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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140786/selection-of-an-anticalin%C3%A2-against-the-membrane-form-of-hsp70-via-bacterial-surface-display-and-its-theranostic-application-in-tumour-models
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Lars Friedrich, Petra Kornberger, Claudia T Mendler, Gabriele Multhoff, Markus Schwaiger, Arne Skerra
We describe the selection of Anticalins against a common tumour surface antigen, human Hsp70, using functional display on live E. coli cells as fusion with a truncated EspP autotransporter. While found intracellularly in normal cells, Hsp70 is frequently exposed in a membrane-bound state on the surface of tumour cells and, even more pronounced, in metastases or after radiochemotherapy. Employing a recombinant Hsp70 fragment comprising residues 383-548 as target, Anticalins were selected from a naive bacterial library...
November 27, 2017: Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140111/purging-exhausted-virus-specific-cd8-t-cell-phenotypes-by-somatic-cell-reprogramming
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Joshua Chan, Patrick Y Kim, Emiko Kranz, Yoshiko Nagaoka, YooJin Lee, Jing Wen, Heidi J Elsaesser, Meng Qin, David G Brooks, Gene-Errol Ringpis, Irvin S Y Chen, Masakazu Kamata
Cytotoxic T cells are critical in controlling virus infections. However, continuous antigen stimulation and negative regulatory factors cause CD8 T cells to enter a dysfunctional state (T cell exhaustion), resulting in viral persistence. We hypothesized that the exhausted T cell state could be molecularly rejuvenated using a somatic cell reprogramming technology, which is technically able to convert any types of cells to induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), to regenerate functional T cells capable of purging chronic infection...
November 2017: AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138416/plant-to-plant-communication-triggered-by-systemin-primes-anti-herbivore-resistance-in-tomato
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Mariangela Coppola, Pasquale Cascone, Valentina Madonna, Ilaria Di Lelio, Francesco Esposito, Concetta Avitabile, Alessandra Romanelli, Emilio Guerrieri, Alessia Vitiello, Francesco Pennacchio, Rosa Rao, Giandomenico Corrado
Plants actively respond to herbivory by inducing various defense mechanisms in both damaged (locally) and non-damaged tissues (systemically). In addition, it is currently widely accepted that plant-to-plant communication allows specific neighbors to be warned of likely incoming stress (defense priming). Systemin is a plant peptide hormone promoting the systemic response to herbivory in tomato. This 18-aa peptide is also able to induce the release of bioactive Volatile Organic Compounds, thus also promoting the interaction between the tomato and the third trophic level (e...
November 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135909/food-swamps-predict-obesity-rates-better-than-food-deserts-in-the-united-states
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Kristen Cooksey-Stowers, Marlene B Schwartz, Kelly D Brownell
This paper investigates the effect of food environments, characterized as food swamps, on adult obesity rates. Food swamps have been described as areas with a high-density of establishments selling high-calorie fast food and junk food, relative to healthier food options. This study examines multiple ways of categorizing food environments as food swamps and food deserts, including alternate versions of the Retail Food Environment Index. We merged food outlet, sociodemographic and obesity data from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Environment Atlas, the American Community Survey, and a commercial street reference dataset...
November 14, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135907/efavirenz-therapeutic-range-in-hiv-1-treatment-naive-participants
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Cindy J Bednasz, Charles S Venuto, Qing Ma, Eric S Daar, Paul E Sax, Margaret A Fischl, Ann C Collier, Kimberly Y Smith, Camlin Tierney, Yang Yang, Gregory E Wilding, Gene D Morse
BACKGROUND: Efavirenz is currently suggested as an alternative to recommended antiretroviral (ARV) regimens by the Department of Health and Human Services for the treatment of HIV-1 in ARV-naive patients. A mid-dosing interval therapeutic range between 1000 and 4000 ng/mL for efavirenz has been proposed in the literature, with patients more likely to experience virologic failure below this range and adverse effects above. The current study reports an analysis of virologic outcome between those above, below, or within the reported efavirenz therapeutic range (1000-4000 ng/mL) and within subgroups...
