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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651079/a-survey-of-oenophages-during-wine-making-reveals-a-novel-group-with-unusual-genomic-characteristics
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Cécile Philippe, Fety Jaomanjaka, Olivier Claisse, Rémi Laforgue, Julie Maupeu, Melina Petrel, Claire Le Marrec
Oenophages have so far been mostly isolated from red wines under malolactic fermentation (MLF), and correspond to temperate or ex-temperate phages of Oenococcus oeni. Their genomes are clustered into 4 integrase gene sequence groups, which are also related to the chromosomal integration site. Our aims were to survey the occurrence of oenophages in a broader and more diverse collection of samples than those previously explored. Active phages were isolated from 33 out of 166 samples, which mostly originated from must and MLF...
June 17, 2017: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650875/practical-approach-to-syndromic-pediatric-retinal-dystrophies
#2
Karthikeyan A Sadagopan
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this review is to outline those systemic disorders that are associated with pediatric retinal dystrophy, summarize important retinal, and nonretinal clues that aid in syndromic diagnosis, provide an approach for ophthalmic and systematic systemic examination, describe the important systemic findings seen in pediatric syndromic retinal dystrophies and highlight the role of genetic testing. RECENT FINDINGS: With profound advances being made in the field of molecular genetics, a definitive molecular etiology is increasingly being made even in rare and unusual forms of retinal dystrophies...
June 24, 2017: Current Opinion in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650563/unusual-lipid-a-from-a-cold-adapted-bacterium-detailed-structural-characterization
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Maria Michela Corsaro, Angela Casillo, Marcello Ziaco, Buko Lindner, Ermenegilda Parrilli, Dominik Schwudke, Aurora Holgado, Lynn Verstrepen, Filomena Sannino, Rudi Beyaert, Rosa Lanzetta, Maria Luisa Tutino
Colwellia psychrerythraea 34H is a Gram-negative cold-adapted microorganism that adopts many strategies to cope with the limitations due to the low temperatures of its habitat. In this study, we reported the complete characterization of the lipid A moiety from the lipopolysaccharide of Colwellia, to find out if structural features could be linked to the cold-adaptation strategy. The lipid A and its partially deacylated derivative were completely characterized by means of high resolution mass spectrometry, NMR spectroscopy, and chemical analysis...
June 26, 2017: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650217/a-new-outlook-on-sporadic-flowering-of-bamboo
#4
Rico Gamuyao, Keisuke Nagai, Motoyuki Ashikari, Stefan Reuscher
Moso bamboo (Phyllostachys edulis) is a temperate grass species with a tree-like habitus and an unusual reproduction strategy. While flowering is irregular and infrequent, new clonal bamboo shoots are established from an underground rhizome network during the spring season. In our previous study, we performed transcriptome analyses using bamboo shoot buds to understand the initiation of bamboo stem elongation. Interestingly, the expression profile in the shoot apical meristem (SAM) region of young bamboo shoots is similar to that of other plants...
June 26, 2017: Plant Signaling & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650096/n-bridged-annulated-bodipys-synthesis-of-highly-fluorescent-blue-shifted-dyes
#5
Hua Lu, Yanping Wu, John Mack, XuQiong Xiao, Zhifang Li, Zhen Shen
A series of novel BODIPY dyes has been prepared through the introduction of an N-bridged annulated meso-phenyl ring at one of the belta-positions of the BODIPY core. An unusual blue shift of the main spectral bands is observed,since the fusion of a meso-substituent results in a marked relative destabilization of the LUMO. The greater rigidity of the ring-fused structure leads to very high fluorescence quantum yields. The position of the main spectral bands can be fine-tuned by introducing electron withdrawing and donating groups onto the meso-phenyl ring...
June 26, 2017: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650049/lanthanide-doped-coordination-polymers-with-tunable-afterglow-based-on-phosphorescence-energy-transfer
#6
Yongsheng Yang, Ke-Zhi Wang, Dongpeng Yan
Lanthanide ion doped coordination polymers (CPs) exhibit an unusual red/green afterglow with long photoemission lifetimes (10.54 ms for Eu(3+) and 57.66 ms for Tb(3+)) due to the phosphorescence energy transfer at room temperature.
