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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636941/highly-aggressive-metastatic-melanoma-cells-unable-to-maintain-telomere-length
#1
Nikenza Viceconte, Marie-Sophie Dheur, Eva Majerova, Christophe E Pierreux, Jean-François Baurain, Nicolas van Baren, Anabelle Decottignies
Unlimited replicative potential is one of the hallmarks of cancer cells. In melanoma, hTERT (telomerase reverse transcriptase) is frequently overexpressed because of activating mutations in its promoter, suggesting that telomerase is necessary for melanoma development. We observed, however, that a subset of melanoma metastases and derived cell lines had no telomere maintenance mechanism. Early passages of the latter displayed long telomeres that progressively shortened and fused before cell death. We propose that, during melanoma formation, oncogenic mutations occur in precursor melanocytes with long telomeres, providing cells with sufficient replicative potential, thereby bypassing the need to re-activate telomerase...
June 20, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636661/robust-nonparametric-quantification-of-clustering-density-of-molecules-in-single-molecule-localization-microscopy
#2
Shenghang Jiang, Seongjin Park, Sai Divya Challapalli, Jingyi Fei, Yong Wang
We report a robust nonparametric descriptor, J'(r), for quantifying the density of clustering molecules in single-molecule localization microscopy. J'(r), based on nearest neighbor distribution functions, does not require any parameter as an input for analyzing point patterns. We show that J'(r) displays a valley shape in the presence of clusters of molecules, and the characteristics of the valley reliably report the clustering features in the data. Most importantly, the position of the J'(r) valley ([Formula: see text]) depends exclusively on the density of clustering molecules (ρc)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636618/de-novo-transcriptome-of-the-mayfly-cloeon-viridulum-and-transcriptional-signatures-of-prometabola
#3
Qin Si, Juan-Yan Luo, Ze Hu, Wei Zhang, Chang-Fa Zhou
Mayflies (Ephemeroptera) display many primitive characters and a unique type of metamorphosis (Prometabola). However, information on the genomes and transcriptomes of this insect group is limited. The RNA sequencing study presented here generated the first de novo transcriptome assembly of Cloeon viridulum (Ephemeroptera: Baetidae), and compared gene expression signatures among the young larva (YL), mature larva (ML), subimago (SI), and imago (IM) stages of this mayfly. The transcriptome, based on 88 Gb of sequence data, comprised a set of 81,185 high quality transcripts...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636597/phase-separation-drives-heterochromatin-domain-formation
#4
Amy R Strom, Alexander V Emelyanov, Mustafa Mir, Dmitry V Fyodorov, Xavier Darzacq, Gary H Karpen
Constitutive heterochromatin is an important component of eukaryotic genomes that has essential roles in nuclear architecture, DNA repair and genome stability, and silencing of transposon and gene expression. Heterochromatin is highly enriched for repetitive sequences, and is defined epigenetically by methylation of histone H3 at lysine 9 and recruitment of its binding partner heterochromatin protein 1 (HP1). A prevalent view of heterochromatic silencing is that these and associated factors lead to chromatin compaction, resulting in steric exclusion of regulatory proteins such as RNA polymerase from the underlying DNA...
June 21, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636417/a-novel-antimicrobial-approach-based-on-the-inhibition-of-zinc-uptake-in-salmonella-enterica
#5
Andrea Battistoni, Serena Ammendola, Emilia Chiancone, Andrea Ilari
In this review we discuss evidences suggesting that bacterial zinc homeostasis represents a promising target for new antimicrobial strategies. The ability of the gut pathogen Salmonella enterica sv Typhimurium to withstand the host responses aimed at controlling growth of the pathogen critically depends on the zinc importer ZnuABC. Strains lacking a functional ZnuABC or its soluble component ZnuA display a dramatic loss of pathogenicity, due to a reduced ability to express virulence factors; withstand the inflammatory response; and compete with other gut microbes...
