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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231702/effect-of-a-microbial-phytase-on-growth-performance-plasma-parameters-and-apparent-ileal-amino-acid-digestibility-in-youxian-sheldrake-fed-a-low-phosphorus-corn-soybean-diet
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Shaoping He, Rodolfo Frilles Medrano, Qifang Yu, Yixin Cai, Qiuzhong Dai, Jianhua He
Objective: This study investigated the effect of microbial phytase supplementation on growth performance, tibia ash, plasma parameters, apparent ileal digestibility (AID) of amino acid (AA) and apparent digestibility of nutrients in Youxian Sheldrakes fed with low-Phosphorus (P) corn-soybean diets. Methods: A total of 350 Youxian Sheldrakes (7d old) were randomly divided into 5 treatment groups: positive control (PC) group has adequate available P diet (0.42% and 0...
February 23, 2017: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231695/blood-amino-acids-profile-responding-to-heat-stress-in-dairy-cows
#2
Jiang Guo, Shengtao Gao, Suyu Quan, Yangdong Zhang, Dengpan Bu, Jiaqi Wang
The objective of this experiment was to investigate the effects of heat stress on milk protein and blood amino acid profile in dairy cows. Twelve dairy cows with the similar parity, days in milk and milk yield were randomly divided into two groups with six cows raised in summer and others in autumn, respectively. Constant managerial conditions and diets were maintained during the experiment. Measurements and samples for heat stress and no heat stress were obtained according to the physical alterations of the temperature-humidity index...
February 23, 2017: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231452/proteome-scale-identification-classification-and-structural-analysis-of-iron-binding-proteins-in-bread-wheat
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Shailender Kumar Verma, Ankita Sharma, Padmani Sandhu, Neha Choudhary, Shailaja Sharma, Vishal Acharya, Yusuf Akhter
Bread wheat is one of the major staple foods of worldwide population and iron plays a significant role in growth and development of the plant. In this report, we are presenting the genome wide identification of iron-binding proteins in bread wheat. The wheat genome derived putative proteome was screened for identification of iron-binding sequence motifs. Out of 602 putative iron-binding proteins, 130 were able to produce reliable structural models by homology techniques and further analyzed for the presence of iron-binding structural motifs...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230985/discovery-of-competitive-and-non-competitive-ligands-of-the-organic-cation-transporter-1-oct1-slc22a1
#4
Eugene C Chen, Natalia Khuri, Xiaomin Liang, Adrian Stecula, Huan-Chieh Chien, Sook Wah Yee, Yong Huang, Andrej Sali, Kathleen M Giacomini
Organic cation transporter 1 (OCT1) plays a critical role in the hepatocellular uptake of structurally diverse endogenous compounds and xenobiotics. Here, we identified competitive and noncompetitive OCT1 interacting ligands in a library of 1,780 prescription drugs by combining in silico and in vitro methods. Ligands were predicted by docking against a comparative model based a eukaryotic homolog. In parallel, high-throughput screening (HTS) was conducted using the fluorescent probe substrate ASP+ in cells overexpressing human OCT1...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230157/highly-sensitive-and-adaptable-fluorescence-quenched-pair-discloses-the-substrate-specificity-profiles-in-diverse-protease-families
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Marcin Poreba, Aleksandra Szalek, Wioletta Rut, Paulina Kasperkiewicz, Izabela Rutkowska-Wlodarczyk, Scott J Snipas, Yoshifumi Itoh, Dusan Turk, Boris Turk, Christopher M Overall, Leszek Kaczmarek, Guy S Salvesen, Marcin Drag
Internally quenched fluorescent (IQF) peptide substrates originating from FRET (Förster Resonance Energy Transfer) are powerful tool for examining the activity and specificity of proteases, and a variety of donor/acceptor pairs are extensively used to design individual substrates and combinatorial libraries. We developed a highly sensitive and adaptable donor/acceptor pair that can be used to investigate the substrate specificity of cysteine proteases, serine proteases and metalloproteinases. This novel pair comprises 7-amino-4-carbamoylmethylcoumarin (ACC) as the fluorophore and 2,4-dinitrophenyl-lysine (Lys(DNP)) as the quencher...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223802/fe3o4-based-plga-nanoparticles-as-mr-contrast-agents-for-the-detection-of-thrombosis
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Jia Liu, Jie Xu, Jun Zhou, Yu Zhang, Dajing Guo, Zhigang Wang
Thrombotic disease is a great threat to human health, and early detection is particularly important. Magnetic resonance (MR) molecular imaging provides noninvasive imaging with the potential for early disease diagnosis. In this study, we developed Fe3O4-based poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) nanoparticles (NPs) surface-modified with a cyclic Arg-Gly-Asp (cRGD) peptide as an MR contrast agent for the detection of thrombosis. The physical and chemical characteristics, biological toxicity, ability to target thrombi, and biodistribution of the NPs were studied...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220735/sustained-reduction-in-antibiotic-consumption-in-a-south-african-public-sector-hospital-four-year-outcomes-from-the-groote-schuur-hospital-antibiotic-stewardship-program
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T H Boyles, V Naicker, N Rawoot, P J Raubenheimer, B Eick, M Mendelson
BACKGROUND: Overuse of antibiotics has driven global bacterial resistance to the extent that we have entered a post-antibiotic era, where infections that were once easily treatable are now becoming untreatable. Efforts to control consumption have focused on antibiotic stewardship programmes (ASPs), aimed at optimising use. OBJECTIVE: To report antibiotic consumption and cost over 4 years from a public hospital ASP in South Africa (SA). METHODS: A comprehensive ASP comprising online education, a dedicated antibiotic prescription chart and weekly dedicated ward rounds was introduced at Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, in 2012...
