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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434163/biomarkers-of-epileptogenesis-the-focus-on-glia-and-cognitive-dysfunctions
#1
Annamaria Vezzani, Rosaria Pascente, Teresa Ravizza
The need to find measures that reliably predict the onset of epilepsy after injurious events or how the patient will respond to anti-seizure drugs led to intensive pre-clinical and clinical research to discover non-invasive biomarkers that could increase the sensitivity of existing clinical indicators. The use of experimental models of epileptogenesis and of drug-resistance is instrumental to select the most promising approaches to explore such biomarkers in the pre-clinical setting for further clinical validation...
April 22, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434137/cholesterol-hydroperoxide-generation-translocation-and-reductive-turnover-in-biological-systems
#2
Albert W Girotti, Witold Korytowski
Cholesterol is like other unsaturated lipids in being susceptible to peroxidative degradation upon exposure to strong oxidants like hydroxyl radical or peroxynitrite generated under conditions of oxidative stress. In the eukaryotic cell plasma membrane, where most of the cellular cholesterol resides, peroxidation leads to membrane structural and functional damage from which pathological states may arise. In low density lipoprotein, cholesterol and phospholipid peroxidation have long been associated with atherogenesis...
April 22, 2017: Cell Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433874/systematically-characterize-the-absorbed-effective-substances-of-wutou-decoction-and-their-metabolic-pathways-in-rat-plasma-using-uhplc-q-tof-ms-combined-with-a-target-network-pharmacological-analysis
#3
Tengfei Xu, Shizhe Li, Yufei Sun, Zifeng Pi, Shu Liu, Fengrui Song, Zhiqiang Liu
Wu-tou Decoction (WTD) is a famous traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) formula which is applied to treat arthritis and pain of joints. In this study, a sensitive and rapid method was developed for the separation and identification of the absorbed constituents and metabolites of WTD in the rats plasma by ultra high-performance liquid chromatography coupled with quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry (UHPLC-Q-TOF-MS). A total of 22 absorbed prototype constituents and 49 metabolites were identified or tentatively characterized in dosed plasma...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433826/data-summarization-method-for-chronic-disease-tracking
#4
Dejan Aleksić, Petar Rajković, Dušan Vučković, Dragan Janković, Aleksandar Milenković
OBJECTIVES: Bearing in mind the rising prevalence of chronic medical conditions, the chronic disease management is one of the key features required by medical information systems used in primary healthcare. Our research group paid a particular attention to this specific area by offering a set of custom data collection forms and reports in order to improve medical professionals' daily routine. The main idea was to provide an overview of history for chronic diseases, which, as it seems, had not been properly supported in previous administrative workflows...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433810/generation-mechanism-of-nonlinear-ultrasonic-lamb-waves-in-thin-plates-with-randomly-distributed-micro-cracks
#5
Youxuan Zhao, Feilong Li, Peng Cao, Yaolu Liu, Jianyu Zhang, Shaoyun Fu, Jun Zhang, Ning Hu
Since the identification of micro-cracks in engineering materials is very valuable in understanding the initial and slight changes in mechanical properties of materials under complex working environments, numerical simulations on the propagation of the low frequency S0 Lamb wave in thin plates with randomly distributed micro-cracks were performed to study the behavior of nonlinear Lamb waves. The results showed that while the influence of the randomly distributed micro-cracks on the phase velocity of the low frequency S0 fundamental waves could be neglected, significant ultrasonic nonlinear effects caused by the randomly distributed micro-cracks was discovered, which mainly presented as a second harmonic generation...
