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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340485/an-approach-for-liposome-immobilization-using-sterically-stabilized-micelles-ssms-as-a-precursor-for-bio-layer-interferometry-based-interaction-studies
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Jakob Wallner, Gabriele Lhota, Markus Schosserer, Karola Vorauer-Uhl
Non-fluidic bio-layer interferometry (BLI) has rapidly become a standard tool for monitoring almost all biomolecular interactions in a label-free, real-time and high-throughput manner. High-efficiency screening methods which measure the kinetics of liposomes with a variety of compounds require the immobilization of liposomes. In this work, a method is described for immobilizing liposomes for interaction studies, based on the biophysical principles of this biosensor platform. The immobilization approach includes the loading of DSPE-PEG(2000)-biotin containing sterically stabilized micelles (SSMs) which are restructured in a buffer change step, resulting in an accessible substrate for liposome immobilization...
March 12, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340330/same-same-but-different-the-evolution-of-tbp-in-archaea-and-their-eukaryotic-offspring
#2
Fabian Blombach, Dina Grohmann
Transcription factors TBP and TF(II)B assemble with RNA polymerase at the promoter DNA forming the initiation complex. Despite a high degree of conservation, the molecular binding mechanisms of archaeal and eukaryotic TBP and TF(II)B differ significantly. Based on recent biophysical data, we speculate how the mechanisms co-evolved with transcription regulation and TBP multiplicity.
February 8, 2017: Transcription
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339206/utilizing-electron-spin-echo-envelope-modulation-to-distinguish-between-the-local-secondary-structures-of-an-%C3%AE-helix-and-an-amphipathic-310-helical-peptide
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Lauren Bottorf, Sophia Rafferty, Indra Dev Sahu, Robert M McCarrick, Gary A Lorigan
Electron Spin Echo Envelope Modulation (ESEEM) spectroscopy was used to distinguish between the local secondary structures of an α-helix and a 310-helix. Previously, we have shown that ESEEM spectroscopy in combination with site-directed spin labeling (SDSL) and 2H-labeled amino acids (i) can probe the local secondary structure of α-helices, resulting in an obvious deuterium modulation pattern, where i+4 positions generally show larger 2H ESEEM peak intensities than i+3 positions. Here, we have hypothesized that due to the unique turn periodicities of an α-helix (3...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335464/a-geographic-information-assisted-temporal-mixture-analysis-for-addressing-the-issue-of-endmember-class-and-endmember-spectra-variability
#4
Wenliang Li, Changshan Wu
Spectral mixture analysis (SMA) is a common approach for parameterizing biophysical fractions of urban environment and widely applied in many fields. For successful SMA, the selection of endmember class and corresponding spectra has been assumed as the most important step. Thanks to the spatial heterogeneity of natural and urban landscapes, the variability of endmember class and corresponding spectra has been widely considered as the profound error source in SMA. To address the challenging problems, we proposed a geographic information-assisted temporal mixture analysis (GATMA)...
March 18, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334800/optimization-of-a-novel-biophysical-model-using-large-scale-in-vivo-antisense-hybridization-data-displays-improved-prediction-capabilities-of-structurally-accessible-rna-regions
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Jorge Vazquez-Anderson, Mia K Mihailovic, Kevin C Baldridge, Kristofer G Reyes, Katie Haning, Seung Hee Cho, Paul Amador, Warren B Powell, Lydia M Contreras
Current approaches to design efficient antisense RNAs (asRNAs) rely primarily on a thermodynamic understanding of RNA-RNA interactions. However, these approaches depend on structure predictions and have limited accuracy, arguably due to overlooking important cellular environment factors. In this work, we develop a biophysical model to describe asRNA-RNA hybridization that incorporates in vivo factors using large-scale experimental hybridization data for three model RNAs: a group I intron, CsrB and a tRNA. A unique element of our model is the estimation of the availability of the target region to interact with a given asRNA using a differential entropic consideration of suboptimal structures...
