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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779230/role-of-mu-but-not-delta-or-kappa-opioid-receptors-in-context-induced-reinstatement-of-oxycodone-seeking
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Jennifer M Bossert, Jennifer K Hoots, Ida Fredriksson, Sweta Adhikary, Michelle Zhang, Marco Venniro, Yavin Shaham
Relapse to nonmedical use of prescription opioids often occurs after exposure to places previously associated with drug use. Here, we describe a rat model of context-induced reinstatement of oxycodone seeking after repeated cycles of drug self-administration and extinction-induced abstinence. We also determined the role of mu, delta, and kappa opioid receptors (MOR, DOR, KOR) in this reinstatement. We trained rats to self-administer oxycodone for 6 h/d in Context A; lever pressing was paired with a discrete cue...
May 19, 2018: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779177/computational-identification-of-structural-factors-affecting-the-mutagenic-potential-of-aromatic-amines-study-design-and-experimental-validation
#2
Svetoslav H Slavov, Iva Stoyanova-Slavova, William Mattes, Richard D Beger, Beat J Brüschweiler
A grid-based, alignment-independent 3D-SDAR (three-dimensional spectral data-activity relationship) approach based on simulated 13 C and 15 N NMR chemical shifts augmented with through-space interatomic distances was used to model the mutagenicity of 554 primary and 419 secondary aromatic amines. A robust modeling strategy supported by extensive validation including randomized training/hold-out test set pairs, validation sets, "blind" external test sets as well as experimental validation was applied to avoid over-parameterization and build Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD 2004) compliant models...
May 19, 2018: Archives of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778474/a-longitudinal-observational-study-of-the-dynamics-of-mycoplasma-bovis-antibodies-in-naturally-exposed-and-diseased-dairy-cows
#3
Mette B Petersen, Jeanette Pedersen, Dinah L Holm, Matthew Denwood, Liza R Nielsen
Mycoplasma bovis is an important pathogen causing disease and substantial economic losses in cattle. However, knowledge of the dynamics of antibody responses in individual cows in the face of an outbreak is currently extremely limited. The use of commercial antibody tests to support clinical decision-making and for surveillance purposes is therefore challenging. Our objective was to describe the dynamics of M. bovis antibody responses in 4 Danish dairy herds experiencing an acute outbreak of M. bovis-associated disease, and to compare the antibody dynamics between dairy cows with different disease manifestations...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778198/molecular-characterization-of-dermatophytes-isolated-from-cattle-in-plateau-state-nigeria
#4
James S Dalis, Haruna M Kazeem, Jacob K P Kwaga, Clara N Kwanashie, Bitrus Yakubu, Olajide A Owolodun, Anvou R Jambol
Dermatophytes from cattle were successfully characterized to species and strain levels for the first time in Nigeria. This study was undertaken to isolate and characterize dermatophytes from cattle in Plateau State, Nigeria. Two molecular techniques were utilized. The first was the use of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to amplify the internal transcribed spacer regions of the ribosomal DNA using ITS-1 and ITS-4 as primers. This was followed by restriction fragment length polymorphism analysis of the amplified ITS regions using the enzyme MvaI to identify dermatophyte species...
June 2018: Veterinary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778004/learning-homophones-in-context-easy-cases-are-favored-in-the-lexicon-of-natural-languages
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Isabelle Dautriche, Laia Fibla, Anne-Caroline Fievet, Anne Christophe
Even though ambiguous words are common in languages, children find it hard to learn homophones, where a single label applies to several distinct meanings (e.g., Mazzocco, 1997). The present work addresses this apparent discrepancy between learning abilities and typological pattern, with respect to homophony in the lexicon. In a series of five experiments, 20-month-old French children easily learnt a pair of homophones if the two meanings associated with the phonological form belonged to different syntactic categories, or to different semantic categories...
