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Luis Figueroa-Yañez, Alejandro Pereira-Santana, Ana Arroyo-Herrera, Ulises Rodriguez-Corona, Felipe Sanchez-Teyer, Jorge Espadas-Alcocer, Francisco Espadas-Gil, Felipe Barredo-Pool, Enrique Castaño, Luis Carlos Rodriguez-Zapata
Plants respond to stress through metabolic and morphological changes that increase their ability to survive and grow. To this end, several transcription factor families are responsible for transmitting the signals that are required for these changes. Here, we studied the transcription factor superfamily AP2/ERF, particularly, RAP2.4 from Carica papaya cv. Maradol. We isolated four genes (CpRap2.4a, CpRAap2.4b, CpRap2.1 and CpRap2.10), and an in silico analysis showed that the four genes encode proteins that contain a conserved APETALA2 (AP2) domain located within group I and II transcription factors of the AP2/ERF superfamily...
2016: PloS One
S Payabvash, S Taleb, J C Benson, A M McKinney
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Acute stroke presentation and outcome depend on both ischemic infarct volume and location. We aimed to determine the association between acute ischemic infarct topology and lesion volume and stroke severity at presentation and discharge. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patients with acute ischemic stroke who underwent MR imaging within 24 hours of symptom onset or last seen well were included. Infarcts were segmented and coregistered on the Montreal Neurological Institute-152 brain map...
October 6, 2016: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
Olivier Borens, Pablo S Corona, Lars Frommelt, Stergios Lazarinis, Michael Richard Reed, Carlo Luca Romano
Total Joint Arthroplasty (TJA) continues to gain acceptance as the standard of care for the treatment of severe degenerative joint disease, and is considered one of the most successful surgical interventions in the history of medicine. A devastating complication after TJA is infection. Periprosthetic joint infection (PJI), represents one of the major causes of failure and remains a significant challenge facing orthopaedics today. PJI usually requires additional surgery including revision of the implants, fusion or amputations causing tremendous patient suffering but also a heavy health economics burden...
October 19, 2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
M A Rosales-Reynoso, A R Arredondo-Valdez, C I Juárez-Vázquez, L I Wence-Chavez, P Barros-Núñez, M P Gallegos-Arreola, S E Flores-Martínez, M C Morán-Moguel, J Sánchez-Corona
Accumulative evidence suggests that alterations due to mutations or genetic polymorphisms in the TCF7L2 and CCND1 genes, which are components of the Wnt signaling pathway, contributes to carcinogenesis. The present study was designated to clarify whether common single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of the transcription factor 7- like 2 (TCF7L2) and cyclin D1 (CCND1) genes are associated with colorectal cancer risk in Mexican patients. A case-control study including 197 colorectal cancer patients and 100 healthy subjects was conducted in a Mexican population...
September 30, 2016: Cellular and Molecular Biology
Alberto Corona, Ruffini Claudia
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 2016: Critical Care Medicine
Prawin Kumar, Guruprasad R Medigeshi, Vishnu S Mishra, Mojahidul Islam, Shivani Randev, Aparna Mukherjee, Rama Chaudhry, Arti Kapil, Kana Ram Jat, Rakesh Lodha, Sushil K Kabra
BACKGROUND: There is paucity of studies on etiology of acute respiratory infections (ARI) in infants. OBJECTIVE: To document incidence and etiology of ARI in infants, their seasonal variability and association of clinical profile with etiology. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A birth cohort was followed for the first year of life; for each episode of ARI, nasopharyngeal aspirates were collected to identify the causative respiratory virus/es using multiplex real time PCR assay...
October 6, 2016: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Jennifer Shin Zank, Rani Singh, Michele Carney
Vigorous coughing leading to internal carotid artery dissection has been described in the adult literature but has not been reported in the pediatric population. We describe an 8-year-old right-handed girl who had a 1-week history of increased work of breathing and vigorous coughing. She initially presented to her pediatrician's office for her respiratory symptoms which improved with steroid therapy and albuterol treatments. However, she developed evolving left-sided motor weakness over the course of 2 days and presented to our pediatric emergency department where she was found to have an ischemic stroke in the right corona radiata with a right internal carotid artery dissection...
