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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102866/the-dna-target-determines-the-dimerization-partner-selected-by-bhlhz-like-hybrid-proteins-ahrjun-and-arntfos
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Ichiro Inamoto, Gang Chen, Jumi A Shin
The molecular basis of protein-partner selection and DNA binding of the basic helix-loop-helix (bHLH) and basic region-leucine zipper (bZIP) superfamilies of dimeric transcription factors is fundamental toward understanding gene regulation. Because these families share structural similarities, we swapped the bHLH and leucine zipper (LZ) modules between families to uncover how individual modules influence protein-partnering and protein:DNA complexation. We previously described ArntFos, a bHLHZ-like hybrid of the bHLH domain from the bHLH/PAS protein Arnt and LZ from the bZIP protein c-Fos, binding to the Arnt E-box site (TCACGTGA) as a homodimer...
January 19, 2017: Molecular BioSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102671/structural-analysis-of-glycosylated-intact-hiv-1-gp120-b12-antibody-complex-using-hydroxyl-radical-protein-footprinting
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Xiaoyan Li, Oliver C Grant, Keigo Ito, Aaron Wallace, Shixia Wang, Peng Zhao, Lance Wells, Shan Lu, Robert J Woods, Joshua S Sharp
Glycoprotein gp120 is a surface antigen and virulence factor of the human immunodeficiency virus-1 (HIV-1). Broadly neutralizing antibodies (bNAbs) that are reactive to gp120 from a variety of HIV isolates offer hope for the development of broadly effective immunogens for vaccination purposes, if the interactions between gp120 and bNAbs can be understood. From a structural perspective, gp120 is a particularly difficult system due to its size, the presence of multiple flexible regions, and the large amount of glycosylation, all of which are important in gp120-bNAb interactions...
January 19, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102581/molecular-mechanisms-and-ecological-function-of-far-red-light-signalling
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REVIEW
David J Sheerin, Andreas Hiltbrunner
Land plants possess the ability to sense and respond to far-red light (700-760 nm), which serves as an important environmental cue. Due to the nature of far-red light, it is not absorbed by chlorophyll and thus is enriched in canopy shade, and will also penetrate deeper into soil than other visible wavelengths. Far-red light responses include regulation of seed germination, suppression of hypocotyl growth, induction of flowering, and accumulation of anthocyanins, which depend on one member of the phytochrome photoreceptor family, phytochrome A (phyA)...
January 19, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100710/tree-diversity-affects-chlorophyll-a-fluorescence-and-other-leaf-traits-of-tree-species-in-a-boreal-forest
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Martina Pollastrini, Ana Garcia Nogales, Raquel Benavides, Damien Bonal, Leena Finer, Mariangela Fotelli, Arthur Gessler, Charlotte Grossiord, Kalliopi Radoglou, Reto J Strasser, Filippo Bussotti
An assemblage of tree species with different crown properties creates heterogeneous environments at the canopy level. Changes of functional leaf traits are expected, especially those related to light interception and photosynthesis. Chlorophyll a fluorescence (ChlF) properties in dark-adapted leaves, specific leaf area, leaf nitrogen content (N) and carbon isotope composition (δ(13)C) were measured on Picea abies (L.) H.Karst., Pinus sylvestris L. and Betula pendula Roth. in monospecific and mixed boreal forests in Europe, in order to test whether they were affected by stand species richness and composition...
