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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092829/enhancing-4-propylheptane-dissociation-with-nickel-nanocluster-based-on-molecular-dynamics-simulations
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Margarita G Ilyina, Edward M Khamitov, Rail N Galiakhmetov, Ildar A Mustafin, Akhat G Mustafin
In the present work, a 0.4nm nickel cluster has been theoretically studied. Its equilibrium structural parameters have been calculated by the DFT method based on the PBEH1PBE hybrid functional and split-valence basis set Lanl2DZ including effective core potentials. We have systematically considered diverse spin states of this cluster and find out its ground state. The relative stability of these states depends on the HOMO-LUMO gap. The interaction of the Ni6 with 4-propylheptane С10Н22 has been studied to simulate the process of catalytic cracking of hydrocarbons...
January 3, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092729/diverse-functions-for-different-forms-of-nuclear-actin
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Jori A Virtanen, Maria K Vartiainen
In addition to its essential roles as part of the cytoskeleton, actin has also been linked to many processes in the nucleus. Recent data has demonstrated the presence of both monomeric and polymeric actin in the nucleus, and implied distinct functional roles for these actin pools. Monomeric actin seems to be involved in regulation of gene expression through transcription factors, chromatin regulating complexes and RNA polymerases. In addition to cytoplasmic actin regulators, nuclear proteins, such as emerin, can regulate actin polymerization properties specifically in this compartment...
January 13, 2017: Current Opinion in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092661/interactions-between-the-microbiota-immune-and-nervous-systems-in-health-and-disease
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Thomas C Fung, Christine A Olson, Elaine Y Hsiao
The diverse collection of microorganisms that inhabit the gastrointestinal tract, collectively called the gut microbiota, profoundly influences many aspects of host physiology, including nutrient metabolism, resistance to infection and immune system development. Studies investigating the gut-brain axis demonstrate a critical role for the gut microbiota in orchestrating brain development and behavior, and the immune system is emerging as an important regulator of these interactions. Intestinal microbes modulate the maturation and function of tissue-resident immune cells in the CNS...
January 16, 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092569/discovery-of-micrornas-and-transcription-factors-co-regulatory-modules-by-integrating-multiple-types-of-genomic-data
#4
Jiawei Luo, Gen Xiang, Chu Pan
It is well known that regulators known as microRNA (miRNA) and transcription factor (TF) have been found to play an important role in gene regulation. However, there are few researches of collaborative regulatory (co-regulatory) mechanism between miRNA and TF on system level (function level). Meanwhile, recent advances in high-throughput genomic technologies have enabled researchers to collect diverse large-scale genomic data, which can be used to study the co-regulatory mechanism between miRNA and TF. In this paper, we propose a novel method called SNCoNMF (Sparse Network regularized non-negative matrix factorization for Co-regulatory modules identification) which adopts multiple non-negative matrix factorization framework to identify co-regulatory modules including miRNAs, TFs and genes...
January 9, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Nanobioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092444/engineering-of-the-bacillus-circulans-%C3%AE-galactosidase-product-specificity
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Huifang Yin, Tjaard Pijning, Xiangfeng Meng, Lubbert Dijkhuizen, Sander Sebastiaan van Leeuwen
Microbial β-galactosidase enzymes are widely used as biocatalysts in industry to produce prebiotic galactooligosaccharides (GOS) from lactose. GOS mixtures are used as beneficial additives in infant formula to mimic the prebiotic effects of human milk oligosaccharides (hMOS). The structural variety in GOS mixtures is significantly lower than in hMOS. Since this structural complexity is considered as the basis for the multiple biological functions of hMOS, it is important to broaden the variety of GOS structures...
