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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102930/modulation-of-the-thermodynamic-signatures-of-an-rna-thermometer-by-osmolytes-and-salts
#1
Mimi Gao, Loana Arns, Roland Winter
Folding of ribonucleic acids (RNAs) is driven by several factors, such as base pairing and stacking, chain entropy, and ion-mediated electrostatics, which have been studied in great detail. However, the power of background molecules in the cellular milieu is often neglected. Herein, we study the effect of common osmolytes on the folding equilibrium of a hairpin-structured RNA and, using pressure perturbation, provide novel thermodynamic and volumetric insights into the modulation mechanism. The presence of TMAO causes an increased thermal stability and a more positive volume change for the helix-to-coil transition, whereas urea destabilizes the hairpin and leads to an increased expansibility of the unfolded state...
January 19, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101703/differences-in-cortical-sources-of-the-event-related-p3-potential-between-young-and-old-participants-indicate-frontal-compensation
#2
R van Dinteren, R J Huster, M L A Jongsma, R P C Kessels, M Arns
The event-related P3 potential, as elicited in auditory signal detection tasks, originates from neural activity of multiple cortical structures and presumably reflects an overlap of several cognitive processes. The fact that the P3 is affected by aging makes it a potential metric for age-related cognitive change. The P3 in older participants is thought to encompass frontal compensatory activity in addition to task-related processes. The current study investigates this by decomposing the P3 using group independent component analysis (ICA)...
January 18, 2017: Brain Topography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101582/aurka-dlgap5-tpx2-kif11-and-ckap5-five-specific-mitosis-associated-genes-correlate-with-poor-prognosis-for-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-patients
#3
Marc A Schneider, Petros Christopoulos, Thomas Muley, Arne Warth, Ursula Klingmueller, Michael Thomas, Felix J F Herth, Hendrik Dienemann, Nikola S Mueller, Fabian Theis, Michael Meister
The growth of a tumor depends to a certain extent on an increase in mitotic events. Key steps during mitosis are the regulated assembly of the spindle apparatus and the separation of the sister chromatids. The microtubule-associated protein Aurora kinase A phosphorylates DLGAP5 in order to correctly segregate the chromatids. Its activity and recruitment to the spindle apparatus is regulated by TPX2. KIF11 and CKAP5 control the correct arrangement of the microtubules and prevent their degradation. In the present study, we investigated the role of these five molecules in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)...
February 2017: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099066/new-vaccines-against-epidemic-infectious-diseases
#4
John-Arne Røttingen, Dimitrios Gouglas, Mark Feinberg, Stanley Plotkin, Krishnaswamy V Raghavan, Andrew Witty, Ruxandra Draghia-Akli, Paul Stoffels, Peter Piot
The vaccine-development response to the 2014 Ebola epidemic in West Africa, though a valiant effort, was too little, too late. Three vaccine candidates were tested successfully under challenging conditions. Governments and foundations mobilized funds quickly. Companies and research-and-development..
January 18, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098265/depth-selective-photothermal-ir-spectroscopy-of-skin-potential-application-for-non-invasive-glucose-measurement
#5
Otto Hertzberg, Alexander Bauer, Arne Küderle, Miguel A Pleitez, Werner Mäntele
An infrared spectroscopic technique is described that employs a mid-IR broadband (980-1245 cm(-1)) tunable quantum cascade laser (QCL) to produce a pump beam, and a detection method based on photothermal deflection, enhanced by total internal reflection. The IR spectra thus obtained are depth-dependent by modulating the pump beam with different frequencies between 10 Hz and 500 Hz. A model system consisting of glucose and a polymer film is used to demonstrate the depth selectivity of this technique. We also apply this photothermal depth profiling method to record in vivo IR spectra of the human epidermis at different depths...
