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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346643/evaluating-the-quality-and-readability-of-internet-information-sources-regarding-the-treatment-of-swallowing-disorders
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Ashley P O'Connell Ferster, Amanda Hu
The Internet has become a popular resource for patient education. The information it provides, however, is rarely peer-reviewed, and its quality may be a concern. Since the average American reads at an 8th grade level, the American Medical Association and the National Institutes of Health have recommended that health information be written at a 4th to 6th grade level. We performed a study to assess the quality and readability of online information regarding the treatment of swallowing disorders. A Google search for "swallowing treatment" was conducted...
March 2017: Ear, Nose, & Throat Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346463/changes-in-soil-bacterial-community-structure-as-a-result-of-incorporation-of-brassica-plants-compared-with-continuous-planting-eggplant-and-chemical-disinfection-in-greenhouses
#2
Tianzhu Li, Tongtong Liu, Chengyu Zheng, Chunsheng Kang, Zichao Yang, Xiaotong Yao, Fengbin Song, Runzhi Zhang, Xuerong Wang, Ning Xu, Chunyi Zhang, Wei Li, Shumin Li
Greenhouse eggplant monocropping in China has contributed to the aggravation of soil-borne diseases, reductions in crop quality and yield, and the degradation of physical and chemical soil properties. Crop rotation is one effective way of alleviating the problems of continuous cropping worldwide; however, few studies have reported changes in soil bacterial community structures and physical and chemical soil properties after Brassica vegetables had been rotated with eggplant in greenhouses. In this experiment, mustard-eggplant (BFN) and oilseed rape-eggplant (BFC) rotations were studied to identify changes in the physicochemical properties and bacterial community structure in soil that was previously subject to monocropping...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346444/genetic-variants-associated-with-mosaic-y-chromosome-loss-highlight-cell-cycle-genes-and-overlap-with-cancer-susceptibility
#3
Daniel J Wright, Felix R Day, Nicola D Kerrison, Florian Zink, Alexia Cardona, Patrick Sulem, Deborah J Thompson, Svanhvit Sigurjonsdottir, Daniel F Gudbjartsson, Agnar Helgason, J Ross Chapman, Steve P Jackson, Claudia Langenberg, Nicholas J Wareham, Robert A Scott, Unnur Thorsteindottir, Ken K Ong, Kari Stefansson, John R B Perry
The Y chromosome is frequently lost in hematopoietic cells, which represents the most common somatic alteration in men. However, the mechanisms that regulate mosaic loss of chromosome Y (mLOY), and its clinical relevance, are unknown. We used genotype-array-intensity data and sequence reads from 85,542 men to identify 19 genomic regions (P < 5 × 10(-8)) that are associated with mLOY. Cumulatively, these loci also predicted X chromosome loss in women (n = 96,123; P = 4 × 10(-6)). Additional epigenome-wide methylation analyses using whole blood highlighted 36 differentially methylated sites associated with mLOY...
March 27, 2017: Nature Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346370/de-novo-assembly-annotation-and-characterization-of-root-transcriptomes-of-three-caladium-cultivars-with-a-focus-on-necrotrophic-pathogen-resistance-defense-related-genes
#4
Zhe Cao, Zhanao Deng
Roots are vital to plant survival and crop yield, yet few efforts have been made to characterize the expressed genes in the roots of non-model plants (root transcriptomes). This study was conducted to sequence, assemble, annotate, and characterize the root transcriptomes of three caladium cultivars (Caladium × hortulanum) using RNA-Seq. The caladium cultivars used in this study have different levels of resistance to Pythiummyriotylum, the most damaging necrotrophic pathogen to caladium roots. Forty-six to 61 million clean reads were obtained for each caladium root transcriptome...
March 27, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346277/myopic-laser-corneal-refractive-surgery-reduces-interdevice-agreement-in-the-measurement-of-anterior-corneal-curvature
#5
Haiying Jin, Zhongmin Ou, Haike Guo, Peiquan Zhao
OBJECTIVES: To investigate interdevice differences and agreement in the measurement of anterior corneal curvature obtained by different technologies after laser corneal refractive surgery. METHODS: The prospective study comprised 109 eyes of 109 consecutive patients who had undergone laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK). Preoperative and postoperative corneal parameters were measured by Scheimpflug imaging (Pentacam), Placido-slit-scanning (Orbscan) and auto-keratometry (IOLMaster)...
