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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212314/a-gin4-like-protein-kinase-gil1-involvement-in-hyphal-growth-asexual-development-and-pathogenesis-in-fusarium-graminearum
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Dan Yu, Shijie Zhang, Xiaoping Li, Jin-Rong Xu, Zachary Schultzhaus, Qiaojun Jin
Fusarium graminearum is the main causal agent of Fusarium head blight (FHB) on wheat and barley. In a previous study, a GIN4-like protein kinase gene, GIL1, was found to be important for plant infection and sexual reproduction. In this study we further characterized the functions of GIL1 kinase in different developmental processes. The Δgil1 mutants were reduced in growth, conidiation, and virulence, and formed whitish and compact colonies. Although phialide formation was rarely observed in the mutants, deletion of GIL1 resulted in increased hyphal branching and increased tolerance to cell wall and cell membrane stresses...
February 16, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212157/current-approaches-to-myopia-control
#2
Seo Wei Leo
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Myopia is a global problem, being particularly prevalent in the urban areas of east and southeast Asia. In addition to the direct economic and social burdens, associated ocular complications may lead to substantial vision loss. With prevalence of myopia above 80% and high myopia over 20%, it is crucial to control myopia. The aim of this review to is provide an update on the interventions to slow the onset of myopia and retard its progression. RECENT FINDINGS: The epidemic of myopia is characterized by increasingly early onset, combined with high myopia progression rates...
February 15, 2017: Current Opinion in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211799/increased-expression-of-long-non-coding-rna-glidr-in-prostate-cancer
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Yingyi Zhang, Zhe Kong, Yalong Zhang, Wenhua Huang, Hai Wu, Xuechao Wan, Yao Li
Prostate cancer (PCa) was one of the most common cancers in males in China. Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNA), a class of non-coding RNAs with more than 200 nucleotides, played key roles in the progression of prostate cancer. GLIDR, a novel long intergenic ncRNA, was found to be upregulated in tumors compared to normal tissues by using publically databases. In the clinical validation cohort, our results showed GLIDR was significantly up-regulated in prostate cancer samples and cell lines. To explore the potential functions of the GLIDR, we constructed gene co-expression networks and applied GO analysis...
February 3, 2017: Cancer Biomarkers: Section A of Disease Markers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211577/genetic-dissection-of-adaptive-form-and-function-in-rapidly-speciating-cichlid-fishes
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Frederico Henning, Gonzalo Machado-Schiaffino, Lukas Baumgarten, Axel Meyer
Genes of major phenotypic effects and strong genetic correlations can facilitate adaptation, direct selective responses and potentially lead to phenotypic convergence. However, the preponderance of this type of genetic architecture in repeatedly-evolved adaptations remains unknown. Using hybrids between Haplochromis chilotes (thick-lipped) and H. nyererei (thin-lipped) we investigated the genetics underlying hypertrophied lips and elongated heads, traits that evolved repeatedly in cichlids. At least 25 loci of small-to-moderate and mainly additive effects were detected...
February 17, 2017: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211532/structure-of-a-lov-protein-in-apo-state-and-implications-for-construction-of-lov-based-optical-tools
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Vladimir Arinkin, Joachim Granzin, Katrin Röllen, Ulrich Krauss, Karl-Erich Jaeger, Dieter Willbold, Renu Batra-Safferling
Unique features of Light-Oxygen-Voltage (LOV) proteins like relatively small size (~12-19 kDa), inherent modularity, highly-tunable photocycle and oxygen-independent fluorescence have lately been exploited for the generation of optical tools. Structures of LOV domains reported so far contain a flavin chromophore per protein molecule. Here we report two new findings on the short LOV protein W619_1-LOV from Pseudomonas putida. First, the apo-state crystal structure of W619_1-LOV at 2.5 Å resolution reveals conformational rearrangements in the secondary structure elements lining the chromophore pocket including elongation of the Fα helix, shortening of the Eα-Fα loop and partial unfolding of the Eα helix...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211089/icariin-promotes-mouse-hair-follicle-growth-by-increasing-insulin-like-growth-factor-1-expression-in-dermal-papillary-cells
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Y-S Su, Z-X Fan, S-E Xiao, B-J Lin, Y Miao, Z-Q Hu, H Liu
BACKGROUND: Icariin is a major flavonoid isolated from Epimedium spp. leaves (Epimedium Herba), and has multiple pharmacological functions, including anti-angiogenesis, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and immunoprotective effects. AIM: To investigate whether icariin can stimulate growth of hair follicles in mice and the underlying mechanism. METHODS: In vitro, the effect of icariin on hair growth was assessed by using a vibrissae hair follicle (VHF) organ-culture model...
