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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454295/nima-related-kinase-2-regulates-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cell-growth-and-proliferation
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Xiao-Bo Lai, Yu-Qiang Nie, Hong-Li Huang, Ying-Fei Li, Chuang-Yu Cao, Hui Yang, Bo Shen, Zhi-Qiang Feng
NIMA-related kinase 2 (Nek2) is often upregulated in human cancer and is important in regulating the cell cycle and gene expression, and maintaining centrosomal structure and function. The present study aimed to investigate the expression pattern, clinical significance, and biological function of Nek2 in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). mRNA and protein levels of Nek2 were examined in HCC and corresponding normal liver tissues. The MTT and soft agar colony formation assays, and flow cytometry were employed to assess the roles of Nek2 in cell proliferation and growth...
March 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448736/orphan-cpg-islands-define-a-novel-class-of-highly-active-enhancers
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Joshua S K Bell, Paula M Vertino
CpG islands (CGI) are critical genomic regulatory elements that support transcriptional initiation and are associated with the promoters of most human genes. CGI are distinguished from the bulk genome by their high CpG density, lack of DNA methylation, and euchromatic features. While CGI are canonically known as strong promoters, thousands of 'orphan' CGI lie far from any known transcript, leaving their function an open question. We undertook a comprehensive analysis of the epigenetic state of orphan CGI across over 100 cell types...
April 27, 2017: Epigenetics: Official Journal of the DNA Methylation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447404/potential-biomechanical-roles-of-risk-factors-in-the-evolution-of-thrombus-laden-abdominal-aortic-aneurysms
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Lana Virag, John S Wilson, Jay D Humphrey, Igor Karšaj
Abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) typically harbour an intraluminal thrombus (ILT), yet most prior computational models neglect biochemomechanical effects of thrombus on lesion evolution. We recently proposed a growth and remodelling model of thrombus-laden AAAs that introduced a number of new constitutive relations and associated model parameters. Because values of several of these parameters have yet to be elucidated by clinical data, and could vary significantly from patient to patient, the aim of this study was to investigate the possible extent to which these parameters influence AAA evolution...
April 26, 2017: International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447296/addressing-the-needs-of-children-and-youth-in-the-context-of-war-and-terrorism-the-technological-frontier
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Leia Y Saltzman, Levi Solomyak, Ruth Pat-Horenczyk
This paper reviews recent literature on the mental health needs of youth in the context of war and terrorism. A human rights lens is used to explore issues of accessibility and sustainability in service utilization during times of crisis. The authors present the evolution of services over the last several decades, progressing through individual, school-based, and community-wide interventions by exploring models that focus on symptom reduction and building resilience. This paper highlights the benefits and limitations of traditional intervention methods and proposes a new frontier of intervention development and research...
June 2017: Current Psychiatry Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447043/comparative-genomics-of-human-stem-cell-factor-scf
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Moein Dehbashi, Elahe Kamali, Sadeq Vallian
Stem cell factor (SCF) is a critical protein with key roles in the cell such as hematopoiesis, gametogenesis and melanogenesis. In the present study a comparative analysis on nucleotide sequences of SCF was performed in Humanoids using bioinformatics tools including NCBI-BLAST, MEGA6, and JBrowse. Our analysis of nucleotide sequences to find closely evolved organisms with high similarity by NCBI-BLAST tools and MEGA6 showed that human and Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) were placed into the same cluster. By using JBrowse, we found that SCF in Neanderthal had a single copy number similar to modern human and partly conserved nucleotide sequences...
March 2017: Molecular Biology Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447026/genome-dynamics-of-escherichia-coli-during-antibiotic-treatment-transfer-loss-and-persistence-of-genetic-elements-in-situ-of-the-infant-gut
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Andreas Porse, Heidi Gumpert, Jessica Z Kubicek-Sutherland, Nahid Karami, Ingegerd Adlerberth, Agnes E Wold, Dan I Andersson, Morten O A Sommer
Elucidating the adaptive strategies and plasticity of bacterial genomes in situ is crucial for understanding the epidemiology and evolution of pathogens threatening human health. While much is known about the evolution of Escherichia coli in controlled laboratory environments, less effort has been made to elucidate the genome dynamics of E. coli in its native settings. Here, we follow the genome dynamics of co-existing E. coli lineages in situ of the infant gut during the first year of life. One E. coli lineage causes a urinary tract infection (UTI) and experiences several alterations of its genomic content during subsequent antibiotic treatment...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445881/absence-of-decline-of-kidney-function-in-human-immunodeficiency-virus-infected-patients-under-routine-clinical-management
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Julie Boucquemont, Sylvie Lawson-Ayayi, Claire Rigothier, Fabrice Bonnet, Cécile Proust-Lima, Didier Neau, Carine Greib, Ghada Miremont-Salamé, François Dabis, Michel Dupon, Frédéric-Antoine Dauchy
BACKGROUND: Since the introduction of antiretroviral therapy (ART), human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected patients have a drastically improved prognosis but at the same time they are also more affected by non-HIV related complications, such as chronic kidney disease. The objective of our study was to investigate the effect of proteinuria and tenofovir (TDF)-containing ART regimens on the temporal evolution of estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR). METHODS: Between April 2008 and October 2012, we enrolled 395 patients with a complete renal evaluation among patients from the ANRS C03 Aquitaine cohort, a prospective hospital-based cohort of HIV-1-infected patients under routine clinical management in southwestern France...
