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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528494/carotenoid-to-bacteriochlorophyll-energy-transfer-in-the-rc-lh1-pufx-complex-from-rhodobacter-sphaeroides-containing-the-extended-conjugation-keto-carotenoid-diketospirilloxanthin
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Václav Šlouf, Gürkan Keşan, Radek Litvín, David J K Swainsbury, Elizabeth C Martin, C Neil Hunter, Tomáš Polívka
RC-LH1-PufX complexes from a genetically modified strain of Rhodobacter sphaeroides that accumulates carotenoids with very long conjugation were studied by ultrafast transient absorption spectroscopy. The complexes predominantly bind the carotenoid diketospirilloxanthin, constituting about 75% of the total carotenoids, which has 13 conjugated C=C bonds, and the conjugation is further extended to two terminal keto groups. Excitation of diketospirilloxanthin in the RC-LH1-PufX complex demonstrates fully functional energy transfer from diketospirilloxanthin to BChl a in the LH1 antenna...
May 20, 2017: Photosynthesis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528401/cardiovascular-disease-biomarkers-are-associated-with-declining-renal-function-in-type-2-diabetes
#2
Sara J Jenks, Bryan R Conway, Stela McLachlan, Wei Leng Teoh, Rachel M Williamson, David J Webb, Paul Welsh, Naveed Sattar, Mark W J Strachan, Jackie F Price
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: We investigated whether biochemical cardiovascular risk factors and/or markers of subclinical cardiovascular disease were associated with the development of reduced renal function in people with type 2 diabetes. METHODS: A cohort of 1066 Scottish men and women aged 60-74 years with type 2 diabetes from the Edinburgh Type 2 Diabetes Study were followed up for a median of 6.7 years. New-onset reduced renal function was defined as two eGFRs <60 ml(-1) min(-1) (1...
May 20, 2017: Diabetologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528375/hypothalamic-signaling-in-body-fluid-homeostasis-and-hypertension
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REVIEW
Brian J Kinsman, Haley N Nation, Sean D Stocker
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The central nervous system plays a pivotal role in the regulation of extracellular fluid volume and consequently arterial blood pressure. Key hypothalamic regions sense and integrate neurohumoral signals to subsequently alter intake (thirst and salt appetite) and output (renal excretion via neuroendocrine and autonomic function). Here, we review recent findings that provide new insight into such mechanisms that may represent new therapeutic targets. RECENT FINDINGS: Implementation of cutting edge neuroscience approaches such as opto- and chemogenetics highlight pivotal roles of circumventricular organs to impact body fluid homeostasis...
June 2017: Current Hypertension Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528273/addition-of-thiols-to-the-double-bond-of-dipeptide-c-terminal-dehydroalanine-as-a-source-of-new-inhibitors-of-cathepsin-c
#4
Paweł Lenartowicz, Maciej Makowski, Bartosz Oszywa, Kinga Haremza, Rafał Latajka, Małgorzata Pawełczak, Paweł Kafarski
Addition of thiols to double bond of glycyl-dehydroalanine and phenyl-dehydroalanine esters provided micromolar inhibitors of cathepsin C. The structure-activity studies indicated that dipeptides containing N-terminal phenylalanine exhibit higher affinity towards the enzyme. A series of C-terminal S-substituted cysteines are responsible for varying interaction with S1 binding pocket of cathepsin C. Depending on diastereomer these compounds most likely act as slowly reacting substrates or competitive inhibitors...
May 17, 2017: Biochimie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528135/presymptomatically-applied-ampa-receptor-antagonist-prevents-calcium-increase-in-vulnerable-type-of-motor-axon-terminals-of-mice-modeling-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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Roland Patai, Melinda Paizs, Massimo Tortarolo, Caterina Bendotti, Izabella Obál, József I Engelhardt, László Siklós
Increased intracellular calcium (Ca), which might be the consequence of an excess influx through Ca-permeable α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid (AMPA) receptors, plays a crucial role in degeneration of motor neurons. Previously we demonstrated that the presymptomatic application of AMPA receptor antagonist, talampanel, could reduce Ca elevation in spinal motor neurons of mice carrying the G93A mutation of superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1), modeling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). It remained to be examined whether the remote, functionally semi-autonomous motor axon terminals could be rescued from the Ca overload, or if the terminals, where the degeneration possibly starts, already experience intractable changes at early time points...
