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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353467/high-resolution-melting-analysis-for-rapid-detection-of-pik3ca-gene-mutations-in-bladder-cancer-a-mutated-target-for-cancer-therapy
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Zahra Ousati Ashtiani, Abdol Rasoul Mehrsai, Mohammad Reza Pourmand, Gholam Reza Pourmand
PURPOSE: PIK3CA gene mutations have clinical importance and their presence is associated with therapy response. They are also considered as a molecule for targeted therapy. As regards to their importance, genetic variation within a population as well as among different populations, this study was conducted to detect common mutations of exons 9 and 20 and other probable mutations in PIK3CA gene as well as their frequencies in Iranian bladder cancer patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Paired tumor and adjacent normal tissues samples were obtained from 50 bladder cancer patients...
January 21, 2018: Urology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353408/clinical-applications-of-dynamic-ct-angiography-for-intracranial-lesions
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Saksham Gupta, Wenya Linda Bi, Srinivasan Mukundan, Ossama Al-Mefty, Ian F Dunn
BACKGROUND: Dynamic CT angiography (dCTA) augments traditional CTA with temporal resolution and has been demonstrated to influence operative planning in skull base surgery. METHODS: Three hundred twenty-five dynamic CTA cases from a single institution were reviewed for indication of study, findings, and comparison to other modalities of imaging. RESULTS: The most frequent application of dCTA was pre-operative surgical planning (59.4%); resection of skull base tumors represented the majority of these pre-operative studies (93...
January 20, 2018: Acta Neurochirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353393/131i-induced-graves-disease-in-patients-treated-for-toxic-multinodular-goitre-systematic-review-and-descriptive-analysis
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C Roque, C A Vasconcelos
BACKGROUND: Graves' disease (GD) arising after the treatment of toxic multinodular goitre (TMNG) with radioiodine has long been described but it remained unclear whether GD was in fact iodine induced, its incidence, risk factors, natural history and treatment outcomes. METHODS: A systematic search using The Cochrane Library, Medline and PubMed Central allowed the pooling of data from 3633 patients with thyroid autonomy, 1340 patients with TMNG, to fill gaps in knowledge, regarding the clinical expression of iodine-induced GD (131I-IGD) in adults...
January 20, 2018: Journal of Endocrinological Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352993/comparison-of-chorioretinal-layers-in-rhesus-macaques-using-spectral-domain-optical-coherence-tomography-and-high-resolution-histological-sections
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Glenn Yiu, Zhe Wang, Christian Munevar, Eric Tieu, Bradley Shibata, Brittany Wong, David Cunefare, Sina Farsiu, Jeffrey Roberts, Sara Thomasy
Nonhuman primates are important preclinical models of retinal diseases because they uniquely possess a macula similar to humans. Ocular imaging technologies such as spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) allow noninvasive, in vivo measurements of chorioretinal layers with near-histological resolution. However, the boundaries are based on differences in reflectivity, and detailed correlations with histological tissue layers have not been explored in rhesus macaques, which are widely used for biomedical research...
January 15, 2018: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352860/towards-targeting-resolution-pathways-of-airway-inflammation-in-asthma
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REVIEW
Cindy Barnig, Nelly Frossard, Bruce D Levy
Asthma is a chronic disorder characterized by persistent inflammation of the airways with mucosal infiltration of eosinophils, T lymphocytes, and mast cells, and release of proinflammatory cytokines and lipid mediators. The natural resolution of airway inflammation is now recognized as an active host response, with highly coordinated cellular events under the control of endogenous pro-resolving mediators that enable the restoration of tissue homeostasis. Lead members of proresolving mediators are enzymatically derived from essential polyunsaturated fatty acids, including arachidonic acid-derived lipoxins, eicosapentaenoic acid-derived E-series resolvins, and docosahexaenoic acid-derived D-series resolvins, protectins, and maresins...
