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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911256/a-residue-located-at-the-junction-of-the-head-and-stalk-regions-of-measles-virus-fusion-protein-regulates-membrane-fusion-by-controlling-conformational-stability
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Yuto Satoh, Saeka Yonemori, Mitsuhiro Hirose, Hiroko Shogaki, Hiroshi Wakimoto, Yoshinori Kitagawa, Bin Gotoh, Tsuyoshi Shirai, Ken-Ichi Takahashi, Masae Itoh
The fusion (F) protein of measles virus (MV) performs refolding from the thermodynamically metastable prefusion form to the highly stable postfusion form via an activated unstable intermediate stage, to induce membrane fusion. Some amino acids involved in the fusion regulation cluster in the heptad repeat B (HR-B) domain of the stalk region, among which substitution of residue 465 by various amino acids revealed that fusion activity correlates well with its side chain length from the Cα (p<0.01) and van der Waals volume (p<0...
December 1, 2016: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903910/structural-insights-into-dynamics-of-recu-hj-complex-formation-elucidates-key-role-of-ntr-and-stalk-region-toward-formation-of-reactive-state
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Sagar Khavnekar, Sarath Chandra Dantu, Svetlana Sedelnikova, Sylvia Ayora, John Rafferty, Avinash Kale
Holliday junction (HJ) resolving enzyme RecU is involved in DNA repair and recombination. We have determined the crystal structure of inactive mutant (D88N) of RecU from Bacillus subtilis in complex with a 12 base palindromic DNA fragment at a resolution of 3.2 Å. This structure shows the stalk region and the essential N-terminal region (NTR) previously unseen in our DNA unbound structure. The flexible nature of the NTR in solution was confirmed using SAXS. Thermofluor studies performed to assess the stability of RecU in complex with the arms of an HJ indicate that it confers stability...
November 29, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903121/craniopharyngioma-adherence-a-comprehensive-topographical-categorization-and-outcome-related-risk-stratification-model-based-on-the-methodical-examination-of-500-tumors
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Ruth Prieto, José María Pascual, Maria Rosdolsky, Inés Castro-Dufourny, Rodrigo Carrasco, Sewan Strauss, Laura Barrios
OBJECTIVE Craniopharyngioma (CP) adherence strongly influences the potential for achieving a radical and safe surgical treatment. However, this factor remains poorly addressed in the scientific literature. This study provides a rational, comprehensive description of CP adherence that can be used for the prediction of surgical risks associated with the removal of these challenging lesions. METHODS This study retrospectively analyzes the evidence provided in pathological, neuroradiological, and surgical CP reports concerning 3 components of the CP attachment: 1) the intracranial structures attached to the tumor; 2) the morphology of the adhesion; and 3) the adhesion strength...
December 2016: Neurosurgical Focus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903119/the-learning-curve-in-endoscopic-endonasal-resection-of-craniopharyngiomas
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Varun R Kshettry, Hyunwoo Do, Khaled Elshazly, Christopher J Farrell, Gurston Nyquist, Marc Rosen, James J Evans
OBJECTIVE There is a paucity of literature regarding the learning curve associated with performing endoscopic endonasal cranial base surgery. The purpose of this study was to determine to what extent a learning curve might exist for endoscopic endonasal resection in cases of craniopharyngiomas. METHODS A retrospective review was performed for all endoscopic endonasal craniopharyngioma resections performed at Thomas Jefferson University from 2005 to 2015. To assess for a learning curve effect, patients were divided into an early cohort (2005-2009, n = 20) and a late cohort (2010-2015, n = 23)...
December 2016: Neurosurgical Focus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902957/giant-pedunclated-lipoma-of-the-esophagus-a-case-report
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Naohiro Taira, Hidenori Kawasaki, Akiko Koja, Tomonori Furugen, Yasuji Oshiro, Eriko Atsumi, Takaharu Ichi, Kazuaki Kushi, Tomofumi Yohena, Tsutomu Kawabata, Masanao Saio, Naoki Yoshimi
INTRODUCTION: Although Esophageal lipoma is extremely rare and pathologically benign, surgical excision of the lipoma is recommended when symptomatic or uncertain biological behavior. In general, some of the esophageal lipoma has a stalk. The pedunclated non-invasive tumor can be removed by stalk ligation, which is either endoscopic or surgical approache. Therefore, the preoperative evaluation is essential. We herein present a case of a huge esophageal lipoma. CASE REPORT: A 82-year-old man, with a wet cough and dyspnea for 6 months, who had the huge mass that almost completely occupied the esophageal lumen, was referred to our institution for the treatment...
