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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224243/discovery-of-a-novel-thermostable-zn2-dependent-alcohol-dehydrogenase-from-chloroflexus-aurantiacus-through-conserved-domains-mining
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Christoph Loderer, David Wagner, Frances Morgenstern, Antje Spieß, Marion B Ansorge-Schumacher
AIMS: The purpose of the study was to demonstrate feasibility of the Conserved Domains Database (CDD) for identification of novel biocatalysts with desirable properties from a class of well-characterized biocatalysts. METHODS AND RESULTS: The thermostable ADH from Sulfolobus solfataricus with a broad substrate range was applied as a template for the search for novel thermostable ADHs via Conserved Domains Database. From the resulting hits, a putative ADH gene from the thermophilic organism Chloroflexus aurantiacus was cloned and expressed in E...
December 10, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224236/prognostic-factors-of-prostate-cancer-mortality-in-a-finnish-randomized-screening-trial
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Subas Neupane, Ewout Steyerberg, Jani Raitanen, Kirsi Talala, Juho Pylväläinen, Kimmo Taari, Teuvo Lj Tammela, Anssi Auvinen
OBJECTIVES: To identify the prognostic factors of prostate cancer death among patients enrolled in a Finnish prostate cancer screening trial. METHODS: Data on TNM stage, Gleason score, serum prostate-specific antigen at diagnosis, comorbidity and primary treatment were collected from medical records, as well as date and cause of death from Statistics Finland. Four prognostic risk groups were defined based on TNM stage, Gleason score and prostate-specific antigen at diagnosis...
December 10, 2017: International Journal of Urology: Official Journal of the Japanese Urological Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224235/long-term-cardiovascular-re-programming-by-short-term-perinatal-exposure-to-nicotine-s-main-metabolite-cotinine
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Stefano Bastianini, Viviana Lo Martire, Alessandro Silvani, Giovanna Zoccoli, Chiara Berteotti, Hugo Lagercrantz, Anders Arner, Gary Cohen
AIM: Gather "proof-of-concept" evidence of the adverse developmental potential of cotinine (a seemingly benign biomarker of recent nicotine / tobacco smoke exposure). METHODS: Pregnant C57 mice drank nicotine or cotinine-laced water for 6wks from conception (NPRE = 2% saccharin+100μg nicotine/ml; CPRE = 2% saccharin + 10μg cotinine/ml) or 3wks after birth (CPOST = 2% saccharin + 30μg cotinine/ml). Controls drank 2% saccharin (CTRL). At 17±1weeks (male pups; CTRL n=6; CPOST n=6; CPRE n=8; NPRE n=9) we assessed (i) cardiovascular control during sleep; (ii) arterial reactivity ex vivo; (iii) expression of genes involved in arterial constriction / dilation...
December 9, 2017: Acta Paediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224224/healthy-and-ready-to-learn-effects-of-a-school-based-public-health-insurance-outreach-program-for-kindergarten-aged-children
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Jade Marcus Jenkins
BACKGROUND: Rates of child insurance coverage have increased due to expansions in public programs, but many eligible children remain uninsured. Uninsured children are less likely to receive preventative care, which leads to poorer health and achievement in the long term. This study is an evaluation of a school-based health insurance outreach initiative, "Healthy and Ready to Learn," aiming to identify and enroll uninsured kindergarteners in areas of high economic need in 16 counties in North Carolina...
January 2018: Journal of School Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224205/healthcare-acquired-infections-prevention-strategies
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Shelanah A Fernando, Timothy J Gray, Thomas Gottlieb
Healthcare-acquired infections (HAI) impact on patient care and have cost implications for the Australian healthcare system. The management of HAI is exacerbated by rising rates of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Health-care workers and a contaminated hospital environment are increasingly implicated in the transmission and persistence of multi-resistant organisms (MRO), as well as other pathogens, such as Clostridium difficile. This has resulted in a timely focus on a range of HAI prevention actions. Core components include antimicrobial stewardship, to reduce overuse and ensure evidence-based antimicrobial use; infection prevention strategies, to control MRO - particularly methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus spp...
December 2017: Internal Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224192/short-term-outcomes-of-arthroscopic-tightrope%C3%A2-fixation-are-better-than-hook-plate-fixation-in-acute-unstable-acromioclavicular-joint-dislocations
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Hamid Rahmatullah Bin Abd Razak, Eng-Meng Nicholas Yeo, William Yeo, Tijauw-Tjoen Denny Lie
AIM: The aim of this study was to compare the short-term outcomes of arthroscopic TightRope® fixation with that of hook plate fixation in patients with acute unstable acromioclavicular joint dislocations. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We conducted a prospective case-control study of twenty-six patients with an acute ACJ dislocation who underwent surgical repair with either an arthroscopic TightRope® fixation or a hook plate from 2013 to 2016. Clinical and radiological data were collected prospectively...