April 26, 2017: Nephron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445220/catalyzing-interdisciplinary-research-and-training-initial-outcomes-and-evolution-of-the-affinity-research-collaboratives-model
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Katya Ravid, Francesca Seta, David Center, Gloria Waters, David Coleman
Team science has been recognized as critical to solving increasingly complex biomedical problems and advancing discoveries in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of human disease. In 2009, the Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research (ECIBR) was established in the Department of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine as a new organizational paradigm to promote interdisciplinary team science. The ECIBR is made up of affinity research collaboratives (ARCs), consisting of investigators from different departments and disciplines who come together to study biomedical problems that are relevant to human disease and not under interdisciplinary investigation at the university...
April 25, 2017: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444372/quantifying-the-number-of-independent-organelle-dna-insertions-in-genome-evolution-and-human-health
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Einat Hazkani-Covo, William F Martin
Fragments of organelle genomes are often found as insertions in nuclear DNA. These fragments of mitochondrial DNA (numts) and plastid DNA (nupts) are ubiquitous components of eukaryotic genomes. They are, however, often edited out during the genome assembly process, leading to systematic underestimation of their frequency. Numts and nupts, once inserted, can become further fragmented through subsequent insertion of mobile elements or other recombinational events that disrupt the continuity of the inserted sequence relative to the genuine organelle DNA copy...
April 21, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443077/molecular-dynamics-simulation-of-the-influenza-a-h3n2-hemagglutinin-trimer-reveals-the-structural-basis-for-adaptive-evolution-of-the-recent-epidemic-clade-3c-2a
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Masaru Yokoyama, Seiichiro Fujisaki, Masayuki Shirakura, Shinji Watanabe, Takato Odagiri, Kimito Ito, Hironori Sato
Influenza A(H3N2) has been a major cause of seasonal influenza in humans since 1968, and has evolved by antigenic drift under the constantly changing human herd immunity. Increasing evidence suggests that the antigenic change occasionally occurred concomitant with the alterations of the N-glycosylation site profile and hemagglutination activity of the virion surface protein hemagglutinin (HA). However, the structural basis of these changes remains largely unclear. To address this issue, we performed molecular dynamics simulations of the glycosylated HA trimers of the A(H3N2), which has a novel pattern of Asn-X-Ser/Thr sequons unique in the new A(H3N2) epidemic clade 3C...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442904/anti-fgfr1-aptamer-tagged-superparamagnetic-conjugates-for-anticancer-hyperthermia-therapy
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Przemysław M Jurek, Konrad Zabłocki, Urszula Waśko, Maciej P Mazurek, Jacek Otlewski, Filip Jeleń
Compounds that recognize and strongly bind to molecular targets are one of the cornerstones of modern pharmaceutics. Work has been ongoing for the past 25 years on the therapeutic use of aptamers, nucleic acid molecules, whose three-dimensional structure is the result of interactions between complementary base pairs. The aptamers selection methods allow the oligonucleotides which bind the molecular target in its native environment to be quickly isolated from a large library of random oligonucleotides. The possibilities presented for aptamers in the field of targeted therapy require the application of effective carriers to counter the renal clearance effect and/or functional cargo to exert therapeutic action if the aptamer is only used as a targeting moiety...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442585/next-gen-sequencing-analysis-and-algorithms-for-pdx-and-cdx-models
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Garima Khandelwal, Maria Romina Girotti, Christopher Smowton, Sam Taylor, Chris Wirth, Marek Dynowski, Kristopher K Frese, Ged Brady, Caroline Dive, Richard Marais, Crispin Miller
Patient-derived xenograft (PDX) and CTC-derived explant (CDX) models are powerful methods for the study of human disease. In cancer research, these methods have been applied to multiple questions including the study of metastatic progression, genetic evolution and therapeutic drug responses. Since PDX and CDX models can recapitulate the highly heterogeneous characteristics of a patient tumor, as well as their response to chemotherapy, there is considerable interest in combining them with next-generation sequencing (NGS) in order to monitor the genomic, transcriptional, and epigenetic changes that accompany oncogenesis...
April 25, 2017: Molecular Cancer Research: MCR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441555/rapid-evolution-of-the-cerebellum-in-humans-and-other-great-apes
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Robert A Barton, Chris Venditti
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April 24, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440220/rapid-evolution-of-the-human-mutation-spectrum
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Kelley Harris, Jonathan K Pritchard
DNA is a remarkably precise medium for copying and storing biological information. This high fidelity results from the action of hundreds of genes involved in replication, proofreading, and damage repair. Evolutionary theory suggests that in such a system, selection has limited ability to remove genetic variants that change mutation rates by small amounts or in specific sequence contexts. Consistent with this, using SNV variation as a proxy for mutational input, we report here that mutational spectra differ substantially among species, human continental groups and even some closely-related populations...
