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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527344/harnessing-plant-metabolic-diversity
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REVIEW
Charlie Owen, Nicola J Patron, Ancheng Huang, Anne Osbourn
Advances in DNA sequencing and synthesis technologies in the twenty-first century are now making it possible to build large-scale pipelines for engineering plant natural product pathways into heterologous production species using synthetic biology approaches. The ability to decode the chemical potential of plants by sequencing their transcriptomes and/or genomes and to then use this information as an instruction manual to make drugs and other high-value chemicals is opening up new routes to harness the vast chemical diversity of the Plant Kingdom...
May 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527330/home-practice-in-mindfulness-based-cognitive-therapy-and-mindfulness-based-stress-reduction-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-participants-mindfulness-practice-and-its-association-with-outcomes
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Christine E Parsons, Catherine Crane, Liam J Parsons, Lone Overby Fjorback, Willem Kuyken
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) emphasize the importance of mindfulness practice at home as an integral part of the program. However, the extent to which participants complete their assigned practice is not yet clear, nor is it clear whether this practice is associated with positive outcomes. For this systematic review and meta-analysis, searches were performed using Scopus and PubMed for studies published through to the end of 2015, reporting on formal home practice of mindfulness by MBSR or MBCT participants...
May 10, 2017: Behaviour Research and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527303/insulin-therapy-in-neonatal-diabetes-mellitus-a-review-of-the-literature
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REVIEW
Ivana Rabbone, Fabrizio Barbetti, Raffaella Gentilella, Gilberto Mossetto, Riccardo Bonfanti, Claudio Maffeis, Dario Iafusco, Elvira Piccinno
AIMS: Neonatal diabetes mellitus (NDM) is a rare disorder, and guidance is limited regarding its optimal management. We reviewed insulin usage in NDM, with a focus on continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion (CSII). METHODS: A PubMed search identified 40 reports of patients with NDM treated with insulin published between 1994 and 2016. RESULTS: Data concerning treatment of NDM are limited. CSII resolves some of the issues associated with insulin therapy in neonates...
April 13, 2017: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527255/-oral-mucosa-analog-allografts-in-non-consanguineous-rats
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Luis González, Karla Padrón, Siham Salmen, Elsy Jerez, Lorena Dávila, Eduvigis Solórzano
INTRODUCTION: Although there are therapeutic options for the treatment of oral mucosa defects, the need for functional, anatomical and aesthetically similar substitutes persists, as well as for solutions to reduce autologous grafts morbidity. OBJECTIVE: To determine clinical and histological compatibility of equivalent oral mucosa allografts generated through tissue engineering in non-consanguineous rats. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We used a sample of oral mucosa from Sprague Dawley rats to obtain a fibroblast culture and a keratinocytes and fibroblasts co-culture...
January 24, 2017: Biomédica: Revista del Instituto Nacional de Salud
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527111/human-placenta-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-loaded-on-linear-ordered-collagen-scaffold-improves-functional-recovery-after-completely-transected-spinal-cord-injury-in-canine
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Sufang Han, Zhifeng Xiao, Xing Li, Huan Zhao, Bin Wang, Zhixue Qiu, Zhi Li, Xin Mei, Bai Xu, Caixia Fan, Bing Chen, Jin Han, Yanzheng Gu, Huilin Yang, Qin Shi, Jianwu Dai
Traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) is a major challenge in the clinic. In this study, we sought to examine the synergistic effects of linear ordered collagen scaffold (LOCS) and human placenta-derived mesenchymal stem cells (hPMSCs) when transplanted into completely transected beagle dogs. After 36 weeks observation, we found that LOCS+hPMSCs implants promoted better hindlimb locomotor recovery than was observed in the non-treatment (control) group and LOCS group. Histological analysis showed that the regenerated tissue after treatment was well integrated with the host tissue, and dramatically reduced the volume of cystic and chondroitin sulfate proteoglycans (CSPGs) expression...
