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Oihane Irazoki, Jesús Aranda, Timo Zimmermann, Susana Campoy, Jordi Barbé
In addition to its role in DNA damage repair and recombination, the RecA protein, through its interaction with CheW, is involved in swarming motility, a form of flagella-dependent movement across surfaces. In order to better understand how SOS response modulates swarming, in this work the location of RecA and CheW proteins within the swarming cells has been studied by using super-resolution microscopy. Further, and after in silico docking studies, the specific RecA and CheW regions associated with the RecA-CheW interaction have also been confirmed by site-directed mutagenesis and immunoprecipitation techniques...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
Francisco Javier Del Río, Francisco Cabello-Santamaría, Marina A Cabello-García, Jerónimo Aragón-Vela
BACKGROUND: The impact of pain in sexuality, couple relationships and the quality of life is very well known. OBJECTIVES: The relationship between substance abuse and the presence of sexual pain disorder is assessed, together with anxiety and sexual attitudes . METHOD: Two samples were selected. One sample for women with a history of substance abuse (n = 129), and another one of women nonconsumers (n = 129). The Golombok Rust Inventory of Sexual Satisfaction (GRISS), the Sexual Opinion Survey (SOS) and the State Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI) questionnaires were used...
October 19, 2016: Substance Use & Misuse
Peter Appelros, Maria Háls Berglund, Jakob O Ström
BACKGROUND: In the absence of active management, the stroke risk after a transient ischemic attack (TIA) may be high. Almost 10 years ago, the results of the EXPRESS and SOS-TIA studies called for a more rapid management of TIA patients. The purpose of this study was to investigate the other stroke risks in the longer term, after the implementation of a more active approach to TIA. We also wanted to assess the predictive value of the ABCD2 score in this context. METHODS: Riksstroke is the national stroke registry in Sweden...
October 18, 2016: Cerebrovascular Diseases
Katsutoshi Miura, Hideki Katoh
The aim of this study was to reveal the pathogenesis of aortic stenosis (AS) and regurgitation (AR) by comparing differences in mechanical and biochemical alterations. We applied scanning acoustic microscopy (SAM) to measure the speed of sound (SOS) through valves to estimate the elasticity and monitor sensitivity to protease treatment, as the SOS is correlated with the stiffness of materials, which is reduced after digestion by proteases. The fibrosa of both the AS and AR groups were stiffer than the fibrosa of the normal group...
2016: BioMed Research International
Kevin Enck, John Patrick McQuilling, Giuseppe Orlando, Riccardo Tamburrini, Sittadjody Sivanandane, Emmanuel C Opara
Islet transplantation (IT) has recently been shown to be a promising alternative to pancreas transplantation for reversing diabetes. IT requires the isolation of the islets from the pancreas, and these islets can be used to fabricate a bio-artificial pancreas. Enzymatic digestion is the current gold standard procedure for islet isolation but has lingering concerns. One such concern is that it has been shown to damage the islets due to nonselective tissue digestion. This chapter provides a detailed description of a nonenzymatic method that we are exploring in our lab as an alternative to current enzymatic digestion procedures for islet isolation from human and nonhuman pancreatic tissues...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Ilya A Osterman, Ekaterina S Komarova, Dmitry I Shiryaev, Ilya A Korniltsev, Irina M Khven, Dmitry A Lukyanov, Vadim N Tashlitsky, Marina V Serebryakova, Olga V Efremenkova, Yan A Ivanenkov, Alexey A Bogdanov, Petr V Sergiev, Olga A Dontsova
In order to accelerate drug discovery, a simple, reliable and cost-effective system for high-throughput identification of a potential antibiotic mechanism of action is required. To facilitate such screening of new antibiotics, we created a double reporter system for not only antimicrobial activity detection, but also for simultaneous sorting of potential antimicrobials into those that cause ribosome stalling, and others that induce SOS response due to DNA damage. In this reporter system the red fluorescent protein gene rfp was placed under the control of the SOS-inducible sulA promoter...
