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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433752/serotonergic-transmission-and-gap-junctional-coupling-in-proventricular-muscle-cells-in-the-american-cockroach-periplaneta-americana
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Ryoichi Yoshimura, Taeko Suetsugu, Yasuhisa Endo
The visceral muscle tissues of insects consist of striated muscle cells. The mechanisms responsible for delivering signals to the contractile muscles in the insect digestive tract remain unclear. We found that serotonergic nerves innervate the hemocoel surfaces of foregut and midgut muscles in the American cockroach. Electron microscopy of the neuromuscular junctions in the proventriculus (gizzard) revealed typical synaptic structures, the accumulation of large core/cored vesicles (neuropeptides) and small clear vesicle (neurotransmitter) at presynapses, and synaptic clefts...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433572/descriptions-of-the-female-and-larva-of-simulium-gomphostilbia-udomi-diptera-simuliidae-from-thailand-and-its-transfer-to-the-simulium-asakoae-species-group
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Atiporn Saeung, Wichai Srisuka, Van Lun Low, Wanchai Maleewong, Hiroyuki Takaoka
The female and larva of Simulium (Gomphostilbia) udomi Takaoka & Choochote from Thailand are described for the first time. The female of this species is similar to those of S. (G.) asakoae Takaoka & Davies from Peninsular Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong and Vietnam, and S. (G.) chiangdaoense Takaoka & Srisuka from Thailand. The larva of this species is similar to S. (G.) curtatum Jitklang et al. and S. (G.) nr. asakoae 2 from Thailand in having a medium-long postgenal cleft. Taxonomic notes are given to separate this species from these related species...
April 19, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432837/identifying-genetic-sources-of-phenotypic-heterogeneity-in-orofacial-clefts-by-targeted-sequencing
#3
Jenna C Carlson, Margaret A Taub, Eleanor Feingold, Terri H Beaty, Jeffrey C Murray, Mary L Marazita, Elizabeth J Leslie
BACKGROUND: Orofacial clefts (OFCs), including nonsyndromic cleft lip with or without cleft palate (NSCL/P), are common birth defects. NSCL/P is highly heterogeneous with multiple phenotypic presentations. Two common subtypes of NSCL/P are cleft lip (CL) and cleft lip with cleft palate (CLP) which have different population prevalence. Similarly, NSCL/P can be divided into bilateral and unilateral clefts, with unilateral being the most common. Individuals with unilateral NSCL/P are more likely to be affected on the left side of the upper lip, but right side affection also occurs...
April 22, 2017: Birth Defects Res
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432121/the-lon-protease-like-domain-in-the-bacterial-reca-paralog-rada-is-required-for-dna-binding-and-repair
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Masao Inoue, Kenji Fukui, Yuki Fujii, Noriko Nakagawa, Takato Yano, Seiki Kuramitsu, Ryoji Masui
Homologous recombination (HR) plays an essential role in the maintenance of genome integrity. RecA/Rad51 paralogs have been recognized as an important factor of HR. Among them, only one bacterial RecA/Rad51 paralog - RadA - is involved in HR as an accessory factor of RecA recombinase. RadA has a unique Lon protease-like domain (LonC) at its C-terminus, in addition to a RecA-like ATPase domain. Unlike Lon protease, RadA's LonC domain does not show protease activity but is still essential for RadA-mediated DNA repair...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431242/structural-and-functional-analysis-of-a-%C3%AE-2-adrenergic-receptor-complex-with-grk5
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Konstantin E Komolov, Yang Du, Nguyen Minh Duc, Robin M Betz, João P G L M Rodrigues, Ryan D Leib, Dhabaleswar Patra, Georgios Skiniotis, Christopher M Adams, Ron O Dror, Ka Young Chung, Brian K Kobilka, Jeffrey L Benovic
The phosphorylation of agonist-occupied G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) by GPCR kinases (GRKs) functions to turn off G-protein signaling and turn on arrestin-mediated signaling. While a structural understanding of GPCR/G-protein and GPCR/arrestin complexes has emerged in recent years, the molecular architecture of a GPCR/GRK complex remains poorly defined. We used a comprehensive integrated approach of cross-linking, hydrogen-deuterium exchange mass spectrometry (MS), electron microscopy, mutagenesis, molecular dynamics simulations, and computational docking to analyze GRK5 interaction with the β2-adrenergic receptor (β2AR)...
