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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437488/the-novel-carboxylesterase-1-variant-c-662a-g-may-decrease-the-bioactivation-of-oseltamivir-in-humans
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Jaeseong Oh, SeungHwan Lee, Howard Lee, Joo-Youn Cho, Seo Hyun Yoon, In-Jin Jang, Kyung-Sang Yu, Kyoung Soo Lim
BACKGROUND: Human carboxylesterase 1 (CES1) is a serine esterase that hydrolyses various exogenous and endogenous compounds including oseltamivir, a prodrug used to treat influenza. A novel CES1 c.662A>G single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) was predicted to decrease CES1 enzymatic activity in an in silico analysis. This study evaluated the effect of the c.662A>G SNP on the pharmacokinetics (PK) of oseltamivir in humans. METHODS: A single oral dose of oseltamivir at 75 mg was administered to 20 healthy subjects, 8 heterozygous c...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437487/crop-and-varietal-diversification-of-rainfed-rice-based-cropping-systems-for-higher-productivity-and-profitability-in-eastern-india
#2
B Lal, Priyanka Gautam, B B Panda, R Raja, Teekam Singh, R Tripathi, M Shahid, A K Nayak
Rice-rice system and rice fallows are no longer productive in Southeast Asia. Crop and varietal diversification of the rice based cropping systems may improve the productivity and profitability of the systems. Diversification is also a viable option to mitigate the risk of climate change. In Eastern India, farmers cultivate rice during rainy season (June-September) and land leftovers fallow after rice harvest in the post-rainy season (November-May) due to lack of sufficient rainfall or irrigation amenities...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437486/prediction-of-crime-occurrence-from-multi-modal-data-using-deep-learning
#3
Hyeon-Woo Kang, Hang-Bong Kang
In recent years, various studies have been conducted on the prediction of crime occurrences. This predictive capability is intended to assist in crime prevention by facilitating effective implementation of police patrols. Previous studies have used data from multiple domains such as demographics, economics, and education. Their prediction models treat data from different domains equally. These methods have problems in crime occurrence prediction, such as difficulty in discovering highly nonlinear relationships, redundancies, and dependencies between multiple datasets...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437485/t-cell-function-is-dispensable-for-intracranial-aneurysm-formation-and-progression
#4
Haruka Miyata, Hirokazu Koseki, Katsumi Takizawa, Hidetoshi Kasuya, Kazuhiko Nozaki, Shuh Narumiya, Tomohiro Aoki
Given the social importance of intracranial aneurysm as a major cause of a lethal subarachnoid hemorrhage, clarification of mechanisms underlying the pathogenesis of this disease is essential for improving poor prognosis once after rupture. Previous histopathological analyses of human aneurysm walls have revealed the presence of T cells in lesions suggesting involvement of this type of cell in the pathogenesis. However, it remains unclear whether T cell actively participates in intracranial aneurysm progression...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437484/ecg-view-ii-a-freely-accessible-electrocardiogram-database
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Young-Gun Kim, Dahye Shin, Man Young Park, Sukhoon Lee, Min Seok Jeon, Dukyong Yoon, Rae Woong Park
The Electrocardiogram Vigilance with Electronic data Warehouse II (ECG-ViEW II) is a large, single-center database comprising numeric parameter data of the surface electrocardiograms of all patients who underwent testing from 1 June 1994 to 31 July 2013. The electrocardiographic data include the test date, clinical department, RR interval, PR interval, QRS duration, QT interval, QTc interval, P axis, QRS axis, and T axis. These data are connected with patient age, sex, ethnicity, comorbidities, age-adjusted Charlson comorbidity index, prescribed drugs, and electrolyte levels...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437483/quantitative-microvascular-analysis-of-retinal-venous-occlusions-by-spectral-domain-optical-coherence-tomography-angiography
#6
