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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430525/differential-expression-of-mir-202-and-validation-of-predicted-target-genes-in-the-skin-tissue-of-c57bl-6-black-mice-and-balb-c-white-mice
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Lei Qu, Jianping Li, Zhihui Zhao, Huaizhi Jiang, Qiaoling Zhang
In recent years, with the need of the fur industry to obtain greater quantities of high-quality fur and the research of hair follicle development attracting greater attention, the role of miRNAs in hair follicle development has become a field of intense interest. miRNAs are short length RNAs that affect gene regulation by binding to the 3'-untranslated region (3'UTR) of the mRNAs of certain target genes. This study predicted and validated the target genes of miR-202 in the skin tissue of C57BL/6 black mice and BALB/c white mice...
April 21, 2017: DNA and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429681/microwave-diathermy-in-physiotherapy-units-a-survey-on-spatial-and-time-heterogeneity-of-electromagnetic-field
#2
Andreas Andrikopoulos, Adam Adamopoulos, Ioannis Seimenis, Constantinos Miltiadis Koutsojannis
Microwave diathermy (MWD) is a therapeutic system that is in use for some decades now in all physiotherapy settings, according to national facility establishment regulations. Diathermy devices probably lack validity, as working time passes, introducing the need of control/reset of the device by qualified personnel, in order to maintain its effectiveness in sessions and accurately deliver the energy output the physiotherapist asks for. However, while in the field of physical therapy MWD has been a vital part for practicing the profession of physiotherapist, there is not a clear evidence of health burden due to incorrect usability...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Radiological Protection: Official Journal of the Society for Radiological Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428745/decreased-levels-of-foldase-and-chaperone-proteins-are-associated-with-an-early-onset-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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Melania Filareti, Silvia Luotti, Laura Pasetto, Mauro Pignataro, Katia Paolella, Paolo Messina, Elisabetta Pupillo, Massimiliano Filosto, Christian Lunetta, Jessica Mandrioli, Giuseppe Fuda, Andrea Calvo, Adriano Chiò, Massimo Corbo, Caterina Bendotti, Ettore Beghi, Valentina Bonetto
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a fatal neurodegenerative disease characterized by a progressive upper and lower motor neuron degeneration. One of the peculiar clinical characteristics of ALS is the wide distribution in age of onset, which is probably caused by different combinations of intrinsic and exogenous factors. We investigated whether these modifying factors are converging into common pathogenic pathways leading either to an early or a late disease onset. This would imply the identification of phenotypic biomarkers, that can distinguish the two populations of ALS patients, and of relevant pathways to consider in a therapeutic intervention...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424281/distinct-roles-of-vaccinia-virus-nf-kb-inhibitor-proteins-a52-b15-and-k7-in-the-immune-response
#4
Mauro Di Pilato, Ernesto Mejías-Pérez, Carlos Oscar S Sorzano, Mariano Esteban
Poxviruses use a complex strategy to escape immune control, by expressing immunomodulatory proteins that could limit their use as vaccine vectors. To test the role of poxvirus NF-κB pathway inhibitors A52, B15 and K7 in immunity, we deleted their genes in a NYVAC vaccinia virus strain that expresses HIV-1 clade C antigens. After infection of mice, ablation of A52R, B15R and K7R increased dendritic cell, natural killer cell and neutrophil migration as well as chemokine/cytokine expression. Revertant viruses for these genes confirmed their role in inhibiting the innate immune system...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423209/r2r3-myb-transcription-factor-mdmyb73-is-involved-in-malate-accumulation-and-vacuolar-acidification-in-apple
#5
Da-Gang Hu, Yuan-Yuan Li, Quan-Yan Zhang, Ming Li, Cui-Hui Sun, Jian-Qiang Yu, Yu-Jin Hao
Malate, the predominant organic acid in many fruits, is a crucial component of fruit organoleptic quality, including taste and flavor. The genetic and environmental mechanisms affecting malate metabolism in fruit cells have been studied extensively. However, the transcriptional regulation of malate-metabolizing enzymes and vacuolar transporters remains poorly understood. Our previous studies demonstrated that MdMYB1 modulates anthocyanin accumulation and vacuolar acidification, by directly activating vacuolar transporters, including MdVHA-B1, MdVHA-E, MdVHP1, and MdtDT...
