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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735483/amlprofiler-a-diagnostic-and-prognostic-microarray-for-acute-myeloid-leukemia
#1
Marco Alessandrini, Sharon S Kappala, Michael S Pepper
Acute myeloid leukemia is characterized by the proliferation and accumulation of immature hematopoietic cells of the myeloid lineage in the bone marrow. The disease is typified by diverse genetic abnormalities and marked heterogeneity both with regard to response to treatment and survival. The AMLprofiler is a qualitative in vitro diagnostic microarray developed by SkylineDx for use with Affymetrix technology. The AMLprofiler makes use of RNA chemistry and incorporates seven separate assays based on three different technologies-cytogenetics, mutation, and expression analysis-to predict post-therapy survival rates in patients with acute myeloid leukemia...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735472/assessment-of-soils-contamination-with-veterinary-antibiotic-residues-in-northern-poland-using-developed-mae-spe-lc-ms-ms-methods
#2
Paulina Łukaszewicz, Jolanta Kumirska, Anna Białk-Bielińska, Joanna Dołżonek, Piotr Stepnowski
Among the wide range of compounds reaching the soil are the veterinary antimicrobials. Since no regulations regarding acceptable levels of drug concentrations in the environment exist, monitoring tests, particularly concerning soils, are carried out very rarely. This study presents a preliminary assessment of the contamination of agricultural soils in Northern Poland with seven antimicrobial veterinary medicines which has never been carried out before. Veterinary drugs were detected in 54% of the examined soil samples; the most commonly detected drugs were sulfonamides and trimethoprim...
July 22, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735442/mechanisms-regulating-dendritic-arbor-patterning
#3
REVIEW
Fernanda Ledda, Gustavo Paratcha
The nervous system is populated by diverse types of neurons, each of which has dendritic trees with strikingly different morphologies. These neuron-specific morphologies determine how dendritic trees integrate thousands of synaptic inputs to generate different firing properties. To ensure proper neuronal function and connectivity, it is necessary that dendrite patterns are precisely controlled and coordinated with synaptic activity. Here, we summarize the molecular and cellular mechanisms that regulate the formation of cell type-specific dendrite patterns during development...
July 22, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735388/epigenetics-and-rna-processing-connections-to-drought-salt-and-aba
#4
Min May Wong, Geeng Loo Chong, Paul E Verslues
There have been great research advances in epigenetics, RNA splicing, and mRNA processing over recent years. In parallel, there have been many advances in abiotic stress and Abscisic Acid (ABA) signaling. Here we overview studies that have examined stress-induced changes in the epigenome and RNA processing as well as cases where disrupting these processes changes the plant response to abiotic stress. We also highlight some examples where specific connections of stress or ABA signaling to epigenetics or RNA processing have been found...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735349/connecting-the-dots-between-fatty-acids-mitochondrial-function-and-dna-methylation-in-atherosclerosis
#5
REVIEW
Silvio Zaina, Gertrud Lund
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The quest for factors and mechanisms responsible for aberrant DNA methylation in human disease-including atherosclerosis-is a promising area of research. This review focuses on the role of fatty acids (FAs) as modulators of DNA methylation-in particular the role of mitochondrial beta-oxidation in FA-induced changes in DNA methylation during the progression of atherosclerosis. RECENT FINDINGS: Recent publications have advanced the knowledge in all areas touched by this review: the causal role of lipids in shaping the DNA methylome, the associations between chronic degenerative disease and mitochondrial function, the lipid composition of the atheroma, and the relevance of DNA hypermethylation in atherosclerosis...
September 2017: Current Atherosclerosis Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735211/runoff-initiation-soil-detachment-and-connectivity-are-enhanced-as-a-consequence-of-vineyards-plantations
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A Cerdà, S D Keesstra, J Rodrigo-Comino, A Novara, P Pereira, E Brevik, A Giménez-Morera, M Fernández-Raga, M Pulido, S di Prima, A Jordán
Rainfall-induced soil erosion is a major threat, especially in agricultural soils. In the Mediterranean belt, vineyards are affected by high soil loss rates, leading to land degradation. Plantation of new vines is carried out after deep ploughing, use of heavy machinery, wheel traffic, and trampling. Those works result in soil physical properties changes and contribute to enhanced runoff rates and increased soil erosion rates. The objective of this paper is to assess the impact of the plantation of vineyards on soil hydrological and erosional response under low frequency - high magnitude rainfall events, the ones that under the Mediterranean climatic conditions trigger extreme soil erosion rates...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735178/development-of-a-real-time-prediction-model-of-driver-behavior-at-intersections-using-kinematic-time-series-data
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Yaoyuan V Tan, Michael R Elliott, Carol A C Flannagan
As connected autonomous vehicles (CAVs) enter the fleet, there will be a long period when these vehicles will have to interact with human drivers. One of the challenges for CAVs is that human drivers do not communicate their decisions well. Fortunately, the kinematic behavior of a human-driven vehicle may be a good predictor of driver intent within a short time frame. We analyzed the kinematic time series data (e.g., speed) for a set of drivers making left turns at intersections to predict whether the driver would stop before executing the turn...
