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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642786/signatures-of-selection-for-environmental-adaptation-and-zebu-%C3%A3-taurine-hybrid-fitness-in-east-african-shorthorn-zebu
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Hussain Bahbahani, Abdulfatai Tijjani, Christopher Mukasa, David Wragg, Faisal Almathen, Oyekanmi Nash, Gerald N Akpa, Mary Mbole-Kariuki, Sunir Malla, Mark Woolhouse, Tad Sonstegard, Curtis Van Tassell, Martin Blythe, Heather Huson, Olivier Hanotte
The East African Shorthorn Zebu (EASZ) cattle are ancient hybrid between Asian zebu × African taurine cattle preferred by local farmers due to their adaptability to the African environment. The genetic controls of these adaptabilities are not clearly understood yet. Here, we genotyped 92 EASZ samples from Kenya (KEASZ) with more than 770,000 SNPs and sequenced the genome of a pool of 10 KEASZ. We observe an even admixed autosomal zebu × taurine genomic structure in the population. A total of 101 and 165 candidate regions of positive selection, based on genome-wide SNP analyses (meta-SS, Rsb, iHS, and ΔAF) and pooled heterozygosity (Hp) full genome sequence analysis, are identified, in which 35 regions are shared between them...
2017: Frontiers in Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626480/development-of-dry-powder-inhaler-containing-tadalafil-loaded-plga-nanoparticles
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Jaleh Varshosaz, Somayeh Taymouri, Hamed Hamishehkar, Razieh Vatankhah, Shadi Yaghubi
Inhalable dry powders containing poly lactic-co-glycolic acid (PLGA) nanoparticles (NPs) were developed for the delivery of tadalafil (TAD) for treatment of life-treating pulmonary arterial hypertension. Taguchi design was employed to evaluate the effects of different formulation variables on the physicochemical characteristics of PLGA-NPs prepared using emulsion solvent evaporation method. Inhalable PLGA-NPs of TAD were successfully prepared by co-spray drying the PLGA-NPs with inert carriers. Physicochemical characteristics and in vitro deposition of the aerosolized drug were also evaluated...
June 2017: Research in Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625769/mechanisms-of-aortic-dissection-smooth-muscle-cell-phenotype-switch
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Zhao An, Yang Liu, Zhi-Gang Song, Hao Tang, Yang Yuan, Zhi-Yun Xu
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the expression of Nanog homeobox (NANOG) in thoracic aortic dissection (TAD) and the role of NANOG in regulating human aortic vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) phenotype switch. METHODS: Aortic specimens were collected from 20 patients undergoing TAD and 10 controls. VSMCs were isolated by adherent cultivation approach. The expression of NANOG, osteopontin (OPN), and VSMCs phenotype markers were determined by quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction, Western blot, immunohistochemistry, and immunofluorescence...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625627/a-multicenter-randomized-phase-3-trial-comparing-fixed-dose-versus-toxicity-adjusted-dose-of-cisplatin-etoposide-in-extensive-small-cell-lung-cancer-sclc-patients-the-small-cell-lung-cancer-toxicity-adjusted-dosing-stad-1-trial
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Alessandro Morabito, Gennaro Daniele, Raffaele Costanzo, Adolfo Gino Favaretto, Virgilio Filipazzi, Antonio Rossi, Vittorio Gebbia, Federico Castiglione, Luigi Cavanna, Evaristo Maiello, Claudia Sandomenico, Laura Bonanno, Elena Piazza, Paolo Maione, Maria Carmela Piccirillo, Massimo Di Maio, Gaetano Rocco, Ciro Gallo, Francesco Perrone, Cesare Gridelli
OBJECTIVES: Data supporting the prognostic role of chemotherapy induced haematological toxicity suggest that toxicity-adjusted-dosing (TAD) of chemotherapy might improve treatment efficacy. We tested whether TAD of the cisplatin-etoposide combination might improve the response rate, in previously untreated extensive stage disease (ED)-SCLC patients, as compared with standard fixed-dosing (FD). METHODS: Patients with ED-SCLC were randomized to receive either TAD or FD of cisplatin-etoposide as first-line treatment...
