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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352121/efficient-differentiation-of-human-pluripotent-stem-cells-into-skeletal-muscle-cells-by-combining-rna-based-myod1-expression-and-pou5f1-silencing
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Tomohiko Akiyama, Saeko Sato, Nana Chikazawa-Nohtomi, Atsumi Soma, Hiromi Kimura, Shunichi Wakabayashi, Shigeru B H Ko, Minoru S H Ko
Direct generation of skeletal muscle cells from human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) would be beneficial for drug testing, drug discovery, and disease modelling in vitro. Here we show a rapid and robust method to induce myogenic differentiation of hPSCs by introducing mRNA encoding MYOD1 together with siRNA-mediated knockdown of POU5F1 (also known as OCT4 or OCT3/4). This integration-free approach generates functional skeletal myotubes with sarcomere-like structure and a fusion capacity in several days. The POU5F1 silencing facilitates MYOD1 recruitment to the target promoters, which results in the significant activation of myogenic genes in hPSCs...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350457/improved-outcome-at-end-of-treatment-in-the-collaborative-wilms-tumour-africa-project
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Trijn Israels, Vivian Paintsil, Dalida Nyirenda, Francine Kouya, Glenn Mbah Afungchwi, Peter Hesseling, Clara Tump, Gertjan Kaspers, Liz Burns, Ramandeep Singh Arora, George Chagaluka, Philippa Nana, Lorna Renner, Elizabeth Molyneux
BACKGROUND: The Collaborative Wilms Tumour (WT) Africa Project has implemented an adapted WT treatment guideline in sub-Saharan Africa as a multi-centre prospective clinical trial. A retrospective, baseline evaluation of end-of-treatment outcome was performed for a 2-year period prior to the introduction of this guideline. The collaborative project aims to reduce both treatment abandonment and death during treatment to less than 10% for improving survival. PROCEDURE: All participating centres obtained local Institutional Research Board (IRB) approval and implemented the adapted WT treatment guideline...
January 19, 2018: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348058/elemental-assessment-of-vegetation-via-portable-x-ray-fluorescence-pxrf-spectrometry
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Candice McGladdery, David C Weindorf, Somsubhra Chakraborty, Bin Li, Laura Paulette, Dorina Podar, Delaina Pearson, Nana Yaw O Kusi, Bogdan Duda
Elemental concentrations in vegetation are of critical importance, whether establishing plant essential element concentrations (toxicity vs. deficiency) or investigating deleterious elements (e.g., heavy metals) differentially extracted from the soil by plants. Traditionally, elemental analysis of vegetation has been facilitated by acid digestion followed by quantification via inductively coupled plasma (ICP) or atomic absorption (AA) spectroscopy. Previous studies have utilized portable X-ray fluorescence (PXRF) spectroscopy to quantify elements in soils, but few have evaluated the vegetation...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347912/genome-wide-analysis-of-the-potato-hsp20-gene-family-identification-genomic-organization-and-expression-profiles-in-response-to-heat-stress
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Peng Zhao, Dongdong Wang, Ruoqiu Wang, Nana Kong, Chao Zhang, Chenghui Yang, Wentao Wu, Haoli Ma, Qin Chen
BACKGROUND: Heat shock proteins (Hsps) are essential components in plant tolerance mechanism under various abiotic stresses. Hsp20 is the major family of heat shock proteins, but little of Hsp20 family is known in potato (Solanum tuberosum), which is an important vegetable crop that is thermosensitive. RESULTS: To reveal the mechanisms of potato Hsp20s coping with abiotic stresses, analyses of the potato Hsp20 gene family were conducted using bioinformatics-based methods...
January 18, 2018: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340714/taxonomical-resolution-and-distribution-of-bacterioplankton-along-the-vertical-gradient-reveals-pronounced-spatiotemporal-patterns-in-contrasted-temperate-freshwater-lakes
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J Keshri, A S Pradeep Ram, P A Nana, T Sime-Ngando
We examined the relationship between viruses and co-occurring bacterial communities across spatiotemporal scale in two contrasting freshwater lakes, namely meromictic Lake Pavin and dimictic Lake Aydat (Central France). Next-generation sequencing of 16S rRNA genes suggested distinct patterns in bacterioplankton community composition (BCC) between the lakes over depths and seasons. BCC were generally dominated by members of Actinobacteria, Proteobacteria, and Bacteroidetes covering about 95% of all sequences...