June 21, 2017: Future Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636386/msviz-a-graphical-software-tool-for-in-depth-manual-validation-and-quantitation-of-post-translational-modifications
#6
Trinidad Martin Campos, Roman Mylonas, Alexandre Masselot, Patrice Waridel, Tanja Petricevic, Ioannis Xenarios, Manfredo Quadroni
Mass spectrometry (MS) has become the tool of choice for the large scale identification and quantitation of proteins and their post-translational modifications (PTMs). This development has been enabled by powerful software packages for the automated analysis of MS data. While data on PTM's of thousands of proteins can nowadays be readily obtained, fully deciphering the complexity and combinatorics of modification patterns even on a single protein often remains challenging. Moreover, functional investigation of PTMs on a protein of interest requires validation of the localization and the accurate quantitation of its changes across several conditions, tasks that often still require human evaluation...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Proteome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636341/biochemical-characterization-of-wbkc-an-n-formyltransferase-from-brucella-melitensis
#7
Alexander S Riegert, Daniel P Chantigian, James B Thoden, Peter A Tipton, Hazel M Holden
It has become increasingly apparent within the last several years that unusual N-formylated sugars are often found on the O-antigens of such Gram negative pathogenic organisms as Francisella tularensis, Campylobacter jejuni, and Providencia alcalifaciens, amongst others. Indeed, in some species of Brucella, for example, the O-antigen contains 1,2-linked 4-formamido-4,6-dideoxy-alpha-D-mannosyl groups. These sugars, often referred to as N-formylperosamine, are synthesized in pathways initiating with GDP-mannose...
June 21, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636183/ordination-with-any-dissimilarity-measure-a-weighted-euclidean-solution
#8
Michael Greenacre
The classical approach to ordination is to use variants of the Euclidean distance to measure differences between samples (e.g. sites in a community study) based on their observation vectors (e.g. abundance counts for a set of species). Examples are: Euclidean distance on standardized or log-transformed data, on which principal component analysis and redundancy analysis are based; chi-square distance, on which (canonical) correspondence analysis is based; and Hellinger distance, using square roots of relative values in each multivariate vector...
June 21, 2017: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636113/linking-re-i-and-pt-ii-chromophores-with-aminopyridines-a-simple-route-to-achieve-a-complicated-photophysical-behavior
#9
Igor O Koshevoy, Kristina S Kisel, Alexei S Melnikov, Elena V Grachova, Pipsa Hirva, Sergey P Tunik
The bifunctional aminopyridine ligands H2N-(CH2)n-4-C5H4N (n = 0, L1; 1, L2; 2, L3) have been utilized for the preparation of rhenium complexes [Re(phen)(CO)3(L1-L3)]+ (1-3). 2 and 3 with NH2-coordinated L2/L3 were coupled with cycloplatinated motifs {Pt(ppy)Cl} and {Pt(dpyb)}+ to give the bimetallic species [Re(phen)(CO)3(μ-L2/L3)Pt(ppy)Cl]+ (4, 6) and [Re(phen)(CO)3(μ-L2/L3)Pt(dpyb)]2+ (5, 7). In solution, complexes 4 and 6 show 3MLCT {Re}-based emission at 298 K, which changes the parentage to 3IL(ppy) state at 77 K...
June 21, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636018/fluorescence-lifetime-microscopy-reveals-the-biologically-related-photophysical-heterogeneity-of-oxyblepharismin-in-light-adapted-blue-blepharisma-japonicum-cells
#10
G Checcucci, B Storti, F Ghetti, G Signore, R Bizzarri
The step-up photophobic response of the heterotrich ciliate Blepharisma japonicum is mediated by a hypericinic pigment, blepharismin, which is not present in any of the known six families of photoreceptors, namely rhodopsins, phytochromes, xanthopsins, cryptochromes, phototropins, and BLUF proteins. Upon irradiation, native cells become light-adapted (blue) by converting blepharismin into the photochemically stable oxyblepharismin (OxyBP). So far, OxyBP has been investigated mainly from a photophysical point of view in vitro, either alone or complexed with proteins...
