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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239812/the-role-of-neutrophil-lymphocyte-ratio-and-red-blood-cell-distribution-width-in-the-classification-of-febrile-seizures
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Y Yigit, S Yilmaz, A Akdogan, H C Halhalli, A E Ozbek, E G Gencer
OBJECTIVE: Most febrile seizures occur outside of hospitals, and in most cases, information about the characteristics of the seizures is obtained from the parents. This makes it difficult to differentiate between simple and complex seizures. The aim of this study is to evaluate the significance of the Neutrophil-Lymphocyte Ratio (NLR) and the red blood cell (erythrocyte) distribution width (RDW) in distinguishing between simple and complex febrile seizures. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The files of 142 patients between the ages of 6 months and 5 years who were admitted to the Emergency Department with the diagnosis of first febrile seizure were reviewed retrospectively...
February 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239802/anesthetic-management-of-patients-with-dilated-cardiomyopathy-for-noncardiac-surgery
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C-Q Chen, X Wang, J Zhang, S-M Zhu
Anesthetic management of patients with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is a challenge to the anesthesiologist, due to poor left systolic function, ventricular enlargement, risk of malignant arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death. Therefore, preoperative assessment and appropriate anesthetic management are important in patients with DCM. This review describes the preoperative evaluation and anesthesia considerations of patients with DCM undergoing non-cardiac surgery. Patient pathophysiology and clinical status, such as ventricular function, degree of myocardial fibrosis, resting heart rate and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein can affect survival rates...
February 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239794/cystatin-c-as-a-marker-of-progressing-cardiovascular-events-during-coronary-heart-disease
#3
M M Gevorgyan, N P Voronina, N V Goncharova, T V Kozaruk, G S Russkikh, L A Bogdanova, T A Korolenko
The role of cystatin C, an inhibitor of cysteine proteases, as an alternative and potent predictor of acute cardiovascular events in coronary heart disease (CHD) patients was examined and compared to that of other markers of cardiorenal abnormalities. The patients with CHD demonstrated elevated serum cystatin C, especially in cases with serious risk of cardiovascular complications. In comparison with other indicators of cardiorenal dysfunction, cystatin C can be viewed as an alternative predictor of cardiovascular complications, although its sensitivity is inferior to that of high-sensitivity C-reactive protein and natriuretic peptide...
February 27, 2017: Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239692/high-throughput-screening-of-microchip-synthesized-genes-in-programmable-double-emulsion-droplets
#4
H F Chan, S Ma, J Tian, K W Leong
The rapid advances in synthetic biology and biotechnology are increasingly demanding high-throughput screening technology, such as screening of the functionalities of synthetic genes for optimization of protein expression. Compartmentalization of single cells in water-in-oil (W/O) emulsion droplets allows screening of a vast number of individualized assays, and recent advances in automated microfluidic devices further help realize the potential of droplet technology for high-throughput screening. However these single-emulsion droplets are incompatible with aqueous phase analysis and the inner droplet environment cannot easily communicate with the external phase...
February 27, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239655/alterations-in-sarcomere-function-modify-the-hyperplastic-to-hypertrophic-transition-phase-of-mammalian-cardiomyocyte-development
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Benjamin R Nixon, Alexandra F Williams, Michael S Glennon, Alejandro E de Feria, Sara C Sebag, H Scott Baldwin, Jason R Becker
It remains unclear how perturbations in cardiomyocyte sarcomere function alter postnatal heart development. We utilized murine models that allowed manipulation of cardiac myosin-binding protein C (MYBPC3) expression at critical stages of cardiac ontogeny to study the response of the postnatal heart to disrupted sarcomere function. We discovered that the hyperplastic to hypertrophic transition phase of mammalian heart development was altered in mice lacking MYBPC3 and this was the critical period for subsequent development of cardiomyopathy...
February 23, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239543/endobronchial-neurogenic-tumor-a-combination-of-traumatic-neuroma-and-neurofibroma
#6
Amit Tandon
Traumatic neuromas are uncommon and benign lesions arising from a peripheral nerve injury during surgery. Here we describe a case with histopathologic features of both a traumatic neuroma and neurofibroma in a patient without integumentary physical exam findings nor prior surgical history. A 54 year old male was admitted for surgical debridement of a foot ulcer. During pre-operative evaluation and review of imaging multiple CT scans revealed a stable, 4 mm endobronchial lesion in the left lower lobe. Given history of nicotine abuse, bronchoscopy was performed...
