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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494698/extemporaneously-preparative-biodegradable-injectable-polymer-systems-exhibiting-temperature-responsive-irreversible-gelation
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Yasuyuki Yoshida, Kazuyuki Takata, Hiroki Takai, Keisuke Kawahara, Akinori Kuzuya, Yuichi Ohya
On clinical application of biodegradable injectable polymer (IP) systems, quick extemporaneous preparation of IP formulations and longer duration time gel state after injection into the body are the important targets to be developed. Previously, we had reported temperature-responsive covalent gelation systems via bio-orthogonal thiol-ene reaction by "mixing strategy" of amphiphilic biodegradable tri-block copolymer (tri-PCG) attaching acryloyl groups on both termini (tri-PCG-Acryl) with reactive polythiol. In other previous works, we found "freeze-dry with PEG/dispersion" method as quick extemporaneous preparation method of biodegradable IP formulations...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Biomaterials Science. Polymer Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491069/characterization-of-the-polycomb-group-mark-h3k27me3-in-unicellular-algae
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Pawel Mikulski, Olga Komarynets, Fabio Fachinelli, Andreas P M Weber, Daniel Schubert
Polycomb Group (PcG) proteins mediate chromatin repression in plants and animals by catalyzing H3K27 methylation and H2AK118/119 mono-ubiquitination through the activity of the Polycomb repressive complex 2 (PRC2) and PRC1, respectively. PcG proteins were extensively studied in higher plants, but their function and target genes in unicellular branches of the green lineage remain largely unknown. To shed light on PcG function and modus operandi in a broad evolutionary context, we demonstrate phylogenetic relationship of core PRC1 and PRC2 proteins and H3K27me3 biochemical presence in several unicellular algae of different phylogenetic subclades...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489019/heart-sound-classification-from-unsegmented-phonocardiograms
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Philip Langley, Alan Murray
Objective Most algorithms for automated analysis of phonocardiograms (PCG) require segmentation of the signal into the characteristic heart sounds. The aim was to assess the feasibility for accurate classification of heart sounds on short, unsegmented recordings. Approach PCG segments of 5 second duration from the PhysioNet/Computing in Cardiology Challenge database were analysed. Initially the 5 second segment at the start of each recording (seg 1) was analysed. Segments were zero-mean but otherwise had no pre-processing or segmentation...
May 10, 2017: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485529/exosomes-mediate-interepithelial-transfer-of-functional-p-glycoprotein-in-chronic-rhinosinusitis-with-nasal-polyps
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Angela L Nocera, Marcel M Miyake, Philip Seifert, Xue Han, Benjamin S Bleier
OBJECTIVE: P-glycoprotein (P-gp) drives type-2 helper T-cell inflammation in chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps (CRSwNP) through unknown posttranslational mechanisms of overexpression. A recent randomized clinical trial demonstrated that inhibition of P-gp was as effective as oral steroids and biologics in treating CRSwNP. Exosomes are 30- to 150-nm vesicles capable of intercellular membrane protein transfer. The aims of this study were 1) to determine whether CRSwNP mucus exosomes are enriched with P-gp, and 2) whether exosomal P-gp can be functionally transferred to autologous epithelial cells as a putative mechanism for the proinflammatory overexpression of P-gp in CRSwNP...
May 9, 2017: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485167/expression-and-clinicopathological-significance-of-mel-18-and-bmi-1-in-oesophageal-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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H J Ji, M Cao, K L Ren, N B Sun, B Xu, X T Chang, W Wang, Q Zang, Z M Jiang
The Polycomb group (PcG) genes are a general class of regulators that are responsible for maintaining homeotic gene expression throughout cell division. PcG expression plays an important role in oncogenesis of several types of human cancer. Mel-18 and Bmi-1 are key PcG proteins. Studies have shown that Mel-18 is a potential tumour suppression and Bmi-1 is overexpressed in several human malignancies. However, the roles of Mel-18 and Bmi-1 in oesophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) are still unclear. In this study, we analysed the expression levels of Mel-18 and Bmi-1 in 89 oesophageal cancer tissues and paired normal mucosal tissues using immunohistochemistry, Western blotting and quantitative real-time PCR (QRT-PCR) analyses...
