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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29471546/longitudinal-analyses-of-blood-transcriptome-during-conversion-to-psychosis
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Boris Chaumette, Oussama Kebir, Juliette Pouch, Bertrand Ducos, Fekrije Selimi, Raphael Gaillard, Marie-Odile Krebs
The biological processes associated with the onset of schizophrenia remain largely unknown. Current hypotheses favor gene × environment interactions as supported by our recent report about DNA methylation changes during the onset of psychosis. Here, we conducted the first longitudinal transcriptomic analysis of blood samples from 31 at-risk individuals who later converted to psychosis and 63 at-risk individuals who did not. Individuals were followed for a maximum of 1 year. Blood samples were collected at baseline and at the end of follow-up and individuals served as their own controls...
February 17, 2018: Schizophrenia Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29471536/variation-across-mitochondrial-gene-trees-provides-evidence-for-systematic-error-how-much-gene-tree-variation-is-biological
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Emilie J Richards, Jeremy M Brown, Anthony J Barley, Rebecca A Chong, Robert C Thomson
The use of large genomic datasets in phylogenetics has highlighted extensive topological variation across genes. Much of this discordance is assumed to result from biological processes. However, variation among gene trees can also be a consequence of systematic error driven by poor model fit, and the relative importance of biological versus methodological factors in explaining gene tree variation is a major unresolved question. Using mitochondrial genomes to control for biological causes of gene tree variation, we estimate the extent of gene tree discordance driven by systematic error and employ posterior prediction to highlight the role of model fit in producing this discordance...
February 19, 2018: Systematic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29471249/post-mortem-biochemistry-of-nse-and-s100b-a-supplemental-tool-for-detecting-a-lethal-traumatic-brain-injury
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Monique Sieber, Jan Dreßler, Heike Franke, Dirk Pohlers, Benjamin Ondruschka
PURPOSE: Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a very common entity that leads to numerous fatalities all over the world. Therefore, forensic pathologists are in desperate need of supplemental methodological tools for the diagnosis of TBI in everyday practice besides the standard autopsy. The present study determined post-mortem neuron specific enolase (NSE) and S100 calcium-binding protein B (S100B) levels as biological markers of an underlying TBI in autopsy cases. METHODS: Paired serum and CSF samples of 92 fatalities were collected throughout routine autopsies...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29471236/shifts-of-system-performance-and-microbial-community-structure-in-a-constructed-wetland-after-exposing-silver-nanoparticles
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Chong Cao, Juan Huang, Chunni Yan, Jialiang Liu, Qian Hu, Wenzhu Guan
The increasing utilization of silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) in industry and commerce inevitably raises its release into wastewater. In this work, effects of Ag NPs on system performance and microbial community along the way of a vertical flow constructed wetland (VFCW) were investigated, along with the removal and fate of Ag NPs within the system. Results showed that the performance of control wetland kept stable during the experimental period, and the top substrate layer (soil layer) of wetland could remove most of pollutants in the influent...
February 7, 2018: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29471200/a-review-on-recent-progress-in-the-detection-methods-and-prevalence-of-human-enteric-viruses-in-water
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Eiji Haramoto, Masaaki Kitajima, Akihiko Hata, Jason R Torrey, Yoshifumi Masago, Daisuke Sano, Hiroyuki Katayama
Waterborne human enteric viruses, such as noroviruses and adenoviruses, are excreted in the feces of infected individuals and transmitted via the fecal-oral route including contaminated food and water. Since viruses are normally present at low concentrations in aquatic environments, they should be concentrated into smaller volumes prior to downstream molecular biological applications, such as quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR). This review describes recent progress made in the development of concentration and detection methods of human enteric viruses in water, and discusses their applications for providing a better understanding of the prevalence of the viruses in various types of water worldwide...
February 8, 2018: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29471169/pegylated-dendritic-polyglycerol-conjugate-targeting-ncam-expressing-neuroblastoma-limitations-and-challenges
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Laura Isabel Vossen, Ela Markovsky, Anat Eldar-Boock, Harald Rune Tschiche, Stefanie Wedepohl, Evgeny Pisarevsky, Ronit Satchi-Fainaro, Marcelo Calderón
Neural cell adhesion molecule (NCAM) is found to be a stem-cell marker in several tumor types and its overexpression is known to correlate with increased metastatic capacity. To combine extravasation- and ligand-dependent targeting to NCAM overexpressing-cells in the tumor microenvironment, we developed a PEGylated NCAM-targeted dendritic polyglycerol (PG) conjugate. Here, we describe the synthesis, physico-chemical characterization and biological evaluation of a PG conjugate bearing the mitotic inhibitor paclitaxel (PTX) and an NCAM-targeting peptide (NTP)...
