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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150823/metabolic-dynamics-and-physiological-adaptation-of-panax-ginseng-during-development
#1
Yu-Jin Kim, Sung Chul Joo, Jianxin Shi, Chaoyang Hu, Sheng Quan, Jianping Hu, Johan Sukweenadhi, Padmanaban Mohanan, Deok-Chun Yang, Dabing Zhang
The dynamics of metabolites from leaves to roots of Panax ginseng during development has revealed the tissue-specific and year-specific metabolic networks. Being an essential Oriental medicinal plant, ginseng (Panax ginseng Meyer) is a slow-growing perennial herb-accumulating pharmaceutically active metabolites such as ginsenosides in roots during growth. However, little is known about how ginseng plants survive in the harsh environments such as winter cold and summer heat for a longer period and accumulates those active metabolites as the plant grows...
November 17, 2017: Plant Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150562/the-role-of-mhc-e-in-t-cell-immunity-is-conserved-among-humans-rhesus-macaques-and-cynomolgus-macaques
#2
Helen L Wu, Roger W Wiseman, Colette M Hughes, Gabriela M Webb, Shaheed A Abdulhaqq, Benjamin N Bimber, Katherine B Hammond, Jason S Reed, Lina Gao, Benjamin J Burwitz, Justin M Greene, Fidel Ferrer, Alfred W Legasse, Michael K Axthelm, Byung S Park, Simon Brackenridge, Nicholas J Maness, Andrew J McMichael, Louis J Picker, David H O'Connor, Scott G Hansen, Jonah B Sacha
MHC-E is a highly conserved nonclassical MHC class Ib molecule that predominantly binds and presents MHC class Ia leader sequence-derived peptides for NK cell regulation. However, MHC-E also binds pathogen-derived peptide Ags for presentation to CD8(+) T cells. Given this role in adaptive immunity and its highly monomorphic nature in the human population, HLA-E is an attractive target for novel vaccine and immunotherapeutic modalities. Development of HLA-E-targeted therapies will require a physiologically relevant animal model that recapitulates HLA-E-restricted T cell biology...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150271/xenohormesis-in-early-life-new-avenues-of-research-to-explore-anti-aging-strategies-through-the-maternal-diet
#3
Philippe de Medina
Aging is a progressive internal physiological deterioration of the organism, leading to the occurrence of age-related lethal diseases. It has become a major societal challenge to understand the processes that drive aging and to develop rational pharmacological agents and dietary approaches to fight against age-related deterioration and diseases. Interestingly, several lines of evidence highlight an influence of the developmental period on the risk of age-related diseases later in life. This field is known as the developmental origins of health and disease...
November 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149816/maternal-dyslipidaemia-in-pregnancy-with-gestational-diabetes-mellitus-possible-impact-in-the-foetoplacental-vascular-function-and-the-lipoprotein-in-the-neonatal-circulation
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Susana Contreras-Duarte, Lorena Carvajal, Barbara Fuenzalida, Claudette Cantin, Luis Sobrevia, Andrea Leiva
Dyslipidaemia occurs in pregnancy to secure foetal development. The mother shows a physiological increase in plasma total cholesterol and triglycerides (TG) as pregnancy progresses (i.e. maternal physiological dyslipidaemia in pregnancy). However, in some women pregnancy-associated dyslipidaemia exceeds this physiological adaptation. The consequences of this condition on the developing foetus include endothelial dysfunction of the foetoplacental vasculature and development of foetal aortic atherosclerosis. Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) associates with abnormal function of the foetoplacental vasculature due to foetal hyperglycaemia and hyperinsulinaemia, and associates with development of cardiovascular disease in adulthood...
