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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822288/two-sides-of-the-coin-part-2-colloid-and-surface-science-meets-real-biointerfaces
#1
Barry W Ninham, Kåre Larsson, Pierandrea Lo Nostro
Part 1 revisited developments in lipid and surfactant self assembly over the past 40 years [1]. New concepts emerged. Here we explore how these developments can be used to make sense of and bring order to a range of complex biological phenomena. Together with Part 1, this contribution is a fundamental revision of intuition at the boundaries of Colloid Science and Biological interfaces from a perspective of nearly 50 years. We offer new insights on a unified treatment of self assembly of lipids, surfactants and proteins in the light of developments presented in Part 1...
August 5, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820485/disentangling-the-frames-the-state-of-research-on-the-alphavirus-6k-and-tf-proteins
#2
REVIEW
Jolene Ramsey, Suchetana Mukhopadhyay
For 30 years it was thought the alphavirus 6K gene encoded a single 6 kDa protein. However, through a bioinformatics search 10 years ago, it was discovered that there is a frameshifting event and two proteins, 6K and transframe (TF), are translated from the 6K gene. Thus, many functions attributed to the 6K protein needed reevaluation to determine if they properly belong to 6K, TF, or both proteins. In this mini-review, we reevaluate the past research on 6K and put those results in context where there are two proteins, 6K and TF, instead of one...
August 18, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815519/over-six-decades-of-discovery-and-characterization-of-the-architecture-at-mitochondria-associated-membranes-mams
#3
Maria Sol Herrera-Cruz, Thomas Simmen
The discovery of proteins regulating ER-mitochondria tethering including phosphofurin acidic cluster sorting protein 2 (PACS-2) and mitofusin-2 has pushed contact sites between the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and mitochondria into the spotlight of cell biology. While the field is developing rapidly and controversies have come and gone multiple times during its history, it is sometimes overlooked that significant research has been done decades ago with the original discovery of these structures in the 1950s and the first characterization of their function (and coining of the term mitochondria-associated membrane, MAM) in 1990...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814255/current-evidence-on-the-evaluation-and-management-of-fever-without-a-source-in-infants-aged-0-90-days-a-review
#4
Joyee G Vachani, Kenya McNeal-Trice, Sowdhamini S Wallace
BACKGROUND: Despite development of risk stratification tools decades ago, the best strategy for evaluation and management of young infants with fever without a clear source remains uncertain. OBJECTIVE: To describe the variability in current practice and review recently published evidence in three key areas: inflammatory markers as a tool for risk stratification, impact of viral testing, and optimal observation time on antibiotics. METHODS: Articles were identified using PubMed, Scopus, and Cochrane databases and via experts...
August 16, 2017: Reviews on Recent Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813431/skeleton-of-an-unusual-cat-sized-marsupial-relative-metatheria-marsupialiformes-from-the-middle-eocene-lutetian-44-43-million-years-ago-of-turkey
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A Murat Maga, Robin M D Beck
We describe a near-complete, three-dimensionally preserved skeleton of a metatherian (relative of modern marsupials) from the middle Eocene (Lutetian: 44-43 million years ago) Lülük member of the Uzunçarşıdere Formation, central Turkey. With an estimated body mass of 3-4 kg, about the size of a domestic cat (Felis catus) or spotted quoll (Dasyurus maculatus), it is an order of magnitude larger than the largest fossil metatherians previously known from the Cenozoic of the northern hemisphere. This new taxon is characterised by large, broad third premolars that probably represent adaptations for hard object feeding (durophagy), and its craniodental morphology suggests the capacity to generate high bite forces...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812932/celebrating-wobble-decoding-half-a-century-and-still-much-is-new
#6
Paul F Agris, Emily R Eruysal, Amithi Narendran, Ville Y P Väre, Sweta Vangaveti, Srivathsan V Ranganathan
A simple post-transcriptional modification of tRNA, deamination of adenosine to inosine at the first, or wobble, position of the anticodon, inspired Francis Crick's Wobble Hypothesis 50 years ago. Many more naturally-occurring modifications have been elucidated and continue to be discovered. The post-transcriptional modifications of tRNA's anticodon domain are the most diverse and chemically complex of any RNA modifications. Their contribution with regards to chemistry, structure and dynamics reveal individual and combined effects on tRNA function in recognition of cognate and wobble codons...
