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Xin Zhang, Yi Rong, Steven Morrill, Jian Fang, Ganesh Narayanasamy, Edvaldo Galhardo, Sanjay Maraboyina, Christopher Croft, Fen Xia, Jose Penagaricano
Robust optimization generates scenario-based plans by a minimax optimization method to find optimal scenario for the trade-off between target coverage robustness and organ-at-risk (OAR) sparing. In this study, 20 lung cancer patients with tumors located at various anatomical regions within the lungs were selected and robust optimization photon treatment plans including intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) and volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) plans were generated. The plan robustness was analyzed using perturbed doses with setup error boundary of ±3 mm in anterior/posterior (AP), ±3 mm in left/right (LR), and ±5 mm in inferior/superior (IS) directions from isocenter...
March 10, 2018: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
Qiang-Nan Feng, Xin Liang, Sha Li, Yan Zhang
Pollen tube growth is an essential step for successful plant reproduction. Vacuolar trafficking and dynamic organization are important for pollen tube growth; however, the key proteins involved in these processes are not well understood. Here, we report that the ADAPTOR PROTEIN-3 (AP-3) complex and its tonoplast cargo PROTEIN S-ACYL TRANSFERASE10 (PAT10) are critical for pollen tube growth in Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana). AP-3 is a heterotetrameric protein complex consisting of four subunits, δ, β, µ, and σ...
March 9, 2018: Plant Physiology
Fiona J Rowe, Kerry Hanna, Jennifer R Evans, Carmel P Noonan, Marta Garcia-Finana, Caroline S Dodridge, Claire Howard, Kathryn A Jarvis, Sonia L MacDiarmid, Tallat Maan, Lorraine North, Helen Rodgers
BACKGROUND: Acquired brain injury can cause eye movement disorders which may include: strabismus, gaze deficits and nystagmus, causing visual symptoms of double, blurred or 'juddery' vision and reading difficulties. A wide range of interventions exist that have potential to alleviate or ameliorate these symptoms. There is a need to evaluate the effectiveness of these interventions and the timing of their implementation. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to assess the effectiveness of any intervention and determine the effect of timing of intervention in the treatment of strabismus, gaze deficits and nystagmus due to acquired brain injury...
March 5, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Shuai Zhang, Zhibin Fan, Ping Qiao, Yinsuo Zhao, Yanan Wang, Da Jiang, Xiangming Wang, Xiaojuan Zhu, Yu Zhang, Baiqu Huang, Jun Lu, Xiaoxue Li
A deficit of GABA (γ-aminobutyric acid) transmission will lead to epilepsy and other cognitive disorders. Recent evidence has shown that neuronal miRNAs affect various synapses, including GABAergic synapses. However, the miRNAs that control GABAergic synapses remain not fully understood. Here, we identified miR-51, a member of Caenorhabditis elegans miR-99/100 family, as a key regulator of GABAergic synapses. Loss of mir-51 increased PTZ (Pentylenetetrazole) and aldicarb hypersensitivities, and decreased the number of GABAergic synapses and abundance of GABAA receptors...
February 21, 2018: Developmental Biology
Katie A Walsh, Joseph Galvin, John Keaney, Edward Keelan, Gabor Szeplaki
AIMS: Zero- and near-zero-fluoroscopic ablation techniques reduce the harmful effects of ionizing radiation during invasive electrophysiology procedures. We aimed to test the feasibility and safety of a zero-fluoroscopic strategy using a novel integrated magnetic and impedance-based electroanatomical mapping system for radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of supraventricular tachycardias (SVTs). METHODS: We retrospectively studied 92 consecutive patients undergoing electrophysiology studies with/without RFA for supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) performed by a single operator at a single center...
