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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109037/a-new-strategy-for-development-of-anti-thrombotic-agents-inhibition-of-the-c-terminal-active-site-of-pdi
#1
L Wang, D W Essex
Protein disulfide isomerase (PDI) was discovered over fifty years ago as an enzyme that forms disulfide bonds in newly synthesized proteins in the endoplasmic reticulum [1]. Twenty five years ago PDI was shown to be released from activated platelets [2] opening up a new field of research on extracellular functions of this enzyme. PDI was subsequently localized to the platelet surface [3] and shown to mediate platelet aggregation [4, 5]. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
January 21, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108950/t-cell-receptor-engineered-t-cells-for-cancer-treatment-current-status-and-future-directions
#2
REVIEW
Yu Ping, Chaojun Liu, Yi Zhang
T-cell receptor (TCR)-engineered T cells are a novel option for adoptive cell therapy used for the treatment of several advanced forms of cancer. Work using TCR-engineered T cells began more than two decades ago, with numerous preclinical studies showing that such cells could mediate tumor lysis and eradication. The success of these trials provided the foundation for clinical trials, including recent clinical successes using TCR-engineered T cells to target New York esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (NY-ESO-1)...
January 20, 2017: Protein & Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108524/acbd5-and-vapb-mediate-membrane-associations-between-peroxisomes-and-the-er
#3
Joseph L Costello, Inês G Castro, Christian Hacker, Tina A Schrader, Jeremy Metz, Dagmar Zeuschner, Afsoon S Azadi, Luis F Godinho, Victor Costina, Peter Findeisen, Andreas Manner, Markus Islinger, Michael Schrader
Peroxisomes (POs) and the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) cooperate in cellular lipid metabolism and form tight structural associations, which were first observed in ultrastructural studies decades ago. PO-ER associations have been suggested to impact on a diverse number of physiological processes, including lipid metabolism, phospholipid exchange, metabolite transport, signaling, and PO biogenesis. Despite their fundamental importance to cell metabolism, the mechanisms by which regions of the ER become tethered to POs are unknown, in particular in mammalian cells...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108295/algebraic-hyperstructures-associated-to-biological-inheritance
#4
M Al Tahan, B Davvaz
After introducing the notion of hyperstructures about 80 years ago, a number of researches on its applications have been done. This paper can be considered as one of its applications on Biology. It is well known that biological inheritance is related to Mathematics in the sense of probability. In this paper, we consider another relationship between inheritance and Mathematics in which we present a connection between it and hyperstructures. First, we present examples of five different types of Non- Mendelian inheritance and study, for the first time, their relation with hyperstucture theory...
January 17, 2017: Mathematical Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108248/a-new-efficient-method-of-generating-photoaffinity-beads-for-drug-target-identification
#5
Yoichi Nishiya, Tomoko Hamada, Masayuki Abe, Michio Takashima, Kyoko Tsutsumi, Katsuya Okawa
Affinity purification is one of the most prevalent methods for the target identification of small molecules. Preparation of an appropriate chemical for immobilization, however, is a tedious and time-consuming process. A decade ago, a photoreaction method for generating affinity beads was reported, where compounds are mixed with agarose beads carrying a photoreactive group (aryldiazirine) and then irradiated with ultraviolet light under dry conditions to form covalent attachment. Although the method has proven useful for identifying drug targets, the beads suffer from inefficient ligand incorporation and tend to shrink and aggregate, which can cause nonspecific binding and low reproducibility...
January 10, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108030/pore-opening-mechanism-of-crac-channels
#6
REVIEW
Priscilla S-W Yeung, Megumi Yamashita, Murali Prakriya
Three decades ago, James W. Putney Jr. conceptualized the idea of store-operated calcium entry (SOCE) to explain how depletion of endoplasmic reticulum (ER) Ca(2+) stores evokes Ca(2+) influx across the plasma membrane. Since the publication of this highly influential idea, it is now established that SOCE is universal among non-excitable and probably even many types of excitable cells, and contributes to numerous effector functions impacting immunity, muscle contraction, and brain function. The molecules encoding SOCE, the STIM and Orai proteins, are now known and our understanding of how this pathway is activated in response to ER Ca(2+) store depletion has advanced significantly...
