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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821847/overcoming-the-plasticity-of-plant-specialized-metabolism-for-selective-diterpene-production-in-yeast
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Codruta Ignea, Anastasia Athanasakoglou, Aggeliki Andreadelli, Maria Apostolaki, Minas Iakovides, Euripides G Stephanou, Antonios M Makris, Sotirios C Kampranis
Plants synthesize numerous specialized metabolites (also termed natural products) to mediate dynamic interactions with their surroundings. The complexity of plant specialized metabolism is the result of an inherent biosynthetic plasticity rooted in the substrate and product promiscuity of the enzymes involved. The pathway of carnosic acid-related diterpenes in rosemary and sage involves promiscuous cytochrome P450s whose combined activity results in a multitude of structurally related compounds. Some of these minor products, such as pisiferic acid and salviol, have established bioactivity, but their limited availability prevents further evaluation...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821464/multi-elemental-nanoparticle-exposure-after-tantalum-component-failure-in-hip-arthroplasty-in-depth-analysis-of-a-single-case
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Janosch Schoon, Sven Geißler, Juliane Traeger, Andreas Luch, Jutta Tentschert, Giorgio Perino, Frank Schulze, Georg N Duda, Carsten Perka, Anastasia Rakow
Porous tantalum components are widely used for complex acetabular reconstructions in revision hip arthroplasty. Multiple other metal alloys such as titanium-aluminum-vanadium or cobalt-chromium-molybdenum are principally used in artificial joint setups. We report a case of tantalum component failure being both cause and effect of a multiple metal exposure. Our aims were to assess and to characterize associated particle exposure and biological consequences. Metal level quantification revealed substantial in vivo exposure to particulate and dissociated tantalum, zirconium, chromium, cobalt, molybdenum, titanium, aluminum and vanadium in periprosthetic compartments...
August 16, 2017: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820937/impact-of-shell-thickness-on-photoluminescence-and-optical-activity-in-chiral-cdse-cds-core-shell-quantum-dots
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Finn Purcell-Milton, Anastasia K Visheratina, Vera A Kuznetsova, Aisling Ryan, Anna O Orlova, Yurii K Gun'ko
Core/Shell quantum dots (QDs) are of high scientific and technological importance as these nanomaterials have found a number of valuable applications. In this paper, we have investigated the dependence of optical activity and photoluminescence upon CdS shell thickness in a range of core-shell structured CdSe/CdS QDs capped with chiral ligands. For our study, five samples of CdSe/CdS were synthesised utilizing successive ion layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) to vary the thickness of the CdS shell from 0...
August 18, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817095/human-milk-and-allergic-diseases-an-unsolved-puzzle
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REVIEW
Daniel Munblit, Diego G Peroni, Alba Boix-Amorós, Peter S Hsu, Belinda Van't Land, Melvin C L Gay, Anastasia Kolotilina, Chrysanthi Skevaki, Robert J Boyle, Maria Carmen Collado, Johan Garssen, Donna T Geddes, Ralph Nanan, Carolyn Slupsky, Ganesa Wegienka, Anita L Kozyrskyj, John O Warner
There is conflicting evidence on the protective role of breastfeeding in relation to the development of allergic sensitisation and allergic disease. Studies vary in methodology and definition of outcomes, which lead to considerable heterogeneity. Human milk composition varies both within and between individuals, which may partially explain conflicting data. It is known that human milk composition is very complex and contains variable levels of immune active molecules, oligosaccharides, metabolites, vitamins and other nutrients and microbial content...
August 17, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815378/effect-of-aging-on-mechanical-stresses-deformations-and-hemodynamics-in-human-femoropopliteal-artery-due-to-limb-flexion
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Anastasia Desyatova, Jason MacTaggart, Rodrigo Romarowski, William Poulson, Michele Conti, Alexey Kamenskiy
Femoropopliteal artery (FPA) reconstructions are notorious for poor clinical outcomes. Mechanical and flow conditions that occur in the FPA with limb flexion are thought to play a significant role, but are poorly characterized. FPA deformations due to acute limb flexion were quantified using a human cadaver model and used to build a finite element model that simulated surrounding tissue forces associated with limb flexion-induced deformations. Strains and intramural principal mechanical stresses were determined for seven age groups...
August 16, 2017: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813669/the-phage-nucleus-and-tubulin-spindle-are-conserved-among-large-pseudomonas-phages
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Vorrapon Chaikeeratisak, Katrina Nguyen, MacKennon E Egan, Marcella L Erb, Anastasia Vavilina, Joe Pogliano
We recently demonstrated that the large Pseudomonas chlororaphis bacteriophage 201φ2-1 assembles a nucleus-like structure that encloses phage DNA and segregates proteins according to function, with DNA processing proteins inside and metabolic enzymes and ribosomes outside the nucleus. Here, we investigate the replication pathway of the Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteriophages φKZ and φPA3. Bacteriophages φKZ and φPA3 encode a proteinaceous shell that assembles a nucleus-like structure that compartmentalizes proteins and DNA during viral infection...
