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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817075/discrimination-of-transgenic-maize-kernel-using-nir-hyperspectral-imaging-and-multivariate-data-analysis
#1
Xuping Feng, Yiying Zhao, Chu Zhang, Peng Cheng, Yong He
There are possible environmental risks related to gene flow from genetically engineered organisms. It is important to find accurate, fast, and inexpensive methods to detect and monitor the presence of genetically modified (GM) organisms in crops and derived crop products. In the present study, GM maize kernels containing both cry1Ab/cry2Aj-G10evo proteins and their non-GM parents were examined by using hyperspectral imaging in the near-infrared (NIR) range (874.41-1733.91 nm) combined with chemometric data analysis...
August 17, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815332/pilot-study-of-whole-blood-micrornas-as-potential-tools-for-diffuse-low-grade-gliomas-detection
#2
Catherine Gozé, Christelle Reynes, Lionel Forestier, Robert Sabatier, Hugues Duffau
Earlier diagnosis and longitudinal monitoring of diffuse low-grade gliomas (DLGG) increase overall survival by maximizing surgery efficacy and optimizing time for an adjuvant treatment when resection is incomplete. Presently, only imaging permits the non-invasive detection and monitoring of DLGG, but it lacks sensitivity. Measure of circulating microRNAs levels could represent a non-invasive alternative. We hypothesized that slow-growing DLGG induce overtime a systemic reaction impacting blood cells microRNA profiles, while the intact blood-brain barrier restricts the passage of tumor microRNAs into bloodstream...
August 16, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813247/switch-like-arp2-3-activation-upon-wasp-and-wip-recruitment-to-an-apparent-threshold-level-by-multivalent-linker-proteins-in-vivo
#3
Yidi Sun, Nicole T Leong, Tommy Jiang, Astou Tangara, Xavier Darzacq, David G Drubin
Actin-related protein 2/3 (Arp2/3) complex activation by nucleation promoting factors (NPFs) such as WASP, plays an important role in many actin-mediated cellular processes. In yeast, Arp2/3-mediated actin filament assembly drives endocytic membrane invagination and vesicle scission. Here we used genetics and quantitative live-cell imaging to probe the mechanisms that concentrate NPFs at endocytic sites, and to investigate how NPFs regulate actin assembly onset. Our results demonstrate that SH3 (Src homology 3) domain-PRM (proline-rich motif) interactions involving multivalent linker proteins play central roles in concentrating NPFs at endocytic sites...
August 16, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812529/approaches-to-evaluate-lung-inflammation-in-translational-research
#4
David K Meyerholz, Jessica C Sieren, Amanda P Beck, Heather A Flaherty
Inflammation is a common feature in several types of lung disease and is a frequent end point to validate lung disease models, evaluate genetic or environmental impact on disease severity, or test the efficacy of new therapies. Questions relevant to a study should be defined during experimental design and techniques selected to specifically address these scientific queries. In this review, the authors focus primarily on the breadth of techniques to evaluate lung inflammation that have both clinical and preclinical applications...
January 1, 2017: Veterinary Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812414/adipokine-genes-and-radiographic-hand-osteoarthritis-in-finnish-women-a-cross-sectional-study
#5
S Hämäläinen, S Solovieva, T Vehmas, A Hirvonen, P Leino-Arjas
OBJECTIVES: Available evidence suggests that genetic factors and overweight play major roles in the aetiology of osteoarthritis (OA). We analysed the association of 18 single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) from nine adipokine and adipokine receptor genes (LEP, LEPR, ADIPOQ, RETN, NAMPT, SERPINA12, ITLN1, RARRES2, and APLN) with radiographic hand OA. METHOD: The study design was cross-sectional. Bilateral hand radiographs of 542 occupationally active Finnish female dentists and teachers aged 45-63 years were examined and classified for the presence of hand OA using reference images...