February 21, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334762/missense-uros-mutations-causing-congenital-erythropoietic-porphyria-reduce-uros-homeostasis-that-can-be-rescued-by-proteasome-inhibition
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Jean-Marc Blouin, Ganeko Bernardo-Seisdedos, Emma Sasso, Julie Esteve, Cécile Ged, Magalie Lalanne, Arantza Sanz-Parra, Pedro Urquiza, Hubert de Verneuil, Oscar Millet, Emmanuel Richard
Congenital erythropoietic porphyria (CEP) is an inborn error of heme biosynthesis characterized by uroporphyrinogen III synthase (UROS) deficiency resulting in deleterious porphyrin accumulation in blood cells responsible for hemolytic anemia and cutaneous photosensitivity. We analyzed here the molecular basis of UROS impairment associated with twenty nine UROS missense mutations actually described in CEP patients. Using a computational and biophysical joint approach we predicted that most disease-causing mutations would affect UROS folding and stability...
February 21, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334404/calcium-homeostasis-modulator-1-like-currents-in-rat-fungiform-taste-cells-expressing-amiloride-sensitive-sodium-currents
#7
Albertino Bigiani
Salt reception by taste cells is still the less understood transduction process occurring in taste buds, the peripheral sensory organs for the detection of food chemicals. Although there is evidence suggesting that the epithelial sodium channel (ENaC) works as sodium receptor, yet it is not clear how salt-detecting cells signal the relevant information to nerve endings. Taste cells responding to sweet, bitter, and umami substances release ATP as neurotransmitter through a nonvesicular mechanism. Three different channel proteins have been proposed as conduit for ATP secretion: pannexin channels, connexin hemichannels, and calcium homeostasis modulator 1 (CALHM1) channels...
March 10, 2017: Chemical Senses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333587/variational-latent-gaussian-process-for-recovering-single-trial-dynamics-from-population-spike-trains
#8
Yuan Zhao, Il Memming Park
When governed by underlying low-dimensional dynamics, the interdependence of simultaneously recorded populations of neurons can be explained by a small number of shared factors, or a low-dimensional trajectory. Recovering these latent trajectories, particularly from single-trial population recordings, may help us understand the dynamics that drive neural computation. However, due to the biophysical constraints and noise in the spike trains, inferring trajectories from data is a challenging statistical problem in general...
March 23, 2017: Neural Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332571/profiling-protein-expression-in-circulating-tumour-cells-using-microfluidic-western-blotting
#9
Elly Sinkala, Elodie Sollier-Christen, Corinne Renier, Elisabet Rosàs-Canyelles, James Che, Kyra Heirich, Todd A Duncombe, Julea Vlassakis, Kevin A Yamauchi, Haiyan Huang, Stefanie S Jeffrey, Amy E Herr
Circulating tumour cells (CTCs) are rare tumour cells found in the circulatory system of certain cancer patients. The clinical and functional significance of CTCs is still under investigation. Protein profiling of CTCs would complement the recent advances in enumeration, transcriptomic and genomic characterization of these rare cells and help define their characteristics. Here we describe a microfluidic western blot for an eight-plex protein panel for individual CTCs derived from estrogen receptor-positive (ER+) breast cancer patients...