February 23, 2018: Clinical Research in Cardiology: Official Journal of the German Cardiac Society
Bing Li, Xin Dong, Xinrui Li, Huaigu Chen, Haifeng Zhang, Xiaobo Zheng, Zhengguang Zhang
The signals by which eukaryotic cells communicate with the environment are usually mediated by vesicle trafficking to be attenuated or terminated. However, vesicle trafficking-mediated signal transmission during interactions between pathogens and host plants is poorly understood. Here, we identified and characterized the vacuole sorting protein FgVps41, which is the yeast HOPS tethering complex subunit Vps41 homolog in Fusarium graminearum. Targeted gene deletion demonstrated that FgVps41 is important for vegetative growth, asexual/sexual development, conidial morphology, plant infection, and deoxynivalenol production...
February 6, 2018: Environmental Microbiology
Anna Muszkiewicz, Xing Liu, Alfonso Bueno-Orovio, Brodie A J Lawson, Kevin Burrage, Barbara Casadei, Blanca Rodriguez
Variability refers to differences in physiological function between individuals, which may translate into different disease susceptibility and treatment efficacy. Experiments in human cardiomyocytes face wide variability and restricted tissue access; under these conditions computational models are a useful complementary tool. We conducted a computational and experimental investigation in cardiomyocytes isolated from samples of the right atrial appendage of patients undergoing cardiac surgery to evaluate the impact of variability in action potentials (APs) and sub-cellular ionic densities on calcium transient dynamics...
December 22, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
Jessica Page, Jonghyuck Park, Zhe Chen, Peng Cao, Riyi Shi
Myelin damage is a hallmark of spinal cord injury (SCI) and potassium channel blocker (PCB) is proven effective to restore axonal conduction and regain neurological function. Aiming to improve this therapy beyond the FDA-approved 4-AP, we have developed multiple new PCBs, with 4-AP-3-MeOH being the most potent and effective. The current study evaluated two PCBs, 4-AP-3-MeOH and 4-AP, in parallel in both ex vivo and in vivo rat mechanical SCI models. Specifically, 4-AP-3-MeOH induced significantly greater augmentation of axonal conduction than 4-AP in both acute and chronic injury...
December 11, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
Bikash Choudhary, Madhushree Kamak, Neena Ratnakaran, Jitendra Kumar, Anjali Awasthi, Chun Li, Ken Nguyen, Kunihiro Matsumoto, Naoki Hisamoto, Sandhya P Koushika
JIP3/UNC-16/dSYD is a MAPK-scaffolding protein with roles in protein trafficking. We show that it is present on the Golgi and is necessary for the polarized distribution of synaptic vesicle proteins (SVPs) and dendritic proteins in neurons. UNC-16 excludes Golgi enzymes from SVP transport carriers and facilitates inclusion of specific SVPs into the same transport carrier. The SVP trafficking roles of UNC-16 are mediated through LRK-1, whose localization to the Golgi is reduced in unc-16 animals. UNC-16, through LRK-1, also enables Golgi-localization of the μ-subunit of the AP-1 complex...
November 2017: PLoS Genetics
Haiyan Li, Magda S Santos, Chihyung K Park, Yuriy Dobry, Susan M Voglmaier
Release of the major excitatory neurotransmitter glutamate by synaptic vesicle exocytosis depends on glutamate loading into synaptic vesicles by vesicular glutamate transporters (VGLUTs). The two principal isoforms, VGLUT1 and 2, exhibit a complementary pattern of expression in adult brain that broadly distinguishes cortical (VGLUT1) and subcortical (VGLUT2) systems, and correlates with distinct physiological properties in synapses expressing these isoforms. Differential trafficking of VGLUT1 and 2 has been suggested to underlie their functional diversity...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
Priyanka Pandey, Bhagwan Kharediya, Bahjat Elrez, J-P Sutter, G Bhargavi, M V Rajasekharan, Sailaja S Sunkari
Four new copper complexes, viz. [{Cu(2-aminopyridine)(N3)2(H2O)}2]n (1), [Cu3(3-aminopyridine)2(N3)6]n (2), [{Cu(3-aminopyridine)(N3)2}2]n (3), and [Cu(4-aminopyridine)2(N3)2]n (4), have been synthesized with isomeric aminopyridines, viz. 2-aminopyridine (2-ap), 3-aminopyridine (3-ap), and 4-aminopyridine (4-ap), to probe the role of ligand and reactant molar ratios in directing the polynuclear assemblage and the associated magnetic properties. Ligand geometry is quite influential as can be seen through the versatile structures formed, viz...
