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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743163/alk-and-ros1-testing-on-lung-cancer-cytologic-samples-perspectives
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REVIEW
Pasquale Pisapia, Maria D Lozano, Elena Vigliar, Claudio Bellevicine, Francesco Pepe, Umberto Malapelle, Giancarlo Troncone
Cytologic sampling is the mainstay of diagnosing advanced lung cancer. Moreover, to select patients for personalized first-line or second-line treatment, epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutations and anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) and c-ros oncogene 1 (ROS1) rearrangements are tested on cytologic preparations. Commercially available fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) and immunocytochemistry (ICC) assays have primarily been used for the identification of cells harboring ALK or ROS1 gene fusions on histologic rather than cytologic preparations...
July 25, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743137/-surgical-methods-in-the-treatment-of-uveal-melanoma
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Georgios Blatsios, Gertrud Haas, Claus Zehetner, Nikolaos E Bechrakis
Significant advancements have been made in the last decades in the treatment of uveal melanoma. Radiation therapy can achieve, depending on the method, local tumour control in up to 98% of cases. Surgical modalities have been implemented in the ocular therapy for uveal melanoma either to treat/prevent radiation complications, such as so-called toxic tumour syndrome, or to primarily treat the tumour with or without adjunctive radiotherapy. These include endoresection and transscleral resection for melanomas of the choroid/ciliary body or irido-trabeculo-cyclectomy for melanomas of the iris-ciliary body...
July 2017: Klinische Monatsblätter Für Augenheilkunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743131/the-spatial-extent-of-epiretinal-electrical-stimulation-in-the-healthy-mouse-retina
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Zohreh Hosseinazdeh, Archana Jalligampala, Eberhart Zrenner, Daniel Lleweylln Rathbun
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Retinal prostheses use electrical stimulation to restore functional vision to patients blinded by retinitis pigmentosa. A key detail is the spatial pattern of ganglion cells activated by stimulation. Therefore, we characterized the spatial extent of network-mediated electrical activation of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) in the epiretinal monopolar electrode configuration. METHODS: Healthy mouse RGC activities were recorded with a micro-electrode array (MEA)...
July 26, 2017: Neuro-Signals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743128/anti-vascular-endothelial-growth-factors-protect-retinal-pigment-epithelium-cells-against-oxidation-by-modulating-nitric-oxide-release-and-autophagy
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Stefano De Cillà, Serena Farruggio, Stela Vujosevic, Giulia Raina, Davide Filippini, Valentina Gatti, Nausicaa Clemente, David Mary, Diego Vezzola, Giamberto Casini, Luca Rossetti, Elena Grossini
BACKGROUND/AIMS: the anti-vascular endothelial growth factors (VEGF), Aflibercept and Ranibizumab, are used for the treatment of macular degeneration. Here we examined the involvement of nitric oxide (NO), mitochondria function and of apoptosis/autophagy in their antioxidant effects in human retinal pigment epithelium cells (RPE). METHODS: RPE were exposed to Ranibizumab/Aflibercept in the absence or presence of NO synthase (NOS) inhibitor and of autophagy activator/blocker, rapamicyn/3-methyladenine...
July 25, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743107/a-prozone-like-effect-influences-the-efficacy-of-the-monoclonal-antibody-abt-700-against-the-hepatocyte-growth-factor-receptor
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Kedar S Vaidya, Anatol Oleksijew, Lora A Tucker, William N Pappano, Mark G Anderson, Christine M Grinnell, Qian Zhang, Sarah J Heighton, Michael J Mitten, Sasmita Mishra, Joann P Palma, Jieyi Wang, Edward B Reilly, Erwin R Boghaert
ABT-700 is a therapeutic antibody against the hepatocyte growth factor receptor (MET). At doses or regimens that lead to exposures exceeding optimum in vivo, the efficacy of ABT-700 is unexpectedly reduced. We hypothesized that this reduction in efficacy was due to a "prozone-like" effect in vivo. A prozone-like effect, which is a reduction in efficacy beyond optimum exposure, is caused due a mechanism similar to the generation of false negative flocculation tests by excessive antibody titres. In vitro, we demonstrate that at higher ABT-700 concentrations, this "prozone-like" effect is mediated by a progressive conversion from bivalent to ineffective monovalent binding of the antibody...
