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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109179/quantitative-and-integrative-analysis-of-paracrine-hepatocyte-activation-by-non-parenchymal-cells-upon-lipopolysaccharide-induction
#1
Katharina Beuke, Frank A Schildberg, Federico Pinna, Ute Albrecht, Roman Liebe, Michaela Bissinger, Peter Schirmacher, Steven Dooley, Johannes G Bode, Percy A Knolle, Ursula Kummer, Kai Breuhahn, Sven Sahle
Gut-derived bacterial lipopolysaccharides (LPS) stimulate the secretion of tumor necrosis factor (TNF) from liver macrophages (MCs), liver sinusoidal endothelial cells (LSECs), and hepatic stellate cells (HSCs), which control the acute phase response in hepatocytes through activation of the NF-κB pathway. The individual and cooperative impact of non-parenchymal cells on this clinically relevant response has not been analysed in detail due to technical limitations. To gain an integrative view on this complex inter- and intracellular communication, we combined a multi-scale mathematical model with quantitative, time-resolved experimental data of different primary murine liver cell types...
January 21, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109168/integrated-omics-analysis-of-specialized-metabolism-in-medicinal-plants
#2
Amit Rai, Kazuki Saito, Mami Yamazaki
Medicinal plants are the rich source of highly diverse specialized metabolites with important pharmacological properties. Until recently, plant biologists were limited in their approach to explore biosynthetic pathways of these metabolites, mainly due to the scarcity of plant genomics resources. Recent advancements in the high-throughput large-scale analytical methods have enabled plant biologists to discover biosynthetic pathways for important plant-based medicinal metabolites. Reduced cost to generate omics datasets, and the development of computational tools for their analysis and integration have led to the elucidation of biosynthetic pathways of several plant origin bio-active metabolites...
January 21, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109160/antibiotics-for-infection-prevention-after-excision-of-the-cervical-transformation-zone
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REVIEW
Chumnan Kietpeerakool, Bandit Chumworathayi, Jadsada Thinkhamrop, Butsakorn Ussahgij, Pisake Lumbiganon
BACKGROUND: Excision of the transformation zone of the cervix is the most commonly used approach to treat cervical precancerous lesions (cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN)) to reduce the risk of developing cervical cancer. As the excision of the transformation zone leaves a raw area on the cervix, there is a risk of infection following the procedure. The incidence of infection after cold knife conization (CKC) is 36%, whereas the incidence for large loop excision of the transformation zone (LLETZ, also known as loop electrical excision procedure (LEEP)) is much lower (0...
January 21, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109158/using-the-volta-phase-plate-with-defocus-for-cryo-em-single-particle-analysis
#4
Radostin Danev, Dimitry Tegunov, Wolfgang Baumeister
Previously, we reported an in-focus data acquisition method for cryo-EM single particle analysis with the Volta phase plate (VPP) (Danev and Baumeister, 2016). Here, we extend the technique to include a small amount of defocus which enables contrast transfer function measurement and correction. This hybrid approach simplifies the experiment and increases the data acquisition speed. It also removes the resolution limit inherent to the in-focus method thus allowing 3D reconstructions with resolutions better than 3 Å...
January 21, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109124/domestication-and-human-demographic-history-in-south-america
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S Ivan Perez, María Bárbara Postillone, Diego Rindel
OBJECTIVES: The early groups of hunter-gatherers who peopled South America faced significant ecological changes in their trophic niche for a relatively short period after the initial peopling. In particular, the incorporation of cultigens during the Holocene led to a wider trophic niche and probably to an increased carrying capacity of the environment. Here, we study the relationship between the incorporation of domestic resources during the Holocene and the demographic dynamics of human populations at a regional scale in South America...
