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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792074/lessons-learned-conducting-a-multi-center-trial-with-a-military-population-the-tinnitus-retraining-therapy-trial
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Roberta W Scherer, Leonora D Sensinger, Benigno Sierra-Irizarry, Craig Formby
Background The Tinnitus Retraining Therapy Trial (TRTT), a randomized, placebo-controlled, multi-center trial, evaluated the efficacy of tinnitus retraining therapy and its individual components, tinnitus-specific educational counseling and sound therapy versus the standard of care, in military practice to improve study participants' quality of life. The trial was conducted at six US military hospitals to take advantage of the greater prevalence of tinnitus in the military population. Methods During the trial, various challenges arose that were uniquely related to the military setting...
May 1, 2018: Clinical Trials: Journal of the Society for Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791235/long-term-planetary-habitability-and-the-carbonate-silicate-cycle
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Andrew J Rushby, Martin Johnson, Benjamin J W Mills, Andrew J Watson, Mark W Claire
The potential habitability of an exoplanet is traditionally assessed by determining whether its orbit falls within the circumstellar "habitable zone" of its star, defined as the distance at which water could be liquid on the surface of a planet (Kopparapu et al., 2013 ). Traditionally, these limits are determined by radiative-convective climate models, which are used to predict surface temperatures at user-specified levels of greenhouse gases. This approach ignores the vital question of the (bio)geochemical plausibility of the proposed chemical abundances...
May 2018: Astrobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791031/ocean-acidification-stimulates-particulate-organic-carbon-accumulation-in-two-antarctic-diatom-species-under-moderate-and-high-natural-solar-radiation
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Jasmin P Heiden, Silke Thoms, Kai Bischof, Scarlett Trimborn
Impacts of rising atmospheric CO2 concentrations and increased daily irradiances from enhanced surface water stratification on phytoplankton physiology in the coastal Southern Ocean remain still unclear. Therefore, in the two Antarctic diatoms Fragilariopsis curta and Odontella weissflogii the effects of moderate and high natural solar radiation combined with either ambient or future pCO2 on cellular particulate organic carbon (POC) contents and photophysiology were investigated. Results showed that increasing CO2 concentrations had greater impacts on diatom physiology than exposure to increasing solar radiation...
May 23, 2018: Journal of Phycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789616/rbfox1-mbnl1-competition-for-ccug-rna-repeats-binding-contributes-to-myotonic-dystrophy-type-1-type-2-differences
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Chantal Sellier, Estefanía Cerro-Herreros, Markus Blatter, Fernande Freyermuth, Angeline Gaucherot, Frank Ruffenach, Partha Sarkar, Jack Puymirat, Bjarne Udd, John W Day, Giovanni Meola, Guillaume Bassez, Harutoshi Fujimura, Masanori P Takahashi, Benedikt Schoser, Denis Furling, Ruben Artero, Frédéric H T Allain, Beatriz Llamusi, Nicolas Charlet-Berguerand
Myotonic dystrophy type 1 and type 2 (DM1, DM2) are caused by expansions of CTG and CCTG repeats, respectively. RNAs containing expanded CUG or CCUG repeats interfere with the metabolism of other RNAs through titration of the Muscleblind-like (MBNL) RNA binding proteins. DM2 follows a more favorable clinical course than DM1, suggesting that specific modifiers may modulate DM severity. Here, we report that the rbFOX1 RNA binding protein binds to expanded CCUG RNA repeats, but not to expanded CUG RNA repeats...
May 22, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788940/two-cases-in-which-3d-mri-was-used-to-differentiate-between-a-disc-mass-that-mimics-a-tumor-and-neurinoma
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Jingyu Jia, Qiangqiang Wei, Tianlong Wu, Dingwen He, Xigao Cheng
BACKGROUND: Since disc sequestration that mimics a tumor is rare and sometimes presents with an atypical appearance upon magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), it is often confused with other more common epidural and intradural neoplasms, particularly neurinoma. Open surgery is necessary due to the difficult of achieving a definitive diagnosis using computed tomography, MRI, and gadolinium- enhanced MRI prior to operation. Herein, we describe the use of coronal MR images of 3D fast-field echo with water selective excitation in the diagnosis of disc sequestration mimicking a tumor...
