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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651367/alternative-rna-splicing-associated-with-mammalian-neuronal-differentiation
#1
Jiancheng Liu, Anqi Geng, Xiwei Wu, Ren-Jang Lin, Qiang Lu
Alternative pre-mRNA splicing (AS) produces multiple isoforms of mRNAs and proteins from a single gene. It is most prevalent in the mammalian brain and is thought to contribute to the formation and/or maintenance of functional complexity of the brain. Increasing evidence has documented the significant changes of AS between different regions or different developmental stages of the brain, however, the dynamics of AS and the possible function of it during neural progenitor cell (NPC) differentiation is less well known...
June 23, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651340/linking-quality-indicators-to-clinical-trials-an-automated-approach
#2
Enrico Coiera, Miew Keen Choong, Guy Tsafnat, Peter Hibbert, William B Runciman
Objective: Quality improvement of health care requires robust measurable indicators to track performance. However identifying which indicators are supported by strong clinical evidence, typically from clinical trials, is often laborious. This study tests a novel method for automatically linking indicators to clinical trial registrations. Design: A set of 522 quality of care indicators for 22 common conditions drawn from the CareTrack study were automatically mapped to outcome measures reported in 13 971 trials from ClinicalTrials...
June 23, 2017: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651248/evaluation-of-plasma-thrombomodulin-in-patients-with-coronary-slow-flow
#3
Yong Wang, Peng-Yu Jia, Bao-Jun Chen, Yan Chen, Hang Yu, Yao Yu, Hui-Min Yang, Da-Lin Jia, Chun-Yan Ma
BACKGROUND: It has been reported that coronary slow flow (CSF) is associated with acute myocardial infarction, ventricular tachycardia, ventricular fibrillation, and even sudden cardiac death. Although studies concerning the etiopathogenesis of CSF are scarce, diffuse atherosclerosis and endothelial dysfunction are thought to play important roles. It has been suggested that a high plasma thrombomodulin (TM) level seems to play an important role in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis and endothelial dysfunction...
June 27, 2017: Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650698/the-rock-isoforms-differentially-regulate-the-morphological-characteristics-of-carcinoma-cells
#4
Rachel J Jerrell, Mitchell J Leih, Aron Parekh
Rho-associated kinase (ROCK) activity drives cell migration via actomyosin contractility. During invasion, individual cancer cells can transition between two modes of migration, mesenchymal and amoeboid. Changes in ROCK activity can cause a switch between these migration phenotypes which are defined by distinct morphologies. However, recent studies have shown that the ROCK isoforms are not functionally redundant as previously thought. Therefore, it is unclear whether the ROCK isoforms play different roles in regulating migration phenotypes...
June 26, 2017: Small GTPases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650208/when-using-facebook-to-avoid-isolation-reduces-perceived-social-support
#5
Eun-Ju Lee, Eugene Cho
A survey (N = 316) examined how other-directed Facebook use driven by fear of social isolation affects users' perception of social support they possess. As predicted, those higher on fear of isolation were more likely to (a) closely monitor others' activities for self-evaluation (i.e., social comparison) and (b) regulate their self-presentation to garner social approval (i.e., other-directed self-presentation), but less likely to (c) express their true inner feelings and thoughts (i.e., inner-directed self-presentation) on Facebook...
