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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209966/molecular-interplay-between-the-dimer-interface-and-the-substrate-binding-site-of-human-peptidylarginine-deiminase-4
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Chien-Yun Lee, Chu-Cheng Lin, Yi-Liang Liu, Guang-Yaw Liu, Jyung-Hurng Liu, Hui-Chih Hung
Our previous studies suggest that the fully active form of Peptidylarginine deiminase 4 (PAD4) should be a dimer and not a monomer. This paper provides a plausible mechanism for the control of PAD4 catalysis by molecular interplay between its dimer-interface loop (I-loop) and its substrate-binding loop (S-loop). Mutagenesis studies revealed that two hydrophobic residues, W347 and V469, are critical for substrate binding at the active site; mutating these two residues led to a severe reduction in the catalytic activity...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206667/geometry-calibration-method-for-a-cone-beam-ct-system
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Hongkai Yang, Kejun Kang, Yuxiang Xing
PURPOSE: The positioning accuracy of each component is important to ensure the image quality of cone-beam CT. However, accurate positioning is not easy and requires experience and time. The option is to calibrate the geometric parameters and then plug them into a reconstruction algorithm which is the preferred solution in practice. In this case, the image quality is determined by the accuracy and precision of the calibration method. This work describes a method to independently calibrate an imaging system in each pose (projection angle) for a cone-beam CT with a non-ideal-circular trajectory...
February 16, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203363/an-exploratory-factor-analysis-of-the-spontaneous-reporting-of-severe-cutaneous-adverse-reactions
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Manfred Hauben, Eric Hung, Wen-Yaw Hsieh
BACKGROUND: Severe cutaneous adverse reactions (SCARs) are prominent in pharmacovigilance (PhV). They have some commonalities such as nonimmediate nature and T-cell mediation and rare overlap syndromes have been documented, most commonly involving acute generalized exanthematous pustulosis (AGEP) and drug rash with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms (DRESS), and DRESS and toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN). However, they display diverse clinical phenotypes and variations in specific T-cell immune response profiles, plus some specific genotype-phenotype associations...
January 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202651/naturalistic-path-integration-of-cataglyphis-desert-ants-on-an-air-cushioned-lightweight-spherical-treadmill
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Hansjürgen Dahmen, Verena L Wahl, Sarah E Pfeffer, Hanspeter A Mallot, Matthias Wittlinger
Air-cushioned spheres are widely used as treadmills to study behavioural and neurophysiological questions in numerous species. We describe an improved spherical treadmill design that reliably registers the path and walking behaviour of an animal walking on top of the sphere. The simple and robust set-up consists of a very light hollowed styrofoam ball supported by an air stream in a hollow half sphere and can be used indoors and outdoors. Two optical mouse sensors provided with lenses of 4.6 mm focal length detect the motion of the sphere with a temporal resolution of more than 200 frames s(-1) and a spatial resolution of less than 0...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199739/obesity-in-children-with-congenital-adrenal-hyperplasia-in-the-minnesota-cohort-importance-of-adjusting-body-mass-index-for-height-age
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Kyriakie Sarafoglou, Gregory P Forlenza, O Yaw Addo, Jennifer Kyllo, Aida Lteif, P C Hindmarsh, Anna Petryk, Maria Teresa Gonzalez-Bolanos, Bradley S Miller, William Thomas
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate obesity and overweight in children with congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH), and associations with glucocorticoids, fludrocortisone and disease control. Adjusting body mass index for-height-age (BMIHA ) percentile is proposed to correct misclassification of obese/overweight status in CAH children with advanced bone age and tall-for-age stature. DESIGN: Longitudinal. PATIENTS: 194 children with CAH seen from 1970-2013: 124 salt-wasting (SW); 70 simple-virilizing (SV); 102 females...
February 15, 2017: Clinical Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193743/yaws-osteoperiostitis-treated-with-single-dose-azithromycin
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Camila González-Beiras, Martí Vall-Mayans, Ángel González-Escalante, Kelly McClymont, Li Ma, Oriol Mitjà
The etiologic agent of yaws, Treponema pallidum subsp. pertenue, causes a multistage infection transmitted by nonsexual contact with the exudates from active lesions. Bone lesions in the form of osteoperiostitis are common and occur in numerous bones simultaneously in early stages. Although a multinational eradication campaign with mass administration of intramuscular benzylpenicillin in the 1950s greatly reduced its global incidence, a resurgence of yaws has occurred since around 2000 in western and central Africa and the Pacific Islands...
