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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107768/arabidopsis-protein-s-acyl-transferase4-mediates-root-hair-growth
#1
Zhi-Yuan Wan, Sen Chai, Fu-Rong Ge, Qiang-Nan Feng, Yan Zhang, Sha Li
Polar growth of root hairs is critical for plant survival and necessitates fine-tuned ROP signaling. Multiple ROP regulators participate in root hair growth. However, protein S-acyl transferases (PATs), mediating the S-acylation and membrane partitioning of ROPs, are yet to be found. By using a reverse genetic approach, combining fluorescence probes, pharmacological drugs, site-directed mutagenesis, and genetic analysis with related root-hair mutants, we have identified and characterized an Arabidopsis PAT, which may be responsible for ROP2 S-acylation in root hairs...
January 20, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107759/multiple-primary-pulmonary-meningiomas-20-year-follow-up-findings-for-a-first-reported-case-confirming-a-benign-biological-nature
#2
Yukitoshi Satoh, Yuichi Ishikawa
INTRODUCTION: Primary pulmonary meningiomas (PPMs) are very rare neoplasms, and we reported the first multiple case of PPMs in 1998. Usually, PPMs are slow-growing tumors with a good prognosis. Herein, we reported a rare multiple case of PPMs with an extremely long clinical course. PRESENTATION OF THE CASE: An 84-year-old Japanese woman with a history of multiple PPMs histologically confirmed as having a right-sided slowly growing lung nodule for 20 years. In 2010, we also reported the additional clinical course in the initial case 10 years after surgery implying a benign biological nature...
January 7, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107744/sensitive-detection-of-t4-polynucleotide-kinase-activity-based-on-multifunctional-magnetic-probes-and-polymerization-nicking-reactions-mediated-hyperbranched-rolling-circle-amplification
#3
Xia Li, Xiaowen Xu, Juan Song, Qingwang Xue, Chenzhong Li, Wei Jiang
T4 polynucleotide kinase (PNK) plays critical roles in regulating DNA phosphorylation modes during the repair of DNA lesions. The aberrant activity of T4 PNK has been proven to be associated with a variety of human pathologies. Sensitive detection of T4 PNK activity is critical to both clinical diagnosis and therapeutics. Herein, a background-eliminated fluorescence assay for sensitive detection of T4 PNK activity has been developed by multifunctional magnetic probes and polymerization nicking reactions mediated hyperbranched rolling circle amplification (HRCA)...
January 12, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107722/microalgae-biorefinery-high-value-products-perspectives
#4
Kit Wayne Chew, Jing Ying Yap, Pau Loke Show, Ng Hui Suan, Joon Ching Juan, Tau Chuan Ling, Duu-Jong Lee, Jo-Shu Chang
Microalgae have received much interest as a biofuel feedstock in response to the uprising energy crisis, climate change and depletion of natural sources. Development of microalgal biofuels from microalgae does not satisfy the economic feasibility of overwhelming capital investments and operations. Hence, high-value co-products have been produced through the extraction of a fraction of algae to improve the economics of a microalgae biorefinery. Examples of these high-value products are pigments, proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, vitamins and anti-oxidants, with applications in cosmetics, nutritional and pharmaceuticals industries...
January 10, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107689/development-and-validation-of-a-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry-method-for-the-assay-of-tafamidis-in-rat-plasma-application-to-a-pharmacokinetic-study-in-rats
#5
Hun-Chan Hyun, Jong-Woo Jeong, Hye-Rim Kim, Ji-Hoon Oh, Jong-Hwa Lee, Sungwook Choi, Yeon-Soo Kim, Tae-Sung Koo
Tafamidis is a first-in-class inhibitor of transthyretin amyloid fibril formation. It has been available in Argentina, Japan, and Mexico for the treatment of transthyretin amyloidosis in adult patients with early-stage symptomatic polyneuropathy. In this study, a rapid and sensitive liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry method was developed and validated for the assay of tafamidis in rat plasma. The method was also assessed for its applicability to pharmacokinetic studies in rats. Tafamidis was extracted from rat plasma by the liquid-liquid extraction method using hydrochloric acid and ethyl acetate...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107653/re-assessing-acalculia-distinguishing-spatial-and-purely-arithmetical-deficits-in-right-hemisphere-damaged-patients
#6
S Benavides-Varela, D Piva, F Burgio, L Passarini, G Rolma, F Meneghello, C Semenza
Arithmetical deficits in right-hemisphere damaged patients have been traditionally considered secondary to visuo-spatial impairments, although the exact relationship between the two deficits has rarely been assessed. The present study implemented a voxelwise lesion analysis among 30 right-hemisphere damaged patients and a controlled, matched-sample, cross-sectional analysis with 35 cognitively normal controls regressing three composite cognitive measures on standardized numerical measures. The results showed that patients and controls significantly differ in Number comprehension, Transcoding, and Written operations, particularly subtractions and multiplications...