April 25, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440083/systems-metabolomics-for-prediction-of-metabolic-syndrome
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Estelle Pujos-Guillot, Marion Brandolini, Mélanie Pétéra, Dhouha Grissa, Charlotte Joly, Bernard Lyan, Eléonore Herquelot, Sébastien Czernichow, Marie Zins, Marcel Goldberg, Blandine Comte
The evolution of human health is a continuum of transitions, involving multifaceted processes at multiple levels and there is an urgent need for integrative biomarkers that can characterize and predict progression towards disease development. The objective of this work was to perform a systems metabolomics approach to predict metabolic syndrome (MetS) development. A case-control design was used within the French occupational GAZEL cohort (n=112 males: discovery study; n=94: replication/validation study). Our integrative strategy was to combine untargeted metabolomics with clinical, sociodemographic and food habit parameters to describe early phenotypes and build multidimensional predictive models...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Proteome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439981/evolution-of-the-plasma-proteome-of-divers-before-and-after-a-single-scuba-dive
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Jacky Lautridou, Vianney Pichereau, Sébastien Artigaud, Benoit Bernay, Otto Barak, Ryan Hoiland, Andrew T Lovering, Ingrid Eftedal, Zeljko Dujic, François Guerrero
PURPOSE: Decompression sickness (DCS) is a poorly understood and complex systemic disease caused by inadequate desaturation following a reduction of ambient pressure. A previous proteomic study of ours showed that DCS occurrence but not diving was associated with changes in the plasma proteome in rats, including a dramatic decrease of abundance of the tetrameric form of Transthyretin (TTR). The present study aims to assess the impact on the human blood proteome of a dive inducing significant decompression stress but without inducing DCS symptoms...
April 25, 2017: Proteomics. Clinical Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439034/teleosts-as-model-organisms-to-understand-host-microbe-interactions
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Emily A Lescak, Kathryn C Milligan-Myhre
Host-microbe interactions are influenced by complex host genetics and environment. Studies across animal taxa have aided our understanding of how intestinal microbiota influence vertebrate development, disease, and physiology. However, traditional mammalian studies can be limited by use of isogenic strains, husbandry constraints that result in small sample sizes and limited statistical power, reliance on indirect characterization of gut microbial communities from fecal samples, and concerns whether observations in artificial conditions are actually reflective of what occurs in the wild...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438095/arcobacter-an-emerging-food-borne-zoonotic-pathogen-its-public-health-concerns-and-advances-in-diagnosis-and-control-a-comprehensive-review
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Thadiyam Puram Ramees, Kuldeep Dhama, Kumaragurubaran Karthik, Ramswaroop Singh Rathore, Ashok Kumar, Mani Saminathan, Ruchi Tiwari, Yashpal Singh Malik, Raj Kumar Singh
Arcobacter has emerged as an important food-borne zoonotic pathogen, causing sometimes serious infections in humans and animals. Newer species of Arcobacter are being incessantly emerging (presently 25 species have been identified) with novel information on the evolutionary mechanisms and genetic diversity among different Arcobacter species. These have been reported from chickens, domestic animals (cattle, pigs, sheep, horses, dogs), reptiles (lizards, snakes and chelonians), meat (poultry, pork, goat, lamb, beef, rabbit), vegetables and from humans in different countries...
April 25, 2017: Veterinary Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436748/disruption-of-tetr-type-regulator-aden-by-mobile-genetic-element-confers-elevated-virulence-in-acinetobacter-baumannii
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Rajagopalan Saranathan, Sudhakar Pagal, Ajit R Sawant, Archana Tomar, M Madhangi, Suresh Sah, Annapurna Satti, K P Arunkumar, K Prashanth
Acinetobacter baumannii is an important human pathogen and considered as a major threat due to its extreme drug resistance. In this study, the genome of a hyper-virulent MDR strain PKAB07 of A. baumannii isolated from an Indian patient was sequenced and analysed to understand its mechanisms of virulence, resistance and evolution. Comparative genomics analysis of PKAB07 revealed virulence and resistance related genes scattered throughout the genome, instead of being organized as an island, indicating the highly mosaic nature of the genome...
April 24, 2017: Virulence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435856/dynamic-microbiome-evolution-in-social-bees
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Waldan K Kwong, Luis A Medina, Hauke Koch, Kong-Wah Sing, Eunice Jia Yu Soh, John S Ascher, Rodolfo Jaffé, Nancy A Moran
The highly social (eusocial) corbiculate bees, comprising the honey bees, bumble bees, and stingless bees, are ubiquitous insect pollinators that fulfill critical roles in ecosystem services and human agriculture. Here, we conduct wide sampling across the phylogeny of these corbiculate bees and reveal a dynamic evolutionary history behind their microbiota, marked by multiple gains and losses of gut associates, the presence of generalist as well as host-specific strains, and patterns of diversification driven, in part, by host ecology (for example, colony size)...
March 2017: Science Advances
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