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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918129/where-do-substrates-of-diacylglycerol-kinases-come-from-diacylglycerol-kinases-utilize-diacylglycerol-species-supplied-from-phosphatidylinositol-turnover-independent-pathways
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Fumio Sakane, Satoru Mizuno, Daisuke Takahashi, Hiromichi Sakai
Diacylglycerol kinase (DGK) phosphorylates diacylglycerol (DG) to produce phosphatidic acid (PA). Mammalian DGK comprises ten isozymes (α-κ) and regulates a wide variety of physiological and pathological events, such as cancer, type II diabetes, neuronal disorders and immune responses. DG and PA consist of various molecular species that have different acyl chains at the sn-1 and sn-2 positions, and consequently, mammalian cells contain at least 50 structurally distinct DG/PA species. Because DGK is one of the components of phosphatidylinositol (PI) turnover, the generally accepted dogma is that all DGK isozymes utilize 18:0/20:4-DG derived from PI turnover...
September 9, 2017: Advances in Biological Regulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917378/chinese-herbal-medicine-dengzhan-xixin-injection-for-acute-ischemic-stroke-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-randomised-controlled-trials
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REVIEW
Jin-Gen Li, Li-Qiong Wang, Xiao-Ying Yang, Zhuo Chen, Lily Y W Lai, Hao Xu, Jian-Ping Liu
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effectiveness and safety of Chinese herbal medicine Dengzhan Xixin (Erigeron breviscapus) injection for acute ischemic stroke. DESIGN: Systematic review and meta-analysis (CRD42016038413, http://www.crd.york.ac.uk/PROSPERO). METHODS: Six electronic databases were searched from inception to March 2016 for randomised controlled trials (RCTs) of Dengzhan Xixin (DZXX) injection for acute ischemic stroke. The methodological quality of RCTs was assessed by the Cochrane risk of bias tool...
October 2017: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916572/anthropometric-indicators-as-body-fat-discriminators-in-children-and-adolescents-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Carlos As Alves Junior, Michel C Mocellin, Eliane C Andrade Gonçalves, Diego As Silva, Erasmo Bsm Trindade
We analyzed the discriminatory capacity of anthropometric indicators for body fat in children and adolescents. This systematic review and meta-analysis included cross-sectional and clinical studies comprising children and adolescents aged 2-19 y that tested the discriminatory value for body fat measured by anthropometric methods or indexes generated by anthropometric variables compared with precision methods in the diagnosis of body fat [dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA), computed tomography, air displacement plethysmography (ADP), or MRI]...
September 2017: Advances in Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916396/ultrafine-particle-transport-and-deposition-in-a-large-scale-17-generation-lung-model
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Mohammad S Islam, Suvash C Saha, Emilie Sauret, Tevfik Gemci, Ian A Yang, Y T Gu
To understand how to assess optimally the risks of inhaled particles on respiratory health, it is necessary to comprehend the uptake of ultrafine particulate matter by inhalation during the complex transport process through a non-dichotomously bifurcating network of conduit airways. It is evident that the highly toxic ultrafine particles damage the respiratory epithelium in the terminal bronchioles. The wide range of in silico available and the limited realistic model for the extrathoracic region of the lung have improved understanding of the ultrafine particle transport and deposition (TD) in the upper airways...
September 5, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915699/biological-effects-and-epidemiological-consequences-of-arsenic-exposure-and-reagents-that-can-ameliorate-arsenic-damage-in-vivo
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REVIEW
Chinthalapally V Rao, Sanya Pal, Altaf Mohammed, Mudassir Farooqui, Mark P Doescher, Adam S Asch, Hiroshi Y Yamada
Through contaminated diet, water, and other forms of environmental exposure, arsenic affects human health. There are many U.S. and worldwide "hot spots" where the arsenic level in public water exceeds the maximum exposure limit. The biological effects of chronic arsenic exposure include generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS), leading to oxidative stress and DNA damage, epigenetic DNA modification, induction of genomic instability, and inflammation and immunomodulation, all of which can initiate carcinogenesis...
