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Ana C Henriques, Rui M S Azevedo, Paolo De Marco
Methanesulfonic acid (MSA) is a relevant intermediate of the biogeochemical cycle of sulfur and environmental microorganisms assume an important role in the mineralization of this compound. Several methylotrophic bacterial strains able to grow on MSA have been isolated from soil or marine water and two conserved operons, msmABCD coding for MSA monooxygenase and msmEFGH coding for a transport system, have been repeatedly encountered in most of these strains. Homologous sequences have also been amplified directly from the environment or observed in marine metagenomic data, but these showed a base composition (G + C content) very different from their counterparts from cultivated bacteria...
2016: PeerJ
Zhibin Wang, Xiao-Guang Luo, Chao Gao
In the clinic, the diagnosis of Parkinson's disease (PD) largely depends on clinicians' experience. When the diagnosis is made, approximately 80% of dopaminergic cells in the substantia nigra (SN) have been lost. Additionally, it is rather challenging to differentiate PD from atypical parkinsonian disorders (APD). Clinially-available 3T conventional MRI contributes little to solve these problems. The pathologic alterations of parkinsonism show abnormal brain iron deposition, and therefore susceptibility-weighted imaging (SWI), which is sensitive to iron concentration, has been applied to find iron-related lesions for the diagnosis and differentiation of PD in recent decades...
2016: Translational Neurodegeneration
Tomoyuki Masuda, Junko Itoh, Takuya Koide, Yasushi Tomidokoro, Yosuke Takei, Kazuhiro Ishii, Akira Tamaoka
A chronic inflammatory condition may underlie neurodegenerative disorders, including Parkinson's disease (PD) and Alzheimer's disease (AD). For example, both PD and AD patients show an increase in transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1) levels in their cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). TGF-β1 is a cytokine that inhibits inflammation. In the present study, using an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, we tested the hypothesis that the level of TGF-β1 in the CSF of patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), spinocerebellar degeneration (SCD), or multiple system atrophy-cerebellar subtype (MSA-C) would be elevated compared with that of normal controls...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
Serap Sunar, Mustafa Anar, Meryem Sengul, Guleray Agar
In this research, the genotoxic and antigenotoxic effects of methanol extract of Sempervivum armenum (MSA) were studied using micronucleus (MN) test and sister chromatid exchange (SCE) test systems in cultured human peripheral blood cells. According to the SCE and MN tests results, MSA reduced the genotoxic effects of aflatoxin B1. In order to explain the reason for the antigenotoxic effects of MSA, antioxidants levels were determined. Cotreatments of 5, 10, 20 mg/mL concentrations of MSA with aflatoxin B1 decreased the frequencies of SCE, MN and the malondialdehyde level and increased the amount of superoxide dismutase, glutathione and glutathione peroxidase which were decreased by aflatoxin...
October 18, 2016: Cytotechnology
Benjamin J Schoville, Kyle S Brown, Jacob A Harris, Jayne Wilkins
The Middle Stone Age (MSA) is associated with early evidence for symbolic material culture and complex technological innovations. However, one of the most visible aspects of MSA technologies are unretouched triangular stone points that appear in the archaeological record as early as 500,000 years ago in Africa and persist throughout the MSA. How these tools were being used and discarded across a changing Pleistocene landscape can provide insight into how MSA populations prioritized technological and foraging decisions...
2016: PloS One
Sundru Manjulata Devi, Subramanian Aishwarya, Prakash M Halami
The present study was aimed to evaluate the diversity and probiotic properties of Lactobacillus plantarum-group cultures from vegetable origin. First, genotypic diversity of L. plantarum (n=34) was achieved by PCR of Random Amplified Polymorphic DNA and recA gene-specific multiplex PCR. The isolates were segregated into five groups namely, Lactobacillus pentosus, Lactobacillus paraplantarum, Lactobacillus arizonensis, Lactobacillus plantarum subsp. plantarum and argentoratensis. Further discrimination was achieved by restriction fragment length polymorphism of probiotic adhesion genes viz...
