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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340199/intrarenal-arterial-stiffness-is-increased-in-systemic-sclerosis-patients-with-anti-ribonucleic-acid-polymerase-iii-antibodies
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Edoardo Rosato, Luca Navarini, Antonietta Gigante, Rosario Cianci, Domenico Margiotta, Biagio Barbano, Antonella Afeltra
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 15, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332122/cognitive-impairments-and-predominant-polarity-in-bipolar-disorder-a-cross-sectional-study
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Gabriel Okawa Belizario, Alexandre Duarte Gigante, Cristiana Castanho de Almeida Rocca, Beny Lafer
BACKGROUND: Bipolar disorder (BD) patients exhibit cognitive impairments during euthymic states. Studies suggest that manic episodes may be correlated to cognitive impairments. The present study investigated the relationship between predominant polarity and the cognitive deficits frequently detected in bipolar patients. We hypothesize that mania predominant polarity (MPP) patients should exhibit greater cognitive impairments in comparison to depressive (DPP) and indefinite predominant polarity (IPP) patients and healthy control (HC) individuals...
December 2017: International Journal of Bipolar Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320133/rest-tremor-in-parkinson-s-disease-body-distribution-and-time-of-appearance
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Angelo Fabio Gigante, Roberta Pellicciari, Giovanni Iliceto, Daniele Liuzzi, Paola Vincenza Mancino, Giacomo Emanuele Custodero, Marco Guido, Paolo Livrea, Giovanni Defazio
OBJECTIVE: To assess body distribution and timing of appearance of rest tremor in Parkinson's disease. METHODS: Information was obtained by a computerized database containing historical information collected at the first visit and data collected during the subsequent follow-up visits. Information on rest tremor developed during the follow-up could be therefore obtained by our own observation in a proportion of patients. RESULTS: Among 289 patients, rest tremor was reported at disease onset in 65...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289130/inhibition-of-ectopic-microtubule-assembly-by-the-kinesin-13-klp-7-mcak-prevents-chromosome-segregation-and-cytokinesis-defects-in-oocytes
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Emmanuelle Gigant, Marine Stefanutti, Kimberley Laband, Agata Gluszek-Kustusz, Frances Edwards, Benjamin Lacroix, Gilliane Maton, Julie C Canman, Julie P I Welburn, Julien Dumont
In most species, oocytes lack centrosomes. Accurate meiotic spindle assembly and chromosome segregation -essential to prevent miscarriage or developmental defects- thus occur through atypical mechanisms that are not well characterized. Using quantitative in vitro and in vivo functional assays in the C. elegans oocyte, we provide here novel evidence that the kinesin-13 KLP-7 promotes the destabilization of the whole cellular microtubule network. By counteracting ectopic microtubule assembly and disorganization of the microtubule network, this function is strictly required for spindle organization, chromosome segregation, and cytokinesis in meiotic cells...
March 13, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288569/endothelial-dll4-overexpression-reduces-vascular-response-and-inhibits-tumor-growth-and-metastasization-in-vivo
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Alexandre Trindade, Dusan Djokovic, Joana Gigante, Liliana Mendonça, António Duarte
BACKGROUND: The inhibition of Delta-like 4 (Dll4)/Notch signaling has been shown to result in excessive, nonfunctional vessel proliferation and significant tumor growth suppression. However, safety concerns emerged with the identification of side effects resulting from chronic Dll4/Notch blockade. Alternatively, we explored the endothelial Dll4 overexpression using different mouse tumor models. METHODS: We used a transgenic mouse model of endothelial-specific Dll4 overexpression, previously produced...
March 14, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258791/kidney-disease-and-venous-thromboembolism-does-being-woman-make-the-difference
#6
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A Gigante, F Di Mario, A Pierucci, A Amoroso, F S Pignataro, L Napoleone, S Basili, V Raparelli
The risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE) is increased across the spectrum of chronic kidney disease (CKD), from mild to more advanced CKD, and typically characterizes nephrotic syndrome (NS). VTE risk in patients with kidney disease may be due to underlying hemostatic abnormalities, including activation of pro-thrombotic factors, inhibition of endogenous anticoagulation systems, enhanced platelet activation and aggregation, and decreased fibrinolytic activity. The mechanisms involved differ depending on the cause of the kidney impairment (i...