February 13, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193398/incidence-of-invasive-salmonella-disease-in-sub-saharan-africa-a-multicentre-population-based-surveillance-study
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Florian Marks, Vera von Kalckreuth, Peter Aaby, Yaw Adu-Sarkodie, Muna Ahmed El Tayeb, Mohammad Ali, Abraham Aseffa, Stephen Baker, Holly M Biggs, Morten Bjerregaard-Andersen, Robert F Breiman, James I Campbell, Leonard Cosmas, John A Crump, Ligia Maria Cruz Espinoza, Jessica Fung Deerin, Denise Myriam Dekker, Barry S Fields, Nagla Gasmelseed, Julian T Hertz, Nguyen Van Minh Hoang, Justin Im, Anna Jaeger, Hyon Jin Jeon, Leon Parfait Kabore, Karen H Keddy, Frank Konings, Ralf Krumkamp, Benedikt Ley, Sandra Valborg Løfberg, Jürgen May, Christian G Meyer, Eric D Mintz, Joel M Montgomery, Aissatou Ahmet Niang, Chelsea Nichols, Beatrice Olack, Gi Deok Pak, Ursula Panzner, Jin Kyung Park, Se Eun Park, Henintsoa Rabezanahary, Raphaël Rakotozandrindrainy, Tiana Mirana Raminosoa, Tsiriniaina Jean Luco Razafindrabe, Emmanuel Sampo, Heidi Schütt-Gerowitt, Amy Gassama Sow, Nimako Sarpong, Hye Jin Seo, Arvinda Sooka, Abdramane Bassiahi Soura, Adama Tall, Mekonnen Teferi, Kamala Thriemer, Michelle R Warren, Biruk Yeshitela, John D Clemens, Thomas F Wierzba
BACKGROUND: Available incidence data for invasive salmonella disease in sub-Saharan Africa are scarce. Standardised, multicountry data are required to better understand the nature and burden of disease in Africa. We aimed to measure the adjusted incidence estimates of typhoid fever and invasive non-typhoidal salmonella (iNTS) disease in sub-Saharan Africa, and the antimicrobial susceptibility profiles of the causative agents. METHODS: We established a systematic, standardised surveillance of blood culture-based febrile illness in 13 African sentinel sites with previous reports of typhoid fever: Burkina Faso (two sites), Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Madagascar (two sites), Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, and Tanzania (two sites)...
March 2017: Lancet Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192609/effect-of-vitamin-d3-fortification-and-saskatoon-berry-syrup-addition-on-the-flavor-profile-acceptability-and-antioxidant-properties-of-rooibos-tea-aspalathus-linearis
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Jennifer Grant, Donna Ryland, Cara K Isaak, Suvira Prashar, Yaw L Siow, Carla G Taylor, Michel Aliani
The unique characteristics and healthful reputation of caffeine-free rooibos tea (RT) make it an ideal carrier for vitamin D3 supplementation, and a potential base for the addition of Saskatoon berry syrup (SBS), a natural flavor additive. The objective of this study was to determine the effect of vitamin D3 fortification and SBS addition on the flavor profile, consumer acceptability, and antioxidant properties of RT. Six formulations (RT, RT with SBS, RT with SBS and vitamin D3 , RT with vitamin D3 , green tea [GT], and GT with SBS) were evaluated by 12 trained panelists and 114 consumers...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186564/phytophthora-megakarya-and-p-palmivora-closely-related-causal-agents-of-cacao-black-pod-rot-underwent-increases-in-genome-sizes-and-gene-numbers-by-different-mechanisms
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Shahin S Ali, Jonathan Shao, David J Lary, Brent Kronmiller, Danyu Shen, Mary D Strem, Ishmael Amoako-Attah, Andrew Yaw Akrofi, B A Didier Begoude, G Martijn Ten Hoopen, Klotioloma Coulibaly, Boubacar Ismaël Kebe, Rachel L Melnick, Mark J Guiltinan, Brett M Tyler, Lyndel W Meinhardt, Bryan A Bailey
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 10, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28180051/region-specific-objective-signatures-of-endoscopic-surgical-instrument-motion-a-cadaveric-exploratory-analysis
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R Alex Harbison, Angelique M Berens, Yangming Li, Randall A Bly, Blake Hannaford, Kris S Moe
Objectives The objective of this study was to evaluate region-specific surgical instrument kinematics among novice and experienced surgeons performing endoscopic endonasal skull base surgery. Design Cadaveric experimental study. Setting Tertiary academic center. Participants Two novice and two experienced surgeons performed eight endoscopic total ethmoidectomies and sphenoidotomies using an optically tracked microdebrider. Main Outcome Measures Time-stamped Euclidian coordinates were recorded. Cumulative instrument travel, mean linear velocity and acceleration, and mean angular velocities were calculated in the anterior ethmoid, posterior ethmoid, and sphenoid sinus regions...
