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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454101/mir-146a-negatively-regulates-dectin-1-induced-inflammatory-responses
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Leilei Du, Xu Chen, Zhimin Duan, Caixia Liu, Rong Zeng, Qing Chen, Min Li
Dectin-1 is the critical sensor for β-glucan from Candida which is the most common human fungal pathogen and cause superficial and system infection. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) play crucial roles in regulating innate immunity. However, the functional role of miRNAs in inflammatory response dependent on the activation of dectin-1 pathway has not been defined. In the present study, we found insoluble β-glucan from the cell wall of Candida albicans (CaIG) was able to increase the production of of IL-6 and TNFα through Dectin-1-Syk-NF-κB and p38MAPK pathway...
April 8, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453864/impact-on-spina-bifida-screening-of-shifting-prenatal-down-syndrome-maternal-serum-screening-from-the-second-trimester-to-the-first
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Emmanuel Spaggiari, Sophie Dreux, Julien J Stirnemann, Isabelle Czerkiewicz, Véronique Houfflin-Debarge, Alexandra Segonne, Jean-Marie Jouannic, Yves Ville, Francoise Muller
OBJECTIVES: Shifting screening for trisomy 21 to the first trimester has resulted in the loss of MSAFP screening for spina bifida. The aim of this study was to study the impact on open spina bifida prenatal screening. STUDY DESIGN: We reviewed prenatally diagnosed cases of spina bifida over three years: 2009 (only second-trimester screening, MSM2T), 2010 (transient period) and 2011 (majority first-trimester screening, MSM1T). Cases were assigned to three groups based on maternal serum markers (MSM2T, MSM1T and "not performed")...
April 28, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453837/borrelia-burgdorferi-bbi39-paralogs-targets-of-protective-immunity-reduce-pathogen-persistence-either-in-hosts-or-in-the-vector
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Preeti Singh, Deepshikha Verma, Brian T Backstedt, Simarjot Kaur, Manish Kumar, Alexis A Smith, Kavita Sharma, Xiuli Yang, José F Azevedo, Maria Gomes-Solecki, Ozlem Buyuktanir, Utpal Pal
Borrelia burgdorferi genome harbors several paralogous gene families (pgf) that can encode immunogenic proteins of unknown function. Protein-protein interaction assays using a transmission-blocking vaccine candidate, BBA52, as bait identified an interacting partner in spirochetes-a member of pgf 54, annotated as BBI39. We show that BBI39 is a surface-exposed membrane antigen that is immunogenic during spirochete infection, despite the gene being primarily transcribed in the vector with a transient expression in the host only at tick-bite sites...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453671/wright-fisher-exact-solver-wfes-scalable-analysis-of-population-genetic-models-without-simulation-or-diffusion-theory
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Ivan Krukov, Bianca de Sanctis, A P Jason de Koning
Motivation: The simplifying assumptions that are used widely in theoretical population genetics may not always be appropriate for empirical population genetics. General computational approaches that do not require the assumptions of classical theory are therefore quite desirable. One such general approach is provided by the theory of absorbing Markov chains, which can be used to obtain exact results by directly analyzing population genetic Markov models, such as the classic bi-allelic Wright-Fisher model...
