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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906371/depolarization-of-a-randomly-distributed-plasmonic-meander-metasurface-characterized-by-mueller-matrix-spectroscopic-ellipsometry
#1
Liwei Fu, Audrey Berrier, Huiyu Li, Philipp Schau, Karsten Frenner, Martin Dressel, Wolfgang Osten
Metallic nanostructures offer efficient solutions in polarization control with a very low thickness. In this report, we investigate the optical properties of a nano-fabricated plasmonic pseudo-depolarizer using Mueller matrix spectroscopic ellipsometry in transmission configuration. The depolarizer is composed of 256 square cells, each containing a periodically corrugated metallic film with random orientation. The full Mueller matrix was analyzed as a function of incident angle in a range between 0 and 20° and over the whole rotation angle range...
November 28, 2016: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906186/preimplantation-factor-is-an-anti-apoptotic-effector-in-human-trophoblasts-involving-p53-signaling-pathway
#2
Hadia Moindjie, Esther Dos Santos, Rita-Josiane Gouesse, Nelly Swierkowski-Blanchard, Valérie Serazin, Eytan R Barnea, François Vialard, Marie-Noëlle Dieudonné
From the earliest stages of gestation, embryonic-maternal interaction has a key role in a successful pregnancy. Various factors present during gestation may significantly influence this type of juxta/paracrine interaction. PreImplantation Factor (PIF) is a recently identified factor with activity at the fetomaternal interface. PIF is secreted by viable embryos and directly controls placental development by increasing the invasive capacity of human extravillous trophoblasts (EVTs). To further specify PIF's role in the human placenta, we analyzed the genome-wide expression profile of the EVT in the presence of a synthetic PIF analog (sPIF)...
December 1, 2016: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906168/immunofluorescent-antibody-staining-of-intact-drosophila-larvae
#3
Laurina Manning, Chris Q Doe
Antibody staining is a vital technique for studying the development of many model organisms, including Drosophila. Reliable protocols have long been available for antibody staining of Drosophila whole-mount embryos and dissected larvae. By contrast, methods for staining whole larvae have rarely been reported, are unreliable, and fail to work on large third-instar larvae. This has become a major limitation to understanding the role of multitissue interactions such as neural circuit formation and cell metastasis...
January 2017: Nature Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906092/alterations-to-mtorc1-signaling-in-the-skeletal-muscle-differentially-affect-whole-body-metabolism
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Maitea Guridi, Barbara Kupr, Klaas Romanino, Shuo Lin, Denis Falcetta, Lionel Tintignac, Markus A Rüegg
BACKGROUND: The mammalian target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1) is a central node in a network of signaling pathways controlling cell growth and survival. This multiprotein complex integrates external signals and affects different nutrient pathways in various organs. However, it is not clear how alterations of mTORC1 signaling in skeletal muscle affect whole-body metabolism. RESULTS: We characterized the metabolic phenotype of young and old raptor muscle knock-out (RAmKO) and TSC1 muscle knock-out (TSCmKO) mice, where mTORC1 activity in skeletal muscle is inhibited or constitutively activated, respectively...
March 21, 2016: Skeletal Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905878/genomic-prediction-using-preselected-dna-variants-from-a-gwas-with-whole-genome-sequence-data-in-holstein-friesian-cattle
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Roel F Veerkamp, Aniek C Bouwman, Chris Schrooten, Mario P L Calus
BACKGROUND: Whole-genome sequence data is expected to capture genetic variation more completely than common genotyping panels. Our objective was to compare the proportion of variance explained and the accuracy of genomic prediction by using imputed sequence data or preselected SNPs from a genome-wide association study (GWAS) with imputed whole-genome sequence data. METHODS: Phenotypes were available for 5503 Holstein-Friesian bulls. Genotypes were imputed up to whole-genome sequence (13,789,029 segregating DNA variants) by using run 4 of the 1000 bull genomes project...