January 17, 2018: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352769/resolvin-e1-resolvin-d1-and-resolvin-d2-inhibit-constriction-of-rat-thoracic-aorta-and-human-pulmonary-artery-induced-by-the-thromboxane-mimetic-u46619
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Melanie Jannaway, Christopher Torrens, Jane A Warner, Anthony P Sampson
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Omega-6 fatty acid-derived lipid mediators such as prostanoids, thromboxane and leukotrienes have well-established roles in regulating both inflammation and smooth muscle contractility. Resolvins are derived from omega-3 fatty acids and have important roles in promoting the resolution of inflammation, but their activity on smooth muscle contractility is unknown. We investigated whether resolvin E1 (RvE1), resolvin D1 (RvD1) and resolvin D2 (RvD2) can modulate contractions of isolated segments of rat thoracic aorta (RTA) or human pulmonary artery (HPA) induced by the α1 -adrenoceptor agonist phenylephrine or the stable thromboxane A2 mimetic U46619...
January 20, 2018: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352738/persistent-pain-following-common-outpatient-surgeries-in-children-a-multicenter-study-in-italy
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Valeria Mossetti, Karen Boretsky, Marinella Astuto, Bruno G Locatelli, David Zurakowski, Rodolfo Lio, Roberta Nicoletti, Valter Sonzogni, Micol Maffioletti, Noemi Vicchio, Giorgio Ivani
INTRODUCTION: The prevalence of persistent postsurgical pain in children is over 20% after major surgeries; however, data are scarce on the prevalence, character, and risk factors among children undergoing common ambulatory surgeries. The primary aim of this study was to evaluate the prevalence of persistent pain following pediatric ambulatory surgery at 1, 3, and 6 months. Secondary aims were to identify risk factors and characterize the pain and consequences of persistent postsurgical pain...
January 20, 2018: Paediatric Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352673/chest-pain-in-a-young-female
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Paul S Basel, Daniel Reschke, Michael D April
Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS) is a common diagnosis in the emergency department (ED), the most severe manifestation of which is ST elevation on electrocardiogram (ECG). ST elevation reflects obstruction of flow through the coronary arteries, most commonly due to coronary atherosclerotic plaque rupture. However, alternative causes of coronary obstruction causing ST elevation are possible. Spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD) is an unusual cause of ST elevation in ED patients which providers may encounter in patients without traditional atherosclerosis risk factors...
January 11, 2018: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352619/quantitative-evaluation-of-enzyme-induced-porcine-articular-cartilage-degeneration-based-on-observation-of-entire-cartilage-layer-using-ultrasound
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Jingchen Zhang, Liying Xiao, Lingying Tong, Chao Wan, Zhixiu Hao
Enzyme-induced articular cartilage degeneration resembling osteoarthritis was evaluated using a newly defined acoustic parameter, the "averaged magnitude ratio" (AMR), which has been suggested as an indicator of articular cartilage degeneration. In vitro experiments were conducted on porcine cartilage samples digested with trypsin for 2 h (n = 10) and 4 h (n = 13) and healthy control samples (n = 13). AMR was determined with 15- and 25-MHz ultrasound, and the integrated reflection coefficient (IRC) and apparent integrated backscattering coefficient (AIB) were also calculated for comparison...
January 15, 2018: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352433/development-and-clinical-application-of-vertebral-metrics-using-a-stereo-vision-system-to-assess-the-spine
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Ana Teresa Gabriel, Cláudia Quaresma, Mário Forjaz Secca, Pedro Vieira
The biomechanical changes in the spinal column are considered to be the main responsible for rachialgia. Although radiological techniques use ionizing radiation, they are the most applied tools to assess the biomechanics of the spine. To face this problem, non-invasive techniques must be developed. Vertebral Metrics is an ionizing radiation-free instrument designed to detect the 3D position of each vertebrae in a standing position. Using a stereo vision system combined with low intensity UV light, recognition is achieved with software capable of distinguishing fluorescent marks...
January 20, 2018: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352389/detailed-t1-weighted-profiles-from-the-human-cortex-measured-in-vivo-at-3-tesla-mri
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Bart Ferguson, Natalia Petridou, Alessio Fracasso, Martijn P van den Heuvel, Rachel M Brouwer, Hilleke E Hulshoff Pol, René S Kahn, René C W Mandl
Studies into cortical thickness in psychiatric diseases based on T1-weighted MRI frequently report on aberrations in the cerebral cortex. Due to limitations in image resolution for studies conducted at conventional MRI field strengths (e.g. 3 Tesla (T)) this information cannot be used to establish which of the cortical layers may be implicated. Here we propose a new analysis method that computes one high-resolution average cortical profile per brain region extracting myeloarchitectural information from T1-weighted MRI scans that are routinely acquired at a conventional field strength...
