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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724217/chondroprotective-and-anti-nociceptive-effects-of-caffeoylquinic-acid-in-osteoarthritis-by-downregulating-catabolic-activity-and-oxidative-damage-in-chondrocytes
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Luping Liu, Yongmei Li
We evaluated the chondroprotective and anti-nociceptive effects of caffeoylquinic acid (CA) in a rat osteoarthritis (OA) model. Monosodium iodoacetate was injected intra-articularly in the rats to produce OA. The rats were divided into three groups: control, OA group, which received vehicle, and the CA-treated group, which received CA (50mg/kg, p.o.) for 14days. At the end of the protocol, pain was estimated by observing the paw withdrawal threshold and latency. Degeneration of cartilage was assessed through histomorphological and microscopical examination of joints...
July 14, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724076/gbs-based-genomic-selection-for-pea-grain-yield-under-severe-terminal-drought
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Paolo Annicchiarico, Nelson Nazzicari, Luciano Pecetti, Massimo Romani, Barbara Ferrari, Yanling Wei, E Charles Brummer
Terminal drought is the main stress that limits pea ( L.) grain yield in Mediterranean-climate regions. This study provides an unprecedented assessment of the predictive ability of genomic selection (GS) for grain yield under severe terminal drought using genotyping-by-sequencing (GBS) data. Additional aims were to assess the GS predictive ability for different GBS data quality filters and GS models, comparing intrapopulation with interpopulation GS predictive ability and to perform genome-wide association (GWAS) studies...
July 2017: Plant Genome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723971/termination-factor-rho-from-the-control-of-pervasive-transcription-to-cell-fate-determination-in-bacillus-subtilis
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Vladimir Bidnenko, Pierre Nicolas, Aleksandra Grylak-Mielnicka, Olivier Delumeau, Sandrine Auger, Anne Aucouturier, Cyprien Guerin, Repoila Francis, Jacek Bardowski, Stéphane Aymerich, Elena Bidnenko
In eukaryotes, RNA species originating from pervasive transcription are regulators of various cellular processes, from the expression of individual genes to the control of cellular development and oncogenesis. In prokaryotes, the function of pervasive transcription and its output on cell physiology is still unknown. Most bacteria possess termination factor Rho, which represses pervasive, mostly antisense, transcription. Here, we investigate the biological significance of Rho-controlled transcription in the Gram-positive model bacterium Bacillus subtilis...
July 19, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723891/the-lysosomal-potassium-channel-tmem175-adopts-a-novel-tetrameric-architecture
#4
Changkeun Lee, Jiangtao Guo, Weizhong Zeng, Sunghoon Kim, Ji She, Chunlei Cang, Dejian Ren, Youxing Jiang
TMEM175 is a lysosomal K(+) channel that is important for maintaining the membrane potential and pH stability in lysosomes. It contains two homologous copies of a six-transmembrane-helix (6-TM) domain, which has no sequence homology to the canonical tetrameric K(+) channels and lacks the TVGYG selectivity filter motif found in these channels. The prokaryotic TMEM175 channel, which is present in a subset of bacteria and archaea, contains only a single 6-TM domain and functions as a tetramer. Here, we present the crystal structure of a prokaryotic TMEM175 channel from Chamaesiphon minutus, CmTMEM175, the architecture of which represents a completely different fold from that of canonical K(+) channels...
July 19, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723868/screening-of-medicinal-plant-phytochemicals-as-natural-antagonists-of-p53-mdm2-interaction-to-reactivate-p53-functioning
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Muhammad Riaz, Usman A Ashfaq, Muhammad Qasim, Erum Yasmeen, Muhammad T Ul Qamar, Farooq Anwar
In most types of cancer, overexpression of murine double minute 2 (MDM2) often leads to inactivation of p53. The crystal structure of MDM2, with a 109-residue amino-terminal domain, reveals that MDM2 has a core hydrophobic region to which p53 binds as an amphipathic α helix. The interface depends on the steric complementarity between MDM2 and the hydrophobic region of p53. Especially, on p53's triad, amino acids Phe19, Trp23 and Leu26 bind to the MDM2 core. Results from studies suggest that the structural motif of both p53 and MDM2 can be attributed to similarities in the amphipathic α helix...
