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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817834/mdm2-promotes-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-and-metastasis-of-ovarian-cancer-skov3-cells
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Ying Chen, Dan-Dan Wang, Ye-Ping Wu, Dan Su, Tian-Yi Zhou, Ren-Hua Gai, Ying-Ying Fu, Lin Zheng, Qiao-Jun He, Hong Zhu, Bo Yang
BACKGROUND: Metastasis accounts for the most lethal reason for the death of ovarian cancer patients, but remains largely untreated. Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is critical for the conversion of early-stage ovarian tumours into metastatic malignancies. Thus the exploration of the signalling pathways promoting EMT would open potential opportunities for the treatment of metastatic ovarian cancer. Herein, the putative role of MDM2 in regulating EMT and metastasis of ovarian cancer SKOV3 cells was investigated...
August 17, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817735/association-of-gene-expression-with-biomass-content-and-composition-in-sugarcane
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Nam V Hoang, Agnelo Furtado, Angela J O'Keeffe, Frederik C Botha, Robert J Henry
About 64% of the total aboveground biomass in sugarcane production is from the culm, of which ~90% is present in fiber and sugars. Understanding the transcriptome in the sugarcane culm, and the transcripts that are associated with the accumulation of the sugar and fiber components would facilitate the modification of biomass composition for enhanced biofuel and biomaterial production. The Sugarcane Iso-Seq Transcriptome (SUGIT) database was used as a reference for RNA-Seq analysis of variation in gene expression between young and mature tissues, and between 10 genotypes with varying fiber content...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817726/evaluation-of-peptide-designing-strategy-against-subunit-reassociation-in-mucin-1-a-steered-molecular-dynamics-approach
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J Lesitha Jeeva Kumari, R Jesu Jaya Sudan, C Sudandiradoss
Subunit reassociation in mucin 1, a breast cancer tumor marker, is reported as one of the critical factors for its cytoplasmic activation. Inhibition of its heterodimeric association would therefore result in loss of its function and alter disease progression. The present study aimed at evaluating peptide inhibitor designing strategies that may serve as antagonist against this receptor-ligand alliance. Several peptides and their derivatives were designed based on native residues, subunit interface, hydrogen bonding and secondary structure...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817722/nicotinamide-alone-accelerates-the-conversion-of-mouse-embryonic-stem-cells-into-mature-neuronal-populations
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Síle M Griffin, Mark R Pickard, Rowan P Orme, Clive P Hawkins, Adrian C Williams, Rosemary A Fricker
INTRODUCTION: Vitamin B3 has been shown to play an important role during embryogenesis. Specifically, there is growing evidence that nicotinamide, the biologically active form of vitamin B3, plays a critical role as a morphogen in the differentiation of stem cells to mature cell phenotypes, including those of the central nervous system (CNS). Detailed knowledge of the action of small molecules during neuronal differentiation is not only critical for uncovering mechanisms underlying lineage-specification, but also to establish more effective differentiation protocols to obtain clinically relevant cells for regenerative therapies for neurodegenerative conditions such as Huntington's disease (HD)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817714/insights-into-secular-trends-of-respiratory-tuberculosis-the-20th-century-maltese-experience
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Lianne Tripp, Larry A Sawchuk
Over half a century ago, McKeown and colleagues proposed that economics was a major contributor to the decline of infectious diseases, including respiratory tuberculosis, during the 19th and 20th centuries. Since then, there is no consensus among researchers as to the factors responsible for the mortality decline. Using the case study of the islands of Malta and Gozo, we examine the relationship of economics, in particular, the cost of living (Fisher index) and its relationship to the secular trends of tuberculosis mortality...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817710/excessive-use-of-wechat-social-interaction-and-locus-of-control-among-college-students-in-china
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Juan Hou, Yamikani Ndasauka, Yingying Jiang, Zi Ye, Ying Wang, Lizhuang Yang, Xiaoming Li, Yongjun Zhang, Liangjun Pang, Yan Kong, Fei Xu, Xiaochu Zhang
In China, the number of college students using mobile phone based messaging and social networking applications like WeChat is increasing rapidly. However, there has been minimal research into the addictive nature of these applications and the psychological characteristics associate with their excessive use. There is also no published scale available for assessing excessive use of WeChat and similar applications. In the current study, we collected data from 1,245 college students in China (715 females) and developed the WeChat Excessive Use Scale (WEUS)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817693/clinical-signs-profound-acidemia-hypoglycemia-and-hypernatremia-are-predictive-of-mortality-in-1-400-critically-ill-neonatal-calves-with-diarrhea
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Florian M Trefz, Ingrid Lorenz, Annette Lorch, Peter D Constable
Profound acidemia impairs cellular and organ function and consequently should be associated with an increased risk of mortality in critically ill humans and animals. Neonatal diarrhea in calves can result in potentially serious metabolic derangements including profound acidemia due to strong ion (metabolic) acidosis, hyper-D-lactatemia, hyper-L-lactatemia, azotemia, hypoglycemia, hyperkalemia and hyponatremia. The aim of this retrospective study was to assess the prognostic relevance of clinical and laboratory findings in 1,400 critically ill neonatal calves with diarrhea admitted to a veterinary teaching hospital...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817639/impacts-of-forest-restoration-on-water-yield-a-systematic-review
