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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432829/trabecular-mapping-leveraging-geometric-morphometrics-for-analyses-of-trabecular-structure
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Adam D Sylvester, Claire E Terhune
OBJECTIVES: Trabecular microstructure of limb bone epiphyses has been used to elucidate the relationship between skeletal form and behavior among mammals. Such studies have often relied on the analysis of a single volume of interest (VOI). Here we present a method for evaluating variation in bone microstructure across articular surfaces by leveraging sliding semilandmarks. METHODS: Two samples were used to demonstrate the proposed methodology and test the hypothesis that microstructural variables are homogeneously distributed: tali from two ape genera (Pan and Pongo, n = 9) and modern human distal femora (n = 10)...
April 22, 2017: American Journal of Physical Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432632/tryptophan-fluorescence-yields-and-lifetimes-as-a-probe-of-conformational-changes-in-human-glucokinase
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Bogumil Zelent, Chris Bialas, Ignacy Gryczynski, Pan Chen, Rahul Chib, Karina Lewerissa, Maria G Corradini, Richard D Ludescher, Jane M Vanderkooi, Franz M Matschinsky
Five variants of glucokinase (ATP-D-hexose-6-phosphotransferase, EC 2.7.1.1) including wild type and single Trp mutants with the Trp residue at positions 65, 99, 167 and 257 were prepared. The fluorescence of Trp in all locations studied showed intensity changes when glucose bound, indicating that conformational change occurs globally over the entire protein. While the fluorescence quantum yield changes upon glucose binding, the enzyme's absorption spectra, emission spectra and fluorescence lifetimes change very little...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Fluorescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432629/aquatic-photolysis-of-hydroxylated-polybromodiphenyl-ethers-under-direct-uv-irradiation-a-case-study-of-2-ho-bde-68
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Bentuo Xu, Minghong Wu, Chenyuan Pan, Yan Sun, Debao Yuan, Liang Tang, Gang Xu
Hydroxylated polyhalodiphenyl ethers (HO-PXDEs) have attracted considerable scientific interest as examples of emerging aquatic pollutants. However, a comprehensive assessment of disposal methods for this particular pollutant was seldom investigated. This study examined the UV light degradation of HO-PXDEs, using 2'-HO-2, 3', 4, 5'-tetrabromodiphenyl ether (2'-HO-BDE-68) as a case study. The results showed that UV light was superior to visible light and electron beam irradiation for producing a high degradation rate of 2'-HO-BDE-68...
April 21, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432417/exploring-the-possibility-of-a-retrograde-embolism-pathway-from-the-facial-artery-to-the-ophthalmic-artery-system-in-vivo
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Hui Zheng, Lihong Qiu, Zonghui Liu, Yingjun Su, Xinyuan Pan, Sha Liu, Chenggang Yi
BACKGROUND: Blindness caused by soft tissue fillers is an extremely low-probability event, but it results in great concern because of its devastating consequences. Currently, the mechanism of an embolism is usually considered to be an accidental injection of fillers into the blood vessels of the face, such as a facial artery, and then retrograding into the ophthalmic artery system, which causes retinal ischemic necrosis. In addition, previous studies have shown that there are anastomoses between facial arteries and branches of the ophthalmic artery in cadavers...
April 21, 2017: Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432333/metabolomic-and-proteomic-analysis-of-maize-embryonic-callus-induced-from-immature-embryo
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Fei Ge, Hongmei Hu, Xing Huang, Yanling Zhang, Yanli Wang, Zhaoling Li, Chaoying Zou, Huanwei Peng, Lujiang Li, Shibin Gao, Guangtang Pan, Yaou Shen
The low ratio of embryonic callus (EC) induction has inhibited the rapid development of maize genetic engineering. Still, little is known to explain the genotype-dependence of EC induction. Here, we performed a large-scale, quantitative analysis of the maize EC metabolome and proteome at three typical induction stages in two inbred lines with a range of EC induction capabilities. Comparison of the metabolomes and proteomes suggests that the differential molecular responses begin at an early stage of development and continue throughout the process of EC formation...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432001/in-vivo-and-in-vitro-study-of-osteogenic-potency-of-endothelin-1-on-bone-marrow-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells
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Long-Wei Hu, Xiao Wang, Xin-Qun Jiang, Li-Qun Xu, Hong-Ya Pan
Bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) are a major source of osteoblasts and are crucial for bone remolding and repair and thus they are widely used for tissue engineering applications. Tissue engineering in combination with gene therapy is considered as a promising approach in new bone regeneration. Endothelin-1(EDN-1)is produced by vascular endothelial cells which plays an important role during bone development. However, its role in BMSCs remains largely unknown. We established EDN-1 overexpressed BMSCs, proliferation ability and osteogenesis differentiation were detected respectively...
