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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343257/leaf-ontogeny-of-schinus-molle-l-plants-under-cadmium-contamination-the-meristematic-origin-of-leaf-structural-changes
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Marcio Paulo Pereira, Felipe Fogaroli Corrêa, Evaristo Mauro de Castro, Jean Paulo Vitor de Oliveira, Fabricio José Pereira
Previous works show the development of thicker leaves on tolerant plants growing under cadmium (Cd(2+)) contamination. The aim of this study was to evaluate the Cd(2+) effects on the leaf meristems of the tolerant species Schinus molle. Plants were grown in nutrient solution containing 0, 10, and 50 μM of Cd(2+). Anatomical analysis was performed on leaf primordia sampled at regular time intervals. Under the lowest Cd(2+) level (10 μM), increased ground meristem thickness, diameter of the cells, cell elongation rate, and leaf dry mass were found...
March 25, 2017: Protoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342896/neuroprotective-and-axonal-outgrowth-promoting-effects-of-tetramethylpyrazine-nitrone-in-chronic-cerebral-hypoperfusion-rats-and-primary-hippocampal-neurons-exposed-to-hypoxia
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Tao Zhang, Jianbo Gu, Liangmiao Wu, Ning Li, Yewei Sun, Pei Yu, Yuqiang Wang, Gaoxiao Zhang, Zaijun Zhang
Chronic cerebral hypoperfusion is an important risk factor for vascular dementia and other brain dysfunctions, for which there are currently no effective medications available. We investigated the neuroprotective and axonal outgrowth promoting effects of tetramethylpyrazine nitrone (TBN) in a permanent bilateral occlusion of the common carotid arteries (2VO) rat model and in primary hippocampal neurons exposed to oxygen glucose deprivation (OGD). At 6th week after 2VO, TBN increased the time spent in novel arms in the Y-maze test and improved the discrimination ratio in object reorganization task...
March 22, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342783/effect-of-storage-on-the-physical-stability-of-thin-polymethacrylate-perphenazine-films
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Kristiina Korhonen, Elina Smolander, Ossi Korhonen, Jarkko Ketolainen, Riikka Laitinen
We evaluated the physical stability of thin polymethacrylate-drug films under three different storage conditions by X-ray powder diffraction, differential scanning calorimetry, scanning electron microscopy, polarized light microscopy, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. Mechanical properties i.e. elongation, mechanical strength, and in vitro drug release from the thin films were also determined during storage. The films consisted of ammonium methacrylate copolymer (RLPO)/dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate copolymer (EPO), polyvinylpyrroline (PVP)/polyvinyl caprolactam-polyvinyl acetate-polyethylene glycol graft copolymer (Soluplus) and perphenazine (PPZ)...
March 22, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340507/understanding-the-contribution-of-disulphide-bridges-to-the-folding-and-misfolding-of-an-anti-a%C3%AE-scfv
#4
Laia Montoliu-Gaya, Jose C Martínez, Sandra Villegas
ScFv-h3D6 is a single chain variable fragment that precludes Aβ peptide-induced cytotoxicity by withdrawing Aβ oligomers from the amyloid pathway to the worm-like pathway. Production of scFv molecules is not a straightforward procedure because of the occurrence of disulphide scrambled conformations generated in the refolding process. Here, we separately removed the disulphide bond of each domain and solved the scrambling problem; and then, we intended to compensate the loss of thermodynamic stability by adding three C-terminal elongation mutations previously described to stabilize the native fold of scFv-h3D6...
March 24, 2017: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340332/super-elongation-complex-promotes-early-hiv-transcription-and-its-function-is-modulated-by-p-tefb
#5
Alona Kuzmina, Simona Krasnopolsky, Ran Taube
Early work on the control of transcription of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) laid the foundation for our current knowledge of how RNA Polymerase II is released from promoter-proximal pausing sites and transcription elongation is enhanced. The viral Tat activator recruits Positive Transcription Elongation Factor b (P-TEFb) and Super Elongation Complex (SEC) that jointly drive transcription elongation. While substantial progress in understanding the role of SEC in HIV gene transcription elongation has been obtained, defining of the mechanisms that govern SEC functions is still limited, and the role of SEC in controlling HIV transcription in the absence of Tat is less clear...