2017: Respiratory Medicine Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239489/insights-from-molecular-dynamics-simulations-for-computational-protein-design
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Matthew Carter Childers, Valerie Daggett
A grand challenge in the field of structural biology is to design and engineer proteins that exhibit targeted functions. Although much success on this front has been achieved, design success rates remain low, an ever-present reminder of our limited understanding of the relationship between amino acid sequences and the structures they adopt. In addition to experimental techniques and rational design strategies, computational methods have been employed to aid in the design and engineering of proteins. Molecular dynamics (MD) is one such method that simulates the motions of proteins according to classical dynamics...
February 1, 2017: Molecular Systems Design & Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239420/prc2-is-required-for-extensive-reorganization-of-h3k27me3-during-epigenetic-reprogramming-in-mouse-fetal-germ-cells
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Lexie Prokopuk, Jessica M Stringer, Kirsten Hogg, Kirstin D Elgass, Patrick S Western
BACKGROUND: Defining how epigenetic information is established in the germline during fetal development is key to understanding how epigenetic information is inherited and impacts on evolution and human health and disease. RESULTS: Here, we show that Polycomb Repressive Complex 2 is transiently localized in the nucleus of mouse fetal germ cells, while DNA methylation is removed from the germline. This coincides with significant enrichment of trimethylated lysine 27 on histone 3 near the nuclear lamina that is dependent on activity of the essential PRC2 catalytic proteins, Enhancer of Zeste 1 and/or 2...
2017: Epigenetics & Chromatin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239372/identification-by-genome-mining-of-a-type-i-polyketide-gene-cluster-from-streptomyces-argillaceus-involved-in-the-biosynthesis-of-pyridine-and-piperidine-alkaloids-argimycins-p
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Suhui Ye, Brian Molloy, Alfredo F Braña, Daniel Zabala, Carlos Olano, Jesús Cortés, Francisco Morís, José A Salas, Carmen Méndez
Genome mining of the mithramycin producer Streptomyces argillaceus ATCC 12956 revealed 31 gene clusters for the biosynthesis of secondary metabolites, and allowed to predict the encoded products for 11 of these clusters. Cluster 18 (renamed cluster arp) corresponded to a type I polyketide gene cluster related to the previously described coelimycin P1 and streptazone gene clusters. The arp cluster consists of fourteen genes, including genes coding for putative regulatory proteins (a SARP-like transcriptional activator and a TetR-like transcriptional repressor), genes coding for structural proteins (three PKSs, one aminotransferase, two dehydrogenases, two cyclases, one imine reductase, a type II thioesterase, and a flavin reductase), and one gene coding for a hypothetical protein...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239032/effects-of-heat-treatment-on-conformation-and-cell-growth-activity-of-alpha-lactalbumin-and-beta-lactoglobulin-from-market-milk
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Mizuho Inagaki, Shuji Kawai, X Ijier, Mayuko Fukuoka, Tomio Yabe, Satoshi Iwamoto, Yoshihiro Kanamaru
Heat processes, low temperature for long time (LTLT) pasteurization and ultra-heat treatment (UHT) sterilization, are essential for commercial market milk to improve the shelf life of raw milk and ensure microbial safety. We evaluated the effects of heat experience on the molecular properties of α-lactalbumin (α-LA) and β-lactoglobulin (β-LG) isolated from four types of market milk such as LTLT-A (66°C for 30 min), LTLT-B (65°C for 30 min), UHT-I (130°C for 2 s, indirect heating) and UHT-D (135°C for 2 s, direct heating) samples...
