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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793031/cloning-overexpression-and-purification-of-a-gene-of-unknown-function-of-prophage-loci-from-candidatus-liberibacter-asiaticus-the-destructive-bacterial-pathogen-of-huanglongbing-disease-in-citrus-plants
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Duangtip Sudhan, Thamrongjet Puttamuk, Supachai Vuttipongchaikij, Pitak Chuawong
Citrus Huanglongbing (HLB) or citrus greening is one of the most destructive diseases affecting citrus industry worldwide. The causal agent in Asia is a phloem-limited, Gram-negative bacterium, 'Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus' (CLas). Within the genome of CLas lies prophage regions, classified as Type-A, B, C, and D. In particular, Type-D has been indicated to correlate with the blotchy-mottle symptoms of citrus trees. Here we reported the cloning, overexpression, and purification of the ORF1, an open reading frame from the partial Type-D region of CLas obtained from an infected lime tree (Citrus aurantifolia Swingle)...
May 21, 2018: Protein Expression and Purification
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792805/a-cheminformatic-insight-into-the-differences-between-terrestrial-and-marine-originated-natural-products
#2
Jun Shang, Ben Hu, Junmei Wang, Feng Zhu, Yu Kang, Dan Li, Huiyong Sun, De-Xin Kong, Tingjun Hou
This is a new golden age for the drug discovery based on natural products derived from both marine and terrestrial sources. Herein, a straightforward but important question is what are the major structural differences between marine natural products (MNPs) and terrestrial natural products (TNPs). To answer this question, we analyzed the important physicochemical properties, structural features and drug-likeness of the two types of natural products and discussed their differences from the perceptive of evolution...
May 24, 2018: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792795/tuning-the-morphology-of-nanostructured-peptide-films-by-introduction-of-a-secondary-structure-conformational-constraint-a-case-study-of-hierarchical-self-assembly
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Marta De Zotti, Beatrice Muzzi, Emanuela Gatto, Benedetta Di Napoli, Claudia Mazzuca, Antonio Palleschi, Ernesto Placidi, Fernando Formaggio, Claudio Toniolo, Mariano Venanzi
Peptide self-assembly is ubiquitous in nature. It governs the organization of proteins, controlling their folding kinetics and preserving their structure stability and bioactivity. In this connection, model oligopeptides may give important insights on the molecular mechanisms and elementary forces driving the formation of supramolecular structures. In this contribution we show that a single residue substitution, i.e. Aib (α-aminoisobutyric acid) in place of Ala at position 4 of an -(L-Ala)5- homo-oligomer, strongly alters the aggregation process...
May 24, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792174/perspectives-on-clinical-use-of-bioimpedance-in-hemodialysis-focus-group-interviews-with-renal-care-professionals
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Jenny Stenberg, Catrin Henriksson, Magnus Lindberg, Hans Furuland
BACKGROUND: Inadequate volume control may be a main contributor to poor survival and high mortality in hemodialysis patients. Bioimpedance measurement has the potential to improve fluid management, but several dialysis centers lack an agreed fluid management policy, and the method has not yet been implemented. Our aim was to identify renal care professionals' perceived barriers and facilitators for use of bioimpedance in clinical practice. METHODS: Qualitative data were collected through four focus group interviews with 24 renal care professionals: dieticians, nephrologists and nurses, recruited voluntarily from a nation-wide selection of hemodialysis centers, having access to a bioimpedance-device...
May 23, 2018: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791867/longitudinal-assessment-of-chemotherapy-induced-changes-in-brain-and-cognitive-functioning-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Mingmei Li, Karen Caeyenberghs
In addition to the burden of a life-threatening diagnosis, cancer patients are struggling with adverse side-effects from cancer treatment. Chemotherapy has been linked to an array of cognitive impairments and alterations in brain structure and function ("chemobrain"). In this review, we summarized the existing evidence that evaluate the changes in cognitive functioning and brain with chemotherapy, as assessed using structural and functional MRI-based techniques in a longitudinal design. This review followed the latest PRISMA guidelines using Embase, Medline, PsychINFO, Scopus, and Web of Science databases with date restrictions from 2012-2017...
