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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545090/neotropical-bats-that-co-habit-with-humans-function-as-dead-end-hosts-for-dengue-virus
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Amanda Vicente-Santos, Andres Moreira-Soto, Claudio Soto-Garita, Luis Guillermo Chaverri, Andrea Chaves, Jan Felix Drexler, Juan Alberto Morales, Alejandro Alfaro-Alarcón, Bernal Rodríguez-Herrera, Eugenia Corrales-Aguilar
Several studies have shown Dengue Virus (DENV) nucleic acids and/or antibodies present in Neotropical wildlife including bats, suggesting that some bat species may be susceptible to DENV infection. Here we aim to elucidate the role of house-roosting bats in the DENV transmission cycle. Bats were sampled in households located in high and low dengue incidence regions during rainy and dry seasons in Costa Rica. We captured 318 bats from 12 different species in 29 households. Necropsies were performed in 205 bats to analyze virus presence in heart, lung, spleen, liver, intestine, kidney, and brain tissue...
May 18, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542210/drosophila-dna-polymerase-theta-utilizes-both-helicase-like-and-polymerase-domains-during-microhomology-mediated-end-joining-and-interstrand-crosslink-repair
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Kelly Beagan, Robin L Armstrong, Alice Witsell, Upasana Roy, Nikolai Renedo, Amy E Baker, Orlando Scharer, Mitch McVey
Double strand breaks (DSBs) and interstrand crosslinks (ICLs) are toxic DNA lesions that can be repaired through multiple pathways, some of which involve shared proteins. One of these proteins, DNA Polymerase θ (Pol θ), coordinates a mutagenic DSB repair pathway named microhomology-mediated end joining (MMEJ) and is also a critical component for bypass or repair of ICLs in several organisms. Pol θ contains both polymerase and helicase-like domains that are tethered by an unstructured central region. While the role of the polymerase domain in promoting MMEJ has been studied extensively both in vitro and in vivo, a function for the helicase-like domain, which possesses DNA-dependent ATPase activity, remains unclear...
May 25, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533975/an-exhaustive-survey-of-regular-peptide-conformations-using-a-new-metric-for-backbone-handedness-h
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Ranjan V Mannige
The Ramachandran plot is important to structural biology as it describes a peptide backbone in the context of its dominant degrees of freedom-the backbone dihedral angles φ and ψ (Ramachandran, Ramakrishnan & Sasisekharan, 1963). Since its introduction, the Ramachandran plot has been a crucial tool to characterize protein backbone features. However, the conformation or twist of a backbone as a function of φ and ψ has not been completely described for both cis and trans backbones. Additionally, little intuitive understanding is available about a peptide's conformation simply from knowing the φ and ψ values of a peptide (e...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529153/model-of-vascular-desmoplastic-multispecies-tumor-growth
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Chin F Ng, Hermann B Frieboes
We present a three-dimensional nonlinear tumor growth model composed of heterogeneous cell types in a multicomponent-multispecies system, including viable, dead, healthy host, and extra-cellular matrix (ECM) tissue species. The model includes the capability for abnormal ECM dynamics noted in tumor development, as exemplified by pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma, including dense desmoplasia typically characterized by a significant increase of interstitial connective tissue. An elastic energy is implemented to provide elasticity to the connective tissue...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527282/-determination-of-hla-a-b-and-drb1-polymorphism-in-brain-dead-organ-donors-representative-of-the-colombian-general-population-2007-2014
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Yazmin Rocío Arias, Karime Osorio-Arango, Brayan Bayona, Guadalupe Ercilla, Mauricio Beltrán-Durán
INTRODUCTION: Genes encoding for human leukocyte antigens (HLA) are highly polymorphic and of great importance in organ transplantation procedures, as determining allelic frequencies in defined populations is taken into account among the scientific criteria for organ allocation. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to establish the antigen HLA-A, -B, and -DRB1 haplotype frequencies in organ donors representative of the Colombian population after brain death...
