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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213524/g-protein-coupled-receptor-kinase-2-grk-2-regulates-serotonin-metabolism-through-the-monoamine-oxidase-amx-2-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Jianjun Wang, Jiansong Luo, Dipendra K Aryal, William C Wetzel, Richard Nass, Jeffrey L Benovic
G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) regulate many animal behaviors. GPCR signaling is mediated by agonist-promoted interactions of GPCRs with heterotrimeric G proteins, GPCR kinases (GRKs) and arrestins. To further elucidate the role of GRKs in regulating GPCR-mediated behaviors, we utilized the genetic model system Caenorhabditis elegans. Our studies demonstrate that grk-2 loss-of-function strains are egg-laying defective and contain low levels of serotonin (5-HT) and high levels of the 5-HT metabolite 5-hydroxyindole acetic acid (5-HIAA)...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202732/atomic-structure-of-granulin-determined-from-native-nanocrystalline-granulovirus-using-an-x-ray-free-electron-laser
#2
Cornelius Gati, Dominik Oberthuer, Oleksandr Yefanov, Richard D Bunker, Francesco Stellato, Elaine Chiu, Shin-Mei Yeh, Andrew Aquila, Shibom Basu, Richard Bean, Kenneth R Beyerlein, Sabine Botha, Sébastien Boutet, Daniel P DePonte, R Bruce Doak, Raimund Fromme, Lorenzo Galli, Ingo Grotjohann, Daniel R James, Christopher Kupitz, Lukas Lomb, Marc Messerschmidt, Karol Nass, Kimberly Rendek, Robert L Shoeman, Dingjie Wang, Uwe Weierstall, Thomas A White, Garth J Williams, Nadia A Zatsepin, Petra Fromme, John C H Spence, Kenneth N Goldie, Johannes A Jehle, Peter Metcalf, Anton Barty, Henry N Chapman
To understand how molecules function in biological systems, new methods are required to obtain atomic resolution structures from biological material under physiological conditions. Intense femtosecond-duration pulses from X-ray free-electron lasers (XFELs) can outrun most damage processes, vastly increasing the tolerable dose before the specimen is destroyed. This in turn allows structure determination from crystals much smaller and more radiation sensitive than previously considered possible, allowing data collection from room temperature structures and avoiding structural changes due to cooling...
February 15, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194603/systemic-activation-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-driven-luciferase-activity-in-transgenic-mice-fed-advanced-glycation-end-products-modified-albumin
#3
Norbert Nass, Kristina Bayreuther, Andreas Simm
Advanced glycation end products (AGEs) are stable end products of the Maillard reaction and accumulate with progressing ageing and degenerative diseases. Significant amounts of AGE-modified peptides are also consumed with processed food. AGEs bind to specific receptors, especially the receptor of AGEs (RAGE). Activation of RAGE then evokes intracellular signalling, finally resulting in the activation of the NF-κB transcription factor and therefore a proinflammatory state. We here analysed, whether NF-κB is activated in short term upon feeding an AGE-modified protein in-vivo...
February 13, 2017: Glycoconjugate Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182605/assisted-reproductive-technology-surveillance-united-states-2014
#4
Saswati Sunderam, Dmitry M Kissin, Sara B Crawford, Suzanne G Folger, Denise J Jamieson, Lee Warner, Wanda D Barfield
PROBLEM/CONDITION: Since the first U.S. infant conceived with assisted reproductive technology (ART) was born in 1981, both the use of ART and the number of fertility clinics providing ART services have increased steadily in the United States. ART includes fertility treatments in which eggs or embryos are handled in the laboratory (i.e., in vitro fertilization [IVF] and related procedures). Women who undergo ART procedures are more likely than women who conceive naturally to deliver multiple-birth infants...
February 10, 2017: MMWR. Surveillance Summaries: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Surveillance Summaries
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166648/characteristics-of-minimally-oversized-adeno-associated-virus-vectors-encoding-human-factor-viii-generated-using-producer-cell-lines-and-triple-transfection
#5
Bindu Nambiar, Cathleen Cornell Sookdeo, Patricia Berthelette, Robert Jackson, Susan Piraino, Brenda Burnham, Shelley Nass, David Souza, Catherine R O'Riordan, Karen A Vincent, Seng H Cheng, Donna Armentano, Sirkka Kyostio-Moore
Several ongoing clinical studies are evaluating recombinant adeno-associated virus (rAAV) vectors as gene delivery vehicles for a variety of diseases. However, the production of vectors with genomes >4.7 kb is challenging, with vector preparations frequently containing truncated genomes. To determine whether the generation of oversized rAAVs can be improved using a producer cell-line (PCL) process, HeLaS3-cell lines harboring either a 5.1 or 5.4 kb rAAV vector genome encoding codon-optimized cDNA for human B-domain deleted Factor VIII (FVIII) were isolated...