May 9, 2017: Neoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475302/bimetallic-carbides-based-nanocomposite-as-superior-electrocatalyst-for-oxygen-evolution-reaction
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Yu-Jia Tang, Chun-Hui Liu, Wei Huang, Xiao-Li Wang, Long-Zhang Dong, Shun-Li Li, Ya-Qian Lan
The development of highly efficient and low-cost oxygen evolution electrocatalysts is extremely imperative for the new energy technology. Transition metal carbides have been investigated as remarkable hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) electrocatalysts but undesired oxygen evolution reaction (OER) electrocatalysts and need further study. Here, a cobalt-molybdenum-based bimetallic carbide coated by N-doped porous carbon and anchored on N-doped reduced graphene oxide film (Co6Mo6C2/NCRGO) is synthesized by directly carbonizing the Co-doped polyoxometalate/conductive polymer/graphene oxide (Co-PCG) precursors...
May 10, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28460453/cbx7-is-a-glioma-prognostic-marker-and-induces-g1-s-arrest-via-the-silencing-of-ccne1
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Tianfu Yu, Youzhi Wu, Qi Hu, Junxia Zhang, Er Nie, Weining Wu, Xiefeng Wang, Yingyi Wang, Ning Liu
Chromobox homolog 7 (CBX7) cooperates with other polycomb group (PcG) proteins to maintain target genes in a silenced state. However, the precise role of CBX7 in tumor progression is still controversial. We found that the expression of CBX7 in four public databases was significantly lower in high grade glioma (HGG). The reduced expression of CBX7 correlated with poor outcome in HGG patients. Both KEGG and GO analyses indicated that genes that were negatively correlated to CBX7 were strongly associated with the cell cycle pathway...
April 18, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454437/polycomb-group-expression-signatures-in-the-malignant-progression-of-gliomas
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Qi Hu, Weining Wu, Ailiang Zeng, Tianfu Yu, Feng Shen, Er Nie, Yingyi Wang, Ning Liu, Junxia Zhang, Yongping You
Polycomb group (PcG) proteins form at least two key complexes, namely polycomb repressive complex 1 and polycomb repressive complex 2. These complexes are involved in the progression of various cancers. Systematic research has not been conducted on the aberrant expression of PcG members in gliomas. Using the Chinese Glioma Genome Atlas data set, PcG expression patterns between normal brain tissues and glioma samples were analyzed, and a PcG-based classifier was then developed using BRB Cox regression and risk-score model...
April 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454227/chromobox-homolog-2-protein-a-novel-biomarker-for-predicting-prognosis-and-taxol-sensitivity-in-patients-with-breast-cancer
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Wang Yang Chen, Xian Yu Zhang, Tong Liu, Yang Liu, Ya Shuang Zhao, Da Pang
Polycomb group (PcG) complexes modify histones to silence tumor suppressor genes, which exhibit an important function in tumorigenesis and progression. The chromobox (Cbx) protein family is a critical component of PcG-mediated repression. Cbx2, a member of the Cbx protein family, is hypothesized to exhibit a vital role in breast cancer. In the present study, immunohistochemical analysis using tissue microarrays was performed to determine the levels of Cbx2 protein expression in breast cancer. The association between Cbx2 expression and the clinical features and prognosis of 455 breast cancer patients was analyzed...