December 9, 2017: European Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery & Traumatology: Orthopédie Traumatologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224191/bilateral-choroiditis-as-the-only-sign-of-persistent-mycobacterium-intracellulare-infection-following-haematogenous-spread-in-an-immunocompromised-patient
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Alessandro Invernizzi, Davide Ricaboni, Marco Franzetti, Giovanni Staurenghi, Peter McCluskey, Fabio Franzetti
An immunocompromised patient had positive blood cultures for Mycobacterium intracellulare and no identifiable organ seeding was started on treatment. One month later, the patient was clinically well with negative blood cultures but drug-induced myelotoxicity had developed. Ocular fundus examination at this time revealed bilateral choroidal granulomas which changed patient management.
December 9, 2017: Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224190/metabolic-surgery-for-the-treatment-of-type-2-diabetes-in-obese-individuals
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David E Cummings, Francesco Rubino
Several bariatric operations originally designed to promote weight loss have been found to powerfully treat type 2 diabetes, causing remission in most cases, through diverse mechanisms additional to the secondary consequences of weight loss. These observations have prompted consideration of such operations as 'metabolic surgery', used expressly to treat diabetes, including among patients who are only mildly obese or merely overweight. Large, long-term observational studies consistently demonstrate that bariatric/metabolic surgery is associated with reductions in all cardiovascular risk factors, actual cardiovascular events, microvascular diabetes complications, cancer and death...
December 9, 2017: Diabetologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224187/surma-eye-cosmetic-in-afghanistan-a-potential-source-of-lead-toxicity-in-children
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J R McMichael, B K Stoff
Surma is a traditional eye cosmetic used as an eyeliner for infants in Afghanistan, as well as in many other countries in Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. Surma has been reported to contain lead and to be a potential source of lead toxicity in children, which can lead to permanent damage to multiple organ systems. To our knowledge, assessment for lead in surma found in Afghanistan has not been performed. We determined the quantitative lead content of a convenience sample of 10 surma products acquired in Afghanistan...
December 9, 2017: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224185/tension-force-induced-bone-formation-in-orthodontic-tooth-movement-via-modulation-of-the-gsk-3%C3%AE-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling-pathway
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Yelin Mao, Liangliang Wang, Ye Zhu, Yu Liu, Hongwei Dai, Jianping Zhou, Dechun Geng, Lin Wang, Yong Ji
Orthodontic force-induced osteogenic differentiation and bone formation at tension sites play a critical role in orthodontic tooth movement. However, the molecular mechanism underlying this phenomenon is poorly understood. In the current study, we investigated the involvement of the GSK-3β/β-catenin signaling pathway, which is critical for bone formation during tooth movement. We established a rat tooth movement model to test the hypothesis that orthodontic force may stimulate bone formation at the tension site of the moved tooth and promote the rate of tooth movement via regulation of the GSK-3β/β-catenin signaling pathway...
December 9, 2017: Journal of Molecular Histology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224170/affinity-based-enrichment-techniques-for-the-genome-wide-analysis-of-5-hydroxymethylcytosine
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John P Thomson, Richard R Meehan
Since its initial characterization in 2009 there has been a great degree of interest in comparative profiling of 5-hydroxymethylcytosine (5hmC) nucleotides in vertebrate DNA. Through a host of genome-wide studies the distribution of 5hmC has been mapped in a range of cell lines, tissue types and organisms; the majority of which have been generated through affinity-based methods for 5hmC enrichment. Although recent advances in the field have resulted in the ability to investigate the levels of both methylated and hydroxymethylated cytosines at single base resolution, such studies are still relatively cost-prohibitive as well as technically challenging...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224161/quantitative-region-specific-dna-methylation-analysis-by-the-epityper%C3%A2-technology
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Sonja Kunze
DNA methylation plays a profound role in development and health as well as development and progression of disease. High-throughput quantitative DNA methylation analysis is therefore crucial for the study of the normal physiology of the epigenome and its dysregulation in disease. Many target areas are identified by a range of emerging genome-wide cytosine methylation techniques, but these whole genome scans usually only provide methylation data for a few individual CpG sites (CpGs) within a region. The EpiTYPER™ assay is a region-specific method for the detection and quantitative analysis of DNA methylation that allows performing a high-resolution scan of selected regions...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224159/quantitation-of-dna-methylation-by-quantitative-multiplex-methylation-specific-pcr-qm-msp-assay
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Mary Jo Fackler, Saraswati Sukumar
The defining feature of the Quantitative Multiplex Methylation-Specific PCR (QM-MSP) method to sensitively quantify DNA methylation is the two-step PCR approach for a multiplexed analysis of a panel of up to 12 genes in clinical samples with minimal quantities of DNA. In the first step, for up to 12 genes tested, one pair of gene-specific primers (forward and reverse) amplifies the methylated and unmethylated copies of the same gene simultaneously and in multiplex, in one PCR reaction. This methylation-independent amplification step produces amplicons of up to 109 copies per μL after 36 cycles of PCR...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224157/quantitative-dna-methylation-analysis-at-single-nucleotide-resolution-by-pyrosequencing%C3%A2
