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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431268/assessment-of-mutagenicity-of-water-from-lake-sevan-armenia-with-application-of-tradescantia-clone-02
#1
R E Avalyan, E A Aghajanyan, A Khosrovyan, A L Atoyants, A E Simonyan, R M Aroutiounian
For many decades water resources in Armenia have been affected by anthropogenic activity, therefore, a regular bioindication of genotoxic effects of the water bodies is desirable. The genotoxicity of water samples collected from different parts of Lake Sevan were assessed by means of Trad-SHM (stamen hair mutation) assay using Tradescantia (clone 02). Here we report a significant increase in the frequency of somatic mutations and morphological changes in the Tradescantia inflorescences exposed to the water samples compared to the control...
March 31, 2017: Mutation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416602/antigen-receptor-galaxy-a-user-friendly-web-based-tool-for-analysis-and-visualization-of-t-and-b-cell-receptor-repertoire-data
#2
Hanna IJspeert, Pauline A van Schouwenburg, David van Zessen, Ingrid Pico-Knijnenburg, Andrew P Stubbs, Mirjam van der Burg
Antigen Receptor Galaxy (ARGalaxy) is a Web-based tool for analyses and visualization of TCR and BCR sequencing data of 13 species. ARGalaxy consists of four parts: the demultiplex tool, the international ImMunoGeneTics information system (IMGT) concatenate tool, the immune repertoire pipeline, and the somatic hypermutation (SHM) and class switch recombination (CSR) pipeline. Together they allow the analysis of all different aspects of the immune repertoire. All pipelines can be run independently or combined, depending on the available data and the question of interest...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388279/investigation-of-aid-dicer-and-drosha-expressions-in-patients-with-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia
#3
Metin Yusuf Gelmez, Ender Coskunpinar, Basak Saracoglu, Gunnur Deniz, Melih Aktan
Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is the most common leukemia in Western countries. Cytogenetic lesions such as del13q14, del11q22.3, and del17p13 are identified in 50-60% of patients. Activation-induced cytidine deaminase (AID) plays a central role in somatic hyper mutation (SHM) and class switch recombination (CSR) and functions on Ig genes, but also target non-Ig genes, and over-expression of AID can lead to point mutations or translocations in non-Ig genes such as IgH/Myc translocation. Dicer and Drosha, which have a role in activation process of miRNA, also act in a double-strand DNA break (DSB) repair mechanism...
April 7, 2017: Immunological Investigations
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28383410/a-novel-system-for-predicting-liver-histopathology-in-patients-with-chronic-hepatitis-b
#4
An-Na Pan, Wang-Wang Xu, Yun-Lin Luo, Huan-Huan Yu, Yi-Bing Hu, Qing-Feng Sun, Ji-Guang Ding, Yang-He Wu
There is currently a lack of reliable, reproducible, and easily applied methods for assessing changes in liver histology in patients in the gray zone phase of chronic hepatitis B (CHB). Therefore, we aimed to develop a novel predictive scoring system to detect significant liver histological changes in these patients.A total of 388 patients in the gray zone phase of CHB who underwent liver biopsy were divided into a training group and a validation group, and their clinical and routinely available laboratory parameters were analyzed using univariate analysis, Spearman correlation analysis, and logistic modeling...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28371650/applications-of-a-nanocomposite-inspired-in-situ-broadband-ultrasonic-sensor-to-acousto-ultrasonics-based-passive-and-active-structural-health-monitoring
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Menglong Liu, Zhihui Zeng, Hao Xu, Yaozhong Liao, Limin Zhou, Zhong Zhang, Zhongqing Su
A novel nanocomposite-inspired in-situ broadband ultrasonic sensor previously developed, with carbon black as the nanofiller and polyvinylidene fluoride as the matrix, was networked for acousto-ultrasonic wave-based passive and active structural health monitoring (SHM). Being lightweight and small, this kind of sensor was proven to be capable of perceiving strain perturbation in virtue of the tunneling effect in the formed nanofiller conductive network when acousto-ultrasonic waves traverse the sensor. Proof-of-concept validation was implemented, to examine the sensor performance in responding to acousto-ultrasonic waves in a broad frequency regime: from acoustic emission (AE) of lower frequencies to guided ultrasonic waves (GUWs) of higher frequencies...