July 20, 2017: Accident; Analysis and Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735170/effects-of-different-solvents-on-the-conformations-of-apoptotic-cytochrome-c-structural-insights-from-molecular-dynamics-simulation
#8
Gurusamy Muneeswaran, Subramanian Kartheeswaran, Kaliappan Muthukumar, Christopher D Dharmaraj, Chandran Karunakaran
Cytochrome c (cyt-c) upon binding with cardiolipin acquires peroxidase activity and is strictly connected to the pathogenesis of many human diseases including neurodegenerative and cardiovascular diseases. Interaction of cyt-c with cardiolipin mimics partial unfolding/conformational changes of cyt-c in different solvent environments. Dynamic pictures of these conformational changes of cyt-c are crucial in understanding their physiological roles in mitochondrial functions. Therefore, atomistic molecular dynamics (MD) simulations have been carried out to investigate the effect of different solvents (water, urea/water, MeOH and DMSO) on the structure and conformations of apoptotic cyt-c (Fe(3+))...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735144/entorhinal-tau-pathology-disrupts-hippocampal-prefrontal-oscillatory-coupling-during-associative-learning
#9
Stephanie E Tanninen, Bardia Nouriziabari, Mark D Morrissey, Rami Bakir, Robert D Dayton, Ronald L Klein, Kaori Takehara-Nishiuchi
A neural signature of asymptomatic preclinical Alzheimer's disease (AD) is disrupted connectivity between brain regions; however, its underlying mechanisms remain unknown. Here, we tested whether a preclinical pathologic feature, tau aggregation in the entorhinal cortex (EC) is sufficient to disrupt the coordination of local field potentials (LFPs) between its efferent regions. P301L-mutant human tau or green fluorescent protein (GFP) was virally overexpressed in the EC of adult rats. LFPs were recorded from the dorsal hippocampus and prelimbic medial prefrontal cortex while the rats underwent trace eyeblink conditioning where they learned to associate 2 stimuli separated by a short time interval...
July 6, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735110/blinded-sample-size-recalculation-in-clinical-trials-incorporating-historical-data
#10
Katharina Hees, Meinhard Kieser
Recruiting sufficient patients within an acceptable time horizon is an issue for most clinical trials and is especially challenging in the field of rare diseases. It is therefore an attractive option to include historical data from previous (pilot) trials in the current study thus reducing the recruitment burden. In clinical trials with binary endpoint, the required sample size does not only depend on the type I error rate, the power, and the treatment group difference but additionally on the overall event rate...
July 19, 2017: Contemporary Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735096/lipid-droplet-functions-beyond-energy-storage
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REVIEW
Michael A Welte, Alex P Gould
Lipid droplets are cytoplasmic organelles that store neutral lipids and are critically important for energy metabolism. Their function in energy storage is firmly established and increasingly well characterized. However, emerging evidence indicates that lipid droplets also play important and diverse roles in the cellular handling of lipids and proteins that may not be directly related to energy homeostasis. Lipid handling roles of droplets include the storage of hydrophobic vitamin and signaling precursors, and the management of endoplasmic reticulum and oxidative stress...
July 19, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735036/proactive-tobacco-treatment-for-individuals-with-and-without-a-mental-health-diagnosis-secondary-analysis-of-a-pragmatic-randomized-controlled-trial
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Sandra J Japuntich, Scott E Sherman, Anne M Joseph, Barbara Clothier, Siamak Noorbaloochi, Elisheva Danan, Diana Burgess, Erin Rogers, Steven S Fu
INTRODUCTION: Individuals with (vs. without) mental illness use tobacco at higher rates and have more difficulty quitting. Treatment models for smokers with mental illness are needed. METHODS: This secondary analysis of the Victory Over Tobacco study [a pragmatic randomized clinical trial (N=5123) conducted in 2009-2011 of Proactive Care (proactive outreach plus connection to smoking cessation services) vs. Usual Care] tests the effectiveness of treatment assignment in participants with and without a mental health diagnosis on population-level, 6month prolonged abstinence at one year follow-up...
July 15, 2017: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735011/assessment-and-elimination-of-the-effects-of-head-movement-on-meg-resting-state-measures-of-oscillatory-brain-activity
#13
Eirini Messaritaki, Loes Koelewijn, Diana C Dima, Gemma M Williams, Gavin Perry, Krish D Singh
Magnetoencephalography (MEG) is increasingly being used to study brain function because of its excellent temporal resolution and its direct association with brain activity at the neuronal level. One possible cause of error in the analysis of MEG data comes from the fact that participants, even MEG-experienced ones, move their head in the MEG system. Head movement can cause source localization errors during the analysis of MEG data, which can result in the appearance of source variability that does not reflect brain activity...