April 12, 2017: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433730/detection-of-rickettsia-helvetica-and-candidatus-r-tarasevichiae-dna-in-ixodes-persulcatus-ticks-collected-in-northeastern-european-russia-komi-republic
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Mikhail Yu Kartashov, Ludmila I Glushkova, Tamara P Mikryukova, Igor V Korabelnikov, Yulia I Egorova, Natalia L Tupota, Elena V Protopopova, Svetlana N Konovalova, Vladimir A Ternovoi, Valery B Loktev
The number of tick-borne infections in the northern European regions of Russia has increased considerably in the last years. In the present study, 676 unfed adult Ixodes persulcatus ticks were collected in the Komi Republic from 2011 to 2013 to study tick-borne rickettsioses. Rickettsia spp. DNA was detected by PCR in 51 (7.6%) ticks. The nucleotide sequence analysis of gltA fragments (765bp) from 51 ticks indicated that 60.8% and 39.2% of the ticks were infected with Rickettsia helvetica and Candidatus R. tarasevichiae, respectively...
April 6, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433721/optimizing-the-restored-chemotactic-behavior-of-anticancer-agent-salmonella-enterica-serovar-typhimurium-vnp20009
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Katherine M Broadway, Seungbeum Suh, Bahareh Behkam, Birgit E Scharf
Bacteria, including strains of Salmonella, have been researched and applied as therapeutic cancer agents for centuries. Salmonella are particularly of interest due to their facultative anaerobic nature, facilitating colonization of differentially oxygenated tumor regions. Additionally, Salmonella can be manipulated with relative ease, resulting in the ability to attenuate the pathogen or engineer vectors for drug delivery. It was recently discovered that the anti-cancer Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium strain VNP20009 is lacking in chemotactic ability, due to a non-synonymous single nucleotide polymorphism in cheY...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433713/biased-signaling-at-neural-melanocortin-receptors-in-regulation-of-energy-homeostasis
#8
Li-Kun Yang, Ya-Xiong Tao
The global prevalence of obesity highlights the importance of understanding on regulation of energy homeostasis. The central melanocortin system is an important intersection connecting the neural pathways controlling satiety and energy expenditure to regulate energy homeostasis by sensing and integrating the signals of external stimuli. In this system, neural melanocortin receptors, melanocortin-3 and -4 receptors (MC3R and MC4R), play crucial roles in the regulation of energy homeostasis. Recently, multiple intracellular signaling pathways and biased signaling at neural MCRs have been discovered, providing new insights into neural MCR signaling...
April 19, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433629/a-novel-strategy-to-dissect-endogenous-gene-transcriptional-regulation-in-live-cells
#9
Wenqing Yang, Siliang Zhang, Yi Zhang, Xin Huang
Gene transcription is a central tenet of biology, traditionally measured by RT-PCR, microarray, or more recently, RNA sequencing. However, these measurements only provide a snapshot of the state of gene transcription and only represent an overall readout of complex transcriptional networks that regulate gene expression. In this report, we describe a novel strategy to dissect endogenous gene transcription regulation in live cells by knocking in a reporter gene, EGFP, under the control of the endogenous gene promoter, using the ARID1A gene as an example...
April 19, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433521/determination-of-cyclopeptide-toxins-in-amanita-subpallidorosea-and-amanita-virosa-by-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-coupled-with-high-resolution-mass-spectrometry
#10
Jiahui Wei, Jianfeng Wu, Jia Chen, Bidong Wu, Zhengmi He, Ping Zhang, Haijiao Li, Chengye Sun, Chang Liu, Zuohong Chen, Jianwei Xie
Amanita subpallidorosea is a recently discovered lethal Amanita sect. Phalloideae species found in China that is clustered with A. virosa in the same clade based on molecular phylogenetic analysis. However, the cyclopeptide toxin contents of these lethal mushrooms remain poorly studied. In this study, the cyclopeptide toxins in A. subpallidorosea were reported for the first time and the cyclopeptide compositions of A. subpallidorosea and A. virosa species were systematically analyzed. Thirteen cyclopeptides and two unknown compounds were identified or observed from these two lethal mushrooms by high-performance liquid chromatography coupled with high-resolution mass spectrometry...