May 20, 2018: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791848/pre-synaptic-muscarinic-excitation-enhances-the-discrimination-of-looming-stimuli-in-a-collision-detection-neuron
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Ying Zhu, Richard B Dewell, Hongxia Wang, Fabrizio Gabbiani
Visual neurons that track objects on a collision course are often finely tuned to their target stimuli because this is critical for survival. The presynaptic neural networks converging on these neurons and their role in tuning them remain poorly understood. We took advantage of well-known characteristics of one such neuron in the grasshopper visual system to investigate the properties of its presynaptic input network. We find the structure more complex than hitherto realized. In addition to dynamic lateral inhibition used to filter out background motion, presynaptic circuits include normalizing inhibition and excitatory interactions mediated by muscarinic acetylcholine receptors...
May 22, 2018: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791840/dynamic-cellular-integration-drives-functional-assembly-of-the-heart-s-pacemaker-complex
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Michael Bressan, Trevor Henley, Jonathan D Louie, Gary Liu, Danos Christodoulou, Xue Bai, Joan Taylor, Christine E Seidman, J G Seidman, Takashi Mikawa
Impulses generated by a multicellular, bioelectric signaling center termed the sinoatrial node (SAN) stimulate the rhythmic contraction of the heart. The SAN consists of a network of electrochemically oscillating pacemaker cells encased in a heterogeneous connective tissue microenvironment. Although the cellular composition of the SAN has been a point of interest for more than a century, the biological processes that drive the tissue-level assembly of the cells within the SAN are unknown. Here, we demonstrate that the SAN's structural features result from a developmental process during which mesenchymal cells derived from a multipotent progenitor structure, the proepicardium, integrate with and surround pacemaker myocardium...
May 22, 2018: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791499/perturbation-of-the-metabolic-network-in-salmonella-enterica-reveals-cross-talk-between-coenzyme-a-and-thiamine-pathways
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Dustin C Ernst, Andrew J Borchert, Diana M Downs
Microorganisms respond to a variety of metabolic perturbations by repurposing or recruiting pathways to reroute metabolic flux and overcome the perturbation. Elimination of the 2-dehydropantoate 2-reductase, PanE, both reduces total coenzyme A (CoA) levels and causes a conditional HMP-P auxotrophy in Salmonella enterica. CoA or acetyl-CoA has no demonstrable effect on the HMP-P synthase, ThiC, in vitro. Suppressors aimed at probing the connection between the biosynthesis of thiamine and CoA contained mutations in the gene encoding the ilvC transcriptional regulator, ilvY...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790927/syntrophin-binds-directly-to-multiple-spectrin-like-repeats-in-dystrophin-and-mediates-binding-of-nnos-to-repeats-16-17
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Marvin E Adams, Guy L Odom, Min Jeong Kim, Jeffrey S Chamberlain, Stanley C Froehner
Mutation of the gene encoding dystrophin leads to Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy (DMD and BMD). Currently, dystrophin is thought to function primarily as a structural protein, connecting the muscle cell actin cytoskeleton to the extra-cellular matrix. In addition to this structural role, dystrophin also plays an important role as a scaffold that organizes an array of signaling proteins including sodium, potassium, and calcium channels, kinases, and nitric oxide synthase (nNOS). Many of these signaling proteins are linked to dystrophin via syntrophin, an adapter protein that is known to bind directly to two sites in the carboxyl terminal region of dystrophin...
May 22, 2018: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790009/a-new-model-of-the-spinal-locomotor-networks-of-a-salamander-and-its-properties
#10
Qiang Liu, Huizhen Yang, Jinxue Zhang, Jingzhuo Wang
A salamander is an ideal animal for studying the spinal locomotor network mechanism of vertebrates from an evolutionary perspective since it represents the transition from an aquatic to a terrestrial animal. However, little is known about the spinal locomotor network of a salamander. A spinal locomotor network model is a useful tool for exploring the working mechanism of the spinal networks of salamanders. A new spinal locomotor network model for a salamander is built for a three-dimensional (3D) biomechanical model of the salamander using a novel locomotion-controlled neural network model...
