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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452398/predominant-patterns-of-splicing-evolution-on-human-chimpanzee-and-macaque-evolutionary-lineages
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Jieyi Xiong, Jiang Xi, Angeliki Ditsiou, Yang Gao, Jing Sun, Elijah D Lowenstein, Shuyun Huang, Philipp Khaitovich
Although splicing is widespread and evolves rapidly among species, the mechanisms driving this evolution, as well as its functional implications, are not yet fully understood. We analyzed the evolution of splicing patterns based on transcriptome data from five tissues of humans, chimpanzees, rhesus macaques, and mice. In total, 1,526 exons and exon sets from 1,236 genes showed significant splicing differences among primates. More than 60% of these differences represent constitutive-to-alternative exon transitions while an additional 25% represent changes in exon inclusion frequency...
February 14, 2018: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452375/1%C3%AE-hydroxycholecalciferol-improves-the-growth-performance-and-up-regulates-the-mrna-expression-of-vitamin-d-receptor-in-the-small-intestine-and-kidney-of-broiler-chickens
#2
J C Han, J G Wang, G H Chen, J L Zhang, N Zhang, H X Qu, Y Guo, Y F Yan, X J Yang
1α-Hydroxycholecalciferol (1α-OH-D3) is a vitamin D derivative. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of 1α-OH-D3 on the growth and the mRNA expression of vitamin D receptor (VDR) in the small intestine and kidney of chickens. A total of 240 males of one-day-old Ross 308 broilers was randomly assigned to 4 treatments with 5 replicates of 12 birds per replicate. Three levels of 1α-OH-D3 (1.25, 2.5, and 5 μg/kg) were added to a basal diet containing 0.50% calcium (Ca), 0.25% non-phytate phosphorus (NPP), and without supplemental cholecalciferol (vitamin D3)...
February 14, 2018: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452355/culture-facilitated-comparative-genomics-of-the-facultative-symbiont-hamiltonella-defensa
#3
Germain Chevignon, Bret M Boyd, Jayce W Brandt, Kerry M Oliver, Michael R Strand
Many insects host facultative, bacterial symbionts that confer conditional fitness benefits to their hosts. Hamiltonella defensa is a common facultative symbiont of aphids that provides protection against parasitoid wasps. Protection levels vary among strains of H. defensa that are also differentially infected by bacteriophages named APSEs. However, little is known about trait variation among strains because only one isolate has been fully sequenced. Generating complete genomes for facultative symbionts is hindered by relatively large genome sizes but low abundances in hosts like aphids that are very small...
February 14, 2018: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452352/conditional-ablation-and-conditional-rescue-models-for-casq2-elucidate-the-role-of-development-and-of-cell-type-specific-expression-of-casq2-in-the-cpvt2-phenotype
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Daniel J Flores, ThuyVy Duong, Luke O Brandenberger, Apratim Mitra, Aditya Shirali, John C Johnson, Danielle Springer, Audrey Noguchi, Zu-Xi Yu, Steven N Ebert, Andreas Ludwig, Bjorn C Knollmann, Mark D Levin, Karl Pfeifer
Cardiac calsequestrin (Casq2) associates with the Ryanodine Receptor 2 channel in the junctional sarcoplasmic reticulum to regulate Ca2+ release into the cytoplasm. Patients carrying mutations in CASQ2 display low resting heart rates under basal conditions and stress-induced polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT). In this study we generate and characterize novel conditional deletion and conditional rescue mouse models to test the influence of developmental programs on the heart rate and CPVT phenotypes...
February 14, 2018: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452330/atypical-teratoid-rhabdoid-tumor-after-in-vitro-fertilization-illustrative-case-report-and-systematic-literature-review
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Adomas Bunevicius, Algimantas Matukevicius, Vytenis Deltuva, Inga Gudinaviciene, Darius Pranys, Arimantas Tamsauskas
OBJECTIVE: In vitro fertilization (IVF) is increasingly used for treatment of infertile couples worldwide. The association between IVF and cancer risk in offsprings is conflicting. We present a case of atypical teratoid/rhabdoid tumor (AT/RT) in a girl conceived by IVF and present results of systematic review of literature of primary intracranial neoplasms diagnosed in children conceived by IVF. METHODS: A systematic review of literature was conducted on April 12, 2017 to identify previously published reports of intracranial brain tumors in patients conceived after IVF...
