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Liqing Wang, Suresh Kumar, Satinder Dahiya, Feng Wang, Jian Wu, Kheng Newick, Rongxiang Han, Arabinda Samanta, Ulf H Beier, Tatiana Akimova, Tricia R Bhatti, Benjamin Nicholson, Mathew P Kodrasov, Saket Agarwal, David E Sterner, Wei Gu, Joseph Weinstock, Tauseef R Butt, Steven M Albelda, Wayne W Hancock
Foxp3+ T-regulatory (Treg) cells are known to suppress protective host immune responses to a wide variety of solid tumors, but their therapeutic targeting is largely restricted to their transient depletion or "secondary" modulation, e.g. using anti-CTLA-4 monoclonal antibody. Our ongoing studies of the post-translational modifications that regulate Foxp3 demonstrated that the histone/protein acetyltransferase, Tip60, plays a dominant role in promoting acetylation, dimerization and function in Treg cells. We now show that the ubiquitin-specific protease, Usp7, controls Treg function largely by stabilizing the expression and promoting the multimerization of Tip60 and Foxp3...
October 15, 2016: EBioMedicine
Ummara Butt, Amr ElShaer, Lori A S Snyder, Athina Chaidemenou, Raid G Alany
Fatty acids (FAs) are used by many organisms as defence mechanism against virulent bacteria. The high safety profile and broad spectrum of activity make them potential alternatives to currently used topical antibiotics for the treatment of eye infections in neonates. The current study utilised a Design of Experiment approach to optimise the quantification of five fatty acids namely; lauric acid, tridecanoic acid, myristoleic acid, palmitoleic acid and α-linolenic acid. The significance of the influence of the experimental parameters such as volume of catalyst, volume of n-hexane, incubation temperature, incubation time and the number of extraction steps on derivatisation was established by statistical screening with a factorial approach...
October 20, 2016: Drug Delivery and Translational Research
Irfan A Butt, Bilal Aslam, Muhammad H Rasool, Humerah B Shafiq, Mohsin Khurshid, Muhammad A Aslam
To test various items in hospital environment as reservoirs of bacteria. Methods: This simple descriptive study was conducted between June and December 2014. Pediatric wards of 4 different hospitals of Faisalabad, Pakistan were selected and 8 different items per hospital were sampled (n=160). Poisson regression analysis was carried out with R software and using lme4 package. Results: There were no differences between the  hospitals regarding total number of bacterial isolates or bacterial isolates per sample source or prevalent bacterial species...
November 2016: Saudi Medical Journal
Aneela Yasmeen, Sarfraz Kiani, Afshan Butt, Abdul Qayyum Rao, Faheem Akram, Aftab Ahmad, Idrees Ahmad Nasir, Tayyab Husnain, Shahid Mansoor, Imran Amin, Shaheen Aftab, Muhammad Zubair, Muhammad Nouman Tahir, Sohail Akhtar, Jodi Scheffler, Brian Scheffler
The conserved coat or V2 gene of begomoviruses is responsible for viral movement in the plant cells. RNAi technology was used to silence V2 gene for resistance against these viruses in transgenic plants. The transformation of the RNAi-based gene construct targeting V2 gene of CLCuKoV-Bur, cloned under 35S promoter, was done in two elite cotton varieties MNH-786 and VH-289 using shoot apex cut method of gene transformation. The transformation efficiency was found to be 3.75 and 2.88 % in MNH-786 and VH-289, respectively...
October 18, 2016: Molecular Biotechnology
Yann-Leei Larry Lee, Kaci D Sims, Charles C Butts, M Amin Frotan, Steven Kahn, Sidney B Brevard, Jon D Simmons
There are few published reports on the unique nature of burn patients using a paired spontaneous awakening and spontaneous breathing protocol. A combined protocol was implemented in our burn intensive care unit (ICU) on January 1, 2012. This study evaluates the impact of this protocol on patient outcomes in a burn ICU. We performed a retrospective review of our burn registry over 4 years, including all patients placed on mechanical ventilation. In the latter 2 years, patients meeting criteria underwent daily spontaneous awakening trial; if successful, spontaneous breathing trial was performed...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Burn Care & Research: Official Publication of the American Burn Association
Joseph Gakonyo, Fawzia Butt, Philip Mwachaka, Evelyn Wagaiyu
BACKGROUND: Inter-foraminal implant placement poses a risk to the sublingual artery as it enters the mandibular midline lingual foramen. Lack of consensus on the source of this artery poses a dilemma to surgeons during management of haemorrhagic episodes. Determination of the exact source of this artery is therefore pivotal. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional descriptive study involving 34 adult human cadavers. The facial and lingual arteries were followed from the external carotid artery to determine whether they terminated as the sublingual artery...
