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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161486/-phylogenetic-signal-at-the-cytb-sertrna-ig1-nd1-mitochondrial-region-in-anopheles-kerteszia-neivai-howard-dyar-knab-1913
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Andrés López-Rubio, Juan David Suaza, Charles Porter, Sandra Uribe, Gabriel Bedoya, Iván Darío Vélez
INTRODUCTION: Mitochondrial DNA has proven its utility for the study of insect evolution. Genes such as cytochrome b (Cytb) and the transfer gene for serine (SertRNA) can be used to compare closely related organisms. OBJECTIVE: The phylogenetic utility of Cytb-SertRNA-IG1-ND1 was tested for polymorphisms, and secondary structure modeling in SertRNA was done to detect possible cryptic species in Anopheles neivai. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Specimens from Colombia, Guatemala, and the type locality in Panamá were collected and sequenced for specimen comparison based on DNA polymorphisms, and secondary structure modeling for the SertRNA gene...
March 29, 2017: Biomédica: Revista del Instituto Nacional de Salud
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161023/in-vivo-neurochemical-profile-of-selectively-bred-high-responder-and-low-responder-rats-reveals-baseline-cocaine-and-novelty-evoked-differences-in-monoaminergic-systems
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Omar S Mabrouk, John L Han, Jenny-Marie T Wong, Huda Akil, Robert T Kennedy, Shelly B Flagel
Relative to bred low-responder (bLR) rats, bred high-responder (bHR) rats have an exaggerated locomotor response to a novel environment, are more risk-taking, more impulsive, and more likely to exhibit compulsive drug-seeking behaviors. These phenotypic differences in addiction-related behaviors and temperament have previously been associated with differences in neurotransmitter signaling, including the mesolimbic dopamine system. In the current study, we applied advanced in vivo microdialysis sampling in the nucleus accumbens of bHRs/bLRs to assess differences in basal and stimulated neurochemical efflux more broadly...
November 21, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160030/dihydromyricetin-enhances-glucose-uptake-by-inhibition-of-mek-erk-pathway-and-consequent-down-regulation-of-phosphorylation-of-ppar%C3%AE-in-3t3-l1-cells
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Lei Liu, Min Zhou, Hedong Lang, Yong Zhou, Mantian Mi
Accumulating evidence suggests that inhibition of mitogen-activated protein kinase signalling can reduce phosphorylation of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ (PPARγ) at serine 273, which mitigates obesity-associated insulin resistance and might be a promising treatment for type 2 diabetes. Dihydromyricetin (DHM) is a flavonoid that has many beneficial pharmacological properties. In this study, mouse fibroblast 3T3-L1 cells were used to investigate whether DHM alleviates insulin resistance by inhibiting PPARγ phosphorylation at serine 273 via the MEK/ERK pathway...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159425/novel-biosynthetic-pathway-for-sulfur-amino-acids-in-cryptococcus-neoformans
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Akio Toh-E, Misako Ohkusu, Kiminori Shimizu, Naruhiko Ishiwada, Akira Watanabe, Katsuhiko Kamei
We elucidated a unique feature of sulfur metabolism in Cryptococcus neoformans. C. neoformans produces cysteine solely by the O-acetylserine pathway that consists of serine-O-acetyl transferase and cysteine synthase. We designated the gene encoding the former enzyme CYS2 (locus tag CNE02740) and the latter enzyme CYS1 (locus tag CNL05880). The cys1Δmutant strain was found to be avirulent in a murine infection model. Methionine practically does not support growth of the cys1Δ strain, and cysteine does not serve as a methionine source, indicating that the transsulfuration pathway does not contribute to sulfur amino acid synthesis in C...
November 20, 2017: Current Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159256/cirrhosis-of-liver-interference-of-serpins-in-quantification-of-serpina4-a-preliminary-study
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Krishna Sumanth Nallagangula, K N Shashidhar, V Lakshmaiah, C Muninarayana
Background: Cirrhosis of liver is a pathological condition, wherein functions of liver are impaired by chronic liver exploitations. Due to decrease in synthetic capacity, expressions of plasma proteins tend to decrease in blood stream. Serpins (Serine protease inhibitors) are class of plasma proteins expressed from liver with structural similarities and diverse functions. SERPINA4 (Kallistatin) is a multifunctional serpin clade A protein expressed from liver and concentration in serum is the reflection of extent of liver dysfunction...
