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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930339/growth-hormone-releasing-hormone-receptor-antagonists-inhibit-human-gastric-cancer-through-downregulation-of-pak1-stat3-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling
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Jinfeng Gan, Xiurong Ke, Jiali Jiang, Hongmei Dong, Zhimeng Yao, Yusheng Lin, Wan Lin, Xiao Wu, Shumei Yan, Yixuan Zhuang, Wai Kit Chu, Renzhi Cai, Xianyang Zhang, Herman S Cheung, Norman L Block, Chi Pui Pang, Andrew V Schally, Hao Zhang
Gastric cancer (GC) ranks as the fourth most frequent in incidence and second in mortality among all cancers worldwide. The development of effective treatment approaches is an urgent requirement. Growth hormone-releasing hormone (GHRH) and GHRH receptor (GHRH-R) have been found to be present in a variety of tumoral tissues and cell lines. Therefore the inhibition of GHRH-R was proposed as a promising approach for the treatment of these cancers. However, little is known about GHRH-R and the relevant therapy in human GC...
December 7, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930337/genetic-immunological-and-clinical-features-of-patients-with-bacterial-and-fungal-infections-due-to-inherited-il-17ra-deficiency
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Romain Lévy, Satoshi Okada, Vivien Béziat, Kunihiko Moriya, Caini Liu, Louis Yi Ann Chai, Mélanie Migaud, Fabian Hauck, Amein Al Ali, Cyril Cyrus, Chittibabu Vatte, Turkan Patiroglu, Ekrem Unal, Marie Ferneiny, Nobuyuki Hyakuna, Serdar Nepesov, Matias Oleastro, Aydan Ikinciogullari, Figen Dogu, Takaki Asano, Osamu Ohara, Ling Yun, Erika Della Mina, Didier Bronnimann, Yuval Itan, Florian Gothe, Jacinta Bustamante, Stéphanie Boisson-Dupuis, Natalia Tahuil, Caner Aytekin, Aicha Salhi, Saleh Al Muhsen, Masao Kobayashi, Julie Toubiana, Laurent Abel, Xiaoxia Li, Yildiz Camcioglu, Fatih Celmeli, Christoph Klein, Suzan A AlKhater, Jean-Laurent Casanova, Anne Puel
Chronic mucocutaneous candidiasis (CMC) is defined as recurrent or persistent infection of the skin, nails, and/or mucosae with commensal Candida species. The first genetic etiology of isolated CMC-autosomal recessive (AR) IL-17 receptor A (IL-17RA) deficiency-was reported in 2011, in a single patient. We report here 21 patients with complete AR IL-17RA deficiency, including this first patient. Each patient is homozygous for 1 of 12 different IL-17RA alleles, 8 of which create a premature stop codon upstream from the transmembrane domain and have been predicted and/or shown to prevent expression of the receptor on the surface of circulating leukocytes and dermal fibroblasts...
December 7, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930334/reply-to-span-et-al-rational-design-of-oxygen-microparticles-for-radiation-therapy
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John N Kheir, Brian D Polizzotti
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 7, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930330/simultaneous-dimension-reduction-and-adjustment-for-confounding-variation
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Zhixiang Lin, Can Yang, Ying Zhu, John Duchi, Yao Fu, Yong Wang, Bai Jiang, Mahdi Zamanighomi, Xuming Xu, Mingfeng Li, Nenad Sestan, Hongyu Zhao, Wing Hung Wong
Dimension reduction methods are commonly applied to high-throughput biological datasets. However, the results can be hindered by confounding factors, either biological or technical in origin. In this study, we extend principal component analysis (PCA) to propose AC-PCA for simultaneous dimension reduction and adjustment for confounding (AC) variation. We show that AC-PCA can adjust for (i) variations across individual donors present in a human brain exon array dataset and (ii) variations of different species in a model organism ENCODE RNA sequencing dataset...
December 7, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930329/engineered-microparticles-delivering-oxygen-to-enhance-radiotherapy-efficacy
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LETTER
Paul N Span, Johan Bussink, Johannes H A M Kaanders
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 7, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930328/estimating-uncertainty-in-respondent-driven-sampling-using-a-tree-bootstrap-method
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Aaron J Baraff, Tyler H McCormick, Adrian E Raftery
Respondent-driven sampling (RDS) is a network-based form of chain-referral sampling used to estimate attributes of populations that are difficult to access using standard survey tools. Although it has grown quickly in popularity since its introduction, the statistical properties of RDS estimates remain elusive. In particular, the sampling variability of these estimates has been shown to be much higher than previously acknowledged, and even methods designed to account for RDS result in misleadingly narrow confidence intervals...