May 16, 2018: Cognitive Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777592/early-identification-of-unusually-clustered-mutations-and-a-root-cause-in-therapeutic-antibody-development
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Yueming Qian, Zhiqiang Chen, Xin Huang, Xuning Wang, Xuankuo Xu, Stefan Kirov, Richard Ludwig, Nan-Xin Qian, Kandasamy Ravi, Li Tao, Michael C Borys, Zheng Jian Li
This study reports findings of an unusual cluster of mutations spanning 22 base pairs in a monoclonal antibody (mAb) expression vector. It was identified by two orthogonal methods: mass spectrometry on expressed protein and next-generation sequencing (NGS) on the plasmid DNA. While the initial NGS analysis confirmed the designed sequence modification, intact mass analysis detected an additional mass of the antibody molecule expressed in CHO cells. The extra mass was eventually found to be associated with unmatched nucleotides in a distal region by checking full-length sequence alignment plots...
May 19, 2018: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777453/peri-operative-blood-transfusion-does-not-influence-overall-and-disease-free-survival-after-radical-gastrectomy-for-stage-ii-iii-gastric-cancer-a-propensity-score-matching-analysis
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Hua Xiao, Wu Liu, Hu Quan, Yongzhong Ouyang
OBJECTIVE: Whether peri-operative blood transfusions (BTF) negatively impact long-term survival after gastrectomy for gastric cancer (GC) remains controversial. The aim of this retrospective study was to investigate independent predictive factors of BTF and the potential impact of BTF on overall survival (OS) and disease-free survival (DFS) in patients who underwent radical gastrectomy for stage II/III GC. METHODS: Of 1020 patients who underwent gastrectomy for stage II/III GC from November 2010 to December 2015, 231 (22...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery: Official Journal of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777050/the-yeast-telomerase-recruitment-module-requires-a-specific-rna-architecture
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Nancy Laterreur, Bruno Lemieux, Hannah Neumann, Jean-Christophe Berger-Dancause, Daniel Lafontaine, Raymund J Wellinger
Telomerases are ribonucleoprotein (RNP) enzymes that are related to reverse transcriptases. While they maintain genome stability, their composition varies significantly between species. Yeast telomerase RNPs contain an RNA that is comparatively large and its overall folding shows long helical segments with distal functional parts. Here we investigated the essential stem IVc module of the budding yeast telomerase RNA, called Tlc1. The distal part of stem IVc includes a conserved sequence element CS2a and structurally conserved features to which bind the Pop1/Pop6/Pop7 proteins and which together function analogously to the P3 domains of the RNase P/MRP RNPs...
May 18, 2018: RNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776575/optimal-long-term-antithrombotic-treatment-of-patients-with-stable-coronary-artery-disease-and-atrial-fibrillation-oltat-registry
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Q Fischer, J L Georges, C Le Feuvre, A Sharma, N Hammoudi, E Berman, S Cohen, I Jolivet, J Silvain, G Helft
BACKGROUND: The optimal long-term antithrombotic treatment of patients with stable coronary artery disease (CAD) and atrial fibrillation (AF) is a challenge in daily practice. We sought to determine the prevalence of hemorrhagic complications and ischaemic events depending on antithrombotic strategy in patients with stable CAD and AF. METHODS: The primary outcome was major adverse cardiac and cerebrovascular events (MACCE) defined as a composite of cardiovascular mortality, myocardial infarction and ischaemic stroke...