July 19, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735000/application-of-pharmacometrics-and-quantitative-systems-pharmacology-to-cancer-therapy-the-example-of-luminal-a-breast-cancer
#14
REVIEW
Brett Fleisher, Kayla Andrews, Ashley A Brown, Sihem Ait-Oudhia
Breast cancer (BC) is the most common cancer in women, and the second most frequent cause of cancer-related deaths in women worldwide. It is a heterogeneous disease composed of multiple subtypes with distinct morphologies and clinical implications. Quantitative systems pharmacology (QSP) is an emerging discipline bridging systems biology with pharmacokinetics (PK) and pharmacodynamics (PD) leveraging the systematic understanding of drugs' efficacy and toxicity. Despite numerous challenges in applying computational methodologies for QSP and mechanism-based PK/PD models to biological, physiological, and pharmacological data, bridging these disciplines has the potential to enhance our understanding of complex disease systems such as BC...
July 19, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734977/modulation-of-the-interaction-between-human-p450-3a4-and-b-megaterium-reductase-via-engineered-loops
#15
Silvia Castrignanò, Serena D'Avino, Giovanna Di Nardo, Gianluca Catucci, Sheila J Sadeghi, Gianfranco Gilardi
Chimerogenesis involving cytochromes P450 is a successful approach to generate catalytically self-sufficient enzymes. However, the connection between the different functional modules should allow a certain degree of flexibility in order to obtain functional and catalytically efficient proteins. We previously applied the molecular Lego approach to develop a chimeric P450 3A4 enzyme linked to the reductase domain of P450 BM3 (BMR). Three constructs were designed with the connecting loop containing no glycine, 3 glycine or 5 glycine residues and showed a different catalytic activity and coupling efficiency...
July 19, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734904/identifying-novel-members-of-the-wntless-interactome-through-genetic-and-candidate-gene-approaches
#16
Jessica Petko, Trevor Tranchina, Goral Patel, Robert Levenson, Stephanie Justice-Bitner
Wnt signaling is an important pathway that regulates several aspects of embryogenesis, stem cell maintenance, and neural connectivity. We have recently determined that opioids decrease Wnt secretion, presumably by inhibiting the recycling of the Wnt trafficking protein Wntless (Wls). This effect appears to be mediated by protein-protein interaction between Wls and the mu-opioid receptor (MOR), the primary cellular target of opioid drugs. The goal of this study was to identify novel protein interactors of Wls that are expressed in the brain and may also play a role in reward or addiction...
July 19, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734837/neural-reuse-of-action-perception-circuits-for-language-concepts-and-communication
#17
REVIEW
Friedemann Pulvermüller
Neurocognitive and neurolinguistics theories make explicit statements relating specialized cognitive and linguistic processes to specific brain loci. These linking hypotheses are in need of neurobiological explanation. Recent mathematical models of human language mechanisms constrained by fundamental neuroscience principles and established knowledge about comparative neuroanatomy offer explanations for where, when and how language is processed in the human brain. In these models, network structure and connectivity along with action- and perception-induced correlation of neuronal activity co-determine neurocognitive mechanisms...
July 19, 2017: Progress in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734799/eeg-analysis-of-seizure-patterns-using-visibility-graphs-for-detection-of-generalized-seizures
#18
Lei Wang, Xi Long, Johan B A M Arends, Ronald M Aarts
BACKGROUND: The traditional EEG features in the time and frequency domain show limited seizure detection performance in the epileptic population with intellectual disability (ID). In addition, the influence of EEG seizure patterns on detection performance was less studied. NEW METHOD: A single-channel EEG signal can be mapped into visibility graphs (VGS), including basic visibility graph (VG), horizontal VG (HVG), and difference VG (DVG). These graphs were used to characterize different EEG seizure patterns...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734566/long-term-outcome-of-eosinophilic-fasciitis-a-cross-sectional-evaluation-of-35-patients
#19
Jorre S Mertens, Rogier M Thurlings, Wietske Kievit, Marieke M B Seyger, Timothy R D Radstake, Elke M G J de Jong
BACKGROUND: Eosinophilic fasciitis (EF) is a connective tissue disease with an unknown long-term course. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate presence and determinants of residual disease damage in patients with EF after long-term follow-up. METHODS: Patients with biopsy-proven EF were included for this cross-sectional study. Outcome measures included the Physician's Global Assessment of Disease Activity, Physician's Global Assessment of Damage (PhysGA-D), skin pliability scores, passive range of motion, and health-related quality of Life (HRQoL) questionnaires...
July 19, 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734525/classification-of-cardiovascular-tissues-using-lbp-based-descriptors-and-a-cascade-svm
#20
Claudia Mazo, Enrique Alegre, Maria Trujillo
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Histological images have characteristics, such as texture, shape, colour and spatial structure, that permit the differentiation of each fundamental tissue and organ. Texture is one of the most discriminative features. The automatic classification of tissues and organs based on histology images is an open problem, due to the lack of automatic solutions when treating tissues without pathologies. METHOD: In this paper, we demonstrate that it is possible to automatically classify cardiovascular tissues using texture information and Support Vector Machines (SVM)...
August 2017: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
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