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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353454/acute-phase-plasma-osteopontin-as-an-independent-predictor-for-poor-outcome-after-aneurysmal-subarachnoid-hemorrhage
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Yoshinari Nakatsuka, Masato Shiba, Hirofumi Nishikawa, Mio Terashima, Fumihiro Kawakita, Masashi Fujimoto, Hidenori Suzuki
Experimental studies reported that osteopontin (OPN), a matricellular protein, is induced in brain after subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). The aim of this study was to investigate the relationships between plasma OPN levels and outcome after aneurysmal SAH in a clinical setting. This is a prospective study consisting of 109 aneurysmal SAH patients who underwent aneurysmal obliteration within 48 h of SAH. Plasma OPN concentrations were serially determined at days 1-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12 after onset. Various clinical factors as well as OPN values were compared between patients with 90-day good and poor outcomes...
January 20, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353379/coagulase-negative-staphylococci-are-associated-to-the-mild-inflammatory-pattern-of-healthcare-associated-meningitis-a-retrospective-study
#2
S Couffin, D Lobo, F Cook, P H Jost, V Bitot, R Birnbaum, B Nebbad, B Aït-Mamar, W Lahiani, M Martin, G Dhonneur, R Mounier
The epidemiology of healthcare-associated meningitis (HAM) is dominated by commensal bacteria from the skin, as coagulase-negative staphylococci (CoNS). We hypothesized that the pauci-symptomatic and mild inflammatory patterns of HAM are related to the low pathogenic state of CoNS. Our aim was to describe clinical and biological features of CoNS HAM, compared to other HAM. All consecutive patients with HAM admitted in our hospital were retrospectively included from 2007 to 2014. HAM due to CoNS were compared to HAM caused by other bacteria (controls) for clinical and laboratory patterns...
January 20, 2018: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353189/synthesis-of-cross-linked-protein-metal-hybrid-nanoflowers-and-its-application-in-repeated-batch-decolorization-of-synthetic-dyes
#3
Sanjay K S Patel, Sachin V Otari, Jinglin Li, Dong Rip Kim, Sun Chang Kim, Byung-Kwan Cho, Vipin C Kalia, Yun Chan Kang, Jung-Kul Lee
Herein, we report the preparation of a cross-linked protein-metal hybrid nanoflower (NF) system for laccase immobilization. The immobilized laccase showed effective encapsulation yield and activity recovery of 78.1% and 204%, respectively. The catalytic efficiency (kcatVmax-1) of cross-linked NF (CL-NF) was 2.2-fold more than that of free laccase. The CL-NF also exhibited significantly higher stability towards pH and temperature changes. It exhibited excellent storage stability and tolerance towards solvents and inhibitors as compared with the free enzyme...
January 4, 2018: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352675/impact-of-intestinal-mannitol-on-hyperammonemia-oxidative-stress-and-severity-of-hepatic-encephalopathy-in-the-ed
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Daniel H Montes-Cortés, José L Novelo-Del Valle, Ivonne M Olivares-Corichi, José V Rosas-Barrientos, Luis J Jara, María Pilar Cruz-Domínguez
Hyperammonemia results from hepatic inability to remove nitrogenous products generated by protein metabolism of intestinal microbiota, which leads to hepatic encephalopathy (HE) in chronic liver disease (CLD). In ammonium neurotoxicity, oxidative stress (OxS) plays a pathogenic role. Our objective was to evaluate if intestinal mannitol is as effective and safe as conventional treatment for diminishing hyperammonemia, OxS, and HE in patients with CLD. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We included 30 patients with HE classified by "Haven Criteria for Hepatic Encephalopathy"...
January 10, 2018: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352654/resistance-training-during-a-12-week-protein-supplemented-vlcd-treatment-enhances-weight-loss-outcomes-in-obese-patients
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Edward Jo, Phillip R Worts, Marcus L Elam, Ann Frost Brown, Andy V Khamoui, Do-Houn Kim, Ming-Chia Yeh, Michael J Ormsbee, Carla M Prado, Angelina Cain, Katie Snyder, Jeong-Su Kim
BACKGROUND: This investigation evaluated the efficacy by which resistance training enhances body composition, metabolic, and functional outcomes for obese patients undergoing a 12-week medically supervised hypocaloric treatment. METHODS: This was a single-blind, randomized, parallel-group prospective trial. Morbidly obese patients were prescribed a 12-week proprietary very low calorie diet (VLCD) treatment (Optifast®) with supplemental protein (1120 kcals/day) and were placed in one of two groups for 14 weeks: 1) Standard Treatment Control (CON) (n = 5) or 2) Resistance Training (RT) (n = 6)...