May 1, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453548/self-feedbacks-determine-the-sustainability-of-human-interventions-in-eco-social-complex-systems-impacts-on-biodiversity-and-ecosystem-health
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Marco Ortiz, Richard Levins
Several administrative polices have been implemented in order to reduce the negative impacts of fishing on natural ecosystems. Four eco-social models with different levels of complexity were constructed, which represent the seaweed harvest in central-northern Chile under two different regimes, Management and Exploitation Areas for Benthic Resources (MAEBRs) and Open Access Areas (OAAs). The dynamics of both regimes were analyzed using the following theoretical frameworks: (1) Loop Analysis, which allows the local stability or sustainability of the models and scenarios to be assessed; and (2) Hessian´s optimization procedure of a global fishery function (GFF) that represents each dynamics of each harvest...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453519/homozygous-arhgef2-mutation-causes-intellectual-disability-and-midbrain-hindbrain-malformation
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Ethiraj Ravindran, Hao Hu, Scott A Yuzwa, Luis R Hernandez-Miranda, Nadine Kraemer, Olaf Ninnemann, Luciana Musante, Eugen Boltshauser, Detlev Schindler, Angela Hübner, Hans-Christian Reinecker, Hans-Hilger Ropers, Carmen Birchmeier, Freda D Miller, Thomas F Wienker, Christoph Hübner, Angela M Kaindl
Mid-hindbrain malformations can occur during embryogenesis through a disturbance of transient and localized gene expression patterns within these distinct brain structures. Rho guanine nucleotide exchange factor (ARHGEF) family members are key for controlling the spatiotemporal activation of Rho GTPase, to modulate cytoskeleton dynamics, cell division, and cell migration. We identified, by means of whole exome sequencing, a homozygous frameshift mutation in the ARHGEF2 as a cause of intellectual disability, a midbrain-hindbrain malformation, and mild microcephaly in a consanguineous pedigree of Kurdish-Turkish descent...
April 28, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453384/isolation-and-characterization-of-ulva-prolifera-actin1-gene-and-function-verification-of-the-5-flanking-region-as-a-strong-promoter
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Chunhui Wu, Peng Jiang, Yang Guo, Jianguo Liu, Jin Zhao, Huihui Fu
Ulva prolifera is a green macroalgae with an extremely high growth rate that can accumulate biomass with considerable protein content. To set up an available seaweed expression system, a prior step is to isolate endogenous and strong constitutive promoters. For this reason, the full-length genomic actin1 gene from U. prolifera (Upactin1) was cloned and its 5' flanking sequence was obtained by genome walking. The Upactin1 open reading frame consisted of 1134 nucleotides encoding 377 amino acid residues. Besides four exons and three introns in the coding region, an extra leader intron was identified in the 5' untranslated region...
April 28, 2017: Bioengineered
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449268/ventral-but-not-dorsal-hippocampus-inactivation-impairs-reward-memory-expression-and-retrieval-in-contexts-defined-by-proximal-cues
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Sadia Riaz, Anett Schumacher, Seyon Sivagurunathan, Matthijs Van Der Meer, Rutsuko Ito
The hippocampus (HPC) has been widely implicated in the contextual control of appetitive and aversive conditioning. However, whole hippocampal lesions do not invariably impair all forms of contextual processing, as in the case of complex biconditional context discrimination, leading to contention over the exact nature of the contribution of the HPC in contextual processing. Moreover, the increasingly well-established functional dissociation between the dorsal (dHPC) and ventral (vHPC) subregions of the HPC has been largely overlooked in the existing literature on hippocampal-based contextual memory processing in appetitively-motivated tasks...
April 27, 2017: Hippocampus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449261/exploring-uncertainty-of-amazon-dieback-in-a-perturbed-parameter-earth-system-ensemble
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Chris A Boulton, Ben B B Booth, Peter Good
The future of the Amazon rainforest is unknown due to uncertainties in projected climate change and the response of the forest to this change (forest resiliency). Here we explore the effect of some uncertainties in climate and land surface processes on the future of the forest, using a perturbed physics ensemble of HadCM3C. This is the first time Amazon forest changes are presented using an ensemble exploring both land vegetation processes and physical climate feedbacks in a fully coupled modelling framework...
April 27, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449254/bioresorbable-fe-mn-and-fe-mn-ha-materials-for-orthopedic-implantation-enhancing-degradation-through-porosity-control
#10
Michael Heiden, Eric Nauman, Lia Stanciu
Resorbable, porous iron-manganese-hydroxyapatite biocomposites with suitable degradation rates for orthopedic applications are prepared using salt-leaching for the first time. These transient biomaterials have the potential to replace inert, permanent implants that can suffer from long-term complications, or have to be surgically removed, leaving an unfavorable void. Fe30Mn-10HA materials are newly developed to address inadequate resorption rates of degradable materials proposed for orthopedic environments in the past...