June 26, 2017: Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650191/perceived-problem-solving-deficits-and-suicidal-ideation-evidence-for-the-explanatory-roles-of-thwarted-belongingness-and-perceived-burdensomeness-in-five-samples
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Carol Chu, Kristin L Walker, Ian H Stanley, Jameson K Hirsch, Jeffrey H Greenberg, M David Rudd, Thomas E Joiner
Perceived social problem-solving deficits are associated with suicide risk; however, little research has examined the mechanisms underlying this relationship. The interpersonal theory of suicide proposes 2 mechanisms in the pathogenesis of suicidal desire: intractable feelings of thwarted belongingness (TB) and perceived burdensomeness (PB). This study tested whether TB and PB serve as explanatory links in the relationship between perceived social problem-solving (SPS) deficits and suicidal thoughts and behaviors cross-sectionally and longitudinally...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650020/difference-in-chemical-bonding-between-lithium-and-sodium-salts-influence-of-covalency-on-their-solubility
#7
Su Chen, Jun Ishii, Shunsuke Horiuchi, Masahiro Yoshizawa-Fujita, Ekaterina I Izgorodina
Recent thermal runaways in lithium-ion batteries have reinforced the focus on the research of safer electrolytes based on ionic liquids. A simple switch from organic solvents to ionic liquids has been proven difficult due to the decreased efficiency of batteries caused by decreased conductivity and increased viscosity of ionic liquids upon addition of lithium salts. The new trend in replacing lithium salts with a cheaper alternative, sodium salts, has resulted in rather poor solubility of sodium salts in commonly used ionic liquids...
June 26, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649760/immunometabolism-of-human-autoimmune-diseases-from-metabolites-to-extracellular-vesicles
#8
REVIEW
Paola de Candia, Veronica De Rosa, Vincenzo Gigantino, Gerardo Botti, Antonio Ceriello, Giuseppe Matarese
Immunometabolism focuses on the mechanisms regulating the impact of metabolism on lymphocyte activity and autoimmunity outbreak. The adipose tissue is long known to release adipokines, either pro- or anti-inflammatory factors bridging nutrition and immune function. More recently, adipocytes were discovered to also release extracellular vesicles (EVs) containing a plethora of biological molecules, including metabolites and microRNAs, which can regulate cell function/metabolism in distant tissues, suggesting that immune regulatory function by the adipose tissue may be far more complex than originally thought...
June 26, 2017: FEBS Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649654/cell-state-plasticity-stem-cells-emt-and-the-generation-of-intra-tumoral-heterogeneity
#9
Geoffrey M Wahl, Benjamin T Spike
Cellular heterogeneity in cancer represents a significant challenge. In order to develop effective and lasting therapies, it is essential to understand the source of this heterogeneity, and its role in tumor progression and therapy resistance. Here, we consider not only genetic and epigenetic mechanisms, but also inflammation and cell state reprogramming in creating tumor heterogeneity. We discuss similarities between normal mammary epithelial developmental states and various breast cancer molecular sub-types, and the cells that are thought to propagate them...
2017: NPJ Breast Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649649/patterns-of-cell-cycle-checkpoint-deregulation-associated-with-intrinsic-molecular-subtypes-of-human-breast-cancer-cells
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Jacquelyn J Bower, Leah D Vance, Matthew Psioda, Stephanie L Smith-Roe, Dennis A Simpson, Joseph G Ibrahim, Katherine A Hoadley, Charles M Perou, William K Kaufmann
Genomic instability is a hallmark of breast cancer, contributes to tumor heterogeneity, and influences chemotherapy resistance. Although Gap 2 and mitotic checkpoints are thought to prevent genomic instability, the role of these checkpoints in breast cancer is poorly understood. Here, we assess the Gap 2 and mitotic checkpoint functions of 24 breast cancer and immortalized mammary epithelial cell lines representing four of the six intrinsic molecular subtypes of breast cancer. We found that patterns of cell cycle checkpoint deregulation were associated with the intrinsic molecular subtype of breast cancer cell lines...