March 1, 2017: European Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254286/synchrotron-based-xrd-from-rat-bone-of-different-age-groups
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D V Rao, G E Gigante, R Cesareo, A Brunetti, N Schiavon, T Akatsuka, T Yuasa, T Takeda
Synchrotron-based XRD spectra from rat bone of different age groups (w, 56 w and 78w), lumber vertebra at early stages of bone formation, Calcium hydroxyapatite (HAp) [Ca10(PO4)6(OH)2] bone fill with varying composition (60% and 70%) and bone cream (35-48%), has been acquired with 15keV synchrotron X-rays. Experiments were performed at Desy, Hamburg, Germany, utilizing the Resonant and Diffraction beamline (P9), with 15keV X-rays (λ=0.82666 A(0)). Diffraction data were quantitatively analyzed using the Rietveld refinement approach, which allowed us to characterize the structure of these samples in their early stages...
May 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28244370/molecular-architecture-of-the-90s-small-subunit-pre-ribosome
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Qi Sun, Xing Zhu, Jia Qi, Weidong An, Pengfei Lan, Dan Tan, Rongchang Chen, Bing Wang, Sanduo Zheng, Cheng Zhang, Xining Chen, Wei Zhang, Jing Chen, Meng-Qiu Dong, Keqiong Ye
Eukaryotic small ribosomal subunits are first assembled into 90S pre-ribosomes. The complete 90S is a gigantic complex with a molecular mass of approximately five megadaltons. Here, we report the nearly complete architecture of Saccharomyces cerevisiae 90S determined from three cryo-electron microscopy single particle reconstructions at 4.5 to 8.7 angstrom resolution. The majority of the density maps were modeled and assigned to specific RNA and protein components. The nascent ribosome is assembled into isolated native-like substructures that are stabilized by abundant assembly factors...
February 28, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28240288/intensity-dependent-modulation-of-optically-active-signals-in-a-chiral-metamaterial
#9
Sean P Rodrigues, Shoufeng Lan, Lei Kang, Yonghao Cui, Patrick W Panuski, Shengxiang Wang, Augustine M Urbas, Wenshan Cai
Chiral media exhibit optical phenomena that provide distinctive responses from opposite circular polarizations. The disparity between these responses can be optimized by structurally engineering absorptive materials into chiral nanopatterns to form metamaterials that provide gigantic chiroptical resonances. To fully leverage the innate duality of chiral metamaterials for future optical technologies, it is essential to make such chiroptical responses tunable via external means. Here we report an optical metamaterial with tailored chiroptical effects in the nonlinear regime, which exhibits a pronounced shift in its circular dichroism spectrum under a modest level of excitation power...
February 27, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226231/cell-biology-of-the-plant-nucleus
#10
Iris Meier, Eric J Richards, David E Evans
The eukaryotic nucleus is enclosed by the nuclear envelope, which is perforated by the nuclear pores, the gateways of macromolecular exchange between the nucleoplasm and cytoplasm. The nucleoplasm is organized in a complex three-dimensional fashion that changes over time and in response to stimuli. Within the cell, the nucleus must be viewed as an organelle (albeit a gigantic one) that is a recipient of cytoplasmic forces and capable of morphological and positional dynamics. The most dramatic reorganization of this organelle occurs during mitosis and meiosis...
February 22, 2017: Annual Review of Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220886/earth-s-oldest-bobbit-worm-gigantism-in-a-devonian-eunicidan-polychaete
#11
Mats E Eriksson, Luke A Parry, David M Rudkin
Whilst the fossil record of polychaete worms extends to the early Cambrian, much data on this group derive from microfossils known as scolecodonts. These are sclerotized jaw elements, which generally range from 0.1-2 mm in size, and which, in contrast to the soft-body anatomy, have good preservation potential and a continuous fossil record. Here we describe a new eunicidan polychaete, Websteroprion armstrongi gen. et sp. nov., based primarily on monospecific bedding plane assemblages from the Lower-Middle Devonian Kwataboahegan Formation of Ontario, Canada...
