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Nigel Scrutton, Uzma Choudry, Derren Heyes, Samantha Hardman, Michiyo Sakuma, Igor Sazanovich, Joyce Woodhouse, Eugenio De La Mora, Martin Pederson, Michael Wulff, Martin Weik, Giorgio Schiro
Phytochromes are bilin-containing photoreceptors that are typically sensitive to the red / far-red region of the visible spectrum. Recently phytochromes from certain eukaryotic algae have become attractive targets for optogenetic applications because of their unique ability to respond to multiple wavelengths of light. Here, we have used a combination of time-resolved spectroscopy and structural approaches across picosecond to second timescales to map photochemical mechanisms and structural change in this atypical group of phytochromes...
March 15, 2018: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
Tobias Oberhoffner, Ulrich Hoppe, Matthias Hey, Dietmar Hecker, Heike Bagus, Peter Voigt, Silvia Schicktanz, Astrid Braun, Thomas Hocke
INTRODUCTION: Novel cochlear implant speech processors are capable of storing data logs. With the help of this information a more individualized patient care can be provided. However, standard data are missing to a greater extent to the individual usage behavior. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In a retrospective study, the use data of 2687 patients were evaluated. All patients had the Nucleus 6 system from Cochlear Ltd. RESULTS: The data allow a normal range to be defined for the duration of use of cochlear implant speech processors...
March 13, 2018: Laryngo- Rhino- Otologie
Heye Zhang, Zhifan Gao, Lin Xu, Xingjian Yu, Ken C L Wong, Huafeng Liu, Ling Zhuang, Pengcheng Shi
The prominent advantage of meshfree method, is the way to build the representation of computational domain, based on the nodal points without any explicit meshing connectivity. Therefore, meshfree method can conveniently process the numerical computation inside interested domains with large deformation or inhomogeneity. In this paper, we adopt the idea of meshfree representation into cardiac medical image analysis in order to overcome the difficulties caused by large deformation and inhomogeneous materials of the heart...
2018: IEEE Journal of Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine
Dong Zhang, Pengcheng Xu, Hongyu Qiao, Xin Liu, Liangping Luo, Wenhua Huang, Heye Zhang, Changzheng Shi
BACKGROUND: Cerebrovascular events are frequently associated with hemodynamic disturbance caused by internal carotid artery (ICA) stenosis. It is challenging to determine the ischemia-related carotid stenosis during the intervention only using digital subtracted angiography (DSA). Inspired by the performance of well-established FFRct technique in hemodynamic assessment of significant coronary stenosis, we introduced a pressure-based carotid arterial functional assessment (CAFA) index generated from computational fluid dynamic (CFD) simulation in DSA data, and investigated its feasibility in the assessment of hemodynamic disturbance preliminarily using pressure-wired measurement and arterial spin labeling (ASL) MRI as references...
March 12, 2018: Biomedical Engineering Online
Tsung-Jen Lin, Huei-Chen Ko, Jo Yung-Wei Wu, Tian Po Oei, Hsien-Yuan Lane, Chung-Hey Chen
OBJECTIVES: Effectiveness of the condensed Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Training Group (DBTSTG) was compared to the Cognitive Therapy Group (CTG) in reducing depression and suicide reattempt, and modifying emotion regulation strategies among those with borderline personality disorder (BPD). METHODS: Eighty-two depressed BPD college students with a suicidal history within the past six-months were randomly allocated to DBTSTG or CTG. RESULTS: Both groups had similar reductions in suicide reattempts and depression after the intervention and 6-month follow-ups...
