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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918259/disrupted-structural-and-functional-connectivity-networks-in-ischemic-stroke-patients
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Jingna Zhang, Ye Zhang, Li Wang, Linqiong Sang, Jun Yang, Rubing Yan, Pengyue Li, Jian Wang, Mingguo Qiu
Local lesions caused by stroke may result in extensive structural and functional reorganization in the brain. Previous studies of this phenomenon have focused on specific brain networks. Here, we aimed to discover abnormalities in whole-brain networks and to explore the decoupling between structural and functional connectivity in patients with stroke. Fifteen ischemic stroke patients and 23 normal controls (NCs) were recruited in this study. A graph theoretical analysis was employed to investigate the abnormal topological properties of structural and functional brain networks in patients with stroke...
September 13, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910569/hierarchical-recruitment-of-polycomb-complexes-revisited
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Eshagh Dorafshan, Tatyana G Kahn, Yuri B Schwartz
Polycomb Group (PcG) proteins epigenetically repress key developmental genes and thereby control alternative cell fates. PcG proteins act as complexes that can modify histones and these histone modifications play a role in transmitting the "memory" of the repressed state as cells divide. Here we consider mainstream models that link histone modifications to hierarchical recruitment of PcG complexes and compare them to results of a direct test of interdependence between PcG complexes for recruitment to Drosophila genes...
September 14, 2017: Nucleus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910411/molecular-population-genetics-of-the-polycomb-genes-in-drosophila-subobscura
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Juan M Calvo-Martín, Montserrat Papaceit, Carmen Segarra
Polycomb group (PcG) proteins are important regulatory factors that modulate the chromatin state. They form protein complexes that repress gene expression by the introduction of posttranslational histone modifications. The study of PcG proteins divergence in Drosophila revealed signals of coevolution among them and an acceleration of the nonsynonymous evolutionary rate in the lineage ancestral to the obscura group species, mainly in subunits of the Pcl-PRC2 complex. Herein, we have studied the nucleotide polymorphism of PcG genes in a natural population of D...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905161/retrospective-observation-on-trabeculectomy-of-primary-congenital-glaucoma-by-applying-biological-amniotic-membranes-soaked-with-5-fluorouracil
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Chenming Zhang, Jing Wang, Hui Gao, Xiuqin Wang, Min Wu, Bailing Guo, Chunlei Liu, Wei Liu
PURPOSE: To report our experience on treatment of primary congenital glaucoma with trabeculectomy in combination with biological amniotic membranes soaked with 5-fluorouracil. METHODS: This is a retrospective study. Thirty primary congenital glaucoma (PCG) patients (41 eyes) were treated with trabeculectomy in combination with biological amniotic membranes soaked with 5-fluorouracil before operation and followed up for 2.75 ± 1.35 years in average ranging from 1...
September 13, 2017: International Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28871058/the-hox-proteins-ubx-and-abda-collaborate-with-the-transcription-pausing-factor-m1bp-to-regulate-gene-transcription
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Amel Zouaz, Ankush Auradkar, Marie Claire Delfini, Meiggie Macchi, Marine Barthez, Serge Ela Akoa, Leila Bastianelli, Gengqiang Xie, Wu-Min Deng, Stuart S Levine, Yacine Graba, Andrew J Saurin
In metazoans, the pausing of RNA polymerase II at the promoter (paused Pol II) has emerged as a widespread and conserved mechanism in the regulation of gene transcription. While critical in recruiting Pol II to the promoter, the role transcription factors play in transitioning paused Pol II into productive Pol II is, however, little known. By studying how Drosophila Hox transcription factors control transcription, we uncovered a molecular mechanism that increases productive transcription. We found that the Hox proteins AbdA and Ubx target gene promoters previously bound by the transcription pausing factor M1BP, containing paused Pol II and enriched with promoter-proximal Polycomb Group (PcG) proteins, yet lacking the classical H3K27me3 PcG signature...