March 14, 2017: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369649/functional-anatomy-of-the-immunoglobulin-heavy-chain-3%C3%AE-super-enhancer-needs-not-only-core-enhancer-elements-but-also-their-unique-dna-context
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Sandrine Le Noir, François Boyer, Sandrine Lecardeur, Mylène Brousse, Zeliha Oruc, Jeanne Cook-Moreau, Yves Denizot, Michel Cogné
Cis-regulatory elements feature clustered sites for transcription factors, defining core enhancers and have inter-species homology. The mouse IgH 3΄ regulatory region (3'RR), a major B-cell super-enhancer, consists of four of such core enhancers, scattered throughout more than 25 kb of packaging 'junk DNA', the sequence of which is not conserved but follows a unique palindromic architecture which is conserved in all mammalian species. The 3'RR promotes long-range interactions and potential IgH loops with upstream promoters, controlling class switch recombination (CSR) and somatic hypermutation (SHM)...
March 22, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28358346/a-data-driven-diagnostic-framework-for-wind-turbine-structures-a-holistic-approach
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Simona Bogoevska, Minas Spiridonakos, Eleni Chatzi, Elena Dumova-Jovanoska, Rudiger Höffer
The complex dynamics of operational wind turbine (WT) structures challenges the applicability of existing structural health monitoring (SHM) strategies for condition assessment. At the center of Europe's renewable energy strategic planning, WT systems call for implementation of strategies that may describe the WT behavior in its complete operational spectrum. The framework proposed in this paper relies on the symbiotic treatment of acting environmental/operational variables and the monitored vibration response of the structure...
March 30, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327532/a-combination-of-soybean-and-haematococcus-extract-alleviates-ultraviolet-b-induced-photoaging
#8
Jieun Shin, Jong-Eun Kim, Kum-Ju Pak, Jung Il Kang, Tae-Seok Kim, Sang-Yoon Lee, Ik-Hyun Yeo, Jung Han Yoon Park, Jong Hun Kim, Nam Joo Kang, Ki Won Lee
Soybean-derived isoflavones have been investigated for their preventative effects against UV-induced symptoms of skin damage including wrinkle formation and inflammation. Haematococcus pluvialis is a freshwater species of Chlorophyta that contains high concentrations of the natural carotenoid pigment astaxanthin. Astaxanthin is known to be involved in retinoic acid receptor (RAR) signaling and previously been associated with the inhibition of activator protein (AP)-1 dependent transcription. Based on previous studies, we hypothesized that a combination of soy extract (SE) and Haematococcus extract (HE) may prevent UVB-induced photoaging through specific signaling pathways, as measured by UVB-induced wrinkling on hairless mice skin and expression changes in human dermal fibroblasts (HDFs)...
March 22, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325206/improving-glycemic-control-safely-in-non-critical-care-patients-a-collaborative-systems-approach-in-nine-hospitals
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Gregory A Maynard, Diana Childers, Janet Holdych, Heather Kendall, Tom Hoag, Karen Harrison
BACKGROUND: Practice variations in insulin management and glycemic adverse events led nine Dignity Health hospitals to initiate a collaborative effort to improve hypoglycemia, uncontrolled hyperglycemia, and glycemic control. METHODS: Non-critical care adult inpatients with ≥4 point-of-care blood glucose (BG) readings in a ≥2-day period were included. Balanced glucometric goals for each hospital were individualized to improve performance by 10%-20% from baseline or achieve top performance derived from Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) benchmarking studies...
April 2017: Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301039/bach2-regulates-aid-mediated-immunoglobulin-gene-conversion-and-somatic-hypermutation-in-dt40-b-cells
#10
Paulina M Budzyńska, Minna K Kyläniemi, Teemu Kallonen, Anni I Soikkeli, Kalle-Pekka Nera, Olli Lassila, Jukka Alinikula
The transcription factor Bach2 is required for germinal centre formation, somatic hypermutation (SHM) and class-switch recombination (CSR) of immunoglobulins. SHM and CSR are initiated by activation-induced cytidine deaminase (AID) which has potential to induce human B cell lymphoma. To understand the role of Bach2 in AID-mediated immunoglobulin gene diversification processes, we established a BACH2-deficient DT40 B cell line. We show that in addition to allowing SHM, Bach2 drives immunoglobulin gene conversion (GCV), another AID-dependent antibody gene diversification process...