April 20, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431235/improving-surgeons-comfort-with-prismatic-glasses-during-cleft-palate-surgery-preliminary-findings
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Hai Kuang, Guosheng Chen, Qitao Wen, Shuai Li, Lei Che, Feixin Liang
PURPOSE: We aimed to observe the effect of prismatic glasses on improving surgeons' comfort during cleft palate surgery. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A within-subjects design was used. We included 3 oral-maxillofacial surgeons and 6 patients with complete cleft palate in the study. One group of cleft palate patients (3 complete cleft palates) was allocated to each of the 3 surgeons not wearing prismatic glasses, and another similar group of cleft palate patients was allocated to the same 3 surgeons wearing prismatic glasses...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430890/acceptability-comparison-between-hawley-retainers-and-vacuum-formed-retainers-in-orthodontic-adult-patients-a-single-centre-randomized-controlled-trial
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Mohammed Saleh, Mohammad Y Hajeer, Dieter Muessig
Background: Hawley retainers (HRs) and vacuum formed retainers (VFRs) are the most commonly used removable retainers in the orthodontic practice. Patients' cooperation in wearing these appliances is affected by the levels of discomfort and oral impairment. The evidence regarding their acceptably among orthodontic patients is limited. Aims: To compare the acceptability of HRs and VFRs over a 6-month period in a group of fixed orthodontic patients. Trial Design: Two-arm parallel-group randomized controlled trial...
April 19, 2017: European Journal of Orthodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427982/preoperative-evaluation-of-sellar-and-parasellar-macro-lesions-by-fluorine-18-fluorodeoxyglucose-positron-emission-tomography
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Masahiko Tosaka, Tetsuya Higuchi, Keishi Horiguchi, Tadashi Osawa, Yukiko Arisaka, Haruyasu Fujita, Yoshito Tsushima, Yuhei Yoshimoto
OBJECTIVE: Various pathologies can occur in the sellar and suprasellar regions. The potential of fluorine-18 fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography (PET) for the preoperative evaluation of sellar and parasellar lesions was investigated. METHODS: A total of 49 patients aged 8 to 82 years with sellar and parasellar macroscopic lesions (≥10 mm) underwent FDG PET. Twenty-two patients had pituitary adenomas, including 14 non-functioning and 8 growth hormone (GH)-secreting adenomas...
April 17, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427835/maxillofacial-growth-and-speech-outcome-after-one-stage-or-two-stage-palatoplasty-in-unilateral-cleft-lip-and-palate-a-systematic-review
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Rajgopal R Reddy, Srinivas Gosla Reddy, Anitha Vaidhyanathan, Stefaan J Bergé, Anne Marie Kuijpers-Jagtman
BACKGROUND: The number of surgical procedures to repair a cleft palate may play a role in the outcome for maxillofacial growth and speech. The aim of this systematic review was to investigate the relationship between the number of surgical procedures performed to repair the cleft palate and maxillofacial growth, speech and fistula formation in non-syndromic patients with unilateral cleft lip and palate. MATERIAL AND METHODS: An electronic search was performed in PubMed/old MEDLINE, the Cochrane Library, EMBASE, Scopus and CINAHL databases for publications between 1960 and December 2015...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Cranio-maxillo-facial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426995/antibacterial-activity-of-n-methylbenzofuro-3-2-b-quinoline-and-n-methylbenzoindolo-3-2-b-quinoline-derivatives-and-study-of-their-mode-of-action
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Ning Sun, Ruo-Lan Du, Yuan-Yuan Zheng, Bao-Hua Huang, Qi Guo, Rui-Fang Zhang, Kwok-Yin Wong, Yu-Jing Lu
The emergence of multidrug-resistant bacteria causes an urgent need for new generation of antibiotics, which may have a different mechanism of inhibition or killing action from the existing. Targeting at the inhibition of bacterial cell division via the control of FtsZ function is one of the effective and promising approaches. Some natural extracts from plants such as sanguinarine and berberine (analogs of pyridinium compounds) are known to alter FtsZ function. In this study, a series of novel quaternary pyridinium compounds was constructed based on the N-methylbenzofuro[3,2-b]quinoline and N-methylbenzoindolo[3,2-b]-quinoline derivatives and their antibacterial activity against nine significant pathogens was investigated using broth microdilution method...