December 2017: Therapeutic Drug Monitoring
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134247/epigenetic-differences-between-na%C3%A3-ve-and-primed-pluripotent-stem-cells
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REVIEW
Saori Takahashi, Shin Kobayashi, Ichiro Hiratani
It has been 8 years since the concept of naïve and primed pluripotent stem cell states was first proposed. Both are states of pluripotency, but exhibit slightly different properties. The naïve state represents the cellular state of the preimplantation mouse blastocyst inner cell mass, while the primed state is representative of the post-implantation epiblast cells. These two cell types exhibit clearly distinct developmental potential, as evidenced by the fact that naïve cells are able to contribute to blastocyst chimeras, while primed cells cannot...
November 13, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130326/resting-state-network-functional-connectivity-patterns-associated-with-the-mindful-attention-awareness-scale
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Elena Bilevicius, Stephen D Smith, Jennifer Kornelsen
Mindfulness refers to attending to moment-to-moment experiences with acceptance and no judgment. Several scales have been developed to quantify different components of mindfulness. The Mindful Attention Awareness Scale (MAAS) is particularly sensitive to trait mindfulness and is proposed to measure the attentional component of mindfulness. The purpose of the current study was to identify the neural correlates of the MAAS in four resting state networks related to attention-the default mode network (DMN), the salience network (SN), and the left and right central executive network (lCEN and rCEN)...
November 12, 2017: Brain Connectivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129686/naive-like-esrrb-ipscs-with-the-capacity-for-rapid-neural-differentiation
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Fumihiko Kisa, Seiji Shiozawa, Keisuke Oda, Sho Yoshimatsu, Mari Nakamura, Ikuko Koya, Kenji Kawai, Sadafumi Suzuki, Hideyuki Okano
Several groups have reported the existence of a form of pluripotency that resembles that of mouse embryonic stem cells (mESCs), i.e., a naive state, in human pluripotent stem cells; however, the characteristics vary between reports. The nuclear receptor ESRRB is expressed in mESCs and plays a significant role in their self-renewal, but its expression has not been observed in most naive-like human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs). In this study, we modified several methods for converting hiPSCs into a naive state through the transgenic expression of several reprogramming factors...
November 3, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128871/neural-substrate-of-unrelenting-negative-symptoms-in-schizophrenia-a-longitudinal-resting-state-fmri-study
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Mingli Li, Wei Deng, Tushar Das, Yinfei Li, Liansheng Zhao, Xiaohong Ma, Yingcheng Wang, Hua Yu, Xiaojing Li, Ya-Jing Meng, Qiang Wang, Lena Palaniyappan, Tao Li
Developing a mechanistic insight into the specific brain processes that underpin improvement in negative symptoms can help us design novel chemical and physical treatments against these unrelenting symptoms. The aim of the present study is to explore the longitudinal changes in the brain's regional functional efficiency that accompany improvement in negative symptoms seen in first-episode patients with schizophrenia when treated with antipsychotic for 1 year. Forty-seven first-episode patients with schizophrenia were scanned at a drug-naive baseline state and followed up for 1 year to identify negative symptom responders (Rn) and non-responders (NRn)...
November 11, 2017: European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128307/rescue-of-glutamate-transport-in-the-lateral-habenula-alleviates-depression-and-anxiety-like-behaviors-in-ethanol-withdrawn-rats
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Seungwoo Kang, Jing Li, Alex Bekker, Jiang-Hong Ye
Alcoholism and psychiatric disorders like depression and anxiety are often comorbid. Although the mechanisms underlying this comorbidity are unclear, emerging evidence suggests that maladaptation of the glial glutamate transporter GLT-1 may play a role. Findings from animal and human studies have linked aversive states, including those related to drugs of abuse and depression, to aberrant activity in the lateral habenula (LHb). The relationship between GLT-1 maladaptation, LHb activity, and abnormal behaviors related to alcohol withdrawal, however, remains unknown...