January 21, 2017: American Journal of Physical Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108973/development-and-evaluation-of-buccal-films-based-on-chitosan-for-the-potential-treatment-of-oral-candidiasis
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G Tejada, M G Barrera, G N Piccirilli, M Sortino, A Frattini, C J Salomón, María C Lamas, Darío Leonardi
In this work, chitosan films were prepared by a casting/solvent evaporation methodology using pectin or hydroxypropylmethyl cellulose to form polymeric matrices. Miconazole nitrate, as a model drug, was loaded into such formulations. These polymeric films were characterized in terms of mechanical properties, adhesiveness, and swelling as well as drug release. Besides, the morphology of raw materials and films was investigated by scanning electron microscopy; interactions between polymers were analyzed by infrared spectroscopy and drug crystallinity studied by differential scanning calorimetry and X-ray diffraction...
January 20, 2017: AAPS PharmSciTech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108966/breast-reconstruction-and-postmastectomy-radiotherapy-complications-by-type-and-timing-and-other-problems-in-radiation-oncology
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Kenji Sekiguchi, Jiro Kawamori, Hideko Yamauchi
Breast reconstruction (BR) represents a suitable option for women who are not expected to require postmastectomy radiotherapy (PMRT). As recent evidence has led to an extension of the indications for PMRT, this has also appeared to increase the incidence of reconstructive complications. Nevertheless, in the USA at least, trends towards BR are changing. The frequency of immediate reconstruction continues to increase, even in the setting of PMRT. In immediate implant-based reconstruction, a staged approach is preferred...
January 20, 2017: Breast Cancer: the Journal of the Japanese Breast Cancer Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108961/effects-of-negatively-and-positively-charged-ti-metal-surfaces-on-ceramic-coating-adhesion-and-cell-response
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Rodney Marcelo do Nascimento, Vanessa Rafaela de Carvalho, José Silvio Govone, Antônio Carlos Hernandes, Nilson Cristino da Cruz
This manuscript reports an evaluation of the effects of simple chemical-heat treatments on the deposition of different ceramic coatings, i.e., TiO2, CaTiO3 and CaP, on commercially pure titanium (cp-Ti) and Ti6Al4V and the influence of the coatings on cells interaction with the surfaces. The ceramic materials were prepared by the sol-gel method and the coating adhesion was analyzed by pull-off bending tests. The wettability of positively or negatively charged surfaces was characterized by contact angle measurements, which also enabled the calculation of the surface free energy through the polar-apolar liquids approach...
February 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108941/factors-associated-with-emergency-department-useamong-veteran-psychiatric-patients
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Daniel M Blonigen, Kathryn S Macia, Xiaoyu Bi, Paola Suarez, Luisa Manfredi, Todd H Wagner
Frequent utilization of emergency department (ED) services contributes substantially to the cost of healthcare nationally and is often driven by psychiatric factors. Using national-level data from the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), the present study examined patient-level factors associated with ED use among veteran psychiatric patients. Veterans who had at least one ED visit with a psychiatric diagnosis in fiscal years 2011-2012 (n = 226,122) were identified in VHA administrative records. Andersen's behavioral model of healthcare utilization was used to identify need, enabling, and predisposing factors associated with frequency of ED use (primary outcome) in multivariate regression models...
January 21, 2017: Psychiatric Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108895/chronic-wound-healing-a-review-of-current-management-and-treatments
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REVIEW
George Han, Roger Ceilley
Wound healing is a complex, highly regulated process that is critical in maintaining the barrier function of skin. With numerous disease processes, the cascade of events involved in wound healing can be affected, resulting in chronic, non-healing wounds that subject the patient to significant discomfort and distress while draining the medical system of an enormous amount of resources. The healing of a superficial wound requires many factors to work in concert, and wound dressings and treatments have evolved considerably to address possible barriers to wound healing, ranging from infection to hypoxia...
January 21, 2017: Advances in Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108789/-surgical-indications-and-complications-management-in-vestibular-schwannoma
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S Rosahl, D Eßer
BACKGROUND: Recent surgical treatment concepts for patients with vestibular schwannoma (VS) require an interdisciplinary approach as well as recognition and mastering of complications. OBJECTIVE: This paper provides an overview of indications, as well as possible options for function preservation and management of complications in the surgical resection of these tumors. METHODS: Up-to-date treatment concepts and surgical indications were differentiated according to size and extent of tumors...
