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Winston X Yan, Shaorong Chong, Huaibin Zhang, Kira S Makarova, Eugene V Koonin, David R Cheng, David A Scott
Bacterial class 2 CRISPR-Cas systems utilize a single RNA-guided protein effector to mitigate viral infection. We aggregated genomic data from multiple sources and constructed an expanded database of predicted class 2 CRISPR-Cas systems. A search for novel RNA-targeting systems identified subtype VI-D, encoding dual HEPN domain-containing Cas13d effectors and putative WYL-domain-containing accessory proteins (WYL1 and WYL-b1 through WYL-b5). The median size of Cas13d proteins is 190 to 300 aa smaller than that of Cas13a-Cas13c...
March 9, 2018: Molecular Cell
Qiong Zheng, Wenjiang Huang, Ximin Cui, Yue Shi, Linyi Liu
Yellow rust is one of the most destructive diseases for winter wheat and has led to a significant decrease in winter wheat quality and yield. Identifying and monitoring yellow rust is of great importance for guiding agricultural production over large areas. Compared with traditional crop disease discrimination methods, remote sensing technology has proven to be a useful tool for accomplishing such a task at large scale. This study explores the potential of the Sentinel-2 Multispectral Instrument (MSI), a newly launched satellite with refined spatial resolution and three red-edge bands, for discriminating between yellow rust infection severities (i...
March 15, 2018: Sensors
Yu-Chen Lu, Yu-Jun Wang, Bin Lu, Ming Chen, Ping Zheng, Jing-Gen Liu
Itch is an unpleasant sensation that initiates scratching behavior. Itch-scratch reaction is a complex phenomenon whose occurrence implicates supraspinal structures required for regulation of sensory, emotional, cognitive, and motivational aspects. However, the central mechanisms underlying the processing of itch and the interplay of the supraspinal regions and spinal cord in regulating itch-scratch processes are poorly understood. Here, we have identified that the neural projections from anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) to dorsal medial striatum (DMS) constitute a critical circuit element for regulating itch-related behaviors in the brain of male C57BL/6J mice...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
Ngan Thi Kim Pham, Aksara Thongprachum, Quang Duy Trinh, Shoko Okitsu, Shihoko Komine-Aizawa, Hiroyuki Shimizu, Satoshi Hayakawa, Hiroshi Ushijima
Of 972 stool samples collected from infants and children with acute gastroenteritis in six different regions (Hokkaido, Tokyo, Shizuoka, Kyoto, Osaka, and Saga) of Japan during 2-year period from July 2014 to June 2016, 63 samples (6.5%) determined to be positive for enterovirus by multiplex RT-PCR were subjected to genotype determination based on the partial VP1 region using the CODEHOP method. Sixty-two strains were succeeded in genotyping and seventeen EV types were identified. The majority of the studied strains belonged to EV-A (30 of 62; 48...
March 11, 2018: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
Wenting He, Shengfeng Hu, Xialin Du, Qian Wen, Xiao-Ping Zhong, Xinying Zhou, Chaoying Zhou, Wenjing Xiong, Yuchi Gao, Shimeng Zhang, Ruining Wang, Jiahui Yang, Li Ma
The mechanisms by which vitamins regulate immunity and their effect as an adjuvant treatment for tuberculosis have gradually become very important research topics. Studies have found that vitamin B5 (VB5) can promote epithelial cells to express inflammatory cytokines. We aimed to examine the proinflammatory and antibacterial effect of VB5 in macrophages infected with Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) strain H37Rv and the therapeutic potential of VB5 in vivo with tuberculosis. We investigated the activation of inflammatory signal molecules (NF-κB, AKT, JNK, ERK, and p38), the expression of two primary inflammatory cytokines (tumor necrosis factor and interleukin-6) and the bacterial burdens in H37Rv-infected macrophages stimulated with VB5 to explore the effect of VB5 on the inflammatory and antibacterial responses of macrophages...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Shinya Tanaka, Yuki Saito, Takaya Yamamoto, Tetsutaro Hattori
A variety of terminal alkenes, as well as heteroaromatic compounds, are borylated by the combined use of BBr3 /2,6-dichloropyridine (B3) or BBr3 /2,6-lutidine (B5). α,α-Diarylalkenes prefer the former reagent combination, while other alkenes prefer the latter. Mechanistic considerations strongly suggest that the former and latter reactions proceed through electrophilic substitution reactions with BBr3 and [BBr2 ·B5]+ BBr4 - , respectively.
