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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431242/structural-and-functional-analysis-of-a-%C3%AE-2-adrenergic-receptor-complex-with-grk5
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Konstantin E Komolov, Yang Du, Nguyen Minh Duc, Robin M Betz, João P G L M Rodrigues, Ryan D Leib, Dhabaleswar Patra, Georgios Skiniotis, Christopher M Adams, Ron O Dror, Ka Young Chung, Brian K Kobilka, Jeffrey L Benovic
The phosphorylation of agonist-occupied G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) by GPCR kinases (GRKs) functions to turn off G-protein signaling and turn on arrestin-mediated signaling. While a structural understanding of GPCR/G-protein and GPCR/arrestin complexes has emerged in recent years, the molecular architecture of a GPCR/GRK complex remains poorly defined. We used a comprehensive integrated approach of cross-linking, hydrogen-deuterium exchange mass spectrometry (MS), electron microscopy, mutagenesis, molecular dynamics simulations, and computational docking to analyze GRK5 interaction with the β2-adrenergic receptor (β2AR)...
April 20, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430711/evaluation-of-kdr-rs34231037-as-a-predictor-of-sunitinib-efficacy-in-patients-with-metastatic-renal-cell-carcinoma
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María Apellániz-Ruiz, Meta H Diekstra, Juan M Roldán, Epie Boven, Daniel Castellano, Hans Gelderblom, Ron H J Mathijssen, Jesse J Swen, Stefan Böhringer, Jesús García-Donás, Brian I Rini, Henk-Jan Guchelaar, Cristina Rodríguez-Antona
The identification of biomarkers able to predict clinical benefit from vascular endothelial growth factor receptor (VEGFR) tyrosine kinase inhibitors is urgently needed. Recently, Maitland and colleagues described an association between KDR-rs34231037 and soluble VEGFR2 levels as well as pazopanib pharmacodynamics. We investigated in a well-characterized series of metastatic clear cell renal cell carcinoma patients whether rs34231037 could influence sunitinib response. Clinical data and DNA were available from an international series of 276 patients...
April 20, 2017: Pharmacogenetics and Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430425/environmental-growth-of-enterococci-and-escherichia-coli-in-feedlot-catch-basins-and-a-constructed-wetland-in-the-absence-of-fecal-input
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Lisa Tymensen, Calvin W Booker, Sherry J Hannon, Shaun R Cook, Rahat Zaheer, Ron Read, Tim A McAllister
Population structures of fecal indicator bacteria (FIB) isolated from catch basins, a constructed wetland, and feces from a beef cattle feedlot were compared over a two-year period. Enterococcus hirae accounted for 92% of the fecal isolates, whereas secondary environments were characterized by greater relative abundance of environmentally adapted species including Enterococcus casseliflavus. While enterococci densities in the catch basins and wetland were similar under wet and drought conditions, E. hirae predominated during rainy periods while E...
April 21, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430262/using-trademarked-and-copyrighted-images-and-material-editorial
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Ron Driggers
Editor-in-Chief Ron Driggers cautions authors to avoid using trademarked or copyrighted content in a journal publication.
April 20, 2017: Applied Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429620/physician-perspectives-on-decision-making-for-treatment-of-pediatric-sleep-disordered-breathing
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Emily F Boss, Anne R Links, Ron Saxton, Tina L Cheng, Mary Catherine Beach
Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) is prevalent in children and most commonly treated by surgery with adenotonsillectomy. We aimed to learn physician perspectives of social and communication factors that influence decision making for treatment of pediatric SDB. Purposive sampling identified 10 physician key informants across disciplines and practice settings, who participated in semistructured interviews regarding SDB care experiences and communication with parents. Interviews were analyzed using directed qualitative content analysis...
