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Shibin Mathew, Amy E Thurber, Suzanne Gaudet
Computational analyses of a half-million circuit topologies provide a rationale for why certain fold-change detection topologies are more prevalent in nature.
February 22, 2017: Cell Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230328/higher-order-oligomerization-of-the-licensing-orc4-protein-is-required-for-polar-body-extrusion-in-murine-meiosis
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Hieu Nguyen, Nicholas G James, Lynn Nguyen, Thien P Nguyen, Cindy Vuong, Michael Ortega, W Steven Ward
We have previously shown that the DNA replication licensing factor ORC4 forms a cage around the chromosomes that are extruded in both polar bodies during murine oogenesis, but not around the chromosomes that are retained in the oocyte or around the sperm chromatin. We termed this structure the ORC4 cage. Here, we tested whether the formation of the ORC4 cage is necessary for polar body extrusion (PBE). We first experimentally forced oocytes to extrude sperm chromatin as a pseudo-polar body and found that under these conditions the sperm chromatin did become enclosed in an ORC4 cage...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230310/hydroxy-directed-ruthenium-catalyzed-alkene-alkyne-coupling-increased-scope-stereochemical-implications-and-mechanistic-rationale
#3
Stephan M Rummelt, Gui-Juan Cheng, Puneet Gupta, Walter Thiel, Alois Fürstner
The recognition of the dual binding mode of propargyl and allyl alcohols to [Cp*Ru] fragments fostered the development of a highly regioselective intermolecular Alder-ene-type reaction of alkynes with 1,2-disubstituted alkenes. The increased substrate scope opens new perspectives in stereochemical terms. As the loaded catalyst is chiral-at-metal, stereochemical information is efficiently relayed from the propargylic site to the emerging C-C bond. This interpretation is based on the X-ray structure of the first Cp*Ru complex carrying an intact enyne ligand, and provides valuable insights into bonding and activation of the substrates...
February 23, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230277/immune-checkpoint-blockade-biology-in-mouse-models-of-glioblastoma
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Alan T Yeo, Al Charest
Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) is a highly malignant primary brain cancer that is associated with abysmal prognosis. The median survival of GBM patients is ∼15 months and there have not been any significant advance in therapies in over a decade, leaving treatment options limited. There is clearly an unmet need for GBM treatment. Immunotherapies are treatments based on usurping the power of the host's immune system to recognize and eliminate cancer cells. They have recently proven to be a successful strategy for combating a variety of cancers...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230119/editing-and-methylation-at-a-single-site-by-functionally-interdependent-activities
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Mary Anne T Rubio, Kirk W Gaston, Katherine M McKenney, Ian M C Fleming, Zdeněk Paris, Patrick A Limbach, Juan D Alfonzo
Nucleic acids undergo naturally occurring chemical modifications. Over 100 different modifications have been described and every position in the purine and pyrimidine bases can be modified; often the sugar is also modified. Despite recent progress, the mechanism for the biosynthesis of most modifications is not fully understood, owing, in part, to the difficulty associated with reconstituting enzyme activity in vitro. Whereas some modifications can be efficiently formed with purified components, others may require more intricate pathways...
February 22, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228710/her2-positive-neuroendocrine-breast-cancer-case-report-and-review-of-literature
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Arpine Gevorgyan, Giacomo Bregni, Giulia Galli, Elisa Zanardi, Filippo de Braud, Serena Di Cosimo
BACKGROUND: Neuroendocrine carcinoma is an uncommon histology for breast cancer. CASE REPORT: Our patient underwent right quadrantectomy for a neuroendocrine carcinoma in 1984 and had a bone relapse 30 years later. After thorough pathological and immunohistochemical analysis the diagnosis was confirmed and HER2 amplification was observed. Here we discuss the management, rationale and results of HER2-targeted therapy in advanced neuroendocrine breast carcinoma.