January 18, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097229/anti-sirp%C3%AE-antibodies-as-a-potential-new-tool-for-cancer-immunotherapy
#6
Tadahiko Yanagita, Yoji Murata, Daisuke Tanaka, Sei-Ichiro Motegi, Eri Arai, Edwin Widyanto Daniwijaya, Daisuke Hazama, Ken Washio, Yasuyuki Saito, Takenori Kotani, Hiroshi Ohnishi, Per-Arne Oldenborg, Noel Verjan Garcia, Masayuki Miyasaka, Osamu Ishikawa, Yae Kanai, Takahide Komori, Takashi Matozaki
Tumor cells are thought to evade immune surveillance through interaction with immune cells. Much recent attention has focused on the modification of immune responses as a basis for new cancer treatments. SIRPα is an Ig superfamily protein that inhibits phagocytosis in macrophages upon interaction with its ligand CD47 expressed on the surface of target cells. Here, we show that SIRPα is highly expressed in human renal cell carcinoma and melanoma. Furthermore, an anti-SIRPα Ab that blocks the interaction with CD47 markedly suppressed tumor formation by renal cell carcinoma or melanoma cells in immunocompetent syngeneic mice...
January 12, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096404/torc1-dependent-sumoylation-of-rpc82-promotes-rna-polymerase-iii-assembly-and-activity
#7
Pierre Chymkowitch, Aurélie Nguéa P, Håvard Aanes, Joseph Robertson, Arne Klungland, Jorrit M Enserink
Maintaining cellular homeostasis under changing nutrient conditions is essential for the growth and development of all organisms. The mechanisms that maintain homeostasis upon loss of nutrient supply are not well understood. By mapping the SUMO proteome in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, we discovered a specific set of differentially sumoylated proteins mainly involved in transcription. RNA polymerase III (RNAPIII) components, including Rpc53, Rpc82, and Ret1, are particularly prominent nutrient-dependent SUMO targets...
January 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096191/allosteric-modulation-of-the-substrate-specificity-of-acyl-coa-wax-alcohol-acyltransferase-2-awat2
#8
Jason M Arne, Made Airanthi K Widjaja-Adhi, Taylor Hughes, Kevin W Huynh, Josie A Silvaroli, Sylwia Chelstowska, Vera Y Moiseenkova-Bell, Marcin Golczak
The esterification of alcohols with fatty acids is a universal mechanism to form inert storage forms of sterols, di- and triacylglycerols, and retinoids. In ocular tissues, formation of retinyl esters is an essential step in the enzymatic regeneration of the visual chromophore (11-cis-retinal). Acyl-CoA wax alcohol acyltransferase 2 (AWAT2), also known as multifunctional O-acyltransferase (MFAT), is an integral membrane enzyme with a broad substrate specificity that has been shown to preferentially esterify 11-cis-retinol and thus contribute to formation of readily available pool of cis retinoids in the eye...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Lipid Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095451/comparing-human-metapneumovirus-and-respiratory-syncytial-virus-viral-co-detections-genotypes-and-risk-factors-for-severe-disease
#9
Nina Moe, Sidsel Krokstad, Inger Heimdal Stenseng, Andreas Christensen, Lars Høsøien Skanke, Kari Ravndal Risnes, Svein Arne Nordbø, Henrik Døllner
BACKGROUND: It is unclarified as to whether viral co-detection and human metapneumovirus (HMPV) genotypes relate to clinical manifestations in children with HMPV and lower respiratory tract infection (LRTI), and if the clinical course and risk factors for severe LRTI differ between HMPV and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). METHODS: We prospectively enrolled hospitalized children aged <16 years with LRTI from 2006 to 2015. Children were clinically examined, and nasopharyngeal aspirates were analyzed using semi-quantitative, real-time polymerase chain reaction tests for HMPV, RSV and 17 other pathogens...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094865/long-term-side-effects-on-the-temporomandibular-joints-and-orofacial-function-in-patients-with-obstructive-sleep-apnea-treated-with-a-mandibular-advancement-device
#10
Sofie W Knappe, Merete Bakke, Palle Svanholt, Arne Petersson, Liselotte Sonnesen
Patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in long-term treatment with a mandibular advancement device (MAD) to increase the upper airway space, may develop changes in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and the orofacial function due to the protruded jaw position during sleep. The aim was to investigate the influence of long-term MAD treatment on the TMJs, orofacial function and occlusion. This prospective study included 30 men and 13 women (median age 54) with OSA (Apnoea-Hypopnoea Index (AHI): 7-57). They were examined with the Nordic Orofacial Test Screening (NOT-S), the Research Diagnostic Criteria for Temporomandibular Disorders (RDC/TMD) and cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) of the TMJs...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Oral Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094044/diagnosis-and-treatment-of-acute-retinal-necrosis-a-report-by-the-american-academy-of-ophthalmology
#11
Scott D Schoenberger, Stephen J Kim, Jennifer E Thorne, Prithvi Mruthyunjaya, Steven Yeh, Sophie J Bakri, Justis P Ehlers
PURPOSE: To evaluate the available evidence in peer-reviewed publications about the diagnosis and treatment of acute retinal necrosis (ARN). METHODS: Literature searches of the PubMed and Cochrane Library databases were last conducted on July 27, 2016. The searches identified 216 unique citations, and 49 articles of possible clinical relevance were reviewed in full text. Of these 49 articles, 27 were deemed sufficiently relevant or of interest, and they were rated according to strength of evidence...
