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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646792/bacterial-profile-in-human-atherosclerotic-plaques
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Annika Lindskog Jonsson, Frida Fåk Hållenius, Rozita Akrami, Elias Johansson, Per Wester, Conny Arnerlöv, Fredrik Bäckhed, Göran Bergström
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Several studies have confirmed the presence of bacterial DNA in atherosclerotic plaques, but its contribution to plaque stability and vulnerability is unclear. In this study, we investigated whether the bacterial plaque-profile differed between patients that were asymptomatic or symptomatic and whether there were local differences in the microbial composition within the plaque. METHODS: Plaques were removed by endarterectomy from asymptomatic and symptomatic patients and divided into three different regions known to show different histological vulnerability: A, upstream of the maximum stenosis; B, site for maximum stenosis; C, downstream of the maximum stenosis...
June 8, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646497/geometrical-principles-of-homomeric-%C3%AE-barrels-and-%C3%AE-helices-application-to-modelling-amyloid-protofilaments
#2
Steven Hayward, E James Milner-White
Examples of homomeric β-helices and β-barrels have recently emerged. Here we generalise the theory for the shear number in β-barrels to encompass β-helices and homomeric structures. We introduce the concept of the "β-strip", the set of parallel or antiparallel neighbouring strands, from which the whole helix can be generated giving it n-fold rotational symmetry. In this context the shear number is interpreted as the sum around the helix of the fixed register shift between neighbouring identical β-strips...
June 24, 2017: Proteins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646270/release-from-pi-an-analysis-and-a-model
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D J K Mewhort, Kevin D Shabahang, D R J Franklin
Recall decreases across a series of subspan immediate-recall trials but rebounds if the semantic category of the words is changed, an example of release from proactive interference (RPI). The size of the rebound depends on the semantic categories used and ranges from 0% to 95%. We used a corpus of novels to create vectors representing the meaning of about 40,000 words using the BEAGLE algorithm. The distance between categories and spread within categories jointly predicted the size of the RPI. We used a holographic model for recall equipped with a lexicon of BEAGLE vectors representing the meaning of words...
June 23, 2017: Psychonomic Bulletin & Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646245/six-minute-walk-test-as-a-predictor-of-diagnosis-disease-severity-and-clinical-outcomes-in-scleroderma-associated-pulmonary-hypertension-the-dibosa-study
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Abhishek Gadre, Christian Ghattas, Xiaozhen Han, Xiaofeng Wang, Omar Minai, Kristin B Highland
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a common complication of scleroderma (SSc) and is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality. OBJECTIVES: To explore the utility of the 6MWT in the prediction of SSc-PH and to assess its prognostic implications. METHODS: A retrospective review of SSc patients from 2003 to 2013, with 6MWT and echocardiogram (n = 286), was conducted. Presence of PH was defined by right heart catheterization. Patients were randomized into development and validation cohorts...