Nicole Koulisis, Alice Y Kim, Zhongdi Chu, Anoush Shahidzadeh, Bruce Burkemper, Lisa C Olmos de Koo, Andrew A Moshfeghi, Hossein Ameri, Carmen A Puliafito, Veronica L Isozaki, Ruikang K Wang, Amir H Kashani
PURPOSE: To quantitatively evaluate the retinal microvasculature in human subjects with retinal venous occlusions (RVO) using optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA). DESIGN: Retrospective, cross-sectional, observational case series. PARTICIPANTS: Sixty subjects (84 eyes) were included (20 BRVO, 14 CRVO, 24 unaffected fellow eyes, and 26 controls). METHODS: OCTA was performed on a prototype, spectral domain-OCTA system in the 3x3mm central macular region...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437482/study-on-lockage-safety-of-lng-fueled-ships-based-on-fsa
#7
Pengfei Lv, Yuan Zhuang, Jian Deng, Wei Su
In the present study, formal safety assessment (FSA) is introduced to investigate lockage safety of LNG-fueled ships. Risk sources during lockage of LNG-fueled ships in four typical scenarios, namely, navigation between two dams, lockage, anchorage, and fueling, are identified, and studied in combination with fundamental leakage probabilities of various components of LNG storage tanks, and simulation results of accident consequences. Some suggestions for lockage safety management of LNG-fueled ships are then proposed...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437481/firemaster%C3%A2-550-and-its-components-isopropylated-triphenyl-phosphate-and-triphenyl-phosphate-enhance-adipogenesis-and-transcriptional-activity-of-peroxisome-proliferator-activated-receptor-ppar%C3%AE-on-the-adipocyte-protein-2-ap2-promoter
#8
Emily W Y Tung, Shaimaa Ahmed, Vian Peshdary, Ella Atlas
Firemaster® 550 (FM550) is a chemical mixture currently used as an additive flame retardant in commercial products, and is comprised of 2-ethylhexyl-2,3,4,5-tertrabromobenzoate (TBB), bis(2-ethylhexyl) tetrabromophthalate (TBPH), triphenyl phosphate (TPP), and isopropylated triphenyl phosphate (IPTP). Animal and in vitro studies suggest that FM550, TPP and IPTP may have adipogenic effects and may exert these effects through PPARγ activation. Using murine 3T3-L1 preadipocytes, we investigated the detailed expression of transcription factors and adipogenic markers in response to FM550 and its components...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437480/variation-of-bacterial-communities-in-water-and-sediments-during-the-decomposition-of-microcystis-biomass
#9
Dayong Zhao, Xinyi Cao, Rui Huang, Jin Zeng, Qinglong L Wu
The bacterial community composition in water and sediment samples during the decomposition of Microcystis biomass were analyzed using the 454 pyrosequencing technique. We found dramatic shifts in the bacterial community composition of water and sediments after the addition of Microcystis biomass. Among all the detected phyla, only Firmicutes was found to be dominant in both water and sediment samples. The genus Clostridium sensu stricto was the absolutely dominant group in Firmicutes and showed drastic variations with incubation time during the decomposition process...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437479/conformational-dynamics-of-bacterial-trigger-factor-in-apo-and-ribosome-bound-states
#10
Mehmet Tarik Can, Zeynep Kurkcuoglu, Gokce Ezeroglu, Arzu Uyar, Ozge Kurkcuoglu, Pemra Doruker
The chaperone trigger factor (TF) binds to the ribosome exit tunnel and helps cotranslational folding of nascent chains (NC) in bacterial cells and chloroplasts. In this study, we aim to investigate the functional dynamics of fully-atomistic apo TF and its complex with 50S. As TF accomodates a high percentage of charged residues on its surface, the effect of ionic strength on TF dynamics is assessed here by performing five independent molecular dynamics (MD) simulations (total of 1.3 micro-second duration) at 29 mM and 150 mM ionic strengths...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437478/metal-accumulation-by-sunflower-helianthus-annuus-l-and-the-efficacy-of-its-biomass-in-enzymatic-saccharification
#11
Saurabh Sudha Dhiman, Xin Zhao, Jinglin Li, Dongwook Kim, Vipin C Kalia, In-Won Kim, Jae Young Kim, Jung-Kul Lee
