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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231514/the-social-and-economic-impact-of-biofortification-through-genetic-modification
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REVIEW
Hans De Steur, Matty Demont, Xavier Gellynck, Alexander J Stein
Genetic modification (GM) has been advocated as an alternative or complement to micronutrient interventions such as supplementation, fortification or dietary diversification. While proof-of-concept of various GM biofortified crops looks promising, the decision tree of policy makers is much more complex, and requires insight on their socio-economic impacts: Will it actually work? Is it financially sound? Will people accept it? Can it be implemented in a globalized world? This review shows that GM biofortification could effectively reduce the burden of micronutrient deficiencies, in an economically viable way, and is generally well received by target beneficiaries, despite some resistance and uncertainty...
February 20, 2017: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231331/mesenchymal-stromal-cells-mscs-induce-ex-vivo-proliferation-and-erythroid-commitment-of-cord-blood-haematopoietic-stem-cells-cb-cd34-cells
#2
Simone Perucca, Andrea Di Palma, Pier Paolo Piccaluga, Claudia Gemelli, Elisa Zoratti, Giulio Bassi, Edoardo Giacopuzzi, Andrea Lojacono, Giuseppe Borsani, Enrico Tagliafico, Maria Teresa Scupoli, Simona Bernardi, Camilla Zanaglio, Federica Cattina, Valeria Cancelli, Michele Malagola, Mauro Krampera, Mirella Marini, Camillo Almici, Sergio Ferrari, Domenico Russo
A human bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stromal cell (MSCs) and cord blood-derived CD34+ stem cell co-culture system was set up in order to evaluate the proliferative and differentiative effects induced by MSCs on CD34+ stem cells, and the reciprocal influences on gene expression profiles. After 10 days of co-culture, non-adherent (SN-fraction) and adherent (AD-fraction) CD34+ stem cells were collected and analysed separately. In the presence of MSCs, a significant increase in CD34+ cell number was observed (fold increase = 14...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230139/daring-deep-sea-explorers-armyworm-offensive-and-gm-rice-theft
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February 22, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229628/impaired-glucose-tolerance-after-streptozotocin-microinjection-into-the-mediodorsal-prefrontal-cortex-of-the-rat
#4
B Nagy, I Szabó, G Takács, B Csetényi, E Hormay, Z Karádi
The mediodorsal prefrontal cortex (mdPFC) is a key structure of the central glucose-monitoring (GM) neural network. Previous studies indicate that intracerebral streptozotocin (STZ) microinjection-induced destruction of local chemosensory neurons results in feeding and metabolic alterations. The present experiments aimed to examine whether STZ microinjection into the mdPFC causes metabolic deficits. To do so, glucose tolerance test (GTT) and measurements of plasma metabolites were performed in STZ-treated or control rats...
December 2016: Physiol Int
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229479/sampling-strategies-for-evaluating-the-rate-of-adventitious-transgene-presence-in-non-genetically-modified-crop-fields
#5
David Makowski, Rémi Bancal, Arnaud Bensadoun, Hervé Monod, Antoine Messéan
According to E.U. regulations, the maximum allowable rate of adventitious transgene presence in non-genetically modified (GM) crops is 0.9%. We compared four sampling methods for the detection of transgenic material in agricultural non-GM maize fields: random sampling, stratified sampling, random sampling + ratio reweighting, random sampling + regression reweighting. Random sampling involves simply sampling maize grains from different locations selected at random from the field concerned. The stratified and reweighting sampling methods make use of an auxiliary variable corresponding to the output of a gene-flow model (a zero-inflated Poisson model) simulating cross-pollination as a function of wind speed, wind direction, and distance to the closest GM maize field...