June 26, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650032/antibiotics-from-gram-negative-bacteria-a-comprehensive-overview-and-selected-biosynthetic-highlights
#7
REVIEW
J Masschelein, M Jenner, G L Challis
Covering: up to 2017The overwhelming majority of antibiotics in clinical use originate from Gram-positive Actinobacteria. In recent years, however, Gram-negative bacteria have become increasingly recognised as a rich yet underexplored source of novel antimicrobials, with the potential to combat the looming health threat posed by antibiotic resistance. In this article, we have compiled a comprehensive list of natural products with antimicrobial activity from Gram-negative bacteria, including information on their biosynthetic origin(s) and molecular target(s), where known...
June 26, 2017: Natural Product Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650015/enhanced-c3h6-c3h8-separation-performance-on-mof-membranes-through-blocking-defects-and-hindering-framework-flexibility-by-silicone-rubber-coating
#8
Luqian Sheng, Chongqing Wang, Fan Yang, Long Xiang, Xiaojian Huang, Jian Yu, Lixiong Zhang, Yichang Pan, Yanshuo Li
The polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) coating penetrated into the underneath ZIF-8 polycrystalline membrane not only blocking the inter-crystalline defects but also hindering the flexibility of the ZIF-8 framework, resulting in an unusual and highly desired increase in the separation selectivity of the C3H6/C3H8 mixture under high feeding pressures.
June 26, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649989/an-l-threonine-transaldolase-is-required-for-l-threo-%C3%AE-hydroxy-%C3%AE-amino-acid-assembly-during-obafluorin-biosynthesis
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Thomas A Scott, Daniel Heine, Zhiwei Qin, Barrie Wilkinson
β-Lactone natural products occur infrequently in nature but possess a variety of potent and valuable biological activities. They are commonly derived from β-hydroxy-α-amino acids, which are themselves valuable chiral building blocks for chemical synthesis and precursors to numerous important medicines. However, despite a number of excellent synthetic methods for their asymmetric synthesis, few effective enzymatic tools exist for their preparation. Here we report cloning of the biosynthetic gene cluster for the β-lactone antibiotic obafluorin and delineate its biosynthetic pathway...
June 26, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649946/choline-transporter-immunohistochemistry
#10
Raj P Kapur, Philipp W Raess, Samuel Hwang, Conrad Winter
Acetylcholinesterase enzymatic histochemistry (AChE EHC), which highlights abnormal cholinergic nerves in the mucosa of aganglionic bowel, has been used for decades to evaluate rectal biopsies for Hirschsprung disease (HSCR). While useful diagnostically, AChE EHC is not compatible with conventional formalin-fixed and paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissues and is not widely available. The choline transporter (ChT) is a putative alternative marker of cholinergic nerves. ChT immunohistochemistry (IHC) was investigated using FFPE biopsies and resections from patients with confirmed HSCR, as well as appropriate non-HSCR controls...
January 1, 2017: Pediatric and Developmental Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649907/non-menopausal-endocrine-and-non-endocrine-causes-of-flushing-and-sweating
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Vikram Lal, Yaasir H Mamoojee, Richard Quinton
Hot flushes and generalised sweating are relatively common presenting complaints, with hypogonadism an important differential diagnosis in both sexes and menopause being the most typical cause in females of climacteric age. However, a variety of other conditions do need to be carefully considered in respect of eugonadal individuals and also for those hypogonadal ones where properly dosed sex steroid replacement has failed to control flushing and sweating, or where the presentation is atypical. Alternative aetiologies may be immediately obvious from the history and physical examination, but more unusual conditions may require deeper scrutiny...
January 1, 2017: Post Reproductive Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649763/transformations-of-some-sesquiterpene-lactones-by-filamentous-fungi-cytotoxic-evaluations
#12
Arturo Cano-Flores, Guillermo Delgado
Biotransformation is an economically and ecologically viable technology which has been used to modify the structures of many classes of biologically active products. Some fungi may be useful for the biotransformation of sesquiterpene lactones (SLs), leading to unusual structural changes that modify their biological activities, and other transformations mimic their biosynthetic pathways, generating evidences for the proposed biogenesis. Eight filamentous fungi were screened for their ability to transform different SLs (1-9), and microbial reactions yielded compounds 11 -- 18, which in turn have been isolated as natural products, thus mimicking their biosynthesis...
June 26, 2017: Chemistry & Biodiversity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649647/moonshots-and-metastatic-disease-the-need-for-a-multi-faceted-approach-when-studying-atypical-responses
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REVIEW
Kristine De La Torre, Elly Cohen, Anne Loeser, Marc Hurlbert
Clinical research generally focuses on results involving a statistical mean with little attention in trial design to patients who respond considerably better or worse than average. Exploring the reasons underlying an "atypical response" will increase understanding of the mechanisms involved in cancer progression and treatment resistance, accelerate biomarker identification, and improve precision medicine by allowing clinicians to prospectively select optimal treatments. Based on our review, we suggest two ways to move this field forward...