August 15, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813492/point-prevalence-survey-of-healthcare-facility-onset-healthcare-associated-clostridium-difficile-infection-in-greek-hospitals-outside-the-intensive-care-unit-the-c-define-study
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Athanasios Skoutelis, Angelos Pefanis, Sotirios Tsiodras, Nikolaos V Sipsas, Moyssis Lelekis, Marios C Lazanas, Panagiotis Gargalianos, George N Dalekos, Emmanuel Roilides, George Samonis, Efstratios Maltezos, Dimitrios Hatzigeorgiou, Malvina Lada, Symeon Metallidis, Athena Stoupis, Georgios Chrysos, Lazaros Karnesis, Styliani Symbardi, Chariclia V Loupa, Helen Giamarellou, Ioannis Kioumis, Helen Sambatakou, Epameinondas Tsianos, Maria Kotsopoulou, Areti Georgopali, Klairi Liakou, Stavroula Perlorentzou, Stamatina Levidiotou, Marina Giotsa-Toutouza, Helen Tsorlini-Christoforidou, Ilias Karaiskos, Georgia Kouppari, Eleftheria Trikka-Graphakos, Maria-Anna Ntrivala, Kate Themeli-Digalaki, Anastasia Pangalis, Melina Kachrimanidou, Maria Martsoukou, Stergios Karapsias, Maria Panopoulou, Sofia Maraki, Anagnostina Orfanou, Efthymia Petinaki, Maria Orfanidou, Vasiliki Baka, Antonios Stylianakis, Iris Spiliopoulou, Stavroula Smilakou, Loukia Zerva, Evangelos Vogiatzakis, Eleni Belesiotou, Charalambos A Gogos
BACKGROUND: The correlation of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) with in-hospital morbidity is important in hospital settings where broad-spectrum antimicrobial agents are routinely used, such as in Greece. The C. DEFINE study aimed to assess point-prevalence of CDI in Greece during two study periods in 2013. METHODS: There were two study periods consisting of a single day in March and another in October 2013. Stool samples from all patients hospitalized outside the ICU aged ≥18 years old with diarrhea on each day in 21 and 25 hospitals, respectively, were tested for CDI...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809913/all-fiber-highly-chirped-dissipative-soliton-generation-in-the-telecom-range
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Denis S Kharenko, Innokentiy S Zhdanov, Anastasia E Bednyakova, Evgeniy V Podivilov, Mikhail P Fedoruk, Alexander Apolonski, Sergei K Turitsyn, Sergey A Babin
A high-energy (0.93 nJ) all-fiber erbium femtosecond oscillator operating in the telecom spectral range is proposed and realized. The laser cavity, built of commercially available fibers and components, combines polarization maintaining (PM) and non-PM parts providing stable generation of highly chirped (chirp parameter 40) pulses compressed in an output piece of standard PM fiber to 165 fs. The results of the numerical simulation agree well with the experiment. The analyzed intracavity pulse dynamics enables the classification of the generated pulses as dissipative solitons...
August 15, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808873/elevated-hu-antigen-receptor-hur-expression-is-associated-with-tumor-aggressiveness-and-poor-prognosis-but-not-with-cox-2-expression-in-invasive-breast-carcinoma-patients
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Constantinos Giaginis, Anastasia Sampani, Iolly Kotta-Loizou, Ioanna Giannopoulou, Eugene Danas, Ekaterini Politi, Gerasimos Tsourouflis, Gregorios Kouraklis, Efstratios Patsouris, Antonios Keramopoulos, Lydia Nakopoulou, Stamatios Theocharis
Hu-antigen R (HuR), a RNA-binding protein, is considered to play a crucial role in tumor development and progression by stabilizing or regulating a group of cellular mRNAs of cancer-related genes, such as cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2). The present study aimed to evaluate the clinical significance of HuR and COX-2 expression in invasive breast carcinoma. HuR and COX-2 protein expression was assessed immunohistochemically on paraffin-embedded breast cancer tissue sections obtained from 121 patients and was statistically analyzed with clinicopathological parameters, estrogen receptor (ER), progesterone receptor (PR) and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2), as well as with tumor cells' proliferative capacity and overall and disease-free patients' survival...
