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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335576/genome-wide-identification-and-evolutionary-analysis-of-sarcocystis-neurona-protein-kinases
#1
Edwin K Murungi, Henry M Kariithi
The apicomplexan parasite Sarcocystis neurona causes equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM), a degenerative neurological disease of horses. Due to its host range expansion, S. neurona is an emerging threat that requires close monitoring. In apicomplexans, protein kinases (PKs) have been implicated in a myriad of critical functions, such as host cell invasion, cell cycle progression and host immune response evasion. Here, we used various bioinformatics methods to define the kinome of S. neurona and phylogenetic relatedness of its PKs to other apicomplexans...
March 21, 2017: Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335497/ginsenoside-ppd-s-antitumor-effect-via-down-regulation-of-mtor-revealed-by-super-resolution-imaging
#2
Bo Teng, Junguang Jiang, Lijing Zhao, Jing Gao, Junyu Chen, Zhe Liu, Hongda Wang, Binfeng Lu
Derived from Panax ginseng, the natural product 20(S)-Protopanaxadiol (PPD) has been reported for its cytotoxicity against several cancer cell lines. The molecular mechanism is, however, not well understood. Here we show that PPD significantly inhibits proliferation, induces apoptosis and causes G2/M cell cycle arrest in human laryngeal carcinoma cells (Hep-2 cells). PPD also decreases the levels of proteins related to cell proliferation. Moreover, PPD-induced apoptosis is characterized by a dose-dependent down-regulation of Bcl-2 expression and up-regulation of Bax, and is accompanied by the activation of Caspase-3 as well...
March 19, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335490/monitoring-of-selected-health-indicators-in-children-living-in-a-copper-mine-development-area-in-northwestern-zambia
#3
Astrid M Knoblauch, Mark J Divall, Milka Owuor, Colleen Archer, Kennedy Nduna, Harrison Ng'uni, Gertrude Musunka, Anna Pascall, Jürg Utzinger, Mirko S Winkler
The epidemiology of malaria, anaemia and malnutrition in children is potentially altered in mining development areas. In a copper extraction project in northwestern Zambia, a health impact assessment (HIA) was commissioned to predict, manage and monitor health impacts. Two cross-sectional surveys were conducted: at baseline prior to project development (2011) and at four years into development (2015). Prevalence of Plasmodium falciparum, anaemia and stunting were assessed in under-five-year-old children, while hookworm infection was assessed in children aged 9-14 years in communities impacted and comparison communities not impacted by the project...
March 19, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335481/genetic-variants-contributing-to-colistin-cytotoxicity-identification-of-tgif1-and-hoxd10-using-a-population-genomics-approach
#4
Michael T Eadon, Ronald J Hause, Amy L Stark, Ying-Hua Cheng, Heather E Wheeler, Kimberly S Burgess, Eric A Benson, Patrick N Cunningham, Robert L Bacallao, Pierre C Dagher, Todd C Skaar, M Eileen Dolan
Colistin sulfate (polymixin E) is an antibiotic prescribed with increasing frequency for severe Gram-negative bacterial infections. As nephrotoxicity is a common side effect, the discovery of pharmacogenomic markers associated with toxicity would benefit the utility of this drug. Our objective was to identify genetic markers of colistin cytotoxicity that were also associated with expression of key proteins using an unbiased, whole genome approach and further evaluate the functional significance in renal cell lines...
March 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335403/comparison-of-faunal-scavenging-of-submerged-carrion-in-two-seasons-at-a-depth-of-170-m-in-the-strait-of-georgia-british-columbia
#5
Gail S Anderson, Lynne S Bell
The taphonomy of carcasses submerged in the ocean is little understood, yet it is extremely important ecologically and forensically. The objectives of this study were to determine the fate of pig carcasses as human proxies in the Strait of Georgia at 170 m in spring and fall. Using Ocean Networks Canada's Victoria Experimental Network Underseas (VENUS) observatory, two carcasses per season were placed under a cabled platform hosting a webcam and instruments measuring water chemistry. Two minutes of video were recorded every 15 min...
March 13, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335397/emerging-anti-mitotic-activities-and-other-bioactivities-of-sesquiterpene-compounds-upon-human-cells
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Alessandra Bosco, Roy M Golsteyn
We review the bio-activities of natural product sesquiterpenes and present the first description of their effects upon mitosis. This type of biological effect upon cells is unexpected because sesquiterpenes are believed to inactivate proteins through Michael-type additions that cause non-specific cytotoxicity. Yet, certain types of sesquiterpenes can arrest cells in mitosis as measured by cell biology, biochemical and imaging techniques. We have listed the sesquiterpenes that arrest cells in mitosis and analyzed the biological data that support those observations...
