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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335693/crystal-structures-of-uranyl-complexes-with-isobutyrate-and-isovalerate-anions
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Anton V Savchenkov, Anna V Vologzhanina, Artem O Dmitrienko, Yan V Zubavichus, Denis V Pushkin, Larisa B Serezhkina, Viktor N Serezhkin
Single crystals of Na[(UO2)(i-C3H7COO)3]·0.7H2O (I), Cs[(UO2)(i-C3H7COO)3] (II) and (NH4)[(UO2)(i-C4H9COO)3] (III) were obtained via isothermal evaporation and their structures were solved using X-ray diffraction techniques. Even though the ligands are branched, bulky and spatial, many carbon and hydrogen atoms are still disordered in these crystal structures at low temperature. A new type of Na coordination is observed for the first time for this family of compounds, proposing high sensitivity of compound I to humidity...
January 16, 2018: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29304903/locked-nucleic-acid-technology-for-highly-sensitive-detection-of-somatic-mutations-in-cancer
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Takayuki Ishige, Sakae Itoga, Kazuyuki Matsushita
The molecular diagnosis of the cancer mutational status is essential for modern clinical laboratory medicine. Mutations in EGFR, KRAS, BRAF, and PIK3CA genes are widely analyzed in solid tumors such as lung cancer, colorectal cancer, breast cancer, and melanoma. The allele-specific polymerase chain reaction, high-resolution melting, and Sanger sequencing are used for detecting and identifying gene mutations in many clinical laboratories. The locked nucleic acid (LNA) is a class of nucleic acid analogs that contain a methylene bridge connecting the 2' oxygen and 4' carbon in the ribose moiety...
2018: Advances in Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220655/aid-and-reactive-oxygen-species-can-induce-dna-breaks-within-human-chromosomal-translocation-fragile-zones
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Nicholas R Pannunzio, Michael R Lieber
DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) occurring within fragile zones of less than 200 base pairs account for the formation of the most common human chromosomal translocations in lymphoid malignancies, yet the mechanism of how breaks occur remains unknown. Here, we have transferred human fragile zones into S. cerevisiae in the context of a genetic assay to understand the mechanism leading to DSBs at these sites. Our findings indicate that a combination of factors is required to sensitize these regions. Foremost, DNA strand separation by transcription or increased torsional stress can expose these DNA regions to damage from either the expression of human AID or increased oxidative stress...
December 7, 2017: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29208650/transcriptional-profiling-of-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-reveals-the-impact-of-variation-of-a-single-transcription-factor-on-differential-gene-expression-in-4nqo-fermentable-and-non-fermentable-carbon-sources
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Xiaqing Rong-Mullins, Michael C Ayers, Mahmoud Summers, Jennifer E G Gallagher
Cellular metabolism can change the potency of a chemical's tumorigenicity. 4-nitroquinoline-1-oxide (4NQO) is a tumorigenic drug widely used on animal models for cancer research. Polymorphisms of the transcription factor, Yrr1, confer different levels of resistance to 4NQO in Saccharomyces cerevisiae To study how different Yrr1 alleles regulate gene expression leading to resistance, transcriptomes of three isogenic Scerevisiae strains carrying different Yrr1 alleles were profiled via RNA sequencing (RNA-Seq) and chromatin immunoprecipitation coupled with sequencing (ChIP-Seq) in presence and absence of 4NQO...
December 5, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29202044/faecalibacterium-gut-colonization-is-accelerated-by-presence-of-older-siblings
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Martin Frederik Laursen, Rikke Pilmann Laursen, Anni Larnkjær, Christian Mølgaard, Kim F Michaelsen, Hanne Frøkiær, Martin Iain Bahl, Tine Rask Licht
Faecalibacterium prausnitzii is a highly abundant human gut microbe in healthy individuals, but it is present at reduced levels in individuals with gastrointestinal inflammatory diseases. It has therefore been suggested to constitute a marker of a healthy gut and is associated with anti-inflammatory properties. However, factors affecting the colonization of F. prausnitzii in the human gut during early life are very poorly understood. By analysis of 16S rRNA amplicon sequencing data from three separate infant study populations, we determined the colonization dynamics of Faecalibacterium and factors affecting its establishment in the gut...