February 16, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210970/a-suspended-carbon-fiber-culture-to-model-myelination-by-human-schwann-cells
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Antonio Merolli, Yong Mao, Joachim Kohn
Understanding of myelination/remyelination process is essential to guide tissue engineering for nerve regeneration. In vitro models currently used are limited to cell population studies and cannot easily identify individual cell contribution to the process. We established a novel model to study the contribution of human Schwann cells to the myelination process. The model avoids the presence of neurons in culture; Schwann cells respond solely to the biophysical properties of an artificial axon. The model uses a single carbon fiber suspended in culture media far from the floor of the well...
April 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210955/the-effects-of-igf-1-on-tnf-%C3%AE-treated-drg-neurons-by-modulating-atf3-and-gap-43-expression-via-pi3k-akt-s6k-signaling-pathway
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Lei Zhang, Yaping Yue, Meishuo Ouyang, Huaxiang Liu, Zhenzhong Li
Upregulation of the pro-inflammatory cytokine tumor necrosis factor α (TNF-α) is involved in the development and progression of numerous neurological disorders. Recent reports have challenged the concept that TNF-α exhibits only deleterious effects of pro-inflammatory destruction, and have raised the awareness that it may play a beneficial role in neuronal growth and function in particular conditions, which prompts us to further investigate the role of this cytokine. Insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) is a cytokine possessing powerful neuroprotective effects in promoting neuronal survival, neuronal differentiation, neurite elongation, and neurite regeneration...
February 16, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210409/primary-leiomyosarcoma-of-the-mandibular-alveolar-mucosa-of-a-12-year-old-child-from-ethiopia-a-case-report
#9
Tewodros Tefera Kenea, Betel Abebe Kebede, Fekadu Mesele Gozjuze, Hagos Kiros, Frank Wilde
Leiomyosarcomas (LMSs) are rare malignant mesenchymal tumors which show smooth-muscle differentiation. Most LMSs involving the oral tissues primarily affect the maxillary sinus, the maxillary or mandibular bone. We present a case of LMS of the mandibular alveolar mucosa, arising in a 12-year-old male child from Ethiopia. A malignant spindle cell-like neoplasm was diagnosed on clinical and radiographic findings as well as on incisional biopsy. The tumor was resected with wide margins. The following histopathologic examination with additional immunohistochemical studies secured the diagnosis LMS...
