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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149686/preliminary-application-of-structure-from-motion-and-gis-to-document-decomposition-and-taphonomic-processes
#1
Connor D Carlton, Samantha Mitchell, Patrick Lewis
Over the past decade, Structure from Motion (SfM) has increasingly been used as a means of digital preservation and for documenting archaeological excavations, architecture, and cultural material. However, few studies have tapped the potential of using SfM to document and analyze taphonomic processes affecting burials for forensic sciences purposes. This project utilizes SfM models to elucidate specific post-depositional events that affected a series of three human cadavers deposited at the South East Texas Applied Forensic Science Facility (STAFS)...
November 2, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149479/cripsr-cas-expands-dynamic-range-of-gene-expression-from-t7rnap-promoters
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Sean R McCutcheon, Kwan Lun Chiu, Daniel D Lewis, Cheemeng Tan
BACKGROUND: Reducing leaky gene expression is critical for improving protein yield of recombinant bacteria and stability of engineered cellular circuits in synthetic biology. Leaky gene expression occurs when a genetic promoter is not fully repressed, leading to unintended protein synthesis in the absence of stimuli. Existing work has devised specific molecular strategies for reducing leaky gene expression of each promoter. Main Method and Results: In contrast, we describe a repurposed, modular CRISPRi system that attenuates leaky gene expression using a series of single-guide RNAs targeting the PT7/LacO1 ...
November 17, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149254/invited-commentary-gestational-hypertension-and-diabetes-a-major-public-health-concern
#3
Lewis H Kuller, Janet Catov
The obesity epidemic in the United States and other countries has contributed to an increase in the rates of gestational diabetes and hypertension. In the past, it was thought that most cases of gestational diabetes and hypertension would resolve after completion of pregnancy. In this issue of the Journal, Pace et al. (Am J Epidemiol. 2017;186(10):1115-1124) clearly documented that both gestational diabetes and hypertension lead to diabetes and hypertension and that the combination of both during pregnancy leads to very high rates of subsequent diabetes and hypertension...
November 15, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149202/intraspecific-evolutionary-relationships-among-peregrine-falcons-in-western-north-american-high-latitudes
#4
Sandra L Talbot, George K Sage, Sarah A Sonsthagen, Meg C Gravley, Ted Swem, Jeffrey C Williams, Jonathan L Longmire, Skip Ambrose, Melanie J Flamme, Stephen B Lewis, Laura Phillips, Clifford Anderson, Clayton M White
Subspecies relationships within the peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus) have been long debated because of the polytypic nature of melanin-based plumage characteristics used in subspecies designations and potential differentiation of local subpopulations due to philopatry. In North America, understanding the evolutionary relationships among subspecies may have been further complicated by the introduction of captive bred peregrines originating from non-native stock, as part of recovery efforts associated with mid 20th century population declines resulting from organochloride pollution...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148407/minor-salivary-gland-fibrosis-in-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome-is-elevated-associated-with-focus-score-and-not-solely-a-consequence-of-aging
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Kerry M Leehan, Nathan P Pezant, Astrid Rasmussen, Kiely Grundahl, Jacen S Moore, Lida Radfar, David M Lewis, Donald U Stone, Christopher J Lessard, Nelson L Rhodus, Barbara M Segal, R Hal Scofield, Kathy L Sivils, Courtney Montgomery, A Darise Farris
OBJECTIVES: Evaluate the presence of minor salivary gland (SG) fibrosis in primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS) as a function of disease pathology or a consequence of ageing. METHODS: Subjects with sicca symptoms attending a Sjögren's research clinic were classified by American European Consensus Group (AECG) criteria as either pSS or non-SS (nSS). Discovery (n=34 pSS, n=28 nSS) and replication (n=35 pSS, n=31 nSS) datasets were evaluated. Minor SG cross-sections from haematoxylin and eosin stained slides were imaged, digitally reconstructed and analysed for percent area fibrosis...