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Florence Busato, Emelyne Dejeux, Hafida El Abdalaoui, Ivo Glynne Gut, Jörg Tost
Many protocols for gene-specific DNA methylation analysis are either labor intensive, not quantitative and/or limited to the measurement of the methylation status of only one or very few CpG positions. Pyrosequencing is a real-time sequencing technology that overcomes these limitations. After bisulfite modification of genomic DNA, a region of interest is amplified by PCR with one of the two primers being biotinylated. The PCR generated template is rendered single-stranded and a pyrosequencing primer is annealed to analyze quantitatively cytosine methylation...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224156/multiplexed-and-sensitive-dna-methylation-testing-using-methylation-sensitive-restriction-enzymes-msre-qpcr
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Gabriel Beikircher, Walter Pulverer, Manuela Hofner, Christa Noehammer, Andreas Weinhaeusel
DNA methylation is a chemically stable key-player in epigenetics. In the vertebrate genome the 5-methyl cytosine (5mC) has been found almost exclusively in the CpG dinucleotide context. CpG dinucleotides are enriched in CpG islands very frequently located within or close to gene promoters. Analyses of DNA methylation changes in human diagnostics have been conducted classically using methylation-sensitive restriction enzymes (MSRE). Since the discovery of bisulfite conversion-based sequencing and PCR assays, MSRE-based PCR assays have been less frequently used, although especially in the field of cancer epigenetics MSRE-based genome-wide discovery and targeted screening applications have been and are still performed successfully...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224151/a-guide-to-illumina-beadchip-data-analysis
#16
Michael C Wu, Pei-Fen Kuan
The Illumina Infinium BeadChips are a powerful array-based platform for genome-wide DNA methylation profiling at approximately 485,000 (450K) and 850,000 (EPIC) CpG sites across the genome. The platform is used in many large-scale population-based epigenetic studies of complex diseases, environmental exposures, or other experimental conditions. This chapter provides an overview of the key steps in analyzing Illumina BeadChip data. We describe key preprocessing steps including data extraction and quality control as well as normalization strategies...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224141/tagmentation-based-library-preparation-for-low-dna-input-whole-genome-bisulfite-sequencing
#17
Dieter Weichenhan, Qi Wang, Andrew Adey, Stephan Wolf, Jay Shendure, Roland Eils, Christoph Plass
Aberrations of the DNA methylome contribute to onset and progression of diseases. Whole genome bisulfite sequencing (WGBS) is the only analytical method covering the complete methylome. Alternative methods requiring less DNA than WGBS analyze only a minor portion of the methylome and do not cover important regulatory features like enhancers and noncoding RNAs. In tagmentation-based WGBS (TWGBS), several DNA and time-consuming steps of the conventional WGBS library preparation are circumvented by the use of a hyperactive transposase, which simultaneously fragments DNA and appends sequencing adapters...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224140/whole-genome-bisulfite-sequencing-using-the-ovation%C3%A2-ultralow-methyl-seq-protocol
#18
Christian Daviaud, Victor Renault, Florence Mauger, Jean-François Deleuze, Jörg Tost
The analysis of genome-wide epigenomic alterations including DNA methylation has become a subject of intensive research for many complex diseases. Whole-genome bisulfite sequencing (WGBS) using next-generation sequencing technologies can be considered the gold standard for a comprehensive and quantitative analysis of cytosine methylation throughout the genome. Several approaches including tagmentation- and post bisulfite adaptor tagging (PBAT)-based WGBS have been devised. Here, we provide a detailed protocol based on a commercial kit for the preparation of libraries for WGBS from limited amounts of input DNA (50-100 ng) using the classical approach of WGBS by ligation of methylated adaptors to the fragmented DNA prior to bisulfite conversion...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224126/perception-of-community-on-attachment-and-resilience-according-to-closing-of-hospitals
#19
Kichan Yoon, Munjae Lee
This study includes a comparison analysis of how community resilience and its influence factor of community attachment were changed before and after the closing of the hospital in the rural community. In order to analyze the influence factors of healthcare and medical vulnerability on community resilience, as well as the mean difference from before and after the closing of the hospital, this study conducted matching sample t test, hierarchical regression analysis, difference in differences (DID) analysis. The results indicate that community attachment consists of such factors as closeness, preference, affective bond, and identity, and they showed significance in confidence...
December 9, 2017: Journal of Community Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224109/testosterone-therapy-and-glucose-homeostasis-in-men-with-testosterone-deficiency-hypogonadism
#20
Farid Saad
Since the early 1990s, it has been recognized that testosterone (T) levels are lower in men with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) compared with nondiabetic men (controls). Hypogonadism has been reported in approximately 50% of men with T2DM with robust correlations with measures of obesity, such as waist circumference and body mass index (BMI). In longitudinal studies, hypogonadism has been identified as a predictor of incident T2DM. Experimental withdrawal of T led to acute decreased insulin sensitivity, which can be reversed by normalization of T concentrations...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
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