August 16, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812221/multimodal-neuroimaging-in-schizophrenia-description-and-dissemination
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C J Aine, H J Bockholt, J R Bustillo, J M Cañive, A Caprihan, C Gasparovic, F M Hanlon, J M Houck, R E Jung, J Lauriello, J Liu, A R Mayer, N I Perrone-Bizzozero, S Posse, J M Stephen, J A Turner, V P Clark, Vince D Calhoun
In this paper we describe an open-access collection of multimodal neuroimaging data in schizophrenia for release to the community. Data were acquired from approximately 100 patients with schizophrenia and 100 age-matched controls during rest as well as several task activation paradigms targeting a hierarchy of cognitive constructs. Neuroimaging data include structural MRI, functional MRI, diffusion MRI, MR spectroscopic imaging, and magnetoencephalography. For three of the hypothesis-driven projects, task activation paradigms were acquired on subsets of ~200 volunteers which examined a range of sensory and cognitive processes (e...
August 15, 2017: Neuroinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812206/differences-in-femoral-neck-structure-between-elderly-caucasian-and-chinese-populations-a-cross-sectional-study-of-perth-beijing-cohorts
#7
L Wang, B C C Khoo, X G Cheng, K Brown, J R Lewis, Y B Su, Z Guo, K Li, R L Prince
Structural skeletal differences of the femoral neck of older Beijing-Chinese and Perth-Caucasian women were compared; adjusting for frame size-related differences, Beijing-Chinese have lower periosteal width; however, indices of internal bone distribution suggest that Beijing-Chinese may exhibit increased resistance to fracture that may relate to the reduced hip fracture incidence. INTRODUCTION: Ethnic differences in skeletal structure may relate to differences in hip fracture risk in Chinese and Caucasian populations...
August 15, 2017: Archives of Osteoporosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811673/improving-a-genetically-encoded-voltage-indicator-by-modifying-the-cytoplasmic-charge-composition
#8
Sungmoo Lee, Tristan Geiller, Arong Jung, Ryuichi Nakajima, Yoon-Kyu Song, Bradley J Baker
An improved genetically encoded voltage indicator (GEVI) was achieved by altering the charge composition of the region linking the voltage-sensing domain of the GEVI to a pH-sensitive fluorescent protein. Negatively charged linker segments reduced the voltage-dependent optical signal while positively charged linkers increased the signal size. Arginine scanning mutagenesis of the linker region improved the signal size of the GEVI, Bongwoori, yielding fluorescent signals as high as 20% ΔF/F during the firing of action potentials...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811059/an-infant-with-epilepsy-and-recurrent-hemiplegia-due-to-compound-heterozygous-variants-in-atp1a2
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Colin Wilbur, Sarah E Buerki, Ilaria Guella, Eric B Toyota, Daniel M Evans, Marna B McKenzie, Anita Datta, Aspasia Michoulas, Shelin Adam, Margot I Van Allen, Tanya N Nelson, Matthew J Farrer, Mary B Connolly, Michelle Demos
BACKGROUND: Pathogenic heterozygous variants in the ATP1A2 gene have most commonly been associated with familial hemiplegic migraine. However, a wide spectrum of phenotypes that include alternating hemiplegia of childhood and epilepsy have been described. PATIENT DESCRIPTION: We describe a boy who presented at age three months with a complex phenotype that included epilepsy, nonepileptic paroxysmal events, and recurrent hemiplegia. Magnetic resonance imaging demonstrated unilateral cortical edema during a severe episode of hemiplegia that was followed by a persistent mild hemiparesis...
June 8, 2017: Pediatric Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808732/individualized-risk-assessment-in-neuroblastoma-does-the-tumoral-metabolic-activity-on-123-i-mibg-spect-predict-the-outcome
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Julian M M Rogasch, Patrick Hundsdoerfer, Christian Furth, Florian Wedel, Frank Hofheinz, Paul-Christian Krüger, Holger Lode, Winfried Brenner, Angelika Eggert, Holger Amthauer, Imke Schatka
PURPOSE: Risk-adapted treatment in children with neuroblastoma (NB) is based on clinical and genetic factors. This study evaluated the metabolic tumour volume (MTV) and its asphericity (ASP) in pretherapeutic (123)I-MIBG SPECT for individualized image-based prediction of outcome. METHODS: This retrospective study included 23 children (11 girls, 12 boys; median age 1.8 years, range 0.3-6.8 years) with newly diagnosed NB consecutively examined with pretherapeutic (123)I-MIBG SPECT...