November 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29185475/transcriptome-analysis-of-two-species-of-jute-in-response-to-polyethylene-glycol-peg-induced-drought-stress
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Zemao Yang, Zhigang Dai, Ruike Lu, Bibo Wu, Qing Tang, Ying Xu, Chaohua Cheng, Jianguang Su
Drought stress results in significant crop yield losses. Comparative transcriptome analysis between tolerant and sensitive species can provide insights into drought tolerance mechanisms in jute. We present a comprehensive study on drought tolerance in two jute species-a drought tolerant species (Corchorus olitorius L., GF) and a drought sensitive species (Corchorus capsularis L., YY). In total, 45,831 non-redundant unigenes with average sequence length of 1421 bp were identified. Higher numbers of differentially expressed genes (DEGs) were discovered in YY (794) than in GF (39), implying that YY was relatively more vulnerable or hyper-responsive to drought stress at the molecular level; the two main pathways, phenylpropanoid biosynthesis and peroxisome pathway, significantly involved in scavenging of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and 14 unigenes in the two pathways presented a significant differential expression in response to increase of superoxide...
November 29, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29177316/rat-ceruloplasmin-a-new-labile-copper-binding-site-and-zinc-copper-mosaic
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V R Samygina, A V Sokolov, G Bourenkov, T R Schneider, V A Anashkin, S O Kozlov, N N Kolmakov, V B Vasilyev
Ceruloplasmin (Cp) is a copper-containing multifunctional oxidase of plasma, an antioxidant, an acute-phase protein and a free radical scavenger. The structural organization of Cp causes its sensitivity to proteolysis and ROS (reactive oxygen species), which can alter some of the important Cp functions. Elucidation of the orthorhombic crystal structure of rat Cp at 2.3 Å resolution revealed the basis for stronger resistance of rat Cp to proteolysis and a new labile copper binding site. The presence of this site appears as a very rare and distinctive feature of rat Cp as was shown by sequence alignment of ceruloplasmin, hephaestin and zyklopen in the Deuterostomia taxonomic group...
November 27, 2017: Metallomics: Integrated Biometal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154463/establishing-upper-limits-on-neuronal-activity-evoked-ph-changes-with-apt-cest-mri-at-7-t
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Vitaliy Khlebnikov, Jeroen C W Siero, Alex A Bhogal, Peter R Luijten, Dennis W J Klomp, Hans Hoogduin
PURPOSE: To detect neuronal activity-evoked pH changes by amide proton transfer-chemical exchange saturation transfer (APT-CEST) MRI at 7 T. METHODS: Three healthy subjects participated in the study. A low-power 3-dimensional APT-CEST sequence was optimized through the Bloch-McConnell equations. pH sensitivity of the sequence was estimated both in phantoms and in vivo. The feasibility of pH-functional MRI was tested in Bloch-McConnell-simulated data using the optimized sequence...
November 20, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135970/metabolic-shift-at-the-class-level-sheds-light-on-adaptation-of-methanogens-to-oxidative-environments
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Zhe Lyu, Yahai Lu
Methanogens have long been considered strictly anaerobic and oxygen-sensitive microorganisms, but their ability to survive oxygen stress has also been documented. Indeed, methanogens have been found in oxidative environments, and antioxidant genes have been detected in their genomes. How methanogens adapt to oxidative environments, however, remain poorly understood. Here, we systematically predicted and annotated antioxidant features from representative genomes across six well-established methanogen orders...
November 14, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133078/enteric-delivery-of-regenerating-family-member-3-alpha-alters-the-intestinal-microbiota-and-controls-inflammation-in-mice-with-colitis
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Marion Darnaud, Alexandre Dos Santos, Patrick Gonzalez, Sandrine Augui, Claire Lacoste, Christophe Desterke, Gert De Hertogh, Emma Valentino, Emilie Braun, Jinzi Zheng, Raphael Boisgard, Christel Neut, Laurent Dubuquoy, Franck Chiappini, Didier Samuel, Patricia Lepage, Francesca Guerrieri, Joel Doré, Christian Bréchot, Nicolas Moniaux, Jamila Faivre
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Paneth cell dysfunction causes deficiencies in intestinal C-type lectins and antimicrobial peptides, which leads to dysbiosis of the intestinal microbiota, alters the mucosal barrier, and promotes development of inflammatory bowel diseases. We investigated whether transgenic expression of the human regenerating family member 3 alpha gene (REG3A) alters the fecal microbiota and affects development of colitis in mice. METHODS: We performed studies with C57BL/6 mice that express human regenerating family member 3 alpha (hREG3A) in hepatocytes, via the albumin gene promoter...