April 15, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425186/association-studies-of-low-frequency-coding-variants-in-nonsyndromic-cleft-lip-with-or-without-cleft-palate
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Elizabeth J Leslie, Jenna C Carlson, John R Shaffer, Carmen J Buxó, Eduardo E Castilla, Kaare Christensen, Frederic W B Deleyiannis, Leigh L Field, Jacqueline T Hecht, Lina Moreno, Ieda M Orioli, Carmencita Padilla, Alexandre R Vieira, George L Wehby, Eleanor Feingold, Seth M Weinberg, Jeffrey C Murray, Mary L Marazita
Nonsyndromic cleft lip with or without cleft palate (NSCL/P) is a group of common human birth defects with complex etiology. Although genome-wide association studies have successfully identified a number of risk loci, these loci only account for about 20% of the heritability of orofacial clefts. The "missing" heritability may be found in rare variants, copy number variants, or interactions. In this study, we investigated the role of low-frequency variants genotyped in 1995 cases and 1626 controls on the Illumina HumanCore + Exome chip...
April 19, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424763/airway-problems-in-neonates-a-review-of-the-current-investigation-and-management-strategies
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REVIEW
Quen Mok
Airway problems in the neonatal population are often life threatening and raise challenging issues in diagnosis and management. The airway problems can result from congenital or acquired lesions and can be broadly classified into those causing obstruction or those due to an abnormal "communication" in the airway. Many different investigations are now available to identify the diagnosis and quantify the severity of the problem, and these tests can be simple or invasive. Bronchography and bronchoscopy are essential to determine the extent and severity of the airway problem and to plan treatment strategy...
2017: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424519/mechanism-of-chromatin-remodelling-revealed-by-the-snf2-nucleosome-structure
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Xiaoyu Liu, Meijing Li, Xian Xia, Xueming Li, Zhucheng Chen
Chromatin remodellers are helicase-like, ATP-dependent enzymes that alter chromatin structure and nucleosome positions to allow regulatory proteins access to DNA. Here we report the cryo-electron microscopy structure of chromatin remodeller Switch/sucrose non-fermentable (SWI2/SNF2) from Saccharomyces cerevisiae bound to the nucleosome. The structure shows that the two core domains of Snf2 are realigned upon nucleosome binding, suggesting activation of the enzyme. The core domains contact each other through two induced Brace helices, which are crucial for coupling ATP hydrolysis to chromatin remodelling...
April 19, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424158/generation-of-a-multipurpose-prdm16-allele-by-targeted-trapping
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A Strassman, F Schnütgen, Q Dai, J C Jones, A C Gomez, L Pitstick, N E Holton, R Moskal, E R Leslie, H von Melchner, D R Beier, B C Bjork
Gene trap mutagenesis is a powerful tool to create loss-of-function mutations in mice and other model organisms. Modifications of traditional gene trap cassettes, including addition of conditional features in the form of Flip-excision (FlEx) arrays enabling directional gene trap cassette inversions by Cre and Flpe site-specific recombinases, greatly enhanced their experimental potential. By taking advantage of these conditional gene trap cassettes, we developed a generic strategy for generating conditional mutations and validated this strategy in mice carrying a multipurpose allele of the Prdm16 transcription factor gene...
April 19, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422614/electronic-follow-up-of-developing-world-cleft-patients-a-digital-dream
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Tom W M Walker, Ambika Chadha, William Rodgers, Caroline Mills, Peter Ayliffe
OBJECTIVE: To identify potential access to telemedicine follow-up of children with clefts operated on a humanitarian mission. METHODS: A cross-sectional study of parents of children presenting to a humanitarian cleft lip and palate mission in a Provincial Hospital in the Philippines. A purpose designed questionnaire was used to assess access to electronic and digital resources that could be used to aid follow-up. Forty-five (N = 45) parents of children having primary cleft lip and or palate surgery participated...