December 26, 2016: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107629/discovery-of-1-2-3-triazole-derivatives-for-multimodality-pet-ct-cryoimaging-of-myelination-in-the-central-nervous-system
#7
Chunying Wu, Brendan Eck, Sheng Zhang, Junqing Zhu, Anand Dev Tiwari, Yifan Zhang, Yunjie Zhu, Jinming Zhang, Bin Wang, Xizhen Wang, Xu Wang, Jingqiang You, Jian Wang, Yihui Guan, Xingdang Liu, Xin Yu, Bruce D Trapp, Robert Miller, Jerry Silver, David Wilson, Yanming Wang
Myelin pathology is present in many neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis (MS) and traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI). To facilitate development of novel therapies aimed at myelin repair, we set out to develop imaging agents that permit direct quantification of myelination in vivo. In this work, we designed and synthesized a series of fluorescent fluorinated myelin imaging agents that can be used for in vivo positron emission tomography (PET) imaging combined with subsequent post-mortem fluorescent cryoimaging...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107621/a-molecular-dynamics-study-of-water-flow-across-multiple-layers-of-pristine-oxidized-and-mixed-regions-of-graphene-oxide
#8
Jon Alexander Lewis Willcox, Hyung J Kim
A molecular dynamics graphene oxide model is used to shed light on commonly overlooked features of graphene oxide membranes. The model features both perpendicular and parallel water flow across multiple sheets of pristine and/or oxidized graphene to simulate "brick-and-mortar" microstructures. Additionally, regions of pristine/oxidized graphene overlap which have thus far been overlooked in the literature are explored. Differences in orientational and hydrogen-bonding features between adjacent layers of water in this mixed region are found to be even more prominent than differences between pristine and oxidized channels...
January 20, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107603/desmopressin-octostim%C3%A2-before-a-native-kidney-biopsy-can-reduce-the-risk-for-biopsy-complications-in-patients-with-impaired-renal-function-a-pilot-study
#9
Björn Peters, Henrik Hadimeri, Johan Mölne, Salmir Nasic, Gert Jensen, Bernd Stegmayr
AIM: To evaluate if the administration of desmopressin alters the risk for renal biopsy complications. METHODS: A multicenter registry containing 576 native kidney biopsies (NKb) with a serum creatinine above 150 µmol/L in 527 patients (372 men and 155 women, median age 61 years) was used. Most of the data were prospective. At one of the hospitals all biopsies with creatinine above 150 µmol/L received desmopressin before biopsies (NKb 204). These were compared to outcome of biopsy complications against other centres where desmopressin was not given (NKb 372)...