January 18, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100612/sex-dependent-intestinal-replication-of-an-enteric-virus
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Christopher M Robinson, Yao Wang, Julie K Pfeiffer
: Coxsackievirus is an enteric virus that initiates infection in the gastrointestinal tract before disseminating to peripheral tissues to cause disease, but intestinal factors that influence viral replication are understudied. Furthermore, a sex bias for severe sequelae from coxsackievirus infections has been observed in humans. While mouse models mimicking human pathogenesis have been well characterized, many of these experiments use intraperitoneal injection of coxsackievirus to infect mice, bypassing the intestine...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099963/low-molecular-weight-hydrophilic-and-lipophilic-antioxidants-in-nonmelanoma-skin-carcinomas-and-adjacent-normal-looking-skin
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Konstantina Grammenandi, Maria Kyriazi, Alexandra Katsarou-Katsari, Othon Papadopoulos, Ioanna Anastassopoulou, Georgios T Papaioannou, Alexandros Sagriotis, Michail Rallis, Howard I Maibach
Low-molecular-weight antioxidants are some of the most efficient agents of the skin defense mechanism against environmental factors, such as cosmic rays, smoke, and pollutants. The total skin concentrations of hydrophilic ascorbic and uric acids, as well as lipophilic α-tocopherol, β-carotene, and ubiquinol-10 antioxidants were determined by an HPLC-EC detector from 18 biopsies of human nonmelanoma skin carcinomas and 18 biopsies from skin areas adjacent to carcinomas. No significant differences in the concentrations of lipophilic antioxidants in both carcinomas and normal-looking skin areas adjacent to carcinomas were observed...
January 19, 2017: Skin Pharmacology and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099524/role-of-myo-nog-cells-in-neuroprotection-evidence-from-the-light-damaged-retina
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Alice Brandli, Jacquelyn Gerhart, Christopher K Sutera, Sivaraman Purushothuman, Mindy George-Weinstein, Jonathan Stone, Arturo Bravo-Nuevo
PURPOSE: To identify Myo/Nog cells in the adult retina and test their role in protecting retinal photoreceptors from light damage. METHODS: Light damage was induced by exposing albino rats raised in dim cyclic light to 1000 lux light for 24 hours. In one group of rats, Myo/Nog cells were purified from rat brain tissue by magnetic cell sorting following binding of the G8 monoclonal antibody (mAb). These cells were injected into the vitreous humour of the eye within 2 hours following bright light exposure...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098756/detection-of-the-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-with-a-novel-bioluminescence-resonance-energy-transfer-pair-using-a-two-component-system
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Tobias Wimmer, Eva Schroeter, Birgit Lorenz, Knut Stieger
In this paper we describe a two-component BRET (bioluminescence resonance energy transfer)-based method to detect vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) molecules in unknown samples as the basis for subsequent in vivo use. A luminescent VEGF binding molecule, which binds in the receptor binding motif of VEGF, is used as the energy donor, transferred to a fluorophore-coupled VEGF binding molecule (acceptor), which binds to the neuropilin binding motif of VEGF, thus enabling energy transfer from the donor to the acceptor molecule...
January 13, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098300/exploration-of-new-ferromagnetic-semiconducting-and-biocompatible-nb3x8-x-cl-br-or-i-monolayers-with-considerable-visible-and-infrared-light-absorption
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Junke Jiang, Qiuhua Liang, Ruishen Meng, Qun Yang, Chunjian Tan, Xiang Sun, Xianping Chen
Ferromagnetic character and biocompatible properties have become key factors for developing next-generation spintronic devices and show potential in biomedical applications. Unfortunately, the Mn-containing monolayer is not biocompatible though it has been extensively studied, and the Cr-containing monolayer is not environmental friendly, although these monolayers are ferromagnetic. Herein, we systematically investigated new types of 2D ferromagnetic monolayers Nb3X8 (X = Cl, Br or I) by means of first principles calculations together with mean field approximation based on the classical Heisenberg model...
