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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918732/relationship-between-889-c-t-polymorphism-in-interleukin-1a-gene-and-risk-of-chronic-periodontitis-evidence-from-a-meta-analysis-with-new-published-findings
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F-R-P da Silva, A-C-C Guimarães-Vasconcelos, L-F de-Carvalho-França, D di-Lenardo, L-S Rodrigues, M-L-L Barreto-do-Nascimento, D-F-P Vasconcelos
BACKGROUND: Periodontitis results from an inflammatory response caused by accumulative microorganisms in periodontal sites. Several factors are involved in pathogenesis of periodontitis, for example the -889 C/T polymorphism in interleukin-1A gene. This study aimed to evaluate the relationship between this polymorphism and risk of development of chronic periodontitis by a meta-analysis based in new published findings. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Thereunto a review in literature was performed in the electronic biomedical and education databases (Cochrane Library, Google Scholar, MEDLINE and PubMed) to studies published before August 2, 2015, the abstracts were evaluated and the data extraction performed by two calibrated examiners...
December 6, 2016: Medicina Oral, Patología Oral y Cirugía Bucal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916957/snake-genome-sequencing-results-and-future-prospects
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REVIEW
Harald M I Kerkkamp, R Manjunatha Kini, Alexey S Pospelov, Freek J Vonk, Christiaan V Henkel, Michael K Richardson
Snake genome sequencing is in its infancy-very much behind the progress made in sequencing the genomes of humans, model organisms and pathogens relevant to biomedical research, and agricultural species. We provide here an overview of some of the snake genome projects in progress, and discuss the biological findings, with special emphasis on toxinology, from the small number of draft snake genomes already published. We discuss the future of snake genomics, pointing out that new sequencing technologies will help overcome the problem of repetitive sequences in assembling snake genomes...
December 1, 2016: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916691/therapeutic-effects-of-gold-nanoparticles-synthesized-using-musa-paradisiaca-peel-extract-against-multiple-antibiotic-resistant-enterococcus-faecalis-biofilms-and-human-lung-cancer-cells-a549
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S Vijayakumar, B Vaseeharan, B Malaikozhundan, N Gopi, P Ekambaram, R Pachaiappan, P Velusamy, K Murugan, G Benelli, R Suresh Kumar, M Suriyanarayanamoorthy
Botanical-mediated synthesis of nanomaterials is currently emerging as a cheap and eco-friendly nanotechnology, since it does not involve the use of toxic chemicals. In the present study, we focused on the synthesis of gold nanoparticles using the aqueous peel extract of Musa paradisiaca (MPPE-AuNPs) by green approach following a facile and cheap fabrication process. The green synthesized MPPE-AuNPs were bio-physically characterized by UV-Vis spectroscopy, FTIR, XRD, TEM, Zeta potential and EDX. MPPE-AuNPs were crystalline in nature, spherical to triangular in shape, with particle size ranged within 50 nm...
December 1, 2016: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914451/effects-of-fibroin-microcarriers-on-inflammation-and-regeneration-of-deep-skin-wounds-in-mice
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A Y Arkhipova, M A Nosenko, N V Malyuchenko, R V Zvartsev, A M Moisenovich, A S Zhdanova, T V Vasil'eva, E A Gorshkova, I I Agapov, M S Drutskaya, S A Nedospasov, M M Moisenovich
The process of tissue regeneration following damage takes place with direct participation of the immune system. The use of biomaterials as scaffolds to facilitate healing of skin wounds is a new and interesting area of regenerative medicine and biomedical research. In many ways, the regenerative potential of biological material is related to its ability to modulate the inflammatory response. At the same time, all foreign materials, once implanted into a living tissue, to varying degree cause an immune reaction...