December 23, 2016: Cell Calcium
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107813/prevalence-of-frailty-in-canadians-18-79-years-old-in-the-canadian-health-measures-survey
#7
Dustin Scott Kehler, Thomas Ferguson, Andrew N Stammers, Clara Bohm, Rakesh C Arora, Todd A Duhamel, Navdeep Tangri
BACKGROUND: There is little certainty as to the prevalence of frailty in Canadians in younger adulthood. This study examines and compares the prevalence of frailty in Canadians 18-79 years old using the Accumulation of Deficits and Fried models of frailty. METHODS: The Canadian Health Measures Study data were used to estimate the prevalence of frailty in adults 18-79 years old. A 23-item Frailty Index using the Accumulation of Deficits Model (cycles 1-3; n = 10,995) was developed; frailty was defined as having the presence of 25% or more indices, including symptoms, chronic conditions, and laboratory variables...
January 21, 2017: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107068/successful-treatment-of-suspected-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-in-a-mealy-amazon-parrot-amazona-farinose
#8
Sean M Brady, Anne Burgdorf-Moisuk, Sarah Silverman, Raymund F Wack
A 25-year-old, male mealy Amazon parrot (Amazona farinose) with a history of polycythemia, hepatomegaly, and epistaxis was evaluated for progressive lethargy and anorexia. Clinical laboratory testing revealed severe polycythemia (71%), hypophosphatemia (1.6 mg/dL), and mild hypokalemia (2.8 mEq/L). Radiographs showed marked hepatomegaly and loss of air sac space. Despite supportive treatments, the bird's condition deteriorated, and it developed ataxia, was unable to fly, and became oxygen dependent. An echocardiogram, including an air bubble study, revealed a right-to-left atrial shunt and presumed pulmonary arterial hypertension...
December 2016: Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106043/humans-rather-than-climate-the-primary-cause-of-pleistocene-megafaunal-extinction-in-australia
#9
Sander van der Kaars, Gifford H Miller, Chris S M Turney, Ellyn J Cook, Dirk Nürnberg, Joachim Schönfeld, A Peter Kershaw, Scott J Lehman
Environmental histories that span the last full glacial cycle and are representative of regional change in Australia are scarce, hampering assessment of environmental change preceding and concurrent with human dispersal on the continent ca. 47,000 years ago. Here we present a continuous 150,000-year record offshore south-western Australia and identify the timing of two critical late Pleistocene events: wide-scale ecosystem change and regional megafaunal population collapse. We establish that substantial changes in vegetation and fire regime occurred ∼70,000 years ago under a climate much drier than today...
January 20, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106005/modification-of-the-saturation-magnetization-of-exchange-bias-thin-film-systems-upon-light-ion-bombardment
#10
Henning Huckfeldt, Alexander Gaul, Nicolas Müglich, Dennis Holzinger, Dennis Nissen, Manfred Albrecht, Daniel Emmrich, Andre Beyer, A Goelzhaeuser, Arno Ehresmann
The magnetic modification of exchange bias materials by ���ion bombardment induced magnetic patterning��� has been established more than a decade ago. To understand these experimental findings several theoretical models were introduced. Few investigations, however, did focus on magnetic property modifications caused by effects of ion bombardment in the ferromagnetic layer. In the present study, the structural changes occurring under ion bombardment were investigated by Monte-Carlo simulations and in experiments...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104887/regional-and-global-sea-surface-temperatures-during-the-last-interglaciation
#11
Jeremy S Hoffman, Peter U Clark, Andrew C Parnell, Feng He
The last interglaciation (LIG, 129 to 116 thousand years ago) was the most recent time in Earth's history when global mean sea level was substantially higher than it is at present. However, reconstructions of LIG global temperature remain uncertain, with estimates ranging from no significant difference to nearly 2°C warmer than present-day temperatures. Here we use a network of sea-surface temperature (SST) records to reconstruct spatiotemporal variability in regional and global SSTs during the LIG. Our results indicate that peak LIG global mean annual SSTs were 0...