June 1, 2017: Biomédica: Revista del Instituto Nacional de Salud
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526057/recognition-of-a-structural-domain-rwdbd-in-gcn1-proteins-that-interacts-with-the-rwd-domain-containing-proteins
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Ramachandran Rakesh, Rangachari Krishnan, Evelyn Sattlegger, Narayanaswamy Srinivasan
The protein Gcn1 (General control non-derepressible 1) is found in virtually all eukaryotes, and is a key component of the general amino acid control signal transduction pathway. This pathway is best known for its importance for cells to sense and overcome amino acid starvation. Gcn1 directly binds to the RWD (RING finger-containing proteins, WD-repeat-containing proteins, and yeast DEAD (DEXD)-like helicases) domain of the protein kinase Gcn2, and this is essential for delivering the starvation signal to Gcn2...
May 19, 2017: Biology Direct
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515901/experimental-identification-and-computational-characterization-of-a-novel-extracellular-metalloproteinase-produced-by-clostridium-sordellii
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Michael J Aldape, Aoxiang Tao, Dustin D Heeney, Eric R McIndoo, John M French, Dong Xu
Clostridium sordellii is a lethal pathogen for both animals and humans. Severe capillary leakage, toxic shock syndrome, and an extreme leukemoid reaction (LR), are hallmark features of C. sordellii infections and contribute to its high mortality rate. Here we report the discovery of a previously unknown and uncharacterized metalloproteinase of C. sordellii (referred as Mcs1) that cleaves human vascular cell adhesion molecule (VCAM)-1 in vitro, an adhesion molecule critical to hematopoietic precursor retention and leukocyte diapedesis...
March 2, 2017: RSC Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511362/towards-complete-and-harmonized-assessment-of-soil-carbon-stocks-and-balance-in-forests-the-ability-of-the-yasso07-model-across-a-wide-gradient-of-climatic-and-forest-conditions-in-europe
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Laura Hernández, Robert Jandl, Viorel N B Blujdea, Aleksi Lehtonen, Kaie Kriiska, Iciar Alberdi, Veiko Adermann, Isabel Cañellas, Gheorghe Marin, Daniel Moreno-Fernández, Ivika Ostonen, Mats Varik, Markus Didion
Accurate carbon-balance accounting in forest soils is necessary for the development of climate change policy. However, changes in soil organic carbon (SOC) occur slowly and these changes may not be captured through repeated soil inventories. Simulation models may be used as alternatives to SOC measurement. The Yasso07 model presents a suitable alternative because most of the data required for the application are readily available in countries with common forest surveys. In this study, we test the suitability of Yasso07 for simulating SOC stocks and stock changes in a variety of European forests affected by different climatic, land use and forest management conditions and we address country-specific cases with differing resources and data availability...
May 12, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511091/molecular-cloning-and-characterization-of-dngr-1-in-rhesus-macaques
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Wen-Rong Yao, Lei Yu, Dong Li, Gui-Bo Yang
DC, NK lectin group receptor-1 (DNGR-1), also known as C-type lectin domain family 9 member A (CLEC9A), is a promising target for immunological therapeutics and vaccination against tumors and viruses. However, little is known about its property in rhesus macaques. In this study, we cloned rhesus macaque DNGR-1 cDNA, and found that its coding region could encode a 241-amino acid polypeptide with 91.7% sequence identity and similar antigenicity to that of humans. Both free and cell surface rhesus macaque DNGR-1 expressed in vitro could bind to apoptotic/dead cells induced by serum deprivation or freeze-thaw, and to pyroptotic cells stimulated with PMA and LPS...
May 13, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504463/magnetocatalytic-graphene-quantum-dots-janus-micromotors-for-bacterial-endotoxin-detection
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Beatriz Jurado-Sánchez, Marta Pacheco, Jaime Rojo, Alberto Escarpa
Magnetocatalytic hybrid Janus micromotors encapsulating phenylboronic acid (PABA) modified graphene quantum dots (GQDs) are described herein as ultrafast sensors for the detection of deadly bacteria endotoxins. A bottom-up approach was adopted to synthesize an oil-in-water emulsion containing the GQDs along with a high loading of platinum and iron oxide nanoparticles on one side of the Janus micromotor body. The two different "active regions" enable highly efficient propulsion in the presence of hydrogen peroxide or magnetic actuation without the addition of a chemical fuel...
