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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319217/improving-artificial-metalloenzymes-activity-by-optimizing-electron-transfer
#1
Cheng Hu, Yang Yu, Jiangyun Wang
While many artificial metalloenzymes have been reported, and are proposed to be highly promising for energy, environmental and medical applications, few could match the turnover rate (TOR) and turnover number (TON) of natural enzymes. Since electron transfer is oftentimes the rate-determining step, optimizing the electron transfer efficiency is an effective approach to significantly enhance artificial enzymes' activity. In this article, we review the recent progress in improving artificial metalloenzymes' activity by optimizing electron transfer...
March 20, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319030/ischemic-small-intestine-in-vivo-versus-ex-vivo-bioimpedance-measurements
#2
Runar James Strand-Amundsen, Henrik Reims, Christian Tronstad, Havard Kalvoy, Orjan Martinsen, Jan Hogetveit, Tom Erik Ruud, Tor Inge Tønnessen
Bioimpedance has been used to investigate changes in electrical parameters during ischemia in various tissues. The small intestine is a multi-layered structure, with several distinct tissue types, and ischemia related changes occur at different times in the different intestinal layers. When investigating how the electrical properties in the small intestine is affected by ischemia, some researchers have used ex-vivo models while others have used in-vivo models. In this study, we compare ischemic time development of electrical parameters in ischemic in-vivo versus ex-vivo small intestine...
March 20, 2017: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317899/minocycline-treatment-suppresses-juvenile-development-and-growth-by-attenuating-insulin-tor-signaling-in-drosophila-animal-model
#3
Hyun Myoung Yun, Sujin Noh, Seogang Hyun
Minocycline is a broad spectrum, semi-synthetic tetracycline analog that is used to treat bacterial infection. Recently, this drug has been receiving increasing attention for its non-antibiotic properties, including anti-inflammatory, tumor suppressive, and neuroprotective effects. Drosophila is a useful model organism for studying human metabolism and disease. In this study, we investigated the effects of minocycline on juvenile development and growth in Drosophila. Feeding minocycline to Drosophila larvae suppresses larval body growth and delays the timing of pupation in a dose-dependent manner...
March 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315697/the-role-of-the-tor-pathway-in-mediating-the-link-between-nutrition-and-longevity
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REVIEW
Oleh Lushchak, Olha Strilbytska, Veronika Piskovatska, Kenneth B Storey, Alexander Koliada, Alexander Vaiserman
The target of rapamycin (TOR) pathway integrates signals from extracellular and intracellular agents, such as growth factors, nutrients, mediators of energy balance, oxygen availability and other environmental cues. It allows the regulation of multiple cellular processes including protein and lipid synthesis, ribosome biogenesis, autophagy and metabolic processes. Being conserved across different phyla, TOR regulates longevity of various organisms in response to dietary conditions. In this review we described the main components of the TOR pathway and its upstream effectors and downstream processes in relation to aging...
March 15, 2017: Mechanisms of Ageing and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314078/high-physical-fitness-is-associated-with-reduction-in-basal-and-exercise-induced-inflammation
#5
Øyunn Kleiven, Magnus Bjørkavoll-Bergseth, Tor Melberg, Øyvind Skadberg, Rolf Bergseth, Jone Selvåg, Bjørn Auestad, Pål Aukrust, Torbjørn Aarsland, Stein Ørn
C-reactive protein (CRP) increases after strenuous exercise. It has been a concern that prolonged strenuous exercise may be harmful, and induce a deleterious inflammatory response. The purpose of this study was to 1) Assess and quantify the magnitude of CRP response following an endurance cycling competition in healthy middle-aged recreational cyclists. 2) Identify important determinants of this response. 3) Identify the relationship between CRP, myocardial damage (cardiac Troponin I (cTnI)) and myocardial strain (B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP))...