March 23, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331218/identification-of-a-novel-heterozygous-mutation-of-the-aggrecan-gene-in-a-family-with-idiopathic-short-stature-and-multiple-intervertebral-disc-herniation
#10
Sumito Dateki, Akiko Nakatomi, Satoshi Watanabe, Hitomi Shimizu, Yukiko Inoue, Hideo Baba, Koh-Ichiro Yoshiura, Hiroyuki Moriuchi
Aggrecan is a critical proteoglycan component of the extracellular matrix of the growth plates and articular cartilage and has a key role in the biophysical and biomechanical properties of cartilage. Recently, heterozygous mutations in the ACAN gene, which encodes aggrecan, have been identified in patients with short stature and accelerated bone age. We herein report another family with a heterozygous ACAN mutation associated with idiopathic short stature along with accelerated bone age and early-onset herniation of the lumbar discs at the levels of L1/2 through L5/S1...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331000/biophysical-studies-of-cholesterol-effects-on-chromatin
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Isabel T G Silva, Vinicius Fernandes, Caio Souza, Werner Treptow, Guilherme Martins Santos
Changes in chromatin structure regulate gene expression and genome maintenance. Molecules that bind to the nucleosome, the complex of DNA and histone proteins, are key modulators of chromatin structure. Previous work indicated that cholesterol, a ubiquitous cellular lipid, may bind to chromatin in vivo, suggesting a potential function for lipids in modulating chromatin architecture. However, the molecular mechanisms of cholesterol action on chromatin structure have remained unclear. Here, we explored the biophysical impact of cholesterol on nucleosome and chromatin fibers reconstituted in vitro and characterized in silico the cholesterol binding to nucleosome...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Lipid Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330990/on-the-growth-and-form-of-shoots
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Raghunath Chelakkot, L Mahadevan
Growing plant stems and shoots exhibit a variety of shapes that embody growth in response to various stimuli. Building on experimental observations, we provide a quantitative biophysical theory for these shapes by accounting for the inherent observed passive and active effects: (i) the active controllable growth response of the shoot in response to its orientation relative to gravity, (ii) proprioception, the shoot's growth response to its own observable current shape, and (iii) the passive elastic deflection of the shoot due to its own weight, which determines the current shape of the shoot...
March 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330839/evolutionary-insights-into-t-type-ca-2-channel-structure-function-and-ion-selectivity-from-the-trichoplax-adhaerens-homologue
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Carolyn L Smith, Salsabil Abdallah, Yuen Yan Wong, Phuong Le, Alicia N Harracksingh, Liana Artinian, Arianna N Tamvacakis, Vincent Rehder, Thomas S Reese, Adriano Senatore
Four-domain voltage-gated Ca(2+) (Cav) channels play fundamental roles in the nervous system, but little is known about when or how their unique properties and cellular roles evolved. Of the three types of metazoan Cav channels, Cav1 (L-type), Cav2 (P/Q-, N- and R-type) and Cav3 (T-type), Cav3 channels are optimized for regulating cellular excitability because of their fast kinetics and low activation voltages. These same properties permit Cav3 channels to drive low-threshold exocytosis in select neurons and neurosecretory cells...
March 22, 2017: Journal of General Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330769/difference-in-the-core-shell-dynamics-of-polyethyleneimine-and-poly-l-lysine-dna-polyplexes
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Elina Vuorimaa-Laukkanen, Ekaterina S Lisitsyna, Tiia-Maaria Ketola, Emmanuelle Morin-Pickardat, Huamin Liang, Martina Hanzlíková, Marjo Yliperttula
Electrostatic polymer-DNA complexes (polyplexes) have been widely investigated for DNA delivery, and remarkable differences in transfection efficacy have been seen among the materials. For example, polyethyleneimine (PEI) mediates DNA transfection more effectively than poly(l-lysine) (PLL). Biophysical properties of the polyplexes may explain their different properties in gene delivery. We investigated the structural dynamics in DNA polyplexes, especially the material exchange between the core and shell regions of the PEI and PLL polyplexes...
March 18, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330183/purification-and-characterization-of-lipoxygenase-from-mung-bean-vigna-radiata-l-germinating-seedlings
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Raveendra Aanangi, Kasi Viswanath Kotapati, Bhagath Kumar Palaka, Thyagaraju Kedam, Nirmala Devi Kanika, Dinakara Rao Ampasala
This study reports purification and characterization of lipoxygenase protein from mung bean germinating seedlings. Lipoxygenases (LOXs) are key enzymes in seed germination. The purified mung bean LOX has resolved into two peaks by chromatofocusing, one has highest LOX activity with an isoelectric point of 5.84 and the other has lowest LOX activity with an isoelectric point of 5.52. The purified LOX has molecular mass of approximately 97 kDa and showed high activity with linoleic acid than linolenic acid and arachidonic acid...