January 16, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092368/molecular-insights-into-lipid-assisted-ca-2-regulation-of-the-trp-channel-polycystin-2
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Martin Wilkes, M Gregor Madej, Lydia Kreuter, Daniel Rhinow, Veronika Heinz, Silvia De Sanctis, Sabine Ruppel, Rebecca M Richter, Friederike Joos, Marina Grieben, Ashley C W Pike, Juha T Huiskonen, Elisabeth P Carpenter, Werner Kühlbrandt, Ralph Witzgall, Christine Ziegler
Polycystin-2 (PC2), a calcium-activated cation TRP channel, is involved in diverse Ca(2+) signaling pathways. Malfunctioning Ca(2+) regulation in PC2 causes autosomal-dominant polycystic kidney disease. Here we report two cryo-EM structures of distinct channel states of full-length human PC2 in complex with lipids and cations. The structures reveal conformational differences in the selectivity filter and in the large exoplasmic domain (TOP domain), which displays differing N-glycosylation. The more open structure has one cation bound below the selectivity filter (single-ion mode, PC2SI), whereas multiple cations are bound along the translocation pathway in the second structure (multi-ion mode, PC2MI)...
January 16, 2017: Nature Structural & Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092121/hox-functional-diversity-novel-insights-from-flexible-motif-folding-and-plastic-protein-interaction
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Miguel Ortiz-Lombardia, Nicolas Foos, Corinne Maurel-Zaffran, Andrew J Saurin, Yacine Graba
How the formidable diversity of forms emerges from developmental and evolutionary processes is one of the most fascinating questions in biology. The homeodomain-containing Hox proteins were recognized early on as major actors in diversifying animal body plans. The molecular mechanisms underlying how this transcription factor family controls a large array of context- and cell-specific biological functions is, however, still poorly understood. Clues to functional diversity have emerged from studies exploring how Hox protein activity is controlled through interactions with PBC class proteins, also evolutionary conserved HD-containing proteins...
January 16, 2017: BioEssays: News and Reviews in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092030/proteomic-clustering-analysis-of-sh2-domain-datasets
#8
Karl Jablonowski
Proteomic clustering analysis provides a means of identifying relationships and visualizing those relationships in an extremely complex field of study with many interacting parts. With recent high-throughput studies of Src Homology 2 (SH2) domains, many and varied datasets are being amassed. A strategy for analyzing patterns between these large datasets is required to transform the information into knowledge. The methods for creating neighbor-joining phylogenetic trees, pairs scatter plots, and two-dimensional hierarchical clustering heatmaps are just a few of the diverse methods available to a proteomic researcher...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091792/restoration-using-azolla-imbricata-increases-nitrogen-functional-bacterial-groups-and-genes-in-soil
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Xiao-Ming Lu, Peng-Zhen Lu, Ke Yang
Microbial groups are major factors that influence soil function. Currently, there is a lack of studies on microbial functional groups. Although soil microorganisms play an important role in the nitrogen cycle, systematic studies of the effects of environmental factors on microbial populations in relation to key metabolic processes in the nitrogen cycle are seldom reported. In this study, we conducted a systematic analysis of the changes in nitrogen functional groups in mandarin orange garden soil treated with Azolla imbricata...
January 16, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091775/developmental-and-sex-specific-differences-in-expression-of-neuropeptides-derived-from-allatotropin-gene-in-the-silkmoth-bombyx-mori
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Branislav Bednár, Ladislav Roller, Daniel Čižmár, Diana Mitrová, Dušan Žitňan
Allatotropin (AT) and related neuropeptides are widespread bioactive molecules that regulate development, food intake and muscle contractions in insects and other invertebrates. In moths, alternative splicing of the at gene generates three mRNA precursors encoding AT with different combinations of three structurally similar AT-like peptides (ATLI-III). We used in situ hybridization and immunohistochemistry to map the differential expression of these transcripts during the postembryonic development of Bombyx mori...
