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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441590/screening-arabidopsis-mutants-in-genes-useful-for-phytoremediation
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María Sanz-Fernández, María Rodríguez-Serrano, Ana Sevilla-Perea, Liliana Pena, M Dolores Mingorance, Luisa M Sandalio, María C Romero-Puertas
Emissions of heavy metals have risen over the past 200 years and significantly exceed those from natural sources. Phytoremediation strategies may be able to recover soil productivity in self-sustaining ecosystems; however, our knowledge of the molecular mechanisms involved in plant heavy-metal perception and signalling is scarce. The aim of this study was to assemble a "molecular tool box" of genes useful for phytoremediation. To identify mutants with different heavy-metal-tolerance, we first selected a medium from mixtures containing three metals based on their presence in two Spanish mining areas and then screened about 7000 lines of Arabidopsis T-DNA mutants and found 74 lines more resistant and 56 more susceptible than the wild type (WT)...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441473/assembly-of-macrocycle-dye-derivatives-into-particles-for-fluorescence-and-photoacoustic-applications
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Hoang Dung Lu, Tristan L Lim, Shoshana Javitt, Andrew Heinmiller, Robert K Prud'homme
Optical imaging is a rapidly progressing medical technique that can benefit from the development of new and improved optical imaging agents suitable for use in vivo. However, the molecular rules detailing what optical agents can be processed and encapsulated into in vivo presentable forms are not known. We here present the screening of series of highly hydrophobic porphyrin, phthalocyanine, and naphthalocyanine dye macrocycles through a self-assembling Flash NanoPrecipitation process to form a series of water dispersible dye nanoparticles (NPs)...
April 25, 2017: ACS Combinatorial Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441367/imaging-management-of-breast-density-a-controversial-risk-factor-for-breast-cancer
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Shannon Falcon, Angela Williams, Jared Weinfurtner, Jennifer S Drukteinis
BACKGROUND: Breast density is well recognized as an independent risk factor for the development of breast cancer. However, the magnitude of risk is controversial. As the public becomes increasingly aware of breast density as a risk factor, legislation and notification laws in relation to breast density have become common throughout the United States. Awareness of breast density as a risk factor for breast cancer presents new challenges for the clinician in the approach to the management and screening of women with dense breasts...
April 2017: Cancer Control: Journal of the Moffitt Cancer Center
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441242/identifying-undiagnosed-pediatric-mental-illness-in-the-emergency-department
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La Vonne A Downey, Leslie S Zun
BACKGROUND: It is well known that pediatric psychiatric patients frequent emergency department (ED), but the number of patients with undiagnosed psychiatric illness presenting to an ED is not well known. Identification and referral of these patients may provide an opportunity for improved patient care. The primary study objective was to identify a tool that can screen for unsuspected psychiatric illness in pediatric patients who present to the ED with non-psychiatric-related complaints...
April 24, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441061/precisely-where-are-we-going-charting-the-new-terrain-of-precision-prevention
#5
Karen M Meagher, Michelle L McGowan, Richard A Settersten, Jennifer R Fishman, Eric T Juengst
In addition to genetic data, precision medicine research gathers information about three factors that modulate gene expression: lifestyles, environments, and communities. The relevant research tools-epidemiology, environmental assessment, and socioeconomic analysis-are those of public health sciences rather than molecular biology. Because these methods are designed to support inferences and interventions addressing population health, the aspirations of this research are expanding from individualized treatment toward precision prevention in public health...