January 16, 2018: Microbial Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338194/sequential-and-selective-detection-of-two-molecules-with-a-single-solid-contact-chronopotentiometric-ion-selective-electrode
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Jiawang Ding, Nana Yu, Xuedong Wang, Wei Qin
A polymeric membrane ion-selective electrode (ISE) is typically designed for determination of one specific ion using conventional method. In this work, we demonstrate a simple, versatile and sensitive platform for simultaneous detection of two molecules with a single ISE. Under a series of periodic galvanostatic polarization, a solid-contact ISE without ion exchanger properties under zero-current conditions has been successfully used for simultaneous detection of two opposite charged ions with high sensitivity, good selectivity and fast reversibility...
January 17, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337117/xist-derepression-in-active-x-chromosome-hinders-pig-somatic-cell-nuclear-transfer
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Degong Ruan, Jiangyun Peng, Xiaoshan Wang, Zhen Ouyang, Qingjian Zou, Yi Yang, Fangbing Chen, Weikai Ge, Han Wu, Zhaoming Liu, Yu Zhao, Bentian Zhao, Quanjun Zhang, Chengdan Lai, Nana Fan, Zhiwei Zhou, Qishuai Liu, Nan Li, Qin Jin, Hui Shi, Jingke Xie, Hong Song, Xiaoyu Yang, Jiekai Chen, Kepin Wang, Xiaoping Li, Liangxue Lai
Pig cloning by somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) remains extremely inefficient, and many cloned embryos undergo abnormal development. Here, by profiling transcriptome expression, we observed dysregulated chromosome-wide gene expression in every chromosome and identified a considerable number of genes that are aberrantly expressed in the abnormal cloned embryos. In particular, XIST, a long non-coding RNA gene, showed high ectopic expression in abnormal embryos. We also proved that nullification of the XIST gene in donor cells can normalize aberrant gene expression in cloned embryos and enhance long-term development capacity of the embryos...
January 10, 2018: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337111/early-re-staging-and-molecular-subtype-shift-surveillance-of-locally-recurrent-or-metastatic-breast-cancer-a-new-pet-ct-integrated-precise-algorithm
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Wei Guo, Bing Hao, Nana Luo, Dan Ruan, Xiuyu Guo, Hao-Jun Chen, Hua Wu, Long Sun
Recurrent breast cancer poses considerable diagnostic and therapeutic challenges for clinic. Clinical suspicion of recurrence must be first confirmed by imaging studies. Then re-biopsy of suspected recurrence and metastasis in patients with breast cancer is recommended in the practice guidelines of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) and European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) to confirm whether the molecular subtype changes. It may change the individual treatment plan directly. Our research provided an integrated algorithm for locally recurrent or distant metastatic breast cancer, including early relapse detection and subsequently a new practical PET/CT imaging guide biopsy approach for surveilling molecular subtype shifts of the recurrent breast cancer...
January 11, 2018: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331594/effects-of-physical-activity-on-the-symptoms-of-tourette-syndrome-a-systematic-review
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David D Kim, Darren E R Warburton, Nana Wu, Alasdair M Barr, William G Honer, Ric M Procyshyn
There is irrefutable evidence that routine physical activity or exercise can offer considerable health benefits to individuals living with various mental disorders. However, it is not clear what effect physical activity has on the symptoms of Tourette syndrome. Despite a paucity of evidence, physical activity or exercise has already been recommended by various health organizations for the management of tics. We provide a systematic review of the effects of physical activity or exercise on tic symptomology in individuals with Tourette syndrome...
December 8, 2017: European Psychiatry: the Journal of the Association of European Psychiatrists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330916/separation-of-three-polar-compounds-from-rheum-tanguticum-by-high-speed-counter-current-chromatography-with-an-ethyl-acetate-glacial-acetic-acid-water-system
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Tao Chen, Ping Wang, Nana Wang, Chongyang Sun, Xue Yang, Hongmei Li, Guoying Zhou, Yulin Li
The separation of polar compounds by high-speed counter-current chromatography is still regarded as a challenge. In this study, an efficient strategy for the separation of three polar compounds from Rheum tanguticum has been successfully conducted by using high-speed counter-current chromatography. X-5 macroporous resin chromatography was used for the fast enrichment of the target compounds. Then, the target fraction was directly introduced into high-speed counter-current chromatography for separation using ethyl acetate/glacial acetic acid/water (100:1:100, v/v) as the solvent system...