February 23, 2017: Risk Analysis: An Official Publication of the Society for Risk Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228714/narrative-organization-deficit-in-lewy-body-disorders-is-related-to-alzheimer-pathology
#6
Murray Grossman, David J Irwin, Charles Jester, Amy Halpin, Sharon Ash, Katya Rascovsky, Daniel Weintraub, Corey T McMillan
Background: Day-to-day interactions depend on conversational narrative, and we examine here the neurobiological basis for difficulty organizing narrative discourse in patients with Lewy body disorders (LBD). Method: Narrative organization was examined in 56 non-aphasic LBD patients, including a non-demented cohort (n = 30) with Parkinson's disease (PD) or PD-Mild Cognitive Impairment PD-MCI,) and a cohort with mild dementia (n = 26) including PD-dementia (PDD) and dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), with similar age and education but differing in MMSE (p < 0...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228281/dysregulation-of-the-cytokine-gm-csf-induces-spontaneous-phagocyte-invasion-and-immunopathology-in-the-central-nervous-system
#7
Sabine Spath, Juliana Komuczki, Mario Hermann, Pawel Pelczar, Florian Mair, Bettina Schreiner, Burkhard Becher
Chronic inflammatory diseases are influenced by dysregulation of cytokines. Among them, granulocyte macrophage colony stimulating factor (GM-CSF) is crucial for the pathogenic function of T cells in preclinical models of autoimmunity. To study the impact of dysregulated GM-CSF expression in vivo, we generated a transgenic mouse line allowing the induction of GM-CSF expression in mature, peripheral helper T (Th) cells. Antigen-independent GM-CSF release led to the invasion of inflammatory myeloid cells into the central nervous system (CNS), which was accompanied by the spontaneous development of severe neurological deficits...
February 21, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228272/commanding-cns-invasion-gm-csf
#8
Junjie Zhao, Lillian Sun, Xiaoxia Li
Granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF or Csf-2) is a pro-inflammatory mediator implicated in the pathogenesis of various autoimmune diseases. In this issue of Immunity, Spath et al. (2017) show that the dysregulated production of GM-CSF rather than IL-17 induces spontaneous immunopathology in a mouse model of CNS inflammation.
February 21, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227582/reconfigurable-analog-classifier-for-knee-joint-rehabilitation
#9
Sahil Shah, Hakan Toreyin, Omer T Inan, Jennifer Hasler, Sahil Shah, Hakan Toreyin, Omer T Inan, Jennifer Hasler, Sahil Shah, Jennifer Hasler, Omer T Inan, Hakan Toreyin
We present a System-On-Chip Field Programmable Analog Array (FPAA) for analyzing and processing the signals off an accelerometer for a wearable joint health assessment device. FPAAs have been shown to compute with an efficiency of 1000 times, as well as area efficiencies of 100 times, more than digital solutions. This work presents a low power signal processing system which allows us to extract features from the output of the accelerometer. These features are used by the classifier, implemented using a vector matrix multiplication and a two output 1-winner-take-all, to detect flexion and extension cycles in the subject...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227549/prediction-of-microsleeps-from-eeg-preliminary-results
#10
Reza Shoorangiz, Stephen J Weddell, Richard D Jones, Reza Shoorangiz, Stephen J Weddell, Richard D Jones, Stephen J Weddell, Reza Shoorangiz, Richard D Jones
Brief episodes of momentarily falling asleep - microsleeps - can have fatal consequences, especially in the transportation sector. In this study, the EEG data of eight subjects, while performing a 1-D tracking task, were used to predict imminent microsleeps. A novel algorithm was developed to improve the accuracy of microsleep identification from two independent measures: tracking performance and face-video. The uncertain labels of gold-standard were then pruned out. Additionally, the state of microsleep at 0...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226856/evaluation-of-the-electric-field-in-the-brain-during-transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-a-sensitivity-analysis
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Laura Santos, Miguel Martinho, Ricardo Salvador, Cornelia Wenger, Sofia R Fernandes, Oscar Ripolles, Giulio Ruffini, Pedro C Miranda, Laura Santos, Miguel Martinho, Ricardo Salvador, Cornelia Wenger, Sofia R Fernandes, Oscar Ripolles, Giulio Ruffini, Pedro C Miranda, Laura Santos, Miguel Martinho, Cornelia Wenger, Ricardo Salvador, Oscar Ripolles, Giulio Ruffini, Sofia R Fernandes, Pedro C Miranda