April 24, 2017: Annual Review of Genomics and Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440912/performance-of-in-silico-tools-for-the-evaluation-of-p16ink4a-cdkn2a-variants-in-cagi
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Marco Carraro, Giovanni Minervini, Manuel Giollo, Yana Bromberg, Emidio Capriotti, Rita Casadio, Roland Dunbrack, Lisa Elefanti, Pietro Fariselli, Carlo Ferrari, Julian Gough, Panagiotis Katsonis, Emanuela Leonardi, Olivier Lichtarge, Chiara Menin, Pier Luigi Martelli, Abhishek Niroula, Lipika R Pal, Susanna Repo, Maria Chiara Scaini, Mauno Vihinen, Qiong Wei, Qifang Xu, Yuedong Yang, Yizhou Yin, Jan Zaucha, Huiying Zhao, Yaoqi Zhou, Steven E Brenner, John Moult, Silvio C E Tosatto
Correct phenotypic interpretation of variants of unknown significance for cancer-associated genes is a diagnostic challenge as genetic screenings gain in popularity in the next-generation sequencing era. The Critical Assessment of Genome Interpretation (CAGI) experiment aims to test and define the state of the art of genotype-phenotype interpretation. Here, we present the assessment of the CAGI p16INK4a challenge. Participants were asked to predict the effect on cellular proliferation of ten variants for the p16INK4a tumor suppressor, a cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor encoded by the CDKN2A gene...
April 25, 2017: Human Mutation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440616/discovery-and-characterization-of-a-eukaryotic-initiation-factor-4a-3-selective-inhibitor-that-suppresses-nonsense-mediated-mrna-decay
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Misa Iwatani-Yoshihara, Masahiro Ito, Yoshihiro Ishibashi, Hideyuki Oki, Toshio Tanaka, Daisuke Morishita, Takashi Ito, Hiromichi Kimura, Yasuhiro Imaeda, Samuel A Aparicio, Atsushi Nakanishi, Tomohiro Kawamoto
Eukaryotic initiation factor 4A-3 (eIF4A3) is an Asp-Glu-Ala-Asp (DEAD) box-family adenosine triphosphate (ATP)-dependent RNA helicase. Subtypes eIF4A1 and eIF4A2 are required for translation initiation, but eIF4A3 participates in the exon junction complex (EJC) and functions in RNA metabolism including nonsense-mediated RNA decay (NMD). No small molecules for NMD inhibition via selective inhibition of eIF4A3 have been discovered. Here we identified allosteric eIF4A3 inhibitors from a high-throughput screening campaign...
April 25, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440475/a-nine-mirna-signature-as-a-potential-diagnostic-marker-for-breast-carcinoma-an-integrated-study-of-1-110-cases
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Dan-Dan Xiong, Jun Lv, Kang-Lai Wei, Zhen-Bo Feng, Ji-Tian Chen, Ke-Cheng Liu, Gang Chen, Dian-Zhong Luo
Growing evidence indicates that microRNAs (miRNAs) play critical roles in the initiation and progression of breast carcinoma (BC) and are promising diagnostic biomarkers. In the present study, we aimed to identify a multi-marker miRNA pool with high diagnostic performance for BC. We collected miRNA expression profiles of BC samples and normal breast tissues from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) and screened differentially expressed miRNAs by conducting two‑sample t-tests and by calculating log2 fold-change (log2FC) ratios...
April 25, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440309/glypican-2-levels-in-cerebrospinal-fluid-predict-the-status-of-adult-hippocampal-neurogenesis
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S Lugert, T Kremer, R Jagasia, A Herrmann, S Aigner, C Giachino, I Mendez-David, A M Gardier, J P Carralot, H Meistermann, A Augustin, M D Saxe, J Lamerz, G Duran-Pacheco, A Ducret, V Taylor, D J David, C Czech
Adult hippocampal neurogenesis is a remarkable form of brain plasticity through which new neurons are generated throughout life. Despite its important roles in cognition and emotion and its modulation in various preclinical disease models, the functional importance of adult hippocampal neurogenesis in human health has not been revealed because of a lack of tools for monitoring adult neurogenesis in vivo. Therefore, we performed an unbiased proteomics screen to identify novel proteins expressed during neuronal differentiation using a human neural stem cell model, and we identified the proteoglycan Glypican-2 (Gpc2) as a putative secreted marker of immature neurons...