March 17, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314050/efficacy-of-rna-interference-knockdown-using-aerosolized-short-interfering-rnas-bound-to-nanoparticles-in-three-diverse-aphid-species
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M W Thairu, I H Skidmore, R Bansal, E Nováková, T E Hansen, H Li-Byarlay, S A Wickline, A K Hansen
RNA interference (RNAi) has emerged as a promising method for validating gene function; however, its utility in nonmodel insects has proven problematic, with delivery methods being one of the main obstacles. This study investigates a novel method of RNAi delivery in aphids, the aerosolization of short interfering RNA (siRNA)-nanoparticle complexes. By using nanoparticles as a siRNA carrier, the likelihood of cellular uptake is increased, when compared to methods previously used in insects. To determine the efficacy of this RNAi delivery system, siRNAs were aerosolized with and without nanoparticles in three aphid species: Acyrthosiphon pisum, Aphis glycines and Schizaphis graminum...
March 17, 2017: Insect Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304182/insurance-reimbursement-for-complementary-healthcare-services
#7
James Whedon, Tor D Tosteson, Anupama Kizhakkeveettil, Melissa Nagare Kimura
INTRODUCTION: Insurance reimbursement for clinical services provided by complementary healthcare professionals in the United States likely differs by provider specialty. It is hypothesized that a lower likelihood of insurance reimbursement demonstrates that complementary healthcare services are not utilized to an optimal level and are not financially accessible to all who may need or want these services. The purpose of this project was to evaluate the likelihood of insurance reimbursement for complementary healthcare services compared with other complementary services and with conventional primary care medical services in New Hampshire...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice, and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303961/the-metabolic-waste-ammonium-regulates-mtorc2-and-mtorc1-signaling
#8
Ahmad Merhi, Paul Delrée, Anna Maria Marini
Two structurally and functionally distinct mammalian TOR complexes control cell growth and metabolism in physiological and pathological contexts including cancer. Upregulated glutaminolysis is part of the metabolic reprogramming occurring in cancer, providing fuels for growth but also liberating ammonium, a potent neurotoxic waste product. Here, we identify ammonium as a novel dose-dependent signal mediating rapid mTORC2 activation and further regulating mTORC1. We show that ammonium induces rapid RICTOR-dependent phosphorylation of AKT-S473, a process requiring the PI3K pathway and further involving the Src-family kinase YES1, the FAK kinase and the ITGβ1 integrin...
March 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302424/external-validation-of-the-universal-termination-of-resuscitation-rule-for-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-in-british-columbia
#9
Brian Grunau, John Taylor, Frank X Scheuermeyer, Robert Stenstrom, William Dick, Takahisa Kawano, David Barbic, Ian Drennan, Jim Christenson
STUDY OBJECTIVE: The Universal Termination of Resuscitation Rule (TOR Rule) was developed to identify out-of-hospital cardiac arrests eligible for field termination of resuscitation, avoiding futile transportation to the hospital. The validity of the rule in emergency medical services (EMS) systems that do not routinely transport out-of-hospital cardiac arrest patients to the hospital is unknown. We seek to validate the TOR Rule in British Columbia. METHODS: This study included consecutive, nontraumatic, adult, out-of-hospital cardiac arrests treated by EMS in British Columbia from April 2011 to September 2015...
March 14, 2017: Annals of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297148/-x-marks-the-spot-an-injection-technique-for-alopecia-areata
#10
Shruti Agrawal, Devika Patel, Tor Shwayder
Children with alopecia areata often have multiple patches of hair loss. When administering intralesional steroid injections, it can be difficult to monitor which areas have already been treated. Additionally, patients and their parents may worry that we did not treat all of the affected areas. We describe a simple technique to keep track of which areas have been treated.
