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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222482/functional-reconstitution-of-the-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-long-chain-acyl-coa-carboxylase-from-multiple-acyl-coa-subunits
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Bernardo Bazet Lyonnet, Lautaro Diacovich, Gabriela Gago, Lucie Spina, Fabienne Bardou, Anne Lemassu, Annaïk Quémard, Hugo Gramajo
Mycobacterium tuberculosis produces a large number of structurally diverse lipids that have been implicated in the pathogenicity, persistence and antibiotic resistance of this organism. Most building blocks involved in the biosynthesis of all these lipids are generated by acyl-CoA carboxylases (ACCase) whose subunit composition and physiological roles have not yet been clearly established. A rather controversial data in the literature refers to the exact protein composition and substrate specificity of the enzyme complex that produces the long-chain α-carboxy-acyl-CoAs; one of the substrates involved in the last step of condensation mediated by the polyketide synthase Pks13 to synthesize mature mycolic acids...
February 21, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222464/regulation-of-dipeptidyl-peptidase-4-its-substrate-chemokines-and-their-receptors-in-adipose-tissue-of-ob-ob-mice
#2
Jihoon Shin, Atsunori Fukuhara, Toshiharu Onodera, Chieko Yokoyama, Michio Otsuki, Iichiro Shimomura
The physiological function of DPP-4 in proteolytic inactivation of incretins has been well established, however, there is limited information on the expression and the significance of DPP-4 in white adipose tissue with regard to obesity. The objective of the work was to reveal the expression and regulation of DPP-4 in adipocytes and compare the expression and activity of DPP-4 in white adipose tissue and several other organs such as the liver, muscle and kidney. We also investigated the gene expression levels of DPP-4 substrate chemokines, and their receptors in white adipose tissue...
February 21, 2017: Hormone and Metabolic Research, Hormon- und Stoffwechselforschung, Hormones et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222389/correlation-between-ploidy-status-using-flow-cytometry-and-nucleolar-organizer-regions-in-benign-and-malignant-epithelial-odontogenic-tumors
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Sarah Ahmed Mohamed Mahmoud, Dalia Hussein El-Rouby, Safa Fathy Abd El-Ghani, Omnia Mohamed Badawy
OBJECTIVE: Differentiation between the aggressive benign odontogenic tumors and their malignant counterparts is controversial and difficult. While flow cytometry (FCM) allowed DNA analysis in neoplasia, argyrophilic organizer regions (AgNORs) number and/or size in a nucleus are correlated with the ribosomal gene activity and therefore with cellular proliferation. The aim of this research was to study the diagnostic accuracy of FCM and AgNORs staining in differentiating between benign and malignant epithelial odontogenic tumors and to correlate between these two interventions...
February 14, 2017: Archives of Oral Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222386/heterogeneous-fractionation-profiles-of-meta-analytic-coactivation-networks
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Angela R Laird, Michael C Riedel, Mershack Okoe, Radu Jianu, Kimberly L Ray, Simon B Eickhoff, Stephen M Smith, Peter T Fox, Matthew T Sutherland
Computational cognitive neuroimaging approaches can be leveraged to characterize the hierarchical organization of distributed, functionally specialized networks in the human brain. To this end, we performed large-scale mining across the BrainMap database of coordinate-based activation locations from over 10,000 task-based experiments. Meta-analytic coactivation networks were identified by jointly applying independent component analysis (ICA) and meta-analytic connectivity modeling (MACM) across a wide range of model orders (i...
February 18, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222375/on-site-nutrient-recovery-and-removal-from-source-separated-urine-by-phosphorus-precipitation-and-short-cut-nitrification-denitrification
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Song Yao, Liping Chen, Detian Guan, Zhongguo Zhang, Xiujun Tian, Aimin Wang, Guotian Wang, Qian Yao, Dangcong Peng, Jiuyi Li
Source separation and treatment of human urine have been recognized as a resource-efficient alternative to conventional urban drainage, not only reducing nutrient loads on municipal wastewater treatment plants, but recovering valuable resources from waste streams. In this work, on-site phosphorus (P) recovery from real urine was carried out by using the brine from a reverse osmosis process as the flush water for urine-diverting toilets and a P precipitant, while nitrogen (N) was removed via short-cut nitrification-denitrification (SCND) in a membrane bioreactor (MBR)...