December 23, 2017: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352319/activation-of-pi3k-akt-and-erk-during-early-rotavirus-infection-leads-to-v-atpase-dependent-endosomal-acidification-required-for-uncoating
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Mahmoud Soliman, Ja-Young Seo, Deok-Song Kim, Ji-Yun Kim, Jun-Gyu Park, Mia Madel Alfajaro, Yeong-Bin Baek, Eun-Hyo Cho, Joseph Kwon, Jong-Soon Choi, Mun-Il Kang, Sang-Ik Park, Kyoung-Oh Cho
The cellular PI3K/Akt and/or MEK/ERK signaling pathways mediate the entry process or endosomal acidification during infection of many viruses. However, their roles in the early infection events of group A rotaviruses (RVAs) have remained elusive. Here, we show that late-penetration (L-P) human DS-1 and bovine NCDV RVA strains stimulate these signaling pathways very early in the infection. Inhibition of both signaling pathways significantly reduced production of viral progeny due to blockage of virus particles in the late endosome, indicating that neither of the two signaling pathways is involved in virus trafficking...
January 19, 2018: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352247/high-content-analysis-identifies-unique-morphological-features-of-reprogrammed-cardiomyocytes
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Matthew D Sutcliffe, Philip M Tan, Antonio Fernandez-Perez, Young-Jae Nam, Nikhil V Munshi, Jeffrey J Saucerman
Direct reprogramming of fibroblasts into cardiomyocytes is a promising approach for cardiac regeneration but still faces challenges in efficiently generating mature cardiomyocytes. Systematic optimization of reprogramming protocols requires scalable, objective methods to assess cellular phenotype beyond what is captured by transcriptional signatures alone. To address this question, we automatically segmented reprogrammed cardiomyocytes from immunofluorescence images and analyzed cell morphology. We also introduce a method to quantify sarcomere structure using Haralick texture features, called SarcOmere Texture Analysis (SOTA)...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352110/melatonin-inhibits-apoptotic-cell-death-induced-by-vibrio-vulnificus-vvha-via-melatonin-receptor-2-coupling-with-ncf-1
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Sei-Jung Lee, Hyun Jik Lee, Young Hyun Jung, Jun Sung Kim, Sang Ho Choi, Ho Jae Han
Melatonin, an endogenous hormone molecule, has a variety of biological functions, but a functional role of melatonin in the infection of Gram-negative bacterium Vibrio vulnificus has yet to be described. In this study, we investigated the molecular mechanism of melatonin in the apoptosis of human intestinal epithelial (HCT116) cells induced by the hemolysin (VvhA) produced by V. vulnificus. Melatonin (1 μM) significantly inhibited apoptosis induced by the recombinant protein (r) VvhA, which had been inhibited by the knockdown of MT2...
January 19, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351963/the-exon-junction-complex-structural-insights-into-a-faithful-companion-of-mammalian-mrnps
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Jennifer V Gerbracht, Niels H Gehring
During splicing, the exon junction complex (EJC) is deposited upstream of exon-exon boundaries. The EJC and its peripheral bound proteins play an essential role in mediating mRNA export, translation and turnover. However, the exact sequence of EJC assembly and the involved factors during splicing remain elusive. Recently published structures of the human C* spliceosome clarified the position of the EJC at this phase of splicing and have given insight into previously unidentified interactions between the EJC and spliceosomal proteins...
January 19, 2018: Biochemical Society Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351913/the-rig-i-like-receptor-lgp2-inhibits-dicer-dependent-processing-of-long-double-stranded-rna-and-blocks-rna-interference-in-mammalian-cells
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Annemarthe G van der Veen, Pierre V Maillard, Jan Marten Schmidt, Sonia A Lee, Safia Deddouche-Grass, Annabel Borg, Svend Kjær, Ambrosius P Snijders, Caetano Reis E Sousa
In vertebrates, the presence of viral RNA in the cytosol is sensed by members of the RIG-I-like receptor (RLR) family, which signal to induce production of type I interferons (IFN). These key antiviral cytokines act in a paracrine and autocrine manner to induce hundreds of interferon-stimulated genes (ISGs), whose protein products restrict viral entry, replication and budding. ISGs include the RLRs themselves: RIG-I, MDA5 and, the least-studied family member, LGP2. In contrast, the IFN system is absent in plants and invertebrates, which defend themselves from viral intruders using RNA interference (RNAi)...
