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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151266/crystal-structure-and-catalytic-characterization-of-the-dehydrogenase-reductase-sdr-family-member-4-dhrs4-from-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Michael Kisiela, Annette Faust, Bettina Ebert, Edmund Maser, Axel J Scheidig
The human dehydrogenase/reductase SDR family member 4 (DHRS4) is a tetrameric protein that is involved in the metabolism of several aromatic carbonyl compounds, steroids and bile acids. The only invertebrate DHRS4 that has been characterized to date is that from the model organism Caenorhabditis elegans. We have previously cloned and initially characterized this protein that was recently annotated as DHRS4_CAEEL in the UniProtKB database. Crystallization and X-ray diffraction studies of the full-length DHRS4_CAEEL protein in complex with diacetyl revealed its tetrameric structure and showed that two subunits are connected via an intermolecular disulfide bridge that is formed by N-terminal cysteine residues (Cys5) of each protein chain, which increases the enzymatic activity...
November 19, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151238/predictability-of-hypoadrenalism-occurrence-and-duration-after-adrenalectomy-for-acth-independent-hypercortisolism
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V Morelli, L Minelli, C Eller-Vainicher, S Palmieri, E Cairoli, A Spada, M Arosio, I Chiodini
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate if the parameters of hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis activity could predict the occurrence and duration of post-surgical hypocortisolism (PSH) in patients with Cushing's syndrome (CS) and with adrenal incidentaloma (AI). METHODS: We studied 80 patients (54 females, age 53.3 ± 11 years), who underwent adrenalectomy for CS (17 patients) or for AI (53 patients). Before surgery, we measured adrenocorticotroph hormone (ACTH), urinary free cortisol (UFC) and serum cortisol after 1 mg dexamethasone suppression test (1 mg-DST) levels...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Endocrinological Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151223/correction-to-pain-psychological-comorbidities-disability-and-impaired-quality-of-life-in-hidradenitis-suppurativa
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Zarine S Patel, Lauren K Hoffman, Dawn C Buse, Amy S Grinberg, Ladan Afifi, Steven R Cohen, Michelle A Lowes, Elizabeth K Seng
The original version of this article contains an error in the spelling of the title. The title should read: Pain, Psychological Comorbidities, Disability, and Impaired Quality of Life in Hidradenitis Suppurativa.
November 18, 2017: Current Pain and Headache Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151210/determination-of-protein-ps-ns-motions-by-high-resolution-relaxometry
#4
Samuel F Cousin, Pavel Kadeřávek, Nicolas Bolik-Coulon, Fabien Ferrage
Many of the functions of biomacromolecules can be rationalized by the characterization of their conformational energy landscapes: the structures of the dominant states, transitions between states and motions within states. Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy is the technique of choice to study internal motions in proteins. The determination of motions on picosecond to nanosecond timescales requires the measurement of nuclear spin relaxation rates at multiple magnetic fields. High sensitivity and resolution are obtained only at high magnetic fields, so that, until recently, site-specific relaxation rates in biomolecules were only measured over a narrow range of high magnetic fields...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151208/strategies-for-efficient-sample-preparation-for-dynamic-nuclear-polarization-solid-state-nmr-of-biological-macromolecules
#5
Boris Itin, Ivan V Sergeyev
Solid-state NMR (SSNMR) is a powerful tool for the elucidation of structure and dynamics in biological macromolecules. Over the years, SSNMR spectroscopists have developed an array of techniques enabling the measurement of internuclear correlations, distances, and torsional angles; these have been applied to the study of a number of biological systems that are difficult to study by X-ray crystallography and solution NMR, including key biological targets such as membrane proteins and amyloid fibrils. Applications of SSNMR to other topic areas, including materials science, pharmaceuticals, and small molecules, have also flourished in recent years...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151204/afterglow-solid-state-nmr-spectroscopy
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Gili Abramov, Nathaniel J Traaseth
