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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922900/grass-pollen-affects-survival-and-development-of-larval-anopheles-arabiensis-diptera-culicidae
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Yelfwagash Asmare, Richard J Hopkins, Habte Tekie, Sharon R Hill, Rickard Ignell
Nutrients in breeding sites are critical for the survival and development of malaria mosquitoes, having a direct impact on vectorial capacity. Yet, there is a limited understanding about the natural larval diet and its impact on the individual fitness of mosquitoes. Recent studies have shown that gravid Anopheles arabiensis Patton (Diptera: Culicidae) are attracted by and oviposit in grass-associated habitats. The pollen provided by these grasses is a potential source of nutrients for the larvae. Here, we assess the effect of Typha latifolia L...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922860/structural-plasticity-of-synaptopodin-in-the-axon-initial-segment-during-visual-cortex-development
#2
Annabelle Schlüter, Domenico Del Turco, Thomas Deller, Annika Gutzmann, Christian Schultz, Maren Engelhardt
The axon initial segment (AIS) is essential for action potential generation. Recently, the AIS was identified as a site of neuronal plasticity. A subpopulation of AIS in cortical principal neurons contains stacks of endoplasmic reticulum (ER) forming the cisternal organelle (CO). The function of this organelle is poorly understood, but roles in local Ca2+-trafficking and AIS plasticity are discussed. To investigate whether the presence and/or the size of COs are linked to the development and maturation of AIS of cortical neurons, we analyzed the relationship between COs and the AIS during visual cortex development under control and visual deprivation conditions...
September 1, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922849/medullary-serotonin-neuron-abnormalities-in-an-australian-cohort-of-sudden-infant-death-syndrome
#3
Fiona M Bright, Roger W Byard, Robert Vink, David S Paterson
Serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine [5-HT]) neurons in the medulla oblongata project extensively to key autonomic and respiratory nuclei in the brainstem and spinal cord regulating critical homeostatic functions. Multiple abnormalities in markers of 5-HT function in the medulla in sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) have been reported, informing the hypothesis that at least a subset of SIDS cases is caused by deficits in 5-HT function resulting in impaired homeostatic responses to potentially life-threatening events during sleep...
October 1, 2017: Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922828/telling-stories-about-post-war-britain-popular-individualism-and-the-crisis-of-the-1970s
#4
Emily Robinson, Camilla Schofield, Florence Sutcliffe-Braithwaite, Natalie Thomlinson
This article argues that, by the 1970s, people in Britain were increasingly insistent about defining and claiming their individual rights, identities and perspectives. Using individual narratives and testimonies, we show that many were expressing desires for greater personal autonomy and self-determination. We suggest that this was an important trend across the post-war decades, and of particular importance to understanding the 1970s. This popular individualism was not the result of Thatcher; if anything, it was a cause of Thatcherism...
June 1, 2017: 20 Century British History
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922667/integrated-strategy-for-mutagenicity-prediction-applied-to-food-contact-chemicals
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Serena Manganelli, Benoît Schilter, Emilio Benfenati, Alberto Manganaro, Elena Lo Piparo
Food contamination due to unintentional leakage of chemicals from food contact materials (FCM) is a source of increasing concern. Since for many of these substances, only limited or no toxicological data are available, the development of alternative methodologies to establish rapidly and cost-efficiently level of safety concern is critical to ensure adequate consumer protection. Computational toxicology methods are considered the most promising solutions to cope with this data gap. In particular, mutagenicity assessment has a particular relevance and is a mandatory requirement for all substances released from plastic FCM, regardless how low migration and exposure are...
September 18, 2017: ALTEX
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922660/mitochondrial-dysfunction-and-altered-renal-metabolism-in-dahl-salt-sensitive-rats
#6
Zhengjun Wang, Qiong Sun, Na Sun, Mingyu Liang, Zhongmin Tian
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The kidney plays a critical role in the control of blood pressure and its elevation in salt-induced hypertension. Mitochondrial dysfunction, especially in energy metabolism, has been associated with hypertension. Here, we aimed to investigate mitochondrial function and metabolic features in renal mitochondria of Dahl salt-sensitive (SS) rats to gain further insight into the relationship between mitochondrial metabolism and predisposition to hypertension. METHODS: In this study, SS rats fed low-salt (LS) or high-salt (HS) diets were used to investigate mitochondrial function and metabolism including mitochondrial enzyme activities, pyridine nucleotides, metabolites, and oxidative stress by biochemical analysis and gas chromatography-mass spectrometer (GC-MS)...