December 1, 2016: Genetics, Selection, Evolution: GSE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905869/neurogenic-effects-of-low-dose-whole-body-hze-fe-ion-and-gamma-irradiation
#6
Tara B Sweet, Sean D Hurley, Michael D Wu, John A Olschowka, Jacqueline P Williams, M Kerry O'Banion
Understanding the dose-toxicity profile of radiation is critical when evaluating potential health risks associated with natural and man-made sources in our environment. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of low-dose whole-body high-energy charged (HZE) iron (Fe) ions and low-energy gamma exposure on proliferation and differentiation of adult-born neurons within the dentate gyrus of the hippocampus, cells deemed to play a critical role in memory regulation. To determine the dose-response characteristics of the brain to whole-body Fe-ion vs...
December 1, 2016: Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905602/achieving-enhanced-ionic-mobility-in-nanoporous-silica-by-controlled-surface-interactions
#7
Mounesha Nagendrachar Garaga, Luis Aguilera, Negin Yaghini, Aleksandar Matic, Michael Persson, Anna Martinelli
We report a strategy to enhance the ionic mobility in an emerging class of gels, based on robust nanoporous silica micro-particles, by chemical functionalization of the silica surface. Two very different ionic liquids are used to fill the nano-pores of silica at varying pore filling factors, namely one aprotic imidazolium based (1-methyl-3-hexylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide, C6C1ImTFSI), and one protic ammonium based (diethylmethylammonium methanesulfonate, DEMAOMs) ionic liquid. Both these ionic liquids display higher ionic mobility when confined in functionalized silica as compared to untreated silica nano-pores, an improvement that is more pronounced at low pore filling factors (i...
December 1, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905535/bordetella-pertussis-outer-membrane-vesicle-vaccine-confers-equal-efficacy-in-mice-with-milder-inflammatory-responses-compared-to-a-whole-cell-vaccine
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René H M Raeven, Jolanda Brummelman, Jeroen L A Pennings, Larissa van der Maas, Wichard Tilstra, Kina Helm, Elly van Riet, Wim Jiskoot, Cécile A C M van Els, Wanda G H Han, Gideon F A Kersten, Bernard Metz
The demand for improved pertussis vaccines is urgent due to the resurgence of whooping cough. A deeper understanding of the mode of action of pertussis vaccines is required to achieve this improvement. The vaccine-induced effects of a candidate outer membrane vesicle vaccine (omvPV) and a classical protective but reactogenic whole cell vaccine (wPV) were comprehensively compared in mice. The comparison revealed essential qualitative and quantitative differences with respect to immunogenicity and adverse effects for these vaccines...
December 1, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905446/genomic-evolution-and-chemoresistance-in-germ-cell-tumours
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Amaro Taylor-Weiner, Travis Zack, Elizabeth O'Donnell, Jennifer L Guerriero, Brandon Bernard, Anita Reddy, G Celine Han, Saud AlDubayan, Ali Amin-Mansour, Steven E Schumacher, Kevin Litchfield, Clare Turnbull, Stacey Gabriel, Rameen Beroukhim, Gad Getz, Scott L Carter, Michelle S Hirsch, Anthony Letai, Christopher Sweeney, Eliezer M Van Allen
Germ-cell tumours (GCTs) are derived from germ cells and occur most frequently in the testes. GCTs are histologically heterogeneous and distinctly curable with chemotherapy. Gains of chromosome arm 12p and aneuploidy are nearly universal in GCTs, but specific somatic genomic features driving tumour initiation, chemosensitivity and progression are incompletely characterized. Here, using clinical whole-exome and transcriptome sequencing of precursor, primary (testicular and mediastinal) and chemoresistant metastatic human GCTs, we show that the primary somatic feature of GCTs is highly recurrent chromosome arm level amplifications and reciprocal deletions (reciprocal loss of heterozygosity), variations that are significantly enriched in GCTs compared to 19 other cancer types...
November 30, 2016: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905300/intravital-imaging-of-mouse-urothelium-reveals-activation-of-extracellular-signal-regulated-kinase-by-stretch-induced-intravesical-release-of-atp
#10
Takeshi Sano, Takashi Kobayashi, Hiromitsu Negoro, Atsushi Sengiku, Takuya Hiratsuka, Yuji Kamioka, Louis S Liou, Osamu Ogawa, Michiyuki Matsuda
To better understand the roles played by signaling molecules in the bladder, we established a protocol of intravital imaging of the bladder of mice expressing a Förster/fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) biosensor for extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK), which plays critical roles not only in cell growth but also stress responses. With an upright two-photon excitation microscope and a vacuum-stabilized imaging window, cellular ERK activity was visualized in the whole bladder wall, from adventitia to urothelium...