November 16, 2017: Current Vascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149730/divergence-of-insulin-superfamily-ligands-receptors-and-igf-binding-proteins-in-marine-versus-freshwater-stickleback-evidence-of-selection-in-known-and-novel-genes
#5
Tim Pellissier, Hend Al Nafea, Sara V Good
Three-spine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus) is a teleost model for understanding genetic, physiological and morphological changes accompanying freshwater (FW) adaptation. There is growing evidence that the insulin superfamily plays important roles in traits involved in marine and FW adaptation. We performed a candidate gene analysis to look for evidence of selection on 33 insulin superfamily ligand-receptor genes and insulin-like growth factor binding proteins (Igfbp's) in stickleback. Using genotype data from 11 marine and 10 FW populations, we calculated the number of SNPs per site in regulatory and intronic regions, the number of synonymous and nonsynonymous mutations in coding regions, Wright's fixation index (Fst), and performed t-tests to identify SNPs with divergent genotype frequencies between marine/FW versus Atlantic/Pacific populations...
November 10, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part D, Genomics & Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149680/modification-of-the-association-between-high-ambient-temperature-and-health-by-urban-microclimate-indicators-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Leah H Schinasi, Tarik Benmarhnia, Anneclaire J De Roos
BACKGROUND: Landscape characteristics, including vegetation and impervious surfaces, influence urban microclimates and may lead to within-city differences in the adverse health effects of high ambient temperatures. OBJECTIVE: Our objective was to quantitatively summarize the epidemiologic literature that assessed microclimate indicators as effect measure modifiers (EMM) of the association between ambient temperature and mortality or morbidity. METHODS: We systematically identified papers and abstracted relative risk estimates for hot and cool microclimate indicator strata...
November 14, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149549/workflow-for-target-oriented-parametrization-of-an-enhanced-mechanistic-cell-culture-model
#7
Sophia Ulonska, Paul Kroll, Jens Fricke, Christoph Clemens, Raphael Voges, Markus Michael Müller, Christoph Herwig
The goal of this study was to develop a macroscopic mechanistic model describing growth and production within fed-batch cultivations of CHO cells. The model should be used for process characterization as well as for process monitoring including real-time parameter adaptations. The model proved to be able to describe a data-set of 40 processes differing in clones, scales and process conditions with a normalized root mean square error of approximately 10%. However, due to limited parameter identifiability and limited knowledge about physiologically meaningful parameter values, a broad range of parameters could describe the data with similar quality...
November 17, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149412/the-translationally-controlled-tumor-protein-and-the-cellular-response-to-ionizing-radiation-induced-dna-damage
#8
Jie Zhang, Grace Shim, Sonia M de Toledo, Edouard I Azzam
The absorption of ionizing radiation by living cells can directly disrupt atomic structures, producing chemical and biological changes. It can also act indirectly through radiolysis of water, thereby generating reactive chemical species that may damage nucleic acids, proteins, and lipids. Together, the direct and indirect effects of radiation initiate a series of biochemical and molecular signaling events that may repair the damage or culminate in permanent physiological changes or cell death. In efforts to gain insight into the mechanisms underlying these effects, we observed a prominent upregulation of the Translationally Controlled Tumor Protein (TCTP) in low dose/low dose rate (137)Cs γ-irradiated cells that was associated with adaptive responses that reduced chromosomal damage to a level lower than what occurs spontaneously...
2017: Results and Problems in Cell Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148257/multiscale-memory-and-bioelectric-error-correction-in-the-cytoplasm-cytoskeleton-membrane-system
#9
REVIEW
Chris Fields, Michael Levin
A fundamental aspect of life is the modification of anatomy, physiology, and behavior in the face of changing conditions. This is especially illustrated by the adaptive regulation of growth and form that underlies the ability of most organisms-from single cells to complex large metazoa-to develop, remodel, and regenerate to specific anatomical patterns. What is the relationship of the genome and other cellular components to the robust computations that underlie this remarkable pattern homeostasis? Here we examine the role of constraints defined at the cellular level, especially endogenous bioelectricity, in generating and propagating biological information...
November 17, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Systems Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147985/deciphering-the-growth-organic-acid-exudations-and-ionic-homeostasis-of-amaranthus-viridis-l-and-portulaca-oleracea-l-under-lead-chloride-stress
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Muhammad Tariq Javed, Muhammad Sohail Akram, Noman Habib, Kashif Tanwir, Qasim Ali, Nabeel Khan Niazi, Huma Gul, Naeem Iqbal
Lead (Pb) stress adversely affects in planta nutrient homeostasis and metabolism when present at elevated concentration in the surrounding media. The present study was aimed at investigation of organic acid exudations, elemental contents, growth, and lipid peroxidation in two wild plants (Amaranthus viridis L. and Portulaca oleracea L.), exhibiting differential root to shoot Pb translocation, under Pb stress. Plants were placed in soil spiked with lead chloride (PbCl2) concentrations of 0, 15, 30, 45, or 60 mg Pb/kg soil, in rhizoboxes supplied with nylon nets around the roots...
