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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150238/a-t-cell-receptor-locus-harbors-a-malaria-specific-immune-response-gene
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Natalija Van Braeckel-Budimir, Stephanie Gras, Kristin Ladell, Tracy M Josephs, Lecia Pewe, Stina L Urban, Kelly L Miners, Carine Farenc, David A Price, Jamie Rossjohn, John T Harty
Immune response (Ir) genes, originally proposed by Baruj Benacerraf to explain differential antigen-specific responses in animal models, have become synonymous with the major histocompatibility complex (MHC). We discovered a non-MHC-linked Ir gene in a T cell receptor (TCR) locus that was required for CD8(+) T cell responses to the Plasmodium berghei GAP5040-48 epitope in mice expressing the MHC class I allele H-2D(b). GAP5040-48-specific CD8(+) T cell responses emerged from a very large pool of naive Vβ8...
November 10, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150042/empyema-from-obstructing-lung-cancer
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REVIEW
Julian Guitron
Pleural collections on the side of an obstructing bronchial cancer pose a particular challenge. All efforts should be placed into determining whether the collection is malignant or para-malignant with its significant implications on cancer staging. This article discusses various diagnostic modalities and therapeutic interventions needed for the optimal management of patients presenting with this situation. The order of interventions is dictated by the individual circumstances that patients present with, often requiring the pleural interventions to take place ahead of the bronchial obstruction management...
February 2018: Thoracic Surgery Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149200/heterozygous-deletion-of-both-sclerostin-sost-and-connexin43-gja1-genes-in-mice-is-not-sufficient-to-impair-cortical-bone-modeling
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Susan K Grimston, Francesca Fontana, Marcus Watkins, Roberto Civitelli
Connexin43 (Cx43) is the main gap junction protein expressed in bone forming cells, where it modulates peak bone mass acquisition and cortical modeling. Genetic ablation of the Cx43 gene (Gja1) results in cortical expansion with accentuated periosteal bone formation associated with decreased expression of the Wnt inhibitor sclerostin. To determine whether sclerostin (Sost) down-regulation might contribute to periosteal expansion in Gja1 deficient bones, we took a gene interaction approach and crossed mice harboring germline null alleles for Gja1 or Sost to generate single Gja1+/-and Sost+/-and double Gja1+/-;Sost+/-heterozygous mice...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149100/bcl-2-family-proteins-changing-partners-in-the-dance-towards-death
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REVIEW
Justin Kale, Elizabeth J Osterlund, David W Andrews
The BCL-2 family of proteins controls cell death primarily by direct binding interactions that regulate mitochondrial outer membrane permeabilization (MOMP) leading to the irreversible release of intermembrane space proteins, subsequent caspase activation and apoptosis. The affinities and relative abundance of the BCL-2 family proteins dictate the predominate interactions between anti-apoptotic and pro-apoptotic BCL-2 family proteins that regulate MOMP. We highlight the core mechanisms of BCL-2 family regulation of MOMP with an emphasis on how the interactions between the BCL-2 family proteins govern cell fate...
November 17, 2017: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148705/li-desolvation-dictating-lithium-ion-battery-low-temperature-performances
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Qiuyan Li, Dongping Lu, Jianming Zheng, Shuhong Jiao, Langli Luo, Chongmin Wang, Kang Xu, Ji-Guang Zhang, Wu Xu
Lithium (Li) ion battery (LIB) has penetrated almost every aspects of human life, from portable electronics, vehicles to grids, and its operation stability in extreme environments becomes increasingly important. Among these, sub-zero temperature presents a kinetic challenge to the electrochemical reactions required to deliver the stored energy. In this work, we attempted to identify the rate-determining process for Li+ migration under such low temperatures, so that an optimum electrolyte formulation could be designed to maximize the energy output...
November 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147468/use-of-dictation-as-a-tool-to-decrease-documentation-errors-in-electronic-health-records
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Samer Al Hadidi, Sunil Upadhaya, Rupal Shastri, Zain Alamarat
Background: Use of Electronic Health Records is increasing. Copy-and-paste function is frequently used with higher rates of documentation errors. Studies to determine the nature of such errors are needed.Objectives: Determination of the effect of implementing a dictation system for completing notes on the quality of clinical documentation. We hypothesized that implementation of the dictation system for note writing would decrease the rate of errors in the progress notes as well as decrease the rate of copying and pasting...