May 17, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527999/nanocellulose-collagen-apatite-composite-associated-with-osteogenic-growth-peptide-bone-regeneration
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Sybele Saska, Lucas Novaes Teixeira, Larissa Moreira Spinola de Castro Raucci, Raquel Mantuaneli Scarel-Caminaga, Leonardo Pereira Franchi, Raquel Alves Dos Santos, Silvia Helena Santagneli, Marisa Veiga Capela, Paulo Tambasco de Oliveira, Catarina Satie Takahashi, Ana Maria Minarelli Gaspar, Younès Messaddeq, Sidney José Lima Ribeiro, Reinaldo Marchetto
Despite advances in the field of biomaterials for bone repair/regeneration, some challenges for developing an ideal bone substitute need to be overcome. Herein, this study synthesized and evaluated in vitro a nanocomposite based on bacterial cellulose (BC), collagen (COL), apatite (Ap) and osteogenic growth peptide (OGP) or its C-terminal pentapeptide [OGP(10-14)] for bone regeneration purposes. The BC-COL nanocomposites were successfully obtained by carbodiimide-mediated coupling as demonstrated by spectroscopy analysis...
May 17, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527849/role-of-piezo-channels-in-ultrasound-stimulated-dental-stem-cells
#7
Qianhua Gao, Paul R Cooper, A Damien Walmsley, Ben A Scheven
INTRODUCTION: Piezo1 and Piezo2 are mechanosensitive membrane ion channels. We hypothesized that Piezo proteins may play a role in transducing ultrasound-associated mechanical signals and activate downstream mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) signaling processes in dental cells. In this study, the expression and role of Piezo channels were investigated in dental pulp stem cells (DPSCs) and periodontal ligament stem cells (PDLSCs) after treatment with low-intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS)...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Endodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527829/graphene-oxide-nanosheets-and-d-%C3%AE-tocopheryl-polyethylene-glycol-1000-succinate-tpgs-doping-improves-biocompatibility-and-ultrafiltration-in-polyethersulfone-hollow-fiber-membranes
#8
Akshay Modi, Surendra Kumar Verma, Jayesh Bellare
Novel graphene oxide (G)-and d-α-Tocopheryl polyethylene glycol 1000 succinate (T)-doped polyethersulfone (P) hollow fiber membranes (GTP HFMs) were efficiently prepared. GTP HFMs were found to be a desirable biocompatible substrate for attachment and proliferation of human embryonic kidney-293 (HEK-293) cells. Significantly high porosity (94.58±1.1%), low contact angle (61.1±2.5°), low hemolysis (0.58% in batch mode and 0.64% in continuous mode), low terminal complement complex activation (SC5b-9 marker level ∼6...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527698/non-diaphanous-formin-delphilin-acts-as-a-barbed-end-capping-protein
#9
Priyanka Dutta, Swagata Das, Sankar Maiti
Formins are multi domain protein present ubiquitously in all eukaryotes from lower fungi to higher vertebrates. Formins are characterized by the presence of formin homology domain-2 (FH2) and formin homology domain-1 (FH1). There are fifteen different formins present in mouse and human. Among these metazoan formins Delphilin is a unique formin having two PDZ domains at the N-terminal and FH1, FH2 domain at the C-terminus respectively. In this study we observed that Delphilin binds to actin filaments, and Delphilin inhibits actin filament elongation like barbed end capping protein CapZ...
May 17, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527483/single-fetal-death-in-monochorionic-twin-pregnancy-co-twin-prognosis-and-neonatal-outcome
#10
Emídio Vale-Fernandes, Joana Dias, Belandina Gil, Alexandra Cadilhe
The incidence of single fetal death in twin pregnancy varies from 0.5% - 6.8%, leaving the surviving fetus with increased morbi-mortality. The prognosis is worse in monochorionic pregnancies. In addressing these cases it should be noted referral to tertiary center with differentiated perinatal support, induction of fetal lung maturation and termination of pregnancy if there's loss of fetal well-being or possibility of maternal complications and suspected neurological sequelae in the surviving fetus. The risk of iatrogenic prematurity should always be weighed with the possible consequences arising from the fetus staying in a hostile uterine environment...
