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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432345/distant-phe345-mutation-compromises-the-stability-and-activity-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-isocitrate-lyase-by-modulating-its-structural-flexibility
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Harish Shukla, Rohit Shukla, Amit Sonkar, Tripti Pandey, Timir Tripathi
Isocitrate lyase (ICL), a potential anti-tubercular drug target, catalyzes the first step of the glyoxylate shunt. In the present investigation, we studied the conformational flexibility of MtbICL to better understand its stability and catalytic activity. Our biochemical results showed that a point mutation at Phe345, which is topologically distant (>10 Å) to the active site signature sequence ((189)KKCGH(193)), completely abolishes the activity of the enzyme. In depth computational analyses were carried out for understanding the structural alterations using molecular dynamics, time-dependent secondary structure and principal component analysis...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432184/management-of-a-case-of-myopic-foveoschisis-with-phakic-intraocular-lens-piol-in-situ-intraoperative-challenges
#2
Atul Kumar, Aditi Mehta, Raghav Dinesh Ravani, Prateek Kakkar
We describe the case of a 30-year-old man with pathological myopia with a phakic intraocular lens (IOL) (Visian ICL V4c model; STAAR, Monrovia, California, USA) in situ having complaints of metamorphopsia in the left eye with documented myopic foveoschisis on swept-source optical coherence tomography (DRI OCT Triton; Topcon, Tokyo, Japan). The patient underwent pars plana vitrectomy with internal limiting membrane peeling. This report discusses the intraoperative challenges occurring as a result of increased optical aberrations in the presence of a phakic IOL...
April 20, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432105/centrin-diversity-and-basal-body-patterning-across-evolution-new-insights-from-paramecium
#3
Anne Aubusson-Fleury, Guillaume Balavoine, Michel Lemullois, Khaled Bouhouche, Janine Beisson, France Koll
First discovered in unicellular eukaryotes, centrins play crucial roles in basal body duplication and anchoring mechanisms. While the evolutionary status of the founding members of the family, Centrin2/Vfl2 and Centrin3/cdc31 has long been investigated, the evolutionary origin of other members of the family has received less attention. Using a phylogeny of ciliate centrins, we identify two other centrin families, the ciliary centrins and the centrins present in the contractile filaments (ICL centrins). In this paper, we carry on the functional analysis of still not well known centrins, the ICL1e subfamily identified in Paramecium, and show their requirement for correct basal body anchoring through interactions with Centrin2 and Centrin3...
April 21, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429316/c2-metabolism-in-euglena
#4
Masami Nakazawa
Euglenoids are able to assimilate fatty acids and alcohols with various carbon-chain lengths, and ethanol is known to be one of the best carbon sources to support the growth of Euglena gracilis. Ethanol is first oxidized to acetate by the sequential reactions of alcohol dehydrogenase and acetaldehyde dehydrogenase in the mitochondria, and then converted to acetyl coenzyme A (acetyl-CoA). Acetyl-CoA is metabolized through the glyoxylate cycle which is a modified tricarboxylic acid (TCA) cycle in which isocitrate lyase (ICL) and malate synthase (MS) function to bypass the two decarboxylation steps of the TCA cycle, enabling the net synthesis of carbohydrates from C2 compounds...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427716/xenopus-egg-extract-a-powerful-tool-to-study-genome-maintenance-mechanisms
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REVIEW
Wouter S Hoogenboom, Daisy Klein Douwel, Puck Knipscheer
DNA repair pathways are crucial to maintain the integrity of our genome and prevent genetic diseases such as cancer. There are many different types of DNA damage and specific DNA repair mechanisms have evolved to deal with these lesions. In addition to these repair pathways there is an extensive signaling network that regulates processes important for repair, such as cell cycle control and transcription. Despite extensive research, DNA damage repair and signaling are not fully understood. In vitro systems such as the Xenopus egg extract system, have played, and still play, an important role in deciphering the molecular details of these processes...