April 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440302/performance-of-machine-learning-scoring-functions-in-structure-based-virtual-screening
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Maciej Wójcikowski, Pedro J Ballester, Pawel Siedlecki
Classical scoring functions have reached a plateau in their performance in virtual screening and binding affinity prediction. Recently, machine-learning scoring functions trained on protein-ligand complexes have shown great promise in small tailored studies. They have also raised controversy, specifically concerning model overfitting and applicability to novel targets. Here we provide a new ready-to-use scoring function (RF-Score-VS) trained on 15 426 active and 893 897 inactive molecules docked to a set of 102 targets...
April 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440126/transcranial-doppler-screening-for-stroke-risk-in-children-with-sickle-cell-disease-a-systematic-review
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Sara Mazzucco, Marina Diomedi, Amrana Qureshi, Laura Sainati, Soundrie T Padayachee
Background Sickle cell disease (SCD) is one of the most common causes of stroke in children worldwide. Based on the results of the Stroke Prevention Trial in Sickle Cell Anemia (STOP), annual transcranial Doppler ultrasound (TCD) screening for affected children is standard practice. However, the need for TCD surveillance programs could override the accuracy of the screening, affecting the correct stratification of stroke risk and subsequent clinical management of the target population. Aims To shed light on this issue, a systematic review of the literature on TCD screening for children and adolescents with SCD was carried out (CRD42016050549), according to a list of clinically relevant questions, with a particular focus on screening practices in European countries...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of Stroke: Official Journal of the International Stroke Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439871/application-of-chemical-genomics-to-plant-bacteria-communication-a-high-throughput-system-to-identify-novel-molecules-modulating-the-induction-of-bacterial-virulence-genes-by-plant-signals
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Elodie Vandelle, Maria Rita Puttilli, Andrea Chini, Giulia Devescovi, Vittorio Venturi, Annalisa Polverari
The life cycle of bacterial phytopathogens consists of a benign epiphytic phase, during which the bacteria grow in the soil or on the plant surface, and a virulent endophytic phase involving the penetration of host defenses and the colonization of plant tissues. Innovative strategies are urgently required to integrate copper treatments that control the epiphytic phase with complementary tools that control the virulent endophytic phase, thus reducing the quantity of chemicals applied to economically and ecologically acceptable levels...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439865/identification-of-protein-dna-interactions-using-enhanced-yeast-one-hybrid-assays-and-a-semiautomated-approach
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Allison Gaudinier, Michelle Tang, Anne-Maarit Bågman, Siobhan M Brady
Yeast one-hybrid assays are an in vitro gene-centered approach to map transcription factor-DNA interactions. Here we describe this method and adaptations to screen for interactions between plant transcriptional regulators and their targets. Of particular note, the use of yeast one-hybrid assays fills in an important gap in available methodologies. When one is interested in a specific biological process of interest, the yeast one-hybrid assay is the only method that allows researchers to identify upstream regulators of the biological process of interest...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439798/the-changing-landscape-of-genetic-testing-for-inherited-breast-cancer-predisposition
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REVIEW
Anosheh Afghahi, Allison W Kurian
The advent of multiple-gene germline panel testing has led to significant advances in hereditary breast and ovarian cancer risk assessment. These include guideline-specific cancer risk management recommendations for patients and their families, such as screening with breast magnetic resonance imaging and risk-reducing surgeries, which have the potential to reduce substantially the morbidity and mortality associated with a hereditary cancer predisposition. However, controversy remains about the clinical validity and actionability of genetic testing in a broader patient population...