February 2017: Journal of Neurological Surgery. Part B, Skull Base
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28171707/the-american-cancer-society-s-cancer-prevention-study-3-cps-3-recruitment-study-design-and-baseline-characteristics
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Alpa V Patel, Eric J Jacobs, Daniela M Dudas, Peter J Briggs, Cari J Lichtman, Elizabeth B Bain, Victoria L Stevens, Marjorie L McCullough, Lauren R Teras, Peter T Campbell, Mia M Gaudet, Elizabeth G Kirkland, Melissa H Rittase, Nance Joiner, W Ryan Diver, Janet S Hildebrand, Nancy C Yaw, Susan M Gapstur
BACKGROUND: Prospective cohort studies contribute importantly to understanding the role of lifestyle, genetic, and other factors in chronic disease etiology. METHODS: The American Cancer Society (ACS) recruited a new prospective cohort study, Cancer Prevention Study 3 (CPS-3), between 2006 and 2013 from 35 states and Puerto Rico. Enrollment took place primarily at ACS community events and at community enrollment "drives." At enrollment sites, participants completed a brief survey that included an informed consent, identifying information necessary for follow-up, and key exposure information...
February 7, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168761/functional-clues-from-the-crystal-structure-of-an-orphan-periplasmic-ligand-binding-protein-from-treponema-pallidum
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Chad A Brautigam, Ranjit K Deka, Wei Z Liu, Diana R Tomchick, Michael V Norgard
The spirochete Treponema pallidum is the causative agent of syphilis, a sexually transmitted infection of major global importance. Other closely related subspecies of Treponema also are the etiological agents of the endemic treponematoses, such as yaws, pinta, and bejel. The inability of T. pallidum and its close relatives to be cultured in vitro has prompted efforts to characterize T. pallidum's proteins structurally and biophysically, particularly those potentially relevant to treponemal membrane biology, with the goal of possibly revealing the functions of those proteins...
February 7, 2017: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167294/pinicolol-b-from-antrodia-cinnamomea-induces-apoptosis-of-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma-cells
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Tsung-Ru Wu, Tsung-Teng Huang, Jan Martel, Jian-Ching Liau, Chen-Yaw Chiu, Yann-Lii Leu, Wei-Ting Jian, I-Te Chang, Chia-Chen Lu, David M Ojcius, Yun-Fei Ko, Hsin-Chih Lai, John D Young
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: The medicinal mushroom Antrodia cinnamomea possesses anticancer properties but the active compounds responsible for these effects are mostly unknown. AIM OF THE STUDY: We aimed to identify novel A. cinnamomea compounds that produce cytotoxic effects on cancer cells. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Using ethanol extraction and chromatography, we isolated the lanostanoid compound lanosta-7,9(11),24-trien-3β,15α,21-triol (1) from cultured A...
