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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923879/orosomucoid-proteins-interact-with-the-small-subunit-of-serine-palmitoyltransferase-and-contribute-to-sphingolipid-homeostasis-and-stress-responses-in-arabidopsis
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Jian Li, Jian Yin, Chan Rong, Kai-En Li, Jian-Xin Wu, Li-Qun Huang, Hong-Yun Zeng, Sunil Kumar Sahu, Nan Yao
Serine palmitoyltransferase (SPT), a pyridoxyl-5'-phosphate-dependent enzyme, catalyzes the first and rate-limiting step in sphingolipid biosynthesis. In humans and yeast, orosomucoid proteins (ORMs) negatively regulate SPT and thus play an important role in maintaining sphingolipid levels. Despite the importance of sphingoid intermediates as bioactive molecules, the regulation of sphingolipid biosynthesis through SPT is not well understood in plants. Here, we identified and characterized the Arabidopsis thaliana ORMs, ORM1 and ORM2...
December 6, 2016: Plant Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923715/imaging-phenotyping-using-radiomics-to-predict-micropapillary-pattern-within-lung-adenocarcinoma
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So Hee Song, Hyunjin Park, Geewon Lee, Ho Yun Lee, Insuk Sohn, Hye Seung Kim, Seung Hak Lee, Ji Yun Jeong, Jhingook Kim, Kyung Soo Lee, Young Mog Shim
INTRODUCTION: Lung adenocarcinoma (ADC) with micropapillary pattern have been reported to have a poor prognosis. However, few studies have reported on the imaging-based identification of micropapillary component, which were all subjective studies dealing with qualitative CT variables. We aimed to explore imaging phenotyping using a radiomics approach for predicting micropapillary pattern within lung ADC METHODS: We enrolled 339 patients who underwent complete resection for lung ADC. Histologic subtypes and grades of the ADCs were classified...
December 3, 2016: Journal of Thoracic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923152/hydronephrosis-in-the-wnt5a-ablated-kidney-is-caused-by-an-abnormal-ureter-bladder-connection
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Kangsun Yun, Alan O Perantoni
The Wnt5a null mouse is a complex developmental model which, among its several posterior-localized axis defects, exhibits multiple kidney phenotypes, including duplex kidney and loss of the medullary zone. We previously reported that ablation of Wnt5a in nascent mesoderm causes duplex kidney formation as a result of aberrant development of the nephric duct and abnormal extension of intermediate mesoderm. However, these mice also display a loss of the medullary region late in gestation. We have now genetically isolated duplex kidney formation from the medullary defect by specifically targeting the progenitors for both the ureteric bud and metanephric mesenchyme...
December 3, 2016: Differentiation; Research in Biological Diversity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923053/different-evolutionary-paths-to-complexity-for-small-and-large-populations-of-digital-organisms
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Thomas LaBar, Christoph Adami
A major aim of evolutionary biology is to explain the respective roles of adaptive versus non-adaptive changes in the evolution of complexity. While selection is certainly responsible for the spread and maintenance of complex phenotypes, this does not automatically imply that strong selection enhances the chance for the emergence of novel traits, that is, the origination of complexity. Population size is one parameter that alters the relative importance of adaptive and non-adaptive processes: as population size decreases, selection weakens and genetic drift grows in importance...
December 2016: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920375/eco-evolutionary-dynamics-in-urbanized-landscapes-evolution-species-sorting-and-the-change-in-zooplankton-body-size-along-urbanization-gradients
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Kristien I Brans, Lynn Govaert, Jessie M T Engelen, Andros T Gianuca, Caroline Souffreau, Luc De Meester
Urbanization causes both changes in community composition and evolutionary responses, but most studies focus on these responses in isolation. We performed an integrated analysis assessing the relative contribution of intra- and interspecific trait turnover to the observed change in zooplankton community body size in 83 cladoceran communities along urbanization gradients quantified at seven spatial scales (50-3200 m radii). We also performed a quantitative genetic analysis on 12 Daphnia magna populations along the same urbanization gradient...