December 2017: Pract Lab Med
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158991/ndufa4l2-is-associated-with-clear-cell-renal-cell-carcinoma-malignancy-and-is-regulated-by-elk1
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Lei Wang, Zhiqiang Peng, Kaizhen Wang, Yijun Qi, Ying Yang, Yue Zhang, Xinyuan An, Shudong Luo, Junfang Zheng
Background: Clear cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC) is the most common and lethal cancer of the adult kidney. However, its pathogenesis has not been fully understood till now, which hinders the therapeutic development of ccRCC. NADH dehydrogenase (ubiquinone) 1 alpha subcomplex 4-like 2 (NDUFA4L2) was found to be upregulated and play an important role in ccRCC. We aimed to further investigate the underlying mechanisms by which NDUFA4L2 exerted function and its expression level was upregulated...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158515/a-programmed-cell-division-delay-preserves-genome-integrity-during-natural-genetic-transformation-in-streptococcus-pneumoniae
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Matthieu J Bergé, Chryslène Mercy, Isabelle Mortier-Barrière, Michael S VanNieuwenhze, Yves V Brun, Christophe Grangeasse, Patrice Polard, Nathalie Campo
Competence for genetic transformation is a differentiation program during which exogenous DNA is imported into the cell and integrated into the chromosome. In Streptococcus pneumoniae, competence develops transiently and synchronously in all cells during exponential phase, and is accompanied by a pause in growth. Here, we reveal that this pause is linked to the cell cycle. At least two parallel pathways impair peptidoglycan synthesis in competent cells. Single-cell analyses demonstrate that ComM, a membrane protein induced during competence, inhibits both initiation of cell division and final constriction of the cytokinetic ring...
November 20, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158185/cdk5-mediated-phosphorylation-of-sirt2-contributes-to-depressive-like-behavior-induced-by-social-defeat-stress
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Zheng Zhang, Pei Zhang, Guang-Jian Qi, Feng-Juan Jiao, Qing-Zhi Wang, Jian-Guo Yan, Feng He, Qian Zhang, Ze-Xi Lv, Xiang Peng, Hong-Wei Cai, Xiaoqian Chen, Ning Sun, Bo Tian
Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a common, severe and recurrent psychiatric disorder worldwide; however, the underlying neuropathological mechanisms remain elusive. Histone deacetylases (HDACs) appear to play an essential role in depression. As the class III HDACs, Sirt1 and Sirt2 have attracted the most interest in the nervous system. Indeed, chronic stress decreased Sirt1 activity and down-regulated Sirt1 gene expression in MDD. Nevertheless, there is a paucity of literature on the role of Sirt2. To study the role of Sirt2 we established a MDD mouse model in wild type and Sirt2 knockout C57BL/6 mice using social defeat stress (SDS)...
November 17, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158183/serine-prevented-high-fat-diet-induced-oxidative-stress-by-activating-ampk-and-epigenetically-modulating-the-expression-of-glutathione-synthesis-related-genes
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Xihong Zhou, Liuqin He, Shengnan Zuo, Yumei Zhang, Dan Wan, Ciming Long, Pan Huang, Canrong Wu, Xin Wu, Gang Liu, Yulong Yin
Serine deficiency has been observed in patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Whether serine supplementation has any beneficial effects on the prevention of NAFLD remains unknown. The present study was conducted to investigate the effects of serine supplementation on hepatic oxidative stress and steatosis and its related mechanisms. Forty male C57BL/6J mice (9week-old) were randomly assigned into four groups (n=10) and fed: i) a low-fat diet; ii) a low-fat diet supplemented with 1% (wt:vol) serine; iii) a high-fat (HF) diet; and iv) a HF diet supplemented with 1% serine, respectively...
November 17, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157894/selective-inhibition-reveals-cyclin-dependent-kinase-2-as-another-kinase-that-phosphorylates-the-androgen-receptor-at-serine-81
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Radek Jorda, Zuzana Bučková, Eva Řezníčková, Jan Bouchal, Vladimír Kryštof
Several studies have revealed that cyclin-dependent kinases (CDK) can mediate phosphorylation of steroid receptors at multiple sites, including serine 81 of the androgen receptor (AR). Phosphorylation of S81 is required for AR nuclear translocation in association with chromatin and also regulates endogenous AR-regulated transcription in response to hormones. Up to date, S81-phosphorylation has been studied using different CDK inhibitors. Nevertheless, most inhibitors are non-selective or have unknown selectivity...