February 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217162/a-rare-case-of-giant-occipital-meningocele-with-dandy-walker-syndrome-can-it-grow-bigger-than-this
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Dipanker Singh Mankotia, Guru Dutta Satyarthee, Bhoopendra Singh, Bhawani Shankar Sharma
Association of Dandy-Walker syndrome with occipital meningocele (OMC) is extremely rare and about thirty cases are reported till date in the Western literature. However, OMC is classified by Talamonti et al. into small, large, and giant categories with respective diameters were upto 5 cm in small, large with 5-9 cm, and giant with >9 cm. Usually the size of OMC progressively increases as raised intracranial pressure leads to compensatory cerebrospinal fluid escape into sac with the growth of children. Authors report an interesting case of an 18-month-old female child with extra-gigantic OMC, whose size was almost same since birth, representing the first case of its kind, who underwent successful surgical repair...
October 2016: Journal of Pediatric Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216640/the-ubiquitin-ligase-cullin5-socs2-regulates-ndr1-stk38-stability-and-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-transactivation
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Indranil Paul, Tanveer S Batth, Diego Iglesias-Gato, Amna Al-Araimi, Ibrahim Al-Haddabi, Amira Alkharusi, Gunnar Norstedt, Jesper V Olsen, Fahad Zadjali, Amilcar Flores-Morales
SOCS2 is a pleiotropic E3 ligase. Its deficiency is associated with gigantism and organismal lethality upon inflammatory challenge. However, mechanistic understanding of SOCS2 function is dismal due to our unawareness of its protein substrates. We performed a mass spectrometry based proteomic profiling upon SOCS2 depletion and yield quantitative data for ~4200 proteins. Through this screen we identify a novel target of SOCS2, the serine-threonine kinase NDR1. Over-expression of SOCS2 accelerates turnover, while its knockdown stabilizes, endogenous NDR1 protein...
February 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215037/the-italian-dystonia-registry-rationale-design-and-preliminary-findings
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Giovanni Defazio, M Esposito, G Abbruzzese, C L Scaglione, G Fabbrini, G Ferrazzano, S Peluso, R Pellicciari, A F Gigante, G Cossu, R Arca, L Avanzino, F Bono, M R Mazza, L Bertolasi, R Bacchin, R Eleopra, C Lettieri, F Morgante, M C Altavista, L Polidori, R Liguori, S Misceo, G Squintani, M Tinazzi, R Ceravolo, E Unti, L Magistrelli, M Coletti Moja, N Modugno, M Petracca, N Tambasco, M S Cotelli, M Aguggia, A Pisani, M Romano, M Zibetti, A R Bentivoglio, A Albanese, P Girlanda, A Berardelli
The Italian Dystonia Registry is a multicenter data collection system that will prospectively assess the phenomenology and natural history of adult-onset dystonia and will serve as a basis for future etiological, pathophysiological and therapeutic studies. In the first 6 months of activity, 20 movement disorders Italian centres have adhered to the registry and 664 patients have been recruited. Baseline historical information from this cohort provides the first general overview of adult-onset dystonia in Italy...
February 18, 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195215/the-structural-switch-of-nucleotide-free-kinesin
#15
Luyan Cao, Soraya Cantos-Fernandes, Benoît Gigant
Kinesin-1 is an ATP-dependent motor protein that moves towards microtubules (+)-ends. Whereas structures of isolated ADP-kinesin and of complexes with tubulin of apo-kinesin and of ATP-like-kinesin are available, structural data on apo-kinesin-1 in the absence of tubulin are still missing, leaving the role of nucleotide release in the structural cycle unsettled. Here, we identified mutations in the kinesin nucleotide-binding P-loop motif that interfere with ADP binding. These mutations destabilize the P-loop (T87A mutant) or magnesium binding (T92V), highlighting a dual mechanism for nucleotide release...