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Solange Filoso, Maíra Ometto Bezerra, Katherine C B Weiss, Margaret A Palmer
BACKGROUND: Enhancing water provision services is a common target in forest restoration projects worldwide due to growing concerns over freshwater scarcity. However, whether or not forest cover expansion or restoration can improve water provision services is still unclear and highly disputed. PURPOSE: The goal of this review is to provide a balanced and impartial assessment of the impacts of forest restoration and forest cover expansion on water yields as informed by the scientific literature...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817635/contractile-actomyosin-arcs-promote-the-activation-of-primary-mouse-t-cells-in-a-ligand-dependent-manner
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Jinsung Hong, Sricharan Murugesan, Eric Betzig, John A Hammer
Mechano-transduction is an emerging but still poorly understood component of T cell activation. Here we investigated the ligand-dependent contribution made by contractile actomyosin arcs populating the peripheral supramolecular activation cluster (pSMAC) region of the immunological synapse (IS) to T cell receptor (TCR) microcluster transport and proximal signaling in primary mouse T cells. Using super resolution microscopy, OT1-CD8+ mouse T cells, and two ovalbumin (OVA) peptides with different affinities for the TCR, we show that the generation of organized actomyosin arcs depends on ligand potency and the ability of myosin 2 to contract actin filaments...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817630/pet-snakes-illegally-marketed-in-brazil-climatic-viability-and-establishment-risk
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Érica Fonseca, Mirco Solé, Dennis Rödder, Paulo de Marco
Invasive species are one among many threats to biodiversity. Brazil has been spared, generically, of several destructive invasive species. Reports of invasive snakes' populations are nonexistent, but the illegal pet trade might change this scenario. Despite the Brazilian laws forbid to import most animals, illegal trade is frequently observed and propagules are found in the wild. The high species richness within Brazilian biomes and accelerated fragmentation of natural reserves are a critical factors facilitating successful invasion...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817593/a-systematic-review-of-context-bias-in-invasion-biology
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Robert J Warren, Joshua R King, Charlene Tarsa, Brian Haas, Jeremy Henderson
The language that scientists use to frame biological invasions may reveal inherent bias-including how data are interpreted. A frequent critique of invasion biology is the use of value-laden language that may indicate context bias. Here we use a systematic study of language and interpretation in papers drawn from invasion biology to evaluate whether there is a link between the framing of papers and the interpretation of results. We also examine any trends in context bias in biological invasion research. We examined 651 peer-reviewed invasive species competition studies and implemented a rigorous systematic review to examine bias in the presentation and interpretation of native and invasive competition in invasion biology...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817580/criticality-predicts-maximum-irregularity-in-recurrent-networks-of-excitatory-nodes
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Yahya Karimipanah, Zhengyu Ma, Ralf Wessel
A rigorous understanding of brain dynamics and function requires a conceptual bridge between multiple levels of organization, including neural spiking and network-level population activity. Mounting evidence suggests that neural networks of cerebral cortex operate at a critical regime, which is defined as a transition point between two phases of short lasting and chaotic activity. However, despite the fact that criticality brings about certain functional advantages for information processing, its supporting evidence is still far from conclusive, as it has been mostly based on power law scaling of size and durations of cascades of activity...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817560/fruit-weight-is-controlled-by-cell-size-regulator-encoding-a-novel-protein-that-is-expressed-in-maturing-tomato-fruits
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Qi Mu, Zejun Huang, Manohar Chakrabarti, Eudald Illa-Berenguer, Xiaoxi Liu, Yanping Wang, Alexis Ramos, Esther van der Knaap
Increases in fruit weight of cultivated vegetables and fruits accompanied the domestication of these crops. Here we report on the positional cloning of a quantitative trait locus (QTL) controlling fruit weight in tomato. The derived allele of Cell Size Regulator (CSR-D) increases fruit weight predominantly through enlargement of the pericarp areas. The expanded pericarp tissues result from increased mesocarp cell size and not from increased number of cell layers. The effect of CSR on fruit weight and cell size is found across different genetic backgrounds implying a consistent impact of the locus on the trait...
August 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817531/bias-confounding-and-interaction-lions-and-tigers-and-bears-oh-my
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Thomas R Vetter, Edward J Mascha
Epidemiologists seek to make a valid inference about the causal effect between an exposure and a disease in a specific population, using representative sample data from a specific population. Clinical researchers likewise seek to make a valid inference about the association between an intervention and outcome(s) in a specific population, based upon their randomly collected, representative sample data. Both do so by using the available data about the sample variable to make a valid estimate about its corresponding or underlying, but unknown population parameter...