February 27, 2017: Acta Médica Portuguesa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527467/gas-phase-anion-photoelectron-spectroscopy-and-theoretical-investigation-of-gold-acetylide-species
#11
Peng Wang, Wenjing Zhang, Xi-Ling Xu, Jinyun Yuan, Hong-Guang Xu, Weijun Zheng
We conducted gas phase anion photoelectron spectroscopy and density functional theory studies on a number of gold acetylide species, such as AuC2H, AuC2Au, and Au2C2H. Based on the photoelectron spectra, the electron affinities of AuC2H, AuC2Au, and Au2C2H are measured to be 1.54(±0.04), 1.60(±0.08), and 4.23(±0.08) eV, respectively. The highest occupied molecular orbital-lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (HOMO-LUMO) gaps of AuC2H and AuC2Au are measured to be about 2.62 and 2.48 eV, respectively. It is interesting that photoelectron spectra of AuC2H(-) and AuC2Au(-) display similar spectral features...
May 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527421/a-phase-iii-randomized-multi-center-double-blind-placebo-controlled-study-of-safety-and-efficacy-of-lofexidine-for-relief-of-symptoms-in-individuals-undergoing-inpatient-opioid-withdrawal
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Charles W Gorodetzky, Sharon L Walsh, Peter R Martin, Andrew J Saxon, Kristen L Gullo, Kousick Biswas
BACKGROUND: Lofexidine is an alpha-2-adrenergic receptor agonist approved in the United Kingdom (UK) for the treatment of opioid withdrawal symptoms. Lofexidine has demonstrated better efficacy than placebo for reducing opioid withdrawal symptoms in patients undergoing opioid withdrawal with less reported hypotension than clonidine. METHODS: Designed as an FDA registration trial, this 8-day, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group study in 264 patients dependent on short-acting opioids evaluated the efficacy of lofexidine hydrochloride in reducing withdrawal symptoms in patients undergoing opioid withdrawal...
May 10, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527349/maternal-and-perinatal-outcomes-in-pregnancy-associated-melanoma-report-of-two-cases-and-a-systematic-literature-review
#13
Elsa Mendizábal, Juan De León-Luis, Natalia R Gómez-Hidalgo, Laura Joigneau, Pilar Pintado, Patricia Rincón, Virginia Ortega, Santiago Lizarraga
OBJETIVES: Melanoma is one of the most frequent malignancies during gestation. However, oncological and perinatal management is still challenging. Our first objective is to describe the cases of pregnancy-associated melanoma (PAM) diagnosed in our centre between January-2004 and May-2015. Secondly, to perform a systematic review of the published articles analysing the maternal-perinatal outcomes of patients diagnosed with PAM. DESIGN, POPULATION AND METHODS: Obstetrical, oncological and perinatal variables were recorded in the case series...
April 21, 2017: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527237/the-n-terminus-of-the-prion-protein-is-a-toxic-effector-regulated-by-the-c-terminus
#14
Bei Wu, Alex McDonald, Markham Kathleen, Celeste B Rich, Kyle P Mchugh, Jörg Tatzelt, Colby David, Glenn L Millhauser, David Harris
PrP(C), the cellular isoform of the prion protein, serves to transduce the neurotoxic effects of PrP(Sc), the infectious isoform, but how this occurs is mysterious. Here, using a combination of electrophysiological, cellular, and biophysical techniques, we show that the flexible, N-terminal domain of PrP(C) functions as a powerful toxicity-transducing effector whose activity is tightly regulated in cis by the globular C-terminal domain. Ligands binding to the N-terminal domain abolish the spontaneous ionic currents associated with neurotoxic mutants of PrP, and the isolated N-terminal domain induces currents when expressed in the absence of the C-terminal domain...
May 20, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527222/functional-characterization-of-c-terminal-ryanodine-receptor-1-variants-associated-with-central-core-disease-or-malignant-hyperthermia
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Remai Parker, Anja H Schiemann, Elaine Langton, Terasa Bulger, Neil Pollock, Andrew Bjorksten, Robyn Gillies, David Hutchinson, Richard Roxburgh, Kathryn M Stowell
BACKGROUND: Central core disease and malignant hyperthermia are human disorders of skeletal muscle resulting from aberrant Ca2+ handling. Most malignant hyperthermia and central core disease cases are associated with amino acid changes in the type 1 ryanodine receptor (RyR1), the skeletal muscle Ca2+-release channel. Malignant hyperthermia exhibits a gain-of-function phenotype, and central core disease results from loss of channel function. For a variant to be classified as pathogenic, functional studies must demonstrate a correlation with the pathophysiology of malignant hyperthermia or central core disease...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527054/understanding-migraine-as-a-cycling-brain-syndrome-reviewing-the-evidence-from-functional-imaging
#16
Arne May
Due to the clinical picture and also based on early imaging data (Weiller et al. Nat Med 1:658-660, 1995), the brainstem and midbrain structures have been intensely discussed as possible driving or generating structures in migraine. The fact that the brainstem activation persisted after treatment makes it unlikely that this activation was only due to increased activity of the endogenous anti-nociceptive system. It was consequently (and somewhat simplifying) coined the "migraine generator". Since then several studies have focussed on this region when investigating episodic, but also chronic migraine...