2017: Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238905/seasonal-heat-stress-affects-adipose-tissue-proteome-toward-enrichment-of-the-nrf2-mediated-oxidative-stress-response-in-late-pregnant-dairy-cows
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M Zachut, G Kra, L Livshitz, Y Portnick, S Yakoby, G Friedlander, Y Levin
: Environmental heat stress and metabolic stress during transition from late gestation to lactation are main factors limiting production in dairy cattle, and there is a complex interaction between them. Many proteins expressed in adipose tissue are involved in metabolic responses to stress. We aimed to investigate the effects of seasonal heat stress on adipose proteome in late-pregnant cows, and to identify biomarkers of heat stress. Late pregnant cows during summer heat stress (S, n=18), or during the winter season (W, n=12) were used...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238904/proteomic-toxicological-and-immunogenic-characterization-of-mexican-west-coast-rattlesnake-crotalus-basiliscus-venom-and-its-immunological-relatedness-with-the-venom-of-central-american-rattlesnake-crotalus-simus
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Álvaro Segura, María Herrera, Francisco Reta Mares, Claudia Jaime, Andrés Sánchez, Mariángela Vargas, Mauren Villalta, Aarón Gómez, José María Gutiérrez, Guillermo León
: The venom of the Mexican west-coast rattlesnake (Crotalus basiliscus) was characterized for its protein composition, toxicological profile and immunogenic properties. This venom is composed of 68% Zn(2+)-dependent metalloproteinases (SVMPs), 14% phospholipases A2 (PLA2s), 11% serine proteinases, 4% SVMPs-inhibitor tripeptides (SVMP-ITs), 2% bradykinin-potentiating peptides (BPPs), 0.6% cysteine-rich secretory proteins (CRISPs), and 0.2% l-amino acid oxidases (LAAOs). SVMPs present in the venom are responsible for azocasein hydrolysis and hemorrhagic activity, but their contribution to the lethal activity of the venom in mice is masked by the neurotoxic activity of PLA2s, which in addition are also responsible for myotoxic activity...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238874/ebv-early-lytic-protein-bfrf1-alters-emerin-distribution-and-post-translational-modification
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S Yadav, F Libotte, E Buono, S Valia, G A Farina, A Faggioni, A Farina
The nuclear envelope (NE), a structural element of fundamental importance for the cell, is the first barrier that meets a virus in the early stages of viral maturation. Therefore, in order to allow the passage of nucleocapsids, viruses are known to modulate the architecture of the nuclear membrane to permit a proficient viral infection. Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV), a pathogen from Herpesvirus family, possesses two well conserved proteins, BFRF1 and BFLF2, which together form the heterodimeric nuclear egress complex (NEC) that is involved in the early steps of nuclear egress...
February 23, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238838/polyphenols-in-combination-with-%C3%AE-cyclodextrin-can-inhibit-and-disaggregate-%C3%AE-synuclein-amyloids-under-cell-mimicking-conditions-a-promising-therapeutic-alternative
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Saurabh Gautam, Sandip Karmakar, Radhika Batra, Pankaj Sharma, Prashant Pradhan, Jasdeep Singh, Bishwajit Kundu, Pramit K Chowdhury
Parkinson's disease is characterized by the presence of insoluble and neurotoxic aggregates (amyloid fibrils) of an intrinsically disordered protein α-synuclein. In this study we have examined the effects of four naturally occurring polyphenols in combination with β-cyclodextrin (β-CD) on the aggregation of α-synuclein in the presence of macromolecular crowding agents. Our results reveal that even at sub-stoichiometric concentrations of the individual components, the polyphenol-β-CD combination(s) not only inhibited the aggregation of the proteins but was also effective in disaggregating preformed fibrils...
February 23, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238763/structure-and-function-of-a-novel-atpase-that-interacts-with-holliday-junction-resolvase-hjc-and-promotes-branch-migration
#15
Binyuan Zhai, Kevin DuPrez, Tzanko I Doukov, Huan Li, Mengting Huang, Guijun Shang, Jinfeng Ni, Lichuan Gu, Yulong Shen, Li Fan
Holliday junction (HJ) is a hallmark intermediate in DNA recombination and must be processed by dissolution (for double HJ) or resolution to ensure genome stability. Although HJ resolvases have been identified in all domains of life, there is a long-standing effort to search in prokaryotes and eukarya for proteins promoting HJ migration. Here we report the structural and functional characterization of a novel ATPase, Sulfolobus islandicusPIN-domain containing ATPase (SisPINA), encoded by the gene adjacent to the resolvase Hjc coding gene...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238749/persistent-kallikrein5-activation-induces-atopic-dermatitis-like-skin-architecture-independent-of-par2-activity
#16
Yanan Zhu, Joanne Underwood, Derek Macmillan, Leila Shariff, Ryan O'Shaughnessy, John I Harper, Chris Pickard, Peter S Friedmann, Eugene Healy, Wei-Li Di
BACKGROUND: Up-regulation of kallikreins (KLK) including KLK5 has been reported in atopic dermatitis (AD). KLK5 has biological functions which include degrading desmosomal proteins and inducing pro-inflammatory cytokine secretion through protease activated receptor 2 (PAR2). However, due to the complex interactions between various cells in AD inflamed skin, it is difficult to dissect the precise and multiple roles of up-regulated KLK5 in AD skin. OBJECTIVE: We investigated the effect of up-regulated KLK5 on the expression of epidermal related proteins and cytokines in keratinocytes and on skin architecture...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238709/occludin-expression-and-regulation-in-small-follicles-of-the-layer-and-broiler-breeder-hen
#17
C S Stephens, P A Johnson
Synchronized yolk accumulation and follicle development are essential for egg production in oviparous species. In birds, yolk is incorporated into the oocyte by an avian specific yolk receptor (LR8), and it has been suggested that occludin (OCLN), a tight junction protein, mediates transfer of yolk material to the oocyte surface. OCLN may be a key regulator of yolk accumulation and follicle growth, however, the expression and regulation of OCLN in granulosa cells during various stages of follicle development is unknown...