November 2016: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905034/artifacts-arising-from-using-leukocytic-fc-receptor-blocking-buffer
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S V Zubova, D S Kabanov, D A Serov, S V Grachev, I R Prokhorenko
We studied the effects of Human TruStain FcX buffer (Fcγ receptor blocking solution) in experiments on evaluation of TLR4 level with labeled monoclonal antibodies, intracellular immunofluorescent staining of NF-κB p50, and TNF-α synthesis on human isolated monocytes and whole blood cells. The influence of the blocking buffer on the measured parameters should be taken into account and appropriateness of its use in experiments on isolated cells and whole blood should be considered.
December 1, 2016: Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904971/mutations-in-slc5a6-associated-with-brain-immune-bone-and-intestinal-dysfunction-in-a-young-child
#12
Veedamali S Subramanian, Alexandru R Constantinescu, Paul J Benke, Hamid M Said
The human sodium-dependent multivitamin transporter (hSMVT) is a product of the SLC5A6 gene and mediates biotin, pantothenic acid, and lipoate uptake in a variety of cellular systems. We report here the identification of mutations R94X, a premature termination, and R123L, a dysfunctional amino acid change, both in exon 3 of the SLC5A6 gene in a child using whole genome-scanning. At 15 months of age, the child showed failure to thrive, microcephaly and brain changes on MRI, cerebral palsy and developmental delay, variable immunodeficiency, and severe gastro-esophageal reflux requiring a gastrostomy tube/fundoplication, osteoporosis, and pathologic bone fractures...
November 30, 2016: Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904893/assay-for-listeria-monocytogenes-cells-in-whole-blood-using-isotachophoresis-and-recombinase-polymerase-amplification
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Charbel Eid, Juan G Santiago
We present a new approach which enables lysis, extraction, and detection of inactivated Listeria monocytogenes cells from blood using isotachophoresis (ITP) and recombinase polymerase amplification (RPA). We use an ITP-compatible alkaline and proteinase K approach for rapid and effective lysis. We then perform ITP purification to separate bacterial DNA from whole blood contaminants using a microfluidic device that processes 25 μL sample volume. Lysis, mixing, dispensing, and on-chip ITP purification are completed in a total of less than 50 min...
December 1, 2016: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904811/legionella-shows-a-diverse-secondary-metabolism-dependent-on-a-broad-spectrum-sfp-type-phosphopantetheinyl-transferase
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Nicholas J Tobias, Tilman Ahrendt, Ursula Schell, Melissa Miltenberger, Hubert Hilbi, Helge B Bode
Several members of the genus Legionella cause Legionnaires' disease, a potentially debilitating form of pneumonia. Studies frequently focus on the abundant number of virulence factors present in this genus. However, what is often overlooked is the role of secondary metabolites from Legionella. Following whole genome sequencing, we assembled and annotated the Legionella parisiensis DSM 19216 genome. Together with 14 other members of the Legionella, we performed comparative genomics and analysed the secondary metabolite potential of each strain...
2016: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904514/intraoperative-diagnosis-of-sentinel-lymph-node-metastases-in-breast-cancer-treatment-with-one-step-nucleic-acid-amplification-assay-osna
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Paweł Szychta, Bogusław Westfal, Rafał Maciejczyk, Beata Smolarz, Hanna Romanowicz, Tomasz Krawczyk, Marek Zadrożny
INTRODUCTION: The aim of the study was to evaluate the clinical usefulness of a one-step nucleic acid amplification assay (OSNA) for intraoperative detection of metastases to sentinel lymph nodes (SLNs) in comparison to examination of frozen sections, and to summarize the results of previous studies. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We enrolled 98 patients aged 58.13 ±10.74 years treated surgically for breast cancer, and 99 biopsies of SLNs were followed by analysis of 105 SLNs...
