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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528510/immunogenomics-using-genomics-to-personalize-cancer-immunotherapy
#1
Rance C Siniard, Shuko Harada
While the use of genomic data has the potential to revolutionize patient care, there is still much work to be done with regard to the transformation of host-tumor interactions into favorable clinical outcomes for our patients. High-throughput technologies, such as next-generation sequencing (NGS), have rapidly advanced our understanding of oncology, and we are learning that most tumors do not simply possess consistently mutated genes that are responsible for tumorigenesis, facilitating the need for personalized cancer therapy...
May 20, 2017: Virchows Archiv: An International Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528475/effects-of-selenium-supplementation-on-gene-expression-levels-of-inflammatory-cytokines-and-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-in-patients-with-gestational-diabetes
#2
Mehri Jamilian, Mansooreh Samimi, Faraneh Afshar Ebrahimi, Esmat Aghadavod, Robabeh Mohammadbeigi, Maryam Rahimi, Zatollah Asemi
Selenium is known to exert multiple beneficial effects including anti-inflammatory actions. The aim of the study was to evaluate the effects of selenium supplementation on gene expression levels of inflammatory cytokines and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in women with gestational diabetes (GDM). This randomized double-blind, placebo-controlled trial was carried out among 40 subjects diagnosed with GDM aged 18-40 years old. Subjects were randomly allocated into two groups to receive either 200 μg/day selenium supplements (n = 20) or placebo (n = 20) for 6 weeks...
May 21, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528360/a-spiking-neural-network-model-of-the-midbrain-superior-colliculus-that-generates-saccadic-motor-commands
#3
Bahadir Kasap, A John van Opstal
Single-unit recordings suggest that the midbrain superior colliculus (SC) acts as an optimal controller for saccadic gaze shifts. The SC is proposed to be the site within the visuomotor system where the nonlinear spatial-to-temporal transformation is carried out: the population encodes the intended saccade vector by its location in the motor map (spatial), and its trajectory and velocity by the distribution of firing rates (temporal). The neurons' burst profiles vary systematically with their anatomical positions and intended saccade vectors, to account for the nonlinear main-sequence kinematics of saccades...
May 20, 2017: Biological Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528306/the-group-ii-intron-maturase-a-reverse-transcriptase-and-splicing-factor-go-hand-in-hand
#4
REVIEW
Chen Zhao, Anna Marie Pyle
The splicing of group II introns in vivo requires the assistance of a multifunctional intron encoded protein (IEP, or maturase). Each IEP is also a reverse-transcriptase enzyme that enables group II introns to behave as mobile genetic elements. During splicing or retro-transposition, each group II intron forms a tight, specific complex with its own encoded IEP, resulting in a highly reactive holoenzyme. This review focuses on the structural basis for IEP function, as revealed by recent crystal structures of an IEP reverse transcriptase domain and cryo-EM structures of an IEP-intron complex...
May 18, 2017: Current Opinion in Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528253/pressure-induced-transformations-in-sorbic-acid
#5
G D Saraiva, J R Maia, J A Lima, C E S Nogueira, P T C Freire, F F de Sousa, A M R Teixeira, J Mendes Filho
This research reports a pressure dependent Raman study of the sorbic acid between 0.0 and 10.0GPa. The unpolarized Raman spectra were measured in the spectral range of 20-3000cm(-1). The high-pressure Raman scattering study of the sorbic acid showed that it underwent a gradual, disordering process. At the room temperature and at the ambient pressure conditions, the crystal structure of the sorbic acid belongs to the monoclinic system with a C2/c (C2h(6)) space group. The pressure increase induced a higher disorder in the monoclinic unit cell, since a single bending mode, and only very broad stretching Raman modes are present at pressure of ~10GPa...