April 1, 2017: Clinical Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429290/association-of-long-term-patterns-of-depressive-symptoms-and-attention-executive-function-among-older-men-with-and-without-human-immunodeficiency-virus
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Nicole M Armstrong, Pamela J Surkan, Glenn J Treisman, Ned C Sacktor, Michael R Irwin, Linda A Teplin, Ron Stall, Eileen M Martin, James T Becker, Cynthia Munro, Andrew J Levine, Lisa P Jacobson, Alison G Abraham
Older HIV-infected men are at higher risk for both depression and cognitive impairments, compared to HIV-uninfected men. We evaluated the association between longitudinal patterns of depressive symptoms and attention/executive function in HIV-infected and HIV-uninfected men aged 50+ years to understand whether HIV infection influenced the long-term effect of depression on attention/executive function. Responses to the Center for Epidemiologic Studies-Depression scale and attention/executive function tests (Trail Making Test Part B and Symbol Digit Modalities Test) were collected semiannually from May 1986 to April 2015 in 1611 men...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Neurovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428893/characteristics-and-racial-variations-of-polypoidal-choroidal-vasculopathy-in-tertiary-centers-in-the-united-states-and-united-kingdom
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Tarek Alasil, Nelida Munoz, Pearse A Keane, Adnan Tufail, Patrick A Coady, Eduardo Novais, Talisa E de Carlo, Caroline R Baumal, Nadia K Waheed, Jay S Duker, Ron A Adelman
PURPOSE: To evaluate the characteristics and racial variations amongst patients with polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV) in the United States and the United Kingdom. METHODS: Fundus photos and indocyanine green angiography images were evaluated in a multicenter retrospective study to establish the diagnosis of PCV. Visual acuity (VA) was recorded in ETDRS letter count. RESULTS: Eighty eyes of 71 PCV patients (average age of 69.4 ± 10...
2017: International Journal of Retina and Vitreous
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428849/species-distribution-models-predict-temporal-but-not-spatial-variation-in-forest-growth
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Ernst van der Maaten, Andreas Hamann, Marieke van der Maaten-Theunissen, Aldo Bergsma, Geerten Hengeveld, Ron van Lammeren, Frits Mohren, Gert-Jan Nabuurs, Renske Terhürne, Frank Sterck
Bioclimate envelope models have been widely used to illustrate the discrepancy between current species distributions and their potential habitat under climate change. However, the realism and correct interpretation of such projections has been the subject of considerable discussion. Here, we investigate whether climate suitability predictions correlate to tree growth, measured in permanent inventory plots and inferred from tree-ring records. We use the ensemble classifier RandomForest and species occurrence data from ~200,000 inventory plots to build species distribution models for four important European forestry species: Norway spruce, Scots pine, European beech, and pedunculate oak...
April 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428841/reproductive-traits-associated-with-species-turnover-of-amphibians-in-amazonia-and-its-andean-slopes
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Octavio Jiménez-Robles, Juan M Guayasamin, Santiago R Ron, Ignacio De la Riva
Assembly of ecological communities is important for the conservation of ecosystems, predicting perturbation impacts, and understanding the origin and loss of biodiversity. We tested how amphibian communities are assembled by neutral and niche-based mechanisms, such as habitat filtering. Species richness, β-diversities, and reproductive traits of amphibians were evaluated at local scale in seven habitats at different elevation and disturbance levels in Wisui Biological Station, Morona-Santiago, Ecuador, on the foothills of the Cordillera del Kutukú; and at regional scale using 109 localities across evergreen forests of Amazonia and its Andean slopes (0-3,900 m a...
April 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428160/simulated-conversations-with-virtual-humans-to-improve-patient-provider-communication-and-reduce-unnecessary-prescriptions-for-antibiotics-a-repeated-measure-pilot-study
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Antoinette Schoenthaler, Glenn Albright, Judith Hibbard, Ron Goldman
BACKGROUND: Despite clear evidence that antibiotics do not cure viral infections, the problem of unnecessary prescribing of antibiotics in ambulatory care persists, and in some cases, prescribing patterns have increased. The overuse of antibiotics for treating viral infections has created numerous economic and clinical consequences including increased medical costs due to unnecessary hospitalizations, antibiotic resistance, disruption of gut bacteria, and obesity. Recent research has underscored the importance of collaborative patient-provider communication as a means to reduce the high rates of unnecessary prescriptions for antibiotics...