November 8, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125549/klf2-in-regulation-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-mediated-immune-cell-function-and-inflammation
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REVIEW
Prerana Jha, Hiranmoy Das
KLF2 (Kruppel-like factor 2) is a member of the zinc finger transcription factor family, which critically regulates embryonic lung development, function of endothelial cells and maintenance of quiescence in T-cells and monocytes. It is expressed in naïve T-cells and monocytes, however its level of expression decreases during activation and differentiation. KLF2 also plays critical regulatory role in various inflammatory diseases and their pathogenesis. Nuclear factor-kappaB (NF-κB) is an important inducer of inflammation and the inflammation is mediated through the transcription of several proinflammatory cytokines, chemokines and adhesion molecules...
November 10, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123142/genomic-and-epidemiological-characterisation-of-a-dengue-virus-outbreak-among-blood-donors-in-brazil
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Nuno R Faria, Antonio Charlys da Costa, José Lourenço, Paula Loureiro, Maria Esther Lopes, Roberto Ribeiro, Cecilia Salete Alencar, Moritz U G Kraemer, Christian J Villabona-Arenas, Chieh-Hsi Wu, Julien Thézé, Kamran Khan, Shannon E Brent, Camila Romano, Eric Delwart, Brian Custer, Michael P Busch, Oliver G Pybus, Ester C Sabino
Outbreaks caused by Dengue, Zika and Chikungunya viruses can spread rapidly in immunologically naïve populations. By analysing 92 newly generated viral genome sequences from blood donors and recipients, we assess the dynamics of dengue virus serotype 4 during the 2012 outbreak in Rio de Janeiro. Phylogenetic analysis indicates that the outbreak was caused by genotype II, although two isolates of genotype I were also detected for the first time in Rio de Janeiro. Evolutionary analysis and modelling estimates are congruent, indicating a reproduction number above 1 between January and June, and at least two thirds of infections being unnoticed...
November 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29117691/theory-of-molecular-nonadiabatic-electron-dynamics-in-condensed-phases
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Kazuo Takatsuka
In light of the rapid progress of ultrafast chemical dynamics driven by the pulse lasers having width as short as several tens of attoseconds, we herein develop a theory of nonadiabatic electron wavepacket dynamics in condensed phases, with which to directly track the dynamics of electronic-state mixing such as electron transfer in liquid solvents. Toward this goal, we combine a theory of path-branching representation for nonadiabatic electron wavepacket dynamics in vacuum {a mixed quantum-classical representation, Yonehara and Takatsuka [J...
November 7, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29112076/virologic-suppression-and-cd4-cell-count-recovery-after-initiation-of-raltegravir-or-efavirenz-containing-hiv-treatment-regimens
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Jessie K Edwards, Stephen R Cole, H Irene Hall, W Christopher Mathews, Richard D Moore, Michael J Mugavero, Joseph J Eron
OBJECTIVE: To explore the effectiveness of raltegravir-based antiretroviral therapy (ART) on treatment response among ART-naive patients seeking routine clinical care. DESIGN: Cohort study of adults enrolled in HIV care in the United States. METHODS: We compared virologic suppression and CD4 cell count recovery over a 2.5 year period after initiation of an ART regimen containing raltegravir or efavirenz using observational data from a US clinical cohort, generalized to the US population of people with diagnosed HIV...
