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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738330/the-brain-gut-axis-contributes-to-neuroprogression-in-stress-related-disorders
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Kieran Rea, Timothy G Dinan, John F Cryan
There is a growing emphasis on the relationship between the complexity and diversity of the microorganisms that inhabit our gut (human gastrointestinal microbiota) and brain health. The microbiota-gut-brain axis is a dynamic matrix of tissues and organs including the brain, glands, gut, immune cells, and gastrointestinal microbiota that communicate in a complex multidirectional manner to maintain homeostasis. Changes in this environment may contribute to the neuroprogression of stress-related disorders by altering physiological processes including hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis activation, neurotransmitter systems, immune function, and inflammatory responses...
July 24, 2017: Modern Trends in Pharmacopsychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738163/a-local-duplication-of-the-i-melanocortin-receptor-1-i-locus-in-i-astyanax-i
#2
Joshua B Gross, James Weagley, Bethany A Stahl, Li Ma, Luis Espinasa, Suzanne E McGaugh
In this study, we report evidence of a novel duplication of <i>Melanocortin receptor 1 (Mc1r)</i> in the cavefish genome. This locus was discovered following the observation of excessive allelic diversity in a ~820 bp fragment of <i>Mc1r</i> amplified via degenerate PCR from a natural population of <i>Astyanax aeneus</i> fish from Guerrero, Mexico. The cavefish genome reveals the presence of two closely related <i>Mc1r</i> open reading frames separated by a 1...
July 24, 2017: Genome Génome / Conseil National de Recherches Canada
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737984/evaluating-the-training-responsibilities-and-practices-of-p-t-committee-members-and-nonmember-contributors
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Ryan Rodriguez, Brett J Kelly, Mary Moody
BACKGROUND: Pharmacy and therapeutics (P&T) committees are responsible for managing drug formularies in numerous health care settings. Although pharmacy practice and health care organizations provide general recommendations of responsibilities and skills for members and nonmember contributors of P&T committees, the study investigators hypothesized that there is diversity in the training, responsibilities, and practices of these members and contributors. OBJECTIVE: To describe the training, responsibilities, and practices of members and nonmember contributors of P&T committees in a variety of health care settings, using an online survey...
August 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737911/platform-for-unified-molecular-analysis-puma
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Mariana González-Medina, Jose Luis Medina-Franco
We introduce a free platform for chemoinformatic-based diversity analysis and visualization of chemical space of user supplied data sets. Platform for Unified Molecular Analysis (PUMA) integrates metrics used to characterize compound databases including visualization of chemical space, scaffold content, and analysis of chemical diversity. The user's input is a file with SMILES, database names, and compound IDs. PUMA computes molecular properties of pharmaceutical relevance, Murcko scaffolds, and diversity analysis...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737695/predictive-structure-and-topology-of-peroxisomal-atp-binding-cassette-abc-transporters
#5
Pierre Andreoletti, Quentin Raas, Catherine Gondcaille, Mustapha Cherkaoui-Malki, Doriane Trompier, Stéphane Savary
The peroxisomal ATP-binding Cassette (ABC) transporters, which are called ABCD1, ABCD2 and ABCD3, are transmembrane proteins involved in the transport of various lipids that allow their degradation inside the organelle. Defective ABCD1 leads to the accumulation of very long-chain fatty acids and is associated with a complex and severe neurodegenerative disorder called X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy (X-ALD). Although the nucleotide-binding domain is highly conserved and characterized within the ABC transporters family, solid data are missing for the transmembrane domain (TMD) of ABCD proteins...
July 22, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737678/an-update-on-jacalin-like-lectins-and-their-role-in-plant-defense
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REVIEW
Lara Esch, Ulrich Schaffrath
Plant lectins are proteins that reversibly bind carbohydrates and are assumed to play an important role in plant development and resistance. Through the binding of carbohydrate ligands, lectins are involved in the perception of environmental signals and their translation into phenotypical responses. These processes require down-stream signaling cascades, often mediated by interacting proteins. Fusing the respective genes of two interacting proteins can be a way to increase the efficiency of this process. Most recently, proteins containing jacalin-related lectin (JRL) domains became a subject of plant resistance responses research...
