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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333464/quantification-of-thermodynamic-hydridicity-of-hydride-complexes-of-mn-re-mo-and-w-using-molecular-electrostatic-potential
#1
Sandhya Karakkadparambil Sankaran, Cherumuttathu H Suresh
Molecular electrostatic potential (MESP) at the hydride nucleus, VH is proposed as a powerful measure of the hydride donor ability (hydridicity) of metal hydride complexes. The VH alues are determined for several group VI and group VII octahedral metal hydride complexes of Mo, W, Mn and Re at the B3LYP level of DFT. Further, the hydridicity, defined by the thermodynamic parameter ΔG(o)H- is determined for all these complexes using a thermodynamic cycle which describes the hydride abstraction reaction by H3O(+) ion...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303792/toward-theoretical-synthesis-of-biocomputer
#2
Ting-Yu Kuo, Chun-Liang Lin, Natdanai Charoenkit, Yang-Yi Chen, Chakkrit Preuksakarn
Increasing applications of fundamental biological gates have been successfully built during this decade. Proceeding to the current development, this study presents a genetic arithmetic and logical unit (ALU) design based on a series of genetic logic gates. The system level's architecture consists of three parts: temp register, ALU and accumulator register. Using the concept of the ALU on the digital computer, the authors present the fundamental function of the genetic ALU via full adder register and also build the bio-storage devices to store data generated from the genetic ALU...
February 2017: IET Systems Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277746/genetic-variation-of-mhc-class-i-polymorphic-alu-insertions-poalins-in-three-subpopulations-of-the-east-midlands-uk
#3
Sarabjit S Mastana, Jasvinder S Bhatti, Puneetpal Singh, Adam Wiles, Jonathan Holland
BACKGROUND: Alu elements are highly researched due to their useful nature as markers in the study of human population genetics. Recently discovered Major Histocompatibility Complex (MHC) polymorphic Alu insertions (POALINs) have not been examined extensively for genetic variation and their HLA associations. AIMS: The aim of this study is to assess the genetic variation between three populations using five recently discovered POALINs. METHODS AND SUBJECTS: The study examined 190 healthy, unrelated subjects from three different populations in the East Midlands (UK) for the presence or absence of five Alu elements (AluHG, AluMICB, AluHJ, AluTF and AluHF) via the polymerase chain reaction followed by gel electrophoresis...
March 5, 2017: Annals of Human Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259415/evaluation-of-horn-bud-wound-healing-following-cautery-disbudding-of-preweaned-dairy-calves-treated-with-aluminum-based-aerosol-bandage
#4
K L Huebner, A K Kunkel, C S McConnel, R J Callan, R P Dinsmore, L S Caixeta
Pain management during and following disbudding procedures has been studied extensively, though few studies have evaluated wound healing following cautery disbudding in dairy calves. The purpose of this study was to observe wound healing following cautery disbudding with or without treatment using a topical aluminum-based aerosol bandage (ALU) in preweaned dairy calves. Dairy calves were disbudded within the first 3 wk of life using a standard cautery disbudding protocol. The ALU treatment was randomly allocated to the right or left horn bud within each animal...
March 2, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28253503/xp22-31-microdeletion-due-to-microhomology-mediated-break-induced-replication-in-a-boy-with-contiguous-gene-deletion-syndrome
#5
Koki Nagai, Hirohito Shima, Miki Kamimura, Junko Kanno, Erina Suzuki, Akira Ishiguro, Satoshi Narumi, Shigeo Kure, Ikuma Fujiwara, Maki Fukami
The Xp22.31 region is characterized by a low frequency of interspersed repeats and a low GC content. Submicroscopic deletions at Xp22.31 involving STS and ANOS1 (alias KAL1) underlie X-linked ichthyosis and Kallmann syndrome, respectively. Of the known microdeletions at Xp22.31, a common approximately 1.5-Mb deletion encompassing STS was ascribed to nonallelic homologous recombination, while 2 ANOS1-containing deletions were attributed to nonhomologous end-joining. However, the genomic bases of other microdeletions within the Xp22...