February 16, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222303/organic-dye-removal-from-aqueous-solutions-by-hierarchical-calcined-ni-fe-layered-double-hydroxide-isotherm-kinetic-and-mechanism-studies
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Chunsheng Lei, Meng Pi, Panyong Kuang, Yingqing Guo, Fenge Zhang
Hierarchically porous nickel-iron-layered double hydroxide (NiFe-LDH) with a Ni(2+)/Fe(3+) molar ratio of 3 was successfully synthesised through a simple hydrothermal route. After calcination at 400°C, NiFe-LDH transformed into nickel-iron-layered double oxides (NiFe-LDO). The as-prepared samples were characterised through X-ray powder diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and nitrogen adsorption...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222271/pathways-to-lung-cancer-diagnosis-a-qualitative-study-of-patients-and-general-practitioners-about-diagnostic-and-pre-treatment-intervals
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Nicole M Rankin, Sarah York, Emily Stone, David Barnes, Deborah McGregor, Michelle Lai, Tim Shaw, Phyllis N Butow
RATIONALE: Pathways to lung cancer diagnosis and treatment are complex. International evidence shows significant variations in pathways. Qualitative research investigating pathways to lung cancer diagnosis rarely considers both patient and general practitioner views simultaneously. OBJECTIVES: To describe the lung cancer diagnostic pathway, focusing on the perspective of patients and general practitioners about diagnostic and pre-treatment intervals. METHODS: This qualitative study of lung cancer patients and general practitioners in Australia used qualitative interviews or a focus group in which participants responded to a semistructured questionnaire designed to explore experiences of the diagnostic pathway...
February 21, 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222262/a-nature-inspired-strategy-toward-superhydrophobic-fabrics-for-versatile-oil-water-separation
#8
Cailong Zhou, Zhaodan Chen, Hao Yang, Kun Hou, Xinjuan Zeng, Yanfen Zheng, Jiang Cheng
Phytic acid, a naturally occurring component, widely found in many plants, can strongly bond toxic mineral elements in human body due to its six phosphate groups. Some of the metal ions present the property of bonding with phytic acid to form insoluble coordination complexes aggregations even in room temperature. Herein, a superhydrophobic cotton fabric was prepared by a novel and facile nature-inspired strategy which introduced phytic acid metal complexes aggregations to generate rough hierarchical structures on fabric surface followed with PDMS modification...
February 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222249/are-non-invasive-fibrosis-markers-for-chronic-hepatitis-b-reliable-in-sub-saharan-africa
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Hailemichael Desalegn, Hanna Aberra, Nega Berhe, Svein Gunnar Gundersen, Asgeir Johannessen
BACKGROUND: In the absence of liver biopsy, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends non-invasive tests, such as APRI (aspartate aminotransferase to platelet ratio index) and FIB-4, to assess liver fibrosis in patients with chronic hepatitis B (CHB). However, these tests are not well validated in sub-Saharan Africa. Recently, a new marker, GPR (gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase to platelet ratio), was found to be more accurate in an African setting, but this needs confirmation in other cohorts...
February 21, 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222248/long-term-effects-of-climate-change-on-carbon-storage-and-tree-species-composition-in-a-dry-deciduous-forest
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István Fekete, Kate Lajtha, Zsolt Kotroczó, Gábor Várbíró, Csaba Varga, János Attila Tóth, Ibolya Demeter, Gábor Veperdi, Imre Berki
Forest vegetation and soils have been suggested as potentially important sinks for carbon (C) with appropriate management, and thus are implicated as effective tools in stabilizing climate even with increasing anthropogenic release of CO2 . Drought, however, which is often predicted to increase in models of future climate change, may limit NPP of dry forests types, with unknown effects on soil C storage. We studied C dynamics of a deciduous temperate forest of Hungary that has been subject to significant decreases in precipitation and increases in temperature in recent decades...