October 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
Romana Parveen, Tooba Naz Shamsi, Sadaf Fatima
This review helps to understand protein misfolding events, which results in protein aggregation, and hence to related neurodegenerative diseases. Many chaperones and folding factors are found inside the cell system for the proper folding of protein. If protein gets misfolded, it may accumulate in cells and can lead to several fatal diseases. In some cases, misfolded proteins aggregated in form of loop-sheet polymer and amyloid fibril when they escape the degradation process and leads to neurodegenerative disorders...
October 13, 2016: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
RaviK Shastri, GaurangV Shah, Page Wang, Patricia Cagnoli, Tobias Schmidt-Wilcke, Joseph McCune, Richard Harris, PiaC Sundgren
PURPOSE: Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a predominantly female autoimmune disease that can affect the central nervous system. Neuropsychiatric symptoms are found in 25-70% of SLE patients. Using diffusion tensor imaging, various studies have reported changes in white matter integrity in SLE patients with neuropsychiatric symptoms (NPSLE patients). The purpose of this study was to investigate if changes can be detected in the individual white matter tracts in SLE patients regardless if neuropsychiatric symptoms are present or not...
October 13, 2016: Academic Radiology
Emma L C J Blundell, Matthew J Healey, Elizabeth Holton, Muttuswamy Sivakumaran, Sarabjit Mastana, Mark Platt
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 15, 2016: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
Yi-Bin Xi, Fan Guo, Hua Li, Xiao Chang, Jin-Bo Sun, Yuan-Qiang Zhu, Wen-Ming Liu, Long-Biao Cui, Gang Chen, Hua-Ning Wang, Hong Yin
Heterogeneous findings across studies of structural abnormality in schizophrenia (SZ) have impeded the development a unified theory of white matter pathology. As a cardinal symptom of SZ, auditory verbal hallucination (AVH) has been suspected to be associated with improper communication among several brain regions, which might indicated white matter pathology. Participants comprised 25 first-episode (FE) patients with AVH, 25 patients without AVH and 25 healthy subjects. Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) measures were calculated using the TBSS of FSL...
September 28, 2016: Psychiatry Research
Jorge Aburto-Corona, Luis Aragón-Vargas
CONTEXT:  Sunscreen lotions are important to protect the skin during outdoor exercise, but they may interfere with sweating. OBJECTIVE:  To measure the effect of 2 water-resistant sunscreens on local sweat production in men and women exercising in the heat and to compare those effects with the expected inhibition resulting from the use of an antiperspirant. DESIGN:  Randomized crossover study. SETTING:  Exercise in the heat (ambient temperature = 30...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Athletic Training
Neda Sadeghi, John H Gilmore, Guido Gerig
Twin studies provide valuable insights into the analysis of genetic and environmental factors influencing human brain development. However, these findings may not generalize to singletons due to differences in pre- and postnatal environments. One would expect the effect of these differences to be greater during the early years of life. To address this concern, we compare longitudinal diffusion data of white matter regions for 26 singletons and 76 twins (monozygotic and dizygotic) from birth to 2 years of age...
October 14, 2016: Human Brain Mapping
Jo-Hanna Ivers, Jacqueline Fitzgerald, Christopher Whelan, Brion Sweeney, Eamon Keenan, Andrew Fagan, Jason McMarrow, Jim Meany, Joe Barry, Thomas Frodl
White matter impairment is associated with opioid dependence. However, the specific neuropathology related to opioid dependence is still not fully understood. The main aims of this study were to: (1) assess the association between white matter impairment and duration of dependence; (2) examine whether this impairment correlates with treatment outcome measures in opioid-dependent patients post-detoxification. Fifty-eight opioid-dependent patients participated, 20 females and 38 males, across three groups: less than 10 years use (n = 18), 10-15 years use (n = 26) and 16-25+ years use (n = 14)...