January 16, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091750/ectomycorrhizal-fungal-diversity-associated-with-endemic-tristaniopsis-spp-myrtaceae-in-ultramafic-and-volcano-sedimentary-soils-in-new-caledonia
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Muhammad Waseem, Marc Ducousso, Yves Prin, Odile Domergue, Laure Hannibal, Clarisse Majorel, Philippe Jourand, Antoine Galiana
New Caledonian serpentine (ultramafic) soils contain high levels of toxic heavy metals, in particular nickel, (up to 20 g kg(-1)) and are deficient in essential elements like carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus while having a high magnesium/calcium ratio. Although previous studies showed that ectomycorrhizal symbioses could play an important role in the adaptation of the endemic plants to ultramafic soils (FEMS Microbiol Ecol 72:238-49, 2010), none of them have compared the diversity of microbial communities from ultramafic vs non-ultramafic soils in New Caledonia...
January 13, 2017: Mycorrhiza
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091529/long-non-coding-rna-linc-ram-enhances-myogenic-differentiation-by-interacting-with-myod
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Xiaohua Yu, Yong Zhang, Tingting Li, Zhao Ma, Haixue Jia, Qian Chen, Yixia Zhao, Lili Zhai, Ran Zhong, Changyin Li, Xiaoting Zou, Jiao Meng, Antony K Chen, Pier Lorenzo Puri, Meihong Chen, Dahai Zhu
Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) are important regulators of diverse biological processes. Here we report on functional identification and characterization of a novel long intergenic non-coding RNA with MyoD-regulated and skeletal muscle-restricted expression that promotes the activation of the myogenic program, and is therefore termed Linc-RAM (Linc-RNA Activator of Myogenesis). Linc-RAM is transcribed from an intergenic region of myogenic cells and its expression is upregulated during myogenesis. Notably, in vivo functional studies show that Linc-RAM knockout mice display impaired muscle regeneration due to the differentiation defect of satellite cells...
January 16, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091521/mechanisms-of-intrinsic-resistance-and-acquired-susceptibility-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-isolated-from-cystic-fibrosis-patients-to-temocillin-a-revived-antibiotic
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Hussein Chalhoub, Daniel Pletzer, Helge Weingart, Yvonne Braun, Michael M Tunney, J Stuart Elborn, Hector Rodriguez-Villalobos, Patrick Plésiat, Barbara C Kahl, Olivier Denis, Mathias Winterhalter, Paul M Tulkens, Françoise Van Bambeke
The β-lactam antibiotic temocillin (6-α-methoxy-ticarcillin) shows stability to most extended spectrum β-lactamases, but is considered inactive against Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Mutations in the MexAB-OprM efflux system, naturally occurring in cystic fibrosis (CF) isolates, have been previously shown to reverse this intrinsic resistance. In the present study, we measured temocillin activity in a large collection (n = 333) of P. aeruginosa CF isolates. 29% of the isolates had MICs ≤ 16 mg/L (proposed clinical breakpoint for temocillin)...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090568/pathophysiology-of-intestinal-na-h-exchange
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Michael A Gurney, Daniel Laubitz, Fayez K Ghishan, Pawel R Kiela
Several members of the SLC9A family of Na(+)/H(+) exchangers are expressed in the gut, with varying expression patterns and cellular localization. Not only do they participate in the regulation of basic epithelial cell functions, including control of transepithelial Na(+) absorption, intracellular pH (pH i ), cell volume, and nutrient absorption, but also in cellular proliferation, migration, and apoptosis. Additionally, they modulate the extracellular milieu in order to facilitate other nutrient absorption and to regulate the intestinal microbial microenvironment...
January 2017: Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089944/rsm22-mtysxc-and-pnkd-like-proteins-are-required-for-mitochondrial-translation-in-trypanosoma-brucei
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Jiří Týč, Lucie Novotná, Priscila Peña-Diaz, Dmitri A Maslov, Julius Lukeš
Mitochondrial ribosomes evolved from prokaryotic ribosomes, with which they therefore share more common features than with their counterparts in the cytosol. Yet, mitochondrial ribosomes are highly diverse in structure and composition, having undergone considerable changes, including reduction of their RNA component and varying degree of acquisition of novel proteins in various phylogenetic lineages. Here, we present functional analysis of three putative mitochondrial ribosome-associated proteins (RSM22, mtYsxC and PNKD-like) in Trypanosoma brucei, originally identified by database mining...