March 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448622/goniodysgenesis-variability-and-activity-of-cyp1b1-genotypes-in-primary-congenital-glaucoma
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María T García-Antón, Juan J Salazar, Rosa de Hoz, Blanca Rojas, Ana I Ramírez, Alberto Triviño, José-Daniel Aroca-Aguilar, Julián García-Feijoo, Julio Escribano, José M Ramírez
Mutations in the CYP1B1 gene are currently the main known genetic cause of primary congenital glaucoma (PCG), a leading cause of blindness in children. Here, we analyze for the first time the CYP1B1 genotype activity and the microscopic and clinical phenotypes in human PCG. Surgical pieces from trabeculectomy from patients with PCG (n = 5) and sclerocorneal rims (n = 3) from cadaver donors were processed for transmission electron microscopy. Patients were classified into three groups depending on goniodysgenesis severity, which was influenced by CYP1B1 enzymatic activity...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436983/stable-polycomb-dependent-transgenerational-inheritance-of-chromatin-states-in-drosophila
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Filippo Ciabrelli, Federico Comoglio, Simon Fellous, Boyan Bonev, Maria Ninova, Quentin Szabo, Anne Xuéreb, Christophe Klopp, Alexei Aravin, Renato Paro, Frédéric Bantignies, Giacomo Cavalli
Transgenerational epigenetic inheritance (TEI) describes the transmission of alternative functional states through multiple generations in the presence of the same genomic DNA sequence. Very little is known about the principles and the molecular mechanisms governing this type of inheritance. Here, by transiently enhancing 3D chromatin interactions, we established stable and isogenic Drosophila epilines that carry alternative epialleles, as defined by differential levels of Polycomb-dependent trimethylation of histone H3 Lys27 (forming H3K27me3)...
April 24, 2017: Nature Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430330/long-term-visual-outcomes-in-children-with-primary-congenital-glaucoma
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Sanaa A Yassin
PURPOSE: To determine the long-term visual outcomes and risk factors for visual loss in children with primary congenital glaucoma (PCG) who underwent angle surgery over a 21-year period. METHODS: This was a retrospective study of patients who underwent trabeculotomy, trabeculectomy, or combined trabeculotomy-trabeculectomy for PCG. Visual acuity (VA), surgeries, and underlying cause of visual impairment were recorded and compared. Main outcome measures were final best-corrected good VA (20/20 to 20/50), moderate VA (<20/50 to 20/200), or poor VA (<20/200); age at surgery, sex, laterality, type of initial glaucoma surgery, and number of surgeries were recorded...
April 20, 2017: European Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415122/p1138cardiac-shear-wave-velocity-in-healthy-individuals
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M Strachinaru, M L Geleijnse, J G Bosch, N De Jong, Afw Van Der Steen, B M Van Dalen, H J Vos
Background: The closure of the valves generates shear waves in the heart walls. The propagation velocity of shear waves relates to stiffness. This could potentially be used to estimate the stiffness of the myocardium, with huge potential implications in pathologies characterized by a deterioration of the diastolic properties of the left ventricle. In an earlier phantom study we already validated shear wave tracking with a clinical ultrasound system in cardiac mode. Purpose: In this study we aimed to measure the shear waves velocity in normal individuals...
December 1, 2016: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410136/directed-connectivity-of-brain-default-networks-in-resting-state-using-gca-and-motif
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Zhuqing Jiao, Huan Wang, Kai Ma, Ling Zou, Jianbo Xiang
Nowadays, there is a lot of interest in assessing functional interactions between key brain regions. In this paper, Granger causality analysis (GCA) and motif structure are adopted to study directed connectivity of brain default mode networks (DMNs) in resting state. Firstly, the time series of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data in resting state were extracted, and the causal relationship values of the nodes representing related brain regions are analyzed in time domain to construct a default network...
June 1, 2017: Frontiers in Bioscience (Landmark Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394339/nspc1-promotes-cancer-stem-cell-self-renewal-by-repressing-the-synthesis-of-all-trans-retinoic-acid-via-targeting-rdh16-in-malignant-glioma
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P-S Hu, Q-S Xia, F Wu, D-K Li, Y-J Qi, Y Hu, Z-Z Wei, S-S Li, N-Y Tian, Q-F Wei, L-J Shen, B Yin, T Jiang, J-G Yuan, B-Q Qiang, W Han, X-Z Peng
Polycomb group (PcG) proteins play an important role in development and stem cell maintenance, and their dysregulation have been closely linked to oncogenesis and cancer stem cell phenotypes. Here, we found that nervous system polycomb 1 (NSPc1) was highly expressed in stem cell-like glioma cells (SLCs). Knockdown of NSPc1 in SLCs resulted in impaired neurosphere formation and self-renewal abilities, down-regulated expression of stemness markers such as NESTIN, CD133 and SOX2, and decreased capacity to propagate subcutaneous xenografts...