2017: Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147107/debated-agronomy-public-discourse-and-the-future-of-biotechnology-policy-in-ghana
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Joseph A Braimah, Kilian N Atuoye, Siera Vercillo, Carrie Warring, Isaac Luginaah
This paper examines the highly contested and ongoing biotechnology (Bt) policy-making process in Ghana. We analyse media content on how Bt is viewed in the context of Ghana's parliamentary debate on the Plant Breeders Bill and within the broader public policy-making literature. This paper does not seek to take a position on Bt or the Bill, but to understand how policy actors influence the debate with political and scientific rhetoric in Ghana. The study reveals that in the midst of scientific uncertainties of Bt's potential for sustainable agriculture production and food security, policy decisions that encourage its future adoption are heavily influenced by health, scientific, economic, environmental and political factors dictated by different ideologies, values and norms...
2017: Global Bioethics, Problemi di Bioetica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146977/hydrogen-adsorption-on-nearly-zigzag-edged-nanoribbons-a-density-functional-theory-study
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Michael Rivera Mananghaya, Gil Nonato Santos, Dennis Yu, Catherine Stampfl
The realistic shapes of N doped graphene nanoribbons (GNRs) can be realized by considering nearly zigzag-edged (NZE) imperfections and pyridine defects (3NV). The paper focuses on NZE-GNRs with 3NV that is populated by Scandium abbreviated as Sc/NZE-3NVGNRs. Systematic calculations have clarified roles of the nano-shapes of NZE-3NVGNRs in its formation, energetics, stability and electron states functionalized with Sc using density functional theory (DFT) formalisms. According to DFT calculations, the magnitude of the spin that is attributed to the rise of magnetic order is closely linked to the altered shape of the ribbon edges...
November 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146908/lrpprc-mediated-folding-of-the-mitochondrial-transcriptome
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Stefan J Siira, Henrik Spåhr, Anne-Marie J Shearwood, Benedetta Ruzzenente, Nils-Göran Larsson, Oliver Rackham, Aleksandra Filipovska
The expression of the compact mammalian mitochondrial genome requires transcription, RNA processing, translation and RNA decay, much like the more complex chromosomal systems, and here we use it as a model system to understand the fundamental aspects of gene expression. Here we combine RNase footprinting with PAR-CLIP at unprecedented depth to reveal the importance of RNA-protein interactions in dictating RNA folding within the mitochondrial transcriptome. We show that LRPPRC, in complex with its protein partner SLIRP, binds throughout the mitochondrial transcriptome, with a preference for mRNAs, and its loss affects the entire secondary structure and stability of the transcriptome...
November 16, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146164/magnetic-resonance-imaging-validation-of-tibial-tubercle-transfer-distance-in-the-fulkerson-osteotomy-a-clinical-and-cadaveric-study
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Joseph N Liu, Douglas N Mintz, Joseph T Nguyen, Jacqueline M Brady, Sabrina M Strickland, Beth E Shubin Stein
PURPOSE: To validate the medialization and anteriorization distances, and the osteotomy angle of anteromedialization tibial tubercle osteotomies using postoperative axial imaging. METHODS: From March 2004 to August 2015, 117 consecutive patients who underwent anteromedialization osteotomies of the tibial tubercle by a single surgeon were identified. Only patients with pre- and postoperative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies were included. Using MRI multiplanar reformats, distances that the tibial tubercle was translated medially (medialization) and anteriorly (anteriorization) were measured...