August 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915341/-31-p-magnetic-resonance-fingerprinting-for-rapid-quantification-of-creatine-kinase-reaction-rate-in-vivo
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Charlie Y Wang, Yuchi Liu, Shuying Huang, Mark A Griswold, Nicole Seiberlich, Xin Yu
The purpose of this work was to develop a (31) P spectroscopic magnetic resonance fingerprinting (MRF) method for fast quantification of the chemical exchange rate between phosphocreatine (PCr) and adenosine triphosphate (ATP) via creatine kinase (CK). A (31) P MRF sequence (CK-MRF) was developed to quantify the forward rate constant of ATP synthesis via CK ( kfCK), the T1 relaxation time of PCr ( T1PCr), and the PCr-to-ATP concentration ratio ( MRPCr). The CK-MRF sequence used a balanced steady-state free precession (bSSFP)-type excitation with ramped flip angles and a unique saturation scheme sensitive to the exchange between PCr and γATP...
September 15, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913952/new-age-ideas-about-age-old-sex-separating-meiosis-from-mating-could-solve-a-century-old-conundrum
#7
Michael Brandeis
Ever since Darwin first addressed it, sexual reproduction reigns as the 'queen' of evolutionary questions. Multiple theories tried to explain how this apparently costly and cumbersome method has become the universal mode of eukaryote reproduction. Most theories stress the adaptive advantages of sex by generating variation, they fail however to explain the ubiquitous persistence of sexual reproduction also where adaptation is not an issue. I argue that the obstacle for comprehending the role of sex stems from the conceptual entanglement of two distinct processes - gamete production by meiosis and gamete fusion by mating (mixis)...
September 14, 2017: Biological Reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913865/transcriptome-characterization-of-hpg-axis-from-chinese-sea-perch-lateolabrax-maculatus
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Z P Wang, D Wang, C L Wang, W J Xie, Y F Zhu, X W Chen
Here the transcriptome and differential gene expression in the adult brain and gonads of the Chinese sea perch Lateolabrax maculatus were reported. A total of 78 256 909 clean reads were generated from the adult brain, ovary and testis by using the Illumina HiSeq2000 platform and assembled into 274 909 contigs. A total of 31 683 unigenes were annotated based on sequence similarity and 20 702 unigenes were found to exhibit 8237 gene ontology terms and 3888 signal pathways. Transcripts of 26 623 unigenes were present in all of the tissues, whereas pairwise comparisons revealed that 671/367, 496/315 and 1668/580 unigenes were up-down regulated by at least two-fold between the brain and ovary, ovary and testis and brain and testis, respectively...
September 14, 2017: Journal of Fish Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912284/t1-weighted-dynamic-contrast-enhanced-mr-perfusion-imaging-characterizes-tumor-response-to-radiation-therapy-in-chordoma
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P Santos, K K Peck, J Arevalo-Perez, S Karimi, E Lis, Y Yamada, A I Holodny, J Lyo
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Chordomas notoriously demonstrate a paucity of changes following radiation therapy on conventional MR imaging. We hypothesized that dynamic contrast-enhanced MR perfusion imaging parameters of chordomas would change significantly following radiation therapy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Eleven patients with pathology-proved chordoma who completed dynamic contrast-enhanced MR perfusion imaging pre- and postradiation therapy were enrolled. Quantitative tumor measurements were obtained by 2 attending neuroradiologists...
September 14, 2017: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912242/fabrication-of-fillable-microparticles-and-other-complex-3d-microstructures
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Kevin J McHugh, Thanh D Nguyen, Allison R Linehan, David Yang, Adam M Behrens, Sviatlana Rose, Zachary L Tochka, Stephany Y Tzeng, James J Norman, Aaron C Anselmo, Xian Xu, Stephanie Tomasic, Matthew A Taylor, Jennifer Lu, Rohiverth Guarecuco, Robert Langer, Ana Jaklenec
Three-dimensional (3D) microstructures created by microfabrication and additive manufacturing have demonstrated value across a number of fields, ranging from biomedicine to microelectronics. However, the techniques used to create these devices each have their own characteristic set of advantages and limitations with regards to resolution, material compatibility, and geometrical constraints that determine the types of microstructures that can be formed. We describe a microfabrication method, termed StampEd Assembly of polymer Layers (SEAL), and create injectable pulsatile drug-delivery microparticles, pH sensors, and 3D microfluidic devices that we could not produce using traditional 3D printing...