February 23, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238698/nasopharyngeal-protein-biomarkers-of-acute-respiratory-virus-infection
#18
Thomas W Burke, Ricardo Henao, Erik Soderblom, Ephraim L Tsalik, J Will Thompson, Micah T McClain, Marshall Nichols, Bradly P Nicholson, Timothy Veldman, Joseph E Lucas, M Arthur Moseley, Ronald B Turner, Robert Lambkin-Williams, Alfred O Hero, Christopher W Woods, Geoffrey S Ginsburg
Infection of respiratory mucosa with viral pathogens triggers complex immunologic events in the affected host. We sought to characterize this response through proteomic analysis of nasopharyngeal lavage in human subjects experimentally challenged with influenza A/H3N2 or human rhinovirus, and to develop targeted assays measuring peptides involved in this host response allowing classification of acute respiratory virus infection. Unbiased proteomic discovery analysis identified 3285 peptides corresponding to 438 unique proteins, and revealed that infection with H3N2 induces significant alterations in protein expression...
February 21, 2017: EBioMedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238661/motor-activity-dependent-and-independent-functions-of-myosin-ii-contribute-to-actomyosin-ring-assembly-and-contraction-in-schizosaccharomyces-pombe
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Saravanan Palani, Ting Gang Chew, Srinivasan Ramanujam, Anton Kamnev, Shrikant Harne, Bernardo Chapa-Y-Lazo, Rebecca Hogg, Mayalagu Sevugan, Mithilesh Mishra, Pananghat Gayathri, Mohan K Balasubramanian
Cytokinesis depends on a contractile actomyosin ring in many eukaryotes [1-3]. Myosin II is a key component of the actomyosin ring, although whether it functions as a motor or as an actin cross-linker to exert its essential role is disputed [1, 4, 5]. In Schizosaccharomyces pombe, the myo2-E1 mutation affects the upper 50 kDa sub-domain of the myosin II heavy chain, and cells carrying this lethal mutation are defective in actomyosin ring assembly at the non-permissive temperature [6, 7]. myo2-E1 also affects actomyosin ring contraction when rings isolated from permissive temperature-grown cells are incubated with ATP [8]...
February 21, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238654/prmt5-dependent-methylation-of-the-tip60-coactivator-ruvbl1-is-a-key-regulator-of-homologous-recombination
#20
Thomas L Clarke, Maria Pilar Sanchez-Bailon, Kelly Chiang, John J Reynolds, Joaquin Herrero-Ruiz, Tiago M Bandeiras, Pedro M Matias, Sarah L Maslen, J Mark Skehel, Grant S Stewart, Clare C Davies
Protein post-translation modification plays an important role in regulating DNA repair; however, the role of arginine methylation in this process is poorly understood. Here we identify the arginine methyltransferase PRMT5 as a key regulator of homologous recombination (HR)-mediated double-strand break (DSB) repair, which is mediated through its ability to methylate RUVBL1, a cofactor of the TIP60 complex. We show that PRMT5 targets RUVBL1 for methylation at position R205, which facilitates TIP60-dependent mobilization of 53BP1 from DNA breaks, promoting HR...
February 21, 2017: Molecular Cell
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