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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915269/effect-of-ph-on-the-interaction-of-volatile-compounds-with-the-myofibrillar-proteins-of-duck-meat
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Q L Yang, X W Lou, Y Wang, D D Pan, Y Y Sun, J X Cao
In order to clarify the influence of curing agents on the flavor of duck, the effect of pH on the surface hydrophobicity, secondary structures, and adsorption capacity of myofibrillar proteins to alcohols, aldehydes, ketones, and esters was assessed using Raman spectroscopy, gas chromatography-mass spectrometer, and other methodologies. The hydrophobicity decreased as pH increased from 5.0 to 8.0; β-turn turned into α-helix and random coil as pH increased from 5.0 to 7.0, while α-helix and random coil turned into β-sheet and β-turn as pH increased from 7...
December 3, 2016: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915254/ompf-of-pectobacterium-carotovorum-subsp-carotovorum-pcc3-is-required-for-carocin-d-sensitivity
#2
Jeong-A Lim, Jisoo Hong, Jonguk Kim, Sunggi Heu, Eunjung Roh
Carocin D is a bacteriocin produced by Pectobacterium carotovorum subsp. carotovorum Pcc21. Carocin D inhibits the growth of P carotovorum subsp. carotovorum and closely related strains, P carotovorum subsp. carotovorum is causative bacteria for soft rot disease and leads to severe economic losses. Bacteriocins recognize and interact with a specific membrane protein of target bacteria as a receptor. To identify the receptor responsible for carocin D recognition, mutants that underwent a phenotypic change from carocin D-sensitivity to carocin D-insensitivity were screened...
December 2, 2016: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914742/influenza-virus-specific-antibody-dependent-cellular-cytoxicity-induced-by-vaccination-or-natural-infection
#3
Rory D de Vries, Nella J Nieuwkoop, Mark Pronk, Erwin de Bruin, Geert Leroux-Roels, Elisabeth G W Huijskens, Rob S van Binnendijk, Florian Krammer, Marion P G Koopmans, Guus F Rimmelzwaan
Influenza viruses are responsible for substantial morbidity and mortality during seasonal epidemics. Vaccination is the most effective method to prevent infection, however due to antigenic drift of the viral surface protein hemagglutinin (HA), annual influenza virus vaccination is required. In addition to seasonal viruses, certain (avian) influenza A viruses of other subtypes, like H5N1 or H7N9, cause sporadic zoonotic infections. Therefore, the availability of game-changing novel vaccines that induce "universal" immune responses to a wide variety of influenza A virus subtypes is highly desirable...
November 30, 2016: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914450/mechanisms-of-inflammatory-injury-of-renal-tubular-cells-in-a-cellular-model-of-pyelonephritis
#4
M A Morosanova, E Y Plotnikov, L D Zorova, I B Pevzner, V A Popkov, D N Silachev, S S Jankauskas, V A Babenko, D B Zorov
Previously, we have assembled a cellular model of pyelonephritis which contains a primary culture of renal tubular epithelial cells, mononuclear leukocytes, and bacterial lysate or lipopolysaccharide. After cocultivation of renal cells with leukocytes and bacterial lysate, proinflammatory changes were observed in the renal cells, followed by nitrosative and oxidative stress and cell death. The interaction of bacterial antigens not only with leukocytes, but also with epithelial cells of the renal tubules, was partially mediated by signaling pathways involving Toll-like receptors (TLR2 and TLR4)...
November 2016: Biochemistry. Biokhimii︠a︡
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914002/phenotypic-and-genotypic-characterization-of-bacteriocinogenic-enterococci-against-clostridium-botulinum
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Awad A Shehata, Reda Tarabees, Shereen Basiouni, Mahmoud Gamil, Ahmed S Kamal, Monika Krüger
The present study aimed to characterize Enterococcus faecalis (n = -6) and Enterococcus faecium (n = 1) isolated from healthy chickens to find a novel perspective probiotic candidate that antagonize Clostridium botulinum types A, B, D, and E. The isolated enterococci were characterized based on phenotypic properties, PCR, and matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time of flight (MALDI-TOF). The virulence determinants including hemolytic activity on blood agar, gelatinase activity, sensitivity to vancomycin, and presence of gelatinase (gelE) and enterococcal surface protein (esp) virulence genes were investigated...