August 1, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776427/rheumatoid-meningitis-developed-in-patient-with-stable-rheumatoid-arthritis-and-myasthenia-gravis-detailed-analysis-of-intracranial-inflammation-using-flow-cytometry
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Miki Oono, Yoshimasa Fujita, Nobuaki Uchida, Ukichiro Kawai, Michiyo Fujita-Nakata, Megumi Nakanishi, Mitsuru Sanada, Shigemi Nagayama, Makoto Matsui
BACKGROUND: Rheumatoid meningitis (RM) is a rare disorder that often develops during a remission phase of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). This is the first study to demonstrate differences in regard to immunological disturbance between blood and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) samples obtained from a patient with RM using flow cytometry. CASE PRESENTATION: A 36-year-old woman with RA and generalized myasthenia gravis (MG) developed RM during a remission phase. Although both RA and MG were stable and well controlled, she noticed fever, headache, and transient sensory disturbance...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775501/educational-interventions-for-improving-primary-caregiver-complementary-feeding-practices-for-children-aged-24-months-and-under
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REVIEW
Dachi Arikpo, Ededet Sewanu Edet, Moriam T Chibuzor, Friday Odey, Deborah M Caldwell
BACKGROUND: Although complementary feeding is a universal practice, the methods and manner in which it is practiced vary between cultures, individuals and socioeconomic classes. The period of complementary feeding is a critical time of transition in the life of an infant, and inappropriate complementary feeding practices, with their associated adverse health consequences, remain a significant global public health problem. Educational interventions are widely acknowledged as effective in promoting public health strategy, and those aimed at improving complementary feeding practices provide information about proper complementary feeding practices to caregivers of infants/children...
May 18, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775134/csf-inflammatory-biomarkers-responsive-to-treatment-in-progressive-multiple-sclerosis-capture-residual-inflammation-associated-with-axonal-damage
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Jeppe Romme Christensen, Mika Komori, Marina Rode von Essen, Rikke Ratzer, Lars Börnsen, Bibi Bielekova, Finn Sellebjerg
BACKGROUND: Development of treatments for progressive multiple sclerosis (MS) is challenged by the lack of sensitive and treatment-responsive biomarkers of intrathecal inflammation. OBJECTIVE: To validate the responsiveness of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) inflammatory biomarkers to treatment with natalizumab and methylprednisolone in progressive MS and to examine the relationship between CSF inflammatory and tissue damage biomarkers. METHODS: CSF samples from two open-label phase II trials of natalizumab and methylprednisolone in primary and secondary progressive MS...
May 1, 2018: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774977/a-novel-4q25-microdeletion-encompassing-pitx2-associated-with-rieger-syndrome
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Yi Yang, Xin Wang, Yuming Zhao, Man Qin
OBJECTIVE: Rieger syndrome (RS) is a genetic disorder characterized by abnormal development of the eyes, teeth, and umbilicus, and the paired like homeodomain 2 (PITX2) gene is often implicated in its pathogenesis. The present study aimed to identify the underlying genetic defect in a Chinese patient with RS. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: DNA samples were screened for PITX2 gene mutations and copy number variations (CNVs) using Sanger sequencing and quantitative genomic PCR analysis (qPCR)...
May 18, 2018: Oral Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774945/the-relationship-between-post-mating-reproductive-isolation-and-reinforcement-in-phlox
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Sevan S Suni, Robin Hopkins
The process of speciation involves the accumulation of reproductive isolation (RI) between diverging lineages. Selection can favor increased RI via the process of reinforcement, whereby costs to hybridization impose selection for increased prezygotic RI. Reinforcement results in phenotypic divergence within at least one taxon, as a result of costly hybridization between sympatric taxa. The strength of selection driving reinforcement is determined by the cost of hybridization and the frequency of hybridization...
May 18, 2018: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774887/association-of-difference-in-coronary-sinus-diameter-by-computed-tomographic-angiography-between-patients-in-and-not-in-stable-atherosclerotic-plaque-s
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Yancui Li, Wen Liang, Jianchun Zhang, Ruchen Peng
BACKGROUND Pathological finding fail to describe the morphology of coronary arterial plaques. Retrograde cardiac arteriography is a complicated procedure and does not detect all left posterior and marginal veins of the heart. Magnetic resonance angiography has long scan time and low spatial resolution. The objective of the present study was to assess the possible utility of the difference in coronary sinus diameter to quantify stable atherosclerotic plaque(s) using 256-slice coronary computed tomographic angiography...
