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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918619/discoid-lupus-erythematosus-presenting-as-upper-eyelid-edema-and-erythema
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Abbas Darjani, Rana Rafiei, Alireza Mesbah, Razieh Golmohammadi, Behnam Rafiee, Mehriar Movaseghi
Discoid Lupus Erythematosus (DLE) is an autoimmune disorder that usually occurs on sun exposed areas of head and neck. Infrequently it could be presented by palpebral involvement and rarely unilateral upper eye lid edema and erythema have been reported as the sole manifestation of DLE. We describe a 38-year-old woman with chronic left upper eye lid edema and erythema from one year ago which was induced by steroid injection for left eyebrow alopecia. Histopathologic and direct immunofluorescent studies were made on palpebral skin tissue and confirmed DLE diagnosis...
July 2017: Acta Medica Iranica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918583/evidence-for-contrasting-accumulation-pattern-of-cadmium-in-relation-to-other-elements-in-senilia-senilis-and-tagelus-adansoni-from-the-bijag%C3%A3-s-archipelago-guinea-bissau
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Teresa Catry, Paula Figueira, Lina Carvalho, Rui Monteiro, Pedro Coelho, Pedro Miguel Lourenço, Paulo Catry, Quintino Tchantchalam, Inês Catry, Maria J Botelho, Eduarda Pereira, José Pedro Granadeiro, Carlos Vale
Shellfish harvesting in intertidal areas is a widespread and economically important activity in many countries across West Africa. However, in some areas, there is virtually no information concerning the levels of contaminants (and other elements related to nutritional aspects) in the harvested species. We collected sediments and several individuals of the West African bloody cockle Senilia senilis and of the razor clam Tagelus adansoni during the dry season of 2015 nearby three islands in the Bijagós archipelago, Guinea-Bissau...
September 16, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918554/genome-wide-identification-classification-evolutionary-analysis-and-gene-expression-patterns-of-the-protein-kinase-gene-family-in-wheat-and-aegilops-tauschii
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Jun Yan, Peisen Su, Zhaoran Wei, Eviatar Nevo, Lingrang Kong
In this study we systematically identified and classified PKs in Triticum aestivum, Triticum urartu and Aegilops tauschii. Domain distribution and exon-intron structure analyses of PKs were performed, and we found conserved exon-intron structures within the exon phases in the kinase domain. Collinearity events were determined, and we identified various T. aestivum PKs from polyploidizations and tandem duplication events. Global expression pattern analysis of T. aestivum PKs revealed that some PKs might participate in the signaling pathways of stress response and developmental processes...
September 16, 2017: Plant Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918170/lifestyle-predictors-of-obese-and-non-obese-patients-with-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-a-cross-sectional-study
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Joo Hee Kwak, Dae Won Jun, Seung Min Lee, Yong Kyun Cho, Kang Nyeong Lee, Hang Lak Lee, Oh Young Lee, Ho Soon Choi, Byung Chul Yoon
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Most people with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) are obese, and they usually eat more while being less physically active as compared to healthy individuals. However, little is known about the lifestyle patterns of non-obese or obese patients with NAFLD. The aim of this study was to investigate nutrition components and behavioral differences between non-obese and obese patients with NAFLD. METHODS: This is a cross-sectional study comprising of 209 patients...
August 30, 2017: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918161/clinical-and-pathological-significance-of-cutaneous-manifestations-in-anca-associated-vasculitides
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REVIEW
Laure Frumholtz, Sara Laurent-Roussel, Olivier Aumaître, François Maurier, Guillaume Le Guenno, Agnes Carlotti, Alexiane Dallot, Jean Louis Kemeny, Laurent Antunes, Nicolas Froment, Sylvie Fraitag, Jonathan London, Alice Berezne, Benoît Terris, Claire Le Jeunne, Luc Mouthon, Selim Aractingi, Loïc Guillevin, Nicolas Dupin, Benjamin Terrier
OBJECTIVES: Cutaneous manifestations (CM) in ANCA-associated vasculitides (AAV) are frequent, but data on clinical significance and clinical-pathological correlations are lacking. METHODS: We conducted a multicenter, retrospective study including 1553 AAV patients. Clinical, biological and pathological features have been analyzed, and tissue samples from 46 biopsies were reviewed in a blind manner. RESULTS: CM were more frequent in EGPA (53...
