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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902385/motor-coordination-and-balance-measurements-reveal-differential-pathogenicity-of-currently-spreading-ev71-strains-in-human-scarb2-transgenic-mice
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Mei-Feng Chen, Shin-Ru Shih
Enterovirus 71 (EV71) has caused large-scale epidemics with neurological complications in Asia Pacific region. The C4a and B5 strains are the two major genotypes circulalted in many coutries recently. This study provides a new protocol, a motor coordination task, to assess the differential pathogenicity of C4a and B5 strains in human SCARB2 transgenic mice. We found that the pathogenicity of C4a viruses was more severe than that of B5 viruses. Moreover, we discovered that an increased level of monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 is positively correlated with severely deficient motor function...
October 20, 2016: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902270/aureimonas-glaciei-sp-nov-isolated-from-ice-core-china
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Bixi Guo, Yongqin Liu, Zhengquan Gu, Liang Shen, Keshao Liu, Tingting Xing, Ninglian Wang, Hongcan Liu, Yuguang Zhou, Jiule Li
A bacterial strain, B5-2T, was isolated from an ice core drilled from Muztagh Glacier, China. Strain B5-2T was a Gram-stain-negative, short rod-shaped, motile by polar flagella, aerobic bacterium. The major fatty acids of strain B5-2T were summed feature 8 (C18:1ω7c and/or C18:1ω6c) and iso-C13:0. The G+C content of the DNA from strain B5-2T was 69.3 mol%. The predominant isoprenoid quinone of strain B5-2T was Q-10. The major polar lipids were phosphatidylglycerol (PG), phosphatidylethanolamine (PE), phosphatidylmonomethylethanolamine (PME), phosphatidyldimethylethanolamine (PDE), phosphatidylcholine (PC), unidentified phospholipid (AL) and sulfoquinovosyldiacylglycerol (SQDG)...
November 14, 2016: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900284/effect-of-pantethine-on-ovarian-tumor-progression-and-choline-metabolism
#3
Marie-France Penet, Balaji Krishnamachary, Flonne Wildes, Yelena Mironchik, Delia Mezzanzanica, Franca Podo, Max de Reggi, Bouchra Gharib, Zaver M Bhujwalla
Epithelial ovarian cancer remains the leading cause of death from gynecologic malignancy among women in developed countries. New therapeutic strategies evaluated with relevant preclinical models are urgently needed to improve survival rates. Here, we have assessed the effect of pantethine on tumor growth and metabolism using magnetic resonance imaging and high-resolution proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) in a model of ovarian cancer. To evaluate treatment strategies, it is important to use models that closely mimic tumor growth in humans...
2016: Frontiers in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899252/the-effects-of-metronidazole-on-cytochrome-p450-activity-and-expression-in-rats-after-acute-exposure-to-high-altitude-of-4300m
#4
Rong Wang, Yuhuan Sun, Qiang Yin, Hua Xie, Wenbin Li, Chang Wang, Jiankui Guo, Ying Hao, Rui Tao, Zhengping Jia
BACKGROUND: The purpose is to observe the changes of CYP450 enzyme activity expression as well as the physiological and pathological states of Wistar rats given metronidazole drug intervention after acute exposure to high altitude of 4300m. METHODS AND RESULTS: Thirty healthy adult male Wistar rats of average weight 200 ± 20 g were randomly assigned into three groups of 10 rats per group as follows: Group A (55m), Group B (4300m) and Group C (metronidazole intervention, 4300m)...
November 26, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898958/technical-note-a-procedure-to-estimate-glucose-requirements-of-an-activated-immune-system-in-steers
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S K Kvidera, E A Horst, M Abuajamieh, E J Mayorga, M V Sanz Fernandez, L H Baumgard
: Infection and inflammation impede efficient animal productivity. The activated immune system ostensibly requires large amounts of energy and nutrients otherwise destined for synthesis of agriculturally relevant products. Accurately determining the immune system's in vivo energy needs is difficult, but a better understanding may facilitate developing nutritional strategies to maximize productivity. The study objective was to estimate immune system glucose requirements following an i...