January 12, 2017: Mitochondrion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089906/adenosine-signaling-in-diabetes-mellitus-and-associated-cardiovascular-and-renal-complications
#16
REVIEW
Maria Peleli, Mattias Carlstrom
Diabetes mellitus is characterized by abnormal glucose and lipid metabolism, and subsequent hyperglycemia and dyslipidemia, which results from defects in pancreatic beta islets insulin secretion and/or decreased insulin sensitivity in metabolically active organs (i.e. liver, skeletal muscle and adipose tissue). Accumulating evidence highlights a critical role for the adenosine system in the regulation of insulin and glucose homeostasis and the pathophysiology of type 2 diabetes (T2D). Adenosine is a key diverse extracellular signaling molecule that regulates several aspects of tissue function by activating four G-protein-coupled receptors (i...
January 12, 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089830/tumor-suppressor-spop-ubiquitinates-and-degrades-egln2-to-compromise-growth-of-prostate-cancer-cells
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Linli Zhang, Shan Peng, Xiangpeng Dai, Wenjian Gan, Xin Nie, Wenyi Wei, Guoqing Hu, Jianping Guo
EglN prolyl hydroxylases, a family of oxygen-sensing enzymes, hydroxylate distinct proteins to modulate diverse physiopathological signals. Aberrant regulations of EglNs result in multiple human diseases, including cancer. Different from EglN1 which function largely depends on the role of hypoxia-induce factor alpha (HIFα) in tumors, the functional significance and the upstream regulatory mechanisms of EglN2, especially in prostate cancer setting, remain largely unclear. Here, we demonstrated that dysregulation of EglN2 facilitated prostate cancer growth both in cells and in vivo...
January 13, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089602/particle-swarm-optimizer-for-weighting-factor-selection-in-intensity-modulated-radiation-therapy-optimization-algorithms
#18
Jie Yang, Pengcheng Zhang, Liyuan Zhang, Huazhong Shu, Baosheng Li, Zhiguo Gui
In inverse treatment planning of intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), the objective function is typically the sum of the weighted sub-scores, where the weights indicate the importance of the sub-scores. To obtain a high-quality treatment plan, the planner manually adjusts the objective weights using a trial-and-error procedure until an acceptable plan is reached. In this work, a new particle swarm optimization (PSO) method which can adjust the weighting factors automatically was investigated to overcome the requirement of manual adjustment, thereby reducing the workload of the human planner and contributing to the development of a fully automated planning process...
January 12, 2017: Physica Medica: PM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089267/probes-for-monitoring-regulated-exocytosis
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REVIEW
Wen-Hong Li
Regulated secretion is a fundamental cellular process that serves diverse functions in neurobiology, endocrinology, immunology, and numerous other aspects of animal physiology. In response to environmental or biological cues, cells release contents of secretory granules into an extracellular medium to communicate with or impact neighboring or distant cells through paracrine or endocrine signaling. To investigate mechanisms governing stimulus-secretion coupling, to better understand how cells maintain or regulate their secretory activity, and to characterize secretion defects in human diseases, probes for tracking various exocytotic events at the cellular or sub-cellular level have been developed over the years...
January 9, 2017: Cell Calcium
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089046/deception-island-antarctica-harbors-a-diverse-assemblage-of-wood-decay-fungi
#20
Benjamin W Held, Robert A Blanchette
Very little is known about fungal diversity in Antarctica as compared to other biomes and how these important organisms function in this unusual ecosystem. Perhaps one of the most unusual ecosystems is that of Deception Island; an active volcanic island part of the South Shetland Islands of the Antarctic Peninsula. Here we describe the fungal diversity associated with historic wood from structures on the island, which reveals a diverse fungal assemblage of known wood decay fungi as well as the discovery of undescribed species...
February 2017: Fungal Biology
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