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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454262/aberrant-klk4-gene-promoter-hypomethylation-in-pediatric-hepatoblastomas
#1
Baihui Liu, Ximao Cui, Shan Zheng, Kuiran Dong, Rui Dong
DNA methylation has a crucial role in cancer biology and has been recognized as an activator of oncogenes and inactivator of tumor suppressor genes, both of which are mechanisms for tumorigenesis. Kallikrein-related peptidase 4 (KLK4), has been suggested to be an oncogene in various types of cancer. The aim of the present study was to assess the DNA methylation patterns of the KLK4 gene in cancerous samples harvested from patients with hepatoblastoma (HB). KLK4 mRNA expression levels were detected using reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction and assessed its DNA methylation patterns using high-throughput mass spectrometry on a matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass array...
March 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454213/proteasome-inhibitors-in-glioblastoma
#2
Wen-Juan Huang, Wei-Wei Chen, Xia Zhang
Glioblastomas (GBM) are the tumors originating from the star shaped supportive cells in brain known as astrocytes. These tumors are highly cancerous as they have the ability to proliferate very quickly. New therapeutic strategies are being developed worldwide to fight against deadly GBM, which has median survival time of just 14 months. Proteasome inhibition is an upcoming strategy for GBM. Proteasome inhibition has shown promising results in cancers such as myeloma. However, in the recent past this form of therapy has also shown positive results in brain tumors in the form of elevated apoptosis...
March 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454188/metabolic-profiling-of-hoodia-chamomile-terminalia-species-and-evaluation-of-commercial-preparations-using-ultrahigh-performance-liquid-chromatography-quadrupole-time-of-flight-mass-spectrometry
#3
Bharathi Avula, Yan-Hong Wang, Giorgis Isaac, Jimmy Yuk, Mark Wrona, Kate Yu, Ikhlas A Khan
Ultrahigh-performance liquid chromatography quadrupole-time-of-flight mass spectrometry (UHPLC-QToF-MS) profiling was used for the identification of marker compounds and generation of metabolic patterns that could be interrogated using chemometric modeling software. UHPLC-QToF-MS was used to generate comprehensive fingerprints of three botanicals (Hoodia, Terminalia, and chamomile), each having different classes of compounds. Detection of a broad range of ions was carried out in full scan mode in both positive and negative modes over the range m/z 100-1700 using high-resolution mass spectrometry...
April 28, 2017: Planta Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454043/vacuum-scanning-capillary-photoemission-microscopy
#4
S A Aseyev, A P Cherkun, B N Mironov, V V Petrunin, S V Chekalin
We demonstrate the use of a conical capillary in a scanning probe microscopy for surface analysis. The probe can measure photoemission from a substrate by transmitting photoelectrons along the capillary as a function of probe position. The technique is demonstrated on a model substrate consisting of a gold reflecting layer on a compact disc which has been illuminated by an unfocused laser beam with a wavelength 400nm, from a femtosecond laser with a beam size of 4mm. A quartz capillary with a 2-µm aperture has been used in the experiments...
April 19, 2017: Ultramicroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453967/therapeutic-vaccination-for-chronic-hepatitis-b
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REVIEW
Anna D Kosinska, Tanja Bauer, Ulrike Protzer
A therapeutic vaccine is meant to activate the patient's immune system to fight and finally control or ideally eliminate an already established infectious pathogen. Whereas the success of prophylactic vaccination is based on rapid antibody-mediated neutralization of an invading pathogen, control and elimination of persistent viruses such as hepatitis, herpes or papilloma viruses requires multi-specific and polyfunctional effector T cell responses. These are ideally directed against continuously expressed viral antigens to keep the pathogen in check...
April 25, 2017: Current Opinion in Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448907/characterization-of-typical-metal-particles-during-haze-episodes-in-shanghai-china
#6
Rui Li, Xin Yang, Hongbo Fu, Qingqing Hu, Liwu Zhang, Jianmin Chen
Aerosol particles were collected during three heavy haze episodes at Shanghai in the winter of 2013. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) coupled with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy was used to study the morphology and speciation of typical metal particles at a single-particle level. In addition, time-of-flight aerosol mass spectrometry (ATOFMS) was applied to identify the speciation of the Fe-containing particles. TEM analysis indicated that various metal-containing particles were hosted by sulfates, nitrates, and oxides...