April 19, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421889/overall-assessment-of-human-research-and-ethics-committees-in-the-united-arab-emirates
#6
Mahera Abdulrahman, Satish Chandrasekhar Nair
Growing demand for human health research in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has prompted the need to develop a robust research ethics oversight. Examination of the structure, function, and practices of the human research ethics committees (HRECs), followed by evaluation of standards for measuring research output, was conducted. Results indicate that among the HRECs, 90% followed International Council for Harmonization-Good Clinical Practice guidelines, 66.6% have been in operation for more than 5 years, 95% reviewed proposals within 8 weeks, and 56% reviewed for scientific merit apart from ethics...
April 2017: Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics: JERHRE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420619/analysis-of-variants-in-upstream-open-reading-frames-of-human-globin-related-genes
#7
Ye Yuhua, Zhang Qianqian, Zhong Jianmei, Li Yihong, Zhang Li, Yu Qiuxia, Xu Xiangmin
β-thalassemia is an autosomal recessive monogenic disease that is caused by defects in the production of β-like globin chains. Activation of γ-globin gene and the increase in fetal hemoglobin expression have been demonstrated as one of the most important factors to ameliorate the clinical outcome of β-thalassemia patients. In this study, 202 genes or miRNAs associated with human hemoglobin gene expression from 1802 β-thalassemia patients were analyzed with target capture and next generation sequencing strategies in terms of functional variants that might affect hemoglobin gene expression...
March 20, 2017: Yi Chuan, Hereditas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420434/the-neuroprotective-effects-of-human-bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stem-cells-are-dose-dependent-in-tnbs-colitis
#8
Ainsley M Robinson, Ahmed A Rahman, Sarah Miller, Rhian Stavely, Samy Sakkal, Kulmira Nurgali
BACKGROUND: The incidence of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) is increasing worldwide with patients experiencing severe impacts on their quality of life. It is well accepted that intestinal inflammation associates with extensive damage to the enteric nervous system (ENS), which intrinsically innervates the gastrointestinal tract and regulates all gut functions. Hence, treatments targeting the enteric neurons are plausible for alleviating IBD and associated complications. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are gaining wide recognition as a potential therapy for many diseases due to their immunomodulatory and neuroprotective qualities...
April 18, 2017: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418178/unfolded-protein-response-activation-compensates-er-associated-degradation-deficiency-in-arabidopsis
#9
Qingliang Li, Hai Wei, Lijing Liu, Xiaoyuan Yang, Xiansheng Zhang, Qi Xie
Abiotic stresses often disrupt protein folding and induce endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress. There is a sophisticated ER quality control (ERQC) system to mitigate the effects of malfunctioning proteins and maintain ER homeostasis. The accumulation of misfolded proteins in the ER activates the unfolded protein response (UPR) to enhance ER protein folding and the degradation of misfolded proteins mediate by ER-associated degradation (ERAD). That ERQC reduces abiotic stress damage has been well studied in mammals and yeast...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414850/-water-resource-quality-as-related-to-economic-activity-and-health-patterns-in-sonora-mexico
#10
José Luis Manzanares Rivera
The aim of this work is to analyze the spatial distribution of potential pollution pathways of water resources given the economic activity in the Mexican border state of Sonora and propose a regional distribution in relation to cancer mortality rates across the state. The methodology is based in an exploratory and inferential data analysis using two sources of primary data: wastewater discharge concessions registered in the Public Registry on Water Rights [Registro Público de Derechos de Agua] (REPDA) and the records generated by the National Health Information System [Sistema Nacional de Información en Salud] (SINAIS) in the period 1998-2011 based on the International Classification of Disease (ICD-10)...