September 4, 2017: EMBO Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28861001/increased-gray-matter-volume-and-resting-state-functional-connectivity-in-somatosensory-cortex-and-their-relationship-with-autistic-symptoms-in-young-boys-with-autism-spectrum-disorder
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Jia Wang, Kuang Fu, Lei Chen, Xujun Duan, Xiaonan Guo, Heng Chen, Qiong Wu, Wei Xia, Lijie Wu, Huafu Chen
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has been widely recognized as a complex neurodevelopmental disorder. A large number of neuroimaging studies suggest abnormalities in brain structure and function of patients with ASD, but there is still no consistent conclusion. We sought to investigate both of the structural and functional brain changes in 3-7-year-old children with ASD compared with typically developing controls (TDs), and to assess whether these alterations are associated with autistic behavioral symptoms. Firstly, we applied an optimized method of voxel-based morphometry (VBM) analysis on structural magnetic resonance imaging (sMRI) data to assess the differences of gray matter volume (GMV) between 31 autistic boys aged 3-7 and 31 age- and handness-matched male TDs...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28860043/circumferential-trabeculotomy-versus-conventional-angle-surgery-comparing-long-term-surgical-success-and-clinical-outcomes-in-children-with-primary-congenital-glaucoma
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Rebecca F Neustein, Allen D Beck
PURPOSE: This study compares the long-term efficacy of circumferential trabeculotomy to that of conventional angle surgeries in primary congenital glaucoma (PCG), as judged by glaucoma and visual outcomes. DESIGN: Retrospective observational case series. METHODS: Setting: Emory Eye Center, Atlanta, Georgia. STUDY POPULATION: This was a single-institution retrospective study involving children with PCG who underwent circumferential trabeculotomy, standard trabeculotomy, or goniotomy with ≥2 year follow-up...
August 28, 2017: American Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28851359/efficacy-of-one-dose-vaccination-against-experimental-infection-with-two-mycoplasma-hyopneumoniae-strains
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Annelies Michiels, Ioannis Arsenakis, Filip Boyen, Roman Krejci, Freddy Haesebrouck, Dominiek Maes
BACKGROUND: Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae (M. hyopneumoniae) is the primary agent of enzootic pneumonia in pigs. Pigs are often infected with different M. hyopneumoniae strains. This study assessed the efficacy of vaccination against experimental infection with two genetically different M. hyopneumoniae strains in weaned piglets. At 33 days of age (D0), 45 M. hyopneumoniae-free piglets were randomly assigned to three different groups: 1) negative control group (NCG; n = 5): not vaccinated, not infected, 2) positive control group (PCG; n = 20): not vaccinated, infected, and 3) vaccination group (VG; n = 20): single vaccination with an inactivated whole-cell M...
August 29, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822297/validation-of-the-choking-risk-assessment-and-pneumonia-risk-assessment-for-adults-with-intellectual-and-developmental-disability-idd
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Justine Joan Sheppard, Georgia A Malandraki, Paula Pifer, Jill Cuff, Michelle Troche, Bronwyn Hemsley, Susan Balandin, Avinash Mishra, Roberta Hochman
BACKGROUND: Risk assessments are needed to identify adults with intellectual and developmental disability (IDD) at high risk of choking and pneumonia. AIM: To describe the development and validation of the Choking Risk Assessment (CRA) and the Pneumonia Risk Assessment (PRA) for adults with IDD. METHODS: Test items were identified through literature review and focus groups. Five-year retrospective chart reviews identified a positive choking group (PCG), a negative choking group (NCG), a positive pneumonia group (PPG), and a negative pneumonia group (NPG)...
August 16, 2017: Research in Developmental Disabilities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810184/design-and-evaluation-of-a-parametric-model-for-cardiac-sounds
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Roilhi F Ibarra-Hernández, Miguel A Alonso-Arévalo, Alejandro Cruz-Gutiérrez, Ana L Licona-Chávez, Salvador Villarreal-Reyes
Heart sound analysis plays an important role in the auscultative diagnosis process to detect the presence of cardiovascular diseases. In this paper we propose a novel parametric heart sound model that accurately represents normal and pathological cardiac audio signals, also known as phonocardiograms (PCG). The proposed model considers that the PCG signal is formed by the sum of two parts: one of them is deterministic and the other one is stochastic. The first part contains most of the acoustic energy. This part is modeled by the Matching Pursuit (MP) algorithm, which performs an analysis-synthesis procedure to represent the PCG signal as a linear combination of elementary waveforms...