May 16, 2017: Science China. Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527003/the-effects-of-kanizsa-contours-on-temporal-integration-and-attention-in-rapid-serial-visual-presentation
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Aytaç Karabay, Elkan G Akyürek
Performance in rapid serial visual presentation tasks has been shown to depend on the temporal integration of target stimuli when they are presented in direct succession. Temporal target integration produces a single, combined representation of visually compatible stimuli, which is comparatively easy to identify. It is currently unknown to what extent target compatibility affects this perceptual behavior, because it has not been studied systematically to date. In the present study, the effects of compatibility on temporal integration and attention were investigated by manipulating the Gestalt properties of target features...
May 19, 2017: Attention, Perception & Psychophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526980/a-multiomics-approach-to-study-the-microbiome-response-to-phytoplankton-blooms
#7
REVIEW
Liyan Song
Phytoplankton blooms are predictable features of marine and freshwater habitats. Despite a good knowledge base of the environmental factors controlling blooms, complex interactions between the bacterial and archaeal communities and phytoplankton bloom taxa are only now emerging. Here, the current research on bacterial community's structural and functional response to phytoplankton blooms is reviewed and discussed and further research is proposed. More attention should be paid on structure and function of autotrophic bacteria and archaea during phytoplankton blooms...
May 19, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526963/incorporation-of-the-time-varying-postprandial-increase-in-splanchnic-blood-flow-into-a-pbpk-model-to-predict-the-effect-of-food-on-the-pharmacokinetics-of-orally-administered-high-extraction-drugs
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Rachel H Rose, David B Turner, Sibylle Neuhoff, Masoud Jamei
Following a meal, a transient increase in splanchnic blood flow occurs that can result in increased exposure to orally administered high-extraction drugs. Typically, physiologically based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) models have incorporated this increase in blood flow as a time-invariant fed/fasted ratio, but this approach is unable to explain the extent of increased drug exposure. A model for the time-varying increase in splanchnic blood flow following a moderate- to high-calorie meal (TV-Q Splanch) was developed to describe the observed data for healthy individuals...
May 19, 2017: AAPS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526890/a-heteromeric-molecular-complex-regulates-the-migration-of-lung-alveolar-epithelial-cells-during-wound-healing
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Manik C Ghosh, Patrudu S Makena, Joseph Kennedy, Bin Teng, Charlean Luellen, Scott E Sinclair, Christopher M Waters
Alveolar type II epithelial cells (ATII) are instrumental in early wound healing in response to lung injury, restoring epithelial integrity through spreading and migration. We previously reported in separate studies that focal adhesion kinase-1 (FAK) and the chemokine receptor CXCR4 promote epithelial repair mechanisms. However, potential interactions between these two pathways were not previously considered. In the present study, we found that wounding of rat ATII cells promoted increased association between FAK and CXCR4...
May 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526888/brain-structural-networks-associated-with-intelligence-and-visuomotor-ability
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Youngwoo Bryan Yoon, Won-Gyo Shin, Tae Young Lee, Ji-Won Hur, Kang Ik K Cho, William Seunghyun Sohn, Seung-Goo Kim, Kwang-Hyuk Lee, Jun Soo Kwon
Increasing evidence indicates that multiple structures in the brain are associated with intelligence and cognitive function at the network level. The association between the grey matter (GM) structural network and intelligence and cognition is not well understood. We applied a multivariate approach to identify the pattern of GM and link the structural network to intelligence and cognitive functions. Structural magnetic resonance imaging was acquired from 92 healthy individuals. Source-based morphometry analysis was applied to the imaging data to extract GM structural covariance...
May 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526874/radiopaque-resorbable-inferior-vena-cava-filter-infused-with-gold-nanoparticles
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Li Tian, Patrick Lee, Burapol Singhana, Aaron Chen, Yang Qiao, Linfeng Lu, Jonathan O Martinez, Ennio Tasciotti, Adam Melancon, Steven Huang, Mitch Eggers, Marites P Melancon
Failure to remove a retrievable inferior vena cava (IVC) filter can cause severe complications with high treatment costs. Polydioxanone (PPDO) has been shown to be a good candidate material for resorbable IVC filters. However, PPDO is radioluscent under conventional imaging modalities. Thus, the positioning and integrity of these PPDO filters cannot be monitored by computed tomography (CT) or x-ray. Here we report the development of radiopaque PPDO IVC filters based on gold nanoparticles (AuNPs). Commercially available PPDO sutures were infused with AuNPs...
