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V Papastergiou, N Mathou, K Manes, P Maniatis, K Paraskeva, A Evgenidi, A Giannakopoulos, J A Karagiannis
Colonoscopy is generally safe, although expansion of colorectal cancer prevention programs is likely to increase the number of post-colonoscopy complications. We report the case of a 42-year old woman with a prior history of 2 cesarean section deliveries who developed abdominal pain after an otherwise uneventful screening colonoscopy. Urgent exploration revealed closed-loop obstruction involving the terminal ileum, caused by an adhesive band close to the site of her previous Pfannenstiel incision. A systematic review of the literature revealed 11 reports (1985-2008) describing a total of 13 cases of mechanical small bowel obstruction (MSBO) after colonoscopy, 9 of which were confirmed by laparotomy...
January 2018: Acta Gastro-enterologica Belgica
Dimitrios N Avtzis, Dimitrios Petsopoulos, George I Memtsas, Nickolas G Kavallieratos, Christos G Athanassiou, Maria C Boukouvala
In the present work, we sampled individuals of the processionary pine moth, Thaumetopoea pityocampa (Denis and Schiffermüller; Lepidoptera: Notodontidae) from different areas of Greece between 2014 and 2016. These samples were sequenced for a 760-bp long mtDNA COI locus and the haplotypes retrieved clearly showed that the occurrence of T. pityocampa in Greece is being considerably restricted, with only 8 individuals out of the 221 exhibiting T. pityocampa haplotypes and the rest being identified as T. pityocampa ENA clade haplotypes...
March 17, 2018: Journal of Economic Entomology
Graham M Hughes, Emma M Boston, John A Finarelli, William J Murphy, Desmond G Higgins, Emma C Teeling
The olfactory receptor (OR) gene families, which govern mammalian olfaction, have undergone extensive expansion and contraction through duplication and pseudogenization. Previous studies have shown that broadly-defined environmental adaptations (e.g terrestrial vs aquatic) are correlated with the number of functional and non-functional OR genes retained. However, to date, no study has examined species-specific gene duplications in multiple phylogenetically divergent mammals to elucidate OR evolution and adaptation...
March 19, 2018: Molecular Biology and Evolution
Xin Li, Adeline Gadzinsky, Liying Gong, Haijun Tong, Virginie Calderon, Yue Li, Daisuke Kitamura, Ulf Klein, Wallace Y Langdon, Fajian Hou, Yong-Rui Zou, Hua Gu
Selective expansion of high-affinity antigen-specific B cells in germinal centers (GCs) is a key event in antibody affinity maturation. GC B cells with improved affinity can either continue affinity-driven selection or exit the GC to differentiate into plasma cells (PCs) or memory B cells. Here we found that deleting E3 ubiquitin ligases Cbl and Cbl-b (Cbls) in GC B cells resulted in the early exit of high-affinity antigen-specific B cells from the GC reaction and thus impaired clonal expansion. Cbls were highly expressed in GC light zone (LZ) B cells, where they promoted the ubiquitination and degradation of Irf4, a transcription factor facilitating PC fate choice...
March 20, 2018: Immunity
Raul Vizcardo, Nicholas D Klemen, S M Rafiqul Islam, Devikala Gurusamy, Naritaka Tamaoki, Daisuke Yamada, Haruhiko Koseki, Benjamin L Kidder, Zhiya Yu, Li Jia, Amanda N Henning, Meghan L Good, Marta Bosch-Marce, Takuya Maeda, Chengyu Liu, Zied Abdullaev, Svetlana Pack, Douglas C Palmer, David F Stroncek, Fumito Ito, Francis A Flomerfelt, Michael J Kruhlak, Nicholas P Restifo
Induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC)-derived T cells may provide future therapies for cancer patients, but those generated by current methods, such as the OP9/DLL1 system, have shown abnormalities that pose major barriers for clinical translation. Our data indicate that these iPSC-derived CD8 single-positive T cells are more like CD4+ CD8+ double-positive T cells than mature naive T cells because they display phenotypic markers of developmental arrest and an innate-like phenotype after stimulation. We developed a 3D thymic culture system to avoid these aberrant developmental fates, generating a homogeneous subset of CD8αβ+ antigen-specific T cells, designated iPSC-derived thymic emigrants (iTEs)...
March 20, 2018: Cell Reports
Shivaji Thadke, J Dinithi R Perera, V M Hridya, Kirti Bhatt, Ashif Yasin Shaikh, Wei-Che Hsieh, Mengshen David Chen, Chakicherla Gayathri, Roberto R Gil, Gordon S Rule, Arnab Mukherjee, Charles A Thornton, Danith H Ly
We report the development of a new class of nucleic acid ligands that is comprised of Janus bases and MPPNA backbone and is capable of binding rCAG-repeats in a sequence-specific and selective manner via, inference, bivalent H-bonding interactions. Individually, the interactions between ligands and RNA are weak and transient. However, upon the installation of C-terminal thioester and N-terminal cystine and the reduction of disulfide bond, they undergo template-directed native chemical ligation to form concatenated oligomeric products that bind tightly to the RNA template...