June 23, 2017: Lung
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646173/transmembrane-interactions-of-full-length-mammalian-bitopic-cytochrome-p450-cytochrome-b5-complex-in-lipid-bilayers-revealed-by-sensitivity-enhanced-dynamic-nuclear-polarization-solid-state-nmr-spectroscopy
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Kazutoshi Yamamoto, Marc A Caporini, Sang-Choul Im, Lucy Waskell, Ayyalusamy Ramamoorthy
The dynamic protein-protein and protein-ligand interactions of integral bitopic membrane proteins with a single membrane-spanning helix play a plethora of vital roles in the cellular processes associated with human health and diseases, including signaling and enzymatic catalysis. While an increasing number of high-resolution structural studies of membrane proteins have successfully manifested an in-depth understanding of their biological functions, intact membrane-bound bitopic protein-protein complexes pose tremendous challenges for structural studies by crystallography or solution NMR spectroscopy...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646131/insights-on-the-drivers-of-genetic-divergence-in-the-european-anchovy
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Gaetano Catanese, Romain Watteaux, Iratxe Montes, Marco Barra, Paola Rumolo, Diego Borme, Bruno Buongiorno Nardelli, Vincenzo Botte, Maria Grazia Mazzocchi, Simona Genovese, Iole Di Capua, Mikel Iriondo, Andone Estonba, Paolo Ruggeri, Valentina Tirelli, Vincenzo Caputo-Barucchi, Gualtiero Basilone, Angelo Bonanno, Daniele Iudicone, Gabriele Procaccini
Anchovies represent the largest world's marine fish catches and the current threats on their populations impose a sustainable exploitment based on sound scientific information. In the European anchovy (Engraulis encrasicolus), the existence of several populations has been proposed but a global view is missing. Using a multidisciplinary approach, here we assessed the divergence among different ecotypes and its possible causes. SNPs have revealed two functionally distinct ecotypes overlapping in the Central Mediterranean, with one ecotype confined near the river estuaries...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645898/dna-pk-facilitates-piggybac-transposition-by-promoting-paired-end-complex-formation
#7
Yan Jin, Yaohui Chen, Shimin Zhao, Kun-Liang Guan, Yuan Zhuang, Wenhao Zhou, Xiaohui Wu, Tian Xu
The involvement of host factors is critical to our understanding of underlying mechanisms of transposition and the applications of transposon-based technologies. Modified piggyBac (PB) is one of the most potent transposon systems in mammals. However, varying transposition efficiencies of PB among different cell lines have restricted its application. We discovered that the DNA-PK complex facilitates PB transposition by binding to PB transposase (PBase) and promoting paired-end complex formation. Mass spectrometry analysis and coimmunoprecipitation revealed physical interaction between PBase and the DNA-PK components Ku70, Ku80, and DNA-PKcs Overexpression or knockdown of DNA-PK components enhances or suppresses PB transposition in tissue culture cells, respectively...
June 23, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645857/exploring-the-effect-of-end-binding-proteins-and-microtubule-targeting-chemotherapy-drugs-on-microtubule-dynamic-instability
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Diana White, Stéphane Honoré, Florence Hubert
Microtubules (MTs) play a key role in normal cell development and are a primary target for many cancer chemotherapy MT targeting agents (MTAs). As such, understanding MT dynamics in the presence of such agents, as well as other proteins that alter MT dynamics, is extremely important. In general, MTs grow relatively slowly and shorten very fast (almost instantaneously), an event referred to as a catastrophe. These dynamics, referred to as dynamic instability, have been studied in both experimental and theoretical settings...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645796/preclinical-testing-of-frequency-tunable-capacitive-micromachined-ultrasonic-transducer-probe-prototypes
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Martin Pekař, Alexander F Kolen, Harm Belt, Frank van Heesch, Nenad Mihajlović, Imo E Hoefer, Tamas Szili-Török, Hendrik J Vos, Johan G Bosch, Gijs van Soest, Antonius F W van der Steen
In intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) it may be beneficial to generate ultrasound images acquired at multiple frequencies, having the possibility of high penetration or high-resolution imaging in a single device. The objective of the presented work is to test two frequency-tunable probe prototypes in a preclinical setting: a rigid probe having a diameter of 11 mm and a new flexible and steerable 12-Fr ICE catheter. Both probes feature a forward-looking 32-element capacitive micromachined ultrasonic transducer array (aperture of 2 × 2 mm(2)) operated in collapse mode, which allows for frequency tuning in the 6-MHz-18-MHz range...
June 20, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645759/microplastics-in-the-sediments-of-terra-nova-bay-ross-sea-antarctica
#10
Cristina Munari, Vanessa Infantini, Marco Scoponi, Eugenio Rastelli, Cinzia Corinaldesi, Michele Mistri
This is the first survey to investigate the occurrence and extent of plastic contamination in sediments collected in Terra Nova Bay (Ross Sea, Antarctica). Plastic debris extracted from 31 samples of sediments were counted, weighted and identified by Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR). All sediment samples contained plastics: a total of 1661 items of debris (3.14g) were recorded from the 31 samples of sediment. Plastic particles in the samples ranged from 0.3 to 22mm in length. Fibres were the most frequent type of small plastics debris detected...