Biomolecular solid-state NMR experiments have traditionally been collected through detection of (13)C or (15)N nuclei. Since these nuclei have relatively low sensitivity stemming from their smaller gyromagnetic ratios relative to (1)H, the time required to collect multi-dimensional datasets serves as a limitation to resonance assignment and structure determination. One improvement in the field has been to employ simultaneous or parallel acquisition techniques with the goal of acquiring more than one dataset at a time and therefore speeding up the overall data collection process...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151202/nmr-of-macromolecular-assemblies-and-machines-at-1-ghz-and-beyond-new-transformative-opportunities-for-molecular-structural-biology
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Caitlin M Quinn, Mingzhang Wang, Tatyana Polenova
As a result of profound gains in sensitivity and resolution afforded by ultrahigh magnetic fields, transformative applications in the fields of structural biology and materials science are being realized. The development of dual low temperature superconducting (LTS)/high-temperature superconducting (HTS) magnets has enabled the achievement of magnetic fields above 1 GHz (23.5 T), which will open doors to an unprecedented new range of applications. In this contribution, we discuss the promise of ultrahigh field magnetic resonance...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151199/loneliness-in-older-adults-living-with-hiv
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Meredith Greene, Nancy A Hessol, Carla Perissinotto, Roland Zepf, Amanda Hutton Parrott, Cameron Foreman, Robert Whirry, Monica Gandhi, Malcolm John
We conducted a cross-sectional study among HIV-positive adults age ≥ 50 in San Francisco to evaluate the frequency of loneliness, characteristics of those who reported loneliness, and the association of loneliness with functional impairment and health-related quality of life (HRQoL). Participants (N = 356) were predominately male (85%); 57% were white; median age was 56. 58% reported any loneliness symptoms with 24% reporting mild, 22% moderate and 12% severe loneliness. Lonely participants were more likely to report depression, alcohol and tobacco use, and have fewer relationships...
November 18, 2017: AIDS and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151195/risk-factors-in-preschool-children-for-predicting-asthma-during-the-preschool-age-and-the-early-school-age-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Yixia Bao, Zhimin Chen, Enmei Liu, Li Xiang, Deyu Zhao, Jianguo Hong
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The aim of this study was to identify risk factors of asthma among children < 6 years old (preschool age) for predicting asthma during the preschool age and early school age (≤ 10 years of age). METHOD OF THE STUDY: MEDLINE, Cochrane, EMBASE, and Google Scholar databases were searched until June 30, 2017. Prospective or retrospective cohort and case-control studies were included. Studies had to have evaluated risk factors or a predictive model for developing asthma in children ≤ 6 years of age or persistent asthma in early school age...
November 18, 2017: Current Allergy and Asthma Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151191/silica-nanoparticle-exposure-inducing-granulosa-cell-apoptosis-and-follicular-atresia-in-female-balb-c-mice
#10
Jianhui Liu, Man Yang, Li Jing, Lihua Ren, Jialiu Wei, Jin Zhang, Feng Zhang, Junchao Duan, Xianqing Zhou, Zhiwei Sun
Given that the effects of ultrafine fractions (< 0.1 μm) on reproductive diseases are gaining attention, this study aimed to explore the influence of silica nanoparticle (SiNP)-induced female reproductive dysfunction. In this study, 80 female mice were randomly divided into four groups including a control group and three concentrations of SiNP groups (7, 21, 35 mg/kg). Mice were exposed to the vehicle control and silica nanoparticles by tracheal perfusion every 3 days a total of five times in 15 days...
November 19, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151187/spatial-distributions-of-hexachlorobutadiene-in-agricultural-soils-from-the-yangtze-river-delta-region-of-china
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Jianteng Sun, Lili Pan, Yu Zhan, Lizhong Zhu
Hexachlorobutadiene (HCBD) is one of the persistent organic pollutants (POPs) listed by the Stockholm Convention and poses potential risks to human health and ecosystems. To reveal the regional-scale pollution status of HCBD in agricultural soils from fast-developing areas, an extensive investigation was conducted in the core Yangtze River Delta (YRD), China. The detectable concentrations of HCBD in 241 soil samples ranged from 0.07 to 8.47 ng g(-1) dry weight, with an average value of 0.32 ng g(-1) and a detection rate of 59...