October 23, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148169/antitumor-and-anti-metastatic-mechanisms-of-rhizoma-paridis-saponins-in-lewis-mice
#6
Shuli Man, Hongyan Chai, Jingxia Cui, Jingwen Yao, Long Ma, Wenyuan Gao
Lung cancer is one of the most common causes of death in the world. Rhizoma paridis saponins (RPS) have been found to show inhibition of pulmonary adenoma in previous research. However, the detailed mechanisms of RPS from a holistic view have not been established. In this study, Lewis pulmonary adenoma mice were successfully established to analyze the pathways involved in RPS intervening tumor formation and progression. As a result, RPS inhibited levels of cytokines or receptors such as VEGFD, VEGFR3, RAGE, IL6R, IL17BR, and CXCL16 which were regarded as the initiators induced tumor cell proliferation, adhesion, angiogenesis, and invasion...
November 17, 2017: Environmental Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148144/systolic-blood-pressure-and-cardiovascular-outcomes-in-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction-an-analysis-of-the-topcat-trial
#7
Senthil Selvaraj, Brian Claggett, Sanjiv J Shah, Inder Anand, Jean L Rouleau, Akshay S Desai, Eldrin F Lewis, Bertram Pitt, Nancy K Sweitzer, Marc A Pfeffer, Scott D Solomon
AIMS: Recent guidelines have advocated for stricter systolic blood pressure (SBP) control in heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF), though data regarding the optimal SBP in HFpEF are sparse. METHODS AND RESULTS: We analysed participants from the Americas from the Treatment of Preserved Cardiac Function Heart Failure with an Aldosterone Antagonist (TOPCAT) study with available baseline and 8-week visit SBP data (n = 1645). We related baseline SBP to several efficacy and safety outcomes...
November 16, 2017: European Journal of Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147836/effects-of-saffron%C3%A2-and-its-constituents-%C3%A2-crocin-1-crocin-2-and-crocetin-on-%C3%AE-synuclein-fibrils
#8
Eiji Inoue, Yasuharu Shimizu, Ryo Masui, Tomomi Hayakawa, Tomoe Tsubonoya, Satoko Hori, Keiichi Sudoh
Saffron, the stigma of Crocus sativus Linné (Iridaceae family), has been known to inhibit aggregation of β-amyloid, a nerve tissue protein. α-Synuclein (αS) is a 140-amino acid protein found abundantly in various regions of the brain. Its abnormal aggregation and accumulation in nerve tissue are said to cause neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's disease, Lewy body dementia, and multiple-system atrophy. This study (part of this study was presented at the 137th Annual Meeting of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan) examined the effects of saffron, its constituents (crocin-1, crocin-2, crocetin, and safranal), and crocetin structural analogs (hexadecanedioic acid, norbixin, and trans, trans-muconic acid) on αS aggregation, and αS fibril dissociation...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Natural Medicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147505/remote-c-h-insertion-of-vinyl-cations-leading-to-cyclopentenones
#9
Sarah E Cleary, Magenta J Hensinger, Matthias Brewer
We report a Lewis acid catalyzed reaction sequence involving a 1,2-shift and subsequent C-H insertion that gives monocyclic and fused bicyclic cyclopentenone products. This reaction sequence, which is initiated by treating β-hydroxy-α-diazo ketones with a Lewis acid, proceeds through vinyl cation intermediates that insert at non-activated gamma C-H bonds. This reaction represents an alternative strategy to exploit the diazo functional group in an intramolecular C-H insertion, and can provide products not accessible by transition metal catalyzed C-H insertions...