January 30, 2017: South African Medical Journal, Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220528/enzymatic-characterization-and-functional-implication-of-two-structurally-different-isocitrate-dehydrogenases-from-xylella-fastidiosa
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Peipei Lv, Wanggang Tang, Peng Wang, Zhengyu Cao, Guoping Zhu
Isocitrate dehydrogenase (IDH) is a key enzyme at the critical junction between the tricarboxylic acid cycle and the glyoxylate cycle. Most bacteria have only one IDH, while a few of bacteria contain two IDH isozymes. The coexistence of two different type IDHs in one organism was little known. Xylella fastidiosa is a nutritionally fastidious plant pathogen that contains two structurally different IDHs, an NAD(+) -dependent homodimeric IDH (diXfIDH) and an NADP(+) -dependent monomeric IDH (monoXfIDH). Kinetic characterization showed that diXfIDH displayed 206-fold preferences for NAD(+) over NADP(+) , while monoXfIDH showed 13800-fold preferences for NADP(+) over NAD(+) ...
February 21, 2017: Biotechnology and Applied Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216662/ddx5-promotes-gastric-cancer-cell-proliferation-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-through-mtor-signaling-pathway
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Cheng Du, Dan-Qi Li, Na Li, Li Chen, Shi-Sen Li, Yang Yang, Ming-Xiao Hou, Man-Jiang Xie, Zhen-Dong Zheng
DEAD (Asp-Glu-Ala-Asp) box helicase 5 (DDX5) is an ATP-dependent RNA helicase that is overexpressed in various malignancies. Increasing evidence suggests that DDX5 participates in carcinogenesis and cancer progression via promoting cell proliferation and metastasis. However, the functional role of DDX5 in gastric cancer is largely unknown. In this study, we observed that DDX5 was significantly up-regulated in gastric cancer tissues compared with the paired adjacent normal tissues. The expression of DDX5 correlated strongly with Ki67 index and pathological stage of gastric cancer...
February 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216624/dual-targeted-hybrid-nanoparticles-of-synergistic-drugs-for-treating-lung-metastases-of-triple-negative-breast-cancer-in-mice
#10
Tian Zhang, Preethy Prasad, Ping Cai, Chunsheng He, Dan Shan, Andrew Michael Rauth, Xiao Yu Wu
Lung metastasis is the major cause of death in patients with triple negative breast cancer (TNBC), an aggressive subtype of breast cancer with no effective therapy at present. It has been proposed that dual-targeted therapy, ie, targeting chemotherapeutic agents to both tumor vasculature and cancer cells, may offer some advantages. The present work was aimed to develop a dual-targeted synergistic drug combination nanomedicine for the treatment of lung metastases of TNBC. Thus, Arg-Gly-Asp peptide (RGD)-conjugated, doxorubicin (DOX) and mitomycin C (MMC) co-loaded polymer-lipid hybrid nanoparticles (RGD-DMPLN) were prepared and characterized...
February 20, 2017: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214430/development-of-evidence-based-practice-in-academic-service-partnerships-experiences-of-working-life-representatives-from-social-and-health-care-sectors
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Hanna-Leena Melender
Learning about how to develop and lead the implementation of evidence based practice (EBP) in services is an important part of the education of developers and managers for the social and health care sectors. In order to develop this teaching and to support the development of EBP in services, a Teaching Development Effort (TDE) was conducted by establishing academic service partnerships (ASPs) and connecting Master's students' assignments with them. The TDE was conducted as a part of a larger project whose main aims were to strengthen, develop and renew transfers of knowledge and competence between higher education institutions and workplaces, and to strive for a more multidisciplinary quality in workplace innovations...