March 21, 2018: Biochemistry
Ursula Castro de Oliveira, Milton Yutaka Nishiyama, Maria Beatriz Viana Dos Santos, Andria de Paula Santos-da-Silva, Hipócrates de Menezes Chalkidis, Andreia Souza-Imberg, Denise Maria Candido, Norma Yamanouye, Valquíria Abrão Coronado Dorce, Inácio de Loiola Meirelles Junqueira-de-Azevedo
BACKGROUND: Except for the northern region, where the Amazonian black scorpion, T. obscurus, represents the predominant and most medically relevant scorpion species, Tityus serrulatus, the Brazilian yellow scorpion, is widely distributed throughout Brazil, causing most envenoming and fatalities due to scorpion sting. In order to evaluate and compare the diversity of venom components of Tityus obscurus and T. serrulatus, we performed a transcriptomic investigation of the telsons (venom glands) corroborated by a shotgun proteomic analysis of the venom from the two species...
2018: PloS One
Peter Ueda, Thomas Wai-Chun Lung, Yuan Lu, Joshua A Salomon, Kazem Rahimi, Philip Clarke, Goodarz Danaei
BACKGROUND: The updated national guidelines for cardiovascular risk assessment and lipid modification in the UK and US expand the indications for statin therapy in primary prevention to adults with moderate risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) but many adults at high CVD risk remain untreated in both countries. We set out to identify treatment gaps in English and American adults at moderate and high risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), and to estimate the number of CVD events that would be prevented from expanding statin therapy to those who are currently untreated...
2018: PloS One
Songzhen He, Xiaoling Tong, Minjin Han, Yanmin Bai, Fangyin Dai
The tyrosine kinases (TKs) are important parts of metazoan signaling pathways and play significant roles in cell growth, development, apoptosis and disease. Genome-wide characterization of TKs has been conducted in many metazoans, however, systematic information about this family in Lepidoptera is still lacking. We retrieved 33 TK-encoding genes in silkworm and classified them into 25 subfamilies by sequence analysis, without members in AXL, FRK, PDGFR, STYK1 and TIE subfamilies. Although domain sequences in each subfamily are conserved, TKs in vertebrates tend to be remarkably conserved and stable...
March 21, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Robert Campbell, Geoffrey Chong, Eliza A Hawkes
Bruton's tyrosine kinase (BTK) is a critical terminal enzyme in the B-cell antigen receptor (BCR) pathway. BTK activation has been implicated in the pathogenesis of certain B-cell malignancies. Targeting this pathway has emerged as a novel target in B-cell malignancies, of which ibrutinib is the first-in-class agent. A few other BTK inhibitors (BTKi) are also under development (e.g., acalabrutinib). While the predominant action of BTKi is the blockade of B-cell receptor pathway within malignant B-cells, increasing the knowledge of off-target effects as well as a potential role for B-cells in proliferation of solid malignancies is expanding the indication of BTKi into non-hematological malignancies...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Clinical Medicine
Jorge Ontaneda, Anjali Singh, Umesh V Waghmare, Ricardo Grau-Crespo
Monolayers of hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) can in principle be identified by a Raman signature, consisting of an upshift in the frequency of the E2g vibrational mode with respect to the bulk value, but the origin of this shift (intrinsic or support-induced) is still debated. Herein we use density functional theory calculations to investigate whether there is an intrinsic Raman shift in the h-BN monolayer in comparison with the bulk. There is universal agreement among all tested functionals in predicting the magnitude of the frequency shift upon a variation in the in-plane cell parameter...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
Aaron B Christian, Aaron T Schye, Kelvin O White, John Neumeier
The magnetic, thermal, and optical properties of single-crystalline CoTa$_2$O$_6$ and FeTa$_2$O$_6$ are reported. Optical dichroism was observed in CoTa$_2$O$_6$. Magnetic susceptibility $\chi$($T$) measurements reveal long-range antiferromagnetic order with N\'eel temperatures $T_N$ = 6.12(5)~K and 8.11(5)~K, respectively, and anisotropy in $\chi$. The thermal expansion coefficients exhibit significant anisotropy and the influence of the magnetic ions and long-range order. A structural phase transition to orthorhombic occurs below $T_N$ for FeTa$_2$O$_6$...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
Shereef Shahen, Gennaro Carrino, Rossella Carrino, Reham Abdelsalam, Carlos Flores-Mir, Letizia Perillo
OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to develop a reproducible method to measure the change of palatal volume and area through superimposition using maxillary expansion digital cast models. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 10 pre- and 10 postexpansion dental cast models were scanned by the same cone-beam computed tomography machine. Superimposition was performed using a fully automated surface-best fit of the palatal surfaces on the digital cast models. A gingival plane, identified only once on superimposed casts, and a distal plane with the lateral closing border and the palatal surface were used to localize this selection of air...