April 18, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431990/a-common-polymorphism-decreases-lrp1-mrna-stability-and-is-associated-with-increased-plasma-factor-viii-levels
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Jiann-Der Lee, Kuang-Ming Hsiao, Pey-Jium Chang, Chih-Cheng Chen, Ya-Wen Kuo, Yen-Chu Huang, Huan-Lin Hsu, Ya-Hui Lin, Chih-Ying Wu, Ying-Chih Huang, Meng Lee, Chia-Yu Hsu, Yi-Ting Pan, Chih-Yu Kuo, Chun-Hsien Lin
The low-density lipoprotein receptor-related protein 1 (LRP1) gene is associated with increased levels of plasma factor VIII (FVIII). We aimed to explore eight functional genetic LRP1 variants for their potential roles in regulating FVIII levels and acute ischemic stroke (AIS). This genetic association study enrolled 192 patients with AIS and 134 controls. There were no significant differences in the genetic frequency of the eight functional single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) between the control and AIS groups...
April 18, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431608/relationship-between-serum-uric-acid-and-ischemic-stroke-in-a-large-type-2-diabetes-population-in-china-a-cross-sectional-study
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Lijun Wang, Wei Hu, Dandan Miao, Qin Zhang, Chuang Wang, Enchun Pan, Ming Wu
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the relationship of serum UA and ischemic stroke in type 2 diabetes patients in China. METHOD: We examined the above relationship using the data of the project "Comprehensive Research on the Prevention and Control of the Diabetes" (CRPCD) study. A total of 19,442 participants were enrolled in the cross-sectional study. The enrolled participants were divided into quintiles of the serum UA levels with cut off values for two age groups (<60 versus ≥60years)...
May 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431493/pan-intestinal-capsule-endoscopy-in-patients-with-postoperative-crohn-s-disease-a-pilot-study
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Johannes Hausmann, Renate Schmelz, Jens Walldorf, Natalie Filmann, Stefan Zeuzem, Jörg G Albert
BACKGROUND: Patients are at increased risk of disease recurrence after surgical treatment of Crohn's disease. Endoscopic detection of postoperative, ileo-colonic inflammation is well established, but the potential of pan-intestinal endoscopy is yet unknown. METHODS: This prospective multicenter pilot study assessed the value of pan-intestinal capsule endoscopy using a colon capsule endoscope for the detection of inflammatory recurrence of Crohn´s disease. Patients who had been operatively treated for Crohn´s disease were included...
April 21, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431405/usp5-functions-as-an-oncogene-for-stimulating-tumorigenesis-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#10
Yi Liu, Wei-Mao Wang, Ying-Fei Lu, Lu Feng, Li Li, Ming-Zhu Pan, Yu Sun, Chun-Wai Suen, Wei Guo, Jian-Xin Pang, Jin-Fang Zhang, Wei-Ming Fu
As deubiquitinases, several ubiquitin specific protease members have been reported to mediate tumorigenesis. Although ubiquitin specific protease 5 (Usp5) was previously demonstrated to suppress p53 transcriptional activity and DNA repair, its role in carcinogenesis remains elusive. In this study, we sought to define a novel role of Usp5 in tumorigenesis. It was found that Usp5 was significantly upregulated in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cells and most clinical specimens. Further functional investigation also showed that Usp5 knockdown suppressed cell proliferation, migration, drug resistance and induced apoptosis; on the other hand, Usp5 overexpression promoted colony formation, migration, drug resistance and tumorigenesis...