March 2017: Pediatric Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296296/biplane-interventional-pediatric-system-with-cone-beam-ct-dose-and-image-quality-characterization-for-the-default-protocols
#11
Eva Corredoira, Eliseo Vañó, Luis Alejo, Carlos Ubeda, Federico Gutiérrez-Larraya, Julia Garayoa
The aim of this study was to assess image quality and radiation dose of a biplane angiographic system with cone-beam CT (CBCT) capability tuned for pediatric cardiac procedures. The results of this study can be used to explore dose reduction techniques. For pulsed fluoroscopy and cine modes, polymethyl methacrylate phantoms of various thicknesses and a Leeds TOR 18-FG test object were employed. Various fields of view (FOV) were selected. For CBCT, the study employed head and body dose phantoms, Catphan 504, and an anthropomorphic cardiology phantom...
July 2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295259/applying-the-tor-c-que-in-inkt-cells-a-new-twist-in-an-old-tale
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Mihalis Verykokakis, Barbara L Kee
The mammalian Target of Rapamycin (mTOR) protein controls the machinery necessary for T-cell activation, differentiation, and memory formation, as a component of mTOR complex 1 (mTORC1) and mTORC2, which function both downstream and upstream of AKT. Invariant natural killer T (iNKT) cells are a unique T-cell subset that exist in a primed state, capable of rapid activation, and produce large quantities of cytokines. iNKT-cell effector differentiation is dependent on the mTORC1 complex; however, the requirements for mTORC2 in iNKT cells have been controversial...
March 2017: European Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293233/the-soil-bacterium-methylococcus-capsulatus-bath-interacts-with-human-dendritic-cells-to-modulate-immune-function
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Stine Indrelid, Charlotte Kleiveland, René Holst, Morten Jacobsen, Tor Lea
The prevalence of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) has increased in Western countries during the course of the twentieth century, and is evolving to be a global disease. Recently we showed that a bacterial meal of a non-commensal, non-pathogenic methanotrophic soil bacterium, Methylococcus capsulatus Bath prevents experimentally induced colitis in a murine model of IBD. The mechanism behind the effect has this far not been identified. Here, for the first time we show that M. capsulatus, a soil bacterium adheres specifically to human dendritic cells, influencing DC maturation, cytokine production, and subsequent T cell activation, proliferation and differentiation...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293043/treatment-of-post-transplantation-lymphoproliferative-disorders-after-kidney-transplant-with-rituximab-and-conversion-to-m-tor-inhibitor
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John Fredy Nieto-Rios, Sandra Milena Gómez de Los Ríos, Lina María Serna-Higuita, Catalina Ocampo-Kohn, Arbey Aristizabal-Alzate, Kenny Mauricio Gálvez-Cárdenas, Gustavo Adolfo Zuluaga-Valencia
BACKGROUND: Post-transplantation lymphoproliferative disorders are serious complications of organ transplantation which treatment is not yet standardized. OBJECTIVE: To describe the clinical response, overall and graft survival of patients in our center with this complication after kidney transplantation, which received rituximab as part of their treatment as well as conversion to m-TOR. METHODS: Retrospective study, which included patients, diagnosed with post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorders after kidney transplantation from January 2011 to July 2014...
December 30, 2016: Colombia Médica: CM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292318/transoral-robotic-surgery-with-radial-forearm-free-flap-reconstruction-case-control-analysis
#15
Vincent L Biron, Daniel A O'Connell, Brittany Barber, Jessica M Clark, Colin Andrews, Caroline C Jeffery, David W J Côté, Jeffrey Harris, Hadi Seikaly
BACKGROUND: The resection of large oropharyngeal tumors traditionally involves a lip-splitting mandibulotomy for adequate margin visualization and free flap reconstruction of the surgical defect. Transoral robotic surgery (TORS) has emerged as a technique that can resect large and complex oropharyngeal tumors, avoiding a lip-splitting approach. The aim of this study is to compare the lip-splitting mandibulotomy approach versus TORS for the management of advanced stage oropharyngeal carcinomas...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285138/molecular-details-of-the-raptor-binding-motif-on-arabidopsis-s6-kinase
#16
Ora Son, Sunghan Kim, Yoon-Sun Hur, Choong-Ill Cheon
A putative raptor-binding fragment was identified from Arabidopsis S6 kinase 1 (AtS6K1) N-terminal domain in our previous study. Here, we report a further characterization of this fragment, which identified a 12-amino acid core element absolutely required for the interaction. Although the amino acid sequence of the element per se had no significant homology with the canonical consensus of the TOS (TOR-signaling) motif found in the mammalian TOR (target of rapamycin) kinase substrates, its overall sequence composition is similar to that of the TOS motif in that the acidic and non-polar amino acids residues are arranged in alternating fashion and having one or two of the bulky hydrophobic amino acid (F) buried in the interior...
