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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342280/epigenetic-differentiation-of-natural-populations-of-lilium-bosniacum-associated-with-contrasting-habitat-conditions
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V Zoldoš, I Biruš, E Muratovic, Z Šatovic, A Vojta, O Robin, F Pustahija, F Bogunic, V Vicic Bockor, S Siljak-Yakovlev
Epigenetic variation in natural populations with contrasting habitats might be an important element, in addition to the genetic variation, in plant adaptation to environmental stress. Here, we assessed genetic, epigenetic and cytogenetic structure of the three Lilium bosniacum populations growing on distinct habitats. One population was growing under habitual ecological conditions for this species and the other two were growing under stress associated with high altitude and serpentine soil. Amplified fragment length polymorphism (AFLP) and methylation-sensitive amplification polymorphism (MSAP) analyses revealed that the three populations did not differentiate genetically, but were clearly separated in the three distinct clusters according to DNA methylation profiles...
January 12, 2018: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342135/structures-of-%C3%AE-klotho-reveal-a-zip-code-like-mechanism-for-endocrine-fgf-signalling
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Sangwon Lee, Jungyuen Choi, Jyotidarsini Mohanty, Leiliane P Sousa, Francisco Tome, Els Pardon, Jan Steyaert, Mark A Lemmon, Irit Lax, Joseph Schlessinger
Canonical fibroblast growth factors (FGFs) activate FGF receptors (FGFRs) through paracrine or autocrine mechanisms in a process that requires cooperation with heparan sulfate proteoglycans, which function as co-receptors for FGFR activation. By contrast, endocrine FGFs (FGF19, FGF21 and FGF23) are circulating hormones that regulate critical metabolic processes in a variety of tissues. FGF19 regulates bile acid synthesis and lipogenesis, whereas FGF21 stimulates insulin sensitivity, energy expenditure and weight loss...
January 17, 2018: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342038/utility-of-noncontrast-magnetic-resonance-imaging-for-detection-of-recurrent-vestibular-schwannoma
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Jamie C Williams, Carrie M Carr, Laurence J Eckel, Amy L Kotsenas, Christopher H Hunt, Matthew L Carlson, John I Lane
BACKGROUND: Gadolinium-enhanced T1-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) (T1WI) is the conventional imaging technique of choice to detect vestibular schwannoma (VS) recurrence or regrowth, despite suboptimal specificity secondary to enhancing postoperative changes. Furthermore, recent concerns regarding the accumulation of gadolinium in body tissues have led for a call to reduce the number of contrast-enhanced examinations. The objective of the current study is to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of high-resolution noncontrast (three-dimensional [3D] T2) MRI relative to gadolinium-enhanced T1WI in the detection of VS recurrence after resection...
January 16, 2018: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341682/gate-controlled-spin-valley-locking-of-resident-carriers-in-wse_-2-monolayers
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P Dey, Luyi Yang, C Robert, G Wang, B Urbaszek, X Marie, S A Crooker
Using time-resolved Kerr rotation, we measure the spin-valley dynamics of resident electrons and holes in single charge-tunable monolayers of the archetypal transition-metal dichalcogenide (TMD) semiconductor WSe_{2}. In the n-type regime, we observe long (∼130  ns) polarization relaxation of electrons that is sensitive to in-plane magnetic fields B_{y}, indicating spin relaxation. In marked contrast, extraordinarily long (∼2  μs) polarization relaxation of holes is revealed in the p-type regime, which is unaffected by B_{y}, directly confirming long-standing expectations of strong spin-valley locking of holes in the valence band of monolayer TMDs...
September 29, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341617/enhancing-docetaxel-delivery-to-multidrug-resistant-cancer-cells-with-albumin-coated-nanocrystals
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Sheryhan F Gad, Joonyoung Park, Ji Eun Park, Gihan N Fetih, Sozan S Tous, Wooin Lee, Yoon Yeo
Intravenous delivery of poorly water-soluble anticancer drugs such as docetaxel (DTX) is challenging due to the low bioavailability and the toxicity related to solubilizing excipients. Colloidal nanoparticles are used as alternative carriers, but low drug loading capacity and circulation instability limit their clinical translation. To address these challenges, DTX nanocrystals (NCs) were prepared using Pluronic F127 as an intermediate stabilizer and albumin as a functional surface modifier, which were previously found to be effective in producing small and stable NCs...