July 18, 2017: Anti-cancer Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723727/longitudinal-analysis-of-motor-symptoms-and-histopathology-in-woozy-mice-a-model-of-cerebellar-ataxia
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Takemitsu Hayashi, Tomoya Onozato, Isao Wanajo, Morimichi Hayashi, Hiroo Takeda, Yoshikazu Fujimori
Woozy (wz) mice develop ataxia and carry a mutation in the Sil1 gene. Homozygous wz mice have been characterized histopathologically, but no details of their motor function have been reported. In the present study, to comprehensively understand the relationship between symptomatic progression and pathological feature, we evaluated motor function and neurodegeneration with age from presymptomatic to terminal stages. We evaluated the motor function of homozygous and heterozygous wz mice aged from 5 to 71 weeks...
July 18, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723565/the-transcription-factor-tcf1-contributes-to-normal-nk-cell-development-and-function-by-limiting-the-expression-of-granzymes
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Beena Jeevan-Raj, Jasmine Gehrig, Mélanie Charmoy, Vijaykumar Chennupati, Camille Grandclément, Paolo Angelino, Mauro Delorenzi, Werner Held
The transcription factor Tcf1 is essential for the development of natural killer (NK) cells. However, its precise role has not been clarified. Our combined analysis of Tcf1-deficient and transgenic mice indicated that Tcf1 guides NK cells through three stages of development. Tcf1 expression directed bone marrow progenitors toward the NK cell lineage and ensured the survival of NK-committed cells, and its downregulation was needed for terminal maturation. Impaired survival of NK-committed cells was due to excessive expression of granzyme B (GzmB) and other granzyme family members, which induced NK cell self-destruction during maturation and following activation with cytokines or target cells...
July 18, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723557/crystal-structure-of-the-human-ribosome-in-complex-with-denr-mct-1
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Ivan B Lomakin, Elena A Stolboushkina, Anand T Vaidya, Chenguang Zhao, Maria B Garber, Sergey E Dmitriev, Thomas A Steitz
The repertoire of the density-regulated protein (DENR) and the malignant T cell-amplified sequence 1 (MCT-1/MCTS1) oncoprotein was recently expanded to include translational control of a specific set of cancer-related mRNAs. DENR and MCT-1 form the heterodimer, which binds to the ribosome and operates at both translation initiation and reinitiation steps, though by a mechanism that is yet unclear. Here, we determined the crystal structure of the human small ribosomal subunit in complex with DENR-MCT-1. The structure reveals the location of the DENR-MCT-1 dimer bound to the small ribosomal subunit...
July 18, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723550/induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-primitive-macrophages-provide-a-platform-for-modeling-tissue-resident-macrophage-differentiation-and-function
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Kazuyuki Takata, Tatsuya Kozaki, Christopher Zhe Wei Lee, Morgane Sonia Thion, Masayuki Otsuka, Shawn Lim, Kagistia Hana Utami, Kerem Fidan, Dong Shin Park, Benoit Malleret, Svetoslav Chakarov, Peter See, Donovan Low, Gillian Low, Marta Garcia-Miralles, Ruizhu Zeng, Jinqiu Zhang, Chi Ching Goh, Ahmet Gul, Sandra Hubert, Bernett Lee, Jinmiao Chen, Ivy Low, Nurhidaya Binte Shadan, Josephine Lum, Tay Seok Wei, Esther Mok, Shohei Kawanishi, Yoshihisa Kitamura, Anis Larbi, Michael Poidinger, Laurent Renia, Lai Guan Ng, Yochai Wolf, Steffen Jung, Tamer Önder, Evan Newell, Tara Huber, Eishi Ashihara, Sonia Garel, Mahmoud A Pouladi, Florent Ginhoux
Tissue macrophages arise during embryogenesis from yolk-sac (YS) progenitors that give rise to primitive YS macrophages. Until recently, it has been impossible to isolate or derive sufficient numbers of YS-derived macrophages for further study, but data now suggest that induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) can be driven to undergo a process reminiscent of YS-hematopoiesis in vitro. We asked whether iPSC-derived primitive macrophages (iMacs) can terminally differentiate into specialized macrophages with the help of growth factors and organ-specific cues...
