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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096245/prion-like-characteristics-of-polyglutamine-containing-proteins
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Margaret M P Pearce, Ron R Kopito
Transmissible spongiform encephalopathies are infectious neurodegenerative diseases caused by the conversion of prion protein (PrP) into a self-replicating conformation that spreads via templated conversion of natively folded PrP molecules within or between cells. Recent studies provide compelling evidence that prion-like behavior is a general property of most protein aggregates associated with neurodegenerative diseases. Many of these disorders are associated with spontaneous protein aggregation, but genetic mutations can increase the aggregation propensity of specific proteins, including expansion of polyglutamine (polyQ) tracts, which is causative of nine inherited neurodegenerative diseases...
January 17, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096074/notions-of-similarity-for-systems-biology-models
#2
Ron Henkel, Robert Hoehndorf, Tim Kacprowski, Christian Knüpfer, Wolfram Liebermeister, Dagmar Waltemath
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 17, 2017: Briefings in Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095440/comprehensive-maturity-onset-diabetes-of-the-young-mody-gene-screening-in-pregnant-women-with-diabetes-in-india
#3
Mahesh Doddabelavangala Mruthyunjaya, Aaron Chapla, Asha Hesarghatta Shyamasunder, Deny Varghese, Manika Varshney, Johan Paul, Mercy Inbakumari, Flory Christina, Ron Thomas Varghese, Kurien Anil Kuruvilla, Thomas V Paul, Ruby Jose, Annie Regi, Jessie Lionel, L Jeyaseelan, Jiji Mathew, Nihal Thomas
Pregnant women with diabetes may have underlying beta cell dysfunction due to mutations/rare variants in genes associated with Maturity Onset Diabetes of the Young (MODY). MODY gene screening would reveal those women genetically predisposed and previously unrecognized with a monogenic form of diabetes for further clinical management, family screening and genetic counselling. However, there are minimal data available on MODY gene variants in pregnant women with diabetes from India. In this study, utilizing the Next generation sequencing (NGS) based protocol fifty subjects were screened for variants in a panel of thirteen MODY genes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094194/mabp1-as-a-novel-antibody-treatment-for-advanced-colorectal-cancer-a-randomised-double-blind-placebo-controlled-phase-3-study
#4
Tamas Hickish, Thierry Andre, Lucjan Wyrwicz, Mark Saunders, Tomasz Sarosiek, Judit Kocsis, Radim Nemecek, Wojciech Rogowski, Krzysztof Lesniewski-Kmak, Lubos Petruzelka, Ron N Apte, Prasant Mohanty, Michael Stecher, John Simard, Aimery de Gramont
BACKGROUND: MABp1, an antibody that targets interleukin 1α, has been associated with antitumour activity and relief of debilitating symptoms in patients with advanced colorectal cancer. We sought to establish the effect of MABp1 with a new primary endpoint in patients with advanced colorectal cancer. METHODS: Eligible patients for the double-blind phase of this ongoing, placebo-controlled, randomised, phase 3 trial, had metastatic or unresectable disease, Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group performance status score 1 or 2, systemic inflammation, weight loss, and other disease-related morbidities associated with poor prognosis, and were refractory to oxaliplatin and irinotecan...
January 13, 2017: Lancet Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094128/lessons-from-contemporary-trials-of-cardiovascular-prevention-and-rehabilitation-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#5
Gijs van Halewijn, Jaap Deckers, Hung Yong Tay, Ron van Domburg, Kornelia Kotseva, David Wood
BACKGROUND: Meta-analyses of cardiac rehabilitation trials up to 2010 showed a significant reduction in all-cause mortality but many of these trials were conducted before the modern management of acute coronary syndromes. METHODS: We undertook a meta-analysis of contemporary randomised controlled trials published in the period 2010 to 2015, including patients with other forms of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, to investigate the impact of cardiovascular prevention and rehabilitation on hard outcomes including survival...
December 23, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092646/ex-vivo-nonviral-gene-delivery-of-%C3%AE-opioid-receptor-to-attenuate-cancer-induced-pain
#6
Seiichi Yamano, Chi T Viet, Dongmin Dang, Jisen Dai, Shigeru Hanatani, Tadahiro Takayama, Hironori Kasai, Kentaro Imamura, Ron Campbell, Yi Ye, John C Dolan, William Myung Kwon, Stefan D Schneider, Brian L Schmidt
Virus-mediated gene delivery shows promise for the treatment of chronic pain. However, viral vectors have cytotoxicity. To avoid toxicities and limitations of virus-mediated gene delivery, we developed a novel nonviral hybrid vector: HIV-1 Tat peptide sequence modified with histidine and cysteine residues combined with a cationic lipid. The vector has high transfection efficiency with little cytotoxicity in cancer cell lines including HSC-3 (human tongue squamous cell carcinoma) and exhibits differential expression in HSC-3 (∼45-fold) relative to HGF-1 (human gingival fibroblasts) cells...