April 10, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386709/in-silico-analysis-of-five-missense-mutations-in-cyp1b1-gene-in-pakistani-families-affected-with-primary-congenital-glaucoma
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Sabika Firasat, Haiba Kaul, Usman Ali Ashfaq, Sobia Idrees
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to characterize the five missense mutations in CYP1B1 gene identified in Pakistani families affected with primary congenital glaucoma (PCG) using various bioinformatics and protein modeling tools. METHODS: We previously reported four novel missense mutations in CYP1B1 gene segregating in consanguineous Pakistani families. These mutations were identified by direct sequencing of all coding exons, the exon-intron boundaries and the 5' untranslated region of CYP1B1 using genomic DNA from affected and unaffected family members...
April 6, 2017: International Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384041/candidate-gene-analysis-identifies-mutations-in-cyp1b1-and-ltbp2-in-indian-families-with-primary-congenital-glaucoma
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Yeming Yang, Lin Zhang, Shujin Li, Xianjun Zhu, Periasamy Sundaresan
BACKGROUND: Primary congenital glaucoma (PCG) is a severe ocular disorder that presents early in life. Cytochrome P4501B1 (CYP1B1) and latent transforming growth factor-beta-binding protein 2 (LTBP2) are the most commonly mutated genes in PCG. AIM: To investigate the causative genetic mutations in eight Indian families with PCG. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Whole-exome sequencing was applied to analyze the genomic DNA samples from PCG probands. Sanger sequencing was utilized to confirm the identified mutations...
April 2017: Genetic Testing and Molecular Biomarkers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381411/dual-functionality-of-cis-regulatory-elements-as-developmental-enhancers-and-polycomb-response-elements
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Jelena Erceg, Tibor Pakozdi, Raquel Marco-Ferreres, Yad Ghavi-Helm, Charles Girardot, Adrian P Bracken, Eileen E M Furlong
Developmental gene expression is tightly regulated through enhancer elements, which initiate dynamic spatio-temporal expression, and Polycomb response elements (PREs), which maintain stable gene silencing. These two cis-regulatory functions are thought to operate through distinct dedicated elements. By examining the occupancy of the Drosophila pleiohomeotic repressive complex (PhoRC) during embryogenesis, we revealed extensive co-occupancy at developmental enhancers. Using an established in vivo assay for PRE activity, we demonstrated that a subset of characterized developmental enhancers can function as PREs, silencing transcription in a Polycomb-dependent manner...
March 15, 2017: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28380363/polycomb-and-hox-genes-control-jnk-induced-remodeling-of-the-segment-boundary-during-drosophila-morphogenesis
#19
Solange Roumengous, Raphaël Rousset, Stéphane Noselli
In segmented tissues, anterior and posterior compartments represent independent morphogenetic domains, which are made of distinct lineages separated by boundaries. During dorsal closure of the Drosophila embryo, specific "mixer cells" (MCs) are reprogrammed in a JNK-dependent manner to express the posterior determinant engrailed (en) and cross the segment boundary. Here, we show that JNK signaling induces de novo expression of en in the MCs through repression of Polycomb (Pc) and release of the en locus from the silencing PcG bodies...
April 4, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346469/computational-identifying-and-characterizing-circular-rnas-and-their-associated-genes-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Yan Li, Yongcheng Dong, Ziyan Huang, Qifan Kuang, Yiming Wu, Yizhou Li, Menglong Li
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is currently still a major factor leading to death, lacking of reliable biomarkers. Therefore, deep understanding the pathogenesis for HCC is of great importance. The emergence of circular RNA (circRNA) provides a new way to study the pathogenesis of human disease. Here, we employed the prediction tool to identify circRNAs based on RNA-seq data. Then, to investigate the biological function of the circRNA, the candidate circRNAs were associated with the protein-coding genes (PCGs) by GREAT...
2017: PloS One
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