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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226206/exploration-of-the-innate-immune-system-of-styela-clava-zn-2-binding-enhances-the-antimicrobial-activity-of-the-tunicate-peptide-clavanin-a
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Samuel A Juliano, Scott Pierce, James A DeMayo, Marcy J Balunas, Alfredo M Angeles-Boza
Tunicates have been used as primitive models for understanding cell mediated and humoral immunity. Clavanin A (ClavA) is a potent antimicrobial peptide produced by the solitary tunicate Styela clava. In this work, we demonstrate that ClavA utilizes Zn(2+) ions to potentiate its antimicrobial activity. A reduced concentration at which the peptide inhibits the growth of bacteria and an increase in the rate of killing is observed in the presence of Zn(2+). Membrane depolarization, β-galactosidase leakage and potassium leakage assays indicate that ClavA is membrane active, forms small pores, but induces cell death by targeting an intracellular component...
February 22, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220631/treatment-of-bleeding-episodes-with-recombinant-factor-viii-fc-fusion-protein-in-a-long-study-subjects-with-severe-haemophilia-a
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A D Shapiro, J N Mahlangu, D Perry, J Pasi, D V Quon, P Chowdary, E Tsao, S Li, A Innes, G F Pierce, G A Allen
INTRODUCTION: The Phase 3 A-LONG study demonstrated the safety and efficacy of rFVIIIFc for the control and prevention of bleeding episodes in severe haemophilia A. AIM: To describe the treatment of bleeding episodes with rFVIIIFc in the A-LONG study. METHODS: A-LONG subjects (<1 IU dL(-1) endogenous FVIII) were treated with individualized prophylaxis (Arm 1), weekly prophylaxis (Arm 2) or episodic treatment (Arm 3). Information recorded for each bleeding episode included type, location and dose to treat the episode...
February 20, 2017: Haemophilia: the Official Journal of the World Federation of Hemophilia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220045/paternal-cocaine-taking-elicits-epigenetic-remodeling-and-memory-deficits-in-male-progeny
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M E Wimmer, L A Briand, B Fant, L A Guercio, A C Arreola, H D Schmidt, S Sidoli, Y Han, B A Garcia, R C Pierce
Paternal environmental perturbations including exposure to drugs of abuse can produce profound effects on the physiology and behavior of offspring via epigenetic modifications. Here we show that adult drug-naive male offspring of cocaine-exposed sires have memory formation deficits and associated reductions in NMDA receptor-mediated hippocampal synaptic plasticity. Reduced levels of the endogenous NMDA receptor co-agonist d-serine were accompanied by increased expression of the d-serine degrading enzyme d-amino acid oxidase (Dao1) in the hippocampus of cocaine-sired male progeny...
February 21, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219918/clinical-outcomes-of-remote-ischemic-preconditioning-prior-to-cardiac-surgery-a-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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REVIEW
Brian Pierce, Indra Bole, Vaiibhav Patel, David L Brown
BACKGROUND: Multiple randomized controlled trials of remote ischemic preconditioning (RIPC) prior to cardiac surgery have failed to demonstrate clinical benefit. The aim of this updated meta-analysis was to evaluate the effect of RIPC on outcomes following cardiac surgery. METHODS AND RESULTS: Searches of PubMed, Cochrane, EMBASE, and Web of Science databases were performed for 1970 to December 13, 2015. Randomized controlled trials comparing RIPC with a sham procedure prior to cardiac surgery performed with cardiopulmonary bypass were assessed...
February 20, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218906/differential-cytokine-contributions-of-perivascular-haematopoietic-stem-cell-niches
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Noboru Asada, Yuya Kunisaki, Halley Pierce, Zichen Wang, Nicolas F Fernandez, Alexander Birbrair, Avi Ma'ayan, Paul S Frenette
Arterioles and sinusoids of the bone marrow (BM) are accompanied by stromal cells that express nerve/glial antigen 2 (NG2) and leptin receptor (LepR), and constitute specialized niches that regulate quiescence and proliferation of haematopoietic stem cells (HSCs). However, how niche cells differentially regulate HSC functions remains unknown. Here, we show that the effects of cytokines regulating HSC functions are dependent on the producing cell sources. Deletion of chemokine C-X-C motif ligand 12 (Cxcl12) or stem cell factor (Scf) from all perivascular cells marked by nestin-GFP dramatically depleted BM HSCs...