November 2016: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893219/integrating-the-context-appropriate-balanced-attention-model-and-reinforcement-sensitivity-theory-towards-a-domain-general-personality-process-model
#6
Michael D Collins, Chris J Jackson, Benjamin R Walker, Peter J O'Connor, Elliroma Gardiner
Over the last 40 years or more the personality literature has been dominated by trait models based on the Big Five (B5). Trait-based models describe personality at the between-person level but cannot explain the within-person mental mechanisms responsible for personality. Nor can they adequately account for variations in emotion and behavior experienced by individuals across different situations and over time. An alternative, yet understated, approach to personality architecture can be found in neurobiological theories of personality, most notably reinforcement sensitivity theory (RST)...
November 28, 2016: Psychological Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888781/stabilization-of-cytochrome-b5-by-a-conserved-tyrosine-in-the-secondary-sphere-of-heme-active-site-a-spectroscopic-and-computational-study
#7
Shan Hu, Bo He, Xiao-Juan Wang, Shu-Qin Gao, Ge-Bo Wen, Ying-Wu Lin
Heme proteins perform a large array of biological functions, with the heme group bound non-covalently or covalently. To probe the stabilization role of conserved tyrosine residue in the secondary sphere of heme site in heme proteins, we herein used cytochrome b5 (Cyt b5) as a model protein, and mutated Tyr30 to Phe or His by removal of Tyr30 associated H-bond network and hydrophobic interaction. We performed thermal-induced unfolding studies for the two mutants, Y30F Cyt b5 and Y30H Cyt b5, as monitored by both UV-Vis and CD spectroscopy, as well as heme transfer studies from these proteins to apo-myoglobin, with wild-type Cyt b5 under the same conditions for comparison...
November 20, 2016: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27883919/bayesian-belief-network-modelling-of-chlorine-disinfection-for-human-pathogenic-viruses-in-municipal-wastewater
#8
Guido Carvajal, David J Roser, Scott A Sisson, Alexandra Keegan, Stuart J Khan
Chlorine disinfection of biologically treated wastewater is practiced in many locations prior to environmental discharge or beneficial reuse. The effectiveness of chlorine disinfection processes may be influenced by several factors, such as pH, temperature, ionic strength, organic carbon concentration, and suspended solids. We investigated the use of Bayesian multilayer perceptron (BMLP) models as efficient and practical tools for compiling and analysing free chlorine and monochloramine virus disinfection performance as a multivariate problem...
November 3, 2016: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881328/immunostimulatory-capacity-of-dental-casting-alloys-on-endotoxin-responsiveness
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Dessy Rachmawati, B Mary E von Blomberg, Cornelis J Kleverlaan, Rik J Scheper, Ingrid M W van Hoogstraten
STATEMENT OF PROBLEM: Oral metal exposure has been associated with systemic and local adverse reactions, probably due to elemental release from the alloys. Although supraphysiological concentrations of salts from dentally applied metals can activate innate cells through TLR4 (Ni, Co, Pd) and TLR3 (Au), whether direct exposure to solid alloys can also trigger innate immune reactivity is still unknown. PURPOSE: The purpose of this in vitro study was to determine whether dental cast alloy specimens can activate innate cells and influence their responsiveness to bacterial endotoxin...
October 27, 2016: Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881199/intestinal-permeability-induced-by-lipopolysaccharide-and-measured-by-lactulose-rhamnose-and-mannitol-sugars-in-chickens
#10
S Gilani, G S Howarth, S M Kitessa, C D Tran, R E A Forder, R J Hughes
Increased intestinal permeability (IP) can lead to compromised health. Limited in vivo IP research has been conducted in chickens. The objectives of the current study were to develop a model of increased IP utilizing lipopolysaccharide (LPS Escherichia coli O55:B5) and to evaluate IP changes using the lactulose, mannitol and rhamnose (LMR) sugar permeability test. In addition, fluorescein isothiocyanate dextran (FITC-d), d-lactate, zonula occludens (ZO-1) and diamine oxidase (DAO) permeability tests were employed...
November 24, 2016: Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27868315/intraobserver-agreement-on-histopathologic-evaluations-of-core-breast-biopsies
#11
Pietro Trocchi, Hans-Jürgen Holzhausen, Thomas Löning, Werner Böcker, Andrea Schmidt-Pokrzywniak, Christoph Thomssen, Alexander Kluttig, Andreas Stang
The number of performed core biopsies of the breast as diagnostic workup is increasing in many European countries. We measured the intraobserver variability in pathological assessment of breast core biopsies. Furthermore, we studied potential modifiers of agreement between the assessments. Two hundred and fifty-six breast biopsies were evaluated twice in a blinded fashion by two pathologists. We calculated the observed and the chance-corrected (weighted) intraobserver agreement (kappa) using the B-categorization scheme (B1: normal or not interpretable, B2: benign, B3: benign but of uncertain biological potential, B4: suspicious of malignancy, B5: malignant)...
