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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926730/integrin-yap-taz-jnk-cascade-mediates-atheroprotective-effect-of-unidirectional-shear-flow
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Li Wang, Jiang-Yun Luo, Bochuan Li, Xiao Yu Tian, Li-Jing Chen, Yuhong Huang, Jian Liu, Dan Deng, Chi Wai Lau, Song Wan, Ding Ai, King-Lun Kingston Mak, Ka Kui Tong, Kin Ming Kwan, Nanping Wang, Jeng-Jiann Chiu, Yi Zhu, Yu Huang
The Yorkie homologues YAP (Yes-associated protein) and TAZ (transcriptional coactivator with PDZ-binding motif, also known as WWTR1), effectors of the Hippo pathway, have been identified as mediators for mechanical stimuli. However, the role of YAP/TAZ in haemodynamics-induced mechanotransduction and pathogenesis of atherosclerosis remains unclear. Here we show that endothelial YAP/TAZ activity is regulated by different patterns of blood flow, and YAP/TAZ inhibition suppresses inflammation and retards atherogenesis...
December 7, 2016: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925340/evaluation-of-epididymis-storage-temperature-and-cryopreservation-conditions-for-improved-mitochondrial-membrane-potential-membrane-integrity-sperm-motility-and-in-vitro-fertilization-in-bovine-epididymal-sperm
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M Nichi, T Rijsselaere, Jda Losano, Dsr Angrimani, Gkv Kawai, Igf Goovaerts, A Van Soom, V H Barnabe, Jbp De Clercq, Pej Bols
The maintaining of the epididymis at lower temperatures during storage and transport improves sperm quality. Our study aimed to test whether epididymis storage temperature (post-mortem) and sperm cryopreservation affect sperm kinetics, membrane integrity, mitochondrial potential and fertility capacity. Thirty-six epididymides were collected from 18 bulls after slaughter and divided into two groups: at 4 or 34°C for 2-3 hr. The sperm was collected from the epididymis cauda. The evaluation consisted of computer-assisted sperm analysis (CASA), SYBR14/PI/JC1 to evaluate membrane integrity, mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP) and measurement of lipid peroxidation (TBARS)...
December 7, 2016: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924986/a-nasba-on-microgel-tethered-molecular-beacon-microarray-for-real-time-microbial-molecular-diagnostics
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Y Ma, X Dai, T Hong, G B Munk, M Libera
Despite their many advantages and successes, molecular beacon (MB) hybridization probes have not been extensively used in microarray formats because of the complicating probe-substrate interactions that increase the background intensity. We have previously shown that tethering to surface-patterned microgels is an effective means for localizing MB probes to specific surface locations in a microarray format while simultaneously maintaining them in as water-like an environment as possible and minimizing probe-surface interactions...
December 7, 2016: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924347/preprocessing-structured-clinical-data-for-predictive-modeling-and-decision-support-a-roadmap-to-tackle-the-challenges
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José Carlos Ferrão, Mónica Duarte Oliveira, Filipe Janela, Henrique M G Martins
BACKGROUND: EHR systems have high potential to improve healthcare delivery and management. Although structured EHR data generates information in machine-readable formats, their use for decision support still poses technical challenges for researchers due to the need to preprocess and convert data into a matrix format. During our research, we observed that clinical informatics literature does not provide guidance for researchers on how to build this matrix while avoiding potential pitfalls...
December 7, 2016: Applied Clinical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924334/a-protein-corona-enabled-blood-test-for-early-cancer-detection
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D Caputo, M Papi, R Coppola, S Palchetti, L Digiacomo, G Caracciolo, D Pozzi
Pancreatic cancer is a very aggressive malignancy that is often diagnosed in the advanced stages, with the implication that long-term survivors are extremely rare. Thus, developing new methods for the early detection of pancreatic cancer is an urgent task for current research. To date, nanotechnology offers unprecedented opportunities for cancer therapeutics and diagnosis. The aim of this study is the development of a new pancreatic cancer diagnostic technology based on the exploitation of the nano-bio-interactions between nanoparticles and blood samples...