August 16, 2017: RNA Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812709/adaptation-to-deep-sea-chemosynthetic-environments-as-revealed-by-mussel-genomes
#7
Jin Sun, Yu Zhang, Ting Xu, Yang Zhang, Huawei Mu, Yanjie Zhang, Yi Lan, Christopher J Fields, Jerome Ho Lam Hui, Weipeng Zhang, Runsheng Li, Wenyan Nong, Fiona Ka Man Cheung, Jian-Wen Qiu, Pei-Yuan Qian
Hydrothermal vents and methane seeps are extreme deep-sea ecosystems that support dense populations of specialized macro-benthos such as mussels. But the lack of genome information hinders the understanding of the adaptation of these animals to such inhospitable environments. Here we report the genomes of a deep-sea vent/seep mussel (Bathymodiolus platifrons) and a shallow-water mussel (Modiolus philippinarum). Phylogenetic analysis shows that these mussel species diverged approximately 110.4 million years ago...
April 3, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811507/global-mapping-of-mirna-target-interactions-in-cattle-bos-taurus
#8
Troels K H Scheel, Michael J Moore, Joseph M Luna, Eiko Nishiuchi, John Fak, Robert B Darnell, Charles M Rice
With roles in development, cell proliferation and disease, micro-RNA (miRNA) biology is of great importance and a potential therapeutic target. Here we used cross-linking immunoprecipitation (CLIP) and ligation of miRNA-target chimeras on the Argonaute (AGO) protein to globally map miRNA interactions in the cow. The interactome is the deepest reported to date. miRNA targeting principles are consistent with observations in other species, but with expanded pairing rules. Experimental mapping robustly predicted functional miR-17 regulatory sites...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811334/argonaute-8-ago8-mediates-the-elicitation-of-primary-defense-against-herbivory
#9
Maitree Pradhan, Priyanka Pandey, Klaus Gase, Murali Shraff, Ravi K Singh, Avinash Sethi, Ian T Baldwin, Shree P Pandey
In Nicotiana attenuata, specific RNA directed RNA polymerase (RdR1) and the Dicer-like proteins (DCL3 and 4) are recruited during herbivore attack to mediate the regulation of defense responses. However, the identity and role(s) of Argonautes (AGOs) involved in herbivory remains unknown. Of the 11 AGOs in the N. attenuata genome, we silenced the expression of 10. Plants silenced in NaAGO8 expression grew normally but were highly susceptible to herbivore attack. Larvae of the Manduca sexta grew faster when consuming irAGO8 plants, but did not differ from WT when consuming plants silenced in AGO1 (a, b and c), AGO2, AGO4 (a and b), AGO7, or AGO10 expression...
August 15, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803466/deciphering-the-fluorine-code-the-many-hats-fluorine-wears-in-a-protein-environment
#10
Allison Ann Berger, Jan-Stefan Völler, Nediljko Budisa, Beate Koksch
Deciphering the fluorine code is how we describe not only the focus of this Account, but also the systematic approach to studying the impact of fluorine's incorporation on the properties of peptides and proteins used by our groups and others. The introduction of fluorine has been shown to impart favorable, but seldom predictable, properties to peptides and proteins, but up until about two decades ago the outcomes of fluorine modification of peptides and proteins were largely left to chance. Driven by the motivation to extend the application of the unique properties of the element fluorine from medicinal and agro chemistry to peptide and protein engineering we have established extensive research programs that enable the systematic investigation of effects that accompany the introduction of fluorine into this class of biopolymers...
