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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109209/nostoc-thermotolerans-sp-nov-a-soil-dwelling-species-of-nostoc-cyanobacteria-isolated-from-madhya-pradesh-india
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Archana Suradkar, Chelsea Villanueva, Lira A Gaysina, Dale A Casamatta, Aniket Saraf, Gandhali Dighe, Ratnaprabha Mergu, Prashant Singh
A filamentous, soil dwelling cyanobacterial strain (9C-PS) was isolated from Mandsaur, Madhya Pradesh, India and is being described as new species of Nostoc. Extensive morphological and molecular characterization along with thorough assessment of ecology was performed. The style of filament orientation, type and nature of the sheath (e.g., distribution and visibility across the trichome), and vegetative and heterocyte cell dimensions and shape were assessed for more than a year employing both culture and naturally occurring samples...
January 19, 2017: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109185/folding-of-intrinsically-disordered-plant-lea-proteins-is-driven-by-glycerol-induced-crowding-and-the-presence-of-membranes
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Anne Bremer, Martin Wolff, Anja Thalhammer, Dirk K Hincha
Late embryogenesis abundant (LEA) proteins are related to cellular dehydration tolerance. Most LEA proteins are predicted to have no stable secondary structure in solution, i.e. to be intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs), but they may acquire α-helical structure upon drying. In the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana the LEA proteins COR15A and COR15B are highly induced upon cold treatment and are necessary for the plants to attain full freezing tolerance. Freezing leads to increased intracellular crowding due to dehydration by extracellular ice crystals...
January 21, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109164/assessment-of-biological-psychological-and-adherence-factors-in-the-prediction-of-step-down-treatment-for-patients-with-well-controlled-asthma
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Norihiro Saito, Akihito Kamata, Masamichi Itoga, Mami Tamaki, Hiroyuki Kayaba, Thomas Ritz
OBJECTIVES: Inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) and inhaled corticosteroids combined with long-acting beta2-agonist (ICS/LABA) are standard treatments for asthma. However, factors that might help reduce medication in well-controlled asthma are unknown. We classified problems of asthma patients into biological, psychological and adherence factors, and investigated factors associated with the indication and failure of a medication step-down treatment. METHODS: Two hundred twenty two well-controlled asthma patients receiving ICS or ICS/LABA were assessed for physical and psychiatric problems and followed up for one year from adjustment of their treatment step...
January 21, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Allergy: Journal of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109163/an-assessment-of-the-overexpression-of-bmp-2-in-transfected-human-osteoblast-cells-stimulated-by-mta-and-biodentine
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E M Rodrigues, A L G Cornélio, A S C Fuentes, L P Salles, M Velayutham, C Rossa-Junior, J M Guerreiro-Tanomaru, M Tanomaru-Filho
AIM: To evaluate the effect of MTA and Biodentine on viability, osteogenic differentiation and BMP-2 expression in osteogenic cells. METHODOLOGY: Saos-2 cells were used as a model of osteoblastic cells. Overexpression of BMP2 was induced by transfection of a CMV-driven plasmid construct including the human BMP-2 coding sequence and stably transfected cells were selected. Cell viability was assessed by the mitochondrial dehydrogenase enzymatic (MTT) assay. The bioactivity of the materials was evaluated by the Alkaline Phosphatase (ALP) assay and detection of calcium deposits with Alizarin Red Staining (ARS)...
January 21, 2017: International Endodontic Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109119/serotonin-transporter-protects-the-placental-cells-against-apoptosis-in-caspase-3-independent-pathway
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Coedy Hadden, Tariq Fahmi, Anthonya Cooper, Alena V Savenka, Vladimir V Lupashin, Drucilla J Roberts, Luc Maroteaux, Sylvie Hauguel-de Mouzon, Fusun Kilic
Serotonin (5-HT) and its specific transporter, SERT play important roles in pregnancy. Using placentas dissected from 18d gestational SERT-knock out (KO), peripheral 5-HT (TPH1)-KO and wild-type (WT) mice, we explored the role of 5-HT and SERT in placental functions in detail. An abnormal thick band of fibrosis and necrosis under the giant cell layer in SERT-KO placentas appeared only moderately in TPH1-KO and minimally present in WT placentas. The majority of the changes were located at the junctional zone of the placentas in SERT...
