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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913740/a-%C3%AE-ketoacyl-coa-synthase-is-involved-in-rice-leaf-cuticular-wax-synthesis-and-requires-a-cer2-like-protein-as-a-cofactor
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Xiaochen Wang, Yuanyuan Guan, Du Zhang, Xiangbai Dong, Lihong Tian, Le Qing Qu
Cuticular waxes are complex mixtures of very-long-chain fatty acids (VLCFAs) and their derivatives, forming a natural barrier on aerial surfaces of terrestrial plants against biotic and abiotic stresses. In VLCFA biosynthesis, β-ketoacyl-CoA synthase (KCS) is the key enzyme, catalyzing the first reaction in fatty acid elongation and determining substrate specificity. We isolated a rice (Oryza sativa L.) wax crystal-sparse leaf 4 (WSL4) gene using a map-based cloning strategy. WSL4 is predicted to encode a KCS, a homolog of Arabidopsis CER6...
December 2, 2016: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910030/recurrent-cytogenetic-abnormalities-in-non-hodgkin-s-lymphoma-and-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia
#2
Edmond S K Ma
Characteristic chromosomal translocations are found to be associated with subtypes of B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), for example t(8;14)(q24;q32) and Burkitt lymphoma, t(14;18)(q32;q21) and follicular lymphoma, and t(11;14)(q13;q32) in mantle cell lymphoma. Only few recurrent cytogenetic aberrations have been identified in the T-cell NHL and the best known is the ALK gene translocation t(2;5)(p23;q35) in anaplastic large cell lymphoma. Since lymph node or other tissue is seldom submitted for conventional cytogenetics study, alternative approaches for translocation detection are polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH)...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909844/design-and-fabrication-a-gold-nanoparticle-dna-based-nanobiosensor-for-detection-of-microrna-involved-in-alzheimer-s-disease
#3
Shokoufeh Delkhahi, Mahdi Rahaie, Fereshteh Rahimi
MicroRNAs are small RNAs which regulate gene expression by translational repression or degradation of messenger RNAs. Regards to important role of these biomolecules in human disease progress, to produce sensitive, simple and cost-effective assays for microRNAs are in urgent demand. miR-137 in Alzheimer's patients has demonstrated its potential as non-invasive biomarkers in blood for Alzheimer's disease diagnosis and prognosis. This paper describes a novel, sensitive and specific microRNA assay based on Colorimetric detection of gold nanoparticles and hybridization chain reaction amplification (HCR)...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Fluorescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908107/can-dispersion-corrections-annihilate-the-dispersion-driven-nano-aggregation-of-non-polar-groups-an-ab-initio-molecular-dynamics-study-of-ionic-liquid-systems
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Dzmitry S Firaha, Martin Thomas, Oldamur Hollóczki, Martin Korth, Barbara Kirchner
In this study, we aim at understanding the influence of dispersion correction on the ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of ionic liquid (IL) systems. We investigated a large bulk system of the 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium triflate IL and a small cluster system of ethylamine in ethylammonium nitrate both under periodic boundary conditions. The large system displays several changes upon neglect of dispersion correction, the most striking one is the surprising decrease of the well-known microheterogeneity which is accompanied by an increase of side chain hydrogen atom-anion interplay...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905606/a-qm-mm-study-of-the-reaction-mechanism-of-human-%C3%AE-ketoacyl-reductase
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Fabiola E Medina, Rui P P Neves, Maria J Ramos, Pedro A Fernandes
Human fatty acid synthase (hFAS) is a multifunctional enzyme involved in a wide diversity of biological functions. For instance, it is a precursor of phospholipids and other complex processes such as the de novo synthesis of long chain fatty acid. Human FAS is also a component of biological membranes and it is implicated in the overexpression of several types of cancers. In this work, we describe the catalytic mechanism of β-ketoreductase (KR), which is a catalytic domain of the hFAS enzyme that catalyzes the reduction of β-ketoacyl to β-hydroxyacyl with the concomitant oxidation of the NADPH cofactor...