March 12, 2018: Archives of Suicide Research: Official Journal of the International Academy for Suicide Research
Woo Young Park, Jae Chan Choi, Hey Jeong Yun, Yeong Gwan Jeon, Gisoon Park, Jong Bum Choi
BACKGROUND: Combined rocuronium and cisatracurium have synergistic effects. We investigated whether reduced doses are effective during coadministration, by monitoring neuromuscular relaxation during surgery. METHODS: This randomized, controlled clinical trial was registered at (registration number NCT02495038). The participants were 81 patients scheduled for elective mastoidectomy and tympanoplasty. Participants were assigned to groups, including the intubating dose group (Group I, n = 27; combined ED95 rocuronium and ED95 cisatracurium), the small reduction group (Group S, n = 27; dose reduced by 10% of each ED95), or the large reduction group (Group L, n = 27; dose reduced by 20% of each ED95)...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Chia-Ping Huang Yang, Changwei Wang, Iwao Ojima, Susan Band Horwitz
Several next-generation taxanes have been reported to possess high potency against Taxol-resistant cancer cell lines overexpressing βIII-tubulin and/or P-glycoprotein (P-gp), both of which are involved in drug resistance. Using a photoaffinity Taxol analogue, 2-( m-azidobenzoyl)taxol, two potent next-generation taxanes, SB-T-1214 and SB-CST-10202, exhibited distinct inhibitory effects on photolabeling of β-tubulin from different eukaryotic sources that differ in β-tubulin isotype composition. They also specifically inhibited photolabeling of P-gp, and the inhibitory effect correlated well with the steady-state accumulation of [3 H]vinblastine in a multidrug resistant (MDR) cell line, SKVLB1...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Natural Products
Caroline Crehan, Tim Colbourn, Michelle Heys, Elizabeth Molyneux
BACKGROUND: Non-invasive respiratory support using bubble continuous positive airway pressure (bCPAP) is useful in treating babies with respiratory distress syndrome. Despite its proven clinical and cost-effectiveness, implementation is hampered by the inappropriate administration of bCPAP in low-resource settings. A clinical algorithm-'TRY' (based on Tone: good; Respiratory distress; Yes, heart rate above 100 beats/min)-has been developed to correctly identify which newborns would benefit most from bCPAP in a teaching hospital in Malawi...
March 7, 2018: Archives of Disease in Childhood
Anup K Adhikari, Toni Grell, Peter Lönnecke, Evamarie Hey-Hawkins
1,3,5-Triphospha-1,4-pentadiene-2,4-diamine reacts with [M(CO)4 L] (M = Mo, L = nbd (norbornadiene); M = W, L = 2 CH3 CN) to give the chelate complexes [M(CO)4 (PMes{C(NHCy)PMes}2 -κ P1 ,P3 )]. In contrast, an unusual intramolecular rearrangement occurred with [Cu(CH3 CN)4 ]PF6 leading to the dimeric copper(I) complex [Cu(CNCy){PHMesPMesC(NHCy)PMes-κ P1 ,P3 }]2 (PF6 )2 . The mechanism of the rearrangement was supported by quantum-mechanical calculations. The transition-metal complexes were characterized by multinuclear NMR spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, infrared spectroscopy, and X-ray crystallography...
March 6, 2018: Inorganic Chemistry
Lorenzo Costigliola, Ulf R Pedersen, David M Heyes, Thomas B Schrøder, Jeppe C Dyre
This paper argues that the viscosity of simple fluids at densities above that of the triple point is a specific function of temperature relative to the freezing temperature at the density in question. The proposed viscosity expression, which is arrived at in part by reference to the isomorph theory of systems with hidden scale invariance, describes computer simulations of the Lennard-Jones system as well as argon and methane experimental data and simulation results for an effective-pair-potential model of liquid sodium...
February 28, 2018: Journal of Chemical Physics
Eleanor Bowden, Conor Carroll, Mishaal Gill, Rodney Llewelyn
Regional odontodysplasia (RO) also known as ghost teeth is a rare developmental anomaly affecting the mesodermal and ectodermal components of teeth with characteristic clinical and radiographic findings. The enamel and dentin are hypomineralized and hypocalcified with short roots and open apices. The affected teeth have an abnormal morphology, meaning they are fragile and thin and liable to fracture and decay. Radiographically, there is a marked reduction in radiodensity with little distinction between the enamel and dentin, hence the term "ghost teeth...
January 2018: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology: JOMFP
Hey-Long Ching, Melissa F Hale, Reena Sidhu, Mark E McAlindon
Objective: To evaluate the diagnostic yield of investigating dyspepsia with oesophagogastroduodenoscopy (OGD) with or without mucosal biopsy. Design: Retrospective service evaluation study. Setting: Two teaching hospitals: The Royal Hallamshire Hospital and Northern General Hospital, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, UK. Patients: 500 patients, 55 years of age and over, who underwent OGD to investigate dyspepsia were included...
January 2018: Frontline Gastroenterology
Huaqi Wang, Li Wang, Guojun Zhang, Chunya Lu, Heying Chu, Rui Yang, Guoqiang Zhao
In this study, we investigated the mechanism by which lncRNA metastasis-associated lung adenocarcinoma transcript 1 (MALAT1) mediates cisplatin resistance in lung cancer. Lung cancer patients with high MALAT1 levels were associated with cisplatin resistance and low overall survival. Moreover, cisplatin-resistant A549/DDP cells showed higher MALAT1 expression than cisplatin-sensitive lung cancer cells (A549, H460, H1299 and SPC-A1). Dual luciferase reporter and RNA immunoprecipitation assays showed direct binding of miR-101-3p to MALAT1...
