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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342308/chronic-kidney-disease-burden-among-african-migrants-in-three-european-countries-and-in-urban-and-rural-ghana-the-rodam-cross-sectional-study
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David N Adjei, Karien Stronks, Dwomoa Adu, Erik Beune, Karlijn Meeks, Liam Smeeth, Juliet Addo, Ellis Owuso-Dabo, Kerstin Klipstein-Grobusch, Frank P Mockenhaupt, Matthias B Schulze, Ina Danquah, Joachim Spranger, Silver Bahendeka, Ama de-Graft Aikins, Charles Agyemang
Background: Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a major burden among sub-Saharan African (SSA) populations. However, differences in CKD prevalence between rural and urban settings in Africa, and upon migration to Europe are unknown. We therefore assessed the differences in CKD prevalence among homogenous SSA population (Ghanaians) residing in rural and urban Ghana and in three European cities, and whether conventional risk factors of CKD explained the observed differences. Furthermore, we assessed whether the prevalence of CKD varied among individuals with hypertension and diabetes compared with individuals without these conditions...
January 12, 2018: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342268/reduced-expression-of-mismatch-repair-genes-msh6-msh2-directly-promotes-pituitary-tumor-growth-via-the-atr-chk1-pathway
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Shinsuke Uraki, Hiroyuki Ariyasu, Asako Doi, Shintaro Kawai, Ken Takeshima, Shuhei Morita, Junya Fukai, Koji Fujita, Hiroto Furuta, Masahiro Nishi, Kokichi Sugano, Naoko Inoshita, Naoyuki Nakao, Shozo Yamada, Takashi Akamizu
Context: The mechanisms of pituitary adenoma (PA) pathogenesis and proliferation remain largely unknown. Objectives: To evaluate the direct association between PA proliferation and expression of mismatch repair (MMR) genes and proteins, and to clarify the role of MMR genes in the molecular mechanism of PA proliferation. Experimental Design: We performed quantitative analyses by real-time PCR and immunohistochemistry to detect MMR gene and protein expression in human PAs (n = 47)...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342193/analysis-of-copy-number-loss-of-the-erbb4-receptor-tyrosine-kinase-in-glioblastoma
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DeAnalisa C Jones, Adriana Scanteianu, Matthew DiStefano, Mehdi Bouhaddou, Marc R Birtwistle
Current treatments for glioblastoma multiforme (GBM)-an aggressive form of brain cancer-are minimally effective and yield a median survival of 14.6 months and a two-year survival rate of 30%. Given the severity of GBM and the limitations of its treatment, there is a need for the discovery of novel drug targets for GBM and more personalized treatment approaches based on the characteristics of an individual's tumor. Most receptor tyrosine kinases-such as EGFR-act as oncogenes, but publicly available data from the Cancer Cell Line Encyclopedia (CCLE) indicates copy number loss in the ERBB4 RTK gene across dozens of GBM cell lines, suggesting a potential tumor suppressor role...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342188/comparative-analysis-of-gene-expression-identifies-distinct-molecular-signatures-of-bone-marrow-and-periosteal-skeletal-stem-progenitor-cells
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Lorenzo Deveza, Laura Ortinau, Kevin Lei, Dongsu Park
Periosteum and bone marrow (BM) both contain skeletal stem/progenitor cells (SSCs) that participate in fracture repair. However, the functional difference and selective regulatory mechanisms of SSCs in different locations are unknown due to the lack of specific markers. Here, we report a comprehensive gene expression analysis of bone marrow SSCs (BM-SSCs), periosteal SSCs (P-SSCs), and more differentiated osteoprogenitors by using reporter mice expressing Interferon-inducible Mx1 and NestinGFP, previously known SSC markers...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342179/the-polymethoxy-flavonoid-sudachitin-suppresses-inflammatory-bone-destruction-by-directly-inhibiting-osteoclastogenesis-due-to-reduced-ros-production-and-mapk-activation-in-osteoclast-precursors
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Yoko Ohyama, Junta Ito, Victor J Kitano, Jun Shimada, Yoshiyuki Hakeda
Inflammatory bone diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, periodontitis and peri-implantitis, are associated not only with the production of inflammatory cytokines but also with local oxidative status, which is defined by intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS). Osteoclast differentiation has been reported to be related to increased intracellular ROS levels in osteoclast lineage cells. Sudachitin, which is a polymethoxyflavone derived from Citrus sudachi, possesses antioxidant properties and regulates various functions in mammalian cells...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342138/%C3%AE-klotho-is-a-non-enzymatic-molecular-scaffold-for-fgf23-hormone-signalling
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Gaozhi Chen, Yang Liu, Regina Goetz, Lili Fu, Seetharaman Jayaraman, Ming-Chang Hu, Orson W Moe, Guang Liang, Xiaokun Li, Moosa Mohammadi
The ageing suppressor α-klotho binds to the fibroblast growth factor receptor (FGFR). This commits FGFR to respond to FGF23, a key hormone in the regulation of mineral ion and vitamin D homeostasis. The role and mechanism of this co-receptor are unknown. Here we present the atomic structure of a 1:1:1 ternary complex that consists of the shed extracellular domain of α-klotho, the FGFR1c ligand-binding domain, and FGF23. In this complex, α-klotho simultaneously tethers FGFR1c by its D3 domain and FGF23 by its C-terminal tail, thus implementing FGF23-FGFR1c proximity and conferring stability...