November 20, 2016: Breast Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867387/neutrophils-discriminate-between-lipopolysaccharides-of-different-bacterial-sources-and-selectively-release-neutrophil-extracellular-traps
#12
Elmar Pieterse, Nils Rother, Cansu Yanginlar, Luuk B Hilbrands, Johan van der Vlag
The release of neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs), either during "suicidal" or "vital" NETosis, represents an important strategy of neutrophils to combat Gram-negative bacteria. Lipopolysaccharide (LPS), a major component of the outer membrane of Gram-negative bacteria, is a reported stimulus for NET formation. Although it is widely acknowledged that the structural diversity in LPS structures can elicit heterogeneous immune responses, species- and serotype-specific differences in the capacity of LPS to trigger NET formation have not yet been investigated...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27863990/cytochrome-p450-enzymes-but-not-nadph-oxidases-are-the-source-of-the-nadph-dependent-lucigenin-chemiluminescence-in-membrane-assays
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Flávia Rezende, Kim-Kristin Prior, Oliver Löwe, Ilka Wittig, Valentina Strecker, Franziska Moll, Valeska Helfinger, Frank Schnütgen, Nina Kurrle, Frank Wempe, Maria Walter, Sven Zukunft, Bert Luck, Ingrid Fleming, Norbert Weissmann, Ralf P Brandes, Katrin Schröder
: Measuring NADPH oxidase (Nox)-derived reactive oxygen species (ROS) in living tissues and cells is a constant challenge. All probes available display limitations regarding sensitivity, specificity or demand highly specialized detection techniques. In search for a presumably easy, versatile, sensitive and specific technique, numerous studies have used NADPH-stimulated assays in membrane fractions which have been suggested to reflect Nox activity. However, we previously found an unaltered activity with these assays in triple Nox knockout mouse (Nox1-Nox2-Nox4(-/-)) tissue and cells compared to wild type...
November 15, 2016: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27863456/a-microplate-reader-based-method-to-quantify-nadh-cytochrome-b5-reductase-activity-for-diagnosis-of-recessive-congenital-methaemoglobinemia
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Prabhakar Kedar, Anand Desai, Prashant Warang, Roshan Colah
OBJECTIVES: Congenital methemoglobinemia due to NADH-cytochrome b5 reductase 3 (CYB5R3) deficiencies is an autosomal recessive disorder that occurs sporadically worldwide, A sensitive, accurate, and rapid analysis of NADH-CYB5R enzyme concentrations is necessary for the diagnosis of RCM. Here we present an alternative microplate method that is based on a standard 96-well microplate format and microplate reader that simplify the quantification of NADH-CYB5R activity. METHODS: TECAN (Infinite 200 PRO series) microplate reader with Tecan's proven Magellan™ software measured the NADH-CYB5R enzyme activity in 250 normal controls and previously diagnosed 25 cases of RCM due to NADH-CYB5R deficiency in the Indian population using 96-well microplates using 200 μl of total reaction mixture and also compared with standard spectrophotometric assay...
November 18, 2016: Hematology (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27837169/ccr2-regulates-inflammatory-cell-accumulation-in-the-lung-and-tissue-injury-following-ozone-exposure
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Mary Francis, Angela Groves, Richard Sun, Jessica A Cervelli, Hyejeong Choi, Jeffrey D Laskin, Debra L Laskin
Ozone-induced lung injury is associated with an accumulation of activated macrophages in the lung. Chemokine receptor CCR2 mediates the migration of inflammatory monocytes/macrophages to sites of tissue injury. It is also required for monocyte egress from the bone marrow. In the present studies, we analyzed the role of CCR2 in inflammatory cell trafficking to the lung in response to ozone. Treatment of mice with ozone (0.8 ppm, 3 h) resulted in increases in pro-inflammatory CCR2(+) macrophages in the lung at 24 h, as well as pro-inflammatory CD11b(+)Ly6C(Hi) and iNOS(+) macrophages at 24 h and 48 h...