January 20, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104786/identification-of-a-chondroitin-synthase-from-an-unexpected-source-the-green-sulfur-bacterium-chlorobium-phaeobacteroides
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Dixy E Green, Paul L DeAngelis
Glycosaminoglycans [GAGs] are known to be present in all animals as well as some pathogenic microbes. Chondroitin sulfate is the most abundant GAG in mammals where it has various structural and adhesion roles. The Gram-negative bacteria Pasteurella multocida Type F and Escherichia coli K4 produce extracellular capsules composed of unsulfated chondroitin or a fructosylated chondroitin, respectively. Such polysaccharides that are structurally related to host molecules do not generally provoke a strong antibody response thus are thought to be employed as molecular camouflage during infection...
January 19, 2017: Glycobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104543/a-review-of-human-diseases-caused-or-exacerbated-by-aberrant-complement-activation
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REVIEW
Patrick L McGeer, Moonhee Lee, Edith G McGeer
Complement is the backbone of our innate immune system. It is of ancient evolutionary origin, being traced back to horseshoe crabs 350 million years ago. It consists today of more than 25 proteins which must work together like clockwork to distinguish friend from foe. Self-attack by the complement system can occur whenever it fails to do so. This failure has been reported to occur in an estimated 22 human diseases. A significant number of these are chronic degenerative neurological disorders. In some, there is overwhelming evidence that complement self-attack causes the disease...
December 27, 2016: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104449/acute-neurologic-disease-in-porcine-rubulavirus-experimentally-infected-piglets
#14
Jenifer Herrera, Luis Gómez-Núñez, Rocío Lara-Romero, Fernando Diosdado, Atalo Martínez-Lara, Miguel Jasso, Humberto Ramírez-Mendoza, Armando Pérez-Torres, José Francisco Rivera-Benítez
The objective of this study was to evaluate the clinical disease, humoral response and viral distribution of recent Porcine rubulavirus (PorPV) isolates in experimentally infected pigs. Four, 6-piglet (5-days old) groups were employed (G1-84, G2-93, G3-147, and G4-T). Three viral strains were used for the experimental infection: the reference strain LPMV-1984 (Michoacán 1984) and two other strains isolated in 2013, one in Queretaro (Qro/93/2013) and the other in Michoacán (Mich/147/2013). Each strain was genetically characterized by amplification and sequencing of the gene encoding hemagglutinin-neuroamidase (HN)...
January 16, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104253/the-effect-of-fampridine-sr-on-cognitive-fatigue-in-a-randomized-double-blind-crossover-trial-in-patients-with-ms
#15
Sarah A Morrow, Heather Rosehart, Andrew M Johnson
BACKGROUND: Cognitive fatigue (CF) is a common complaint in persons with MS (PwMS). Fampridine-SR improves ambulation, fatigue and endurance, due to enhancing action potential formation by blocking potassium channels in demyelinated axons. Thus, through this same mechanism, it is hypothesized that Fampridine-SR could improve CF. OBJECTIVE: To determine if Fampridine-SR objectively improves CF in PwMS. METHODS: Sixty PwMS of any type with CF, defined as 3 or less correct responses when comparing the last third to the first third on the Paced Auditory Serial Addition Test (PASAT), were recruited from a tertiary care MS clinic in London (ON) Canada...