November 16, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147947/biocompatibility-of-vertically-aligned-multi-walled-carbon-nanotube-scaffolds-for-human-breast-cancer-cell-line-mda-mb-231
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E M Akinoglu, K Ozbilgin, P Kilicaslan Sonmez, M M Ozkut, M Giersig, S Inan, E Gumustepe, C Kurtman
The aim of the current study was to determine whether the MWCNT-based scaffold has a suitable structure for cell growth and provides a biocompatible environment for human MDA-MB-231 cell lines. MWCNT-based nanostructured scaffolds were produced by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) technique. MDA-MB-231 cells were seeded on MWCNTs-textured silicon scaffolds and on pristine silicon surfaces. After 1 week of culturing, the scaffolds were prepared for SEM analysis and immunocytochemical staining was performed for the two groups (MWCNT scaffold and pristine silicon surface), using MMP-2, MMP-9, PI3K, AKT and NF-κB primary antibodies...
November 16, 2017: Progress in biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147524/manipulation-of-cytokine-secretion-in-human-dendritic-cells-using-glycopolymers-with-picomolar-affinity-for-dc-sign
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Daniel A Mitchell, Qiang Zhang, Lenny Voorhaar, David M Haddleton, Shan Herath, Anne S Gleinich, Harpal S Randeva, Max Crispin, Hendrik Lehnert, Russell Wallis, Steven Patterson, C Remzi Becer
The human C-type lectin DC-SIGN (CD209) is a significant receptor on the surface of dendritic cells (DCs) - crucial components of host defense that bridge the innate and adaptive immune systems. A range of linear glycopolymers, constructed via controlled radical polymerization techniques have been shown to interact with DC-SIGN with affinities in the physiologically active range. However, these first generation glycopolymers possess limited structural definition and their effects on DCs were not known. Here we report the development of star-shaped mannose glycopolymers with the aim of targeting the clustered domain arrangement of DC-SIGN and these were shown to bind with picomolar affinity...
October 1, 2017: Chemical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145803/unraveling-the-evolution-and-coevolution-of-small-regulatory-rnas-and-coding-genes-in-listeria
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Franck Cerutti, Ludovic Mallet, Anaïs Painset, Claire Hoede, Annick Moisan, Christophe Bécavin, Mélodie Duval, Olivier Dussurget, Pascale Cossart, Christine Gaspin, Hélène Chiapello
BACKGROUND: Small regulatory RNAs (sRNAs) are widely found in bacteria and play key roles in many important physiological and adaptation processes. Studying their evolution and screening for events of coevolution with other genomic features is a powerful way to better understand their origin and assess a common functional or adaptive relationship between them. However, evolution and coevolution of sRNAs with coding genes have been sparsely investigated in bacterial pathogens. RESULTS: We designed a robust and generic phylogenomics approach that detects correlated evolution between sRNAs and protein-coding genes using their observed and inferred patterns of presence-absence in a set of annotated genomes...
November 16, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145069/the-sultr-gene-family-in-maize-zea-mays-l-gene-cloning-and-expression-analyses-under-sulfate-starvation-and-abiotic-stress
#14
Qin Huang, Meiping Wang, Zongliang Xia
Sulfur is an essential macronutrient required for plant growth, development and stress responses. The family of sulfate transporters (SULTRs) mediates the uptake and translocation of sulfate in higher plants. However, basic knowledge of the SULTR gene family in maize (Zea mays L.) is scarce. In this study, a genome-wide bioinformatic analysis of SULTR genes in maize was conducted, and the developmental expression patterns of the genes and their responses to sulfate starvation and abiotic stress were further investigated...