August 14, 2017: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808404/in-vitro-antioxidant-and-antiproliferative-activities-of-various-solvent-fractions-from-clerodendrum-viscosum-leaves
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Anil Khushalrao Shendge, Tapasree Basu, Dipankar Chaudhuri, Sourav Panja, Nripendranath Mandal
BACKGROUND: Free radicals such as reactive oxygen and nitrogen species, generated in the body, play an important role in the fulfillment of various physiological functions but their imbalance in the body lead to cellular injury and various clinical disorders such as cancer, neurodegenaration, and inflammation. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to fight this problem, natural antioxidant from plants can be considered as possible protective agents against various diseases such as cancer which might also modify the redox microenvironment to reduce the genetic instability...
July 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808087/the-drosophila-lc8-homologue-cut-up-specifies-the-axonal-transport-of-proteasomes
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Tabita Kreko-Pierce, Benjamin A Eaton
Because of their functional polarity and elongated morphologies, microtubule-based transport of proteins and organelles is critical for normal neuronal function. The proteasome is required throughout the neuron for the highly regulated degradation of a broad set of protein targets whose functions underlie key physiological responses including synaptic plasticity and axonal degeneration. Molecularly, the relationship between proteasome transport and the transport of the targets of proteasomes is unclear. The dynein motor complex is required for the microtubule-based motility of numerous proteins and organelles in neurons...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807454/reconsidering-olfactory-bulb-magnetic-resonance-patterns-in-kallmann-syndrome
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Thomas Hacquart, Aïcha Ltaief-Boudrigua, Cécile Jeannerod, Salem Hannoun, Gérald Raverot, Michel Pugeat, Aude Brac de la Perriere, Véronique Lapras, Frédérique Nugues, Catherine Dode, Francois Cotton
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this retrospective study was to perform magnetic resonance imaging assessment of olfactory pathway and skull base abnormalities in Kallmann syndrome (KS) patients with hypogonadotropic hypogonadism and olfaction disorder. METHODS: Magnetic resonance brain patterns were retrospectively studied in 19 patients clinically classified as KS. Qualitative assessment of olfactory bulb region comprised bulb atrophy and rectus and medial orbital gyrus ptosis; quantitative assessment measured olfactory fossa depth and width, sulcus depth and ethmoid angle...
August 11, 2017: Annales D'endocrinologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807414/transient-receptor-potential-vanilloid-4-expressing-macrophages-and-keratinocytes-contribute-differentially-to-allergic-and-nonallergic-chronic-itch
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Jialie Luo, Jing Feng, Guang Yu, Pu Yang, Madison R Mack, Junhui Du, Weihua Yu, Aihua Qian, Yujin Zhang, Shenbin Liu, Shijin Yin, Amy Xu, Jizhong Cheng, Qingyun Liu, Roger G O'Neil, Yang Xia, Liang Ma, Susan M Carlton, Brian S Kim, Kenneth Renner, Qin Liu, Hongzhen Hu
BACKGROUND: Chronic itch is a highly debilitating symptom that underlies many medical disorders with no universally effective treatments. Although unique neuronal signaling cascades in the sensory ganglia and spinal cord have been shown to critically promote the pathogenesis of chronic itch, the role of skin-associated cells remains poorly understood. OBJECTIVE: We sought to examine the cutaneous mechanisms underlying transient receptor potential vanilloid 4 (TRPV4)-mediated allergic and nonallergic chronic itch...