November 2, 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29107970/motor-expertise-facilitates-the-accuracy-of-state-extrapolation-in-perception
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Nicolas Ludolph, Jannis Plöger, Martin A Giese, Winfried Ilg
Predicting the behavior of objects in the environment is an important requirement to overcome latencies in the sensorimotor system and realize precise actions in rapid situations. Internal forward models that were acquired during motor training might not only be used for efficiently controlling fast motor behavior but also to facilitate extrapolation performance in purely perceptual tasks. In this study, we investigated whether preceding virtual cart-pole balancing training facilitates the ability to extrapolate the virtual pole motion...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29107662/methylphenidate-alters-brain-connectivity-after-enhanced-physical-performance
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Michael King, Keelyn Van Breda, Laurie H Rauch, Samantha J Brooks, Dan J Stein, Jonathan Ipser
Muscle fatigue is a disturbed homeostatic state characterized by a temporary inability to maintain force output and has lasting effects on the brain in the period immediately after exercise, such as decreased interhemispheric functional connectivity (FC). Stimulants that increase dopamine and norepinephrine neurotransmission can enhance performance during muscle fatiguing exercise (i.e. are ergogenic). We recently demonstrated that methylphenidate (MPH) increased force output and increased FC between the insular (IC) and hand motor cortex during a fatiguing handgrip task...
October 28, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29107212/distance-dependent-alterations-in-local-functional-connectivity-in-drug-naive-major-depressive-disorder
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Jiajia Zhu, Xiaodong Lin, Chongguang Lin, Chuanjun Zhuo
Previous studies using resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) have found abnormal functional connectivity in patients with major depressive disorder (MDD). Yet, effect of distance thresholds on local functional connectivity changes in MDD is largely unknown. Here, we used resting-state fMRI data and functional connectivity strength (FCS) method to test local functional connectivity differences at different distance thresholds between 47 drug-naive patients with MDD and 47 healthy controls...
October 25, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29095944/mif-inhibition-interferes-with-the-inflammatory-and-t-cell-stimulatory-capacity-of-nod-macrophages-and-delays-autoimmune-diabetes-onset
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Hannelie Korf, Laura Breser, Jelter Van Hoeck, Janet Godoy, Dana P Cook, Benoit Stijlemans, Elien De Smidt, Carolien Moyson, João Paulo Monteiro Carvalho Mori Cunha, Virginia Rivero, Conny Gysemans, Chantal Mathieu
Macrophages contribute in the initiation and progression of insulitis during type 1 diabetes (T1D). However, the mechanisms governing their recruitment into the islets as well as the manner of retention and activation are incompletely understood. Here, we investigated a role for macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) and its transmembrane receptor, CD74, in the progression of T1D. Our data indicated elevated MIF concentrations especially in long-standing T1D patients and mice. Additionally, NOD mice featured increased MIF gene expression and CD74+ leukocyte frequencies in the pancreas...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29094787/functional-dysconnectivity-of-the-limbic-loop-of-frontostriatal-circuits-in-first-episode-treatment-naive-schizophrenia
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Pan Lin, Xiaosheng Wang, Bei Zhang, Brian Kirkpatrick, Dost Öngür, James J Levitt, Jorge Jovicich, Shuqiao Yao, Xiang Wang
Frontostriatal circuits dysfunction has been implicated in the etiology and psychopathology of patients with schizophrenia (SZ). However, few studies have investigated SZ-related functional connectivity (FC) alterations in discrete frontostriatal circuits and their relationship with pathopsychology in first-episode schizophrenia (FESZ). The goal of this study was to identify dysfunctions in discrete frontostriatal circuits that are associated with key features of FESZ. To this end, a case-control, cross-sectional study was conducted, wherein resting-state (RS) functional magnetic resonance (fMRI) data were collected from 37 treatment-naïve FESZ patients and 29 healthy control (HC) subjects...
November 2, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29082293/reprogram-murine-epiblast-stem-cells-by-epigenetic-inhibitors
#20
Hui Zhang, Yali Dou
Pluripotent stem cells in the naïve state are highly useful in regenerative medicine and tissue engineering. A robust reprogramming of the primed murine Epiblast Stem Cells (EpiSCs) to naïve pluripotency is feasible via chemical-only approach. This protocol described a method to reprogram murine EpiSCs by MM-401 treatment, which blocks histone H3K4 methylation by MLL1/KMT2A.
March 5, 2017: Bio-protocol
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