March 16, 2017: European Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298420/staged-induction-of-hiv-1-glycan-dependent-broadly-neutralizing-antibodies
#11
Mattia Bonsignori, Edward F Kreider, Daniela Fera, R Ryan Meyerhoff, Todd Bradley, Kevin Wiehe, S Munir Alam, Baptiste Aussedat, William E Walkowicz, Kwan-Ki Hwang, Kevin O Saunders, Ruijun Zhang, Morgan A Gladden, Anthony Monroe, Amit Kumar, Shi-Mao Xia, Melissa Cooper, Mark K Louder, Krisha McKee, Robert T Bailer, Brendan W Pier, Claudia A Jette, Garnett Kelsoe, Wilton B Williams, Lynn Morris, John Kappes, Kshitij Wagh, Gift Kamanga, Myron S Cohen, Peter T Hraber, David C Montefiori, Ashley Trama, Hua-Xin Liao, Thomas B Kepler, M Anthony Moody, Feng Gao, Samuel J Danishefsky, John R Mascola, George M Shaw, Beatrice H Hahn, Stephen C Harrison, Bette T Korber, Barton F Haynes
A preventive HIV-1 vaccine should induce HIV-1-specific broadly neutralizing antibodies (bnAbs). However, bnAbs generally require high levels of somatic hypermutation (SHM) to acquire breadth, and current vaccine strategies have not been successful in inducing bnAbs. Because bnAbs directed against a glycosylated site adjacent to the third variable loop (V3) of the HIV-1 envelope protein require limited SHM, the V3-glycan epitope is an attractive vaccine target. By studying the cooperation among multiple V3-glycan B cell lineages and their coevolution with autologous virus throughout 5 years of infection, we identify key events in the ontogeny of a V3-glycan bnAb...
March 15, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296911/longitudinal-dynamics-of-the-hiv-specific-b-cell-response-during-intermittent-treatment-of-primary-hiv-infection
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Godelieve J de Bree, Adam K Wheatley, Rebecca M Lynch, Madhu Prabhakaran, Marlous L Grijsen, Jan M Prins, Stephen D Schmidt, Richard A Koup, John R Mascola, Adrian B McDermott
BACKGROUND: Neutralizing antibodies develop in natural HIV-1 infection. Their development often takes several years and may rely on chronic virus exposure. At the same time recent studies show that treatment early in infection may provide opportunities for immune preservation. However, it is unknown how intermittent treatment in early infection affects development of the humoral immune response over time. We investigate the effect of cART in early HIV infection on the properties of the memory B cell compartment following 6 months of cART or in the absence of treatment...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283534/pms2-and-uracil-dna-glycosylases-act-jointly-in-the-mismatch-repair-pathway-to-generate-ig-gene-mutations-at-a-t-base-pairs
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Giulia Girelli Zubani, Marija Zivojnovic, Annie De Smet, Olivier Albagli-Curiel, François Huetz, Jean-Claude Weill, Claude-Agnès Reynaud, Sébastien Storck
During somatic hypermutation (SHM) of immunoglobulin genes, uracils introduced by activation-induced cytidine deaminase are processed by uracil-DNA glycosylase (UNG) and mismatch repair (MMR) pathways to generate mutations at G-C and A-T base pairs, respectively. Paradoxically, the MMR-nicking complex Pms2/Mlh1 is apparently dispensable for A-T mutagenesis. Thus, how detection of U:G mismatches is translated into the single-strand nick required for error-prone synthesis is an open question. One model proposed that UNG could cooperate with MMR by excising a second uracil in the vicinity of the U:G mismatch, but it failed to explain the low impact of UNG inactivation on A-T mutagenesis...
April 3, 2017: Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230796/a-sensor-data-fusion-system-based-on-k-nearest-neighbor-pattern-classification-for-structural-health-monitoring-applications
#14
Jaime Vitola, Francesc Pozo, Diego A Tibaduiza, Maribel Anaya
Civil and military structures are susceptible and vulnerable to damage due to the environmental and operational conditions. Therefore, the implementation of technology to provide robust solutions in damage identification (by using signals acquired directly from the structure) is a requirement to reduce operational and maintenance costs. In this sense, the use of sensors permanently attached to the structures has demonstrated a great versatility and benefit since the inspection system can be automated. This automation is carried out with signal processing tasks with the aim of a pattern recognition analysis...
February 21, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225315/improving-glycemic-control-safely-in-critical-care-patients-a-collaborative-systems-approach-in-nine-hospitals
#15
Gregory A Maynard, Janet Holdych, Heather Kendall, Karen Harrison, Patricia A Montgomery, Kristen Kulasa
Objective Safely improve glycemic control in the critical care units of nine hospitals. Methods Critical care adult inpatients from nine hospitals with ≥ 4 point-of-care (POC) blood glucose (BG) readings over ≥ 2 days were targeted by collaborative improvement efforts to reduce hyper- and hypo-glycemia. Balanced glucometric goals for each hospital were set targeting improvement from baseline, or goals deemed desirable from Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) benchmarking data. Collaborative interventions included standardized insulin infusion protocols, hypoglycemia prevention bundles, audit and feedback, education, and measure-vention (coupling measurement of patients "off protocol" with concurrent interventions to correct suboptimal care)...