October 13, 2016: Addiction Biology
Ruth Ruiz Esparza-Garrido, Juan Manuel Rodríguez-Corona, Javier Enrique López-Aguilar, Marco Antonio Rodríguez-Florido, Ana Claudia Velázquez-Wong, Rubí Viedma-Rodríguez, Fabio Salamanca-Gómez, Miguel Ángel Velázquez-Flores
Expression changes for long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) have been identified in adult glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) and in a mixture of adult and pediatric astrocytoma. Since adult and pediatric astrocytomas are molecularly different, the mixture of both could mask specific features in each. We determined the global expression patterns of lncRNAs and messenger RNA (mRNAs) in pediatric astrocytoma of different histological grades. Transcript expression changes were determined with an HTA 2.0 array. lncRNA interactions with microRNAs and mRNAs were predicted by using an algorithm and the LncTar tool, respectively...
October 13, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
F Lotti, G Corona, G Castellini, E Maseroli, M G Fino, M Cozzolino, M Maggi
STUDY QUESTION: Is sexual dysfunction associated with severity of semen quality impairment in men with couple infertility? SUMMARY ANSWER: In males of infertile couples the prevalence of erectile dysfunction (ED) increases as a function of semen quality impairment severity. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Infertile men are at a higher risk for sexual dysfunction, psychopathological and general health disorders. However, it has never been systematically investigated if these problems are associated with severity of semen quality impairment...
October 12, 2016: Human Reproduction
Aristeidis Papagiannopoulos, Anastasia Meristoudi, Stergios Pispas, Aurel Radulescu
We investigate the potential of self-assembled nanostructures of the PnBA-b-PAA amphiphilic diblock polyelectrolyte as candidates for protein nanocarriers. Three PnBA-b-PAA copolymers with different molecular weights and PnBA/PAA weight ratios are tested. The system with the most well-defined core-shell micellar structure is chosen for complexation with lysozyme. Its solutions are found to contain well-defined core-shell micelles that are stable upon increase of solution salt content to physiological levels...
October 12, 2016: Biomacromolecules
Zora Kikinis, Kang Ik K Cho, Ioana L Coman, Petya D Radoeva, Sylvain Bouix, Yingying Tang, Ryan Eckbo, Nikos Makris, Jun Soo Kwon, Marek Kubicki, Kevin M Antshel, Wanda Fremont, Martha E Shenton, Wendy R Kates
BACKGROUND: 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome (22q11DS) is considered to be a promising cohort to explore biomarkers of schizophrenia risk based on a 30 % probability of developing schizophrenia in adulthood. In this study, we investigated abnormalities in the microstructure of white matter in adolescents with 22q11DS and their specificity to prodromal symptoms of schizophrenia. METHODS: Diffusion Magnetic Resonance Imaging (dMRI) data were acquired from 50 subjects with 22q11DS (9 with and 41 without prodromal psychotic symptoms), and 47 matched healthy controls (mean age 18 +/-2 years)...
October 11, 2016: Brain Imaging and Behavior
Howard Faden, Vincent Callanan, Michael Pizzuto, Mark Nagy, Mark Wilby, Daryl Lamson, Brian Wrotniak, Stefan Juretschko, Kirsten St George
BACKGROUND: Airway obstruction due to enlargement of tonsils and adenoids is a common pediatric problem resulting in sleep disordered breathing. The cause for the relatively abnormal growth of tonsils and adenoids is poorly understood. METHODS: Non-acutely ill children undergoing tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy (T&A) for various reasons were enrolled prospectively in a study to determine the frequency of asymptomatic respiratory viral infections in each lymphoid tissue and to relate the number and types of virus to the degree of airway obstruction...
November 2016: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
Yi Geng, Zhifei Wang, Baoping Lin, Hong Yang
Encapsulation of inorganic nanoparticles (NPs) into the interfaces of amphiphilic vesicles is a challenging task. The traditional strategy is to use amphiphilic triblock copolymers, which possess two outer blocks for building the walls and coronas of vesicles, and one middle NP-binding block for localizing NPs at the vesicle interfaces. In this manuscript, we design and synthesize an amphiphilic diblock copolymer, PEG-SH-b-PS bearing a cysteine junction with one free pendant thiol group at the centre point between the hydrophilic poly(ethylene glycol) block and the hydrophobic polystyrene block...
October 10, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
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