January 19, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920058/a-novel-somatic-mutation-achieves-partial-rescue-in-a-child-with-hutchinson-gilford-progeria-syndrome
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Daniel Z Bar, Martin F Arlt, Joan F Brazier, Wendy E Norris, Susan E Campbell, Peter Chines, Delphine Larrieu, Stephen P Jackson, Francis S Collins, Thomas W Glover, Leslie B Gordon
BACKGROUND: Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome (HGPS) is a fatal sporadic autosomal dominant premature ageing disease caused by single base mutations that optimise a cryptic splice site within exon 11 of the LMNA gene. The resultant disease-causing protein, progerin, acts as a dominant negative. Disease severity relies partly on progerin levels. METHODS AND RESULTS: We report a novel form of somatic mosaicism, where a child possessed two cell populations with different HGPS disease-producing mutations of the same nucleotide-one producing severe HGPS and one mild HGPS...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919364/double-heterozygous-autosomal-dominant-hypercholesterolemia-clinical-characterization-of-an-underreported-disease
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Barbara Sjouke, Joep C Defesche, Merel L Hartgers, Albert Wiegman, Jeanine E Roeters van Lennep, John J Kastelein, G Kees Hovingh
INTRODUCTION: Autosomal dominant hypercholesterolemia (ADH), characterized by high-plasma low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) levels and premature cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk, is caused by mutations in LDLR, APOB, and/or PCSK9. OBJECTIVE: To describe the clinical characteristics of "double-heterozygous carriers," with 2 mutations in 2 different ADH causing genes, that is, LDLR and APOB or LDLR and PCSK9. METHODS: Double heterozygotes were identified in the database of the national referral laboratory for DNA diagnostics of inherited dyslipidemias...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical Lipidology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918584/the-ace-1-locus-is-amplified-in-all-resistant-anopheles-gambiae-mosquitoes-fitness-consequences-of-homogeneous-and-heterogeneous-duplications
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Benoît S Assogba, Pascal Milesi, Luc S Djogbénou, Arnaud Berthomieu, Patrick Makoundou, Lamine S Baba-Moussa, Anna-Sophie Fiston-Lavier, Khalid Belkhir, Pierrick Labbé, Mylène Weill
Gene copy-number variations are widespread in natural populations, but investigating their phenotypic consequences requires contemporary duplications under selection. Such duplications have been found at the ace-1 locus (encoding the organophosphate and carbamate insecticides' target) in the mosquito Anopheles gambiae (the major malaria vector); recent studies have revealed their intriguing complexity, consistent with the involvement of various numbers and types (susceptible or resistant to insecticide) of copies...
December 2016: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917679/the-default-mode-network-in-healthy-individuals-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Lauren Elizabeth Mak, Luciano Minuzzi, Glenda MacQueen, Geoffrey Hall, Sidney Kennedy, Roumen Milev
OBJECTIVE: When the brain is not engaged in goal-directed activities and at "rest", there are still measureable patterns of activity. One resting state network, the default mode network (DMN) is responsible for a self-referential introspective state. There are many factors that influence normal changes in brain activity. The purpose of this review is to summarize differences in DMN functional connectivity in healthy individuals by age, sex, cognitive function and analysis type to characterize what is "normal"...
December 4, 2016: Brain Connectivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913612/mechanisms-in-endocrinology-skeletal-muscle-lipotoxicity-in-insulin-resistance-and-type-2-diabetes-a-causal-mechanism-or-an-innocent-bystander
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REVIEW
Charlotte Brøns, Louise Groth Grunnet
Dysfunctional adipose tissue is associated with an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes (T2D). One characteristic of a dysfunctional adipose tissue is the reduced expandability of the subcutaneous adipose tissue leading to ectopic storage of fat in organs and/or tissues involved in the pathogenesis of T2D that can cause lipotoxicity. Accumulation of lipids in the skeletal muscle is associated with insulin resistance, but the majority of previous studies do not prove any causality. Most studies agree that it is not the intramuscular lipids per se that causes insulin resistance, but rather lipid intermediates such as diacylglycerols, fatty acyl-CoAs and ceramides and that it is the localization, composition and turnover of these intermediates that play an important role in the development of insulin resistance and T2D...