September 13, 2017: Autoimmunity Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918159/identification-of-circular-rna-in-the-bombyx-mori-silk-gland
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Huaiyan Gan, Tieshan Feng, Yuqian Wu, Chun Liu, Qingyou Xia, Tingcai Cheng
Bombyx mori is an economically important holometabolous lepidopteran insect. In B. mori endogenous noncoding RNAs such as microRNAs (miRNAs) and Piwi-interacting RNAs play crucial biological functions in metamorphosis and sex determination. In addition, circular RNAs (circRNAs) have been recently identified as noncoding RNAs in most common model organisms and show potential as gene regulators. However, to date, there have been few studies on the circRNAs present in the B. mori genome conducted to date. Here, we identified 3916 circRNAs by deep circular transcriptome sequencing using the silk gland of B...
September 13, 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918114/netrins-semaphorins-novel-regulators-of-the-immune-response
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REVIEW
Jordyn Feinstein, Bhama Ramkhelawon
Netrins and semaphorins, members of the neuronal guidance cue family, exhibit a rich biology with significant roles that extend beyond chemotactic guidance of the axons to build the neuronal patterns of the body. Screening of adult tissues and specific cellular subsets have illuminated that these proteins are also abundantly expressed under both steady state and pathological scenarios. This observation suggests that, in addition to their role in the development of the axonal tree, these proteins possess additional novel functions in adult physiopathology...
September 13, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918047/long-noncoding-rna-bc032913-as-a-novel-therapeutic-target-for-colorectal-cancer-that-suppresses-metastasis-by-upregulating-timp3
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Jiaxin Lin, Xin Tan, Lin Qiu, Long Huang, Yi Zhou, Zhizhong Pan, Ranyi Liu, Shuai Chen, Rong Geng, Jiangxue Wu, Wenlin Huang
Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) have been shown to play critical roles in the biology of various cancers. However, their expression patterns and biological functions in human colorectal cancer (CRC) remain largely unknown. The aim of this study was to explore lncRNA profiles in CRC and investigate key lncRNAs involved in CRC tumorigenesis and progression. The microarray data of six CRC and matched non-cancerous tissues revealed distinct lncRNA profiles, including 899 upregulated and 1,646 downregulated lncRNAs (p < 0...
September 15, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917880/intercalated-chitosan-hydroxyapatite-nanocomposites-promising-materials-for-bone-tissue-engineering-applications
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Muhammad Anwaar Nazeer, Emel Yilgör, Iskender Yilgör
Preparation and characterization of chitosan/hydroxyapatite (CS/HA) nanocomposites displaying an intercalated structure is reported. Hydroxyapatite was synthesized through sol-gel process. Formic acid was introduced as a new solvent to obtain stable dispersions of nano-sized HA particles in polymer solution. CS/HA dispersions with HA contents of 5, 10 and 20% by weight were prepared. Self-assembling of HA nanoparticles during the drying of the solvent cast films led to the formation of homogeneous CS/HA nanocomposites...
November 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916981/expression-of-a-novel-bi-directional-brassica-napus-promoter-in-soybean
#10
Siva Chennareddy, Toby Cicak, Lauren Clark, Sean Russell, Michiyo Skokut, Jeffrey Beringer, Xiaozeng Yang, Yi Jia, Manju Gupta
The expression profile of a natural bi-directional promoter, derived from the Brassica napus EPSPS-A gene, was studied in transgenic soybean (Glycine max C.V. Maverick) lines. Two constructs, pDAB100331 and pDAB100333, were assembled to test the bi-directionality of the promoter. Two reporter genes, gfp and gusA, were employed and they were interchangeably placed in both constructs, one on each end of the promoter such that both proteins expressed divergently in each construct. In the T0 generation, GUS expression was more uniform throughout the leaf of pDAB100333 transgenic plants, where the gusA gene was expressed from the downstream or EPSPS-A end of the bi-directional promoter...
