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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821467/in-vitro-characterization-of-cyp102g4-from-streptomyces-cattleya-a-self-sufficient-p450-naturally-producing-indigo
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Joonwon Kim, Pyung-Gang Lee, Eun-Ok Jung, Byung-Gee Kim
Self-sufficient CYP102As possess outstanding hydroxylating activity to fatty acids such as myristic acid. Other CYP102 subfamily members share substrate specificity of CYP102As, but, occasionally, unusual characteristics of its own subfamily have been found. In this study, only one self-sufficient cytochrome P450 from Streptomyces cattleya was renamed from CYP102A_scat to CYP102G4, purified and characterized. UV-Vis spectrometry pattern, FAD/FMN analysis, and protein sequence comparison among CYP102s have shown that CYP102 from Streptomyces cattleya belongs to CYP102G subfamily...
August 15, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819745/bioassessment-of-the-effluents-discharged-from-two-export-oriented-industrial-zones-located-in-kelani-river-basin-sri-lanka-using-erythrocytic-responses-of-the-fish-nile-tilapia-oreochromis-niloticus
#2
C K Hemachandra, A Pathiratne
Complex effluents originating from diverse industrial processes in industrial zones could pose cytotoxic/genotoxic hazards to biota in the receiving ecosystems which cannot be revealed by conventional monitoring methods. This study assessed potential cytotoxicity/genotoxicity of treated effluents of two industrial zones which are discharged into Kelani river, Sri Lanka combining erythrocytic abnormality tests and comet assay of the tropical model fish, Nile tilapia. Exposure of fish to the effluents induced erythrocytic DNA damage and deformed erythrocytes with serrated membranes, vacuolations, nuclear buds and micronuclei showing cytotoxic/genotoxic hazards in all cases...
August 17, 2017: Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819072/-overview-of-hereditary-spinocerebellar-ataxias-in-japan
#3
Masayoshi Tada, Akio Yokoseki, Osamu Onodera
Hereditary spinocerebellar degenerations (SCD) are a group of neurodegenerative disorders characterized by slowly progressive ataxia associated with non-cerebellar neurological signs and symptoms. In the Japanese population, dominantly inherited SCDs are much more common than recessively inherited or X-linked SCDs. The most common dominantly inherited SCD in Japan, as well as in many other countries, is Machado-Joseph disease, also known as spinocerebellar ataxia type 3 (MJD/SCA3). MJD/SCA3 is frequently accompanied by non-cerebellar symptoms, including progressive external ophthalmoplegia, pyramidal signs, dystonia, rigidity, dysarthria, and distal muscle atrophies...
August 2017: Brain and Nerve, Shinkei Kenkyū No Shinpo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818736/co-option-of-endogenous-viral-sequences-for-host-cell-function
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REVIEW
John A Frank, Cédric Feschotte
Eukaryotic genomes are littered with sequences of diverse viral origins, termed endogenous viral elements (EVEs). Here we used examples primarily drawn from mammalian endogenous retroviruses to document how the influx of EVEs has provided a source of prefabricated coding and regulatory sequences that were formerly utilized for viral infection and replication, but have been occasionally repurposed for cellular function. While EVE co-option has benefited a variety of host biological functions, there appears to be a disproportionate contribution to immunity and antiviral defense...
August 14, 2017: Current Opinion in Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818475/oseltamivir-use-and-severe-abnormal-behavior-in-japanese-children-and-adolescents-with-influenza-is-a-self-controlled-case-series-study-applicable
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Wakaba Fukushima, Kotaro Ozasa, Akihisa Okumura, Masaaki Mori, Mitsuaki Hosoya, Takashi Nakano, Takuya Tanabe, Naoto Yamaguchi, Hiroshi Suzuki, Mitsuru Mori, Hideaki Hatayama, Hirotaka Ochiai, Kyoko Kondo, Kazuya Ito, Satoko Ohfuji, Yosikazu Nakamura, Yoshio Hirota
OBJECTIVE: Since the 1990s, self-controlled designs including self-controlled case series (SCCS) studies have been occasionally used in post-marketing evaluation of drug or vaccine safety. An SCCS study was tentatively applied to evaluate the relationship between oseltamivir use and abnormal behavior Type A (serious abnormal behavior potentially leading to an accident or harm to another person) in influenza patients. METHODS: From the original prospective cohort study with approximately 10,000 Japanese children and adolescents with influenza (aged <18years), 28 subjects (mean age: 7...
