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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911289/the-brain-s-structural-connectome-mediates-the-relationship-between-regional-neuroimaging-biomarkers-in%C3%A2-alzheimer-s-disease
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Sneha Pandya, Amy Kuceyeski, Ashish Raj
Alzheimer's disease (AD), one of the most common causes of dementia in adults, is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder exhibiting well-defined neuropathological hallmarks. It is known that disease pathology involves misfolded amyloid-β (Aβ) and tau proteins, and exhibits a relatively stereotyped progression over decades. The relationship between AD neuropathological hallmarks (Aβ, hypometabolism, and tau proteins) and imaging biomarkers (MRI, AV-45/FDG-PET) is not fully understood. In addition, biomarker pathologies are oftentimes discordant, wherein it may show varying levels of abnormality across brain regions...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911079/trans-acting-epigenetic-effects-of-chromosomal-aneuploidies-lessons-from-down-syndrome-and-mouse-models
#2
Catherine Do, Zhuo Xing, Y Eugene Yu, Benjamin Tycko
An important line of postgenomic research seeks to understand how genetic factors can influence epigenetic patterning. Here we review epigenetic effects of chromosomal aneuploidies, focusing on findings in Down syndrome (DS, trisomy 21). Recent work in human DS and mouse models has shown that the extra chromosome 21 acts in trans to produce epigenetic changes, including differential CpG methylation (DS-DM), in specific sets of downstream target genes, mostly on other chromosomes. Mechanistic hypotheses emerging from these data include roles of chromosome 21-linked methylation pathway genes (DNMT3L and others) and transcription factor genes (RUNX1, OLIG2, GABPA, ERG and ETS2) in shaping the patterns of DS-DM...
December 2, 2016: Epigenomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910960/unc-5-homolog-b-unc5b-is-one-of-the-key-downstream-targets-of-n-%C3%AE-acetyltransferase-10-naa10
#3
Huiyu Xu, Yong Han, Bing Liu, Rong Li
N-α-acetyltransferase 10 (Naa10) displays alpha (N-terminal) acetyltransferase activity. It functions as a major modulator of cell growth and differentiation. Until now, a few downstream targets were found, but no studies have concerned about which gene is the early event of Naa10 downstream target. As we know, the earlier events may play more significant role in Naa10 pathway. Through construction of Naa10 stably knocked down H1299 cell line, we discovered cell morphological changes induced by Naa10. Moreover, potential function of Naa10 in cell morphogenesis was also indicated using cDNA microarray analysis of the Naa10 stably knock-down cell line...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910943/identification-of-absolute-geometries-of-cis-and-trans-molecular-isomers-by-coulomb-explosion-imaging
#4
Utuq Ablikim, Cédric Bomme, Hui Xiong, Evgeny Savelyev, Razib Obaid, Balram Kaderiya, Sven Augustin, Kirsten Schnorr, Ileana Dumitriu, Timur Osipov, René Bilodeau, David Kilcoyne, Vinod Kumarappan, Artem Rudenko, Nora Berrah, Daniel Rolles
An experimental route to identify and separate geometric isomers by means of coincident Coulomb explosion imaging is presented, allowing isomer-resolved photoionization studies on isomerically mixed samples. We demonstrate the technique on cis/trans 1,2-dibromoethene (C2H2Br2). The momentum correlation between the bromine ions in a three-body fragmentation process induced by bromine 3d inner-shell photoionization is used to identify the cis and trans structures of the isomers. The experimentally determined momentum correlations and the isomer-resolved fragment-ion kinetic energies are matched closely by a classical Coulomb explosion model...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910748/factors-influencing-the-amino-acid-and-peptide-transporter-proteins-mrna-expression-in-avian-species
#5
Bahman Navidshad, Seyed Ziaodin Mirhoseini
The commercial strains of broiler chickens have genetically selected to reach market weight at younger ages. In order to sustain increased growth rate requires an efficient assimilation of nutrients from the intestinal lumen, which is permitted through nutrient assimilation through the enterocytes that is facilitated by many nutrient transporter proteins. These trans-membrane proteins have specific action, well known kinetics and assist in the partitioning of nutrients among tissues. Amino acids are transported across the plasma membrane as free amino acids or short chain peptides through several independent systems encoded by various nutrient transporter gene products, and these systems may act on multiple substrates...