September 15, 2017: Transgenic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916968/hmgb-proteins-and-arthritis
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REVIEW
Noboru Taniguchi, Yasuhiko Kawakami, Ikuro Maruyama, Martin Lotz
The high-mobility group box (HMGB) family includes four members: HMGB1, 2, 3 and 4. HMGB proteins have two functions. In the nucleus, HMGB proteins bind to DNA in a DNA structure-dependent but nucleotide sequence-independent manner to function in chromatin remodeling. Extracellularly, HMGB proteins function as alarmins, which are endogenous molecules released upon tissue damage to activate the immune system. HMGB1 acts as a late mediator of inflammation and contributes to prolonged and sustained systemic inflammation in subjects with rheumatoid arthritis...
September 15, 2017: Human Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916814/expression-of-brown-midrib-in-a-spontaneous-sorghum-mutant-is-linked-to-a-5-utr-deletion-in-lignin-biosynthesis-gene-sbcad2
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Huang Li, Yinghua Huang
Brown midrib (bmr) mutants in sorghum (Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench) and several other C4 grasses are associated with reduced lignin concentration, altered lignin composition and improved cell wall digestibility, which are desirable properties in biomass development for the emerging lignocellulosic biofuel industry. Studying bmr mutants has considerably expanded our understanding of the molecular basis underlying lignin biosynthesis and perturbation in grasses. In this study, we performed quantitative trait locus (QTL) analysis, identified and cloned a novel cinnamyl alcohol dehydrogenase allele (SbCAD2) that has an 8-bp deletion in its 5'-untranslated region (UTR), conferring the spontaneous brown midrib trait and lignin reduction in the sorghum germplasm line PI 595743...
September 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916727/inflammatory-responses-induce-an-identity-crisis-of-alveolar-macrophages-leading-to-pulmonary-alveolar-proteinosis
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Risa Ebina-Shibuya, Mitsuyo Matsumoto, Makoto Kuwahara, Kyoung-Jin Jang, Manabu Sugai, Yoshiaki Ito, Ryo Funayama, Keiko Nakayama, Yuki Sato, Naoto Ishii, Yasunobu Okamura, Kengo Kinoshita, Kohei Kometani, Tomohiro Kurosaki, Akihiko Muto, Masakazu Ichinose, Masakatsu Yamashita, Kazuhiko Igarashi
Pulmonary alveolar proteinosis (PAP) is a severe respiratory disease characterized by dyspnea caused by accumulation of surfactant protein. Dysfunction of alveolar macrophages (AMs), which regulate the homeostasis of surfactant protein, leads to the development of PAP, for example, in mice lacking BTB and CNC homology 2 (Bach2). However, how Bach2 helps prevent PAP is unknown, and cell-specific effects of Bach2 are undefined. Using mice lacking Bach2 in specific cell types, we found that the PAP-phenotype of Bach2-deficient mice is due to Bach2 deficiency in more than two types of immune cells...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916708/architectural-delineation-and-molecular-identification-of-extracellular-matrix-in-ascidian-embryos-and-larvae
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Jiankai Wei, Guilin Wang, Xiang Li, Ping Ren, Haiyan Yu, Bo Dong
The extracellular matrix (ECM) not only provides essential physical scaffolding for cellular constituents but also initiates crucial biochemical and biomechanical cues that are required for tissue morphogenesis. In this study, we utilized wheat germ agglutinin (WGA) staining to characterize the ECM architecture in ascidian embryos and larvae. The results showed three distinct populations of ECM presenting in Ciona embryogenesis: the outer layer localized at the surface of embryo, an inner layer of notochord sheath and the apical ECM secreted by the notochord...
September 15, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916632/tissue-sex-and-age-specific-dna-methylation-of-rat-glucocorticoid-receptor-gene-promoter-and-insulin-like-growth-factor-2-imprinting-control-region
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Ogechukwu Brenda Agba, Ludwig Lausser, Klaus Huse, Christoph Bergmeier, Niels Jahn, Marco Groth, Martin Bens, Arne Sahm, Maria Gall, Otto W Witte, Hans A Kestler, Matthias Schwab, Matthias Platzer
Tissue-, sex- and age-specific epigenetic modifications such as DNA methylation are largely unknown. Changes in DNA methylation of the glucocorticoid receptor gene (NR3C1) and imprinting control region (ICR) of IGF2 and H19 genes during the lifespan are particularly interesting since these genes are susceptible to epigenetic modifications by prenatal stress or malnutrition. They are important regulators of development and aging. Methylation changes of NR3C1 affect glucocorticoid receptor expression, which is associated with stress sensitivity and stress-related diseases predominantly occurring during aging...