October 10, 2016: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
Fatma İnci Arıkan, Semra Kara, Hüseyin Bilgin, Fatma Özkan, Yıldız Dallar Bilge
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of the current study was to investigate the possible effects of phototherapy on bone status of term infants evaluated by measurement of tibial bone SOS. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The phototherapy group (n = 30) consisted of children who had undergone phototherapy for at least 24 hours and the control group (n = 30) comprised children who had not received phototherapy. Blood samples were obtained from all infants for serum calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, alkaline phosphatase, parathyroid hormone and vitamin D concentrations...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Maria Felicia Faienza, Annamaria Ventura, Maurizio Delvecchio, Anna Fusillo, Laura Piacente, Gabriella Aceto, Graziana Colaianni, Silvia Colucci, Luciano Cavallo, Maria Grano, Giacomina Brunetti
CONTEXT: Childhood type 1 diabetes (T1DM) is associated with decreased bone mass. Sclerostin and dickkopf-1 (DKK-1) are Wnt inhibitors which regulate bone formation. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate sclerostin and DKK-1 levels in TD1M children and to analyze the influence of the glycaemic control on bone health. DESIGN AND SETTING: Cross-sectional study conducted at a clinical research center. Partecipants: One hundred and six T1DM subjects (12.2 ± 4 years), 66 on multiple daily injections (MDI) and 40 on continuous subcutaneous infusion of insulin (CSII), and 80 controls...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Adèle D Laurent, Edwin Otten, Boris Le Guennic, Denis Jacquemin
In this work, we investigate the ground- and excited-state structures as well as the optical properties of a series of five formazanate dyes using state-of-the-art density-based and wavefunction-based methods. The present work is the first to evaluate the properties of formazanate-BF2 dyes with wavefunction-correlated schemes. Firstly, we show that CC2 provides more twisted ground-state geometries than DFT while both approaches lead to planar excited-state structures. Secondly, we demonstrate that the differences between the transition energies computed at TD-DFT, CIS(D), SOS-CIS(D), ADC(2), and CC2 levels are large and that the optical spectra also significantly depend on the selected geometries...
November 2016: Journal of Molecular Modeling
John Coutsouvelis, Sharon Avery, Michael Dooley, Carl Kirkpatrick, Andrew Spencer
Sinusoidal obstruction syndrome, previously known as veno-occlusive disease (VOD/SOS), is a complication in patients undergoing haemopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). Severe VOD/SOS, including progression to multi-organ failure, has resulted in a mortality of greater than 80%. Defibrotide's varying pharmacological actions, particularly on endothelial cells, make it is a useful agent to consider for prophylaxis and treatment of VOD/SOS. Barriers to its routine use include the high acquisition cost and the fact that neither the oral or parenteral formulations are licensed products in many countries at this time...
September 30, 2016: Cancer Treatment Reviews
Nidhi Bharti, Shiv Shanker Pandey, Deepti Barnawal, Vikas Kumar Patel, Alok Kalra
Plant growth promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) hold promising future for sustainable agriculture. Here, we demonstrate a carotenoid producing halotolerant PGPR Dietzia natronolimnaea STR1 protecting wheat plants from salt stress by modulating the transcriptional machinery responsible for salinity tolerance in plants. The expression studies confirmed the involvement of ABA-signalling cascade, as TaABARE and TaOPR1 were upregulated in PGPR inoculated plants leading to induction of TaMYB and TaWRKY expression followed by stimulation of expression of a plethora of stress related genes...
October 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
Michael R Gillings
Lateral gene transfer (LGT) has significantly influenced bacterial evolution since the origins of life. It helped bacteria generate flexible, mosaic genomes and enables individual cells to rapidly acquire adaptive phenotypes. In turn, this allowed bacteria to mount strong defenses against human attempts to control their growth. The widespread dissemination of genes conferring resistance to antimicrobial agents has precipitated a crisis for modern medicine. Our actions can promote increased rates of LGT and also provide selective forces to fix such events in bacterial populations...
October 5, 2016: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
James P R Connolly, Andrew J Roe
: We recently discovered that exposure of enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) to D-serine resulted in accumulation of this unusual amino acid, induction of the SOS regulon and downregulation of type III secretion that is essential for efficient colonization of the host. Here, we have investigated the physiological relevance of this elevated SOS response, which is of particular interest given the presence of Stx-toxin carrying lysogenic prophages on the EHEC chromosome that are activated during the SOS response...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Bacteriology
Brittany Barreto, Elizabeth Rogers, Jun Xia, Ryan L Frisch, Megan Richters, Devon M Fitzgerald, Susan M Rosenberg
: Microbes and human cells possess mechanisms of mutagenesis activated by stress responses. Stress-inducible mutagenesis mechanisms may provide important models for mutagenesis that drives host-pathogen interactions, antibiotic resistance, and possibly much of evolution generally. In Escherichia coli, repair of DNA double-strand breaks is switched to a mutagenic mode, using error-prone DNA polymerases, via the SOS DNA-damage and the general (σ(S)) stress responses. We investigated small RNA (sRNA) clients of Hfq, an RNA chaperone that promotes mutagenic break repair (MBR), and found that GcvB promotes MBR by allowing a robust σ(S) response, achieved via opposing the membrane stress (σ(E)) response...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Bacteriology
Rajko Martinović, Stoimir Kolarević, Margareta Kračun-Kolarević, Jovana Kostić, Sandra Jokanović, Zoran Gačić, Danijela Joksimović, Mirko Đurović, Zoran Kljajić, Branka Vuković-Gačić
This study gives an insight in sensitivity of heart rate (Hr) of Mytilus galloprovincialis as a physiological biomarker. Impact of tributyltin chloride (TBT-Cl) on Hr was studied in parallel with evaluation of mutagenic, genotoxic and cytotoxic potential of TBT-Cl (10, 100 and 1000μg/L) within 96h treatment in static conditions. Mutagenic potential was assessed by SOS/umuC assay while genotoxicity was assessed in haemocytes of M. galloprovincialis by using the comet assay and the micronucleus test. Benzo(a)pyrene (B(a)P) was used as a positive control...