December 7, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930324/dopamine-release-from-the-locus-coeruleus-to-the-dorsal-hippocampus-promotes-spatial-learning-and-memory
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Kimberly A Kempadoo, Eugene V Mosharov, Se Joon Choi, David Sulzer, Eric R Kandel
Dopamine neurotransmission in the dorsal hippocampus is critical for a range of functions from spatial learning and synaptic plasticity to the deficits underlying psychiatric disorders such as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. The ventral tegmental area (VTA) is the presumed source of dopamine in the dorsal hippocampus. However, there is a surprising scarcity of VTA dopamine axons in the dorsal hippocampus despite the dense network of dopamine receptors. We have explored this apparent paradox using optogenetic, biochemical, and behavioral approaches and found that dopaminergic axons and subsequent dopamine release in the dorsal hippocampus originate from neurons of the locus coeruleus (LC)...
December 7, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930320/unexpected-central-role-of-the-androgen-receptor-in-the-spontaneous-regeneration-of-myelin
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Bartosz Bielecki, Claudia Mattern, Abdel M Ghoumari, Sumaira Javaid, Kaja Smietanka, Charly Abi Ghanem, Sakina Mhaouty-Kodja, M Said Ghandour, Etienne-Emile Baulieu, Robin J M Franklin, Michael Schumacher, Elisabeth Traiffort
Lost myelin can be replaced after injury or during demyelinating diseases in a regenerative process called remyelination. In the central nervous system (CNS), the myelin sheaths, which protect axons and allow the fast propagation of electrical impulses, are produced by oligodendrocytes. The abundance and widespread distribution of oligodendrocyte progenitors (OPs) within the adult CNS account for this remarkable regenerative potential. Here, we report a key role for the male gonad, testosterone, and androgen receptor (AR) in CNS remyelination...
December 7, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930318/janus-effect-of-antifreeze-proteins-on-ice-nucleation
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Kai Liu, Chunlei Wang, Ji Ma, Guosheng Shi, Xi Yao, Haiping Fang, Yanlin Song, Jianjun Wang
The mechanism of ice nucleation at the molecular level remains largely unknown. Nature endows antifreeze proteins (AFPs) with the unique capability of controlling ice formation. However, the effect of AFPs on ice nucleation has been under debate. Here we report the observation of both depression and promotion effects of AFPs on ice nucleation via selectively binding the ice-binding face (IBF) and the non-ice-binding face (NIBF) of AFPs to solid substrates. Freezing temperature and delay time assays show that ice nucleation is depressed with the NIBF exposed to liquid water, whereas ice nucleation is facilitated with the IBF exposed to liquid water...
December 7, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930314/direct-evidence-of-interaction-induced-dirac-cones-in-a-monolayer-silicene-ag-111-system
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Ya Feng, Defa Liu, Baojie Feng, Xu Liu, Lin Zhao, Zhuojin Xie, Yan Liu, Aiji Liang, Cheng Hu, Yong Hu, Shaolong He, Guodong Liu, Jun Zhang, Chuangtian Chen, Zuyan Xu, Lan Chen, Kehui Wu, Yu-Tzu Liu, Hsin Lin, Zhi-Quan Huang, Chia-Hsiu Hsu, Feng-Chuan Chuang, Arun Bansil, X J Zhou
Silicene, analogous to graphene, is a one-atom-thick 2D crystal of silicon, which is expected to share many of the remarkable properties of graphene. The buckled honeycomb structure of silicene, along with enhanced spin-orbit coupling, endows silicene with considerable advantages over graphene in that the spin-split states in silicene are tunable with external fields. Although the low-energy Dirac cone states lie at the heart of all novel quantum phenomena in a pristine sheet of silicene, a hotly debated question is whether these key states can survive when silicene is grown or supported on a substrate...