January 13, 2018: Journal of Separation Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318125/prevalence-of-intestinal-parasites-in-food-handlers-of-bandar-abbas-southern-iran
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Mehrgan Heydari-Hengami, Yaghoob Hamedi, Majid Najafi-Asl, Khojasteh Sharifi-Sarasiabi
Background: Food handlers play a significant role in the dissemination and transmission of enteropathogenic microorganisms, including intestinal parasites. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of intestinal parasites in food handlers of Bandar Abbas, southern Iran. Methods: In this cross-sectional study, 800 stool samples were randomly collected in a period of 6 months from Jun to Nov 2015. The diagnosis was made on direct wet mount, formalin-ether concentration, Ziehl-Neelsen, and Trichrome stained slides...
January 2018: Iranian Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317882/helminth-infections-of-rodents-and-their-zoonotic-importance-in-boyer-ahmad-district-southwestern-iran
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Mohammad Javad Ranjbar, Bahador Sarkari, Gholam Reza Mowlavi, Zeinab Seifollahi, Abdolali Moshfe, Samaneh Abdolahi Khabisi, Iraj Mobedi
Background: Rodents are considered as reservoirs of various zoonotic diseases including helminthic infections. The current study aimed to evaluate the prevalence of helminth infections in rodents, in Boyer-Ahmad district, Southwestern Iran. Methods: Overall, 52 rodents were captured from various areas of the district by Sherman live traps. The animals were then euthanized and dissected. During necropsy, each organ was examined macroscopically for presence of any cyst or visible parasite...
October 2017: Iranian Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316908/efficacy-and-safety-of-curcumin-and-its-combination-with-boswellic-acid-in-osteoarthritis-a-comparative-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-study
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Armine Haroyan, Vahan Mukuchyan, Nana Mkrtchyan, Naira Minasyan, Srbuhi Gasparyan, Aida Sargsyan, Mikael Narimanyan, Areg Hovhannisyan
BACKGROUND: The aim of this clinical trial was to assess the efficacy and safety of curcuminoid complex extract from turmeric rhizome with turmeric volatile oil (CuraMed®) and its combination with boswellic acid extract from Indian frankincense root (Curamin®) vs placebo for the treatment of 40- to 70-year-old patients with osteoarthritis (OA). METHODS: The effects of CuraMed® 500-mg capsules (333 mg curcuminoids) and Curamin® 500-mg capsules (350 mg curcuminoids and 150 mg boswellic acid) taken orally three times a day for 12 weeks in 201 patients was investigated in a three-arm, parallel-group, randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial...
January 9, 2018: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29313691/metal-free-one-pot-synthesis-of-3-phosphinoylbenzofurans-via-phospha-michael-addition-cyclization-of-h-phosphine-oxides-and-in-situ-generated-ortho-quinone-methides
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Ji-Yuan Du, Yan-Hua Ma, Rui-Qing Yuan, Nana Xin, Shao-Zhen Nie, Chun-Lin Ma, Chen-Zhong Li, Chang-Qiu Zhao
A novel metal-free one-pot protocol for the effective and efficient synthesis of 3-phosphinoylbenzofurans via a phospha-Michael addition/cyclization of H-phosphine oxides and in situ generated ortho-quinone methides is described. Based on the expeditious construction of C(sp2)-P bonds, asymmetric synthesis of optically pure 3-phosphinoylbenzofurans containing chiral P-stereogenic center has also been probed by using chiral RP-(-)-menthyl phenylphosphine oxide.
January 9, 2018: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29311577/publisher-correction-transcribed-ultraconserved-region-339-promotes-carcinogenesis-by-modulating-tumor-suppressor-micrornas
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Ivan Vannini, Petra M Wise, Kishore B Challagundla, Meropi Plousiou, Mirco Raffini, Erika Bandini, Francesca Fanini, Giorgia Paliaga, Melissa Crawford, Manuela Ferracin, Cristina Ivan, Linda Fabris, Ramana V Davuluri, Zhiyi Guo, Maria Angelica Cortez, Xinna Zhang, Lu Chen, Shuxing Zhang, Cecilia Fernandez-Cymering, Leng Han, Silvia Carloni, Samanta Salvi, Hui Ling, Mariam Murtadha, Paolo Neviani, Barbara J Gitlitz, Ite A Laird-Offringa, Patrick Nana-Sinkam, Massimo Negrini, Han Liang, Dino Amadori, Amelia Cimmino, George A Calin, Muller Fabbri
In the originally published version of this Article, the positions of the final two authors in the author list were inadvertently inverted during the production process. This error has now been corrected in both the PDF and HTML versions of the Article.
