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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646666/detection-of-mycobacterium-avium-subspecies-paratuberculosis-in-powdered-infant-formula-using-is900-quantitative-pcr-and-liquid-culture-media
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Kamal R Acharya, Navneet K Dhand, Richard J Whittington, Karren M Plain
Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis (MAP) has been implicated in Crohn's disease in humans resulting in public concern over the presence of MAP in powdered infant formula, which could contribute towards early human exposure to MAP or MAP components. Testing of representative powdered infant formula samples using effective tests is required to provide information on contamination of infant formula with MAP, so that consumers can make informed decisions. This study aimed to test representative powdered infant formula samples for the presence of MAP using a quantitative PCR and liquid culture method...
June 8, 2017: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646648/natural-history-of-a-viral-cohesive-end-site-cosn-of-the-%C3%AE-like-phages
#2
Nicole Vahanian, Choon Seok Oh, Jean Sippy, Michael Feiss
The base pairs of cosN, the site where the 12 base-long cohesive ends are generated in λ-like phages, show partial-two fold rotational symmetry. In a bioinformatic survey, we found that the cosN changes in 12 natural cosN variants are restricted to bp 6-to-12 of the cohesive end sequence. In contrast, bp 1-5 of the cohesive end sequence are strictly conserved (13/13), as are the two bp flanking the left nicking site (bp -2 and -1). The bp flanking the right nick site (bp 13 and 14) are conserved in 12 of 13 variants...
June 21, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646585/prognostic-value-of-cell-cycle-arrest-biomarkers-in-patients-at-high-risk-for-acute-kidney-injury-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#3
REVIEW
Hui-Miao Jia, Li-Feng Huang, Yue Zheng, Wen-Xiong Li
AIM: Urinary tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase-2 (TIMP-2) and insulin-like growth factor binding protein 7 (IGFBP7) are G1 cell cycle arrest biomarkers. This systematic review aimed to evaluate the prognostic value of urinary [TIMP-2]·[IGFBP7] in patients at high risk for AKI. METHODS: The MEDLINE (via PubMed), Ovid, EMBASE and Cochrane Library databases were systematically searched from inception to December 25, 2016. Original clinical studies which met the eligibility criteria were included in this study...
June 24, 2017: Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646493/src-family-kinase-phosphorylation-of-the-motor-domain-of-the-human-kinesin-5-eg5
#4
Kathleen G Bickel, Barbara J Mann, Joshua S Waitzman, Taylor A Poor, Sarah E Rice, Patricia Wadsworth
Spindle formation in mammalian cells requires precise spatial and temporal regulation of the kinesin-5, Eg5, which generates outward force to establish spindle bipolarity. Our results demonstrate that Eg5 is phosphorylated in cultured cells by Src family kinases (SFKs) at three sites in the motor head: Y125, Y211, and Y231. Mutation of these sites diminishes motor activity in vitro, and replacement of endogenous Eg5 with phosphomimetic Y211 in LLC-Pk1 cells results in monopolar spindles, consistent with loss of Eg5 activity...
June 23, 2017: Cytoskeleton
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646491/sickle-cells-produce-functional-immune-modulators-and-cytotoxics
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Chiao-Wang Sun, Li-Chen Wu, Peter L Knopick, David S Bradley, Tim Townes, David S Terman
Sickle erythrocytes' (SSRBCs) unique physical adaptation to hypoxic conditions renders them able to home to hypoxic tumor niches in vivo, shut down tumor blood flow and induce tumoricidal responses. SSRBCs are also useful vehicles for transport of encapsulated drugs and oncolytic virus into hypoxic tumors with enhanced anti-tumor effects. In search of additional modes for arming sickle cells with cytotoxics, we turned to a lentiviral β-globin vector with optimized Locus Control Region/β-globin coding region/promoter/enhancers...
June 24, 2017: American Journal of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646478/newborn-screening-for-fabry-disease-in-the-north-west-of-spain
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Cristobal Colon, Saida Ortolano, Cristina Melcon-Crespo, Jose V Alvarez, Olalla E Lopez-Suarez, Maria L Couce, José R Fernández-Lorenzo
Fabry disease is an X-linked lysosomal storage disorder caused by the impairment of α-galactosidase A. Enzyme replacement therapy is available to treat patients, who often experience delayed diagnosis. A newborn screening for Fabry disease was performed to study the prevalence of the pathology and to evaluate the possibility to implement the test in systematic screenings. We collected 14,600 dried blood spot samples (7575 males and 7025 females) and carried out a diagnostic study by fluorometric measurement of α-galactosidase A enzymatic activity and GLA gene sequencing...