February 20, 2017: Nature Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218484/vibrational-analysis-of-implants-and-tissues-calibration-and-mechanical-spectroscopy-of-multi-component-materials
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Ruchit G Shah, Dale DeVore, Mark C Pierce, Frederick H Silver
Several new methods have been used to non-destructively evaluate the mechanical properties of materials and tissues including magnetic resonance elastography (MRE), ultrasound elastography (UE), optical coherence elastography (OCE) and various forms of vibrational analysis. One of the limitations of using these methods is the need to establish a relationship between the modulus measured using each new technique and moduli measured using well-established techniques such as constant rate-of-strain and incremental stress-strain curves...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217399/delayed-and-isolated-oculomotor-nerve-palsy-following-minor-head-trauma
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Yu Nakagawa, Masahiro Toda, Shunsuke Shibao, Kazunari Yoshida
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to consider the mechanism of isolated oculomotor nerve palsy after minor head trauma. CASE DESCRIPTION: We report a rare case of delayed and isolated oculomotor nerve palsy following minor head trauma. A 19-year-old boy complained of double vision 1 day after a minor head trauma. Neuro-ophthalmic examination showed isolated left oculomotor nerve palsy. Computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging examination revealed no abnormal findings and steroid therapy was administered for a week...
2017: Surgical Neurology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215962/two-colour-fluorescence-fluorimetric-analysis-for-direct-quantification-of-bacteria-and-its-application-in-monitoring-bacteria-growth-in-cellulose-degradation-systems
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Kwabena O Duedu, Christopher E French
Monitoring bacteria growth is an important technique required for many applications such as testing bacteria against compounds (e.g. drugs), evaluating bacteria composition in the environment (e.g. sewage and wastewater or food suspensions) and testing engineered bacteria for various functions (e.g. cellulose degradation). Traditionally, rapid estimation of bacterial growth is performed using spectrophotometric measurement at 600nm (OD600) but this estimation does not differentiate live and dead cells or other debris...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Microbiological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212754/how-cancer-cells-become-resistant-to-cationic-lytic-peptides-it-s-the-sugar
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Joshua G Pierce
In this issue of Cell Chemical Biology, Ishikawa et al. (2017) demonstrate that the loss of cell-surface anionic saccharides can impart resistance toward anticancer peptides. This study provides the first insight into potential resistance mechanisms toward cationic lytic peptides and highlights the important, yet previously unappreciated, role cell-surface glycans can play in cellular resistance mechanisms.
February 16, 2017: Cell Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211591/magnetic-resonance-imaging-of-the-knee-an-overview-and-update-of-conventional-and-state-of-the-art-imaging
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Nicholas C Nacey, Matthew G Geeslin, Grady Wilson Miller, Jennifer L Pierce
: Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has become the preferred modality for imaging the knee to show pathology and guide patient management and treatment. The knee is one of the most frequently injured joints, and knee pain is a pervasive difficulty that can affect all age groups. Due to the diverse pathology, complex anatomy, and a myriad of injury mechanisms of the knee, the MRI knee protocol and sequences should ensure detection of both soft tissue and osseous structures in detail and with accuracy...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207365/using-social-media-as-a-research-recruitment-tool-ethical-issues-and-recommendations
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Luke Gelinas, Robin Pierce, Sabune Winkler, I Glenn Cohen, Holly Fernandez Lynch, Barbara E Bierer
The use of social media as a recruitment tool for research with humans is increasing, and likely to continue to grow. Despite this, to date there has been no specific regulatory guidance and there has been little in the bioethics literature to guide investigators and institutional review boards (IRBs) faced with navigating the ethical issues such use raises. We begin to fill this gap by first defending a nonexceptionalist methodology for assessing social media recruitment; second, examining respect for privacy and investigator transparency as key norms governing social media recruitment; and, finally, analyzing three relatively novel aspects of social media recruitment: (i) the ethical significance of compliance with website "terms of use"; (ii) the ethics of recruiting from the online networks of research participants; and (iii) the ethical implications of online communication from and between participants...