December 7, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930309/sox2-progenitors-in-sharks-link-taste-development-with-the-evolution-of-regenerative-teeth-from-denticles
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Kyle J Martin, Liam J Rasch, Rory L Cooper, Brian D Metscher, Zerina Johanson, Gareth J Fraser
Teeth and denticles belong to a specialized class of mineralizing epithelial appendages called odontodes. Although homology of oral teeth in jawed vertebrates is well supported, the evolutionary origin of teeth and their relationship with other odontode types is less clear. We compared the cellular and molecular mechanisms directing development of teeth and skin denticles in sharks, where both odontode types are retained. We show that teeth and denticles are deeply homologous developmental modules with equivalent underlying odontode gene regulatory networks (GRNs)...
December 7, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930307/cosmc-is-an-x-linked-inflammatory-bowel-disease-risk-gene-that-spatially-regulates-gut-microbiota-and-contributes-to-sex-specific-risk
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Matthew R Kudelka, Benjamin H Hinrichs, Trevor Darby, Carlos S Moreno, Hikaru Nishio, Christopher E Cutler, Jianmei Wang, Huixia Wu, Junwei Zeng, Yingchun Wang, Tongzhong Ju, Sean R Stowell, Asma Nusrat, Rheinallt M Jones, Andrew S Neish, Richard D Cummings
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) results from aberrant immune stimulation against a dysbiotic mucosal but relatively preserved luminal microbiota and preferentially affects males in early onset disease. However, factors contributing to sex-specific risk and the pattern of dysbiosis are largely unexplored. Core 1 β3GalT-specific molecular chaperone (Cosmc), which encodes an X-linked chaperone important for glycocalyx formation, was recently identified as an IBD risk factor by genome-wide association study. We deleted Cosmc in mouse intestinal epithelial cells (IECs) and found marked reduction of microbiota diversity in progression from the proximal to the distal gut mucosa, but not in the overlying lumen, as seen in IBD...
December 7, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930305/artemisia-annua-mutant-impaired-in-artemisinin-synthesis-demonstrates-importance-of-nonenzymatic-conversion-in-terpenoid-metabolism
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Tomasz Czechowski, Tony R Larson, Theresa M Catania, David Harvey, Geoffrey D Brown, Ian A Graham
Artemisinin, a sesquiterpene lactone produced by Artemisia annua glandular secretory trichomes, is the active ingredient in the most effective treatment for malaria currently available. We identified a mutation that disrupts the amorpha-4,11-diene C-12 oxidase (CYP71AV1) enzyme, responsible for a series of oxidation reactions in the artemisinin biosynthetic pathway. Detailed metabolic studies of cyp71av1-1 revealed that the consequence of blocking the artemisinin biosynthetic pathway is the redirection of sesquiterpene metabolism to a sesquiterpene epoxide, which we designate arteannuin X...
December 7, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930302/electrotonic-coupling-of-excitable-and-nonexcitable-cells-in-the-heart-revealed-by-optogenetics
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T Alexander Quinn, Patrizia Camelliti, Eva A Rog-Zielinska, Urszula Siedlecka, Tommaso Poggioli, Eileen T O'Toole, Thomas Knöpfel, Peter Kohl
Electrophysiological studies of excitable organs usually focus on action potential (AP)-generating cells, whereas nonexcitable cells are generally considered as barriers to electrical conduction. Whether nonexcitable cells may modulate excitable cell function or even contribute to AP conduction via direct electrotonic coupling to AP-generating cells is unresolved in the heart: such coupling is present in vitro, but conclusive evidence in situ is lacking. We used genetically encoded voltage-sensitive fluorescent protein 2...
December 7, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930300/an-nad-dependent-transcriptional-program-governs-self-renewal-and-radiation-resistance-in-glioblastoma
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Amit D Gujar, Son Le, Diane D Mao, David Y A Dadey, Alice Turski, Yo Sasaki, Diane Aum, Jingqin Luo, Sonika Dahiya, Liya Yuan, Keith M Rich, Jeffrey Milbrandt, Dennis E Hallahan, Hiroko Yano, David D Tran, Albert H Kim
Accumulating evidence suggests cancer cells exhibit a dependency on metabolic pathways regulated by nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD(+)). Nevertheless, how the regulation of this metabolic cofactor interfaces with signal transduction networks remains poorly understood in glioblastoma. Here, we report nicotinamide phosphoribosyltransferase (NAMPT), the rate-limiting step in NAD(+) synthesis, is highly expressed in glioblastoma tumors and patient-derived glioblastoma stem-like cells (GSCs). High NAMPT expression in tumors correlates with decreased patient survival...