August 9, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801151/correlation-between-desiccation-stress-response-and-epigenetic-modifications-of-genes-in-drosophila-melanogaster-an-example-of-environment-epigenome-interaction
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Vineeta Sharma, Surbhi Kohli, Vani Brahmachari
Animals from different phyla including arthropods tolerate water stress to different extent. This tolerance is accompanied by biochemical changes which in turn are due to transcriptional alteration. The changes in transcription can be an indirect effect on some of the genes, ensuing from the effect of stress on the regulators of transcription including epigenetic regulators. Within this paradigm, we investigated the correlation between stress response and epigenetic modification underlying gene expression modulation during desiccation stress in Canton-S...
August 8, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794438/complete-mitochondrial-genomes-of-anopheles-stephensi-and-an-dirus-and-comparative-evolutionary-mitochondriomics-of-50-mosquitoes
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You-Jin Hao, Yi-Lin Zou, Yi-Ran Ding, Wen-Yue Xu, Zhen-Tian Yan, Xu-Dong Li, Wen-Bo Fu, Ting-Jing Li, Bin Chen
To better understand the phylogeny and evolution of mosquitoes, the complete mitochondrial genome (mitogenome) of Anopheles stephensi and An. dirus were sequenced and annotated, and a total of 50 mosquito mitogenomes were comparatively analyzed. The complete mitogenome of An. stephensi and An. dirus is 1,5371 bp and 1,5406 bp long, respectively. The main features of the 50 mosquito mitogenomes are conservative: 13 protein-coding genes (PCGs), two ribosomal RNA genes, 22 transfer RNA genes, positive AT-skew and negative GC-skew...
August 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765367/polycomb-mediated-chromatin-loops-revealed-by-a-subkilobase-resolution-chromatin-interaction-map
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Kyle P Eagen, Erez Lieberman Aiden, Roger D Kornberg
The locations of chromatin loops in Drosophila were determined by Hi-C (chemical cross-linking, restriction digestion, ligation, and high-throughput DNA sequencing). Whereas most loop boundaries or "anchors" are associated with CTCF protein in mammals, loop anchors in Drosophila were found most often in association with the polycomb group (PcG) protein Polycomb (Pc), a subunit of polycomb repressive complex 1 (PRC1). Loops were frequently located within domains of PcG-repressed chromatin. Promoters located at PRC1 loop anchors regulate some of the most important developmental genes and are less likely to be expressed than those not at PRC1 loop anchors...
August 15, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730218/the-morphogen-behind-primary-congenital-glaucoma-and-the-dream-of-targeting
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Kyrillus Samaan Shohdy, Wegdan Aly Rashad, Mohamed Khalid Fargoun, Phillippe Urban
Glaucoma is a clinical entity with multifactorial etiology, a severe subtype occurs in infancy called primary congenital glaucoma (PCG). Three distinct levels interact sequentially to produce PCG: (i) genetic mutations mainly affecting the CYP1B1 gene, (ii) absence or dysregulation of a morphogen, and (iii) trabecular meshwork pathological changes either in patterning or remodeling. We will discuss these three levels in detail towards further understanding of the morphological basis of the disease, focusing on the missing points, for instance the exact nature and function of the morphogen along with the putative role of CYP1B1 gene...
2017: Romanian Journal of Morphology and Embryology, Revue Roumaine de Morphologie et Embryologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717045/multitasking-by-polycomb-response-elements
#15
Elizabeth S Jaensch, Sharmistha Kundu, Robert E Kingston
Development requires the expression of master regulatory genes necessary to specify a cell lineage. Equally significant is the stable and heritable silencing of master regulators that would specify alternative lineages. This regulated gene silencing is carried out by Polycomb group (PcG) proteins, which must be correctly recruited only to the subset of their target loci that requires lineage-specific silencing. A recent study by Erceg and colleagues (pp. 590-602) expands on a key aspect of that targeting: The same DNA elements that recruit PcG complexes to a repressed locus also encode transcriptional enhancers that function in different lineages where that locus must be expressed...