January 13, 2017: Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094028/annual-10-month-aerial-life-phase-in-the-common-swift-apus-apus
#12
Anders Hedenström, Gabriel Norevik, Kajsa Warfvinge, Arne Andersson, Johan Bäckman, Susanne Åkesson
The common swift (Apus apus) is adapted to an aerial lifestyle, where food and nest material are captured in the air. Observations have prompted scientists to hypothesize that swifts stay airborne for their entire non-breeding period [1, 2], including migration into sub-Saharan Africa [3-5]. It is mainly juvenile common swifts that occasionally roost in trees or buildings before autumn migration when weather is bad [1, 6]. In contrast, the North American chimney swift (Chaetura pelagica) and Vaux's swift (C...
November 21, 2016: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093071/spag6-and-l1td1-are-transcriptionally-regulated-by-dna-methylation-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancers
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Corinna Altenberger, Gerwin Heller, Barbara Ziegler, Erwin Tomasich, Maximilian Marhold, Thais Topakian, Leonhard Müllauer, Petra Heffeter, György Lang, Adelheid End-Pfützenreuter, Balazs Döme, Britt-Madeleine Arns, Walter Klepetko, Christoph C Zielinski, Sabine Zöchbauer-Müller
BACKGROUND: DNA methylation regulates together with other epigenetic mechanisms the transcriptional activity of genes and is involved in the pathogenesis of malignant diseases including lung cancer. In non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) various tumor suppressor genes are already known to be tumor-specifically methylated. However, from the vast majority of a large number of genes which were identified to be tumor-specifically methylated, tumor-specific methylation was unknown so far. Thus, the major aim of this study was to investigate in detail the mechanism(s) responsible for transcriptional regulation of the genes SPAG6 and L1TD1 in NSCLCs...
January 5, 2017: Molecular Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092711/-the-future-of-ecology-wisdom-as-the-speculative-centre-of-environmental-ethics
#14
Luca Valera
This article argues that it is necessary to go back to Potter's proposal to rediscover a concept of bioethics wider than medical ethics, and strongly connected to environmental ethics. The two disciplines share, among others, the following dimensions: the consciousness of the sin as a consequence of recent technological developments; the need for a salvation; the need for a science of survival; wisdom as a possible solution. Referring to the latter, the work of Van Rennselaer Potter (father of bioethics) and Arne Næss (father of deep ecology, and in a broader sense, of environmental ethics) are particularly linked: it seems that wisdom should be the virtue providing answers about our way of dwelling the world...