November 2016: Biochemistry. Biokhimii︠a︡
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914345/biopolymer-matrix-for-nano-encapsulation-of-urease-a-model-protein-and-its-application-in-urea-detection
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Abhishek Saxena, Arpita Bhattacharya, Satish Kumar, Irving R Epstein, Rachana Sahney
Alginate microparticles and nanoparticles crosslinked with Ca(+2) ions are frequently employed in biomedical applications. Here we use microemulsion polymerization to prepare alginate nanoparticles (nanogels) using different crosslinking ions (Ca(+2), Sr(+2), Ba(+2)) to encapsulate a model protein, urease enzyme (jackbeans). With alginate concentrations of 0.2wt% in the aqueous phase, emulsion droplets showed good stability and narrow, monomodal distributions with radii ∼65±10nm. The size of the nanogel varies with the crosslinking cation and its affinity for the mannuronate and guluronate units in the linear alginate chain...
November 9, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914252/synthesis-of-copper-containing-bioactive-glass-nanoparticles-using-a-modified-st%C3%A3-ber-method-for-biomedical-applications
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Kai Zheng, Xinyi Dai, Miao Lu, Norbert Hüser, Nicola Taccardi, Aldo R Boccaccini
Copper (Cu)-containing bioactive glasses (BGs) are attracting attention for bone regeneration and wound healing since they have bone-bonding capability and potential osteogenesis and angiogenesis properties. In this study, highly dispersed and spherical Cu-containing bioactive glass nanoparticles (Cu-BGNs) were successfully synthesized via a modified Stöber method. The content of incorporated Cu in the particles could be tailored by adjusting the amount of the added Cu precursor, a procedure that had no significant effects on the morphological and structural characteristics of the nanoparticles...
November 15, 2016: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910800/routine-x-ray-of-the-chest-is-not-justified-in-staging-of-cutaneous-melanoma-patients
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Caroline Asirvatham Gjørup, Helle Westergren Hendel, Rita Kaae Pilegaard, Cecilie Balslev Willert, Lisbet Rosenkrantz Hölmich
INTRODUCTION: The incidence of cutaneous melanoma is increasing in Denmark and worldwide. However, the prevalence of distant metastases at the time of diagnosis has decreased to 1%. We therefore questioned the value of routine preoperative chest X-ray (CXR) for staging asymptomatic melanoma patients and hypothesised that routine CXR is not justified. METHODS: A retrospective study was conducted on patients undergoing wide local excision and sentinel lymph node biopsy for cutaneous melanoma in the period from 2010 to 2014...
December 2016: Danish Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908716/self-healing-gelatin-ionogels
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REVIEW
Anshu Sharma, Kamla Rawat, Pratima R Solanki, H B Bohidar
We demonstrate room temperature (20°C) self-healing, and substantial recovery (68-96%) of gel rigidity of gelatin, a polypeptide, ionogels (made in 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride ionic liquid (IL) solutions via thermal treatment, IL≤5% (w/v)) after they were cut using a surgical blade. The recovery process did not require any stimuli, and the complete healing under ambient condition required about 10h.The self-healing owed its origin to the reformation of network structures via imidazolium ion mediated charge quenching of deprotonated residues, and hydrophobic interaction between neighbouring alkyl tails of IL molecules...