2017: NPJ Breast Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649613/early-onset-parkinsonism-in-a-pedigree-with-phosphoglycerate-kinase-deficiency-and-a-heterozygous-carrier-do-pgk-1-mutations-contribute-to-vulnerability-to-parkinsonism
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Satoshi Sakaue, Takashi Kasai, Ikuko Mizuta, Masaya Suematsu, Shinya Osone, Yumiko Azuma, Toshihiko Imamura, Takahiko Tokuda, Hitoshi Kanno, Omar M A El-Agnaf, Masafumi Morimoto, Masanori Nakagawa, Hajime Hosoi, Toshiki Mizuno
Phosphoglycerate kinase 1 (PGK-1) is a glycolytic enzyme encoded by PGK-1, which maps to the X chromosome. PGK-1 deficiency causes X-linked recessive hereditary chronic hemolytic anemia, myopathy, and neurological disorders due to insufficient ATP regeneration. Early-onset parkinsonism has occasionally been reported as a neurological complication of this condition. However, heterozygous carriers of PGK-1 deficiency were thought to be neurologically asymptomatic. Here, we report a boy with PGK-1 deficiency and his mother, a carrier of a heterozygous mutation in PGK-1, both of whom presented with early-onset parkinsonism...
2017: NPJ Parkinson's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649563/symptomatic-congenital-cytomegalovirus-infection-in-children-of-seropositive-women
#12
Ines Mack, Marie-Anne Burckhardt, Ulrich Heininger, Friederike Prüfer, Sven Schulzke, Sven Wellmann
Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is the most frequent congenital virus infection worldwide. The risk of congenital CMV (cCMV) transmission is highest in seronegative women who acquire primary CMV infection during pregnancy. A growing body of evidence indicates that secondary CMV infections in pregnant women with preconceptual immunity (either through reactivation of latent virus or re-infection with a new strain of CMV) contribute to a much greater proportion of symptomatic cCMV than was previously thought. Here, we describe a case of symptomatic cCMV infection in the newborn of a woman with proven immunity prior to pregnancy...
2017: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649478/cerebral-air-embolism-as-possible-cause-of-stroke-during-therapeutic-endobronchial-application-of-argon-plasma-coagulation
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Venkatkiran Kanchustambham, Manasa Reddy, Swetha Saladi, Setu Patolia
A 68-year-old male was admitted for evaluation of an endobronchial mass obstructing the right middle lobe (RML) and right lower lobe (RLL) of the lung. Flexible bronchoscopy revealed a notable endobronchial lesion in the bronchus intermedius that completely obstructed the RML and the RLL. Argon plasma coagulation (APC) at 30 watts and gas flow at 0.8 liters/minute to 1 liter/minute were applied to the tumor. In the recovery room, the patient was discovered to have a left-sided facial droop and left-sided weakness...
May 17, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649427/global-rise-of-potential-health-hazards-caused-by-blue-light-induced-circadian-disruption-in-modern-aging-societies
#14
REVIEW
Megumi Hatori, Claude Gronfier, Russell N Van Gelder, Paul S Bernstein, Josep Carreras, Satchidananda Panda, Frederick Marks, David Sliney, Charles E Hunt, Tsuyoshi Hirota, Toshiharu Furukawa, Kazuo Tsubota
Mammals receive light information through the eyes, which perform two major functions: image forming vision to see objects and non-image forming adaptation of physiology and behavior to light. Cone and rod photoreceptors form images and send the information via retinal ganglion cells to the brain for image reconstruction. In contrast, nonimage-forming photoresponses vary widely from adjustment of pupil diameter to adaptation of the circadian clock. nonimage-forming responses are mediated by retinal ganglion cells expressing the photopigment melanopsin...
2017: NPJ Aging and Mechanisms of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649423/ubiquitous-overexpression-of-the-dna-repair-factor-dprp19-reduces-dna-damage-and-extends-drosophila-life-span
#15
Kathrin Garschall, Hanna Dellago, Martina Gáliková, Markus Schosserer, Thomas Flatt, Johannes Grillari
Mechanisms that ensure and maintain the stability of genetic information are fundamentally important for organismal function and can have a large impact on disease, aging, and life span. While a multi-layered cellular apparatus exists to detect and respond to DNA damage, various insults from environmental and endogenous sources continuously affect DNA integrity. Over time this can lead to the accumulation of somatic mutations, which is thought to be one of the major causes of aging. We have previously found that overexpression of the essential human DNA repair and splicing factor SNEV, also called PRP19 or hPso4, extends replicative life span of cultured human endothelial cells and impedes accumulation of DNA damage...