March 12, 2018: Organic Letters
Zhao Tan, An Yong Li
A novel type of trivalent BNg five-membered cational species B5 Ngn 3+ (Ng = He~Rn, n = 1~5) has been found and investigated theoretically using the B3LYP and MP2 methods with the def2-QZVPPD and def2-TZVPPD basis sets. The geometry, harmonic vibrational frequencies, bond energies, charge distribution, bond nature, aromaticity, and energy decomposition analysis of these structures were reported. The calculated B-Ng bond energy is quite large (the averaged bond energy is in the range of 209.2~585.76 kJ mol-1 ) for heavy rare gases and increases with the Ng atomic number...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Molecular Modeling
Vijaya Sarangthem, Eun A Cho, Aena Yi, Sang Kyoon Kim, Byung-Heon Lee, Rang-Woon Park
Expression of various molecules on the surface of cancer cells compared to normal cells creates a platform for the generation of various drug vehicles for targeted therapy. Multiple interactions between ligands and their receptors mediated by targeting peptide-modified polymer could enable simultaneous delivery of a drug selectively to target tumor cells, thus limiting side effects resulting from non-specific drug delivery. In this study, we synthesized a novel tumor targeting system by using two key elements: (1) Bld-1 peptide (SNRDARRC), a recently reported bladder tumor targeting peptide identified by using a phage-displayed peptide library, and (2) ELP, a thermally responsive polypeptide...
March 1, 2018: Scientific Reports
David I Schlipalius, Andrew G Tuck, Rajeswaran Jagadeesan, Tam Nguyen, Ramandeep Kaur, Sabtharishi Subramanian, Roberto Barrero, Manoj Nayak, Paul R Ebert
Next-generation sequencing methods enable identification of the genetic basis of traits in species that have no prior genomic information available. The combination of next generation sequencing, variant analysis and linkage is a powerful way of identifying candidate genes for a trait of interest. Here we used a comparative transcriptomics (RNAseq) and genetic linkage analysis approach to identify the rph1 gene. rph1 variants are responsible for resistance to the fumigant phosphine (PH3 ) that is used to control insect pests of stored grain...
March 1, 2018: Genetics
Shanying Zhu, Yaoyong Ji, Jian Ji, Tongde Bie, Anli Gao, Huagang He
Pm21 , derived from wheat wild relative Dasypyrum villosum , is one of the most effective powdery mildew resistance genes and has been widely applied in wheat breeding in China. Mapping and cloning Pm21 are of importance for understanding its resistance mechanism. In the present study, physical mapping was performed using different genetic stocks involving in structural variations of chromosome 6VS carrying Pm21 . The data showed that 6VS could be divided into eight distinguishable chromosomal bins, and Pm21 was mapped to the bin FLb4-b5/b6 closely flanked by the markers 6VS-08...
February 24, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Hong-Mei Wu, Ting Li, Zhen-Feng Wang, Shi-Shi Huang, Zi-Qiang Shao, Ke Wang, Hai-Qing Zhong, Song-Fang Chen, Xiong Zhang, Jian-Hong Zhu
It is well recognized that mitochondrial dysfunction is involved in the pathogenesis of Parkinson's disease (PD). The mtDNA displacement loop (D-loop) region is known to accumulate structural alterations and mutations. To understand how mtDNA variants contribute to the susceptibility to sporadic PD in Chinese, a total of 500 PD patients and 505 controls were recruited from East China, and their D-loop regions were sequenced. A total of 389 variants were detected out of the 1005 subjects. There were 91 variants with frequencies >1%, which included 88 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), 2 deletions and 1 insertion...
February 24, 2018: Neurobiology of Disease
Prabhakar S Kedar, Vinod Gupta, Prashant Warang, Ashish Chiddarwar, Manisha Madkaikar
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the cause of recessive congenital methemoglobinemia (RCM) in Indian families and to identify molecular defect associated with RCM. METHODS: Eight cases of RCM have been addressed to our laboratory in order to investigate the cause of cyanosis associated with genetic disorders. NADH-cytochrome b5 reductase (cytb5r) enzyme activities were measured by standard methods, and molecular analysis was performed by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) followed by DNA sequencing...
February 27, 2018: Hematology (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
A B de Sá, L C Oliveira, R Camilo, F F Pierotti, D Solé
Background. Microarray technique employing molecular allergens is pointed out as a new method to evaluate allergic patients. Objective. To evaluate if microarray technique (ImmunoCAP-ISAC®; I-ISAC®) is similar to fluorescence enzyme immunoassay (FEIA; ImmunoCAP®) in the diagnosis of latex allergy (specific IgE to latex plus symptoms) and latex sensitization (only antibody) in pediatric (9-mo to 14-yrs) patients with myelomeningocele undergone to surgical repair. Methods. Patients underwent skin prick testing (SPT) to latex and food (prick to prick), and dosage of serum specific IgE to latex and recombinant latex allergens (rHev b 1, rHev b 3, rHev b 5, rHev b 6...