March 3, 2017: Cytogenetic and Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251877/genomic-landscape-of-cpg-rich-elements-in-human
#6
Vladimir N Babenko, Irina V Chadaeva, Yuriy L Orlov
BACKGROUND: The studies on CpG islands (CGI) and Alu elements functions, evolution, and distribution in the genome started since the discovery in nineteen eighties (1981, 1986, correspondingly). Their highly skewed genome wide distribution implies the non-random retrotransposition pattern. Besides CGIs in gene promoters, CGIs clusters were observed in the homeobox gene regions and in the macrosatellites, but the whole picture of their distribution specifics was not grasped. Attempts to identify any causative features upon their (genome wide) distribution, such as the DNA context mediated preferred insertion sites of Alu repeats, have been made to ascribe their clusters location...
February 7, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243543/development-and-validation-of-a-36-gene-sequencing-assay-for-hereditary-cancer-risk-assessment
#7
Valentina S Vysotskaia, Gregory J Hogan, Genevieve M Gould, Xin Wang, Alex D Robertson, Kevin R Haas, Mark R Theilmann, Lindsay Spurka, Peter V Grauman, Henry H Lai, Diana Jeon, Genevieve Haliburton, Matt Leggett, Clement S Chu, Kevin Iori, Jared R Maguire, Kaylene Ready, Eric A Evans, Hyunseok P Kang, Imran S Haque
The past two decades have brought many important advances in our understanding of the hereditary susceptibility to cancer. Numerous studies have provided convincing evidence that identification of germline mutations associated with hereditary cancer syndromes can lead to reductions in morbidity and mortality through targeted risk management options. Additionally, advances in gene sequencing technology now permit the development of multigene hereditary cancer testing panels. Here, we describe the 2016 revision of the Counsyl Inherited Cancer Screen for detecting single-nucleotide variants (SNVs), short insertions and deletions (indels), and copy number variants (CNVs) in 36 genes associated with an elevated risk for breast, ovarian, colorectal, gastric, endometrial, pancreatic, thyroid, prostate, melanoma, and neuroendocrine cancers...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28242298/the-alu-neurodegeneration-hypothesis-a-primate-specific-mechanism-for-neuronal-transcription-noise-mitochondrial-dysfunction-and%C3%A2-manifestation-of-neurodegenerative-disease
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Peter A Larsen, Michael W Lutz, Kelsie E Hunnicutt, Mirta Mihovilovic, Ann M Saunders, Anne D Yoder, Allen D Roses
It is hypothesized that retrotransposons have played a fundamental role in primate evolution and that enhanced neurologic retrotransposon activity in humans may underlie the origin of higher cognitive function. As a potential consequence of this enhanced activity, it is likely that neurons are susceptible to deleterious retrotransposon pathways that can disrupt mitochondrial function. An example is observed in the TOMM40 gene, encoding a β-barrel protein critical for mitochondrial preprotein transport. Primate-specific Alu retrotransposons have repeatedly inserted into TOMM40 introns, and at least one variant associated with late-onset Alzheimer's disease originated from an Alu insertion event...
February 24, 2017: Alzheimer's & Dementia: the Journal of the Alzheimer's Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222152/alteration-of-the-exdna-profile-in-blood-serum-of-llc-bearing-mice-under-the-decrease-of-tumour-invasion-potential-by-bovine-pancreatic-dnase-i-treatment
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Ludmila A Alekseeva, Nadezhda L Mironova, Evgenyi V Brenner, Alexander M Kurilshikov, Olga A Patutina, Marina A Zenkova
Taking into account recently obtained data indicating the participation of circulating extracellular DNA (exDNA) in tumorigenesis, enzymes with deoxyribonucleic activity have again been considered as potential antitumour and antimetastatic drugs. Previously, using murine Lewis lung carcinoma and hepatocellular carcinoma A1 tumour models, we have shown the antimetastatic activity of bovine DNase I, which correlates with an increase of DNase activity and a decrease of exDNA concentration in the blood serum of tumour-bearing mice...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209295/aluternative-regulation-for-gene-expression
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REVIEW
Ling-Ling Chen, Li Yang
Alu elements belong to the primate-specific SINE family of retrotransposons and constitute almost 11% of the human genome. Alus are transcribed by RNA polymerase (Pol) III and are inserted back into the genome with the help of autonomous LINE retroelements. Since Alu elements are preferentially located near to or within gene-rich regions, they can affect gene expression by distinct mechanisms of action at both DNA and RNA levels. In this review we focus on recent advances of how Alu elements are pervasively involved in gene regulation...