January 17, 2018: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341608/molecular-dynamics-pinpoint-the-global-fluorine-effect-in-balanoids-binding-to-pkc%C3%AE%C2%B5-and-pka
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Ari Hardianto, Fei Liu, Shoba Ranganathan
(-)-Balanol is an ATP mimic that inhibits protein kinase C (PKC) isozymes and cAMP-dependent protein kinase (PKA) with little selectivity. While PKA is known as a tumour promoter, PKC isozymes can be tumour promoters or suppressors. In particular, PKCε is frequently involved in tumorigenesis and a potential target for anticancer drugs. We recently reported that stereospecific fluorination of balanol yielded a balanoid with enhanced selectivity for PKCε over other PKC isozymes and PKA, although the global fluorine effect behind the selectivity enhancement is not fully understood...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341418/hand-held-clinical-dual-mode-ultrasound-photoacoustic-imaging-of-rat-urinary-bladder-and-its-applications
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Kathyayini Sivasubramanian, Vijitha Periyasamy, Rhonnie Austria Dienzo, Manojit Pramanik
Urinary bladder imaging is critical to diagnose urinary tract disorders, and bladder cancer. There is a great need for safe, non-invasive, and sensitive imaging technique which enables bladder imaging. Photoacoustic imaging is a rapidly growing imaging technique for various biological applications. It can be combined with clinical ultrasound imaging system for hand-held, dual modal ultrasound-photoacoustic real-time imaging. Structural (bladder wall) and functional (accretion of nanoparticles) bladder imaging is shown here with combined ultrasound and photoacoustic imaging in rats...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Biophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341412/3d-neuromelanin-sensitive-magnetic-resonance-imaging-of-the-substantia-nigra-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Shweta Prasad, Albert Stezin, Abhishek Lenka, Lija George, Jitender Saini, Ravi Yadav, Pramod Kumar Pal
BACKGROUND: To investigate the diagnostic utility of signal intensity measurement of the substantia nigra pars compacta (SNc) using three dimensional (3D) neuromelanin-sensitive 31MRI, for discrimination of patients with PD from healthy controls. METHODS: T1-weighted neuromelanin sensitive images of 16 patients with PD and 15 controls were quantitatively analyzed by placing circular 10mm2 regions of interest (ROI) over the central and lateral parts of bilateral SNc, and anterior to the cerebral aqueduct at 3 levels of the midbrain...
January 17, 2018: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341024/advanced-contrast-agents-for-multimodal-biomedical-imaging-based-on-nanotechnology
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Daniel Calle, Paloma Ballesteros, Sebastián Cerdán
Clinical imaging modalities have reached a prominent role in medical diagnosis and patient management in the last decades. Different image methodologies as Positron Emission Tomography, Single Photon Emission Tomography, X-Rays, or Magnetic Resonance Imaging are in continuous evolution to satisfy the increasing demands of current medical diagnosis. Progress in these methodologies has been favored by the parallel development of increasingly more powerful contrast agents. These are molecules that enhance the intrinsic contrast of the images in the tissues where they accumulate, revealing noninvasively the presence of characteristic molecular targets or differential physiopathological microenvironments...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341017/molecular-magnetic-resonance-imaging-mmri
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Maxime Gauberti, Antoine P Fournier, Denis Vivien, Sara Martinez de Lizarrondo
Molecular magnetic resonance imaging (mMRI) enables the detection of a protein of interest in vivo, in a noninvasive manner. The general concept of mMRI is to target a contrast agent to a protein of interest, and to perform a contrast-sensitive MRI sequence. Typically, contrast agents are made of a "contrastophore" (the part of the construct responsible for the contrast on the images) and a targeting moiety ("pharmacophore"). Recently, the development of a new family of contrastophore carrying a high payload of iron oxide (micro-sized particles of iron oxide, MPIO) has led to a dramatic increase in the sensitivity of mMRI...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340775/global-versus-local-mechanisms-of-temperature-sensing-in-ion-channels
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Cristina Arrigoni, Daniel L Minor
Ion channels turn diverse types of inputs, ranging from neurotransmitters to physical forces, into electrical signals. Channel responses to ligands generally rely on binding to discrete sensor domains that are coupled to the portion of the channel responsible for ion permeation. By contrast, sensing physical cues such as voltage, pressure, and temperature arises from more varied mechanisms. Voltage is commonly sensed by a local, domain-based strategy, whereas the predominant paradigm for pressure sensing employs a global response in channel structure to membrane tension changes...