January 21, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109042/expression-and-characterization-of-a-codon-optimized-blood-coagulation-factor-viii
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S A Shestopal, J-J Hao, E Karnaukhova, Y Liang, M V Ovanesov, M Lin, J H Kurasawa, T K Lee, J H McVey, A G Sarafanov
BACKGROUND: Production of recombinant factor VIII (FVIII) is challenging due to its low expression. It was previously shown that codon-optimization of a B domain-deleted FVIII (BDD-FVIII) cDNA resulted in increased protein expression. However, it is well-recognized that synonymous mutations may affect the protein structure and function. OBJECTIVES: To compare biochemical properties of a BDD-FVIII expressed from codon-optimized (CO) and the wild-type (WT) cDNAs. METHODS: Each variant of the BDD-FVIII was expressed in several independent CHO cell lines, generated using a lentiviral platform...
January 21, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108988/blood-brain-barrier-closure-time-after-controlled-ultrasound-induced-opening-is-independent-of-opening-volume
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Meaghan A O'Reilly, Olivia Hough, Kullervo Hynynen
OBJECTIVES: Microbubble-mediated focused ultrasound (US) opening of the blood-brain barrier (BBB) has shown promising results for the treatment of brain tumors and conditions such as Alzheimer disease. Practical clinical implementation of focused US treatments would aim to treat a substantial portion of the brain; thus, the safety of opening large volumes must be investigated. This study investigated whether the opened volume affects the time for the BBB to be restored after treatment...
January 21, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108976/phenotypic-and-biochemical-alterations-in-relation-to-mt2-gene-expression-in-plantago-ovata-forsk-under-zinc-stress
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Paulami Pramanick, Anindita Chakraborty, Sarmistha Sen Raychaudhuri
Plantago ovata Forsk is an annual herb with immense medicinal importance, the seed and husk of which is used in the treatment of chronic constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea since ancient times. Zinc, an essential metal, is required by plants as they form important components of zinc finger proteins and also aid in synthesis of photosynthetic pigments such as chlorophyll. However, in excess amount Zn causes chlorosis of leaf and shoot tissues and generate reactive oxygen species. The present study is aimed at investigating the changes in expression levels of MT2 gene in Plantago ovata under zinc stress...
January 20, 2017: Biometals: An International Journal on the Role of Metal Ions in Biology, Biochemistry, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108973/development-and-evaluation-of-buccal-films-based-on-chitosan-for-the-potential-treatment-of-oral-candidiasis
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G Tejada, M G Barrera, G N Piccirilli, M Sortino, A Frattini, C J Salomón, María C Lamas, Darío Leonardi
In this work, chitosan films were prepared by a casting/solvent evaporation methodology using pectin or hydroxypropylmethyl cellulose to form polymeric matrices. Miconazole nitrate, as a model drug, was loaded into such formulations. These polymeric films were characterized in terms of mechanical properties, adhesiveness, and swelling as well as drug release. Besides, the morphology of raw materials and films was investigated by scanning electron microscopy; interactions between polymers were analyzed by infrared spectroscopy and drug crystallinity studied by differential scanning calorimetry and X-ray diffraction...
January 20, 2017: AAPS PharmSciTech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108943/is-the-assessment-of-5-meters-of-gait-with-a-single-body-fixed-sensor-enough-to-recognize-idiopathic-parkinson-s-disease-associated-gait
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M E Micó-Amigo, I Kingma, G S Faber, A Kunikoshi, J M T van Uem, R C van Lummel, W Maetzler, J H van Dieën
Quantitative assessment of gait in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) is an important step in addressing motor symptoms and improving clinical management. Based on the assessment of only 5 meters of gait with a single body-fixed-sensor placed on the lower back, this study presents a method for the identification of step-by-step kinematic parameters in 14 healthy controls and in 28 patients at early-to-moderate stages of idiopathic PD. Differences between groups in step-by-step kinematic parameters were evaluated to understand gait impairments in the PD group...