August 12, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797596/an-update-on-aureochromes-phylogeny-mechanism-function
#11
REVIEW
Peter G Kroth, Christian Wilhelm, Tilman Kottke
Light is important for algae, as it warrants metabolic independence via photosynthesis. In addition to the absorption of light by the photosystems, algae possess a variety of specific photoreceptors that allow the quantification of the light fluxes as well as the assessment of light qualities. About a decade ago, aureochromes have been described in the xanthophyte alga Vaucheria frigida. These proteins represent a new type of blue light photoreceptor as they possess both a light-oxygen-voltage (LOV) domain for light reception as well as a basic region leucine zipper (bZIP) domain for DNA binding, indicating that they represent light-driven transcription factors...
July 11, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796840/yes-research-matters
#12
Mari L Shinohara
My father was diagnosed with stomach cancer recently. Luckily, it was still at an early stage, and endoscopic surgery successfully took care of it. My father was fortunate; since people with stomach cancer do not show clear symptoms in the early stages, the disease is often not diagnosed until it becomes advanced. In his case, the diagnosis started from a suggestion by his doctor to check whether he had a gastric infection with Helicobacter pylori, a bacterial species found in the digestive tract. In Japan, where he lives, a majority of gastric cancer patients (more than 99%) have been infected with H...
August 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795235/impact-of-seed-protein-alleles-from-three-soybean-sources-on-seed-composition-and-agronomic-traits
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Lillian F Brzostowski, Timothy I Pruski, James E Specht, Brian W Diers
Evaluation of seed protein alleles in soybean populations showed that an increase in protein concentration is generally associated with a decrease in oil concentration and yield. Soybean [Glycine max (L.) Merrill] meal is one of the most important plant-based protein sources in the world. Developing cultivars high in seed protein concentration and seed yield is a difficult task because the traits have an inverse relationship. Over two decades ago, a protein quantitative trait loci (QTL) was mapped on chromosome (chr) 20, and this QTL has been mapped to the same position in several studies and given the confirmed QTL designation cqSeed protein-003...
August 9, 2017: TAG. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. Theoretische und Angewandte Genetik
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794999/modulation-of-the-p53-family-network-by-rna-binding-proteins
#14
Chris Lucchesi, Jin Zhang, Xinbin Chen
Since its discovery more than three decades ago, tumor suppressor p53 has been shown to play pivotal roles in both maintaining genomic integrity and tumor suppression. p53 functions as a transcription factor responding to a multitude of cellular stressors, regulating the transcription of many genes involved in cell-cycle arrest, senescence, autophagy, and apoptosis. Extensive work has revealed that p53 is one of the most commonly mutated tumor suppressor genes. The last three decades have demonstrated that p53 activity is controlled through transcriptional regulation and posttranslational modifications...
December 2016: Translational Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794438/complete-mitochondrial-genomes-of-anopheles-stephensi-and-an-dirus-and-comparative-evolutionary-mitochondriomics-of-50-mosquitoes
#15
You-Jin Hao, Yi-Lin Zou, Yi-Ran Ding, Wen-Yue Xu, Zhen-Tian Yan, Xu-Dong Li, Wen-Bo Fu, Ting-Jing Li, Bin Chen
To better understand the phylogeny and evolution of mosquitoes, the complete mitochondrial genome (mitogenome) of Anopheles stephensi and An. dirus were sequenced and annotated, and a total of 50 mosquito mitogenomes were comparatively analyzed. The complete mitogenome of An. stephensi and An. dirus is 1,5371 bp and 1,5406 bp long, respectively. The main features of the 50 mosquito mitogenomes are conservative: 13 protein-coding genes (PCGs), two ribosomal RNA genes, 22 transfer RNA genes, positive AT-skew and negative GC-skew...
