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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431312/melatonin-charge-transfer-complex-with-2-3-dichloro-5-6-dicyano-1-4-benzoquinone-molecular-structure-dft-studies-thermal-analyses-evaluation-of-biological-activity-and-utility-for-determination-of-melatonin-in-pure-and-dosage-forms
#1
Gehad G Mohamed, Maher M Hamed, Nadia G Zaki, Mohamed M Abdou, Marwa El-Badry Mohamed, Abanoub Mosaad Abdallah
A simple, accurate and fast spectrophotometric method for the quantitative determination of melatonin (ML) drug in its pure and pharmaceutical forms was developed based on the formation of its charge transfer complex with 2,3-dichloro-5,6-dicyano-1,4-benzoquinone (DDQ) as an electron acceptor. The different conditions for this method were optimized accurately. The Lambert-Beer's law was found to be valid over the concentration range of 4-100μgmL(-1) ML. The solid form of the CT complex was structurally characterized by means of different spectral methods...
April 4, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431281/dengue-virus-replicates-and-accumulates-in-aedes-aegypti-salivary-glands
#2
Vincent Raquin, Louis Lambrechts
Dengue virus (DENV) is an RNA virus transmitted among humans by mosquito vectors, mainly Aedes aegypti. DENV transmission requires viral dissemination from the mosquito midgut to the salivary glands. During this process the virus undergoes several population bottlenecks, which are stochastic reductions in population size that restrict intra-host viral genetic diversity and limit the efficiency of natural selection. Despite the implications for virus transmission and evolution, DENV replication in salivary glands has not been directly demonstrated...
April 18, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430991/development-toward-high-resolution-x-ray-phase-imaging
#3
Atsushi Momose
Since the 1990s, the use of X-ray phase contrast has been extensively studied for imaging weakly absorbing objects consisting of low-Z elements such as biological soft tissues and polymers. The development of X-ray microscopy was also progressing during this time, although absorption contrast was only available. It was straightforward and important to develop phase-contrast X-ray microscopy. One characteristic in the development is that quantitative phase measurement is possible through the acquisition of phase-contrast images under a specific procedure, thanks to digital X-ray image detectors...
April 18, 2017: Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430122/a-comprehensive-diverse-omics-approach-to-better-understanding-the-molecular-pathomechanisms-of-down-syndrome
#4
REVIEW
Keiichi Ishihara, Satoshi Akiba
Diverse '-omics' technologies permit the comprehensive quantitative profiling of a variety of biological molecules. Comparative '-omics' analyses, such as transcriptomics and proteomics, are powerful and useful tools for unraveling the molecular pathomechanisms of various diseases. As enhanced oxidative stress has been demonstrated in humans and mice with Down syndrome (DS), a redox proteomic analysis is useful for understanding how enhanced oxidative stress aggravates the state of individuals with oxidative stress-related disorders...
April 21, 2017: Brain Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429758/intracellular-lipid-binding-protein-family-diversity-from-oyster-crassostrea-gigas-genomic-and-structural-features-of-invertebrate-lipid-transporters
#5
Guilherme de Toledo-Silva, Guilherme Razzera, Flavia Lucena Zacchi, Nestor Cubas Wendt, Jacó Joaquim Mattos, Afonso Celso Dias Bainy
Intracellular lipid binding proteins (iLBPs) play a role in the transport and cellular uptake of fatty acids and gene expression regulation. The aim of this work was to characterize the iLBP gene family of the Pacific oyster Crassostrea gigas, one of the most cultivated marine bivalves in the world, using bioinformatics and molecular biology approaches. A total of 26 different iLBPs transcripts were identified in the Pacific oyster genome, including alternative splicing and gene duplication events. The oyster iLBP gene family seems to be more expanded than in other invertebrates...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429721/a-mouse-tissue-transcription-factor-atlas
#6
Quan Zhou, Mingwei Liu, Xia Xia, Tongqing Gong, Jinwen Feng, Wanlin Liu, Yang Liu, Bei Zhen, Yi Wang, Chen Ding, Jun Qin
Transcription factors (TFs) drive various biological processes ranging from embryonic development to carcinogenesis. Here, we employ a recently developed concatenated tandem array of consensus TF response elements (catTFRE) approach to profile the activated TFs in 24 adult and 8 fetal mouse tissues on proteome scale. A total of 941 TFs are quantitatively identified, representing over 60% of the TFs in the mouse genome. Using an integrated omics approach, we present a TF network in the major organs of the mouse, allowing data mining and generating knowledge to elucidate the roles of TFs in various biological processes, including tissue type maintenance and determining the general features of a physiological system...