January 20, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108933/modelling-genome-wide-topological-associating-domains-in-mouse-embryonic-stem-cells
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Y Zhan, L Giorgetti, G Tiana
Chromosome conformation capture (3C)-based techniques such as chromosome conformation capture carbon copy (5C) and Hi-C revealed that the folding of mammalian chromosomes is highly hierarchical. A fundamental structural unit in the hierarchy is represented by topologically associating domains (TADs), sub-megabase regions of the genome within which the chromatin fibre preferentially interacts. 3C-based methods provide the mean contact probabilities between chromosomal loci, averaged over a large number of cells, and do not give immediate access to the single-cell conformations of the chromatin fibre...
January 20, 2017: Chromosome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108873/does-employment-related-resilience-affect-the-relationship-between-childhood-adversity-community-violence-and-depression
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Seth L Welles, Falguni Patel, Mariana Chilton
Depression is a barrier to employment among low-income caregivers receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and exposure to community violence (ECV) are often associated with depression. Using baseline data of 103 TANF caregivers of young children of the Building Wealth and Health Network Randomized Controlled Trial Pilot, this study investigated associations of two forms of employment-related resilience-self-efficacy and employment hope-with exposure to adversity/violence and depression, measured by the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression (CES-D) short form...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Urban Health: Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108864/is-raf1-protein-from-synechocystis-sp-pcc-6803-really-needed-in-the-cyanobacterial-rubisco-assembly-process
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Piotr Kolesinski, Malgorzata Rydzy, Andrzej Szczepaniak
Ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase (Rubisco) is responsible for carbon dioxide conversion during photosynthesis and, therefore, is the most important protein in biomass generation. Modifications of this biocatalyst toward improvements in its properties are hindered by the complicated and not yet fully understood assembly process required for the formation of active holoenzymes. An entire set of auxiliary factors, including chaperonin GroEL/GroES and assembly chaperones RbcX or Rubisco accumulation factor 1 (RAF1), is involved in the folding and subsequent assembly of Rubisco subunits...
January 20, 2017: Photosynthesis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108840/differences-in-monoterpene-biosynthesis-and-accumulation-in-pistacia-palaestina-leaves-and-aphid-induced-galls
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Karin Rand, Einat Bar, Matan Ben Ari, Rachel Davidovich-Rikanati, Natalia Dudareva, Moshe Inbar, Efraim Lewinsohn
Certain insect species can induce gall formation on numerous plants species. Although the mechanism of gall development is largely unknown, it is clear that insects manipulate their hosts' anatomy, physiology, and chemistry for their own benefit. It is well known that insect-induced galls often contain vast amounts of plant defensive compounds as compared to non-colonized tissues, but it is not clear if defensive compounds can be produced in situ in the galled tissues. To answer this question, we analyzed terpene accumulation patterns and possible independent biosynthetic potential of galls induced by the aphid Baizongia pistaciae L...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Chemical Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108684/ability-of-icu-health-care-professionals-to-identify-patient-ventilator-asynchrony-using-waveform-analysis
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Ivan I Ramirez, Daniel H Arellano, Rodrigo S Adasme, Jose M Landeros, Francisco A Salinas, Alvaro G Vargas, Francisco J Vasquez, Ignacio A Lobos, Magdalena L Oyarzun, Ruben D Restrepo
BACKGROUND: Waveform analysis by visual inspection can be a reliable, noninvasive, and useful tool for detecting patient-ventilator asynchrony. However, it is a skill that requires a properly trained professional. METHODS: This observational study was conducted in 17 urban ICUs. Health-care professionals (HCPs) working in these ICUs were asked to recognize different types of asynchrony shown in 3 evaluation videos. The health-care professionals were categorized according to years of experience, prior training in mechanical ventilation, profession, and number of asynchronies identified correctly...