March 13, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335335/contact-resistance-and-channel-conductance-of-graphene-field-effect-transistors-under-low-energy-electron-irradiation
#7
Filippo Giubileo, Antonio Di Bartolomeo, Nadia Martucciello, Francesco Romeo, Laura Iemmo, Paola Romano, Maurizio Passacantando
We studied the effects of low-energy electron beam irradiation up to 10 keV on graphene-based field effect transistors. We fabricated metallic bilayer electrodes to contact mono- and bi-layer graphene flakes on SiO₂, obtaining specific contact resistivity ρ c ≈ 19 k Ω · µ m 2 and carrier mobility as high as 4000 cm²·V(-1)·s(-1). By using a highly doped p-Si/SiO₂ substrate as the back gate, we analyzed the transport properties of the device and the dependence on the pressure and on the electron bombardment...
November 10, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335083/down-regulation-of-dab2ip-promotes-colorectal-cancer-invasion-and-metastasis-by-translocating-hnrnpk-into-nucleus-to-enhance-the-transcription-of-mmp2
#8
X H Zhu, J M Wang, S S Yang, F F Wang, J L Hu, S N Xin, H Men, G F Lu, X L Lan, D Zhang, X Y Wang, W T Liao, Y Q Ding, L Liang
DOC-2/DAB2 interacting protein (DAB2IP) is a RasGAP protein that shows a suppressive effect on cancer progression. Our previous study showed the involvement of transcription regulation of DAB2IP in metastasis of colorectal cancer (CRC). However, the molecular mechanisms of DAB2IP in regulating the progression of CRC need to be further explored. Here, we identified heterogeneous nuclear ribonucleoprotein K (hnRNPK) and matrix metalloproteinase 2 (MMP2) as vital downstream targets of DAB2IP in CRC cells by two-dimensional fluorescence difference gel electrophoresis and cDNA microassay, respectively...
March 23, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335018/dissecting-gamma-frequency-activity-during-human-memory-processing
#9
Michal T Kucewicz, Brent M Berry, Vaclav Kremen, Benjamin H Brinkmann, Michael R Sperling, Barbara C Jobst, Robert E Gross, Bradley Lega, Sameer A Sheth, Joel M Stein, Sandthitsu R Das, Richard Gorniak, S Matthew Stead, Daniel S Rizzuto, Michael J Kahana, Gregory A Worrell
Gamma frequency activity (30-150 Hz) is induced in cognitive tasks and is thought to reflect underlying neural processes. Gamma frequency activity can be recorded directly from the human brain using intracranial electrodes implanted in patients undergoing treatment for drug-resistant epilepsy. Previous studies have independently explored narrowband oscillations in the local field potential and broadband power increases. It is not clear, however, which processes contribute to human brain gamma frequency activity, or their dynamics and roles during memory processing...
March 13, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334984/interdisciplinary-working-in-public-health-research-a-proposed-good-practice-checklist
#10
L Gavens, J Holmes, G Bühringer, J McLeod, M Neumann, A Lingford-Hughes, E S Hock, P S Meier
Background: Guidance on how different disciplines from the natural, behavioural and social sciences can collaborate to resolve complex public health problems is lacking. This article presents a checklist to support researchers and principle investigators to develop and implement interdisciplinary collaborations. Methods: Fourteen individuals, representing 10 disciplines, participated in in-depth interviews to explore the strengths and challenges of working together on an interdisciplinary project to identify the determinants of substance use and gambling disorders, and to make recommendations for future interdisciplinary teams...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334938/clinical-and-genetic-characterization-of-leukoencephalopathies-in-adults
#11
David S Lynch, Anderson Rodrigues Brandão de Paiva, Wei Jia Zhang, Enrico Bugiardini, Fernando Freua, Leandro Tavares Lucato, Lucia Inês Macedo-Souza, Rahul Lakshmanan, Justin A Kinsella, Aine Merwick, Alexander M Rossor, Nin Bajaj, Brian Herron, Paul McMonagle, Patrick J Morrison, Deborah Hughes, Alan Pittman, Matilde Laurà, Mary M Reilly, Jason D Warren, Catherine J Mummery, Jonathan M Schott, Matthew Adams, Nick C Fox, Elaine Murphy, Indran Davagnanam, Fernando Kok, Jeremy Chataway, Henry Houlden
Leukodystrophies and genetic leukoencephalopathies are a rare group of disorders leading to progressive degeneration of cerebral white matter. They are associated with a spectrum of clinical phenotypes dominated by dementia, psychiatric changes, movement disorders and upper motor neuron signs. Mutations in at least 60 genes can lead to leukoencephalopathy with often overlapping clinical and radiological presentations. For these reasons, patients with genetic leukoencephalopathies often endure a long diagnostic odyssey before receiving a definitive diagnosis or may receive no diagnosis at all...