September 19, 2017: Kidney & Blood Pressure Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922604/a-comparative-study-on-the-performance-of-inert-and-functionalized-spheres-coated-with-solid-dispersions-made-of-two-structurally-related-antifungal-drugs
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Naila A Mugheirbi, Peter O'Connell, Dolores R Serrano, Anne Marie Healy, Lynne S Taylor, Lidia Tajber
Fluid bed coating offers potential advantages as a formulation platform for amorphous solid dispersions (ASDs) of poorly soluble drugs, being a one-step manufacturing process which could reduce the risk of phase separation associated with multiple step manufacturing approaches. However, the impact of the physicochemical nature of carrier spheres on the properties and drug release from the ASDs has not been studied in detail. In this work, tartaric acid (TAP) and microcrystalline cellulose (CEL) spheres were chosen as examples of functional and inert beads, respectively...
September 18, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922567/determination-of-pd-l1-expression-in-effusions-from-mesothelioma-by-immuno-cytochemical-staining
#8
Mohammed S I Mansour, Tomas Seidal, Ulrich Mager, Amir Baigi, Katalin Dobra, Annika Dejmek
BACKGROUND: Malignant mesothelioma (MM) is an aggressive, fatal tumor. Current therapeutic options only marginally improve survival. Programmed cell death ligand 1 (PD-L1) is a dominant mediator of immunosuppression, binding to programmed cell death 1 (PD-1). PD-L1 is up-regulated in cancer cells, and the PD-1/PD-L1 pathway plays a critical role in tumor immune evasion, thus providing a target for antitumor therapy. Further, a correlation between PD-L1 expression and prognosis has been reported...
September 18, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922548/lncrna-plac2-down-regulates-rpl36-expression-and-blocks-cell-cycle-progression-in-glioma-through-a-mechanism-involving-stat1
#9
Yan-Wei Hu, Chun-Min Kang, Jing-Jing Zhao, Ying Nie, Lei Zheng, Hai-Xia Li, Xin Li, Qian Wang, Yu-Rong Qiu
Current glioma therapies allow in situ delivery of cytotoxic drugs to the tumour; however, gliomas show early recurrence due to their highly proliferative character. Long non-coding (lnc)RNAs play critical roles in tumorigenesis by controlling cell proliferation and cycling. However, the mechanism of action of lncRNAs in glioma development remains unclear. Here, we report that the lncRNA PLAC2 induces cell cycle arrest by targeting ribosomal protein (RP)L36 in glioma. RPL36 promoted cell proliferation and G1/S cell cycle progression...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922546/single-dose-local-administration-of-teriparatide-with-a-octacalcium-phosphate-collagen-composite-enhances-bone-regeneration-in-a-rodent-critical-sized-calvarial-defect
#10
Fumihiko Kajii, Atsushi Iwai, Hidenori Tanaka, Keiko Matsui, Tadashi Kawai, Shinji Kamakura
Octacalcium phosphate and collagen composite (OCP/Col) achieves stable bone regeneration without cell transplantation in preclinical studies. Recently, a sponsor-initiated clinical trial was conducted to commercialize the material. The present study investigated bone regeneration by OCP/Col with the single local administration of teriparatide (parathyroid hormone 1-34; TPTD). OCP/Col was prepared by mixing sieved granules of OCP and atelocollagen for medical use and a disk was molded. After the creation of a rodent critical-sized calvarial defect, OCP/Col or OCP/Col with dripped TPTD solution (1...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922493/combined-use-of-clauss-and-prothrombin-time-derived-methods-for-determining-fibrinogen-concentrations-screening-for-congenital-dysfibrinogenemia
#11
Liqun Xiang, Meiling Luo, Jie Yan, Lin Liao, Weijie Zhou, Xuelian Deng, Donghong Deng, Peng Cheng, Faquan Lin