December 2015: Int J Implant Dent
Shai S Shen-Orr, David Furman, Brian A Kidd, Francois Hadad, Patricia Lovelace, Ying-Wen Huang, Yael Rosenberg-Hasson, Sally Mackey, Fatemeh A Gomari Grisar, Yishai Pickman, Holden T Maecker, Yueh-Hsiu Chien, Cornelia L Dekker, Joseph C Wu, Atul J Butte, Mark M Davis
Chronic inflammation, a decline in immune responsiveness, and reduced cardiovascular function are all associated with aging, but the relationships among these phenomena remain unclear. Here, we longitudinally profiled a total of 84 signaling conditions in 91 young and older adults and observed an age-related reduction in cytokine responsiveness within four immune cell lineages, most prominently T cells. The phenotype can be partially explained by elevated baseline levels of phosphorylated STAT (pSTAT) proteins and a different response capacity of naive versus memory T cell subsets to interleukin 6 (IL-6), interferon α (IFN-α), and, to a lesser extent, IL-21 and IFN-γ...
October 12, 2016: Cell Systems
Mohd Raashid Sheikh, Houssam Osman, Muhammad Umar Butt, Dhiresh Rohan Jeyarajah
BACKGROUND: Hepatopancreatobiliary (HPB) surgery experience during residency in the Americas is limited. Residents interested in HPB surgery have different options available for further training. This study evaluated training in HPB surgery received during general surgery (GS) residency, and sought to determine the perception of fellowship training in HPB surgery. METHODS: An anonymous survey was distributed to all 259 GS residency programs in the United States...
October 13, 2016: HPB: the Official Journal of the International Hepato Pancreato Biliary Association
Kate Hoffman, Amelia Lorenzo, Craig M Butt, Linda Adair, Amy H Herring, Heather M Stapleton, Julie L Daniels
BACKGROUND: Organophosphate compounds are commonly used in residential furniture, electronics, and baby products as flame retardants and are also used in other consumer products as plasticizers. Although the levels of exposure biomarkers are generally higher among children and decrease with age, relatively little is known about the individual characteristics associated with higher levels of exposure. Here, we investigate urinary metabolites of several organophosphate flame retardants (PFRs) in a cohort of pregnant women to evaluate patterns of exposure...
October 13, 2016: Environment International
Ilgin Acar, Steven E Butt
Balancing workload among nurses on a hospital unit is important for the satisfaction and safety of nurses and patients. To balance nurse workloads, direct patient care activities, indirect patient care activities, and non-patient care activities that occur throughout a shift must be considered. The layout of a hospital unit and the location of a nurse's assigned patients relative to other resources on the unit are also important factors in achieving workload balance. In most hospitals, a unit charge nurse is responsible for the shift assignment of patients to nurses based on experience and past practices...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Informatics
Mehreen Iqbal, Jabir Hussain Syed, Athanasios Katsoyiannis, Riffat Naseem Malik, Abida Farooqi, Ayesha Butt, Jun Li, Gan Zhang, Alessandra Cincinelli, Kevin C Jones
In this review article, we have compiled and reviewed the previously published available literature on environmental distribution, behaviour, fate and regional trends of legacy and emerging flame retardants (FRs) including brominated (BFRs), organo-phosphate (OPFRs), novel brominated flame retardants (NBFRs) and dechlorane plus (DP) in the freshwater ecosystem. Transport and fate is discussed briefly with the evidences of de-bromination, sedimentation and accumulation in biota. De-bromination of BDE-209 is considered of concern because the lower brominated congeners are more toxic and mobile thus posing increased risk to the freshwater ecosystem...
October 11, 2016: Environmental Research
Rabia Naz, Faqir Muhammad Anjum, Masood Sadiq Butt, - Mahr-Un-Nisa
Functional and health endorsing benefits of various foods are often attributed to their phytochemistry. The bitter gourd holds potential in improving the health of the individuals owing to its incredible versatility in phytochemistry. However, the efficacy of different parts of bitter gourd needs attention of the researchers. In the current exploration, different parts of bitter gourd were evaluated for their cholesterol lowering potential in cholesterol fed Sprague dawley rats. For the purpose, four types of bitter gourd part i...
September 2016: Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Azeem Mehmood Butt, Izza Nasrullah, Raheel Qamar, Yigang Tong
The codon usage patterns of viruses reflect the evolutionary changes that allow them to optimize their survival and adapt their fitness to the external environment and, most importantly, their hosts. Here we report the genotype-specific codon usage patterns of Zika virus (ZIKV) strains from the current and previous outbreaks. Several genotype-specific and common codon usage traits were noted in the ZIKV coding sequences, indicating their independent evolutionary origins from a common ancestor. The overall influence of natural selection was more profound than that of mutation pressure, acting on a specific set of viral genes in the Asian-genotype ZIKV strains from the recent outbreak...