June 2017: Lung Cancer: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615069/regulatory-landscape-fusion-in-rhabdomyosarcoma-through-interactions-between-the-pax3-promoter-and-foxo1-regulatory-elements
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Cristina Vicente-García, Barbara Villarejo-Balcells, Ibai Irastorza-Azcárate, Silvia Naranjo, Rafael D Acemel, Juan J Tena, Peter W J Rigby, Damien P Devos, Jose L Gómez-Skarmeta, Jaime J Carvajal
BACKGROUND: The organisation of vertebrate genomes into topologically associating domains (TADs) is believed to facilitate the regulation of the genes located within them. A remaining question is whether TAD organisation is achieved through the interactions of the regulatory elements within them or if these interactions are favoured by the pre-existence of TADs. If the latter is true, the fusion of two independent TADs should result in the rewiring of the transcriptional landscape and the generation of ectopic contacts...
June 14, 2017: Genome Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613862/small-molecule-inhibitors-of-the-programmed-cell-death-1-programmed-death-ligand-1-pd-1-pd-l1-interaction-via-transiently-induced-protein-states-and-dimerization-of-pd-l1
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Katarzyna Guzik, Krzysztof M Zak, Przemyslaw Grudnik, Katarzyna Magiera, Bogdan Musielak, Ricarda Törner, Lukasz Skalniak, Alexander Dömling, Grzegorz Dubin, Tad A Holak
Blockade of the PD-1/PD-L1 immune checkpoint pathway with monoclonal antibodies has provided significant advances in cancer treatment. The antibody-based immunotherapies carry a number of disadvantages such as the high cost of the antibodies, their limited half-life and immunogenicity. Development of small-molecule PD-1/PD-L1 inhibitors that could overcome these drawbacks is slow because of the incomplete structural information for this pathway. The first chemical PD-1/PD-L1 inhibitors have been recently disclosed by Bristol-Myers Squibb...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611962/clinical-results-of-complex-subtrochanteric-femoral-fractures-with-long-cephalomedullary-hip-nail
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Kwang-Kyoun Kim, Yougun Won, Danica H Smith, Gi-Soo Lee, Hee Young Lee
PURPOSE: Good results of the cephalomedullary nails have been reported in proximal femoral fractures recently. Based on length of nails and shape of screws fixed in a femoral head for proximal fragment fixation, the proper nail length was in dispute. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the clinical and radiological results of a long cephalomedullary hip nail for the treatment of comminuted subtrochanteric femoral fractures. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twenty-one consecutive patients with severe subtrochanteric femoral fractures who had undergone intramedullary fixation using long-PFNA II between March 2010 and March 2013 were followed-up for over 12 months...
June 2017: Hip & Pelvis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604721/comparison-of-computational-methods-for-hi-c-data-analysis
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Mattia Forcato, Chiara Nicoletti, Koustav Pal, Carmen Maria Livi, Francesco Ferrari, Silvio Bicciato
Hi-C is a genome-wide sequencing technique used to investigate 3D chromatin conformation inside the nucleus. Computational methods are required to analyze Hi-C data and identify chromatin interactions and topologically associating domains (TADs) from genome-wide contact probability maps. We quantitatively compared the performance of 13 algorithms in their analyses of Hi-C data from six landmark studies and simulations. This comparison revealed differences in the performance of methods for chromatin interaction identification, but more comparable results for TAD detection between algorithms...
June 12, 2017: Nature Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603337/sample-size-calculations-for-time-averaged-difference-of-longitudinal-binary-outcomes
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Ying Lou, Jing Cao, Song Zhang, Chul Ahn
In clinical trials with repeated measurements, the responses from each subject are measured multiple times during the study period. Two approaches have been widely used to assess the treatment effect, one that compares the rate of change between two groups and the other that tests the time-averaged difference (TAD). While sample size calculations based on comparing the rate of change between two groups have been reported by many investigators, the literature has paid relatively little attention to the sample size estimation for time-averaged difference (TAD) in the presence of heterogeneous correlation structure and missing data in repeated measurement studies...
