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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936511/znf208-polymorphisms-associate-with-ischemic-stroke-in-southern-chinese-han-population
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Jianzhong Yu, Feng Zhou, Dong Luo, Nianzhen Wang, Chong Zhang, Tianbo Jin, Xiongfei Liang, Dan Yu
BACKGROUND: Ischemic stroke is one of the most common diseases with a high burden of neurological deficits, disability and death. Zinc finger protein 208 (ZNF208) was found to be involved in coronary heart disease, but little information was about its association with ischemic stroke. We performed this case-control study to elucidate the association between single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) within ZNF208 and risk of ischemic stroke in southern Chinese Han population. METHODS: A total of 799 subjects (400 cases and 399 health controls) were enrolled in this study...
December 9, 2016: Journal of Gene Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936499/the-anatomy-of-mammalian-sweet-taste-receptors
#2
Jean-Baptiste Chéron, Jérôme Golebiowski, Serge Antonczak, Sébastien Fiorucci
All sweet-tasting compounds are detected by a single G-protein coupled receptor (GPCR), the heterodimer T1R2-T1R3, for which no experimental structure is available. The sweet taste receptor is a class C GPCR, and the recently published crystallographic structures of metabotropic glutamate receptor (mGluR) 1 and 5 provide a significant step forward for understanding structure-function relationships within this family. In this article, we recapitulate more than six hundred single point site-directed mutations and available structural data to obtain a critical alignment of the sweet taste receptor sequences with respect to other class C GPCRs...
December 9, 2016: Proteins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936490/combining-ancestral-sequence-reconstruction-with-protein-design-to-identify-an-interface-hotspot-in-a-key-metabolic-enzyme-complex
#3
Alexandra Holinski, Kristina Heyn, Rainer Merkl, Reinhard Sterner
It is important to identify hotspot residues that determine protein-protein interactions in interfaces of macromolecular complexes. We have applied a combination of ancestral sequence reconstruction and protein design to identify hotspots within imidazole glycerol phosphate synthase (ImGPS). ImGPS is a key metabolic enzyme complex, which links histidine and de novo purine biosynthesis and consists of the cyclase subunit HisF and the glutaminase subunit HisH. Initial fluorescence titration experiments showed that HisH from Zymomonas mobilis (zmHisH) binds with high affinity to the reconstructed HisF from the last universal common ancestor (LUCA-HisF) but not to HisF from Pyrobaculum arsenaticum (paHisF), which differ by 103 residues...
December 9, 2016: Proteins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936489/follow-up-of-alcohol-consumption-after-liver-transplantation-interest-of-an-addiction-team
#4
Hélène Donnadieu-Rigole, Laetitia Olive, Bertrand Nalpas, Audrey Winter, José Ursic-Bedoya, Stéphanie Faure, Georges-Philippe Pageaux, Pascal Perney
BACKGROUND: Alcohol relapses after liver transplantation (LT) constitute a critical issue. Because there is no widely accepted definition of LT, its prevalence varies from 7 to 95% across studies. Only a severe relapse, the frequency of which is estimated to be 11 to 26%, decreases life expectancy after 5 years of LT and requires specific care. To improve the early identification of alcohol consumption among transplanted patients, liver transplant teams may be helped by input from an addiction team...
December 9, 2016: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936479/the-galad-scoring-algorithm-based-on-afp-afp-l3-and-dcp-significantly-improves-detection-of-bclc-early-stage-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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J Best, H Bilgi, D Heider, C Schotten, P Manka, S Bedreli, M Gorray, J Ertle, L A van Grunsven, A Dechêne
Background: Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the leading causes of death in cirrhotic patients worldwide. The detection rate for early stage HCC remains low despite screening programs. Thus, the majority of HCC cases are detected at advanced tumor stages with limited treatment options. To facilitate earlier diagnosis, this study aims to validate the added benefit of the combination of AFP, the novel biomarkers AFP-L3, DCP, and an associated novel diagnostic algorithm called GALAD. Material and methods: Between 2007 and 2008 and from 2010 to 2012, 285 patients newly diagnosed with HCC and 402 control patients suffering from chronic liver disease were enrolled...