February 9, 2017: Nurse Education in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212423/phenolic-extract-from-oleaster-olea-europaea-var-sylvestris-leaves-reduces-colon-cancer-growth-and-induces-caspase-dependent-apoptosis-in-colon-cancer-cells-via-the-mitochondrial-apoptotic-pathway
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Wafa Zeriouh, Abdelhafid Nani, Meriem Belarbi, Adélie Dumont, Charlotte de Rosny, Ikram Aboura, Fatima Zahra Ghanemi, Babar Murtaza, Danish Patoli, Charles Thomas, Lionel Apetoh, Cédric Rébé, Dominique Delmas, Naim Akhtar Khan, François Ghiringhelli, Mickael Rialland, Aziz Hichami
Dietary polyphenols, derived from natural products, have received a great interest for their chemopreventive properties against cancer. In this study, we investigated the effects of phenolic extract of the oleaster leaves (PEOL) on tumor growth in mouse model and on cell death in colon cancer cell lines. We assessed the effect of oleaster leaf infusion on HCT116 (human colon cancer cell line) xenograft growth in athymic nude mice. We observed that oleaster leaf polyphenol-rich infusion limited HCT116 tumor growth in vivo...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211061/use-of-peak-sharpening-effects-to-improve-the-separation-of-chiral-compounds-with-molecularly-imprinted-porous-polymer-layer-open-tubular-capillaries
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Chadin Kulsing, Yuanzhong Yang, Jamil M Chowdhury, Reinhard I Boysen, Milton T W Hearn
This investigation demonstrates the application of a new peak sharpening technique to improve the separation of difficult-to-resolve racemic mixtures in capillary electro-chromatography. Molecularly imprinted porous layer open tubular (MIP-PLOT) capillaries, prepared by a layer-on-layer polymerization approach with Z-l-Asp-OH as the template, were selected to validate the approach. SEM revealed that the polymer film thickness can be varied by changes in both the polymer composition and the layer-on-layer regime...
February 17, 2017: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208305/predicting-electrophoretic-mobility-of-tryptic-peptides-for-high-throughput-cze-ms-analysis
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Oleg V Krokhin, Geoffrey Anderson, Vic Spicer, Liangliang Sun, Norman J Dovichi
A multiparametric sequence-specific model for predicting peptide electrophoretic mobility has been developed using large-scale bottom-up proteomic CE-MS data (5% (∼0.8M) acetic acid as background electrolyte). Peptide charge (Z) and size (molecular mass, M) are the two major factors determining electrophoretic mobility, in complete agreement with previous studies. The extended size of the data set (>4000 peptides) permits access to many sequence-specific factors that impact peptide mobility. The presence of acidic residues Asp and Glu near the peptide N-terminus is by far the most prominent among them...
February 7, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207762/minimally-invasive-procedure-reduces-adjacent-segment-degeneration-and-disease-new-benefit-based-global-meta-analysis
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Xiao-Chuan Li, Chun-Ming Huang, Cheng-Fan Zhong, Rong-Wei Liang, Shao-Jian Luo
OBJECTIVE: Adjacent segment pathology (ASP) is a common complication presenting in patients with axial pain and dysfunction, requiring treatment or follow-up surgery. However, whether minimally invasive surgery (MIS), including MIS transforaminal / posterior lumbar interbody fusion (MIS-TLIF/PLIF) decreases the incidence rate of ASP remains unknown. The aim of this meta-analysis was to compare the incidence rate of ASP in patients undergoing MIS versus open procedures. METHODS: This systematic review was undertaken by following the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses Statement...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199941/effect-directed-analysis-reveals-inhibition-of-zebrafish-uptake-transporter-oatp1d1-by-caulerpenyne-a-major-secondary-metabolite-from-the-invasive-marine-alga-caulerpa-taxifolia
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P Marić, M Ahel, I Senta, S Terzić, I Mikac, A Žuljević, T Smital
Caulerpa taxifolia is a marine alga of tropical and subtropical distribution and a well-known invasive species in several temperate regions. Its invasiveness mainly stems from the production of secondary metabolites, some of which are toxic or repellent substances. In this study we investigated the possible inhibitory effects of C. taxifolia secondary metabolites on the activity of two zebrafish (Danio rerio) uptake transporters that transport organic anions (Oatp1d1) and cations (Oct1). Both transporters were transiently transfected and overexpressed in human embryonic kidney HEK293T cells...
