasite (trypomastigotes and amastigotes), which are the mitochondrion, cytoskeletal- related structures, the acidocalcisomes/contractile vacuole complex and glycosomes...
October 25, 2016: Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry
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