August 14, 2017: Pathology Oncology Research: POR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805014/time-temperature-indicator-based-on-enzymatic-degradation-of-dye-loaded-polyhydroxybutyrate
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Preetam Anbukarasu, Dominic Sauvageau, Anastasia L Elias
An enzyme activated time-temperature indicator (TTI) which produces a direct colour change concomitant to variations in integrated time and temperature conditions is described. This direct colour change is realised by degrading a dye-loaded polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB) film by a depolymerase enzyme. The degradation of the PHB film by the enzyme causes the release of the dye in solution, which in turn undergoes an optical transition from clear to coloured with elapsing time. Macroscopic and microscopic optical observations confirms the uniform distribution of the dye in the PHB film...
August 14, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803001/continuation-of-comprehensive-quality-control-of-the-itg-68-ge-68-ga-generator-and-production-of-68-ga-dotatoc-and-68-ga-psma-hbed-cc-for-clinical-research-studies
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Alejandro Amor-Coarasa, James M Kelly, Monika Gruca, Anastasia Nikolopoulou, Shankar Vallabhajosula, John W Babich
Performance of a second itG (68)Ge/(68)Ga generator system and production of (68)Ga-DOTATOC and (68)Ga-PSMA-HBED-CC were tested over one year as an accompaniment to a previously published study (J Nucl Med. 2016;57:1402-1405). METHODS: Performance of a 1951MBq (68)Ge/(68)Ga generator was characterized and the eluate used for preparation of (68)Ga-DOTATOC and (68)Ga-PSMA-HBED-CC. Weekly elution profiles of (68)Ga elution yield and (68)Ge breakthrough were determined. RESULTS: (68)Ga elution yields averaged 82% (61...
July 14, 2017: Nuclear Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801779/tof-ms-investigation-of-nickel-oxide-cvd
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Anastasia S Kondrateva, Maxim V Mishin, Sergey E Alexandrov
NiO layers were deposited by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition using bis-(ethylcyclopentadienyl) nickel (EtCp)2Ni and oxygen or ozone. As a continuation of kinetic study of NiO MOCVD the gas-phase, transformations of (EtCp)2Ni were studied in the temperature range of 380-830 K. Time of reactions corresponding to the residence time of the gas stream in hot zone of the reactor was about 0.1 s under conditions studied. The interaction of (EtCp)2Ni with oxygen started at 450 K and its conversion rate reached the maximum at 700 K...
August 11, 2017: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801121/impact-of-hyperuricemia-on-long-term-outcomes-of-kidney-transplantation-analysis-of-the-favorit-study
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Roberto S Kalil, Myra A Carpenter, Anastasia Ivanova, Lisa Gravens-Mueller, Alin A John, Matthew R Weir, Todd Pesavento, Andrew G Bostom, Marc A Pfeffer, Lawrence G Hunsicker
BACKGROUND: Elevated uric acid concentration is associated with higher rates of cardiovascular (CV) morbidity and mortality in the general population. It is not known whether hyperuricemia increases the risk for CV death or transplant failure in kidney transplant recipients. STUDY DESIGN: Post hoc cohort analysis of the FAVORIT Study, a randomized controlled trial that examined the effect of homocysteine-lowering vitamins on CV disease in kidney transplantation...
August 9, 2017: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800622/microbial-profile-comparisons-of-saliva-pooled-and-site-specific-subgingival-samples-in-periodontitis-patients
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Daniel Belstrøm, Maria Lynn Sembler-Møller, Maria Anastasia Grande, Nikolai Kirkby, Sean Liam Cotton, Bruce J Paster, Palle Holmstrup
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to compare microbial profiles of saliva, pooled and site-specific subgingival samples in patients with periodontitis. We tested the hypotheses that saliva can be an alternative to pooled subgingival samples, when screening for presence of periopathogens. DESIGN: Site specific subgingival plaque samples (n = 54), pooled subgingival plaque samples (n = 18) and stimulated saliva samples (n = 18) were collected from 18 patients with generalized chronic periodontitis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794429/sexual-dimorphism-in-the-genetic-influence-on-human-childlessness
#15
Renske M Verweij, Melinda C Mills, Felix C Tropf, René Veenstra, Anastasia Nyman, Harold Snieder
Previous research has found a genetic component of human reproduction and childlessness. Others have argued that the heritability of reproduction is counterintuitive due to a frequent misinterpretation that additive genetic variance in reproductive fitness should be close to zero. Yet it is plausible that different genetic loci operate in male and female fertility in the form of sexual dimorphism and that these genes are passed on to the next generation. This study examines the extent to which genetic factors influence childlessness and provides an empirical test of genetic sexual dimorphism...