January 26, 2018: Oncotarget
Benjamin Amoah, Emanuele Giorgi, Daniel J Heyes, Stef van Burren, Peter John Diggle
BACKGROUND: Undernutrition among children under 5 years of age continues to be a public health challenge in many low- and middle-income countries and can lead to growth stunting. Infectious diseases may also affect child growth, however their actual impact on the latter can be difficult to quantify. In this paper, we analyse data from 20 Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) conducted in 13 African countries to investigate the relationship between malaria and stunting. Our objective is to make inference on the association between malaria incidence during the first year of life and height-for-age Z-scores (HAZs)...
February 27, 2018: International Journal of Health Geographics
Bettina Wingelhofer, Barbara Maurer, Elizabeth C Heyes, Abbarna A Cumaraswamy, Angelika Berger-Becvar, Elvin D de Araujo, Anna Orlova, Patricia Freund, Frank Ruge, Jisung Park, Gary Tin, Siawash Ahmar, Charles-Hugues Lardeau, Irina Sadovnik, Dávid Bajusz, György Miklós Keserű, Florian Grebien, Stefan Kubicek, Peter Valent, Patrick T Gunning, Richard Moriggl
The transcription factor STAT5 is an essential downstream mediator of many tyrosine kinases (TKs), particularly in hematopoietic cancers. STAT5 is activated by FLT3-ITD, which is a constitutively active TK driving the pathogenesis of acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Since STAT5 is a critical mediator of diverse malignant properties of AML cells, direct targeting of STAT5 is of significant clinical value. Here, we describe the development and preclinical evaluation of a novel, potent STAT5 SH2 domain inhibitor, AC-4-130, which can efficiently block pathological levels of STAT5 activity in AML...
February 2, 2018: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
Felipe Leite de Oliveira, Sofia Nascimento Dos Santos, Lauremilia Ricon, Thayse Pinheiro da Costa, Jonathas Xavier Pereira, Camila Brand, Marise Lopes Fermino, Roger Chammas, Emerson Soares Bernardes, Márcia Cury El-Cheikh
Galectin-3 (Gal-3) is a β-galactoside binding protein that controls cell-cell and cell-extracellular matrix interactions. In lymphoid organs, gal-3 inhibits B cell differentiation by mechanisms poorly understood. The B cell development is dependent on tissue organization and stromal cell signaling, including IL-7 and Notch pathways. Here, we investigate possible mechanisms that gal-3 interferes during B lymphocyte differentiation in the bone marrow (BM) and spleen. The BM of gal-3-deficient mice (Lgals3-/- mice) was evidenced by elevated numbers of B220+ CD19+ c-Kit+ IL-7R+ progenitor B cells...
February 22, 2018: Scientific Reports
Ross P Carlson, Ashley E Beck, Poonam Phalak, Matthew W Fields, Tomas Gedeon, Luke Hanley, William R Harcombe, Michael A Henson, Jeffrey J Heys
Resource scarcity is a common stress in nature and has a major impact on microbial physiology. This review highlights microbial acclimations to resource scarcity, focusing on resource investment strategies for chemoheterotrophs from the molecular level to the pathway level. Competitive resource allocation strategies often lead to a phenotype known as overflow metabolism; the resulting overflow byproducts can stabilize cooperative interactions in microbial communities and can lead to cross-feeding consortia...