April 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428808/reference-genes-for-normalization-of-qpcr-assays-in-sugarcane-plants-under-water-deficit
#7
Larissa Mara de Andrade, Michael Dos Santos Brito, Rafael Fávero Peixoto Junior, Paulo Eduardo Ribeiro Marchiori, Paula Macedo Nóbile, Alexandre Palma Boer Martins, Rafael Vasconcelos Ribeiro, Silvana Creste
BACKGROUND: Sugarcane (Saccharum spp.) is the main raw material for sugar and ethanol production. Among the abiotic stress, drought is the main one that negatively impact sugarcane yield. Although gene expression analysis through quantitative PCR (qPCR) has increased our knowledge about biological processes related to drought, gene network that mediates sugarcane responses to water deficit remains elusive. In such scenario, validation of reference gene is a major requirement for successful analyzes involving qPCR...
2017: Plant Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428703/comparative-study-of-two-elisa-kits-for-estimation-of-antibodies-to-hepatitis-b-virus-in-human-normal-immunoglobulin-and-specific-immunoglobulin-intended-for-intravenous-or-intramuscular-use
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J P Prasad, Y Madhu, Arushi Mandhan, Payal Garg, Anu Prakash, Varsha Singh, Daud Ali, Prdeep Kumar, Surinder Singh, G R Soni, Varun Singh
Current study is conducted to evaluate method verification of two locally available kits manufactured by DSI & BIORAD for quantitative estimation of Hepatitis B virus antibodies in human normal immunoglobulin by using International standard of National Institute of Biological Standards and Control. Four analyst perform five sets of test in duplicate analysing accuracy, precision, and limit of detection, sensitivity and specificity. Our results suggest that both DSI and BIORAD kits fulfil the validation criteria and are sensitive to detect up to 10 mIU concentration precisely and accurately...
June 2017: Indian Journal of Clinical Biochemistry: IJCB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428255/nucleosome-nucleosome-interactions-via-histone-tails-and-linker-dna-regulate-nuclear-rigidity
#9
Yuta Shimamoto, Sachiko Tamura, Hiroshi Masumoto, Kazuhiro Maeshima
Cells, as well as the nuclei inside them, experience significant mechanical stress in diverse biological processes including contraction, migration, and adhesion. The structural stability of nuclei must therefore be maintained in order to protect genome integrity. Despite extensive knowledge on nuclear architecture and components, however, the underlying physical and molecular mechanisms remain largely unknown. We addressed this in the present study by subjecting isolated human cell nuclei to microneedle-based quantitative micromanipulation with a series of biochemical perturbations of the chromatin...
April 20, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428004/long-noncoding-rna-awpph-promotes-hepatocellular-carcinoma-progression-through-ybx1-and-serves-as-a-prognostic-biomarker
#10
Xiaodong Zhao, Yanbo Liu, Shuo Yu
Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) have been shown to play important roles in various cancers. However, the clinical significances and biological roles of lncRNAs in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) remain largely unknown. In this study, using online-available data sets and quantitative real-time PCR, we identified a novel lncRNA termed lncRNA-AWPPH, which is highly expressed in HCC tissues. Its upregulation is correlated with encapsulation incomplete, microvascular invasion, advanced TNM stage and BCLC stage. Cox proportional hazards regression analysis revealed that high lncRNA-AWPPH expression is an independent prognostic factor for poor recurrence-free and overall survival...
