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Giulio Innamorati, Thomas M Wilkie, Havish S Kantheti, Maria Teresa Valenti, Luca Dalle Carbonare, Luca Giacomello, Marco Parenti, Davide Melisi, Claudio Bassi
BACKGROUND: Mutations activating the α subunit of heterotrimeric Gs protein are associated with a number of highly specific pathological molecular phenotypes. One of the best characterized is the McCune Albright syndrome. The disease presents with an increased incidence of neoplasias in specific tissues. MAIN BODY: A similar repertoire of neoplasms can develop whether mutations occur spontaneously in somatic tissues during fetal development or after birth. Glands are the most "permissive" tissues, recently found to include the entire gastrointestinal tract...
March 15, 2018: BMC Cancer
Samuel H Taylor, Michael J Aspinwall, Chris J Blackman, Brendan Choat, David T Tissue, Oula Ghannoum
Atmospheric CO2 (ca) has increased since the last glacial period, increasing photosynthetic water use efficiency and improving plant productivity. Evolution of C4 photosynthesis at low ca led to decreased stomatal conductance (gs), which provided an advantage over C3 plants that may be reduced by rising ca. Using controlled environments, we determined how increasing ca affects C4 water use relative to C3 plants. Leaf gas exchange and mass per area (LMA) were measured for four C3 and four C4 annual, crop-related grasses at glacial (200), ambient (400), and super-ambient (640 µmol mol-1) ca...
March 10, 2018: Journal of Experimental Botany
Su-Juan Zhang, Ming Zhang, Jun Zhou, Qiu-Di Zhang, Qian-Qian Xu, Xiong Xu
Background: Peripheral pulmonary lesions (PPLs) are being discovered more frequently. We investigated efficiency, safety, and influencing factors in radial probe endobronchial ultrasound with distance measurement (rEBUS-D) using a thin bronchoscope during transbronchial biopsy (TBB) for the diagnosis of malignant PPLs. Methods: Patients with PPLs who underwent rEBUS were retrospectively analyzed. Cases with rEBUS-D and a gold-standard final diagnosis were considered...
February 2018: Translational Lung Cancer Research
Agustín Bruzzese, Carles Gil, James A R Dalton, Jesús Giraldo
Lipids are becoming known as essential allosteric modulators of G protein-coupled receptor (GPCRs). However, how they exert their effects on GPCR conformation at the atomic level is still unclear. In light of recent experimental data, we have performed several long-timescale molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, totalling 24 μs, to rigorously map allosteric modulation and conformational changes in the β2 adrenergic receptor (β2AR) that occur as a result of interactions with three different phospholipids. In particular, we identify different sequential mechanisms behind receptor activation and deactivation, respectively, mediated by specific lipid interactions with key receptor regions...
March 13, 2018: Scientific Reports
Chady Nasrallah, Karine Rottier, Romain Marcellin, Vincent Compan, Joan Font, Amadeu Llebaria, Jean-Philippe Pin, Jean-Louis Banères, Guillaume Lebon
The metabotropic glutamate (mGlu) receptors are class C G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) that modulate synaptic activity and plasticity throughout the mammalian brain. Signal transduction is initiated by glutamate binding to the venus flytrap domains (VFT), which initiates a conformational change that is transmitted to the conserved heptahelical domains (7TM) and results ultimately in the activation of intracellular G proteins. While both mGlu1 and mGlu5 activate Gαq G-proteins, they also increase intracellular cAMP concentration through an unknown mechanism...
March 13, 2018: Scientific Reports
Ilaria Tinazzi, Dennis McGonagle, Alen Zabotti, Donatella Chessa, Antonio Marchetta, Pierluigi Macchioni
OBJECTIVES: To determine whether a detailed sonographic evaluation of the hand flexor tendon compartment could help differentiate between psoriatic arthritis (PsA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS: Thirty-seven patients with PsA, 47 with RA and 10 healthy controls (HC) had flexor tendon (FT) compartment imaging of the dominant hand 2nd to 4th tendons using grey scale (GS) and power Doppler (PD) ultrasound (US) with evaluation for tenosynovitis, peri-tendinous lesions, soft tissue oedema and bony changes at FT insertions...
February 28, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Mark C Lawlor, Melissa A Kluczynski, John M Marzo
BACKGROUND: The utility of computed tomography (CT) for measuring medial clear space (MCS) for determination of the stability of supination external rotation (SER) ankle fractures and in comparison to standard radiographs is unknown. We compared MCS on gravity stress (GS) radiographs to GS and weight bearing (WB) cone-beam CT (CBCT). METHODS: An AO SER 44B3.1 ankle fracture was simulated in 10 human cadavers, also serving as controls. MCS was measured on GS radiographs, GS CBCT, and a simulated WB CBCT scan...