March 24, 2017: Eye & Contact Lens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346276/comparison-of-noncontact-specular-and-confocal-microscopy-for-evaluation-of-corneal-endothelium
#6
Jianyan Huang, Jyotsna Maram, Tudor C Tepelus, Srinivas R Sadda, Vikas Chopra, Olivia L Lee
PURPOSE: To compare endothelial cell analysis obtained by noncontact specular and confocal microscopy, using the Konan NSP-9900 and Nidek ConfoScan4 systems, respectively. METHODS: Three groups including 70 healthy eyes, 49 eyes with Fuchs endothelial corneal dystrophy (FECD), and 78 eyes with glaucoma were examined with both the Konan NSP-9900 specular microscope and the Nidek ConfocScan4 confocal microscope. Certified graders at the Doheny Image Reading Center compared corneal endothelial images from both instruments side by side to assess image quality...
March 24, 2017: Eye & Contact Lens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345402/clinical-and-functional-correlates-of-processing-speed-in-pediatric-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#7
Nathan E Cook, Ellen B Braaten, Craig B H Surman
It is well established that processing speed is negatively impacted in children and adolescents with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Unfortunately, exactly how processing speed vulnerabilities manifest in daily functioning has not been well established. To support clinical care of youth with ADHD, it is important to better understand the functional consequences and relevant outcomes associated with processing speed deficits. This systematic review and meta-analysis sought to identify the association between processing speed and clinical or functional correlates among children or adolescents diagnosed with ADHD...
March 27, 2017: Child Neuropsychology: a Journal on Normal and Abnormal Development in Childhood and Adolescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345370/an-accurate-and-fast-alignment-free-method-for-profiling-microbial-communities
#8
Diem-Trang Pham, Shanshan Gao, Vinhthuy Phan
Determining abundances of microbial genomes in metagenomic samples is an important problem in analyzing metagenomic data. Although homology-based methods are popular, they have shown to be computationally expensive due to the alignment of tens of millions of reads from metagenomic samples to reference genomes of hundreds to thousands of environmental microbial species. We introduce an efficient alignment-free approach to estimate abundances of microbial genomes in metagenomic samples. The approach is based on solving linear and quadratic programs, which are represented by genome-specific markers (GSM)...
March 7, 2017: Journal of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344996/codon-optimization-leads-to-functional-impairment-of-rd114-tr-envelope-glycoprotein
#9
Eleonora Zucchelli, Monika Pema, Anna Stornaiuolo, Claudia Piovan, Cinzia Scavullo, Erica Giuliani, Sergio Bossi, Stefano Corna, Claudia Asperti, Claudio Bordignon, Gian-Paolo Rizzardi, Chiara Bovolenta
Lentiviral vectors (LVs) are a highly valuable tool for gene transfer currently exploited in basic, applied, and clinical studies. Their optimization is therefore very important for the field of vectorology and gene therapy. A key molecule for LV function is the envelope because it guides cell entry. The most commonly used in transiently produced LVs is the vesicular stomatitis virus glycoprotein (VSV-G) envelope, whose continuous expression is, however, toxic for stable LV producer cells. In contrast, the feline endogenous retroviral RD114-TR envelope is suitable for stable LV manufacturing, being well tolerated by producer cells under constitutive expression...
March 17, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Methods & Clinical Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344990/inspiired-a-pipeline-for-quantitative-analysis-of-sites-of-new-dna-integration-in-cellular-genomes
#10
Eric Sherman, Christopher Nobles, Charles C Berry, Emmanuelle Six, Yinghua Wu, Anatoly Dryga, Nirav Malani, Frances Male, Shantan Reddy, Aubrey Bailey, Kyle Bittinger, John K Everett, Laure Caccavelli, Mary J Drake, Paul Bates, Salima Hacein-Bey-Abina, Marina Cavazzana, Frederic D Bushman
Integration of new DNA into cellular genomes mediates replication of retroviruses and transposons; integration reactions have also been adapted for use in human gene therapy. Tracking the distributions of integration sites is important to characterize populations of transduced cells and to monitor potential outgrow of pathogenic cell clones. Here, we describe a pipeline for quantitative analysis of integration site distributions named INSPIIRED (integration site pipeline for paired-end reads). We describe optimized biochemical steps for site isolation using Illumina paired-end sequencing, including new technology for suppressing recovery of unwanted contaminants, then software for alignment, quality control, and management of integration site sequences...