2016: Critical Reviews in Eukaryotic Gene Expression
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910188/comparing-rewarding-and-reinforcing-properties-between-bath-salt-3-4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone-mdpv-and-cocaine-using-ultrasonic-vocalizations-in-rats
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Steven J Simmons, Ryan A Gregg, Fionya H Tran, Lili Mo, Eva von Weltin, David J Barker, Taylor A Gentile, Lucas R Watterson, Scott M Rawls, John W Muschamp
Abuse of synthetic psychostimulants like synthetic cathinones has risen in recent years. 3,4-Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) is one such synthetic cathinone that demonstrates a mechanism of action similar to cocaine. Compared to cocaine, MDPV is more potent at blocking dopamine and norepinephrine reuptake and is readily self-administered by rodents. The present study compared the rewarding and reinforcing properties of MDPV and cocaine using systemic injection dose-response and self-administration models...
December 1, 2016: Addiction Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909623/distribution-of-interstitial-cells-of-cajal-in-the-bladders-of-fetal-rats-with-retinoic-acid-induced-myelomeningocele
#7
Ali Tekin, Osman Zeki Karakuş, Gülce Hakgüder, Oğuz Ateş, Erdener Özer, Mustafa Olguner, Feza Miraç Akgür
OBJECTIVE: Myelomeningocele (MMC) is one of the most common reason of neurogenic bladder dysfunction in children. Although neurogenic bladder dysfunction occurrence is related with bladder innervation, also there are some changes seen in the smooth muscle and neural cells of the bladder. Interstitial cells of Cajal (ICC) are the pacemaker cells found in organs with peristaltic activity. Although it has been shown that ICC are diminished in the rat urinary bladder with traumatic spinal cord injury, there is no data about ICC in fetal rat bladders with MMC...
December 2016: Turkish Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909539/right-ventricular-pacing-for-assessment-of-cavo-tricuspid-isthmus-block
#8
Ganesh Venkataraman Md, Marc Wish Md, Ted Friehling Md, S Adam Strickberger Md
Background: Cavo-tricuspid isthmus (CTI) dependent atrial flutter is typically treated with cardiac ablation. Standard techniques to assess CTI block after ablation can be technically challenging. Right ventricular (RV) pacing may allow for another technique to assess CTI block after ablation. Objective: The purpose of this study was to evaluate RV pacing as a method to assess CTI block after ablation of CTI dependent atrial flutter, and define endpoints of ablation using this technique. Methods: 28 patients undergoing ablation of CTI dependent atrial flutter with intact ventriculoatrial (VA) conduction were prospectively enrolled in this study and underwent the RV pacing protocol, as well as standard coronary sinus (CS) pacing techniques to assess CTI block...
August 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909471/contact-force-and-atrial-fibrillation-ablation
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Ullah W, Schilling Rj, Wong T
Catheters able to measure the force and vector of contact between the catheter tip and myocardium are now available. Pre-clinical work has established that the degree of contact between the radiofrequency ablation catheter and myocardium correlates with the size of the delivered lesion. Excess contact is associated with steam pops and perforation. Catheter contact varies within the left atrium secondary to factors including respiration, location, atrial rhythm and the trans-septal catheter delivery technology used...
February 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909088/construct-validity-of-radiographs-of-the-feet-to-assess-joint-damage-in-patients-with-gout
#10
Bart Spaetgens, Caroline van Durme, Casper Webers, An Tran-Duy, Thea Schoonbrood, Annelies Boonen
OBJECTIVE: To investigate construct validity of radiographic damage of the feet in gout. METHODS: Radiographs of the feet were scored using the Sharp/van der Heijde method. Factors associated with damage were investigated by a negative binomial model, and contribution of damage to health by linear regressions. RESULTS: Age, disease duration, serum uric acid, and tophi were associated with being erosive and erosion score. Tophi were associated with joint space narrowing...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909042/how-australian-general-practitioners-engage-in-discussions-about-alcohol-with-their-patients-a-cross-sectional-study
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Emma R Miller, Imogen J Ramsey, Ly Thi Tran, George Tsourtos, Genevieve Baratiny, Ramesh Manocha, Ian N Olver
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to investigate factors that inhibit and facilitate discussion about alcohol between general practitioners (GPs) and patients. DESIGN: Data analysis from a cross-sectional survey. SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: 894 GP delegates of a national health seminar series held in five capital cities of Australia in 2014. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Likelihood of routine alcohol enquiry; self-assessed confidence in assessing and managing alcohol issues in primary healthcare...
