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Sora Yoon, Hai C T Nguyen, Yun J Yoo, Jinhwan Kim, Bukyung Baik, Sounkou Kim, Jin Kim, Sangsoo Kim, Dougu Nam
Pathway-based analysis in genome-wide association study (GWAS) is being widely used to uncover novel multi-genic functional associations. Many of these pathway-based methods have been used to test the enrichment of the associated genes in the pathways, but exhibited low powers and were highly affected by free parameters. We present the novel method and software GSA-SNP2 for pathway enrichment analysis of GWAS P-value data. GSA-SNP2 provides high power, decent type I error control and fast computation by incorporating the random set model and SNP-count adjusted gene score...
March 19, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
Tao Zhang, Ülo Niinemets, Justin Sheffield, Jeremy W Lichstein
Forests have a key role in global ecosystems, hosting much of the world's terrestrial biodiversity and acting as a net sink for atmospheric carbon. These and other ecosystem services that are provided by forests may be sensitive to climate change as well as climate variability on shorter time scales (for example, annual to decadal). Previous studies have documented responses of forest ecosystems to climate change and climate variability, including drought-induced increases in tree mortality rates. However, relationships between forest biomass, tree species composition and climate variability have not been quantified across a large region using systematically sampled data...
March 21, 2018: Nature
Simon D Kloß, Wolfgang Schnick
The structural diversity of tetrahedra networks of phosphates can greatly be enhanced by introduction of mixed N/O anion positions. LiPr2 P4 N7 O3 exemplifies the benefits of N/O mixed anion positions as it is the first rare-earth (oxo)nitridophosphate with a single-layered structure and a degree of condensation (atomic ratio of tetrahedra centers (P) to tetrahedra corners (N/O atoms)) of 2/5. The compound was prepared through high-pressure metathesis starting from PrF3 , LiPN2 , Li2 O, and PON using a hydraulic 1000t press and the multianvil technique...
March 21, 2018: Inorganic Chemistry
Kate R Weinberger, Kipruto Kirwa, Melissa N Eliot, Julia Gold, Helen H Suh, Gregory A Wellenius
BACKGROUND: Climate change is expected to result in more heat-related, but potentially fewer cold-related, emergency department visits and deaths. The net effect of projected changes in temperature on morbidity and mortality remain incompletely understood. We estimated the change in temperature-related morbidity and mortality at two sites in southern New England, USA through the end of the 21st century. METHODS: We used distributed lag Poisson regression models to estimate the present-day associations between daily mean temperature and all-cause emergency department visits and deaths in Rhode Island and in Boston, Massachusetts...
March 16, 2018: Epidemiology
Zhiyan Fu, Chunlai Zuo, Christine E Sheehan, Deepa T Patil, Jingmei Lin, Zhaohai Yang, Hwajeong Lee
Although nuclear immunostaining for paired box protein (PAX5) is widely used in practice, its cytoplasmic localization has not been evaluated. Recently we encountered cytoplasmic granular PAX5 staining in rectal well-differentiated neuroendocrine tumor (WD-NET) in the absence of nuclear staining. We investigated the specificity of this staining pattern for rectal NET (n=21) in comparison with 108 NETs, 1 WD rectal NET with elevated proliferation (WD-NET G3), and 40 poorly differentiated neuroendocrine carcinomas from the gastrointestinal and pancreatobiliary tract and liver...
March 20, 2018: Applied Immunohistochemistry & Molecular Morphology: AIMM
Aaron P Kithcart, Peter Libby
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January 1, 2018: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
Raquel González, Clara Pons-Duran, Mireia Piqueras, John J Aponte, Feiko O Ter Kuile, Clara Menéndez
BACKGROUND: The World Health Organization recommends intermittent preventive treatment in pregnancy (IPTp) with sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine for malaria for all women who live in moderate to high malaria transmission areas in Africa. However, parasite resistance to sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine has been increasing steadily in some areas of the region. Moreover, HIV-infected women on cotrimoxazole prophylaxis cannot receive sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine because of potential drug interactions. Thus, there is an urgent need to identify alternative drugs for prevention of malaria in pregnancy...
March 21, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Hyun-Chul Kim, Seong Huh, Do Nam Lee, Youngmee Kim
Lewis basic heteroatoms orderly located inside the well-defined channels of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are potentially ideal active sites for selective gas sorption and catalysis. To develop functional MOFs with Lewis basic sites inside channels, a new C2h-symmetric dicarboxylate-based bridging ligand, 3,3'-(pyrazine-2,5-diyl)dibenzoic acid (3,3'-PDBA), was prepared by a Suzuki coupling reaction. Subsequently, two new Zn-MOFs containing the C2h-symmetric 3,3'-PDBA bridging ligand and two different bis(pyridyl)-based pillars, 1,2-bis(4-pyridyl)ethane (bpa) or 1,2-bis(4-pyridyl)ethylene (bpe), were prepared through a thermal reaction in N,N-dimethylformamide (DMF)...