August 24, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817352/arhgap29-mutation-is-associated-with-abnormal-oral-epithelial-adhesions
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B J Paul, K Palmer, J C Sharp, C H Pratt, S A Murray, M Dunnwald
Nonsyndromic cleft lip and/or palate (NSCL/P) is a prevalent birth defect of complex etiology. Previous studies identified mutations in ARHGAP29 associated with an increased risk for NSCL/P. To investigate the effects of ARHGAP29 in vivo, we generated a novel murine allele by inserting a point mutation identified in a patient with NSCL/P. This single-nucleotide variation of ARHGAP29 translates to an early nonsense mutation (K326X), presumably resulting in loss-of-function (LoF). Embryos from Arhgap29(K326X/+) intercrosses were harvested at various time points...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816305/real-time-atomic-scale-observation-of-void-formation-and-anisotropic-growth-in-ii-vi-semiconducting-ribbons
#7
Xing Huang, Travis Jones, Hua Fan, Marc-Georg Willinger
Void formation in semiconductors is generally considered to be deteriorating. However, for some systems, void formation and evolution are beneficial and can be used for the fabrication of novel nanostructures. In either scenario, the understanding of void formation and evolution is of both scientific and technical high importance. Herein, using ZnS ribbons as an example, we report real-time observations of void formation and the kinetics of growth at the nano- and atomic scales upon heating. Direct imaging reveals that voids, created by a focused electron beam in wurtzite (WZ) ribbons, have a rectangular shape elongated along the <0001> direction...
August 17, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816296/-complete-androgen-insensitivity-syndrome-associated-with-vesical-fistula-a-case-report-and-literature-review
#8
K H Hua, L Yang, X W Zhang, W J Bai, Q Li, T Xu
Androgen insensitivity syndrome (AIS) is a very uncommon genetic disorder that results from the resistance of androgen receptor (AR) to androgen, which influences the formation of the male genitalia and in turn presents with female phenotype. Surgical resection of undesceaded testicle and different kinds of genitoplasty are crucial methods to correct the deformity of reproductive system, as well as hormone replacement therapy, which is an essential therapy for postoperational rehabilitation in AIS patients...
August 18, 2017: Beijing da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Peking University. Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815834/innervation-of-the-human-posterior-cricoarytenoid-muscle-by-the-external-branch-of-the-superior-laryngeal-nerve
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Mehmet Uludag, Nurcihan Aygun, Kinyas Kartal, Evren Besler, Adnan Isgor
BACKGROUND: The posterior cricoarytenoid muscle is the abductor muscle for the vocal cords and is innerved by the recurrent laryngeal nerve (RLN). The purpose of this study was to present our determination if the external branch of the superior laryngeal nerve (SLN) contributes to the motor innervation of the posterior cricoarytenoid muscle. METHODS: We performed electromyographies (EMGs) via needle electrodes on 47 posterior cricoarytenoid muscles from 28 patients during thyroidectomy (9 lobectomies and 19 total thyroidectomies) with intraoperative neural monitoring...
August 17, 2017: Head & Neck
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815579/-histological-characteristics-of-hpv-associated-and-independent-squamous-cell-carcinomas-of-the-vulva-a-study-of-1594-cases
#10
Natalia Rakislova, Omar Clavero, Laia Alemany, Adela Saco, Beatriz Quirós, Belen Lloveras, Maria Alejo, Michael Pawlita, Wim Quint, Marta Del Pino, Silvia de Sanjose, Jaume Ordi
There are at least two different etio-pathogenic pathways for the development of vulvar squamous cell carcinoma (VSCC): one associated with infection by human papillomavirus (HPV) and another independent of HPV. We aimed to describe the histological characteristics of HPV-associated and HPV-independent tumors and to determine the best strategy to identify HPV in VSCC. A single paraffin block was available for review from a series of 1594 VSCCs. In all cases HPV DNA detection was analyzed using the SPF10PCR/DEIA/LiPA25 system and p16 immunohistochemistry (IHC)...