2017: NPJ Breast Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649595/unusual-indolent-behavior-of-leiomyosarcoma-of-the-vagina-is-observation-a-viable-option
#14
Ayatallah M Khafagy, Lauren S Prescott, Anais Malpica, Shannon N Westin
•Primary leiomyosarcoma of the vagina is a rare disease.•We identified a case of unanticipated indolent behavior of vaginal leiomyosarcoma.•Observation or hormonal therapy may be viable option for select patients.
August 2017: Gynecologic Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649486/constrictive-pericarditis-induced-shunting-through-a-pfo-persistence-despite-pericardiectomy
#15
Emily Schuiteman, Thomas Verrill, Nader Mina, Bhavinkumar Dalal
A patent foramen ovale (PFO) is found in around 25-30% of patients. The discovery is often made only on autopsy, as most PFOs are clinically silent and any inter-atrial blood exchange typically shunts from the left to right heart [1]. Thus, when a patient presents with hypoxic respiratory failure, concern for presence of a PFO is rarely at the top of the differential. However, in the setting of elevated right heart pressures, PFOs can become of great hemodynamic importance and can lead to deadly complications, including right to left shunting and refractory hypoxic respiratory failure...
2017: Respiratory Medicine Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649475/solid-pseudopapillary-tumor-of-the-pancreas-an-unusual-cause-of-abdominal-pain
#16
Talal El Imad, Fady G Haddad, Mayurathan Kesavan, Liliane Deeb, Sherif Andrawes
Solid-pseudopapillary neoplasm (SPN) of the pancreas is a rare tumor that accounts for less than one percent of pancreatic tumors. The diagnosis could be challenging as SPN tend to manifest with nonspecific abdominal symptoms, variable radiological features, and inconsistent morphology. The cellular origin of SPN is unclear and might involve ductal, acinar and endocrine stem cells.  We report a rare case of a 27-year-old female who presented with intermittent abdominal pain for two years, associated with a decrease in appetite...
May 16, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649366/pneumocystis-jirovecii-detection-in-asymptomatic-patients-what-does-its-natural-history-tell-us
#17
REVIEW
Alexandre Alanio, Stéphane Bretagne
Pneumocystis jirovecii is an unusual ascomycetous fungus that can be detected in the lungs of healthy individuals. Transmission from human to human is one of its main characteristics in comparison with other fungi responsible for invasive infections. P. jirovecii is transmitted through the air between healthy individuals, who are considered to be the natural reservoir, at least transiently. In immunocompromised patients, P. jirovecii multiplies, leading to subacute infections and acute life-threatening pneumonia, called Pneumocystis pneumonia [PCP]...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648783/an-unusual-cause-of-dynamic-airway-obstruction
#18
Rajeev Sharma, Abhity Gulia
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 22, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648541/coronary-artery-anomalies-in-patients-with-transposition-of-the-great-arteries-and-their-impact-on-postoperative-outcomes
#19
Maciej Moll, Krzysztof W Michalak, Katarzyna Sobczak-Budlewska, Jadwiga A Moll, Marek Kopala, Konrad Szymczyk, Paweł Dryżek, Jacek J Moll
BACKGROUND: Coronary anomalies are frequently present in children with transposition of the great arteries (TGA). Such anomalies significantly increase the complexity of arterial switch operations and may have an effect on postoperative outcomes. In this study, we aimed to assess the frequency of coronary anomalies in children with TGA and describe their effect on postoperative outcomes. METHODS: All patients with TGA who underwent an arterial switch operation between 1991 and 2015 were consecutively enrolled in this study...
June 22, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648523/functional-characterization-and-crystal-structure-of-thermostable-amylase-from-thermotoga-petrophila-reveals-high-thermostability-and-an-unusual-form-of-dimerization
#20
Uzma Hameed, Ian Price, Ikram-Ul-Haq, Ailong Ke, David B Wilson, Osman Mirza
Thermostable α-amylases have many industrial applications and are therefore continuously explored from novel sources. We present the characterization of a novel putative α-amylase gene product (Tp-AmyS) cloned from Thermotoga petrophila. The purified recombinant enzyme is highly thermostable and able to hydrolyze starch into dextrin between 90 and 100°C, with optimum activity at 98°C and pH8.5. The activity increased in the presence of Rb(1+), K(1+) and Ca(2+) ions, whereas other ions inhibited activity...
June 22, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
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