January 17, 2018: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342136/clonal-evolution-mechanisms-in-nt5c2-mutant-relapsed-acute-lymphoblastic-leukaemia
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Gannie Tzoneva, Chelsea L Dieck, Koichi Oshima, Alberto Ambesi-Impiombato, Marta Sánchez-Martín, Chioma J Madubata, Hossein Khiabanian, Jiangyan Yu, Esme Waanders, Ilaria Iacobucci, Maria Luisa Sulis, Motohiro Kato, Katsuyoshi Koh, Maddalena Paganin, Giuseppe Basso, Julie M Gastier-Foster, Mignon L Loh, Renate Kirschner-Schwabe, Charles G Mullighan, Raul Rabadan, Adolfo A Ferrando
Relapsed acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) is associated with resistance to chemotherapy and poor prognosis. Gain-of-function mutations in the 5'-nucleotidase, cytosolic II (NT5C2) gene induce resistance to 6-mercaptopurine and are selectively present in relapsed ALL. Yet, the mechanisms involved in NT5C2 mutation-driven clonal evolution during the initiation of leukaemia, disease progression and relapse remain unknown. Here we use a conditional-and-inducible leukaemia model to demonstrate that expression of NT5C2(R367Q), a highly prevalent relapsed-ALL NT5C2 mutation, induces resistance to chemotherapy with 6-mercaptopurine at the cost of impaired leukaemia cell growth and leukaemia-initiating cell activity...
January 17, 2018: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342086/copy-number-variation-in-sox6-contributes-to-chicken-muscle-development
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Shudai Lin, Xiran Lin, Zihao Zhang, Mingya Jiang, Yousheng Rao, Qinghua Nie, Xiquan Zhang
Copy number variations (CNVs), which cover many functional genes, are associated with complex diseases, phenotypic diversity and traits that are economically important to raising chickens. The sex-determining region Y-box 6 (Sox6) plays a key role in fast-twitch muscle fiber differentiation of zebrafish and mice, but it is still unknown whether SOX6 plays a role in chicken skeletal muscle development. We identified two copy number polymorphisms (CNPs) which were significantly related to different traits on the genome level in chickens by AccuCopy® and CNVplex® analyses...
January 17, 2018: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342073/structure-elucidation-of-unknown-metabolites-in-metabolomics-by-combined-nmr-and-ms-ms-prediction
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Rene M Boiteau, David W Hoyt, Carrie D Nicora, Hannah A Kinmonth-Schultz, Joy K Ward, Kerem Bingol
We introduce a cheminformatics approach that combines highly selective and orthogonal structure elucidation parameters; accurate mass, MS/MS (MS²), and NMR into a single analysis platform to accurately identify unknown metabolites in untargeted studies. The approach starts with an unknown LC-MS feature, and then combines the experimental MS/MS and NMR information of the unknown to effectively filter out the false positive candidate structures based on their predicted MS/MS and NMR spectra. We demonstrate the approach on a model mixture, and then we identify an uncatalogued secondary metabolite in Arabidopsis thaliana...