April 17, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414334/interband-cascade-laser-based-optical-transfer-standard-for-atmospheric-carbon-monoxide-measurements
#6
Javis A Nwaboh, Zhechao Qu, Olav Werhahn, Volker Ebert
We report on an interband cascade laser (ICL)-absorption spectrometer for absolute, calibration-free, atmospheric CO amount fraction measurements, addressing direct traceability of the results. The system combines first-principles direct tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy (dTDLAS) with a metrological validation. Using a multipath cell with 76 m path length, our detection limit is 0.5 nmol/mol at Δt=14  s. The system is highly linear (slope: 0.999±0.008) in the amount fraction range of 0.1-1000 μmol/mol and thus is interesting for industrial as well as environmental applications...
April 10, 2017: Applied Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396405/structure-of-a-dna-glycosylase-that-unhooks-interstrand-cross-links
#7
Elwood A Mullins, Garrett M Warren, Noah P Bradley, Brandt F Eichman
DNA glycosylases are important editing enzymes that protect genomic stability by excising chemically modified nucleobases that alter normal DNA metabolism. These enzymes have been known only to initiate base excision repair of small adducts by extrusion from the DNA helix. However, recent reports have described both vertebrate and microbial DNA glycosylases capable of unhooking highly toxic interstrand cross-links (ICLs) and bulky minor groove adducts normally recognized by Fanconi anemia and nucleotide excision repair machinery, although the mechanisms of these activities are unknown...
April 10, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345566/intraoperative-optical-coherence-tomography-in-anterior-segment-surgeries
#8
Jeewan S Titiyal, Manpreet Kaur, Ruchita Falera
Intraoperative optical coherence tomography (iOCT) is a noninvasive imaging modality that provides a real-time dynamic feedback of the various surgical steps. Comprehensive literature search was performed in MEDLINE using "intraoperative optical coherence tomography" and "iOCT" as keywords. The use of iOCT as an aid to decision-making has been successfully reported in cases undergoing keratoplasty, implantable Collamer lens (ICL) implantation as well as cataract surgery. iOCT helps to assess the graft-host relationship in penetrating keratoplasty...
February 2017: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342721/four-year-follow-up-of-the-changes-in-anterior-segment-after-phakic-collamer-lens-icl-implantation
#9
Yuanyuan Lu, Na Yang, Xuedong Li, Jun Kong
PURPOSE: To assess the changes and relationship in central vaulting, flare intensity and crystalline lens thickness during a follow-up period of 4 years after Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL) implantation in eyes with high myopia. DESIGN: Retrospective observational study. METHODS: 98 eyes of 50 patients were followed up with routine measurements of central vaulting, crystalline lens thickness, endothelial cell density and aqueous flare postoperatively...
March 22, 2017: American Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336549/eavk-segment-c-sequence-confers-ca-2-dependent-changes-to-the-kinetics-of-full-length-human-ano1
#10
Peter R Strege, Simon J Gibbons, Amelia Mazzone, Cheryl E Bernard, Arthur Beyder, Gianrico Farrugia
Anoctamin1 (Ano1, TMEM16A) is a calcium-activated chloride channel specifically expressed in interstitial cells of Cajal (ICC) of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract muscularis propria. Ano1 is necessary for normal electrical slow waves and ICC proliferation. The full length human Ano1 sequence includes an additional exon, exon "0," at the N-terminus. Ano1 with exon "0" (Ano1(0)) had a lower EC50 for intracellular calcium ([Ca(2+)]i) and faster chloride current (ICl) kinetics. The Ano1 alternative splice variant with segment "c" encoding exon 13 expresses on the first intracellular loop four additional amino acid residues, EAVK, which alter ICl at low [Ca(2+)]i Exon 13 is expressed in 75-100% of Ano1 transcripts in most human tissues but only 25% in human stomach...
March 23, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317962/-phsio1-5-8-10-12-as-nanoreactors-for-non-enzymatic-introduction-of-ortho-meta-or-para-hydroxyl-groups-to-aromatic-molecules
#11
Mozhgan Bahrami, Xingwen Zhang, Morteza Ehsani, Yousef Jahani, Richard M Laine
Traditional electrophilic bromination follows long established "rules": electron-withdrawing substituents cause bromination selective for meta positions, whereas electron-donating substituents favor ortho and para bromination. In contrast, in the [PhSiO1.5]8,10,12 silsesquioxanes, the cages act as bulky, electron withdrawing groups equivalent to CF3; yet bromination under mild conditions, without a catalyst, greatly favors ortho substitution. Surprisingly, ICl iodination without a catalyst favors (>90%) para substitution [p-IC6H4SiO1...