June 23, 2017: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646460/a-nationwide-survey-of-aortic-valve-surgery-in-japan-current-status-of-valve-preservation-in-cases-with-aortic-regurgitation
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REVIEW
Satoshi Arimura, Masahiro Seki, Kenichi Sasaki, Hideaki Takai, Minoru Matsuhama, Takashi Kunihara, Yutaka Okita, Shuichiro Takanashi, Tatsuhiko Komiya, Hitoshi Yaku, Hitoshi Okabayashi, Hirofumi Takemura, Hirokuni Arai, Masaru Sawazaki, Yoshiro Matsui, Norihiko Shiiya
OBJECTIVE: Although aortic valve-sparing operations are performed throughout Japan, the indications, specific repair techniques, and outcomes have not been reported in full. Thus, we conducted the first nationwide survey of aortic valve-sparing surgery. METHODS: We mailed a questionnaire to 508 institutions across Japan to obtain information on elective aortic valve and aortic root surgeries performed in 2014. Included in the mailing was a secondary questionnaire that sought further information from institutions reporting aortic valve-sparing surgeries...
June 23, 2017: General Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646403/routine-ct-angiography-to-detect-severe-coronary-artery-disease-prior-to-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement
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S Chava, G Gentchos, A Abernethy, B Leavitt, E Terrien, H L Dauerman
Patients undergoing TAVR undergo routine CT angiography (CTA) to assess aorto-iliac pathology and annular dimensions. While coronary CTA may exclude severe CAD in younger patients, its efficacy in defining CAD severity prior to TAVR may be limited. We retrospectively studied 50 consecutive patients undergoing both invasive coronary angiography (ICA) and routine pre-TAVR CTA. Severe CAD was defined as ≥50% stenosis by quantitative coronary angiography and compared to a blinded CTA visual estimation of ≥50% stenosis...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646371/objective-assessment-of-reconstructed-breast-hardness-using-a-durometer
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Hiroki Mori, Noriko Uemura, Haruka Koga, Mutsumi Okazaki
BACKGROUND: Whether a durometer was suitable for objectively measuring reconstructed breast hardness was evaluated. METHODS: Subjects were 81 women who underwent expander-implant reconstructions following breast cancer ablation. Capsular contracture was evaluated with Baker grading. Capsular thickness was measured with T1-weighted MRI at the upper areola area. The durometer was placed on the upper areola. Multiple logistic regression analysis was performed to compare variables...
June 23, 2017: Breast Cancer: the Journal of the Japanese Breast Cancer Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646322/does-chess-instruction-improve-mathematical-problem-solving-ability-two-experimental-studies-with-an-active-control-group
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Giovanni Sala, Fernand Gobet
It has been proposed that playing chess enables children to improve their ability in mathematics. These claims have been recently evaluated in a meta-analysis (Sala & Gobet, 2016, Educational Research Review, 18, 46-57), which indicated a significant effect in favor of the groups playing chess. However, the meta-analysis also showed that most of the reviewed studies used a poor experimental design (in particular, they lacked an active control group). We ran two experiments that used a three-group design including both an active and a passive control group, with a focus on mathematical ability...
June 23, 2017: Learning & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646206/crispr-cas9-mediated-genome-editing-via-postnatal-administration-of-aav-vector-cures-haemophilia-b-mice
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Tsukasa Ohmori, Yasumitsu Nagao, Hiroaki Mizukami, Asuka Sakata, Shin-Ichi Muramatsu, Keiya Ozawa, Shin-Ichi Tominaga, Yutaka Hanazono, Satoshi Nishimura, Osamu Nureki, Yoichi Sakata
Haemophilia B, a congenital haemorrhagic disease caused by mutations in coagulation factor IX gene (F9), is considered an appropriate target for genome editing technology. Here, we describe treatment strategies for haemophilia B mice using the clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat (CRISPR)/Cas9 system. Administration of adeno-associated virus (AAV) 8 vector harbouring Staphylococcus aureus Cas9 (SaCas9) and single guide RNA (sgRNA) to wild-type adult mice induced a double-strand break (DSB) at the target site of F9 in hepatocytes, sufficiently developing haemophilia B...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646124/nickel-ions-inhibit-histone-demethylase-jmjd1a-and-dna-repair-enzyme-abh2-by-replacing-the-ferrous-iron-in-the-catalytic-centers
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Haobin Chen, Nitai Charan Giri, Ronghe Zhang, Kenichi Yamane, Yi Zhang, Michael Maroney, Max Costa
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 23, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646116/tonic-b-cell-receptor-signaling-in-diffuse-large-b-cell-lymphoma
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Ondrej Havranek, Jingda Xu, Stefan Köhrer, Zhiqiang Wang, Lisa Becker, Justin M Comer, Jared Henderson, Wencai Ma, John Man Chun Ma, Jason R Westin, Dipanjan Ghosh, Nicholas Shinners, Luhong Sun, Allen F Yi, Anusha R Karri, Jan A Burger, Tomasz Zal, R Eric Davis
We used CRISPR/Cas9-mediated genomic modification to investigate B-cell receptor (BCR) signaling in cell lines of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL). Three manipulations that altered BCR genes without affecting surface BCR levels showed that BCR signaling differs between the germinal center B-cell (GCB) subtype, which is insensitive to BTK inhibition by ibrutinib, and the activated B-cell (ABC) subtype. Replacing antigen-binding BCR regions had no effect on BCR signaling in GCB-DLBCL lines, reflecting this subtype's exclusive use of tonic BCR signaling...