February 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092398/rate-of-strabismus-detection-on-digital-photographs-increases-by-using-off-center-near-target
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Ron Maor, Joanna Holland, Vijay Tailor, Marina Banteka, Payal Khandelwal, Selina Glaze, Simon Barnard, Yuval Yashiv, Annegret H Dahlmann-Noor
PURPOSE: To increase the detection rate of strabismus on digital photographs, with the ultimate aim of developing a new automated strabismus detection algorithm. METHODS: In this prospective case series, the authors acquired digital face photographs of 409 children with manifest or latent strabismus, using a 14-million-pixel camera with CCD image sensor. Of the last 52 enrolled, 34 image sets were selected for this study: 29 with manifest and 5 with latent strabismus...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089971/incidence-of-malignancy-prior-to-antineutrophil-cytoplasmic-antibody-associated-vasculitis-compared-to-the-general-population
#8
Emma E van Daalen, Chinar Rahmattulla, Ron Wolterbeek, Jan A Bruijn, Ingeborg M Bajema
OBJECTIVE: Previous studies have reported an increased malignancy risk preceding antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody-associated vasculitis (AAV), suggesting common pathogenic pathways in these 2 entities. However, the study results were conflicting and often limited to patients with granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA). Here, we study the malignancy risk prior to AAV diagnosis [either GPA or microscopic polyangiitis (MPA)] to elaborate on the putative association between malignancy and AAV...
January 15, 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089841/the-birth-of-aposematism-high-phenotypic-divergence-and-low-genetic-diversity-in-a-young-clade-of-poison-frogs
#9
Rebecca Dent Tarvin, Emily A Powell, Juan C Santos, Santiago R Ron, David C Cannatella
Rapid radiation coupled with low genetic divergence often hinders species delimitation and phylogeny estimation even if putative species are phenotypically distinct. Some aposematic species, such as poison frogs (Dendrobatidae), have high levels of intraspecific color polymorphism, which can lead to overestimation of species when phenotypic divergence primarily guides species delimitation. We explored this possibility in the youngest origin of aposematism (3-7 MYA) in poison frogs, Epipedobates, by comparing genetic divergence with color and acoustic divergence...
January 13, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089771/extended-therapeutic-window-for-post-exposure-treatment-of-ricin-intoxication-conferred-by-the-use-of-high-affinity-antibodies
#10
Tal Noy-Porat, Ron Alcalay, Eyal Epstein, Tamar Sabo, Chanoch Kronman, Ohad Mazor
The plant toxin ricin is considered a potential bioterror agent against which there is no available antidote. To date, neutralizing antibodies are the most promising post-exposure treatment for ricin intoxication, yet so far they were shown to be effective only when given within several hours post exposure. As part of an ongoing effort to develop efficient ricin-countermeasures, we tested whether high-affinity antibodies that were previously isolated from immunized non-human primates, may confer effective post-exposure therapy for ricin-intoxicated mice treated at late time-points after exposure...
January 12, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089673/the-value-of-participatory-development-to-support-antimicrobial-stewardship-with-a-clinical-decision-support-system
#11
Nienke Beerlage-de Jong, Jobke Wentzel, Ron Hendrix, Lisette van Gemert-Pijnen
BACKGROUND: Current clinical decision support systems (CDSSs) for antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASPs) are guideline- or expert-driven. They are focused on (clinical) content, not on supporting real-time workflow. Thus, CDSSs fail to optimally support prudent antimicrobial prescribing in daily practice. Our aim was to demonstrate why and how participatory development (involving end-users and other stakeholders) can contribute to the success of CDSSs in ASPs. METHODS: A mixed-methods approach was applied, combining scenario-based prototype evaluations (to support verbalization of work processes and out-of-the-box thinking) among 6 medical resident physicians with an online questionnaire (to cross-reference findings of the prototype evaluations) among 54 Dutch physicians...
January 12, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089377/phase-ii-trial-of-albumin-bound-paclitaxel-and-granulocyte-macrophage-colony-stimulating-factor-as-an-immune-modulator-in-recurrent-platinum-resistant-ovarian-cancer
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John B Liao, Ron E Swensen, Kelsie J Ovenell, Katie M Hitchcock-Bernhardt, Jessica L Reichow, Minjun C Apodaca, Leonard D'Amico, Jennifer S Childs, Doreen M Higgins, Barbara J Buening, Barbara A Goff, Mary L Disis
BACKGROUND: Granulocyte macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) stimulates immunity via recruitment of antigen presenting cells and tumor specific T-cell stimulation. Albumin-bound paclitaxel (nab-paclitaxel) followed by GM-CSF may enhance antitumor responses and prolong remissions in ovarian cancer. Immune phenotypes present before treatment may identify responders to chemo-immunotherapy. METHODS: Recurrent platinum-resistant ovarian, peritoneal, or fallopian tube cancer patients received nab-paclitaxel, 100mg/m(2) days 1, 8, 15 followed by GM-CSF 250μg days 16-26 every 28days for 6 planned cycles...