December 2016: Breast Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228573/grace-under-pressure-a-drama-based-approach-to-tackling-mistreatment-of-medical-students
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Karen M Scott, Špela Berlec, Louise Nash, Claire Hooker, Paul Dwyer, Paul Macneill, Jo River, Kimberley Ivory
A positive and respectful learning environment is fundamental to the development of professional identities in healthcare. Yet medical students report poor behaviour from healthcare professionals that contradict professionalism teaching. An interdisciplinary group designed and implemented a drama-based workshop series, based on applied theatre techniques, to help students develop positive professional qualities and interpersonal skills to deal with challenges in the healthcare setting. We piloted the workshops at the University of Sydney in 2015...
March 2017: Medical Humanities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228324/extended-maxillotomy-for-skull-base-access-in-contemporary-management-of-chordomas-rationale-and-technical-aspect
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Muhammad Fahmi Abdul Jalil, Rowan D Story, Myron Rogers
Minimally invasive approaches to the central skull base have been popularized over the last decade and have to a large extent displaced 'open' procedures. However, traditional skull base surgery still has its role especially when dealing with a large clival chordoma where maximal surgical resection is the principal goal to maximize patient survival. In this paper, we present a case of a 25year-old male patient with chordoma in the inferior clivus which was initially debulked via a transnasal endoscopic approach...
February 19, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228115/weight-loss-and-exercise-for-communities-with-arthritis-in-north-carolina-we-can-design-and-rationale-of-a-pragmatic-assessor-blinded-randomized-controlled-trial
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Stephen P Messier, Leigh F Callahan, Daniel P Beavers, Kate Queen, Shannon L Mihalko, Gary D Miller, Elena Losina, Jeffrey N Katz, Richard F Loeser, Sara A Quandt, Paul DeVita, David J Hunter, Mary F Lyles, Jovita Newman, Betsy Hackney, Joanne M Jordan
BACKGROUND: Recently, we determined that in a rigorously monitored environment an intensive diet-induced weight loss of 10% combined with exercise was significantly more effective at reducing pain in men and women with symptomatic knee osteoarthritis (OA) than either intervention alone. Compared to previous long-term weight loss and exercise trials of knee OA, our intensive diet-induced weight loss and exercise intervention was twice as effective at reducing pain intensity. Whether these results can be generalized to less intensively monitored cohorts is unknown...
February 22, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228097/alkaloid-extracts-from-combretum-zeyheri-inhibit-the-growth-of-mycobacterium-smegmatis
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Tafadzwa Nyambuya, Ruvimbo Mautsa, Stanley Mukanganyama
BACKGROUND: Current tuberculosis regimens have failed to combat the issue of drug resistance and ethno medicines may represent a possible source of antimycobacterial agents. Combretum species are well known in African traditional medicines and used for various ailments including pneumonia, venereal diseases like syphilis, mental problems, relief of sore throats and colds, fever, and chest coughs associated with tuberculosis. Alkaloids function as either hydrogen-acceptor or hydrogen-donor in hydrogen bonding critical for the interaction between targets thus, potentiating effects of curative agents on diseases...
