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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721355/simultaneously-estimating-the-task-related-and-stimulus-evoked-components-of-hemodynamic-imaging-measurements
#1
Max Charles Herman, Mariana M B Cardoso, Bruss Lima, Yevgeniy B Sirotin, Aniruddha Das
Task-related hemodynamic responses contribute prominently to functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) recordings. They reflect behaviorally important brain states, such as arousal and attention, and can dominate stimulus-evoked responses, yet they remain poorly understood. To help characterize these responses, we present a method for parametrically estimating both stimulus-evoked and task-related components of hemodynamic responses from subjects engaged in temporally predictable tasks. The stimulus-evoked component is modeled by convolving a hemodynamic response function (HRF) kernel with spiking...
July 2017: Neurophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715381/modified-terminal-restriction-fragment-analysis-for-quantifying-telomere-length-using-in-gel-hybridization
#2
Frank J Jenkins, Charles M Kerr, Elise Fouquerel, Dana H Bovbjerg, Patricia L Opresko
There are several different techniques for measuring telomere length, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. The traditional approach, Telomere Restriction Fragment (TRF) analysis, utilizes a DNA hybridization technique whereby genomic DNA samples are digested with restriction enzymes, leaving behind telomere DNA repeats and some sub-telomeric DNA. These are separated by agarose gel electrophoresis, transferred to a filter membrane and hybridized to oligonucleotide probes tagged with either chemiluminescence or radioactivity to visualize telomere restriction fragments...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708049/identification-of-two-novel-functional-trna-derived-fragments-induced-in-response-to-respiratory-syncytial-virus-infection
#3
Jiehua Zhou, Shenxuan Liu, Yu Chen, Yu Fu, Alexander J Silver, Mark S Hill, Inhan Lee, Yong Sun Lee, Xiaoyong Bao
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is the leading cause of lower respiratory tract infection (LRTI) in children from infancy up to early childhood. Recently, we demonstrated that RSV infection alters cellular small non-coding RNA (sncRNA) expression, most notably the tRNA-derived RNA fragments (tRFs). However, the functions of the tRFs in virus-host interaction are largely unknown. Herein, we examined the role of three RSV-induced tRFs derived from the 5-end of mature tRNAs decoding GlyCCC, LysCTT and CysGCA (named tRF5-GlyCCC, tRF5-LysCTT and tRF5-CysGCA, respectively) in controlling RSV replication...
July 15, 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673689/higher-adherence-to-the-vegetable-rich-dietary-pattern-is-related-to%C3%A2-longer-telomere-length-in-women
#4
Yunhui Gong, Guo Tian, Hongmei Xue, Xiao Zhang, Yong Zhao, Guo Cheng
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Increasing evidence suggests a role of nutrition in aging process measured by telomere length (TL). However, data from Chinese are scarce. Moreover, the potential mechanism underlying diet and aging is not clear. Although inflammation has been hypothesized as one of the main factors, direct evidence is lacking. We examined whether dietary patterns were associated with TL in Chinese adults, with particular attention paid to body fat (excessive accumulation of body fat is a state of high-systematic oxidative stress and inflammation) and C-reactive protein (CRP, a marker of inflammation)...
May 11, 2017: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666125/ltr-retrotransposon-control-by-trna-derived-small-rnas
#5
Andrea J Schorn, Michael J Gutbrod, Chantal LeBlanc, Rob Martienssen
Transposon reactivation is an inherent danger in cells that lose epigenetic silencing during developmental reprogramming. In the mouse, long terminal repeat (LTR)-retrotransposons, or endogenous retroviruses (ERV), account for most novel insertions and are expressed in the absence of histone H3 lysine 9 trimethylation in preimplantation stem cells. We found abundant 18 nt tRNA-derived small RNA (tRF) in these cells and ubiquitously expressed 22 nt tRFs that include the 3' terminal CCA of mature tRNAs and target the tRNA primer binding site (PBS) essential for ERV reverse transcription...
