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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346835/two-citrate-transporters-coordinately-regulate-citrate-secretion-from-rice-bean-root-tip-under-aluminum-stress
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Mei Ya Liu, He Qiang Lou, Wei Wei Chen, Miguel A Piñeros, Jia Meng Xu, Wei Fan, Leon V Kochian, Shao Jian Zheng, Jian Li Yang
Al-induced organic acid secretion from the root apex is an important Al resistance mechanism. However, it remains unclear how plants fine-tune root organic acid secretion which can contribute significantly to the loss of fixed carbon from the plant. Here, we demonstrate that Al-induced citrate secretion from the rice bean root apex is biphasic, consisting of an early phase with low secretion and a later phase of large citrate secretion. We isolated and characterized VuMATE2 as a possible second citrate transporter in rice bean functioning in tandem with VuMATE1, which we previously identified...
January 18, 2018: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346834/twelve-week-ravidasvir-plus-ritonavir-boosted-danoprevir-and-ribavirin-for-non-cirrhotic-hcv-genotype-1-patients-a-phase-2-study
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Jia-Horng Kao, Min-Lung Yu, Chi-Yi Chen, Cheng-Yuan Peng, Ming-Yao Chen, Huoling Tang, Qiaoqiao Chen, Jinzi J Wu
BACKGROUND AND AIM: The need for all-oral HCV treatments with higher response rates, improved tolerability and lower pill burden compared to interferon-inclusive regimen has led to the development of new direct-acting antiviral agents (DAAs). Ravidasvir (RDV) is a second-generation, pan-genotypic NS5A inhibitor with high barrier to resistance. The aim of this phase 2 study (EVERST study) was to assess the efficacy and safety of interferon-free, 12-week RDV plus ritonavir-boosted danoprevir (DNVr) and ribavirin (RBV) regimen for treatment-naïve Asian HCV genotype 1 (GT1) patients without cirrhosis...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346793/epicardial-fat-thickness-in-non-obese-neurologically-impaired-children-association-with-unfavorable-cardiometabolic-risk-profile
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Valeria Calcaterra, Hellas Cena, Pietro Mariano Casali, Gianluca Iacobellis, Riccardo Albertini, Mara De Amici, Annalisa de Silvestri, Calogero Comparato, Gloria Pelizzo
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular risk is reported in disabled children and epicardial fat (EF) is considered an independent predictor of cardiovascular disease (CVD). No data on the EF thickness (EFT) evaluation in disabled children have been published. OBJECTIVE: We investigated EFT in neurologically impaired (NI) children; its relationship with their metabolic profile was also considered. METHODS: Clinical data, body composition estimation, biochemical profile, and ultrasound-measured EFT were performed in 32 disabled patients (12...
January 18, 2018: Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346779/predictors-of-recoverability-of-renal-function-after-pyeloplasty-in-adults-with-ureteropelvic-junction-obstruction
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Xiao-Dong Li, Yu-Peng Wu, Yong Wei, Shao-Hao Chen, Qing-Shui Zheng, Hai Cai, Xue-Yi Xue, Ning Xu
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to identify factors predicting the recoverability of renal function after pyeloplasty in adult patients with ureteropelvic junction obstruction. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed 138 adults with unilateral renal obstruction-induced hydronephrosis and who underwent Anderson-Hynes dismembered pyeloplasty from January 2013 to January 2016. Hydronephrosis was classified preoperatively according to the Society for Fetal Urology (SFU) grading system...
January 18, 2018: Urologia Internationalis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346776/loss-of-an-androgen-inactivating-and-isoform-specific-hsd17b4-splice-form-enables-emergence-of-castration-resistant-prostate-cancer
#5
Hyun-Kyung Ko, Michael Berk, Yoon-Mi Chung, Belinda Willard, Rohan Bareja, Mark Rubin, Andrea Sboner, Nima Sharifi
Castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) requires tumors to engage metabolic mechanisms that allow sustained testosterone and/or dihydrotestosterone to stimulate progression. 17β-Hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 4 (17βHSD4), encoded by HSD17B4, is thought to inactivate testosterone and dihydrotestosterone by converting them to their respective inert 17-keto steroids. Counterintuitively, HSD17B4 expression increases in CRPC and predicts poor prognosis. Here, we show that, of five alternative splice forms, only isoform 2 encodes an enzyme capable of testosterone and dihydrotestosterone inactivation...