April 19, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448890/metabolic-profiles-of-neotuberostemonine-and-tuberostemonine-in-rats-by-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-quadrupole-time-of-flight-mass-spectrometry
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Yongbin Tong, Weitong Xu, Yan Wu, Liting Ou, Mian Zhang, Xianghong Xu, Chaofeng Zhang
Neotuberostemonine (NS) and tuberostemonine (TS), a pair of stereoisomers, are the active components contained in Stemona tuberosa, an antitussive herbal medicine in China. Two isomers have different pharmacological efficacies, which will be related with their in vivo disposition. However, the metabolic fates of NS and TS remain unknown. A method of high performance liquid chromatography/quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry coupled with mass detect filter technique was established to investigate the metabolites in rat plasma, bile, urine, and feces after oral administration of the equal doses of NS and TS...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447945/fighting-antibiotic-resistance-is-in-your-hands-may-5-2017
#8
Ermira Tartari, Daniela Pires, Didier Pittet
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 2017: Lancet Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447805/do-tiger-keelback-snakes-rhabdophis-tigrinus-recognize-how-toxic-they-are
#9
Akira Mori, Gordon M Burghardt
Animals that depend on defensive chemicals acquired from food may face a decision when attempting to deter predatory attacks: Should they exhibit antipredator behavior that relies on the toxicity of the sequestered chemicals or should they adopt other behaviors that can avoid predation without using the chemical defense, such as flight? Thus, it is reasonable to assume that animals that sequester prey toxins have evolved the ability to flexibly change their antipredator responses according to the amount of toxin-resource they have consumed...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Comparative Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447675/back-exchange-a-novel-approach-to-quantifying-oxygen-diffusion-and-surface-exchange-in-ambient-atmospheres
#10
Samuel J Cooper, Mathew Niania, Franca Hoffmann, John A Kilner
A novel two-step Isotopic Exchange (IE) technique has been developed to investigate the influence of oxygen containing components of ambient air (such as H2O and CO2) on the effective surface exchange coefficient (k*) of a common mixed ionic electronic conductor material. The two step 'back-exchange' technique was used to introduce a tracer diffusion profile, which was subsequently measured using Time-of-Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (ToF-SIMS). The isotopic fraction of oxygen in a dense sample as a function of distance from the surface, before and after the second exchange step, could then be used to determine the surface exchange coefficient in each atmosphere...
April 27, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447452/a-single-usage-of-a-kitchen-degreaser-can-alter-indoor-aerosol-composition-for-days
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Jaroslav Schwarz, Otakar Makeš, Jakub Ondráček, Michael Cusack, Nicholas Talbot, Petr Vodička, Lucie Kubelova, Vladimir Zdimal
To the best of our knowledge, this study represents the first observation of multi-day persistence of an indoor aerosol transformation linked to a kitchen degreaser containing mono-ethanol amine (MEA). MEA remaining on the cleaned surfaces and on a wiping paper towel in a trash can was able to transform ammonium sulfate and ammonium nitrate into (MEA)2SO4 and (MEA)NO3. This influence persisted for at least 60 hours despite a high average ventilation rate. The influence was observed using both offline (filters, impactors, and ion chromatography analysis) and online (compact time-of-flight aerosol mass spectrometer) techniques...
April 27, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446783/a-common-neonicotinoid-pesticide-thiamethoxam-impairs-honey-bee-flight-ability
#12
Simone Tosi, Giovanni Burgio, James C Nieh
Pesticides can pose environmental risks, and a common neonicotinoid pesticide, thiamethoxam, decreases homing success in honey bees. Neonicotinoids can alter bee navigation, but we present the first evidence that neonicotinoid exposure alone can impair the physical ability of bees to fly. We tested the effects of acute or chronic exposure to thiamethoxam on the flight ability of foragers in flight mills. Within 1 h of consuming a single sublethal dose (1.34 ng/bee), foragers showed excitation and significantly increased flight duration (+78%) and distance (+72%)...
April 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446620/how-to-win-the-hiv-1-drug-resistance-hurdle-race-running-faster-or-jumping-higher
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REVIEW
Anna Garbelli, Valentina Riva, Emmanuele Crespan, Giovanni Maga
Infections by the human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1), the causative agent of the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), are still totaling an appalling 36.7 millions worldwide, with 1.1 million AIDS deaths/year and a similar number of yearly new infections. All this, in spite of the discovery of HIV-1 as the AIDS etiological agent more than 30 years ago and the introduction of an effective combinatorial antiretroviral therapy (cART), able to control disease progression, more than 20 years ago. Although very effective, current cART is plagued by the emergence of drug-resistant viral variants and most of the efforts in the development of novel direct-acting antiviral agents (DAAs) against HIV-1 have been devoted toward the fighting of resistance...