February 2017: Human Gene Therapy Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163201/the-receptor-for-advanced-glycation-end-products-rage-is-involved-in-corneal-healing
#6
Norbert Nass, Stefanie Trau, Friedrich Paulsen, Delia Kaiser, Thomas Kalinski, Saadettin Sel
Impaired corneal healing is still a major cause of blindness. As RAGE (receptor for advanced glycation endproducts) is involved in inflammation and wound healing in other tissues, we here investigated its relevance for corneal wound healing. Corneal re-epithelialization after alkaline injury was analysed in an ex-vivo approach with cultured, enucleated eyes from mice either of the C57Bl/6 NChR genotype (RAGE+/+) and mice of the same strain lacking the RAGE gene (RAGE-/-). The wound area was determined time dependently by fluorescence imaging using fluorescein staining...
February 3, 2017: Annals of Anatomy, Anatomischer Anzeiger: Official Organ of the Anatomische Gesellschaft
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28142160/influence-of-tiopronin-on-the-metabolism-of-alcohol-in-healthy-subjects
#7
Friederike Nass, Berthold Schneider, Stefan Wilm, Bernd Kardel, Elisabeth Gabor, Fabian Merges, Michael Kroll
Drug safety- and drug-alcohol interaction studies have mainly been conducted for frequently prescribed drugs with high financial interests. Orphan drugs such as tiopronin (ORPHA25073) are often neglected in terms of clinical research. Tiopronin is a drug that is mainly used for the treatment of cystinuria. In this study, the interaction of tiopronin regarding the metabolism of alcohol (primary objective), and the safety of tiopronin in combination with alcohol was tested in healthy volunteers.In this randomised, double-blind, cross-over study, 13 healthy subjects received 500 mg tiopronin or an identical looking placebo 1 h before the intake of 0...
January 31, 2017: Drug Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28139227/preparation-of-hydrophilic-interaction-ion-exchange-mixed-mode-chromatographic-stationary-phase-with-adjustable-selectivity-by-controlling-different-ratios-of-the-co-monomers
#8
Chunmiao Bo, Xiaomeng Wang, Chaozhan Wang, Yinmao Wei
Development of mixed-mode chromatography (MMC) stationary phase with adjustable selectivity is beneficial to meet the needs of complex samples. In this work, surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization (SI-ATRP) using the mixture of two functional monomers was proposed as a new preparation strategy for MMC stationary phase with adjustable selectivity. The mixture of sodium 4-styrenesulfonate (NASS) and dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate (DMAEMA) underwent SI-ATRP to bond poly(NASS-co-DMAEMA) on the surface of silica to prepare hydrophilic interaction/ion-exchange mixed-mode stationary phase...
March 3, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28137341/evaluating-the-potential-benefits-of-advanced-automatic-crash-notification
#9
Rebecca E Plevin, Robert Kaufman, Laura Fraade-Blanar, Eileen M Bulger
OBJECTIVE: Advanced Automatic Collision Notification (AACN) services in passenger vehicles capture crash data during collisions that could be transferred to Emergency Medical Services (EMS) providers. This study explored how EMS response times and other crash factors impacted the odds of fatality. The goal was to determine if information transmitted by AACN could help decrease mortality by allowing EMS providers to be better prepared upon arrival at the scene of a collision. METHODS: The Crash Injury Research and Engineering Network (CIREN) database of the US Department of Transportation/National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (USDOT/NHTSA; Washington DC, USA) was searched for all fatal crashes between 1996 and 2012...
January 31, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28118074/gper-promoter-methylation-controls-gper-expression-in-breast-cancer-patients
#10
Christine Weissenborn, Tanja Ignatov, Norbert Nass, Thomas Kalinski, Serban Dan Costa, Ana Claudia Zenclussen, Atanas Ignatov
Recently, we found that G-protein-coupled estrogen receptor (GPER) protein expression decreased during breast carcinogenesis, and that GPER promoter is methylated. Here we analyzed GPER promoter methylation in 260 primary breast cancer specimens by methylation-specific polymerized chain reaction. The results demonstrated that GPER protein down-regulation significantly correlated with GPER promoter hypermethylation (p < .001). Comparison of 108 tumors and matched normal breast tissues indicated a significant GPER down-regulation in cancer tissues correlating with GPER promoter hypermethylation (p < ...
