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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161683/out-of-the-blue-finger-ischaemia-and-occult-colorectal-cancer
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Ami Schattner
A woman aged 66 years with a history of unprovoked deep venous thrombosis (DVT) presented with persistent digital ischaemic changes of 2 of her right hand fingers. Physical examination was otherwise normal and extensive laboratory and imaging studies were unremarkable. A history of unprovoked DVT and the current episode of digital ischaemia prompted concern for underlying occult malignancy. Repeated history-taking revealed a strongly positive family history suggesting an occult colorectal cancer. Colonoscopy with biopsy revealed adenocarcinoma...
March 8, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161311/expression-and-regulation-of-atl9-an-e3-ubiquitin-ligase-involved-in-plant-defense
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Fengyan Deng, Tingwei Guo, Mitchell Lefebvre, Steven Scaglione, Christopher J Antico, Tao Jing, Xin Yang, Weixing Shan, Katrina M Ramonell
Plants are continually exposed to a variety of pathogenic organisms, including bacteria, fungi and viruses. In response to these assaults, plants have developed various defense pathways to protect themselves from pathogen invasion. An understanding of the expression and regulation of genes involved in defense signaling is essential to controlling plant disease. ATL9, an Arabidopsis RING zinc finger protein, is an E3 ubiquitin ligase that is induced by chitin and involved in basal resistance to the biotrophic fungal pathogen, Golovinomyces cichoracearum (G...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160395/tooth-loss-in-patients-under-periodontal-maintenance-in-a-private-practice-a-retrospective-study
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Amanda Finger Stadler, Marina Mendez, Rui Vicente Oppermann, Sabrina Carvalho Gomes
The aim of the present study was to evaluate the incidence and causes of tooth loss in periodontal subjects from a private practice in Brazil. Two trained examiners extracted data from the records of subjects who sought periodontal treatment from 1980 to 2013. Only records of patients who completed the non-surgical periodontal treatment and had at least one visit for maintenance were included. Data were analyzed by chi-square test, Student's t-test, Kaplan-Meier survival curve and Cox regression. A total of 3,319 records were reviewed and 737 records included (58...
July 2017: Brazilian Dental Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159799/memory-for-retinotopic-locations-is-more-accurate-than-memory-for-spatiotopic-locations-even-for-visually-guided-reaching
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Anna Shafer-Skelton, Julie D Golomb
To interact successfully with objects, we must maintain stable representations of their locations in the world. However, their images on the retina may be displaced several times per second by large, rapid eye movements. A number of studies have demonstrated that visual processing is heavily influenced by gaze-centered (retinotopic) information, including a recent finding that memory for an object's location is more accurate and precise in gaze-centered (retinotopic) than world-centered (spatiotopic) coordinates (Golomb & Kanwisher, 2012b)...
November 20, 2017: Psychonomic Bulletin & Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159053/using-simultaneous-pet-mri-to-compare-the-accuracy-of-diagnosing-frontotemporal-dementia-by-arterial-spin-labelling-mri-and-fdg-pet
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Udunna C Anazodo, Elizabeth Finger, Benjamin Yin Ming Kwan, William Pavlosky, James Claude Warrington, Matthias Günther, Frank S Prato, Jonathan D Thiessen, Keith S St Lawrence
Purpose: The clinical utility of FDG-PET in diagnosing frontotemporal dementia (FTD) has been well demonstrated over the past decades. On the contrary, the diagnostic value of arterial spin labelling (ASL) MRI - a relatively new technique - in clinical diagnosis of FTD has yet to be confirmed. Using simultaneous PET/MRI, we evaluated the diagnostic performance of ASL in identifying pathological abnormalities in FTD (FTD) to determine whether ASL can provide similar diagnostic value as FDG-PET...