June 29, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659816/cardioprotective-effects-of-sirt6-in-a-mouse-model-of-transverse-aortic-constriction-induced-heart-failure
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Yongming Li, Xianda Meng, Wenguang Wang, Fu Liu, Zhiru Hao, Yang Yang, Jinbo Zhao, Wensi Yin, Lijuan Xu, Ruiping Zhao, Jiang Hu
SIRT6, a member of the NAD (+)-dependent class III deacetylase sirtuin family, plays important roles in the maintenance of cardiovascular homeostasis. Telomere shortening is a risk factor for age-associated diseases, including heart disease. In the present study, we investigated the role of SIRT6 and telomerase in a mouse model of transverse aortic constriction (TAC)-induced heart failure. SIRT6, telomerase reverse transcriptase (TERT), and telomere repeat binding factor (TRF)-1 were significantly downregulated in TAC mice compared with their expression in sham-operated mice...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28658261/sequential-sampling-of-visual-objects-during-sustained-attention
#7
Jianrong Jia, Ling Liu, Fang Fang, Huan Luo
In a crowded visual scene, attention must be distributed efficiently and flexibly over time and space to accommodate different contexts. It is well established that selective attention enhances the corresponding neural responses, presumably implying that attention would persistently dwell on the task-relevant item. Meanwhile, recent studies, mostly in divided attentional contexts, suggest that attention does not remain stationary but samples objects alternately over time, suggesting a rhythmic view of attention...
June 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654015/lmp1-and-dynamic-progressive-telomere-dysfunction-a-major-culprit-in-ebv-associated-hodgkin-s-lymphoma
#8
REVIEW
Hans Knecht, Sabine Mai
Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-encoded latent membrane protein 1 (LMP1) is expressed in germinal-center-derived, mononuclear Hodgkin (H) and multinuclear, diagnostic Reed-Sternberg (RS) cells in classical EBV-positive Hodgkin's lymphoma (cHL). LMP1 expression in EBV-negative H-cell lines results in a significantly increased number of RS cells. In a conditional, germinal-center-derived B-cell in vitro system, LMP1 reversibly down-regulates the shelterin proteins, telomeric repeat binding factor (TRF)1, TRF2, and protection of telomeres (POT)1...
June 27, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608481/discovery-and-function-of-transfer-rna-derived-fragments-and-their-role-in-disease
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REVIEW
Ana Raquel Soares, Manuel Santos
Until recently, transfer RNAs (tRNAs) were thought to function in protein translation only. However, recent findings demonstrate that both pre- and mature tRNAs can undergo endonucleolytic cleavage by different ribonucleases originating different types of small non-coding RNAs, known as tRNA-derived fragments (tRFs). tRFs are classified according to their origin and are implicated in various cellular processes, namely apoptosis, protein synthesis control, and RNA interference. Although their functions are still poorly understood, their mechanisms of action vary according to the tRF sub-type...
June 12, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. RNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604500/behavior-in-children-with-fetal-alcohol-spectrum-disorders-in-remote-australia-a-population-based-study
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Tracey W Tsang, Heather Carmichael Olson, Jane Latimer, James Fitzpatrick, Marmingee Hand, June Oscar, Maureen Carter, Elizabeth J Elliott
OBJECTIVE: To document behavior in children residing in very remote Western Australian communities as rated by parent/caregivers and teachers. We hypothesized that children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) would have higher rates of problematic behavior than children without FASD. METHODS: The Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL; n = 97), and Teacher Report Form (TRF; n = 106) were used in this population-based study. Raw scores, proportions scoring within "Normal/Borderline/Clinical" ranges, and frequencies of Critical items were determined...
