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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213741/assembly-of-photoactive-orange-carotenoid-protein-from-its-domains-unravels-a-carotenoid-shuttle-mechanism
#1
Marcus Moldenhauer, Nikolai N Sluchanko, David Buhrke, Dmitry V Zlenko, Neslihan N Tavraz, Franz-Josef Schmitt, Peter Hildebrandt, Eugene G Maksimov, Thomas Friedrich
The photoswitchable orange carotenoid protein (OCP) is indispensable for cyanobacterial photoprotection by quenching phycobilisome fluorescence upon photoconversion from the orange OCP(O) to the red OCP(R) form. Cyanobacterial genomes frequently harbor, besides genes for orange carotenoid proteins (OCPs), several genes encoding homologs of OCP's N- or C-terminal domains (NTD, CTD). Unlike the well-studied NTD homologs, called Red Carotenoid Proteins (RCPs), the role of CTD homologs remains elusive. We show how OCP can be reassembled from its functional domains...
February 17, 2017: Photosynthesis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213592/the-evidence-of-benefits-of-exercise-training-in-interstitial-lung-disease-a-randomised-controlled-trial
#2
Leona M Dowman, Christine F McDonald, Catherine J Hill, Annemarie L Lee, Kathryn Barker, Claire Boote, Ian Glaspole, Nicole S L Goh, Anne M Southcott, Angela T Burge, Rebecca Gillies, Alicia Martin, Anne E Holland
BACKGROUND: Uncertainty exists regarding the clinical relevance of exercise training across the range of interstitial lung diseases (ILDs). OBJECTIVE: To establish the impact of exercise training in patients with ILDs of differing aetiology and severity. METHODS: 142 participants with ILD (61 idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), 22 asbestosis, 23 connective tissue disease-related ILD (CTD-ILD) and 36 with other aetiologies) were randomised to either 8 weeks of supervised exercise training or usual care...
February 17, 2017: Thorax
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205373/pulmonary-hypertension-in-connective-tissue-diseases-an-update
#3
REVIEW
Ramya Aithala, Anoop G Alex, Debashish Danda
Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a relatively commoner complication of systemic sclerosis (SSc) with estimated prevalence ranging between 8% and 12% as compared to much lower figures in other connective tissue diseases (CTD). It is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in CTDs. PH is classified into five major groups. CTD-associated PH belongs to group 1 PH, also known as pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Around 30% of scleroderma-related deaths are due to PAH. Underlying pathogenesis is related to pulmonary vasculopathy involving small vessels...
February 16, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202544/cdc15-phosphorylates-carboxy-terminal-domain-of-rna-polymerase-ii-for-transcription-during-mitosis
#4
Amit Kumar Singh, Shivangi Rastogi, Harish Shukla, Mohd Asalam, Srikanta Kumar Rath, Md Sohail Akhtar
In eukaryotes, the basal transcription in interphase is orchestrated through the regulation by kinases (Kin28, Bur1 and Ctk1) and phosphatases (Ssu72, Rtr1 and Fcp1) which act through the post-translational modification of CTD (carboxy terminal domain of the largest subunit of RNA Polymerase II). The CTD comprises of repeated Tyr1Ser2Pro3Thr4Ser5Pro6Ser7 motif with potential epigenetic modification sites. Despite the observation of transcription and periodic expression of genes during mitosis with entailing CTD phosphorylation and dephosphorylation, the associated CTD specific kinase/s and its role in transcription remains unknown...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202118/-clinical-and-laboratory-features-of-macrophage-activation-syndrome
#5
Li Guo, Mei-Ping Lu, Gui-Juan Dong, Li-Ping Teng, Yi-Ping Xu, Li-Xia Zou, Qi Zheng
OBJECTIVE: To study the clinical and laboratory features of macrophage activation syndrome (MAS) at the early stage of diagnosis, and to explore a method for early identification of MAS. METHODS: A retrospective analysis was performed for the demographic data, clinical and laboratory features, and treatment outcomes of 21 MAS patients. RESULTS: Of the 21 MAS patients, 14 had systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis, 5 had Kawasaki disease (KD), and 2 had connective tissue disease (CTD) as primary diseases...