February 7, 2017: Cancer Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28112983/head-injuries-tbi-to-adults-and-children-in-motor-vehicle-crashes
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David C Viano, Chantal S Parenteau, Likang Xu, Mark Faul
PURPOSE: This is a descriptive study. It determined the annual, national incidence of head injuries (TBI) to adults and children in motor-vehicle crashes. It evaluated NASS-CDS (National Automotive Sampling System-Crashworthiness Data System) for exposure and incidence of various head injuries in towaway crashes. It evaluated three health databases for emergency department (ED) visits, hospitalizations and deaths due to TBI in motor-vehicle occupants. METHODS: Four databases were evaluated using 1997-2010 data on adult (15+ years old) and child (0-14 years old) occupants in motor-vehicle crashes: 1) NASS-CDS estimated the annual incidence of various head injuries and outcomes in towaway crashes, 2) NHAMCS (National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey) estimated ED visits for TBI, 3) NHDS (National Hospital Discharge Survey) estimated hospitalizations for TBI and 4) NVSS (National Vital Statistics System) estimated TBI deaths...
January 23, 2017: Traffic Injury Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109985/the-synthetic-neuroactive-steroid-sge-516-reduces-status-epilepticus-and-neuronal-cell-death-in-a-rat-model-of-soman-intoxication
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Alison L Althaus, Hilary S McCarren, Aymen Alqazzaz, Cecelia Jackson, John H McDonough, Carl D Smith, Ethan Hoffman, Rebecca S Hammond, Albert J Robichaud, James J Doherty
Organophosphorus nerve agents (OPNAs) are irreversible inhibitors of acetylcholinesterase that pose a serious threat to public health because of their use as chemical weapons. Exposure to high doses of OPNAs can dramatically potentiate cholinergic synaptic activity and cause status epilepticus (SE). Current standard of care for OPNA exposure involves treatment with cholinergic antagonists, oxime cholinesterase reactivators, and benzodiazepines. However, data from pre-clinical models suggest that OPNA-induced SE rapidly becomes refractory to benzodiazepines...
January 18, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102701/the-effect-of-pre-crash-velocity-reduction-on-occupant-response-using-a-human-body-finite-element-model
#13
B Guleyupoglu, J Schap, K D Kusano, F S Gayzik
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to use a validated finite element model of the human body and a certified model of an ATD to evaluate the effect of simulated pre-crash braking on driver kinematics, restraint loads, body loads and computed injury criteria in four commonly-injured body regions. METHODS: The Global Human Body Models Consortium (GHBMC) 50th percentile male occupant (M50-O) and the Humanetics Hybrid-III 50(th) percentile models were gravity settled in the driver position of a generic interior equipped with an advanced three point belt and driver airbag...
January 19, 2017: Traffic Injury Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28058555/commentary-on-the-consensus-statement-of-the-american-society-of-breast-surgeons-on-contralateral-prophylactic-mastectomy
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EDITORIAL
Sharyl J Nass, Larissa Nekhlyudov
The increasing rate of contralateral prophylactic mastectomy (CPM) led the American Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBrS) to issue an evidence-based consensus statement on CPM, as well as a discussion guide that health care providers can use to facilitate shared decision making with patients considering CPM for unilateral breast cancer. This article suggests several ways to improve the discussion guide by eliciting patient values and preferences and by providing more current, detailed, and balanced information about the potential risks and benefits of CPM...
January 5, 2017: Annals of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049054/monodisperse-raspberry-like-multihollow-polymer-ag-nanocomposite-microspheres-for-rapid-catalytic-degradation-of-methylene-blue
#15
Qiong Tian, Xiaojing Yu, Lifeng Zhang, Demei Yu
Raspberry-like multihollow polymer microspheres were prepared by seeded swelling polymerization and decorated with silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) in the presence of polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) which acted as both reducing and stabilizing agent. Formation mechanism of the raspberry-like multihollow microsphere was discussed on the basis of water absorption of sulfonated groups in the seeded swelling polymerization. Effects of weight ratio of sodium 4-vinylbenzenesulfonate to styrene (NaSS/St) of the seed particles, the concentration of PVP and [Ag(NH3)2](+) ions on the properties of polymer/Ag nanocomposite microspheres were investigated by microscopic observation, nitrogen adsorption/desorption isotherms, UV-vis absorption spectra, X-ray diffraction patterns and thermogravimetric analysis...