December 7, 2016: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924281/causality-analysis-detects-the-regulatory-role-of-maternal-effect-genes-in-the-early-drosophila-embryo
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Zara Ghodsi, Xu Huang, Hossein Hassani
In developmental studies, inferring regulatory interactions of segmentation genetic network play a vital role in unveiling the mechanism of pattern formation. As such, there exists an opportune demand for theoretical developments and new mathematical models which can result in a more accurate illustration of this genetic network. Accordingly, this paper seeks to extract the meaningful regulatory role of the maternal effect genes using a variety of causality detection techniques and to explore whether these methods can suggest a new analytical view to the gene regulatory networks...
March 2017: Genomics Data
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923928/visual-sampling-predicts-hippocampal-activity
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Zhong-Xu Liu, Kelly Shen, Rosanna K Olsen, Jennifer D Ryan
: Eye movements serve to accumulate information from the visual world, contributing to the formation of coherent memory representations that support cognition and behaviour. The hippocampus and the oculomotor network are well connected anatomically through an extensive set of polysynaptic pathways. However, the extent to which visual sampling behaviour is related to functional responses in the hippocampus during encoding has not been directly studied in human neuroimaging. In the current study, participants engaged in a face processing task while brain responses were recorded with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and eye movements were simultaneously monitored...
December 6, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923845/numerical-and-spatial-patterning-of-yeast-meiotic-dna-breaks-by-tel1
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Neeman Mohibullah, Scott Keeney
The Spo11-generated double-strand breaks (DSBs) that initiate meiotic recombination are dangerous lesions that can disrupt genome integrity, so meiotic cells regulate their number, timing, and distribution. Mechanisms of this regulation remain poorly understood. Here, we use Spo11-oligonucleotide complexes, a byproduct of DSB formation, to reveal aspects of the contribution of the Saccharomyces cerevisiae DNA damage-responsive kinase Tel1 (ortholog of mammalian ATM). A tel1Δ mutant has globally increased amounts of Spo11-oligonucleotide complexes and altered Spo11-oligonucleotide lengths, consistent with conserved roles for Tel1 in control of DSB number and processing...
December 6, 2016: Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923045/tumor-evolution-in-two-patients-with-basal-like-breast-cancer-a-retrospective-genomics-study-of-multiple-metastases
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Katherine A Hoadley, Marni B Siegel, Krishna L Kanchi, Christopher A Miller, Li Ding, Wei Zhao, Xiaping He, Joel S Parker, Michael C Wendl, Robert S Fulton, Ryan T Demeter, Richard K Wilson, Lisa A Carey, Charles M Perou, Elaine R Mardis
BACKGROUND: Metastasis is the main cause of cancer patient deaths and remains a poorly characterized process. It is still unclear when in tumor progression the ability to metastasize arises and whether this ability is inherent to the primary tumor or is acquired well after primary tumor formation. Next-generation sequencing and analytical methods to define clonal heterogeneity provide a means for identifying genetic events and the temporal relationships between these events in the primary and metastatic tumors within an individual...
December 2016: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922894/antimicrobial-prophylaxis-practice-patterns-in-breast-augmentation-a-national-survey-of-current-practice
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Karan Chopra, Arvind U Gowda, Colton H L McNichols, Emile N Brown, Sheri Slezak, Yvonne Rasko
BACKGROUND: Breast augmentation is one of the most commonly performed aesthetic surgery procedures worldwide. Bacterial contamination is of paramount concern due to its role in biofilm formation and capsular contracture. Plastic surgeons have adopted a variety of perioperative interventions in efforts to reduce implant contamination, however definitive evidence supporting these practices is lacking. OBJECTIVE: The goal of this study was to assess current practice patterns aimed at reducing implant-related infections in breast augmentation and comparing them to current evidence-based medicine recommendations...
December 5, 2016: Annals of Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922663/norspermidine-changes-the-basic-structure-of-s-%C3%A2-mutans-biofilm
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Meizhen Ou, Junqi Ling
The factors regulating the assembly of the three-dimensional structure of Streptococcus mutans biofilms remain obscure. Polyamines are essential in biofilm formation of certain bacteria. Norspermidine, an unusual polyamine, has been a controversial polyamine that can lead to biofilm disassembly. However, the role of norspermidine in S. mutans biofilms remains unknown. Therefore, the present study investigated the impact of norspermidine on S. mutans biofilms. The different architectures of the biofilms in norspermidine and control groups indicated that the basic units, bacteria‑exopolysaccharide units (BEUs), represent the exopolysaccharide (EPS) and bacterial assembly pattern in S...