June 21, 2017: Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635192/incidence-of-primary-spontaneous-pneumothorax-is-not-associated-with-microclimatic-variations-results-of-a-seven-year-survey-in-a-temperate-climate-area
#11
Ivan Comelli, Alessandra Bologna, Andrea Ticinesi, Andrea Magnacavallo, Denis Comelli, Tiziana Meschi, Gianfranco Cervellin
Some diseases, such as renal colic and atrial fibrillation, display an association with microclimatic variations. In particular, despite a correlation has been reported between incidence of primary spontaneous pneumothorax (PSP) and meteorological variations, the evidence remains poor and conflictual. The aim of this study was to assess the influence of day-by-day meteorological variations on the number of visits for PSP in the Emergency Department (ED). All PSP cases were retrieved from the hospital database from January 2008 to December 2014...
May 18, 2017: Monaldi Archives for Chest Disease, Archivio Monaldi Per le Malattie del Torace
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634471/a-chitin-binding-protein-purified-from-moringa-oleifera-seeds-presents-anticandidal-activity-by-increasing-cell-membrane-permeability-and-reactive-oxygen-species-production
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João X S Neto, Mirella L Pereira, Jose T A Oliveira, Lady C B Rocha-Bezerra, Tiago D P Lopes, Helen P S Costa, Daniele O B Sousa, Bruno A M Rocha, Thalles B Grangeiro, José E C Freire, Ana Cristina O Monteiro-Moreira, Marina D P Lobo, Raimunda S N Brilhante, Ilka M Vasconcelos
Candida species are opportunistic pathogens that infect immunocompromised and/or immunosuppressed patients, particularly in hospital facilities, that besides representing a significant threat to health increase the risk of mortality. Apart from echinocandins and triazoles, which are well tolerated, most of the antifungal drugs used for candidiasis treatment can cause side effects and lead to the development of resistant strains. A promising alternative to the conventional treatments is the use of plant proteins...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634111/levels-of-plasma-selenium-and-urinary-total-arsenic-interact-to-affect-the-risk-for-prostate-cancer
#13
Yu-Mei Hsueh, Chien-Tien Su, Horng-Sheng Shiue, Wei-Jen Chen, Yeong-Shiau Pu, Ying-Chin Lin, Cheng-Shiuan Tsai, Chao-Yuan Huang
This study investigated whether plasma selenium levels modified the risk for prostate cancer (PC) related to arsenic exposure. We conducted a case-control study that included 318 PC patients and 318 age-matched, healthy control subjects. Urinary arsenic profiles were examined using HPLC-HG-AAS and plasma selenium levels were measured by ICP-MS. We found that plasma selenium levels displayed a significant dose-dependent inverse association with PC. The odds ratio (OR) and 95% confidence interval (CI) for PC was 0...
June 17, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634062/site-directed-mutagenesis-of-gh10-xylanase-a-from-penicillium-canescens-for-determining-factors-affecting-the-enzyme-thermostability
#14
Yury A Denisenko, Alexander V Gusakov, Aleksandra M Rozhkova, Dmitry O Osipov, Ivan N Zorov, Veronika Yu Matys, Igor V Uporov, Arkady P Sinitsyn
In order to investigate factors affecting the thermostability of GH10 xylanase A from Penicillium canescens (PcXylA) and to obtain its more stable variant, the wild-type (wt) enzyme and its mutant forms, carrying single amino acid substitutions, were cloned and expressed in Penicillium verruculosum B1-537 (niaD-) auxotrophic strain under the control of the cbh1 gene promoter. The recombinant PcXylA-wt and I6V, I6L, L18F, N77D, Y125R, H191R, S246P, A293P mutants were successfully expressed and purified for characterization...
