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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036468/exponential-propagation-of-large-circular-dna-by-reconstitution-of-a-chromosome-replication-cycle
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Masayuki Su'etsugu, Hiraku Takada, Tsutomu Katayama, Hiroko Tsujimoto
Propagation of genetic information is a fundamental property of living organisms. Escherichia coli has a 4.6 Mb circular chromosome with a replication origin, oriC. While the oriC replication has been reconstituted in vitro more than 30 years ago, continuous repetition of the replication cycle has not yet been achieved. Here, we reconstituted the entire replication cycle with 14 purified enzymes (25 polypeptides) that catalyze initiation at oriC, bidirectional fork progression, Okazaki-fragment maturation and decatenation of the replicated circular products...
September 28, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036456/role-of-free-dna-ends-and-protospacer-adjacent-motifs-for-crispr-dna-uptake-in-pyrococcus-furiosus
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Masami Shiimori, Sandra C Garrett, Dwain P Chambers, Claiborne V C Glover, Brenton R Graveley, Michael P Terns
To acquire CRISPR-Cas immunity against invasive mobile genetic elements, prokaryotes must first integrate fragments of foreign DNA into their genomic CRISPR arrays for use in future invader silencing. Here, we found that the hyperthermophilic archaeaon, Pyrococcus furiosus, actively incorporates DNA fragments (spacers) from both plasmid (foreign) and host genome (self) sequences into its seven CRISPR loci. The majority of new spacers were derived from DNA immediately downstream from a 5'-CCN-3' protospacer adjacent motif (PAM) that is critical for invader targeting...
September 25, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035709/heart-rate-variability-and-salivary-cortisol-in-very-preterm-children-during-school-age
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Natalie Urfer-Maurer, Sebastian Ludyga, Tobias Stalder, Serge Brand, Edith Holsboer-Trachsler, Markus Gerber, Alexander Grob, Peter Weber, Sakari Lemola
The autonomic nervous system (ANS) plays a major role in the human stress response and reflects physical and psychological adaptability to a changing environment. Long-term exposure to early life stressors may alter the function of the ANS. The present study examines differences in the ANS between children born very preterm and full-term as well as the association between the ANS and the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, the other main branch of the human stress system. Fifty-four healthy children born very preterm (<32nd gestational week) and 67 full-term children aged 7-12 years provided data for the present study...
October 5, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035359/acute-myeloid-leukaemia-disrupts-endogenous-myelo-erythropoiesis-by-compromising-the-adipocyte-bone-marrow-niche
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Allison L Boyd, Jennifer C Reid, Kyle R Salci, Lili Aslostovar, Yannick D Benoit, Zoya Shapovalova, Mio Nakanishi, Deanna P Porras, Mohammed Almakadi, Clinton J V Campbell, Michael F Jackson, Catherine A Ross, Ronan Foley, Brian Leber, David S Allan, Mitchell Sabloff, Anargyros Xenocostas, Tony J Collins, Mickie Bhatia
Acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) is distinguished by the generation of dysfunctional leukaemic blasts, and patients characteristically suffer from fatal infections and anaemia due to insufficient normal myelo-erythropoiesis. Direct physical crowding of bone marrow (BM) by accumulating leukaemic cells does not fully account for this haematopoietic failure. Here, analyses from AML patients were applied to both in vitro co-culture platforms and in vivo xenograft modelling, revealing that human AML disease specifically disrupts the adipocytic niche in BM...
October 16, 2017: Nature Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035334/a-low-cost-sensors-approach-for-accurate-vehicle-localization-and-autonomous-driving-application
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Rafael Vivacqua, Raquel Vassallo, Felipe Martins
Autonomous driving in public roads requires precise localization within the range of few centimeters. Even the best current precise localization system based on the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) can not always reach this level of precision, especially in an urban environment, where the signal is disturbed by surrounding buildings and artifacts. Laser range finder and stereo vision have been successfully used for obstacle detection, mapping and localization to solve the autonomous driving problem...
October 16, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035080/neural-scaling-laws-for-an-uncertain-world
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Marc W Howard, Karthik H Shankar
Autonomous neural systems must efficiently process information in a wide range of novel environments which may have very different statistical properties. We consider the problem of how to optimally distribute receptors along a 1-dimensional continuum consistent with the following design principles. First, neural representations of the world should obey a neural uncertainty principle-making as few assumptions as possible about the statistical structure of the world. Second, neural representations should convey, as much as possible, equivalent information about environments with different statistics...
October 16, 2017: Psychological Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035011/autonomic-and-autacoid-pharmacology-goodbye-and-thank-you
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EDITORIAL
Peter Penson
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2017: Autonomic & Autacoid Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29034953/reproductive-autonomy-of-women-and-girls-under-the-convention-on-the-rights-of-persons-with-disabilities
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Charles G Ngwena
Women and girls with disabilities have historically been denied the freedom to make their own choices in matters relating to their reproduction. In the healthcare sector they experience multiple discriminatory practices. Women and girls with intellectual disabilities are particularly vulnerable to coerced or forced medical interventions. The present article considers the contribution the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities makes towards affirming the rights of women and girls with disabilities to enjoy reproductive autonomy, including autonomy related to reproductive health, on an equal basis with individuals without disabilities...