November 17, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157470/therapeutic-potential-of-hiv-nosode-30c-as-evaluated-in-a549-lung-cancer-cells
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Anisur Rahman Khuda-Bukhsh, Jesmin Mondal, Rajesh Shah
OBJECTIVES: To examine if HIV nosode in 30c dilution (HIV 30c) has therapeutic potential against lung cancer cells (A549) as compared to WRL-68 normal cells and to elucidate its possible molecular mechanism of action on DNA replication and apoptosis. METHODS: Effects of HIV 30c were thoroughly tested for its possible anticancer potential on A549 cells (lung cancer); WRL-68 normal liver cells served as control. Three doses, one at LD50 and two below LD-50, were used...
November 2017: Homeopathy: the Journal of the Faculty of Homeopathy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157262/immunoproteomic-analysis-of-the-excretory-secretory-products-of-trichinella-pseudospiralis-adult-worms-and-newborn-larvae
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Yang Wang, Xue Bai, Haichao Zhu, Xuelin Wang, Haining Shi, Bin Tang, Pascal Boireau, Xuepeng Cai, Xuenong Luo, Mingyuan Liu, Xiaolei Liu
BACKGROUND: The nematode Trichinella pseudospiralis is an intracellular parasite of mammalian skeletal muscle cells and exists in a non-encapsulated form. Previous studies demonstrated that T. pseudospiralis could induce a lower host inflammatory response. Excretory-secretory (ES) proteins as the most important products of host-parasite interaction may play the main functional role in alleviating host inflammation. However, the ES products of T. pseudospiralis early stage are still unknown...
November 21, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157197/selection-for-female-traits-of-high-fertility-affects-male-reproductive-performance-and-alters-the-testicular-transcriptional-profile
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Marten Michaelis, Alexander Sobczak, Dirk Koczan, Martina Langhammer, Norbert Reinsch, Jennifer Schoen, Joachim M Weitzel
BACKGROUND: Many genes important for reproductive performance are shared by both sexes. However, fecundity indices are primarily based on female parameters such as litter size. We examined a fertility mouse line (FL2), which has a considerably increased number of offspring and a total litter weight of 180% compared to a randomly bred control line (Ctrl) after more than 170 generations of breeding. In the present study, we investigated whether there might be a parallel evolution in males after more than 40 years of breeding in this outbred mouse model...
November 21, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156513/production-and-characterization-of-keratinolytic-proteases-by-a-chicken-feather-degrading-thermophilic-strain-thermoactinomyces-sp-yt06
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Lin Wang, Yuting Qian, Yun Cao, Ying Huang, Zhizhou Chang, Hongying Huang
Thermoactinomyces sp. strain YT06 was isolated from poultry compost and observed to degrade integral chicken feathers at 60°C completely, resulting in the formation of 3.24 mg/mL of free amino acid from 50 mL of culture containing 10 g/L chicken feathers. Strain YT06 could grow and secret keratinase using feather as the only carbon and nitrogen sources without other supplement, but complementation of 10 g/L sucrose and 4 g/L NaNO₃ increased the production of the keratinolytic enzyme. The maximum protease activities obtained were 110 U/mL and keratinase were 42 U/mL...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156132/the-pp1-tautomycetin-complex-reveals-a-path-towards-the-development-of-pp1-specific-inhibitors
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Meng S Choy, Mark Swingle, Brandon D'Arcy, Kevin Abney, Scott F Rusin, Arminja N Kettenbach, Rebecca Page, Richard E Honkanen, Wolfgang Peti
Selective inhibitors for each serine/threonine phosphatase (PPP) are essential to investigate the biological actions of PPPs and to guide drug development. Although multiple organisms (cyanobacteria, dinoflagellates, beetles, etc.) produce natural toxins that bind and inhibit the active sites of PPPs, they are largely non-selective, typically inhibiting one or more family members with equal potencies. Thus, the use of these toxins as chemical tools to study the relationship between individual PPPs and their biological substrates, and how disruptions in these relationships contributes to human disease, is severely limited...