November 28, 2016: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908689/pcsk9-genetic-variants-and-risk-of-type-2-diabetes-a-mendelian-randomisation-study
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Amand F Schmidt, Daniel I Swerdlow, Michael V Holmes, Riyaz S Patel, Zammy Fairhurst-Hunter, Donald M Lyall, Fernando Pires Hartwig, Bernardo Lessa Horta, Elina Hyppönen, Christine Power, Max Moldovan, Erik van Iperen, G Kees Hovingh, Ilja Demuth, Kristina Norman, Elisabeth Steinhagen-Thiessen, Juri Demuth, Lars Bertram, Tian Liu, Stefan Coassin, Johann Willeit, Stefan Kiechl, Karin Willeit, Dan Mason, John Wright, Richard Morris, Goya Wanamethee, Peter Whincup, Yoav Ben-Shlomo, Stela McLachlan, Jackie F Price, Mika Kivimaki, Catherine Welch, Adelaida Sanchez-Galvez, Pedro Marques-Vidal, Andrew Nicolaides, Andrie G Panayiotou, N Charlotte Onland-Moret, Yvonne T van der Schouw, Giuseppe Matullo, Giovanni Fiorito, Simonetta Guarrera, Carlotta Sacerdote, Nicholas J Wareham, Claudia Langenberg, Robert Scott, Jian'an Luan, Martin Bobak, Sofia Malyutina, Andrzej Pająk, Ruzena Kubinova, Abdonas Tamosiunas, Hynek Pikhart, Lise Lotte Nystrup Husemoen, Niels Grarup, Oluf Pedersen, Torben Hansen, Allan Linneberg, Kenneth Starup Simonsen, Jackie Cooper, Steve E Humphries, Murray Brilliant, Terrie Kitchner, Hakon Hakonarson, David S Carrell, Catherine A McCarty, H Lester Kirchner, Eric B Larson, David R Crosslin, Mariza de Andrade, Dan M Roden, Joshua C Denny, Cara Carty, Stephen Hancock, John Attia, Elizabeth Holliday, Martin O' Donnell, Salim Yusuf, Michael Chong, Guillaume Pare, Pim van der Harst, M Abdullah Said, Ruben N Eppinga, Niek Verweij, Harold Snieder, Tim Christen, Dennis O Mook-Kanamori, Stefan Gustafsson, Lars Lind, Erik Ingelsson, Raha Pazoki, Oscar Franco, Albert Hofman, Andre Uitterlinden, Abbas Dehghan, Alexander Teumer, Sebastian Baumeister, Marcus Dörr, Markus M Lerch, Uwe Völker, Henry Völzke, Joey Ward, Jill P Pell, Daniel J Smith, Tom Meade, Anke H Maitland-van der Zee, Ekaterina V Baranova, Robin Young, Ian Ford, Archie Campbell, Sandosh Padmanabhan, Michiel L Bots, Diederick E Grobbee, Philippe Froguel, Dorothée Thuillier, Beverley Balkau, Amélie Bonnefond, Bertrand Cariou, Melissa Smart, Yanchun Bao, Meena Kumari, Anubha Mahajan, Paul M Ridker, Daniel I Chasman, Alex P Reiner, Leslie A Lange, Marylyn D Ritchie, Folkert W Asselbergs, Juan-Pablo Casas, Brendan J Keating, David Preiss, Aroon D Hingorani, Naveed Sattar
BACKGROUND: Statin treatment and variants in the gene encoding HMG-CoA reductase are associated with reductions in both the concentration of LDL cholesterol and the risk of coronary heart disease, but also with modest hyperglycaemia, increased bodyweight, and modestly increased risk of type 2 diabetes, which in no way offsets their substantial benefits. We sought to investigate the associations of LDL cholesterol-lowering PCSK9 variants with type 2 diabetes and related biomarkers to gauge the likely effects of PCSK9 inhibitors on diabetes risk...
November 28, 2016: Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904915/studies-using-a-porcine-model-what-insights-into-human-calcium-oxalate-stone-formation-mechanisms-has-this-model-facilitated
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REVIEW
Kristina L Penniston, Sutchin R Patel, Denise J Schwahn, Stephen Y Nakada
Animal models are useful in the study of many human diseases. Our current understanding of the biological, physiological, and biochemical aspects of hyperoxaluria and calcium oxalate urolithiasis has been greatly informed by studies using animals. Recently, limitations in the extrapolation to humans of research results derived from laboratory rodents have been identified. The use in biomedical research of a variety of organisms, including large animals, is increasingly encouraged. The purpose of this article is to review the use of pigs in biomedical and stone research, to provide a rationale for using pigs in metabolic stone research, and to describe our 8-year experience in developing a porcine platform for studying hyperoxaluria and calcium oxalate urolithiasis...