September 15, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911672/rapid-investigation-of-%C3%AE-glucosidase-inhibitory-activity-of-phaleria-macrocarpa-extracts-using-ftir-atr-based-fingerprinting
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Sabina Easmin, Md Zaidul Islam Sarker, Kashif Ghafoor, Sahena Ferdosh, Juliana Jaffri, Md Eaqub Ali, Hamed Mirhosseini, Fahad Y Al-Juhaimi, Vikneswari Perumal, Alfi Khatib
Phaleria macrocarpa, known as "Mahkota Dewa", is a widely used medicinal plant in Malaysia. This study focused on the characterization of α-glucosidase inhibitory activity of P. macrocarpa extracts using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR)-based metabolomics. P. macrocarpa and its extracts contain thousands of compounds having synergistic effect. Generally, their variability exists, and there are many active components in meager amounts. Thus, the conventional measurement methods of a single component for the quality control are time consuming, laborious, expensive, and unreliable...
April 2017: Journal of Food and Drug Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911072/oncologist-use-and-perception-of-large-panel-next-generation-tumor-sequencing
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A M Schram, D Reales, J Galle, R Cambria, R Durany, D Feldman, E Sherman, J Rosenberg, G D'Andrea, S Baxi, Y Janjigian, W Tap, M Dickler, J Baselga, B S Taylor, D Chakravarty, J Gao, N Schultz, D B Solit, M F Berger, D M Hyman
Background: Genomic profiling is increasingly incorporated into oncology research and the clinical care of cancer patients. We sought to determine physician perception and use of enterprise-scale clinical sequencing at our center, including whether testing changed management and the reasoning behind this decision-making. Patients and methods: All physicians who consented patients to MSK-IMPACT, a next-generation hybridization capture assay, in tumor types where molecular profiling is not routinely performed were asked to complete a questionnaire for each patient...
September 1, 2017: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910620/ctag-paperclip-reveals-alternative-polyadenylation-promotes-cell-type-specific-protein-diversity-and-shifts-araf-isoforms-with-microglia-activation
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Hun-Way Hwang, Yuhki Saito, Christopher Y Park, Nathalie E Blachère, Yoko Tajima, John J Fak, Ilana Zucker-Scharff, Robert B Darnell
Alternative polyadenylation (APA) is increasingly recognized to regulate gene expression across different cell types, but obtaining APA maps from individual cell types typically requires prior purification, a stressful procedure that can itself alter cellular states. Here, we describe a new platform, cTag-PAPERCLIP, that generates APA profiles from single cell populations in intact tissues; cTag-PAPERCLIP requires no tissue dissociation and preserves transcripts in native states. Applying cTag-PAPERCLIP to profile four major cell types in the mouse brain revealed common APA preferences between excitatory and inhibitory neurons distinct from astrocytes and microglia, regulated in part by neuron-specific RNA-binding proteins NOVA2 and PTBP2...
September 13, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910565/an-in-vivo-study-adjuvant-activity-of-poly-n-vinyl-2-pyrrolidone-co-acrylic-acid-on-immune-responses-against-melanoma-synthetic-peptide
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Kadriye Kızılbey, Banu Mansuroğlu, Serap Derman, Zeynep Mustafaeva Akdeste
INTRODUCTION: Peptides have been studied as an important class of components in medicine to control many major diseases with vaccination. Polymers as adjuvants are capable of enhancing the vaccine potential against various diseases by improving the delivery of antigens, and they reduce the booster doses of vaccines. In brief, polymers are promising candidates for peptide-based vaccine delivery platforms. The purpose of the present study was to create a possible alternative approach in the treatment of malignant melanoma and/or to prevent metastasis of melanoma...
September 14, 2017: Bioengineered
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910503/triplet-harvesting-from-intramolecular-singlet-fission-in-polytetracene
#15
Andrew B Pun, Samuel N Sanders, Elango Kumarasamy, Matthew Y Sfeir, Daniel N Congreve, Luis M Campos
Singlet fission (SF), a promising mechanism of multiple exciton generation, has only recently been engineered as a fast, efficient, intramolecular process (iSF). The challenge now lies in designing and optimizing iSF materials that can be practically applied in high-performance optoelectronic devices. However, most of the reported iSF systems, such as those based on donor-acceptor polymers or pentacene, have low triplet energies, which limits their applications. Tetracene-based materials can overcome significant challenges, as the tetracene triplet state is practically useful, ≈1...
