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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812890/jaqpot-quattro-a-novel-computational-web-platform-for-modelling-and-analysis-in-nanoinformatics
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Charalampos Chomenidis, Georgios Drakakis, Georgia Tsiliki, Evangelia Anagnostopoulou, Angelos Valsamis, Philip Doganis, Pantelis Sopasakis, Haralambos Sarimveis
Engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) are increasingly infiltrating our lives due to their applications across multiple fields. However, ENM formulations may result in the modulation of pathways and mechanisms of toxic action that endanger human health and the environment. Alternative testing methods such as in silico approaches are becoming increasingly popular for assessing the safety of ENMs as they are cost- and time- effective. Additionally, computational approaches support the industrial safer-by-design challenge and the REACH legislation objective of reducing animal testing...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812536/edgar-a-database-of-disease-gene-associations-with-annotated-relationships-among-genes
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Giulia Babbi, Pier Luigi Martelli, Giuseppe Profiti, Samuele Bovo, Castrense Savojardo, Rita Casadio
BACKGROUND: Genetic investigations, boosted by modern sequencing techniques, allow dissecting the genetic component of different phenotypic traits. These efforts result in the compilation of lists of genes related to diseases and show that an increasing number of diseases is associated with multiple genes. Investigating functional relations among genes associated with the same disease contributes to highlighting molecular mechanisms of the pathogenesis. RESULTS: We present eDGAR, a database collecting and organizing the data on gene/disease associations as derived from OMIM, Humsavar and ClinVar...
August 11, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811546/serum-derived-extracellular-vesicles-evs-impact-on-vascular-remodeling-and-prevent-muscle-damage-in-acute-hind-limb-ischemia
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Claudia Cavallari, Andrea Ranghino, Marta Tapparo, Massimo Cedrino, Federico Figliolini, Cristina Grange, Valentina Giannachi, Paolo Garneri, Maria Chiara Deregibus, Federica Collino, Pietro Rispoli, Giovanni Camussi, Maria Felice Brizzi
Serum is an abundant and accessible source of circulating extracellular vesicles (EVs). Serum-EV (sEV) pro-angiogenic capability and mechanisms are herein analyzed using an in vitro assay which predicts sEV angiogenic potential in vivo. Effective sEVs (e-sEVs) also improved vascular remodeling and prevented muscle damage in a mouse model of acute hind limb ischemia. e-sEV angiogenic proteomic and transcriptomic analyses show a positive correlation with matrix-metalloproteinase activation and extracellular matrix organization, cytokine and chemokine signaling pathways, Insulin-like Growth Factor and platelet pathways, and Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor signaling...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811507/global-mapping-of-mirna-target-interactions-in-cattle-bos-taurus
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Troels K H Scheel, Michael J Moore, Joseph M Luna, Eiko Nishiuchi, John Fak, Robert B Darnell, Charles M Rice
With roles in development, cell proliferation and disease, micro-RNA (miRNA) biology is of great importance and a potential therapeutic target. Here we used cross-linking immunoprecipitation (CLIP) and ligation of miRNA-target chimeras on the Argonaute (AGO) protein to globally map miRNA interactions in the cow. The interactome is the deepest reported to date. miRNA targeting principles are consistent with observations in other species, but with expanded pairing rules. Experimental mapping robustly predicted functional miR-17 regulatory sites...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810930/sex-differences-in-microrna-mrna-networks-examination-of-novel-epigenetic-programming-mechanisms-in-the-sexually-dimorphic-neonatal-hypothalamus
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Christopher P Morgan, Tracy L Bale
BACKGROUND: Sexual differentiation of the male brain, and specifically the stress circuitry in the hypothalamus, is primarily driven by estrogen exposure during the perinatal period. Surprisingly, this single hormone promotes diverse programs of sex-specific development that vary widely between different cell types and across the developing male brain. The complexity of this phenomenon suggests that additional layers of gene regulation, including microRNAs (miRNAs), must act downstream of estrogen to mediate this specificity...