October 5, 2016: Systematic and Applied Microbiology
V Padma, N N Anand, Syed Mohammed Javid Msa, Madumitha
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
E Vichayanrat, D A Low, V Iodice, E Stuebner, E M Hagen, C J Mathias
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Twenty-four-hour ambulatory blood pressure and heart rate monitoring (24-h ABPM) can provide vital information on circadian blood pressure (BP) profiles, which are commonly abnormal in Parkinson's disease with and without autonomic failure (PD + AF and PD) and multiple system atrophy (MSA). Twenty-four-hour ABPM has not been directly compared between these disorders regarding cardiovascular autonomic function. Our aim was to determine the usefulness of 24-h ABPM with diary compared to head-up tilting (HUT) in diagnosing orthostatic hypotension (OH) in these patients...
October 7, 2016: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
Johannes Brettschneider, David J Irwin, Susana Boluda, Matthew D Byrne, Lubin Fang, Edward B Lee, John L Robinson, EunRan Suh, Vivianna M Van Deerlin, Jon B Toledo, Murray Grossman, Howard Hurtig, Reinhard Dengler, Susanne Petri, Virginia M-Y Lee, John Q Trojanowski
AIMS: To identify early foci of α-synuclein (α-syn pathology) accumulation, subsequent progression and neurodegeneration in multiple system atrophy of the cerebellar type (MSA-C). METHODS: We analyzed 70 μm thick sections of 10 cases with MSA-C and 24 normal controls. RESULTS: MSA-C cases with the lowest burden of pathology showed α-syn glial cytoplasmic inclusions (GCIs) in the cerebellum as well as in medullary and pontine cerebellar projections...
September 22, 2016: Neuropathology and Applied Neurobiology
Sheng-Han Kuo, Chi-Ying Lin, Jie Wang, Peter A Sims, Ming-Kai Pan, Jyun-You Liou, Danielle Lee, William J Tate, Geoffrey C Kelly, Elan D Louis, Phyllis L Faust
Changes in climbing fiber-Purkinje cell (CF-PC) synaptic connections have been found in the essential tremor (ET) cerebellum, and these changes are correlated with tremor severity. Whether these postmortem changes are specific to ET remains to be investigated. We assessed CF-PC synaptic pathology in the postmortem cerebellum across a range of degenerative movement disorders [10 Parkinson's disease (PD) cases, 10 multiple system atrophy (MSA) cases, 10 spinocerebellar ataxia type 1 (SCA1) cases, and 20 ET cases] and 25 controls...
October 4, 2016: Acta Neuropathologica
Jacqueline Margaret Cumming
With demand for health services continuing to grow as populations age and new technologies emerge to meet health needs, healthcare policy-makers are under constant pressure to set priorities, ie, to make choices about the health services that can and cannot be funded within available resources. In a recent paper, Smith et al apply an influential policy studies framework - Kingdon's multiple streams approach (MSA) - to explore the factors that explain why one health service delivery organization adopted a formal priority setting framework (in the form of programme budgeting and marginal analysis [PBMA]) to assist it in making priority setting decisions...
May 16, 2016: International Journal of Health Policy and Management
Halley C Oliveira, Bruna C R Gomes, Milena T Pelegrino, Amedea B Seabra
Nitric oxide (NO) is a signaling molecule involved in plant response to various abiotic stresses. However, the application of NO donors in agriculture is hampered by the instability of these compounds. Despite the successful uses of NO-releasing nanoparticles for biomedical purposes and the variety of nanomaterials developed as carrier systems of agrochemicals, the potential applications of nanocarriers for NO delivery in plants have not yet been tested. Herein, we report the synthesis and characterization of chitosan nanoparticles (CS NPs) containing the NO donor S-nitroso-mercaptosuccinic acid (S-nitroso-MSA)...
September 29, 2016: Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry
Marwa Al Arab, Christian Höner Zu Siederdissen, Kifah Tout, Abdullah H Sahyoun, Peter F Stadler, Matthias Bernt
Mitochondrial genome sequences are available in large number and new sequences become published nowadays with increasing pace. Fast, automatic, consistent, and high quality annotations are a prerequisite for downstream analyses. Therefore, we present an automated pipeline for fast de novo annotation of mitochondrial protein-coding genes. The annotation is based on enhanced phylogeny-aware hidden Markov models (HMMs). The pipeline builds taxon-specific enhanced multiple sequence alignments (MSA) of already annotated sequences and corresponding HMMs using an approximation of the phylogeny...