April 1, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28038958/temporal-and-spatial-expression-pattern-of-nnat-during-mouse-eye-development
#16
Saadettin Sel, Eva Patzel, Lucia Poggi, Delia Kaiser, Thomas Kalinski, Martin Schicht, Friedrich Paulsen, Norbert Nass
BACKGROUND: Neuronatin (Nnat) was initially identified as a highly expressed gene in neonatal mammalian brain. In this study, we analyze the spatial and temporal expression pattern of Nnat during mouse eye development as well as in the adult. METHODS: The expression of Nnat was analyzed on mRNA as well as protein level. The presence of Nnat transcripts in the adult retina was examined using reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). Nnat protein expression was evaluated by Western blot and immunohistochemistry during eye development at embryonic day (E) 12, 15, 16 and postnatal day (P) 7, 14, 30 and 175 (adult)...
December 27, 2016: Gene Expression Patterns: GEP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012130/accumulation-of-the-advanced-glycation-end-product-carboxymethyl-lysine-in-breast-cancer-is-positively-associated-with-estrogen-receptor-expression-and-unfavorable-prognosis-in-estrogen-receptor-negative-cases
#17
Norbert Nass, Atanas Ignatov, Ludwig Andreas, Christine Weißenborn, Thomas Kalinski, Saadettin Sel
Advanced glycation end products (AGEs) accumulate as a result of high concentrations of reactive aldehydes, oxidative stress, and insufficient degradation of glycated proteins. AGEs are therefore accepted biomarkers for aging, diabetes, and several degenerative diseases. Due to the Warburg effect and increased oxidative stress, cancer cells frequently accumulate significant amounts of AGEs. As the accumulation of AGEs may reflect the metabolic state and receptor signaling, we evaluated the potential prognostic and predictive value of this biomarker...
December 23, 2016: Histochemistry and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011478/validation-of-vx2-as-a-hepatocellular-carcinoma-model-comparison-of-the-molecular-reaction-of-vx2-and-hepg2-tumor-cells-to-sorafenib-in-vitro
#18
COMPARATIVE STUDY
Norbert Nass, Sebastian Streit, Christian Wybranski, Julian Jürgens, Jan Brauner, Nadine Schulz, Maciej Powerski, Jens Ricke, Thomas Kalinski, Oliver Dudeck, Max Seidensticker
As there is currently no superior hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) model with percutaneous vascular access for transarterial treatments available, the VX2 rabbit model is frequently used for in vivo investigations on liver carcinoma. However, the VX2 cell line was derived from a virus-induced skin papilloma that can form carcinosarcoma in liver of rabbits and the transferability of obtained results to HCC treatment remains open. Here we compared the most frequently investigated human HCC model cell line, HepG2, with VX2 cells in vitro in terms of sensitivity towards the broad specificity kinase inhibitor sorafenib and responsiveness to the addition of platelet-derived growth factor AB (PDGF-AB), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and hepatic growth factor (HGF), as well as insulin and interleukin-1β (IL1β)...
2017: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27994786/bone-morphogenic-protein-is-a-viable-adjunct-for-fusion-in-minimally-invasive-transforaminal-lumbar-interbody-fusion
#19
M Mashfiqul Arafin Siddiqui, Ana Rosario P Sta Ana, William Yeo, Wai-Mun Yue
STUDY DESIGN: Comparison of prospectively collected data of patients undergoing minimally invasive surgery transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (MIS-TLIF) with and without recombinant human bone morphogenic protein 2 (BMP). PURPOSE: To compare the clinical, radiological outcome and complications of patients undergoing MIS-TLIF with and without BMP. OVERVIEW OF LITERATURE: BMP is an effective fusion enhancer with potential complications. Direct comparison of MIS-TLIF with and without BMP is limited to retrospective studies with short follow-up...
December 2016: Asian Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27974387/decrease-of-serum-igf-i-following-transsphenoidal-pituitary-surgery-for-acromegaly
#20
Min Yu, David E Bruns, John A Jane, Ralf M Nass, Edward H Oldfield, Mary Lee Vance, Michael O Thorner
BACKGROUND: In the immediate postoperative period following resection of growth hormone (GH)-secreting pituitary tumors, serum concentrations of GH have limited ability to predict remission of acromegaly. Since many actions of GH actions are mediated by insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-I), we aimed to determine the rates of fall of IGF-I during 72 h after surgical resection of pituitary tumors. METHODS: We studied patients who were undergoing pituitary surgery for acromegaly...
February 2017: Clinical Chemistry
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