June 20, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645709/aquatic-biodiversity-in-sedimentation-ponds-receiving-road-runoff-what-are-the-key-drivers
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Zhenhua Sun, John E Brittain, Ekaterina Sokolova, Helene Thygesen, Svein Jakob Saltveit, Sebastien Rauch, Sondre Meland
Recently, increased attention has been paid to biodiversity conservation provided by blue-green solutions such as engineered ponds that are primarily established for water treatment and flood control. However, little research has been done to analyse the factors that affect biodiversity in such ponds. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the influence of environmental factors on aquatic biodiversity, mainly macroinvertebrate communities, in road sedimentation ponds in order to provide a foundation for recommendations on aquatic biodiversity conservation...
June 20, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645703/mapping-of-the-anterior-tibial-profile-to-identify-accurate-reference-points-for-sagittal-alignment-of-tibial-component-in-total-knee-arthroplasty
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Gianluca Cinotti, Ettore Caruso, Luigi Orsina, Giuseppe La Torre, Francesca Romana Ripani
BACKGROUND: Although standard instrumentation is the procedure most frequently used to implant a total knee arthroplasty (TKA), high rates of malalignment of tibial component are reported using this technique. Anatomical landmarks for sagittal alignment have been little investigated and the best reference axis which parallels the mechanical axis is yet to be established. HYPOTHESIS: Mapping the anterior tibial profile (ATP) may allow the identification of segmental zones of the ATP parallel to the mechanical axis which can be use to align the extramedullary rod...
June 20, 2017: Orthopaedics & Traumatology, Surgery & Research: OTSR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645674/does-spinal-deformity-correction-of-non-dystrophic-scoliosis-in-neurofibromatosis-type-1-with-one-stage-posterior-pedicle-screw-technique-produce-outcomes-similar-to-adolescent-idiopathic-scoliosis
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Qiunan Lyu, Chunguang Zhou, Yueming Song, Limin Liu, Lei Wang, Zhongjie Zhou
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Efficacy of one-stage posterior pedicle screw instrument used in the treatment of non-dystrophic scoliosis in neurofibromatosis type-1(NF-1) is unknown. And there is no study that has directly compared the results of spinal deformity correction between non-dystrophic scoliosis in NF-1 and adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS). PURPOSE: To study the efficacy of one-stage posterior pedicle screw instrument used in the treatment of non-dystrophic scoliosis in NF-1 and compare non-dystrophic scoliosis in NF-1 with matched AIS to illustrate the differences...
June 20, 2017: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645265/a-pilot-study-lasek-with-the-triple-a-profile-of-a-mel-90-for-mild-and-moderate-myopia
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Yingjun Chen, Dong Yang, Tian Han, Haipeng Xu, Meiyan Li, Xingtao Zhou
BACKGROUND: To investigate the visual and refractive outcomes in patients with mild to moderate myopia after laser-assisted subepithelial keratectomy (LASEK) using the 500 Hz pulse rate of the Triple-A profile. METHODS: Thirty-six eyes of 20 patients (mean age, 27.5 ± 4.6 years) were included in this prospective, consecutive study. Uncorrected distance visual acuity (UDVA), corrected distance visual acuity (CDVA), corneal topography, and corneal aberrations were measured preoperatively and 1 day, 1 week, 1, 3 and 6 months post-operation...
June 23, 2017: BMC Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645203/neurosurgical-randomized-controlled-trials-distance-travelled
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Tej D Azad, Anand Veeravagu, Vaishali Mittal, Rogelio Esparza, Eli Johnson, John P A Ioannidis, Gerald A Grant
BACKGROUND: The evidence base for many neurosurgical procedures has been limited. We performed a comprehensive and systematic analysis of study design, quality of reporting, and trial results of neurosurgical randomized controlled trials (RCTs). OBJECTIVE: To systematically assess the design and quality characteristics of neurosurgical RCTs. METHODS: From January 1961 to June 2016, RCTs with >5 patients assessing any 1 neurosurgical procedure against another procedure, nonsurgical treatment, or no treatment were retrieved from MEDLINE, Scopus, and Cochrane Library...