April 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431403/association-of-the-vdac3-gene-polymorphism-with-sperm-count-in-han-chinese-population-with-idiopathic-male-infertility
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Lianjun Pan, Qingzhen Liu, Jingyun Li, Wei Wu, Xinru Wang, Dan Zhao, Jiehua Ma
Voltage-dependent anion channel (VDAC) is a multifunctional channel protein across the outer mitochondrial membrane of somatic cells and participates in many physiological and pathophysiological processes. Up to now, only a few studies, including our previous studies, showed that VDAC exists in mammalian spermatozoa and is involved in spermatogenesis and sperm functions. There is no report about VDAC genetic variants in germinal tissues or cells. To investigate the possible association between VDAC genetic variants and human sperm quality, we performed semen analysis and variant Genotyping of VDAC3 subtype (rs7004637, rs16891278 and rs6773) of 523 Han-Chinese males with idiopathic infertility respectively by computer assisted semen analysis (CASA) and single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) Genotyping assay...
April 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431400/local-delivery-of-hmgb1-in-gelatin-sponge-scaffolds-combined-with-mesenchymal-stem-cell-sheets-to-accelerate-fracture-healing
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Deting Xue, Wei Zhang, Erman Chen, Xiang Gao, Ling Liu, Chenyi Ye, Yanbin Tan, Zhijun Pan, Hang Li
Fracture nonunion and delayed union continue to pose challenges for orthopedic surgeons. In the present study, we combined HMGB1 gelatin sponges with MSC sheets to promote bone healing after surgical treatment of rat tibial fractures. The HMGB1 gelatin sponge scaffolds supported the expansion of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) and promoted the osteogenic differentiation of MSCs and MSC sheets. Lentiviral vectors were then used to overexpress HMGB1 in MSCs. The results indicated that HMGB1 promotes the osteogenic differentiation of MSCs through the STAT3 pathway...
April 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431355/genome-wide-identification-and-analysis-of-the-populus-trichocarpa-tify-gene-family
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Yue Wang, Feng Pan, Danmei Chen, Wenyuan Chu, Huanlong Liu, Yan Xiang
The plant-specific TIFY proteins are widely present in land plants and play the important roles in the regulation of plant stress-responses. In this study, we carried out a bioinformatics analysis of TIFY genes in Populus trichocarpa by determining the phylogenetic relationship, chromosomal location and gene structure and expression profiles analysis under stresses. The 24 TIFY genes were identified and classified into four subfamilies (ZML, JAZ, PPD and TIFY). The 24 TIFY genes were irregularly located on 13 of the 19 chromosomes; ten gene pairs were involved in large-scale interchromosomal segmental duplication events; we identified 17 collinear TIFY gene pairs in the Populus trichocarpa genome...
April 13, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431044/leonurine-attenuates-fibroblast-like-synoviocyte-mediated-synovial-inflammation-and-joint-destruction-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Nan Li, Qiang Xu, Qingping Liu, Dongmei Pan, Yubao Jiang, Minying Liu, Mingling Liu, Hanshi Xu, Changsong Lin
Objective.: To explore the role of leonurine in the regulation of synovial inflammation and joint destruction inRA. Methods.: Fibroblast-like synoviocytes were isolated from synovial tissue from RA patients. Pro-inflammatory cytokine and MMP expression was evaluated using real-time PCR and a cytometric bead array. Cell migration and invasion in vitro were measured using the Boyden chamber method and the scratch assay, respectively. Protein expression was measured by western blotting...
April 18, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430716/simultaneous-multislice-accelerated-turbo-spin-echo-magnetic-resonance-imaging-comparison-and-combination-with-in-plane-parallel-imaging-acceleration-for-high-resolution-magnetic-resonance-imaging-of-the-knee
#15
Jan Fritz, Benjamin Fritz, Jialu Zhang, Gaurav K Thawait, Dharmdev H Joshi, Li Pan, Dingxin Wang
PURPOSE: We prospectively quantified the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR) of integrated parallel acquisition technique (PAT) and simultaneous multislice (SMS) acceleration and various combinations thereof, and we further compared two 4-fold-accelerated (PAT2-SMS2) high-resolution turbo spin echo (TSE) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) protocols of the knee against a clinical 2-fold-accelerated (PAT2-SMS1) TSE standard. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Institutional review board approval was obtained, and all subjects gave informed consent...