March 2017: Craniomaxillofacial Trauma & Reconstruction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210264/high-antioxidant-activity-facilitates-maintenance-of-cell-division-in-leaves-of-drought-tolerant-maize-hybrids
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Viktoriya Avramova, Hamada AbdElgawad, Ivanina Vasileva, Alexandra S Petrova, Anna Holek, Joachim Mariën, Han Asard, Gerrit T S Beemster
We studied the impact of drought on growth regulation in leaves of 13 maize varieties with different drought sensitivity and geographic origins (Western Europe, Egypt, South Africa) and the inbred line B73. Combining kinematic analysis of the maize leaf growth zone with biochemical measurements at a high spatial resolution allowed us to examine the correlation between the regulation of the cellular processes cell division and elongation, and the molecular redox-regulation in response to drought. Moreover, we demonstrated differences in the response of the maize lines to mild and severe levels of water deficit...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209164/rnf40-regulates-gene-expression-in-an-epigenetic-context-dependent-manner
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Wanhua Xie, Sankari Nagarajan, Simon J Baumgart, Robyn Laura Kosinsky, Zeynab Najafova, Vijayalakshmi Kari, Magali Hennion, Daniela Indenbirken, Stefan Bonn, Adam Grundhoff, Florian Wegwitz, Ahmed Mansouri, Steven A Johnsen
BACKGROUND: Monoubiquitination of H2B (H2Bub1) is a largely enigmatic histone modification that has been linked to transcriptional elongation. Because of this association, it has been commonly assumed that H2Bub1 is an exclusively positively acting histone modification and that increased H2Bub1 occupancy correlates with increased gene expression. In contrast, depletion of the H2B ubiquitin ligases RNF20 or RNF40 alters the expression of only a subset of genes. RESULTS: Using conditional Rnf40 knockout mouse embryo fibroblasts, we show that genes occupied by low to moderate amounts of H2Bub1 are selectively regulated in response to Rnf40 deletion, whereas genes marked by high levels of H2Bub1 are mostly unaffected by Rnf40 loss...
February 16, 2017: Genome Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209012/a-case-of-verruciform-xanthoma-arising-in-the-tongue
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Yukihiro Hiraishi, Itaru Tojyo, Norifumi Kiga, Koji Tanimoto, Shigeyuki Fujita
Verruciform Xanthoma (VX) is a rare lesion of the oral cavity. Histologically, it is characterized by papillary or verrucous proliferation of squamous epithelium and numerous foam cells. VX arising in the tongue is comparatively rare, as most cases of VX in oral cavity occur in gingiva. A 65-year-old woman was referred to our clinic with a mass on the left side of the tongue. The lesion was yellowish, and its surface was granulated. The patient had neither tenderness nor any symptoms. The lesion was clinically diagnosed to be a benign tumor, and hence, biopsy was performed, according to which it was diagnosed as hyperparakeratosis...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208743/elaborated-action-of-the-human-primosome
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REVIEW
Andrey G Baranovskiy, Tahir H Tahirov
The human primosome is a 340-kilodalton complex of primase (DNA-dependent RNA polymerase) and DNA polymerase α, which initiates genome replication by synthesizing chimeric RNA-DNA primers for DNA polymerases δ and ϵ. Accumulated biochemical and structural data reveal the complex mechanism of concerted primer synthesis by two catalytic centers. First, primase generates an RNA primer through three steps: initiation, consisting of dinucleotide synthesis from two nucleotide triphosphates; elongation, resulting in dinucleotide extension; and termination, owing to primase inhibition by a mature 9-mer primer...
February 8, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208636/structural-health-monitoring-using-textile-reinforcement-structures-with-integrated-optical-fiber-sensors
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Kort Bremer, Frank Weigand, Yulong Zheng, Lourdes Shanika Alwis, Reinhard Helbig, Bernhard Roth
Optical fiber-based sensors "embedded" in functionalized carbon structures (FCSs) and textile net structures (TNSs) based on alkaline-resistant glass are introduced for the purpose of structural health monitoring (SHM) of concrete-based structures. The design aims to monitor common SHM parameters such as strain and cracks while at the same time acting as a structural strengthening mechanism. The sensor performances of the two systems are characterized in situ using Mach-Zehnder interferometric (MZI) and optical attenuation measurement techniques, respectively...
February 10, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208606/ustiloxin-g-a-new-cyclopeptide-mycotoxin-from-rice-false-smut-balls
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Xiaohan Wang, Jian Wang, Daowan Lai, Weixuan Wang, Jungui Dai, Ligang Zhou, Yang Liu
Ustiloxins were cyclopeptide mycotoxins from rice false smut balls (FSBs) that formed in rice spikelets infected by the fungal pathogen Ustilaginoidea virens. To investigate the chemical diversity of these metabolites and their bioactivities, one new cyclopeptide, ustiloxin G (1), together with four known congeners-ustiloxins A (2), B (3), D (4), and F (5)-were isolated from water extract of rice FSBs. Their structures were elucidated by analyses of their physical and spectroscopic data, including ultraviolet spectrometry (UV), infrared spectroscopy (IR), 1D and 2D nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), and high-resolution electrospray ionization-mass spectrometry (HR-ESI-MS)...