January 20, 2017: Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107601/predictors-of-liver-histological-changes-and-a-sustained-response-to-peginterferon-among-chronic-hepatitis-b-e-antigen-positive-patients-with-normal-or-minimally-elevated-alanine-aminotransferase-levels
#10
Jie Chen, Cheng-Run Xu, Min Xi, Wei-Wei Hu, Zheng-Hao Tang, Guo-Qing Zhang
BACKGROUND: A proportion of chronic hepatitis B (CHB) patients with normal or only minimally elevated ALT levels display significant histologic changes, and would benefit from antiviral therapy. OBJECTIVES: We aim to evaluate the histologic abnormalities seen in these patients, and then determine which of them would most likely respond to peginterferon therapy. METHODS: One hundred and thirteen hepatitis B e antigen (HBeAg)-positive patients with a normal or minimally elevated ALT level and moderate to severe histologic changes in their liver tissue were selected to receive peginterferon monotherapy and participate in a followup analysis...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Viral Hepatitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107598/dropout-in-clinical-trials-of-pharmacologic-treatment-for-methamphetamine-dependence-the-role-of-initial-abstinence
#11
Ryan Cook, Brendan Quinn, Keith Heinzerling, Steve Shoptaw
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: High rates of loss to follow-up represent a significant challenge to clinical trials of pharmacologic treatments for methamphetamine (MA) use disorder. We aimed to estimate and test the relationship between achieving and maintaining abstinence in the initial weeks of study participation and subsequent retention in such trials, hypothesizing that participants able to achieve early abstinence would be less likely to drop out. DESIGN: Data from four randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of pharmacologic treatments for MA use disorder were pooled and analyzed using a random-effects approach...
January 20, 2017: Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107584/targeting-of-tumor-growth-and-angiogenesis-underlies-the-enhanced-antitumor-activity-of-lenvatinib-in-combination-with-everolimus
#12
Masahiro Matsuki, Yusuke Adachi, Yoichi Ozawa, Takayuki Kimura, Taisuke Hoshi, Kiyoshi Okamoto, Osamu Tohyama, Kaoru Mitsuhashi, Atsumi Yamaguchi, Junji Matsui, Yasuhiro Funahashi
The combination of lenvatinib-a multiple receptor tyrosine kinase (RTK) inhibitor-plus everolimus-a mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) inhibitor-significantly improved clinical outcomes versus everolimus monotherapy in a phase 2 clinical study of metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC). Here, we investigated potential mechanisms underlying the antitumor activity of the combination treatment in preclinical RCC models. Lenvatinib plus everolimus showed greater antitumor activity than either monotherapy in 3 human RCC xenograft mouse models (A-498, Caki-1, and Caki-2)...
January 20, 2017: Cancer Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107578/patient-satisfaction-and-the-waiting-room-in-mohs-surgery-appropriate-pre-warning-may-abrogate-boredom
#13
F R Ali, F Al-Niaimi, E E Craythorne, R Patalay, R Mallipeddi
Patient satisfaction in dermatology consultations has rightly been afforded attention by De Salins and colleagues.(1) When considering the patient journey through an outpatient appointment, a significant proportion of time is spent in the waiting room, a period which is poorly understood and may contribute to patient anxiety and perceived satisfaction with treatment.(2) In our outpatient Mohs micrographic surgery (MMS) unit, patients may be waiting for several hours in total whilst histological specimens are processed and analysed, prior to reconstruction, particularly if multiple MMS stages are needed...
January 20, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107556/do-post-concussion-like-symptom-responses-change-following-exercise-or-sports-participation-in-a-non-concussed-cohort
#14
Arun Prasad Balasundaram, Josie Athens, Anthony G Schneiders, Paul McCrory, S John Sullivan
The purpose of this study were; 1) To determine the reliable change in post concussion-like symptoms reported following self-selected exercise or sports activities. 2) To explore the potential influence of gender and exercise parameters on post concussion-like symptoms reported by a non-concussed cohort following exercise/training. A pre-post observational design was used. A convenience sample of students aged 18-30 years who visited a university recreation centre to engage in their chosen exercise activity, and a purposeful sample of men's and women's rugby union players engaged in their regular training sessions...
January 20, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107548/mri-based-prostate-cancer-detection-with-high-level-representation-and-hierarchical-classification
#15
Yulian Zhu, Li Wang, Mingxia Liu, Chunjun Qian, Ambereen Yousuf, Aytekin Oto, Dinggang Shen
PURPOSE: Extracting the high-level feature representation by using deep neural networks for detection of prostate cancer, and then based on high-level feature representation for constructing hierarchical classification to refine the detection results. METHODS: High-level feature representation is first learned by a deep learning network, where multi-parametric MR images are used as the input data. Then, based on the learned high-level features, a hierarchical classification method is developed, where multiple random forest classifiers are iteratively constructed to refine the detection results of prostate cancer...