December 1, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904447/long-term-survival-in-glioblastoma-methyl-guanine-methyl-transferase-mgmt-promoter-methylation-as-independent-favourable-prognostic-factor
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Uros Smrdel, Mara Popovic, Matjaz Zwitter, Emanuela Bostjancic, Andrej Zupan, Viljem Kovac, Damjan Glavac, Drago Bokal, Janja Jerebic
BACKGROUND: In spite of significant improvement after multi-modality treatment, prognosis of most patients with glioblastoma remains poor. Standard clinical prognostic factors (age, gender, extent of surgery and performance status) do not clearly predict long-term survival. The aim of this case-control study was to evaluate immuno-histochemical and genetic characteristics of the tumour as additional prognostic factors in glioblastoma. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Long-term survivor group were 40 patients with glioblastoma with survival longer than 30 months...
December 1, 2016: Radiology and Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898839/ap2-erf-transcription-factors-involved-in-response-to-tomato-yellow-leaf-curly-virus-in-tomato
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Ying Huang, Bao-Long Zhang, Sheng Sun, Guo-Ming Xing, Feng Wang, Meng-Yao Li, Yong-Sheng Tian, Ai-Sheng Xiong
Tomato yellow leaf curly virus (TYLCV), transmitted by the whitefly (), causes leaf curling and yellowing, plant dwarfism, and growth inhibition in tomato ( L.). The APETALA2 (AP2) and ethylene response factor (ERF) transcription factor (TF) family, the largest plant-specific TF family, was identified to function in plant development and pathogen defense. Our study aimed to analyze the mechanism underlying the function of ERF (SlERF) TFs in response to TYLCV infection and improve useful information to increase the resistance to TYLCV in tomato...
July 2016: Plant Genome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893432/microrna-34a-expression-levels-in-serum-and-intratumoral-tissue-can-predict-bone-metastasis-in-patients-with-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Zuo-Lin Xiang, Xiao-Mei Zhao, Li Zhang, Ping Yang, Jia Fan, Zhao-You Tang, Zhao-Chong Zeng
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) patients with bone metastasis (BM) suffer from pain and other symptoms that significantly reduce their quality of life. We screened a microRNA (miRNA) microarray to identify potential serum biomarkers for BM in HCC patients. A miRNA microarray was used to screen for BM-related miRNAs in paired serum samples from HCC patients with BM and from HCC patients without BM. Real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) was used to quantify candidate miRNAs in serum samples from 106 independent HCC patients...
November 23, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889560/microrna-let-7g-inhibited-hypoxia-induced-proliferation-of-pasmcs-via-g0-g1-cell-cycle-arrest-by-targeting-c-myc
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Wei-Fang Zhang, You-Wen Xiong, Tian-Tian Zhu, Ai-Zhen Xiong, Hui-Hui Bao, Xiao-Shu Cheng
AIMS: Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a proliferative disorder characterized by enhanced proliferation and suppressed apoptosis of intrapulmonary vascular smooth muscle cells. Recently, network-based bioinformatics have identified let-7 family, a tumor suppressive microRNA, regulate multiple interacting targets relevant to PH. However, the role of let-7 in vascular homeostasis in PH remains unknown. Thus, we wanted to investigate the role of let-7 in hypoxia-induced PASMCs proliferation and the underlying mechanism in hypoxic pulmonary hypertension (HPH)...
November 23, 2016: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888684/ultrasensitive-non-enzymatic-multiple-immunosensor-for-tumor-markers-detection-by-coupling-dna-hybridization-chain-reaction-with-intercalated-molecules
#10
Jinjin Guo, Junchun Wang, Junjun Zhang, Wenjuan Zhang, Yuzhong Zhang
In this study, we tried coupling the small signal molecules that could intercalate into DNA double helix with hybridization chain reaction (HCR) technique to fabricate a multiple immunosensor. Doxorubicin hydrochloride (DXH) and methylene blue (MB) were used as signal molecules and alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) and carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) were selected as model biomarkers. The immunosensor mainly consists of three parts as follows: First, two different primary antibodies (Ab1) immobilized on the surface of gold nanoparticles (Au NPs); Second, secondary antibodies (Ab2) conjugated with DNA primer; Third, long DNA concatemers from HCR were used as a carrier to intercalate amounts of signal molecules (DXH or MB)...
November 21, 2016: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876150/coupling-hybridization-chain-reaction-with-dnazyme-recycling-for-enzyme-free-and-dual-amplified-sensitive-fluorescent-detection-of-methyltransferase-activity
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Bingying Jiang, Yulian Wei, Junqiang Xu, Ruo Yuan, Yun Xiang
Aberrant DNA methylation originated from changes in DNA methyltransferase activity can lead to many genetic diseases and tumor types, and the monitoring of methyltransferase activity is thus of great importance in disease diagnosis and drug screening. In this work, by combing hybridization chain reaction (HCR) and metal ion-dependent DNAzyme recycling, we have developed a convenient enzyme-free signal amplification strategy for highly sensitive detection of DNA adenine methyltransferase (Dam MTase) activity and its inhibitors...
