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Pavlo Kyryakov, Alejandra Gomez-Perez, Anastasia Glebov, Nimara Asbah, Luigi Bruno, Carolynne Meunier, Tatiana Iouk, Vladimir I Titorenko
We recently selected 3 long-lived mutant strains of Saccharomyces cerevisiae by a lasting exposure to exogenous lithocholic acid. Each mutant strain can maintain the extended chronological lifespan after numerous passages in medium without lithocholic acid. In this study, we used these long-lived yeast mutants for empirical verification of evolutionary theories of aging. We provide evidence that the dominant polygenic trait extending longevity of each of these mutants 1) does not affect such key features of early-life fitness as the exponential growth rate, efficacy of post-exponential growth and fecundity; and 2) enhances such features of early-life fitness as susceptibility to chronic exogenous stresses, and the resistance to apoptotic and liponecrotic forms of programmed cell death...
October 25, 2016: Aging
Anastasia Kruchinina, Elias Rudberg, Emanuel H Rubensson
Parameterless stopping criteria for recursive polynomial expansions to construct the density matrix in electronic structure calculations are proposed. Based on convergence order estimation the new stopping criteria automatically and accurately detect when the calculation is dominated by numerical errors and continued iteration does not improve the result. Difficulties in selecting a stopping tolerance and appropriately balancing it in relation to parameters controlling the numerical accuracy are avoided. Thus, our parameterless stopping criteria stand in contrast to the standard approach to stop as soon as some error measure goes below a user-defined parameter or tolerance...
October 26, 2016: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
Paloma I Beamer, Walter T Klimecki, Miranda Loh, Yoshira Ornelas Van Horne, Anastasia J Sugeng, Nathan Lothrop, Dean Billheimer, Stefano Guerra, Robert Clark Lantz, Robert A Canales, Fernando D Martinez
We would like to thank the editors for providing us with the opportunity to respond to the points raised by Dr. García Nieto.[...].
October 4, 2016: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Matthaios Papadimitriou-Olivgeris, Diamanto Aretha, Anastasia Zotou, Kyriaki Koutsileou, Aikaterini Zbouki, Aikaterini Lefkaditi, Christina Sklavou, Markos Marangos, Fotini Fligou
Background. The objective of this study was to assess the correlation between sepsis, obesity, and mortality of patients admitted to an Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Subjects and Methods. Data of all patients admitted to the ICU of a tertiary hospital during a 28-month period were retrospectively analyzed and included in the study. Results. Of 834 patients included, 163 (19.5%) were obese, while 25 (3.0%) were morbidly obese. Number of comorbidities (P < 0.001), bloodstream infection (P  0.033), and carbapenemase-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae colonization during ICU stay (P  0...
2016: BioMed Research International
Athanasia Alexoudi, Zoi Dalivigka, Anna Siatouni, Anastasia Verentzioti, Stylianos Gatzonis
The objective of the present case report is to punctuate the importance of individualized therapy procedures and the accurate diagnosis of the muscles involved in oromandibular dystonia and underline the role of electromyography (EMG). We report a woman who presented sustained jaw movement towards the left, severe difficulty in jaw opening and jaw protrusion. The patient was treated with injections of botulinum A toxin in lateral pterygoid, masseter, platysma, sternoclidomastoid, temporalis muscles with EMG guidance...
August 8, 2016: Clinics and Practice
Svetlana A Ivanova, Diana Z Osmanova, Anastasia S Boiko, Ivan V Pozhidaev, Maxim B Freidin, Olga Yu Fedorenko, Arkadiy V Semke, Nikolay A Bokhan, Elena G Kornetova, Lubov D Rakhmazova, Bob Wilffert, Anton J M Loonen
BACKGROUND: Antipsychotic drugs can cause hyperprolactinemia. However, hyperprolactinemia was also observed in treatment-naive patients with a first schizophrenic episode. This phenomenon might be related to the role of prolactin as a cytokine in autoimmune diseases. Extrapituitary prolactin production is regulated by an alternative promoter, which contains the functional single nucleotide polymorphism -1149 G/T (rs1341239). We examined whether this polymorphism was associated with hyperprolactinemia in patients with schizophrenia...
October 21, 2016: Schizophrenia Research
Elena V Galitsyna, Margarita A Sazonova, Tatiana P Shkurat, Natalya A Demakova, Alexsandra A Melnichenko, Vasily V Sinyov, Anastasia I Ryzhkova, Konstantin Y Mitrofanov, Andrey V Zhelankin, Igor A Sobenin, Alexander N Orekhov
The present article considers chronic diseases of non-inflammatory genesis, the reasons of which may be mitochondrial dysfunctions. Among them are: coronary heart disease (CHD), hypertension, cardiomyopathy, cerebrovascular accidents and type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2D). Very often, in the long course of the disease, complications may occur, leading to myocardial infarction or ischemic stroke and as a result, death. The main cause of mitochondrial dysfunction are point mitochondrial genome mutations. During the analysis of the literature, data showing the association of the mitochondrial genome mutations with the above diseases were revealed...