November 30, 2016: Urolithiasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899642/the-ucsc-genome-browser-database-2017-update
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Cath Tyner, Galt P Barber, Jonathan Casper, Hiram Clawson, Mark Diekhans, Christopher Eisenhart, Clayton M Fischer, David Gibson, Jairo Navarro Gonzalez, Luvina Guruvadoo, Maximilian Haeussler, Steve Heitner, Angie S Hinrichs, Donna Karolchik, Brian T Lee, Christopher M Lee, Parisa Nejad, Brian J Raney, Kate R Rosenbloom, Matthew L Speir, Chris Villarreal, John Vivian, Ann S Zweig, David Haussler, Robert M Kuhn, W James Kent
Since its 2001 debut, the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) Genome Browser (http://genome.ucsc.edu/) team has provided continuous support to the international genomics and biomedical communities through a web-based, open source platform designed for the fast, scalable display of sequence alignments and annotations landscaped against a vast collection of quality reference genome assemblies. The browser's publicly accessible databases are the backbone of a rich, integrated bioinformatics tool suite that includes a graphical interface for data queries and downloads, alignment programs, command-line utilities and more...
November 29, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898829/gapit-version-2-an-enhanced-integrated-tool-for-genomic-association-and-prediction
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You Tang, Xiaolei Liu, Jiabo Wang, Meng Li, Qishan Wang, Feng Tian, Zhongbin Su, Yuchun Pan, Di Liu, Alexander E Lipka, Edward S Buckler, Zhiwu Zhang
Most human diseases and agriculturally important traits are complex. Dissecting their genetic architecture requires continued development of innovative and powerful statistical methods. Corresponding advances in computing tools are critical to efficiently use these statistical innovations and to enhance and accelerate biomedical and agricultural research and applications. The genome association and prediction integrated tool (GAPIT) was first released in 2012 and became widely used for genome-wide association studies (GWAS) and genomic prediction...
July 2016: Plant Genome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896981/meta-analysis-of-continuous-phenotypes-identifies-a-gene-signature-that-correlates-with-copd-disease-status
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Madeleine Scott, Francesco Vallania, Purvesh Khatri
The utility of multi-cohort two-class meta-analysis to identify robust differentially expressed gene signatures has been well established. However, many biomedical applications, such as gene signatures of disease progression, require one-class analysis. Here we describe an R package, MetaCorrelator, that can identify a reproducible transcriptional signature that is correlated with a continuous disease phenotype across multiple datasets. We successfully applied this framework to extract a pattern of gene expression that can predict lung function in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in both peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) and tissue...
2016: Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896968/exploring-the-reproducibility-of-probabilistic-causal-molecular-network-models
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Ariella Cohain, Aparna A Divaraniya, Kuixi Zhu, Joseph R Scarpa, Andrew Kasarskis, Jun Zhu, Rui Chang, Joel T Dudley, Eric E Schadt
Network reconstruction algorithms are increasingly being employed in biomedical and life sciences research to integrate large-scale, high-dimensional data informing on living systems. One particular class of probabilistic causal networks being applied to model the complexity and causal structure of biological data is Bayesian networks (BNs). BNs provide an elegant mathematical framework for not only inferring causal relationships among many different molecular and higher order phenotypes, but also for incorporating highly diverse priors that provide an efficient path for incorporating existing knowledge...
2016: Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893379/blasst-band-limited-atomic-sampling-with-spectral-tuning-with-applications-to-utility-line-noise-filtering
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Kenneth R Ball, W David Hairston, Piotr J Franaszczuk, Kay A Robbins
OBJECTIVE: In this paper we present and test a new method for the identification and removal of non-stationary utility line noise from biomedical signals. METHODS: The method, Band Limited Atomic Sampling with Spectral Tuning (BLASST), is an iterative approach that is designed to (1) fit non-stationarities in line noise by searching for best-fit Gabor atoms at predetermined time points, (2) self-modulate its fit by leveraging information from frequencies surrounding the target frequency, and (3) terminate based on a convergence criterion obtained from the same surrounding frequencies...