August 15, 2017: Biology of Sex Differences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810832/genome-wide-analysis-of-basic-helix-loop-helix-bhlh-transcription-factors-in-brachypodium-distachyon
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Xin Niu, Yuxiang Guan, Shoukun Chen, Haifeng Li
BACKGROUND: As a superfamily of transcription factors (TFs), the basic helix-loop-helix (bHLH) proteins have been characterized functionally in many plants with a vital role in the regulation of diverse biological processes including growth, development, response to various stresses, and so on. However, no systemic analysis of the bHLH TFs has been reported in Brachypodium distachyon, an emerging model plant in Poaceae. RESULTS: A total of 146 bHLH TFs were identified in the Brachypodium distachyon genome and classified into 24 subfamilies...
August 15, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810598/differentially-methylated-regions-in-patients-with-rheumatic-heart-disease-and-secondary-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
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Dawei Zheng, Xiaoying Chen, Ni Li, Lebo Sun, Qingyun Zhou, Huoshun Shi, Guodong Xu, Jing Liu, Limin Xu, Shiwei Duan, Guofeng Shao
The aim of the present study was to identify differentially methylated regions (DMRs) in patients with rheumatic heart disease and secondary pulmonary arterial hypertension (RHD-PAH). A genome-wide DNA methylation assay was performed between 6 patients with RHD-PAH and 6 healthy controls using an Illumina Infinium HumanMethylation450 BeadChip kit. The Limma software package was subsequently used to identify significant DMRs. A total of 40 hypome-thylated and 64 hypermethylated CpG sites were identified between the RHD-PAH group and the control group...
August 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810559/identification-of-key-genes-and-pathways-associated-with-obesity-in-children
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Ling Li, Guangyu Wang, Ning Li, Haiyan Yu, Jianping Si, Jiwen Wang
The present study aimed to identify potential key genes and pathways in obese children in order to explore possible molecular mechanisms associated with child obesity. The array dataset GSE29718 was downloaded from the Gene Expression Omnibus database. Subcutaneous adipose tissue samples derived from 7 obese children and 8 lean children were selected for the analysis. Differentially expressed genes (DEGs) in samples from obese children compared with those from lean children were analyzed by the limma package...
August 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809853/rna-seq-analysis-of-amygdala-tissue-reveals-characteristic-expression-profiles-in-schizophrenia
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X Chang, Y Liu, C-G Hahn, R E Gur, P M A Sleiman, H Hakonarson
The amygdala brain region has been implicated in the pathophysiology of schizophrenia through emotion processing. However, transcriptome messages in the amygdala of schizophrenia patients have not been well studied. We used RNA sequencing to investigate gene-expression profiling in the amygdala tissues, and identified 569 upregulated and 192 downregulated genes from 22 schizophrenia patients and 24 non-psychiatric controls. Gene functional enrichment analysis demonstrated that the downregulated genes were enriched in pathways such as 'synaptic transmission' and 'behavior', whereas the upregulated genes were significantly over-represented in gene ontology pathways such as 'immune response' and 'blood vessel development'...
August 15, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809179/qualitative-research-for-patient-safety-using-icts-methodological-considerations-in-the-technological-age
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Kwang Chien Yee, Ming Chao Wong, Paul Turner
Considerable effort and resources have been dedicated to improving the quality and safety of patient care through health information systems, but there is still significant scope for improvement. One contributing factor to the lack of progress in patient safety improvement especially where technology has been deployed relates to an over-reliance on purely objective, quantitative, positivist research paradigms as the basis for generating and validating evidence of improvement. This paper argues the need for greater recognition and accommodation of evidence of improvement generated through more subjective, qualitative and pragmatic research paradigms to aid patient safety especially where technology is deployed...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807893/optimizing-the-use-of-electronic-health-records-to-identify-high-risk-psychosocial-determinants-of-health
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Nicolas Michel Oreskovic, Jennifer Maniates, Jeffrey Weilburg, Garry Choy
BACKGROUND: Care coordination programs have traditionally focused on medically complex patients, identifying patients that qualify by analyzing formatted clinical data and claims data. However, not all clinically relevant data reside in claims and formatted data. Recently, there has been increasing interest in including patients with complex psychosocial determinants of health in care coordination programs. Psychosocial risk factors, including social determinants of health, mental health disorders, and substance abuse disorders, are less amenable to rapid and systematic data analyses, as these data are often not collected or stored as formatted data, and due to US Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations are often not available as claims data...