March 21, 2018: Angle Orthodontist
Abulkadir Bukhari, David Kennedy, Alan Hannam, Jolanta Aleksejūnienė, Edwin Yen
OBJECTIVES: To compare palatal symmetry, dimensions, and molar angulations following early mixed-dentition slow maxillary expansion with parameters in normal controls. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 30 patients treated with a Haas-type expander for unilateral posterior crossbite with functional shift were compared with 30 controls matched for dental age, gender, and molar relationship. Records were taken before (T1) and after expansion (T2). Palatal width, surface area, volume, and molar angulations were measured on digitized models...
March 21, 2018: Angle Orthodontist
Soo-Yeon Kim, Young-Chel Park, Kee-Joon Lee, Andreas Lintermann, Sang-Sun Han, Hyung-Seog Yu, Yoon Jeong Choi
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate changes in the volume and cross-sectional area of the nasal airway before and 1 year after nonsurgical miniscrew-assisted rapid maxillary expansion (MARME) in young adults. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fourteen patients (mean age, 22.7 years; 10 women, four men) with a transverse discrepancy who underwent cone beam computed tomography before (T0), immediately after (T1), and 1 year after (T2) expansion were retrospectively included in this study...
March 21, 2018: Angle Orthodontist
Abhilash Patra, Subrata Jana, Prasanjit Samal
The method of constructing semilocal density functional for exchange in two dimensions using one of the premier approaches i.e. density matrix expansion is revisited and an accurate functional is constructed. The form of the functional is quite simple and includes no adjustable semi-empirical parameters. In it, the kinetic energy dependent momentum is used to compensate non-local effects of the system. The functional is then examined by considering the very well-known semiconductor quantum dot systems. And despite its very simple form, the results obtained for quantum dots containing a higher number of electrons agrees pretty well with that of the standard exact exchange formalism...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
Kyriaki Gkoufa, Alain Golay
Since a decade, we observe an expansion of the use of testosterone against different components of the metabolic syndrome in men. More particularly in the obese man, indications for the prescription of this hormone are not well defined because of the contradictory studies which do not allow the establishment of a clear consensus. This article proposes a diagnostic procedure for the detection of hypogonadism in obese men. It clarifies the indications of use of testosterone in this particular context but also the circumstances in which the specialist should be consulted...
March 21, 2018: Revue Médicale Suisse
Cheng-Yu Shih, René Streubel, Johannes Heberle, Alexander Letzel, Maxim V Shugaev, Chengping Wu, Michael Schmidt, Bilal Gökce, Stephan Barcikowski, Leonid V Zhigilei
The synthesis of chemically clean and environmentally friendly nanoparticles through pulsed laser ablation in liquids has shown a number of advantages over conventional chemical synthesis methods and has evolved into a thriving research field attracting laboratory and industrial applications. The fundamental understanding of processes leading to the nanoparticle generation, however, still remains elusive. In particular, the origin of bimodal nanoparticle size distributions in femto- and picosecond laser ablation in liquids, where small nanoparticles (several nanometers) with narrow size distribution are commonly observed to coexist with larger (tens to hundreds of nanometers) ones, has not been explained so far...
March 21, 2018: Nanoscale
Marta Florio, Michael Heide, Anneline Pinson, Holger Brandl, Mareike Albert, Sylke Winkler, Pauline Wimberger, Wieland B Huttner, Michael Hiller
Understanding the molecular basis that underlies the expansion of the neocortex during primate, and notably human, evolution requires the identification of genes that are particularly active in the neural stem and progenitor cells of the developing neocortex. Here, we have used existing transcriptome datasets to carry out a comprehensive screen for protein-coding genes preferentially expressed in progenitors of fetal human neocortex. We show that fifteen human-specific genes exhibit such expression, and many of them evolved distinct neural progenitor cell-type expression profiles and levels compared to their ancestral paralogs...
March 21, 2018: ELife
Shawn F Dorius, Carolyn J Lawrence-Dill
Biotech news coverage in English-language Russian media fits the profile of the Russian information warfare strategy described in recent military reports. This raises the question of whether Russia views the dissemination of anti-GMO information as just one of many divisive issues it can exploit as part of its information war, or if GMOs serve more expansive disruptive purposes. Distinctive patterns in Russian news provide evidence of a coordinated information campaign that could turn public opinion against genetic engineering...
March 21, 2018: GM Crops & Food
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