November 21, 2016: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902899/endemic-variation-of-h9n2-avian-influenza-virus-in-china
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Yu-Fu Liu, Han-Zhang Lai, Lin Li, Yu-Peng Liu, Wen-Yan Zhang, Ren Gao, Wen-Ke Huang, Qin-Fang Luo, Yan Gao, Qiong Luo, Xiao-Yu Xie, Jia-Hua Xu, Rui-Ai Chen
Forty-two H9N2 subtype AIV strains were isolated from vaccinated commercial chickens in China from 2012 to 2015. Their HA genes had nucleotide sequence homology from 86.7% to 99.7%, and similarity to the classic vaccine strain was 88.6%-92.6%. A comparison was carried out with published HA genes (410 H9 strains) and whole genomes (306 strains) isolated in China during 2012-2015. Interestingly, 99.1% (448/452) of Chinese H9N2 AIV belonged to lineage h9.4.2, and 98.5% (445/452) of the viruses belonged to h9.4...
December 2016: Avian Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902793/snp-discovery-and-qtl-mapping-of-sclerotinia-basal-stalk-rot-resistance-in-sunflower-using-genotyping-by-sequencing
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Zahirul I Talukder, Gerald J Seiler, Qijian Song, Guojia Ma, Lili Qi
Basal stalk rot (BSR), caused by the ascomycete fungus (Lib.) de Bary, is a serious disease of sunflower ( L.) in the cool and humid production areas of the world. Quantitative trait loci (QTL) for BSR resistance were identified in a sunflower recombinant inbred line (RIL) population derived from the cross HA 441 × RHA 439. A genotyping-by-sequencing (GBS) approach was adapted to discover single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) markers. A genetic linkage map was developed comprised of 1053 SNP markers on 17 linkage groups (LGs) spanning 1401...
November 2016: Plant Genome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902274/pleomorphochaeta-caudata-gen-nov-sp-nov-an-anaerobic-bacterium-isolated-from-an-offshore-oil-well-reclassification-of-sphaerochaeta-multiformis-mo-spc2t-as-pleomorphochaeta-multiformis-mo-spc2t-comb-nov-as-the-type-strain-of-this-new-genus-and-emended-description
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Boussad Arroua, Anthony Ranchou-Peyruse, Magali Ranchou-Peyruse, Michel Magot, Laurent Urios, Regis Grimaud
A strictly anaerobic Gram-negative bacterium, designated strain SEBR 4223T, was isolated from the production water of an offshore Congolese oil field. Cells were non-motile, pleomorphic and having spherical, annular or budding shapes and often exhibiting long stalks. Strain SEBR 4223T grew on a range of carbohydrates, optimally at 37°C and pH 7, in a medium containing 40 g.l-1 NaCl. Predominant fatty acids were C14:0, C14:0 DMA, C16:0 and C16:1ω7c and the major polar lipids were phosphoglycolipids (PGL), phospholipids (PL), glycolipids (GL) and diphosphatidylglycerol (DPG)...
November 14, 2016: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901351/biosynthesis-of-gonadotropin-releasing-hormone-gnrh-and-gnrh-receptor-gnrhr-in-hypothalamic-pituitary-unit-of-anoestrous-and-cyclic-ewes
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M O Ciechanowska, M Łapot, K Mateusiak, E Paruszewska, T Malewski, F Przekop
This study was performed to explain how the molecular processes governing the biosynthesis of gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) and GnRH receptor (GnRHR) in the hypothalamic-pituitary unit are reflected by luteinizing hormone (LH) secretion in sheep during anoestrous period and during luteal and follicular phases of the oestrous cycle. Using an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), we analyzed the levels of GnRH and GnRHR in preoptic area (POA), anterior (AH) and ventromedial hypothalamus (VM), stalk-median eminence (SME), and GnRHR in the anterior pituitary gland (AP)...