September 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817507/comparison-of-consent-models-in-a-randomized-trial-of-corticosteroids-in-pediatric-septic-shock
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Kusum Menon, Katharine O'Hearn, James Dayre McNally, Anand Acharya, Hector R Wong, Margaret Lawson, Tim Ramsay, Lauralyn McIntyre, Elaine Gilfoyle, Marisa Tucci, David Wensley, Ronald Gottesman, Gavin Morrison, Karen Choong
OBJECTIVES: To describe the use of deferred and prior informed consent models in the context of a low additional risk to standard of care, placebo-controlled randomized controlled trial of corticosteroids in pediatric septic shock. DESIGN: An observational substudy of consent processes in a randomized controlled trial of hydrocortisone versus placebo. SETTING: Seven tertiary level PICUs in Canada. PATIENTS: Children newborn to 17 years inclusive admitted to PICU with suspected septic shock between July 2014 and March 2016...
August 16, 2017: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817360/closing-the-gap-mouse-models-to-study-adhesion-in-secondary-palatogenesis
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K J Lough, K M Byrd, D C Spitzer, S E Williams
Secondary palatogenesis occurs when the bilateral palatal shelves (PS), arising from maxillary prominences, fuse at the midline, forming the hard and soft palate. This embryonic phenomenon involves a complex array of morphogenetic events that require coordinated proliferation, apoptosis, migration, and adhesion in the PS epithelia and underlying mesenchyme. When the delicate process of craniofacial morphogenesis is disrupted, the result is orofacial clefting, including cleft lip and cleft palate (CL/P). Through human genetic and animal studies, there are now hundreds of known genetic alternations associated with orofacial clefts; so, it is not surprising that CL/P is among the most common of all birth defects...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817352/arhgap29-mutation-is-associated-with-abnormal-oral-epithelial-adhesions
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B J Paul, K Palmer, J C Sharp, C H Pratt, S A Murray, M Dunnwald
Nonsyndromic cleft lip and/or palate (NSCL/P) is a prevalent birth defect of complex etiology. Previous studies identified mutations in ARHGAP29 associated with an increased risk for NSCL/P. To investigate the effects of ARHGAP29 in vivo, we generated a novel murine allele by inserting a point mutation identified in a patient with NSCL/P. This single-nucleotide variation of ARHGAP29 translates to an early nonsense mutation (K326X), presumably resulting in loss-of-function (LoF). Embryos from Arhgap29(K326X/+) intercrosses were harvested at various time points...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817316/filling-quality-of-the-reports-of-adverse-drug-reactions-received-at-the-pharmacovigilance-centre-of-s%C3%A3-o-paulo-brazil-missing-information-hinders-the-analysis-of-suspected-associations
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Adalton Ribeiro, Silvana Lima, Maria-Elisa Zampieri, Mirtes Peinado, Albert Figueras
Background The completeness and accuracy of the reports of suspected adverse drug reactions is important in pharmacovigilance. The aim of the present study was to analyze the quality of the information included in the reports sent to the Pharmacovigilance Centre of São Paulo (Brazil). Research Design and Methods A sample of 999 reports received from January 2013 to December 2014 was selected. The quality of the filled information was evaluated according to a 'sufficiency' criterion to apply the Karch-Lasagna causality algorithm...
August 17, 2017: Expert Opinion on Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817288/in-silico-modeling-approach-for-the-evaluation-of-gastrointestinal-dissolution-supersaturation-and-precipitation-of-posaconazole
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Bart Hens, Shriram M Pathak, Amitava Mitra, Nikunjkumar Patel, Bo Liu, Sanjaykumar Patel, Masoud Jamei, Joachim Brouwers, Patrick Augustijns, David B Turner
The aim of this study was to evaluate gastrointestinal (GI) dissolution, supersaturation, and precipitation of posaconazole, formulated as an acidified (pH 1.6) and neutral (pH 7.1) suspension. A physiologically-based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) modeling and simulation tool was applied to simulate GI and systemic concentration-time profiles of posaconazole which were directly compared with intraluminal and systemic data measured in humans. The Advanced Dissolution Absorption and Metabolism (ADAM) model of the Simcyp® Simulator correctly simulated incomplete gastric dissolution and saturated duodenal concentrations of posaconazole in the duodenal fluids following administration of the neutral suspension...
August 17, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817261/the-effect-of-particulate-matter-mineral-composition-on-environmentally-persistent-free-radical-epfr-formation
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Elisabeth Feld-Cook, Gudrun Lisa Bovenkamp-Langlois, Slawomir M Lomnicki
Environmentally Persistent Free Radicals (EPFRs) are newly discovered, long-lived surface bound radicals that form on combustion borne particulates, such as fly ash. They are the result of a series of reactions between organic aromatics and metal oxides. Fly ashes contain varying concentrations of metal oxides, calcium and sulfur, which leads to differences in EPFR concentrations. To further investigate the relationship of fly ash composition and EPFR formation in a less complex matrix, surrogate fly ashes were synthesized to mimic the presence of their major mineral components, including metal oxides, calcium and sulfur...
August 17, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
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