April 17, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427845/development-of-a-micro-neutralization-assay-for-ebolaviruses-using-a-replication-competent-vesicular-stomatitis-hybrid-virus-and-a-quantitative-pcr-readout
#11
Stella S Lee, Kathryn Phy, Keith Peden, Li Sheng-Fowler
Development of vaccines against highly pathogenic viruses that could also be used as agents of bioterrorism is both a public health issue and a national security priority. Methods that can quantify neutralizing antibodies will likely be crucial in demonstrating vaccine effectiveness, as most licensed viral vaccines are effective due to their capacity to elicit neutralizing antibodies. Assays to determine whether antibodies are neutralizing traditionally involve infectious virus, and the assay most commonly used is the plaque-reduction neutralization test (PRNT)...
April 17, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427215/top2a-ggh-and-pecam1-are-associated-with-hematogenous-lymph-node-and-peritoneal-recurrence-in-stage-ii-iii-gastric-cancer-patients-enrolled-in-the-acts-gc-study
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Masanori Terashima, Wataru Ichikawa, Atsushi Ochiai, Koji Kitada, Issei Kurahashi, Shinichi Sakuramoto, Hitoshi Katai, Takeshi Sano, Hiroshi Imamura, Mitsuru Sasako
BACKGROUND: To identify factors related to relapse sites, we carried out an exploratory biomarker analysis of data from the Adjuvant Chemotherapy Trial of TS-1 for Gastric Cancer study, which is a randomized, controlled trial comparing postoperative adjuvant S-1 therapy with surgery alone in 1,059 patients with stage II/III gastric cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Surgical specimens from 829 patients were retrospectively examined, and 63 genes involved in a variety of biological processes were analyzed by quantitative real-time PCR...
March 4, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426437/supersonic-transient-magnetic-resonance-elastography-for-quantitative-assessment-of-tissue-elasticity
#13
Yu Liu, Jingfei Liu, Brett Z Fite, Josquin Foiret, Asaf Ilovitsh, J Kent Leach, Erik Dumont, Charles F Caskey, Katherine W Ferrara
Non-invasive, quantitative methods to assess the properties of biological tissues are needed for many therapeutic and tissue engineering applications. Magnetic resonance elastography (MRE) has historically relied on external vibration to generate periodic shear waves. In order to focally assess a biomaterial or to monitor the response to ablative therapy, the interrogation of a specific region of interest by a focused beam is desirable and transient MRE (t-MRE) techniques have previously been developed to accomplish this goal...
April 20, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426249/non-enzymatic-electrochemistry-in-characterization-and-analysis-of-steroid-compounds
#14
Jan Klouda, Jiří Barek, Karel Nesměrák, Karolina Schwarzová-Pecková
This review summarizes achievements in electrochemistry-related research of steroid-based compounds in clinical, pharmaceutical, and environmental analysis. Special attention is paid to compounds possessing none or only isolated double bonds at the steroid core. Their direct redox activity is limited to far positive/negative potentials under variety of conditions and electrode materials and relies on the functional groups attached to the steroid skeleton, or as the case may be its double bond, or moieties present at the side chain...
April 20, 2017: Critical Reviews in Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425543/in-situ-nuclear-magnetic-resonance-microimaging-of-live-biofilms-in-a-microchannel
#15
R S Renslow, M J Marshall, A E Tucker, W B Chrisler, X-Y Yu
Biofilms are comprised of microbial cells and an extracellular polymeric substance (EPS) matrix that supports interactions between community members and with the local environment. The highly hydrated EPS matrix makes the application of many biofilm visualization techniques difficult. Hence, to better visualize how biofilms interact with their environment, there is a need for imaging techniques to monitor hydrated state biofilm dynamics. We employed an in situ dynamic approach to construct label-free images of biofilms...