January 19, 2018: Neuroinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352372/improving-pet-quantification-of-small-animal-68ga-dota-labeled-pet-ct-studies-by-using-a-ct-based-positron-range-correction
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Jacobo Cal-Gonzalez, Juan José Vaquero, Joaquín L Herraiz, Mailyn Pérez-Liva, María Luisa Soto-Montenegro, Santiago Peña-Zalbidea, Manuel Desco, José Manuel Udías
PURPOSE: Image quality of positron emission tomography (PET) tracers that emits high-energy positrons, such as Ga-68, Rb-82, or I-124, is significantly affected by positron range (PR) effects. PR effects are especially important in small animal PET studies, since they can limit spatial resolution and quantitative accuracy of the images. Since generators accessibility has made Ga-68 tracers wide available, the aim of this study is to show how the quantitative results of [68Ga]DOTA-labeled PET/X-ray computed tomography (CT) imaging of neuroendocrine tumors in mice can be improved using positron range correction (PRC)...
January 19, 2018: Molecular Imaging and Biology: MIB: the Official Publication of the Academy of Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352323/identification-of-a-molecular-marker-tightly-linked-to-bacterial-wilt-resistance-in-tomato-by-genome-wide-snp-analysis
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Boyoung Kim, In Sun Hwang, Hyung Jin Lee, Je Min Lee, Eunyoung Seo, Doil Choi, Chang-Sik Oh
Genotyping of disease resistance to bacterial wilt in tomato by a genome-wide SNP analysis Bacterial wilt caused by Ralstonia pseudosolanacearum is one of the destructive diseases in tomato. The previous studies have identified Bwr-6 (chromosome 6) and Bwr-12 (chromosome 12) loci as the major quantitative trait loci (QTLs) contributing to resistance against bacterial wilt in tomato cultivar 'Hawaii7996'. However, the genetic identities of two QTLs have not been uncovered yet. In this study, using whole-genome resequencing, we analyzed genome-wide single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) that can distinguish a resistant group, including seven tomato varieties resistant to bacterial wilt, from a susceptible group, including two susceptible to the same disease...
January 19, 2018: TAG. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. Theoretische und Angewandte Genetik
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352312/a-role-for-domain-i-of-the-hepatitis-c-virus-ns5a-protein-in-virus-assembly
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Chunhong Yin, Niluka Goonawardane, Hazel Stewart, Mark Harris
The NS5A protein of hepatitis C virus (HCV) plays roles in both virus genome replication and assembly. NS5A comprises three domains, of these domain I is believed to be involved exclusively in genome replication. In contrast, domains II and III are required for the production of infectious virus particles and are largely dispensable for genome replication. Domain I is highly conserved between HCV and related hepaciviruses, and is highly structured, exhibiting different dimeric conformations. To investigate the functions of domain I in more detail, we conducted a mutagenic study of 12 absolutely conserved and surface-exposed residues within the context of a JFH-1-derived sub-genomic replicon and infectious virus...