May 2017: Current Treatment Options in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439787/social-withdrawal-among-individuals-receiving-psychiatric-care-derivation-of-a-scale-using-routine-clinical-assessment-data-to-support-screening-and-outcome-measurement
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Sebastian Rios, Christopher M Perlman
Social withdrawal is a symptom experienced by individuals with an array of mental health conditions, particularly those with schizophrenia and mood disorders. Assessments of social withdrawal are often lengthy and may not be routinely integrated within the comprehensive clinical assessment of the individual. This study utilized item response and classical test theory methods to derive a Social Withdrawal Scale (SWS) using items embedded within a routine clinical assessment, the RAI-Mental Health (RAI-MH). Using data from 60,571 inpatients in Ontario, Canada, a common factor analysis identified seven items from the RAI-MH that measure social withdrawal...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439679/screening-lactic-acid-bacteria-strains-with-ability-to-bind-di-n-butyl-phthalate-via-turbiscan-technique
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Zhao Lili, Zhao Hongfei, Sana Shoukat, Zhang Xiaochen, Zhang Bolin
Di-n-butyl phthalate (DBP) is a ubiquitous environmental contaminant that poses a risk to humans. Previous work indicates that the ability of lactic acid bacteria (LAB) to bind phthalic acid esters is strain-specific. As cell suspensions of LAB strains in aqueous solution are likely to be colloidal dispersions, this study provided a technique to efficiently screen LAB strains that bind DBP via Turbiscan, which has been widely used to measure the stability of emulsions or colloidal dispersions. Eleven LAB strains belonging to Lactobacillus plantarum, Lb...
April 24, 2017: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439595/the-association-between-pain-and-sleep-in-fibromyalgia
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Buse Keskindag, Meryem Karaaziz
To clarify the association between pain and sleep in fibromyalgia.  Methods: Electronic databases, including PsycINFO, the Cochrane database for systematic reviews, PubMed, EMBASE, and Ovid were searched to identify eligible articles. Databases independently screened and  the quality of evidence using a reliable and valid quality assessment tool was assessed.  Results: In total, 16 quantitative studies fulfilled the inclusion criteria. According to the results, increased pain in fibromyalgia was associated with reduced sleep quality, efficiency, and duration and increased sleep disturbance and onset latency and total wake time...
May 2017: Saudi Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439541/potential-energy-driven-spin-manipulation-via-a-controllable-hydrogen-ligand
#18
Peter Jacobson, Matthias Muenks, Gennadii Laskin, Oleg Brovko, Valeri Stepanyuk, Markus Ternes, Klaus Kern
Spin-bearing molecules can be stabilized on surfaces and in junctions with desirable properties, such as a net spin that can be adjusted by external stimuli. Using scanning probes, initial and final spin states can be deduced from topographic or spectroscopic data, but how the system transitions between these states is largely unknown. We address this question by manipulating the total spin of magnetic cobalt hydride complexes on a corrugated boron nitride surface with a hydrogen-functionalized scanning probe tip by simultaneously tracking force and conductance...
April 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439239/development-of-automated-patch-clamp-technique-to-investigate-cftr-chloride-channel-function
#19
Arnaud Billet, Lionel Froux, John W Hanrahan, Frederic Becq
The chloride (Cl(-)) channel cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) is defective in cystic fibrosis (CF), and mutation of its encoding gene leads to various defects such as retention of the misfolded protein in the endoplasmic reticulum, reduced stability at the plasma membrane, abnormal channel gating with low open probability, and thermal instability, which leads to inactivation of the channel at physiological temperature. Pharmacotherapy is one major therapeutic approach in the CF field and needs sensible and fast tools to identify promising compounds...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438906/novel-screening-tool-for-stroke-using-artificial-neural-network
#20
Vida Abedi, Nitin Goyal, Georgios Tsivgoulis, Niyousha Hosseinichimeh, Raquel Hontecillas, Josep Bassaganya-Riera, Lucas Elijovich, Jeffrey E Metter, Anne W Alexandrov, David S Liebeskind, Andrei V Alexandrov, Ramin Zand
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The timely diagnosis of stroke at the initial examination is extremely important given the disease morbidity and narrow time window for intervention. The goal of this study was to develop a supervised learning method to recognize acute cerebral ischemia (ACI) and differentiate that from stroke mimics in an emergency setting. METHODS: Consecutive patients presenting to the emergency department with stroke-like symptoms, within 4.5 hours of symptoms onset, in 2 tertiary care stroke centers were randomized for inclusion in the model...
April 24, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
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