February 17, 2017: Transcription
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340177/the-significance-of-internode-length-for-saltatory-conduction-looking-back-at-the-age-of-90
#6
Reinhard L Friede
The development of peripheral nerve fibers involves interdependence between the timing of Schwann cell recruitment during myelination and elongation of the nerve. This adjusts the number and the length of internodes to the length of the fiber. Saltatory conduction in longer nerves involves longer saltations; this makes internode length the factor that determines conduction velocity, thereby adjusting impulse transmission in circuits of different lengths. Myelination increases conduction velocity by means of saltatory conduction but what determines the saltatory conduction is not so much the indispensable insulating adjunct of myelin as the length of the internodes that separate the excitable membrane segments...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340062/exogenously-applied-24-epibrassinolide-ebl-ameliorates-detrimental-effects-of-salinity-by-reducing-k-efflux-via-depolarization-activated-k-channels
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Nazila Azhar, Nana Su, Lana Shabala, Sergey Shabala
This study has investigated mechanisms conferring beneficial effects of exogenous application of 24-epibrassinolides (EBL) on plant growth and performance under saline conditions. Barley seedlings treated with 0.25 mg l-1 EBL showed significant improvements in root hair length, shoot length, shoot fresh weight and relative water content when grown in the presence of 150 mM NaCl in the growth medium. In addition, EBL treatment significantly decreased the Na+ content in both shoots (by approximately 50%) and roots...
March 2, 2017: Plant & Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339907/o-linked-%C3%AE-n-acetylglucosamine-modification-of-proteins-is-essential-for-foot-process-maturation-and-survival-in-podocytes
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Shinya Ono, Shinji Kume, Mako Yasuda-Yamahara, Kosuke Yamahara, Naoko Takeda, Masami Chin-Kanasaki, Hisazumi Araki, Osamu Sekine, Hideki Yokoi, Masashi Mukoyama, Takashi Uzu, Shin-Ichi Araki, Hiroshi Maegawa
Background.: O-linked β- N -acetylglucosamine modification O-GlcNAcylation) is a post-translational modification of intracellular proteins, serving as a nutrient sensor. Growing evidence has demonstrated its physiological and pathological importance in various mammalian tissues. This study examined the physiological role of O-GlcNAcylation in podocyte function and development. Methods.: O-GlcNAc transferase (Ogt) is a critical enzyme for O-GlcNAcylation and resides on the X chromosome...
February 27, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339853/prosurvival-effect-of-cumulus-prostaglandin-g-h-synthase-2-prostaglandin2-signaling-on-bovine-blastocyst-impact-on-in-vivo-posthatching-development%C3%A2
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Fabienne Nuttinck, Alice Jouneau, Gilles Charpigny, Isabelle Hue, Christophe Richard, Pierre Adenot, Sylvie Ruffini, Ludivine Laffont, Martine Chebrout, Véronique Duranthon, Brigitte Marquant-Le Guienne
Apoptotic activity is a common physiological process which culminates at the blastocyst stage in the preimplantation embryo of many mammals. The degree of embryonic cell death can be influenced by the oocyte microenvironment. However, the prognostic significance of the incidence of apoptosis remains undefined. Prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) derived from prostaglandin G/H synthase-2 (PTGS2) activity is a well-known prosurvival factor that is mainly studied in oncology. PGE2 is the predominant PTGS2-derived prostaglandin present in the oocyte microenvironment during the periconceptional period...
March 7, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339423/spherically-symmetric-volume-elements-as-basis-functions-for-image-reconstructions-in-computed-laminography
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Patrick Trampert, Jonas Vogelgesang, Christian Schorr, Michael Maisl, Sviatoslav Bogachev, Nico Marniok, Alfred Louis, Tim Dahmen, Philipp Slusallek
BACKGROUND: Laminography is a tomographic technique that allows three-dimensional imaging of flat and elongated objects that stretch beyond the extent of a reconstruction volume. Laminography images can be reconstructed using iterative algorithms based on the Kaczmarz method. OBJECTIVE: This study aims to develop and demonstrate a new reconstruction algorithm that may provide superior image reconstruction quality for this challenged imaging application. METHODS: The images are initially represented using the coefficients over basis functions, which are typically piecewise constant functions (voxels)...
