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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454103/subchronic-arsenism-induced-oxidative-stress-and-inflammatory-contribute-to-apoptosis-through-mitochondrial-and-death-receptor-dependent-pathways-in-chicken-immune-organs
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Hongjing Zhao, Ying He, Siwen Li, Xiao Sun, Yu Wang, Yizhi Shao, Zhijun Hou, Mingwei Xing
In many organ dysfunctions, arsenic and its compounds are well known to induce apoptosis by the mitochondria and death receptor apoptotic pathways in liver and airway. However, it is less reported that which signaling pathways contribute to excessive apoptosis of chicken immune organs, a major target of toxic metals biotransformation, which suffer from subchronic arsenism. In this study, we investigated whether the mitochondria or death receptor apoptotic pathways activated in the immune organs (spleen, thymus and bursa of Fabricius) of one-day-old male Hy-line chickens exposed to arsenic trioxide (As2O3), which were fed on diets supplemented with 0, 0...
April 8, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454045/canadian-harm-reduction-policies-a-comparative-content-analysis-of-provincial-and-territorial-documents-2000-2015
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REVIEW
T Cameron Wild, Bernie Pauly, Lynne Belle-Isle, Walter Cavalieri, Richard Elliott, Carol Strike, Kenneth Tupper, Andrew Hathaway, Colleen Dell, Donald MacPherson, Caitlin Sinclair, Kamagaju Karekezi, Benjamin Tan, Elaine Hyshka
BACKGROUND: Access to harm reduction interventions among substance users across Canada is highly variable, and largely within the policy jurisdiction of the provinces and territories. This study systematically described variation in policy frameworks guiding harm reduction services among Canadian provinces and territories as part of the first national multimethod case study of harm reduction policy. METHODS: Systematic and purposive searches identified publicly-accessible policy texts guiding planning and organization of one or more of seven targeted harm reduction services: needle distribution, naloxone, supervised injection/consumption, low-threshold opioid substitution (or maintenance) treatment, buprenorphine/naloxone (suboxone), drug checking, and safer inhalation kits...
April 25, 2017: International Journal on Drug Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453672/primerize-2d-automated-primer-design-for-rna-multidimensional-chemical-mapping
#3
Siqi Tian, Rhiju Das
Summary: Rapid RNA synthesis of comprehensive single mutant libraries and targeted multiple mutant libraries is enabling new multidimensional chemical approaches to solve RNA structures. PCR assembly of DNA templates and in vitro transcription allow synthesis and purification of hundreds of RNA mutants in a cost-effective manner, with sharing of primers across constructs allowing significant reductions in expense. However, these protocols require organization of primer locations across numerous 96 well plates and guidance for pipetting, non-trivial tasks for which informatics and visualization tools can prevent costly errors...
May 1, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453653/the-bologna-annotation-resource-bar-3-0-improving-protein-functional-annotation
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Giuseppe Profiti, Pier Luigi Martelli, Rita Casadio
BAR 3.0 updates our server BAR (Bologna Annotation Resource) for predicting protein structural and functional features from sequence. We increase data volume, query capabilities and information conveyed to the user. The core of BAR 3.0 is a graph-based clustering procedure of UniProtKB sequences, following strict pairwise similarity criteria (sequence identity ≥40% with alignment coverage ≥90%). Each cluster contains the available annotation downloaded from UniProtKB, GO, PFAM and PDB. After statistical validation, GO terms and PFAM domains are cluster-specific and annotate new sequences entering the cluster after satisfying similarity constraints...
April 27, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453640/pioneering-topological-methods-for-network-based-drug-target-prediction-by-exploiting-a-brain-network-self-organization-theory
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Claudio Durán, Simone Daminelli, Josephine M Thomas, V Joachim Haupt, Michael Schroeder, Carlo Vittorio Cannistraci
The bipartite network representation of the drug-target interactions (DTIs) in a biosystem enhances understanding of the drugs' multifaceted action modes, suggests therapeutic switching for approved drugs and unveils possible side effects. As experimental testing of DTIs is costly and time-consuming, computational predictors are of great aid. Here, for the first time, state-of-the-art DTI supervised predictors custom-made in network biology were compared-using standard and innovative validation frameworks-with unsupervised pure topological-based models designed for general-purpose link prediction in bipartite networks...