December 5, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921363/morphomechanics-and-developmental-constraints-in-the-evolution-of-ammonites-shell-form
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Alexander Erlich, Derek E Moulton, Alain Goriely, Regis Chirat
The idea that physical processes involved in biological development underlie morphogenetic rules and channel morphological evolution has been central to the rise of evolutionary developmental biology. Here, we explore this idea in the context of seashell morphogenesis. We show that a morphomechanical model predicts the effects of variations in shell shape on the ornamental pattern in ammonites, a now extinct group of cephalopods with external chambered shell. Our model shows that several seemingly unrelated characteristics of synchronous, ontogenetic, intraspecific, and evolutionary variations in ornamental patterns among various ammonite species may all be understood from the fact that the mechanical forces underlying the oscillatory behavior of the shell secreting system scale with the cross-sectional curvature of the shell aperture...
December 6, 2016: Journal of Experimental Zoology. Part B, Molecular and Developmental Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921259/from-compact-to-string-the-role-of-secondary-and-tertiary-structure-in-charge-induced-unzipping-of-gas-phase-proteins
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Stephan Warnke, Waldemar Hoffmann, Jongcheol Seo, Erwin De Genst, Gert von Helden, Kevin Pagel
In the gas phase, protein ions can adopt a broad range of structures, which have been investigated extensively in the past using ion mobility-mass spectrometry (IM-MS)-based methods. Compact ions with low number of charges undergo a Coulomb-driven transition to partially folded species when the charge increases, and finally form extended structures with presumably little or no defined structure when the charge state is high. However, with respect to the secondary structure, IM-MS methods are essentially blind...
December 5, 2016: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920806/hereditary-multiple-exostoses-a-review-of-clinical-appearance-and-metabolic-pattern
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REVIEW
Giovanni Beltrami, Gabriele Ristori, Guido Scoccianti, Angela Tamburini, Rodolfo Capanna
Hereditary multiple exostoses (HME) is an inherited genetic condition characterized by the presence of multiple exostoses (osteochondromas). MHE is a relatively rare autosomal dominant disorder, mainly caused by loss of function mutations in two genes: exostosin-1 (EXT1) and exostosin-2 (EXT2). These genes are linked to heparan sulfate (HS) synthesis, but the specific molecular mechanism leading to the disruption of the cartilage structure and the consequent exostoses formation is still not resolved. The aim of this paper is to encounter the main aspects of HME reviewing the literature, in order to improve clinical features and evolution, and the metabolic-pathogenetic mechanisms underlying...
May 2016: Clinical Cases in Mineral and Bone Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920678/diffuse-bullous-eruptions-in-an-elderly-woman-late-onset-bullous-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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Prajwal Boddu, Mojtaba Nadiri, Owais Malik
Vesiculobullous eruptions in the elderly represent a diverse range of varying pathophysiologies and can present a significant clinical dilemma to the diagnostician. Diagnosis requires a careful review of clinical history, attention to detail on physical and histomorphological examination, and appropriate immunofluorescence testing. We describe the case of a 73-year-old female who presented to our hospital with a painful blistering skin rash developed over 2 days. Examination of the skin was remarkable for numerous flaccid hemorrhagic bullae on a normal-appearing nonerythematous skin involving both the upper and lower extremities...