February 19, 2018: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29471128/spatiotemporal-magnetic-fields-enhance-cytosolic-ca-2-levels-and-induce-actin-polymerization-via-activation-of-voltage-gated-sodium-channels-in-skeletal-muscle-cells
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Mónica Rubio Ayala, Tatiana Syrovets, Susanne Hafner, Vitalii Zablotskii, Alexandr Dejneka, Thomas Simmet
Cellular function is modulated by the electric membrane potential controlling intracellular physiology and signal propagation from a motor neuron to a muscle fiber resulting in muscle contraction. Unlike electric fields, magnetic fields are not attenuated by biological materials and penetrate deep into the tissue. We used complex spatiotemporal magnetic fields (17-70 mT) to control intracellular signaling in skeletal muscle cells. By changing different parameters of the alternating magnetic field (amplitude, inversion time, rotation frequency), we induced transient depolarization of cellular membranes leading to i) Na+ influx through voltage-gated sodium channels (VGSC), ii) cytosolic calcium increase, and iii) VGSC- and ryanodine receptor-dependent increase of actin polymerization...
February 16, 2018: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29471125/biochar-activation-with-exoenzymes-induced-by-earthworms-a-novel-functional-strategy-for-soil-quality-promotion
#8
Juan C Sanchez-Hernandez
The activation of biochar (carbonaceous material generated by pyrolysis of biomass) with extracellular enzymes generated from soil biological processes was studied via a 2-month microcosm using earthworms. The isolation of biochar particles (post-incubated biochar) from earthworm-treated soils allowed to confirm an enrichment of biochar with extracellular enzymes associated to biogeochemical (alkaline phosphatase, β-glucosidase and arylsulfatase) and bioremediation pathways (carboxylesterase). The hydrolytic activity of this biochar incubated with earthworms was up to 8 times higher compared with that of control biochar (incubated in earthworm-free soils)...
February 12, 2018: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29471077/fabrication-of-antibody-loaded-microgels-using-microfluidics-and-thiol-ene-photoclick-chemistry
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Manuel Gregoritza, Kathrin Abstiens, Moritz Graf, Achim M Goepferich
Reducing burst effects, providing controlled release, and safeguarding biologics against degradation are a few of several highly attractive applications for microgels in the field of controlled release. However, the incorporation of proteins into microgels without impairing stability is highly challenging. In this proof of concept study, the combination of microfluidics and thiol-ene photoclick chemistry was evaluated for the fabrication of antibody-loaded microgels with narrow size distribution. Norbornene-modified eight-armed poly(ethylene glycol) with an average molecular mass of 10,000 Da, 20,000 Da, or 40,000 Da were prepared as macromonomers for microgel formation...
February 19, 2018: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29471076/daily-pattern-of-energy-distribution-and-weight-loss
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Hollie A Raynor, Fan Li, Chelsi Cardoso
Timing of energy intake, a temporal dietary pattern, may enhance health. Eating a greater amount of energy earlier and a smaller amount of energy later in the day, a behavioral circadian rhythm, may assist with chronoenhancement. Chronoenhancement seeks to enhance entrainment (synchronization) of biological and behavioral circadian rhythms. In humans, research reports that eating a greater amount of energy early and a smaller amount of energy later in the day increases dietary induced thermogenesis, improves cardiometabolic outcomes, and enhances weight loss...
February 19, 2018: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29470979/transcriptional-information-revealed-differentially-expressed-circular-rnas-in-facet-joint-osteoarthritis
#11
Chen Chu, Wu Chunshuai, Chen Jiajia, Zhang Jinlong, Xue Pengfei, Jiang Jiawei, Cui Zhiming
Circular RNAs are newly identified RNAs that regulate gene expression and execute various biological activities. Facet joint osteoarthritis (FJOA) is a severe facet joint cartilage degeneration disease that induces chronic low back pain to a larger population. The molecular mechanisms of FJOA, especially the presence and changes of circular RNAs in FJOA have not been investigated. In the current study, we analyzed RNA deep sequencing outcomes from healthy control group and FJOA group, identified and annotated circular RNAs, and determined the expressions of circular RNAs...