January 1, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27874206/spitz-nevi-and-other-spitzoid-neoplasms-in-children-overview-of-incidence-data-and-diagnostic-criteria
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REVIEW
Emi Dika, Giulia Maria Ravaioli, Pier Alessandro Fanti, Iria Neri, Annalisa Patrizi
Spitz nevi are benign melanocytic neoplasms characterized by epithelioid or spindle melanocytes or both. In some rare cases their presentation overlaps with the clinical and histopathologic features of malignant melanoma, so a differential diagnosis can be difficult to make. Intermediate forms between Spitz nevi and malignant melanoma, with unpredictable behavior, have been called atypical Spitz tumors. A literature search was performed to review the clinical, dermoscopic, genetic, and histopathologic aspects of spitzoid tumors...
November 22, 2016: Pediatric Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27873491/detection-of-circulating-tumor-cells-in-breast-cancer-patients-using-cytokeratin-19-real-time-rt-pcr
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Hyung Seok Park, Hyun Ju Han, Soohyeon Lee, Gun Min Kim, Seho Park, Yeon A Choi, Jeong Dong Lee, Gi Moon Kim, Joohyuk Sohn, Seung Il Kim
PURPOSE: The roles of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) as predictive and prognostic factors, as well as key mediators in the metastatic cascade, have been investigated. This study aimed to validate a method to quantify CTCs in peripheral blood using a real-time reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) assay for cytokeratin (CK)-19 and to evaluate the utility of this assay in detecting CTCs in breast cancer patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Real-time monitoring PCR of fluorescently labeled specific hybridization probes for CK-19 mRNA was established...
January 2017: Yonsei Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872196/induction-of-ectonucleotide-pyrophosphatase-phosphodiesterase-3-during-the-periovulatory-period-in-the-rat-ovary
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Fei-Xue Li, Jiao-Jiao Yu, Ying Liu, Xiao-Ping Miao, Thomas E Curry
Ectonucleotide pyrophosphatase/phosphodiesterase 3 (Enpp3) is involved in multiple physiological processes, such as morphological changes and inflammatory processes. The present study investigated the spatiotemporal expression pattern and regulatory mechanisms controlling expression of Enpp3 in the rat ovary during the periovulatory period. Immature female rats were injected with pregnant mare serum gonadotropin to stimulate follicular development. Ovaries, granulosa cells, or theca-interstitial cells were collected at various times after human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) administration...
November 20, 2016: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871615/a-homogeneous-assay-for-highly-sensitive-detection-of-camv35s-promoter-in-transgenic-soybean-by-f%C3%A3-rster-resonance-energy-transfer-between-nitrogen-doped-graphene-quantum-dots-and-ag-nanoparticles
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Yaqi Li, Li Sun, Jing Qian, Chengke Wang, Qian Liu, En Han, Nan Hao, Liuping Zhang, Jianrong Cai, Kun Wang
In this work, a novel homogeneous assay for DNA quantitative analysis based on förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) was developed for cauliflwer mosaic virus 35s (CaMV35S) promoter of transgenic soybean detection. The homogenous FRET of fluorescence signal was fabricated by DNA hybridization with probe modified nitrogen-doped graphene quantum dots (NGQDs) and silver nanoparticles (AgNPs), which acted the donor-acceptor pairs for the first time. The highly efficient FRET and unique properties of the NGQDs made the proposed FRET system as a functionalized detection platform for labelling of DNA...
December 15, 2016: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871272/association-of-tryptophan-hydroxylase-2-polymorphisms-with-oppositional-defiant-disorder-in-a-chinese-han-population
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Chang-Hong Wang, Cong Liu, En-Zhao Cong, Gai-Ling Xu, Ting-Ting Lv, Ying-Li Zhang, Qiu-Fen Ning, Ji-Kang Wang, Hui-Yao Nie, Yan Li
BACKGROUND: Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) is a behavioral disorder of school-age population. It is well known that 5-HT dysfunction is correlated with impulsivity, which is one of the common characteristics of ODD. The enzyme tryptophan hydroxylase-2 (TPH-2) synthesizes 5-HT in serotonergic neurons of the midbrain raphe. The purposes of this study were to investigate the potential association of TPH-2 polymorphisms with susceptibility to ODD in a Han Chinese school population. METHODS: Four polymorphisms (rs4570625, rs11178997, rs1386494 and rs7305115) of the TPH-2 gene were analyzed by using polymerase chain reaction and DNA microarray hybridization in a case-control study of 276 Han Chinese individuals (124 ODD and 152 controls)...