January 12, 2017: Gynecologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089137/a-comparison-of-cangrelor-prasugrel-ticagrelor-and-clopidogrel-in-patients-undergoing-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-a-network-meta-analysis
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Peter C Westman, Michael J Lipinski, Rebecca Torguson, Ron Waksman
BACKGROUND: Newer P2Y12 inhibitors have more rapid onset of platelet inhibition compared with clopidogrel, especially the intravenous P2Y12 inhibitor cangrelor. Direct comparisons between cangrelor and oral P2Y12 inhibitors ticagrelor and prasugrel do not exist. Thus, we performed a network meta-analysis to directly and indirectly compare different P2Y12 inhibitors in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). METHODS: MEDLINE/PubMed and ClinicalTrials...
October 21, 2016: Cardiovascular Revascularization Medicine: Including Molecular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088623/a-novel-role-of-topical-iodine-in-skin-activation-of-the-nrf2-pathway
#14
Maya Ben-Yehuda Greenwald, Marina Frušić-Zlotkin, Yoram Soroka, Shmuel Ben-Sasson, Havazelet Bianco-Peled, Ron Kohen
For a long time iodine has been used as an active dermal agent in the treatment of inflammatory, immune-mediated and infectious diseases. Moreover, topical iodine application has been reported to provide protection against sulfur-mustard-induced skin lesions, heat-induced and acid-induced skin burns in both haired guinea-pigs and mouse ear swelling models. However, the exact mechanism of action underlying these benefits of iodine has not yet been elucidated. In the current study, a novel mechanism of action by which iodine provides skin protection and relief, based on its electrophilic nature, is suggested...
January 11, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088451/efficient-sortase-mediated-n-terminal-labeling-of-tev-protease-cleaved-recombinant-proteins
#15
Kwabena Sarpong, Ron Bose
A major challenge in attaching fluorophores or other handles to proteins is the availability of a site-specific labeling strategy that provides stoichiometric modification without compromising protein integrity. We developed a simple approach that combines TEV protease cleavage, sortase modification and affinity purification to N-terminally label proteins. To achieve stoichiometrically-labeled protein, we included a short affinity tag in the fluorophore-containing peptide for post-labeling purification of the modified protein...
January 11, 2017: Analytical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087749/ron-t-van-domburg-phd-retirement
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No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 21, 2016: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087410/repair-of-8-oxog-a-mismatches-by-the-mutyh-glycosylase-mechanism-metals-medicine
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Douglas M Banda, Nicole N Nuñez, Michael A Burnside, Katie M Bradshaw, Sheila S David
Reactive oxygen and nitrogen species (RONS) may infringe on the passing of pristine genetic information by inducing DNA inter- and intra-strand crosslinks, protein-DNA crosslinks, and chemical alterations to the sugar or base moieties of DNA. 8-Oxo-7,8-dihydroguanine (8-oxoG) is one of the most prevalent DNA lesions formed by RONS and is repaired through the base excision repair (BER) pathway involving the DNA repair glycosylases OGG1 and MUTYH in eukaryotes. MUTYH removes adenine (A) from 8-oxoG:A mispairs, thus mitigating the potential of G:C to T:A transversion mutations from occurring in the genome...
January 10, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087146/pcv13-vaccinated-children-still-carrying-pcv13-additional-serotypes-show-similar-carriage-density-to-a-control-group-of-pcv7-vaccinated-children
#18
Ron Dagan, Christine Juergens, James Trammel, Scott Patterson, David Greenberg, Noga Givon-Lavi, Nurith Porat, William C Gruber, Daniel A Scott
BACKGROUND: In addition to reducing vaccine-type nasopharyngeal carriage rates, pneumococcal conjugate vaccines (PCVs) may decrease carriage density in vaccinated individuals still carrying vaccine serotypes. However, reduction of carriage density has not been systematically studied. This study compared the effect of PCV13 versus PCV7 on carriage density of the serotypes in PCV13 that are not included in PCV7. METHODS: This randomized, double-blind study was conducted in southern Israel and included Jewish and Bedouin subjects...
January 10, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081165/urine-concentrating-capacity-vasopressin-and-copeptin-in-adpkd-and-iga-nephropathy-patients-with-renal-impairment
#19
Debbie Zittema, Niek F Casteleijn, Stephan J L Bakker, Lianne S M Boesten, A A Margreeth Duit, Casper F M Franssen, Carlo A J M Gaillard, Ron T Gansevoort
BACKGROUND: Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease (ADPKD) patients have an impaired urine concentrating capacity. Increased circulating vasopressin (AVP) concentrations are supposed to play a role in the progression of ADPKD. We hypothesized that ADPKD patients have a more severely impaired urine concentrating capacity in comparison to other patients with chronic kidney disease at a similar level of kidney function, with consequently an enhanced AVP response to water deprivation with higher circulating AVP concentrations...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080305/critical-review-of-the-building-downwash-algorithms-in-aermod
#20
Ron L Petersen, Sergio Guerra, Anthony Bova
This paper documents theoretical and other problems in PRIME along with CFD simulations and wind tunnel observations that support these findings. While AERMOD/PRIME may provide accurate and unbiased estimates (within a factor of two) for some building configurations, a major review and update is needed so that accurate estimates can be obtained for other building configurations where significant overpredictions or underpredictions are common due to downwash effects. This will ensure that regulatory evaluations subject to dispersion modeling requirements can be based on an accurate model...
January 12, 2017: Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association
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