January 8, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29309964/a-framework-to-assess-landscape-structural-capacity-to-provide-regulating-ecosystem-services-in-west-africa
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Justice Nana Inkoom, Susanne Frank, Klaus Greve, Christine Fürst
The Sudanian savanna landscapes of West Africa are amongst the world's most vulnerable areas to climate change impacts. Inappropriate land use and agriculture management practices continuously impede the capacity of agricultural landscapes to provide ecosystem services (ES). Given the absence of practical assessment techniques to evaluate the landscape's capacity to provide regulating ES in this region, the goal of this paper is to propose an integrative assessment framework which combines remote sensing, geographic information systems, expert weighting and landscape metrics-based assessment...
January 5, 2018: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29306246/hyperbolic-relation-between-beta-cell-function-and-insulin-sensitivity-for-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-malaria-influenza-helicobacter-pylori-chlamydia-pneumoniae-and-hepatitis-c-virus-infection-induced-inflammation-oxidative-stress-and-temporary-insulin-resistance
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Jean Bosco Kasiam Lasi On'kin, Benjamin Longo-Mbenza, Venant Tchokonte-Nana, Augustin Nge Okwe, Nelly Kangola Kabangu
Background/aim: We calculated the homeostatic model assessment (HOMA) for estimating insulin sensitivity and beta-cell function in normal, healthy nondiabetics with infections (malaria, influenza, HIV, Helicobacter pylori, Chlamydia pneumoniae, and hepatitis C virus), type 2 diabetic black patients, and healthy controls from Kinshasa, DR Congo. Materials and methods: A case-control study was carried out between 2006 and 2007 for black Central African participants managed for HOMA.Results: In total, 219 patients and 110 healthy controls were matched for sex and age...
December 19, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29304875/antinociceptive-tolerance-to-nsaids-in-the-anterior-cingulate-cortex-is-mediated-via-endogenous-opioid-mechanism
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Nana Tsiklauri, Natia Pirkulashvili, Ivliane Nozadze, Marina Nebieridze, Gulnaz Gurtskaia, Elene Abzianidze, Merab G Tsagareli
BACKGROUND: In the past decade several studies have reported that in some brain areas, particularly, in the midbrain periaqueductal gray matter, rostral ventro-medial medulla, central nucleus of amygdala, nucleus raphe magnus, and dorsal hippocampus, microinjections of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) induce antinociception with distinct development of tolerance. Given this evidence, in this study we investigated the development of tolerance to the analgesic effects of NSAIDs diclofenac, ketorolac and xefocam microinjected into the rostral part of anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) in rats...
January 6, 2018: BMC Pharmacology & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29304538/catestatin-prevents-macrophage-driven-atherosclerosis-but-not-arterial-injury-induced-neointimal-hyperplasia
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Miho Kojima, Nana Ozawa, Yusaku Mori, Yui Takahashi, Kaho Watanabe-Kominato, Remina Shirai, Rena Watanabe, Kengo Sato, Taka-Aki Matsuyama, Hatsue Ishibashi-Ueda, Shinji Koba, Youichi Kobayashi, Tsutomu Hirano, Takuya Watanabe
Catestatin, a catecholamine-release inhibitory peptide, has multiple cardiovascular activities. Conflicting results have been recently reported by increased or decreased plasma levels of catestatin in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). However, there have been no previous reports regarding the effects of catestatin on arteriosclerosis. This study evaluated the vasoprotective effects of catestatin on human macrophages, human aortic smooth muscle cells (HASMCs) and human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) in vitro, and aortic atherosclerosis and wire injury-induced femoral artery neointimal hyperplasia in apolipoprotein E-deficient (ApoE-/-) mice fed with a high-cholesterol diet...
January 2018: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29303585/effect-of-mixing-ammonia-and-alkylamines-on-sulfate-aerosol-formation
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Berhane Temelso, Elizabeth F Morrison, David L Speer, Bobby C Cao, Nana A Appiah-Padi, Grace Kim, George C Shields
Sulfate aerosols' cooling effect on the global climate has spurred research to understand their mechanisms of formation. Both theoretical and laboratory studies have shown that the formation of sulfate aerosols is enhanced by the presence of a base like ammonia. Stronger alkylamine bases such as monomethylamine (MMA), dimethylamine (DMA) and trimethylamine (TMA) further increase aerosol formation rates by many orders of magnitude relative to that of ammonia. However, recent lab measurements have found that presence of ammonia and alkylamines together increases nucleation rates by another 1-2 orders of magnitude relative to the stronger alkylamines alone...
January 5, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
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