November 13, 2017: Arthroscopy: the Journal of Arthroscopic & related Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144021/quantitative-extracellular-matrix-proteomics-suggests-cell-wall-reprogramming-in-host-specific-immunity-during-vascular-wilt-caused-by-fusarium-oxysporum-in-chickpea
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Eman Elagamey, Kanika Narula, Arunima Sinha, Sudip Ghosh, Magdi A E Abdellatef, Niranjan Chakraborty, Subhra Chakraborty
Extracellular matrix (ECM) is the unique organelle that perceives stress signals and reprograms molecular events of host cell during patho-stress. However, our understanding of how ECM dictates plant immunity is largely unknown. Vascular wilt caused by the soil borne filamentous fungus Fusarium oxysporum is a major impediment for global crop productivity. To elucidate the role of ECM proteins and molecular mechanism associated with cell wall mediated immunity, the temporal changes of ECM proteome was studied in vascular wilt resistant chickpea cultivar upon F...
November 16, 2017: Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143545/taz-responds-to-fluid-shear-stress-to-regulate-the-cell-cycle
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Hyun Jung Lee, Adesuwa Ewere, Miguel F Diaz, Pamela L Wenzel
Physical forces associated with tumor growth and drainage alter cancer cell invasiveness and metastatic potential. We previously showed that fluid frictional force, or shear stress, typical of lymphatic flow induces YAP1/TAZ activation in prostate cancer cells to promote motility dependent upon YAP1 but not TAZ. Here, we show that shear stress elevates TAZ protein levels and promotes TAZ nuclear localization. Increased TAZ activity drives increased DNA synthesis and induces AMOTL2, ANKRD1, and CTGF gene transcription independently of YAP1...
November 16, 2017: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143530/modulation-of-spatio-temporal-particle-patterning-in-evaporating-droplets-applications-to-diagnostics-and-materials-science
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Rajarshi Guha, Farzad Mohajerani, Ahana Mukhopadhyay, Matthew Collins, Ayusman Sen, Darrell Velegol
Spatio-temporal particle patterning in evaporating droplets lacks a common design framework. Here, we demonstrate autonomous control of particle distribution in evaporating droplets through the imposition of a salt-induced self-generated electric field as a generalized patterning strategy. Through modeling, a new dimensionless number, termed "capillary-phoresis number" (CP), arises which determines the relative contributions of electrokinetic and convective transport to pattern formation, enabling one to accurately predict the mode of particle assembly by controlling the spontaneous electric field and surface potentials...
November 16, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142780/molecular-mechanism-of-enzymatic-chlorite-detoxification-insights-from-structural-and-kinetic-studies
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Irene Schaffner, Georg Mlynek, Nicola Flego, Dominic Pühringer, Julian Libiseller-Egger, Leighton Coates, Stefan Hofbauer, Marzia Bellei, Paul G Furtmüller, Gianantonio Battistuzzi, Giulietta Smulevich, Kristina Djinović-Carugo, Christian Obinger
The heme enzyme chlorite dismutase (Cld) catalyzes the degradation of chlorite to chloride and dioxygen. Although structure and steady-state kinetics of Clds have been elucidated, many questions remain (e.g., the mechanism of chlorite cleavage and the pH dependence of the reaction). Here, we present high-resolution X-ray crystal structures of a dimeric Cld at pH 6.5 and 8.5, its fluoride and isothiocyanate complexes and the neutron structure at pH 9.0 together with the pH dependence of the Fe(III)/Fe(II) couple, and the UV-vis and resonance Raman spectral features...
November 3, 2017: ACS Catalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142071/chromatin-histone-modifications-and-rigidity-affect-nuclear-morphology-independent-of-lamins
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Andrew D Stephens, Patrick Z Liu, Edward J Banigan, Luay M Almassalha, Vadim Backman, Stephen A Adam, Robert D Goldman, John F Marko
Nuclear shape and architecture influence gene localization, mechanotransduction, transcription, and cell function. Abnormal nuclear morphology and protrusions termed "blebs" are diagnostic markers for many human afflictions including heart disease, aging, progeria, and cancer. Nuclear blebs are associated with both lamin and chromatin alterations. A number of prior studies suggest that lamins dictate nuclear morphology, but the contributions of altered chromatin compaction remain unclear. We show that chromatin histone modification state dictates nuclear rigidity, and modulating it is sufficient to both induce and suppress nuclear blebs...