February 2017: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198994/interstitial-pneumonia-with-autoimmune-features-ipaf-and-radiological-findings-suggestive-of-lymphocytic-interstitial-pneumonia-lip-case-report
#6
Alicja Płóciniczak, Joanna Goździk-Spychalska, Halina Batura-Gabryel Batura-Gabryel
Interstitial pneumonia with autoimmune features (IPAF) is a term to describe individuals with both interstitial lung disease (ILD) and combinations of other clinical, serologic, and/or pulmonary morphologic features, which presumably originate from an underlying systemic autoimmune condition, but do not meet current rheumatologic criteria for a defined connective tissue disease (CTD). Predominantly, interstitial pneumonia arises in the course of an established CTD, but it is not so rare for the ILD to be the first, and possibly the one and only manifestation of a latent CTD...
2017: Adv Respir Med
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190705/risk-of-autoimmune-diseases-and-human-papilloma-virus-hpv-vaccines-six-years-of-case-referent-surveillance
#7
Lamiae Grimaldi-Bensouda, Michel Rossignol, Isabelle Koné-Paut, Alain Krivitzky, Christine Lebrun-Frenay, Johanna Clet, David Brassat, Caroline Papeix, Marc Nicolino, Pierre-Yves Benhamou, Olivier Fain, Nathalie Costedoat-Chalumeau, Marie-France Courcoux, Jean-François Viallard, Bertrand Godeau, Thomas Papo, Patrick Vermersch, Isabelle Bourgault-Villada, Gerard Breart, Lucien Abenhaim
BACKGROUND: Safety of HPV vaccines is still in question due to reports of autoimmune diseases (ADs) following HPV immunization. OBJECTIVES: To assess the risk of ADs associated with HPV vaccination of female adolescents/young adults in France. METHODS: Systematic prospective case-referent study conducted to assess the risks associated with real-life use of HPV vaccines. Cases were female 11-25 years old with incident ADs [central demyelination/multiple sclerosis (CD/MS), connective tissue disease (CTD), Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), type-1 diabetes (T1D), autoimmune thyroiditis (AT), and idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP)]...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Autoimmunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185705/cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-imaging-pattern-at-the-time-of-diagnosis-of-treatment-na%C3%A3-ve-patients-with-connective-tissue-diseases
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Sophie Mavrogeni, George Markousis-Mavrogenis, Loukia Koutsogeorgopoulou, Theodoros Dimitroulas, Konstantinos Bratis, George D Kitas, Petros Sfikakis, Maria Tektonidou, Georgia Karabela, Efthymios Stavropoulos, Gikas Katsifis, Kyriaki A Boki, Anastasia Kitsiou, Vasiliki Filaditaki, Elias Gialafos, Sotiris Plastiras, Vasiliki Vartela, Genovefa Kolovou
BACKGROUND-AIM: Cardiac involvement at diagnosis of connective tissue disease (CTD) has been described by echocardiography. We hypothesized that cardio-vascular magnetic resonance (CMR) detects occult lesions at CTD diagnosis. PATIENTS-METHODS: CMR was performed early after diagnosis in 78 treatment-naïve CTDs (aged 43±11, 59F/19M) without cardiac involvement [5 Takayasu arteritis (TA), 4 Churg Strauss syndrome (CSS), 5 Wegener granulomatosis (WG), 16 systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), 12 rheumatoid arthritis (RA), 8 mixed connective tissue diseases (MCTD), 12 ankylosing spondylitis (AS), 3 polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR), 8 systemic sclerosis (SSc) and 5 dermatomyositis (DM)]...
February 1, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161810/mutation-screening-of-gata4-gene-in-ctd-patients-within-chinese-han-population
#9
Yang Liu, Bojian Li, Yuejuan Xu, Kun Sun
Conotruncal heart defect is a complex form of congenital heart disease and usually has a poor prognosis. Although previous studies have identified several missense variants in GATA4 gene that may cause CTD, it remains unclear whether they are involved in CTD pathogenesis because the study population was limited. The aim of the study was to investigate the mutations of GATA4 gene in isolated CTD Chinese Han patients and identify the pathomechanism of the missense mutations. In this report, the coding exons and exon-intron boundaries of the GATA4 gene were sequenced in 600 CTD patients and 300 controls...