October 12, 2016: Emerging Microbes & Infections
I E Ndukwe, A Shchukina, K Kazimierczuk, C P Butts
The dangerously high power levels required for fast ASAP-HSQC and ASAP-HMQC experiments are mitigated by employing EXACT NMR. The utility of this technique is demonstrated by application of the EXACT ASAP-HSQC to chemical reaction monitoring, accelerating data acquisition by up to 2 orders of magnitude - providing evidence of it's value in fast quantitative NMR processes.
October 11, 2016: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
Kei Sakamoto, Shinya Homma, Takuya Takanashi, Shinji Takemoto, Yoshitaka Furuya, Masao Yoshinari, Yasutomo Yajima
The purpose of this in vitro study was to investigate the influence of eccentric loading on implant components by measuring screw loosening and observing these components under several load positions and magnitudes. The external and internal joint system implants with butt joint connection were subjected to cyclic loading tests according to the specifications of ISO 14801. Load position was set at 0, 4, or 8 mm, and load was set at 100 or 300 N. On the external joint system, the reverse torque values decreased with distal shift in the loading position and an increase in magnitude of load, and abrasion and deformation on the anti-rotation device were observed...
October 1, 2016: Dental Materials Journal
Franziska Henrich, Daniela Fell, Dorota Truszkowska, Marcel Weirich, Manos Anyfantakis, Thi-Huong Nguyen, Manfred Wagner, Günter K Auernhammer, Hans-Jürgen Butt
In this work we show that the forced dynamic dewetting of surfactant solutions depends sensitively on the surfactant concentration. To measure this effect, a hydrophobic rotating cylinder was horizontally half immersed in aqueous surfactant solutions. Dynamic contact angles were measured optically by extrapolating the contour of the meniscus to the contact line. Anionic (sodium 1-decanesulfonate, S-1DeS), cationic (cetyl trimethylammonium bromide, CTAB) and nonionic surfactants (C4E1, C8E3 and C12E5) with critical micelle concentrations (CMCs) spanning four orders of magnitude were used...
September 20, 2016: Soft Matter
Jacob J Hughey, Atul J Butte
The daily timing of mammalian physiology is coordinated by circadian clocks throughout the body. Although measurements of clock gene expression indicate that these clocks in mice are normally in phase with each other, the situation in humans remains unclear. We used publicly available data from five studies, comprising over 1000 samples, to compare the phasing of circadian gene expression in human brain and human blood. Surprisingly, after controlling for age, clock gene expression in brain was phase-delayed by ~8...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Biological Rhythms
Michael Marx, Pejman Ghanouni, Kim Butts Pauly
PURPOSE: MR thermometry is critical for safe and effective transcranial focused ultrasound. The current single-slice MR thermometry sequence cannot achieve all desired treatment monitoring requirements. We propose an approach in which the imaging requirements of different aspects of treatment monitoring are met by optimizing multiple sequences. METHODS: Imaging requirements were determined for three stages of MR-guided focused ultrasound brain treatment: 1) focal spot localization, 2) focal spot monitoring, and 3) background monitoring...
October 4, 2016: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
Dasaradha Jalapothu, Margherita Boieri, Rachel E Crossland, Pranali Shah, Isha A Butt, Jean Norden, Ralf Dressel, Anne M Dickinson, Marit Inngjerdingen
MicroRNAs (miRNA) have emerged as central regulators of diverse biological processes and contribute to driving pathology in several diseases. Acute graft-versus-host disease (aGvHD) represents a major complication after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, caused by alloreactive donor T cells attacking host tissues leading to inflammation and tissue destruction. Changes in miRNA expression patterns occur during aGvHD, and we hypothesized that we could identify miRNA signatures in target tissues of aGvHD that may potentially help understand the underlying molecular pathology of the disease...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
U Butt, M S Rashid, D Temperley, S Crank, A Birch, A J Freemont, I A Trail
AIMS: The aim of this study was to analyse human muscle tissue before and after rotator cuff repair to look for evidence of regeneration, and to characterise the changes seen in the type of muscle fibre. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients were assessed pre-operatively and one year post-operatively using the Oxford Shoulder Score (OSS) and MRI. The cross-sectional area and distribution of the type of muscle fibre were assessed on biopsies, which were taken at surgery and one year post-operatively...
October 2016: Bone & Joint Journal
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