January 2017: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104069/outcomes-among-older-patients-receiving-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillators-for-secondary-prevention-from-the-ncdr-icd-registry
#16
Jarrod K Betz, David F Katz, Pamela N Peterson, Ryan T Borne, Sana M Al-Khatib, Yongfei Wang, Carolina Malta Hansen, David D McManus, Jehu S Mathew, Frederick A Masoudi
BACKGROUND: Clinical trials of implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) for secondary prevention of sudden cardiac death were conducted nearly 2 decades ago and enrolled few older patients. OBJECTIVES: This study assessed morbidity and mortality of older patients receiving ICDs for secondary prevention in contemporary clinical practice. METHODS: We identified 12,420 Medicare beneficiaries from the National Cardiovascular Data Registry ICD Registry undergoing first-time secondary prevention ICD implantation between 2006 and 2009 in 956 U...
January 24, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103805/evolutionary-history-of-podarcis-tiliguerta-on-corsica-and-sardinia
#17
V Rodríguez, J M Buades, R P Brown, B Terrasa, V Pérez-Mellado, C Corti, M Delaugerre, J A Castro, A Picornell, M M Ramon
BACKGROUND: Podarcis tiliguerta is a wall lizard endemic to the Mediterranean islands of Corsica and Sardinia. Previous findings of high mtDNA and morphological diversity have led to the suggestion that it may represent a species complex. Here, we analysed mitochondrial and nuclear markers (mtDNA, 3110 bp; 6 nDNA loci, 3961 bp) in P. tiliguerta sampled from thirty-two localities across Corsica and Sardinia. RESULTS: We find much greater intraspecific genetic divergence than between sister species of other Mediterranean island Podarcis, i...
January 19, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103783/understanding-corticotropin-releasing-factor-receptor-crfr-activation-using-structural-models
#18
Arnau Cordomi, George Liapakis, Minos Timotheos Matsoukas
The corticotropin-releasing factor type 1 and 2 receptors (CRF1R and CRF2R) belong to the secretin-like family, also known as class B1, of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs). Several endogenous hormones mediate their responses through the CRF receptors, such as CRF and the urocortins. The structures for the N-terminus extracellular domain of both CRF1R and CRF2R in complex with peptidic ligands were released a few years ago and permitted the study of hormone binding to the orthosteric binding site. It was not until more recently, when the crystal structure of the transmembrane domain of human CRF1R in its inactive state bound to an allosteric antagonist became available...
January 10, 2017: Current Molecular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103661/-asynchronous-bilateral-testicular-infarction-with-suspected-polyarteritis-nodosa-a-case-report
#19
Masayuki Kurokawa, Sei Naito, Osamu Ichiyanagi, Aya Suto, Yuta Kurota, Toshihiko Sakurai, Hayato Nishida, Hisashi Kawazoe, Tomoyuki Kato, Akira Nagaoka, Hiromi Ito, Mitsunori Yamakawa, Norihiko Tsuchiya
This report documents a case of asynchronous bilateral testicular infarction. The patient was a 42- year-old man who presented with left testicular pain and swelling. He had a past history of right idiopathic testicular infarction and underwent a right orchiectomy 6 years ago. He also had received treatment for 5 years for suspected polyarteritis nodosa (PAN). The left scrotal pain persisted for a week and left orchiectomy was performed. Pathological evaluations demonstrated a benign testis with testicular hemorrhage and chronic vasculopathy...
December 2016: Hinyokika Kiyo. Acta Urologica Japonica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103499/incarcerated-incisional-hernia-of-the-sigmoid-colon-after-appendectomy-a-case-report
#20
Pyong Wha Choi
INTRODUCTION: Incisional hernia after appendectomy is rare, affecting 0.4% to 0.9% of cases. The small bowel and omentum are commonly herniated through the abdominal wall defect, but incisional hernia of the sigmoid colon is extremely rare. CASE PRESENTATION: A 78-year-old man presented with a right lower quadrant abdominal wall mass on the previous McBurney incision site. He had a history of appendectomy for appendicitis 40 years ago. Computed tomography (CT) showed the sigmoid colon herniated thorough the abdominal wall defect...
January 5, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
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