January 17, 2018: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340641/effects-of-age-related-macular-degeneration-on-driving-performance
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Joanne M Wood, Alex A Black, Kerry Mallon, Anthony S Kwan, Cynthia Owsley
Purpose: To explore differences in driving performance of older adults with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and age-matched controls, and to identify the visual determinants of driving performance in this population. Methods: Participants included 33 older drivers with AMD (mean age [M] = 76.6 ± 6.1 years; better eye Age-Related Eye Disease Study grades: early [61%] and intermediate [39%]) and 50 age-matched controls (M = 74.6 ± 5.0 years). Visual tests included visual acuity, contrast sensitivity, visual fields, and motion sensitivity...
January 1, 2018: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340607/collection-efficiency-and-acceptance-maps-of-electron-detectors-for-understanding-signal-detection-on-modern-scanning-electron-microscopy
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Toshihide Agemura, Takashi Sekiguchi
Collection efficiency and acceptance maps of typical detectors in modern scanning electron microscopes (SEMs) were investigated. Secondary and backscattered electron trajectories from a specimen to through-the-lens and under-the-lens detectors placed on an electron optical axis and an Everhart-Thornley detector mounted on a specimen chamber were simulated three-dimensionally. The acceptance maps were drawn as the relationship between the energy and angle of collected electrons under different working distances...
January 11, 2018: Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340521/organic-solvent-exposure-and-contrast-sensitivity-comparing-men-and-women
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A R Oliveira, A A Campos Neto, M J O de Andrade, P C B de Medeiros, N A Dos Santos
The goal of this study was to compare the visual contrast sensitivity (CS) of men and women exposed and not exposed to organic solvents. Forty-six volunteers of both genders aged between 18 and 41 years (mean±SD=27.72±6.28) participated. Gas station attendants were exposed to gas containing 46.30 ppm of solvents at a temperature of 304±274.39 K, humidity of 62.25±7.59% and ventilation of 0.69±0.46 m/s (a passive gas chromatography-based sampling method was used considering the microclimate variables). Visual CS was measured via the psychophysical method of two-alternative forced choice using vertical sinusoidal gratings with spatial frequencies of 0...
January 11, 2018: Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, Revista Brasileira de Pesquisas Médicas e Biológicas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340287/fully-automated-detection-of-breast-cancer-in-screening-mri-using-convolutional-neural-networks
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Mehmet Ufuk Dalmış, Suzan Vreemann, Thijs Kooi, Ritse M Mann, Nico Karssemeijer, Albert Gubern-Mérida
Current computer-aided detection (CADe) systems for contrast-enhanced breast MRI rely on both spatial information obtained from the early-phase and temporal information obtained from the late-phase of the contrast enhancement. However, late-phase information might not be available in a screening setting, such as in abbreviated MRI protocols, where acquisition is limited to early-phase scans. We used deep learning to develop a CADe system that exploits the spatial information obtained from the early-phase scans...