July 26, 2017: Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743080/the-role-of-hexon-in-egg-drop-syndrome-virus-edsv-inducing-apoptosis-in-duck-embryo-fibroblast-cells
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Xuefeng Qi, Jiamin Xu, Zugui Wang, Xueping Wang, Jingyu Wang
Although extensive efforts have been made to understand adenovirus infection in human cells, little is known for egg drop syndrome virus (EDSV) infection in the avian-derived cells. In this study, the effects of EDSV infection as well as the possible role hexon protein, the main building block of the EDSV capsid, on apoptosis induction in duck embryo fibroblast (DEF) cells was examined. Flow cytometry analysis and TUNEL assay revealed that EDSV infection induced significant apoptosis in DEF cells compared with mock infected cells...
July 17, 2017: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743055/the-influence-of-viscous-and-conducting-liquid-on-the-characteristics-of-the-slot-acoustic-wave
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I A Borodina, B D Zaitsev, A A Teplykh
The influence of the liquid with the different values of conductivity, permittivity, and viscosity on the characteristics of the slot mode in the structure consisting of delay line with propagating shear - horizontal acoustic wave of zero order (SH0) and upper piezoelectric plate separated by the air gap was experimentally investigated. The delay line made of the Y-X lithium niobate plate 0.2mm thick contained two interdigital transducers for the excitation and reception of acoustic wave in the frequency range of 2...
July 18, 2017: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743050/pml-rar%C3%AE-stabilized-by-zinc-in-human-acute-promyelocytic-leukemia-nb4-cells
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Bo Zhu, Jia-Yu Wang, Jun-Jie Zhou, Feng Zhou, Wei Cheng, Ying-Ting Liu, Jie Wang, Xiao Chen, Dian-Hua Chen, Lan Luo, Zi-Chun Hua
Acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) is characterized and driven by the promyelocytic leukemia protein-retinoic acid receptor alpha (PML-RARα) fusion gene. Previous studies have highlighted the importance of PML-RARα degradation in the treatment against APL. Considering the presence of two zinc fingers in the PML-RARα fusion protein, we explored the function of zinc homeostasis in maintaining PML-RARα stability. We demonstrated for the first time that zinc depletion by its chelator N,N,N',N'-tetrakis(2-pyridylmethyl)ethylenediamine (TPEN) triggered PML-RARα degradation in NB4 APL cells via the proteasome pathway rather than the autophagy-lysosomal pathway...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743045/wind-friction-parametrisation-used-in-emission-models-for-wastewater-treatment-plants-a-critical-review
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REVIEW
Ademir A Prata, Jane M Santos, Victoria Timchenko, Neyval C Reis, Richard M Stuetz
Emission models are widely applied tools for estimating atmospheric emissions from wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs). The friction velocity u∗ is a key variable for the modelling of emissions from passive liquid surfaces in WWTPs. This work evaluated different parametrisations of u∗ for passive liquid surfaces at the scale of WWTP units, which present relatively small fetches, based on available wind friction and wave data measured at wind-wave tanks (fetches spanning from approximately 3 to 100 m, and wind speeds from 2 to 17 m s(-1))...