January 17, 2018: Metabolites
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341928/a-novel-brown-adipocyte-enriched-long-non-coding-rna-that-is-required-for-brown-adipocyte-differentiation-and-sufficient-to-drive-thermogenic-gene-program-in-white-adipocytes
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Yan Xiong, Feng Yue, Zhihao Jia, Yun Gao, Wen Jin, Keping Hu, Yong Zhang, Dahai Zhu, Gongshe Yang, Shihuan Kuang
The thermogenic activities of brown and beige adipocytes can be exploited to reduce energy surplus and counteract obesity. Recent RNA sequencing studies have uncovered a number of long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) uniquely expressed in white and brown adipose tissues (WAT and BAT), but whether and how these lncRNAs function in adipogenesis remain largely unknown. Here, we report the identification of a novel brown adipocyte-enriched LncRNA (AK079912), and its nuclear localization, function and regulation. The expression of AK079912 increases during brown preadipocyte differentiation and in response to cold-stimulated browning of white adipocytes...
January 13, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341896/luteinizing-hormone-signaling-phosphorylates-and-activates-the-cyclic-gmp-phosphodiesterase-pde5-in-mouse-ovarian-follicles-contributing-an-additional-component-to-the-hormonally-induced-decrease-in-cyclic-gmp-that-reinitiates-meiosis
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Jeremy R Egbert, Siu-Pok Yee, Laurinda A Jaffe
Prior to birth, oocytes within mammalian ovarian follicles initiate meiosis, but then arrest in prophase until puberty, when with each reproductive cycle, one or more follicles are stimulated by luteinizing hormone (LH) to resume meiosis in preparation for fertilization. Within preovulatory follicles, granulosa cells produce high levels of cGMP, which diffuses into the oocyte to maintain meiotic arrest. LH signaling restarts meiosis by rapidly lowering the levels of cGMP in the follicle and oocyte. Part of this decrease is mediated by the dephosphorylation and inactivation the NPR2 guanylyl cyclase in response to LH, but the mechanism for the remainder of the cGMP decrease is unknown...
January 13, 2018: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341885/deletion-of-the-duffy-antigen-receptor-for-chemokines-darc-promotes-insulin-resistance-and-adipose-tissue-inflammation-during-high-fat-feeding
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Tyler W Benson, Daniel S Weintraub, Matthew Crowe, Nicole K H Yiew, Orishebawo Popoola, Ajay Pillai, Joel Joseph, Krystal Archer, Charlotte Greenway, Tapan K Chatterjee, James Mintz, David W Stepp, Brian K Stansfield, Weiqin Chen, Julia Brittain, Vladimir Y Bogdanov, Yan Gao, James G Wilson, Yaoliang Tang, Ha Won Kim, Neal L Weintraub
OBJECTIVE: Inflammation in adipose tissues in obesity promotes insulin resistance and metabolic disease. The Duffy antigen receptor for chemokines (DARC) is a promiscuous non-signaling receptor expressed on erythrocytes and other cell types that modulates tissue inflammation by binding chemokines such as monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1) and by acting as a chemokine reservoir. DARC allelic variants are common in humans, but the role of DARC in modulating obesity-related metabolic disease is unknown...
January 13, 2018: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341856/kix-domain-of-atmed15a-a-mediator-subunit-of-arabidopsis-is-required-for-its-interaction-with-different-proteins
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Vinay Kumar, Mohd Waseem, Nidhi Dwivedi, Sourobh Maji, Angad Kumar, Jitendra K Thakur
Med15 is an important subunit of Mediator tail module and is characterized by a KIX domain present in the amino terminal. In yeast and metazoans, Med15 KIX domain has been found to interact with various transcription factors, regulating several processes including carbohydrate metabolism, lipogenesis, stress response and multidrug resistance. Mechanism of Med15 functioning in Arabidopsis is largely unknown. In this study, interactome of Arabidopsis Med15, AtMed15a, was characterized. We found 45 proteins that interact with AtMed15a KIX domain, including 11 transcription factors, 3 single strand nucleic acid-binding proteins and 1 splicing factor...