March 21, 2017: Journal of X-ray Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339010/effects-of-different-cellulose-membranes-regenerated-from-styela-clava-tunics-on-wound-healing
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Sung Hwa Song, Keum Yong Seong, Ji Eun Kim, Jun Go, Eun Kyoung Koh, Ji Eun Sung, Hong Joo Son, Young Jin Jung, Hye Sung Kim, Jin Tae Hong, Dae Youn Hwang
The aim of this study was to investigate the therapeutic effects of three different cellulose membranes (CMs) manufactured from Styela clava tunics (SCTs) on the healing of cutaneous wounds. We examined the physical properties and therapeutic effects of three CMs regenerated from SCTs (referred to as SCT‑ CMs), including normal CM (SCT‑CM), freeze-dried SCT‑CM (FSCT‑CM) and sodium alginate-supplemented SCT‑CM (ASCT‑CM) on skin regeneration and angiogenesis using Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats. FSCT‑CM exhibited an outstanding interlayered structure, a high tensile strength (1...
March 20, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338729/revealing-the-roles-of-gork-channels-and-nadph-oxidase-in-acclimation-to-hypoxia-in-arabidopsis
#12
Feifei Wang, Zhong-Hua Chen, Xiaohui Liu, Timothy D Colmer, Lana Shabala, Anya Salih, Meixue Zhou, Sergey Shabala
Regulation of root cell K+ is essential for acclimation to low oxygen stress. The potential roles of GORK (depolarization-activated guard cell outward-rectifying potassium) channels and RBOHD (respiratory burst oxidase homologue D) in plant adaptive responses to hypoxia were investigated in the context of tissue specificity (epidermis versus stele; elongation versus mature zone) in roots of Arabidopsis. The expression of GORK and RBOHD was down-regulated by 2- to 3-fold within 1 h and 24 h of hypoxia treatment in Arabidopsis wild-type (WT) roots...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338524/chronic-boutonniere-deformities-supple-or-stiff-a-new-surgical-technique-with-early-mobilization-in-11-cases
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Elodie Dubois, Frederic Teboul, Thomas Bihel, Jean-N Goubier
Injuries to the central slip of the extensor mechanism can lead to a Boutonniere deformity with important functional consequences. We report a series of 11 patients treated by lengthening-dorsalizing the lateral bands and tightening the central slip with early mobilization. The average age of the patients was 42 years (14;52). The extension defect of the proximal interphalangeal (PIP) joint was 64 degrees (80;55) and the hyperextension of the distal interphalangeal joint was 10 degrees (15;5). The surgery was performed with peripheral nerve block (sensitive), allowing dynamic adjustment of the tendinous sutures...
March 23, 2017: Techniques in Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338244/photoalignment-of-vertically-oriented-microphase-separated-lamellae-in-lc-lc-diblock-copolymer-thin-film
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Koichiro Beppu, Yuki Nagashima, Mituo Hara, Shusaku Nagano, Takahiro Seki
The microphase separation and photoalignment behavior of a diblock copolymer consisting of two kinds of side chain liquid crystalline (LC) polymers are investigated. Here, the mesogens of photoresponsive azobenzene and non-photoresponsive cyanobiphenyl are introduced in the side chains. The azobenzene and cyanobiphenyl mesogens orient homeotropically and planarly, respectively, in a thin film state. The combination of these contrasting orienting properties leads to a formation of vertically oriented lamella in the microphase separation structure...
March 24, 2017: Macromolecular Rapid Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338103/transreplantation-%C3%A2-an-alternative-for-periodontally-hopeless-teeth
#15
Önder Solakoglu, Andreas Filippi
The periodontal therapy of severely damaged teeth that have advanced bone loss, a significant degree of mobility, and often tooth migration and elongation, frequently exposes the dental clinician to difficult decisions regarding the appropriate therapy for the patient. Extensive rehabilitation, with the replacement of periodontally hopeless teeth, has biologic, prognostic, and financial limitations. A possible alternative in such cases is the transreplantation of periodontally hopeless teeth. Ankylosis of the tooth is induced by appropriate extraoral pretreatment and thus the mobility disappears and the alveolar bone is reformed...