January 15, 2018: European Annals of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
M T Yakubu, A R Atoyebi
The effects of aqueous extract of Brysocarpus coccineus roots (AEBCR) were studied on sexual behaviour and testicular function of paroxetine-induced sexual dysfunction (SD) in male rats. Ninety, sexually matured male rats (150.88 ± 5.53 g) were assigned into two groups: A and B. Fifteen SD animals from group B were each allotted to B1, B2, B3, B4 and B5 and received distilled water (DW), Powmax M (7.14 mg/kg body weight, b.w.) 50, 100 and 150 mg/kg b.w of AEBCR, respectively, for 7 days while the non-SD animals (group A) received DW...
February 22, 2018: Andrologia
Simon Meister, Matthew E Verbyla, Marius Klinger, Tamar Kohn
The susceptibility of waterborne viruses to disinfection is known to vary between viruses and even between closely related strains, yet the extent of this variation is not known. Here, different enteroviruses (six strains of coxsackievirus B5, two strains of coxsackievirus B4 and one strain of coxackievirus B1) were isolated from wastewater and inactivated by UV254 , sunlight, free chlorine (FC), chlorine dioxide (ClO2 ), and heat. Inactivation kinetics of these isolates were compared with those of laboratory enterovirus strains (CVB5 Faulkner and echovirus 11 Gregory) and MS2 bacteriophage...
February 21, 2018: Environmental Science & Technology
P V Ershov, Yu V Mezentsev, E O Yablokov, L A Kalushskiy, A V Florinskaya, A V Svirid, A A Gilep, S A Usanov, A E Medvedev, A S Ivanov
Cytochrome P450-dependent monooxygenase systems exist basically in all living organisms, where they perform various important functions. The coordinated functioning of these systems involves many proteins participating in different protein-protein interactions (PPI). Previously, we have found that the endogenous non-peptide bioregulator isatin (indoledione-2,3), synthesized from indole by means of certain cytochromes P450 (e.g. P450 2E1, P450 2C19, P450 2A6) regulates affinity of some PPI. In this work, an attempt has been undertaken to register a direct interaction of isatin with a set of different proteins related to the functioning of cytochrome P450-dependent monooxygenase: five isoforms of cytochromes P450, two isoforms of cytochrome b5, cytochrome P450 reductase, adrenodoxin, adrenodoxin reductase and ferrochelatase...
January 2018: Biomedit︠s︡inskai︠a︡ Khimii︠a︡
Francesca Romana Mancini, Courtney Dow, Aurélie Affret, Kalina Rajaobelina, Laureen Dartois, Beverley Balkau, Fabrice Bonnet, Marie-Christine Boutron-Ruault, Guy Fagherazzi
BACKGROUND: Micronutrients play a key role in type 2 diabetes, but methodological difficulties arise from their collinearity and interdependencies with foods. The objective of the present study is to identify micronutrient dietary patterns in the E3N-EPIC cohort and to investigate their association with type 2 diabetes risk. METHODS: Principal component analysis was applied to identify micronutrient patterns among 71 270 women from the E3N-EPIC cohort. Associations between micronutrient patterns and type 2 diabetes risk were quantified by hazards ratios (95% confidence intervals) from Cox proportional hazards regression models, adjusted on potential confounders...
February 19, 2018: Journal of Diabetes
Pierre-Antoine Dugué, Maree T Brinkman, Allison M Hodge, Julie K Bassett, Damien Bolton, Anthony Longano, John L Hopper, Melissa C Southey, Dallas R English, Roger L Milne, Graham G Giles
Nutrients involved in one-carbon metabolism may play a role in carcinogenesis through DNA replication, repair and methylation mechanisms. Most studies on urothelial cell carcinoma (UCC) have focused on folate. We sought to examine the association between B-group vitamins and methionine intake and UCC risk, overall and by subtype, and to test whether these associations are different for population subgroups whose nutritional status may be compromised. We followed participants in the Melbourne Collaborative Cohort Study (N=41,513) for over 20 years, and observed 500 UCC cases (89% originating in the bladder; superficial: 279, invasive: 221)...
February 15, 2018: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
Tahereh Keshvari, Abdollah Najaphy, Danial Kahrizi, Alireza Zebarjadi
Stevia rebaudiana (Bert.) from Asteraceae family is a useful medicinal plant that prevents and cures diabetes, blood pressure, weight gain and tooth decay. Due to self-incompatibility in stevia, somatic embryo investigation for artificial seed production is valuable in this plant. In order to evaluate the callus induction characteristics in stevia, a factorial experiment was laid out based on a completely randomized design with three replications. The factors included ten hormone combinations and control, two kinds of media (MS and B5) and two types of explants (leaf and internode)...
February 10, 2018: Cellular and Molecular Biology
M Wang, Q J Wei, J Li, X Q Jiang, Z J Zhang, Y G Tong, S J Ding, X J Wang, W F Shi
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February 6, 2018: Zhonghua Yu Fang Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Preventive Medicine]
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