April 27, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449253/amide-directed-c-h-sodiation-by-a-sodium-hydride-iodide-composite
#11
Yinhua Huang, Guo Hao Chan, Shunsuke Chiba
A new protocol for amide-directed ortho and lateral C-H sodiation is enabled by sodium hydride (NaH) in the presence of either sodium iodide (NaI) or lithium iodide (LiI). The transient organosodium intermediates could be transformed into functionalized aromatic compounds.
April 27, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449209/the-frequency-of-qtc-prolongation-among-pediatric-and-young-adult-patients-receiving-methadone-for-cancer-pain
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Kevin Madden, Minjeong Park, Diane Liu, Eduardo Bruera
INTRODUCTION: A prolonged corrected QT (QTc) interval in pediatric patients is defined as ≥470 msec. Methadone can cause a prolonged QTc interval that can lead to ventricular arrhythmias. The risk of methadone-induced prolongation of the QTc interval in children and young adults is unknown. The purpose of the study was to determine the frequency of QTc prolongation among pediatric and young adult patients with cancer pain on methadone treatment. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed data for all patients on methadone during the study period...
April 27, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449103/novel-degenerative-and-developmental-defects-in-a-zebrafish-model-of-mucolipidosis-type-iv
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Huiqing Li, Wuhong Pei, Sivia Vergarajauregui, Patricia M Zerfas, Nina Raben, Shawn M Burgess, Rosa Puertollano
Mucolipidosis type IV (MLIV) is a lysosomal storage disease characterized by neurologic and ophthalmologic abnormalities. There is currently no effective treatment. MLIV is caused by mutations in MCOLN1, a lysosomal cation channel from the transient receptor potential (TRP) family. In this study we used genome editing to knockout the two mcoln1 genes present in Dario rerio (zebrafish). Our model successfully reproduced the retinal and neuromuscular defects observed in MLIV patients, indicating that this model is suitable for studying the disease pathogenesis...
April 25, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449044/vernakalant-does-not-alter-early-repolarization-or-contractility-in-normal-and-electrically-remodelled-atria
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Arne van Hunnik, Hussein Nasrallah, Dennis H Lau, Marion Kuiper, Sander Verheule, Ulrich Schotten
Aims: Besides the inhibition of the sodium inward current, vernakalant also inhibits the ultra rapid rectifier (IKur) and transient outward current (Ito). Inhibition of these currents increases contractility in canine atrial myocytes and goat atria. We investigated the effect of vernakalant on early repolarization and contractility in normal and electrically remodelled atria. Methods and results: Goats were implanted a pressure catheter, piezoelectric crystals, and electrodes to obtain atrial contractility and effective refractory period (ERP)...
April 25, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448839/stimulus-response-links-and-the-backward-crosstalk-effect-a-comparison-of-forced-and-free-choice-tasks
#15
Christoph Naefgen, André F Caissie, Markus Janczyk
In dual-tasks, characteristics of Task 2 responses can already affect performance in the preceding Task 1. This is called the backward crosstalk effect (BCE). To account for the BCE, it has been suggested that the appearance of the Task 2 stimulus automatically projects activation onto the corresponding response through (transient or direct) stimulus-response (S-R) links. One way to investigate this claim is to compare the size of the BCE for tasks where S-R links are differently strong. To this end, we here compared BCEs for forced- vs...