2017: Quintessence International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337986/simultaneous-treatment-of-temporomandibular-joint-ankylosis-with-severe-mandibular-deficiency-by-standard-tmj-prosthesis
#16
YiHui Hu, LuZhu Zhang, DongMei He, Chi Yang, MinJie Chen, ShanYong Zhang, Hui Li, Edward Ellis Iii
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) ankylosis is a refractory disease that is difficult to predictably treat. This study evaluated the prognosis of using standard alloplastic TMJ prostheses for the treatment of TMJ ankylosis in Chinese patients with severe mandibular deficiency. Patients treated from 2013 to 2015 were reviewed. The computer-aided design and manufacture (CAD/CAM) technique was used to guide bony mass removal and locate the TMJ prosthesis (Biomet, USA). Eleven patients were included in this study. All prostheses were successfully installed and stabilized intraoperatively...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337836/plant-transcription-factors-from-the-homeodomain-leucine-zipper-family-i-role-in-development-and-stress-responses
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María Florencia Perotti, Pamela Anahí Ribone, Raquel Lía Chan
In front of stressful conditions plants display adaptation mechanisms leading to changes in their morphology, physiology, development and molecular composition. Transcription factors (TFs) play crucial roles in these complex adaptation processes. This work is focused in the homeodomain-leucine zipper I (HD-Zip I) family of TFs, unique to plants. First discovered in 1991, they were identified and isolated from monocotyledonous and dicotyledonous plants showing high structural similarity and diversified functions...
March 24, 2017: IUBMB Life
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336775/nelf-e-is-recruited-to-dna-double-strand-break-sites-to-promote-transcriptional-repression-and-repair
#18
Samah W Awwad, Enas R Abu-Zhayia, Noga Guttmann-Raviv, Nabieh Ayoub
Double-strand breaks (DSBs) trigger rapid and transient transcription pause to prevent collisions between repair and transcription machineries at damage sites. Little is known about the mechanisms that ensure transcriptional block after DNA damage. Here, we reveal a novel role of the negative elongation factor NELF in blocking transcription activity nearby DSBs. We show that NELF-E and NELF-A are rapidly recruited to DSB sites. Furthermore, NELF-E recruitment and its repressive activity are both required for switching off transcription at DSBs...
March 23, 2017: EMBO Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336530/using-chiral-tactoids-as-optical-probes-to-study-the-aggregation-behavior-of-chromonics
#19
Karthik Nayani, Jinxin Fu, Rui Chang, Jung Ok Park, Mohan Srinivasarao
Tactoids are nuclei of an orientationally ordered nematic phase that emerge upon cooling the isotropic phase. In addition to providing a natural setting for exploring chromonics under confinement, we show that tactoids can also serve as optical probes to delineate the role of temperature and concentration in the aggregation behavior of chromonics. For high concentrations, we observe the commonly reported elongated bipolar tactoids. As the concentration is lowered, breaking of achiral symmetry in the director configuration is observed with a predominance of twisted bipolar tactoids...
March 23, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335716/human-mfap1-is-a-cryptic-ortholog-of-the-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-spp381-splicing-factor
#20
Alexander K C Ulrich, Markus C Wahl
BACKGROUND: Pre-mRNA splicing involves the stepwise assembly of a pre-catalytic spliceosome, followed by its catalytic activation, splicing catalysis and disassembly. Formation of the pre-catalytic spliceosomal B complex involves the incorporation of the U4/U6.U5 tri-snRNP and of a group of non-snRNP B-specific proteins. While in Saccharomyces cerevisiae the Prp38 and Snu23 proteins are recruited as components of the tri-snRNP, metazoan orthologs of Prp38 and Snu23 associate independently of the tri-snRNP as members of the B-specific proteins...
March 24, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
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