February 4, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159359/clinical-characteristics-and-survival-of-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-associated-with-three-major-connective-tissue-diseases-a-cohort-study-in-china
#10
Jiuliang Zhao, Qian Wang, Yongtai Liu, Zhuang Tian, Xiaoxiao Guo, Hui Wang, Jinzhi Lai, Can Huang, Xiaoxi Yang, Mengtao Li, Xiaofeng Zeng
OBJECTIVE: Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a major cause of death in connective tissue disease patients. This study investigated the clinical characteristics and survival of CTD-PAH in Chinese patients. METHODS: This cohort study enrolled 190 consecutive PAH patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), systemic sclerosis (SSc), or primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS) who visited our referral center between May 2006 and December 2014. Baseline demographics, clinical features, laboratory results, and hemodynamic assessments were analyzed...
January 18, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28155709/the-extraction-of-drug-disease-correlations-based-on-module-distance-in-incomplete-human-interactome
#11
Liang Yu, Bingbo Wang, Xiaoke Ma, Lin Gao
BACKGROUND: Extracting drug-disease correlations is crucial in unveiling disease mechanisms, as well as discovering new indications of available drugs, or drug repositioning. Both the interactome and the knowledge of disease-associated and drug-associated genes remain incomplete. RESULTS: We present a new method to predict the associations between drugs and diseases. Our method is based on a module distance, which is originally proposed to calculate distances between modules in incomplete human interactome...
December 23, 2016: BMC Systems Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28125324/chorda-tympani-nerve-dysfunction-associated-with-congenital-microtia
#12
Kenichi Takano, Nozomi Takahashi, Noriko Ogasawara, Takatoshi Yotsuyanagi, Tetsuo Himi
CONCLUSION: This is the first report to investigate the correlation between ear anomalies related to the development of specific ear structures and chorda tympani dysfunction (CTD) in congenital microtia. CTD is not always consistent with the severity of the ear anomaly or the presence of facial nerve paralysis (FNP). OBJECTIVES: To investigate the relationship between the severity of ear anomalies and CTD as well as FNP in congenital microtia. METHODS: A retrospective assessment was performed for all patients with microtia over the period 2010-2016...
January 26, 2017: Acta Oto-laryngologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28125218/identification-of-a-ligand-binding-site-on-the-staphylococcus-aureus-dnag-primase-c-terminal-domain
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Jonathan Catazaro, Jessica Periago, Matthew D Shortridge, Bradley Worley, Andrew Kirchner, Robert Powers, Mark A Griep
The interface between the DnaG primase C-terminal domain (CTD) and the N-terminal domain of DnaB helicase is essential for bacterial DNA replication because it allows coordinated priming of DNA synthesis at the replication fork while the DNA is being unwound. Because these two proteins are conserved in all bacteria and distinct from those in eukaryotes, their interface is an attractive antibiotic target. To learn more about this interface, we determined the solution structure and dynamics of the DnaG primase CTD from Staphylococcus aureus, a medically important bacterial species...
February 9, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28120818/pregnancy-and-menopause-in-patients-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-and-or-antiphospholipid-syndrome-practical-guide-from-eular
#14
Roberta Vagelli, Chiara Tani, Marta Mosca
Over the last few decades, in reproductive medicine have allowed an improvement in the management and outcome of pregnancy in connective tissue diseases (CTD), such as Systemic progress Lupus Erythematosus and Antiphospholipid Syndrome; however, pregnancy and other related issues represent a crucial moment for patients and their family and some unmet needs are still present. In routine clinical practise, health professionals involved in the care of SLE and/or APS patients need to consider many aspects of the reproductive life of patients, involving not only pregnancy and family planning but also fertility, contraception, cancer surveillance and menopause...
January 25, 2017: Polskie Archiwum Medycyny Wewnętrznej
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28115197/structural-insights-into-rna-synthesis-by-the-influenza-virus-transcription-replication-machine
#15
REVIEW
Alexander Pflug, Maria Lukarska, Patricia Resa-Infante, Stefan Reich, Stephen Cusack
Influenza virus is a segmented, negative strand RNA virus with each genome segment being packaged in a distinct ribonucleoprotein particle (RNP). The RNP consists of the heterotrimeric viral RNA-dependent RNA polymerase bound to the conserved 5' and 3' ends of the genome segment (the viral promoter) with the rest of the viral RNA (vRNA) being covered by multiple copies of nucleoprotein. This review focusses on the new insights that recent crystal structures have given into the detailed molecular mechanisms by which the polymerase performs both transcription and replication of the vRNA genome...