May 10, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528240/negative-correlation-between-csf-lactate-levels-and-moca-scores-in-male-chinese-subjects
#6
Haijun Wang, Xiaohua Tan, Jinzhong Xu, Hui Li, Meiling Wang, Suling Chen, Xiaoyu Yang, Yanlong Liu, Fan Wang
Lactate is a product of glycolysis by astrocytes and can be generated as a primary metabolic energy source by neurons. Lactate plays multifunctional role in human brain energy metabolism and cognitive function. However, no direct evidence demonstrated the link between lactate and cognition in normal condition. In the present study, concentrations of lactate in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and peripheral blood were measured to investigate the association of lactate with cognitive ability, which was assessed by Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA), in 99 male Chinese subjects...
May 12, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528217/citrus-maxima-pomelo-juice-mediated-eco-friendly-synthesis-of-zno-nanoparticles-applications-to-photocatalytic-electrochemical-sensor-and-antibacterial-activities
#7
N S Pavithra, K Lingaraju, G K Raghu, G Nagaraju
In the present work, Zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO Nps) have been successfully prepared through a simple, effective and low cost solution combustion method using Zn (NO3)2·6H2O as an oxidizer, chakkota (Common name=Pomelo) fruit juice as novel fuel. X-ray diffraction pattern indicates the hexagonal wurtzite structure with average crystallite size of ~22nm. ZnO Nps were characterized with the aid of different spectroscopic techniques such as Raman spectroscopy, Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy, Photoluminescence and UV-Visible spectroscopy...
May 16, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528184/synergistic-antitumor-effect-of-nvp-bez235-and-cape-on-mda-mb-231-breast-cancer-cells
#8
Samira Torki, Amin Soltani, Hedayatollah Shirzad, Nafiseh Esmaeil, Mahdi Ghatrehsamani
Triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) is the most lethal and aggressive kind of breast cancer. Studies with TNBC cells suggest that tumor environmental cytokines such as Transforming Growth Factor β1 (TGF-β1) have important roles in tumors fate. In the present study, we aimed to investigate, the effect of phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase/AKT/mammalian target of rapamycin (PI3K/Akt/mTOR) signaling pathway dual inhibitor, NVP-BEZ235 and Caffeic acid phenyl ester (CAPE) on TNBC cell line (MDA-MB-231), stimulated with TGF-β1 for 14days in vitro...
May 18, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528134/enhancing-tumor-cell-response-to-multidrug-resistance-with-ph-sensitive-quercetin-and-doxorubicin-conjugated-multifunctional-nanoparticles
#9
Cenk Daglioglu
Classical chemotherapy uses chemotherapeutic agents as a mainstay of anticancer treatment. However, the development of multidrug resistance to chemotherapy limits the effectiveness of current cancer treatment. Nanosized bioconjugates combining a chemotherapeutic agent with a pharmacological approach may improve the curative effect of chemotherapeutic agents. Herein I addressed this issue by describing the synthesis, and testing of, pH-responsive Fe3O4@SiO2(FITC)-BTN/QUR/DOX multifunctional nanoparticles. The particles were designed to modulate resistance-mediating factors and to potentiate the efficacy of DOX against chemoresistance...
May 10, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528116/ph-controllable-cell-penetrating-polypeptide-possessing-cancer-targeting
#10
DaeYong Lee, IlKoo Noh, Jisang Yoo, N Sanoj Rejinold, Yeu-Chun Kim
Helical peptides were naturally-occurring ordered conformations that mediated various biological functions essential for biotechnology. However, it was difficult for natural helical polypeptides to be applied in biomedical fields due to low bioavailability. To avoid these problems, synthetic alpha-helical polypeptides have recently been introduced by further modifying pendants in the side chain. In spite of an attractive biomimetic helical motif, these systems could not be tailored for targeted delivery mainly due to nonspecific binding events...