March 20, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292785/recruitment-and-positioning-determine-the-specific-role-of-the-xpf-ercc1-endonuclease-in-interstrand-crosslink-repair
#12
Daisy Klein Douwel, Wouter S Hoogenboom, Rick Acm Boonen, Puck Knipscheer
XPF-ERCC1 is a structure-specific endonuclease pivotal for several DNA repair pathways and, when mutated, can cause multiple diseases. Although the disease-specific mutations are thought to affect different DNA repair pathways, the molecular basis for this is unknown. Here we examine the function of XPF-ERCC1 in DNA interstrand crosslink (ICL) repair. We used Xenopus egg extracts to measure both ICL and nucleotide excision repair, and we identified mutations that are specifically defective in ICL repair. One of these separation-of-function mutations resides in the helicase-like domain of XPF and disrupts binding to SLX4 and recruitment to the ICL A small deletion in the same domain supports recruitment of XPF to the ICL, but inhibited the unhooking incisions most likely by disrupting a second, transient interaction with SLX4...
March 14, 2017: EMBO Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292776/comparison-of-corneal-endothelial-cell-density-and-morphology-after-posterior-chamber-phakic-intraocular-lens-implantation-with-and-without-a-central-hole
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Hiroyasu Goukon, Kazutaka Kamiya, Kimiya Shimizu, Akihito Igarashi
AIM: To compare the corneal endothelial cells after posterior chamber phakic intraocular lens with and without a central hole (hole implantable collamer lens (ICL) and conventional ICL) implantation for the correction of moderate to high myopia. METHODS: This retrospective study evaluated 34 eyes of 34 patients who underwent hole ICL implantation and 25 eyes of 25 patients who underwent conventional ICL implantation. Preoperatively and 3 months, and 1 and 2 years postoperatively, we compared the central corneal endothelial cell density (ECD), coefficient of variation in cell size (CV) and the percentage of hexagonal cells (HEX) between the two groups using a non-contact specular microscope (EM-3000, Tomey)...
March 14, 2017: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291554/implantation-of-posterior-chamber-phakic-intraocular-lens-for-myopia-and-hyperopia%C3%A2-%C3%A2-long-term-clinical-outcomes
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H Kocová, E Vlková, L Michalcová, O Motyka
PURPOSE: To evaluate long-term refractive outcomes of implantable collamer lens (ICL) implantation and late postoperative complications. METHODS: We assessed outcomes of patients who underwent ICL implantation (type ICM V4 for myopia, ICH V3 for hyperopia, TICM V4 for astigmatism) in our department between 1998 and 2013. It comprised 62 eyes (40 myopic and 22 hyperopic). The average follow-up period was 10.5 years. We evaluated: uncorrected and best-corrected visual acuity (UCVA and BCVA), spherical equivalent (SE), ICL vault, endothelial cell density and late postoperative complications...
March 2017: Journal Français D'ophtalmologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291357/self-assembling-behavior-of-glycerol-monoundecenoate-in-water
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Gildas Nyame Mendendy Boussambe, Romain Valentin, Jean-François Fabre, Laurence Navailles, Frédéric Nallet, Cédric Gaillard, Zéphirin Mouloungui
The self-assembling properties of glycerol esters in water are well known. Still, few data on glycerol monoesters of undecylenic acid are available. The aim of this study was to highlight the behavior of glycerol monoundecenoate (GM-C11:1) in different diluted and concentrated states. Its self-assembling properties in water and upon solid inorganic surfaces were investigated in the diluted state using surface tension experiments, atomic force microscopy, and cryogenic transmission electron microscopy studies...