April 19, 2017: JMIR Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427851/circulating-ceruloplasmin-ceruloplasmin-associated-genes-and-the-incidence-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-the-atherosclerosis-risk-in-communities-study
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Antonio P Arenas de Larriva, Faye L Norby, Lin Y Chen, Elsayed Z Soliman, Ron C Hoogeveen, Dan E Arking, Laura R Loehr, Alvaro Alonso
BACKGROUND: Ceruloplasmin (CP) may promote structural changes in the atrium making it more arrhythmogenic. We assessed the associations between CP, CP-associated genetic variants, and incident atrial fibrillation (AF) in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study. METHODS AND RESULTS: We studied 10,059 men and women without prevalent AF aged 53 to 75years in 1996-1998 and followed through 2012. Circulating CP was measured in stored blood samples obtained in 1996-1998...
April 6, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426722/interactions-between-mitoneet-and-naf-1-in-cells
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Ola Karmi, Sarah H Holt, Luhua Song, Sagi Tamir, Yuting Luo, Fang Bai, Ammar Adenwalla, Merav Darash-Yahana, Yang-Sung Sohn, Patricia A Jennings, Rajeev K Azad, Jose' N Onuchic, Faruck Morcos, Rachel Nechushtai, Ron Mittler
The NEET proteins mitoNEET (mNT) and nutrient-deprivation autophagy factor-1 (NAF-1) are required for cancer cell proliferation and resistance to oxidative stress. NAF-1 and mNT are also implicated in a number of other human pathologies including diabetes, neurodegeneration and cardiovascular disease, as well as in development, differentiation and aging. Previous studies suggested that mNT and NAF-1 could function in the same pathway in mammalian cells, preventing the over-accumulation of iron and reactive oxygen species (ROS) in mitochondria...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425669/dissolving-lignin-in-water-through-enzymatic-sulfation-with-aryl-sulfotransferase
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Pepijn Prinsen, Anand Narani, Aloysius F Hartog, Ron Wever, Gadi Rothenberg
We introduce the concept of using site-specific sulfation of various lignins for increasing their aqueous solubility and thereby their processability. Using p-nitrophenylsulfate as a sulfate source and an aryl sulfotransferase enzyme as catalyst, lignins are easily sulfated at ambient conditions. We demonstrate the specific sulfation of phenolic hydroxyl groups on five different lignins: Indulin AT (Kraft softwood), Protobind 1000 (mixed wheat straw/Sarkanda grass soda) and three organosolv lignins. The reaction proceeds smoothly and the increase in solubility is visible to the naked eye...
April 20, 2017: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423476/dietary-patterns-and-alcohol-consumption-during-pregnancy-secondary-analysis-of-avon-longitudinal-study-of-parents-and-children
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Victoria Coathup, Kate Northstone, Ron Gray, Simon Wheeler, Lesley Smith
BACKGROUND: Large general population surveys show that heavy regular and episodic alcohol consumption are associated with lower intakes of fruits and vegetables, and higher intakes of processed and fried meat. This is of particular concern regarding pregnant women, as both alcohol intake and inadequate maternal nutrition are independently associated with adverse fetal outcomes. The current study aimed to determine associations between maternal dietary patterns and alcohol consumption during pregnancy...
April 19, 2017: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422240/zwitterionic-pyrrolidene-phosphonates-inhibitors-of-the-glycoside-hydrolase-like-phosphorylase-streptomyces-coelicolor-glgei-v279s
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Sri Kumar Veleti, Cecile Petit, Donald R Ronning, Steven J Sucheck
We synthesized and evaluated new zwitterionic inhibitors against glycoside hydrolase-like phosphorylase Streptomyces coelicolor (Sco) GlgEI-V279S which plays a role in α-glucan biosynthesis. Sco GlgEI-V279S serves as a model enzyme for validated anti-tuberculosis (TB) target Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) GlgE. Pyrrolidine inhibitors 5 and 6 were designed based on transition state considerations and incorporate a phosphonate on the pyrrolidine moiety to expand the interaction network between the inhibitor and the enzyme active site...