November 18, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151186/biochar-effects-on-uptake-of-cadmium-and-lead-by-wheat-in-relation-to-annual-precipitation-a-3-year-field-study
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Fengfeng Sui, Jing Zuo, De Chen, Lianqing Li, Genxing Pan, David E Crowley
Biochar has been widely studied for its ability to reduce plant uptake of heavy metals by lowering metal bioavailabilities through adsorption and pH-driven fixation reactions. However, the long-term effect of biochar on heavy metal bioavailabilities in alkaline soils under natural redox condition is rarely studied. Here, we report a study examining the effects of biochar on bioavailability and partitioning of cadmium (Cd) and lead (Pb) among different soil fractions over 3 years in a field study with wheat (Triticum aestivum L...
November 18, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151184/analysis-of-an-optimal-public-transport-structure-under-a-carbon-emission-constraint-a-case-study-in-shanghai-china
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Linling Zhang, Ruyin Long, Hong Chen, Tong Yang
Along with the rapid development of the transportation industry, the problems of the energy crisis and transport emissions have become increasingly serious. The success of traffic emission reduction is related to the realization of global low-carbon goals. Placing priority on public transport is the internationally recognized traffic development model. This paper takes Shanghai, China, as an example to examine the optimal public transport structure. Five factors were selected from personal and public perspectives, including travel costs, crowding degree, occupied area, traffic emissions, and operating subsidies...
November 18, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151180/from-bench-to-the-hemodialysis-clinic-protein-bound-uremic-toxins-modulate-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-nrf2-expression
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Milena B Stockler-Pinto, Christophe O Soulage, Natália A Borges, Ludmila F M F Cardozo, Carla J Dolenga, Lia S Nakao, Roberto Pecoits-Filho, Denis Fouque, Denise Mafra
PURPOSE: Uremic toxins produced by gut microbiota (indoxyl sulfate-IS, p-cresyl sulfate-p-CS, and indole-3-acetic acid-IAA) accumulate in hemodialysis (HD) patients and exhibit potent inflammatory effects. However, the impact of these toxins on nuclear E2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) and nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-κB) expression in HD patients remains poorly defined. The aim of this study was to evaluate the association between uremic toxins and Nrf2/NF-κB expression in vitro (RAW 264.7 macrophage-like cells) and in peripheral blood mononuclear cells from HD patients...
November 18, 2017: International Urology and Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151173/the-relationship-between-childhood-trauma-and-alcohol-use-initiation-in-black-and-white-adolescent-girls-considering-socioeconomic-status-and-neighborhood-factors
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Carolyn E Sartor, Rachel L Bachrach, Stephanie D Stepp, Kimberly B Werner, Alison E Hipwell, Tammy Chung
PURPOSE: To assess whether the higher prevalence of childhood trauma exposure but lower prevalence of alcohol use in Black vs. White adolescent girls reflects a lower magnitude of association between trauma and alcohol use initiation in Black girls; and additionally, whether low socioeconomic status (SES) and neighborhood factors account in part for the link between trauma and early alcohol use. METHODS: Data were drawn from annual interviews conducted with an urban sample of girls and their primary caregivers from ages 5-8 (baseline) through age 17 (n = 2068, 57...
November 18, 2017: Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151159/enhanced-catalytic-efficiency-and-enantioselectivity-of-epoxide-hydrolase-from-agrobacterium-radiobacter-ad1-by-iterative-saturation-mutagenesis-for-r-epichlorohydrin-synthesis
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Shu-Ping Zou, Yu-Guo Zheng, Qun Wu, Zhi-Cai Wang, Ya-Ping Xue, Zhi-Qiang Liu
Enantioselective hydrolysis of epoxides by epoxide hydrolase (EH) is one of the most attractive approaches for the synthesis of chiral epoxides. So far, attempts to develop an efficient epoxide hydrolase -mediated biotransformation have been limited by either the low activity or insufficient enantioselectivity of epoxide hydrolase. In this study, iterative saturation mutagenesis (ISM) of epoxide hydrolase from Agrobacterium radiobacter AD1 (ArEH) was performed for efficient production of (R)-epichlorohydrin...