June 1, 2017: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712876/drosophila-sce-dring-e3-ligase-inhibits-apoptosis-in-a-dp53-dependent-manner
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Carolina J Simoes da Silva, Sol Fereres, Rocío Simón, Ana Busturia
The Polycomb group (PcG) of proteins control developmental gene silencing and are highly conserved between flies and mammals. PcG proteins function by controlling post-translational modification of histones, such as ubiquitylation, which impacts chromatin compaction and thus gene transcription. Changes in PcG cellular levels have drastic effects on organismal development and are involved in the generation of human pathologies such as cancer. However, the mechanisms controlling their levels of expression and their physiological effects are only partially understood...
September 1, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711634/role-of-epigenetic-modulation-in-cancer-stem-cell-fate
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Abhijeet Deshmukh, Mudra Binju, Frank Arfuso, Philip Newsholme, Arun Dharmarajan
A sub-population of the tumor micro-environment consists of cancer stem cells (CSCs), which are responsible for the initiation and recurrence of cancer. Recently, epigenetic processes such as DNA methylation, histone modification, and chromatin remodeling have been found to be involved in inducing epigenetic factors in CSCs. Most of these processes, such as DNA methylation, generally occur in the genome that is rich in Cytosine-Guanine repeat sequences, also known as CpG islands, which are distributed throughout the human genome...
July 12, 2017: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706942/evaluation-of-the-sealing-ability-of-three-obturation-techniques-using-a-glucose-leakage-test
#18
Katarzyna Olczak, Halina Pawlicka
The aim of this study was to evaluate the sealing ability of three different canal filling techniques. Sixty-four roots of extracted human maxillary anterior teeth were prepared using ProTaper® rotary instruments. The specimens were then randomly divided into 3 experimental groups (n = 16) and 2 control groups (n = 8). The root canals were filled using cold lateral compaction (CLC group), continuous wave condensation technique using the Elements Obturation Unit® (EOU group), and ProTaper obturators (PT group)...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702745/quercetin-reverses-altered-energy-metabolism-in-the-heart-of-rats-receiving-adriamycin-chemotherapy
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Naglaa Zakaria, Samah R Khalil, Ashraf Awad, Ghada M Khairy
The primary aim of this study was to find the potential modulatory roles of quercetin (QUE) against Adriamycin (ADR)-induced cardiotoxicity. A total of 50 rats were assigned to five groups: a control group, an ADR-treated group, a QUE-treated group, a prophylaxis-cotreated group, and a therapeutic-cotreated group, respectively. QUE exhibited a significant cardioprotective effect, particularly, when it was administered prior to and concurrently with ADR treatment (prophylaxis-cotreated group). This effect was biochemically evident by the significant decreases in the serum levels of myocardial injury biomarkers such as troponin, creatine kinase-myocardium bound, and creatine phosphokinase...
July 12, 2017: Cardiovascular Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698559/repression-of-abd-b-by-polycomb-is-critical-for-cell-identity-maintenance-in-adult-drosophila-testis
#20
Shuo Zhang, Chenyu Pan, Xiangdong Lv, Wei Wu, Hao Chen, Wenqing Wu, Hailong Wu, Lei Zhang, Yun Zhao
Hox genes play a fundamental role in regulating animal development. However, less is known about their functions on homeostasis maintenance in adult stem cells. Here, we report that the repression of an important axial Hox gene, Abdominal-B (Abd-B), in cyst stem cells (CySCs) is essential for the homeostasis and cell identity maintenance in the adult Drosophila testis. Derepression of Abd-B in CySCs disrupts the proper self-renewal of both germline stem cells (GSCs) and CySCs, and leads to an excessive expansion of early stage somatic cells, which originate from both lineages...
July 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
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