May 22, 2018: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788224/iron-sequestration-in-microbiota-biofilms-as-a-novel-strategy-for-treating-inflammatory-bowel-disease
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Jean-Paul Motta, Thibault Allain, Luke E Green-Harrison, Ryan A Groves, Troy Feener, Hena Ramay, Paul L Beck, Ian A Lewis, John L Wallace, Andre G Buret
Significant alterations of intestinal microbiota and anemia are hallmarks of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It is widely accepted that iron is a key nutrient for pathogenic bacteria, but little is known about its impact on microbiota associated with IBD. We used a model device to grow human mucosa-associated microbiota in its physiological anaerobic biofilm phenotype. Compared to microbiota from healthy donors, microbiota from IBD patients generate biofilms ex vivo that were larger in size and cell numbers, contained higher intracellular iron concentrations, and exhibited heightened virulence in a model of human intestinal epithelia in vitro and in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans...
May 17, 2018: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29787907/response-of-net-primary-production-to-land-use-and-land-cover-change-in-mainland-china-since-the-late-1980s
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Jun Li, Zhaoli Wang, Chengguang Lai, Xiaoqing Wu, Zhaoyang Zeng, Xiaohong Chen, Yanqing Lian
Land use and land cover patterns in mainland China have substantially changed in the recent decades under the economic reform policies of the government. The terrestrial carbon cycle, particularly the net primary productivity (NPP), has been substantially changed on both local and national scales. With the growing concern over the effects of the terrestrial carbon cycle on global climate changes, the impacts of land use and cover change (LUCC) on NPP need to be understood. In this study, variations in NPP caused by LUCC (e...
May 19, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29787539/a-concomitant-bone-fracture-delays-cognitive-recovery-from-traumatic-brain-injury
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Yujin Suto, Katsuhiro Nagata, Syed M Ahmed, Christina Jacovides, Kevin D Browne, John Cognetti, Maura T Weber, Victoria E Johnson, Ryan Leone, Lewis J Kaplan, Douglas H Smith, Jose L Pascual
BACKGROUND: Brain injury progression after severe TBI is associated with worsening cerebral inflammation but it is unknown how a concomitant bone fracture (BF) affects this progression. Enoxaparin (ENX) decreases penumbral leukocyte (LEU) mobilization after TBI and improves neurological recovery. We hypothesized that a concomitant BF worsens learning/memory recovery weeks after TBI and that ENX improves this recovery. METHODS: CD1 male mice underwent controlled cortical impact (CCI) or sham craniotomy with or without tibial fracture, receiving either daily ENX (0...
April 30, 2018: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784862/antibodies-to-icam1-binding-pfemp1-dbl%C3%AE-are-biomarkers-of-protective-immunity-to-malaria-in-a-cohort-of-young-children-from-papua-new-guinea
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Sofonias K Tessema, Digjaya Utama, Olga Chesnokov, Anthony N Hodder, Clara S Lin, G L Abby Harrison, Jakob S Jespersen, Bent Petersen, Livingstone Tavul, Peter Siba, Dominic Kwiatkowski, Thomas Lavstsen, Diana S Hansen, Andrew V Oleinikov, Ivo Mueller, Alyssa E Barry
Plasmodium falciparum Erythrocyte Membrane Protein 1 (PfEMP1) mediates parasite sequestration to the cerebral microvasculature via binding of DBLβ domains to Intercellular Adhesion Molecule 1 (ICAM1) and is associated with severe cerebral malaria. In a cohort of 187 young children from Papua New Guinea (PNG), we examined baseline antibody levels to the ICAM1-binding PfEMP1 domain, DBLβ3PF11_0521 , in comparison to four control antigens including NTS-DBLα and CIDR1 domains from another group A variant and a group B/C variant...