The use of computational modeling studies accounts currently for the best approach to predict the electric field (E-field) distribution in transcranial direct current stimulation. As with any model, the values attributed to the physical properties, namely the electrical conductivity of the tissues, affect the predicted E-field distribution. A wide range of values for the conductivity of most tissues is reported in the literature. In this work, we used the finite element method to compute the E-field induced in a realistic human head model for two electrode montages targeting the left dorso-lateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC)...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225337/multiple-cytokines-for-the-detection-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-infection-in-children-with-tuberculosis
#12
N Nausch, C Lundtoft, G Schulz, H Henckel, E Mayatepek, B Fleischer, F M Marx, M Jacobsen
SETTING: Interferon-gamma (IFN-γ) release assays (IGRAs) play an important role in the diagnosis of Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection. However, in children with tuberculosis (TB), some studies have shown increased frequencies of false-negative or indeterminate IGRA results. OBJECTIVE: To analyse the spectrum of different cytokines to improve the diagnostic accuracy of IGRAs in latent tuberculous infection (LTBI) and active TB. DESIGN: We performed multiplex cytokine expression analysis of QuantiFERON® Gold In-Tube supernatants in children with active TB (n = 21) and disease-free contacts with (n = 15) and without LTBI (n = 12), to determine the sensitivity and specificity of the modified tests...
March 1, 2017: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222797/melanoma-antigen-specific-effector-t-cell-cytokine-secretion-patterns-in-patients-treated-with-ipilimumab
#13
Yana G Najjar, Fei Ding, Yan Lin, Robert VanderWeele, Lisa H Butterfield, Ahmad A Tarhini
BACKGROUND: In a previously reported study, patients with regionally advanced melanoma were treated with neoadjuvant ipilimumab (ipi) (Tarhini in PLoS ONE 9(2): e87705, 3). Significant changes in circulating myeloid derived suppressor cells (MDSC), regulatory T cells (Treg) and peptide specific type I CD4(+) and CD8(+) T cells were noted at week 6 that correlated with clinical outcome. Characterization of antigen-specific effector T cell secreted cytokines may shed insights into ipi associated T cell activation and function...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222766/increased-cortical-lesion-load-and-intrathecal-inflammation-is-associated-with-oligoclonal-bands-in-multiple-sclerosis-patients-a-combined-csf-and-mri-study
#14
Gabriele Farina, Roberta Magliozzi, Marco Pitteri, Richard Reynolds, Stefania Rossi, Alberto Gajofatto, Maria Donata Benedetti, Francesco Facchiano, Salvatore Monaco, Massimiliano Calabrese
BACKGROUND: Although IgG oligoclonal bands (OCBs) in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) are a frequent phenomenon in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients, their relationship with grey matter lesions, intrathecal/meningeal inflammation and clinical evolution has not been clarified yet. The aim of our study was to assess the relationship between the OCBs, the inflammatory/neurodegenerative CSF profile at diagnosis, the cortical lesion load and the clinical evolution after 10 years. METHODS: This is a 10-year observational, cross-sectional study based on a combined MRI, cognitive and CSF profiling of the examined patients...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221031/%C3%AF-conjugated-discrete-oligomers-containing-planar-and-nonplanar-aromatic-motifs
#15
Ji Li, Anamaria Terec, Yue Wang, Hrishikesh Joshi, Yunpeng Lu, Handong Sun, Mihaiela C Stuparu
A new family of π-conjugated oligomers featuring a nonplanar polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon, corannulene, and a planar aromatic unit, thiophene, is synthesized through an iterative metal-catalyzed coupling protocol. The two structural motifs are connected through an acetylene linkage. In the shorter oligomers, a thiophene unit is attached to one or two corannulenes. In the higher analogues, two, three, and four thiophene units are placed in an alternating fashion with three, four, and five corannulene units, respectively...
