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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445943/a-molecular-inversion-probe-based-next-generation-sequencing-panel-to-detect-germline-mutations-in-chinese-early-onset-colorectal-cancer-patients
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Junxiao Zhang, Xiaoyan Wang, Richarda M de Voer, Jayne Y Hehir-Kwa, Eveline J Kamping, Robbert D A Weren, Marcel Nelen, Alexander Hoischen, Marjolijn J L Ligtenberg, Nicoline Hoogerbrugge, Xiangling Yang, Zihuan Yang, Xinjuan Fan, Lei Wang, Huanliang Liu, Jianping Wang, Roland P Kuiper, Ad Geurts van Kessel
The currently known Mendelian colorectal cancer (CRC) predisposition syndromes account for ~5-10% of all CRC cases, and are caused by inherited germline mutations in single CRC predisposing genes. Using molecular inversion probes (MIPs), we designed a targeted next-generation sequencing panel to identify mutations in seven CRC predisposing genes: APC, MLH1, MSH2, MSH6, PMS2, MUTYH and NTHL1. From a consecutive series of 2,371 Chinese CRC patients, 140 familial and non-familial cases were selected that were diagnosed with CRC at or below the age of 35 years...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444503/comparative-evaluation-of-the-algorithms-for-parametric-mapping-of-the-novel-myocardial-pet-imaging-agent-18-f-fptp
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Ji Who Kim, Seongho Seo, Hyeon Sik Kim, Dong-Yeon Kim, Ho-Young Lee, Keon Wook Kang, Dong Soo Lee, Hee-Seung Bom, Jung-Joon Min, Jae Sung Lee
OBJECTIVE: ((18)F-fluoropentyl)triphenylphosphonium salt ((18)F-FPTP) is a new promising myocardial PET imaging tracer. It shows high accumulation in cardiomyocytes and rapid clearance from liver. We performed compartmental analysis of (18)F-FPTP PET images in rat and evaluated two linear analyses: linear least-squares (LLS) and a basis function method (BFM) for generating parametric images. The minimum dynamic scan duration for kinetic analysis was also investigated and computer simulation undertaken...
April 25, 2017: Annals of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443529/selective-attention-and-mismatch-negativity-in-antipsychotic-na%C3%A3-ve-first-episode-schizophrenia-patients-before-and-after-6-months-of-antipsychotic-monotherapy
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B Oranje, B Aggernaes, H Rasmussen, B H Ebdrup, B Y Glenthøj
BACKGROUND: Attention deficits have been frequently reported in schizophrenia. It has been suggested that treatment with second-generation antipsychotics can ameliorate these deficits. In this study, the influence of 6 months treatment with quetiapine, a compound with less affinity for dopamine D2 receptors than for serotonergic 5-HT2A receptors, on electrophysiological parameters of attention was investigated in a group of antipsychotic-naïve, first-episode schizophrenia patients compared with a group of age- and gender-matched healthy controls...
April 26, 2017: Psychological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443526/transformation-of-excess-mortality-in-people-with-schizophrenia-and-bipolar-disorder-in-taiwan
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Y-J Pan, L-L Yeh, H-Y Chan, C-K Chang
BACKGROUND: Given the concerns regarding the adverse health outcomes associated with weight gain and metabolic syndrome in relation to use of second-generation antipsychotics (SGAs), we aimed in this study to explore whether the increase in the use of SGAs would have any impacts on the trend of excess mortality in people with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder (BPD). METHOD: Two nationwide samples of individuals with schizophrenia and BPD were identified in Taiwan's National Health Insurance Research Database in 2003 and in 2008, respectively...
April 26, 2017: Psychological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443361/the-effect-of-alkali-on-the-product-distribution-from-black-liquor-conversion-under-supercritical-water
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Y Hawangchu, D Atong, V Sricharoenchaikul
Lignin in chemical pulping waste, or black liquor (BL), can be converted into various products via supercritical water gasification (SCWG). However, the inherited alkaline contents from the pulping chemicals may affect the product yields and properties. In this research, the influence of the residual alkali on the product distribution via SCWG of soda BL and kraft BL was evaluated. The SCWG was performed in a batch quartz reactor for 10 min at various temperatures (673, 773 and 873 K) and pressures (250, 300 and 400 bar)...