February 22, 2018: Biochemical Society Transactions
Iñigo Olalde, Selina Brace, Morten E Allentoft, Ian Armit, Kristian Kristiansen, Thomas Booth, Nadin Rohland, Swapan Mallick, Anna Szécsényi-Nagy, Alissa Mittnik, Eveline Altena, Mark Lipson, Iosif Lazaridis, Thomas K Harper, Nick Patterson, Nasreen Broomandkhoshbacht, Yoan Diekmann, Zuzana Faltyskova, Daniel Fernandes, Matthew Ferry, Eadaoin Harney, Peter de Knijff, Megan Michel, Jonas Oppenheimer, Kristin Stewardson, Alistair Barclay, Kurt Werner Alt, Corina Liesau, Patricia Ríos, Concepción Blasco, Jorge Vega Miguel, Roberto Menduiña García, Azucena Avilés Fernández, Eszter Bánffy, Maria Bernabò-Brea, David Billoin, Clive Bonsall, Laura Bonsall, Tim Allen, Lindsey Büster, Sophie Carver, Laura Castells Navarro, Oliver E Craig, Gordon T Cook, Barry Cunliffe, Anthony Denaire, Kirsten Egging Dinwiddy, Natasha Dodwell, Michal Ernée, Christopher Evans, Milan Kuchařík, Joan Francès Farré, Chris Fowler, Michiel Gazenbeek, Rafael Garrido Pena, María Haber-Uriarte, Elżbieta Haduch, Gill Hey, Nick Jowett, Timothy Knowles, Ken Massy, Saskia Pfrengle, Philippe Lefranc, Olivier Lemercier, Arnaud Lefebvre, César Heras Martínez, Virginia Galera Olmo, Ana Bastida Ramírez, Joaquín Lomba Maurandi, Tona Majó, Jacqueline I McKinley, Kathleen McSweeney, Balázs Gusztáv Mende, Alessandra Mod, Gabriella Kulcsár, Viktória Kiss, András Czene, Róbert Patay, Anna Endrődi, Kitti Köhler, Tamás Hajdu, Tamás Szeniczey, János Dani, Zsolt Bernert, Maya Hoole, Olivia Cheronet, Denise Keating, Petr Velemínský, Miroslav Dobeš, Francesca Candilio, Fraser Brown, Raúl Flores Fernández, Ana-Mercedes Herrero-Corral, Sebastiano Tusa, Emiliano Carnieri, Luigi Lentini, Antonella Valenti, Alessandro Zanini, Clive Waddington, Germán Delibes, Elisa Guerra-Doce, Benjamin Neil, Marcus Brittain, Mike Luke, Richard Mortimer, Jocelyne Desideri, Marie Besse, Günter Brücken, Mirosław Furmanek, Agata Hałuszko, Maksym Mackiewicz, Artur Rapiński, Stephany Leach, Ignacio Soriano, Katina T Lillios, João Luís Cardoso, Michael Parker Pearson, Piotr Włodarczak, T Douglas Price, Pilar Prieto, Pierre-Jérôme Rey, Roberto Risch, Manuel A Rojo Guerra, Aurore Schmitt, Joël Serralongue, Ana Maria Silva, Václav Smrčka, Luc Vergnaud, João Zilhão, David Caramelli, Thomas Higham, Mark G Thomas, Douglas J Kennett, Harry Fokkens, Volker Heyd, Alison Sheridan, Karl-Göran Sjögren, Philipp W Stockhammer, Johannes Krause, Ron Pinhasi, Wolfgang Haak, Ian Barnes, Carles Lalueza-Fox, David Reich
From around 2750 to 2500 bc, Bell Beaker pottery became widespread across western and central Europe, before it disappeared between 2200 and 1800 bc. The forces that propelled its expansion are a matter of long-standing debate, and there is support for both cultural diffusion and migration having a role in this process. Here we present genome-wide data from 400 Neolithic, Copper Age and Bronze Age Europeans, including 226 individuals associated with Beaker-complex artefacts. We detected limited genetic affinity between Beaker-complex-associated individuals from Iberia and central Europe, and thus exclude migration as an important mechanism of spread between these two regions...
February 21, 2018: Nature
Estibaliz González-Fernández, Hey-Kyeong Jeong, Masahiro Fukaya, Hyukmin Kim, Rabia R Khawaja, Isha N Srivastava, Ari Waisman, Young-Jin Son, Shin H Kang
Oligodendrocytes (OLs), the myelin-forming CNS glia, are highly vulnerable to cellular stresses, and a severe myelin loss underlies numerous CNS disorders. Expedited OL regeneration may prevent further axonal damage and facilitate functional CNS repair. Although adult OL progenitors (OPCs) are the primary players for OL regeneration, targetable OPC-specific intracellular signaling mechanisms for facilitated OL regeneration remain elusive. Here, we report that OPC-targeted PTEN inactivation in the mouse, in contrast to OL-specific manipulations, markedly promotes OL differentiation and regeneration in the mature CNS...
February 20, 2018: ELife
Shan-Shan Hong, Ming-Xing Zhang, Meng Zhang, Yi Yu, Jun Chen, Xiao-Yan Zhang, Cong-Jian Xu
The distinct hormone molecules and receptors, such as follicle-stimulating hormone receptor (FSHR) in ovarian cancer, provide opportunities for more precisely targeted therapy. We previously developed FSHR-mediated nanoparticles and found that FSH peptides on the surface of nanoparticles improved the delivery of short interfering RNA (siRNA) into ovarian cancer cells. However, the high toxicity of the nanoparticles and the transient silencing of the siRNA in vivo limited further study. Here, we developed FSH peptide-conjugated nanoparticles with an increased amount of polyethylene glycol (PEG) grafting and encapsulated short hairpin RNA (shRNA) to silence the target gene, growth-regulated oncogene α (gro-α)...
February 20, 2018: Drug Delivery
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