January 2018: Journal of Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340102/the-impact-of-antibiotic-usage-on-the-efficacy-of-chemoimmunotherapy-is-contingent-on-the-source-of-tumor-reactive-t-cells
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Michal P Kuczma, Zhi-Chun Ding, Tao Li, Tsadik Habtetsion, Tingting Chen, Zhonglin Hao, Locke Bryan, Nagendra Singh, James N Kochenderfer, Gang Zhou
In recent years the combined use of chemotherapy and immunotherapy, collectively termed chemoimmunotherapy, has emerged as a promising treatment option for patients with cancer. Antibiotics are commonly used to reduce infection-related complications in patients undergoing chemotherapy. Intriguingly, accumulating evidence has implicated gut microbiota as a critical determinant of host antitumor immune responses, raising the question as to whether the use of broad-spectrum antibiotics would invariably diminish tumor response to chemoimmunotherapies...
December 19, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340038/diagnostic-performance-of-68gallium-psma-11-pet-ct-to-detect-significant-prostate-cancer-and-comparison-with-18fec-pet-ct
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Manuela A Hoffmann, Matthias Miederer, Helmut J Wieler, Christian Ruf, Frank M Jakobs, Mathias Schreckenberger
Background: Radiolabeled prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) has proven to be a highly accurate method to detect recurrence and metastases of prostate cancer, but only sparse data is available about its performance in the diagnosis of clinically significant primary prostate cancer. Methods: We compared 68Ga-PSMA-11 PET/CT in 25 patients with 18FEC PET/CT in 40 patients with suspected prostate carcinoma based on an increased PSA level.The PET/CT results were compared with the histopathologic Gleason Score (GS) of biopsies...
December 19, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339659/fc%C3%AE-r-ros-ck2%C3%AE-is-the-key-inducer-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-activation-in-a-murine-model-of-asthma
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June-Mo Kim, Hae-Kyoung Kim, Yoo-Na Im, Yun-Soo Bae, Suhn-Young Im, Hern-Ku Lee
BACKGROUND: The transcription factor nuclear factor (NF)-κB plays a pivotal role in the development of allergic airway inflammation. However, the mechanism of NF-κB activation in asthma remains to be elucidated. METHODS: CK2α activation was assessed by CK2α phosphorylation and protein expression. Airway levels of histamine and cytokines were determined by ELISA. We used 2 (active and passive) forms of allergic pulmonary inflammation models. In the active form, the animals were immunized with ovalbumin (OVA) intraperitoneally, followed by an airway challenge with OVA...
January 17, 2018: International Archives of Allergy and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338842/real-time-nanopore-based-recognition-of-protein-translocation-success
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David P Hoogerheide, Philip A Gurnev, Tatiana K Rostovtseva, Sergey M Bezrukov
A growing number of new technologies are supported by a single- or multi-nanopore architecture for capture, sensing, and delivery of polymeric biomolecules. Nanopore-based single-molecule DNA sequencing is the premier example. This method relies on the uniform linear charge density of DNA, so that each DNA strand is overwhelmingly likely to pass through the nanopore and across the separating membrane. For disordered peptides, folded proteins, or block copolymers with heterogeneous charge densities, by contrast, translocation is not assured, and additional strategies to monitor the progress of the polymer molecule through a nanopore are required...
January 12, 2018: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338130/correlation-between-morphological-characteristics-in-spectral-domain-optical-coherence-tomography-different-functional-tests-and-a-patient-s-subjective-handicap-in-acute-central-serous-chorioretinopathy
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Bianca S Gerendas, Julia-Sophie Kroisamer, Wolf Buehl, Sandra M Rezar-Dreindl, Katharina M Eibenberger, Eleonore Pablik, Ursula Schmidt-Erfurth, Stefan Sacu
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to identify quantitatively measurable morphologic optical coherence tomography (OCT) characteristics in patients with an acute episode of central serous chorioretinopathy (CSC) and evaluate their correlation to functional and psychological variables for their use in daily clinical practice. METHODS: Retinal thickness (RT), the height, area and volume of subretinal fluid (SRF)/pigment epithelium detachments were evaluated using the standardized procedures of the Vienna Reading Center...
January 16, 2018: Acta Ophthalmologica
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