July 22, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737486/-no-daddy-a-kind-of-daddy-words-used-by-donor-conceived-children-and-aspiring-parents-to-refer-to-the-sperm-donor
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Veerle Provoost, Jodie Bernaerdt, Hanna Van Parys, Ann Buysse, Petra De Sutter, Guido Pennings
Research has shown that the recipients of donor sperm can experience difficulties finding appropriate language to refer to the donor. Based on two qualitative analysis techniques, namely word count and empirical discourse analysis, we studied the words used to refer to the donor in heterosexual and lesbian (aspiring) parents and in donor conceived children. Findings show that the words used in these households are highly diverse and have at least four different interlinked functions: (1) to position the donor in relation to the nuclear family; (2) to safeguard the role of the social parent; (3) to clarify family structure; and (4) to present a positive picture of the donor...
July 24, 2017: Culture, Health & Sexuality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737214/decline-in-cellular-function-of-aged-mouse-c-kit-cardiac-progenitor-cells
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Alessandra Castaldi, Ramsinh Mansinh Dodia, Amabel M Orogo, Cristina M Zambrano, Rita H Najor, Åsa B Gustafsson, Joan Heller Brown, Nicole H Purcell
Therapeutic use of c-kit(+) cardiac progenitor cells (CPCs) is being evaluated for regenerative therapy in older patients with ischemic heart failure. Our understanding of the biology of these CPCs has however, largely come from studies of young cells and animal models. In the present study we examined characteristics of CPCs isolated from young (3 months) and aged (24 month) mice that could underlie the diverse outcomes reported for CPC-based therapeutics. We observed morphological differences and altered senescence indicated by increased senescence associated markers β-galactosidase and p16 mRNA in aged CPCs...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737213/identification-of-methylated-gnti-dependent-n-glycans-in-botryococcus-brauni
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Stefan Schulze, Eugen Urzica, Maarten J M F Reijnders, Henri van de Geest, Sven Warris, Linda V Bakker, Christian Fufezan, Vitor A P Martins Dos Santos, Peter J Schaap, Sander A Peters, Michael Hippler
In contrast to mammals and vascular plants, microalgae show a high diversity in the N-glycan structures of complex N-glycoproteins. Although homologues for β1,2-N-acetylglucosaminyltransferase I (GnTI), a key enzyme in the formation of complex N-glycans, have been identified in several algal species, GnTI-dependent N-glycans have not been detected so far. We have performed an N-glycoproteomic analysis of the hydrocarbon oils accumulating green microalgae Botryococcus braunii. Thereby, the analysis of intact N-glycopeptides allowed the determination of N-glycan compositions...
July 24, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737009/non-additive-stabilization-by-halogenated-amino-acids-reveals-protein-plasticity-on-a-sub-angstrom-scale
#10
Azade S Hosseini, Christopher J Pace, Adam A Esposito, Jianmin Gao
It has been a long-standing goal to understand the structure-stability relationship of proteins, as optimal stability is essential for protein function and highly desirable for protein therapeutics. Halogenation has emerged as a minimally invasive strategy to probe the physical characteristics of proteins in solution, as well as enhance the structural stabilities of proteins for therapeutic applications. Although advances in synthetic chemistry and genetic code expansion have allowed for the rapid synthesis of proteins with diverse chemical sequences, much remains to be learned regarding the impact of these mutations on their structural integrity...