Accumulation of metal contaminants in soil as a result of various industrial and anthropogenic activities has reduced soil fertility significantly. Phytoextraction of metal contaminants can improve soil fertility and provide inexpensive feedstock for biorefineries. We investigated the hyperaccumulation capacity of sunflower (Helianthus annuus) biomass by cultivating these plants in various concentrations of metal contaminants. Sunflowers were grown in soils contaminated with various levels of heavy metals (10-2,000 mg/kg dry soil)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437477/outcomes-after-antiretroviral-therapy-during-the-expansion-of-hiv-services-in-haiti
#12
Margaret L McNairy, Patrice Joseph, Michelle Unterbrink, Stanislas Galbaud, Jean-Edouard Mathon, Vanessa Rivera, Deanna Jannat-Khah, Lindsey Reif, Serena P Koenig, Jean Wysler Domercant, Warren Johnson, Daniel W Fitzgerald, Jean W Pape
BACKGROUND: We report patient outcomes after antiretroviral therapy (ART) initiation in a network of HIV facilities in Haiti, including temporal trends and differences across clinics, during the expansion of HIV services in the country. METHODS: We assessed outcomes at 12 months after ART initiation (baseline) using routinely collected data on adults (≥15 years) in 11 HIV facilities from July 2007-December 2013. Outcomes include death (ascertained from medical records), lost to follow-up (LTF) defined as no visit > 365 days from ART initiation, and retention defined as being alive and attending care ≥ 365 days from ART initiation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437476/clc-3-chloride-channel-mediates-the-role-of-parathyroid-hormone-1-34-on-osteogenic-differentiation-of-osteoblasts
#13
Xiaolin Lu, Yin Ding, Qiannan Niu, Shijie Xuan, Yan Yang, Yulong Jin, Huan Wang
INTRODUCTION: Different concentrations of parathyroid hormone [1-34] (PTH [1-34]) can have totally opposite effects on osteoblasts. Intermittent stimulation with PTH can significantly increase bone mineral density in vitro, mainly through the protein kinase A (PKA) signaling pathway, which phosphorylates runt-related transcription factor 2 (Runx2). The ClC-3 chloride channel, an important anion channel, can also promote osteogenesis via the Runx2 pathway based on recent studies. The purpose of our study, therefore, is to research whether the ClC-3 chloride channel has an effect on PTH osteodifferentiation in MC3T3-E1 cells...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437473/molecular-simulations-and-markov-state-modeling-reveal-the-structural-diversity-and-dynamics-of-a-theophylline-binding-rna-aptamer-in-its-unbound-state
#14
Becka M Warfield, Peter C Anderson
RNA aptamers are oligonucleotides that bind with high specificity and affinity to target ligands. In the absence of bound ligand, secondary structures of RNA aptamers are generally stable, but single-stranded and loop regions, including ligand binding sites, lack defined structures and exist as ensembles of conformations. For example, the well-characterized theophylline-binding aptamer forms a highly stable binding site when bound to theophylline, but the binding site is unstable and disordered when theophylline is absent...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437472/socioeconomic-status-and-type-2-diabetes-complications-among-young-adult-patients-in-japan
#15
Mitsuhiko Funakoshi, Yasushi Azami, Hisashi Matsumoto, Akemi Ikota, Koichi Ito, Hisashi Okimoto, Nobuaki Shimizu, Fumihiro Tsujimura, Hiroshi Fukuda, Chozi Miyagi, Sayaka Osawa, Ryo Osawa, Jiro Miura
OBJECTIVE: To assess the relationship between socioeconomic status (SES) and complications of type 2 diabetes among young adults in Japan. DESIGN: A cross-sectional study. SETTING: Outpatient wards of 96 member hospitals and clinics of the Japan Federation of Democratic Medical Institutions. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 782 outpatients with type 2 diabetes (525 males, 257 females), aged 20-40 years as of March 31, 2012. After excluding 110 participants whose retinopathy diagnosis was in question, 672 participants were analyzed...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437471/mir-217-inhibits-triple-negative-breast-cancer-cell-growth-migration-and-invasion-through-targeting-klf5
#16
Wenhui Zhou, Fangfang Song, Qiuju Wu, Rong Liu, Lulu Wang, Cuicui Liu, You Peng, Shuqin Mao, Jing Feng, Ceshi Chen
Triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) is one of the most aggressive breast cancers without effective targeted therapies. Numerous studies have implied that KLF5 plays an important roles in TNBC. How is KLF5 regulated by microRNAs has not been well studied. Here, we demonstrated that miR-217 down-regulates the expression of KLF5 and KLF5's downstream target gene FGF-BP and Cyclin D1 in TNBC cell lines HCC1806 and HCC1937. Consequently, miR-217 suppresses TNBC cell growth, migration, and invasion. MiR-217 suppresses TNBC, at least partially, through down-regulating the KLF5 expression...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437470/respiratory-syncytial-virus-neutralizing-serum-antibody-titers-in-infants-following-palivizumab-prophylaxis-with-an-abbreviated-dosing-regimen
#17
Jennifer Claydon, Amitava Sur, Allison Callejas, Mihoko Ladd, Eddie Kwan, Richard Taylor, Stuart E Turvey, Alfonso Solimano, Pascal M Lavoie, Nico Marr
BACKGROUND: Monthly injections of palivizumab during the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) season in at-risk infants reduces RSV-associated hospitalizations. However, the additive effect of naturally acquired immunity remains unclear. The objective of this study was to assess total neutralizing serum antibodies (NAb) against RSV in at-risk infants who had received an abbreviated course of palivizumab prophylaxis. METHODS: Serum samples were collected from infants enrolled in the RSV Immunoprophylaxis Program in British Columbia, Canada over 2 consecutive RSV seasons (2013 to 2015)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437469/virtual-race-transformation-reverses-racial-in-group-bias
#18
Béatrice S Hasler, Bernhard Spanlang, Mel Slater
People generally show greater preference for members of their own racial group compared to racial out-group members. This type of 'in-group bias' is evident in mimicry behaviors. We tend to automatically mimic the behaviors of in-group members, and this behavior is associated with interpersonal sensitivity and empathy. However, mimicry is reduced when interacting with out-group members. Although race is considered an unchangeable trait, it is possible using embodiment in immersive virtual reality to engender the illusion in people of having a body of a different race...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437468/role-of-cleavage-at-the-core-e1-junction-of-hepatitis-c-virus-polyprotein-in-viral-morphogenesis
#19
Véronique Pène, Matthieu Lemasson, Francis Harper, Gérard Pierron, Arielle R Rosenberg
In hepatitis C virus (HCV) polyprotein sequence, core protein terminates with E1 envelope signal peptide. Cleavage by signal peptidase (SP) separates E1 from the complete form of core protein, anchored in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) membrane by the signal peptide. Subsequent cleavage of the signal peptide by signal-peptide peptidase (SPP) releases the mature form of core protein, which preferentially relocates to lipid droplets. Both of these cleavages are required for the HCV infectious cycle, supporting the idea that HCV assembly begins at the surface of lipid droplets, yet SPP-catalyzed cleavage is dispensable for initiation of budding in the ER...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437467/mutant-uromodulin-expression-leads-to-altered-homeostasis-of-the-endoplasmic-reticulum-and-activates-the-unfolded-protein-response
#20
Céline Schaeffer, Stefania Merella, Elena Pasqualetto, Dejan Lazarevic, Luca Rampoldi
Uromodulin is the most abundant urinary protein in physiological conditions. It is exclusively produced by renal epithelial cells lining the thick ascending limb of Henle's loop (TAL) and it plays key roles in kidney function and disease. Mutations in UMOD, the gene encoding uromodulin, cause autosomal dominant tubulointerstitial kidney disease uromodulin-related (ADTKD-UMOD), characterised by hyperuricemia, gout and progressive loss of renal function. While the primary effect of UMOD mutations, retention in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), is well established, its downstream effects are still largely unknown...
2017: PloS One
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