November 30, 2016: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899915/novel-h7n2-and-h5n6-avian-influenza-a-viruses-in-sentinel-chickens-a-sentinel-chicken-surveillance-study
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Teng Zhao, Yan-Hua Qian, Shan-Hui Chen, Guo-Lin Wang, Meng-Na Wu, Yong Huang, Guang-Yuan Ma, Li-Qun Fang, Gregory C Gray, Bing Lu, Yi-Gang Tong, Mai-Juan Ma, Wu-Chun Cao
In 2014, a sentinel chicken surveillance for avian influenza viruses was conducted in aquatic bird habitat near Wuxi City, Jiangsu Province, China. Two H7N2, one H5N6, and two H9N2 viruses were isolated. Sequence analysis revealed that the H7N2 virus is a novel reassortant of H7N9 and H9N2 viruses and H5N6 virus is a reassortant of H5N1 clade 2.3.4 and H6N6 viruses. Substitutions V186 and L226 (H3 numbering) in the hemagglutinin (HA) gene protein was found in two H7N2 viruses but not in the H5N6 virus. Two A138 and A160 mutations were identified in the HA gene protein of all three viruses but a P128 mutation was only observed in the H5N6 virus...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898930/effects-of-roughage-inclusion-and-particle-size-on-performance-and-rumination-behavior-of-finishing-beef-steers
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W W Gentry, C P Weiss, C M Meredith, F T McCollum, N A Cole, J S Jennings
Roughage is typically mechanically processed to increase digestibility and improve handling and mixing characteristics in beef cattle finishing diets. Roughage is fed to promote ruminal health and decrease digestive upset, but inclusion in finishing diets is limited due to the cost per unit of energy. Rumination behavior may be a means to standardize roughage in beef cattle finishing diets, and increasing particle size of roughage may allow a decrease in roughage inclusion without sacrificing animal performance...
November 2016: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898762/an-expanded-maize-gene-expression-atlas-based-on-rna-sequencing-and-its-use-to-explore-root-development
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Scott C Stelpflug, Rajandeep S Sekhon, Brieanne Vaillancourt, Candice N Hirsch, C Robin Buell, Natalia de Leon, Shawn M Kaeppler
Comprehensive and systematic transcriptome profiling provides valuable insight into biological and developmental processes that occur throughout the life cycle of a plant. We have enhanced our previously published microarray-based gene atlas of maize ( L.) inbred B73 to now include 79 distinct replicated samples that have been interrogated using RNA sequencing (RNA-seq). The current version of the atlas includes 50 original array-based gene atlas samples, a time-course of 12 stalk and leaf samples postflowering, and an additional set of 17 samples from the maize seedling and adult root system...
March 2016: Plant Genome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891281/septooptic-dysplasia-with-an-associated-arachnoid-cyst
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Skyler V McLaurin-Jiang, Julie K Wood, David F Crudo
A 4-week-old male infant presented with hypothermia, hypoglycemia, and hyperbilirubinemia. His medical history was remarkable for hydrocephalus secondary to an arachnoid cyst, intermittent hypoglycemia, hypothermia, and poor feeding requiring nasogastric tube for nutrition. Physical exam revealed retrognathia, mild hypotonia, micropenis, and clinodactyly. Ophthalmologic exam demonstrated bilateral optic nerve hypoplasia (ONH). Laboratory data confirmed inadequate cortisol and growth hormone response to hypoglycemia, a low thyroxine level, and direct hyperbilirubinemia...
2016: Case Reports in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890783/the-proline-glycine-rich-region-of-the-biofilm-adhesion-protein-aap-forms-an-extended-stalk-that-resists-compaction
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Alexander E Yarawsky, Lance R English, Steven T Whitten, Andrew B Herr
Staphylococcus epidermidis is one of the primary bacterial species responsible for healthcare-associated infections. The most significant virulence factor for S. epidermidis is its ability to form a biofilm, which renders the bacteria highly resistant to host immune responses and antibiotic action. Intercellular adhesion within the biofilm is mediated by the accumulation-associated protein (Aap), a cell wall-anchored protein that self-assembles in a zinc-dependent manner. The C-terminal portion of Aap contains a proline/glycine-rich, 135 amino acid-long region that has not yet been characterized...
November 24, 2016: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888831/-extranasal-glioma-surgery-in-a-newborn-a-case-report
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Emel Cadallı Tatar, Gökçe Aksoy Yıldırım, Kemal Keseroğlu, Ali Özdek, Güleser Saylam, Mehmet Hakan Korkmaz, Reyhan Polat
Nasal gliomas are rarely seen, congenital, benign and nonhereditary lesions. These are not true tumors that occur due to extradural malposition of ectopic glial tissue during embryologic development. These are generally diagnosed during childbirth and may have an intracranial extension with fibrous stalk. Treatment of these masses that cause nasal obstruction and cosmetic deformity according to location, is total excision. In this case report, we present an extranasal glioma case whose surgery was done when she was 11 days old...
September 2016: Kulak Burun Boğaz Ihtisas Dergisi: KBB, Journal of Ear, Nose, and Throat
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886256/structural-insights-into-the-interaction-of-the-ribosomal-p-stalk-protein-p2-with-a-type-ii-ribosome-inactivating-protein-ricin
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Xiaojiao Fan, Yuwei Zhu, Chongyuan Wang, Liwen Niu, Maikun Teng, Xu Li
Ricin is a type II ribosome-inactivating protein (RIP) that depurinates A(4324) at the sarcin-ricin loop of 28 S ribosomal RNA (rRNA), thus inactivating the ribosome by preventing elongation factors from binding to the GTPase activation centre. Recent studies have disclosed that the conserved C-terminal domain (CTD) of eukaryotic ribosomal P stalk proteins is involved in the process that RIPs target ribosome. However, the details of the molecular interaction between ricin and P stalk proteins remain unknown...