August 14, 2017: JMIR Medical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807054/transcriptomic-profile-of-tobacco-in-response-to-tomato-zonate-spot-orthotospovirus-infection
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Changjun Huang, Yupeng Cun, Haiqin Yu, Zhijun Tong, Bingguang Xiao, Zhongbang Song, Bingwu Wang, Yongping Li, Yong Liu
BACKGROUND: Tomato zonate spot virus (TZSV), a dominant species of thrips-transmitted orthotospoviruses in Yunnan and Guangxi provinces in China, causes significant loss of yield in lots of crops and is a major threat to incomes of rural families. However, the detailed molecular mechanism of crop disease caused by TZSV remains obscure. METHODS: Next-generation sequencing (NGS)-based transcriptome analysis (RNA-seq) was performed to investigate and compare the gene expression changes in systemic leaves of tobacco upon infection with TZSV and mock-inoculated plants as a control...
August 14, 2017: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806759/peculiar-genes-selection-a-new-features-selection-method-to-improve-classification-performances-in-imbalanced-data-sets
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Federica Martina, Marco Beccuti, Gianfranco Balbo, Francesca Cordero
High-Throughput technologies provide genomic and trascriptomic data that are suitable for biomarker detection for classification purposes. However, the high dimension of the output of such technologies and the characteristics of the data sets analysed represent an issue for the classification task. Here we present a new feature selection method based on three steps to detect class-specific biomarkers in case of high-dimensional data sets. The first step detects the differentially expressed genes according to the experimental conditions tested in the experimental design, the second step filters out the features with low discriminative power and the third step detects the class-specific features and defines the final biomarker as the union of the class-specific features...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804941/proteomic-analysis-to-unravel-the-effect-of-heat-stress-on-gene-expression-and-milk-synthesis-in-bovine-mammary-epithelial-cells
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Lian Li, Yiru Wang, Chengmin Li, Genlin Wang
Heat stress can play a negative effect on milk yield and composition of dairy cattle, leading to immeasurable economic loss. The basic components of the mammary gland are the alveoli; these alveolar mammary epithelial cells reflect the milk producing ability of dairy cows. In this study, we exposed bovine mammary epithelial cells to heat stress and compared them to a control group using isobaric tags for relative and absolute quantitation combined with liquid chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry...
August 14, 2017: Animal Science Journal, Nihon Chikusan Gakkaihō
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804648/inhibition-of-rho-kinase-induces-antioxidative-molecules-and-suppresses-reactive-oxidative-species-in-trabecular-meshwork-cells
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Tomokazu Fujimoto, Toshihiro Inoue, Saori Ohira, Nanako Awai-Kasaoka, Takanori Kameda, Miyuki Inoue-Mochita, Hidenobu Tanihara
PURPOSE: To investigate the effect of rho kinase inhibitors on oxidative stress in trabecular meshwork (TM) cells. METHODS: TM cells were isolated from the eyes of cynomolgus monkeys. Y-27632 and menadione were used to inhibit rho kinase and induce production of reactive oxygen species (ROS), respectively. The cynomolgus monkey array and 12,613 probes were used in DNA microarray analysis, and the affected genes were categorized using gene ontology analysis. The mRNA levels of the target genes were confirmed by real-time RT-PCR...