December 2, 2016: Probiotics and Antimicrobial Proteins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913854/the-role-of-macromolecules-in-the-formation-of-kidney-stones
#6
REVIEW
Jeffrey D Rimer, Ann M Kolbach-Mandel, Michael D Ward, Jeffrey A Wesson
The formation of crystal aggregates, one of the critical processes in kidney stone pathogenesis, involves interactions between crystals (predominantly calcium oxalate monohydrate, COM) and urinary constituents (e.g., proteins), which serve as an adhesive "glue" between crystals in stones. To develop a better understanding of the protein-crystal interactions that lead to crystal aggregation, we have measured the effect of model proteins on bulk COM crystal properties as well as their adsorption on crystal surfaces using three synthetic polyanions: poly(aspartic acid) (polyD), poly(glutamic acid) (polyE), and poly(acrylic acid) (polyAA)...
December 2, 2016: Urolithiasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913309/sequence-determinants-of-the-caenhorhabditis-elegansdopamine-transporter-dictating-in-vivoaxonal-export-and-synaptic-localization
#7
Sarah B Robinson, J Andrew Hardaway, Shannon L Hardie, Jane Wright, Ryan M Glynn, Daniel P Bermingham, Qiao Han, Sarah M Sturgeon, Phyllis Freeman, Randy D Blakely
The monoamine neurotransmitter dopamine (DA) acts across phylogeny to modulate both simple and complex behaviors. The presynaptic DA transporter (DAT) is a major determinant of DA signaling capacity in ensuring efficient extracellular DA clearance. In humans, DAT is also a major target for prescribed and abused psychostimulants. Multiple structural determinants of DAT function and regulation have been defined, though largely these findings have arisen from heterologous expression or ex vivo cell culture studies...
November 29, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908641/free-energy-perturbation-calculation-of-relative-binding-free-energy-between-broadly-neutralizing-antibodies-and-the-gp120-glycoprotein-of-hiv-1
#8
Anthony J Clark, Tatyana Gindin, Baoshan Zhang, Lingle Wang, Robert Abel, Colleen S Murret, Fang Xu, Amy Bao, Nina J Lu, Tongqing Zhou, Peter D Kwong, Lawrence Shapiro, Barry Honig, Richard A Friesner
Direct calculation of relative binding affinities between antibodies and antigens is a long-sought goal. However, despite substantial efforts, no generally applicable computational method has been described. Here we describe a systematic free energy perturbation (FEP) protocol and calculate the binding affinities between the gp120 envelope glycoprotein of HIV-1 and three broadly neutralizing antibodies (bNAbs) of the VRC01 class. The protocol has been adapted from successful studies of small molecules to address the challenges associated with modeling protein-protein interactions...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902969/rac1-gtp-ase-signals-wnt-beta-catenin-pathway-mediated-integrin-directed-metastasis-associated-tumor-cell-phenotypes-in-triple-negative-breast-cancers
#9
Pradip De, Jennifer H Carlson, Tyler Jepperson, Scooter Willis, Brian Leyland-Jones, Nandini Dey
The acquisition of integrin-directed metastasis-associated (ID-MA) phenotypes by Triple-Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC) cells is caused by an upregulation of the Wnt-beta-catenin pathway (WP). We reported that WP is one of the salient genetic features of TNBC. RAC-GTPases, small G-proteins which transduce signals from cell surface proteins including integrins, have been implicated in tumorigenesis and metastasis by their role in essential cellular functions like motility. The collective percentage of alteration(s) in RAC1 in ER+ve BC was lower as compared to ER-ve BC (35% vs 57%) (brca/tcga/pub2015)...
November 25, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902336/characterization-of-the-banana-streak-virus-capsid-protein-and-mapping-of-the-immunodominant-continuous-b-cell-epitopes-to-the-surface-exposed-n-terminus
#10
Jenny Vo, Paul Campbell, Nur N Mahfuzc, Ras Ramli, Daniel Pagendam, Ross Barnard, Andrew Geering
This study identified the structural proteins of two badnavirus species, Banana streak MY virus (BSMYV) and Banana streak OL virus (BSOLV), and mapped the distribution of continuous B-cell epitopes. Two different CP isoforms of about 44 and 40 kDa (CP1 and CP2) and the virion-associated protein (VAP) were consistently associated with purified virions. For both viral species, the N-terminus of CP2 was successfully sequenced by Edman degradation but that of CP1 was chemically blocked. De novo peptide sequencing of tryptic digests suggested that CP1 and CP2 derive from the same region of the P3 polyprotein but differ in the length of either the N- or C-terminus...