November 21, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Casey Ward, Maciej Maselko, Christopher Lupfer, Meagan Prescott, Manoj K Pastey
Human Respiratory Syncytial Virus (HRSV) is a leading cause of bronchopneumonia in infants and the elderly. To date, knowledge of viral and host protein interactions within HRSV is limited and are critical areas of research. Here, we show that HRSV Matrix (M) protein interacts with the cellular adaptor protein complex 3 specifically via its medium subunit (AP-3Mu3A). This novel protein-protein interaction was first detected via yeast-two hybrid screen and was further confirmed in a mammalian system by immunofluorescence colocalization and co-immunoprecipitation...
2017: PloS One
Hamid Reza Ghaffari, Hamideh Ebrahimi Aval, Ahmad Alahabadi, Adel Mokammel, Ramzanali Khamirchi, Samira Yousefzadeh, Ehsan Ahmadi, Abolfazl Rahmani-Sani, Mehdi Estaji, Amin Ghanbarnejad, Abdolmajid Gholizadeh, Mahmoud Taghavi, Mohammad Miri
Nowadays, asthma is one of the most common chronic respiratory diseases, worldwide. Many reports have emphasized the correlation between the short-term exposure to the ambient air pollutants and acute respiratory diseases, especially among children with asthmatic symptoms. The aim of this study was to evaluate the relationship between the exposure to three atmospheric antioxidants (NO2 , SO2 , and O3 ) and hospital admission due to asthmatic disease (HAAD) in the city of Mashhad, Iran. The concentrations of atmospheric antioxidants were obtained from the real-time monitoring stations located in the city...
December 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Xinjuan Ning, Xinran Wang, Yuanting Wu, Qianjin Kang, Linquan Bai
The type-I polyketide ansamitocin P-3 (AP-3) is a potent antitumor agent. Its production is most likely hampered by the required multiple substrate supplies and complicated post-PKS modifications in Actinosynnema pretiosum subsp. pretiosum ATCC 31280. For titer improvement, gene ansa30, encoding for a glycosyltransferase competing for the N-demethyl-AP-3 (PND-3) intermediate for AP-3 biosynthesis, was initially inactivated. In the mutant NXJ-22, the AP-3 titer was increased by 66% along with an obvious accumulation of PND-3, indicating that the N-methylation is a rate-limiting step...
September 7, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
Toshiya Kamiyama, Tatsuya Orimo, Kenji Wakayama, Shingo Shimada, Akihisa Nagatsu, Hideki Yokoo, Hirofumi Kamachi, Kenichiro Yamashita, Tsuyoshi Shimamura, Akinobu Taketomi
BACKGROUND: Because hepatectomy is not recommended in patients with stage B hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) of the Barcelona Clinic Liver Cancer (BCLC) staging, we evaluated the survival outcomes of hepatectomy for stage B in the BCLC system. METHODS: Data were collected from 297 consecutive adult stage B patients who underwent curative hepatectomy for HCC between 1996 and 2014 in Hokkaido University Hospital. Overall survival (OS), disease-free survival (DFS), and risk factors were analyzed using the Kaplan-Meier method...