February 13, 2018: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452329/a-frontal-sinus-osteoma-accompanied-by-an-intracranial-mucocele-and-local-hyperostosis-frontalis-interna
#6
Yang Yang, Liang Wang, Zhen Wu
Frontal sinus osteoma accompanied by intracranial mucocele and local hyperostosis frontalis interna has never been reported. A 47-year-old woman presented with a 3-month history of intermittent headache. Physical examination revealed no neurological abnormality. Contrasted MRI showed a frontal heterogeneously enhanced lesion with adjacent non-enhanced cyst. Computed tomography showed a bone-density mass, which was accompanied by local hyperostosis frontalis interna, filled the left frontal sinus and extended intracranially...
February 13, 2018: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452300/therapeutic-strategy-for-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients-who-have-achieved-remission
#7
Bruno Fautrel
Once remission or low disease activity (LDA) is attained in established rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients, attempting disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug (DMARD) tapering appears to be a viable option to avoid patient overtreatment. Potential benefits include reduction in the treatment burden and the risk of adverse events, although the latter has not been demonstrated convincingly.The feasibility of DMARD discontinuation has been tested in numerous studies or trials. All have revealed a high risk of relapse, ranging from 56% to 87% at one year...
February 13, 2018: Joint, Bone, Spine: Revue du Rhumatisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452275/a-laser-activated-multifunctional-targeted-nanoagent-for-imaging-and-gene-therapy-in-a-mouse-xenograft-model-with-retinoblastoma-y79-cells
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Mingxing Wu, Haibo Xiong, Hongmi Zou, Meng Li, Pan Li, Yu Zhou, Yan Xu, Jia Jian, Fengqiu Liu, Hongyun Zhao, Zhigang Wang, Xiyuan Zhou
Retinoblastoma (RB) is the most common intraocular malignancy of childhood that urgently needs early detection and effective therapy methods. The use of nanosized gene delivery systems is appealing because of their highly adjustable structure to carry both therapeutic and imaging agents. Herein, we report a folic acid (FA)-modified phase-changeable cationic nanoparticle encapsulating liquid perfluoropentane (PFP) and indocyanine green (ICG) (FA-CN-PFP-ICG, FCNPI) with good plasmid DNA (pDNA) carrying capacity, favorable biocompatibility, excellent photoacoustic (PA) and ultrasound (US) contrast, enhanced gene transfection efficiency and therapeutic effect...
February 13, 2018: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452227/age-and-experience-dependent-changes-in-egr-1-expression-during-the-ontogeny-of-the-context-preexposure-facilitation-effect-cpfe
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P A Robinson-Drummer, T Chakraborty, N A Heroux, J B Rosen, M E Stanton
The context preexposure facilitation effect (CPFE) is a variant of contextual fear conditioning in which acquisition of the contextual representation and association of the retrieved contextual memory with an immediate foots-hock are separated by 24hrs. During the CPFE, learning- related expression patterns of the early growth response -1 gene (Egr-1) vary based on training phase and brain sub-region in adult and adolescent rats (Asok, Schreiber, Jablonski, Rosen, & Stanton, 2013; Shreiber et al., 2014; Chakraborty, Asok, Stanton, & Rosen, 2016)...
February 13, 2018: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452211/impact-of-change-of-matrix-crystallinity-and-polymorphism-on-ovalbumin-release-from-lipid-based-implants
#10
Luisa Duque, Martin Körber, Roland Bodmeier
The objectives of this study were to prepare lipid-based implants by hot melt extrusion (HME) for the prolonged release of ovalbumin (OVA), and to relate protein release to crystallinity and polymorphic changes of the lipid matrix. Two lipids, glycerol tristearate and hydrogenated palm oil, with different composition and degree of crystallinity were studied. Solid OVA was dispersed within the lipid matrixes and it preserved its stability during extrusion. This was partially attributed to a protective effect of the lipidic matrix...