August 17, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814962/circulating-zinc-%C3%AE-2-glycoprotein-levels-are-low-in-newly-diagnosed-patients-with-metabolic-syndrome-and-correlate-with-adiponectin
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Lu Lei, Kejia Li, Ling Li, Xia Fang, Tingting Zhou, Cheng Zhang, Yong Luo, Hua Liu, Xiaoqiang Li, Hongting Zheng, Lin Zhang, Gangyi Yang, Lin Gao
BACKGROUND: Zinc-α2-glycoprotein (ZAG) is a novel adipokine that reduces insulin resistance, protecting against type 2 diabetes. However, past studies have been contradictory. This cross-sectional study aims to investigate the association of circulating ZAG with metabolic syndrome (MetS) in middle-aged and older Chinese adults. METHODS: Four hundred eighty nine individuals (234 healthy controls and 255 MetS patients) were examined. All individuals were screened for MetS according to the diagnostic guidelines of the United States National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) Expert Panel Adult Treatment Panel (ATP) III criteria...
2017: Nutrition & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814525/structure-guided-functional-annotation-of-the-influenza-a-virus-ns1-protein-reveals-dynamic-evolution-of-the-p85%C3%AE-binding-site-during-circulation-in-humans
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Antonio M Lopes, Patricia Domingues, Roland Zell, Benjamin G Hale
Rational characterization of virulence and host-adaptive markers in the multifunctional influenza A virus NS1 protein is hindered by a lack of comprehensive knowledge about NS1-host protein-protein interfaces. Here, we surveyed the impact of amino-acid variation in NS1 at its structurally-defined binding site for host p85β, a regulator of phosphoinositide-3 kinase (PI3K) signaling. Structure-guided alanine-scanning of all viral residues at this interface defined 10 positions contributing to the interaction, with residues 89, 95, 98, 133, 145 and 162 being most important...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814408/intrinsic-maturational-neonatal-immune-deficiencies-and-susceptibility-to-group-b-streptococcus-infection
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REVIEW
Michelle L Korir, Shannon D Manning, H Dele Davies
Although a normal member of the gastrointestinal and vaginal microbiota, group B Streptococcus (GBS) can also occasionally be the cause of highly invasive neonatal disease and is an emerging pathogen in both elderly and immunocompromised adults. Neonatal GBS infections are typically transmitted from mother to baby either in utero or during passage through the birth canal and can lead to pneumonia, sepsis, and meningitis within the first few months of life. Compared to the adult immune system, the neonatal immune system has a number of deficiencies, making neonates more susceptible to infection...
October 2017: Clinical Microbiology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814326/distal-defect-of-the-humerus-a-possible-normal-variant-a-case-report
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Akio Sakamoto, Shuichi Matsuda
BACKGROUND: Many normal variants of bones on plain radiographs have been reported. CASE PRESENTATION: In the current report, a 14-year-old Asian girl noticed an occasional slight elbow pain. She had no traumatic episode. Plain radiographs showed a well-defined osteolytic lesion with a sclerotic rim, which was continuous with the normal subarticular bone in the distal humerus. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed that the defect area seen on the plain radiograph showed low-signal to iso-signal intensity on T1-weighted images and slightly high-signal intensity on T2-weighted fat suppression images...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812530/feline-herpesvirus-pneumonia-investigations-into-the-pathogenesis
#15
Josep Maria Monne Rodriguez, Gail Leeming, Kernt Köhler, Anja Kipar
Feline herpesvirus type 1 (FeHV-1) is one of the etiological agents of feline respiratory disease. FeHV-1 is an epitheliotropic and cytopathic virus that mainly causes rhinitis and conjunctivitis, although pneumonia is also occasionally seen. In this study, the authors investigated the pathogenesis of FeHV-1-associated pneumonia, comparing natural cases with viral infection of tracheal ring and cell cultures in vitro, using histology, immunohistology, double immunofluorescence, and transmission electron microscopy as investigative tools...