December 2016: Zeitschrift Für Gastroenterologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936464/refractory-testicular-germ-cell-tumors-are-highly-sensitive-to-the-second-generation-dna-methylation-inhibitor-guadecitabine
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Costantine Albany, Mary P Hever-Jardine, Katherine M von Herrmann, Christina Y Yim, Janice Tam, Joshua M Warzecha, Leah Shin, Sarah E Bock, Brian S Curran, Aneeq S Chaudhry, Fred Kim, George E Sandusky, Pietro Taverna, Sarah J Freemantle, Brock C Christensen, Lawrence H Einhorn, Michael J Spinella
Testicular germ cell tumors (TGCTs) are the most common cancers of young males. A substantial portion of TGCT patients are refractory to cisplatin. There are no effective therapies for these patients, many of whom die from progressive disease. Embryonal carcinoma (EC) are the stem cells of TGCTs. In prior in vitro studies we found that EC cells were highly sensitive to the DNA methyltransferase inhibitor, 5-aza deoxycytidine (5-aza). Here, as an initial step in bringing demethylation therapy to the clinic for TGCT patients, we evaluated the effects of the clinically optimized, second generation demethylating agent guadecitabine (SGI-110) on EC cells in an animal model of cisplatin refractory testicular cancer...
December 7, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936451/onset-polarity-in-bipolar-disorder-a-strong-association-between-first-depressive-episode-and-suicide-attempts
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Laura Cremaschi, Bernardo Dell'Osso, Matteo Vismara, Cristina Dobrea, Massimiliano Buoli, Terence A Ketter, A Carlo Altamura
BACKGROUND: The role of onset polarity (OP) in patients with bipolar disorder (BD) has been increasingly investigated over the last few years, for its clinical, prognostic, and therapeutic implications. The present study sought to assess whether OP was associated with specific correlates, in particular with a differential suicidal risk in BD patients. METHODS: A sample of 362 recovered BD patients was dichotomized by OP: depressed (DO) or elevated onset (EO: hypomanic/manic/mixed)...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936450/clinical-outcome-following-medical-treatment-of-cavernous-malformation-related-epilepsy
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Yoonju Lee, Kyoo Ho Cho, Hye Ihn Kim, Seung-Koo Lee, Yang-Je Cho, Kyoung Heo, Byung In Lee
PURPOSE: The study was conducted to assess the long-term outcome of antiepileptic drug (AED) treatment in drug-naïve patients with cavernous malformation (CM) related epilepsy (CRE). METHOD: This is a retrospective, single-center, long-term observational study of 34 patients with previously untreated seizures related to CM. All patients were followed-up for at least two years. Drug resistant epilepsy (DRE) was defined as two or more seizures per year after trial of two appropriate AEDs...
November 18, 2016: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936449/methotrexate-treated-ectopic-pregnancy-beta-human-chorionic-gonadotropin-serum-changes-as-a-success-predictor-using-a-mathematical-model-validation
#9
Aleksandra Kovaleva, Natalia Irishina, Augusto Pereira, Tatiana Cuesta-Guardiola, Luis Ortiz-Quintana
BACKGROUND: Surgical rescue of methotrexate-treated ectopic pregnancy is necessary when tubal rupture or medical therapy failure is detected during post-therapeutic monitoring. It is known that an increased beta human chorionic gonadotropin (β-hCG) concentration is the most important factor associated with treatment failure. Therefore, we suggested that relative changes in serum β-hCG could predict a successful result of medical treatment, leading to facilitation of the decision to forgo the prospect of possible surgical rescue...
October 27, 2016: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936447/single-incision-laparoscopic-excision-of-a-chylous-mesenteric-cyst-a-case-report
#10
Masanori Yoshimitsu, Manabu Emi, Masashi Miguchi, Hiroshi Ota, Keishi Hakoda, Ichiro Omori, Toshihiko Kohashi, Naoki Hirabayashi, Hideki Ohdan
INTRODUCTION: Chylous mesenteric cysts are rare intra-abdominal lesions located in the mesentery of the gastrointestinal tract and may extend from the base of the mesentery into the retroperitoneum. The treatment is the complete removal of the cyst PRESENTATION OF CASE: A 49-year-old female presented with abdominal pain. Abdominal computed tomography showed a 5.0-cm-diameter intraabdominal, homogenous cystic lesion located on the mesentery of the small intestine. Single-incision laparoscopic surgery was performed for complete resection...