December 1, 2016: Archives of Medical Science: AMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903973/association-of-a-cytarabine-chemosensitivity-related-gene-expression-signature-with-survival-in-cytogenetically-normal-acute-myeloid-leukemia
#16
Han Yan, Lu Wen, Dan Tan, Pan Xie, Feng-Mei Pang, Hong-Hao Zhou, Wei Zhang, Zhao-Qian Liu, Jie Tang, Xi Li, Xiao-Ping Chen
The prognosis of cytogenetically normal acute myeloid leukemia (CN-AML) varies greatly among patients. Achievement of complete remission (CR) after chemotherapy is indispensable for a better prognosis. To develop a gene signature predicting overall survival (OS) in CN-AML, we performed data mining procedure based on whole genome expression data of both blood cancer cell lines and AML patients from open access database. A gene expression signature including 42 probes was derived. These probes were significantly associated with both cytarabine half maximal inhibitory concentration values in blood cancer cell lines and OS in CN-AML patients...
November 26, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903933/translocator-positron-emission-tomography-and-magnetic-resonance-spectroscopic-imaging-of-brain-glial-cell-activation-in-multiple-sclerosis
#17
Gourab Datta, Ines R Violante, Gregory Scott, Karl Zimmerman, Andre Santos-Ribeiro, Eugenii A Rabiner, Roger N Gunn, Omar Malik, Olga Ciccarelli, Richard Nicholas, Paul M Matthews
BACKGROUND: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is characterised by a diffuse inflammatory response mediated by microglia and astrocytes. Brain translocator protein (TSPO) positron-emission tomography (PET) and [myo-inositol] magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) were used together to assess this. OBJECTIVE: To explore the in vivo relationships between MRS and PET [(11)C]PBR28 in MS over a range of brain inflammatory burden. METHODS: A total of 23 patients were studied...
November 30, 2016: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903834/saliva-diagnostics-current-views-and-directions
#18
Karolina Elżbieta Kaczor-Urbanowicz, Carmen Martin Carreras-Presas, Katri Aro, Michael Tu, Franklin Garcia-Godoy, David Tw Wong
In this review, we provide an update on the current and future applications of saliva for diagnostic purposes. There are many advantages of using saliva as a biofluid. Its collection is fast, easy, inexpensive, and non-invasive. In addition, saliva, as a "mirror of the body," can reflect the physiological and pathological state of the body. Therefore, it serves as a diagnostic and monitoring tool in many fields of science such as medicine, dentistry, and pharmacotherapy. Introduced in 2008, the term "Salivaomics" aimed to highlight the rapid development of knowledge about various "omics" constituents of saliva, including: proteome, transcriptome, micro-RNA, metabolome, and microbiome...
November 29, 2016: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903818/properties-of-alternative-microbial-hosts-used-in-synthetic-biology-towards-the-design-of-a-modular-chassis
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Juhyun Kim, Manuel Salvador, Elizabeth Saunders, Jaime González, Claudio Avignone-Rossa, Jose Ignacio Jiménez
The chassis is the cellular host used as a recipient of engineered biological systems in synthetic biology. They are required to propagate the genetic information and to express the genes encoded in it. Despite being an essential element for the appropriate function of genetic circuits, the chassis is rarely considered in their design phase. Consequently, the circuits are transferred to model organisms commonly used in the laboratory, such as Escherichia coli, that may be suboptimal for a required function...
November 30, 2016: Essays in Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903752/hexim1-as-a-robust-pharmacodynamic-marker-for-monitoring-target-engagement-of-bet-family-bromodomain-inhibitors-in-tumors-and-surrogate-tissues
#20
Xiaoyu Lin, Xiaoli Huang, Tamar Uziel, Paul Hessler, Daniel H Albert, Lisa A Roberts-Rapp, Keith F McDaniel, Warren M Kati, Yu Shen
An increasing number of BET family protein inhibitors have recently entered clinical trials. It has been reported that attempts of monitoring target engagement of the BET bromodomain inhibitor OTX015 using literature-described putative pharmacodynamic (PD) markers such as c-Myc, BRD2, etc. failed to detect PD marker responses in AML patients treated at active dose and those with clinical responses. Here we report the identification and characterization of HEXIM1 and other genes as robust PD markers for BET inhibitors...
November 30, 2016: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
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