April 26, 2017: Environmental Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442769/improved-phylogenetic-resolution-for-y-chromosome-haplogroup-o2a1c-002611
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Xiaotian Yao, Senwei Tang, Beilei Bian, Xiaoli Wu, Gang Chen, Chuan-Chao Wang
Y-chromosome Haplogroup O2a1c-002611 is one of the dominant lineages of East Asians and Southeast Asians. However, its internal phylogeny remains insufficiently investigated. In this study, we genotyped 89 new highly informative single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in 305 individuals with Haplogroup O2a1c-002611 identified from 2139 Han Chinese males. Two major branches were identified, O2a1c1-F18 and O2a1c2-L133.2 and the first was further divided into two main subclades, O2a1c1a-F11 and O2a1c1b-F449, accounting for 11...
April 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441553/determination-of-critical-operational-conditions-favoring-sulfide-production-from-domestic-wastewater-treated-by-a-sulfur-utilizing-denitrification-process
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L Ghorbel, L Coudert, Y Gilbert, G Mercier, J F Blais
The aim of this study was to determine the critical operational conditions leading to the generation of sulfide in a domestic wastewater treated by a sulfur-utilizing denitrification process. The influence of various important parameters on the reduction of the sulfates present in denitrified domestic wastewaters to sulfide was studied. Experiments were carried out in batch mode with denitrified domestic wastewaters containing various amounts of both organic matter and sulfates. Preliminary results showed that aqueous sulfide was generated for DOC and sulfate contents higher than 56 mg/L and 371 mg/L, respectively, while DOC and sulfate contents of 77 mg/L and 412 mg/L, respectively, were required to allow the release of gaseous H2S...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441491/a-naturally-occurring-isoform-specific-probe-for-highly-selective-and-sensitive-detection-of-human-cytochrome-p450-3a5
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Jing-Jing Wu, Yun-Feng Cao, Liang Feng, Yu-Qi He, James Y Hong, Tong-Yi Dou, Ping Wang, Da-Cheng Hao, Guang-Bo Ge, Ling Yang
Cytochrome P450 (CYP) 3A5 characterized with polymorphic and extensive expression in multiple tissues is the most important P450 enzyme among the minor CYP3A isoforms. However, a selective and sensitive probe for CYP3A5 remains unavailable. In this study, we identified and characterized a naturally-occurring lignan 12 (Schisantherin E) as an isoform-specific probe for selective detection of CYP3A5 activity in complex biological samples. With thorough characterization including LC-MS and NMR, we found that 12 can be metabolized by CYP3A5 to generate a major metabolite 2-O-demethylated 12...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441145/laser-induced-ultrafast-spin-current-pulses-a-thermodynamic-approach
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A Fognini, T U Michlmayr, A Vaterlaus, Y Acremann
The ultrafast demagnetization process allows for the generation of femtosecond spin current pulses. Here, we present a thermodynamic model of the spin current generation process, based on the chemical potential gradients as the driving force for the spin current. We demonstrate that the laser-induced spin current can be estimated by an easy to understand diffusion model.
April 25, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440336/ultrahigh-energy-density-harvested-from-domain-engineered-relaxor-ferroelectric-single-crystals-under-high-strain-rate-loading
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Sergey I Shkuratov, Jason Baird, Vladimir G Antipov, Evgueni F Talantsev, Jay B Chase, Wesley Hackenberger, Jun Luo, Hwan R Jo, Christopher S Lynch
Relaxor ferroelectric single crystals have triggered revolution in electromechanical systems due to their superior piezoelectric properties. Here the results are reported on experimental studies of energy harvested from (1-y-x)Pb(In1/2Nb1/2)O3-(y)Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-(x)PbTiO3 (PIN-PMN-PT) crystals under high strain rate loading. Precise control of ferroelectric properties through composition, size and crystallographic orientation of domains made it possible to identify single crystals that release up to three times more electric charge density than that produced by PbZr0...