November 11, 2016: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27819540/fine-mapping-of-a-new-race-specific-blast-resistance-gene-pi-hk2-in-japonica-heikezijing-from-taihu-region-of-china
#16
Wanwan He, Nengyan Fang, Ruisen Wang, Yunyu Wu, Guoying Zeng, Changhong Guan, Hao Chen, Ji Huang, Jianfei Wang, Yongmei Bao, Hongsheng Zhang
Heikezijing, a japonica rice landrace from the Taihu region of China, exhibited broad-spectrum resistance to more than 300 isolates of the blast pathogen (Magnaporthe oryzae). In our previous research, we fine mapped a broad-spectrum resistance gene, Pi-hk1, in chromosome 11. In this research, 2010-9(G1), one of the predominant races of blast in the Taihu Lake region of China, was inoculated into 162 recombinant inbred lines (RIL) and two parents, Heikezijing and Suyunuo, for mapping the resistance-blast quantitative trait loci (QTL)...
November 7, 2016: Phytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27801446/a-dft-kinetic-study-on-1-3-dipolar-cycloaddition-reactions-in-solution
#17
Shi-Jun Li, De-Cai Fang
Several popular density functional theory (DFT) methods have been employed to characterize a series of 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition reactions, including the exploration of reaction mechanisms and the calculations of kinetic parameters. Both the gas- and solution-phase translational entropy models have been used to calculate the activation entropies, and the results obtained from the latter method are quite close to the experimental measurements. For some of the reactions studied, e.g., a1 + b9, a1 + b10, a5 + b9 and a12 + b5, the explicit + implicit solvation model, namely, a cluster-continuum type model, should be employed to account for the specific solvent-solute interactions...
November 1, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27797496/protonation-of-the-hydroperoxo-intermediate-of-cytochrome-p450-2b4-is-slower-in-the-presence-of-cytochrome-p450-reductase-than-in-the-presence-of-cytochrome-b5
#18
Naw May Pearl, Jarett Wilcoxen, Sangchoul Im, Ryan C Kunz, Joseph E Darty, R David Britt, Stephen W Ragsdale, Lucy Ann Waskell
Microsomal cytochromes P450 (P450) require two electrons and two protons for the oxidation of substrates. Although the two electrons can be provided by cytochrome P450 reductase, the second electron can also be donated by cytochrome b5 (b5). The steady-state activity of P450 2B4 is increased up to 10-fold by b5. To gain a greater understanding of the molecular basis of the stimulatory effect of b5 and to test the hypothesis that b5 stimulates catalysis by more rapid protonation of the anionic ferric hydroperoxo heme intermediate of P450 (Fe+3OOH)¯ and subsequent formation of the active oxidizing species, we have freeze quenched the reaction mixture during a single turnover following reduction of oxyferrous P450 2B4 by each of its redox partners, b5 and P450 reductase...
October 31, 2016: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27795256/draft-genome-sequence-of-lactobacillus-delbrueckii-subsp-bulgaricus-lbb-b5
#19
Zoltan Urshev, Karima Hajo, Leonardo Lenoci, Peter A Bron, Annereinou Dijkstra, Wynand Alkema, Michiel Wels, Roland J Siezen, Svetlana Minkova, Sacha A F T van Hijum
Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus LBB.B5 originates from homemade Bulgarian yogurt and was selected for its ability to form a strong association with Streptococcus thermophilus The genome sequence will facilitate elucidating the genetic background behind the contribution of LBB.B5 to the taste and aroma of yogurt and its exceptional protocooperation with S. thermophilus.
October 6, 2016: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27793475/biochemical-analysis-of-recombinant-cyp4a11-allelic-variant-enzymes-w126r-k276t-and-s353g
#20
Songhee Han, Gun-Su Cha, Young-Jin Chun, Chang Hoon Lee, Donghak Kim, Chul-Ho Yun
Human CYP4A11 is the major ω-hydroxylase of fatty acids in the liver and kidneys. It produces 20-hydroxyeicosatetraenoic acid as well as hydroxylates fatty acids. In this study, we investigated the biochemical properties of three alleles of CYP4A11: W126R, K276T, and S353G. Site-directed mutagenesis of the wild type CYP4A11 was performed, to construct the W126R, K276T, and S353G variant clones. The CYP4A11 wild type and variant constructs were heterologously expressed in Escherichia coli. CO-binding spectra showed the expression of the wild type, K276T and S353G variants, indicating the functional P450 holoenzyme...
September 19, 2016: Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics
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