July 18, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723544/upgrading-from-imac-to-imicro
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Alma N Mohebiany, Ari Waisman
In this issue of Immunity, Takata et al. (2017) describe a novel method to differentiate macrophages from iPSCs. These cells, which they call iMacs, are similar to yolk-sac-derived macrophages and are capable of undergoing terminal differentiation into tissue-resident-like macrophages in vitro and in vivo.
July 18, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723420/plant-and-yeast-cornichon-possess-a-conserved-acidic-motif-required-for-correct-targeting-of-plasma-membrane-cargos
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Paul Rosas-Santiago, Daniel Lagunas-Gomez, Carolina Yáñez-Domínguez, Rosario Vera-Estrella, Olga Zimmermannova, Hana Sychrová, Omar Pantoja
The export of membrane proteins along the secretory pathway is initiated at the endoplasmic reticulum after proteins are folded and packaged inside this organelle by their recruiting into the coat complex COPII vesicles. It is proposed that cargo receptors are required for the correct transport of proteins to its target membrane, however, little is known about ER export signals for cargo receptors. Erv14/Cornichon belong to a well conserved protein family in Eukaryotes, and have been proposed to function as cargo receptors for many transmembrane proteins...
July 16, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723412/identification-of-a-viroid-like-rna-in-a-lychee-transcriptome-shotgun-assembly
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Jihong Jiang, Zhixiang Zhang, Bing Hu, Guibing Hu, Hongqing Wang, Chantal Faure, Armelle Marais, Thierry Candresse, Shifang Li
In the course of a systematic screen of plant transcriptomic data, the sequence of a novel viroid-like RNA was identified in four contigs in a recent Transcriptome Shotgun Assembly (TSA) from lychee in China. Portions of this sequence are closely related to the central conserved region (CCR) and terminal conserved region (TCR) present in members of the genus Apscaviroid, sequences that are important criteria for viroid classification. RT-PCR with two divergent adjacent primers amplified the full 304 nucleotide sequence of this viroid-like RNA which can be folded into the rod-like secondary structure that is a typical feature of viroids in the family Pospiviroidae...
July 16, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723299/support-for-disease-only-genotypes-and-excess-of-homozygosity-at-the-cyth4-primate-specific-gttt-repeat-in-schizophrenia
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Ehteram Khademi, Elham Alehabib, Ehsan Esmaili Shandiz, Azadeh Ahmadifard, Monavvar Andarva, Javad Jamshidi, Simin Rahimi-Aliabadi, Ramin Pouriran, Farhad Ramezani Nejad, Nader Mansoori, Neda Shahmohammadibeni, Shaghyegh Taghavi, Parasto Shokraeian, Haleh Akhavan-Niaki, Coro Paisán-Ruiz, Hossein Darvish, Mina Ohadi
OBJECTIVE: The role of short tandem repeats (STRs) in the control of gene expression among species is being increasingly understood following the identification of several instances in which certain STRs occur identically, or expand differentially, in primates versus nonprimates. These STRs may regulate genes that participate in characteristics that have diverged primates from other species (e.g., brain higher order functions). The CYTH4 gene contains the longest tetranucleotide STR in its core promoter, at 7-repeats, and links to the evolution of human and nonhuman primates...
July 19, 2017: Genetic Testing and Molecular Biomarkers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723223/free-energy-of-binding-and-mechanism-of-interaction-for-the-meevd-tpr2a-peptide-protein-complex
#14
Mauro Lapelosa
The association between the MEEVD C-terminal peptide from the heat shock protein 90 (Hsp90) and tetratricopeptide repeat A (TPR2A) domain of the heat shock organizing protein (Hop) is a useful prototype to study the fundamental molecular details about the Hop-Hsp90 interaction. We study here the mechanism of binding/unbinding, and compute the standard binding free energy and potential of mean force for the association of the MEEVD peptide to the TPR2A domain using the Adaptive Biasing Force (ABF) methodology...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723140/rapid-and-label-free-detection-of-interferon-gamma-via-an-electrochemical-aptasensor-comprising-a-ternary-surface-monolayer-on-a-gold-interdigitated-electrode-array
#15
Shaowei Ding, Curtis Mosher, Xian Y Lee, Suprem R Das, Allison A Cargill, Xiaohui Tang, Bolin Chen, Eric S McLamore, Carmen Gomes, Jesse M Hostetter, Jonathan C Claussen
A label-free electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) aptasensor for rapid detection (<35 min) of interferon-gamma (IFN-γ) was fabricated by immobilizing a RNA aptamer capture probe (ACP), selective to IFN-γ, on a gold interdigitated electrode array (Au IDE). The ACP was modified with a thiol group at the 5' terminal end and subsequently co-immobilized with 1,6-hexanedithiol (HDT) and 6-mercapto-1-hexanolphosphate (MCH) to the gold surface through thiol-gold interactions. This ACP/HDT-MCH ternary surface monolayer facilitates efficient hybridization with IFN-γ and displays high resistance to nonspecific adsorption of nontarget proteins [i...