September 28, 2016: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
Erik Hans Hoffmann, Andreas Tilgner, Roland Schrödner, Peter Bräuer, Ralf Wolke, Hartmut Herrmann
Oceans dominate emissions of dimethyl sulfide (DMS), the major natural sulfur source. DMS is important for the formation of non-sea salt sulfate (nss-SO4 (2-)) aerosols and secondary particulate matter over oceans and thus, significantly influence global climate. The mechanism of DMS oxidation has accordingly been investigated in several different model studies in the past. However, these studies had restricted oxidation mechanisms that mostly underrepresented important aqueous-phase chemical processes. These neglected but highly effective processes strongly impact direct product yields of DMS oxidation, thereby affecting the climatic influence of aerosols...
September 29, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Mam Kamel, Msa Elsedeek, Kaa Mohamed
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 2015: Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology
Zdenek Rohan, Ivan Milenkovic, Mirjam I Lutz, Radoslav Matej, Gabor G Kovacs
Pathological protein deposits in oligodendroglia are common but variable features of various neurodegenerative conditions. To evaluate oligodendrocyte response in neurodegenerative diseases (NDDs) with different extents of oligodendroglial protein deposition we performed immunostaining for tubulin polymerization-promoting protein p25α (TPPP/p25α), α-synuclein (α-syn), phospho-tau, ubiquitin, myelin basic protein, and the microglial marker HLA-DR. We investigated cases of multiple system atrophy ([MSA] n = 10), Lewy body disease ([LBD] n = 10), globular glial tauopathy ([GGT] n = 7) and progressive supranuclear palsy ([PSP] n = 10)...
September 26, 2016: Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
Kiyoshi Ezawa
BACKGROUND: Insertions and deletions (indels) account for more nucleotide differences between two related DNA sequences than substitutions do, and thus it is imperative to develop a method to reliably calculate the occurrence probabilities of sequence alignments via evolutionary processes on an entire sequence. Previously, we presented a perturbative formulation that facilitates the ab initio calculation of alignment probabilities under a continuous-time Markov model, which describes the stochastic evolution of an entire sequence via indels with quite general rate parameters...
September 27, 2016: BMC Bioinformatics
Linli Zhou, Ying Jiang, Cansheng Zhu, Lili Ma, Qiling Huang, Xiaohong Chen
OBJECTIVE: Oxidative stress is involved in the pathogenesis of multiple system atrophy (MSA). The aim of this study is to examine oxidant biomarkers including homocysteine (Hcys), bilirubin, uric acid, lipids, and potential environmental risk factors and to ascertain whether these data correlate with MSA in a Chinese population. METHODS: In this study, serum levels of Hcys, bilirubin, uric acid, and lipids were studied in 55 MSA patients and 76 healthy controls (HCs)...
September 2016: Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences. le Journal Canadien des Sciences Neurologiques
L J Peng, L L Mao, C F Bi, L P Li, W Yao, D Y Xia, Z W Wang, X K Qi, H R Qian
Objective: To provide evidence for early clinical diagnosis of multiple system atrophy(MSA)by studying the characteristics of sympathetic skin responses(SSR) in the patients with MSA. Methods: A total of 47 MSA patients and 32 healthy individuals were enrolled as case group and normal control(NC) group, from in and out patients of Neurology Department of Navy General Hospital from July 2013 to August 2015. SSR was tested by Nicolet electromyography, the latency and abnormal and disappeared rate of SSR were compared...
September 6, 2016: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
Alana Hoffmann, Benjamin Ettle, Ariane Bruno, Anna Kulinich, Anna-Carin Hoffmann, Julia von Wittgenstein, Jürgen Winkler, Wei Xiang, Johannes C M Schlachetzki
Synucleinopathies such as Parkinson's disease (PD), dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), and multiple system atrophy (MSA) are defined by the presence of intracellular alpha-synuclein aggregates in neurons and/or oligodendrocytes. In addition, post mortem tissue analysis revealed profound changes in microglial morphology, indicating microglial activation and neuroinflammation. Thus, alpha-synuclein may directly activate microglia, leading to increased production of key pro-inflammatory cytokines like tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) and interleukin-1beta (IL-1β), which in turn modulates the disease progression...
October 28, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
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