February 10, 2017: Trends in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198841/optical-neutrality-invisibility-without-cloaking
#11
Reed Hodges, Cleon Dean, Maxim Durach
We show that it is possible to design an invisible wavelength-sized metal-dielectric metamaterial object without evoking cloaking. Our approach is an extension of the neutral inclusion concept by Zhou and Hu [Phys. Rev. E74, 026607 (2006)PLEEE81063-651X10.1103/PhysRevE.74.026607] to Mie scatterers. We demonstrate that an increase of metal fraction in the metamaterial leads to a transition from dielectric-like to metal-like scattering, which proceeds through invisibility or optical neutrality of the scatterer...
February 15, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196413/alu-derived-alternative-splicing-events-specific-to-macaca-lineages-in-ctsf-gene
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Ja-Rang Lee, Sang-Je Park, Young-Hyun Kim, Se-Hee Choe, Hyeon-Mu Cho, Sang-Rae Lee, Sun-Uk Kim, Ji-Su Kim, Bo-Woong Sim, Bong-Seok Song, Kang-Jin Jeong, Youngjeon Lee, Yeung Bae Jin, Philyong Kang, Jae-Won Huh, Kyu-Tae Chang
Cathepsin F, which is encoded by CTSF, is a cysteine proteinase ubiquitously expressed in several tissues. In a previous study, novel transcripts of the CTSF gene were identified in the crab-eating monkey deriving from the integration of an Alu element-AluYRa1. The occurrence of AluYRa1-derived alternative transcripts and the mechanism of exonization events in the CTSF gene of human, rhesus monkey, and crab-eating monkey were investigated using PCR and reverse transcription PCR on the genomic DNA and cDNA isolated from several tissues...
February 2017: Molecules and Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192786/static-non-reciprocity-in-mechanical-metamaterials
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Corentin Coulais, Dimitrios Sounas, Andrea Alù
Reciprocity is a general, fundamental principle governing various physical systems, which ensures that the transfer function-the transmission of a physical quantity, say light intensity-between any two points in space is identical, regardless of geometrical or material asymmetries. Breaking this transmission symmetry offers enhanced control over signal transport, isolation and source protection. So far, devices that break reciprocity (and therefore show non-reciprocity) have been mostly considered in dynamic systems involving electromagnetic, acoustic and mechanical wave propagation associated with fields varying in space and time...
February 13, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174046/prenatal-exposure-to-drinking-water-disinfection-by-products-and-dna-methylation-in-cord-blood
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Pan Yang, Bin Zhou, Wen-Cheng Cao, Yi-Xin Wang, Zhen Huang, Jin Li, Wen-Qing Lu, Qiang Zeng
Maternal exposure to drinking water disinfection by-products (DBPs) during pregnancy has been related to adverse birth outcomes. While experimental studies have shown that exposure to DBPs induce DNA hypomethylation, evidence from humans is limited. This study aimed to examine whether prenatal exposure to drinking water DBPs was associated with DNA methylation in cord blood. Maternal biomarkers of exposure to drinking water DBPs including blood trihalomethanes [THMs, including chloroform (TCM), bromodichloromethane (BDCM), dibromochloromethane (DBCM), and bromoform (TBM)] and urinary trichloroacetic acid (TCAA) were measured during late pregnancy...
May 15, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166060/metamaterial-plasmonic-and-nanophotonic-devices
#15
Francesco Monticone, Andrea Alù
The field of metamaterials has opened landscapes of possibilities in basic science, and a paradigm shift in the way we think about and design emergent material properties. In many scenarios, metamaterial concepts have helped overcome long-held scientific challenges, such as the absence of optical magnetism and the limits imposed by diffraction in optical imaging. As the potential of metamaterials, as well as their limitations, become clearer, these advances in basic science have started to make an impact on several applications in different areas, with far-reaching implications for many scientific and engineering fields...