August 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794033/ancient-evolution-and-dispersion-of-human-papillomavirus-type-58-variants
#16
Zigui Chen, Wendy C S Ho, Siaw Shi Boon, Priscilla T Y Law, Martin C W Chan, Rob DeSalle, Robert D Burk, Paul K S Chan
Human papillomavirus type 58 is found in 10-18% of cervical cancers in East Asia but rather uncommon elsewhere. The distribution and oncogenic potential of HPV58 variants appear to be heterogeneous since the E7 T20I/G63S variant is more prevalent in East Asia and confers 7-9 fold higher risk for cervical precancer and cancer. However, the underlying genomic mechanisms that explain the geographic and carcinogenic diversity of HPV58 variants are still poorly understood. In this study, we used a combination of phylogenetic analyses and bioinformatics to investigate the deep evolutionary history of HPV58 complete genome variants...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791019/macrophage-inducible-c-type-lectin-as-a-multifunctional-player-in-immunity
#17
REVIEW
Emmanuel C Patin, Selinda Jane Orr, Ulrich E Schaible
The macrophage-inducible C-type lectin (Mincle) is an innate immune receptor on myeloid cells sensing diverse entities including pathogens and damaged cells. Mincle was first described as a receptor for the mycobacterial cell wall glycolipid, trehalose-6,6'-dimycolate, or cord factor, and the mammalian necrotic cell-derived alarmin histone deacetylase complex unit Sin3-associated protein 130. Upon engagement by its ligands, Mincle induces secretion of innate cytokines and other immune mediators modulating inflammation and immunity...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790202/tethered-magnets-are-the-key-to-magnetotaxis-direct-observations-of-magnetospirillum-magneticum-amb-1-show-that-mamk-distributes-magnetosome-organelles-equally-to-daughter-cells
#18
Azuma Taoka, Ayako Kiyokawa, Chika Uesugi, Yousuke Kikuchi, Zachery Oestreicher, Kaori Morii, Yukako Eguchi, Yoshihiro Fukumori
Magnetotactic bacteria are a unique group of bacteria that synthesize a magnetic organelle termed the magnetosome, which they use to assist with their magnetic navigation in a specific type of bacterial motility called magneto-aerotaxis. Cytoskeletal filaments consisting of the actin-like protein MamK are associated with the magnetosome chain. Previously, the function of MamK was thought to be in positioning magnetosome organelles; this was proposed based on observations via electron microscopy still images...
August 8, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783058/evolution-of-diagnostic-tests-for-chronic-wasting-disease-a-naturally-occurring-prion-disease-of-cervids
#19
REVIEW
Nicholas J Haley, Jürgen A Richt
Since chronic wasting disease (CWD) was first identified nearly 50 years ago in a captive mule deer herd in the Rocky Mountains of the United States, it has slowly spread across North America through the natural and anthropogenic movement of cervids and their carcasses. As the endemic areas have expanded, so has the need for rapid, sensitive, and cost effective diagnostic tests-especially those which take advantage of samples collected antemortem. Over the past two decades, strategies have evolved from the recognition of microscopic spongiform pathology and associated immunohistochemical staining of the misfolded prion protein to enzyme-linked immunoassays capable of detecting the abnormal prion conformer in postmortem samples...
August 5, 2017: Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782517/structural-analysis-of-owl-monkey-mhc-dr-shows-that-fully-protective-malaria-vaccine-components-can-be-readily-used-in-humans
#20
Carlos F Suárez, Laura Pabón, Ana Barrera, Jorge Aza-Conde, Manuel Alfonso Patarroyo, Manuel Elkin Patarroyo
More than 50 years ago the owl monkey (genus Aotus) was found to be highly susceptible to developing human malaria, making it an excellent experimental model for this disease. Microbes and parasites' (especially malaria) tremendous genetic variability became resolved during our malaria vaccine development, involving conserved peptides having high host cell binding activity (cHABPs); however, cHABPs are immunologically silent and must be specially modified (mHABPs) to induce a perfect fit into major histocompatibility complex (MHC) molecules (HLA in humans)...
August 3, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
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