January 19, 2018: EMBO Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351603/the-unexpected-function-of-a-flavin-dependent-oxidoreductase-fox-from-variovorax-paradoxus-tbea6
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Christina Meinert, Marc Schürmann, Jan-Eike Domeyer, Anja Poehlein, Rolf Daniel, Alexander Steinbüchel
3,3'-Thiodipropionic acid (TDP) is used as an additive in food and cosmetic industry and as precursor substrate for biotechnical polythioester production. Its catabolism was investigated in Variovorax paradoxus TBEA6 previous to this study. It was reported that the insertion of the transposon Tn5::mob into a gene showing high homology to flavin-dependent oxidoreductases (fox) resulted in impaired growth with TDP. Therefore, it was assumed that the initial cleavage of TDP is catalyzed by an FAD-dependent oxidoreductase (Fox, VPARA_05580)...
January 17, 2018: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351434/cub-domain-containing-protein-1-cdcp1-negatively-regulates-tgf%C3%AE-signaling-and-myofibroblast-differentiation
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Nina Noskovičová, Katharina Heinzelmann, Gerald Burgstaller, Jürgen Behr, Oliver Eickelberg
Fibroblasts are thought to be the prime cell type for producing and secreting extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins in the connective tissue. The profibrotic cytokine, transforming growth factor-beta 1 (TGFβ1) activates and transdifferentiates fibroblasts into αSMA-expressing myofibroblasts, which exhibit increased ECM secretion, in particular collagens. Little information, however, exists about cell-surface molecules on fibroblasts that mediate this transdifferentiation process. We recently identified, using unbiased cell-surface proteome analysis, Cub domain containing protein 1 (CDCP1) to be strongly downregulated by TGFβ1...
January 4, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350585/isolation-of-active-coagulant-protein-from-the-seeds-of-strychnos-potatorum-a-potential-water-treatment-agent
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P Arunkumar, V Sadish Kumar, S Saran, Harsha Bindun, Suja P Devipriya
The application of natural coagulants for decentralized water treatment is gaining importance as a part of global sustainable initiative. This study focuses on the isolation of active coagulation components responsible for water clarification with respect to Strychnos potatorum seeds. The active coagulant components, protein and polysaccharide were successfully isolated, dialysed and subjected to gel permeation chromatography. The polysaccharide was isolated with the saline extraction method and characterized using FTIR and NMR spectroscopy...
January 19, 2018: Environmental Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350486/inflammatory-response-and-treatment-tolerance-of-long-term-infusion-of-the-anti-gd2-antibody-ch14-18-cho-in-combination-with-interleukin-2-in-patients-with-high-risk-neuroblastoma
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Kiraz Ceylan, Luciana J Jahns, Bjoern N Lode, Karoline Ehlert, Silke Kietz, Sascha Troschke-Meurer, Nikolai Siebert, Holger N Lode
BACKGROUND: The monoclonal anti-GD2 antibody ch14.18/CHO in combination with IL-2 is active and effective in high-risk neuroblastoma (NB) patients. Here, we investigated the inflammatory response and treatment tolerance of long-term infusion (LTI) of ch14.18/CHO (10 × 10 mg/m2 ; 24 hr) in combination with subcutaneous (s.c.) IL-2 in a single center program. METHODS: Fifty-three NB patients received up to six cycles of 100 mg/m2 ch14.18/CHO (d8-18, where d represents day(s)) as LTI combined with 6 × 106 IU/m2 s...
January 19, 2018: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350465/proteomics-analysis-of-skeletal-muscle-from-leptin-deficient-ob-ob-mice-reveals-adaptive-remodeling-of-metabolic-characteristics-and-fiber-type-composition
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Milena Schönke, Marie Björnholm, Alexander V Chibalin, Juleen R Zierath, Atul S Deshmukh
Skeletal muscle insulin resistance, an early metabolic defect in the pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes, may be a cause or consequence of altered protein expressions profiles. Proteomics technology offers enormous promise to investigate molecular mechanisms underlying pathologies, however, the analysis of skeletal muscle is challenging. Using state-of-the-art multi-enzyme digestion and filter-aided sample preparation (MED-FASP) and a mass spectrometry (MS) based workflow, we performed a global proteomics analysis of skeletal muscle from leptin-deficient, obese, insulin resistant (ob/ob) and lean mice in mere two fractions in a short time (8 hours/sample)...