August 5, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807154/total-internal-reflectance-fluorescence-imaging-of-genetically-engineered-ryanodine-receptor-targeted-ca-2-probes-in-rat-ventricular-myocytes
#15
Sara Pahlavan, Marin Morad
The details of cardiac Ca(2+) signaling within the dyadic junction remain unclear because of limitations in rapid spatial imaging techniques, and availability of Ca(2+) probes localized to dyadic junctions. To critically monitor ryanodine receptors' (RyR2) Ca(2+) nano-domains, we combined the use of genetically engineered RyR2-targeted pericam probes, (FKBP-YCaMP, Kd=150nM, or FKBP-GCaMP6, Kd=240nM) with rapid total internal reflectance fluorescence (TIRF) microscopy (resolution, ∼80nm). The punctate z-line patterns of FKBP,(2)-targeted probes overlapped those of RyR2 antibodies and sharply contrasted to the images of probes targeted to sarcoplasmic reticulum (SERCA2a/PLB), or cytosolic Fluo-4 images...
September 2017: Cell Calcium
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806522/development-of-a-recombinant-multifunctional-biomacromolecule-for-targeted-gene-transfer-to-prostate-cancer-cells
#16
Arash Hatefi, Zahra Karjoo, Alireza Nomani
The objective of this study was to genetically engineer a fully functional single chain fusion peptide composed of motifs from diverse biological and synthetic origins that can perform multiple tasks including DNA condensation, cell targeting, cell transfection, particle shielding from immune system and effective gene transfer to prostate tumors. To achieve the objective, a single chain biomacromolecule (vector) consisted of four repetative units of histone H2A peptide, fusogenic peptide GALA, short elastin-like peptide and PC-3 cell targeting peptide was designed...
August 14, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806213/maintenance-of-good-visual-acuity-in-best-disease-associated-with-chronic-bilateral-serous-macular-detachment
#17
Sarra Gattoussi, Camiel J F Boon, K Bailey Freund
PURPOSE: We describe the long-term follow-up of a patient with multifocal Best disease with chronic bilateral serous macular detachment and unusual peripheral findings associated with a novel mutation in the BEST1 gene. METHODS: Case report. RESULTS: A 59-year-old white woman was referred for an evaluation of her macular findings in 1992. There was a family history of Best disease in the patient's mother and a male sibling. Her medical history was unremarkable...
August 10, 2017: Retinal Cases & Brief Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804937/breast-tumor-classification-based-on-a-computerized-breast-imaging-reporting-and-data-system-feature-system
#18
Mengyun Qiao, Yuzhou Hu, Yi Guo, Yuanyuan Wang, Jinhua Yu
OBJECTIVES: This work focused on extracting novel and validated digital high-throughput features to present a detailed and comprehensive description of the American College of Radiology Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System (BI-RADS) with the goal of improving the accuracy of ultrasound breast cancer diagnosis. METHODS: First, the phase congruency approach was used to segment the tumors automatically. Second, high-throughput features were designed and extracted on the basis of each BI-RADS category...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804651/pharmacogenetic-biomarkers-to-predict-treatment-response-in-multiple-sclerosis-current-and-future-perspectives
#19
REVIEW
Patricia K Coyle
Disease-modifying therapies (DMTs) have significantly advanced the treatment of relapsing multiple sclerosis (MS), decreasing the frequency of relapses, disability, and magnetic resonance imaging lesion formation. However, patients' responses to and tolerability of DMTs vary considerably, creating an unmet need for biomarkers to identify likely responders and/or those who may have treatment-limiting adverse reactions. Most studies in MS have focused on the identification of pharmacogenetic markers, using either the candidate-gene approach, which requires prior knowledge of the genetic marker and its role in the target disease, or genome-wide association, which examines multiple genetic variants, typically single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs)...
2017: Multiple Sclerosis International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803444/atypical-parkinsonian-syndromes-a-general-neurologist-s-perspective
#20
REVIEW
Angela B Deutschländer, Owen A Ross, Dennis W Dickson, Zbigniew K Wszolek
The differential diagnosis of atypical parkinsonian syndromes is challenging. These severe and often rapidly progressive neurodegenerative disorders are clinically heterogeneous and show significant phenotypic overlap. Here we review clinical, imaging, neuropathologic and genetic features of multiple system atrophy (MSA), progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), corticobasal degeneration (CBD), and frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD). The terms CBD and FTLD refer to pathologically confirmed cases of corticobasal syndrome (CBS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD)...
August 12, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
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