October 18, 2016: Current Pharmaceutical Design
Alexey Kamenskiy, Andreas Seas, Paul Deegan, William Poulson, Eric Anttila, Sylvie Sim, Anastasia Desyatova, Jason MacTaggart
Femoropopliteal artery (FPA) mechanics play a paramount role in pathophysiology and the artery's response to therapeutic interventions, but data on FPA mechanical properties are scarce. Our goal was to characterize human FPAs over a wide population to derive a constitutive description of FPA aging to be used for computational modeling. Fresh human FPA specimens ([Formula: see text]) were obtained from [Formula: see text] predominantly male (80 %) donors 54±15 years old (range 13-82 years). Morphometric characteristics including radius, wall thickness, opening angle, and longitudinal pre-stretch were recorded...
October 22, 2016: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
Pearlie P Chong, David van Duin, Ananta Bangdiwala, Anastasia Ivanova, William C Miller, David J Weber, Peter H Gilligan, Thomas C Shea
PURPOSE: Case reports of treatment failure with standard-dose daptomycin (6 mg/kg) have recently surfaced in vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE) bloodstream infection (BSI) episodes with daptomycin MICs of 3 to 4 mg/L. The clinical implications of daptomycin MICs of 3 to 4 mg/L in VRE BSIs have not been elucidated. METHODS: We performed a single institutional retrospective analysis of adult stem cell transplant recipients and patients with hematologic malignancies diagnosed with VRE BSI from 2006 to 2014 and compared outcomes between those with daptomycin MICs of 3 to 4 mg/L those with 2 mg/L, as determined by Etest...
October 19, 2016: Clinical Therapeutics
Anastasia V Nuzhdina, Alexey S Morozov, Maria N Kopitsyna, Elena N Strukova, Daria S Shlykova, Ivan V Bessonov, Elena S Lobakova
Novel quaternized polyethyleneimine and cross-linked polyethyleneimine derivatives have been synthesized using both traditional and microwave-assisted techniques to create antimicrobial coatings, with octyl, dodecyl, or hexadecyl bromides as alkylating agent and various bifunctional electrophiles as cross-linkers. Quaternization has been performed using methyl iodide or dimethyl sulfate; it has been shown that methyl iodide has no advantages over dimethyl sulfate. Antimicrobial activity of the polymers against Gram-positive (S...
January 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Anastasia K Atabekova, Anna V Pankratenko, Svetlana S Makarova, Ekaterina A Lazareva, Robert A Owens, Andrey G Solovyev, Sergey Y Morozov
Human B-cell receptor-associated protein BAP31 (HsBAP31) is the endoplasmic reticulum-resident protein involved in protein sorting and transport as well as pro-apoptotic signaling. Plant orthologs of HsBAP31 termed 'plant BAP-like proteins' (PBL proteins) have thus far remained unstudied. Recently, the PBL protein from Nicotiana tabacum (NtPBL) was identified as an interactor of Nt-4/1, a plant protein known to interact with plant virus movement proteins and affect the long-distance transport of potato spindle tuber viroid (PSTVd) via the phloem...
October 19, 2016: Biochimie
Ivan A Zaporozhchenko, Evgeny S Morozkin, Tatyana E Skvortsova, Anastasia A Ponomaryova, Elena Yu Rykova, Nadezhda V Cherdyntseva, Evgeny S Polovnikov, Oksana A Pashkovskaya, Evgeny A Pokushalov, Valentin V Vlassov, Pavel P Laktionov
Lung cancer is a complex disease that often manifests at the point when treatment is not effective. Introduction of blood-based complementary diagnostics using molecular markers may enhance early detection of this disease and help reduce the burden of lung cancer. Here we evaluated the diagnostic potential of seven plasma miRNA biomarkers (miR-21, -19b, -126, -25, -205, -183, -125b) by quantitative reverse transcription PCR. Influence clinical and demographical characteristics, including age, tumor stage and cancer subtype on miRNA levels was investigated...
2016: PloS One
Viktoria Hasselhof, Anastasia Sperling, Kerstin Buttler, Philipp Ströbel, Jürgen Becker, Thiha Aung, Gunther Felmerer, Jörg Wilting
Millions of patients suffer from lymphedema worldwide. Supporting the contractility of lymphatic collectors is an attractive target for pharmacological therapy of lymphedema. However, lymphatics have mostly been studied in animals, while the cellular and molecular characteristics of human lymphatic collectors are largely unknown. We studied epifascial lymphatic collectors of the thigh, which were isolated for autologous transplantations. Our immunohistological studies identify additional markers for LECs (vimentin, CCBE1)...