May 15, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501693/necrostatin-1-protects-hippocampal-neurons-against-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-via-the-rip3-daxx-signaling-pathway-in-rats
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Rongli Yang, Kun Hu, Jieyun Chen, Shiguang Zhu, Lei Li, Hailong Lu, Pingjing Li, Ruiguo Dong
Global cerebral ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) induces selective neuronal injury in CA1 region of hippocampus, leading to severe impairment in behavior, learning and memory functions. However, the molecular mechanism underlying the processes was not elucidated clearly. RIP3 is a key molecular switch connecting apoptosis, necrosis and necroptosis. DAXX, as a novel substrate of RIP3, plays a vital role in ischemia-induced neuronal death. The aim of this study is to investigate the role and mechanism of RIP3/DAXX signaling pathway on neurons in CA1 region of the rat hippocampus after cerebral I/R...
May 10, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498990/genetic-kinship-analyses-reveal-that-gray-s-beaked-whales-strand-in-unrelated-groups
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Selina Patel, Kirsten F Thompson, Anna W Santure, Rochelle Constantine, Craig D Millar
Some marine mammals are so rarely seen that their life history and social structure remain a mystery. Around New Zealand, Gray's beaked whales (Mesoplodon grayi) are almost never seen alive, yet they are a commonly stranded species. Gray's are unique among the beaked whales in that they frequently strand in groups, providing an opportunity to investigate their social organization. We examined group composition and genetic kinship in 113 Gray's beaked whales with samples collected over a 20-year period. Fifty-six individuals stranded in 19 groups (2 or more individuals), and 57 whales stranded individually...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493919/genomic-variation-in-plasmodium-vivax-malaria-reveals-regions-under-selective-pressure
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Ernest Diez Benavente, Zoe Ward, Wilson Chan, Fady R Mohareb, Colin J Sutherland, Cally Roper, Susana Campino, Taane G Clark
BACKGROUND: Although Plasmodium vivax contributes to almost half of all malaria cases outside Africa, it has been relatively neglected compared to the more deadly P. falciparum. It is known that P. vivax populations possess high genetic diversity, differing geographically potentially due to different vector species, host genetics and environmental factors. RESULTS: We analysed the high-quality genomic data for 46 P. vivax isolates spanning 10 countries across 4 continents...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481405/hsp70-gene-polymorphisms-in-farmed-marine-shrimp-litopenaeus-vannamei-populations-exposed-to-white-spot-disease-and-infectious-myonecrosis
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A L Ferreira, R Maggioni, D Conceição, L M Perazzolo, R L Petersen
Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) are the best genetic markers for associative studies of the immune system in invertebrates. In the marine shrimp Litopenaeus vannamei, SNPs linked to disease resistance have been reported for some genes, such as hemocyanin, anti-lipopolysaccharide factor, and heat-shock protein 70 (Hsp70). In the present study, polymorphisms in the Hsp70 gene were investigated among three commercial L. vannamei populations bred in Northeast and South Brazil. The first population withstood a strong white spot disease outbreak; the second population suffered extended exposure to infectious myonecrosis; the third population was a high health population, which was experimentally infected with white spot syndrome virus (WSSV) in the present study...
May 4, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480928/differential-flap-dynamics-in-l-d-transpeptidase2-from-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-revealed-by-molecular-dynamics
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Zeynab Fakhar, Thavendran Govender, Glenn E M Maguire, Gyanu Lamichhane, Ross C Walker, Hendrik G Kruger, Bahareh Honarparvar
Despite the advances in tuberculosis treatment, TB is still one the most deadly infectious diseases and remains a major global health quandary. Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) is the only known mycobacterium with a high content of 3→3 crosslinks in the biosynthesis of peptidoglycan, which is negligible in most bacterial species. An Mtb lacking LdtMt2 leads to alteration of the colony morphology and loss of virulence which makes this enzyme an attractive target. Regardless of the vital role of LdtMt2 for cell wall survival, the impact of ligand binding on the dynamics of the β-hairpin flap is still unknown...