December 7, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930298/light-affects-salt-stress-induced-transcriptional-memory-of-p5cs1-in-arabidopsis
#16
Xuan Jun Feng, Jing Rui Li, Shi Lian Qi, Qing Fang Lin, Jing Bo Jin, Xue Jun Hua
To cope with environmental stresses, plants often adopt a memory response upon primary stress exposure to facilitate a quicker and stronger reaction to recurring stresses. However, it remains unknown whether light is involved in the manifestation of stress memory. Proline accumulation is a striking metabolic adaptation of higher plants during various environmental stresses. Here we show that salinity-induced proline accumulation is memorable and HY5-dependent light signaling is required for such a memory response...
December 7, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930297/measuring-spectroscopy-and-magnetism-of-extracted-and-intracellular-magnetosomes-using-soft-x-ray-ptychography
#17
Xiaohui Zhu, Adam P Hitchcock, Dennis A Bazylinski, Peter Denes, John Joseph, Ulysses Lins, Stefano Marchesini, Hung-Wei Shiu, Tolek Tyliszczak, David A Shapiro
Characterizing the chemistry and magnetism of magnetotactic bacteria (MTB) is an important aspect of understanding the biomineralization mechanism and function of the chains of magnetosomes (Fe3O4 nanoparticles) found in such species. Images and X-ray absorption spectra (XAS) of magnetosomes extracted from, and magnetosomes in, whole Magnetovibrio blakemorei strain MV-1 cells have been recorded using soft X-ray ptychography at the Fe 2p edge. A spatial resolution of 7 nm is demonstrated. Precursor-like and immature magnetosome phases in a whole MV-1 cell were visualized, and their Fe 2p spectra were measured...
December 7, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930294/understanding-the-nature-of-atmospheric-acid-processing-of-mineral-dusts-in-supplying-bioavailable-phosphorus-to-the-oceans
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Anthony Stockdale, Michael D Krom, Robert J G Mortimer, Liane G Benning, Kenneth S Carslaw, Ross J Herbert, Zongbo Shi, Stelios Myriokefalitakis, Maria Kanakidou, Athanasios Nenes
Acidification of airborne dust particles can dramatically increase the amount of bioavailable phosphorus (P) deposited on the surface ocean. Experiments were conducted to simulate atmospheric processes and determine the dissolution behavior of P compounds in dust and dust precursor soils. Acid dissolution occurs rapidly (seconds to minutes) and is controlled by the amount of H(+) ions present. For H(+) < 10(-4) mol/g of dust, 1-10% of the total P is dissolved, largely as a result of dissolution of surface-bound forms...
December 7, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930290/gamma-motor-neurons-survive-and-exacerbate-alpha-motor-neuron-degeneration-in-als
#19
Melanie Lalancette-Hebert, Aarti Sharma, Alexander K Lyashchenko, Neil A Shneider
The molecular and cellular basis of selective motor neuron (MN) vulnerability in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is not known. In genetically distinct mouse models of familial ALS expressing mutant superoxide dismutase-1 (SOD1), TAR DNA-binding protein 43 (TDP-43), and fused in sarcoma (FUS), we demonstrate selective degeneration of alpha MNs (α-MNs) and complete sparing of gamma MNs (γ-MNs), which selectively innervate muscle spindles. Resistant γ-MNs are distinct from vulnerable α-MNs in that they lack synaptic contacts from primary afferent (IA) fibers...
December 7, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930338/pegylated-ifn-%C3%AE-suppresses-hepatitis-c-virus-by-promoting-the-dapk-mtor-pathway
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Wei-Liang Liu, Hung-Chih Yang, Ching-Sheng Hsu, Chih-Chiang Wang, Tzu-San Wang, Jia-Horng Kao, Ding-Shinn Chen
Death-associated protein kinase (DAPK) has been found to be induced by IFN, but its antiviral activity remains elusive. Therefore, we investigated whether DAPK plays a role in the pegylated IFN-α (peg-IFN-α)-induced antiviral activity against hepatitis C virus (HCV) replication. Primary human hepatocytes, Huh-7, and infectious HCV cell culture were used to study the relationship between peg-IFN-α and the DAPK-mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) pathways. The activation of DAPK and signaling pathways were determined using immunoblotting...
December 6, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
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