May 17, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528081/click-strategy-using-disodium-salts-of-amino-acids-improves-the-water-solubility-of-plinabulin-and-kpu-300
#11
Fumika Yakushiji, Kyohei Muguruma, Yoshiki Hayashi, Takuya Shirasaka, Ryosuke Kawamata, Hironari Tanaka, Yushi Yoshiwaka, Akihiro Taguchi, Kentaro Takayama, Yoshio Hayashi
Plinabulin and KPU-300 are promising anti-microtubule agents; however, the low water solubility of these compounds (<0.1µg/mL) has limited their pharmaceutical advantages. Here, we developed five water-soluble derivatives of plinabulin and KPU-300 with a click strategy using disodium salts of amino acids. The mother skeleton, diketopiperazine (DKP), was transformed into a monolactim-type alkyne and a copper-catalyzed alkyne azide cycloaddition (CuAAC) combined azides that was derived from amino acids as a water-solubilizing moiety...
May 4, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528002/iron-microencapsulation-in-gum-tragacanth-using-solvent-evaporation-method
#12
Elham Asghari-Varzaneh, Mohammad Shahedi, Hajar Shekarchizadeh
In this study iron salt (FeSO4·7H2O) was microencapsulated in gum tragacanth hydrogel using solvent evaporation method. Three significant parameters (ferrous sulfate content, content of gum tragacanth, and alcohol to mixture ratio) were optimized by response surface methodology to obtain maximum encapsulation efficiency. Ferrous sulfate content, 5%, content of gum tragacanth, 22%, and alcohol to mixture ratio, 11:1 was determined to be the optimum condition to reach maximum encapsulation efficiency. Microstructure of iron microcapsules was thoroughly monitored using scanning electron microscopy (SEM)...
May 17, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527993/feasible-protein-aggregation-of-phosphorylated-poly-%C3%AE-glutamic-acid-derivative-from-bacillus-subtilis-natto
#13
Osamu Kurita, Toru Sago, Kaori Umetani, Yasushi Kokean, Chizuru Yamaoka, Nobuyuki Takahashi, Hiroyuki Iwamoto
Poly-γ-glutamic acid (PGA) was modified with phosphorylating agents such as sodium metaphosphate and potassium metaphosphate in the culture medium of Bacillus subtilis (natto). The highly phosphorylated PGA derivatives were prepared and investigated for their chemical and physicochemical properties. The PGA derivatives had approximately 7% (W/W) inorganic phosphorus and characteristic absorbance PO2(-) bands at 1082cm(-1) and 1260cm(-1) by Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy. The derivative modified by sodium metaphosphate (J-5) was easily hydrated in water and had extremely low viscosity...
May 17, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527989/the-effect-of-ph-on-the-bonding-of-cu-2-and-chitosan-montmorillonite-composite
#14
Chao Hu, Guoyuan Li, Yiyu Wang, Fengyi Li, Guangguang Guo, Hongqing Hu
Based on the contradict statements on the mechanisms of the bonding between metal ions and chitosan based adsorbent, this paper present studies on the Cu(2+) adsorption by the chitosan-montmorillonite composite. The in situ attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and two dimensional correlation analysis were used to record the spectra during the adsorption and the pH perturbation, and analyze the interaction sequence of the groups related to the adsorption, respectively. The results showed that the bonding with -NH3(+) might attribute the adsorption capacity greater than that with hydroxyl...
May 17, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527979/degradation-of-chloramphenicol-by-uv-chlorine-treatment-kinetics-mechanism-and-enhanced-formation-of-halonitromethanes
#15
Huiyu Dong, Zhimin Qiang, Jun Hu, Jiuhui Qu
Ultraviolet (UV)/chlorine process is considered as an emerging advanced oxidation process for the degradation of micropollutants. This study investigated the degradation of chloramphenicol (CAP) and formation of disinfection by-products (DBPs) during the UV/chlorine treatment. It was found that CAP degradation was enhanced by combined UV/chlorine treatment compared to that of UV and chlorination treatment alone. The pseudo-first-order rate constant of the UV/chlorine process at pH 7.0 reached 0.016 s(-1), which was 10...