July 17, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743029/thermoresponsive-nanoparticle-agglomeration-aggregation-in-salt-solutions-dependence-on-graft-density
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Thaddeus W Vasicek, Samir V Jenkins, Leticia Vaz, Jingyi Chen, Julie A Stenken
Gold nanoparticles with a graft density of 0.09, 0.30 and 0.40chains/nm(2) of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) were reproducibly synthesized by varying the ratio of disulfide terminated poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) to gold nanoparticle. The polymer coated nanoparticles were stable at room temperature in 50mM NaCl, yet agglomerated at 37°C. Previous studies have observed conflicting results as to the reversibility of this agglomeration. Particle agglomeration with three different graft densities was studied in 50mM NaCl by measurements of their localized surface plasmon resonance and hydrodynamic diameter, and imaging with electron microscopy...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743025/rna-polymerase-i-and-iii-similar-yet-unique
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REVIEW
Heena Khatter, Matthias K Vorländer, Christoph W Müller
The majority of non-protein-coding RNAs present in eukaryotic cells comprises rRNAs, tRNAs and U6 snRNA that are involved in protein biosynthesis and are synthesized by DNA-dependent-RNA polymerase I and III. The transcription cycle (initiation, elongation and termination) has similar principles in all three nuclear RNA polymerases with specific features that are reflected back in their structures. Recently, owing to the 'resolution revolution' in electron cryo-microscopy, there has been a significant advancement in the understanding of these molecular machines...
July 22, 2017: Current Opinion in Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743023/principles-of-transgenerational-small-rna-inheritance-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
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REVIEW
Oded Rechavi, Itamar Lev
Examples of transgenerational inheritance of environmental responses are rapidly accumulating. In Caenorhabditis elegans nematodes, such heritable information transmits across generations in the form of RNA-dependent RNA polymerase-amplified small RNAs. Regulatory small RNAs enable sequence-specific gene regulation, and unlike chromatin modifications, can move between tissues, and escape from immediate germline reprogramming. In this review, we discuss the path that small RNAs take from the soma to the germline, and elaborate on the mechanisms that maintain or erase parental small RNA responses after a specific number of generations...
July 24, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743017/development-pubertal-hormones-meet-the-adolescent-brain
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Cheryl L Sisk
At the onset of puberty, ovarian hormones increase inhibitory tone in the prefrontal cortex. Inhibitory maturation is a hallmark of the initiation of developmental windows of neural plasticity; pubertal hormones may trigger the opening of an adolescent critical period for experience-dependent rewiring of circuits underlying executive function.
July 24, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743004/association-of-m18bp1-knl2-with-cenp-a-nucleosome-is-essential-for-centromere-formation-in-non-mammalian-vertebrates
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Tetsuya Hori, Wei-Hao Shang, Masatoshi Hara, Mariko Ariyoshi, Yasuhiro Arimura, Risa Fujita, Hitoshi Kurumizaka, Tatsuo Fukagawa
Centromeres are specified and maintained by sequence-independent epigenetic mechanisms through the incorporation of CENP-A into centromeres. Given that CENP-A incorporation requires the Mis18 complex to be in the centromere region, it is necessary to precisely understand how the Mis18 complex localizes to the centromere region. Here, we showed that centromere localization of the Mis18 complex depends on CENP-A, but not CENP-C or CENP-T, in chicken DT40 cells. Furthermore, we demonstrated that M18BP1/KNL2, a member of the Mis18 complex, contained the CENP-C-like motif in chicken and other vertebrates, which is essential for centromere localization and M18BP1/KNL2 function in DT40 cells...
July 24, 2017: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743002/drosophila-histone-demethylase-kdm4a-has-enzymatic-and-non-enzymatic-roles-in-controlling-heterochromatin-integrity
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Serafin U Colmenares, Joel M Swenson, Sasha A Langley, Cameron Kennedy, Sylvain V Costes, Gary H Karpen
Eukaryotic genomes are broadly divided between gene-rich euchromatin and the highly repetitive heterochromatin domain, which is enriched for proteins critical for genome stability and transcriptional silencing. This study shows that Drosophila KDM4A (dKDM4A), previously characterized as a euchromatic histone H3 K36 demethylase and transcriptional regulator, predominantly localizes to heterochromatin and regulates heterochromatin position-effect variegation (PEV), organization of repetitive DNAs, and DNA repair...