February 21, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220120/neutrophil-extracellular-traps-and-its-implications-in-inflammation-an-overview
#16
REVIEW
Vidal Delgado-Rizo, Marco A Martínez-Guzmán, Liliana Iñiguez-Gutierrez, Alejandra García-Orozco, Anabell Alvarado-Navarro, Mary Fafutis-Morris
In addition to physical barriers, neutrophils are considered a part of the first line of immune defense. They can be found in the bloodstream, with a lifespan of 6-8 h, and in tissue, where they can last up to 7 days. The mechanisms that neutrophils utilize for host defense are phagocytosis, degranulation, cytokine production, and, the most recently described, neutrophil extracellular trap (NET) production. NETs are DNA structures released due to chromatin decondensation and spreading, and they thus occupy three to five times the volume of condensed chromatin...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220095/don-t-lose-your-brain-at-work-the-role-of-recurrent-novelty-at-work-in-cognitive-and-brain-aging
#17
Jan Oltmanns, Ben Godde, Axel H Winneke, Götz Richter, Claudia Niemann, Claudia Voelcker-Rehage, Klaus Schömann, Ursula M Staudinger
Cognitive and brain aging is strongly influenced by everyday settings such as work demands. Long-term exposure to low job complexity, for instance, has detrimental effects on cognitive functioning and regional gray matter (GM) volume. Brain and cognition, however, are also characterized by plasticity. We postulate that the experience of novelty (at work) is one important trigger of plasticity. We investigated the cumulative effect of recurrent exposure to work-task changes (WTC) at low levels of job complexity on GM volume and cognitive functioning of middle-aged production workers across a time window of 17 years...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219620/brain-structural-correlates-of-executive-and-social-cognition-profiles-in-behavioral-variant-frontotemporal-dementia-and-elderly-bipolar-disorder
#18
Sandra Baez, Clara Pinasco, María Roca, Jesica Ferrari, Blas Couto, Indira García-Cordero, Agustín Ibañez, Francy Cruz, Pablo Reyes, Diana Matallana, Facundo Manes, Marcelo Cetcovich, Teresa Torralva
An early stage of behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD) often displays a mix of behavioral disturbances and personality changes hindering a differential diagnosis from elderly bipolar disorder (BD), making this process a big challenge. However, no studies have compared these pathologies from neuropsychological and neuroanatomical perspectives. The aim of the present study was to compare the executive functions (EF) and social cognition profiles as well as the structural neuroimaging of bvFTD and elderly patients with BD...
February 17, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218975/stacking-transgenic-event-das-%C3%A3-15%C3%A3-7-1-alters-maize-composition-less-than-traditional-breeding
#19
Rod A Herman, Brandon J Fast, Peter N Scherer, Alyssa M Brune, Denise T de Cerqueira, Barry W Schafer, Ricardo D Ekmay, George G Harrigan, Greg A Bradfisch
The impact of crossing ("stacking") genetically modified (GM) events on maize-grain biochemical composition was compared with the impact of generating non-GM hybrids. The compositional similarity of seven GM stacks containing event DAS-Ø15Ø7-1 and their matched non-GM near-isogenic hybrids (iso-hybrids) was compared with the compositional similarity of concurrently grown non-GM hybrids and these same iso-hybrids. Scatter plots were used to visualize comparisons among hybrids and a coefficient of identity (percent of variation explained by line of identity) was calculated to quantify the relationships within analyte profiles...
February 20, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218904/the-protumorigenic-potential-of-fty720-by-promoting-extramedullary-hematopoiesis-and-mdsc-accumulation
#20
Y Li, T Zhou, Y Wang, C Ning, Z Lv, G Han, J C Morris, E N Taylor, R Wang, H Xiao, C Hou, Y Ma, B Shen, J Feng, R Guo, Y Li, G Chen
FTY720 (also called fingolimod) is recognized as an immunosuppressant and has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat refractory multiple sclerosis. However, long-term administration of FTY720 potentially increases the risk for cancer in recipients. The underlying mechanisms remain poorly understood. Herein, we provided evidence that FTY720 administration potentiated tumor growth. Mechanistically, FTY720 enhanced extramedullary hematopoiesis and massive accumulation of myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs), which actively suppressed antitumor immune responses...
February 20, 2017: Oncogene
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