March 21, 2018: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
David L Chan, Matthew Dixon, Calvin H L Law, Serge Koujanian, Kaitlyn A Beyfuss, Simron Singh, Sten Myrehaug, Julie Hallet
BACKGROUND: Neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) have a uniquely indolent biology. Management focuses on tumor and hormonal burden reduction. Data on cytoreduction with extrahepatic disease remain limited. OBJECTIVE: We sought to define the outcomes of cytoreduction for metastatic NETs with extrahepatic metastases. METHODS: Patients undergoing cytoreductive surgery for grade 1 or 2 NETs with extrahepatic metastases (with or without intrahepatic disease) were identified from an institutional database (2003-2014)...
March 20, 2018: Annals of Surgical Oncology
Adrien Lebasnier, Damien Legallois, Boris Bienvenu, Emmanuel Bergot, Cédric Desmonts, Gérard Zalcman, Denis Agostini, Alain Manrique
OBJECTIVE: The identification of cardiac sarcoidosis is challenging as there is no gold standard consensually admitted for its diagnosis. The aim of this study was to evaluate the diagnostic value of the assessment of cardiac dynamic18 F-fluoro-2-deoxyglucose positron emission tomography (18 F-FDG PET/CT) and net influx constant (Ki) in patients suspected of cardiac sarcoidosis. METHODS: Data obtained from 30 biopsy-proven sarcoidosis patients suspected of cardiac sarcoidosis who underwent a 50-min list-mode cardiac dynamic18 F-FDG PET/CT after a 24 h high-fat and low-carbohydrate diet were analyzed...
March 20, 2018: Annals of Nuclear Medicine
Hui Wang, Qian Wang, Jessica Venugopal, Jintao Wang, Kyle Kleiman, Chiao Guo, Daniel T Eitzman
Endothelial dysfunction precedes atherosclerosis and may constitute a critical link between obesity-related inflammation and cardiovascular disease. Neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) have been shown to promote vascular damage in murine models of autoimmune disease and atherosclerosis. The impact of NETs towards endothelial dysfunction associated with obesity is unknown. Using a diet-induced obesity (DIO) mouse model, this study investigated whether the inhibition or degradation of NETs could reduce the endothelial dysfunction observed in DIO mice...
March 20, 2018: Scientific Reports
Sara Pusceddu, Francesco Barretta, Annalisa Trama, Laura Botta, Massimo Milione, Roberto Buzzoni, Filipppo de Braud, Vincenzo Mazzaferro, Ugo Pastorino, Ettore Seregni, Luigi Mariani, Gemma Gatta, Maria Di Bartolomeo, Daniela Femia, Natalie Prinzi, Jorgelina Coppa, Francesco Panzuto, Lorenzo Antonuzzo, Emilio Bajetta, Brizzi Pia Maria, Davide Campana, Laura Catena, Harry Comber, Fiona Dwane, Nicola Fazio, Antongiulio Faggiano, Dario Giuffrida, Kris Henau, Toni Ibrahim, Riccardo Marconcini, Sara Massironi, Maja Primic Žakelj, Francesca Spada, Salvatore Tafuto, Elizabeth Van Eycken, Jan Maaten Van der Zwan, Tina Žagar, Luca Giacomelli, Rosalba Miceli
No validated prognostic tool is available for predicting overall survival (OS) of patients with well-differentiated neuroendocrine tumors (WDNETs). This study, conducted in three independent cohorts of patients from five different European countries, aimed to develop and validate a classification prognostic score for OS in patients with stage IV WDNETs. We retrospectively collected data on 1387 patients: (i) patients treated at the Istituto Nazionale Tumori (Milan, Italy; n=515); (ii) European cohort of rare NET patients included in the European RARECAREnet database (n=457); (iii) Italian multicentric cohort of pancreatic NET (pNETs) patients treated at 24 Italian institutions (n=415)...
March 20, 2018: Endocrine-related Cancer
Kevin M Carroll, John P Wagle, Kimitake Sato, Christopher B Taber, Nobuhisa Yoshida, Garett E Bingham, Michael H Stone
The purposes of this investigation were to: (1) assess kinetic characteristics of overload, (2) examine eccentric and concentric muscle activations and (3) explore velocity measurement as a method of intensity prescription in inertial flywheel squat training. A series of two experiments were performed: one assessing kinetic and muscle activation characteristics of flywheel squat training using three progressive inertial loads. The second experiment assessed inertial load-velocity relationships using six progressive inertial loads...