April 26, 2017: Biochemical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446578/brain-negativity-as-an-indicator-of-predictive-error-processing-the-contribution-of-visual-action-effect-monitoring
#14
Michael Joch, Mathias Hegele, Heiko Maurer, Hermann Müller, Lisa Katharina Maurer
The error-(related)-negativity (Ne/ERN) is an event-related potential in the electroencephalogram (EEG) correlating with error processing. Its conditions of appearance prior to terminal external error information suggest that the Ne/ERN is indicative of predictive processes in the evaluation of errors. The aim of the present study was to specifically examine the Ne/ERN in a complex motor task and to particularly rule out other explaining sources of the Ne/ERN aside from error prediction processes. To this end, we focused on the dependency of the Ne/ERN on visual monitoring about the action outcome after movement termination but prior to result feedback (action effect monitoring)...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446368/ebola-related-stigma-in-ghana-individual-and-community-level-determinants
#15
Eric Y Tenkorang
RATIONALE: Although Ebola-related stigmatization continues to undermine efforts to re-integrate survivors, few studies have examined what influences such stigmatizing attitudes. OBJECTIVE: This paper explores the effects of both individual- and community-level factors on Ebola-related stigma in Ghana. METHODS: Data were collected from a cross-section of 800 respondents, nested within 40 communities in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana. Multi-level modelling was employed for analysis...
April 14, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446262/dietary-supplementation-of-branched-chain-amino-acids-increases-muscle-net-amino-acid-fluxes-through-elevating-their-substrate-availability-and-intramuscular-catabolism-in-young-pigs
#16
Liufeng Zheng, Fangrui Zuo, Shengjun Zhao, Pingli He, Hongkui Wei, Quanhang Xiang, Jiaman Pang, Jian Peng
Branched-chain amino acids (BCAA) have been clearly demonstrated to have anabolic effects on muscle protein synthesis. However, little is known about their roles in the regulation of net AA fluxes across skeletal muscle in vivo. This study was aimed to investigate the effect and related mechanisms of dietary supplementation of BCAA on muscle net amino acid (AA) fluxes using the hindlimb flux model. In all fourteen 4-week-old barrows were fed reduced-protein diets with or without supplemental BCAA for 28 d. Pigs were implanted with carotid arterial, femoral arterial and venous catheters, and fed once hourly with intraarterial infusion of p-amino hippurate...
April 27, 2017: British Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445814/comprehensive-profiling-and-characterization-of-coumarins-from-roots-stems-leaves-branches-and-seeds-of-chimonanthus-nitensoliv-using-ultra-performance-liquid-chromatography-quadrupole-time-of-flight-mass-spectrometry-combined-with-modified-mass-defect-filter
#17
Ting Tan, Yun Luo, Chen-Cong Zhong, Xu Xu, Yulin Feng
Chimonanthus nitensOliv. (CNO), having been studied and developed as the tea beverages, tea raw materials and preparations, an unique species in China, have been extensively used for treating colds and influenza for centuries. In the present study, a method based on the modified mass defect filter (MDF) was firstly developed and validated for comprehensive profiling of coumarins in the different parts of CNO via ultra-performance liquid chromatography tandem quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry (UPLC-QTOF/MS)...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445776/antimicrobial-resistance-in-the-bacteroides-fragilis-group-in-faecal-samples-from-patients-receiving-broad-spectrum-antibiotics
#18
Kia Cirkeline Møller Hansen, Simon A F Schwensen, Daniel Pilsgaard Henriksen, Ulrik Stenz Justesen, Thomas Vognbjerg Sydenham
Members of the Bacteroides fragilis group are opportunistic pathogens and cause severe infections including bacteraemia. As increased levels of antimicrobial resistance in B. fragilis group bacteria can be detected years after administration of specific antibiotics, monitoring antimicrobial susceptibility in the gut microbiota could be important. The objectives of this study were to 1) investigate the distribution of species and the occurrence of reduced antimicrobial susceptibility in the B. fragilis group from patients treated at departments with a high level of antibiotic use, 2) to determine the prevalence of the carbapenem resistance gene cfiA in B...
April 23, 2017: Anaerobe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445648/electron-radiolysis-of-ammonium-perchlorate-a-reflectron-time-of-flight-mass-spectrometric-study
#19
Sándor Góbi, Alexandre Bergantini, Andrew M Turner, Ralf I Kaiser
Thin films of ammonium perchlorate (NH4ClO4) were exposed to energetic electrons at 5.5 K to explore the radiolytic decomposition mechanisms. The effects of radiolysis were monitored on line and in situ via Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) in the condensed phase along with electron impact ionization quadrupole mass spectrometry (EI-QMS) and single-photon photoionization reflectron time-of-flight mass spectrometry (PI-ReTOF-MS) during the temperature programmed desorption (TPD) phase to probe the subliming molecules...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445486/a-metamodel-for-mobile-forensics-investigation-domain
#20
Abdulalem Ali, Shukor Abd Razak, Siti Hajar Othman, Arafat Mohammed, Faisal Saeed
With the rapid development of technology, mobile phones have become an essential tool in terms of crime fighting and criminal investigation. However, many mobile forensics investigators face difficulties with the investigation process in their domain. These difficulties are due to the heavy reliance of the forensics field on knowledge which, although a valuable resource, is scattered and widely dispersed. The wide dispersion of mobile forensics knowledge not only makes investigation difficult for new investigators, resulting in substantial waste of time, but also leads to ambiguity in the concepts and terminologies of the mobile forensics domain...
2017: PloS One
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