March 2017: American Journal of Bioethics: AJOB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202430/vespro-an-individual-patient-data-prospective-meta-analysis-of-selective-internal-radiation-therapy-versus-sorafenib-for-advanced-locally-advanced-or-recurrent-hepatocellular-carcinoma-of-the-sarah-and-sirvenib-trials
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Val Gebski, Emma Gibbs, Mihir Gandhi, Gilles Chatellier, Aurelia Dinut, Helena Pereira, Pierce Kh Chow, Valérie Vilgrain
BACKGROUND: Untreated advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) has an overall poor prognosis. Currently there are 2 ongoing prospective randomized controlled trials that are evaluating the efficacy and safety of sorafenib and selective internal radiation therapy (SIRT) with yttrium-90 resin microspheres in patients with advanced HCC. The SorAfenib versus Radioembolisation in Advanced Hepatocellular carcinoma (SARAH; 459 patients) trial is being performed in Europe and the SIRt VErsus SorafeNIB (SIRveNIB; 360 patients) trial in the Asia Pacific region...
February 15, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202133/toddlers-later-diagnosed-with-autism-exhibit-multiple-structural-abnormalities-in-temporal-corpus-callosum-fibers
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Noa Fingher, Ilan Dinstein, Michal Ben-Shachar, Shlomi Haar, Anders M Dale, Lisa Eyler, Karen Pierce, Eric Courchesne
Interhemispheric functional connectivity abnormalities are often reported in autism and it is thus not surprising that structural defects of the corpus callosum (CC) are consistently found using both traditional MRI and DTI techniques. Past DTI studies however, have subdivided the CC into 2 or 3 segments without regard for where fibers may project to within the cortex, thus placing limitations on our ability to understand the nature, timing and neurobehavioral impact of early CC abnormalities in autism. Leveraging a unique cohort of 97 toddlers (68 autism; 29 typical) we utilized a novel technique that identified seven CC tracts according to their cortical projections...
January 23, 2017: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199776/understanding-patient-perceptions-and-risk-for-hepatitis-c-screening
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Sheriedan Grannan
OBJECTIVES: The specific aims were to identify specific themes and barriers to HCV testing and to determine if testing rates increased when patients self-identify their risk factors and were offered testing. SETTING: The study was conducted at a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in an underserved neighborhood located in the Mountain West. METHODS: This descriptive study used survey and group-level electronic health record (EHR) data...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Viral Hepatitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196607/development-of-a-model-web-based-system-to-support-a-statewide-quality-consortium-in-radiation-oncology
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Jean M Moran, Mary Feng, Lisa A Benedetti, Robin Marsh, Kent A Griffith, Martha M Matuszak, Michael Hess, Matthew McMullen, Jennifer H Fisher, Teamour Nurushev, Margaret Grubb, Stephen Gardner, Daniel Nielsen, Reshma Jagsi, James A Hayman, Lori J Pierce
PURPOSE: A database in which patient data are compiled allows analytic opportunities for continuous improvements in treatment quality and comparative effectiveness research. We describe the development of a novel, web-based system that supports the collection of complex radiation treatment planning information from centers that use diverse techniques, software, and hardware for radiation oncology care in a statewide quality collaborative, the Michigan Radiation Oncology Quality Consortium (MROQC)...