BACKGROUND: In this study, the significance of fibrinogen concentration assessed by a combination of Clauss and prothrombin time (PT)-derived methods for screening for congenital dysfibrinogenemia were investigated, and the screening efficiency of fibrinogen PT-derived/Clauss ratio on congenital dysfibrinogenemia was analyzed. METHODS: We compared fibrinogen concentrations determined by the Clauss, PT-derived, and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) methods in 73 patients with congenital dysfibrinogenemia and 81 normal controls...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922449/needle-syringe-programmes-and-opioid-substitution-therapy-for-preventing-hepatitis-c-transmission-in-people-who-inject-drugs
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Lucy Platt, Silvia Minozzi, Jennifer Reed, Peter Vickerman, Holly Hagan, Clare French, Ashly Jordan, Louisa Degenhardt, Vivian Hope, Sharon Hutchinson, Lisa Maher, Norah Palmateer, Avril Taylor, Julie Bruneau, Matthew Hickman
BACKGROUND: Needle syringe programmes and opioid substitution therapy for preventing hepatitis C transmission in people who inject drugsNeedle syringe programmes (NSP) and opioid substitution therapy (OST) are the primary interventions to reduce hepatitis C (HCV) transmission in people who inject drugs. There is good evidence for the effectiveness of NSP and OST in reducing injecting risk behaviour and increasing evidence for the effectiveness of OST and NSP in reducing HIV acquisition risk, but the evidence on the effectiveness of NSP and OST for preventing HCV acquisition is weak...
September 18, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922428/diminished-neutrophil-extracellular-trap-net-formation-is-a-novel-innate-immune-deficiency-induced-by-acute-ethanol-exposure-in-polymicrobial-sepsis-which-can-be-rescued-by-cxcl1
#13
Liliang Jin, Sanjay Batra, Samithamby Jeyaseelan
Polymicrobial sepsis is the result of an exaggerated host immune response to bacterial pathogens. Animal models and human studies demonstrate that acute alcohol intoxication is a key risk factor for sepsis-induced mortality. Multiple chemokines, such as CXCL1, CXCL2 and CXCL5 are critical for neutrophil recruitment and proper function of neutrophils. However, it is not quite clear the mechanisms by which acute alcohol suppresses immune responses and whether alcohol-induced immunosuppression can be rescued by chemokines...
September 18, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922425/hypoxia-inducible-factor-1-alpha-as-a-therapeutic-target-for-primary-effusion-lymphoma
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Prabha Shrestha, David A Davis, Ravindra P Veeranna, Robert F Carey, Coralie Viollet, Robert Yarchoan
Primary effusion lymphoma (PEL) is an aggressive B-cell lymphoma with poor prognosis caused by Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV). Previous studies have revealed that HIF-1α, which mediates much of the cellular response to hypoxia, plays an important role in life cycle of KSHV. KSHV infection promotes HIF-1α activity, and several KSHV genes are in turn activated by HIF-1α. In this study, we investigated the effects of knocking down HIF-1α in PELs. We observed that HIF-1α knockdown in each of two PEL lines leads to a reduction in both aerobic and anaerobic glycolysis as well as lipid biogenesis, indicating that HIF-1α is necessary for maintaining a metabolic state optimal for growth of PEL...
September 18, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922424/deletion-of-the-rodent-malaria-ortholog-for-falcipain-1-highlights-differences-between-hepatic-and-blood-stage-merozoites
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Christine S Hopp, Brandy L Bennett, Satish Mishra, Christine Lehmann, Kirsten K Hanson, Jing-Wen Lin, Kimberly Rousseau, Filomena A Carvalho, Wouter A van der Linden, Nuno C Santos, Matthew Bogyo, Shahid M Khan, Volker Heussler, Photini Sinnis
Proteases have been implicated in a variety of developmental processes during the malaria parasite lifecycle. In particular, invasion and egress of the parasite from the infected hepatocyte and erythrocyte, critically depend on protease activity. Although falcipain-1 was the first cysteine protease to be characterized in P. falciparum, its role in the lifecycle of the parasite has been the subject of some controversy. While an inhibitor of falcipain-1 blocked erythrocyte invasion by merozoites, two independent studies showed that falcipain-1 disruption did not affect growth of blood stage parasites...