October 24, 2016: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901162/molecular-dynamics-simulations-and-kelvin-probe-force-microscopy-to-study-of-cholesterol-induced-electrostatic-nanodomains-in-complex-lipid-mixtures
#11
E Drolle, W F D Bennett, K Hammond, E Lyman, M Karttunen, Z Leonenko
The molecular arrangement of lipids and proteins within biomembranes and monolayers gives rise to complex film morphologies as well as regions of distinct electrical surface potential, topographical and electrostatic nanoscale domains. To probe these nanodomains in soft matter is a challenging task both experimentally and theoretically. This work addresses the effects of cholesterol, lipid composition, lipid charge, and lipid phase on the monolayer structure and the electrical surface potential distribution...
November 30, 2016: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899343/long-term-high-fat-diet-induces-hippocampal-microvascular-insulin-resistance-and-cognitive-dysfunction
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Zhuo Fu, Jing Wu, Tanseli Nesil, Ming D Li, Kevin W Aylor, Zhenqi Liu
Insulin action on hippocampus improves cognitive function and obesity and type 2 diabetes are associated with decreased cognitive function. Cerebral microvasculature plays a critical role in maintaining cerebral vitality and function by supplying nutrients, oxygen and hormones such as insulin to cerebral parenchyma including hippocampus. In skeletal muscle insulin actively regulates microvascular opening and closure and this action is impaired in the insulin resistant states. To examine insulin's action on hippocampal microvasculature and parenchyma and the impact of diet-induced obesity we determined cognitive function, and microvascular insulin responses, parenchyma insulin responses and capillary density in the hippocampus in 2-month and 8-month rats on chow diet and 8-month rats on long-term high-fat diet (6 months)...
November 29, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894306/first-phase-i-human-clinical-trial-of-a-killed-whole-hiv-1-vaccine-demonstration-of-its-safety-and-enhancement-of-anti-hiv-antibody-responses
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Eunsil Choi, Chad J Michalski, Seung Ho Choo, Gyoung Nyoun Kim, Elizabeth Banasikowska, Sangkyun Lee, Kunyu Wu, Hwa-Yong An, Anthony Mills, Stefan Schneider, U Fritz Bredeek, Daniel R Coulston, Shilei Ding, Andrés Finzi, Meijuan Tian, Katja Klein, Eric J Arts, Jamie F S Mann, Yong Gao, C Yong Kang
BACKGROUND: Vaccination with inactivated (killed) whole-virus particles has been used to prevent a wide range of viral diseases. However, for an HIV vaccine this approach has been largely negated due to inherent safety concerns, despite the ability of killed whole-virus vaccines to generate a strong, predominantly antibody-mediated immune response in vivo. HIV-1 Clade B NL4-3 was genetically modified by deleting the nef and vpu genes and substituting the coding sequence for the Env signal peptide with that of honeybee melittin signal peptide to produce a less virulent and more replication efficient virus...
November 28, 2016: Retrovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894248/crystal-structure-of-murein-tripeptide-amidase-mpaa-from-escherichia-coli-o157-at-2-6-%C3%A3-resolution
#14
Yinliang Ma, Guohui Bai, Yaqi Cui, Jing Zhao, Zenglin Yuan, Xiuhua Liu
Peptidoglycan (PG) is an essential component of the cell wall, and undergoes reconstruction by various PG hydrolases during cell growth, development and division. The murein- tripeptide (Mtp) amidase MpaA belongs to PG hydrolase family and is responsible for cleaving the γ-D-Glu-meso-Dap amide bond in the Mtp released during PG turnover. The current paper reports the crystal structure of MpaA from Escherichia coli (E. coli) O157 at 2.6 Å resolution. The asymmetric unit consists of two protein molecules and each monomer represents the common α/β fold of metallo-carboxypeptidases (MCP)...
November 28, 2016: Protein and Peptide Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894102/comparative-proteomics-of-a-model-mcf10a-krasg12v-cell-line-reveals-a-distinct-molecular-signature-of-the-krasg12v-cell-surface
#15
Xiaoying Ye, King C Chan, Andrew M Waters, Matthew Bess, Adam Harned, Bih-Rong Wei, Jadranka Loncarek, Brian T Luke, Benjamin C Orsburn, Bradley D Hollinger, Robert M Stephens, Rachel Bagni, Alex Martinko, James A Wells, Dwight V Nissley, Frank McCormick, Gordon Whiteley, Josip Blonder
Oncogenic Ras mutants play a major role in the etiology of most aggressive and deadly carcinomas in humans. In spite of continuous efforts, effective pharmacological treatments targeting oncogenic Ras isoforms have not been developed. Cell-surface proteins represent top therapeutic targets primarily due to their accessibility and susceptibility to different modes of cancer therapy. To expand the treatment options of cancers driven by oncogenic Ras, new targets need to be identified and characterized at the surface of cancer cells expressing oncogenic Ras mutants...