March 24, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265055/glyoxylate-detoxification-is-an-essential-function-of-malate-synthase-required-for-carbon-assimilation-in-mycobacterium-tuberculosis
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Susan Puckett, Carolina Trujillo, Zhe Wang, Hyungjin Eoh, Thomas R Ioerger, Inna Krieger, James Sacchettini, Dirk Schnappinger, Kyu Y Rhee, Sabine Ehrt
The glyoxylate shunt is a metabolic pathway of bacteria, fungi, and plants used to assimilate even-chain fatty acids (FAs) and has been implicated in persistence of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb). Recent work, however, showed that the first enzyme of the glyoxylate shunt, isocitrate lyase (ICL), may mediate survival of Mtb during the acute and chronic phases of infection in mice through physiologic functions apart from fatty acid metabolism. Here, we report that malate synthase (MS), the second enzyme of the glyoxylate shunt, is essential for in vitro growth and survival of Mtb on even-chain fatty acids, in part, for a previously unrecognized activity: mitigating the toxicity of glyoxylate excess arising from metabolism of even-chain fatty acids...
March 14, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28262948/swelling-induced-chloride-current-in-glioblastoma-proliferation-migration-and-invasion
#17
Raymond Wong, Wenliang Chen, Xiao Zhong, James T Rutka, Zhong-Ping Feng, Hong-Shuo Sun
Glioblastoma (GBM) remains as the most common and aggressive brain tumor. The survival of GBM has been linked to the aberrant activation of swelling-induced chloride current ICl,swell . In this study, we investigated the effects of ICl,swell on cell viability, proliferation and migration in the human GBM cell lines, U251 and U87, using a combination of patch clamp electrophysiology, MTT, colony formation, wound healing assays and Western immunoblotting. First, we showed that the specific inhibitor of ICl,swell , DCPIB, potently reduced the ICl,swell in U87 cells...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212311/detection-of-atmospheric-methyl-mercaptan-using-wavelength-modulation-spectroscopy-with-multicomponent-spectral-fitting
#18
Zhenhui Du, Jiaxin Wan, Jinyi Li, Gang Luo, Hong Gao, Yiwen Ma
Detection of methyl mercaptan (CH₃SH) is essential for environmental atmosphere assessment and exhaled-breath analysis. This paper presents a sensitive CH₃SH sensor based on wavelength modulation spectroscopy (WMS) with a mid-infrared distributed feedback interband cascade laser (DFB-ICL). Multicomponent spectral fitting was used not only to enhance the sensitivity of the sensor but also to determine the concentration of interferents (atmospheric water and methane). The results showed that the uncertainties in the measurement of CH₃SH, H₂O, and CH₄ were less than 1...
February 16, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205338/assessing-oxygen-saturation-in-retinal-vessels-in-high-myopia-patients-pre-and-post-implantable-collamer-lens-implantation-surgery
#19
Pei Chen, Xiaoxiao Cai, Lijun Xu, Jing Zhang, Ying Yang, Qianying Gao, Jian Ge, Keming Yu, Jing Zhuang
PURPOSE: To determine whether posterior chamber phakic implantable collamer lens (ICL) surgery in high myopia patients impedes oxygen saturation of retinal vessels. METHODS: Mean oxygen saturation and diameter in retinal blood vessels were measured before and after ICL implantation surgery to correct high myopia refractive errors (i.e. -6.00 to -20.25 dioptres [D]), using an Oxymap T1 retinal oximeter. RESULTS: In 17 eyes of 17 patients, the Oxymap T1 retinal oximeter detected a small but significant decrease in oxygen saturation of retinal venules, 1-week postoperatively (compared to preoperative measurements)...
February 15, 2017: Acta Ophthalmologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203053/refractive-outcomes-and-safety-of-the-implantable-collamer-lens-in-young-low-to-moderate-myopes
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Paul J Dougherty, Taylor Priver
PURPOSE: To evaluate visual and refractive outcomes and safety of implantable collamer lens (ICL) implantation in low-to-moderate myopia. SETTING: Private Practice - Dougherty Laser Vision, Westlake Village, CA, USA. METHODS: A chart review was performed in 56 (104 eyes) consecutive patients who underwent implantation of the Visian ICL V4 model. Inclusion criteria were age between 21 and 40 years, spherical equivalent between -3.00 D and -10...
2017: Clinical Ophthalmology
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