February 2017: Respiratory Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108666/antibiotic-induced-elevations-of-plasma-bile-acids-in-rats-independent-of-bsep-inhibition
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Yutai Li, Michael J Hafey, Hong Duong, Raymond Evers, Kyeongmi Cheon, Daniel J Holder, Alema Galijatovic-Idrizbegovic, Frank D Sistare, Warren E Glaab
Drug-induced liver injury (DILI) is a common toxicity observed in drug development and can lead to withdrawal of approved drugs from the market. To better understand the numerous mechanisms of DILI, recent efforts have focused on transporter inhibition, specifically liver canalicular bile salt export pump (Bsep) as one mechanism of DILI, and on the potential use of plasma bile acids as monitorable mechanism-based biomarkers of Bsep inhibition. To explore alternative mechanisms of bile acid increases in plasma, six antibiotic and two non-antibiotic drugs unlikely to be Bsep inhibitors were evaluated in rat studies...
January 20, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108639/prevalence-of-epilepsy-seizures-as-a-comorbidity-of-neurologic-disorders-in-nursing-homes
#17
Angela K Birnbaum, Ilo E Leppik, Kenneth Svensden, Lynn E Eberly
OBJECTIVE: To determine the prevalence of epilepsy/seizure (epi/sz) comorbid with other neurologic disorders in elderly nursing home residents and to examine demographic and regional variability and associations with clinical characteristics. METHODS: We studied 5 cross-sectional cohorts of all residents in any Medicare/Medicaid-certified nursing home in the United States on July 15 of each year from 2003 to 2007. Epi/sz was identified by ICD-9 codes (345.xx or 780...
January 20, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108628/metabolic-reprogramming-by-folate-restriction-leads-to-a-less-aggressive-cancer-phenotype
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Zahra Ashkavand, Ciara O'Flanagan, Mirko Hennig, Xiuxia Du, Stephen D Hursting, Sergey A Krupenko
: Folate coenzymes are involved in biochemical reactions of one-carbon transfer, and deficiency of this vitamin impairs cellular proliferation, migration, and survival in many cell types. Here, the effect of folate restriction on mammary cancer was evaluated using three distinct breast cancer subtypes differing in their aggressiveness and metastatic potential: noninvasive basal-like (E-Wnt), invasive but minimally metastatic claudin-low (M-Wnt), and highly metastatic claudin-low (metM-Wnt(liver)) cell lines, each derived from the same pool of MMTV-Wnt-1 transgenic mouse mammary tumors...
January 20, 2017: Molecular Cancer Research: MCR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108557/low-level-mhc-class-ii-expression-leads-to-suboptimal-th-cell-response-increased-autoaggression-and-heightened-cytokine-inducibility
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Yi-Ting Chen, Yu-Chia Su, Mei-Ling Chang, Pi-Fang Tsai, John T Kung
The development and activation of MHC class II (MHC-II)-restricted CD4(+) T cells are distinct immunological processes that are strictly MHC-II-dependent. To address their relative dependence on MHC-II, we established a novel ENU-induced mutant mouse on the C57BL/6 background, named I-A(12%), with ∼8-fold reduced I-A expression on the surface of B cells, dendritic cells, cortical thymic epithelial cells, and medullary thymic epithelial cells. I-A(100%) and I-A(12%) mice are highly similar with respect to the numbers of double-positive thymocytes, CD4(+)CD8(-) T cells, regulatory T cells, CD4(+) T cell marker expression, lifespan, and Th/regulatory T cell function...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108552/predicted-residual-error-sum-of-squares-of-mixed-models-an-application-to-genomic-prediction
#20
Shizhong Xu
Genomic prediction is a statistical method to predict phenotypes of polygenic traits using high throughput genomic data. Most diseases and behaviors in human and animals are polygenic traits. The majority of agronomic traits in crops are also polygenic. Accurate prediction of these traits can help medical professionals diagnose acute diseases and breeders to increase food products, and therefore, significantly contribute to human health and global food security. The best linear unbiased prediction (BLUP) is an important tool to analyze high throughput genomic data for prediction...
January 20, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
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