May 21, 2018: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784710/correction-daunorubicin-reduces-mbnl1-sequestration-caused-by-cug-repeat-expansion-and-rescues-cardiac-dysfunctions-in-a-drosophila-model-of-myotonic-dystrophy-doi-10-1242-dmm-032557
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May 18, 2018: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780367/expression-of-mir-34a-in-t-cells-infected-by-human-t-lymphotropic-virus-1
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Varun K Sharma, Vittoria Raimondi, Katia Ruggero, Cynthia A Pise-Masison, Ilaria Cavallari, Micol Silic-Benussi, Vincenzo Ciminale, Donna M D'Agostino
Human T-lymphotropic virus 1 (HTLV-1) immortalizes T-cells and is the causative agent of adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma (ATLL). HTLV-1 replication and transformation are governed by multiple interactions between viral regulatory proteins and host cell factors that remain to be fully elucidated. The present study investigated the impact of HTLV-1 infection on the expression of miR-34a, a microRNA whose expression is downregulated in many types of cancer. Results of RT-PCR assays showed that five out of six HTLV-1-positive cell lines expressed higher levels of miR-34a compared to normal PBMC or purified CD4+ T-cells...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778978/tough-love-accommodating-intracellular-bacteria-through-directed-secretion-of-antimicrobial-peptides-during-the-nitrogen-fixing-symbiosis
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Christina Stonoha-Arther, Dong Wang
The symbiosis formed by nitrogen-fixing bacteria with plant hosts mainly in the legume family involves a very intimate interaction. Within the symbiotic organ (the nodule) the bacteria are fully internalized by the host cell to become an intracellular organelle surrounded by a host-derived membrane. This arrangement is probably necessary for the efficient provision of energy and the sequestration of free oxygen molecules, two conditions required for sustained nitrogen fixation. Recent advances made in model legume species, such as Medicago truncatula, are beginning to uncover the genetic components allowing rhizobia to access the host cytoplasm and establish chronic intracellular infections without overt detrimental effects...
May 17, 2018: Current Opinion in Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778049/toxicity-screening-of-biochar-mineral-composites-using-germination-tests
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Jan Mumme, Josephine Getz, Munoo Prasad, Ulf Lüder, Jürgen Kern, Ondřej Mašek, Wolfram Buss
This study assessed the properties and toxicity (water cress germination trials) of 38 waste-derived, novel biochar-mineral composites (BMCs) produced via slow pyrolysis and hydrothermal carbonization (hydrochars). The biochars were produced from sewage sludge and compost-like output (CLO) by varying the type of mineral additive (zeolite, wood ash and lignite fly ash), the mineral-to-feedstock ratio and the carbonization process. While pure hydrochars completely inhibited germination of water cress, this effect was ameliorated by mineral additives...
May 8, 2018: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777795/sirna-in-ovarian-cancer-delivery-strategies-and-targets-for-therapy
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REVIEW
Dirk van den Brand, Vicky Mertens, Leon F A G Massuger, Roland Brock
Epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) is the most lethal gynecological malignancy, and the sixth leading cause of cancer related death in women overall. Despite improved surgical techniques and advances in chemotherapy, mortality hardly decreased over the last twenty years. The major problem is that (micro)metastases persevere in the abdominal cavity, causing incurable tumor recurrence. Therefore, there is an imminent need for new therapeutic strategies. Oligonucleotide (ON) based therapies such as RNA interference (RNAi) provide the possibility to specifically address disease-related pathways...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777103/bacterial-encapsulins-as-orthogonal-compartments-for-mammalian-cell-engineering
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Felix Sigmund, Christoph Massner, Philipp Erdmann, Anja Stelzl, Hannes Rolbieski, Mitul Desai, Sarah Bricault, Tobias P Wörner, Joost Snijder, Arie Geerlof, Helmut Fuchs, Martin Hrabĕ de Angelis, Albert J R Heck, Alan Jasanoff, Vasilis Ntziachristos, Jürgen Plitzko, Gil G Westmeyer
We genetically controlled compartmentalization in eukaryotic cells by heterologous expression of bacterial encapsulin shell and cargo proteins to engineer enclosed enzymatic reactions and size-constrained metal biomineralization. The shell protein (EncA) from Myxococcus xanthus auto-assembles into nanocompartments inside mammalian cells to which sets of native (EncB,C,D) and engineered cargo proteins self-target enabling localized bimolecular fluorescence and enzyme complementation. Encapsulation of the enzyme tyrosinase leads to the confinement of toxic melanin production for robust detection via multispectral optoacoustic tomography (MSOT)...