January 20, 2017: HNO
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108780/cement-augmented-screws-in-a-cervical-two-level-corpectomy-with-anterior-titanium-mesh-cage-reconstruction-a-biomechanical-study
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Sebastian Hartmann, Claudius Thomé, Anja Tschugg, Johannes Paesold, Pujan Kavakebi, Werner Schmölz
STUDY DESIGN: Biomechanical investigation. PURPOSE: Cervical two-level corpectomies with anterior-only instrumentation are associated with a high rate of implant-related complications. These procedures, therefore, often require an additional dorsal instrumentation to prevent screw loosening. Cement augmentation of the anterior screws in two-level corpectomies might stabilize the construct, so that a second dorsal procedure could be avoided. To evaluate the screw anchorage in cervical anterior-only procedures, an ex vivo evaluation of the range of motion (ROM) in two-level corpectomies (C4 and C5), with and without cement augmentation of the anterior screws, was carried out in this study...
January 21, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108746/myeloid-derived-suppressor-cells-can-be-efficiently-generated-from-human-hematopoietic-progenitors-and-peripheral-blood-monocytes
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Sílvia Casacuberta-Serra, Marta Parés, Arantxa Golbano, Elisabet Coves, Carmen Espejo, Jordi Barquinero
Myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) play an important role in controlling inflammation. As such, they are both a therapeutic target and, based on the administration of ex-vivo-generated MDSCs, a therapeutic tool. However, there are relatively few reports describing methods to generate human MDSCs, and most of them rely on cells obtained from peripheral blood monocytes. We investigated alternative approaches to the generation of MDSCs from hematopoietic progenitors and monocytes. Purified CD34(+) hematopoietic progenitors from apheresis products and CD14(+) cells isolated from buffy coats were cultured in the presence of different combinations of cytokines...
January 21, 2017: Immunology and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108663/determination-of-the-conformational-ensemble-of-the-tar-rna-by-x-ray-scattering-interferometry
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Xuesong Shi, Peter Walker, Pehr B Harbury, Daniel Herschlag
The conformational ensembles of structured RNA's are crucial for biological function, but they remain difficult to elucidate experimentally. We demonstrate with HIV-1 TAR RNA that X-ray scattering interferometry (XSI) can be used to determine RNA conformational ensembles. X-ray scattering interferometry (XSI) is based on site-specifically labeling RNA with pairs of heavy atom probes, and precisely measuring the distribution of inter-probe distances that arise from a heterogeneous mixture of RNA solution structures...
January 20, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108657/risearch2-suffix-array-based-large-scale-prediction-of-rna-rna-interactions-and-sirna-off-targets
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Ferhat Alkan, Anne Wenzel, Oana Palasca, Peter Kerpedjiev, Anders Frost Rudebeck, Peter F Stadler, Ivo L Hofacker, Jan Gorodkin
Intermolecular interactions of ncRNAs are at the core of gene regulation events, and identifying the full map of these interactions bears crucial importance for ncRNA functional studies. It is known that RNA-RNA interactions are built up by complementary base pairings between interacting RNAs and high level of complementarity between two RNA sequences is a powerful predictor of such interactions. Here, we present RIsearch2, a large-scale RNA-RNA interaction prediction tool that enables quick localization of potential near-complementary RNA-RNA interactions between given query and target sequences...
January 20, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108655/the-novel-lysine-specific-methyltransferase-mettl21b-affects-mrna-translation-through-inducible-and-dynamic-methylation-of-lys-165-in-human-eukaryotic-elongation-factor-1-alpha-eef1a
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Jędrzej Małecki, Vinay Kumar Aileni, Angela Y Y Ho, Juliane Schwarz, Anders Moen, Vigdis Sørensen, Benedikt S Nilges, Magnus E Jakobsson, Sebastian A Leidel, Pål Ø Falnes
Lysine methylation is abundant on histone proteins, representing a dynamic regulator of chromatin state and gene activity, but is also frequent on many non-histone proteins, including eukaryotic elongation factor 1 alpha (eEF1A). However, the functional significance of eEF1A methylation remains obscure and it has remained unclear whether eEF1A methylation is dynamic and subject to active regulation. We here demonstrate, using a wide range of in vitro and in vivo approaches, that the previously uncharacterized human methyltransferase METTL21B specifically targets Lys-165 in eEF1A in an aminoacyl-tRNA- and GTP-dependent manner...