May 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527021/comorbidity-prevalence-and-treatment-outcome-in-children-and-adolescents-with-adhd
#17
Laura Reale, Beatrice Bartoli, Massimo Cartabia, Michele Zanetti, Maria Antonella Costantino, Maria Paola Canevini, Cristiano Termine, Maurizio Bonati
Although ADHD comorbidity has been widely studied, some issues remain unsolved. This multicenter observational study aims to examine comorbid psychiatric disorders in a clinical sample of newly diagnosed, treatment naïve children and adolescents with and without ADHD and, to compare treatment efficacy based on the type of comorbidity. We performed an analysis of the medical records of patients identified from the Regional ADHD Registry database, enrolled in 18 ADHD centers in the 2011-2016 period. 1919 of 2861 subjects evaluated (67%) met the diagnostic criteria for ADHD: 650 (34%) had only ADHD, while 1269 (66%) had at least one comorbid psychiatric disorder (learning disorders, 56%; sleep disorders, 23%; oppositional defiant disorder, 20%; anxiety disorders, 12%)...
May 19, 2017: European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526886/fk866-attenuates-acute-hepatic-failure-through-c-jun-n-terminal-kinase-jnk-dependent-autophagy
#18
Enshuang Guo, Renlong Li, Jiankun Yang, Jun Zhang, Anyi Li, Yan Yang, Shenpei Liu, Anding Liu, Xiaojing Jiang
FK866 exhibits a protective effect on D-galactosamine (GaIN)/lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and concanavalin A (ConA)-induced acute liver failure (ALF), but the mechanism by which FK866 affords this benefit has not yet been elucidated. Autophagy has a protective effect on acute liver injury. However, the contribution of autophagy to FK866-conferred hepatoprotection is still unclear. This study aimed to investigate whether FK866 could attenuate GaIN/LPS and ConA-induced ALF through c-jun-N-terminal kinase (JNK)-dependent autophagy...
May 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526879/musashi-1-promotes-a-cancer-stem-cell-lineage-and-chemoresistance-in-colorectal-cancer-cells
#19
Guang-Yuh Chiou, Tzu-Wei Yang, Chi-Chou Huang, Chia-Ying Tang, Jung-Yi Yen, Ming-Chang Tsai, Hsuan-Yi Chen, Nurul Fadhilah, Chun-Che Lin, Yuh-Jyh Jong
Colorectal cancers (CRCs) are a critical health issue worldwide. Cancer stem cell (CSC) lineages are associated with tumour transformation, progression, and malignant transformation. However, how lineages are transformed and how chemoresistance is acquired by CRCs remain largely unknown. In this report, we demonstrated that the RNA-binding protein Musashi-1 enhanced the development of CD44(+) colorectal CSCs and triggered the formation of anti-apoptotic stress granules (SGs). Our results indicated that CD44(+) CSC lineage-specific induction of tumour malignancies was controlled by Musashi-1...
May 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526768/direct-comparison-of-the-enzymatic-characteristics-and-superoxide-production-of-the-four-aldehyde-oxidase-enzymes-present-in-mouse
#20
Gokhan Kucukgoze, Mineko Terao, Enrico Garattini, Silke Leimkuhler
Aldehyde oxidases (AOXs) are molybdoflavoenzymes with an important role in the metabolism and detoxification of heterocyclic compounds and aliphatic as well as aromatic aldehydes. The enzymes use oxygen as the terminal electron acceptor and produce reduced oxygen species during turnover. Four different enzymes, mAOX1, mAOX3, mAOX4 and mAOX2, which are the products of distinct genes, are present in the mouse. A direct and simultaneous comparison of the enzymatic properties and characteristics of the four enzymes has never been performed...
May 19, 2017: Drug Metabolism and Disposition: the Biological Fate of Chemicals
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