November 10, 2017: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132331/adaptation-of-the-goldenbraid-modular-cloning-system-and-creation-of-a-toolkit-for-the-expression-of-heterologous-proteins-in-yeast-mitochondria
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Ana Pérez-González, Ryan Kniewel, Marcel Veldhuizen, Hemant K Verma, Mónica Navarro-Rodríguez, Luis M Rubio, Elena Caro
BACKGROUND: There is a need for the development of synthetic biology methods and tools to facilitate rapid and efficient engineering of yeast that accommodates the needs of specific biotechnology projects. In particular, the manipulation of the mitochondrial proteome has interesting potential applications due to its compartmentalized nature. One of these advantages resides in the fact that metalation occurs after protein import into mitochondria, which contains pools of iron, zinc, copper and manganese ions that can be utilized in recombinant metalloprotein metalation reactions...
November 13, 2017: BMC Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131211/pharmaco-genomic-investigations-of-organo-iridium-anticancer-complexes-reveal-novel-mechanism-of-action
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Jessica M Hearn, George M Hughes, Isolda Romero-Canelón, Alison F Munro, Belén Rubio-Ruiz, Zhe Liu, Neil O Carragher, Peter J Sadler
Resistance to platinum drugs (used in >50% of cancer chemotherapies) is a clinical problem. Other precious metal complexes with distinct mechanisms of action might overcome this. Half-sandwich organometallic complexes containing arene or cyclopentadienyl (Cp) ligands show promise. We screened two iridium(iii) complexes [Ir(Cp(Xbiph))(ppy)Cl] (ZL49, 1, ppy = phenylpyridine) and [Ir(Cp(Xph))(azpyNMe2)Cl]PF6 (ZL109, 2, azpyNMe2 = N,N-dimethylphenylazopyridine) in 916 cancer cell lines from 28 tissue types. On average, complex 2 was 78× more potent than 1, 36× more active than cisplatin (CDDP), and strongly active (nanomolar) in patient-derived ovarian cancer cell lines...
November 13, 2017: Metallomics: Integrated Biometal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29097988/hyperbaric-oxygen-therapy-can-induce-angiogenesis-and-regeneration-of-nerve-fibers-in-traumatic-brain-injury-patients
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Sigal Tal, Amir Hadanny, Efrat Sasson, Gil Suzin, Shai Efrati
Background: Recent clinical studies in stroke and traumatic brain injury (TBI) victims suffering chronic neurological injury present evidence that hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) can induce neuroplasticity. Objective: To assess the neurotherapeutic effect of HBOT on prolonged post-concussion syndrome (PPCS) due to TBI, using brain microstructure imaging. Methods: Fifteen patients afflicted with PPCS were treated with 60 daily HBOT sessions. Imaging evaluation was performed using Dynamic Susceptibility Contrast-Enhanced (DSC) and Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) MR sequences...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28981387/aldh1a1-and-hltf-modulate-the-activity-of-lysosomal-autophagy-inhibitors-in-cancer-cells
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Shengfu Piao, Rani Ojha, Vito W Rebecca, Arabinda Samanta, Xiao-Hong Ma, Quentin Mcafee, Michael C Nicastri, Meghan Buckley, Eric Brown, Jeffrey D Winkler, Phyllis A Gimotty, Ravi K Amaravadi
Lysosomal autophagy inhibitors (LAI) such as hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) have significant activity in a subset of cancer cell lines. LAIs are being evaluated in cancer clinical trials, but genetic determinants of sensitivity to LAIs are unknown, making it difficult to predict which tumors would be most susceptible. Here we characterize differentially expressed genes in HCQ-sensitive (-S) and -resistant (-R) cancer cells. Notably, expression of canonical macroautophagy/autophagy genes was not associated with sensitivity to HCQ...
October 5, 2017: Autophagy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28971842/inorganic-nitrate-supplementation-attenuates-peripheral-chemoreflex-sensitivity-but-does-not-improve-cardiovagal-baroreflex-sensitivity-in-older-adults
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Joshua M Bock, Kenichi Ueda, Aaron C Schneider, William E Hughes, Jacqueline K Limberg, Nathan S Bryan, Darren P Casey
Aging is associated with increased peripheral chemoreceptor activity, reduced nitric oxide (NO) bioavailability, as well as attenuation of cardiovagal baroreflex sensitivity (BRS), collectively increasing the risk of cardiovascular disease. Evidence suggests NO may attenuate peripheral chemoreflex sensitivity and increase BRS. Exogenous inorganic nitrate increases NO bioavailability via the nitrate-nitrite-nitric oxide pathway. Our hypothesis was that inorganic nitrate supplementation would attenuate peripheral chemoreflex sensitivity and enhance spontaneous cardiovagal BRS in older adults...