February 6, 2017: Reports on Progress in Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164316/first-description-of-a-d-ce-d-hybrid-gene-on-a-weak-d-type-2-molecular-background
#16
Thomas Granier, Jacques Chiaroni, Pascal Bailly, Monique Silvy
BACKGROUND: RhD phenotypes that express a significantly reduced amount of RhD antigen per red blood cell may be mistyped as RhD-negative by standard serologic methods. The molecular identification of weak D Type 1, 2, or 3 carriers allows managing them as RhD-positive and, thus, rationalizes the use of RhD-negative stock units and the administration of Rh-immunoglobulin prophylaxis, avoiding unnecessary costs and possible side effects. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: One sample was investigated for confirming a D-C-E+c+e- phenotype...
February 5, 2017: Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160561/an-association-between-overexpression-of-dna-methyltransferase-3b4-and-clear-cell-renal-cell-carcinoma
#17
You Liu, Liantao Sun, Peter Fong, Jie Yang, Zhuxia Zhang, Shuihui Yin, Shuyuan Jiang, Xiaolei Liu, Hongge Ju, Lihua Huang, Jing Bai, Kerui Gong, Shaochun Yan, Chunyang Zhang, Guo Shao
It is well known that abnormal DNA methylations occur frequently in kidney cancer. However, it remains unclear exactly which types of DNA methyltransferases (DNMT) contribute to the pathologies of kidney cancers. In order to determine the functions of DNA methyltransferase in kidney tumorigenesis on the molecular level, we examined the mRNA expression levels of DNMT1, DNMT3A, DNMT3B, and DNMT3B variants in renal cell carcinoma tissue. Both mRNA and protein levels of DNMT3B4, a splice variant of DNMT3B, were increased in renal cell carcinoma tissue compared with adjacent control tissues...
February 1, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28147216/an-emerging-role-of-alu-rna-in-geographic-atrophy-pathogenesis-the-implication-for-novel-therapeutic-strategies
#18
Xiying Mao, Wangyi Fang, Qinghuai Liu
It is generally accepted that geographic atrophy (GA), a currently untreatable advanced form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), is a multifactorial disease resulting in gradual and permanent blindness. Various risk factors are demonstrated to be responsible for its pathogenesis, such as aging, light exposure, and smoking. Molecular components associated with those risk factors form a complex and interwoven network at the confluence of inflammation, highlighting the significance of inflammasome activation in GA progression...
December 2016: Discovery Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28139237/retrotransposon-expression-and-incorporation-of-cloned-human-and-mouse-retroelements-in-human-spermatozoa
#19
Leandros Lazaros, Chrysoula Kitsou, Charilaos Kostoulas, Sofia Bellou, Elissavet Hatzi, Paris Ladias, Theodoros Stefos, Sofia Markoula, Vasiliki Galani, Georgios Vartholomatos, Theodore Tzavaras, Ioannis Georgiou
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the expression of long interspersed element (LINE) 1, human endogenous retrovirus (HERV) K10, and short interspersed element-VNTR-Alu element (SVA) retrotransposons in ejaculated human spermatozoa by means of reverse-transcription (RT) polymerase chain reaction (PCR) analysis as well as the potential incorporation of cloned human and mouse active retroelements in human sperm cell genome. DESIGN: Laboratory study. SETTING: University research laboratories and academic hospital...
March 2017: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138075/transposable-element-mediated-balancing-selection-at-hsp90-underlies-embryo-developmental-variation
#20
Bing Chen, Bo Zhang, Lingling Xu, Qing Li, Feng Jiang, Pengcheng Yang, Yanan Xu, Le Kang
Understanding the roles of transposable elements (TEs) in the evolution of genome and adaptation is a long-sought goal. Here, we present a new model of TE co-option, in which a TE is harnessed by an essential gene and confers local adaptation through heterozygote advantage. We characterized a human Alu-like TE family, the Lm1 elements, in the genome of the migratory locust Locusta migratoria that harbors 0.7 million copies of the elements. Scanning Lm1 insertions in the natural locust populations revealed the widespread high polymorphism of Lm1 An Lm1 was recruited into the coding region of Heat-shock protein 90 (Hsp90), an important molecular chaperone for diverse signal transduction and developmental pathways...
January 30, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
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