December 1, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908687/fertility-response-evaluation-of-artificial-insemination-methods-in-sheep-with-fresh-and-frozen-thawed-semen
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Reza Masoudi, Ahmad Zare Shahneh, Armin Towhidi, Hamid Kohram, Abbas Akbarisharif, Mohsen Sharafi
The aim of this study was to evaluate the fertility response of artificial insemination (AI) methods with fresh and frozen sperm in sheep. In experiment 1, one hundred and fifty fat tailed Zandi ewes were assigned into 3 equal groups and inseminated with three AI methods consisting of vaginal, laparoscopic and trans-cervical AI with fresh semen. In experiment 2, a factorial study (3 AI methods × 2 extenders) was used to analyze the effects of three AI methods and two freezing extenders containing soybean lecithin (SL) or Egg yolk (EY) on reproductive performance of 300 fat tailed Zandi ewes...
November 28, 2016: Cryobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908314/-severe-corneal-scald-after-steam-explosion
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Jógvan Suni Øregaard, Thuy Linh Tran, Jakob Felbo Paulsen, Rikke Bredgaard
Facial burns and scalds are common but the eyes are rarely affected. We present a case of a 40-year-old female patient with severe eye injury due to facial scald. Although initial examination in the emergency department did not reveal signs of serious injury, the patient was referred to the burns unit two days later due to suspicion of infection of the facial burns. She was found to have seriously impaired vision and was transferred to a department of ophthalmology. Examination revealed bilateral severe corneal injuries and bilateral limbal ischaemia, presumably leading to permanently impaired vision...
November 21, 2016: Ugeskrift for Laeger
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908132/the-rovibrational-nature-of-cis-and-trans-hnns-a-possible-nitrogen-molecule-progenitor
#14
Ryan C Fortenberry
The HNNS radical has been promoted recently as a viable intermediate in the interstellar creation of the spectroscopically elusive nitrogen molecule. Any confirmation of this pathway or utilizing HNNS as a tracer of N2 depends upon the ability to observe the radical intermediate whether in the laboratory or in the interstellar medium. Established and accurate quantum chemical procedures are employed here to produce spectroscopic constants, fundamental vibrational frequencies, and intensities that can be utilized for any possible detection of HNNS...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907863/dimerization-redox-properties-and-antioxidant-activity-of-two-manganese-iii-complexes-of-difluoro-and-dichloro-substituted-schiff-base-ligands
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Claudia Palopoli, Guillermo Gómez, Ana Foi, Fabio Doctorovich, Sonia Mallet-Ladeira, Christelle Hureau, Sandra Signorella
Two mononuclear Mn(III) complexes [Mn(3,5-F2salpn)(H2O)2][B(C6H5)4]·2H2O (1·2H2O) and [Mn(3,5-Cl2salpn)(OAc)(H2O)]·H2O (2·H2O), where H2salpn=1,3-bis(salicylidenamino)propane, have been prepared and characterized. The crystal structure of 1·H2O shows that this complex forms μ-aqua dimers with a short Mn⋯Mn distance of 4.93Å. Under anaerobic conditions, the two complexes are stable in solution and possess trans-diaxial symmetry with the tetradentate Schiff base ligand symmetrically arranged in the equatorial plane...
