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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346955/nonischemic-priapism-in-childhood-a-case-series-and-review-of-literature
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Hans-Walter Hacker, Marcus G Schwoebel, Philipp O Szavay
Introduction Nonischemic priapism (NIP) in childhood is a very rare affection. In the literature, patients with NIP are described mainly incidental after perineal trauma. Many of them underwent embolization of either internal pudendal artery or bulbocavernosal arteries. Patients and Methods We report on six boys between 4 and 13 years of age with NIP, treated at our institution between 2008 and 2014. Color Doppler ultrasound (CDU) was performed in all patients as emergency diagnostic evaluation. Patients were treated conservatively, including bed rest, local cooling, and perineal compression...
March 27, 2017: European Journal of Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346911/conserved-patterns-of-trigeminal-somatosensory-system-organization-in-mammals
#2
Eva K Sawyer
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 28, 2017: Brain, Behavior and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346822/sensitivity-analysis-for-matched-pair-analysis-of-binary-data-from-worst-case-to-average-case-analysis
#3
Raiden Hasegawa, Dylan Small
In matched observational studies where treatment assignment is not randomized, sensitivity analysis helps investigators determine how sensitive their estimated treatment effect is to some unmeasured confounder. The standard approach calibrates the sensitivity analysis according to the worst case bias in a pair. This approach will result in a conservative sensitivity analysis if the worst case bias does not hold in every pair. In this paper, we show that for binary data, the standard approach can be calibrated in terms of the average bias in a pair rather than worst case bias...
March 27, 2017: Biometrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346724/acclimation-of-bloom-forming-and-perennial-seaweeds-to-elevated-pco2-conserved-across-levels-of-environmental-complexity
#4
Dong Xu, C-Elisa Schaum, Fan Lin, Ke Sun, James R Munroe, Xiao W Zhang, Xiao Fan, Lin H Teng, Yi T Wang, Zhi Z Zhuang, Nai H Ye
Macroalgae contribute approximately 15% of the primary productivity in coastal marine ecosystems, fix up to 27.4 Tg of carbon per year, and provide important structural components for life in coastal waters. Despite this ecological and commercial importance, direct measurements and comparisons of the short-term responses to elevated pCO2 in seaweeds with different life-history strategies are scarce. Here, we cultured several seaweed species (bloom-forming/non-bloom-forming/perennial/annual) in the laboratory, in tanks in an in-door mesocosm facility, and in coastal mesocosms under pCO2 levels ranging from 400 μatm to 2000 μatm...
March 27, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346706/tooth-loss-in-generalized-aggressive-periodontitis-prognostic-factors-after-17-years-of-supportive-periodontal-treatment
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Christian Graetz, Sonja Sälzer, Anna Plaumann, Peter Schlattmann, Maren Kahl, Claudia Springer, Christof Dörfer, Falk Schwendicke
AIM: This retrospective longitudinal study assessed the risk of and prognostic factors for tooth loss in patients with generalized aggressive periodontitis (GAgP) after periodontal treatment in a university setting. METHODS: 57 patients (1505 teeth) were examined before (T0) and after active periodontal therapy (APT, T1) as well as after 17.4±4.8 [range: 9-28] years of supportive periodontal therapy (SPT, T2). Descriptive statistics and a Cox-proportional-hazards shared-frailty model were applied...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Clinical Periodontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346704/the-chloroplast-rna-helicase-ise2-is-required-for-multiple-chloroplast-rna-processing-steps-in-arabidopsis-thaliana
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Krzysztof Bobik, Tyra N McCray, Ben Ernest, Jessica C Fernandez, Katharine A Howell, Thomas Lane, Margaret Staton, Tessa M Burch-Smith
INCREASED SIZE EXCLUSION LIMIT2 (ISE2) is a chloroplast-localized RNA helicase that is indispensable for proper plant development. Chloroplasts in leaves with reduced ISE2 expression have previously been shown to exhibit reduced thylakoid contents and increased stromal volume, indicative of defective development. It has recently been reported that ISE2 is required for the splicing of group II introns from chloroplast transcripts. The current study extends these findings, and presents evidence for ISE2's role in multiple aspects of chloroplast RNA processing beyond group II intron splicing...
March 27, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346688/how-far-do-neotropical-primates-disperse-seeds
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Lisieux F Fuzessy, Charles H Janson, Fernando A O Silveira
Seed dispersal distance (SDD) is a vital component of vertebrate-mediated seed dispersal process: the average distance at which seeds are deposited away from the parent plant represents the starting template of plant regeneration. We present a simple model to explain and predict observed measures of average dispersal distance and we hypothesize that it is a consequence of how long seeds are retained in the disperser's gut, how rapidly the disperser moves per unit time and how twisted the animal travel path is relative to the straight-line distance moved away from the seed source...