2018: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159038/the-cortical-signature-of-impaired-gesturing-findings-from-schizophrenia
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Petra Verena Viher, Katharina Stegmayer, Marek Kubicki, Sarina Karmacharya, Amanda Ellis Lyall, Andrea Federspiel, Tim Vanbellingen, Stephan Bohlhalter, Roland Wiest, Werner Strik, Sebastian Walther
Schizophrenia is characterized by deficits in gesturing that is important for nonverbal communication. Research in healthy participants and brain-damaged patients revealed a left-lateralized fronto-parieto-temporal network underlying gesture performance. First evidence from structural imaging studies in schizophrenia corroborates these results. However, as of yet, it is unclear if cortical thickness abnormalities contribute to impairments in gesture performance. We hypothesized that patients with deficits in gesture production show cortical thinning in 12 regions of interest (ROIs) of a gesture network relevant for gesture performance and recognition...
2018: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159037/reorganization-of-the-somatosensory-cortex-in-hemiplegic-cerebral-palsy-associated-with-impaired-sensory-tracts
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Christos Papadelis, Erin E Butler, Madelyn Rubenstein, Limin Sun, Lilla Zollei, Donna Nimec, Brian Snyder, Patricia Ellen Grant
Functional neuroimaging studies argue that sensory deficits in hemiplegic cerebral palsy (HCP) are related to deviant somatosensory processing in the ipsilesional primary somatosensory cortex (S1). A separate body of structural neuroimaging literature argues that these deficits are due to structural damage of the ascending sensory tracts (AST). The relationship between the functional and structural integrity of the somatosensory system and the sensory performance is largely unknown in HCP. To address this relationship, we combined findings from magnetoencephalography (MEG) and probabilistic diffusion tractography (PDT) in 10 children with HCP and 13 typically developing (TD) children...
2018: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158545/a-potent-cas9-derived-gene-activator-for-plant-and-mammalian-cells
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Zhenxiang Li, Dandan Zhang, Xiangyu Xiong, Bingyu Yan, Wei Xie, Jen Sheen, Jian-Feng Li
Overexpression of complementary DNA represents the most commonly used gain-of-function approach for interrogating gene functions and for manipulating biological traits. However, this approach is challenging and inefficient for multigene expression due to increased labour for cloning, limited vector capacity, requirement of multiple promoters and terminators, and variable transgene expression levels. Synthetic transcriptional activators provide a promising alternative strategy for gene activation by tethering an autonomous transcription activation domain (TAD) to an intended gene promoter at the endogenous genomic locus through a programmable DNA-binding module...
November 20, 2017: Nature Plants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158490/long-lived-unipotent-blimp1-positive-luminal-stem-cells-drive-mammary-gland-organogenesis-throughout-adult-life
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Salah Elias, Marc A Morgan, Elizabeth K Bikoff, Elizabeth J Robertson
The hierarchical relationships between various stem and progenitor cell subpopulations driving mammary gland morphogenesis and homoeostasis are poorly understood. Conditional inactivation experiments previously demonstrated that expression of the zinc finger transcriptional repressor Blimp1/PRDM1 is essential for the establishment of epithelial cell polarity and functional maturation of alveolar cells. Here we exploit a Prdm1.CreERT2-LacZ reporter allele for lineage tracing experiments. Blimp1 expression marks a rare subpopulation of unipotent luminal stem cells that initially appear in the embryonic mammary gland at around E17...
November 20, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157910/vigilin-interacts-with-ctcf-and-is-involved-in-the-maintenance-of-imprinting-of-igf2-through-a-novel-rna-mediated-mechanism
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Xiaoqin Yu, Qiuying Liu, Jinyang He, Yuan Huang, Lei Jiang, Xiaoyan Xie, Ji Liu, Lihong Chen, Ling Wei, Yang Qin
Accumulating evidence has revealed the imprinting of insulin-like growth factor-2 gene (IGF2) is maintained by binding of CCCTC binding factor (CTCF) to the unmethylated imprinting control region (ICR) between IGF2 and H19 genes. We have previously reported that high-density lipoprotein binding protein (HDLBP/vigilin), a multiKH-domain protein, interacts with CTCF and coexists with it at several CTCF-binding sites on the ICR to regulate general gene expression of IGF2. However, the impact of the interaction on imprinting of IGF2 remains unclear...