June 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330086/cloning-expression-purification-and-characterization-of-human-mitochondrial-carbonic-anhydrase-va
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Danish Idrees, Sudhir Kumar, Syed Abdul Arif Rehman, Samudrala Gourinath, Asimul Islam, Faizan Ahmad, Md Imtaiyaz Hassan
Carbonic anhydrase VA (CAVA) is a mitochondrial enzyme that catalyzes the reversible hydration of CO2 to produce HCO3(-) and proton. CAV is primarily involved in several biosynthetic processes such as ureagenesis, gluconeogenesis and lipogenesis by providing bicarbonate ion. Here, we report a new strategy for cloning, expression and purification for CAVA in the bacterial system followed by its biophysical characterization. The cDNA of CAVA, a 801 nucleotide long that encodes a 267-amino acid polypeptide of molecular mass of 30-kDa (excluding signal peptide), was sub-cloned in the expression vector pET21c and transformed into Escherichia coli strain BL21 (DE3) for expression...
June 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329006/dimorphic-cocoons-of-the-cecropia-moth-hyalophora-cecropia-morphological-behavioral-and-biophysical-differences
#17
Patrick A Guerra, Steven M Reppert
The larvae of the giant silk moth (Hyalophora cecropia) spin strikingly dimorphic, multilayered cocoons that are either large and fluffy (baggy) or significantly smaller and tightly woven (compact). Although these cocoon-morphs share the same function (i.e., housing for pupal to adult development during overwintering), previous work has been unable to determine why cocoon dimorphism exists. We addressed this issue in cecropia moth cocoons collected along power line right-of-way habitats in Massachusetts. We first characterized the architectural differences between cocoon-morphs for all three cocoon sections (outer and inner envelopes, and the intermediate layer separating the two)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328013/validation-of-surface-to-volume-ratio-measurements-derived-from-oscillating-gradient-spin-echo-on-a-clinical-scanner-using-anisotropic-fiber-phantoms
#18
Gregory Lemberskiy, Steven H Baete, Martijn A Cloos, Dmitry S Novikov, Els Fieremans
A diffusion measurement in the short-time surface-to-volume ratio (S/V) limit (Mitra et al., Phys Rev Lett. 1992;68:3555) can disentangle the free diffusion coefficient from geometric restrictions to diffusion. Biophysical parameters, such as the S/V of tissue membranes, can be used to estimate microscopic length scales non-invasively. However, due to gradient strength limitations on clinical MRI scanners, pulsed gradient spin echo (PGSE) measurements are impractical for probing the S/V limit. To achieve this limit on clinical systems, an oscillating gradient spin echo (OGSE) sequence was developed...
March 22, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327490/integrated-narrative-nursing-a-new-perspective-for-an-advanced-assessment
#19
Giovanna Artioli, Chiara Foà, Chiara Cosentino, Chiara Taffurelli
The assessment is the first of the fundamental nursing processes: it includes data collection, problem identification, and setting of priorities, which all facilitates the process of making a nursing diagnosis. The assessment helps to identify a goal, which, through a decision-making process, orientates the planning as well as the nursing intervention, which will be evaluated at a later stage. It seems that the proposed multidimensional and integrated assessment has a good potential to significantly influence the nursing care...
March 14, 2017: Acta Bio-medica: Atenei Parmensis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327375/value-of-placental-volume-and-vascular-flow-indices-as-predictors-of-intrauterine-growth-retardation
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Nieves L González-González, Enrique González-Dávila, Lidia González Marrero, Erika Padrón, José R Conde, Walter Plasencia
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the utility of first-trimester placental volume and vascular flow indices to predict intrauterine growth retardation (IUGR). STUDY DESIGN: In 1004 singleton pregnancies attending routine care we recorded maternal characteristics, biophysical and biochemical factors included in the first trimester screening for aneuploidy (FTSA) and uterine artery pulsatility index (PI). Placental volume, Vascularization Index, Flow Index and Vascularization Flow Index were obtained...
March 6, 2017: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
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