2016: PloS One
Marin L Gantner, Bethany C Hazen, Elodie Eury, Erin L Brown, Anastasia Kralli
Brown adipose tissue (BAT) thermogenesis relies on a high abundance of mitochondria and the unique expression of the mitochondrial protein UCP1, which uncouples substrate oxidation from ATP synthesis. Adrenergic stimulation of brown adipocytes activates UCP1-mediated thermogenesis; it also induces the expression of Ucp1 and other genes important for thermogenesis, thereby endowing adipocytes with higher oxidative and uncoupling capacities. Adipocyte mitochondrial biogenesis and oxidative capacity are controlled by multiple transcription factors, including the estrogen-related receptor α (ERRα)...
October 20, 2016: Endocrinology
Anastasia V Balakireva, Andrey A Zamyatnin
Theterm gluten intolerance may refer to three types of human disorders: autoimmune celiac disease (CD), allergy to wheat and non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS). Gluten is a mixture of prolamin proteins present mostly in wheat, but also in barley, rye and oat. Gluten can be subdivided into three major groups: S-rich, S-poor and high molecular weight proteins. Prolamins within the groups possess similar structures and properties. All gluten proteins are evolutionarily connected and share the same ancestral origin...
October 18, 2016: Nutrients
Kevin A McGoff, Xin Guo, Anastasia Deckard, Christina M Kelliher, Adam R Leman, Lauren J Francey, John B Hogenesch, Steven B Haase, John L Harer
We present a novel approach, the Local Edge Machine, for the inference of regulatory interactions directly from time-series gene expression data. We demonstrate its performance, robustness, and scalability on in silico datasets with varying behaviors, sizes, and degrees of complexity. Moreover, we demonstrate its ability to incorporate biological prior information and make informative predictions on a well-characterized in vivo system using data from budding yeast that have been synchronized in the cell cycle...
October 19, 2016: Genome Biology
Anastasia M Konstantinova, Liubov Kyrpychova, Irena E Belousova, Dominic V Spagnolo, Denisa Kacerovska, Michal Michal, Katrin Kerl, Dmitry V Kazakov
The normal histology of anogenital mammary-like glands (AGMLG) has been studied previously, but some aspects, including glandular depth, presence of columnar epithelium resembling columnar cell change/hyperplasia as defined in mammary pathology, and distribution of elastic fibers, have not been previously investigated. To address these issues, we studied 148 AGMLG identified in 133 paraffin blocks sampled from 64 vulvar wide excision or vulvectomy specimens (64 patients, various indications for surgery). The depth of AGMLG ranged from 0...
October 18, 2016: American Journal of Dermatopathology
Sarah Picaud, Katharina Leonards, Jean-Philippe Lambert, Oliver Dovey, Christopher Wells, Oleg Fedorov, Octovia Monteiro, Takao Fujisawa, Chen-Yi Wang, Hannah Lingard, Cynthia Tallant, Nikzad Nikbin, Lucie Guetzoyan, Richard Ingham, Steven V Ley, Paul Brennan, Susanne Muller, Anastasia Samsonova, Anne-Claude Gingras, Juerg Schwaller, George Vassiliou, Stefan Knapp, Panagis Filippakopoulos
Bromodomains (BRDs) have emerged as compelling targets for cancer therapy. The development of selective and potent BET (bromo and extra-terminal) inhibitors and their significant activity in diverse tumor models have rapidly translated into clinical studies and have motivated drug development efforts targeting non-BET BRDs. However, the complex multidomain/subunit architecture of BRD protein complexes complicates predictions of the consequences of their pharmacological targeting. To address this issue, we developed a promiscuous BRD inhibitor [bromosporine (BSP)] that broadly targets BRDs (including BETs) with nanomolar affinity, creating a tool for the identification of cellular processes and diseases where BRDs have a regulatory function...
October 2016: Science Advances
Kun Hwang, Seong Kyung Yoo
The aim of this study was to analyze eyebrow shapes as represented in the British edition of "Vogue" over the last century (1916-2015). Photographs containing distinguishable eyebrows were selected from a book entitled "Vogue 100: A Century of Style." A total of 120 frontal pictures in which the eye and eyebrows were identifiable were included and analyzed. The relative width of the eyebrow (REW), as well as relative medial (RMH), midpupillary (RPH), and lateral (RLH) eyebrow height were measured in reference to the length of the palpebral fissure...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
Marieke J Van Der Werf, Csaba Ködmön, Phillip Zucs, Vahur Hollo, Andrew J Amato-Gauci, Anastasia Pharris
OBJECTIVE: To better understand the epidemiology of tuberculosis (TB)/HIV co-infection in the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA) for planning of prevention and control measures. DESIGN: Analysis of surveillance data. METHODS: We performed an analysis of the 2014 TB and AIDS data to assess the burden of TB/HIV co-infection and we applied multivariable logistic regression to evaluate predictors for co-infection. RESULTS: Twenty-one of 31 EU/EEA countries reported HIV testing results for 64...
October 14, 2016: AIDS
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