2017: Communications in Statistics: Theory and Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597880/the-transient-manifold-structure-of-the-p53-extreme-c-terminal-domain-insight-into-disorder-recognition-and-binding-promiscuity-by-molecular-dynamics-simulations
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E Fadda, M G Nixon
The p53 tumour suppressor is a transcription activator that signals for cell cycle arrest and apoptosis. In its active form p53 is a tetramer, with each monomer organised in domains with different degrees of structural stability, ranging from the well folded DNA-binding domain (DBD) and tetramerization domain (TET), to the intrinsically disordered transactivation domain (TAD), and extreme C-terminal domain (CTD). Compared to all other domains, the structure/function relationship of the p53-CTD within the full-length p53 tetramer is still poorly understood due to its high degree of conformational disorder...
June 9, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590147/screening-of-cardiovascular-risk-factors-in-patients-with-schizophrenia-and-patients-treated-with-antipsychotic-drugs-are-we-equally-exhaustive-as-with-the-general-population
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Miguel Castillo-Sánchez, Mireia Fàbregas-Escurriola, Daniel Bergè-Baquero, MªIsabel Fernández-SanMartín, Albert Goday-Arno
Many studies have previously shown increased cardiovascular risk factors related to schizophrenia independently from the use of antipsychotic drugs. However, a poorer effort in clinical detection and management of cardiovascular risk in patients with severe mental illness could also explain these results. To test this hypothesis, we analyzed the differences in screening and incidence of cardiovascular risk factors between schizophrenia, non-schizophrenic patients on treatment with antipsychotic drugs (NS-TAD) and the general population...
June 7, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Hypertension: CHE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585995/outcomes-of-primary-total-knee-arthroplasty-in-patients-with-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation
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Brian P Chalmers, Cameron K Ledford, Kevin I Perry, Tad M Mabry, Arlen D Hanssen, Matthew P Abdel
Patients who have undergone hematopoietic stem cell transplantation to treat underlying bone marrow pathology represent a unique and potentially high-risk patient population for total knee arthroplasty (TKA). This study retrospectively reviewed 15 TKA procedures performed on 11 patients with a history of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. The authors analyzed patient survivorship; clinical outcomes, including complications; and implant survivorship. Mean follow-up was 5 years (range, 2-10 years). Patient survivorship free from mortality was 91% (95% confidence interval, 76%-100%) and 55% (95% confidence interval, 25%-85%) at 2 and 5 years, respectively...
June 6, 2017: Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28562241/cooperation-between-a-hierarchical-set-of-recruitment-sites-targets-the-x-chromosome-for-dosage-compensation
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Sarah Elizabeth Albritton, Anna-Lena Kranz, Lara Heermans Winterkorn, Lena Annika Street, Sevinc Ercan
In many organisms, it remains unclear how X chromosomes are specified for dosage compensation, since DNA sequence motifs shown to be important for dosage compensation complex (DCC) recruitment are themselves not X-specific. Here, we addressed this problem in C. elegans. We found that the DCC recruiter, SDC-2, is required to maintain open chromatin at a small number of primary DCC recruitment sites, whose sequence and genomic context are X-specific. Along the X, primary recruitment sites are interspersed with secondary sites, whose function is X-dependent...
May 30, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28554457/comparative-evaluation-of-treatment-outcomes-between-temporary-anchorage-devices-and-class-iii-elastics-in-class-iii-malocclusions
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Masahiro Nakamura, Noriaki Kawanabe, Tomoki Kataoka, Takashi Murakami, Takashi Yamashiro, Hiroshi Kamioka
INTRODUCTION: Our objective was to elucidate the differences in treatment outcomes caused by the different mechanics of temporary anchorage devices (TADs) and Class III elastics in patients with Class III malocclusions. METHODS: Records of 23 patients with Angle Class III malocclusion were selected retrospectively. All had been treated with nonextraction comprehensive orthodontic treatment; 11 were treated with TADs and 12 with Class III elastics. Pretreatment and posttreatment lateral cephalograms were used for evaluation of the treatment outcomes...
June 2017: American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552124/application-of-genetic-algorithm-for-hemodialysis-schedule-optimization
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Jin Woo Choi, Hajeong Lee, Jung Chan Lee, Saram Lee, Yon Su Kim, Hyung-Jin Yoon, Hee Chan Kim
BACKGROUND: The conventional hemodialysis (HD) schedule has been used for decades, even though new modalities have been introduced. Many reasons limit practices of frequent dialysis, such as patients' environments and unknown optimal schedules for each patient. This research provides a theoretical recommendation of HD schedule through genetic algorithm (GA). METHODS: An end-stage renal disease (ESRD) with various dialysis conditions was modeled through a classic variable-volume two-compartment kinetic model to simulate an anuric patient, and GA was implemented to search for an optimal HD schedule for each individual considering and ignoring burden consumption of each dialysis session...