January 16, 2018: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346721/emulsion-electrospinning-of-polytetrafluoroethylene-ptfe-nanofibrous-membranes-for-high-performance-triboelectric-nanogenerators
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Pengfei Zhao, Navneet Soin, K Prashanthi, Jinkai Chen, Shurong Dong, Erping Zhou, Zhigang Zhu, Anand Arcot Narasimulu, Carlo D Montemagno, Liyang Yu, Jikui Luo
Electrospinning is a simple, versatile technique for fabricating fibrous nanomaterials with the desirable features of extremely high porosities and large surface areas. Using emulsion electrospinning, polytetrafluoroethylene/polyethene oxide (PTFE/PEO) membranes were fabricated followed by a sintering process to obtain pure PTFE fibrous membranes, which were further utilised against a polyamide 6 (PA6) membrane for vertical contact-mode triboelectric nanogenerators (TENGs). Electrostatic force microscopy (EFM) measurements of the sintered electrospun PTFE membranes revealed the presence of both positive and negative surface charges owing to the transfer of positive charge from PEO which further corroborated by FTIR measurements...
January 18, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346712/synergetic-effects-of-prenatal-and-postnatal-high-sucrose-intake-on-glucose-tolerance-and-hepatic-insulin-resistance-in-rat-offspring
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Pengjie Zhang, Di Zhu, Yueming Zhang, Lingjun Li, Xionghui Chen, Wenna Zhang, Ruixiu Shi, Jianying Tao, Bing Han, Zhice Xu
SCOPE: High sucrose intake during pregnancy is linked to type 2 diabetes mellitus and altered insulin resistance. METHODS AND RESULTS: This study attempted to ascertain whether prenatal high sucrose intake (20% sucrose) alleviates the detrimental effects of high postnatal sugar consumption in the offspring, and the molecular mechanisms were investigated using a rat model. High prenatal sucrose exposure increased the body weight of the offspring at 1 to 3 weeks of age...
January 18, 2018: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346685/metabolic-flux-engineering-of-cembratrien-ol-production-in-both-the-glandular-trichome-and-leaf-mesophyll-in-nicotiana-tabacum
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Hongying Zhang, Songtao Zhang, Yongxia Yang, Hongfang Jia, Hong Cui
Cembratrien-ol synthase (CBTS) catalyses the first step in cembranoid biosynthesis, producing cembratrien-ols in plant trichomes. In our previous study, microarray transcriptomes between leaves with trichomes and leaves without trichomes showed that a NtCBTS2 gene was expressed exclusively and abundantly in trichomes. Here, two NtCBTS2 isogenes (NtCBTS2a and NtCBTS2b), derived from a diploid genome donor, N. sylvestris, were identified from N. tabacum. Both genes were expressed primarily in trichomes, with relatively decreased transcription in flowers and stems, faint expression in roots, and no expression was detected in leaves lacking trichomes...
January 15, 2018: Plant & Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346677/anatomical-explanations-for-acute-depressions-in-radial-pattern-of-axial-sap-flow-in-two-diffuse-porous-mangrove-species-implications-for-water-use
#9
Hewei Zhao, Shengchang Yang, Xudong Guo, Congjiao Peng, Xiaoxuan Gu, Chuanyuan Deng, Luzhen Chen
Mangrove species have developed uniquely efficient water-use strategies in order to survive in highly saline and anaerobic environments. Herein, we estimated the stand water use of two diffuse-porous mangrove species of the same age, Sonneratia apetala Buch. Ham and Sonneratia caseolaris (L.) Engl., growing in a similar intertidal environment. Specifically, to investigate the radial patterns of axial sap flow density (Js) and understand the anatomical traits associated with them, we measured axial sap flow density in situ together with micromorphological observations...
January 16, 2018: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346675/in-search-of-the-best-xenogeneic-material-for-a-paediatric-conduit-an-experimental-study
#10
Irina Y Zhuravleva, Nataliya R Nichay, Yuriy Y Kulyabin, Tatyana P Timchenko, Alexander A Korobeinikov, Yuliya F Polienko, Svetlana S Shatskaya, Elena V Kuznetsova, Alexey V Voitov, Alexander V Bogachev-Prokophiev, Alexander M Karaskov
OBJECTIVES: The development of calcification-resistant bioprosthetic materials is a very important challenge for paediatric surgery. The subcutaneous implantation in rats is the well-known first-stage model for this kind of research. Using this model, we aimed to compare calcification of the porcine aortic wall and bovine pericardium and jugular vein wall cross-linked with glutaraldehyde (GA) and ethylene glycol diglycidyl ether (DE). We also determined the efficacy of DE-preserved tissue modification with 2-(2-carboxyethylamino)ethylidene-1,1-bisphosphonic acid (CEABA)...