May 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526873/role-of-s-palmitoylation-by-zdhhc13-in-mitochondrial-function-and-metabolism-in-liver
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Li-Fen Shen, Yi-Ju Chen, Kai-Ming Liu, Amir N Saleem Haddad, I-Wen Song, Hsiao-Yuh Roan, Li-Ying Chen, Jeffrey J Y Yen, Yu-Ju Chen, Jer-Yuarn Wu, Yuan-Tsong Chen
Palmitoyltransferase (PAT) catalyses protein S-palmitoylation which adds 16-carbon palmitate to specific cysteines and contributes to various biological functions. We previously reported that in mice, deficiency of Zdhhc13, a member of the PAT family, causes severe phenotypes including amyloidosis, alopecia, and osteoporosis. Here, we show that Zdhhc13 deficiency results in abnormal liver function, lipid abnormalities, and hypermetabolism. To elucidate the molecular mechanisms underlying these disease phenotypes, we applied a site-specific quantitative approach integrating an alkylating resin-assisted capture and mass spectrometry-based label-free strategy for studying the liver S-palmitoylome...
May 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526857/room-temperature-soft-mode-and-ferroelectric-like-polarization-in-srtio3-ultrathin-films-infrared-and-ab-initio-study
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Wei-Wei Peng, Robert Tétot, Gang Niu, Emilie Amzallag, Bertrand Vilquin, Jean-Blaise Brubach, Pascale Roy
Due to the remarkable possibilities of epitaxially growing strontium titanate (SrTiO3 or STO) on silicon, this oxide is widely used as a buffer layer for integrating other perovskite oxides which allows for the development of various functional electronic devices on silicon. Moreover, STO is known to be an incipient ferroelectric in bulk but may become ferroelectric when in the form of strained ultrathin films. Given the importance of the potential applications for electronics if this property is demonstrated, we performed a spectroscopic study of STO on Si(001) templates coupling experimental and ab initio investigations...
May 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526842/revealing-genome-scale-transcriptional-regulatory-landscape-of-ompr-highlights-its-expanded-regulatory-roles-under-osmotic-stress-in-escherichia-coli-k-12-mg1655
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Sang Woo Seo, Ye Gao, Donghyuk Kim, Richard Szubin, Jina Yang, Byung-Kwan Cho, Bernhard O Palsson
A transcription factor (TF), OmpR, plays a critical role in transcriptional regulation of the osmotic stress response in bacteria. Here, we reveal a genome-scale OmpR regulon in Escherichia coli K-12 MG1655. Integrative data analysis reveals that a total of 37 genes in 24 transcription units (TUs) belong to OmpR regulon. Among them, 26 genes show more than two-fold changes in expression level in an OmpR knock-out strain. Specifically, we find that: 1) OmpR regulates mostly membrane-located gene products involved in diverse fundamental biological processes, such as narU (encoding nitrate/nitrite transporter), ompX (encoding outer membrane protein X), and nuoN (encoding NADH:ubiquinone oxidoreductase); 2) by investigating co-regulation of entire sets of genes regulated by other stress-response TFs, stresses are surprisingly independently regulated among each other; and, 3) a detailed investigation of the physiological roles of the newly discovered OmpR regulon genes reveals that activation of narU represents a novel strategy to significantly improve osmotic stress tolerance of E...
May 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526825/target-decoupling-in-coupled-systems-resistant-to-random-perturbation
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Sunkyu Yu, Xianji Piao, Namkyoo Park
To suppress unwanted crosstalks between nearby optical elements, the decoupling technique for integrated systems has been desired for the target control of light flows. Although cloaking methods have enabled complete decoupling of optical elements by manipulating electromagnetic waves microscopically, it is difficult to be applied rigorously to control each unit element in coupled systems due to severe restrictions on material parameters for cloaking. Here we develop the macroscopic approach to design crosstalk-free regions in coupled optical systems...