February 3, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161109/the-stabilizing-properties-of-foot-yaw-in-human-walking
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John R Rebula, Lauro V Ojeda, Peter G Adamczyk, Arthur D Kuo
Humans perform a variety of feedback adjustments to maintain balance during walking. These include lateral footfall placement, and center of pressure adjustment under the stance foot, to stabilize lateral balance. A less appreciated possibility would be to steer for balance like a bicycle, whose front wheel may be turned toward the direction of a lean to capture the center of mass. Humans could potentially combine steering with other strategies to distribute balance adjustments across multiple degrees of freedom...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28158202/high-plasmodium-falciparum-longitudinal-prevalence-is-associated-with-high-multiclonality-and-reduced-clinical-malaria-risk-in-a-seasonal-transmission-area-of-mali
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Yaw Adomako-Ankomah, Matthew S Chenoweth, Katelyn Durfee, Saibou Doumbia, Drissa Konate, Mory Doumbouya, Abdoul S Keita, Daria Nikolaeva, Gregory S Tullo, Jennifer M Anderson, Rick M Fairhurst, Rachel Daniels, Sarah K Volkman, Mahamadou Diakite, Kazutoyo Miura, Carole A Long
The effects of persistent Plasmodium falciparum (Pf) infection and multiclonality on subsequent risk of clinical malaria have been reported, but the relationship between these 2 parameters and their relative impacts on the clinical outcome of infection are not understood. A longitudinal cohort study was conducted in a seasonal and high-transmission area of Mali, in which 500 subjects aged 1-65 years were followed for 1 year. Blood samples were collected every 2 weeks, and incident malaria cases were diagnosed and treated...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157917/measurement-of-straightness-without-abbe-error-using-an-enhanced-differential-plane-mirror-interferometer
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Tao Jin, Hudong Ji, Wenmei Hou, Yanfen Le, Lu Shen
This paper presents an enhanced differential plane mirror interferometer with high resolution for measuring straightness. Two sets of space symmetrical beams are used to travel through the measurement and reference arms of the straightness interferometer, which contains three specific optical devices: a Koster prism, a wedge prism assembly, and a wedge mirror assembly. Changes in the optical path in the interferometer arms caused by straightness are differential and converted into phase shift through a particular interferometer system...
January 20, 2017: Applied Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28134285/aqueous-extract-of-polygonum-bistorta-modulates-proteostasis-by-ros-induced-er-stress-in-human-hepatoma-cells
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Yu-Huei Liu, Yui-Ping Weng, Hsuan-Yuan Lin, Sai-Wen Tang, Chao-Jung Chen, Chi-Jung Liang, Chung-Yu Ku, Jung-Yaw Lin
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) remains the leading cause of cancer mortality with limited therapeutic targets. The endoplasmic reticulum (ER) plays a pivotal role in maintaining proteostasis in normal cells. However, alterations in proteostasis are often found in cancer cells, making it a potential target for therapy. Polygonum bistorta is used in traditional Chinese medicine owing to its anticancer activities, but the molecular and pharmacological mechanisms remain unclear. Using hepatoma cells as a model system, this study demonstrated that P...
January 30, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28127679/motion-illusion-evidence-towards-human-vestibulo-thalamic-projections
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Aasef G Shaikh, Dominik Straumann, Antonella Palla
Contemporary studies speculated that cerebellar network responsible for motion perception projects to the cerebral cortex via vestibulo-thalamus. Here, we sought for the physiological properties of vestibulo-thalamic pathway responsible for the motion perception. Healthy subjects and the patient with focal vestibulo-thalamic lacunar stroke spun a hand-held rheostat to approximate the value of perceived angular velocity during whole-body passive earth-vertical axis rotations in yaw plane. Vestibulo-ocular reflex was simultaneously measured with high-resolution search coils (paradigm 1)...
January 27, 2017: Cerebellum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28126475/clinical-benefits-of-new-immobilization-system-for-hypofractionated-radiotherapy-of-intrahepatic-hepatocellular-carcinoma-by-helical-tomotherapy
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Yong Hu, Yong-Kang Zhou, Yi-Xing Chen, Shi-Ming Shi, Zhao-Chong Zeng
OBJECTIVE: A comprehensive clinical evaluation was conducted, assessing the Body Pro-Lok immobilization and positioning system to facilitate hypofractionated radiotherapy of intrahepatic hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), using helical tomotherapy to improve treatment precision. METHODS: Clinical applications of the Body Pro-Lok system were investigated (as above) in terms of interfractional and intrafractional setup errors and compressive abdominal breath control...
January 23, 2017: Medical Dosimetry: Official Journal of the American Association of Medical Dosimetrists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28125681/accumulation-of-inertial-sensory-information-in-the-perception-of-whole-body-yaw-rotation
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Alessandro Nesti, Ksander de Winkel, Heinrich H Bülthoff
While moving through the environment, our central nervous system accumulates sensory information over time to provide an estimate of our self-motion, allowing for completing crucial tasks such as maintaining balance. However, little is known on how the duration of the motion stimuli influences our performances in a self-motion discrimination task. Here we study the human ability to discriminate intensities of sinusoidal (0.5 Hz) self-rotations around the vertical axis (yaw) for four different stimulus durations (1, 2, 3 and 5 s) in darkness...
2017: PloS One
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