February 21, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222236/differential-sharing-and-distinct-co-occurrence-networks-among-spatially-close-bacterial-microbiota-of-bark-mosses-and-lichens%C3%A2-%C3%A2
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Ines Aline Aschenbrenner, Tomislav Cernava, Armin Erlacher, Gabriele Berg, Martin Grube
Knowledge of bacterial community host-specificity has increased greatly in recent years. However, the inter-microbiome relationships of unrelated but spatially close organisms remain little understood. Trunks of trees covered by epiphytes represent complex habitats with a mosaic of ecological niches. In this context, we investigated the structure, diversity and interactions of microbiota associated with lichens, mosses and the bare tree bark. Comparative analysis revealed significant differences in the habitat-associated community structures...
February 21, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222223/prostate-cancer-major-changes-in-the-american-joint-committee-on-cancer-eighth-edition-cancer-staging-manual
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Mark K Buyyounouski, Peter L Choyke, Jesse K McKenney, Oliver Sartor, Howard M Sandler, Mahul B Amin, Michael W Kattan, Daniel W Lin
Answer questions and earn CME/CNE The eighth edition of the American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) tumor-node-metastasis (TNM) Staging Manual has been updated and improved to ensure the highest degree of clinical relevance and to improve its utility for patient evaluation and clinical research. Major changes include: 1) pathologically organ-confined disease is now considered pT2 and is no longer subclassified by extent of involvement or laterality, 2) tumor grading now includes both the Gleason score (as in the seventh edition criteria) and the grade group (introduced in the eighth edition criteria), 3) prognostic stage group III includes select, organ-confined disease based on prostate-specific antigen and Gleason/grade group status, and 4) 2 statistical prediction models are included in the staging manual...
February 21, 2017: CA: a Cancer Journal for Clinicians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222204/comparative-transcriptome-and-potential-antiviral-signaling-pathways-analysis-of-the-gills-in-the-red-swamp-crayfish-procambarus-clarkii-infected-with-white-spot-syndrome-virus-wssv
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Zhi-Qiang Du, Yan-Hui Jin
Red swamp crayfish is an important model organism for research of the invertebrate innate immunity mechanism. Its excellent disease resistance against bacteria, fungi, and viruses is well-known. However, the antiviral mechanisms of crayfish remain unclear. In this study, we obtained high-quality sequence reads from normal and white spot syndrome virus (WSSV)-challenged crayfish gills. For group normal (GN), 39,390,280 high-quality clean reads were randomly assembled to produce 172,591 contigs; whereas, 34,011,488 high-quality clean reads were randomly assembled to produce 182,176 contigs for group WSSV-challenged (GW)...
February 20, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222202/tsc1-and-tsc2-gene-mutations-and-their-implications-for-treatment-in-tuberous-sclerosis-complex-a-review
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Clévia Rosset, Cristina Brinckmann Oliveira Netto, Patricia Ashton-Prolla
Tuberous sclerosis complex is an autosomal dominant disorder characterized by skin manifestations and formation of multiple tumors in different organs, mainly in the central nervous system. Tuberous sclerosis is caused by the mutation of one of two tumor suppressor genes, TSC1 or TSC2. Currently, the development of novel techniques and great advances in high-throughput genetic analysis made mutation screening of the TSC1 and TSC2 genes more widely available. Extensive studies of the TSC1 and TSC2 genes in patients with TSC worldwide have revealed a wide spectrum of mutations...