July 24, 2017: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743001/gcl-and-cul3-control-the-switch-between-cell-lineages-by-mediating-localized-degradation-of-an-rtk
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Juhee Pae, Ryan M Cinalli, Antonio Marzio, Michele Pagano, Ruth Lehmann
The separation of germline from somatic lineages is fundamental to reproduction and species preservation. Here, we show that Drosophila Germ cell-less (GCL) is a critical component in this process by acting as a switch that turns off a somatic lineage pathway. GCL, a conserved BTB (Broad-complex, Tramtrack, and Bric-a-brac) protein, is a substrate-specific adaptor for Cullin3-RING ubiquitin ligase complex (CRL3(GCL)). We show that CRL3(GCL) promotes PGC fate by mediating degradation of Torso, a receptor tyrosine kinase (RTK) and major determinant of somatic cell fate...
July 24, 2017: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742985/gabab-receptors-suppress-burst-firing-in-reticular-thalamic-neurons
#17
Stuart M Cain, Esperanza Garcia, Zeina Waheed, Karen L Jones, Trevor J Bushell, Terrance P Snutch
Burst-firing in thalamic neurons is known to play a key role in mediating thalamocortical (TC) oscillations that are associated with non-REM sleep and some types of epileptic seizure. Within the TC system the primary output of GABAergic neurons in the reticular thalamic nucleus (RTN) is thought to induce the de-inactivation of T-type calcium channels in thalamic relay (TR) neurons, promoting burst-firing drive to the cortex and the propagation of TC network activity. However, RTN neurons also project back onto other neurons within the RTN...
July 25, 2017: Channels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742966/the-decisive-role-of-hydrophobicity-on-the-effect-of-alkylammonium-chlorides-on-protein-stability-a-terahertz-spectroscopic-finding
#18
Debasish Das Mahanta, Rajib Kumar Mitra, Nirnay Samanta
Many biologically important processes involve a subtle interplay between Columbic and hydrophobic interactions among molecular groups with water. A comprehensive understanding of such processes, specially while occurring simultaneously in the same molecule is of practical importance. In this contribution we report the ultrafast (sub-ps to ps) collective hydrogen bond dynamics of water in the extended hydration layers in a series of alkylammonium chloride salts using THz time domain spectroscopic (TTDS) technique (0...
July 25, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742964/conformational-flexibility-and-self-association-of-fibrinogen-in-concentrated-solutions
#19
Yuriy F Zuev, Rustem I Litvinov, Alexander E Sitnitsky, Bulat Z Idiyatullin, Dilyafruz R Bakirova, Dennis Galanakis, Artem Zhmurov, Valeri Barsegov, John W Weisel
We studied the hydrodynamic behavior of fibrinogen, a blood plasma protein involved in blood clotting, in a broad 0.3-60 mg/ml range of concentration and 5-42°C temperature using pulsed-field gradient 1H NMR-diffusometry. Arrhenius plots revealed the activation energy for fibrinogen diffusion Ed = 21.3 kJ/mol at 1.4 mg/ml and 28.4 kJ/mol at 38 mg/ml. We found a dramatic slowdown in fibrinogen self-diffusion with concentration beginning at 1.7-3.4 mg/ml, which deviated from the standard hard-particle behavior, suggesting a remarkable intermolecular entanglement...
July 25, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742961/solid-solid-phase-transitions-and-t-butyl-and-methyl-group-rotation-in-an-organic-solid-x-ray-diffractometry-differential-scanning-calorimetry-and-solid-state-1h-nuclear-spin-relaxation
#20
Peter A Beckmann, Andrew R McGhie, Arnold L Rheingold, Gilbert J Sloan, Steven T Szewczyk
Using solid state 1H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spin-lattice relaxation experiments, we have investigated the effects of several solid-solid phase transitions on t-butyl group and methyl group rotation in solid 1,3,5-tri-t-butylbenzene. The goal is to relate the dynamics of the t-butyl groups and their constituent methyl groups to properties of the solid determined using single-crystal X-ray diffraction and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). On cooling, the DSC experiments see a first-order, solid-solid phase transition at either 268 K or 155 K (but not both) depending on thermal history...
July 25, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
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