February 19, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29470852/high-quality-human-and-rat-spermatozoal-rna-isolation-for-functional-genomic-studies
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E Bianchi, A Stermer, K Boekelheide, M Sigman, S J Hall, G Reyes, E Dere, K Hwang
Sperm RNA is a sensitive monitoring endpoint for male reproductive toxicants, and a potential biomarker to assess male infertility and sperm quality. However, isolation of sperm RNA is a challenging procedure due to the heterogeneous population of cells present in the ejaculate, the low yield of RNA per spermatozoon, and the absence of 18S and 28S ribosomal RNA subunits. The unique biology of spermatozoa has created some uncertainty in the field about RNA isolation methods, indicating the need for rigorous quality control checks to ensure reproducibility of data generated from sperm RNA...
February 22, 2018: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29470664/toward-miniaturized-analysis-of-chemical-identity-and-purity-of-radiopharmaceuticals-via-microchip-electrophoresis
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Jimmy Ly, Noel S Ha, Shilin Cheung, R Michael van Dam
Miniaturized synthesis of positron emission tomography (PET) tracers is poised to offer numerous advantages including reduced tracer production costs and increased availability of diverse tracers. While many steps of the tracer production process have been miniaturized, there has been relatively little development of microscale systems for the quality control (QC) testing process that is required by regulatory agencies to ensure purity, identity, and biological safety of the radiotracer before use in human subjects...
February 22, 2018: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29470520/association-between-expression-of-random-gene-sets-and-survival-is-evident-in-multiple-cancer-types-and-may-be-explained-by-sub-classification
#14
Yishai Shimoni
One of the goals of cancer research is to identify a set of genes that cause or control disease progression. However, although multiple such gene sets were published, these are usually in very poor agreement with each other, and very few of the genes proved to be functional therapeutic targets. Furthermore, recent findings from a breast cancer gene-expression cohort showed that sets of genes selected randomly can be used to predict survival with a much higher probability than expected. These results imply that many of the genes identified in breast cancer gene expression analysis may not be causal of cancer progression, even though they can still be highly predictive of prognosis...
February 22, 2018: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29470517/two-essential-thioredoxins-mediate-apicoplast-biogenesis-protein-import-and-gene-expression-in-toxoplasma-gondii
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Marco Biddau, Anne Bouchut, Jack Major, Tracy Saveria, Julie Tottey, Ojore Oka, Marcel van-Lith, Katherine Elizabeth Jennings, Jana Ovciarikova, Amy DeRocher, Boris Striepen, Ross Frederick Waller, Marilyn Parsons, Lilach Sheiner
Apicomplexan parasites are global killers, being the causative agents of diseases like toxoplasmosis and malaria. These parasites are known to be hypersensitive to redox imbalance, yet little is understood about the cellular roles of their various redox regulators. The apicoplast, an essential plastid organelle, is a verified apicomplexan drug target. Nuclear-encoded apicoplast proteins traffic through the ER and multiple apicoplast sub-compartments to their place of function. We propose that thioredoxins contribute to the control of protein trafficking and of protein function within these apicoplast compartments...
February 2018: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29470246/design-and-evaluation-of-a-structural-reinforced-small-intestinal-submucosa-vascular-graft-for-hemodialysis-access-in-a-porcine-model
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Juliana Jaramillo, Karen T Valencia-Rivero, Francisco J Cedano-Serrano, Rocío López, Néstor Sandoval, Juan C Briceño
Synthetic vascular access for hemodialysis exhibits biological and mechanical material properties mismatch with the native vessels. These limitations prevent infiltration of endothelial cells and decrease grafts long-term patency, particularly in small diameter vessels. We aimed to design a curved structural reinforced small intestinal submucosa (SIS) vascular graft for hemodialysis access and to evaluate in a porcine animal model graft patency by Doppler ultrasonography, tissue remodeling by histology, and vascular wall Young's modulus after implantation by biaxial tensile test...