March 17, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Methods & Clinical Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344949/the-effect-of-anesthesia-on-the-ventilatory-functions-of-patients-with-maxillo-mandibular-fixation
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B I Akhiwu, H O Akhiwu, B D Saheeb, M M Habeeb
BACKGROUND: Maxillo-mandibular fixation (MMF) is a procedure still routinely practiced in developing countries. AIM: To determine the variations in pulmonary functions readings between cases treated under general anesthesia (GA) and those treated under local anesthesia (LA). METHODOLOGY: A descriptive hospital-based study of 106 patients was carried out from January 2011- December 2012. Information was obtained using a questionnaire and all study subjects had their baseline lung functions and their post-operative daily lung function parameters measured for the first week and then weekly for the next five weeks...
April 2016: Journal of the West African College of Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344587/the-chloroplast-genome-of-passiflora-edulis-passifloraceae-assembled-from-long-sequence-reads-structural-organization-and-phylogenomic-studies-in-malpighiales
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Luiz A Cauz-Santos, Carla F Munhoz, Nathalie Rodde, Stephane Cauet, Anselmo A Santos, Helen A Penha, Marcelo C Dornelas, Alessandro M Varani, Giancarlo C X Oliveira, Hélène Bergès, Maria Lucia C Vieira
The family Passifloraceae consists of some 700 species classified in around 16 genera. Almost all its members belong to the genus Passiflora. In Brazil, the yellow passion fruit (Passiflora edulis) is of considerable economic importance, both for juice production and consumption as fresh fruit. The availability of chloroplast genomes (cp genomes) and their sequence comparisons has led to a better understanding of the evolutionary relationships within plant taxa. In this study, we obtained the complete nucleotide sequence of the P...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344519/assessment-of-repli-g-multiple-displacement-whole-genome-amplification-wga-techniques-for-metagenomic-applications
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Sofia Ahsanuddin, Ebrahim Afshinnekoo, Jorge Gandara, Mustafa Hakyemezoğlu, Daniela Bezdan, Samuel Minot, Nick Greenfield, Christopher E Mason
Amplification of minute quantities of DNA is a fundamental challenge in low-biomass metagenomic and microbiome studies because of potential biases in coverage, guanine-cytosine (GC) content, and altered species abundances. Whole genome amplification (WGA), although widely used, is notorious for introducing artifact sequences, either by amplifying laboratory contaminants or by nonrandom amplification of a sample's DNA. In this study, we investigate the effect of REPLI-g multiple displacement amplification (MDA; Qiagen, Valencia, CA, USA) on sequencing data quality and species abundance detection in 8 paired metagenomic samples and 1 titrated, mixed control sample...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Biomolecular Techniques: JBT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344460/intra-and-inter-rater-reliability-of-the-modified-tuck-jump-assessment
#14
Azahara Fort-Vanmeerhaeghe, Alicia M Montalvo, Rhodri S Lloyd, Paul Read, Gregory D Myer
The Tuck Jump Assessment (TJA) is a clinician-friendly screening tool that was designed to support practitioners with identification of neuromuscular deficits associated with anterior cruciate ligament injury. This study aimed to evaluate the inter- and intra-rater reliability of the modified scoring (0 to 2) TJA to add an additional range of objectivity for each criterion. A total of 24 elite youth volleyball athletes (12 males and 12 females) were included in this study. Each participant's recorded performance of the TJA was scored independently by two raters across ten criteria using the modified scale...
March 2017: Journal of Sports Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344410/identification-of-single-nucleotide-polymorphism-in-protein-phosphatase-1-regulatory-subunit-11-gene-in-murrah-bulls
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Varsha Jain, Brijesh Patel, Farhat Paul Umar, H M Ajithakumar, Suraj K Gurjar, I D Gupta, Archana Verma
AIM: This study was conducted with the objective to identify single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) in protein phosphatase 1 regulatory subunit 11 (PPP1R11) gene in Murrah bulls. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Genomic DNA was isolated by phenol-chloroform extraction method from the frozen semen samples of 65 Murrah bulls maintained at Artificial Breeding Research Centre, ICAR-National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal. The quality and concentration of DNA was checked by spectrophotometer reading and agarose gel electrophoresis...