February 23, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227075/quantitative-heartbeat-coupling-measures-in-human-horse-interaction
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Antonio Lanata, Andrea Guidi, Gaetano Valenza, Paolo Baragli, Enzo Pasquale Scilingo, Antonio Lanata, Andrea Guidi, Gaetano Valenza, Paolo Baragli, Enzo Pasquale Scilingo, Gaetano Valenza, Andrea Guidi, Enzo Pasquale Scilingo, Antonio Lanata, Paolo Baragli
We present a study focused on a quantitative estimation of a human-horse dynamic interaction. A set of measures based on magnitude and phase coupling between heartbeat dynamics of both humans and horses in three different conditions is reported: no interaction, visual/olfactory interaction and grooming. Specifically, Magnitude Squared Coherence (MSC), Mean Phase Coherence (MPC) and Dynamic Time Warping (DTW) have been used as estimators of the amount of coupling between human and horse through the analysis of their heart rate variability (HRV) time series in a group of eleven human subjects, and one horse...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226427/intermittent-control-of-unstable-multivariate-systems-with-uncertain-system-parameters
#12
I Loram, R Cunningham, J Zenzeri, H Gollee, I Loram, R Cunningham, J Zenzeri, H Gollee, J Zenzeri, R Cunningham, I Loram, H Gollee
Multivariable intermittent control (MIC) combines stability with flexibility in the control of unstable systems. Using an underlying continuous-time optimal control design, MIC uses models of the physical system to generate multivariate open-loop control signals between samples of the observed state. Using accurate model values of physical system parameters, stability of the closed loop system is not dependent upon sample interval. Here we consider the sensitivity of MIC to inaccurate model values of system parameters...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226024/-guidelines-for-accurate-and-transparent-health-estimates-reporting-the-gather-statement
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Gretchen A Stevens, Leontine Alkema, Robert E Black, J Ties Boerma, Gary S Collins, Majid Ezzati, John T Grove, Daniel R Hogan, Margaret C Hogan, Richard Horton, Joy E Lawn, Ana Marušic, Colin D Mathers, Christopher J L Murray, Igor Rudan, Joshua A Salomon, Paul J Simpson, Theo Vos, Vivian Welch
Measurements of health indicators are rarely available for every population and period of interest, and available data may not be comparable. The Guidelines for Accurate and Transparent Health Estimates Reporting (GATHER) define best reporting practices for studies that calculate health estimates for multiple populations (in time or space) using multiple information sources. Health estimates that fall within the scope of GATHER include all quantitative population-level estimates (including global, regional, national, or subnational estimates) of health indicators, including indicators of health status, incidence and prevalence of diseases, injuries, and disability and functioning; and indicators of health determinants, including health behaviours and health exposures...
January 2017: Epidemiologia e Servicos de Saude: Revista do Sistema Unico de Saude do Brasil
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225767/interferon-%C3%AE-1a-for-the-treatment-of-ebola-virus-disease-a-historically-controlled-single-arm-proof-of-concept-trial
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Mandy Kader Konde, Darren P Baker, Fode Amara Traore, Mamadou Saliou Sow, Alioune Camara, Alpha Amadou Barry, Doussou Mara, Abdoulaye Barry, Moussa Cone, Ibrahima Kaba, Amento Ablam Richard, Abdoul Habib Beavogui, Stephan Günther, Melania Pintilie, Eleanor N Fish
To date there are no approved antiviral drugs for the treatment of Ebola virus disease (EVD). Based on our in vitro evidence of antiviral activity of interferon (IFN)-ß activity against Ebola virus, we conducted a single arm clinical study in Guinea to evaluate the safety and therapeutic efficacy of IFN β-1a treatment for EVD. Nine individuals infected with Ebola virus were treated with IFN β-1a and compared retrospectively with a matched cohort of 21 infected patients receiving standardized supportive care only during the same time period at the same treatment unit...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225654/germicidal-efficacy-and-mammalian-skin-safety-of-222-nm-uv-light
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Manuela Buonanno, Brian Ponnaiya, David Welch, Milda Stanislauskas, Gerhard Randers-Pehrson, Lubomir Smilenov, Franklin D Lowy, David M Owens, David J Brenner
We have previously shown that 207-nm ultraviolet (UV) light has similar antimicrobial properties as typical germicidal UV light (254 nm), but without inducing mammalian skin damage. The biophysical rationale is based on the limited penetration distance of 207-nm light in biological samples (e.g. stratum corneum) compared with that of 254-nm light. Here we extended our previous studies to 222-nm light and tested the hypothesis that there exists a narrow wavelength window in the far-UVC region, from around 200-222 nm, which is significantly harmful to bacteria, but without damaging cells in tissues...