September 27, 2016: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
Sarah M Ramteke, Jonathan J Kaufman, Stephen M Arpadi, Stephanie Shiau, Renate Strehlau, Faeezah Patel, Ndileka Mbete, Ashraf Coovadia, Michael T Yin
The purpose of this clinical note is to describe the performance of the Lunar Achilles Insight device in assessing bone quality at the calcaneus in 142 children between the ages of 5 and 11 y accessing healthcare in Johannesburg, South Africa. We observed an asymmetric bimodal distribution in speed of sound (SOS). The minor mode consisted of unusually high SOS values (≥1625 m/s), which were primarily observed among children with foot size <19 cm and height <119 cm. Cortical regions of the bone may have been inadvertently included in the region of interest for smaller feet, causing unusually high SOS values...
September 28, 2016: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
Anat Talmon, Karni Ginzburg
Self-objectification is a process or state in which an individual loses his/her sense of subjectivity. Although several measures assess self-objectification as representing self-perception based on sexual and bodily appearance, there is a need for a measure assessing self-objectification as reflecting dehumanization. This study aims to evaluate the psychometric properties of a new measure, the Self-Objectification Scale (SOS). In Study 1, the SOS was administered to 373 students. In Study 2, the SOS was administered to 300 female students along with a battery of questionnaires, including the Experience of Shame Scale (ESS) and the Objectified Body Consciousness Scale (OBC)...
October 2016: Child Abuse & Neglect
Ashley B Williams, Björn Schumacher
The critical need for species preservation has driven the evolution of mechanisms that integrate stress signals from both exogenous and endogenous sources. Past research has been largely focused on cell-autonomous stress responses; however, recently their systemic outcomes within an organism and their implications at the ecological and species levels have emerged. Maintenance of species depends on the high fidelity transmission of the genome over infinite generations; thus, many pathways exist to monitor and restore the integrity of the genome and to coordinate DNA repair with other cellular processes, such as cell division and growth...
September 26, 2016: Mechanisms of Ageing and Development
Magali Guffroy, Hadi Falahatpisheh, Kathleen Biddle, John Kreeger, Leslie Obert, Karen Walters, Richard Goldstein, Germaine Boucher, Tim Coskran, William Reagan, Danielle Sullivan, Chunli Huang, Sharon A Sokolowski, Richard Giovanelli, Hans-Peter Gerber, Martin B Finkelstein, Nasir K Khan
PURPOSE: Adverse reactions reported in patients treated with antibody-calicheamicin conjugates such as gemtuzumab ozogamicin (GO, Mylotarg®) and inotuzumab ozogamicin (IO) include thrombocytopenia and sinusoidal obstruction syndrome (SOS). The objective of this experimental work was to investigate the mechanism for thrombocytopenia, characterize the liver injury and identify potential safety biomarkers. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: Cynomolgus monkeys were dosed intravenously at 6 mg/m2/dose once every 3 weeks with a non-binding antibody-calicheamicin conjugate (PF-0259) containing the same linker-payload as GO and IO...
September 28, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Andrea Arfè, Lorenza Scotti, Cristina Varas-Lorenzo, Federica Nicotra, Antonella Zambon, Bianca Kollhorst, Tania Schink, Edeltraut Garbe, Ron Herings, Huub Straatman, René Schade, Marco Villa, Silvia Lucchi, Vera Valkhoff, Silvana Romio, Frantz Thiessard, Martijn Schuemie, Antoine Pariente, Miriam Sturkenboom, Giovanni Corrao
OBJECTIVES:  To investigate the cardiovascular safety of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and estimate the risk of hospital admission for heart failure with use of individual NSAIDs. DESIGN:  Nested case-control study. SETTING:  Five population based healthcare databases from four European countries (the Netherlands, Italy, Germany, and the United Kingdom). PARTICIPANTS:  Adult individuals (age ≥18 years) who started NSAID treatment in 2000-10...
September 28, 2016: BMJ: British Medical Journal
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