March 2018: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29470090/engineering-interfacial-processes-at-mini-micro-nano-scales-using-sessile-droplet-architecture
#17
Lalit Bansal, Apratim Sanyal, Prasenjit Kabi, Binita Pathak, Saptarshi Basu
Evaporating sessile functional droplets act as the fundamental building block that control the cumulative outcome of many industrial and biological applications such as surface patterning, 3D printing, photonic crystals, DNA sequencing, to name a few. Additionally, a drying single sessile droplet forms a high throughput processing technique using low material volume which is especially suitable for medical diagnosis. Sessile droplet also provides an elementary platform to study and analyze fundamental interfacial processes at various lengthscale ranging from macroscopically observable wetting and evaporation to microfluidic transport to interparticle forces operating at a nanometric lengthscale...
February 22, 2018: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29470065/synthesis-and-characterization-of-a-bi-directional-photoswitchable-antagonist-toolbox-for-real-time-gpcr-photopharmacology
#18
Niels J Hauwert, Tamara A M Mocking, Daniel Da Costa Pereira, Albert J Kooistra, Lisa M Wijnen, Gerda Vreeker, Noortje W E Verweij, Bert H De Boer, Martine J Smit, Chris de Graaf, Henry F Vischer, Iwan J P De Esch, Maikel Wijtmans, Rob Leurs
Non-invasive methods to modulate G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) with temporal and spatial precision are in great demand. Photopharmacology uses photons to control in situ the biological properties of photoswitchable small-molecule ligands which bodes well for chemical biological precision approaches. Integrating the light-switchable configurational properties of an azobenzene into the ligand core, we developed a bi-directional antagonist toolbox for an archetypical family A GPCR, the histamine H3 receptor (H3R)...
February 22, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29469932/high-control-rates-of-proton-and-carbon-ion-beam-treatment-with-intensity-modulated-active-raster-scanning-in-101-patients-with-skull-base-chondrosarcoma-at-the-heidelberg-ion-beam-therapy-center
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Matthias Mattke, Kira Vogt, Nina Bougatf, Thomas Welzel, Jan Oelmann-Avendano, Henrik Hauswald, Alexandra Jensen, Malte Ellerbrock, Oliver Jäkel, Thomas Haberer, Klaus Herfarth, Jürgen Debus, Matthias Uhl
BACKGROUND: The current study compares the results of irradiation with protons and irradiation with carbon ions via a raster scan technique in patients with G1 and G2 skull base chondrosarcomas. METHODS: Between 2009 and 2014, a total of 101 patients (40 men and 61 women) with a median age of 44 years (range, 19-77 years) were irradiated with carbon ions (79 patients) or protons (22 patients) via a raster scan technique at the Heidelberg Ion Beam Therapy Center...
February 22, 2018: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29469689/genomic-and-structural-features-of-the-yellow-fever-virus-from-the-2016-2017-brazilian-outbreak
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Mariela Martínez Gómez, Filipe Vieira Santos de Abreu, Alexandre Araujo Cunha Dos Santos, Iasmim Silva de Mello, Marta Pereira Santos, Ieda Pereira Ribeiro, Anielly Ferreira-de-Brito, Rafaella Moraes de Miranda, Marcia Gonçalves de Castro, Mario Sergio Ribeiro, Roberto da Costa Laterrière Junior, Shirlei Ferreira Aguiar, Guilherme Louzada Silva Meira, Deborah Antunes, Pedro Henrique Monteiro Torres, Daiana Mir, Ana Carolina Paulo Vicente, Ana Carolina Ramos Guimarães, Ernesto Raul Caffarena, Gonzalo Bello, Ricardo Lourenço-de-Oliveira, Myrna Cristina Bonaldo
Southeastern Brazil has been suffering a rapid expansion of a severe sylvatic yellow fever virus (YFV) outbreak since late 2016, which has reached one of the most populated zones in Brazil and South America, heretofore a yellow fever-free zone for more than 70 years. In the current study, we describe the complete genome of 12 YFV samples from mosquitoes, humans and non-human primates from the Brazilian 2017 epidemic. All of the YFV sequences belong to the modern lineage (sub-lineage 1E) of South American genotype I, having been circulating for several months prior to the December 2016 detection...
February 22, 2018: Journal of General Virology
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