January 19, 2018: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352301/crystal-structure-of-a-udp-glcnac-epimerase-for-surface-polysaccharide-biosynthesis-in-acinetobacter-baumannii
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Bhumika S Shah, Heather E Ashwood, Stephen J Harrop, Daniel N Farrugia, Ian T Paulsen, Bridget C Mabbutt
With new strains of Acinetobacter baumannii undergoing genomic analysis, it has been possible to define regions of genomic plasticity (RGPs), encoding specific adaptive elements. For a selected RGP from a community-derived isolate of A. baumannii, we outline sequences compatible with biosynthetic machinery of surface polysaccharides, specifically enzymes utilized in the dehydration and conversion of UDP-N-acetyl-D-glucosamine (UDP-D-GlcNAc). We have determined the crystal structure of one of these, the epimerase Ab-WbjB...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352284/sensitive-detection-of-fluorescence-in-western-blotting-by-merging-images
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Yukari Kondo, Shinichiro Higa, Takeshi Iwasaki, Tomoya Matsumoto, Kazumitsu Maehara, Akihito Harada, Yoshihiro Baba, Masatoshi Fujita, Yasuyuki Ohkawa
The western blotting technique is widely used to analyze protein expression levels and protein molecular weight. The chemiluminescence method is mainly used for detection due to its high sensitivity and ease of manipulation, but it is unsuitable for detailed analyses because it cannot be used to detect multiple proteins simultaneously. Recently, more attention has been paid to the fluorescence detection method because it is more quantitative and is suitable for the detection of multiple proteins simultaneously...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352281/differential-dna-methylation-and-transcription-profiles-in-date-palm-roots-exposed-to-salinity
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Ibtisam Al-Harrasi, Rashid Al-Yahyai, Mahmoud W Yaish
As a salt-adaptive plant, the date palm (Phoenix dactylifera L.) requires a suitable mechanism to adapt to the stress of saline soils. There is growing evidence that DNA methylation plays an important role in regulating gene expression in response to abiotic stresses, including salinity. Thus, the present study sought to examine the differential methylation status that occurs in the date palm genome when plants are exposed to salinity, and to identify salinity responsive genes that are regulated by DNA methylation...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352171/a-urine-dependent-human-urothelial-organoid-offers-a-potential-alternative-to-rodent-models-of-infection
#18
Harry Horsley, Dhanuson Dharmasena, James Malone-Lee, Jennifer L Rohn
Murine models describe a defined host/pathogen interaction for urinary tract infection, but human cell studies are scant. Although recent human urothelial organoid models are promising, none demonstrate long-term tolerance to urine, the natural substrate of the tissue and of the uropathogens that live there. We developed a novel human organoid from progenitor cells which demonstrates key structural hallmarks and biomarkers of the urothelium. After three weeks of transwell culture with 100% urine at the apical interface, the organoid stratified into multiple layers...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352165/construction-of-full-length-japanese-reference-panel-of-class-i-hla-genes-with-single-molecule-real-time-sequencing
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Takahiro Mimori, Jun Yasuda, Yoko Kuroki, Tomoko F Shibata, Fumiki Katsuoka, Sakae Saito, Naoki Nariai, Akira Ono, Naomi Nakai-Inagaki, Kazuharu Misawa, Keiko Tateno, Yosuke Kawai, Nobuo Fuse, Atsushi Hozawa, Shinichi Kuriyama, Junichi Sugawara, Naoko Minegishi, Kichiya Suzuki, Kengo Kinoshita, Masao Nagasaki, Masayuki Yamamoto
Human leukocyte antigen (HLA) is a gene complex known for its exceptional diversity across populations, importance in organ and blood stem cell transplantation, and associations of specific alleles with various diseases. We constructed a Japanese reference panel of class I HLA genes (ToMMo HLA panel), comprising a distinct set of HLA-A, HLA-B, HLA-C, and HLA-H alleles, by single-molecule, real-time (SMRT) sequencing of 208 individuals included in the 1070 whole-genome Japanese reference panel (1KJPN). For high-quality allele reconstruction, we developed a novel pipeline, Primer-Separation Assembly and Refinement Pipeline (PSARP), in which the SMRT sequencing and additional short-read data were used...
January 19, 2018: Pharmacogenomics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352136/gphenovision-a-ground-mobile-system-with-multi-modal-imaging-for-field-based-high-throughput-phenotyping-of-cotton
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Yu Jiang, Changying Li, Jon S Robertson, Shangpeng Sun, Rui Xu, Andrew H Paterson
Imaging sensors can extend phenotyping capability, but they require a system to handle high-volume data. The overall goal of this study was to develop and evaluate a field-based high throughput phenotyping system accommodating high-resolution imagers. The system consisted of a high-clearance tractor and sensing and electrical systems. The sensing system was based on a distributed structure, integrating environmental sensors, real-time kinematic GPS, and multiple imaging sensors including RGB-D, thermal, and hyperspectral cameras...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
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