January 1, 2017: Veterinary Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812526/parvovirus-infection-is-associated-with-myocarditis-and-myocardial-fibrosis-in-young-dogs
#16
Jordan Ford, Laura McEndaffer, Randall Renshaw, Alex Molesan, Kathleen Kelly
Perinatal parvoviral infection causes necrotizing myocarditis in puppies, which results in acute high mortality or progressive cardiac injury. While widespread vaccination has dramatically curtailed the epidemic of canine parvoviral myocarditis, we hypothesized that canine parvovirus 2 (CPV-2) myocardial infection is an underrecognized cause of myocarditis, cardiac damage, and/or repair by fibrosis in young dogs. In this retrospective study, DNA was extracted from formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissues from 40 cases and 41 control dogs under 2 years of age from 2007 to 2015...
January 1, 2017: Veterinary Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812304/management-of-castration-resistant-taxane-resistant-prostate-cancer
#17
Tomasz M Beer
Metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer that is progressing despite docetaxel chemotherapy is difficult to treat and often aggressive. If not previously used, modern androgen signaling inhibitors have established clinical activity in this setting. Cabazitaxel and radium-223 have also been shown to extend survival in appropriately selected patients. Carboplatin-containing chemotherapy regimens have not been studied in randomized trials with a survival endpoint, but they have demonstrated activity in phase II trials and are occasionally considered in the post-docetaxel setting...
August 15, 2017: Oncology (Williston Park, NY)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811699/cystinuria-crystals-that-make-a-baby-cry
#18
Dhiraj J Trivedi, Vijayetha P Patil, Pramod S Kamble
Cystinuria is a common aminoaciduria due to a COAL transporter defect in renal tubular epithelium. Increased level of cystine in urine with occasional cystine crystal can be diagnostic. With reference to clinical examinations, symptoms and laboratory reports we present a case of primary cystinuria. Prevention of complication in cystinuric relies on detection at early stage and targeting treatment towards maintaining low level of urinary cystine level.
July 2017: Indian Journal of Clinical Biochemistry: IJCB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811336/catastrophic-unbalanced-genome-rearrangements-cause-somatic-loss-of-berry-color-in-grapevine
#19
Pablo Carbonell-Bejerano, Carolina Royo, Rafael Torres-Pérez, Jérôme Grimplet, Lucie Fernandez, Jose M Franco-Zorrilla, Diego Lijavetzky, Elisa Baroja, Juana Martínez, Enrique García-Escudero, Javier Ibáñez, José M Martínez-Zapater
Grape color somatic variants that can be used to develop new grapevine cultivars occasionally appear associated to deletion events of uncertain origin. To understand the mutational mechanisms generating somatic structural variation in grapevine, we compared the Tempranillo Blanco (TB) white berry somatic variant to its black berry ancestor, Tempranillo Tinto. Whole-genome sequencing (WGS) uncovered a catastrophic genome rearrangement in TB that caused the hemizygous deletion of 313 genes, including the loss of the functional copy for the MYB transcription factors required for anthocyanin pigmentation in the berry skin...
August 15, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811244/comparison-of-the-clinical-course-of-clostridium-difficile-infection-in-gdh-positive-toxin-negative-patients-diagnosed-by-pcr-to-those-with-a-positive-toxin-test
#20
Julia Origüen, Laura Corbella, María Ángeles Orellana, Mario Fernández-Ruiz, Francisco López-Medrano, Rafael San Juan, Manuel Lizasoain, Tamara Ruiz-Merlo, Alejandra Morales-Cartagena, Guillermo Maestro, Patricia Parra, Jennifer Villa, Rafael Delgado, José María Aguado
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the potential role of PCR-based assays in the overdiagnosis of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) by using a validated diagnostic algorithm in daily clinical practice. METHODS: We performed a retrospective cohort study evaluating all C. difficile-positive stool samples identified at our institution during a 12-month period, to compare outcomes and recurrence rate between patients with a positive enzyme-immunoassay (EIA) for both glutamate dehydrogenase (GDH) and toxin A/B ("toxin-positive group"), with those with GDH-positive, toxin-negative samples in which the diagnosis was made by a positive PCR-based assay ("toxin-/PCR+ group")...
August 12, 2017: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
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