January 18, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098242/merr-and-chrr-mediate-blue-light-induced-photo-oxidative-stress-response-at-the-transcriptional-level-in-vibrio-cholerae
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Mehmet Tardu, Selma Bulut, Ibrahim Halil Kavakli
Blue light (BL) is a major environmental factor that affects the physiology, behavior, and infectivity of bacteria as it contributes to the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) while increasing photo-oxidative stress in cells. However, precise photo-oxidative response mechanism in non-phototrophic bacteria is yet to be elucidated. In this study, we investigated the effect of BL in Vibrio cholerae by using genetics and transcriptome profiling. Genome-wide analysis revealed that transcription of 6.3% of V...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097654/melanopsin-expressing-ganglion-cells-in-human-retina-morphology-distribution-and-synaptic-connections
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Subha Nasir-Ahmad, Sammy C S Lee, Paul R Martin, Ulrike Grünert
Melanopsin-expressing retinal ganglion cells are intrinsically photosensitive cells that are involved in non-image forming visual processes such as the pupillary light reflex and circadian entrainment but also contribute to visual perception. Here we used immunohistochemistry to study the morphology, density, distribution and synaptic connectivity of melanopsin-expressing ganglion cells in four post mortem human donor retinas. Two types of melanopsin-expressing ganglion cells were distinguished based on their dendritic stratification near either the outer or the inner border of the inner plexiform layer...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097431/placental-dapk1-and-autophagy-marker-lc3b-ii-are-dysregulated-by-tnf-%C3%AE-in-a-gestational-age-dependent-manner
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Andreas Prokesch, Astrid Blaschitz, Tamara Bauer, Gerit Moser, Ursula Hiden, Julianna Zadora, Ralf Dechend, Florian Herse, Martin Gauster
Autophagy, a cell-survival process responsible for degradation of protein aggregates and damaged organelles, is increasingly recognized as another mechanism essential for human placentation. A substantial body of experiments suggests inflammation and oxidative stress as the underlying stimuli for altered placental autophagy, giving rise to placenta dysfunction and pregnancy pathologies. Here, the hypothesis is tested whether or not pro-inflammatory cytokines interleukin (IL)-6 and tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α are able to influence the expression profile of autophagy genes in human first-trimester villous placenta...
January 17, 2017: Histochemistry and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097384/stress-response-physiology-of-thermophiles
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REVIEW
Preeti Ranawat, Seema Rawat
Thermo (or hyperthermo) philic microorganisms are ubiquitous having a wide range of habitats from freshly fallen snow to pasteurized milk to geothermal areas like hot springs. The variations in physicochemical conditions, viz., temperature, pH, nutrient availability and light intensity in the habitats always pose stress conditions for the inhabitants leading to slow growth or cell death. The industrial processes used for harvesting secondary metabolites such as enzymes, toxins and organic acids also create stressed environments for thermophiles...
January 17, 2017: Archives of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097068/hepatic-fibrosis-and-factors-associated-with-liver-stiffness-in-hiv-mono-infected-individuals
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Mihály Sulyok, Tamás Ferenci, Mihály Makara, Gábor Horváth, János Szlávik, Zsófia Rupnik, Luca Kormos, Zsuzsanna Gerlei, Zita Sulyok, István Vályi-Nagy
BACKGROUND: Liver disease has become an important cause of morbidity and mortality even in those HIV-infected individuals who are devoid of hepatitis virus co-infection. The aim of this study was to evaluate the degree of hepatic fibrosis and the role of associated factors using liver stiffness measurement in HIV mono-infected patients without significant alcohol intake. METHODS: We performed a cross-sectional study of 101 HIV mono-infected patients recruited prospectively from March 1, 2014 to October 30, 2014 at the Center for HIV, St István and St László Hospital, Budapest, Hungary...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097049/sharing-refuges-on-arid-islands-ecological-and-social-influence-on-aggregation-behaviour-of-wall-geckos
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Raquel Vasconcelos, Sara Rocha, Xavier Santos