July 24, 2017: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737000/chemoprofile-and-functional-diversity-of-fungal-and-bacterial-endophytes-and-role-of-ecofactors-a-review
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REVIEW
Aiyatullah Shah, Qazi Parvaiz Hassan, Saleem Mushtaq, Aabid Manzoor Shah, Aehtesham Hussain
Endophytes represent a hidden world within plants. Almost all plants that are studied harbor one or more endophytes, which help their host to survive against pathogens and changing adverse environmental conditions. Fungal and bacterial endophytes with distinct ecological niches show important biological activities and ecological functions. Their unique physiological and biochemical characteristics lead to the production of niche specific secondary metabolites that may have pharmacological potential. Identification of specific secondary metabolites in adverse environment can also help us in understanding mechanisms of host tolerance against stress condition such as biological invasions, salt, drought, temperature...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Basic Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736980/diverse-roles-for-glycosaminoglycans-in-neural-patterning
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REVIEW
Kristian Saied-Santiago, Hannes E Bülow
The nervous system coordinates the functions of most multicellular organisms and, their response to the surrounding environment. Its development involves concerted cellular interactions, including migration, axon guidance and synapse formation. These processes depend on the molecular constituents and structure of the extracellular matrices (ECM). An essential component of ECMs are proteoglycans, i.e. proteins containing unbranched glycan chains known as glycosaminoglycans (GAGs). A defining characteristic of GAGs is their enormous molecular diversity, created by extensive modifications of the glycans during their biosynthesis...
July 24, 2017: Developmental Dynamics: An Official Publication of the American Association of Anatomists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736893/benchmarking-density-functional-tight-binding-models-for-barrier-heights-and-reaction-energetics-of-organic-molecules
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Maja Gruden, Ljubica Andjeklović, Akkarapattiakal Kuriappan Jissy, Stepan Stepanović, Matija Zlatar, Qiang Cui, Marcus Elstner
Density Functional Tight Binding (DFTB) models are two to three orders of magnitude faster than ab initio and Density Functional Theory (DFT) methods and therefore are particularly attractive in applications to large molecules and condensed phase systems. To establish the applicability of DFTB models to general chemical reactions, we conduct benchmark calculations for barrier heights and reaction energetics of organic molecules using existing databases and several new ones compiled in this study. Structures for the transition states and stable species have been fully optimized at the DFTB level, making it possible to characterize the reliability of DFTB models in a more thorough fashion compared to conducting single point energy calculations as done in previous benchmark studies...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Computational Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736793/bacterial-and-archaeal-diversity-in-hypersaline-cyanobacterial-mats-along-a-transect-in-the-intertidal-flats-of-the-sultanate-of-oman
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Janina C Vogt, Raeid M M Abed, Dirk C Albach, Katarzyna A Palinska
Hypersaline intertidal zones are highly dynamic ecosystems that are exposed to multiple extreme environmental conditions including rapidly and frequently changing parameters (water, nutrients, temperature) as well as highly elevated salinity levels often caused by high temperatures and evaporation rates. Microbial mats in most extreme settings, as found at the coastline of the subtropical-arid Arabian Peninsula, have been relatively less studied compared to their counterparts around the world. We report, here, for the first time on the diversity of the bacterial and archaeal communities of marine microbial mats along an intertidal transect in a wide salt flat with strongly increased salinity employing Illumina MiSeq technology for amplicon sequencing of 16S rRNA gene fragments...
July 24, 2017: Microbial Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736510/a-genomic-perspective-on-the-generation-and-maintenance-of-genetic-diversity-in-herbivorous-insects
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Andrew D Gloss, Simon C Groen, Noah K Whiteman
Understanding the processes that generate and maintain genetic variation within populations is a central goal in evolutionary biology. Theory predicts that some of this variation is maintained as a consequence of adapting to variable habitats. Studies in herbivorous insects have played a key role in confirming this prediction. Here, we highlight theoretical and conceptual models for the maintenance of genetic diversity in herbivorous insects, empirical genomic studies testing these models, and pressing questions within the realm of evolutionary and functional genomic studies...