February 22, 2017: Endocrine Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208636/structural-health-monitoring-using-textile-reinforcement-structures-with-integrated-optical-fiber-sensors
#16
Kort Bremer, Frank Weigand, Yulong Zheng, Lourdes Shanika Alwis, Reinhard Helbig, Bernhard Roth
Optical fiber-based sensors "embedded" in functionalized carbon structures (FCSs) and textile net structures (TNSs) based on alkaline-resistant glass are introduced for the purpose of structural health monitoring (SHM) of concrete-based structures. The design aims to monitor common SHM parameters such as strain and cracks while at the same time acting as a structural strengthening mechanism. The sensor performances of the two systems are characterized in situ using Mach-Zehnder interferometric (MZI) and optical attenuation measurement techniques, respectively...
February 10, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28146067/a-review-of-passive-rfid-tag-antenna-based-sensors-and-systems-for-structural-health-monitoring-applications
#17
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Jun Zhang, Gui Yun Tian, Adi M J Marindra, Ali Imam Sunny, Ao Bo Zhao
In recent few years, the antenna and sensor communities have witnessed a considerable integration of radio frequency identification (RFID) tag antennas and sensors because of the impetus provided by internet of things (IoT) and cyber-physical systems (CPS). Such types of sensor can find potential applications in structural health monitoring (SHM) because of their passive, wireless, simple, compact size, and multimodal nature, particular in large scale infrastructures during their lifecycle. The big data from these ubiquitous sensors are expected to generate a big impact for intelligent monitoring...
January 29, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28113846/an-integrated-acousto-ultrasonic-structural-health-monitoring-system-for-composite-pressure-vessels
#18
Andrea Bulletti, Pietro Giannelli, Marco Calzolai, Lorenzo Capineri
This paper describes the implementation of a Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) method for mechanical components and structures in composite materials with a focus on Carbon Fiber Overwrapped Pressure Vessels (COPV) used in the aerospace industry. Two flex arrays of PVDF interdigital transducers have been designed, realized and mounted on the COPV to generate guided Lamb waves (mode A0) for damage assessment. We developed a custom electronic instrument capable of performing two functions using the same transducers: passive mode detection of impacts and active mode damage assessment using Lamb waves...
March 23, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104464/genetic-defects-in-pi3k%C3%AE-affect-b-cell-differentiation-and-maturation-leading-to-hypogammaglobulineamia-and-recurrent-infections
#19
Marjolein Wentink, Virgil Dalm, Arjan C Lankester, Pauline A van Schouwenburg, Liesbeth Schölvinck, Tomas Kalina, Radana Zachova, Anna Sediva, Annechien Lambeck, Ingrid Pico-Knijnenburg, Jacques J M van Dongen, Malgorzata Pac, Ewa Bernatowska, Martin van Hagen, Gertjan Driessen, Mirjam van der Burg
BACKGROUND: Mutations in PIK3CD and PIK3R1 cause activated PI3K-δ syndrome (APDS) by dysregulation of the PI3K-AKT pathway. METHODS: We studied precursor and peripheral B-cell differentiation and apoptosis via flowcytometry. Furthermore, we performed AKT-phosphorylation assays and somatic hypermutations (SHM) and class switch recombination (CSR) analysis. RESULTS: We identified 13 patients of whom 3 had new mutations in PIK3CD or PIK3R1. Patients had low total B-cell numbers with increased frequencies of transitional B cells and plasmablasts, while the precursor B-cell compartment in bone marrow was relatively normal...
January 17, 2017: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088785/the-igh-locus-3-cis-regulatory-super-enhancer-co-opts-aid-for-allelic-transvection
#20
Sandrine Le Noir, Brice Laffleur, Claire Carrion, Armand Garot, Sandrine Lecardeur, Eric Pinaud, Yves Denizot, Jane Skok, Michel Cogné
Immunoglobulin heavy chain (IgH) alleles have ambivalent relationships: they feature both allelic exclusion, ensuring monoallelic expression of a single immunoglobulin (Ig) allele, and frequent inter-allelic class-switch recombination (CSR) reassembling genes from both alleles. The IgH locus 3' regulatory region (3'RR) includes several transcriptional cis-enhancers promoting activation-induced cytidine deaminase (AID)-dependent somatic hypermutation (SHM) and CSR, and altogether behaves as a strong super-enhancer...
February 21, 2017: Oncotarget
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