October 1, 2017: Chemical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146695/first-in-human-her2-targeted-imaging-using-89-zr-pertuzumab-pet-ct-dosimetry-and-clinical-application-in-patients-with-breast-cancer
#10
Gary A Ulaner, Serge K Lyashchenko, Christopher Riedl, Shutian Ruan, Pat B Zanzonico, Diana Lake, Komal Jhaveri, Brian Zeglis, Jason S Lewis, Joseph A O'Donoghue
In this first-in-human study, we evaluate the safety and dosimetry of (89)Zr-pertuzumab PET/CT for HER2-targeted imaging in patients with HER2-postive breast cancer. Materials and Methods: Patients with HER2-positive breast cancer and evidence of distant metastases were enrolled in an Institutional Review Board (IRB)-approved prospective clinical trial. Pertuzumab was conjugated with deferoxamine and radiolabeled with (89)Zr. Patients underwent (89)Zr-pertuzumab PET/CT with 74 MBq of (89)Zr-pertuzumab in a total antibody mass of 20-50 mg of pertuzumab...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146478/diacylglycerols-as-biomarkers-of-sustained-immune-activation-in-proteinopathies-associated-with-dementia
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Paul L Wood, John E Cebak, Randall L Woltjer
Cognitive decline is a devastating clinical condition, heavily correlated with age progression. In the cases of Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and Lewy body disease, the common neuropathologies are proteinopathies and neuroinflammation. Herein, we review current lipidomics findings and conclude that brain and circulating diacylglycerols represent biomarkers of this ongoing sustained immune response, presumably involving microglia. We further hypothesize that a logical next step will be to evaluate biomarkers of immune activation in a cohort of patients with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and subsequently attempt to provide therapeutic intervention with anti-inflammatory therapy in MCI patients with immune activation...
November 13, 2017: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146239/innately-activated-tlr4-signal-in-the-nucleus-accumbens-is-sustained-by-crf-amplification-loop-and-regulates-impulsivity
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Irina Balan, Kaitlin T Warnock, Adam Puche, Marjorie C Gondre-Lewis, Laure Aurelian
Cognitive impulsivity is a heritable trait believed to represent the behavior that defines the volition to initiate alcohol drinking. We have previously shown that a neuronal Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) signal located in the central amygdala (CeA) and ventral tegmental area (VTA) controls the initiation of binge drinking in alcohol-preferring P rats, and TLR4 expression is upregulated by alcohol-induced corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) at these sites. However, the function of the TLR4 signal in the nucleus accumbens shell (NAc-shell), a site implicated in the control of reward, drug-seeking behavior and impulsivity and the contribution of other signal-associated genes, are still poorly understood...
November 13, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146111/microrna-expression-patterns-in-human-anterior-cingulate-and-motor-cortex-a-study-of-dementia-with-lewy-bodies-cases-and-controls
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Peter T Nelson, Wang-Xia Wang, Sarah A Janse, Katherine L Thompson
OVERVIEW: MicroRNAs (miRNAs) have been implicated in neurodegenerative diseases including Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease (AD). Here, we evaluated the expression of miRNAs in anterior cingulate (AC; Brodmann area [BA] 24) and primary motor (MO; BA 4) cortical tissue from aged human brains in the University of Kentucky AD Center autopsy cohort, with a focus on dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB). METHODS: RNA was isolated from gray matter of brain samples with pathology-defined DLB, AD, AD+DLB, and low-pathology controls, with n=52 cases initially included (n=23 with DLB), all with low (<4hrs) postmortem intervals...
November 13, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145575/validity-of-the-somatic-symptom-disorder-b-criteria-scale-ssd-12-in-primary-care
#14
Anne Toussaint, Bernhard Riedl, Simon Kehrer, Antonius Schneider, Bernd Löwe, Klaus Linde
Aim: The Somatic Symptom Disorder-B Criteria Scale (SSD-12) assesses the psychological features of DSM-5 somatic symptom disorder. The purpose of the current study was to investigate the psychometric characteristics and validity of the 12-item instrument to demonstrate its suitability in primary care. Method: The study was designed as a cross-sectional survey set in five primary care practices from Munich, Germany (n = 501, 52.0% female, mean age 47 ± 16 years)...
November 13, 2017: Family Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145395/positive-valence-music-restores-executive-control-over-sustained-attention
#15
Carryl L Baldwin, Bridget A Lewis
Music sometimes improves performance in sustained attention tasks. But the type of music employed in previous investigations has varied considerably, which can account for equivocal results. Progress has been hampered by lack of a systematic database of music varying in key characteristics like tempo and valence. The aims of this study were to establish a database of popular music varying along the dimensions of tempo and valence and to examine the impact of music varying along these dimensions on restoring attentional resources following performance of a sustained attention to response task (SART) vigil...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145189/rem-sleep-behavior-disorder
#16
Claudio L Bassetti, Panagiotis Bargiotas
Rapid eye movement sleep behavior disorder (RBD) is a brain disorder, characterized by the dream enactment during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep due to a lack of physiologic muscle atonia and increased muscle twitching. Schenk was the first to describe this disorder in 1986; however, few authors reported in the 1970-1980s loss of physiological muscle atonia combined with dream enactment in the course of brainstem disorders and as a consequence of alcoholism and antidepressant treatment. RBD affects less than 1% of the adult population, but can be found in up to 25-50% of neurodegenerative disorders including Parkinson's disease, multisystem atrophy, and dementia with Lewy body...