March 8, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284995/cloning-expression-purification-and-characterisation-of-the-heat-repeat-domain-of-tor-from-the-thermophilic-eukaryote-chaetomium-thermophilum
#17
Graham C Robinson, Yogesh Vegunta, Caroline Gabus, Christl Gaubitz, Stéphane Thore
The Target of Rapamycin Complex is a central controller of cell growth and differentiation in eukaryotes. Its global architecture has been described by cryoelectron microscopy, and regions of its central TOR protein have been described by X-ray crystallography. However, the N-terminal region of this protein, which consists of a series of HEAT repeats, remains uncharacterised at high resolution, most likely due to the absence of a suitable purification procedure. Here, we present a robust method for the preparation of the HEAT-repeat domain, utilizing the thermophilic fungus Chaetomium thermophilum as a source organism...
March 8, 2017: Protein Expression and Purification
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282370/tor1-and-ck2-kinases-control-a-switch-between-alternative-ribosome-biogenesis-pathways-in-a-growth-dependent-manner
#18
Isabelle C Kos-Braun, Ilona Jung, Martin Koš
Ribosome biogenesis is a major energy-consuming process in the cell that has to be rapidly down-regulated in response to stress or nutrient depletion. The target of rapamycin 1 (Tor1) pathway regulates synthesis of ribosomal RNA (rRNA) at the level of transcription initiation. It remains unclear whether ribosome biogenesis is also controlled directly at the posttranscriptional level. We show that Tor1 and casein kinase 2 (CK2) kinases regulate a rapid switch between a productive and a non-productive pre-rRNA processing pathways in yeast...
March 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281897/patients-with-acute-myeloid-leukemia-can-be-subclassified-based-on-the-constitutive-cytokine-release-of-the-leukemic-cells-the-possible-clinical-relevance-and-the-importance-of-cellular-iron-metabolism
#19
Annette K Brenner, Tor Henrik Anderson Tvedt, Ina Nepstad, Kristin P Rye, Karen M Hagen, Håkon Reikvam, Øystein Bruserud
OBJECTIVE: Acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) is a heterogeneous malignancy; we studied how the constitutive cytokine release by the AML cells varies among patients. METHODS: We investigated the constitutive release of 28 mediators during in vitro culture for 79 consecutive patients. RESULTS: Constitutive cytokine release profiles differed among patients, and hierarchical clustering identified three subsets with high, intermediate and low release, respectively...
April 2017: Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281664/genetic-interactions-and-functional-analyses-of-the-fission-yeast-gsk3-and-amk2-single-and-double-mutants-defective-in-torc1-dependent-processes
#20
Charalampos Rallis, StJohn Townsend, Jürg Bähler
The Target of Rapamycin (TOR) signalling network plays important roles in aging and disease. The AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) and the Gsk3 kinase inhibit TOR during stress. We performed genetic interaction screens using synthetic genetic arrays (SGA) with gsk3 and amk2 as query mutants, the latter encoding the regulatory subunit of AMPK. We identified 69 negative and 82 positive common genetic interactors, with functions related to cellular growth and stress. The 120 gsk3-specific negative interactors included genes functioning in translation and ribosomes...
March 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
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