July 2016: Salud Colectiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414129/the-arabidopsis-endoplasmic-reticulum-associated-degradation-pathways-are-involved-in-the-regulation-of-heat-stress-response
#11
Lin-Mao Li, Shi-You Lü, Rong-Jun Li
The Cytosolic Protein Response (CPR) in the cytosol and the Unfolded Protein Response (UPR) and ER-associated degradation (ERAD) in the endoplasmic reticulum are major pathways of the cellular proteostasis network. However, despite years of effort, how these protein quality control systems coordinated in vivo remains largely unknown, particularly in plants. In this study, the roles of two evolutionarily conserved ERAD pathways (DOA10 and HRD1) in heat stress response were investigated through reverse genetic approaches in Arabidopsis...
April 14, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411123/the-lens-growth-process
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Steven Bassnett, Hrvoje Šikić
The factors that regulate the size of organs to ensure that they fit within an organism are not well understood. A simple organ, the ocular lens serves as a useful model with which to tackle this problem. In many systems, considerable variance in the organ growth process is tolerable. This is almost certainly not the case in the lens, which in addition to fitting comfortably within the eyeball, must also be of the correct size and shape to focus light sharply onto the retina. Furthermore, the lens does not perform its optical function in isolation...
April 11, 2017: Progress in Retinal and Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410179/clinical-trial-electronic-portals-for-expedited-safety-reporting-recommendations-from-the-clinical-trials-transformation-initiative-investigational-new-drug-safety-advancement-project
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Raymond P Perez, Shanda Finnigan, Krupa Patel, Shanell Whitney, Annemarie Forrest
BACKGROUND: Use of electronic clinical trial portals has increased in recent years to assist with sponsor-investigator communication, safety reporting, and clinical trial management. Electronic portals can help reduce time and costs associated with processing paperwork and add security measures; however, there is a lack of information on clinical trial investigative staff's perceived challenges and benefits of using portals. OBJECTIVE: The Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative (CTTI) sought to (1) identify challenges to investigator receipt and management of investigational new drug (IND) safety reports at oncologic investigative sites and coordinating centers and (2) facilitate adoption of best practices for communicating and managing IND safety reports using electronic portals...
December 15, 2016: JMIR Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409115/a-metagenomic-approach-to-decipher-the-indigenous-microbial-communities-of-arsenic-contaminated-groundwater-of-assam
#14
Saurav Das, Sudipta Sankar Bora, R N S Yadav, Madhumita Barooah
Metagenomic approach was used to understand the structural and functional diversity present in arsenic contaminated groundwater of the Ganges Brahmaputra Delta aquifer system. A metagene dataset (coded as TTGW1) of 89,171 sequences (totaling 125,449,864 base pairs) with an average length of 1406 bps was annotated. About 74,478 sequences containing 101,948 predicted protein coding regions passed the quality control. Taxonomical classification revealed abundance of bacteria that accounted for 98.3% of the microbial population of the metagenome...
June 2017: Genomics Data
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408429/ubiquitin-and-parkinson-s-disease-through-the-looking-glass-of-genetics
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REVIEW
Helen Walden, Miratul M K Muqit
Biochemical alterations found in the brains of Parkinson's disease (PD) patients indicate that cellular stress is a major driver of dopaminergic neuronal loss. Oxidative stress, mitochondrial dysfunction, and ER stress lead to impairment of the homeostatic regulation of protein quality control pathways with a consequent increase in protein misfolding and aggregation and failure of the protein degradation machinery. Ubiquitin signalling plays a central role in protein quality control; however, prior to genetic advances, the detailed mechanisms of how impairment in the ubiquitin system was linked to PD remained mysterious...