November 17, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157763/does-site-matter-comparing-accuracy-and-patient-comfort-of-blood-glucose-samples-taken-from-the-finger-and-palm-of-the-perioperative-patient
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Lisa Farmer, Clara Winfield, Beth Quatrara, Lisa Letzkus, Paula Schenck, Patricia Finneran, David Pollak, Cynthia McCaskill, Russell Nealy, Mark Conaway
PURPOSE: This study compared two blood glucose (BG) point of care sampling methods to determine which is least painful yet accurate. DESIGN: The two-period, two-treatment crossover trial compared the traditional fingertip sampling method to a form of alternative site testing (AST), palm of the hand. METHODS: Subjects received both methods of BG sampling to compare comfort and accuracy. They were randomly assigned to determine which method was used first...
December 2017: Journal of Perianesthesia Nursing: Official Journal of the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157536/a-comparison-of-techniques-to-evaluate-the-effectiveness-of-genome-editing
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Diego Germini, Tatiana Tsfasman, Vlada V Zakharova, Nikolajs Sjakste, Marс Lipinski, Yegor Vassetzky
Genome editing using engineered nucleases (meganucleases, zinc finger nucleases, transcription activator-like effector nucleases) has created many recent breakthroughs. Prescreening for efficiency and specificity is a critical step prior to using any newly designed genome editing tool for experimental purposes. The current standard screening methods of evaluation are based on DNA sequencing or use mismatch-sensitive endonucleases. They can be time-consuming and costly or lack reproducibility. Here, we review and critically compare standard techniques with those more recently developed in terms of reliability, time, cost, and ease of use...
November 17, 2017: Trends in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157415/attention-in-action-and-perception-unitary-or-separate-mechanisms-of-selectivity
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James T Enns, Allison A Brennan, Robert L Whitwell
What is the relation between the two visual stream hypothesis and selective visual attention? In this chapter, we first consider this question at a theoretical level before presenting an example of work from our lab that examines the question: Under what conditions does the emotional content of a visual object influence visually guided action? Previous research has demonstrated that fear can influence perception, both consciously and unconsciously, but it is unclear when fear influences visually guided action...
2017: Progress in Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157209/transcriptome-sequencing-and-analysis-of-zinc-uptake-related-genes-in-trichophyton-mentagrophytes
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Xinke Zhang, Pengxiu Dai, Yongping Gao, Xiaowen Gong, Hao Cui, Yipeng Jin, Yihua Zhang
BACKGROUND: Trichophyton mentagrophytes is an important zoonotic dermatophytic (ringworm) pathogen; causing severe skin infection in humans and other animals worldwide. Fortunately, commonly used fungal skin disease prevention and treatment measures are relatively simple. However, T. mentagrophytes is primarily studied at the epidemiology and drug efficacy research levels, yet current study has been unable to meet the needs of clinical medicine. Zinc is a crucial trace element for the growth and reproduction of fungi and other microorganisms...
November 21, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157076/uhrf1-epigenetically-down-regulates-ubch8-to-inhibit-apoptosis-in-cervical-cancer-cells
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Qishu Zhang, Lijun Qiao, Xiao Wang, Changkuan Ding, Jason J Chen
UHRF1 (ubiquitin-like, containing PHD and RING finger domains 1) is an important epigenetic regulator that plays a part in DNA methylation, protein methylation and ubiquitination. It is also frequently overexpressed in many types of cancers, including cervical cancer, which is caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). In this study, we showed that UHRF1 was up-regulated in HPV oncogene E7 expressing cells and HPV-positive cervical cancer cells. We demonstrated that UHRF1 down-regulated the expression of UBE2L6 gene that encodes the ISG15-conjugating enzyme UbcH8...