March 27, 2017: American Journal of Primatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346537/deep-mutational-scanning-identifies-sites-in-influenza-nucleoprotein-that-affect-viral-inhibition-by-mxa
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Orr Ashenberg, Jai Padmakumar, Michael B Doud, Jesse D Bloom
The innate-immune restriction factor MxA inhibits influenza replication by targeting the viral nucleoprotein (NP). Human influenza virus is more resistant than avian influenza virus to inhibition by human MxA, and prior work has compared human and avian viral strains to identify amino-acid differences in NP that affect sensitivity to MxA. However, this strategy is limited to identifying sites in NP where mutations that affect MxA sensitivity have fixed during the small number of documented zoonotic transmissions of influenza to humans...
March 27, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346467/characterization-and-interstrain-transfer-of-prophage-pp3-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
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Gang Li, Shuguang Lu, Mengyu Shen, Shuai Le, Wei Shen, Yinling Tan, Jing Wang, Xia Zhao, Yan Zhao, Yali Gong, Yuhui Yang, Hongbin Zhu, Fuquan Hu, Ming Li
Prophages are major contributors to horizontal gene transfer and drive the evolution and diversification of bacteria. Here, we describe the characterization of a prophage element designated pp3 in the clinical Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolate PA1. pp3 spontaneously excises from the PA1 genome and circularizes at a very high frequency of 25%. pp3 is likely to be a defective prophage due to its inability to form plaques on P. aeruginosa indicator strains, and no phage particles could be detected in PA1 supernatants...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346135/polo-like-kinase-dependent-phosphorylation-of-the-synaptonemal-complex-protein-syp-4-regulates-double-strand-break-formation-through-a-negative-feedback-loop
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Saravanapriah Nadarajan, Talley J Lambert, Elisabeth Altendorfer, Jinmin Gao, Michael D Blower, Jennifer C Waters, Monica P Colaiácovo
The synaptonemal complex (SC) is an ultrastructurally conserved proteinaceous structure that holds homologous chromosomes together and is required for the stabilization of pairing interactions and the completion of crossover (CO) formation between homologs during meiosis I. Here, we identify a novel role for a central region component of the SC, SYP-4, in negatively regulating formation of recombination-initiating double-strand breaks (DSBs) via a feedback loop triggered by crossover designation in C. elegans...
March 27, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346054/genomic-regions-in-local-endangered-sheep-encode-potentially-favorable-genes
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Bianca Moioli, Roberto Steri, Gennaro Catillo
The economic evaluation of farm animal genetic resources plays a key role in developing conservation programs. However, to date, the link between diversity as assessed by neutral genetic markers and the functional diversity is not yet understood. Two genome-wide comparisons, using over 44,000 Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms, identified the markers with the highest difference in allele frequency between the Alpago endangered breed and two clusters, composed of four specialized dairy sheep, and four meat breeds respectively...
March 27, 2017: Animal Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345958/macrophage-elastase-induces-trail-mediated-tumor-cell-death-through-its-carboxyterminal-domain
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Nadine Dandachi, Neil J Kelly, John P Wood, Christine L Burton, Josiah E Radder, Adriana S Leme, Alyssa D Gregory, Steven D Shapiro
RATIONALE: Macrophage elastase (MMP12) is a potent protease that contributes to the lung destruction that accompanies cigarette smoking while it simultaneously inhibits lung tumor angiogenesis and metastasis by catalyzing the formation of anti-angiogenic peptides. Recent studies have revealed novel non-proteolytic functions of MMP12, including antimicrobial activity through a peptide within its C-terminal domain (CTD). OBJECTIVES: Our objective was to determine whether the MMP12 CTD contributes to its anti-tumor activity in lung cancer...
March 27, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345916/molecular-mechanism-of-nucleotide-dependent-allosteric-regulation-in-amp-activated-protein-kinase
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Navjeet Ahalawat, Rajesh Kumar Murarka
The AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK), a central enzyme in the regulation of energy homeostasis, is an important drug target for type 2 diabetes, obesity and cancer. Binding of adenosine nucleotides to the regulatory γ-subunit tightly regulates the activity of this enzyme. Though recent crystal structures of AMPK have provided important insights into the allosteric activation of AMPK, molecular details of the regulatory mechanism of AMPK activation is still elusive. Here, we have performed extensive all-atom molecular dynamics (MD) simulations and shown that the kinase domain (KD) and γ-subunit comes closer resulting in a more compact heterotrimeric AMPK complex in AMP-bound state compared to the ATP-bound state...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345892/a-silver-specific-dnazyme-with-a-new-silver-aptamer-and-salt-promoted-activity
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Runjhun Saran, Kimberly Kleinke, Wenhu Zhou, Tianmeng Yu, Juewen Liu
Most RNA-cleaving DNAzymes require a metal ion to interact with the scissile phosphate for activity. Therefore, few unmodified DNAzymes work with thiophilic metals due to their low affinity to phosphate. Recently, an Ag+-specific Ag10c DNAzyme was reported via in vitro selection. Herein, the Ag10c is characterized to rationalize the role of the strongly thiophilic Ag+. Systematic mutation studies indicate that the Ag10c is a highly conserved DNAzyme and its Ag+ binding is unrelated to C-Ag+-C interaction. Its activity is enhanced with Na+ concentrations of buffer...