February 22, 2017: Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225648/safety-of-autologous-human-schwann-cell-transplantation-in-subacute-thoracic-spinal-cord-injury
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Kimberly D Anderson, James Guest, W Dalton Dietrich, Mary B Bunge, Rosie Curiel, Marine Dididze, Barth A Green, Aisha Khan, Damien D Pearse, Efrat Saraf-Lavi, Eva Widerstrom-Noga, Pat Wood, Allan D Levi
The rationale for implantation of autologous human Schwann cells (SCs) in people with subacute spinal cord injury (SCI) is based on evidence that transplanted SCs are neuroprotective, support local axonal plasticity, and are capable of myelinating axons. A Phase I clinical trial was conducted to evaluate the safety of autologous human SC transplantation into the injury epicenter of six subjects with subacute SCI. The trial was an open-label, unblinded, non-randomized, non-placebo controlled study with a dose escalation design and standard medical rehabilitation...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225290/screenpro-fh-screening-project-for-familial-hypercholesterolemia-in-central-southern-and-eastern-europe-rationale-and-design
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Richard Češka, György Paragh, Željko Reiner, Maciej Banach, Lale Tokgözoğlu, Andrey V Susekov, Katarína Rašlová, Tomáš Freiberger, Branislav Vohnout, Andrzej Rynkiewicz, Assen Goudev, Gheorghe-Andrei Dan, Dan Gaiţă, Belma Pojskić, Ivan Pećin, Meral Kayıkçıoğlu, Olena Mitchenko, Marat V Ezhov, Gustavs Latkovskis, Žaneta Petrulionienė, Zlatko Fras, Nebojsa Tasić, Erkin M Mirrakhimov, Tolkun Murataliev, Alexander B Shek, Vladimír Tuka, Alexandros D Tselepis, Elie M Moubarak, Khalid Al Rasadi
Familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) is a genetic disorder with well-known genetic transmission and clinical course. Despite great recent progress, FH is still underestimated, under-diagnosed and thus undertreated. Furthermore it represents a significant healthcare challenge as a common risk factor for the premature development of coronary heart disease. The ScreenPro FH Project is an international network project aiming at improving complex care - from timely screening, through diagnosis to up-to-date treatment of familial hypercholesterolemia in Central, Eastern and Southern Europe...
2017: Vnitr̆ní Lékar̆ství
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225210/prophylactic-drug-management-for-febrile-seizures-in-children
#18
REVIEW
Martin Offringa, Richard Newton, Martinus A Cozijnsen, Sarah J Nevitt
BACKGROUND: Febrile seizures occurring in a child older than one month during an episode of fever affect 2% to 4% of children in Great Britain and the United States and recur in 30%. Rapid-acting antiepileptics and antipyretics given during subsequent fever episodes have been used to avoid the adverse effects of continuous antiepileptic drugs. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate primarily the effectiveness and safety of antiepileptic and antipyretic drugs used prophylactically to treat children with febrile seizures; but also to evaluate any other drug intervention where there was a sound biological rationale for its use...
February 22, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224211/mechanisms-overseeing-myeloid-derived-suppressor-cell-production-in-neoplastic-disease
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REVIEW
Colleen S Netherby, Scott I Abrams
Perturbations in myeloid cell differentiation are common in neoplasia, culminating in immature populations known as myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs). MDSCs favor tumor progression due to their ability to suppress host immunity or promote invasion and metastasis. They are thought to originate from the bone marrow as a result of exposure to stromal- or circulating tumor-derived factors (TDFs). Although great interest has been placed on understanding how MDSCs function, less is known regarding how MDSCs develop at a transcriptional level...
February 21, 2017: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223422/a-potential-oligogenic-etiology-of-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-a-classic-single-gene-disorder
#20
Lili Li, Matthew N Bainbridge, Yanli Tan, James T Willerson, Ali J Marian
Rationale: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a prototypic single gene disease caused mainly by mutations in genes encoding sarcomere proteins. Despite the remarkable advances, the causal genes in about 40% of the HCM cases remain unknown, typically in small families and sporadic cases, wherein co-segregation could not be established. Objective: To test the hypothesis that the "missing causal genes" in HCM is, in part, because of an oligogenic etiology, wherein the pathogenic variants do not co-segregate with the phenotype...
February 21, 2017: Circulation Research
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