April 20, 2017: Investigative Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430616/evaluation-of-pituitary-uptake-incidentally-identified-on-18f-fdg-pet-ct-scan
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Huijun Ju, Jinxin Zhou, Yu Pan, Jing Lv, Yifan Zhang
The clinical significance of pituitary uptake on routine whole body 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography/computer tomography (PET/CT) is not completely characterized. We seek to assess the potential differential diagnosis/underlying etiology of pituitary FDG uptake incidentally identified on routine PET/CT scans. A total of 24,007 PET/CT whole body scans in recent 5 years were retrospectively reviewed. Patients with maximum standardized uptake value (SUVmax) > 4.1 in the pituitary glands were identified...
February 16, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430595/minus-end-directed-kinesin-14-kifc1-regulates-the-positioning-and-architecture-of-the-golgi-apparatus
#17
Zhen-Yu She, Meng-Ying Pan, Fu-Qing Tan, Wan-Xi Yang
The Golgi apparatus is the central organelle along the eukaryotic secretory and endocytic pathway. In non-polarized mammalian cells, the Golgi complex is usually located proximal to the nucleus at the cell center and is closely associated with the microtubule organizing center. Microtubule networks are essential in the organization and central localization of the Golgi apparatus, but the molecular basis underlying these processes are poorly understood. Here we reveal that minus end-directed kinesin-14 KIFC1 proteins are required for the structural integrity and positioning of the Golgi complex in non-polarized mammalian cells...
April 5, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430590/treatment-of-esophageal-cancer-with-radiation-therapy-a-pan-chinese-survey-of-radiation-oncologists
#18
Yun Zhang, Jing Liu, Wencheng Zhang, Weiye Deng, Jinbo Yue
Lots of controversies were found about the treatment in relation to radiation therapy (RT) for esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC). We designed a questionnaire of these controversies to do a pan-Chinese survey of radiation oncologists (ROs). For operable ESCC, 53% ROs chose surgery plus postoperative chemoradiotherapy (CRT), while 40% chose preoperative CRT plus surgery. For target volume of postoperative RT, most ROs (92%) would delineate tumor bed plus involved lymph nodes region before surgery. For definitive RT, most ROs (81%) would give patients higher RT dose to 60-65Gy...
April 5, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430527/herc4-is-overexpressed-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-and-contributes-to-the-proliferation-and-migration-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cells
#19
Yi Zheng, Jie Li, Chenwei Pan, Guangyao Zhou, Lu Zhuge, Lingxiang Jin, Peipei Fang
Recently, more and more evidences unveiled that ubiquitin-proteasome system (UPS) makes an important contribution to the occurrence and development of cancer. HERC4 is one identified Ubiqutin ligase E3, a member of UPS. Although some studies showed that HERC4 abnormally expresses in many cancer cells, till now, nothing has been reported about the function of HERC4 in the development of hepatoma carcinoma. To this end, in this study, we studied the function of HERC4 for the first time in hepatoma carcinoma cells...
April 21, 2017: DNA and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430472/random-number-generation-with-cosmic-photons
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Cheng Wu, Bing Bai, Yang Liu, Xiaoming Zhang, Meng Yang, Yuan Cao, Jianfeng Wang, Shaohua Zhang, Hongyan Zhou, Xiheng Shi, Xiongfeng Ma, Ji-Gang Ren, Jun Zhang, Cheng-Zhi Peng, Jingyun Fan, Qiang Zhang, Jian-Wei Pan
Random numbers are indispensable for a variety of applications ranging from testing physics foundations to information encryption. In particular, nonlocality test provide strong evidence for our current understanding of nature-quantum mechanics. All the random number generators (RNGs) used for the existing tests are constructed locally, making the test results vulnerable to the freedom-of-choice loophole. We report an experimental realization of RNGs based on the arrival time of cosmic photons. The measurement outcomes (raw data) pass the standard NIST statistical test suite...
April 7, 2017: Physical Review Letters
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