BACKGROUND: The extent of social behaviour among reptiles is underappreciated. Two types of aggregations are recognized in lizards: ecological and social, i.e., related to the attraction to a site or to animals of the same species, respectively. As most lizards are territorial, aggregations increase the probability of aggressive interactions among individuals, a density-dependent behaviour. METHODS: After some spurious observations of aggregation behaviour in the endemic Cabo Verde nocturnal gecko Tarentola substituta, we conducted a field-based study in order to thoroughly characterize it...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096668/impact-of-nanostructured-thin-zno-film-in-ultraviolet-protection
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Morteza Sasani Ghamsari, Sanaz Alamdari, Wooje Han, Hyung-Ho Park
Nanoscale ZnO is one of the best choices for ultraviolet (UV) protection, not only because of its antimicrobial properties but also due to its potential application for UV preservation. However, the behavior of nanostructured thin ZnO films and long-term effects of UV-radiation exposure have not been studied yet. In this study, we investigated the UV-protection ability of sol gel-derived thin ZnO films after different exposure times. Scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, and UV-visible optical spectroscopy were carried out to study the structure and optical properties of the ZnO films as a function of the UV-irradiation time...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096473/vimentin-intermediate-filaments-control-actin-stress-fiber-assembly-through-gef-h1-and-rhoa
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Yaming Jiu, Johan Peränen, Niccole Schaible, Fang Cheng, John E Eriksson, Ramaswamy Krishnan, Pekka Lappalainen
The actin and intermediate filament cytoskeleltons contribute to numerous cellular processes, including morphogenesis, cytokinesis, and migration. These two cytoskeletal systems associate with each other, but the underlying mechanisms are incompletely understood. Here,we show that inactivation of vimentin leads to increased actin stress fiber assembly and contractility, and consequent elevation of myosin light chain phosphorylation and stabilization of tropomyosin-4.2. The vimentin knockout phenotypes can be rescued by re-expression of wild-type vimentin, but not by the non-filamentous 'unit length form' vimentin, demonstrating that intact vimentin intermediate filaments are required to facilitate the effects on the actin cytoskeleton...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096374/phylogenetic-analysis-of-the-human-antibody-repertoire-reveals-quantitative-signatures-of-immune-senescence-and-aging
#18
Charles F A de Bourcy, Cesar J Lopez Angel, Christopher Vollmers, Cornelia L Dekker, Mark M Davis, Stephen R Quake
The elderly have reduced humoral immunity, as manifested by increased susceptibility to infections and impaired vaccine responses. To investigate the effects of aging on B-cell receptor (BCR) repertoire evolution during an immunological challenge, we used a phylogenetic distance metric to analyze Ig heavy-chain transcript sequences in both young and elderly individuals before and after influenza vaccination. We determined that BCR repertoires become increasingly specialized over a span of decades, but less plastic...
January 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096332/human-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-repressing-factor-acts-as-a-stress-regulated-switch-for-ribosomal-rna-processing-and-nucleolar-homeostasis-surveillance
#19
Marta Coccia, Antonio Rossi, Anna Riccio, Edoardo Trotta, Maria Gabriella Santoro
The nucleolus, a dynamic nuclear compartment long regarded as the cell ribosome factory, is emerging as an important player in the regulation of cell survival and recovery from stress. In larger eukaryotes, the stress-induced transcriptional response is mediated by a family of heat-shock transcription factors. Among these, HSF1, considered the master regulator of stress-induced transcriptional responses, controls the expression of cytoprotective heat shock proteins (HSPs), molecular chaperones/cochaperones constituting a major component of the cell protein quality control machinery essential to circumvent stress-induced degradation and aggregation of misfolded proteins...
January 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095910/profile-of-bioactive-compounds-in-nymphaea-alba-l-leaves-growing-in-egypt-hepatoprotective-antioxidant-and-anti-inflammatory-activity
#20
Riham Omar Bakr, Mona Mohamed El-Naa, Soumaya Saad Zaghloul, Mahmoud Mohamed Omar
BACKGROUND: Nymphaea alba L. represents an interesting field of study. Flowers have antioxidant and hepatoprotective effects, rhizomes constituents showed cytotoxic activity against liver cell carcinoma, while several Nymphaea species have been reported for their hepatoprotective effects. Leaves of N. alba have not been studied before. Therefore, in this study, in-depth characterization of the leaf phytoconstituents as well as its antioxidant and hepatoprotective activities have been performed where N...
January 17, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
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