October 16, 2017: International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29034583/the-effect-of-head-up-tilt-upon-markers-of-heart-rate-variability-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
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Hitesh C Patel, Carl Hayward, Andrew J Wardle, Lee Middleton, Alexander R Lyon, Carlo Di Mario, Tushar V Salukhe, Richard Sutton, Stuart D Rosen
BACKGROUND: Heart rate variability (HRV) analysis is uncommonly undertaken in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) due to an assumption that ventricular response is random. We sought to determine the effects of head-up tilt (HUT), a stimulus known to elicit an autonomic response, on HRV in patients with AF; we contrasted the findings with those of patients in sinus rhythm (SR). METHODS: Consecutive, clinically indicated tilt tests were examined for 207 patients: 176 in SR, 31 in AF...
October 15, 2017: Annals of Noninvasive Electrocardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29034482/deep-reinforcement-learning-for-automated-radiation-adaptation-in-lung-cancer
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Huan-Hsin Tseng, Yi Luo, Sunan Cui, Jen-Tzung Chien, Randall K Ten Haken, Issam El Naqa
PURPOSE: To investigate deep reinforcement learning (DRL) based on historical treatment plans for developing automated radiation adaptation protocols for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients that aim to maximize tumor local control at reduced rates of radiation pneumonitis grade 2 (RP2). METHODS: In a retrospective population of 114 NSCLC patients who received radiotherapy, a 3-component neural networks framework was developed for deep reinforcement learning (DRL) of dose fractionation adaptation...
October 16, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29034238/exploring-the-abnormal-modulation-of-the-autonomic-systems-during-nasal-flow-limitation-in-upper-airway-resistance-syndrome-by-hilbert-huang-transform
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Chen Lin, Men-Tzung Lo, Christian Guilleminault
Patients with nasal flow limitation and upper airway resistance syndrome (UARS) during sleep can present with low blood pressure and disturbing symptoms associated with hypervagotony. We hypothesized that the dynamic changes of the autonomic system related to inspiratory flow limitation can be quantified by the developed analytic technique applied on beat-to-beat heart rate (RR intervals) and finger photoplethysmography (PPG). METHOD: A breath-by-breath investigation based on the Hilbert-Huang transform was performed to explore autonomic nervous system changes observed during inspiratory flow limitation...
2017: Frontiers in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29034050/separation-of-sperm-cells-from-samples-containing-high-concentrations-of-white-blood-cells-using-a-spiral-channel
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Jiyoung Son, Raheel Samuel, Bruce K Gale, Douglas T Carrell, James M Hotaling
Microfluidic technology has potential to separate sperm cells from unwanted debris while improving the effectiveness of assisted reproductive technologies (ART). Current clinical protocol limitations regarding the separation of sperm cells from other cells/cellular debris can lead to low sperm recovery when the sample contains a low concentration of mostly low motility sperm cells and a high concentration of unwanted cells/cellular debris, such as in semen samples from patients with pyospermia [high white blood cell (WBC) semen]...
September 2017: Biomicrofluidics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29033968/dancing-with-hormones-a-current-perspective-of-nitrate-signaling-and-regulation-in-arabidopsis
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REVIEW
Peizhu Guan
In nature and agriculture, nitrate availability is a main environmental cue for plant growth, development and stress responses. Nitrate signaling and regulation are hence at the center of communications between plant intrinsic programs and the environment. It is also well known that endogenous phytohormones play numerous critical roles in integrating extrinsic cues and intrinsic responses, regulating and refining almost all aspects of plant growth, development and stress responses. Therefore, interaction between nitrate and phytohormones, such as auxins, cytokinins, abscisic acid, gibberellins, and ethylene, is prevalent...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29033786/wnt5a-promotes-cortical-neuron-survival-by-inhibiting-cell-cycle-activation
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Li Zhou, Di Chen, Xu-Ming Huang, Fei Long, Hua Cai, Wen-Xia Yao, Zhong-Cheng Chen, Zhi-Jian Liao, Zhe-Zhi Deng, Sha Tan, Yi-Long Shan, Wei Cai, Yu-Ge Wang, Ri-Hong Yang, Nan Jiang, Tao Peng, Ming-Fan Hong, Zheng-Qi Lu
β-Amyloid protein (Aβ) is thought to cause neuronal loss in Alzheimer's disease (AD). Aβ treatment promotes the re-activation of a mitotic cycle and induces rapid apoptotic death of neurons. However, the signaling pathways mediating cell-cycle activation during neuron apoptosis have not been determined. We find that Wnt5a acts as a mediator of cortical neuron survival, and Aβ42 promotes cortical neuron apoptosis by downregulating the expression of Wnt5a. Cell-cycle activation is mediated by the reduced inhibitory effect of Wnt5a in Aβ42 treated cortical neurons...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29033605/onabotulinum-toxin-a-in-the-treatment-of-chronic-migraine-patient-selection-and-special-considerations
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REVIEW
Piero Barbanti, Patrizia Ferroni
Discovered by serendipity, onabotulinum toxin A (BoNT-A) is the only US Food and Drug Administration-approved treatment for the prevention of chronic migraine (CM), one of the most disabling and burdensome human conditions. Its efficacy, safety and tolerability, proved by the largest and longest migraine therapeutic trial (the Phase III Research Evaluating Migraine Prophylaxis Therapy program [PREEMPT]), have been replicated by various real-life studies also in the presence of medication overuse. The benefit of BoNT-A prophylaxis is likely due to its ability to counteract peripheral and central nociceptive sensitization through reversible chemical denervation of pericranial sensitive afferents...