January 15, 2018: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346647/resistance-to-selected-pyrethroid-insecticides-in-the-malaria-mosquito-anopheles-stephensi-diptera-muscidae-from-punjab-pakistan
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Hafiz Azhar Ali Khan, Waseem Akram, Sumi Lee
Pyrethroids are commonly used insecticides in malaria control programs; however, insecticide resistance limits the benefits gained by using these insecticides. In the present study, we assessed the resistance status for different pyrethroids of the malaria mosquito vector, Anopheles stephensi Liston (Diptera: Muscidae), in the Punjab province, Pakistan. Bioassays were conducted using diagnostic doses following standard World Health Organization protocols: 0.05% λ-cyhalothrin, 0.75% permethrin, 0.15% cyfluthrin, 0...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Medical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346643/genetic-characterization-of-a-vang-type-vancomycin-resistant-enterococcus-faecium-clinical-isolate
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Mohamed Sassi, François Guérin, Léonie Lesec, Christophe Isnard, Marguerite Fines-Guyon, Vincent Cattoir, Jean-Christophe Giard
Objectives: To characterize, phenotypically and genotypically, the first Enterococcus faecium clinical isolate harbouring a vanG operon. Methods: The antibiotic resistance profile of E. faecium 16-346 was determined and its whole genome sequenced using PacBio technology. Attempts to transfer vancomycin resistance by filter mating were performed and the inducibility of expression of the vanG operon was studied by reverse-transcription quantitative PCR (RT-qPCR) in the presence or absence of subinhibitory concentrations of vancomycin...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346620/combating-global-antibiotic-resistance-emerging-one-health-concerns-in-lower-and-middle-income-countries
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Maya Nadimpalli, Elisabeth Delarocque-Astagneau, David C Love, Lance B Price, Bich-Tram Huynh, Jean-Marc Collard, Kruy Sun Lay, Laurence Borand, Awa Ndir, Timothy R Walsh, Didier Guillemot
Antibiotic misuse in lower- and middle-income countries (LMICs) contributes to the development of antibiotic resistance that can disseminate globally. Strategies specific to LMICs that seek to reduce antibiotic misuse by humans, but simultaneously improve antibiotic access, have been proposed. However, most approaches to date have not considered the growing impact of animal and environmental reservoirs of antibiotic resistance, which threaten to exacerbate the antibiotic resistance crisis in LMICs. In particular, current strategies do not prioritize the impacts of increased antibiotic use for terrestrial food-animal and aquaculture production, inadequate food safety, and widespread environmental pollution...
January 15, 2018: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346617/riboswitching-with-ciprofloxacin-development-and-characterization-of-a-novel-rna-regulator
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Florian Groher, Cristina Bofill-Bosch, Christopher Schneider, Johannes Braun, Sven Jager, Katharina Geißler, Kay Hamacher, Beatrix Suess
RNA molecules play important and diverse regulatory roles in the cell. Inspired by this natural versatility, RNA devices are increasingly important for many synthetic biology applications, e.g. optimizing engineered metabolic pathways, gene therapeutics or building up complex logical units. A major advantage of RNA is the possibility of de novo design of RNA-based sensing domains via an in vitro selection process (SELEX). Here, we describe development of a novel ciprofloxacin-responsive riboswitch by in vitro selection and next-generation sequencing-guided cellular screening...
January 13, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346609/decreased-serum-levels-of-ghrelin-and-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-in-premenopausal-women-with-metabolic-syndrome
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Masoumeh Jabbari, Sorayya Kheirouri, Mohammad Alizadeh
Objective: We aimed to investigate the association between serum levels of ghrelin and brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) with MetS and its components in premenopausal women. Methods: 43 patients with MetS and 43 healthy controls participated in this study. Participants' body mass index (BMI), waist circumference (WC), systolic and diastolic blood pressure (SBP and DBP) were measured. Serum levels of total cholesterol (TC), triglyceride (TG), low and high density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C and HDL-C), fasting blood sugar (FBS), insulin, BDNF and ghrelin determined...