April 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440293/exploiting-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-macrophages-to-unravel-host-factors-influencing-chlamydia-trachomatis-pathogenesis
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Amy T Y Yeung, Christine Hale, Amy H Lee, Erin E Gill, Wendy Bushell, David Parry-Smith, David Goulding, Derek Pickard, Theodoros Roumeliotis, Jyoti Choudhary, Nick Thomson, William C Skarnes, Gordon Dougan, Robert E W Hancock
Chlamydia trachomatis remains a leading cause of bacterial sexually transmitted infections and preventable blindness worldwide. There are, however, limited in vitro models to study the role of host genetics in the response of macrophages to this obligate human pathogen. Here, we describe an approach using macrophages derived from human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSdMs) to study macrophage-Chlamydia interactions in vitro. We show that iPSdMs support the full infectious life cycle of C. trachomatis in a manner that mimics the infection of human blood-derived macrophages...
April 25, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438983/light-dependent-expression-of-a-na-h-exchanger-3-like-transporter-in-the-ctenidium-of-the-giant-clam-tridacna-squamosa-can-be-related-to-increased-h-excretion-during-light-enhanced-calcification
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Kum C Hiong, Anh H Cao-Pham, Celine Y L Choo, Mel V Boo, Wai P Wong, Shit F Chew, Yuen K Ip
Na(+)/H(+) exchangers (NHEs) regulate intracellular pH and ionic balance by mediating H(+) efflux in exchange for Na(+) uptake in a 1:1 stoichiometry. This study aimed to obtain from the ctenidium of the giant clam Tridacna squamosa (TS) the complete cDNA sequence of a NHE3-like transporter (TSNHE3), and to determine the effect of light exposure on its mRNA expression level and protein abundance therein. The coding sequence of TSNHE3 comprised 2886 bp, encoding 961 amino acids with an estimated molecular mass of 105...
April 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437983/generation-of-patterned-phase-only-holograms-ppohs
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P W M Tsang, Y T Chow, T-C Poon
A fast and non-iterative method for generating a phase-only hologram, hereafter referred to as the patterned-phase-only hologram (PPOH), is reported in this paper. Briefly, a phase mask with a periodic phase pattern is added to the source image, and converted into a hologram. Subsequently, only the phase component is retained as a phase-only hologram. Experimental evaluation reveals that the visual quality of the reconstructed images of the PPOH generated with our proposed method is favorable, and superior to that obtained with existing methods...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437978/tunable-optical-cage-array-generated-by-dammann-vector-beam
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Xiaoyu Weng, Luping Du, Peng Shi, Xiaocong Yuan
Optical cages attract considerable attentions recently owing to their potential applications in optical trapping, optical imaging and optical cloaking. However, the generation of tunable optical cage arrays in the transverse plane comes to a great challenge, which restricts the effectiveness of the above applications. In this work, we propose a full polarization-controlled method that optical cage arrays with tunable number and positions in the x-y plane can be generated by a so-called Dammann vector beam (DVB), both under the conditions of high- and low-NA focusing system...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437734/idf-diabetes-atlas-global-estimates-for-the-prevalence-of-diabetes-for-2015-and-2040
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K Ogurtsova, J D da Rocha Fernandes, Y Huang, U Linnenkamp, L Guariguata, N H Cho, D Cavan, J E Shaw, L E Makaroff
AIM: To produce current estimates of the national, regional and global impact of diabetes for 2015 and 2040. METHODS: A systematic literature review was conducted to identify data sources on the prevalence of diabetes from studies conducted in the period from 1990 to 2015. An analytic hierarchy process was used to select the most appropriate studies for each country, and estimates for countries without data were modelled using extrapolation from similar countries that had available data...