2017: NPJ Aging and Mechanisms of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649340/truffle-biogeography-a-case-study-revealing-ecological-niche-separation-of-different-tuber-species
#16
Milan Gryndler, Petr Šmilauer, Václav Šťovíček, Kristýna Nováková, Hana Hršelová, Jan Jansa
Ecology of hypogeic mycorrhizal fungi, such as truffles, remains largely unknown, both in terms of their geographical distribution and their environmental niches. Occurrence of true truffles (Tuber spp.) was therefore screened using specific polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assays and subsequent PCR amplicon sequencing in tree roots collected at 322 field sites across the Czech Republic. These sites spanned a wide range of climatic and soil conditions. The sampling was a priori restricted to areas thought to be suitable for Tuber spp...
June 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649249/dscam1-in-pancrustacean-immunity-current-status-and-a-look-to-the-future
#17
Sophie A O Armitage, Joachim Kurtz, Daniela Brites, Yuemei Dong, Louis Du Pasquier, Han-Ching Wang
The Down syndrome cell adhesion molecule 1 (Dscam1) gene is an extraordinary example of diversity: by combining alternatively spliced exons, thousands of isoforms can be produced from just one gene. So far, such diversity in this gene has only been found in insects and crustaceans, and its essential part in neural wiring has been well-characterized for Drosophila melanogaster. Ten years ago evidence from D. melanogaster showed that the Dscam1 gene is involved in insect immune defense and work on Anopheles gambiae indicated that it is a hypervariable immune receptor...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649233/microbial-community-response-to-terrestrially-derived-dissolved-organic-matter-in-the-coastal-arctic
#18
Rachel E Sipler, Colleen T E Kellogg, Tara L Connelly, Quinn N Roberts, Patricia L Yager, Deborah A Bronk
Warming at nearly twice the global rate, higher than average air temperatures are the new 'normal' for Arctic ecosystems. This rise in temperature has triggered hydrological and geochemical changes that increasingly release carbon-rich water into the coastal ocean via increased riverine discharge, coastal erosion, and the thawing of the semi-permanent permafrost ubiquitous in the region. To determine the biogeochemical impacts of terrestrially derived dissolved organic matter (tDOM) on marine ecosystems we compared the nutrient stocks and bacterial communities present under ice-covered and ice-free conditions, assessed the lability of Arctic tDOM to coastal microbial communities from the Chukchi Sea, and identified bacterial taxa that respond to rapid increases in tDOM...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649136/viral-effects-on-the-content-and-function-of-extracellular-vesicles
#19
REVIEW
Nancy Raab-Traub, Dirk P Dittmer
The release of membrane-bound vesicles from cells is being increasingly recognized as a mechanism of intercellular communication. Extracellular vesicles (EVs) or exosomes are produced by virus-infected cells and are thought to be involved in intercellular communication between infected and uninfected cells. Viruses, in particular oncogenic viruses and viruses that establish chronic infections, have been shown to modulate the production and content of EVs. Viral microRNAs, proteins and even entire virions can be incorporated into EVs, which can affect the immune recognition of viruses or modulate neighbouring cells...
June 26, 2017: Nature Reviews. Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648954/fosphenytoin-induced-purple-glove-syndrome-a-case-report
#20
Joseph W Newman, Joseph R Blunck, Ronald K Fields, John E Croom
BACKGROUND: Purple glove syndrome (PGS) is a poorly understood severe adverse drug reaction that is typically associated with intravenous phenytoin administration. Although fosphenytoin is thought to circumvent this risk of PGS, we reveal a rare case of PGS in a patient treated with fosphenytoin therapy. CASE SUMMARY: A 71-year-old male with history of epilepsy was admitted for seizures and traumatic brain injury and intravenous fosphenytoin and levetiracetam were initiated...
June 19, 2017: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
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