November 10, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145027/differential-gene-expression-in-the-intestine-of-sea-cucumber-apostichopus-japonicus-under-low-and-high-salinity-conditions
#15
Libin Zhang, Qiming Feng, Lina Sun, Kui Ding, Da Huo, Yan Fang, Tao Zhang, Hongsheng Yang
Sea cucumber, Apostichopus japonicus is an important species for aquaculture, and its behavior and physiology can change in response to changing salinity conditions. For this reason, it is important to understand the molecular responses of A. japonicus when exposed to ambient changes in salinity. In this study, RNA-Seq provided a general overview of the gene expression profiles in the intestine of A. japonicus exposed to high salinity (SD40), normal salinity (SD30) and low salinity (SD20) environments. Screening for differentially expressed genes (DEGs) using the NOISeq method identified 109, 100, and 89 DEGs based on a fold change of ≥2 and divergence probability ≥0...
November 4, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part D, Genomics & Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144825/salt-hypertension-and-immunity
#16
A Justin Rucker, Nathan P Rudemiller, Steven D Crowley
The link between inappropriate salt retention in the kidney and hypertension is well recognized. However, growing evidence suggests that the immune system can play surprising roles in sodium homeostasis, such that the study of inflammatory cells and their secreted effectors has provided important insights into salt sensitivity. As part of the innate immune system, myeloid cells have diverse roles in blood pressure regulation, ranging from prohypertensive actions in the kidney, vasculature, and brain, to effects in the skin that attenuate blood pressure elevation...
November 16, 2017: Annual Review of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144383/monitoring-for-response-to-antineoplastic-drugs-the-potential-of-a-metabolomic-approach
#17
REVIEW
Jodi Rattner, Oliver F Bathe
For most cancers, chemotherapeutic options are rapidly expanding, providing the oncologist with substantial choices. Therefore, there is a growing need to select the best systemic therapy, for any individual, that effectively halts tumor progression with minimal toxicity. Having the capability to predict benefit and to anticipate toxicity would be ideal, but remains elusive at this time. An alternative approach is an adaptive approach that involves close observation for treatment response and emergence of resistance...
November 16, 2017: Metabolites
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142118/climate-and-foraging-mode-explain-interspecific-variation-in-snake-metabolic-rates
#18
Andréaz Dupoué, François Brischoux, Olivier Lourdais
The energy cost of self-maintenance is a critical facet of life-history strategies. Clarifying the determinant of interspecific variation in metabolic rate (MR) at rest is important to understand and predict ecological patterns such as species distributions or responses to climatic changes. We examined variation of MR in snakes, a group characterized by a remarkable diversity of activity rates and a wide distribution. We collated previously published MR data (n = 491 observations) measured in 90 snake species at different trial temperatures...
November 29, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141996/the-distinct-transcriptomes-of-slow-and-fast-adult-muscles-are-delineated-by-noncoding-rnas
#19
Vered Raz, Muhammad Riaz, Zuotian Tatum, Szymon M Kielbasa, Peter A C 't Hoen
Adult muscles have a vast adaptation capacity, enabling function switches in response to altered conditions. During intensive physical activity, disease, or aging, adult skeletal muscles change and adjust their functions. The competence to adjust varies among muscles. Muscle-specific molecular mechanisms in healthy and normal conditions could designate changes in physiologic and pathologic conditions. We generated deep mRNA-sequencing data in adult fast and slow mouse muscles, and applying paired analysis, we identified that the muscle-specific signatures are composed of half of the muscle transcriptome...
November 15, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141215/octopamine-drives-endurance-exercise-adaptations-in-drosophila
#20
Alyson Sujkowski, Divya Ramesh, Axel Brockmann, Robert Wessells
Endurance exercise is an effective therapeutic intervention with substantial pro-healthspan effects. Male Drosophila respond to a ramped daily program of exercise by inducing conserved physiological responses similar to those seen in mice and humans. Female flies respond to an exercise stimulus but do not experience the adaptive training response seen in males. Here, we use female flies as a model to demonstrate that differences in exercise response are mediated by differences in neuronal activity. The activity of octopaminergic neurons is specifically required to induce the conserved cellular and physiological changes seen following endurance training...
November 14, 2017: Cell Reports
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