November 15, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142018/terahertz-dictating-the-frequency-of-life-do-macromolecular-vibrational-modes-impose-thermal-limitations-on-terrestrial-life
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Kieran Hand, Edwin Yates
Conditions on exoplanets include elevated temperatures and pressures. The response of carbon-based biological macromolecules to such conditions is then relevant to the viability of life. The capacity of proteins and ribozymes to catalyse reactions or bind receptors, and nucleic acids to convey information, depends on them sampling different conformational states. These are determined by macromolecular vibrational states, or phonon modes, accessible using terahertz (THz: 10(12)Hz) absorption spectroscopy. THz spectra of biological macromolecules exhibit broad absorption at approximately 6 THz (equating to approx...
November 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141880/divergent-respiratory-and-cardiovascular-responses-to-hypoxia-in-bar-headed-geese-and-andean-birds
#17
Sabine L Lague, Beverly Chua, Luis Alza, Graham R Scott, Peter B Frappell, Yang Zhong, Anthony P Farrell, Kevin G McCracken, Yuxiang Wang, William K Milsom
Many high-altitude vertebrates have evolved increased capacities in their oxygen transport cascade (ventilation, pulmonary diffusion, circulation and tissue diffusion), enhancing oxygen transfer from the atmosphere to mitochondria. However, the extent of interspecies variation in the control processes that dictate hypoxia responses remains largely unknown. We compared the metabolic, cardiovascular and respiratory responses to progressive decreases in inspired oxygen levels of bar-headed geese (Anser indicus), birds that biannually migrate across the Himalayan mountains, with those of Andean geese (Chloephaga melanoptera) and crested ducks (Lophonetta specularioides), lifelong residents of the high Andes...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141550/autophagy-as-a-potential-therapeutic-target-in-breast-cancer-treatment
#18
Natalia Lisiak, Ewa Toton, Maria Rybczynska
One of the crucial reasons of breast cancer therapy failure is an impairment of mechanisms responsible for metabolism and cellular homeostasis, which makes it difficult to foresee the response to the treatment. Targeted therapy in breast cancer is dictated by the expression of specific molecules such as growth factor or hormone receptors. Many types of breast cancer exhibit different abnormalities in the apoptotic pathway, which confer the resistance to many forms of chemotherapy. Because of the fundamental importance of autophagy in the development and progression of cancer and its ability to affect treatment response, there has been an immense research on molecular regulation and signal transduction mechanisms that control this process...
November 14, 2017: Current Cancer Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140681/orthogonal-operation-of-constitutional-dynamic-networks-consisting-of-dna-tweezer-machines
#19
Liang Yue, Shan Wang, Alessandro Cecconello, Jean-Marie Lehn, Itamar Willner
Overexpression or down-regulation of cellular processes are often controlled by dynamic chemical networks. Bioinspired by nature, we introduce constitutional dynamic networks (CDNs) as systems that emulate principle of the nature processes. The CDNs comprise of dynamically exchangeable equilibrated constituents that respond to external triggers by adapting the composition of the dynamic mixture to the energetic stabilization of the constituents. We introduce a nucleic acid-based CDN that includes four exchangeable and mechanically-triggered tweezers AA', BB', AB' and BA' existing in close, close, open and open configurations, respectively...
November 15, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139377/laboratory-colonization-and-mass-rearing-of-phlebotomine-sand-flies-diptera-psychodidae
#20
Jérôme Depaquit, Bernard Pesson, Denis Augot, James Gordon Campbell Hamilton, Phillip Lawyer, Nicole Léger, Phillip Lawyer, Mireille Killick-Kendrick, Tobin Rowland, Edgar Rowton, Petr Volf
Laboratory colonies of phlebotomine sand flies are necessary for experimental study of their biology, behaviour and mutual relations with disease agents and for testing new methods of vector control. They are indispensable in genetic studies and controlled observations on the physiology and behaviour of sand flies, neglected subjects of high priority. Colonies are of particular value for screening insecticides. Colonized sand flies are used as live vector models in a diverse array of research projects, including xenodiagnosis, that are directed toward control of leishmaniasis and other sand fly-associated diseases...
2017: Parasite: Journal de la Société Française de Parasitologie
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