January 19, 2018: Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349839/inflammatory-biomarkers-and-intellectual-disability-in-patients-with-down-syndrome
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S Manti, M C Cutrupi, C Cuppari, E Ferro, V Dipasquale, G Di Rosa, R Chimenz, M A La Rosa, A Valenti, V Salpietro
BACKGROUND: Intellectual disability (ID) is part of the Down syndrome (DS) phenotypic spectrum, but the exact molecular pathophysiology of ID in individuals with DS is not yet fully understood, with many research hypotheses still unproven. Basing on previous studies (which suggested a possible role of altered inflammatory response in DS-related ID), we assessed the serum levels of a number of inflammatory biomarkers [serum amyloid A (SAA), C-reactive protein (C-RP), high mobility group box-1 (HMGB1)] in a cohort of individuals with DS and healthy controls...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Intellectual Disability Research: JIDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349669/positive-correlation-between-matrix-metalloproteinases-and-epithelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-and-its-association-with-clinical-outcome-in-bladder-cancer-patients
#17
R Singh, A Mandhani, V Agrawal, Minal Garg
Involvement of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) in the pathogenesis of urothelial carcinoma elects them to be sensitive marker for clinical and prognostic implications. MMPs regulate tumor growth and invasion by inducing epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) which is characterized by the complex reprogramming of epithelial cells and ultimately bring about major changes in the structural organization of bladder urothelium. The present study has been undertaken to evaluate the clinical relevance of MMPs in two distinct types of bladder cancer disease...
January 18, 2018: Cancer Microenvironment: Official Journal of the International Cancer Microenvironment Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349624/combined-effects-of-aspirin-and-vitamin-d3-on-two-oscc-cell-lines-a-preliminary-study
#18
Ting-Ting Xiao, Xian Li, Jia-Li Feng, Yong Li
OBJECTIVES: We evaluated the potential effects of aspirin combined with vitamin D3 on cell proliferation and apoptosis in oral cancer cells. RESULTS: Compared to the untreated control or individual drug, the combinations of aspirin and vitamin D3 significantly decreased the rates of cell proliferation by CCK-8 assay, and caused higher rates of cell apoptosis in both CAL-27 and SCC-15 cells by Annexin V-FITC apoptosis assay and flow cytometry. Remarkably, the combined treatment with aspirin and vitamin D3 significantly suppressed the expression of Bcl-2 protein and p-Erk1/2 protein, examined by western blot analysis...
January 18, 2018: Biotechnology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349451/on-the-turn-inducing-properties-of-asparagine-the-structuring-role-of-the-amide-side-chain-from-isolated-model-peptides-to-crystallized-proteins
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S Habka, W Y Sohn, V Vaquero-Vara, M Géléoc, B Tardivel, V Brenner, E Gloaguen, M Mons
Asparagine (Asn) is a powerful turn-inducer residue, with a large propensity to occupy the second position in the central region of β-turns of proteins. The present work aims at investigating the role of a local anchoring between the Asn side chain and the main chain in this remarkable property. For this purpose, the H-bonding patterns of an asparagine residue in an isolated protein chain fragment forming a γ- or a β-turn have been determined using IR/UV double resonance gas phase spectroscopy on laser-desorbed, jet-cooled short models in conjunction with relevant quantum chemistry calculations...
January 19, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348817/a-mitochondrial-targeted-purine-based-hsp90-antagonist-for-leukemia-therapy
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Kelly G Bryant, Young Chan Chae, Rogelio L Martinez, John C Gordon, Khaled M Elokely, Andrew V Kossenkov, Steven Grant, Wayne E Childers, Magid Abou-Gharbia, Dario C Altieri
Reprogramming of mitochondrial functions sustains tumor growth and may provide therapeutic opportunities. Here, we targeted the protein folding environment in mitochondria by coupling a purine-based inhibitor of the molecular chaperone Heat Shock Protein-90 (Hsp90), PU-H71 to the mitochondrial-targeting moiety, triphenylphosphonium (TPP). Binding of PU-H71-TPP to ADP-Hsp90, Hsp90 co-chaperone complex or mitochondrial Hsp90 homolog, TRAP1 involved hydrogen bonds, π-π stacking, cation-π contacts and hydrophobic interactions with the surrounding amino acids in the active site...
December 22, 2017: Oncotarget
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