February 10, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208490/geometrical-model-for-martensitic-phase-transitions-understanding-criticality-and-weak-universality-during-microstructure-growth
#16
Genís Torrents, Xavier Illa, Eduard Vives, Antoni Planes
A simple model for the growth of elongated domains (needle-like) during a martensitic phase transition is presented. The model is purely geometric and the only interactions are due to the sequentiality of the kinetic problem and to the excluded volume, since domains cannot retransform back to the original phase. Despite this very simple interaction, numerical simulations show that the final observed microstructure can be described as being a consequence of dipolar-like interactions. The model is analytically solved in 2D for the case in which two symmetry related domains can grow in the horizontal and vertical directions...
January 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208309/dimensional-reduction-in-bose-einstein-condensed-clouds-of-atoms-confined-in-tight-potentials-of-any-geometry-and-any-interaction-strength
#17
P Sandin, M Ögren, M Gulliksson, J Smyrnakis, M Magiropoulos, G M Kavoulakis
Motivated by numerous experiments on Bose-Einstein condensed atoms which have been performed in tight trapping potentials of various geometries [elongated and/or toroidal (annular)], we develop a general method which allows us to reduce the corresponding three-dimensional Gross-Pitaevskii equation for the order parameter into an effectively one-dimensional equation, taking into account the interactions (i.e., treating the width of the transverse profile variationally) and the curvature of the trapping potential...
January 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205592/a-new-basal-sauropodiform-dinosaur-from-the-lower-jurassic-of-yunnan-province-china
#18
Ya-Ming Wang, Hai-Lu You, Tao Wang
The Lufeng Formation in Lufeng Basin of Yunnan Province, southwestern China preserves one of the richest terrestrial Lower Jurassic vertebrate faunas globally, especially for its basal sauropodomorphs, such as Lufengosaurus and Yunnanosaurus. Here we report a new taxon, Xingxiulong chengi gen. et sp. nov. represented by three partial skeletons with overlapping elements. Xingxiulong possesses a number of autapomorphies, such as transversely expanded plate-like summit on top of the neural spine of posterior dorsal vertebrae, four sacral vertebrae, robust scapula, and elongated pubic plate approximately 40% of the total length of the pubis...
February 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205572/ran-dependent-tpx2-activation-promotes-acentrosomal-microtubule-nucleation-in-neurons
#19
Wen-Shin Chen, Yi-Ju Chen, Yung-An Huang, Bing-Yuan Hsieh, Ho-Chieh Chiu, Pei-Ying Kao, Chih-Yuan Chao, Eric Hwang
The microtubule (MT) cytoskeleton is essential for the formation of morphologically appropriate neurons. The existence of the acentrosomal MT organizing center in neurons has been proposed but its identity remained elusive. Here we provide evidence showing that TPX2 is an important component of this acentrosomal MT organizing center. First, neurite elongation is compromised in TPX2-depleted neurons. In addition, TPX2 localizes to the centrosome and along the neurite shaft bound to MTs. Depleting TPX2 decreases MT formation frequency specifically at the tip and the base of the neurite, and these correlate precisely with the regions where active GTP-bound Ran proteins are enriched...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205242/one-way-or-another-iron-uptake-in-plants
#20
Huei-Hsuan Tsai, Wolfgang Schmidt
Iron (Fe) and phosphorus (P), the latter taken up by plants as phosphate (Pi), are two essential nutrients that determine species distribution and often limit crop yield as a result of their low availability in most soils. Pi-deficient plants improve the interception of Pi by increasing the density of root hairs, thereby expanding the volume of soil to be explored. The increase in root hair frequency results mainly from attenuated primary root growth, a process that was shown to be dependent on the availability of external Fe...
February 16, 2017: New Phytologist
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