February 13, 2018: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452205/impaired-cerebral-microcirculation-induced-by-ammonium-chloride-in-rats-is-due-to-cortical-adenosine-release
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Peter Nissen Bjerring, Esben Jannik Bjerrum, Fin Stolze Larsen
BACKGROUND: Liver failure results in hyperammonaemia, impaired regulation of cerebral microcirculation, encephalopathy and death. However, the key mediator that alters cerebral microcirculation remains unidentified. In this study we show that topical ammonium significantly increases periarteriolar adenosine tone on the brain surface of healthy rats and is associated with a disturbed microcirculation. METHODS: Cranial windows were prepared in anaesthetized Wistar rats...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452203/morphology-of-the-elytral-base-sclerites
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Miwa Sugimoto, Naoki Ogawa, Kazunori Yoshizawa
The elytral base sclerites (= sclerites located at the articular region between the forewing and thorax in Coleoptera) of selected taxa were examined and homologized. Although the elytral base sclerites are highly modified compared to the wing base sclerites of the other neopterans, they can be homologized by using the conservative wing flapping and folding lines as landmarks. A reduction of the first axillary sclerite was identified as a general trend of the elytral base sclerites, although the sclerite usually has a very important function to mediate flight power from the notum to the wing...
February 13, 2018: Arthropod Structure & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452189/roasted-and-green-coffee-extracts-show-antioxidant-and-cytotoxic-activity-in-myoblast-and-endothelial-cell-lines-in-a-cell-specific-manner
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Alexandros Priftis, Eleftheria-Maria Panagiotou, Konstantinos Lakis, Christina Plika, Maria Halabalaki, Georgia Ntasi, Aristidis S Veskoukis, Dimitrios Stagos, Leandros A Skaltsounis, Dimitrios Kouretas
Coffee is one of the most highly consumed beverages with potential beneficial health implications, however its molecular mechanism of action has not been completely elucidated yet. To that cause, the polyphenolic composition of different coffee extracts (from Light, Medium and Dark roasts as well as green beans) was examined by UHPLC-HRMS analysis, indicating chlorogenic acids isomers as the main constituents. In the following step, the toxicity of the extracts was tested in myoblasts and endothelial cells and differential toxicity of green and roasted samples was displayed as the myoblasts were more sensitive to green coffee extracts, in contrast to the endothelial cells...
February 13, 2018: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452180/the-m-maze-task-an-automated-method-for-studying-fear-memory-in-rats-exposed-to-protracted-aversive-conditioning
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Rimenez R Souza, Nicole M Robertson, David T Pruitt, Lindsey Noble, Eric C Meyers, Phillip A Gonzales, Nathaniel P Bleker, Holle L Carey, Seth A Hays, Michael P Kilgard, Christa K McIntyre, Robert L Rennaker
BACKGROUND: Fear conditioning (FC) in rodents is the most used animal model to investigate the neurobiology of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Although research using FC has generated a better understanding of fear memories, studies often rely on mild or moderate FC training and behavioral analysis generally focuses on measuring freezing responses within few test sessions. NEW METHOD: We introduce the M-Maze task, a system to measures extinction of conditioned fear using suppression of operant behavior...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452158/protein-kinase-c-epsilon-mediates-the-inhibition-of-angiotensin-ii-on-the-slowly-activating-delayed-rectifier-potassium-current-through-channel-phosphorylation
#15
Xiangbo Gou, Wenying Wang, Sihao Zou, Yajuan Qi, Yanfang Xu
The slowly activating delayed rectifier K + current (I Ks ) is one of the main repolarizing currents in the human heart. Evidence has shown that angiotensin II (Ang II) regulates I Ks through the protein kinase C (PKC) pathway, but the related results are controversial. This study was designed to identify PKC isoenzymes involved in the regulation of I Ks by Ang II and the underlying molecular mechanism. The whole-cell patch-clamp technique was used to record I Ks in isolated guinea pig ventricular cardiomyocytes and in human embryonic kidney (HEK) 293 cells co-transfected with human KCNQ1/KCNE1 genes and Ang II type 1 receptor genes...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452153/functionalization-of-nanodiamond-with-vitamin-e-tpgs-to-facilitate-oral-absorption-of-curcumin
#16
Bingchao Cheng, Hao Pan, Dandan Liu, Dongyang Li, Jinyu Li, Shihui Yu, Guoxin Tan, Weisan Pan
The purpose of this work was to develop a D-α-tocopherol polyethylene glycol 1000 succinate (TPGS) decorated nanodiamond (ND) system loading water-insoluble curcumin (ND/CUR/TPGS) to improve the colloidal dispersity and oral bioavailability of the preparation. CUR was physically loaded into ND clusters, then TPGS was coated to the ND/CUR complex forming amorphous nanostructure on the interparticle nanocage of the ND substrate. The formulation of the nanocomplexes was optimized using response surface methodology, and the optimal ND/CUR/TPGS showed small particle size (196...