2018: Frontiers of Neurology and Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145002/different-transport-behaviors-of-bacillus-subtilis-cells-and-spores-in-saturated-porous-media-implications-for-contamination-risks-associated-with-bacterial-sporulation-in-aquifer
#17
Qi Li, Jiakuan Yang, Wei Fan, Dandan Zhou, Xiaoyu Wang, Leilei Zhang, Mingxin Huo, John C Crittenden
In this study, we compared the transport characteristics of Bacillus subtilis cells and their spores in saturated porous media. Both the bacteria cells and spores were readily transported under lower ionic strengths (IS) (1mM), featuring high mass recovery rates (>75%). The bacteria cells recovery rate declined to 58.05% when the IS increased to 100mM; but the spores recovery rate remained at 74.54%. Spores appear to be more mobile than bacterial cells over wide range of IS. Surface properties and breakthrough curves analysis of the two bio-particles (cells and spores) indicated that attachment, straining and blocking mechanisms contribute differently to deposition processes...
November 11, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144985/a-phase-1-2-study-of-rigosertib-in-patients-with-myelodysplastic-syndromes-mds-and-mds-progressed-to-acute-myeloid-leukemia
#18
Shyamala C Navada, Steven M Fruchtman, Rosalie Odchimar-Reissig, Erin P Demakos, Michael E Petrone, Patrick S Zbyszewski, James F Holland, Lewis R Silverman
This Phase 1/2, dose-escalating study of rigosertib enrolled 22 patients with higher-risk myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) (n=9) and acute myeloid leukemia (AML; n=13) who had relapsed or were refractory to standard therapy and for whom no second-line therapies were approved. Patients received 3- to 7-day continuous intravenous infusions of rigosertib, an inhibitor of Ras-effector pathways that interacts with the Ras-binding domains, common to several signaling proteins including Raf and PI3 kinase. Rigosertib was administered at doses of 650-1700mg/m(2)/day in 14-day cycles...
November 11, 2017: Leukemia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144560/large-proton-affinity-enhancements-triggered-by-non-covalent-interactions
#19
Carlos Martín-Fernández, M Merced Montero-Campillo, Ibon Alkorta, Manuel Yáñez, Otilia Mó, José Elguero
The proton affinity of the hydroxyl group of a series of compounds YHxOH (x=0-3, Y = Li, Na, Be, Mg, B, Al, Si, P, S, Cl, H) always increases upon interaction with Lewis bases LB = NH3, H2CNH, HCN, according to electronic structure calculations carried out at the G4 level of theory. The LB:YHxOH complexes experiment proton affinity enhancements from 24.8 to 304.8 kJ·mol-1 on its OH group with respect to the free compounds. This enhancement is related to the ability of these YHxOH compounds, acting as Lewis acids, to form non-covalent interactions of different kinds...
November 16, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144050/fibroadipose-vascular-anomaly-treated-with-sirolimus-successful-outcome-in-two-patients
#20
Jonathan Erickson, William McAuliffe, Lewis Blennerhassett, Anne Halbert
Fibroadipose vascular anomaly (FAVA) is a rare, complex mesenchymal malformation combining fibrofatty replacement of the affected muscles and slow-flow vascular malformation. The condition is characterized by localized swelling, severe pain, phlebectasia, and contracture of the affected limb. Treatment paradigms are not well established for this rare, recently recognized condition. We report two cases of FAVA in which treatment with sirolimus produced rapid, dramatic improvement in pain and quality of life.
November 2017: Pediatric Dermatology
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