November 20, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155797/immunofluorescence-microscopy-of-%C3%AE-h2ax-and-53bp1-for-analyzing-the-formation-and-repair-of-dna-double-strand-breaks
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Henning D Popp, Susanne Brendel, Wolf-Karsten Hofmann, Alice Fabarius
DNA double-strand breaks (DSB) are serious DNA lesions. Analysis of the formation and repair of DSB is relevant in a broad spectrum of research areas including genome integrity, genotoxicity, radiation biology, aging, cancer, and drug development. In response to DSB, the histone H2AX is phosphorylated at Serine 139 in a region of several megabase pairs forming discrete nuclear foci detectable by immunofluorescence microscopy. In addition, 53BP1 (p53 binding protein 1) is another important DSB-responsive protein promoting repair of DSB by nonhomologous end-joining while preventing homologous recombination...
November 3, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155158/thermodynamic-investigation-of-an-alkaline-protease-from-aspergillus-tamarii-urm4634-a-comparative-approach-between-crude-extract-and-purified-enzyme
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Osmar Soares da Silva, Rodrigo Lira de Oliveira, Jonatas de Carvalho Silva, Attilio Converti, Tatiana Souza Porto
The thermostable crude proteolytic extract and purified protease produced by Aspergillus tamarii URM4634 were investigated at different temperatures. The activity results were used to estimate the activation energy of the hydrolysis reaction catalyzed by crude extract and purified protease (E*=34.2 and 16.2kJ/mol) as well as the respective standard enthalpy variations of reversible enzyme unfolding (ΔH°u=31.9 and 13.9kJ/mol). When temperature was raised from 50 to 80°C in residual activity tests, the specific rate constant of crude proteolytic extract thermoinactivation increased from 0...
November 15, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155083/tbvps15-is-required-for-vesicular-transport-and-cytokinesis-in-trypanosoma-brucei
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Alejandra C Schoijet, Kildare Miranda, Tamara Sternlieb, Nadia M Barrera, Wendell Girard-Dias, Wanderley de Souza, Guillermo D Alonso
The class III phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K) Vps34 is an important regulator of key cellular functions, including cell growth, survival, intracellular trafficking, autophagy and nutrient sensing. In yeast, Vps34 is associated with the putative serine/threonine protein kinase Vps15, however, its role in signaling has not been deeply evaluated. Here, we have identified the Vps15 orthologue in Trypanosoma brucei, named TbVps15. Knockdown of TbVps15 expression by interference RNA resulted in inhibition of cell growth and blockage of cytokinesis...
November 16, 2017: Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155043/stk33-is-required-for-spermatid-differentiation-and-male-fertility-in-mice
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Leila R Martins, Raffaela K Bung, Stefan Koch, Karsten Richter, Laura Schwarzmüller, Dorothee Terhardt, Bahtiyar Kurtulmus, Christof Niehrs, Arefeh Rouhi, Ingrid Lohmann, Gislene Pereira, Stefan Fröhling, Hanno Glimm, Claudia Scholl
Spermiogenesis is the final phase during sperm cell development in which round spermatids undergo dramatic morphological changes to generate spermatozoa. Here we report that the serine/threonine kinase Stk33 is essential for the differentiation of round spermatids into functional sperm cells and male fertility. Constitutive Stk33 deletion in mice results in severely malformed and immotile spermatozoa that are particularly characterized by disordered structural tail elements. Stk33 expression first appears in primary spermatocytes, and targeted deletion of Stk33 in these cells recapitulates the defects observed in constitutive knockout mice, confirming a germ cell-intrinsic function...
November 16, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155040/radiolabelled-soman-binding-to-sera-from-rats-guinea-pigs-and-monkeys
#20
David E Lenz, Douglas Cerasoli, Donald M Maxwell
Soman is a highly toxic organophosphorus chemical warfare compound that binds rapidly and irreversibility to a variety of serine active enzymes, i.e., butyryl- and acetyl-cholinesterases and carboxylesterase. The in vivo toxicity of soman has been reported to vary significantly in different animal species, such as rats and guinea pigs or non-human primates. This species variation makes it difficult to identify appropriate animal models for therapeutic drug development under the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Animal Rule...
November 15, 2017: Toxicology Letters
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