April 19, 2017: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421851/global-and-multi-focal-changes-in-cerebral-blood-flow-during-subthalamic-nucleus-stimulation-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Asim M Mubeen, Babak Ardekani, Michele Tagliati, Ron Alterman, Vijay Dhawan, David Eidelberg, John J Sidtis
Electrical stimulation of subthalamic nuclei (STN) is a widely used therapy in Parkinson's disease (PD). While deep brain stimulation (DBS) of the STN alters the neurophysiological activity in basal ganglia, the therapeutic mechanism has not been established. A positron emission tomography (PET) study of cerebral blood flow (CBF) during speech production in PD subjects treated with STN-DBS found significant increases in global (whole-brain) CBF.(1) That study utilized a series of whole-slice regions of interest to obtain global CBF values...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420336/reduced-changes-in-protein-compared-to-mrna-levels-across-non-proliferating-tissues
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Kobi Perl, Kathy Ushakov, Yair Pozniak, Ofer Yizhar-Barnea, Yoni Bhonker, Shaked Shivatzki, Tamar Geiger, Karen B Avraham, Ron Shamir
BACKGROUND: The quantitative relations between RNA and protein are fundamental to biology and are still not fully understood. Across taxa, it was demonstrated that the protein-to-mRNA ratio in steady state varies in a direction that lessens the change in protein levels as a result of changes in the transcript abundance. Evidence for this behavior in tissues is sparse. We tested this phenomenon in new data that we produced for the mouse auditory system, and in previously published tissue datasets...
April 18, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419115/properties-of-the-cuticular-proteins-of-anopheles-gambiae-as-revealed-by-serial-extraction-of-adults
#18
Yihong Zhou, Majors J Badgett, Lynne Billard, John Hunter Bowen, Ron Orlando, Judith H Willis
How cuticular proteins (CPs) interact with chitin and with each other in the cuticle remains unresolved. We employed LC-MS/MS to identify CPs from 5-6 day-old adults of Anopheles gambiae released after serial extraction with PBS, EDTA, 2-8M urea, and SDS as well as those that remained unextracted. Results were compared to published data on time of transcript abundance, localization of proteins within structures and within the cuticle, as well as properties of individual proteins, length, pI, percent histidine, tyrosine, glutamine, and number of AAP[A/V/L] repeats...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419061/functional-status-of-neonatal-and-pediatric-patients-after-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation
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Katherine Cashen, Ron Reeder, Heidi J Dalton, Robert A Berg, Thomas P Shanley, Christopher J L Newth, Murray M Pollack, David Wessel, Joseph Carcillo, Rick Harrison, J Michael Dean, Tammara Jenkins, Kathleen L Meert
OBJECTIVES: To describe functional status at hospital discharge for neonatal and pediatric patients treated with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, and identify factors associated with functional status and mortality. DESIGN: Secondary analysis of observational data collected by the Collaborative Pediatric Critical Care Research Network between December 2012 and September 2014. SETTING: Eight hospitals affiliated with the Collaborative Pediatric Critical Care Research Network...
April 17, 2017: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418002/immune-tissue-print-and-immune-capture-pcr-for-diagnosis-and-detection-of-candidatus-liberibacter-asiaticus
#20
Fang Ding, Cristina Paul, Ron Brlansky, John S Hartung
'Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus' (CaLas), associated with citrus Huanglongbing (HLB), is a non culturable member of the α-proteobacteria. In this study serologically based methods for the detection of CaLas were developed. An anti-outer membrane protein A (OmpA) polyclonal antibody previously produced (in our laboratory) was highly effective for the detection of CaLas from citrus tissues in a simple tissue printing format. The antibody was also used to capture bacteria from periwinkle extracts. About 80% of all field samples analyzed tested positive with both immune tissue printing and qPCR; whereas 95% were positive with at least one of these two methods...
April 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
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