November 18, 2016: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907832/modeling-of-the-catalytic-core-of-arabidopsis-thaliana-dicer-like-4-protein-and-its-complex-with-double-stranded-rna
#16
Agnieszka Mickiewicz, Joanna Sarzyńska, Maciej Miłostan, Anna Kurzyńska-Kokorniak, Agnieszka Rybarczyk, Piotr Łukasiak, Tadeusz Kuliński, Marek Figlerowicz, Jacek Błażewicz
Plant Dicer-like proteins (DCLs) belong to the Ribonuclease III (RNase III) enzyme family. They are involved in the regulation of gene expression and antiviral defense through RNA interference pathways. A model plant, Arabidopsis thaliana encodes four DCL proteins (AtDCL1-4) that produce different classes of small regulatory RNAs. Our studies focus on AtDCL4 that processes double-stranded RNAs (dsRNAs) into 21 nucleotide trans-acting small interfering RNAs. So far, little is known about the structures of plant DCLs and the complexes they form with dsRNA...
November 17, 2016: Computational Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907167/infusion-advancing-discovery-of-fusion-genes-and-chimeric-transcripts-from-deep-rna-sequencing-data
#17
Konstantin Okonechnikov, Aki Imai-Matsushima, Lukas Paul, Alexander Seitz, Thomas F Meyer, Fernando Garcia-Alcalde
Analysis of fusion transcripts has become increasingly important due to their link with cancer development. Since high-throughput sequencing approaches survey fusion events exhaustively, several computational methods for the detection of gene fusions from RNA-seq data have been developed. This kind of analysis, however, is complicated by native trans-splicing events, the splicing-induced complexity of the transcriptome and biases and artefacts introduced in experiments and data analysis. There are a number of tools available for the detection of fusions from RNA-seq data; however, certain differences in specificity and sensitivity between commonly used approaches have been found...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906461/measurement-of-intestinal-and-peripheral-cholesterol-fluxes-by-a-dual-tracer-balance-method
#18
Onne A H O Ronda, Theo H van Dijk, H J Verkade, Albert K Groen
Long-term elevated plasma cholesterol levels put individuals at risk for developing atherosclerosis. Plasma cholesterol levels are determined by the balance between cholesterol input and output fluxes. Here we describe in detail the methodology to determine the different cholesterol fluxes in mice. The percentage of absorbed cholesterol is calculated from a stable isotope-based double-label method. Cholesterol synthesis is calculated from MIDA after (13) C-acetate enrichment. Cholesterol is removed from the body via the feces...
December 1, 2016: Current Protocols in Mouse Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906174/therapeutic-advantage-of-pro-electrophilic-drugs-to-activate-the-nrf2-are-pathway-in-alzheimer-s-disease-models
#19
Stuart A Lipton, Tayebeh Rezaie, Anthony Nutter, Kevin M Lopez, James Parker, Kunio Kosaka, Takumi Satoh, Scott R McKercher, Eliezer Masliah, Nobuki Nakanishi
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is characterized by synaptic and neuronal loss, which occurs at least partially through oxidative stress induced by oligomeric amyloid-β (Aβ)-peptide. Carnosic acid (CA), a chemical found in rosemary and sage, is a pro-electrophilic compound that is converted to its active form by oxidative stress. The active form stimulates the Keap1/Nrf2 transcriptional pathway and thus production of phase 2 antioxidant enzymes. We used both in vitro and in vivo models. For in vitro studies, we evaluated protective effects of CA on primary neurons exposed to oligomeric Aβ...
December 1, 2016: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906160/mechanistic-insights-into-the-alternative-translation-termination-by-arfa-and-rf2
#20
Chengying Ma, Daisuke Kurita, Ningning Li, Yan Chen, Hyouta Himeno, Ning Gao
During cellular translation of mRNAs by ribosomes, various situations that would result in the pausing or stalling of translation apparatus at elongation and termination steps often occur(1-6). Except for programmed stalling, which is usually utilized by the cells to exert regulatory purposes(5,7,8), ribosomes stalled on mRNAs need to be terminated and recycled to maintain adequate cellular translation capacity(9). A large source of ribosome stalling originates in aberrant mRNAs that lack a stop codon. Transcriptional errors and misprocessing of primary transcripts, as well as undesired mRNA cleavage, all contribute to the formation of non-stop mRNAs...
December 1, 2016: Nature
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