September 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922418/detecting-and-confirming-residual-hotspots-of-lymphatic-filariasis-transmission-in-american-samoa-8-years-after-stopping-mass-drug-administration
#16
Colleen L Lau, Sarah Sheridan, Stephanie Ryan, Maureen Roineau, Athena Andreosso, Saipale Fuimaono, Joseph Tufa, Patricia M Graves
The Global Programme to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis (LF) aims to eliminate the disease as a public health problem by 2020 by conducting mass drug administration (MDA) and controlling morbidity. Once elimination targets have been reached, surveillance is critical for ensuring that programmatic gains are sustained, and challenges include timely identification of residual areas of transmission. WHO guidelines encourage cost-efficient surveillance, such as integration with other population-based surveys. In American Samoa, where LF is caused by Wucheraria bancrofti, and Aedes polynesiensis is the main vector, the LF elimination program has made significant progress...
September 18, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922416/multi-level-computational-methods-for-interdisciplinary-research-in-the-hathitrust-digital-library
#17
Jaimie Murdock, Colin Allen, Katy Börner, Robert Light, Simon McAlister, Andrew Ravenscroft, Robert Rose, Doori Rose, Jun Otsuka, David Bourget, John Lawrence, Chris Reed
We show how faceted search using a combination of traditional classification systems and mixed-membership topic models can go beyond keyword search to inform resource discovery, hypothesis formulation, and argument extraction for interdisciplinary research. Our test domain is the history and philosophy of scientific work on animal mind and cognition. The methods can be generalized to other research areas and ultimately support a system for semi-automatic identification of argument structures. We provide a case study for the application of the methods to the problem of identifying and extracting arguments about anthropomorphism during a critical period in the development of comparative psychology...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922393/a-set-of-nutrient-limitations-trigger-yeast-cell-death-in-a-nitrogen-dependent-manner-during-wine-alcoholic-fermentation
#18
Camille Duc, Martine Pradal, Isabelle Sanchez, Jessica Noble, Catherine Tesnière, Bruno Blondin
Yeast cell death can occur during wine alcoholic fermentation. It is generally considered to result from ethanol stress that impacts membrane integrity. This cell death mainly occurs when grape musts processing reduces lipid availability, resulting in weaker membrane resistance to ethanol. However the mechanisms underlying cell death in these conditions remain unclear. We examined cell death occurrence considering yeast cells ability to elicit an appropriate response to a given nutrient limitation and thus survive starvation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922377/c-reactive-protein-upregulates-the-whole-blood-expression-of-cd59-an-integrative-analysis
#19
Kaido Lepik, Tarmo Annilo, Viktorija Kukuškina, Kai Kisand, Zoltán Kutalik, Pärt Peterson, Hedi Peterson
Elevated C-reactive protein (CRP) concentrations in the blood are associated with acute and chronic infections and inflammation. Nevertheless, the functional role of increased CRP in multiple bacterial and viral infections as well as in chronic inflammatory diseases remains unclear. Here, we studied the relationship between CRP and gene expression levels in the blood in 491 individuals from the Estonian Biobank cohort, to elucidate the role of CRP in these inflammatory mechanisms. As a result, we identified a set of 1,614 genes associated with changes in CRP levels with a high proportion of interferon-stimulated genes...
September 18, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922373/dynein-light-chain-regulates-adaptive-and-innate-b-cell-development-by-distinctive-genetic-mechanisms
#20
Ashleigh King, Lingli Li, David M Wong, Rui Liu, Rebecca Bamford, Andreas Strasser, David M Tarlinton, Jörg Heierhorst
Mechanistic differences in the development and function of adaptive, high-affinity antibody-producing B-2 cells and innate-like, "natural" antibody-producing B-1a cells remain poorly understood. Here we show that the multi-functional dynein light chain (DYNLL1/LC8) plays important roles in the establishment of B-1a cells in the peritoneal cavity and in the ongoing development of B-2 lymphoid cells in the bone marrow of mice. Epistasis analyses indicate that Dynll1 regulates B-1a and early B-2 cell development in a single, linear pathway with its direct transcriptional activator ASCIZ (ATMIN/ZNF822), and that the two genes also have complementary functions during late B-2 cell development...
September 18, 2017: PLoS Genetics
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