May 17, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527958/treadmill-exercise-produces-neuroprotective-effects-in-a-murine-model-of-parkinson-s-disease-by-regulating-the-tlr2-myd88-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling-pathway
#16
Jung-Hoon Koo, Yong-Chul Jang, Dong-Ju Hwang, Hyun-Seob Um, Nam-Hee Lee, Jae-Hoon Jung, Joon-Yong Cho
Parkinson's disease (PD) is characterized by progressive dopamine depletion and a loss of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra pars compacta (SNpc). Treadmill exercise is a promising non-pharmacological approach for reducing the risk of PD and other neuroinflammatory disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease. The goal of this study was to investigate the effects of treadmill exercise on α-synuclein-induced neuroinflammation and neuronal cell death in 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP)-induced mouse model of PD...
May 17, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527846/characterization-of-dental-pulp-myofibroblasts-in-rat-molars-after-pulpotomy
#17
Naoki Edanami, Nagako Yoshiba, Naoto Ohkura, Ryosuke Takeuchi, Aiko Tohma, Yuichiro Noiri, Kunihiko Yoshiba
INTRODUCTION: Myofibroblasts express alpha smooth muscle actin (α-SMA) and play a critical role in wound healing. Myofibroblast differentiation is controlled by the joint actions of transforming growth factor beta 1 (TGF-β1) and the extradomain A fibronectin splice variant (EDA-FN). Currently, the contribution of myofibroblasts to dental pulp healing is unknown. Therefore, we analyzed expressional characteristics of α-SMA-positive cells and investigated TGF-β1, EDA-FN, and α-SMA expression levels after pulpotomy to better understand dental pulp healing...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Endodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527800/from-pre-to-postweaning-transformation-of-the-young-calf-s-gastrointestinal-tract
#18
Sarah J Meale, Frederique Chaucheyras-Durand, Harma Berends, Le Luo Guan, Michael A Steele
The ruminant gastrointestinal tract (GIT) faces the challenge of protecting the host from luminal contents and pathogens, while supporting the absorption and metabolism of nutrients for growth and maintenance. The GIT of the calf in early life undergoes some of the most rapid microbial and structural changes documented in nature, and these adaptations in GIT function make the young calf susceptible to GIT diseases and disorders. Despite these challenges, the calf's GIT has a certain degree of plasticity and can sense nutrient supply and respond to bioactive ingredients...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527796/genetic-parameters-of-mid-infrared-methane-predictions-and-their-relationships-with-milk-production-traits-in-holstein-cattle
#19
P B Kandel, M-L Vanrobays, A Vanlierde, F Dehareng, E Froidmont, N Gengler, H Soyeurt
Many countries have pledged to reduce greenhouse gases. In this context, the dairy sector is one of the identified sectors to adapt production circumstances to address socio-environmental constraints due to its large carbon footprint related to CH4 emission. This study aimed mainly to estimate (1) the genetic parameters of 2 milk mid-infrared-based CH4 proxies [predicted daily CH4 emission (PME, g/d), and log-transformed predicted CH4 intensity (LMI)] and (2) their genetic correlations with milk production traits [milk (MY), fat (FY), and protein (PY) yields] from first- and second-parity Holstein cows...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527744/abundance-and-composition-of-near-surface-microplastics-and-plastic-debris-in-the-stockholm-archipelago-baltic-sea
#20
Berit Gewert, Martin Ogonowski, Andreas Barth, Matthew MacLeod
We collected plastic debris in the Stockholm Archipelago using a manta trawl, and additionally along a transect in the Baltic Sea from the island of Gotland to Stockholm in a citizen science study. The samples were concentrated by filtration and organic material was digested using hydrogen peroxide. Suspected plastic material was isolated by visual sorting and 59 of these were selected to be characterized with Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. Polypropylene and polyethylene were the most abundant plastics identified among the samples (53% and 24% respectively)...
May 17, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
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