June 23, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646112/crispr-cas12a-assisted-recombineering-in-bacteria
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Mei-Yi Yan, Hai-Qin Yan, Gai-Xian Ren, Ju-Ping Zhao, Xiao-Peng Guo, Yi-Cheng Sun
Clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)-Cas12a (Cpf1) has emerged as an effective genome editing tool in many organisms. Here, we developed and optimized a CRISPR-Cas12a assisted recombineering system to facilitate genetic manipulation in bacteria. Using this system, point mutations, deletions, insertions, and gene replacements can be easily generated on the chromosome or native plasmids in Escherichia coli, Yersinia pestis, and Mycobacterium smegmatis Because CRISPR-Cas12a-assisted recombineering does not require introduction of an antibiotic resistance gene into the chromosome to select for recombinants, it is an efficient approach for generating markerless and scarless mutations in bacteria...
June 23, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646082/subcutaneous-magnesium-in-the-advanced-cancer-setting
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Stephen J Fenning, Steinunn R Boyce, Paul Wilson, Fran Stretton
Hypomagnesaemia can arise from a variety of causes but is particularly prevalent in cancer populations. This case report describes a patient with recurrent symptomatic hypomagnesaemia, on the background of advanced ovarian cancer and a high-output ileostomy, who was successfully managed on a daily continuous subcutaneous infusion of magnesium via a syringe pump. There is limited published information on the subcutaneous administration of magnesium and, to our knowledge, this is the first case to report its routine delivery over 24 hours in a syringe pump...
June 23, 2017: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645917/multivalent-binding-of-pwwp2a-to-h2a-z-regulates-mitosis-and-neural-crest-differentiation
#16
Sebastian Pünzeler, Stephanie Link, Gabriele Wagner, Eva C Keilhauer, Nina Kronbeck, Ramona Mm Spitzer, Susanne Leidescher, Yolanda Markaki, Edith Mentele, Catherine Regnard, Katrin Schneider, Daisuke Takahashi, Masayuki Kusakabe, Chiara Vardabasso, Lisa M Zink, Tobias Straub, Emily Bernstein, Masahiko Harata, Heinrich Leonhardt, Matthias Mann, Ralph Aw Rupp, Sandra B Hake
Replacement of canonical histones with specialized histone variants promotes altering of chromatin structure and function. The essential histone variant H2A.Z affects various DNA-based processes via poorly understood mechanisms. Here, we determine the comprehensive interactome of H2A.Z and identify PWWP2A as a novel H2A.Z-nucleosome binder. PWWP2A is a functionally uncharacterized, vertebrate-specific protein that binds very tightly to chromatin through a concerted multivalent binding mode. Two internal protein regions mediate H2A...
June 23, 2017: EMBO Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645818/valve-sparing-root-replacement-still-so-much-to-learn
#17
EDITORIAL
Leonard N Girardi, Mario F Gaudino
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 3, 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645814/do-apples-equal-oranges-in-access-for-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement
#18
EDITORIAL
Craig R Smith
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 31, 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645812/transprosthetic-leak-after-biological-aortic-valve-replacement-there-s-a-hole-in-the-valve
#19
EDITORIAL
Oliver J Liakopoulos
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 19, 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645701/effect-of-phosphate-solubilizing-bacteria-on-phosphorus-dynamics-and-the-bacterial-community-during-composting-of-sugarcane-industry-waste
#20
German A Estrada-Bonilla, Cintia M Lopes, Ademir Durrer, Paulo R L Alves, Nicolle Passaglia, Elke J B N Cardoso
Sugarcane processing generates a large quantity of residues, such as filter cake and ashes, which are sometimes composted prior to their amendment in soil. However, important issues still have to be addressed on this subject, such as the description of bacterial succession that occurs throughout the composting process and the possibilities of using phosphate-solubilizing bacteria (PSB) during the process to improve phosphorus (P) availability in the compost end product. Consequently, this study evaluated the bacterial diversity and P dynamics during the composting process when inoculated with Pseudomonas aeruginosa PSBR12 and Bacillus sp...
June 7, 2017: Systematic and Applied Microbiology
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