April 19, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433459/depressive-disorders-processes-leading-to-neurogeneration-and-potential-novel-treatments
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REVIEW
Gregory M Brown, Roger S McIntyre, Joshua Rosenblat, Rüdiger Hardeland
Mood disorders are wide spread with estimates that one in seven of the population are affected at some time in their life (Kessler et al., 2012). Many of those affected with severe depressive disorders have cognitive deficits which may progress to frank neurodegeneration. There are several peripheral markers shown by patients who have cognitive deficits that could represent causative factors and could potentially serve as guides to the prevention or even treatment of neurodegeneration. Circadian rhythm misalignment, immune dysfunction and oxidative stress and circadian rhythm misalignment are key pathologic processes implicated in neurodegeneration and cognitive dysfunction in depressive disorders...
April 19, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433382/applications-of-the-crispr-cas9-system-in-kidney-research
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REVIEW
Yoshiki Higashijima, Seiichi Hirano, Masaomi Nangaku, Osamu Nureki
The recently discovered clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat (CRISPR)-CRISPR-associated protein 9 (Cas9) is an RNA-guided DNA nuclease, and has been harnessed for the development of simple, efficient, and relatively inexpensive technologies to precisely manipulate the genomic information in virtually all cell types and organisms. The CRIPSR-Cas9 systems have already been effectively used to disrupt multiple genes simultaneously, create conditional alleles, and generate reporter proteins, even in vivo...
April 19, 2017: Kidney International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433327/replacing-antibodies-with-modified-dna-aptamers-in-vaccine-potency-assays
#13
Jeremiah J Trausch, Mary Shank-Retzlaff, Thorsten Verch
Vaccine in vitro potency assays are vital regulatory tests that are used to confirm the presence and concentration of an antigen of interest in a form that directly or indirectly relates to protective activity in patients. Current assays come in many forms, but they almost exclusively use antibody reagents for selective detection of the target antigen. Antibodies provide specific recognition of vaccine antigens but also exhibit drawbacks such as stability limitations, cost, and lot-to-lot variation, which can make it challenging to maintain the reagent throughout the lifetime of the vaccine...
April 19, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433076/identification-of-ntrk3-fusions-in-childhood-melanocytic-neoplasms
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Lu Wang, Klaus J Busam, Ryma Benayed, Robert Cimera, Jiajing Wang, Ryan Denley, Mamta Rao, Ruth Aryeequaye, Kerry Mullaney, Long Cao, Marc Ladanyi, Meera Hameed
Spitzoid neoplasms are a distinct group of melanocytic tumors. Genetically, they lack mutations in common melanoma-associated oncogenes. Recent studies have shown that spitzoid tumors may contain a variety of kinase fusions, including ROS1, NTRK1, ALK, BRAF, and RET fusions. We report herein the discovery of recurrent NTRK3 gene rearrangements in childhood melanocytic neoplasms with spitzoid and/or atypical features, based on genome-wide copy number analysis by single-nucleotide polymorphism array, which showed intragenic copy number changes in NTRK3...
May 2017: Journal of Molecular Diagnostics: JMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433051/insect-specific-viruses-a-historical-overview-and-recent-developments
#15
Christopher M Roundy, Sasha R Azar, Shannan L Rossi, Scott C Weaver, Nikos Vasilakis
Arthropod-borne viruses (arboviruses) have in recent years become a tremendous global health concern resulting in substantial human morbidity and mortality. With the widespread utilization of molecular technologies such as next-generation sequencing and the advancement of bioinformatics tools, a new age of viral discovery has commenced. Many of the novel agents being discovered in recent years have been isolated from mosquitoes and exhibit a highly restricted host range. Strikingly, these insect-specific viruses have been found to be members of viral families traditionally associated with human arboviral pathogens, including but not limited to the families Flaviviridae, Togaviridae, Reoviridae, and Bunyaviridae...