November 25, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881666/how-and-why-intralumenal-membrane-fragments-form-during-vacuolar-lysosome-fusion
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Sevan Mattie McNally, Erin K Karim, Mahmoud A Vali, Hojatollah Brett, Christopher L Brett
Lysosomal membrane fusion mediates the last step of the autophagy and endocytosis pathways, and supports organelle remodeling and biogenesis. Because fusogenic proteins and lipids concentrate in a ring at the vertex between apposing organelle membranes, the encircled area of membrane can be severed and internalized within the lumen as a fragment upon lipid bilayer fusion. How or why this intralumenal fragment forms during fusion, however, is not entirely clear. To better understand this process, we studied fragment formation during homotypic vacuolar lysosome membrane fusion in Saccharomyces cerevisiae Using cell-free fusion assays and light microscopy, we find that GTPase activation and trans-SNARE complex zippering have opposing effects on fragment formation, and verify that this impacts the morphology of the fusion product and regulates transporter protein degradation...
November 23, 2016: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27880939/inhibition-of-the-transcriptional-repressor-complex-bcl-6-bcor-induces-endothelial-sprouting-but-does-not-promote-tumor-growth
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Elisabeth Buchberger, Dietmar Payrhuber, Miriam El Harchi, Branislav Zagrapan, Katharina Scheuba, Anna Zommer, Edina Bugyik, Balazs Dome, Julia Barbara Kral, Waltraud Cornelia Schrottmaier, Gernot Schabbauer, Peter Petzelbauer, Marion Gröger, Martin Bilban, Christine Brostjan
The oncogenic potential of the transcriptional repressor Bcl-6 (B-cell lymphoma 6) was originally discovered in non-Hodgkin patients and the soluble Bcl-6 inhibitor 79-6 was developed to treat diffuse large B-cell lymphomas with aberrant Bcl-6 expression. Since we found Bcl-6 and its co-repressor BCoR (Bcl-6 interacting co-repressor) to be regulated in human microvascular endothelium by colorectal cancer cells, we investigated their function in sprouting angiogenesis which is central to tumor growth. Based on Bcl-6/BCoR gene silencing we found that the transcriptional repressor complex in fact constitutes an endogenous inhibitor of vascular sprouting by supporting the stalk cell phenotype: control of Notch target genes (HES1, HEY1, DLL4) and cell cycle regulators (cyclin A and B1)...
November 21, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878091/diversity-and-resilience-of-the-wood-feeding-higher-termite-mironasutitermes-shangchengensis-gut-microbiota-in-response-to-temporal-and-diet-variations
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Ying Wang, Lijuan Su, Shi Huang, Cunpei Bo, Sen Yang, Yan Li, Fengqin Wang, Hui Xie, Jian Xu, Andong Song
Termites are considered among the most efficient bioreactors, with high capacities for lignocellulose degradation and utilization. Recently, several studies have characterized the gut microbiota of diverse termites. However, the temporal dynamics of the gut microbiota within a given termite with dietary diversity are poorly understood. Here, we employed 16S rDNA barcoded pyrosequencing analysis to investigate temporal changes in bacterial diversity and richness of the gut microbiota of wood-feeding higher termite Mironasutitermes shangchengensis under three lignocellulose content-based diets that feature wood, corn stalks, and filter paper...
November 2016: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27877190/insights-into-the-sesquiterpenoid-pathway-by-metabolic-profiling-and-de-novo-transcriptome-assembly-of-stem-chicory-cichorium-intybus-cultigroup-catalogna
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Giulio Testone, Giovanni Mele, Elisabetta Di Giacomo, Maria Gonnella, Massimiliano Renna, Gian Carlo Tenore, Chiara Nicolodi, Giovanna Frugis, Maria Adelaide Iannelli, Giuseppe Arnesi, Alessandro Schiappa, Donato Giannino
Stem-chicory of the "Catalogna" group is a vegetable consumed for bitter-flavored stems. Type and levels of bitter sesquiterpene lactones (STLs) participate in conferring bitterness in vegetables. The content of lactucin-and lactucopocrin-like STLs was higher in "Molfettese" than "Galatina" landrace stalks, regardless of the cultivation sites, consistently with bitterness scores and gustative differences. The "Galatina" transcriptome assembly resulted in 58,872 unigenes, 77% of which were annotated, paving the way to molecular investigation of the STL pathway...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
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