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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922741/genomic-and-biochemical-characterization-of-sialic-acid-acetylesterase-siae-in-zebrafish
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Viola Ravasio, Eufemia Damiati, Daniela Zizioli, Flavia Orizio, Edoardo Giacopuzzi, Marta Manzoni, Roberto Bresciani, Giuseppe Borsani, Eugenio Monti
Sialic acid acetylesterase (SIAE) removes acetyl moieties from the carbon 9 and 4 hydroxyl groups of sialic acid and recently a debate has been opened on its association to autoimmunity. Trying to get new insights on this intriguing enzyme we have studied siae in zebrafish (Danio rerio). In this teleost siae encodes for a polypeptide with a high degree of sequence identity to human and mouse counterparts. Zebrafish Siae behavior upon transient expression in COS7 cells is comparable to human enzyme concerning pH optimum of enzyme activity, subcellular localization and glycosylation...
October 1, 2017: Glycobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922685/neoadjuvant-systemic-therapy-for-breast-cancer-the-westmead-experience
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Annelise M Cocco, David Messer, Alexander Brown, Nina Sriram, Jenny Gilchrist, Loma Al-Mansouri, Richard Kefford, Farid Meybodi, James French, Jeremy Hsu, Elisabeth Elder
BACKGROUND: Neoadjuvant systemic therapy (NAST) can be used to treat breast cancer. Pathologic complete response (pCR) is a surrogate marker for improved survival. This study examined response in the breast and axilla to NAST and identified features associated with pCR. METHODS: Patients undergoing NAST and surgery between January 2012 and June 2016 by surgeons at Westmead Breast Cancer Institute were identified. Patients with inflammatory or metastatic disease were excluded...
September 18, 2017: ANZ Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922541/effects-of-collagen-peptides-intake-on-skin-ageing-and-platelet-release-in-chronologically-aged-mice-revealed-by-cytokine-array-analysis
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Hongdong Song, Ling Zhang, Yongkang Luo, Siqi Zhang, Bo Li
Action mechanisms underlying various biological activities of collagen peptides (CPs) remained to be elucidated. Cytokines may play an important role in mediating these health benefits of CPs. This study aimed to systemically examine the cytokines in skin and blood regulated by CPs intake. Thirteen-month-old female Kunming mice were administered with CPs for 2 months (0 or 400 mg/kg bodyweight/day). The cytokines in skin and plasma were analysed using a 53-cytokine array and corresponding ELISA kits. In skin, CPs intake significantly down-regulated placenta growth factor (PIGF-2), insulin-like growth factor (IGF)-binding protein (IGFBP) -2 and IGFBP-3, and up-regulated platelet factor 4 (PF4), serpin E1 and transforming growth factor (TGF)-β1 ...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922440/real-life-use-of-3-direct-acting-antiviral-regimen-in-a-large-cohort-of-patients-with-genotype-1b-hcv-compensated-cirrhosis
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Liana Gheorghe, Speranta Iacob, Manuela Curescu, Ciprian Brisc, Cristina Cijevschi, Florin Caruntu, Carol Stanciu, Iulia Simionov, Ioan Sporea, Cristian Gheorghe, Razvan Iacob, Victoria Arama, Roxana Sirli, Anca Trifan
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Ombitasvir/Paritaprevir/ritonavir/Dasabuvir (OBV/PTV/r+DSV) is one of the elective direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) recommended by international guidelines and the only one covered by the National Insurance System in Romania until November 2016. Our aim was to present the first prospective Romanian cohort evaluating the effectiveness and safety in clinical practice of this 3DAA combination in patients with HCV genotype-1b Child A liver cirrhosis. METHODS: 681 patients received OBV/PTV/r+DSV+RBV for 12 weeks and were assessed clinically and biologically at baseline, week 4, 8, 12 (end of treatment, EOT), and 12 weeks after therapy (sustained viral response, SVR)...