2017: Advances in Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433050/zoonotic-potential-of-emerging-paramyxoviruses-knowns-and-unknowns
#16
Patricia A Thibault, Ruth E Watkinson, Andres Moreira-Soto, Jan F Drexler, Benhur Lee
The risk of spillover of enzootic paramyxoviruses and the susceptibility of recipient human and domestic animal populations are defined by a broad collection of ecological and molecular factors that interact in ways that are not yet fully understood. Nipah and Hendra viruses were the first highly lethal zoonotic paramyxoviruses discovered in modern times, but other paramyxoviruses from multiple genera are present in bats and other reservoirs that have unknown potential to spillover into humans. We outline our current understanding of paramyxovirus reservoir hosts and the ecological factors that may drive spillover, and we explore the molecular barriers to spillover that emergent paramyxoviruses may encounter...
2017: Advances in Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432837/identifying-genetic-sources-of-phenotypic-heterogeneity-in-orofacial-clefts-by-targeted-sequencing
#17
Jenna C Carlson, Margaret A Taub, Eleanor Feingold, Terri H Beaty, Jeffrey C Murray, Mary L Marazita, Elizabeth J Leslie
BACKGROUND: Orofacial clefts (OFCs), including nonsyndromic cleft lip with or without cleft palate (NSCL/P), are common birth defects. NSCL/P is highly heterogeneous with multiple phenotypic presentations. Two common subtypes of NSCL/P are cleft lip (CL) and cleft lip with cleft palate (CLP) which have different population prevalence. Similarly, NSCL/P can be divided into bilateral and unilateral clefts, with unilateral being the most common. Individuals with unilateral NSCL/P are more likely to be affected on the left side of the upper lip, but right side affection also occurs...
April 22, 2017: Birth Defects Res
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432789/probing-protein-flexibility-reveals-a-mechanism-for-selective-promiscuity
#18
Nicolas A Pabon, Carlos J Camacho
Many eukaryotic regulatory proteins adopt distinct bound and unbound conformations, and use this structural flexibility to bind specifically to multiple partners. However, we lack an understanding of how an interface can select some ligands, but not others. Here, we present a molecular dynamics approach to identify and quantitatively evaluate the interactions responsible for this selective promiscuity. We apply this approach to the anti-cancer target PD-1 and its ligands PD-L1 and PD-L2. We discover that while unbound PD-1 exhibits a hard-to-drug hydrophilic interface, conserved specific triggers encoded in the cognate ligands activate a promiscuous binding pathway that reveals a flexible hydrophobic binding cavity...
April 22, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432635/role-of-inflammation-in-heart-failure
#19
REVIEW
Lily F Shirazi, Joe Bissett, Francesco Romeo, Jawahar L Mehta
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This paper aims to discuss the interactions between inflammatory cytokines, immune cells, and heart failure (HF). The association of heart failure with inflammation has led to multiple studies on anti-inflammatory agents in acute and chronic heart failure. RECENT FINDINGS: Recent findings have implicated leukocytes subclasses and multiple inflammatory mediators in the progression of heart failure and cardiovascular disease. Studies have discovered further details on the interaction between immune cells-particularly macrophages and lymphocytes-and inflammation...
June 2017: Current Atherosclerosis Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432452/fluorescent-angioscopic-imaging-of-calcium-phosphate-tribasic-precursor-of-hydroxyapatite-the-major-calcium-deposit-in-human-coronary-plaques
#20
Takanobu Kobayashi, Osamu Nakagawa, Seiichiro Shirai, Ei Shimoyama, Nobuyuki Hiruta, Yasumi Uchida
Coronary calcification is a risk factor for ischemic heart disease. Hydroxyapatite that is formed by polymerization from calcium phosphate tribasic (CPT) is the major constituent of coronary calcium deposits. If CPT could be visualized, coronary calcification could be predicted and prevented. We discovered that when CPT and collagen I, the main constituent of collagen fibers, are mixed with lac dye (LD) and then exposed to fluorescent light excited at 345 ± 15 nm and emitted at 420 nm, a purple fluorescence that is characteristic of CPT only is elicited...
April 21, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
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