November 23, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891534/graphene-oxide-nanosheets-stimulate-ruffling-and-shedding-of-mammalian-cell-plasma-membranes
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Chao Sun, Devin L Wakefield, Yimo Han, David A Muller, David A Holowka, Barbara A Baird, William R Dichtel
Graphene oxide (GO) has attracted intense interest for use in living systems and environmental applications. GO's compatibility with mammalian cells is sometimes inferred from its low cytotoxicity, but such conclusions ignore non-lethal effects that will influence GO's utility. Here we demonstrate, with rat basophilic leukemia (RBL) cells, profound plasma membrane (PM) ruffling and shedding induced by GO using confocal and live cell fluorescence microscopy, as well as scanning electron microscopy. These membrane structures contain immunoglobulin E receptors, are resistant to detergents, and lack detectable fluorescence labeling of F-actin and fibronectin...
August 11, 2016: Chem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891315/awareness-about-biomedical-waste-management-and-knowledge-of-effective-recycling-of-dental-materials-among-dental-students
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Rajeev Ranjan, Ruchi Pathak, Dhirendra K Singh, Md Jalaluddin, Shobha A Kore, Abhijeet R Kore
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: Biomedical waste management has become a concern with increasing number of dental practitioners in India. Being health care professionals, dentists should be aware regarding safe disposal of biomedical waste and recycling of dental materials to minimize biohazards to the environment. The aim of the present study was to assess awareness regarding biomedical waste management as well as knowledge of effective recycling and reuse of dental materials among dental students...
September 2016: Journal of International Society of Preventive & Community Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890865/csf-pr-2-0-an-interactive-literature-guide-to-quantitative-cerebrospinal-fluid-mass-spectrometry-data-from-neurodegenerative-disorders
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Astrid Guldbrandsen, Yehia Farag, Ann C Kroksveen, Eystein Oveland, Ragnhild R Lereim, Jill A Opsahl, Kjell-Morten Myhr, Frode S Berven, Harald Barsnes
The rapidly growing number of biomedical studies supported by mass spectrometry based quantitative proteomics data has made it increasingly difficult to obtain an overview of the current status of the research field. A better way of organizing the biomedical proteomics information from these studies and making it available to the research community is therefore called for. In the presented work, we have investigated scientific publications describing the analysis of the cerebrospinal fluid proteome in relation to multiple sclerosis, Parkinsons disease and Alzheimers disease...
November 27, 2016: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887974/perusal-of-parasitic-nematode-omics-in-the-post-genomic-era
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Jonathan D Stoltzfus, Adeiye A Pilgrim, De'Broski R Herbert
The advent of high-throughput, next-generation sequencing methods combined with advances in computational biology and bioinformatics have greatly accelerated discovery within biomedical research. This "post-genomics" era has ushered in powerful approaches allowing one to quantify RNA transcript and protein abundance for every gene in the genome - often for multiple conditions. Herein, we chronicle how the post-genomics era has advanced our overall understanding of parasitic nematodes through transcriptomics and proteomics and highlight some of the important advances made in each major nematode clade...
November 22, 2016: Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884602/a-data-driven-weighting-scheme-for-multivariate-phenotypic-endpoints-recapitulates-zebrafish-developmental-cascades
#20
Guozhu Zhang, Kyle R Roell, Lisa Truong, Robert L Tanguay, David M Reif
Zebrafish have become a key alternative model for studying health effects of environmental stressors, partly due to their genetic similarity to humans, fast generation time, and the efficiency of generating high-dimensional systematic data. Studies aiming to characterize adverse health effects in zebrafish typically include several phenotypic measurements (endpoints). While there is a solid biomedical basis for capturing a comprehensive set of endpoints, making summary judgments regarding health effects requires thoughtful integration across endpoints...
November 22, 2016: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
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