September 2017: Journal of Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases: JGLD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922402/new-insights-into-the-metastatic-behavior-after-breast-cancer-surgery-according-to-well-established-clinicopathological-variables-and-molecular-subtypes
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Oreste Claudio Buonomo, Emanuele Caredda, Ilaria Portarena, Gianluca Vanni, Augusto Orlandi, Claudia Bagni, Giuseppe Petrella, Leonardo Palombi, Paolo Orsaria
Despite advances in treatment, up to 30% of patients with early breast cancer (BC) experience distant disease relapse. However, a comprehensive understanding of tumor spread and site-specific recurrence patterns remains lacking. This retrospective case-control study included 103 consecutive patients with metastatic BC admitted to our institution (2000-2013). Cases were matched according to age, tumor biology, and clinicopathological features to 221 patients with non-metastatic BC (control group). The median follow-up period among the 324 eligible patients was 7...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922391/impedance-biosensor-for-real-time-monitoring-and-prediction-of-thrombotic-individual-profile-in-flowing-blood
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Denise De Zanet, Monica Battiston, Elisabetta Lombardi, Ruben Specogna, Francesco Trevisan, Luigi De Marco, Antonio Affanni, Mario Mazzucato
A new biosensor for the real-time analysis of thrombus formation is reported. The fast and accurate monitoring of the individual thrombotic risk represents a challenge in cardiovascular diagnostics and in treatment of hemostatic diseases. Thrombus volume, as representative index of the related thrombotic status, is usually estimated with confocal microscope at the end of each in vitro experiment, without providing a useful behavioral information of the biological sample such as platelets adhesion and aggregation in flowing blood...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922353/synthesizing-developmental-trajectories
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Paul Villoutreix, Joakim Andén, Bomyi Lim, Hang Lu, Ioannis G Kevrekidis, Amit Singer, Stanislav Y Shvartsman
Dynamical processes in biology are studied using an ever-increasing number of techniques, each of which brings out unique features of the system. One of the current challenges is to develop systematic approaches for fusing heterogeneous datasets into an integrated view of multivariable dynamics. We demonstrate that heterogeneous data fusion can be successfully implemented within a semi-supervised learning framework that exploits the intrinsic geometry of high-dimensional datasets. We illustrate our approach using a dataset from studies of pattern formation in Drosophila...
September 18, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922165/the-gastrointestinal-brain-axis-in-humans-as-an-evolutionary-advance-of-the-root-leaf-axis-in-plants-a-hypothesis-linking-quantum-effects-of-light-on-serotonin-and-auxin
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Lucio Tonello, Bekim Gashi, Alessandro Scuotto, Glenda Capello, Massimo Cocchi, Fabio Gabrielli, Jack A Tuszynski
Living organisms tend to find viable strategies under ambient conditions that optimize their search for, and utilization of, life-sustaining resources. For plants, a leading role in this process is performed by auxin, a plant hormone that drives morphological development, dynamics, and movement to optimize the absorption of light (through branches and leaves) and chemical "food" (through roots). Similarly to auxin in plants, serotonin seems to play an important role in higher animals, especially humans. Here, it is proposed that morphological and functional similarities between (i) plant leaves and the animal/human brain and (ii) plant roots and the animal/human gastro-intestinal tract have general features in common...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Integrative Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922119/pure-let-image-deconvolution
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Jizhou Li, Florian Luisier, Thierry Blu
We propose a non-iterative image deconvolution algorithm for data corrupted by Poisson or mixed Poisson-Gaussian noise. Many applications involve such a problem, ranging from astronomical to biological imaging. We parametrize the deconvolution process as a linear combination of elementary functions, termed as linear expansion of thresholds (LET). This parametrization is then optimized by minimizing a robust estimate of the true mean squared error, the Poisson unbiased risk estimate (PURE). Each elementary function consists of a Wiener filtering followed by a pointwise thresholding of undecimated Haar wavelet coefficients...