April 13, 2017: Biochemical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401838/poverty-early-care-and-stress-reactivity-in-adolescence-findings-from-a-prospective-longitudinal-study-in-south-africa
#16
R M Pasco Fearon, Mark Tomlinson, Robert Kumsta, Sarah Skeen, Lynne Murray, Peter J Cooper, Barak Morgan
A considerable body of evidence suggests that early caregiving may affect the short-term functioning and longer term development of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenocortical axis. Despite this, most research to date has been cross-sectional in nature or restricted to relatively short-term longitudinal follow-ups. More important, there is a paucity of research on the role of caregiving in low- and middle-income countries, where the protective effects of high-quality care in buffering the child's developing stress regulation systems may be crucial...
May 2017: Development and Psychopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401675/advanced-model-based-control-strategies-for-the-intensification-of-upstream-and-downstream-processing-in-mab-production
#17
Maria M Papathanasiou, Ana L Quiroga-Campano, Fabian Steinebach, Montaña Elviro, Athanasios Mantalaris, Efstratios N Pistikopoulos
Current industrial trends encourage the development of sustainable, environmentally friendly processes with minimal energy and material consumption. In particular, the increasing market demand in biopharmaceutical industry, as well as the tight regulations in product quality, necessitate efficient operating procedures that guarantee products of high purity. In this direction, process intensification via continuous operation paves the way for the development of novel, eco-friendly processes, characterized by higher productivity and lower production costs...
April 12, 2017: Biotechnology Progress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396624/granulostasis-protein-quality-control-of-rnp-granules
#18
REVIEW
Simon Alberti, Daniel Mateju, Laura Mediani, Serena Carra
Ribonucleoprotein (RNP) granules transport, store, or degrade messenger RNAs, thereby indirectly regulating protein synthesis. Normally, RNP granules are highly dynamic compartments. However, because of aging or severe environmental stress, RNP granules, in particular stress granules (SGs), convert into solid, aggregate-like inclusions. There is increasing evidence that such RNA-protein inclusions are associated with several age-related neurodegenerative diseases, such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), fronto-temporal dementia (FTD) and Alzheimer's disease (AD)...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393911/deterministic-bead-in-droplet-ejection-utilizing-an-integrated-plug-in-bead-dispenser-for-single-bead-based-applications
#19
Hojin Kim, In Ho Choi, Sanghyun Lee, Dong-Joon Won, Yong Suk Oh, Donghoon Kwon, Hyung Jin Sung, Sangmin Jeon, Joonwon Kim
This paper presents a deterministic bead-in-droplet ejection (BIDE) technique that regulates the precise distribution of microbeads in an ejected droplet. The deterministic BIDE was realized through the effective integration of a microfluidic single-particle handling technique with a liquid dispensing system. The integrated bead dispenser facilitates the transfer of the desired number of beads into a dispensing volume and the on-demand ejection of bead-encapsulated droplets. Single bead-encapsulated droplets were ejected every 3 s without any failure...
April 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391527/targeted-gene-disruption-coupled-with-metabolic-screen-approach-to-uncover-the-leafy-cotyledon1-like4-l1l4-function-in-tomato-fruit-metabolism
#20
Custódia Gago, Victoria Drosou, Konstantinos Paschalidis, Adriana Guerreiro, Graça Miguel, Dulce Antunes, Zoe Hilioti
Functional analysis of tomato L1L4 master transcription factor resulted in important metabolic changes affecting tomato fruit quality. Tomato fruits from mutant lines bearing targeted disruption of the heterotrimeric nuclear transcription factor Y (NF-Y) transcription factor (TF) gene LEAFY-COTYLEDON1-LIKE4 (L1L4, NF-YB6), a master regulator of biosynthesis for seed storage proteins and fatty acids, were evaluated for metabolites content and morphology. Metabolic screens using LC-MS/MS-based analysis and physico-chemical methods in different L1L4 mutants of the fourth generation allowed a comparative assessment of the effects of the TF disruption...
April 8, 2017: Plant Cell Reports
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