February 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194009/a-metamorphic-inorganic-framework-that-can-be-switched-between-eight-single-crystalline-states
#16
Caihong Zhan, Jamie M Cameron, David Gabb, Thomas Boyd, Ross S Winter, Laia Vilà-Nadal, Scott G Mitchell, Stefan Glatzel, Joachim Breternitz, Duncan H Gregory, De-Liang Long, Andrew Macdonell, Leroy Cronin
The design of highly flexible framework materials requires organic linkers, whereas inorganic materials are more robust but inflexible. Here, by using linkable inorganic rings made up of tungsten oxide (P8W48O184) building blocks, we synthesized an inorganic single crystal material that can undergo at least eight different crystal-to-crystal transformations, with gigantic crystal volume contraction and expansion changes ranging from -2,170 to +1,720 Å(3) with no reduction in crystallinity. Not only does this material undergo the largest single crystal-to-single crystal volume transformation thus far reported (to the best of our knowledge), the system also shows conformational flexibility while maintaining robustness over several cycles in the reversible uptake and release of guest molecules switching the crystal between different metamorphic states...
February 13, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176633/hypothyroidism-and-nephrotic-syndrome-why-when-and-how-to-treat
#17
Francesca Di Mario, Riccardo Pofi, Antonietta Gigante, Laura Rivoli, Edoardo Rosato, Andrea Maria Isidori, Rosario Cianci, Biagio Barbano
Hypothyroidism, characterised by low/normal free thyroxine (FT4) and free tri-iodothyronine (FT3) with elevated thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), is a well-known complication of nephrotic syndrome (NS). This is a common feature of primary and secondary glomerular diseases and comprises loss of protein in the urine and increased urinary excretion of thyroid hormones and thyroxine-binding globulin. With a normal thyroid reserve, this scenario is associated with the development of subclinical hypothyroidism, with a slight increase in TSH and normal free fractions...
February 7, 2017: Current Vascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174825/diet-induced-overweight-and-obesity-and-periodontitis-risk-an-application-of-the-parametric-g-formula-in-the-1982-pelotas-birth-cohort
#18
Gustavo G Nascimento, Marco A Peres, Murthy N Mittinty, Karen G Peres, Loc G Do, Bernardo L Horta, Denise P Gigante, Marcos B Corrêa, Flávio F Demarco
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 8, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168104/an-early-geikiid-dicynodont-from-the-tropidostoma-assemblage-zone-late-permian-of-south-africa
#19
Christian F Kammerer, Roger M H Smith
Based on specimens previously identified as Tropidostoma, a new taxon of dicynodont (Bulbasaurus phylloxyron gen. et sp. nov.) from the Karoo Basin of South Africa is described. Bulbasaurus is a medium-sized dicynodont (maximum dorsal skull length 16.0 cm) restricted to the Tropidostoma Assemblage Zone (early Lopingian) of the Beaufort Group. Bulbasaurus can be distinguished from Tropidostoma by an array of characters including the presence of a tall, sharp premaxillary ridge, large, rugose, nearly-confluent nasal bosses, a nasofrontal ridge, massive tusks, robust pterygoids, prominently twisted subtemporal bar, and absence of a distinct postfrontal...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28165555/nutritional-status-and-intrarenal-arterial-stiffness-in-cardiorenal-syndrome-a-pilot-study
#20
A Gigante, F Di Mario, B Barbano, E Rosato, G Di Lazzaro Giraldi, R Pofi, M L Gasperini, D Amoroso, R Cianci, A Laviano
OBJECTIVE: Cardio-Renal Syndrome (CRS) is a condition, which is more frequently observed in clinical practice. The aim of this study is to explore nutritional status and intrarenal arterial stiffness in patients affected by CRS. PATIENTS AND METHODS: 14 consecutive CRS patients, screened for anthropometry, biochemistry, nutritional and metabolic status underwent renal Doppler ultrasound and whole-body bioimpedance spectroscopy (BIS). RESULTS: We found a positive correlation between phase angle (PA) and CKD-EPI and MDRD (p=0...
January 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
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