January 20, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104197/simplified-mitral-valve-repair-in-pediatric-patients-with-connective-tissue-disorders
#16
Luca A Vricella, William A Ravekes, Eloisa Arbustini, Robert D B Jaquiss, Constantine Mavroudis, Harry C Dietz, Marshall L Jacobs, Narutoshi Hibino, Duke E Cameron
BACKGROUND: In pediatric patients with connective tissue disorders (CTDs), early cardiac presentation often involves severe mitral regurgitation (MR) associated with severe bileaflet prolapse and, less frequently, aortic root enlargement. We adopted a simplified repair to address MR and prevent systolic anterior motion (SAM) in this unique group of patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Retrospective review of clinical and echocardiographic data of all pediatric patients (age < 18 years) with CTD and MR undergoing simplified repair at 3 institutions (2000-2014)...
February 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103682/mapping-the-phosphorylation-pattern-of-drosophila-melanogaster-rna-polymerase-ii-carboxyl-terminal-domain-using-ultraviolet-photodissociation-mass-spectrometry
#17
Joshua E Mayfield, Michelle R Robinson, Victoria C Cotham, Seema Irani, Wendy L Matthews, Anjana Ram, David S Gilmour, Joe R Cannon, Yan Jessie Zhang, Jennifer S Brodbelt
Phosphorylation of the C-terminal domain of RNA polymerase II (CTD) plays an essential role in eukaryotic transcription by recruiting transcriptional regulatory factors to the active polymerase. However, the scarcity of basic residues and repetitive nature of the CTD sequence impose a huge challenge for site-specific characterization of phosphorylation, hindering our understanding of this crucial biological process. Herein, we apply LC-UVPD-MS methods to analyze post-translational modification along native sequence CTDs...
January 20, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100789/complex-evolutionary-history-of-the-mammalian-histone-h1-1-h1-5-gene-family
#18
Inma Ponte, Devani Romero, Daniel Yero, Pedro Suau, Alicia Roque
H1 is involved in chromatin higher-order structure and gene regulation. H1 has a tripartite structure. The central domain is stably folded in solution, while the N- and C-terminal domains are intrinsically disordered. The terminal domains are encoded by DNA of low sequence complexity, and are thus prone to short insertions/deletions (indels). We have examined the evolution of the H1.1-H1.5 gene family from 27 mammalian species. Multiple sequence alignment has revealed a strong preferential conservation of the number and position of basic residues among paralogs, suggesting that overall H1 basicity is under a strong purifying selection...
January 18, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100778/structure-of-the-z-ring-associated-protein-zapd-bound-to-the-c-terminal-domain-of-the-tubulin-like-protein-ftsz-suggests-mechanism-of-z-ring-stabilization-through-ftsz-crosslinking
#19
Maria Schumacher, Kuo-Hsiang Huang, Wenjie Zeng, Anuradha Janakiraman
Cell division in most bacteria is mediated by the tubulin-like FtsZ protein, which polymerizes in a GTP-dependent manner to form the cytokinetic Z ring. A diverse repertoire of FtsZ binding proteins affect FtsZ localization and polymerization to ensure correct Z ring formation. Many of these proteins bind the C-terminal domain (CTD) of FtsZ, which serves as a hub for FtsZ regulation. FtsZ ring-associated proteins, ZapA-D (Zaps), are important FtsZ regulatory proteins that stabilize FtsZ assembly and enhance Z ring formation by increasing lateral assembly of FtsZ protofilaments, which then form the Z ring...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097727/energetics-kinetics-and-pathway-of-snare-folding-and-assembly-revealed-by-optical-tweezers
#20
REVIEW
Yongli Zhang
Soluble N-ethylmaleimide-sensitive factor attachment protein receptors (SNAREs) are universal molecular engines that drive membrane fusion. Particularly, synaptic SNAREs mediate fast calcium-triggered fusion of neurotransmitter-containing vesicles with plasma membranes for synaptic transmission, the basis of all thought and action. During membrane fusion, complementary SNAREs located on two apposed membranes (often called t- and v-SNAREs) join together to assemble into a parallel four-helix bundle, releasing the energy to overcome the energy barrier for fusion...
January 18, 2017: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
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