May 18, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776376/hybrid-surgery-in-treatment-of-pulmonary-sequestration-with-abdominal-aorta-feeding-vessel-a-case-report
#16
Haining Zhou, Shoujun Tang, Quanshui Fu, Li Yu, Lunxu Liu
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary sequestration is a rare congenital pulmonary dysplasia, which requires surgical resection (either via open thoracotomy or video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery [VATS] or via endoluminal occlusion of the abnormal feeding vessel). CASE PRESENTATION: We described a 51-year-old female patient with a history of recurrent cough and repeated pneumonia. She was referred to our hospital for further work-up of pulmonary sequestration. We performed a hybrid surgery (i...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775099/the-use-of-olive-tree-pruning-waste-compost-to-sequestrate-methylene-blue-dye-from-aqueous-solution
#17
Ioannis Anastopoulos, Ilias Margiotoudis, Ioannis Massas
Considering that quality water supplies are diminishing and climate disorder affects water cycle, wastewaters should be decontaminated for reuse either by the same establishment or in agriculture for the growth of industrial plants. In that context, much research work has been focused on the development of low cost biosorbents. In this study, the effect of composting on the adsorption capacity of olive tree pruning waste (OTPW) biomass for methylene blue (MB) removal from aqueous solutions was examined. Composting procedure may improve the sorption properties of the raw organic materials, is economical and easy to apply...
July 3, 2018: International Journal of Phytoremediation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775096/silicon-alleviates-arsenic-induced-toxicity-in-wheat-through-vacuolar-sequestration-and-ros-scavenging
#18
Md Monayem Hossain, Most Amena Khatun, Md Najmul Haque, Md Azizul Bari, Md Firoz Alam, Abul Mandal, Ahmad Humayan Kabir
Arsenic (As) is a phytotoxic element causing health hazards. This work investigates whether and how silicon (Si) alleviates As toxicity in wheat. The addition of Si under As-stress significantly improved morphophysiological characteristics, total protein, and membrane stability compared to As-stressed plants, suggesting that Si does have critical roles in As detoxification in wheat. Analysis of arsenate reductase activity and phytosiderophore (PS) release reveals their no involvement in the Si-mediated alleviation of As in wheat...
July 3, 2018: International Journal of Phytoremediation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774338/trace-metals-in-oysters-molecular-and-cellular-mechanisms-and-ecotoxicological-impacts
#19
REVIEW
Wen-Xiong Wang, Jie Meng, Nanyan Weng
Oysters are important benthic bivalves in coastal and estuarine environments. They are widely farmed due to their rapid growth and taste; they are also widely applied in environmental monitoring of coastal pollution due to their accumulation of contaminants. Most importantly, oysters are among the few marine organisms that are considered to be hyper-accumulators of many toxic metals, such as cadmium, copper and zinc. As such, there is a tremendous call to study the interactions between metals and oysters, especially due to the increasing metal pollution in many coastal and estuarine waters...
May 18, 2018: Environmental Science. Processes & Impacts
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773710/arginine-methylation-is-required-for-canonical-wnt-signaling-and-endolysosomal-trafficking
#20
Lauren V Albrecht, Diego Ploper, Nydia Tejeda-Muñoz, Edward M De Robertis
Arginine methylation has emerged as a widespread and reversible protein modification with the potential to regulate a multitude of cellular processes, but its function is poorly understood. Endolysosomes play an important role in Wnt signaling, in which glycogen synthase kinase 3 (GSK3) becomes sequestered inside multivesicular bodies (MVBs) by the process known as microautophagy, causing the stabilization of many proteins. Up to 20% of cellular proteins contain three or more consecutive putative GSK3 sites, and of these 33% also contain methylarginine (meArg) modifications...
May 17, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
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