2017: Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803590/differential-protein-analysis-of-serum-exosomes-post-intravenous-immunoglobulin-therapy-in-patients-with-kawasaki-disease
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Li Zhang, Qi-Fang Song, Jing-Jie Jin, Ping Huang, Zhou-Ping Wang, Xiao-Fei Xie, Xiao-Qiong Gu, Xue-Juan Gao, Hong-Ling Jia
BACKGROUND: Kawasaki disease, which is characterised by systemic vasculitides accompanied by acute fever, is regularly treated by intravenous immunoglobulin to avoid lesion formation in the coronary artery; however, the mechanism of intravenous immunoglobulin therapy is unclear. Hence, we aimed to analyse the global expression profile of serum exosomal proteins before and after administering intravenous immunoglobulin. METHODS: Two-dimensional electrophoresis coupled with mass spectrometry analysis was used to identify the differentially expressed proteome of serum exosomes in patients with Kawasaki disease before and after intravenous immunoglobulin therapy...
August 14, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803234/rna-sequencing-and-bioinformatics-analysis-implicate-the-regulatory-role-of-a-long-noncoding-rna-mrna-network-in-hepatic-stellate-cell-activation
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Can-Jie Guo, Xiao Xiao, Li Sheng, Lili Chen, Wei Zhong, Hai Li, Jing Hua, Xiong Ma
BACKGROUND/AIMS: To analyze the long noncoding (lncRNA)-mRNA expression network and potential roles in rat hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) during activation. METHODS: LncRNA expression was analyzed in quiescent and culture-activated HSCs by RNA sequencing, and differentially expressed lncRNAs verified by quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) were subjected to bioinformatics analysis. In vivo analyses of differential lncRNA-mRNA expression were performed on a rat model of liver fibrosis...
August 11, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802167/induction-of-senescence-in-cancer-cells-by-5-aza-2-deoxycytidine-bioinformatics-and-experimental-insights-to-its-targets
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Jayarani F Putri, Nashi Widodo, Kazuichi Sakamoto, Sunil C Kaul, Renu Wadhwa
5'-Aza-2'-deoxycytidine (5-Aza-dC) is a demethylating drug that causes genome-wide hypomethylation resulting in the expression of several tumor suppressor genes causing growth arrest of cancer cells. Cancer is well established as a multifactorial disease and requires multi-module therapeutics. Search for new drugs and their approval by FDA takes a long time. Keeping this in view, research on new functions of FDA-approved anticancer drugs is desired to expand the list of multi-module functioning drugs for cancer therapy...
August 2, 2017: Computational Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802015/identification-and-characterization-of-metformin-on-peptidomic-profiling-in-human-visceral-adipocytes
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Yao Gao, XingYun Wang, FangYan Huang, XianWei Cui, Yun Li, Xing Wang, Yan Cao, PengFei Xu, KaiPeng Xie, RanRan Tang, Le Zhang, ChenBo Ji, LiangHui You, XiRong Guo
OBJECTIVES: To gain insight into the effect of metformin on losing weight from peptidomic perspective and to screen potential active peptides for reducing fat lipid deposition. METHODS: After determining the proper concentration of metformin on human primary visceral adipocytes, we constructed a comparative peptidomic profiling between control and metformin treatment group (n = 3) using a stable isobaric labeling strategy involving tandem mass tag reagents, followed by liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry...
August 12, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800433/global-gene-expression-analysis-of-the-muscle-tissues-of-medaka-acclimated-to-low-and-high-environmental-temperatures
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Daisuke Ikeda, Hiroki Koyama, Nanami Mizusawa, Nobuhiro Kan-No, Engkong Tan, Shuichi Asakawa, Shugo Watabe
Medaka (Oryzias latipes) is a temperate eurythermal fish that is able to survive over a wide range of water temperatures ranging from near zero to over 30°C throughout the year; it maintains its normal physiological and biochemical processes through temperature acclimation. To determine the mechanisms involved in temperature acclimation of fish, the fast skeletal muscle tissues of medaka underwent global gene expression analysis using next-generation sequencing. Ten individuals were placed into two aquariums at 24°C...
August 2, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part D, Genomics & Proteomics
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