September 18, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922115/colour-constancy-beyond-the-classical-receptive-field
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Arash Akbarinia, C Alejandro Parraga
The problem of removing illuminant variations to preserve the colours of objects (colour constancy) has already been solved by the human brain using mechanisms that rely largely on centre-surround computations of local contrast. In this paper we adopt some of these biological solutions described by long known physiological findings into a simple, fully automatic, functional model (termed Adaptive Surround Modulation or ASM). In ASM, the size of a visual neuron's receptive field (RF) as well as the relationship with its surround varies according to the local contrast within the stimulus, which in turn determines the nature of the centre-surround normalisation of cortical neurons higher up in the processing chain...
September 18, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921840/the-role-of-cadherin-genes-in-five-major-psychiatric-disorders-a-literature-update
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REVIEW
Ziarih Hawi, Janette Tong, Callum Dark, Hannah Yates, Beth Johnson, Mark A Bellgrove
Converging evidence from candidate gene, genome-wide linkage, and association studies support a role of cadherins in the pathophysiology of five major psychiatric disorders including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), schizophrenia (SCZ), bipolar disorder (BD), and major depressive disorder (MDD). These molecules are transmembrane proteins which act as cell adhesives by forming adherens junctions (AJs) to bind cells within tissues. Members of the cadherin superfamily are also involved in biological processes such as signal transduction and plasticity that have been implicated in the etiology of major psychiatric conditions...
September 18, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part B, Neuropsychiatric Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921808/long-term-agricultural-management-does-not-alter-the-evolution-of-a-soybean-rhizobium-mutualism
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Jennifer E Schmidt, Dylan J Weese, Jennifer A Lau
Leguminous crops, like soybeans, often rely on biologically fixed nitrogen via their symbiosis with rhizobia rather than synthetic nitrogen inputs. However, agricultural management practices may influence the effectiveness of biological nitrogen fixation. While the ecological effects of agricultural management on rhizobia have received some attention, the evolutionary effects have been neglected in comparison. Resource mutualism theory predicts that evolutionary effects are likely, however. Both fertilization and tillage are predicted to cause the evolution of rhizobia that provide fewer growth benefits to plant hosts and fix less nitrogen...
September 16, 2017: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921728/undifferentiated-connective-tissue-diseases-and-adverse-pregnancy-outcomes-an-undervalued-association
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REVIEW
Arsenio Spinillo, Fausta Beneventi, Roberto Caporali, Veronique Ramoni, Carlomaurizio Montecucco
Undifferentiated connective tissue diseases (UCTDs) are a heterogeneous group of disorders characterized by symptoms and signs suggestive of systemic autoimmune rheumatic disease (ARD), but which do not fulfill all the established criteria for definite diagnosis of a condition. Although a third of UCTDs can progress to a definite ARD within months or years, most UCTDs can remain stable for years with minimal disease activity. The annual incidence of UCTD in the general population ranges from 14 to 140 per 100 000 people...
September 16, 2017: American Journal of Reproductive Immunology: AJRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921713/chebulinic-acid-isolated-from-the-fruits-of-terminalia-chebula-specifically-induces-apoptosis-in-acute-myeloid-leukemia-cells
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Stuti Chhabra, Tripti Mishra, Yogesh Kumar, Gatha Thacker, Sanjeev Kanojiya, Naibedya Chattopadhyay, Tadigoppula Narender, Arun Kumar Trivedi
Chebulinic acid, an ellagitannin found in the fruits of Terminalia chebula, has been extensively used in traditional Indian system of medicine. It has shown to have various biological activities including antitumor activity. The present study aims to investigate the cytotoxic potential of chebulinic acid in human myeloid leukemia cells. Interestingly, chebulinic acid caused apoptosis of acute promyelocytic leukemia HL-60 and NB4 cells but not K562 cells. In vitro antitumor effects of chebulinic acid were investigated by using various acute myeloid leukemia cell lines...
September 18, 2017: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921458/pharmacogenetics-and-pharmacogenomics-in-moderate-to-severe-psoriasis
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REVIEW
María C Ovejero-Benito, Ester Muñoz-Aceituno, Alejandra Reolid, Miriam Saiz-Rodríguez, Francisco Abad-Santos, Esteban Daudén
Pharmacogenetics is the study of variations in DNA sequence related to drug response. Moreover, the evolution of biotechnology and the sequencing of human DNA have allowed the creation of pharmacogenomics, a branch of genetics that analyzes human genes, the RNAs and proteins encoded by them, and the inter-and intra-individual variations in expression and function in relation to drug response. Pharmacogenetics and pharmacogenomics are being used to search for biomarkers that can predict response to systemic treatments, including those for moderate-to-severe psoriasis...