January 12, 2018: Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346604/unique-genetic-profiles-from-cerebrospinal-fluid-cell-free-dna-in-leptomeningeal-metastases-of-egfr-mutant-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-a-new-medium-of-liquid-biopsy
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Y S Li, B Y Jiang, J J Yang, X C Zhang, Z Zhang, J Y Ye, W Z Zhong, H Y Tu, H J Chen, Z Wang, C R Xu, B C Wang, H J Du, S Chuai, H Han-Zhang, J Su, Q Zhou, X N Yang, W B Guo, H H Yan, Y H Liu, L X Yan, B Huang, M M Zheng, Y L Wu
Background: Leptomeningeal metastases (LM) are more frequent in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutations. Due to limited access to leptomeningeal lesions, the purpose of this study was to explore the potential role of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) as a source of liquid biopsy in patients with LM. Patients and methods: Primary tumor, CSF, and plasma in NSCLC with LM were tested by next-generation sequencing. In total, 45 patients with suspected LM underwent lumbar puncture, and those with EGFR mutations diagnosed with LM were enrolled...
January 15, 2018: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346603/homologous-stress-adaptation-antibiotic-resistance-and-biofilm-forming-ability-of-salmonella-enterica-serovar-heidelberg-atcc8326-on-different-food-contact-surfaces-following-exposure-to-sublethal-chlorine-concentrations
#17
Tomi Obe, Rama Nannapaneni, Chander Shekhar Sharma, Aaron Kiess
Salmonella enterica serovar Heidelberg (American Type Culture Collection; ATCC 8326) was examined for the ability to adapt to the homologous stress of chlorine through exposure to increasing chlorine concentrations (25 ppm daily increments) in tryptic soy broth (TSB). The tested strain exhibited an acquired tolerance to chlorine in TSB with the tolerant cells growing in concentrations up to 400 ppm. In addition, the chlorine stressed cells displayed rugose morphology on tryptic soy agar (TSA) plates at 37°C...
January 13, 2018: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346599/magnetic-resonance-imaging-guided-laser-interstitial-thermal-therapy-for-the-treatment-of-hypothalamic-hamartomas-a-retrospective-review
#18
David S Xu, Tsinsue Chen, Randall J Hlubek, Ruth E Bristol, Kris A Smith, Francisco A Ponce, John F Kerrigan, Peter Nakaji
BACKGROUND: Hypothalamic hamartomas (HH) are rare lesions associated with treatment-resistant epilepsy. Open surgery results in modest seizure control (about 50%) but has a significant associated morbidity. Radiosurgery is limited to a subset of patients due to latent therapeutic effects. Magnetic resonance imaging-guided laser interstitial thermal therapy (LITT) offers a novel minimally invasive option. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate a single center's outcomes for the LITT treatment of HH...
January 13, 2018: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346584/in-vitro-interactions-between-iap-antagonist-at406-and-azoles-against-planktonic-cells-and-biofilms-of-pathogenic-fungi-candida-albicans-and-exophiala-dermatitidis
#19
Yi Sun, Lujuan Gao, Chengyan He, Ming Li, Tongxiang Zeng
In vitro interactions of AT406, a novel IAP antagonist, and azoles including itraconazole, voriconazole, and fluconazole against planktonic cells and biofilms of Candida albicans and Exophiala dermatitidis were assessed via broth microdilution checkerboard technique. AT406 alone exhibited limited antifungal activity. However, synergistic effect between AT406 and fluconazole was observed against both planktonic cells and biofilms of C. albicans, including one fluconazole-resistant strain. Moreover, synergism was also demonstrated between AT406 and itraconazole against both planktonic cells and biofilms of E...
January 13, 2018: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346561/floricolin-c-elicits-intracellular-ros-accumulation-and-disrupts-mitochondria-to-exert-fungicidal-action
#20
Ming Zhang, Wenqiang Chang, Hongzhuo Shi, Ying Li, Sha Zheng, Wei Li, Hongxiang Lou
Candida albicans, one most prevalent fungal pathogen, causes severe mucosal and invasive infections in predisposed individuals. The rise of fungal infection and drug-resistance demands the development of novel antifungal agents. In this study, we observed that floricolin C (FC), a p-terphenyl pigment from an endolichenic fungus, killed C. albicans cells at planktonic state or within biofilms through reactive oxygen species (ROS) accumulation. Further test revealed that FC could directly damage the mitochondria to cause ROS accumulation...
January 15, 2018: FEMS Yeast Research
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