May 22, 2018: Biological Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789968/exploring-the-mechanistic-insights-of-cas-scaffolding-protein-family-member-4-with-protein-tyrosine-kinase-2-in-alzheimer-s-disease-by-evaluating-protein-interactions-through-molecular-docking-and-dynamic-simulations
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Mubashir Hassan, Saba Shahzadi, Hany Alashwal, Nazar Zaki, Sung-Yum Seo, Ahmed A Moustafa
Cas scaffolding protein family member 4 and protein tyrosine kinase 2 are signaling proteins, which are involved in neuritic plaques burden, neurofibrillary tangles, and disruption of synaptic connections in Alzheimer's disease. In the current study, a computational approach was employed to explore the active binding sites of Cas scaffolding protein family member 4 and protein tyrosine kinase 2 proteins and their significant role in the activation of downstream signaling pathways. Sequential and structural analyses were performed on Cas scaffolding protein family member 4 and protein tyrosine kinase 2 to identify their core active binding sites...
May 22, 2018: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789932/the-cognitive-nuances-of-surprising-events-exposure-to-unexpected-stimuli-elicits-firing-variations-in-neurons-of-the-dorsal-ca1-hippocampus
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Ornella Valenti, Nace Mikus, Thomas Klausberger
The ability to recognize novel situations is among the most fascinating and vital of the brain functions. A hypothesis posits that encoding of novelty is prompted by failures in expectancy, according to computation matching incoming information with stored events. Thus, unexpected changes in context are detected within the hippocampus and transferred to downstream structures, eliciting the arousal of the dopamine system. Nevertheless, the precise locus of detection is a matter of debate. The dorsal CA1 hippocampus (dCA1) appears as an ideal candidate for operating a mismatch computation and discriminating the occurrence of diverse stimuli within the same environment...
May 22, 2018: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789513/substructural-connectivity-fingerprint-and-extreme-entropy-machines-a-new-method-of-compound-representation-and-analysis
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Krzysztof Rataj, Wojciech Czarnecki, Sabina Podlewska, Agnieszka Pocha, Andrzej J Bojarski
Key-based substructural fingerprints are an important element of computer-aided drug design techniques. The usefulness of the fingerprints in filtering compound databases is invaluable, as they allow for the quick rejection of molecules with a low probability of being active. However, this method is flawed, as it does not consider the connections between substructures. After changing the connections between particular chemical moieties, the fingerprint representation of the compound remains the same, which leads to difficulties in distinguishing between active and inactive compounds...
May 23, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789379/correlated-gene-expression-and-anatomical-communication-support-synchronized-brain-activity-in-the-mouse-functional-connectome
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Brian D Mills, David S Grayson, Anandakumar Shunmugavel, Oscar Miranda-Dominguez, Eric Feczko, Eric Earl, Kim Neve, Damien A Fair
Cognition and behavior depend on synchronized intrinsic brain activity that is organized into functional networks across the brain. Research has investigated how anatomical connectivity both shapes and is shaped by these networks, but not how anatomical connectivity interacts with intra-areal molecular properties to drive functional connectivity. Here, we present a novel linear model to explain functional connectivity by integrating systematically obtained measurements of axonal connectivity, gene expression, and resting state functional connectivity MRI in the mouse brain...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789248/native-enthesis-preservation-versus-removal-in-rotator-cuff-repair-in-a-rabbit-model
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Wei Su, Xiaoxi Li, Song Zhao, Peng Shen, Shikui Dong, Jia Jiang, Jinzhong Zhao
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to explore whether preservation of native enthesis during rotator cuff repair (RCR) results in a histologically and biomechanically better rotator cuff-greater tuberosity (RC-GT) connection in an animal model. METHODS: Thirty-six New Zealand white rabbits were used in this study. The supraspinatus tendons were cut from the footprint to create a rotator cuff tear (RCT) on both shoulders, followed by immediate repair, with a 1 mm thick tendon stump remaining on the footprint...