November 24, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893813/azidothymidine-sensitizes-primary-effusion-lymphoma-cells-to-kaposi-sarcoma-associated-herpesvirus-specific-cd4-t-cell-control-and-inhibits-virf3-function
#16
Samantha J Williamson, Samantha M Nicol, Michael Stürzl, Shereen Sabbah, Andrew D Hislop
Kaposi sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) is linked with the development of Kaposi sarcoma and the B lymphocyte disorders primary effusion lymphoma (PEL) and multi-centric Castleman disease. T cell immunity limits KSHV infection and disease, however the virus employs multiple mechanisms to inhibit efficient control by these effectors. Thus KSHV-specific CD4+ T cells poorly recognize most PEL cells and even where they can, they are unable to kill them. To make KSHV-infected cells more sensitive to T cell control we treated PEL cells with the thymidine analogue azidothymidine (AZT), which sensitizes PEL lines to Fas-ligand and TRAIL challenge; effector mechanisms which T cells use...
November 2016: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891564/a-homozygous-pign-missense-mutation-in-soft-coated-wheaten-terriers-with-a-canine-paroxysmal-dyskinesia
#17
Ana L Kolicheski, Gary S Johnson, Tendai Mhlanga-Mutangadura, Jeremy F Taylor, Robert D Schnabel, Taroh Kinoshita, Yoshiko Murakami, Dennis P O'Brien
Hereditary paroxysmal dyskinesias (PxD) are a heterogeneous group of movement disorders classified by frequency, duration, and triggers of the episodes. A young-adult onset canine PxD has segregated as an autosomal recessive trait in Soft-Coated Wheaten Terriers. The medical records and videos of episodes from 25 affected dogs were reviewed. The episodes of hyperkinesia and dystonia lasted from several minutes to several hours and could occur as often as >10/day. They were not associated with strenuous exercise or fasting but were sometimes triggered by excitement...
November 28, 2016: Neurogenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889088/osteoblast-cellular-activity-on-low-elastic-modulus-ti-24nb-4zr-8sn-alloy
#18
K C Nune, R D K Misra, S J Li, Y L Hao, R Yang
OBJECTIVES: Low modulus β-titanium alloys with non-toxic alloying elements are envisaged to provide good biocompatibility and alleviate the undesired stress shielding effect. The objective of this study is to fundamentally elucidate the biological response of novel high strength-low elastic modulus Ti2448 alloy through the study of bioactivity and osteoblast cell functions. METHODS: Characterization techniques such as SEM, EDX, XRD, and fluorescence microscopy were utilized to analyze the microstructure, morphology, chemical composition, and cell adhesion...
November 23, 2016: Dental Materials: Official Publication of the Academy of Dental Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888804/niclosamide-and-its-analogs-are-potent-inhibitors-of-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-mtor-and-stat3-signaling-in-ovarian-cancer
#19
Rebecca C Arend, Angelina I Londoño-Joshi, Abhishek Gangrade, Ashwini A Katre, Chandrika Kurpad, Yonghe Li, Rajeev S Samant, Pui-Kai Li, Charles N Landen, Eddy S Yang, Bertha Hidalgo, Ronald D Alvarez, J Michael Straughn, Andres Forero, Donald J Buchsbaum
Epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) is the leading cause of gynecologic cancer mortality worldwide. Platinum-based therapy is the standard first line treatment and while most patients initially respond, resistance to chemotherapy usually arises. Major signaling pathways frequently upregulated in chemoresistant cells and important in the maintenance of cancer stem cells (CSCs) include Wnt/β-catenin, mTOR, and STAT3. The major objective of our study was to investigate the treatment of ovarian cancer with targeted agents that inhibit these three pathways...
November 19, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887697/hypercrosslinked-cholesterol-based-polystyrene-monolithic-capillary-columns
#20
D Grzywiński, M Szumski, B Buszewski
Cholesteryl methacrylate has been used to obtain hypercrosslinked poly(cholesteryl methacrylate-co-4-methylstyrene-co-vinylbenzyl chloride-co-divinylbenzene) monolithic stationary phase for capillary liquid chromatography. Different contents of cholesteryl methacrylate and toluene in polymerization mixture have been tested to obtain chromatographic performance. The best column has been prepared using 7% of cholesteryl methacrylate and 1% of toluene in polymerization mixture. Such a monolithic material exhibited a surface area of 452m(2)/g (BET)...
November 19, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. A
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