February 2, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199839/the-survival-of-motor-neuron-protein-acts-as-a-molecular-chaperone-for-mrnp-assembly
#17
Paul G Donlin-Asp, Claudia Fallini, Jazmin Campos, Ching-Chieh Chou, Megan E Merritt, Han C Phan, Gary J Bassell, Wilfried Rossoll
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a motor neuron disease caused by reduced levels of the survival of motor neuron (SMN) protein. SMN is part of a multiprotein complex that facilitates the assembly of spliceosomal small nuclear ribonucleoproteins (snRNPs). SMN has also been found to associate with mRNA-binding proteins, but the nature of this association was unknown. Here, we have employed a combination of biochemical and advanced imaging methods to demonstrate that SMN promotes the molecular interaction between IMP1 protein and the 3' UTR zipcode region of β-actin mRNA, leading to assembly of messenger ribonucleoprotein (mRNP) complexes that associate with the cytoskeleton to facilitate trafficking...
February 14, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198180/engineering-recombinant-virus-like-nanoparticles-from-plants-for-cellular-delivery
#18
Lou Brillault, Philippe V Jutras, Noor Dashti, Eva C Thuenemann, Garry Morgan, George P Lomonossoff, Michael J Landsberg, Frank Sainsbury
Understanding capsid assembly following recombinant expression of viral structural proteins is critical to the design and modification of virus-like nanoparticles for biomedical and nanotechnology applications. Here, we use plant-based transient expression of the Bluetongue virus (BTV) structural proteins, VP3 and VP7, to obtain high yields of empty and green fluorescent protein (GFP)-encapsidating core-like particles (CLPs) from leaves. Single-particle cryo-electron microscopy of both types of particles revealed considerable differences in CLP structure compared to the crystal structure of infection-derived CLPs; in contrast, the two recombinant CLPs have an identical external structure...
February 15, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197776/effects-of-melanocortin-4-receptor-agonists-and-antagonists-on-expression-of-genes-related-to-reproduction-in-spotted-scat-scatophagus-argus
#19
Dong-Neng Jiang, Jian-Tao Li, Ya-Xiong Tao, Hua-Pu Chen, Si-Ping Deng, Chun-Hua Zhu, Guang-Li Li
Melanocortin-4 receptor (Mc4r) function related to reproduction in fish has not been extensively investigated. Here, we report on gene expression changes by real-time PCR following treatment with Mc4r agonists and antagonists in the spotted scat (Scatophagus argus). Using in vitro incubated hypothalamus, the Mc4r nonselective agonist NDP-MSH ([Nle(4), D-Phe(7)]-α-melanocyte stimulating hormone; 10(-6) M) and selective agonist THIQ (N-[(3R)-1, 2, 3, 4-Tetrahydroisoquinolinium-3-ylcarbonyl]- (1R)-1-(4-chlorobenzyl)-2-[4-cyclohexyl-4-(1H-1,2,4-triazol-1-ylmethyl) piperidin-1-yl]-2-oxoethylamine; 10(-7) M) significantly increased the expression of gnrh (Gonadotropin releasing hormone), while the Mc4r nonselective antagonist SHU9119 (Ac-Nle-[Asp-His-DPhe/DNal(2')-Arg-Trp-Lys]-NH2; 10(-6) M) and selective antagonist Ipsen 5i (compound 5i synthesized in Ipsen Research Laboratories; 10(-6) M) significantly inhibited gnrh expression after 3 h of incubation...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Comparative Physiology. B, Biochemical, Systemic, and Environmental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197209/effect-of-bmp-2-delivery-mode-on-osteogenic-differentiation-of-stem-cells
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Taekhee Jung, John Hwan Lee, Soonjung Park, Yong-Jin Kim, Joseph Seo, Hye-Eun Shim, Ki-Suk Kim, Hyon-Seok Jang, Hyung-Min Chung, Seong-Geun Oh, Sung-Hwan Moon, Sun-Woong Kang
Differentiation of stem cells is an important strategy for regeneration of defective tissue in stem cell therapy. Bone morphogenetic protein-2 (BMP-2) is a well-known osteogenic differentiation factor that stimulates stem cell signaling pathways by activating transmembrane type I and type II receptors. However, BMPs have a very short half-life and may rapidly lose their bioactivity. Thus, a BMP delivery system is required to take advantage of an osteoinductive effect for osteogenic differentiation. Previously, BMP delivery has been designed and evaluated for osteogenic differentiation, focusing on carriers and sustained release system for delivery of BMPs...
2017: Stem Cells International
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