May 19, 2018: Arthroscopy: the Journal of Arthroscopic & related Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788295/intrinsic-functional-connectivity-resembles-cortical-architecture-at-various-levels-of-isoflurane-anesthesia
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Felix Fischer, Florian Pieper, Edgar Galindo-Leon, Gerhard Engler, Claus C Hilgetag, Andreas K Engel
Cortical single neuron activity and local field potential patterns change at different depths of general anesthesia. Here, we investigate the associated network level changes of functional connectivity. We recorded ongoing electrocorticographic (ECoG) activity from temporo-parieto-occipital cortex of 6 ferrets at various levels of isoflurane/nitrous oxide anesthesia and determined functional connectivity by computing amplitude envelope correlations. Through hierarchical clustering, we derived typical connectivity patterns corresponding to light, intermediate and deep anesthesia...
May 18, 2018: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788038/testing-a-longitudinal-compensation-model-in-premanifest-huntington-s-disease
#17
Sarah Gregory, Jeffrey D Long, Stefan Klöppel, Adeel Razi, Elisa Scheller, Lora Minkova, Eileanoir B Johnson, Alexandra Durr, Raymund A C Roos, Blair R Leavitt, James A Mills, Julie C Stout, Rachael I Scahill, Sarah J Tabrizi, Geraint Rees
The initial stages of neurodegeneration are commonly marked by normal levels of cognitive and motor performance despite the presence of structural brain pathology. Compensation is widely assumed to account for this preserved behaviour, but despite the apparent simplicity of such a concept, it has proven incredibly difficult to demonstrate such a phenomenon and distinguish it from disease-related pathology. Recently, we developed a model of compensation whereby brain activation, behaviour and pathology, components key to understanding compensation, have specific longitudinal trajectories over three phases of progression...
May 17, 2018: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29787384/automatic-centerlines-extraction-of-cerebrovascular-in-4d-cta-based-on-tubular-features
#18
Chenglu Zhu, Xiaoyan Wang, Sheng-Yong Chen, Ming Xia, Yujiao Huang, Xiang Pan
Vascular centerlines have a crucial significance in reconstruction, registration, segmentation and vascular parameter analysis. The extraction of vessel structures remains a difficult problem in the completeness and continuity of results. In this paper, we present a novel method to extract cerebrovascular centerlines from four-dimensional computed tomography angiography (4D CTA) images. Tubular features and vascular directions are used to extract initial centerlines, the offset correction is introduced in the vascular orthogonal plane...
May 22, 2018: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786940/glycoinformatics-bridging-isolated-islands-in-the-sea-of-data
#19
Ksenia S Egorova, Philip V Toukach
Glycoinformatics is a young scientific branch, which assists the scientific community in carbohydrate research. In spite of fundamental roles of glycans in living organisms, the informatization of the field is significantly hindered by the lack of standards, data indices, protocols and tools widely recognized by researchers and publishers. The connection of the existing glycoinformatics projects with each other and with global life-science projects is far from complete. Moreover, in contrast to genes and proteins, there is no obligatory unique identifier for each natural carbohydrate structure...
May 22, 2018: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786871/gender-specific-effects-of-selection-for-drinking-in-the-dark-on-the-network-roles-of-coding-and-non-coding-rnas
#20
Ovidiu Dan Iancu, Alex Colville, Beth Wilmot, Robert Searles, Priscila Darakjian, Christina Zheng, Shannon McWeeney, Sunita Kawane, John C Crabbe, Pamela Metten, Denesa Oberbeck, Robert Hitzemann
BACKGROUND: Transcriptional differences between Heterogeneous stock (HS/NPT) mice and High Drinking in the Dark (HDID) selected mouse lines have previously been described based on microarray technology coupled with network based analysis (Iancu et al., 2013b). The network changes were reproducible in two independent selections and largely confined to two distinct network modules; in contrast differential expression appeared more specific to each selected line. The current study extends these results by utilizing RNA-Seq technology, allowing evaluation of the relationship between genetic risk and transcription of non-coding RNA; we additionally evaluate sex-specific transcriptional effects of selection...
May 22, 2018: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
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