April 26, 2017: Briefings in Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453557/perivascular-radiofrequency-renal-denervation-lowers-blood-pressure-and-ameliorates-cardiorenal-fibrosis-in-spontaneously-hypertensive-rats
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Shujie Wei, Dan Li, Yan Zhang, Linan Su, Yunrong Zhang, Qiang Wang, Dachun Yang, De Li, Yongjian Yang, Shuangtao Ma
BACKGROUND: Catheter-based renal denervation (RDN) is a promising approach to treat hypertension, but innervation patterns limit the response to endovascular RDN and the post-procedural renal artery narrowing or stenosis questions the endovascular ablation strategy. This study was performed to investigate the anti-hypertensive and target organ protective effects of perivascular RDN in spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR). METHODS: SHR and normotensive Wistar-Kyoto (WKY) rats were divided into sham group (n = 10), radiofrequency ablation group (n = 20) in which rats received bilateral perivascular ablation with radiofrequency energy (2 watts), and chemical (10% phenol in 95% ethanol) ablation group (n = 12)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453537/an-efficient-and-robust-mri-guided-radiotherapy-planning-approach-for-targeting-abdominal-organs-and-tumours-in-the-mouse
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Veerle Kersemans, John S Beech, Stuart Gilchrist, Paul Kinchesh, Philip D Allen, James Thompson, Ana L Gomes, Zenobia D'Costa, Luke Bird, Iain D C Tullis, Robert G Newman, Aurelien Corroyer-Dulmont, Nadia Falzone, Abul Azad, Katherine A Vallis, Owen J Sansom, Ruth J Muschel, Borivoj Vojnovic, Mark A Hill, Emmanouil Fokas, Sean C Smart
INTRODUCTION: Preclinical CT-guided radiotherapy platforms are increasingly used but the CT images are characterized by poor soft tissue contrast. The aim of this study was to develop a robust and accurate method of MRI-guided radiotherapy (MR-IGRT) delivery to abdominal targets in the mouse. METHODS: A multimodality cradle was developed for providing subject immobilisation and its performance was evaluated. Whilst CT was still used for dose calculations, target identification was based on MRI...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453524/peripheral-huntingtin-silencing-does-not-ameliorate-central-signs-of-disease-in-the-b6-httq111-mouse-model-of-huntington-s-disease
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Sydney R Coffey, Robert M Bragg, Shawn Minnig, Seth A Ament, Jeffrey P Cantle, Anne Glickenhaus, Daniel Shelnut, José M Carrillo, Dominic D Shuttleworth, Julie-Anne Rodier, Kimihiro Noguchi, C Frank Bennett, Nathan D Price, Holly B Kordasiewicz, Jeffrey B Carroll
Huntington's disease (HD) is an autosomal dominant neurodegenerative disease whose predominant neuropathological signature is the selective loss of medium spiny neurons in the striatum. Despite this selective neuropathology, the mutant protein (huntingtin) is found in virtually every cell so far studied, and, consequently, phenotypes are observed in a wide range of organ systems both inside and outside the central nervous system. We, and others, have suggested that peripheral dysfunction could contribute to the rate of progression of striatal phenotypes of HD...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453285/pharmacological-reprogramming-of-somatic-cells-for-regenerative-medicine
#9
Min Xie, Shibing Tang, Ke Li, Sheng Ding
Lost or damaged cells in tissues and organs can be replaced by transplanting therapeutically competent cells. This approach requires methods that effectively manipulate cellular identities and properties to generate sufficient numbers of desired cell types for transplantation. These cells can be generated by reprogramming readily available somatic cells, such as fibroblasts, into induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), which can replicate indefinitely and give rise to any somatic cell type. This reprogramming can be achieved with genetic methods, such as forced expression of pluripotency-inducing transcription factors (TFs), which can be further improved, or even avoided, with pharmacological agents...