May 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526752/the-apical-ecm-preserves-embryonic-integrity-and-distributes-mechanical-stress-during-morphogenesis
#16
Thanh Thi Kim Vuong-Brender, Shashi Kumar Suman, Michel Labouesse
Epithelia are bound by both basal and apical extracellular matrices (ECM). While the composition and function of the former have been intensively investigated, less is known about the latter. The embryonic sheath, the ECM apical to the C. elegans embryonic epidermis, has been suggested to promote its elongation. In an RNAi screen for the components of the sheath, we identified the Zona Pellucida domain proteins NOAH-1 and NOAH-2. We found that these proteins act in the same pathway, and in parallel to three other putative sheath proteins, SYM-1, LET-4 and FBN-1/Fibrillin, to ensure embryonic integrity and promote elongation...
May 19, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526720/efficacy-of-trabectedin-in-patients-with-advanced-translocation-related-sarcomas-pooled-analysis-of-two-phase-ii-studies
#17
Mitsuru Takahashi, Shunji Takahashi, Nobuhito Araki, Hideshi Sugiura, Takafumi Ueda, Tsukasa Yonemoto, Hideo Morioka, Hiroaki Hiraga, Toru Hiruma, Toshiyuki Kunisada, Akihiko Matsumine, Masashi Shimura, Akira Kawai
BACKGROUND: Trabectedin is reported as effective, especially against translocation-related sarcomas (TRSs) after failure of or intolerance to standard chemotherapy. We conducted two phase II studies of TRS, confirming high efficacy of 1.2 mg/m(2) trabectedin. The updated data of 66 patients in these studies was integrated to evaluate the efficacy of trabectedin against each histological subtype, and analyze final overall survival (OS). METHODS: Trabectedin was administered on day one of a 21-day cycle...
May 18, 2017: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526707/s-nitrosylation-of-vasp-at-cysteine-64-mediates-inflammation-stimulated-increase-in-microvascular-permeability
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Patricia Zamorano, Natalie Marin, Francisco Córdova, Alejandra Aguilar, Cynthia J Meininger, Mauricio P Boric, Nikola Golenhofen, Jorge Contreras, José Sarmiento, Walter N Duran, Fabiola A Sánchez
We tested the hypothesis that platelet-activating factor (PAF) induces S-nitrosylation of vasodilator-stimulated phosphoprotein (VASP) as a mechanism to reduce microvascular endothelial barrier integrity and stimulate hyperpermeability. PAF elevated S-nitrosylation of VASP above baseline levels in different endothelial cells and caused hyperpermeability. To ascertain the importance of eNOS subcellular location in this process, we used ECV-304 cells transfected with cytosolic eNOS (GFPeNOSG2A) and plasma membrane eNOS (GFPeNOSCAAX)...
May 19, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526704/elder-women-s-perceptions-around-optimal-perinatal-health-a-constructivist-grounded-theory-study-with-an-indigenous-community-in-southern-ontario
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Sujane Kandasamy, Meredith Vanstone, Mark Oremus, Trista Hill, Gita Wahi, Julie Wilson, A Darlene Davis, Ruby Jacobs, Rebecca Anglin, Sonia Savitri Anand
BACKGROUND: Women play important roles in translating health knowledge, particularly around pregnancy and birth, in Indigenous societies. We investigated elder Indigenous women's perceptions around optimal perinatal health. METHODS: Using a methodological framework that integrated a constructivist grounded-theory approach with an Indigenous epistemology, we conducted and analyzed in-depth interviews and focus groups with women from the Six Nations community in southern Ontario who self-identified as grandmothers...
May 18, 2017: CMAJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526701/netrin-1-preserves-blood-brain-barrier-integrity-through-deleted-in-colorectal-cancer-focal-adhesion-kinase-rhoa-signaling-pathway-following-subarachnoid-hemorrhage-in-rats
#20
Zongyi Xie, Budbazar Enkhjargal, Cesar Reis, Lei Huang, Weifeng Wan, Jiping Tang, Yuan Cheng, John H Zhang
BACKGROUND: Netrin-1 (NTN-1) has been established to be a novel intrinsic regulator of blood-brain barrier (BBB) maintenance. This study was carried out to investigate the potential roles of exogenous NTN-1 in preserving BBB integrity after experimental subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) as well as the underlying mechanisms of its protective effects. METHODS AND RESULTS: A total of 309 male Sprague-Dawley rats were subjected to an endovascular perforation model of SAH...
May 19, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
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