September 18, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921443/polyester-based-nanoparticles-for-the-encapsulation-of-monoclonal-antibodies
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Flávia Sousa, Pedro Fonte, Andreia Cruz, Patrick J Kennedy, Inês Mendes Pinto, Bruno Sarmento
Aliphatic polyesters have been widely explored for biomedical applications (e.g., drug delivery systems, biomedical devices, and tissue engineering). Recently, polyesters have been used in nanoparticle formulations for the controlled release of monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) for the enhanced efficacy of antibody-based therapy. Polyester-based nanoparticles for mAb delivery provide decreased antibody dosage, increased antibody stability and protection and longer therapeutic action, ultimately translating to an increased therapeutic index...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921424/platforms-for-recombinant-therapeutic-glycoprotein-production
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Amanda Mizukami, Angelo Luis Caron, Virgínia Picanço-Castro, Kamilla Swiech
The majority of FDA-approved biology-derived products are recombinant glycoproteins. These proteins have been used for the treatment of several diseases, with numerous products currently approved for clinical use. The choice of the expression system is a key step toward a successful functional protein production, since glycosylation influences yield, pharmacokinetics, biological activity, and immunogenicity. This chapter covers the general aspects of therapeutic recombinant glycoproteins and the platforms that are being employed for their production...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921376/legal-issues-in-governing-genetic-biobanks-the-italian-framework-as-a-case-study-for-the-implications-for-citizen-s-health-through-public-private-initiatives
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Cinzia Piciocchi, Rossana Ducato, Lucia Martinelli, Silvia Perra, Marta Tomasi, Carla Zuddas, Deborah Mascalzoni
This paper outlines some of the challenges faced by regulation of genetic biobanking, using case studies coming from the Italian legal system. The governance of genetic resources in the context of genetic biobanks in Italy is discussed, as an example of the stratification of different inputs and rules: EU law, national law, orders made by authorities and soft law, which need to be integrated with ethical principles, technological strategies and solutions. After providing an overview of the Italian legal regulation of genetic data processing, it considers the fate of genetic material and IP rights in the event of a biobank's insolvency...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Community Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921304/expression-and-purification-of-an-fgf9-fusion-protein-in-e-coli-and-the-effects-of-the-fgf9-subfamily-on-human-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cell-proliferation-and-migration
#19
Shen Wang, Haipeng Lin, Tiantian Zhao, Sisi Huang, David G Fernig, Nuo Xu, Fenfang Wu, Mi Zhou, Chao Jiang, Haishan Tian
Fibroblast growth factor (FGF) 9 has oncogenic activity and plays an important role in the development of ovarian, lung, prostate, and gastric cancers. In the present study, with the aim of reducing the cost of utilizing growth factors in cancer research, a simple and efficient method for the preparation of recombinant human (rh)FGF9 in Escherichia coli was established. The rhFGF9 fusion protein (6 × His-TEV-rhFGF9) and the native protein released by tobacco etch virus (TEV) protease were obtained using a Ni-NTA system, with > 95% purity...
September 18, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921104/development-of-constant-ph-simulation-methods-in-implicit-solvent-and-applications-in-biomolecular-systems
#20
REVIEW
Fernando Luís Barroso daSilva, Luis Gustavo Dias
pH is a critical parameter for biological and technological systems directly related with electrical charges. It can give rise to peculiar electrostatic phenomena, which also makes them more challenging. Due to the quantum nature of the process, involving the forming and breaking of chemical bonds, quantum methods should ideally by employed. Nevertheless, due to the very large number of ionizable sites, different macromolecular conformations, salt conditions, and all other charged species, the CPU time cost simply becomes prohibitive for computer simulations, making this a quite complex problem...
September 18, 2017: Biophysical Reviews
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