September 14, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910151/synthesis-positron-emission-tomography-imaging-and-therapy-of-diabody-targeted-drug-lipid-nanoparticles-in-a-prostate-cancer-murine-model
#16
Patty Wong, Lin Li, Junie Chea, Melissa K Delgado, Erasmus Poku, Barbara Szpikowska, Nicole Bowles, Megan Minnix, David Colcher, Jeffrey Y C Wong, John E Shively, Paul J Yazaki
The blood clearance of chemotherapeutic drugs such as doxorubicin (Dox) can be extended by incorporation into lipid nanoparticles (LNPs) and further improved by tumor targeting with antibody fragments. We used positron emission tomography (PET) imaging in a murine prostate cancer model to evaluate tumor targeting of LNPs incorporating Dox and antiprostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) diabodies. Dox-LNPs were generated by mixing or covalent attachment to water soluble distearoylphosphatidyl ethanolamine-polyethylene glycol (DSPE-PEG)2000...
September 2017: Cancer Biotherapy & Radiopharmaceuticals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906525/stereolithographic-printing-of-ionically-crosslinked-alginate-hydrogels-for-degradable-biomaterials-and-microfluidics
#17
Thomas M Valentin, Susan E Leggett, Po-Yen Chen, Jaskiranjeet K Sodhi, Lauren H Stephens, Hayley D McClintock, Jea Yun Sim, Ian Y Wong
3D printed biomaterials with spatial and temporal functionality could enable interfacial manipulation of fluid flows and motile cells. However, such dynamic biomaterials are challenging to implement since they must be responsive to multiple, biocompatible stimuli. Here, we show stereolithographic printing of hydrogels using noncovalent (ionic) crosslinking, which enables reversible patterning with controlled degradation. We demonstrate this approach using sodium alginate, photoacid generators and various combinations of divalent cation salts, which can be used to tune the hydrogel degradation kinetics, pattern fidelity, and mechanical properties...
September 14, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906179/multi-locus-sequence-types-of-mycoplasma-bovis-isolated-from-ontario-canada-in-the-past-three-decades-have-a-temporal-distribution
#18
Patricia Bell-Rogers, Lois Parker, Hugh Y Cai
A total of 217 Mycoplasma bovis isolates cultured from clinical cases in Ontario, Canada, over the past 30 y were selected to be characterized by a multi-locus sequence typing (MLST) method. Eleven housekeeping genes were evaluated for suitability for MLST; 2 loci that had been used in prior MLST schemes, dnaN and metS, along with hsp70 were chosen for further sequence analysis. The remaining loci- adk, efp, gmk, gyrB, polC, rpoB, tpiA, and uvrC genes-were not used because they had little to no sequence variation...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905889/real-space-imaging-of-non-collinear-antiferromagnetic-order-with-a-single-spin-magnetometer
#19
I Gross, W Akhtar, V Garcia, L J Martínez, S Chouaieb, K Garcia, C Carrétéro, A Barthélémy, P Appel, P Maletinsky, J-V Kim, J Y Chauleau, N Jaouen, M Viret, M Bibes, S Fusil, V Jacques
Although ferromagnets have many applications, their large magnetization and the resulting energy cost for switching magnetic moments bring into question their suitability for reliable low-power spintronic devices. Non-collinear antiferromagnetic systems do not suffer from this problem, and often have extra functionalities: non-collinear spin order may break space-inversion symmetry and thus allow electric-field control of magnetism, or may produce emergent spin-orbit effects that enable efficient spin-charge interconversion...
September 13, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905472/design-paper-japan-endoscopy-database-jed-a-prospective-big-database-project-related-to-gastroenterological-endoscopy-in-japan
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K Matsuda, K Tanaka, M Fujishiro, Y Saito, K Ohtsuka, I Oda, C Katada, M Kato, M Kida, K Kobayashi, S Hoteya, T Horimatsu, S Kodashima, T Matsuda, M Muto, H Yamamoto, S Ryozawa, R Iwakiri, H Kutsumi, H Miyata, M Kato, K Haruma, K Fujimoto, N Uemura, M Kaminishi, H Tajiri
The advent of electrical medical records brought image filing systems to many hospitals, as well as electrical endoscopic medical records. However, data integration among multiple different venders has not yet been accomplished. We start the Japan Endoscopic Database (JED) Project endorsed by Japan Gastroenterological Endoscopy Society (JGES) from January 2015. The purposes of this project are as follows: 1) developing the world's largest endoscopic database generated from daily use of the reporting system 2) capturing the actual performance of endoscopic practice in Japan; and 3) standardizing the terminology and fundamental items for the registry of clinical studies...
September 14, 2017: Digestive Endoscopy: Official Journal of the Japan Gastroenterological Endoscopy Society
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