March 31, 2017: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436991/crb3-downregulation-confers-breast-cancer-stem-cell-traits-through-taz-%C3%AE-catenin
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P Li, Y Wang, X Mao, Y Jiang, J Liu, J Li, J Wang, R Wang, J She, J Zhang, J Yang, Y Liu, P Liu
The cancer stem cell (CSC) theory depicts a special population within the cancer mass that self-renew and sustain the cancer, even if the other cells were eliminated by therapies. How CSCs acquire these unique traits is still unclear. Crumbs homolog 3 (CRB3), a member of the CRB polarity complex, has been reported to act as a tumor suppressor. Here, we detected significantly lower or negative CRB3 expression in human breast cancer tissues. Knockdown of CRB3 generated non-tumorigenic, immortalized breast epithelial cell line MCF 10A with CSC properties...
April 24, 2017: Oncogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436559/dopamine-d1-or-d2-receptor-expressing-neurons-in-the-central-nervous-system
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Xiaoyan Wei, Tengfei Ma, Yifeng Cheng, Cathy C Y Huang, Xuehua Wang, Jiayi Lu, Jun Wang
Dopamine signals mainly through D1 receptors (D1Rs) and D2 receptors (D2Rs); D1R-expressing or D2R-expressing neurons contribute to distinct reward and addictive behaviors. Traditionally, transgenic mice expressing green fluorescent protein (GFP) under D1R or D2R promoters are used for fluorescent verification in electrophysiology studies, whereas Cre mice are employed for behavioral research. However, it is unknown whether the same neuronal populations are targeted in GFP and Cre mice. Additionally, while D1Rs and D2Rs are known to be expressed in different striatal neurons, their expression patterns outside the striatum remain unclear...
April 24, 2017: Addiction Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436450/definition-of-fractal-topography-to-essential-understanding-of-scale-invariance
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Yi Jin, Ying Wu, Hui Li, Mengyu Zhao, Jienan Pan
Fractal behavior is scale-invariant and widely characterized by fractal dimension. However, the cor-respondence between them is that fractal behavior uniquely determines a fractal dimension while a fractal dimension can be related to many possible fractal behaviors. Therefore, fractal behavior is independent of the fractal generator and its geometries, spatial pattern, and statistical properties in addition to scale. To mathematically describe fractal behavior, we propose a novel concept of fractal topography defined by two scale-invariant parameters, scaling lacunarity (P) and scaling coverage (F)...
April 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434202/distribution-of-norovirus-genotypes-and-subtypes-in-river-water-by-ultra-deep-sequencing-based-analysis
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M Boonchan, K Motomura, K Inoue, H Ode, P Y Chu, M Lin, Y Iwatani, K Ruchusatsawat, R Guntapong, R Tacharoenmuang, S Chantaroj, M Tatsumi, N Takeda, S Sangkitporn
To determine the distribution of NoV genotypes in natural river water in Thailand, we conducted a genome analysis using a next-generation sequencer. Twenty-five river water samples were collected at five different sites of the Khlong Klon River in the suburbs of Bangkok between August 2013 and December 2014. The partial genome of NoV was detected in 15 of the 25 samples (60.0%). Seven of these 15 samples (46.7%) contained multiple NoV GII genotypes: GII.4, GII.6, and GII.17. Our data showed that GII.17 had already emerged in August 2013 as a minor population, and it became a major genotype in December 2014...
April 23, 2017: Letters in Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434198/eukaryotic-diversity-in-late-pleistocene-marine-sediments-around-a-shallow-methane-hydrate-deposit-in-the-japan-sea
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M Kouduka, A S Tanabe, S Yamamoto, K Yanagawa, Y Nakamura, F Akiba, H Tomaru, H Toju, Y Suzuki
Marine sediments contain eukaryotic DNA deposited from overlying water columns. However, a large proportion of deposited eukaryotic DNA is aerobically biodegraded in shallow marine sediments. Cold seep sediments are often anaerobic near the sediment-water interface, so eukaryotic DNA in such sediments is expected to be preserved. We investigated deeply buried marine sediments in the Japan Sea, where a methane hydrate deposit is associated with cold seeps. Quantitative PCR analysis revealed the reproducible recovery of eukaryotic DNA in marine sediments at depths up to 31...
April 23, 2017: Geobiology
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