2017: Journal of Pain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29033572/role-of-heart-rate-variability-in-preoperative-assessment-of-physiological-reserves-in-patients-undergoing-major-abdominal-surgery
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Petr Reimer, Jan Máca, Pavel Szturz, Ondřej Jor, Roman Kula, Pavel Ševčík, Michal Burda, Milan Adamus
BACKGROUND: Major abdominal surgery (MAS) is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. The main objective of our study was to evaluate the predictive value of heart-rate variability (HRV) concerning development of postoperative complications in patients undergoing MAS. The secondary objectives were to identify the relationship of HRV and use of vasoactive drugs during anesthesia, intensive care unit length of stay (ICU-LOS), and hospital length of stay (H-LOS). PATIENTS AND METHODS: Sixty-five patients scheduled for elective MAS were enrolled in a prospective, single-center, observational study...
2017: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29033512/heart-rate-recovery-as-a-novel-test-for-predicting-cardiac-involvement-in-beta-thalassemia-major
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Selcuk Kucukseymen, Isa Oner Yuksel, Goksel Cagirci, Erkan Koklu, Volkan Karakus, Serkan Cay, Gorkem Kus, Erdal Kurtoglu, Sakir Arslan
BACKGROUND: Abnormal heart rate recovery (HRR) is predictive of cardiac mortality. Autonomic abnormalities in beta-thalassemia major (TM) patients have been reported in previous studies. However, the importance of low HRR in exercise stress test in TM patients has not yet been ascertained. Therefore, this study will be the first of its kind in the literature. METHODS: Exercise stress test was performed on 56 TM patients who were being treated at the Thalassemia Center of our hospital, along with 46 non-TM iron deficiency anemia (IDA) patients as a control group...
July 2017: Acta Cardiologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29033477/is-lhasa-tibetan-sign-language-emerging-endangered-or-both
#18
Theresia Hofer
This article offers the first overview of the recent emergence of Tibetan Sign Language (TibSL) in Lhasa, capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), China. Drawing on short anthropological fieldwork, in 2007 and 2014, with people and organisations involved in the formalisation and promotion of TibSL, the author discusses her findings within the nine-fold UNESCO model for assessing linguistic vitality and endangerment. She follows the adaptation of this model to assess signed languages by the Institute of Sign Languages and Deaf Studies (iSLanDS) at the University of Central Lancashire...
May 24, 2017: International Journal of the Sociology of Language
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29033246/effect-of-choline-chloride-premedication-on-xylazine-induced-hypoxaemia-in-sheep
#19
Preet M Singh, Katherine Reid, Ravindra Gaddam, Madhav Bhatia, Stefan Smith, Antony Jacob, Paul Chambers
OBJECTIVE: To determine the anti-inflammatory efficacy of choline in vivo and in vitro and to investigate the anti-inflammatory mechanisms of choline. STUDY DESIGN: Randomized, controlled studies. ANIMALS: In vivo trials used 16 Romney sheep. In vitro experiments utilized RAW 264.7 mouse macrophage cells. METHODS: Hypoxaemia induced in 16 sheep by intravenous (IV) injection of 50 μg kg(-1) xylazine, an α-2 agonist, was measured in sheep at 0, 1 and 4 minutes using arterial blood gas analysis with and without 50 mg kg(-1) IV choline chloride premedication...
March 6, 2017: Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29033144/impaired-anti-inflammatory-activity-of-ppar%C3%AE-in-the-salivary-epithelia-of-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome-patients-imposed-by-intrinsic-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-activation
#20
Aigli G Vakrakou, Alexandros Polyzos, Efstathia K Kapsogeorgou, Dimitris Thanos, Menelaos N Manoussakis
Sjögren's syndrome (SS) patients manifest inflammation in the salivary glands (SG) and evidence of persistent intrinsic activation of ductal SG epithelial cells (SGEC), demonstrable in non-neoplastic SGEC lines derived from patients (SS-SGEC). The peroxisome-proliferator-activated receptor-γ (PPARγ) mediates important anti-inflammatory activities in epithelial cells. Herein, the comparative analysis of SG biopsies and SGEC lines obtained from SS patients and controls had revealed constitutively reduced PPARγ expression, transcriptional activity and anti-inflammatory function in the ductal epithelia of SS patients that were associated with cell-autonomously activated NF-κB and IL-1β pathways...
October 12, 2017: Journal of Autoimmunity
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