March 1, 2018: Foot & Ankle International
Nick T Harre, Haozhen Nie, Yiwei Jiang, Bryan G Young
BACKGROUND: The giant ragweed (Ambrosia trifida L.) rapid response (RR) biotype exhibits a sacrificial form of glyphosate resistance whereby an oxidative burst in mature leaves results in foliage loss, while juvenile leaves remain uninjured. This work investigates the safening capacity of antioxidant enzymes in RR juvenile leaves following glyphosate treatment and examines cross tolerance to paraquat. RESULTS: Basal antioxidant enzyme activities were similar between glyphosate-susceptible (GS) and RR biotypes...
March 12, 2018: Pest Management Science
Daniel Enosi Tuipulotu, Natalie E Netzler, Jennifer H Lun, Jason M Mackenzie, Peter A White
Norovirus infections are a significant health and economic burden globally, accounting for hundreds of millions of cases of acute gastroenteritis every year. In the absence of an approved norovirus vaccine, there is an urgent need to develop antivirals to treat chronic infections, and provide prophylactic therapy to limit viral spread during epidemics and pandemics. Toll-like receptor (TLR) agonists have been explored widely for their antiviral potential and several are progressing through clinical trials for the treatment of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B virus (HBV) and as adjuvants for norovirus virus-like particle (VLP) vaccines...
March 12, 2018: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
J D Neves, A Vizuete, F Nicola, C Da Ré, A F Rodrigues, F Schmitz, R G Mestriner, D Aristimunha, A T Wyse, C A Netto
Glial glutamate transporters (EAAT1 and EAAT2), glutamate uptake, and oxidative stress are important players in the pathogenesis of ischemic brain injury. However, the changes in EAAT1 and EAAT2 expression, glutamate uptake and the oxidative profile during intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) development have not been described. The present study sought to investigate the changes of the above-mentioned variables, as well as the Na+ /K+ - ATPase and glutamine synthetase activities (as important contributors of glutamate homeostasis) and the percentage of neuronal cells after 6 h, 24 h, 72 h and 7 days of ICH...
March 9, 2018: Neurochemistry International
Yue Suo, Wei-Qi Chen, Yue-Song Pan, Yu-Jing Peng, Hong-Yi Yan, Xing-Quan Zhao, Li-Ping Liu, Yi-Long Wang, Gai-Fen Liu, Yong-Jun Wang
AIMS: Little is known about the performance of the maximally treated intracerebral hemorrhage (max-ICH) score in predicting unfavorable long-term functional outcome and death in patients with intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) in China. We aimed to validate the performance of the max-ICH score and compared it with other recognized scores. METHODS: We derived data from the China National Stroke Registry (CNSR). Receiver-operating characteristic (ROC) analysis and Hosmer-Lemeshow test were used to measure the score performance...
March 12, 2018: CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics
Y Wang, X Mi, G J M Rosa, Z Chen, P Lin, S Wang, Z Bao
Neural networks (NN) have emerged as a new tool for genomic selection (GS) in animal breeding. However, the properties of NN used in GS for the prediction of phenotypical outcomes are not well characterized due to the problem of over-parameterization of NN and difficulties in using whole-genome marker sets as high-dimensional NN input. In this note, we have developed an R package called snnR that could find an optimal sparse structure of a NN by minimizing the square error subject to a penalty on the L1-norm of the parameters (weights and biases), therefore solve the problem of over-parameterization in NN...
February 24, 2018: Journal of Animal Science
Zixiang Wen, Ruijuan Tan, Shichen Zhang, Paul J Collins, Jiazheng Yuan, Wenyan Du, Cuihua Gu, Shujun Ou, Qijian Song, Yong-Qiang Charles An, John F Boyse, Martin I Chilvers, Dechun Wang
White mold of soybean, caused by Sclerotinia sclerotiorum (Lib.) de Bary, is a necrotrophic fungus capable of infecting a wide range of plants. To dissect the genetic architecture of resistance to white mold, a high-density customized single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) array (52,041 SNPs) was used to genotype two soybean diversity panels. Combined with resistance variation data observed in the field and greenhouse environments, genome-wide association studies (GWAS) were conducted to identify quantitative trait loci (QTL) controlling resistance against white mold...