September 2016: Cuadernos de Bioética: Revista Oficial de la Asociación Española de Bioética y Ética Médica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089974/cardiopulmonary-disease-development-in-anti-rna-polymerase-iii-positive-systemic-sclerosis-comparative-analyses-from-an-unselected-prospective-patient-cohort
#15
Anna-Maria Hoffmann-Vold, Øyvind Midtvedt, Anders H Tennøe, Torhild Garen, May Brit Lund, Trond M Aaløkken, Arne K Andreassen, Fadi Elhage, Cathrine Brunborg, Eli Taraldsrud, Øyvind Molberg
OBJECTIVE: Extensive skin disease and renal crisis are hallmarks of anti-RNA polymerase III (RNAP)-positive systemic sclerosis (SSc), while lung and heart involvement data are conflicting. Here, the aims were to perform time-course analyses of interstitial lung disease (ILD) and pulmonary hypertension (PH) in the RNAP subset of a prospective unselected SSc cohort and to use the other autoantibody subsets as comparators. METHODS: The study cohort included 279 patients with SSc from the observational Oslo University Hospital cohort with complete data on (1) SSc-related autoantibodies, (2) paired, serial analyses of lung function and fibrosis by computed tomography, and (3) PH verified by right heart catheterization...
January 15, 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089818/notochordal-cell-derived-conditioned-medium-nccm-protects-human-nucleus-pulposus-cells-from-stress-induced-apoptosis
#16
Arne Mehrkens, Ajay Matta, M Zia Karim, Sarah Kim, Michael G Fehlings, Stefan Schaeren, W Mark Erwin
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD) remains without an effective therapy and presents a costly burden to society. PURPOSE: Based upon prior reports concerning the effects of notochordal cell conditioned medium (NCCM) upon disc cells, we performed a proof of principle study to determine whether NCCM could reduce cytotoxic stress induced apoptosis in human disc nucleus pulpous (NP) cells. STUDY DESIGN/SETTING: 'in vitro' fundamental/basic science study METHODS: NP cells derived from 15 patients undergoing spinal surgery were treated with interleukin 1β (IL-1β) and Fas ligand (FasL) or etoposide in the presence of NCCM...
January 9, 2017: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089579/information-architecture-for-perinatal-registration-in-the-netherlands
#17
William T F Goossen, Anne Marieke Arns-Schiere
In the Netherlands, the perinatal registry has undergone significant changes in the past decades. The purpose of this article is to describe the current health care information architecture for the national perinatal registry, including how the national data set is arranged and how electronic messages are used to submit data. We provide implications for women's health care providers based on the creation and implementation of the Dutch perinatal registry system.
January 12, 2017: Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing: JOGNN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089013/brimonidine-tartrate-0-33-gel-for-the-management-of-posttreatment-erythema-induced-by-laser-skin-resurfacing
#18
Stephan Alexander Braun, Ofir Artzi, Peter Arne Gerber
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088617/assessing-physician-productivity-following-norwegian-hospital-reform-a-panel-and-data-envelopment-analysis
#19
Karl Arne Johannessen, Sverre A C Kittelsen, Terje P Hagen
BACKGROUND: Although health care reforms may improve efficiency at the macro level, less is known regarding their effects on the utilization of health care personnel. Following the 2002 Norwegian hospital reform, we studied the productivity of the physician workforce and the effect of personnel mix on this measure in all nineteen Norwegian hospitals from 2001 to 2013. METHODS: We used panel analysis and non-parametric data envelopment analysis (DEA) to study physician productivity defined as patient treatments per full-time equivalent (FTE) physician...
January 6, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088537/mouse-models-of-frontotemporal-dementia-a-comparison-of-phenotypes-with-clinical-symptomatology
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Rebekah M Ahmed, Muireann Irish, Janet van Eersel, Arne Ittner, Yazi D Ke, Alexander Volkerling, Julia van der Hoven, Kimi Tanaka, Tim Karl, Michael Kassiou, Jillian J Kril, Olivier Piguet, Jürgen Götz, Matthew C Kiernan, Glenda M Halliday, John R Hodges, Lars M Ittner
Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) is the second most common cause of young onset dementia. It is increasingly recognized that there is a clinical continuum between FTD and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). At a clinical, pathological and genetic level there is much heterogeneity in FTD, meaning that our understanding of this condition, pathophysiology and development of treatments has been limited. A number of mouse models focusing predominantly on recapitulating neuropathological and molecular changes of disease have been developed, with most transgenic lines expressing a single specific protein or genetic mutation...
January 11, 2017: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
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