November 20, 2017: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156706/mkrn3-functions-as-a-novel-ubiquitin-e3-ligase-to-inhibit-nptx1-during-puberty-initiation
#16
Huifang Liu, Xiangxin Kong, Fengling Chen
Central precocious puberty (CPP) is attributed to the disorder of some trigger factors those can activate the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis controlled by GnRH neurons. Many recent studies reveal one of those trigger factors, Makorin ring finger protein 3 (Mkrn3), whose loss-of-function mutations are implicated in CPP. Although Mkrn3 contained zinc Ring finger domain is considered as a putative E3 ubiquitin ligase, its actual function is never reported. Here, our results demonstrated that in mice hypothalamus before and when puberty initiated, Mkrn3 expressed the reversed tendency with Nptx1, which is an important secreted protein for neuron development...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156496/sensation-mechanoreceptor-and-nerve-fiber-function-after-nerve-regeneration
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Christian Krarup, Birgitta Rosén, Michel Boeckstyns, Allan Ibsen Sørensen, Göran Lundborg, Mihai Moldovan, Simon J Archibald
OBJECTIVE: Sensation is essential for recovery after peripheral nerve injury. However, the relationship between sensory modalities and function of regenerated fibers is uncertain. We have investigated the relationships between touch threshold, tactile gnosis and mechanoreceptor and sensory fiber function after nerve regeneration. METHODS: Twenty-one median or ulnar nerve lesions were repaired by a collagen nerve conduit or direct suture. Quantitative sensory hand function and sensory conduction studies by near-nerve technique including tactile stimulation of mechanoreceptors were followed for 2 years, and results were compared to non-injured hands...
November 20, 2017: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155992/ihh-gene-mutations-causing-short-stature-with-non-specific-skeletal-abnormalities-and-response-to-growth-hormone-therapy
#18
Gabriela A Vasques, Mariana F A Funari, Frederico M Ferreira, Miriam Aza-Carmona, Lucia Sentchordi-Montané, Jimena Barraza-García, Antonio M Lerario, Guilherme L Yamamoto, Michel S Naslavsky, Yeda A O Duarte, Debora R Bertola, Karen E Heath, Alexander A L Jorge
Context: Genetic evaluation has been recognized as an important tool to elucidate the causes of growth disorders. Objective: To investigate the etiology of short stature and to determine the phenotype of patients with IHH mutations, including the response to growth hormone (rhGH) therapy. Patients and Methods: We studied 17 families with autosomal dominant short stature using whole exome sequencing and screened IHH defects in 290 patients with growth disorders...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155979/epigenetic-editing-of-the-dlg4-psd95-gene-improves-cognition-in-aged-and-alzheimer-s-disease-mice
#19
Fernando J Bustos, Estibaliz Ampuero, Nur Jury, Rodrigo Aguilar, Fahimeh Falahi, Jorge Toledo, Juan Ahumada, Jaclyn Lata, Paula Cubillos, Berta Henríquez, Miguel V Guerra, Jimmy Stehberg, Rachael L Neve, Nibaldo C Inestrosa, Ursula Wyneken, Marco Fuenzalida, Steffen Härtel, Miguel Sena-Esteves, Lorena Varela-Nallar, Marianne G Rots, Martin Montecino, Brigitte van Zundert
The Dlg4 gene encodes for post-synaptic density protein 95 (PSD95), a major synaptic protein that clusters glutamate receptors and is critical for plasticity. PSD95 levels are diminished in ageing and neurodegenerative disorders, including Alzheimer's disease and Huntington's disease. The epigenetic mechanisms that (dys)regulate transcription of Dlg4/PSD95, or other plasticity genes, are largely unknown, limiting the development of targeted epigenome therapy. We analysed the Dlg4/PSD95 epigenetic landscape in hippocampal tissue and designed a Dlg4/PSD95 gene-targeting strategy: a Dlg4/PSD95 zinc finger DNA-binding domain was engineered and fused to effector domains to either repress (G9a, Suvdel76, SKD) or activate (VP64) transcription, generating artificial transcription factors or epigenetic editors (methylating H3K9)...
November 16, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155694/paracentral-acute-middle-maculopathy-in-primary-congenital-glaucoma
#20
Yavuz K Aribas, Zeynep Aktas, Kemal Bayrakceken, Tuba Atalay, Sengul Ozdek
PURPOSE: To report a case of primary congenital glaucoma associated with paracentral acute middle maculopathy. METHODS: A case report. RESULTS: A 14-year-old girl with undiagnosed primary congenital glaucoma was referred for the evaluation of sudden vision loss a week after the initial symptoms. Visual acuity was counting fingers at 2 m in the right eye. Examination of her right eye revealed corneal stromal scar like Haab striae, splinter hemorrhage at the temporal border of the optic disk, perivenular hemorrhage, and fern-like white area at the macula...
November 16, 2017: Retinal Cases & Brief Reports
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