November 2016: Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736437/dissecting-evolution-and-disease-using-comparative-vertebrate-genomics
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REVIEW
Jennifer R S Meadows, Kerstin Lindblad-Toh
With the generation of more than 100 sequenced vertebrate genomes in less than 25 years, the key question arises of how these resources can be used to inform new or ongoing projects. In the past, this diverse collection of sequences from human as well as model and non-model organisms has been used to annotate the human genome and to increase the understanding of human disease. In the future, comparative vertebrate genomics in conjunction with additional genomic resources will yield insights into the processes of genome function, evolution, speciation, selection and adaptation, as well as the quantification of species diversity...
July 24, 2017: Nature Reviews. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736205/developmental-and-extrahepatic-physiological-functions-of-srebp-pathway-genes-in-mice
#17
REVIEW
Luke J Engelking, Mary Jo Cantoria, Yanchao Xu, Guosheng Liang
Sterol regulatory element-binding proteins (SREBPs), master transcriptional regulators of cholesterol and fatty acid synthesis, have been found to contribute to a diverse array of cellular processes. In this review, we focus on genetically engineered mice in which the activities of six components of the SREBP gene pathway, namely SREBP-1, SREBP-2, Scap, Insig-1, Insig-2, or Site-1 protease have been altered through gene knockout or transgenic approaches. In addition to the expected impacts on lipid metabolism, manipulation of these genes in mice is found to affect a wide array of developmental and physiologic processes ranging from interferon signaling in macrophages to synaptic transmission in the brain...
July 20, 2017: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736114/flow-diversion-within-seven-days-after-stroke-onset-is-associated-with-favorable-outcome-in-anterior-circulation-stroke
#18
Fei Wu, Wenjie Cao, Yifeng Ling, Lumeng Yang, Xin Cheng, Qiang Dong
Anterior cerebral artery (ACA) flow diversion (FD), defined as ipsilateral mean velocity (MV) of at least 30% greater than the contralateral artery, could be seen an indirect sign of leptomeningeal collateralization in the setting of middle cerebral artery occlusion. The purpose of the study was to evaluate the association between dynamic FD and functional outcome in acute anterior stroke patients with large artery occlusion. Acute middle cerebral artery (MCA) or internal carotid artery (ICA) occlusive stroke patients within 12h were recruited...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735974/characteristics-of-six-small-heat-shock-protein-genes-from-bactrocera-dorsalis-diverse-expression-under-conditions-of-thermal-stress-and-normal-growth
#19
Wei Dou, Yi Tian, Hong Liu, Yan Shi, Guy Smagghe, Jin-Jun Wang
To explore the functions of small heat shock proteins (sHsps) in relation to thermal stress and development in Bactrocera dorsalis (Hendel), one of the most economically important pest species attacking a wide range of fruits and vegetables, six full-length cDNAs of sHsp genes (BdHsp17.7, 18.4, 20.4, 20.6, 21.6 and 23.8) were cloned, and the expression patterns in different developmental stages and tissues, as well as in response to both thermal and 20-hydroxyecdysone (20E) exposures, were examined using real time quantitative PCR...
July 20, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part B, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735853/a-comparative-study-of-genome-organization-and-epigenetic-mechanisms-in-model-ciliates-with-an-emphasis-on-tetrahymena-paramecium-and-oxytricha
#20
REVIEW
Yurui Wang, Yuanyuan Wang, Yalan Sheng, Jie Huang, Xiao Chen, Khaled A S Al-Rasheid, Shan Gao
As a group of unicellular eukaryotes, ciliates offer a unique system to explore epigenetic regulation, mostly due to their nuclear dualism. Ciliates launched a successful radiation after their early evolutionary branching, therefore harboring an unexpectedly rich pool of diverse biological functions and mechanisms. In this review, we compare distinct features of different ciliates in mating type determination, genome organization, DNA methylation, and removal of internal eliminated sequences (IES), with emphasis on Tetrahymena, Paramecium and Oxytricha...
July 1, 2017: European Journal of Protistology
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