April 19, 2017: Telemedicine Journal and E-health: the Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422603/factors-responsible-for-unfavorable-dental-arch-relationship-in-non-syndromic-unilateral-cleft-lip-and-palate-children
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Sanjida Haque, Mohammad Khursheed Alam, Mohd Fadhli Khamis
OBJECTIVES: Multiple factors are whispered to be crucial cause of unfavourable dental arch relationship in cleft lip and palate (CLP).This study aims to evaluate the dental arch relationship of Bangladeshi children with non syndromic unilateral cleft lip and palate (UCLP) following cheiloplasty and palatoplasty. Also to explore the various congenital (UCLP type, UCLP side, family history of cleft, family history of class III) and environmental (cheiloplasty, palatoplasty) factors that affects dental arch relationship of UCLP patients...
2017: Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422522/molecular-genetic-characterization-of-a-chinese-family-with-severe-split-hand-foot-malformation
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Lihua Cao, Wei Yang, Shusen Wang, Chen Chen, Xue Zhang, Yang Luo
AIMS: Split hand/foot malformation (SHFM) is a congenital limb malformation characterized by underdeveloped or absent central digital rays, clefts of the hands and feet, and variable syndactyly of the remaining digits. SHFM is a genetically heterogeneous disease; the aim of this study was to identify pathogenic variations in a Chinese family with SHFM. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Haplotype analyses with microsatellite markers covering the five SHFM loci were performed to localize the causative locus...
April 19, 2017: Genetic Testing and Molecular Biomarkers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422192/polymorphisms-at-1q32-8q24-and-17q22-loci-are-associated-with-nonsyndromic-cleft-lip-with-or-without-cleft-palate-risk-in-the-slovak-population
#18
Jan Salagovic, Lucia Klimcakova, Marianna Zabavnikova, Jana Behunova, Terezia Hudakova, Jozef Fedeles, Agata Molnarova, Ludmila Podracka
BACKGROUND: Nonsyndromic cleft lip with or without cleft palate (nsCL/P) is the most common orofacial birth defect with an aetiology involving both genetic and environmental factors. Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have identified several genomic susceptibility regions for nsCL/P. In the present study, the three well established single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) identified by GWAS (rs987525 at 8q24, rs7078160 at 10q25, and rs227731 at 17q22 loci) and one SNP identified by candidate gene study (rs642961 in IRF6 gene at 1q32 locus) were analysed for an association with nsCL/P in Slovak population...
March 30, 2017: Biomedical Papers of the Medical Faculty of the University Palacký, Olomouc, Czechoslovakia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422190/current-carried-by-the-slc26-family-member-prestin-does-not-flow-through-the-transporter-pathway
#19
Jun-Ping Bai, Iman Moeini-Naghani, Sheng Zhong, Fang-Yong Li, Shumin Bian, Fred J Sigworth, Joseph Santos-Sacchi, Dhasakumar Navaratnam
Prestin in the lateral membrane of outer hair cells, is responsible for electromotility (EM) and a corresponding nonlinear capacitance (NLC). Prestin's voltage sensitivity is influenced by intracellular chloride. A regulator of intracellular chloride is a stretch-sensitive, non-selective conductance within the lateral membrane, GmetL. We determine that prestin itself possesses a stretch-sensitive, non-selective conductance that is largest in the presence of thiocyanate ions. This conductance is independent of the anion transporter mechanism...
April 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422131/variants-in-cplx1-in-two-families-with-autosomal-recessive-severe-infantile-myoclonic-epilepsy-and-id
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Silke Redler, Tim M Strom, Thomas Wieland, Kirsten Cremer, Hartmut Engels, Felix Distelmaier, Jörg Schaper, Alma Küchler, Johannes R Lemke, Stephanie Jeschke, Nicole Schreyer, Heinrich Sticht, Margarete Koch, Hermann-Josef Lüdecke, Dagmar Wieczorek
For a large number of individuals with intellectual disability (ID), the molecular basis of the disorder is still unknown. However, whole-exome sequencing (WES) is providing more and more insights into the genetic landscape of ID. In the present study, we performed trio-based WES in 311 patients with unsolved ID and additional clinical features, and identified homozygous CPLX1 variants in three patients with ID from two unrelated families. All displayed marked developmental delay and migrating myoclonic epilepsy, and one showed a cerebellar cleft in addition...
April 19, 2017: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
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