March 21, 2018: Sports Biomechanics
David C Grossman, Susan J Curry, Douglas K Owens, Michael J Barry, Aaron B Caughey, Karina W Davidson, Chyke A Doubeni, John W Epling, Alex R Kemper, Alex H Krist, Martha Kubik, Seth Landefeld, Carol M Mangione, Michael Silverstein, Melissa A Simon, Chien-Wen Tseng
Importance: Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. Although invasive melanoma accounts for only 2% of all skin cancer cases, it is responsible for 80% of skin cancer deaths. Basal and squamous cell carcinoma, the 2 predominant types of nonmelanoma skin cancer, represent the vast majority of skin cancer cases. Objective: To update the 2012 US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendation on behavioral counseling for the primary prevention of skin cancer and the 2009 recommendation on screening for skin cancer with skin self-examination...
March 20, 2018: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
Anaid Rosas-Navarro, Gerald Langer, Patrizia Ziveri
The sinking properties of three strains of Emiliania huxleyi in response to temperature changes were examined. We used a recently proposed approach to calculate sinking velocities from coccosphere architecture, which has the advantage to be applicable not only to culture samples, but also to field samples including fossil material. Our data show that temperature in the sub-optimal range impacts sinking velocity of E. huxleyi. This response is widespread among strains isolated in different locations and moreover comparatively predictable, as indicated by the similar slopes of the linear regressions...
2018: PloS One
Bérénice Rault-Petit, Christine Do Cao, Serge Guyétant, Rosine Guimbaud, Vincent Rohmer, Catherine Julié, Eric Baudin, Bernard Goichot, Romain Coriat, Antoine Tabarin, Jeanne Ramos, Pierre Goudet, Valérie Hervieu, Jean-Yves Scoazec, Thomas Walter
OBJECTIVE: The primary endpoint was to analyze the predictive factors of lymph node involvement (LN+). BACKGROUND: Indications for additional right hemicolectomy (RHC) with lymph node (LN) resection after appendectomy for appendix neuroendocrine tumor (A-NET) remain controversial, especially for tumors between 1 and 2 cm in size. METHODS: National study including all patients with nonmetastatic A-NET diagnosed after January, 2010 in France...
March 19, 2018: Annals of Surgery
Yuejiao Yang, Jie Chen, Walter Bonani, Bin Chen, Sabrina Eccheli, Devid Maniglio, Claudio Migliaresi, Antonella Motta
Silk fibroin has acquired increasing interest in the last years for application in medicine and namely in tissue engineering. Several methods have been developed to process fibroin and for the fabrication of nets, sponges, films and gels. This paper deals with the fabrication and characterization of fibroin hydrogels obtained by using sodium oleate as gelation agent. Gels have been prepared by mixing Silk fibroin (SF) and Sodium oleate (SO) water solutions in different concentrations, and a quite wide frame of compositions have been explored...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Biomaterials Science. Polymer Edition
I Orue, L Marcano, P Bender, A García-Prieto, S Valencia, M A Mawass, D Gil-Cartón, D Alba Venero, D Honecker, A García-Arribas, L Fernández Barquín, A Muela, M L Fdez-Gubieda
Magnetospirillum gryphiswaldense is a microorganism with the ability to biomineralize magnetite nanoparticles, called magnetosomes, and arrange them into a chain that behaves like a magnetic compass. Rather than straight lines, magnetosome chains are slightly bent, as evidenced by electron cryotomography. Our experimental and theoretical results suggest that due to the competition between the magnetocrystalline and shape anisotropies, the effective magnetic moment of individual magnetosomes is tilted out of the [111] crystallographic easy axis of magnetite...
March 20, 2018: Nanoscale
Seynabou Sougoufara, Omar Thiaw, Aurélie Cailleau, Nafissatou Diagne, Myriam Harry, Charles Bouganali, Pape M Sembène, Souleymane Doucoure, Cheikh Sokhna
The implementation of long-lasting insecticidal-treated bed nets (LLINs) has contributed to halving the mortality rate due to malaria since 2000 in sub-Saharan Africa. These tools are highly effective against indoor-feeding malaria vectors. Thus, to achieve the World Health Assembly's new target to reduce the burden of malaria over the next 15 years by 90%, it is necessary to understand how the spatiotemporal dynamics of malaria vectors and human exposure to bites is modified in the context of scaling up global efforts to control malaria transmission...
March 19, 2018: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Xuanang Xu, Fugen Zhou, Bo Liu
PURPOSE: Automatic approach for bladder segmentation from computed tomography (CT) images is highly desirable in clinical practice. It is a challenging task since the bladder usually suffers large variations of appearance and low soft-tissue contrast in CT images. In this study, we present a deep learning-based approach which involves a convolutional neural network (CNN) and a 3D fully connected conditional random fields recurrent neural network (CRF-RNN) to perform accurate bladder segmentation...
March 19, 2018: International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery
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