February 2017: Veterinary World
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344082/circ-znf609-is-a-circular-rna-that-can-be-translated-and-functions-in-myogenesis
#16
Ivano Legnini, Gaia Di Timoteo, Francesca Rossi, Mariangela Morlando, Francesca Briganti, Olga Sthandier, Alessandro Fatica, Tiziana Santini, Adrian Andronache, Mark Wade, Pietro Laneve, Nikolaus Rajewsky, Irene Bozzoni
Circular RNAs (circRNAs) constitute a family of transcripts with unique structures and still largely unknown functions. Their biogenesis, which proceeds via a back-splicing reaction, is fairly well characterized, whereas their role in the modulation of physiologically relevant processes is still unclear. Here we performed expression profiling of circRNAs during in vitro differentiation of murine and human myoblasts, and we identified conserved species regulated in myogenesis and altered in Duchenne muscular dystrophy...
March 16, 2017: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343943/insomnia-treatment-preferences-during-pregnancy
#17
Ivan D Sedov, Sherryl H Goodman, Lianne M Tomfohr-Madsen
OBJECTIVE: To determine pregnant women's preferences for the treatment of insomnia: cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT-I), pharmacotherapy, or acupuncture. DESIGN: A cross-sectional survey of pregnant women. SETTING: We recruited participants in person at a low-risk maternity clinic and a pregnancy and infant trade show and invited them to complete an online questionnaire. PARTICIPANTS: The sample (N = 187) was primarily White (70%), married or common-law married (96%), and on average 31 years of age; the mean gestational age was 28 weeks...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing: JOGNN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343578/untranslated-regions-utrs-orchestrate-translation-reprogramming-in-cellular-stress-responses
#18
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Basavaraj Sajjanar, Rajib Deb, Susheel Kumar Raina, Sachin Pawar, Manoj P Brahmane, Avinash V Nirmale, Nitin P Kurade, Gundallahalli B Manjunathareddy, Santanu Kumar Bal, Narendra Pratap Singh
Stress is the result of an organism's interaction with environmental challenges. Regulations of gene expression including translation modulations are critical for adaptation and survival under stress. Untranslated regions (UTRs) of the transcripts play significant roles in translation regulation and continue to raise many intriguing questions in our understanding of cellular stress physiology. IRES (Internal ribosome entry site) and uORF (upstream open reading frame) mediated alternative translation initiations are emerging as unique mechanisms...
April 2017: Journal of Thermal Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343465/academic-outcomes-in-individuals-with-childhood-onset-epilepsy-mediating-effects-of-working-memory
#19
Ashley N Danguecan, Mary Lou Smith
OBJECTIVES: Academic difficulties are common in children with epilepsy, although little is known about the effect of various seizure-related and cognitive variables. Given that persistent seizures may negatively impact academics, and that working memory is predictive of academic abilities, we examined the effects of recent seizures and working memory on word reading, spelling, and arithmetic in pediatric epilepsy. We hypothesized that persistent seizures would be associated with lower working memory ability, which would in turn result in poorer academic performance...
March 27, 2017: Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society: JINS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343239/improved-full-length-killer-cell-immunoglobulin-like-receptor-transcript-discovery-in-mauritian-cynomolgus-macaques
#20
Trent M Prall, Michael E Graham, Julie A Karl, Roger W Wiseman, Adam J Ericsen, Muthuswamy Raveendran, R Alan Harris, Donna M Muzny, Richard A Gibbs, Jeffrey Rogers, David H O'Connor
Killer cell immunoglobulin-like receptors (KIRs) modulate disease progression of pathogens including HIV, malaria, and hepatitis C. Cynomolgus and rhesus macaques are widely used as nonhuman primate models to study human pathogens, and so, considerable effort has been put into characterizing their KIR genetics. However, previous studies have relied on cDNA cloning and Sanger sequencing that lack the throughput of current sequencing platforms. In this study, we present a high throughput, full-length allele discovery method utilizing Pacific Biosciences circular consensus sequencing (CCS)...
March 25, 2017: Immunogenetics
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