April 28, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448613/water-temperature-dependent-degradation-of-environmental-dna-and-its-relation-to-bacterial-abundance
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Satsuki Tsuji, Masayuki Ushio, Sho Sakurai, Toshifumi Minamoto, Hiroki Yamanaka
Environmental DNA (eDNA) is DNA shed by organisms into surrounding environments such as soil and water. The new methods using eDNA as a marker for species detection are being rapidly developed. Here we explore basic knowledge regarding the dependence of the eDNA degradation rate on time and water temperature, and the relationship between eDNA degradation and bacterial abundance. This subject has not been well clarified, even though it is essential for improving the reliability of eDNA analysis. To determine the time- and water temperature-dependent degradation of eDNA, river water was sampled and eDNA concentrations were determined for ayu sweetfish (Plecoglossus altivelis altivelis) and common carp (Cyprinus carpio) at seven time points, over a 48-h period, and at three different water temperatures...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448559/hexa-is-a-versatile-regulator-involved-in-the-control-of-phenotypic-heterogeneity-of-photorhabdus-luminescens
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Angela Langer, Adriana Moldovan, Christian Harmath, Susan A Joyce, David J Clarke, Ralf Heermann
Phenotypic heterogeneity in microbial communities enables genetically identical organisms to behave differently even under the same environmental conditions. Photorhabdus luminescens, a bioluminescent Gram-negative bacterium, contains a complex life cycle, which involves a symbiotic interaction with nematodes as well as a pathogenic association with insect larvae. P. luminescens exists in two distinct phenotypic cell types, designated as the primary (1°) and secondary (2°) cells. The 1° cells are bioluminescent, pigmented and can support nematode growth and development...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448538/combined-lipidomic-and-proteomic-analysis-of-isolated-human-islets-exposed-to-palmitate-reveals-time-dependent-changes-in-insulin-secretion-and-lipid-metabolism
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Kirsten Roomp, Hjalti Kristinsson, Domitille Schvartz, Kumari Ubhayasekera, Ernest Sargsyan, Levon Manukyan, Azazul Chowdhury, Hannes Manell, Venkata Satagopam, Karlfried Groebe, Reinhard Schneider, Jonas Bergquist, Jean-Charles Sanchez, Peter Bergsten
Studies on the pathophysiology of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) have linked the accumulation of lipid metabolites to the development of beta-cell dysfunction and impaired insulin secretion. In most in vitro models of T2DM, rodent islets or beta-cell lines are used and typically focus is on specific cellular pathways or organs. Our aim was to, firstly, develop a combined lipidomics and proteomics approach for lipotoxicity in isolated human islets and, secondly, investigate if the approach could delineate novel and/ or confirm reported mechanisms of lipotoxicity...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448440/is-polysialylated-ncam-not-only-a-regulator-during-brain-development-but-also-during-the-formation-of-other-organs
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Christina E Galuska, Thomas Lütteke, Sebastian P Galuska
In mammals several cell adhesion molecules are involved during the pre- and postnatal development of all organ systems. A very prominent member of this family is the neural cell adhesion molecule (NCAM). Interestingly, NCAM can be a target for a special form of posttranslational modification: polysialylation. Whereas nearly all extracellular proteins bear mono-sialic acid residues, only a very small group can be polysialylated. Polysialic acid is a highly negatively-charged sugar polymer and can comprise more than 90 sialic acid residues in postnatal mouse brains increasing dramatically the hydrodynamic radius of their carriers...
April 27, 2017: Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448204/future-research-opportunities-in-peri-prosthetic-joint-infection-prevention
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Elie Berbari, John Segreti, Javad Parvizi, Sandra I Berríos-Torres
Peri-prosthetic joint infection (PJI) is a serious complication of prosthetic joint arthroplasty. A better understanding and reversal of modifiable risk factors may lead to a reduction in the incidence of incisional (superficial and deep) and organ/space (e.g., PJI) surgical site infections (SSI). Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC) published the Guideline for Prevention of Surgical Site Infection. This targeted update applies evidence-based methodology in drafting recommendations for potential strategies to reduce the risk of SSI both across surgical procedures and specifically in prosthetic joint arthroplasty...
April 27, 2017: Surgical Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448198/boronic-acids-as-tools-to-study-plant-developmental-processes
#15
Michaela Matthes, Ramón A Torres-Ruiz
Boron (B) is an essential micronutrient for organisms. In plants, B is known to stabilise the cell wall by crosslinking Rhamnogalacturonan II through ester bonds formed with cis-diols of sugar moieties. However, B is believed to be required for additional functions such as stability and function of (plasma membrane) proteins involved in signal transduction pathways. We have recently shown that boronic acids, competitors of B, efficiently induce perfect phenocopies of monopteros mutants. This effect is enigmatic because like B, boronic acids should find numerous cellular targets and thus disturb many biological processes ending in a spectrum of unspecific embryo phenotypes...