January 20, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108613/when-clinical-trials-compete-prioritising-study-recruitment
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Luke Gelinas, Holly Fernandez Lynch, Barbara E Bierer, I Glenn Cohen
It is not uncommon for multiple clinical trials at the same institution to recruit concurrently from the same patient population. When the relevant pool of patients is limited, as it often is, trials essentially compete for participants. There is evidence that such a competition is a predictor of low study accrual, with increased competition tied to increased recruitment shortfalls. But there is no consensus on what steps, if any, institutions should take to approach this issue. In this article, we argue that an institutional policy that prioritises some trials for recruitment ahead of others is ethically permissible and indeed prima facie preferable to alternative means of addressing recruitment competition...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Medical Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108611/reversal-of-diabetes-in-nod-mice-by-clinical-grade-proinsulin-and-il-10-secreting-lactococcus-lactis-in-combination-with-low-dose-anti-cd3-depends-on-the-induction-of-foxp3-positive-t-cells
#18
Tatiana Takiishi, Dana Paulina Cook, Hannelie Korf, Guido Sebastiani, Francesca Mancarella, João Paulo Monteiro Carvalho Mori Cunha, Clive Wasserfall, Noelia Casares, Juan José Lasarte, Lothar Steidler, Pieter Rottiers, Francesco Dotta, Conny Gysemans, Chantal Mathieu
The introduction of β-cell autoantigens via the gut through Lactococcus lactis (L. lactis) has been demonstrated to be a promising approach for diabetes reversal in NOD mice. Here we show that a combination therapy of low-dose anti-CD3 with a clinical-grade self-containing L. lactis, appropriate for human application, secreting human proinsulin and interleukin-10, cured 66% of mice with new-onset diabetes, which is comparable to therapy results with plasmid-driven L. lactis Initial blood glucose concentrations (<350 mg/dL) and insulin autoantibody positivity were predictors of the stable reversal of hyperglycemia, and decline in insulin autoantibody positivity was an immune biomarker of therapeutic outcome...
February 2017: Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108597/bispecific-antibodies-and-antibody-drug-conjugates-adcs-bridging-her2-and-prolactin-receptor-improve-efficacy-of-her2-adcs
#19
Julian Andreev, Nithya Thambi, Andres E Perez Bay, Frank J Delfino, Joel H Martin, Marcus P Kelly, Jessica R Kirshner, Ashique Rafique, Arthur Kunz, Thomas Nittoli, Douglas MacDonald, Christopher Daly, William Olson, Gavin Thurston
The properties of cell surface proteins targeted by Antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs) have not been fully exploited; of particular importance are the rate of internalization and the route of intracellular trafficking. In this study we compared the trafficking of HER2, which is the target of the clinically approved ADC ado-trastuzumab emtansine (T-DM1), with that of prolactin receptor (PRLR), another potential target in breast cancer. In contrast to HER2, we found that PRLR is rapidly and constitutively internalized, and traffics efficiently to lysosomes, where it is degraded...
January 20, 2017: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108588/inferring-recent-demography-from-isolation-by-distance-of-long-shared-sequence-blocks
#20
Harald Ringbauer, Graham Coop, Nicholas H Barton
Recently it has become feasible to detect long blocks of nearly identical sequence shared between pairs of genomes. These IBD blocks are direct traces of recent coalescence events and, as such, contain ample signal to infer recent demography. Here, we examine sharing of such blocks in two-dimensional populations with local migration. Using a diffusion approximation to trace genetic ancestry, we derive analytical formulae for patterns of isolation by distance of IBD blocks, which can also incorporate recent population density changes...
January 20, 2017: Genetics
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