September 29, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28961500/chronic-toxicity-of-graphene-and-graphene-oxide-in-sequencing-batch-bioreactors-a-comparative-investigation
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Hang N Nguyen, Debora F Rodrigues
The present study investigates the chronic toxicity of graphene (G) and graphene oxide (GO) in activated sludge. Sequencing batch bioreactors were fed with influents containing 0, 1 and 5mgL(-1) of GO or G (12h cycles) for ten days. Reduction in performance of the bioreactors in relation to chemical oxygen demand, ammonia and phosphate removals was observed after three days in the bioreactors fed with 5mgL(-1) of nanomaterials. After about eight days, these reactors reached a steady state nutrient removal, which corresponded to recovery of certain groups of ammonia oxidizing bacteria and phosphate accumulating bacteria despite the increasing accumulation of nanomaterials in the sludge...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28954629/identification-and-characterization-of-the-major-pseudocoelomic-proteins-of-the-giant-kidney-worm-dioctophyme-renale
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A Nahili Giorello, Malcolm W Kennedy, Marcos J Butti, Nilda E Radman, Betina Córsico, Gisela R Franchini
BACKGROUND: The giant kidney worm, Dioctophyme renale, is a debilitating and potentially lethal parasite that inhabits and destroys, typically host's right kidney, and may also be found in ectopic sites. It is circumglobally distributed, mainly in dogs, and is increasingly regarded as a threat to other domestic animals and humans. There is little information on the parasite's true incidence, or immune responses to it, and none on its biochemistry and molecular biology. RESULTS: We characterised the soluble proteins of body wall, intestine, gonads and pseudocelomic fluid (PCF) of adult parasites...
September 27, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28952170/dinitromethyl-3-5-1-2-4-oxadiazole-derivatives-from-controllable-cyclization-strategies
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Yongxing Tang, Chunlin He, Gregory H Imler, Damon A Parrish, Jean'ne M Shreeve
N-Cyanoimidate (1) with hydroxylamine hydrochloride in the presence of triethylamine gives different products (2 a or 2 b) as a function of the sequence of reactant addition. Further oxidation/nitration/decarboxylation/acidification reactions of 2 a/2 b generate dinitromethyl-3(5)-1,2,4-oxadiazole derivatives, including a surprising energetic compound with high oxygen balance, 3-(dinitromethyl)-1,2,4-oxadiazol-5-one (5) as well as 5,5'-dinitromethyl-3,3'-azo-1,2,4-oxadiazole (9). Some salts of 5 and 9 as precursors were also prepared...
September 27, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931042/evaluation-of-the-cytotoxicity-of-the-bithionol-paclitaxel-combination-in-a-panel-of-human-ovarian-cancer-cell-lines
#19
Vijayalakshmi N Ayyagari, Paula L Diaz-Sylvester, Tsung-Han Jeff Hsieh, Laurent Brard
Previously, Bithionol (BT) was shown to enhance the chemosensitivity of ovarian cancer cell lines to cisplatin treatment. In the present study, we focused on the anti-tumor potential of the BT-paclitaxel combination when added to a panel of ovarian cancer cell lines. This in vitro study aimed to 1) determine the optimum schedule for combination of BT and paclitaxel and 2) assess the nature and mechanism(s) underlying BT-paclitaxel interactions. The cytotoxic effects of both drugs either alone or in combination were assessed by presto-blue cell viability assay using six human ovarian cancer cell lines...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898468/nanodroplet-containing-polymers-for-efficient-low-power-light-upconversion
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Roberto Vadrucci, Angelo Monguzzi, Felipe Saenz, Bodo D Wilts, Yoan C Simon, Christoph Weder
Sensitized triplet-triplet-annihilation-based photon upconversion (TTA-UC) permits the conversion of light into radiation of higher energy and involves a sequence of photophysical processes between two dyes. In contrast to other upconversion schemes, TTA-UC allows the frequency shifting of low-intensity light, which makes it particularly suitable for solar-energy harvesting technologies. High upconversion yields can be observed for low viscosity solutions of dyes; but, in solid materials, which are better suited for integration in devices, the process is usually less efficient...
September 12, 2017: Advanced Materials
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