January 20, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107546/bone-marrow-stroma-protects-myeloma-cells-from-cytotoxic-damage-via-induction-of-the-oncoprotein-muc1
#16
Michal Bar-Natan, Dina Stroopinsky, Katarina Luptakova, Maxwell D Coll, Arie Apel, Hasan Rajabi, Athalia R Pyzer, Kristen Palmer, Michaela R Reagan, Myrna R Nahas, Rebecca Karp Leaf, Salvia Jain, Jon Arnason, Irene M Ghobrial, Kenneth C Anderson, Donald Kufe, Jacalyn Rosenblatt, David Avigan
Multiple myeloma (MM) is a lethal haematological malignancy that arises in the context of a tumour microenvironment that promotes resistance to apoptosis and immune escape. In the present study, we demonstrate that co-culture of MM cells with stromal cells results in increased resistance to cytotoxic and biological agents as manifested by decreased rates of cell death following exposure to alkylating agents and the proteosome inhibitor, bortezomib. To identify the mechanism of increased resistance, we examined the effect of the co-culture of MM cells with stroma cells, on expression of the MUC1 oncogene, known to confer tumour cells with resistance to apoptosis and necrosis...
January 20, 2017: British Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107525/longitudinal-testing-of-olfactory-and-gustatory-function-in-patients-with-multiple-sclerosis
#17
Florian Cornelius Uecker, Heidi Olze, Hagen Kunte, Christian Gerz, Önder Göktas, Lutz Harms, Felix Alexander Schmidt
BACKGROUND: The aim of the study was to investigate changes of the olfactory and gustatory capacity in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). METHODOLOGY: 20 MS patients were tested longitudinally for 3 years after initial testing. The Threshold Discrimination Identification test (TDI) was used for subjective olfactometry. Objective olfactometry was performed by registering olfactory evoked potentials (OEP) by EEG. The Taste Strip Test (TST) was used for gustatory testing...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107520/pgrmc1-is-a-novel-potential-tumor-biomarker-of-human-renal-cell-carcinoma-based-on-quantitative-proteomic-and-integrative-biological-assessments
#18
Dan Zhang, Xiangying Xia, Xixi Wang, Peng Zhang, Weiliang Lu, Yamei Yu, Shi Deng, Hanshuo Yang, Hongxia Zhu, Ningzhi Xu, Shufang Liang
Progesterone receptor membrane component 1 (PGRMC1) is widely observed with an elevated level in multiple human cancers. However, the roles of PGRMC1 in renal cancer are not clear and merit further study. In this report, we made a systematic, integrative biological assessment for PGRMC1 in renal cell carcinoma (RCC) by a quantitative proteomic identification, immunohistochemical detection, and its clinic pathologic significance analysis. We found that PGRMC1 abundance is increased by 3.91-fold in RCC tissues compared with its autologous para-cancerous tissues by a quantitative proteome identification...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107515/regulatory-mechanisms-underlying-the-expression-of-prolactin-receptor-in-chicken-granulosa-cells
#19
Shenqiang Hu, Raj Duggavathi, David Zadworny
Prolactin (PRL) has both pro- and anti-gonadal roles in the regulation of avian ovarian functions through its interaction with the receptor (PRLR). However, neither the pattern of expression of PRLR nor its regulatory mechanisms during follicle development have been clearly defined. The objective of the present study was to investigate mechanisms of PRLR expression in chicken granulosa cells. Levels of PRLR transcript were highest in the stroma and walls of follicles < 2 mm in diameter and progressively declined with the maturation of follicles...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107514/karyopherin-alpha-proteins-regulate-oligodendrocyte-differentiation
#20
Benjamin M Laitman, John N Mariani, Chi Zhang, Setsu Sawai, Gareth R John
Proper regulation of the coordinated transcriptional program that drives oligodendrocyte (OL) differentiation is essential for central nervous system myelin formation and repair. Nuclear import, mediated in part by a group of karyopherin alpha (Kpna) proteins, regulates transcription factor access to the genome. Understanding how canonical nuclear import functions to control genomic access in OL differentiation may aid in the creation of novel therapeutics to stimulate myelination and remyelination. Here, we show that members of the Kpna family regulate OL differentiation, and may play distinct roles downstream of different pro-myelinating stimuli...
2017: PloS One
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