February 24, 2017: ACS Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723074/paper-based-bimodal-sensor-for-electronic-skin-applications
#16
Minhyun Jung, Kyungkwan Kim, Bumjin Kim, Haena Cheong, Kwanwoo Shin, Oh-Sun Kwon, Jong-Jin Park, Sanghun Jeon
We present the development of a flexible bimodal sensor using a paper platform and ink-jet printing method, which are suited for low-cost fabrication processes and realization of flexible devices. In this study, we employed a vertically stacked bimodal device architecture in which a temperature sensor is stacked on top of a pressure sensor and operated on different principles, allowing the minimization of interference effects. For the temperature sensor placed in the top layer, we used the thermoelectric effect and formed a closed-loop thermocouple composed of two different printable inks: conductive PEDOT:PSS and silver nanoparticles on a flexible paper platform, and obtained temperature-sensing capability over a wide range (150 ℃)...
July 19, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722545/trna-engineering-for-manipulating-genetic-code
#17
Takayuki Katoh, Yoshihiko Iwane, Hiroaki Suga
In ribosomal translation, only 20 kinds of proteinogenic amino acids (pAAs), namely 19 l-amino acids and glycine, are exclusively incorporated into polypeptide chain. To overcome this limitation, various methods to introduce non-proteinogenic amino acids (npAAs) other than the 20 pAAs have been developed to date. However, the repertoire of amino acids that can be simultaneously introduced is still limited. Moreover, the efficiency of npAA incorporation is not always sufficient depending on their structures...
July 19, 2017: RNA Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722456/-hirsutism-etiopathogenesis-diagnostics-and-treatment
#18
Jiří Ettler
Hirsutism is defined as excessive terminal hair growth in distribution typical for postpubertal men. It affects approximately 5-10 % of women and most frequently manifests in puberty. Significant cosmetic stigmatization is the usual complaint that brings patient to the doctor and it is crucial to always rule out any primary underlying disease causing hirsutism - benign or malignant. In this review etiopathogenesis, diagnostic procedures and treatment options are discussed.
2017: Casopís Lékar̆ů C̆eských
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722455/-hidradenitis-suppurativa-symptoms-diagnostics-and-therapy
#19
Monika Arenbergerová, Robert Artur Dahmen, Petr Arenberger
Hidradenitis suppurativa is a chronic skin disorder characterized by recurrent inflammatory nodules, fistulas, abscesses, and scarring mainly in the intertriginous areas with terminal hair and apocrine glands. Hidradenitis suppurativa manifests usually after puberty, in the third life decade and persists for many years. The prevalence of the disease is estimated to be 0,5 % in the Czech Republic. Women are most often affected in the axillary and inguinal parts, while men in the perianal and gluteal areas. The exact pathogenesis is still unknown...
2017: Casopís Lékar̆ů C̆eských
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722411/pathways-in-the-degradation-of-geminal-diazides
#20
Kristina Holzschneider, Andreas P Häring, Alexander Haack, Daniel J Corey, Thorsten Benter, Stefan F Kirsch
The degradation of geminal diazides is described. We show that diazido acetates are converted into tetrazoles through the treatment with bases. The reaction of dichloro ketones with azide anions provides acyl azides, through in situ formation of diazido ketones. We present experimental and theoretical evidence that both fragmentations may involve the generation of acyl cyanide intermediates. The controlled degradation of terminal alkynes into amides (by loss of one carbon) or ureas (by loss of two carbons) is also shown...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Organic Chemistry
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