November 22, 2016: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936436/spectroscopic-single-crystal-x-ray-hirshfeld-in-vitro-and-in-silico-biological-evaluation-of-a-new-series-of-potent-thiazole-nucleus-integrated-with-pyrazoline-scaffolds
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Vinutha V Salian, Badiadka Narayana, Balladka K Sarojini, Madan S Kumar, Govinahalli S Nagananda, Kullaiah Byrappa, Avinash K Kudva
In the present study, the spectroscopic characterization of a new series of substituted thiazole linked pyrazoline scaffolds 4a-l was performed. The formation of 4a-l from the intermediate 3-(4-chlorophenyl)-5-[4-(propan-2-yl)phenyl]-4,5-dihydro-1H-pyrazole-1-carbothioamide 2 and substituted 2-bromo-1-phenylethanone 3a-l was evidenced through the changes in FTIR, (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR, LCMS data. The X-ray diffraction studies revealed that compound 2 and 4g crystallized in monoclinic crystal system with P21/n space group...
November 28, 2016: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936433/carbon-starvation-induces-lipid-degradation-via-autophagy-in-the-model-alga-micrasterias
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Viola Schwarz, Ancuela Andosch, Anja Geretschläger, Matthias Affenzeller, Ursula Lütz-Meindl
Autophagy is regarded as crucial intracellular process in plant development but also in intracellular stress response. It is known to be controlled by the energy level of the cell and consequently can be triggered by energy deprivation. In this study carbon starvation evoked in different ways was investigated in the freshwater algae model system Micrasterias denticulata (Streptophyta) which is closely related to higher plants. Cells exposed to the photosynthesis inhibiting herbicide DCMU, to the glycolysis inhibitor 2-Deoxy-d-glucose and to complete darkness over up to 9 weeks for preventing metabolism downstream of glucose supply, were investigated by means of Nile red staining and analyses in CLSM, and TEM after cryo-preparation...
November 24, 2016: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936398/microrna138-regulates-keratin-17-protein-expression-to-affect-hacat-cell-proliferation-and-apoptosis-by-targeting-htert-in-psoriasis-vulgaris
#13
Shi-Jun Feng, Rui-Qi Chu, Jing Ma, Zheng-Xiang Wang, Guang-Jing Zhang, Xiu-Fang Yang, Zhi Song, Yun-Yi Ma
The purpose of this study is to explore the how microRNA-138 (miR-138) affects the expression of keratin 17 (K17) and psoriasis development. Twenty-eight skin lesions from patients with psoriasis vulgaris and twenty-four normal skin tissues from healthy controls were collected. The HaCaT cells were assigned into blank, negative control (NC), miR-138 mimic, miR-138 inhibitor, hTERT siRNA and miR-138 inhibitor+hTERT siRNA groups. Quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) was performed to detect the miR-138 expression...
December 6, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936385/interrater-reliability-in-pediatric-urodynamic-tracings-a-pilot-study
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Anne G Dudley, Daniel P Casella, Chelsea J Lauderdale, Shilin Zhao, Heidi Chen, Stacy T Tanaka, John C Thomas, John C Pope, Mark C Adams, John W Brock, Chevis N Shannon, Douglass B Clayton
PURPOSE: Urodynamic studies are crucial to neuropathic bladder management and they often determine surgical intervention. However, current evidence indicates that interpretations show poor agreement across physicians. We sought to determine the interrater reliability of urodynamic interpretation in our practice. We hypothesized that there would be strong correlation among pediatric urologists of similar training in a single academic practice. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively identified patients with neuropathic bladder who underwent urodynamics at our institution between 2014 and 2015...
December 6, 2016: Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936341/single-nucleotide-polymorphism-of-adiponectin-276-g-t-is-associated-with-the-susceptibility-to-essential-hypertension-in-a-turkish-population
#15
Ayşe Kevser Demir, Süheyla Uzun Kaya, Şafak Şahin, İsmail Benli, İlknur Bütün, Ertuğrul Erken, Turker Tasliyurt
BACKGROUND: It is well known that arterial stiffness is associated with hypertension. Recent studies have shown that adiponectin +276 G/T, ACE I/D, AGTR1 A1166C, and eNOS E298D polymorphisms are likely to be risk factors for arterial stiffness. In this study, we aimed to investigate possible associations between these single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and essential hypertension in a Turkish population. METHODS: The study population consisted of 170 patients who were diagnosed with essential hypertension and 170 sex- and age-matched controls...