February 13, 2018: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452150/cerebral-blood-flow-velocity-and-autoregulation-in-paediatric-patients-following-a-global-hypoxic-ischaemic-insult
#17
Marlina E Lovett, Tensing Maa, Melissa G Chung, Nicole F O'Brien
AIM: To describe the cerebral blood flow velocity pattern and investigate cerebral autoregulation using transcranial Doppler ultrasonography (TCD) following a global hypoxic-ischaemic (HI) event in children. METHODS: This was a prospective, observational study in a quaternary-level paediatric intensive care unit. Intubated children, newborn to 17 years admitted to the PICU following HI injury (asphyxia, drowning, cardiac arrest) were eligible for inclusion. TCD was performed daily until post-injury day 8, discharge, or death, whichever occurred earliest...
February 13, 2018: Resuscitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452147/combination-of-kras-activation-and-pten-deletion-contributes-to-murine-hepatopancreatic-ductal-malignancy
#18
Yun-Kai Lin, Zheng Fang, Tian-Yi Jiang, Zheng-Hua Wan, Yu-Fei Pan, Yun-Han Ma, Yuan-Yuan Shi, Ye-Xiong Tan, Li-Wei Dong, Yong-Jie Zhang, Hong-Yang Wang
Kras mutations are among the most common genetic abnormalities in human neoplasms, including cholangiocarcinomas, pancreatic cancer and colon cancer. PTEN has previously been associated with cholangiocarcinoma development in murine models. Here, we have established novel mouse models of neoplasms by liver-specific and biliary-pancreatic Kras activation and PTEN deletion. By liver-specific disruption of PTEN and activation of Kras in mice caused rapid development of intrahepatic biliary epithelial proliferative lesions (Intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma, ICC), which progress through dysplasia to invasive carcinoma...
February 13, 2018: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452143/unusual-self-assembly-of-the-recombinant-chlamydia-trachomatis-major-outer-membrane-protein-momp-based-fusion-antigen-cth522-into-protein-nanoparticles
#19
Fabrice Rose, Kasper Karlsen, Pernille Rønde Jensen, Rasmus Uffe Jakobsen, Grith Krøyer Wood, Kasper Dyrberg Rand, Helene Godiksen, Peter Andersen, Frank Follmann, Camilla Foged
Sexually transmitted Chlamydia trachomatis (Ct) infects more than 100 million people annually, and untreated chlamydia infections can cause severe complications. Therefore, there is an urgent need for a chlamydia vaccine. The Ct major outer membrane protein (MOMP) is highly immunogenic but is a challenging vaccine candidate by being an integral membrane protein, and the immunogenicity depends on a correctly folded structure. We investigated the biophysical properties of the recombinant MOMP-based fusion antigen CTH522, which is tested in early human clinical trials...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452108/effect-of-brimonidine-an-%C3%AE-2-adrenergic-agonist-on-human-meibomian-gland-epithelial-cells
#20
Xi Han, Yang Liu, Wendy R Kam, David A Sullivan
We recently discovered that the anti-glaucoma pharmaceuticals timolol, a β adrenergic antagonist, and pilocarpine, a cholinergic compound, negatively influence the morphology, proliferative capacity and survival of human meibomian gland epithelial cells (HMGECs). We hypothesize that another class of anti-glaucoma drugs, the α2 adrenergic agonists, also acts directly on HMGECs to affect their structure and function. We tested this hypothesis. Immortalized (i) HMGECs were cultured with brimonidine, as well as clonidine (α2 agonist), phenylephrine (α1 agonist), RX821002 (inverse α2 agonist) and MK912 (neutral α2 agonist) for up to 7 days...
February 13, 2018: Experimental Eye Research
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