November 21, 2016: Behavioral and Brain Functions: BBF
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27863755/identification-of-the-myst3-crebbp-fusion-gene-in-infants-with-acute-myeloid-leukemia-and-hemophagocytosis
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Francianne Gomes Andrade, Elda Pereira Noronha, Rosania Maria Baseggio, Teresa Cristina Cardoso Fonseca, Bruno Marcelo Rocha Freire, Isis M Quezado Magalhaes, Ilana R Zalcberg, Maria S Pombo-de-Oliveira
BACKGROUND: Acute myeloid leukemia presenting the MYST3-CREBBP fusion gene is a rare subgroup associated with hemophagocytosis in early infancy and monocytic differentiation. The aim of this study was to define the relevant molecular cytogenetic characteristics of a unique series of early infancy acute myeloid leukemia cases (≤24months old), based on the presence of hemophagocytosis by blast cells at diagnosis. METHODS: A series of 266 infant cases of acute myeloid leukemia was the reference cohort for the present analysis...
October 2016: Revista Brasileira de Hematologia e Hemoterapia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27858012/a-simultaneous-disulfide-bond-cleavage-n-s-bialkylation-n-protonation-and-self-assembly-reaction-syntheses-structures-and-properties-of-two-hybrid-iodoargentates-with-thiazolyl-based-heterocycles
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Guang-Ning Liu, Ke Li, Qing-Shun Fan, Hui Sun, Xin-Yu Li, Xiao-Nan Han, Yu Li, Zhen-Wei Zhang, Cuncheng Li
Solvothermal reactions of AgI with the vulcanization accelerator 2,2'-dibenzothiazolyl disulfide and hydroiodic acid in alcohols afford two hybrid iodoargentates with one-dimensional structures, namely (Et2mbt)[Ag2I3] (1, Hmbt = 2-mercaptobenzothiazole) and {(Hmbt)[AgI]}n (2). The syntheses of both 1 and 2 involve unprecedented multiple in situ reactions. Specifically, a simultaneous disulfide bond cleavage, N and S donor atoms bialkylation, and self-assembly reaction lead to 1 that contains a discrete N,S-biethylated cation (Et2mbt)(+) and a rare inorganic (Ag2I3)(-) anionic chain, while a simultaneous disulfide bond cleavage, N-protonation and self-assembly reaction affords 2 which features zwitterionic Hmbt molecules coordinating with the opposite side Ag atoms of a neutral inorganic (AgI)n chain via forming Ag-S coordination bonds...
November 18, 2016: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27845789/simultaneous-detection-of-multiple-viruses-based-on-chemiluminescence-and-magnetic-separation
#19
Zeeshan Ali, Jiuhai Wang, Yongjun Tang, Bin Liu, Nongyue He, Zhiyang Li
Nucleic acid testing (NAT) based methods are more sensitive and specific, and are preferred over enzyme immunoassays. Different NAT based protocols have been designed to detect multiple pathogens in order to reduce the inherent high cost for detection. However, these assays do not reliably detect a large number of pathogens at once. In this report, a DNA hybridization based chemiluminescence detection method has been proposed for reliable detection of multiple pathogens. The idea was practically demonstrated by carrying out simultaneous extraction and amplification of hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-1 group M, herein referred to as HIV) through the one step multiplex reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR)...
November 15, 2016: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27833623/a-simple-and-efficient-approach-to-elucidate-genomic-contribution-of-transcripts-to-a-target-gene-in-polyploids-the-case-of-hexaploid-wheat-triticum-aestivum-l
#20
Vijaya R Chitnis, Tran-Nguyen Nguyen, Belay T Ayele
Common wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) is one of the most economically important crops in the world, however, gene functional studies in this crop have been lagging mainly due to the complexity of its polyploid genome, which is derived through two rounds of intergeneric hybridization events that led to the presence of six copies for each gene. Elucidating the transcript contribution of each genome to the total expression of a target gene in polyploids such as hexaploid wheat has a paramount significance for direct discovery of genes and the associated molecular mechanisms controlling traits of agronomic importance...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
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