July 4, 2017: Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics: JDBP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593741/comparison-of-different-methods-for-telomere-length-measurement-in-whole-blood-and-blood-cell-subsets-recommendations-for-telomere-length-measurement-in-hematological-diseases
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Yvonne Lisa Behrens, Kathrin Thomay, Maike Hagedorn, Juliane Ebersold, Lea Henrich, Rainer Nustede, Brigitte Schlegelberger, Gudrun Göhring
Different methods of telomere length measurement are used to identify patients with telomeropathies. In our lab, we established four different methods for telomere length measurement, terminal restriction fragment (TRF) analysis by Southern blot analysis, quantitative PCR (qPCR), quantitative telomere/centromere fluorescence in situ hybridization (T/C-FISH) and fluorescence in situ hybridization combined with flow cytometry (FlowFISH). The methods each have distinct properties and apart from this-according to our experience and data-may have an impact on the individual result...
June 8, 2017: Genes, Chromosomes & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552666/effects-of-force-detecting-sense-organs-on-muscle-synergies-are-correlated-with-their-response-properties
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Sasha N Zill, David Neff, Sumaiya Chaudhry, Annelie Exter, Josef Schmitz, Ansgar Büschges
Sense organs that monitor forces in legs can contribute to activation of muscles as synergist groups. Previous studies in cockroaches and stick insects showed that campaniform sensilla, receptors that encode forces via exoskeletal strains, enhance muscle synergies in substrate grip. However synergist activation was mediated by different groups of receptors in cockroaches (trochanteral sensilla) and stick insects (femoral sensilla). The factors underlying the differential effects are unclear as the responses of femoral campaniform sensilla have not previously been characterized...
May 25, 2017: Arthropod Structure & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548004/reduced-cellularity-of-bone-marrow-in-multiple-sclerosis-with-decreased-msc-expansion-potential-and-premature-ageing-in-vitro
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Juliana Redondo, Pamela Sarkar, Kevin Kemp, Paul F Virgo, Joya Pawade, Aimie Norton, David C Emery, Martin G Guttridge, David I Marks, Alastair Wilkins, Neil J Scolding, Claire M Rice
BACKGROUND: Autologous bone-marrow-derived cells are currently employed in clinical studies of cell-based therapy in multiple sclerosis (MS) although the bone marrow microenvironment and marrow-derived cells isolated from patients with MS have not been extensively characterised. OBJECTIVES: To examine the bone marrow microenvironment and assess the proliferative potential of multipotent mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) in progressive MS. METHODS: Comparative phenotypic analysis of bone marrow and marrow-derived MSCs isolated from patients with progressive MS and control subjects was undertaken...
May 1, 2017: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513708/symmetry-breaking-charge-transfer-in-the-excited-state-of-directly-linked-push-pull-porphyrin-arrays
#14
Taeyeon Kim, Jinseok Kim, Hirotaka Mori, Seongchul Park, Manho Lim, Atsuhiro Osuka, Dongho Kim
Herein, we revealed a symmetry-breaking charge transfer (SBCT) process in the excited state of a directly linked push-pull porphyrin dyad (AD) and triad (ADA) via spectroscopic measurements including steady-state absorption and fluorescence, time-resolved fluorescence (TRF), femtosecond transient absorption (fs-TA), and time-resolved infrared (TRIR) measurements. Unprecedented broad fluorescence spectra were observed for porphyrin arrays in polar solvents; these were attributed to the existence of a charge transfer state as evidenced by the TRF measurements...
May 31, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494896/occupational-stress-of-anesthesia-effects-on-aging
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Ola M Zanaty, Shahira El Metainy, Rania Abdelmaksoud, Hala Demerdash, Doaa Abo Aliaa, Heba Abo El Wafa
BACKGROUND: Anesthesiology has been identified as a stressful specialty. Chronic psychological stress may lead to biological aging and skin aging. STUDY OBJECTIVE: The primary outcome was to measure physical health and emotional well-being. Secondary outcomes include skin aging analysis, telomere shortening in anesthetists. DESIGN: This is a prospective observational study. SETTINGS: University of Alexandria. PATIENTS: Study was carried out on 366 ASA I-II physicians 30-50yr...