June 17, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633984/herbal-medicinal-products-in-pregnancy-which-data-are-available
#15
REVIEW
Jacqueline Wiesner, Werner Knöss
This review aims to highlight recent approaches concerning usage of (traditional) herbal medicinal products in pregnancy and to discuss appropriate strategies to handle limited information. Therefore, published monographs of the Committee on Herbal Medicinal products (HMPC) and selected publicly funded webpages, medicinal handbooks, publications and industry and health care organisations webpages were evaluated. While within the monographs of the HMPC a rather conservative approach could be found (mainly because of lacking nonclinical and/or clinical studies), all other sources display a wide variety of information or assessments, thereby often giving contradictory recommendations...
June 17, 2017: Reproductive Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633934/the-impact-of-ordinate-scaling-on-the-visual-analysis-of-single-case-data
#16
Evan H Dart, Keith C Radley
Visual analysis is the primary method for detecting the presence of treatment effects in graphically displayed single-case data and it is often referred to as the "gold standard." Although researchers have developed standards for the application of visual analysis (e.g., Horner et al., 2005), over- and underestimation of effect size magnitude is not uncommon among analysts. Several characteristics have been identified as potential contributors to these errors; however, researchers have largely focused on characteristics of the data itself (e...
August 2017: Journal of School Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633679/multistate-modeling-to-analyze-nosocomial-infection-data-an-introduction-and-demonstration
#17
Martin Wolkewitz, Maja von Cube, Martin Schumacher
OBJECTIVE Multistate and competing risks models have become an established and adequate tool with which to quantify determinants and consequences of nosocomial infections. In this tutorial article, we explain and demonstrate the basics of these models to a broader audience of professionals in health care, infection control, and hospital epidemiology. METHODS Using a publicly available data set from a cohort study of intensive care unit patients, we show how hospital infection data can be displayed and explored graphically and how simple formulas are derived under some simplified assumptions for illustrating the basic ideas behind multistate models...
June 21, 2017: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633568/the-potential-inhibitory-effect-of-%C3%AE-casein-on-the-aggregation-and-deposition-of-a%C3%AE-1-42-fibrils-in-alzheimer-s-disease-insight-from-in-vitro-and-in-silico-studies
#18
Sedighehsadat Hojati, Arezou Ghahghaei, Milad Lagzian
Aβ1-40 and Aβ1-42 have been shown to be the main components of the amyloid plaques found in the extracellular environment of neurons in Alzheimer's disease. β-Casein, a milk protein, has been shown to display a remarkable chaperone ability in preventing the aggregation of proteins. In this study, the ability of β-casein to suppress the amyloid fibril formation of Aβ1-42 has been examined through in vitro studies and molecular docking simulation. The results demonstrate the inhibitory effect of β-casein on fibril formation in Aβ1-42, in a concentration dependent manner, suggesting that the chaperone binds to the Aβ1-42 and prevents amyloid fibril formation...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633391/kmerpyramid-an-interactive-visualization-tool-for-nucleobase-and-k-mer-frequencies
#19
Jochen Kruppa, Erhard van der Vries, Wendy K Jo, Alexander Postel, Paul Becher, Albert Osterhaus, Klaus Jung
Summary: Bioinformatics methods often incorporate the frequency distribution of nulecobases or k -mers in DNA or RNA sequences, for example as part of metagenomic or phylogenetic analysis. Because the frequency matrix with sequences in the rows and nucleobases in the columns is multi-dimensional it is hard to visualize. We present the R-package 'kmerPyramid' that allows to display each sequence, based on its nucleobase or k -mer distribution projected to the space of principal components, as a point within a 3-dimensional, interactive pyramid...
June 15, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633306/multivariate-phylogenetic-comparative-methods-evaluations-comparisons-and-recommendations
#20
Dean C Adams, Michael L Collyer
Recent years have seen increased interest in phylogenetic comparative analyses of multivariate datasets, but to date the varied proposed approaches have not been extensively examined. Here we review the mathematical properties required of any multivariate method, and specifically evaluate existing multivariate phylogenetic comparative methods in this context. Phylogenetic comparative methods based on the full multivariate likelihood are robust to levels of covariation among trait dimensions and are insensitive to the orientation of the dataset, but display increasing model misspecification as the number of trait dimensions increases...
June 13, 2017: Systematic Biology
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