May 18, 2018: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774428/inter-individual-differences-in-serotonin-and-glutamate-co-transmission-reflect-differentiation-in-context-induced-conditioned-50-khz-usvs-response-after-morphine-withdrawal
#16
Adam Hamed, Miron Bartosz Kursa
A growing body of research provides compelling evidence that in rats 50-kHz USVs are a form of expression of positive emotions. Context-induced 50-kHz USVs emission is variable among rats, indicating individual differences in contextual response bound up with pharmacological reward. The aims of this study were to: extract the most important neurotransmitters related to context-induced conditioned 50-kHz USVs response; find biological basis of existing inter-individual differences in context-induced conditioned 50-kHz USVs response; create a model of all-to-all neurotransmitters correlations...
May 17, 2018: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774217/effective-network-size-predicted-from-simulations-of-pathogen-outbreaks-through-social-networks-provides-a-novel-measure-of-structure-standardized-group-size
#17
Collin M McCabe, Charles L Nunn
The transmission of infectious disease through a population is often modeled assuming that interactions occur randomly in groups, with all individuals potentially interacting with all other individuals at an equal rate. However, it is well known that pairs of individuals vary in their degree of contact. Here, we propose a measure to account for such heterogeneity: effective network size (ENS), which refers to the size of a maximally complete network (i.e., unstructured, where all individuals interact with all others equally) that corresponds to the outbreak characteristics of a given heterogeneous, structured network...
2018: Frontiers in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774155/is-de-novo-hepatocellular-carcinoma-after-transjugular-intrahepatic-portosystemic-shunt-increased
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A Hüsing-Kabar, T Meister, M Köhler, W Domschke, I Kabar, C Wilms, B Hild, H H Schmidt, H S Heinzow
Background: Portal hypertension is a major complication of liver cirrhosis. Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt is effective in treatment of portal hypertension. However, decreased parenchymal portal venous flow after transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt insertion favours ischaemic liver injury which has been discussed to induce hepatocarcinogenesis causing hepatocellular cancer. Aim: This study aimed to explore the association between transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt placement and the development of hepatocellular cancer...
April 2018: United European Gastroenterology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774077/long-noncoding-rna-mir503hg-a-prognostic-indicator-inhibits-tumor-metastasis-by-regulating-the-hnrnpa2b1-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathway-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Hui Wang, Linhui Liang, Qiongzhu Dong, Lin Huan, Jia He, Botai Li, Chen Yang, Haojie Jin, Lin Wei, Chengtao Yu, Fangyu Zhao, Jinjun Li, Ming Yao, Wenxin Qin, Lunxiu Qin, Xianghuo He
Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) have been associated with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), but the underlying molecular mechanisms of their specific association with hepatocarcinogenesis have not been fully explored. Methods: miR503HG was identified by microarray and validated by real-time PCR. Survival analysis was evaluated using the Kaplan-Meier method and assessed using the log-rank test. In vitro and in vivo assays were preformed to explore the biological effects of miR503HG in HCC cells. The interaction of miR503HG with HNRNPA2B1 was identified by RNA pull-down and RNA immunoprecipitation...
2018: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774043/integration-of-the-pokeweed-mirna-and-mrna-transcriptomes-reveals-targeting-of-jasmonic-acid-responsive-genes
#20
Kira C M Neller, Alexander Klenov, Juan C Guzman, Katalin A Hudak
The American pokeweed plant, Phytolacca americana , displays broad-spectrum resistance to plant viruses and is a heavy metal hyperaccumulator. However, little is known about the regulation of biotic and abiotic stress responses in this non-model plant. To investigate the control of miRNAs in gene expression, we sequenced the small RNA transcriptome of pokeweed treated with jasmonic acid (JA), a hormone that mediates pathogen defense and stress tolerance. We predicted 145 miRNAs responsive to JA, most of which were unique to pokeweed...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
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