October 20, 2016: Practical Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196601/cholinergic-signals-from-the-cns-regulate-g-csf-mediated-hsc-mobilization-from-bone-marrow-via-a-glucocorticoid-signaling-relay
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Halley Pierce, Dachuan Zhang, Claire Magnon, Daniel Lucas, John R Christin, Matthew Huggins, Gary J Schwartz, Paul S Frenette
Hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) are mobilized from niches in the bone marrow (BM) to the blood circulation by the cytokine granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) through complex mechanisms. Among these, signals from the sympathetic nervous system regulate HSC egress via its niche, but how the brain communicates with the BM remains largely unknown. Here we show that muscarinic receptor type-1 (Chrm1) signaling in the hypothalamus promotes G-CSF-elicited HSC mobilization via hormonal priming of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis...
February 4, 2017: Cell Stem Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196393/does-manipulation-under-anesthesia-increase-the-risk-of-revision-total-knee-arthroplasty-a-matched-case-control-study
#17
Todd P Pierce, Kimona Issa, Anthony Festa, Anthony J Scillia, Vincent K McInerney, Michael A Mont
Manipulation under anesthesia (MUA) can help patients regain an adequate range of motion (ROM) following total knee arthroplasty (TKA). Although there are studies reporting that MUA can assist in improving ROM, there is a paucity of studies regarding whether requiring an MUA is associated with an increased risk of revision. The purpose of this study was to assess the: (1) incidence of revision TKA and (2) outcomes of those undergoing MUA and compare it with a matched cohort who did not require MUA. A prospectively collected database of two high-volume institutions was assessed for patients who required a single MUA following TKA between 2005 and 2011...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Knee Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195225/a-novel-bk-channel-targeted-peptide-suppresses-sound-evoked-activity-in-the-mouse-inferior-colliculus
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L L Scott, E J Brecht, A Philpo, S Iyer, N S Wu, S J Mihic, R W Aldrich, J Pierce, J P Walton
Large conductance calcium-activated (BK) channels are broadly expressed in neurons and muscle where they modulate cellular activity. Decades of research support an interest in pharmaceutical applications for modulating BK channel function. Here we report a novel BK channel-targeted peptide with functional activity in vitro and in vivo. This 9-amino acid peptide, LS3, has a unique action, suppressing channel gating rather than blocking the pore of heterologously expressed human BK channels. With an IC50 in the high picomolar range, the apparent affinity is higher than known high affinity BK channel toxins...
February 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194570/genetic-and-biochemical-changes-of-the-serotonergic-system-in-migraine-pathobiology
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REVIEW
Claudia Francesca Gasparini, Robert Anthony Smith, Lyn Robyn Griffiths
Migraine is a brain disorder characterized by a piercing headache which affects one side of the head, located mainly at the temples and in the area around the eye. Migraine imparts substantial suffering to the family in addition to the sufferer, particularly as it affects three times more women than men and is most prevalent between the ages of 25 and 45, the years of child rearing. Migraine typically occurs in individuals with a genetic predisposition and is aggravated by specific environmental triggers. Attempts to study the biochemistry of migraine began as early as the 1960s and were primarily directed at serotonin metabolism after an increase of 5-hydroxyindoleacetic acid (5-HIAA), the main metabolite of serotonin was observed in urine of migraineurs...
December 2017: Journal of Headache and Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192976/quantification-of-influenza-neuraminidase-activity-by-ultra-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-and-isotope-dilution-mass-spectrometry
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Maria I Solano, Adrian R Woolfitt, Tracie L Williams, Carrie L Pierce, Larisa V Gubareva, Vasiliy Mishin, John R Barr
Mounting evidence suggests that neuraminidase's functionality extends beyond its classical role in influenza virus infection and that antineuraminidase antibodies offer protective immunity. Therefore, a renewed interest in the development of neuraminidase (NA)-specific methods to characterize the glycoprotein and evaluate potential advantages for NA standardization in influenza vaccines has emerged. NA displays sialidase activity by cleaving off the terminal N-acetylneuraminic acid on α-2,3 or α-2,6 sialic acid containing receptors of host cells...
February 21, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
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