February 2017: European Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913429/heritability-of-the-effective-connectivity-in-the-resting-state-default-mode-network
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Junhai Xu, Xuntao Yin, Haitao Ge, Yan Han, Zengchang Pang, Baolin Liu, Shuwei Liu, Karl Friston
The default mode network (DMN) is thought to reflect endogenous neural activity, which is considered as one of the most intriguing phenomena in cognitive neuroscience. Previous studies have found that key regions within the DMN are highly interconnected. Here, we characterized the genetic influences on causal or directed information flow within the DMN during the resting state. In this study, we recruited 46 pairs of twins and collected fMRI imaging data using a 3.0 T scanner. Dynamic causal modeling was conducted for each participant, and a structural equation model was used to calculate the heritability of DMN in terms of its effective connectivity...
November 23, 2016: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909803/evolutionary-origin-of-endochondral-ossification-the-transdifferentiation-hypothesis
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REVIEW
Fret Cervantes-Diaz, Pedro Contreras, Sylvain Marcellini
The vertebrate endoskeleton results from the piecemeal assembly of bone and cartilage as well as additional types of calcified extracellular matrices produced by seemingly hybrid cell types of intermediate phenotypes between osteoblasts and chondrocytes. Hence, shedding light on the emergence and subsequent diversification of skeletal tissues represents a major challenge in vertebrate evolutionary developmental biology. A 150-year-old debate in the field was recently solved by lineage tracing experiments demonstrating that, during mouse endochondral bone development, a subset of chondrocytes evades apoptosis and transdifferentiate into osteoblasts at the chondro-osseous junction...
December 1, 2016: Development Genes and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903600/improved-accuracy-of-cefepime-susceptibility-testing-for-esbl-producing-enterobacteriaceae-using-an-on-demand-digital-dispensing-method
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Kenneth P Smith, Thea Brennan-Krohn, Susan Weir, James E Kirby
Extended-spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL) producing Enterobacteriaceae generally cannot be treated with penicillins and cephalosporins. However, some later generation cephalosporins, including cefepime, are poorly hydrolyzed by specific ESBL enzymes, and certain strains demonstrate in vitro susceptibility to these agents, potentially affording additional treatment opportunities. Moreover, the ability to adjust both dose and dosing interval of β-lactam agents allows treatment of strains with elevated minimal inhibitory concentrations (MICs) formerly classified in the intermediate range...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900850/hybridization-between-pollination-syndromes-as-an-ecological-and-evolutionary-resource
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Quentin Cronk, Ji Yong Yang
In plants, pollination syndromes (the correlated presence of many features of relevance to pollination mode, for instance pollination by a particular animal clade) are a striking feature of plant biodiversity, providing great floral phenotypic diversity (Fenster et al. ). Adaptation to a particular animal pollinator provides an explanation for why recently diverged plants can have such extreme differentiation in floral form. One might expect such elaborate adaptations to provide a high degree of pollinator specificity and hence reproductive isolation, but there are many cases where substantial gene flow exists between extreme floral morphs (see Table 1), and the resulting hybrids may be highly fertile...
December 2016: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896824/patients-with-the-worst-outcomes-after-paracetamol-acetaminophen-induced-liver-failure-have-an-early-monocytopenia
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J K Moore, A C MacKinnon, T Y Man, J R Manning, S J Forbes, K J Simpson
BACKGROUND: Acute liver failure (ALF) is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Studies have implicated the immune response, especially monocyte/macrophages as being important in dictating outcome. AIM: To investigate changes in the circulating monocytes and other immune cells serially in patients with ALF, relate these with cytokine concentrations, monocyte gene expression and patient outcome. METHODS: In a prospective case-control study in the Scottish Liver Transplant Unit, Royal Infirmary Edinburgh, 35 consecutive patients admitted with paracetamol-induced liver failure (POD-ALF), 10 patients with non-paracetamol causes of ALF and 16 controls were recruited...