September 2016: Case Reports in Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920338/the-plethora-gene-regulatory-network-guides-growth-and-cell-differentiation-in-arabidopsis-roots
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Luca Santuari, Gabino Sanchez-Perez, Marijn Luijten, Bas Rutjens, Inez Terpstra, Lidija Berke, Maartje Gorte, Kalika Prasad, Dongping Bao, Johanna L P M Timmermans-Hereijgers, Kenichiro Maeo, Kenzo Nakamura, Akie Shimotohno, Ales Pencik, Ondřej Novák, Karin Ljung, Sebastiaan van Heesch, Ewart de Bruijn, Edwin Cuppen, Viola Willemsen, Ari Pekka Mähönen, Wolfgang Lukowitz, Berend Snel, Dick de Ridder, Ben Scheres, Renze Heidstra
Organ formation in animals and plants relies on precise control of cell state transitions to turn stem cell daughters into fully differentiated cells. In plants, cells cannot rearrange due to shared cell walls. Thus, differentiation progression and the accompanying cell expansion must be tightly coordinated across tissues. PLETHORA (PLT) transcription factor gradients are unique in their ability to guide the progression of cell differentiation at different positions in the growing Arabidopsis root, which contrasts with well-described transcription factor gradients in animals specifying distinct cell fates within an essentially static context...
December 5, 2016: Plant Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919888/identification-of-a-novel-lincomycin-resistance-mutation-associated-with-activation-of-antibiotic-production-in-streptomyces-coelicolor-a3-2
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Guojun Wang, Masumi Izawa, Xiaoge Yang, Dongbo Xu, Yukinori Tanaka, Kozo Ochi
Comparative genome sequencing analysis of a lincomycin-resistant strain of Streptomyces coelicolor A3 (2) and the wild type strain identified a novel mutation conferring a high level of lincomycin resistance. Surprisingly, the new mutation was an in-frame DNA deletion in the genes SCO4597-SCO4598, resulting in formation of the hybrid gene linR SCO4597 and SCO4598 encode two histidine kinases, which, together with SCO4596, encoding a response regulator, constitute a unique two-component system. Sequence analysis indicated that these three genes and their arrangement patterns are ubiquitous among all Streptomyces genomes sequenced to date, suggesting these genes play important regulatory roles...
December 5, 2016: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919246/adjacent-sequences-disclose-potential-for-intra-genomic-dispersal-of-satellite-dna-repeats-and-suggest-a-complex-network-with-transposable-elements
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Eva Satović, Tanja Vojvoda Zeljko, Andrea Luchetti, Barbara Mantovani, Miroslav Plohl
BACKGROUND: Satellite DNA (satDNA) sequences are typically arranged as arrays of tandemly repeated monomers. Due to the similarity among monomers, their organizational pattern and abundance, satDNAs are hardly accessible to structural and functional studies and still represent the most obscure genome component. Although many satDNA arrays of diverse length and even single monomers exist in the genome, surprisingly little is known about transition from satDNAs to other sequences. Studying satDNA monomers at junctions and identifying DNA sequences adjacent to them can help to understand the processes that (re)distribute satDNAs and significance that evolution of these sequence elements might have in creating the genomic landscape...
December 6, 2016: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919219/ston-exploring-biological-pathways-using-the-sbgn-standard-and-graph-databases
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Vasundra Touré, Alexander Mazein, Dagmar Waltemath, Irina Balaur, Mansoor Saqi, Ron Henkel, Johann Pellet, Charles Auffray
BACKGROUND: When modeling in Systems Biology and Systems Medicine, the data is often extensive, complex and heterogeneous. Graphs are a natural way of representing biological networks. Graph databases enable efficient storage and processing of the encoded biological relationships. They furthermore support queries on the structure of biological networks. RESULTS: We present the Java-based framework STON (SBGN TO Neo4j). STON imports and translates metabolic, signalling and gene regulatory pathways represented in the Systems Biology Graphical Notation into a graph-oriented format compatible with the Neo4j graph database...
December 5, 2016: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918597/seqplots-interactive-software-for-exploratory-data-analyses-pattern-discovery-and-visualization-in-genomics
#20
Przemyslaw Stempor, Julie Ahringer
Experiments involving high-throughput sequencing are widely used for analyses of chromatin function and gene expression. Common examples are the use of chromatin immunoprecipitation for the analysis of chromatin modifications or factor binding, enzymatic digestions for chromatin structure assays, and RNA sequencing to assess gene expression changes after biological perturbations. To investigate the pattern and abundance of coverage signals across regions of interest, data are often visualized as profile plots of average signal or stacked rows of signal in the form of heatmaps...
2016: Wellcome Open Res
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