March 12, 2018: Plant Biotechnology Journal
Hiroshi Ishii, Natsumi Yamashita, Makoto Ueno, Shinichi Ohkawa, Akiko M Saito, Mitsugu Sekimoto
Introduction: In Japan, the age of patients with pancreatic cancer has increased. Combination chemotherapies such as 5-fluorouracil/leucovorin, oxaliplatin and irinotecan therapy and gemcitabine hydrochloride (GEM) +nab paclitaxel therapy have been developed as the standard treatments for young patients with advanced recurrent pancreatic cancer. However, both therapies produce toxicity and their administration is limited by the patients' age or performance status. The efficacy and safety data obtained in the GEST study-a large-scale randomised controlled study conducted in patients with pancreatic cancer in Japan-suggested that GEM +S-1 (GS) combination therapy is a promising candidate for those aged between 75 and 80 years...
2018: BMJ Open Gastroenterology
Yossra A Suliman, Suzanne Kafaja, John Fitzgerald, Ximena Wortsman, Jonathan Grotts, Marco Matucci-Cerrinic, Veena K Ranganath, Daniel E Furst
Skin ulcers in scleroderma (SSc) patients are considered a major challenge, both in clinical assessment and treatment decisions. The objective of our study is to assess ultrasonographic (US) morphology of skin ulcers in SSc patients and evaluate if US will be of value in enhancing our clinical information and influence our management plans. We examined a convenience sample of 21 skin ulcers reported in 10 SSc patients by US. We used a previously published US definition of normal skin and developed a preliminary US definition of skin ulcer...
March 10, 2018: Clinical Rheumatology
Amirali Salmasi, Jonathan Said, Alan W Shindel, Pooria Khoshnoodi, Ely R Felker, Anthony E Sisk, Tristan Grogan, Debbie McCullough, John Bennett, Helen Bailey, H Jeffrey Lawrence, David A Elashoff, Leonard S Marks, Steven S Raman, Phillip G Febbo, Robert E Reiter
PURPOSE: Multiparametric MRI (mpMRI) and biopsy-based molecular tests such as the 17-gene Oncotype DX® Genomic Prostate Score™ (GPS) assay are increasingly used to improve risk stratification in men with clinically localized prostate cancer (PCa). The GPS assay was previously shown to be a significant independent predictor of adverse pathology (AP) at radical prostatectomy (RP) in men diagnosed with systematic biopsies only. We therefore investigated the ability of GPS to predict AP in the setting of MRI-guided prostate biopsy...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Urology
Sara Bravaccini, Maurizio Puccetti, Martine Bocchini, Sara Ravaioli, Monica Celli, Emanuela Scarpi, Ugo De Giorgi, Maria Maddalena Tumedei, Giandomenico Raulli, Loredana Cardinale, Giovanni Paganelli
Prostate cancer (PCa) patients are risk-stratified on the basis of clinical stage and PSA level at diagnosis and the Gleason Score (GS) in prostate biopsy. However, these parameters are not completely accurate in discriminating between high- and low-risk disease, creating a need for a reliable marker to determine aggressiveness. Prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) appears to fulfill this need. We analyzed 79 prostate biopsies and 28 prostatectomies to assess whether PSMA expression detected by immunohistochemistry is related to GS...
March 9, 2018: Scientific Reports
Erik Mogalian, Luisa M Stamm, Anu Osinusi, Diana M Brainard, Gong Shen, Kah Hiing John Ling, Anita Mathias
Background: Combining antiviral regimens in the HCV/HIV coinfected population can be complex as they share overlapping mechanisms for elimination that may result in potential drug interactions. The pharmacokinetics, safety, and tolerability of concomitantly administered sofosbuvir/velpatasvir (SOF/VEL) with multiple commonly prescribed antiretroviral (ARV) regimens were evaluated. Methods: Healthy volunteers were enrolled into two phase 1, open-label, randomized, multiple-dose, cross-over studies...
March 7, 2018: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
Sujata Pradhan
Complexity of an animal's environment has been shown to affect structural and functional changes in the brain. Evidence from animal models of Parkinson's disease (PD) suggests that exercising in an enriched environment may protect against the onset of Parkinsonian symptoms in rats that are exposed to 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine. The variety of activities and visual interfaces that can be created using commercially available gaming devices provide cognitively stimulating as well as physically challenging environments for exercise...
March 9, 2018: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice
Neil M Carleton, Guangjing Zhu, Mikhail Gorbounov, M Craig Miller, Kenneth J Pienta, Linda M S Resar, Robert W Veltri
BACKGROUND: There are few tissue-based biomarkers that can accurately predict prostate cancer (PCa) progression and aggressiveness. We sought to evaluate the clinical utility of prostate and breast overexpressed 1 (PBOV1) as a potential PCa biomarker. METHODS: Patient tumor samples were designated by Grade Groups using the 2014 Gleason grading system. Primary radical prostatectomy tumors were obtained from 48 patients and evaluated for PBOV1 levels using Western blot analysis in matched cancer and benign cancer-adjacent regions...
March 9, 2018: Prostate
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