June 21, 2017: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645144/increased-alignment-sensitivity-improves-the-usage-of-genome-alignments-for-comparative-gene-annotation
#16
Virag Sharma, Michael Hiller
Genome alignments provide a powerful basis to transfer gene annotations from a well-annotated reference genome to many other aligned genomes. The completeness of these annotations crucially depends on the sensitivity of the underlying genome alignment. Here, we investigated the impact of the genome alignment parameters and found that parameters with a higher sensitivity allow the detection of thousands of novel alignments between orthologous exons that have been missed before. In particular, comparisons between species separated by an evolutionary distance of >0...
June 21, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645117/diagnosis-of-nonexophytic-nasopharyngeal-lesion-with-endoscopy-guided-core-needle-biopsy-after-narrow-band-imaging
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Min Li, Shenhong Qu, Yangda Qin, Jinlong Lu, Shuilian Yu, Guiping Lan, Jingjin Wen, Yong Yang, Yongfeng Si
BACKGROUND: Due to the obstruction of the surrounding structures or stiff mucosa, the primary and recurrent nonexophytic nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NE-NPC) patients are difficult to be diagnosed histologically by traditional forceps biopsy. RESULTS: All the 15 cases had adequate biopsy for histological diagnosis. There were 5 cases of primary and 7 cases of recurrent NE-NPC, and 3 cases of inflammatory lesion. The histopathological diagnosis was consistent with the follow-up visit...
June 14, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645082/local-populations-and-inaccuracies-determining-the-relevant-mitochondrial-haplotype-distributions-for-north-west-european-cats
#18
Monique Wesselink, Stijn Desmyter, Irene Kuiper
Typing of different portions of the feline mitochondrial control region has illustrated pronounced differences in haplotype distributions between cats from the Netherlands and other parts of the world. To gain a better understanding of the haplotype distribution of North West Continental Europe, 605bp of mitochondrial DNA was typed from randomly selected cats from the Netherlands (N=146), Belgium (N=64) and South West Germany (N=128). The genetic differences between these randomly sampled European populations correlate to the geographical distances, with the Dutch and the South West German populations furthest apart and the Belgian population as an intermediate (Fst values 0...
June 4, 2017: Forensic Science International. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645025/decreased-functional-connectivity-and-disrupted-neural-network-in-the-prefrontal-cortex-of-affective-disorders-a-resting-state-fnirs-study
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Huilin Zhu, Jie Xu, Jiangxue Li, Hongjun Peng, Tingting Cai, Xinge Li, Shijing Wu, Wei Cao, Sailing He
BACKGROUND: Affective disorders (AD) have been conceptualized as neural network-level diseases. In this study, we utilized functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) to investigate the spontaneous hemodynamic activities in the prefrontal cortex (PFC) of the AD patients with or without medications. METHODS: 42 optical channels were applied to cover the superior frontal gyrus (SFG), middle frontal gyrus (MFG), and inferior frontal gyrus (IFG), which constitute one of the most important affective networks of the brain...
June 17, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644947/acoustic-rhinometry-for-evaluation-of-velopharyngeal-function-in-preschool-children-post-palatoplasty
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Fan Li, Hongtao Wang, Yiyang Chen, Wenli Wu
PURPOSE: To assess the feasibility of acoustic rhinometry for the evaluation of velopharyngeal function in preschool children by detecting changes in nasal cavity volume (NV) and minimal cross-sectional area (MCSA) after palatoplasty. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Sixty-one preschool children with incomplete cleft palate who underwent Sommerlad palatoplasty were examined by acoustic rhinometry. MCSA, distance of the MCSA from the nostril (DMCA), NV, and nasopharyngeal volume (NPV) were measured...
May 30, 2017: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
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