September 15, 2017: Physiological Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916359/a-class-b-scavenger-receptor-from-eriocheir-sinensis-essr-b1-restricts-bacteria-proliferation-by-promoting-phagocytosis
#16
Yao-Meng Wu, Lei Yang, Xue-Jie Li, Lu Li, Qun Wang, Wei-Wei Li
Scavenger receptors (SRs) are important pattern recognition receptors (PRRs), which play significant roles in host defense against pathogens by identifying pathogen-associated molecular patterns (PAMPs). In this study, we report the cloning and characterization of a SR from Eriocheir sinensis (EsSR-B1) which is a 500 amino acid protein encoded by a gene comprised of 2726 nucleotides with a 1503 bp open reading frame. The domains of EsSR-B1 were found to be evolutionarily conserved. EsSR-B1 was widely detected in different tissues of E...
September 12, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916357/myeloid-leukemia-factor-functions-in-anti-wssv-immune-reaction-of-kuruma-shrimp-marsupenaeus-japonicus
#17
Xiao-Wu Feng, Li-Jie Huo, Jie-Jie Sun, Ji-Dong Xu, Guo-Juan Niu, Jin-Xing Wang, Xiu-Zhen Shi
Myeloid leukemia factor (MLF) plays an important role in development, cell cycle, myeloid differentiation, and regulates the RUNX transcription factors. However, the function of MLF in immunity is still unclear. In this study, an MLF was identified and characterized in kuruma shrimp Marsupenaeus japonicus, and named as MjMLF. The full-length cDNA of MjMLF contained 1111 nucleotides, which had an opening reading frame of 816 bp encoding a protein of 272 amino acids with an MLF1-interacting protein domain. MjMLF could be ubiquitously detected in different tissues of shrimp at the transcriptional level...
September 12, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916165/muc1-deficiency-exacerbates-pulmonary-fibrosis-in-a-mouse-model-of-silicosis
#18
Kosuke Kato, Marina A Zemskova, Alec D Hanss, Marianne M Kim, Sandra J Gendler, Ross Summer, Kwang Chul Kim
BACKGROUND: MUC1 (MUC in human and Muc in animals) is a membrane-tethered mucin expressed on the apical surface of lung epithelial cells. However, in the lungs of patients with interstitial lung disease, MUC1 is aberrantly expressed in hyperplastic alveolar type II epithelial (ATII) cells and alveolar macrophages (AM), and elevated levels of extracellular MUC1 are found in bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid and the serum of these patients. While pro-fibrotic effects of extracellular MUC1 have recently been described in cultured fibroblasts, the contribution of MUC1 to the pathobiology of pulmonary fibrosis is unknown...
September 12, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916043/nocturnal-hypoglycemic-alarm-based-on-near-infrared-spectroscopy-in%C3%A2-vitro-simulation-studies
#19
Sanjeewa R Karunathilaka, Gary W Small
An alarm algorithm for detecting episodes of nocturnal hypoglycemia is demonstrated in simulation studies that incorporate the use of a tissue phantom. Based on transmission spectra collected in the near-infrared combination region of 4000-5000 cm(-1), pattern recognition methods are used to classify spectra into alarm and non-alarm data classes on the basis of whether or not they signify a glucose excursion below a user-defined hypoglycemic alarm threshold. A reference spectrum and corresponding glucose concentration are acquired at the start of the monitoring period, and absorbance values of subsequent spectra are computed relative to this reference...
September 22, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915954/do-some-epithelial-ovarian-cancers-originate-from-a-fallopian-tube-ciliate-cell-lineage
#20
Jan Rohozinski, Conception Diaz-Arrastia, Creighton L Edwards
There is a general agreement that a large subpopulation of serous ovarian cancers arise from the fallopian tube mucosal epithelium. However, there is still some debate as to whether the cancers originate from a secretory or ciliate cell lineage. One well established method for determining the origin of a cell line is to document the expression of genes and proteins that are cell type specific. Lineage or tissue specific patterns of gene expression are evidence of direct decent from a given cell type within a tissue...
September 2017: Medical Hypotheses
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