April 27, 2017: Plant Signaling & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448184/erythropoietin-mediates-brain-vascular-kidney-crosstalk-and-may-be-a-treatment-target-for-pulmonary-and-resistant-essential-hypertension
#16
Emine Meltem Onal, Alan Alper Sag, Oguzhan Sal, Aslihan Yerlikaya, Baris Afsar, Mehmet Kanbay
Organ crosstalk pathways represent the next frontier for target-mining in molecular medicine for existing syndromes. Pulmonary hypertension and resistant essential hypertension are syndromes that have been proven elusive in etiology, and frequently refractory to first-line management. Underlying crosstalk mechanisms, not yet considered in these treatments, may hinder outcomes or unlock novel treatments. This review focuses systematically on erythropoietin, a synthesizable molecule, as a mediator of brain-kidney crosstalk...
2017: Clinical and Experimental Hypertension: CHE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448143/effect-directed-analysis-of-toxicants-in-sediment-with-combined-passive-dosing-and-in-vivo-toxicity-testing
#17
Hongxue Qi, Huizhen Li, Yanli Wei, W Tyler Mehler, Eddy Y Zeng, Jing You
Identifying key toxicants in sediment is a great challenge, particularly if non-target toxicants are involved. To identify the contaminants responsible for sediment toxicity to Chironomus dilutus in Guangzhou reach of the Pearl River in South China, passive dosing and in vivo toxicity testing were incorporated into effect-directed analysis (EDA) to account for bioavailability. Fractionation of sediment extracts was performed with gel permeation chromatography and reverse phase liquid chromatography sequentially...
April 27, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448121/hiv-1-frameshift-rna-targeted-triazoles-inhibit-propagation-of-replication-competent-and-multi-drug-resistant-hiv-in-human-cells
#18
Thomas A Hilimire, Jeffrey M Chamberlain, Viktoriya Anokhina, Ryan P Bennett, Oliver Swart, Jason R Myers, John M Ashton, Ryan A Stewart, Aaron L Featherston, Kathleen Gates, Eric D Helms, Harold C Smith, Stephen Dewhurst, Benjamin L Miller
The HIV-1 frameshift-stimulating (FSS) RNA, a regulatory RNA of critical importance in the virus' life cycle, has been posited as a novel target for anti-HIV drug development. We report the synthesis and evaluation of triazole-containing compounds able to bind the FSS with high affinity and selectivity. Readily accessible synthetically, these compounds are less toxic than previously reported olefin congeners. We show for the first time that FSS-targeting compounds have antiviral activity against replication-competent HIV in human cells, including a highly cytopathic, multi-drug-resistant strain...
April 27, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448034/using-a-fluorescent-pcr-capillary-gel-electrophoresis-technique-to-genotype-crispr-cas9-mediated-knockout-mutants-in-a-high-throughput-format
#19
Muhammad Khairul Ramlee, Jing Wang, Alice M S Cheung, Shang Li
The development of programmable genome-editing tools has facilitated the use of reverse genetics to understand the roles specific genomic sequences play in the functioning of cells and whole organisms. This cause has been tremendously aided by the recent introduction of the CRISPR/Cas9 system-a versatile tool that allows researchers to manipulate the genome and transcriptome in order to, among other things, knock out, knock down, or knock in genes in a targeted manner. For the purpose of knocking out a gene, CRISPR/Cas9-mediated double-strand breaks recruit the non-homologous end-joining DNA repair pathway to introduce the frameshift-causing insertion or deletion of nucleotides at the break site...
April 8, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447843/seeing-what-through-why-evidence-from-probing-the-causal-structure-of-hierarchical-motion
#20
Haokui Xu, Ning Tang, Jifan Zhou, Mowei Shen, Tao Gao
Although our world is hierarchically organized, the perception, attention, and memory of hierarchical structures remain largely unknown. The current study shows how a hierarchical motion representation enhances the inference of an object's position in a dynamic display. The motion hierarchy is formed as an acyclic tree in which each node represents a distinctive motion component. Each individual object is instantiated as a node in the tree. In a position inference task, participants were asked to infer the position of a target object, given how it moved jointly with other objects...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Experimental Psychology. General
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