March 2, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334924/throat-swabs-in-children-with-respiratory-tract-infection-associations-with-clinical-presentation-and-potential-targets-for-point-of-care-testing
#12
Hannah V Thornton, Alastair D Hay, Niamh M Redmond, Sophie L Turnbull, Hannah Christensen, Tim J Peters, John P Leeming, Andrew Lovering, Barry Vipond, Peter Muir, Peter S Blair
Background and objectives.: Diagnostic uncertainty over respiratory tract infections (RTIs) in primary care contributes to over-prescribing of antibiotics and drives antibiotic resistance. If symptoms and signs predict respiratory tract microbiology, they could help clinicians target antibiotics to bacterial infection. This study aimed to determine relationships between symptoms and signs in children presenting to primary care and microbes from throat swabs. Methods.: Cross-sectional study of children ≥3 months to <16 years presenting with acute cough and RTI, with subset follow-up...
February 18, 2017: Family Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334902/reply-computer-models-to-inform-epilepsy-surgery-strategies-prediction-of-postoperative-outcome
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Nishant Sinha, Justin Dauwels, Marcus Kaiser, Sydney S Cash, M Brandon Westover, Yujiang Wang, Peter N Taylor
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March 18, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334899/association-analyses-of-east-asian-individuals-and-trans-ancestry-analyses-with-european-individuals-reveal-new-loci-associated-with-cholesterol-and-triglyceride-levels
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Cassandra N Spracklen, Peng Chen, Young Jin Kim, Xu Wang, Hui Cai, Shengxu Li, Jirong Long, Ying Wu, Ya Xing Wang, Fumihiko Takeuchi, Jer-Yuarn Wu, Keum-Ji Jung, Cheng Hu, Koichi Akiyama, Yonghong Zhang, Sanghoon Moon, Todd A Johnson, Huaixing Li, Rajkumar Dorajoo, Meian He, Maren E Cannon, Tamara S Roman, Elias Salfati, Keng-Hung Lin, Xiuqing Guo, Wayne H H Sheu, Devin Absher, Linda S Adair, Themistocles L Assimes, Tin Aung, Qiuyin Cai, Li-Ching Chang, Chien-Hsiun Chen, Li-Hsin Chien, Lee-Ming Chuang, Shu-Chun Chuang, Shufa Du, Qiao Fan, Cathy S J Fann, Alan B Feranil, Yechiel Friedlander, Penny Gordon-Larsen, Dongfeng Gu, Lixuan Gui, Zhirong Guo, Chew-Kiat Heng, James Hixson, Xuhong Hou, Chao Agnes Hsiung, Yao Hu, Mi Yeong Hwang, Chii-Min Hwu, Masato Isono, Jyh-Ming Jimmy Juang, Chiea-Chuen Khor, Yun Kyoung Kim, Woon-Puay Koh, Michiaki Kubo, I-Te Lee, Sun-Ju Lee, Wen-Jane Lee, Kae-Woei Liang, Blanche Lim, Sing-Hui Lim, Jianjun Liu, Toru Nabika, Wen-Harn Pan, Hao Peng, Thomas Quertermous, Charumathi Sabanayagam, Kevin Sandow, Jinxiu Shi, Liang Sun, Pok Chien Tan, Shu-Pei Tan, Kent D Taylor, Yik-Ying Teo, Sue-Anne Toh, Tatsuhiko Tsunoda, Rob M van Dam, Aili Wang, Feijie Wang, Jie Wang, Wen Bin Wei, Yong-Bing Xiang, Jie Yao, Jian-Min Yuan, Rong Zhang, Wanting Zhao, Yii-Der Ida Chen, Stephen S Rich, Jerome I Rotter, Tzung-Dau Wang, Tangchun Wu, Xu Lin, Bok-Ghee Han, Toshihiro Tanaka, Yoon Shin Cho, Tomohiro Katsuya, Weiping Jia, Sun-Ha Jee, Yuan-Tsong Chen, Norihiro Kato, Jost B Jonas, Ching-Yu Cheng, Xiao-Ou Shu, Jiang He, Wei Zheng, Tien-Yin Wong, Wei Huang, Bong-Jo Kim, E-Shyong Tai, Karen L Mohlke, Xueling Sim
Large-scale meta-analyses of genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have identified >175 loci associated with fasting cholesterol levels, including total cholesterol (TC), high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C), low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), and triglycerides (TG). With differences in linkage disequilibrium (LD) structure and allele frequencies between ancestry groups, studies in additional large samples may detect new associations. We conducted staged GWAS meta-analyses in up to 69,414 East Asian individuals from 24 studies with participants from Japan, the Philippines, Korea, China, Singapore, and Taiwan...