April 24, 2017: Acta Psychologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448832/fabrication-of-a-novel-z-scheme-g-c3n4-bi4o7-heterojunction-photocatalyst-with-enhanced-visible-light-driven-activity-toward-organic-pollutants
#16
Meng Sun, Yu Wang, Yu Shao, Yunhui He, Qi Zeng, Huikai Liang, Tao Yan, Bin Du
In this work, highly efficient g-C3N4/Bi4O7 heterojunction photocatalysts have been successfully fabricated by a facile method. Compared with the bare photocatalysts, the obtained g-C3N4/Bi4O7 hybrid photocatalysts exhibited efficient degradation activity toward methylene blue (MB), phenol, rhodamine B (RhB), and bisphenol A (BPA) under visible light irradiation. The influences of different g-C3N4 contents on the photocatalytic efficiency of the hybrid photocatalysts have been investigated. The results revealed that the g-C3N4/Bi4O7 with g-C3N4 mass ratio of 30% exhibited the best photocatalytic activity...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448702/ketamine-for-depression-1-clinical-summary-of-issues-related-to-efficacy-adverse-effects-and-mechanism-of-action
#17
Chittaranjan Andrade
Ketamine is an anesthetic drug that is also used for off-label indications such as the mediation of analgesia and sedation in various settings. It is additionally recognized as an agent with antidepressant potential. For depression, it is most commonly administered as a slow intravenous infusion in subanesthetic doses (usually 0.5 mg/kg). As an antidepressant, is strikingly different from conventional antidepressant drugs in that it brings about rapid and marked attenuation of depressive symptoms even in patients with refractory depression...
April 2017: Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448545/vitamin-d3-induced-hypercalcemia-increases-carbon-tetrachloride-induced-hepatotoxicity-through-elevated-oxidative-stress-in-mice
#18
Hiroki Yoshioka, Haruki Usuda, Nobuhiko Miura, Nobuyuki Fukuishi, Tsunemasa Nonogaki, Satomi Onosaka
The aim of this study was to determine whether calcium potentiates acute carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) -induced toxicity. Elevated calcium levels were induced in mice by pre-treatment with cholecalciferol (vitamin D3; V.D3), a compound that has previously been shown to induce hypercalcemia in human and animal models. As seen previously, mice injected with CCl4 exhibited increased plasma levels of alanine aminotransferase, aspartate aminotransferase, and creatinine; transient body weight loss; and increased lipid peroxidation along with decreased total antioxidant power, glutathione, ATP, and NADPH...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448515/chronic-cocaine-induces-hif-vegf-pathway-activation-along-with-angiogenesis-in-the-brain
#19
Wei Yin, Kevin Clare, Qiujia Zhang, Nora D Volkow, Congwu Du
Cocaine induces vasoconstriction in cerebral vessels, which with repeated use can result in transient ischemic attacks and cerebral strokes. However, the neuroadaptations that follow cocaine's vasoconstricting effects are not well understood. Here, we investigated the effects of chronic cocaine exposure (2 and 4 weeks) on markers of vascular function and morphology in the rat brain. For this purpose we measured nitric oxide (NO) concentration in plasma, brain neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS or NOS1), HIF-1α, and VEGF expression in different brain regions, i...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448473/transcriptomic-analysis-of-calcium-remodeling-in-colorectal-cancer
#20
Enrique Pérez-Riesgo, Lucía G Gutiérrez, Daniel Ubierna, Alberto Acedo, Mary P Moyer, Lucía Núñez, Carlos Villalobos
Colorectal cancer (CRC) cells undergo the remodeling of intracellular Ca(2+) homeostasis, which contributes to cancer hallmarks such as enhanced proliferation, invasion and survival. Ca(2+) remodeling includes critical changes in store-operated Ca(2+) entry (SOCE) and Ca(2+) store content. Some changes have been investigated at the molecular level. However, since nearly 100 genes are involved in intracellular Ca(2+) transport, a comprehensive view of Ca(2+) remodeling in CRC is lacking. We have used Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) to investigate differences in expression of 77 selected gene transcripts involved in intracellular Ca(2+) transport in CRC...
April 27, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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