February 20, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222194/forecasting-outpatient-visits-using-empirical-mode-decomposition-coupled-with-back-propagation-artificial-neural-networks-optimized-by-particle-swarm-optimization
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Daizheng Huang, Zhihui Wu
Accurately predicting the trend of outpatient visits by mathematical modeling can help policy makers manage hospitals effectively, reasonably organize schedules for human resources and finances, and appropriately distribute hospital material resources. In this study, a hybrid method based on empirical mode decomposition and back-propagation artificial neural networks optimized by particle swarm optimization is developed to forecast outpatient visits on the basis of monthly numbers. The data outpatient visits are retrieved from January 2005 to December 2013 and first obtained as the original time series...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222167/emergence-and-development-of-gut-motility-in-the-chicken-embryo
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N R Chevalier, V Fleury, S Dufour, V Proux-Gillardeaux, A Asnacios
The gastrointestinal tract transports the food bolus by peristalsis. Gut motility starts at an early age in the developing embryo, well before it is required for nutrition of the organism. We present a comprehensive kinematic study of the emergence and physiological development of gut motility in all regions of the lower digestive tract of the chicken embryo from embryonic days E5 through E9. We characterized motility emergence time, propagation patterns, speed, frequency and amplitude of peristalsis waves...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222146/cytotoxic-effector-functions-of-t-cells-are-not-required-for-protective-immunity-against-fatal-rickettsia-typhi-infection-in-a-murine-model-of-infection-role-of-th1-and-th17-cytokines-in-protection-and-pathology
#17
Kristin Moderzynski, Liza Heine, Jessica Rauch, Stefanie Papp, Svenja Kuehl, Ulricke Richardt, Bernhard Fleischer, Anke Osterloh
Endemic typhus caused by Rickettsia (R.) typhi is an emerging febrile disease that can be fatal due to multiple organ pathology. Here we analyzed the requirements for protection against R. typhi by T cells in the CB17 SCID model of infection. BALB/c wild-type mice generate CD4+ TH1 and cytotoxic CD8+ T cells both of which are sporadically reactivated in persistent infection. Either adoptively transferred CD8+ or CD4+ T cells protected R. typhi-infected CB17 SCID mice from death and provided long-term control...
February 21, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222129/heteromeric-slick-slack-k-channels-show-graded-sensitivity-to-cell-volume-changes
#18
Maria A Tejada, Nadia Hashem, Kirstine Calloe, Dan A Klaerke
Slick and Slack high-conductance K+ channels are found in the CNS, kidneys, pancreas, among other organs, where they play an important role in cell excitability as well as in ion transport processes. They are both activated by Na+ and Cl- but show a differential regulation by cell volume changes. Slick has been shown to be regulated by cell volume changes, whereas Slack is insensitive. α-subunits of these channels form homomeric as well as heteromeric channels. It is the aim of this work to explore whether the subunit composition of the Slick/Slack heteromeric channel affects the response to osmotic challenges...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222117/two-dynamic-regimes-in-the-human-gut-microbiome
#19
Sean M Gibbons, Sean M Kearney, Chris S Smillie, Eric J Alm
The gut microbiome is a dynamic system that changes with host development, health, behavior, diet, and microbe-microbe interactions. Prior work on gut microbial time series has largely focused on autoregressive models (e.g. Lotka-Volterra). However, we show that most of the variance in microbial time series is non-autoregressive. In addition, we show how community state-clustering is flawed when it comes to characterizing within-host dynamics and that more continuous methods are required. Most organisms exhibited stable, mean-reverting behavior suggestive of fixed carrying capacities and abundant taxa were largely shared across individuals...
February 21, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222102/anln-truncation-causes-a-familial-fatal-acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome-in-dalmatian-dogs
#20
Saila Holopainen, Marjo K Hytönen, Pernilla Syrjä, Meharji Arumilli, Anna-Kaisa Järvinen, Minna Rajamäki, Hannes Lohi
Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is the leading cause of death in critical care medicine. The syndrome is typified by an exaggerated inflammatory response within the lungs. ARDS has been reported in many species, including dogs. We have previously reported a fatal familial juvenile respiratory disease accompanied by occasional unilateral renal aplasia and hydrocephalus, in Dalmatian dogs. The condition with a suggested recessive mode of inheritance resembles acute exacerbation of usual interstitial pneumonia in man...
February 21, 2017: PLoS Genetics
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