February 21, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334854/the-burden-of-hpv-related-diseases-in-italy-2001-12
#15
P Kuhdari, S Previato, M Giordani, P Biavati, S Ferretti, G Gabutti
Background: Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection is the main cause of cervical cancer and plays a relevant role in the development of genital warts and of the cancer of penis and anus, head/neck, oropharynx and genitourinary system. The aim of this study is the evaluation of hospitalizations due to HPV-related pathologies in 2001-12 in Italy. Methods: The national hospital discharge forms were provided by the Ministry of Health. The HPV-related hospitalizations were identified using specific diagnostic codes, accordingly to the ICD-9-CM coding system...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334786/lessons-learned-from-community-based-participatory-research-establishing-a-partnership-to-support-lesbian-gay-bisexual-and-transgender-ageing-in-place
#16
Leslie A Wright, Diane K King, Jessica H Retrum, Kenneth Helander, Shari Wilkins, Jennifer M Boggs, Jennifer Dickman Portz, Kathryn Nearing, Wendolyn S Gozansky
Background.: Due to a history of oppression and lack of culturally competent services, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) seniors experience barriers to accessing social services. Tailoring an evidence-based ageing in place intervention to address the unique needs of LGBT seniors may decrease the isolation often faced by this population. Objective.: To describe practices used in the formation of a community-based participatory research (CBPR), partnership involving social workers, health services providers, researchers and community members who engaged to establish a LGBT ageing in place model called Seniors Using Supports To Age In Neighborhoods (SUSTAIN)...
February 21, 2017: Family Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334780/eif4a3-deficient-human-ipscs-and-mouse-models-demonstrate-neural-crest-defects-that-underlie-richieri-costa-pereira-syndrome
#17
Emily E Miller, Gerson S Kobayashi, Camila M Musso, Miranda Allen, Felipe A A Ishiy, Luiz C de Caires Junior, Ernesto S G Guimarães, Karina Griesi-Oliveira, Roseli M Zechi-Ceide, Antonio Richieri-Costa, Debora R Bertola, Maria Rita Passos-Bueno, Debra L Silver
Biallelic loss-of-function mutations in the RNA binding protein EIF4A3 cause Richieri-Costa-Pereira syndrome (RCPS), an autosomal recessive condition mainly characterized by craniofacial and limb malformations. However, the pathogenic cellular mechanisms responsible for this syndrome are entirely unknown. Here we used two complementary approaches, patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) and conditional Eif4a3 mouse models, to demonstrate that defective Neural Crest Cell (NCC) development explains RCPS craniofacial abnormalities...
March 2, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334749/ctg-repeat-targeting-oligonucleotides-for-down-regulating-huntingtin-expression
#18
Eman M Zaghloul, Olof Gissberg, Pedro M D Moreno, Lee Siggens, Mattias Hällbrink, Anna S Jørgensen, Karl Ekwall, Rula Zain, Jesper Wengel, Karin E Lundin, C I Edvard Smith
Huntington's disease (HD) is a fatal, neurodegenerative disorder in which patients suffer from mobility, psychological and cognitive impairments. Existing therapeutics are only symptomatic and do not significantly alter the disease progression or increase life expectancy. HD is caused by expansion of the CAG trinucleotide repeat region in exon 1 of the Huntingtin gene (HTT), leading to the formation of mutant HTT transcripts (muHTT). The toxic gain-of-function of muHTT protein is a major cause of the disease...
February 17, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334742/recognition-but-no-repair-of-abasic-site-in-single-stranded-dna-by-human-ribosomal-us3-protein-residing-within-intact-40s-subunit
#19
Anastasia S Grosheva, Dmitry O Zharkov, Joachim Stahl, Alexander V Gopanenko, Alexey E Tupikin, Marsel R Kabilov, Dmitri M Graifer, Galina G Karpova
Isolated human ribosomal protein uS3 has extra-ribosomal functions including those related to base excision DNA repair, e.g. AP lyase activity that nicks double-stranded (ds) DNA 3΄ to the abasic (AP) site. However, the ability of uS3 residing within ribosome to recognize and cleave damaged DNA has never been addressed. Here, we compare interactions of single-stranded (ss) DNA and dsDNA bearing AP site with human ribosome-bound uS3 and with the isolated protein, whose interactions with ssDNA were not yet studied...
January 30, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334728/does-emergency-presentation-of-cancer-represent-poor-performance-in-primary-care-insights-from-a-novel-analysis-of-linked-primary-and-secondary-care-data
#20
Peter Murchie, Sarah M Smith, Michael S Yule, Rosalind Adam, Melanie E Turner, Amanda J Lee, Shona Fielding
BACKGROUND: People diagnosed with cancer following emergency presentation have poorer short-term survival. To what extent this signifies a missed opportunity for earlier diagnosis in primary care remains unclear as little detailed data exist on the patient/general practitioner interaction beforehand. METHODS: Analysis of primary care and regional data for 1802 cancer patients from Northeast Scotland. Adjusted odds ratios (OR) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) for patient and GP practice predictors of emergency presentation...
March 23, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
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