May 8, 2017: Molecular BioSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479800/factors-determining-the-clinical-spectrum-course-and-response-to-treatment-and-complications-in-seronegative-patients-with-central-nervous-system-tuberculosis
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Sadanandavalli Retnaswami Chandra, Sikandar Advani, Ravi Kumar, Chandrajith Prasad, Anupama R Pai
INTRODUCTION: Tuberculous meningitis remains a major health issue in the community affecting young adults of both genders predominantly from rural background. In India, the disease continues to kill 2 people every 3 min or nearly 1000 daily, according to the Tuberculosis Control Society India. Tuberculosis (TB) of central nervous system (CNS) is the most devastating form of TB. As this disease is associated with very high prevalence in young adults and will ultimately contribute to great workforce loss, we decided to assess the factors deciding the disease and its course in our patients...
April 2017: Journal of Neurosciences in Rural Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28466534/the-plant-vascular-system-ii-from-essential-functions-in-resource-allocation-inter-organ-communication-and-defense-to-evolution-of-the-monocot-cambium
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EDITORIAL
William J Lucas, Chun-Ming Liu
In this Special Issue, a focus is also placed on the role of the xylem as an essential conduit for the long-distance delivery of water and mineral nutrients from the soil to the vegetative (above-ground) regions of the plant. Xylem cells destined to form tracheids or vessel members, which will make up the conduit for this water and mineral transport from the roots to the shoots, undergo apoptosis, a process of programmed cell death. In their review, Venturas et al. (2017) provide an in-depth analysis of the processes underlying the passage of water through these mature, and thus, dead, xylem conducting cells...
May 3, 2017: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28465809/process-and-barriers-to-organ-donation-and-causes-of-brain-death-in-northeast-of-iran
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Abdollah Bahrami, Ebrahim Khaleghi, Ali Khorsand Vakilzadeh, Monavar Afzalaghaee
INTRODUCTION: Organ transplantation is the treatment of choice for some diseases. However, the need for cadaveric organ donation has either plateaued or is on a decreasing trend in some countries, especially in developed ones. In this study, we aimed to identify the barriers to organ donation in brain dead patients, who were referred to the organ procurement organizations (OPO) in northeast Iran. METHODS: In this cross-sectional study during 2006 to 2013, data were collected from medical records of brain dead patients...
February 2017: Electronic Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28463097/road-traffic-injury-in-lagos-nigeria-assessing-prehospital-care
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Nasiru A Ibrahim, Abdul Wahab O Ajani, Ibrahim A Mustafa, Rufai A Balogun, Mobolaji A Oludara, Olufemi E Idowu, Babatunde A Solagberu
Introduction Injuries are the third most important cause of overall deaths globally with one-quarter resulting from road traffic crashes. Majority of these deaths occur before arrival in the hospital and can be reduced with prompt and efficient prehospital care. The aim of this study was to highlight the burden of road traffic injury (RTI) in Lagos, Nigeria and assess the effectiveness of prehospital care, especially the role of Lagos State Ambulance Service (LASAMBUS) in providing initial care and transportation of the injured to the hospital...
May 2, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28459171/natural-competence-rates-are-variable-among-xylella-fastidiosa-strains-and-homologous-recombination-occurs-in-vitro-between-subspecies-fastidiosa-and-multiplex
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Prem Prasad Kandel, Rodrigo P P Almeida, Paul Anthony Cobine, Leonardo De La Fuente
Xylella fastidiosa, an etiological agent of emerging crop diseases around the world, is naturally competent for the uptake of DNA from the environment that is incorporated into its genome by homologous recombination. Homologous recombination between subspecies of X. fastidiosa was inferred by in silico studies and was hypothesized to cause disease emergence. However, no experimental data are available on the degree to which X. fastidiosa strains are capable of competence and whether recombination can be experimentally demonstrated between subspecies...
May 1, 2017: Molecular Plant-microbe Interactions: MPMI
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