August 22, 2017: World Journal of Surgical Oncology
Zhi-Qiang Du, Yuan Zhang, Zhi-Gang Qian, Han Xiao, Jian-Jiang Zhong
Ansamitocin P-3 (AP-3) is a maytansinoid with its most compelling antitumor activity, however, the low production titer of AP-3 greatly restricts its wide commercial application. In this work, a combinatorial approach including random mutation and metabolic engineering was conducted to enhance AP-3 biosynthesis in Actinosynnema pretiosum. First, a mutant strain M was isolated by N-methyl-N'-nitro-N-nitrosoguanidine mutation, which could produce AP-3 almost threefold that of wild type (WT) in 48 deep-well plates...
December 2017: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
Flávia Almeida Santos, Karine Maria Martins Bezerra Carvalho, Francisco José Batista-Lima, Paulo Iury Gomes Nunes, Ana Flávia Seraine Custódio Viana, Armenio André de Carvalho Almeida da Silva, Said Gonçalves da Cruz Fonseca, Mariana Helena Chaves, Vietla Satyanarayana Rao, Pedro Jorge Caldas Magalhães, Teresinha Silva de Brito
To characterize the protective effects of the triterpenoid mixture alpha, beta-amyrin (AMY, 20 mg/kg, during 15 days) on the reactivity of isolated aorta of high-fat diet (HFD)-induced obese mice. Male Swiss mice were fed with HFD or normal diet (ND) for 15 weeks. Contractions of thoracic aorta in response to KCl or phenylephrine (PHE) and relaxation by acetylcholine (ACh) or sodium nitroprusside (SNP) were analyzed. HFD-fed mice developed hyperglycemia, hyperlipidemia, and significant body weight gain, parameters prevented by AMY treatment...
October 2017: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
Bing Chen, Yong Hu, Jin Liu, An-Ning Cao, Lu-Xi Ye, Zhao-Chong Zeng
PURPOSE: To evaluate the respiratory motion of adrenal gland metastases in three-dimensional directions using four-dimensional computed tomography (4DCT) images. METHODS: From January 2013 to May 2016, 12 patients with adrenal gland metastases were included in this study. They all underwent 4DCT scans to assess respiratory motion of adrenal gland metastases in free breathing state. The 4DCT images were sorted into 10 image series according to the respiratory phase from the end inspiration to the end expiration, and then transferred to FocalSim workstation...
June 2017: Physica Medica: PM
Martin de Boer, Karin van Leeuwen, Judy Geissler, Floris van Alphen, Esther de Vries, Martijn van der Kuip, Suzanne W J Terheggen, Hans Janssen, Timo K van den Berg, Alexander B Meijer, Dirk Roos, Taco W Kuijpers
Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome type 2 (HPS2) is a syndrome caused by mutations in the beta-3A subunit of the adaptor protein (AP)-3 complex (AP3B1 gene). We describe five unreported cases with four novel mutations, one of which caused aberrant pre-mRNA splicing. A point mutation c.2702C>G in exon 23 of the AP3B1 gene caused deletion of 112 bp in the mRNA in two siblings. This mutation activates a cryptic donor splice site that overrules the wild-type donor splice site of this exon. Three other novel mutations in AP3B1 were identified, that is, a nonsense mutation c...
June 6, 2017: Human Mutation
Qiang-Nan Feng, Shi-Jian Song, Shi-Xia Yu, Jia-Gang Wang, Sha Li, Yan Zhang
Plant vacuoles are versatile organelles critical for plant growth and responses to environment. Vacuolar proteins are transported from the endoplasmic reticulum via multiple routes in plants. Two classic routes bear great similarity to other phyla with major regulators known, such as COPII and Rab5 GTPases. By contrast, vacuolar trafficking mediated by adaptor protein-3 (AP-3) or that independent of the Golgi has few recognized cargos and none of the regulators. In search of novel regulators for vacuolar trafficking routes and by using a fluorescence-based forward genetic screen, we demonstrated that the multispan transmembrane protein, Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana) PROTEIN S-ACYL TRANSFERASE10 (PAT10), is an AP-3-mediated vacuolar cargo...
July 2017: Plant Physiology
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