January 17, 2018: Plant Signaling & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341832/racial-differences-in-21-gene-recurrence-scores-among-patients-with-hormone-receptor-positive-node-negative-breast-cancer
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Andreana N Holowatyj, Michele L Cote, Julie J Ruterbusch, Kristina Ghanem, Ann G Schwartz, Fawn D Vigneau, David H Gorski, Kristen S Purrington
Purpose The 21-gene recurrence score (RS) breast cancer assay is clinically used to quantify risk of 10-year distant recurrence by category (low, < 18; intermediate, 18 to 30; high, ≥ 31) for treatment management among women diagnosed with hormone receptor-positive, human epidermal growth factor receptor 2-negative, lymph node-negative breast cancer. Although non-Hispanic black (NHB) women have worse prognosis compared with non-Hispanic white (NHW) women, the equivalency of 21-gene RS across racial groups remains unknown...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341793/platelet-transfusion-does-not-improve-outcomes-in-patients-with-brain-injury-on-antiplatelet-therapy
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Jeremy L Holzmacher, Cassandra Reynolds, Mayur Patel, Patrick Maluso, Seth Holland, Nathaniel Gamsky, Henry Moore, Elizabeth Acquista, Matthew Carrick, Richard Amdur, Heather Hancock, Michael Metzler, Julie Dunn, Babak Sarani
INTRODUCTION: Platelet dysfunction following traumatic brain injury (TBI) is associated with worse outcomes. The efficacy of platelet transfusion to reverse antiplatelet medication (APM) remains unknown. Thrombelastography platelet mapping (TEG-PM) assesses platelet function. We hypothesize that platelet transfusion can reverse the effects of APM but does not improve outcomes following TBI. METHODS: An observational study at six US trauma centres was performed. Adult patients on APM with CT evident TBI after blunt injury were enrolled...
January 17, 2018: Brain Injury: [BI]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341761/superadditivity-of-the-classical-capacity-with-limited-entanglement-assistance
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Elton Yechao Zhu, Quntao Zhuang, Peter W Shor
Finding the optimal encoding strategies can be challenging for communication using quantum channels, as classical and quantum capacities may be superadditive. Entanglement assistance can often simplify this task, as the entanglement-assisted classical capacity for any channel is additive, making entanglement across channel uses unnecessary. If the entanglement assistance is limited, the picture is much more unclear. Suppose the classical capacity is superadditive, then the classical capacity with limited entanglement assistance could retain superadditivity by continuity arguments...
July 28, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341757/deconstructing-temperature-gradients-across-fluid-interfaces-the-structural-origin-of-the-thermal-resistance-of-liquid-vapor-interfaces
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Jordan Muscatello, Enrique Chacón, Pedro Tarazona, Fernando Bresme
The interfacial thermal resistance determines condensation-evaporation processes and thermal transport across material-fluid interfaces. Despite its importance in transport processes, the interfacial structure responsible for the thermal resistance is still unknown. By combining nonequilibrium molecular dynamics simulations and interfacial analyses that remove the interfacial thermal fluctuations we show that the thermal resistance of liquid-vapor interfaces is connected to a low density fluid layer that is adsorbed at the liquid surface...
July 28, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341705/electromagnetic-charge-radius-of-the-pion-at-high-precision
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B Ananthanarayan, Irinel Caprini, Diganta Das
We present a determination of the pion charge radius from high precision data on the pion vector form factor from both timelike and spacelike regions, using a novel formalism based on analyticity and unitarity. At low energies, instead of the poorly known modulus of the form factor, we use its phase, known with high accuracy from Roy equations for ππ elastic scattering via the Fermi-Watson theorem. We use also the values of the modulus at several higher timelike energies, where the data from e^{+}e^{-} annihilation and τ decay are mutually consistent, as well as the most recent measurements at spacelike momenta...
September 29, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341651/lattice-homotopy-constraints-on-phases-of-quantum-magnets
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Hoi Chun Po, Haruki Watanabe, Chao-Ming Jian, Michael P Zaletel
The Lieb-Schultz-Mattis (LSM) theorem and its extensions forbid trivial phases from arising in certain quantum magnets. Constraining infrared behavior with the ultraviolet data encoded in the microscopic lattice of spins, these theorems tie the absence of spontaneous symmetry breaking to the emergence of exotic phases like quantum spin liquids. In this work, we take a new topological perspective on these theorems, by arguing they originate from an obstruction to "trivializing" the lattice under smooth, symmetric deformations, which we call the "lattice homotopy problem...
September 22, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341597/the-wyl-domain-of-the-pif1-helicase-from-the-thermophilic-bacterium-thermotoga-elfii-is-an-accessory-single-stranded-dna-binding-module
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Nicholas M Andis, Christopher W Sausen, Ashna Alladin, Matthew Bochman
PIF1 family helicases are conserved from bacteria to man. With the exception of the well-studied yeast PIF1 helicases (e.g., ScPif1 and ScRrm3), however, very little is known about how these enzymes help maintain genome stability. Indeed, we lack a basic understanding of the protein domains found N- and C-terminal to the characteristic central PIF1 helicase domain in these proteins. Here, using chimeric constructs, we show that the ScPif1 and ScRrm3 helicase domains are interchangeable and that the N-terminus of ScRrm3 is important for its function in vivo...
January 17, 2018: Biochemistry
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