November 18, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151156/deep-rnaseq-indicates-protective-mechanisms-of-cold-tolerant-indica-rice-plants-during-early-vegetative-stage
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Raul Antonio Sperotto, Artur Teixeira de Araújo Junior, Janete Mariza Adamski, Denise Cargnelutti, Felipe Klein Ricachenevsky, Ben-Hur Neves de Oliveira, Renata Pereira da Cruz, Rinaldo Pires Dos Santos, Leila Picolli da Silva, Janette Palma Fett
Cold-tolerance in rice may be related to increased cellulose deposition in the cell wall, membrane fatty acids unsaturation and differential expression of several newly identified genes. Low temperature exposure during early vegetative stages limits rice plant's growth and development. Most genes previously related to cold tolerance in rice are from the japonica subspecies. To help clarify the mechanisms that regulate cold tolerance in young indica rice plants, comparative transcriptome analysis of 6 h cold-treated (10 °C) leaves from two genotypes, cold-tolerant (CT) and cold-sensitive (CS), was performed...
November 18, 2017: Plant Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151154/visit-to-visit-variability-of-systolic-blood-pressure-predicts-all-cause-mortality-in-patients-received-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-with-drug-eluting-stents
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Suk Min Seo, Woo-Baek Chung, Ik Jun Choi, Yoon-Seok Koh, Sang-Hyun Ihm, Pum-Jun Kim, Wook Sung Chung, Ki-Bae Seung
Blood pressure (BP) and its variability are associated with atherosclerotic disease and cardiovascular events. The prognostic implications of outpatient clinic visit-to-visit blood pressure variability (BPV) are unknown in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with drug-eluting stents (DES). A total of 1,463 patients undergoing PCI with DES were consecutively enrolled from January 2009 to December 2013. We analyzed the 1,234 patients, who measured clinic BP more than three times during the first year after PCI...
November 18, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151145/pendimethalin-induces-oxidative-stress-dna-damage-and-mitochondrial-dysfunction-to-trigger-apoptosis-in-human-lymphocytes-and-rat-bone-marrow-cells
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Sabiha M Ansari, Quaiser Saquib, Sabry M Attia, Eslam M Abdel-Salam, Hend A Alwathnani, Mohammad Faisal, Abdulrahman A Alatar, Abdulaziz A Al-Khedhairy, Javed Musarrat
Pendimethalin (PM) is a dinitroaniline herbicide extensively applied against the annual grasses and broad-leaved weeds. There is no report available on PM-induced low-dose genotoxicity in human primary cells and in vivo test models. Such data gap has prompted us to evaluate the genotoxic potential of PM in human lymphocytes and rats. PM selectively binds in the minor groove of DNA by forming covalent bonds with G and C nitrogenous bases, as well as with the ribose sugar. PM induces micronucleus formation (MN) in human lymphocytes, indicating its clastogenic potential...
November 18, 2017: Histochemistry and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151140/effects-of-oxygen-availability-on-oxidative-stress-biomarkers-in-the-mediterranean-mussel-mytilus-galloprovincialis
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Alessia Giannetto, Maria Maisano, Tiziana Cappello, Sabrina Oliva, Vincenzo Parrino, Antonino Natalotto, Giuseppe De Marco, Salvatore Fasulo
In aquatic environments, hypoxia and oxygen-deficient areas are increasing worldwide. Transitions in oxygen levels can influence the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS), eventually leading to oxidative stress. The transcriptional response of oxidative stress biomarkers was evaluated by qPCR in gill tissue from Mytilus galloprovincialis experimentally subjected to 48-h air exposure followed by 48-h re-oxygenation, as compared to normoxic control mussels. Superoxide dismutases (CuZnsod and Mnsod), catalase (cat), and glutathione S-transferase (gst) were over-expressed early after 8-h air exposure and returned to normoxic levels during re-oxygenation...
November 18, 2017: Marine Biotechnology
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