April 20, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425536/cisplatin-resistance-in-cell-models-evaluation-of-metallomic-and-biological-predictive-biomarkers-to-address-early-therapy-failure
#16
Marta Espina, Mario Corte-Rodríguez, Leticia Aguado, María Montes-Bayón, Marta I Sierra, Pablo Martínez-Camblor, Elisa Blanco-González, L María Sierra
Cisplatin, one of the most extensively used metallodrugs in cancer treatment, presents the important drawback of patient resistance. This resistance is the consequence of different processes including those preventing the formation of DNA adducts and/or their quick removal. Thus, a tool for the accurate detection and quantitation of cisplatin-induced adducts might be valuable for predicting patient resistance. To prove the validity of such an assumption, highly sensitive plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) strategies were applied to determine DNA adduct levels and intracellular Pt concentrations...
April 20, 2017: Metallomics: Integrated Biometal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424513/super-multiplex-vibrational-imaging
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Lu Wei, Zhixing Chen, Lixue Shi, Rong Long, Andrew V Anzalone, Luyuan Zhang, Fanghao Hu, Rafael Yuste, Virginia W Cornish, Wei Min
The ability to visualize directly a large number of distinct molecular species inside cells is increasingly essential for understanding complex systems and processes. Even though existing methods have successfully been used to explore structure-function relationships in nervous systems, to profile RNA in situ, to reveal the heterogeneity of tumour microenvironments and to study dynamic macromolecular assembly, it remains challenging to image many species with high selectivity and sensitivity under biological conditions...
April 19, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424471/human-luteinizing-hormone-and-chorionic-gonadotropin-display-biased-agonism-at-the-lh-and-lh-cg-receptors
#18
Laura Riccetti, Romain Yvinec, Danièle Klett, Nathalie Gallay, Yves Combarnous, Eric Reiter, Manuela Simoni, Livio Casarini, Mohammed Akli Ayoub
Human luteinizing hormone (LH) and chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) have been considered biologically equivalent because of their structural similarities and their binding to the same receptor; the LH/CGR. However, accumulating evidence suggest that LH/CGR differentially responds to the two hormones triggering differential intracellular signaling and steroidogenesis. The mechanistic basis of such differential responses remains mostly unknown. Here, we compared the abilities of recombinant rhLH and rhCG to elicit cAMP, β-arrestin 2 activation, and steroidogenesis in HEK293 cells and mouse Leydig tumor cells (mLTC-1)...
April 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424416/loss-of-thyroid-hormone-receptor-interactor-13-inhibits-cell-proliferation-and-survival-in-human-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia
#19
Keshu Zhou, Wentao Zhang, Qing Zhang, Ruirui Gui, Huifang Zhao, Xiaofei Chai, Yufu Li, Xudong Wei, Yongping Song
BACKGROUND: The genetic regulation of apoptosis and cell proliferation plays a role in the growth of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), the most common form of leukemia in the Western hemisphere. Although thyroid hormone receptor interactors (TRIPs) are known to play roles in cell cycle, the potential involvement of the novel family member TRIP13 in CLL has not yet been investigated. METHODS: Quantitative PCR (qPCR) was used to detect expression of TRIP13 in 36 CLL patients and 33 healthy donors CD19+ B cells...
March 9, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424372/effects-of-drought-stress-on-global-gene-expression-profile-in-leaf-and-root-samples-of-dongxiang-wild-rice-oryza-rufipogon
#20
Fantao Zhang, Yi Zhou, Meng Zhang, Xiangdong Luo, Jiankun Xie
Drought is a serious constraint to rice production throughout the world, and although Dongxiang wild rice ( Oryza rufipogon , DXWR) possesses a high degree of drought resistance, the underlying mechanisms of this trait remains unclear. In the present study, cDNA libraries were constructed from the leaf and root tissues of drought-stressed and untreated DXWR seedlings, and transcriptome sequencing was performed with the goal of elucidating the molecular mechanisms involved in drought stress response. The results indicated that 11,231 transcripts were differentially expressed in the leaves (4,040 up-regulated and 7,191 down-regulated) and 7,025 transcripts were differentially expressed in the roots (3,097 up-regulated and 3,928 down-regulated)...
April 19, 2017: Bioscience Reports
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