December 9, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Hypertension: CHE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936335/rac2-p38-mapk-dependent-nadph-oxidase-activity-is-associated-with-the-resistance-of-quiescent-cells-to-ionizing-radiation
#16
Hailong Pei, Jian Zhang, Jing Nie, Nan Ding, Wentao Hu, Junrui Hua, Ryoichi Hirayama, Yoshiya Furusawa, Cuihua Liu, Bingyan Li, Tom K Hei, Guangming Zhou
Our recent study showed that quiescent G0 cells are more resistant to ionizing radiation than G1 cells; however, the underlying mechanism for this increased radioresistance is unknown. Based on the relatively lower DNA damage induced in G0 cells, we hypothesize that these cells are exposed to less oxidative stress during exposure. As a catalytic subunit of NADPH oxidase, Ras-related C3 botulinum toxin substrate 2 (RAC2) may be involved in the cellular response to ionizing radiation. Here, we show that RAC2 was expressed at low levels in G0 cells but increased substantially in G1 cells...
December 9, 2016: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936325/effect-of-heteroatom-substitution-on-transport-in-alkane-dithiol-based-molecular-tunnel-junctions-evidence-for-universal-behavior
#17
Zuoti Xie, Ioan Baldea, Stuart Oram, Christopher E Smith, C Daniel Frisbie
The transport properties of molecular junctions based on alkane dithiols with three different methylene chain lengths were compared with junctions based on similar chains wherein every third -CH2- was replaced with O or S, i.e., following the general formula: HS(CH2CH2X)nCH2CH2SH, where X = CH2, O or S, and n = 1, 2, or 3. Conducting probe atomic force microscopy (CP-AFM) revealed that the low bias resistance of the chains increased upon substitution in the order CH2 < O < S. This change in resistance is ascribed to the observed identical trend in contact resistance, R_c, whereas the exponential prefactor β (length sensitivity) was essentially the same for all chains...
December 9, 2016: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936318/copper-ii-thymine-coordination-polymer-nanoribbons-as-potential-oligonucleotide-nanocarriers
#18
Verónica G Vegas, Romina Lorca, Ana Latorre, Khaled Hassanein, Carlos J Gómez-García, Oscar Castillo, Álvaro Somoza, Félix Zamora, Pilar Amo-Ochoa
The direct reaction between copper nitrate, thymine-1-acetic acid, and 4,4'-bipyridine in water leads to the formation of a blue colloid comprising uniform crystalline nanoribbons (length >1 μm; width ca. 150-185 nm; diameter ca. 15-60 nm) of a coordination polymer. The polymer displays a thymine-based structure freely available for supramolecular interactions. These nanostructures show significant selective interaction with single-stranded oligonucleotides based on adenine. Remarkably, they present low cell toxicity in three cell lines-despite the copper(II) content-and can be used as nanocarriers of oligonucleotides...
December 9, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936290/nanoscale-control-of-homoepitaxial-growth-on-a-two-dimensional-zeolite
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Meera Shete, Manjesh Kumar, Donghun Kim, Neel Rangnekar, Dandan Xu, Berna Topuz, Kumar Varoon Agrawal, Evguenia Karapetrova, Benjamin Stottrup, Shaeel Al-Thabaiti, Sulaiman Basahel, Katabathini Narasimharao, Jeffrey D Rimer, Michael Tsapatsis
Nanoscale crystal growth control is crucial for tailoring two-dimensional (2D) zeolites (crystallites with thickness less than two unit cells) and thicker zeolite nanosheets for applications in separation membranes and as hierarchical catalysts. However, methods to control zeolite crystal growth with nanometer precision are still in their infancy. Herein, we report solution-based growth conditions leading to anisotropic epitaxial growth of 2D zeolites with rates as low as few nanometers per day. Contributions from misoriented surface nucleation and rotational intergrowths are eliminated...
December 9, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936289/anisotropic-change-in-the-magnetic-susceptibility-of-a-dynamic-single-crystal-of-a-cobalt-ii-complex
#20
Zi-Shuo Yao, Shu-Qi Wu, Yasutaka Kitagawa, Sheng-Qun Su, You-Gui Huang, Guo-Ling Li, Zhong-Hai Ni, Hiroyuki Nojiri, Yoshihito Shiota, Kazunari Yoshizawa, Soonchul Kang, Shinji Kanegawa, Osamu Sato
Atypically anisotropic and large changes in magnetic susceptibility, along with a change in crystalline shape, were observed in a Co(II) complex at near room temperature. This was achieved by combining oxalate molecules, acting as rotor, and a Co(II) ion with unquenched orbital angular momentum. A thermally controlled 90° rotation of the oxalate counter anion triggered a symmetry-breaking ferroelastic phase transition, accompanied by contraction-expansion behavior (ca. 4.5 %) along the long axis of a rod-like single crystal...
December 9, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
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