November 28, 2016: Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895879/evaluation-of-stress-scores-throughout-radiological-biopsies
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Ozlem Turkoglu, Hasan Huseyin Mutlu
BACKGROUND: Ultrasound-guided biopsy procedures are the most prominent methods that increase the trauma, stress and anxiety experienced by the patients. OBJECTIVES: Our goal was to examine the level of stress in patients waiting for radiologic biopsy procedures and determine the stress and anxiety level arising from waiting for a biopsy procedure. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This prospective study included 35 female and 65 male patients who were admitted to the interventional radiology department of Kartal Dr...
October 2016: Iranian Journal of Radiology: a Quarterly Journal Published By the Iranian Radiological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895625/evaluation-of-virulence-factors-in-vitro-resistance-to-osmotic-stress-and-antifungal-susceptibility-of-candida-tropicalis-isolated-from-the-coastal-environment-of-northeast-brazil
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Diana L Zuza-Alves, Sayama S T Q de Medeiros, Luanda B F C de Souza, Walicyranison P Silva-Rocha, Elaine C Francisco, Maria C B de Araújo, Reginaldo G Lima-Neto, Rejane P Neves, Analy S de Azevedo Melo, Guilherme M Chaves
Several studies have been developed regarding human health risks associated with the recreational use of beaches contaminated with domestic sewage. These wastes contain various micro-organisms, including Candida tropicalis. In this context, the objective of this study was to characterize C. tropicalis isolates from the sandy beach of Ponta Negra, Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil, regarding the expression of in vitro virulence factors, adaptation to osmotic stress and susceptibility to antifungal drugs. We analyzed 62 environmental isolates and observed a great variation among them for the various virulence factors evaluated...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895173/human-regulatory-t-cells-mediate-transcriptional-modulation-of-dendritic-cell-function
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Emily Mavin, Lindsay Nicholson, Syed Rafez Ahmed, Fei Gao, Anne Dickinson, Xiao-Nong Wang
Regulatory T cells (Treg) attenuate dendritic cell (DC) maturation and stimulatory function. Current knowledge on the functional impact of semimature DC is limited to CD4(+) T cell proliferation and cytokine production. Little is known about the molecular basis underpinning the functional effects of Treg-treated DC (Treg-DC). We present novel evidence that Treg-DC skewed CD4(+) naive T cell polarization toward a regulatory phenotype and impaired CD8(+) T cell allo-reactive responses, including their ability to induce target tissue damage in a unique in vitro human graft-versus-host disease skin explant model...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894333/head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinoma-risk-in-smokers-no-association-detected-between-phenotype-and-ahr-cyp1a1-cyp1a2-or-cyp1b1-genotype
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Lucia F Jorge-Nebert, Ge Zhang, Keith M Wilson, Zhengwen Jiang, Randall Butler, Jack L Gluckman, Susan M Pinney, Daniel W Nebert
BACKGROUND: Head-and-neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) differs between smokers and nonsmokers in etiology and clinical presentation. Because of demonstrated unequivocal involvement in smoking-induced cancer in laboratory animals, four candidate genes--AHR, CYP1A1, CYP1A2, and CYP1B1--were selected for a clinical genotype-phenotype association study of HNSCC risk in smokers. Thirty-six single-nucleotide variants (mostly tag-SNPs) within and near these four genes [16 (AHR), 4 (CYP1A1), 4 (CYP1A2), and 12 (CYP1B1)] were chosen...
November 28, 2016: Human Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893834/selective-pressure-promotes-tetracycline-resistance-of-chlamydia-suis-in-fattening-pigs
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Sabrina Wanninger, Manuela Donati, Antonietta Di Francesco, Michael Hässig, Karolin Hoffmann, Helena M B Seth-Smith, Hanna Marti, Nicole Borel
In pigs, Chlamydia suis has been associated with respiratory disease, diarrhea and conjunctivitis, but there is a high rate of inapparent C. suis infection found in the gastrointestinal tract of pigs. Tetracycline resistance in C. suis has been described in the USA, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Cyprus and Israel. Tetracyclines are commonly used in pig production due to their broad-spectrum activity and relatively low cost. The aim of this study was to isolate clinical C. suis samples in cell culture and to evaluate their antibiotic susceptibility in vitro under consideration of antibiotic treatment on herd level...
2016: PloS One
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