March 27, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345890/relationship-of-microbiota-and-cyanobacterial-secondary-metabolites-in-planktothricoides-dominated-bloom
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Shu Harn Te, Boon Fei Tan, Janelle Renee Thompson, Karina Yew-Hoong Gin
Identification of phytoplankton species and microbial biodiversity is necessary to assess water ecosystem health and the quality of water resources. We investigated the short-term (2 days) vertical and diel variations in bacterial community structure and microbially-derived secondary metabolites during a cyanobacterial bloom that emerged in a highly urbanized tropical reservoir. The waterbody was largely dominated by the cyanobacteria Planktothricoides spp., together with the Synechococcus, Pseudanabaena, Prochlorothrix and Limnothrix...
March 27, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345796/establishing-nucleosome-architecture-and-stability-at-promoters-roles-of-pioneer-transcription-factors-and-the-rsc-chromatin-remodeler
#16
REVIEW
Slawomir Kubik, Maria Jessica Bruzzone, David Shore
Improvements in deep sequencing, together with methods to rapidly deplete essential transcription factors (TFs) and chromatin remodelers, have recently led to a more detailed picture of promoter nucleosome architecture in yeast and its relationship to transcriptional regulation. These studies revealed that ∼40% of all budding yeast protein-coding genes possess a unique promoter structure, where we propose that an unusually unstable nucleosome forms immediately upstream of the transcription start site (TSS)...
March 27, 2017: BioEssays: News and Reviews in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345757/parasites-of-orangutans-primates-ponginae-an-overview
#17
REVIEW
Wisnu Nurcahyo, Veronika Konstanzová, Ivona Foitová
Wild orangutan populations exist in an increasingly fragile state. As numbers continue to decline and populations became fragmented, the overall health of remaining individuals becomes increasingly at risk. Parasitic infections can have a serious impact on the health of wild orangutans, and can be fatal. It has been reported that rehabilitated individuals demonstrate a higher prevalence of parasitic diseases, and it is possible that they may spread these infections to wild orangutans upon reintroduction. In order to ensure the success of reintroduction and conservation efforts, it is crucial to understand the potential risks by fully understanding what parasites they have been reported to be infected with...
March 27, 2017: American Journal of Primatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345675/a-myb-transcription-factor-dcmyb6-is-involved-in-regulating-anthocyanin-biosynthesis-in-purple-carrot-taproots
#18
Zhi-Sheng Xu, Kai Feng, Feng Que, Feng Wang, Ai-Sheng Xiong
Carrots are widely grown and enjoyed around the world. Purple carrots accumulate rich anthocyanins in the taproots, while orange, yellow, and red carrots accumulate rich carotenoids in the taproots. Our previous studies indicated that variation in the activity of regulatory genes may be responsible for variations in anthocyanin production among various carrot cultivars. In this study, an R2R3-type MYB gene, designated as DcMYB6, was isolated from a purple carrot cultivar. In a phylogenetic analysis, DcMYB6 was grouped into an anthocyanin biosynthesis-related MYB clade...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345630/identification-and-comparative-analysis-of-the-epidermal-differentiation-complex-in-snakes
#19
Karin Brigit Holthaus, Veronika Mlitz, Bettina Strasser, Erwin Tschachler, Lorenzo Alibardi, Leopold Eckhart
The epidermis of snakes efficiently protects against dehydration and mechanical stress. However, only few proteins of the epidermal barrier to the environment have so far been identified in snakes. Here, we determined the organization of the Epidermal Differentiation Complex (EDC), a cluster of genes encoding protein constituents of cornified epidermal structures, in snakes and compared it to the EDCs of other squamates and non-squamate reptiles. The EDC of snakes displays shared synteny with that of the green anole lizard, including the presence of a cluster of corneous beta-protein (CBP)/beta-keratin genes...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345609/environmental-dna-in-subterranean-biology-range-extension-and-taxonomic-implications-for-proteus
#20
Špela Gorički, David Stanković, Aleš Snoj, Matjaž Kuntner, William R Jeffery, Peter Trontelj, Miloš Pavićević, Zlatko Grizelj, Magdalena Năpăruş-Aljančič, Gregor Aljančič
Europe's obligate cave-dwelling amphibian Proteus anguinus inhabits subterranean waters of the north-western Balkan Peninsula. Because only fragments of its habitat are accessible to humans, this endangered salamander's exact distribution has been difficult to establish. Here we introduce a quantitative real time polymerase chain reaction-based environmental DNA (eDNA) approach to detect the presence of Proteus using water samples collected from karst springs, wells or caves. In a survey conducted along the southern limit of its known range, we established a likely presence of Proteus at seven new sites, extending its range to Montenegro...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
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