June 2017: Journal of Clinical Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453573/how-reliable-and-valid-is-the-teacher-version-of-the-strengths-and-difficulties-questionnaire-in-primary-school-children
#16
Meta van den Heuvel, Danielle E M C Jansen, Roy E Stewart, Bouwien C M Smits-Engelsman, Sijmen A Reijneveld, Boudien C T Flapper
INTRODUCTION: The Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) is validated for parents, but not yet for teachers in a broad age range of children. We conducted a cross-sectional study with 4-10 years old school children to investigate if the SDQ-T can be used instead of the validated but lengthy Teacher's Report Form (TRF) to acquire information about emotional and behavioral problems in the school community. METHODS: Teachers of 453 children from primary schools were approached...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446464/trf-mir-1280-suppresses-stem-cell-like-cells-and-metastasis-in-colorectal-cancer
#17
Bingqing Huang, Huipeng Yang, Xixi Cheng, Dan Wang, Shuyu Fu, Wencui Shen, Qi Zhang, Lijuan Zhang, Zhenyi Xue, Yan Li, Yurong Da, Qing Yang, Zesong Li, Li Liu, Liang Qiao, Ying Kong, Zhi Yao, Peng Zhao, Min Li, Rongxin Zhang
Several studies have shown that tRNAs can be enzymatically cleaved to generate distinct classes of tRNA-derived fragments (tRF). Here, we report that tRF/miR-1280, a 17-bp fragment derived from tRNA(Leu) and pre-miRNA, influences Notch signaling pathways that support the function of cancer stem-like cells (CSC) in colorectal cancer progression. tRF/miR-1280 expression was decreased in human specimens of colorectal cancer. Ectopic expression of tRF/miR-1280 reduced cell proliferation and colony formation, whereas its suppression reversed these effects...
June 15, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441541/molecular-interaction-of-2-4-diacetylphloroglucinol-dapg-with-human-serum-albumin-hsa-the-spectroscopic-calorimetric-and-computational-investigation
#18
Pragna Lakshmi T, Moumita Mondal, Krishna Ramadas, Sakthivel Natarajan
Drug molecule interaction with human serum albumin (HSA) affects the distribution and elimination of the drug. The compound, 2,4-diacetylphloroglucinol (DAPG) has been known for its antimicrobial, antiviral, antihelminthic and anticancer properties. However, its interaction with HSA is not yet reported. In this study, the interaction between HSA and DAPG was investigated through steady-state fluorescence, time-resolved fluorescence (TRF), circular dichroism (CD), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC), molecular docking and molecular dynamics simulation (MDS)...
April 18, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436847/learning-trans-dimensional-random-fields-with-applications-to-language-modeling
#19
Bin Wang, Zhijian Ou, Zhiqiang Tan
To describe trans-dimensional observations in sample spaces of different dimensions, we propose a probabilistic model, called the trans-dimensional random field (TRF) by explicitly mixing a collection of random fields. In the framework of stochastic approximation (SA), we develop an effective training algorithm, called augmented SA, which jointly estimates the model parameters and normalizing constants while using trans-dimensional mixture sampling to generate observations of different dimensions. Furthermore, we introduce several statistical and computational techniques to improve the convergence of the training algorithm and reduce computational cost, which together enable us to successfully train TRF models on large datasets...
April 24, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422512/ultrafast-spectroscopic-investigation-of-energy-transfer-in-site-directed-mutants-of-the-fenna-matthews-olson-fmo-antenna-complex-from-chlorobaculum-tepidum
#20
Nikki Cecil M Magdaong, Rafael G Saer, Dariusz M Niedzwiedzki, Robert E Blankenship
Ultrafast transient absorption (TA) and time-resolved fluorescence (TRF) spectroscopic studies were performed on several mutants of the bacteriochlorophyll (BChl) a-containing Fenna-Matthews-Olson (FMO) complex from the green sulfur bacterium Chlorobaculum tepidum. These mutants were generated to perturb a particular BChl a site and determine its effects on the optical spectroscopic properties of the pigment-protein complex. Measurements conducted at 77 K under both oxidizing and reducing conditions revealed changes in the dynamics of the various spectral components as compared to the data set from wild-type FMO...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
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