September 2017: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794003/antenatal-early-postnatal-hypothyroidism-alters-arterial-tone-regulation-in-2-week-old-rats
#16
Svetlana I Sofronova, Dina K Gaynullina, Anastasia A Shvetsova, Anna A Borzykh, Ekaterina K Selivanova, Anna P Sharova, Andrey A Martyanov, Olga S Tarasova
The mechanisms of vascular alterations resulting from early thyroid hormones deficiency are poorly understood. We tested the hypothesis that antenatal/early postnatal hypothyroidism would alter the activity of endothelial NO-pathway and Rho-kinase pathway, which are specific for developing vasculature. Dams were treated with propylthiouracil (PTU, 7 ppm) in drinking water during gestation and 2 weeks after delivery, their progeny had normal body weight but markedly reduced blood levels of thyroid hormones (ELISA)...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791545/microbial-cyclophilins-specialized-functions-in-virulence-and-beyond
#17
REVIEW
Maria Dimou, Anastasia Venieraki, Panagiotis Katinakis
Cyclophilins belong to the superfamily of peptidyl-prolyl cis/trans isomerases (PPIases, EC: 5.2.1.8), the enzymes that catalyze the cis/trans isomerization of peptidyl-prolyl peptide bonds in unfolded and partially folded polypeptide chains and native state proteins. Cyclophilins have been extensively studied, since they are involved in multiple cellular processes related to human pathologies, such as neurodegenerative disorders, infectious diseases, and cancer. However, the presence of cyclophilins in all domains of life indicates a broader biological importance...
August 8, 2017: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791083/epidemiology-of-first-epileptic-seizures-in-the-northern-aegean-island-of-lesvos-greece
#18
Anastasia Verentzioti, George Stranjalis, Theodosis Kalamatianos, Anna Siatouni, Damianos E Sakas, Stylianos Gatzonis
We aimed at establishing the epidemiologic profile of first epileptic seizures (FES) in the Greek island of Lesvos. During a 1-year period (01/06/2010 to 31/05/2011), cases of FES admitted to the Lesvos General Hospital/addressed by general practitioners/private neurologists were prospectively identified. A total of 45 cases (30 males and 15 females; mean age ± SD of 59.4 ± 28.4 and 58.9 ± 26.8 years, respectively), were collected. The FES incidence rate was 52.1 (95% CI 37-67) per 10(5) persons. Provoked and unprovoked FES had an incidence of, 16...
June 7, 2017: Clinics and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790173/hu-antigen-r-hur-multimerization-contributes-to-glioma-disease-progression
#19
Natalia Filippova, Xiuhua Yang, Subramaniam Ananthan, Anastasia Sorochinsky, James R Hackney, Zachery Gentry, Sejong Bae, Peter King, L Burt Nabors
Among primary brain cancers, gliomas are the most deadly and most refractory to current treatment modalities. Previous reports overwhelmingly support the role of the RNA-binding protein HuR as a positive regulator of glioma disease progression. HuR expression is consistently elevated in tumor tissues, and a cytoplasmic localization appears essential for HuR-dependent oncogenic transformation. In this manuscript, we report HuR aggregation (multimerization) in glioma and performed an analysis of this tumor-specific HuR protein multimerization in clinical brain tumor samples...
August 8, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783727/genetic-origins-of-the-minoans-and-mycenaeans
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Iosif Lazaridis, Alissa Mittnik, Nick Patterson, Swapan Mallick, Nadin Rohland, Saskia Pfrengle, Anja Furtwängler, Alexander Peltzer, Cosimo Posth, Andonis Vasilakis, P J P McGeorge, Eleni Konsolaki-Yannopoulou, George Korres, Holley Martlew, Manolis Michalodimitrakis, Mehmet Özsait, Nesrin Özsait, Anastasia Papathanasiou, Michael Richards, Songül Alpaslan Roodenberg, Yannis Tzedakis, Robert Arnott, Daniel M Fernandes, Jeffery R Hughey, Dimitra M Lotakis, Patrick A Navas, Yannis Maniatis, John A Stamatoyannopoulos, Kristin Stewardson, Philipp Stockhammer, Ron Pinhasi, David Reich, Johannes Krause, George Stamatoyannopoulos
The origins of the Bronze Age Minoan and Mycenaean cultures have puzzled archaeologists for more than a century. We have assembled genome-wide data from 19 ancient individuals, including Minoans from Crete, Mycenaeans from mainland Greece, and their eastern neighbours from southwestern Anatolia. Here we show that Minoans and Mycenaeans were genetically similar, having at least three-quarters of their ancestry from the first Neolithic farmers of western Anatolia and the Aegean, and most of the remainder from ancient populations related to those of the Caucasus and Iran...
August 2, 2017: Nature
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