July 2017: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549169/regulatory-dynamics-of-11p13-suggest-a-role-for-ehf-in-modifying-cf-lung-disease-severity
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Lindsay R Stolzenburg, Rui Yang, Jenny L Kerschner, Sara Fossum, Matthew Xu, Andrew Hoffmann, Kay-Marie Lamar, Sujana Ghosh, Sarah Wachtel, Shih-Hsing Leir, Ann Harris
Mutations in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene cause cystic fibrosis (CF), but are not good predictors of lung phenotype. Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) previously identified additional genomic sites associated with CF lung disease severity. One of these, at chromosome 11p13, is an intergenic region between Ets homologous factor (EHF) and Apaf-1 interacting protein (APIP). Our goal was to determine the functional significance of this region, which being intergenic is probably regulatory...
May 26, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542200/predicting-cryptic-links-in-host-parasite-networks
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Tad Dallas, Andrew W Park, John M Drake
Networks are a way to represent interactions among one (e.g., social networks) or more (e.g., plant-pollinator networks) classes of nodes. The ability to predict likely, but unobserved, interactions has generated a great deal of interest, and is sometimes referred to as the link prediction problem. However, most studies of link prediction have focused on social networks, and have assumed a completely censused network. In biological networks, it is unlikely that all interactions are censused, and ignoring incomplete detection of interactions may lead to biased or incorrect conclusions...
May 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531859/the-role-of-conductive-materials-in-the-start-up-period-of-thermophilic-anaerobic-system
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Wangwang Yan, Nan Shen, Yeyuan Xiao, Yun Chen, Faqian Sun, Vinay Kumar Tyagi, Yan Zhou
The major obstacle for thermophilic anaerobic digestion (TAD) is the inhibited microorganism activity and process instability during the start-up period. This study proposed a strategy to accelerate and stabilize the thermophilic reactors start-up via adding conductive materials. The results show that methane production rate in conductive materials supplemented (CMS) reactors was almost two times higher than the control reactors. Caloramator sp., a candidate of electroactive bacteria, was significantly enriched in the carbon nano-tube (CNT) supplemented groups (12...
September 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525758/targeted-degradation-of-ctcf-decouples-local-insulation-of-chromosome-domains-from-genomic-compartmentalization
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Elphège P Nora, Anton Goloborodko, Anne-Laure Valton, Johan H Gibcus, Alec Uebersohn, Nezar Abdennur, Job Dekker, Leonid A Mirny, Benoit G Bruneau
The molecular mechanisms underlying folding of mammalian chromosomes remain poorly understood. The transcription factor CTCF is a candidate regulator of chromosomal structure. Using the auxin-inducible degron system in mouse embryonic stem cells, we show that CTCF is absolutely and dose-dependently required for looping between CTCF target sites and insulation of topologically associating domains (TADs). Restoring CTCF reinstates proper architecture on altered chromosomes, indicating a powerful instructive function for CTCF in chromatin folding...
May 18, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507685/design-of-a-thermally-controlled-sequence-of-triazolinedione-based-click-and-transclick-reactions
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Hannes A Houck, Kevin De Bruycker, Stijn Billiet, Bastiaan Dhanis, Hannelore Goossens, Saron Catak, Veronique Van Speybroeck, Johan M Winne, Filip E Du Prez
The reaction of triazolinediones (TADs) and indoles is of particular interest for polymer chemistry applications, as it is a very fast and irreversible additive-free process at room temperature, but can be turned into a dynamic covalent bond forming process at elevated temperatures, giving a reliable bond exchange or 'transclick' reaction. In this paper, we report an in-depth study aimed at controlling the TAD-indole reversible click reactions through rational design of modified indole reaction partners. This has resulted in the identification of a novel class of easily accessible indole derivatives that give dynamic TAD-adduct formation at significantly lower temperatures...
April 1, 2017: Chemical Science
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