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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911099/nuclear-morphometric-findings-in-undetermined-cytology-a-possible-clue-for-prediction-of-braf-mutation-in-papillary-thyroid-carcinomas
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Sevdegul Mungan, Safak Ersoz, Ismail Saygin, Zeynep Sagnak, Umit Cobanoglu
PURPOSE: To investigate the possible relationship between the nuclear morphometric characteristics (nuclear perimeter, roundness, nuclear area, and nuclear shape) and BRAF mutation status in papillary thyroid carcinoma cases with a prior diagnosis of undetermined cytology. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Total thyroidectomy specimens obtained from 48 patients with papillary thyroid carcinoma with a prior diagnosis of undetermined cytology were included. Morphometric analysis under light microscopy included measurements of the perimeter, shape factor, nuclear area, and roundness of thyrocyte nuclei from the cytological smear preparations...
December 2, 2016: Endocrine Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910950/human-antibody-3e1-targets-the-ha-stem-region-of-h1n1-and-h5n6-influenza-a-viruses
#2
Wenshuai Wang, Xiaoyu Sun, Yanbing Li, Jinpeng Su, Zhiyang Ling, Tianlong Zhang, Fang Wang, Hong Zhang, Hualan Chen, Jianping Ding, Bing Sun
As influenza A viruses remain a major threat to human health worldwide, the discovery of broadly neutralizing monoclonal antibodies that recognize conserved epitopes would facilitate the development of antibody-based therapeutic strategies. Here we report that a VH4-4-encoded human mAb named 3E1 could neutralize H1 and H5 subtype viruses in vitro and protect mice against the H1N1 and H5N6 viruses by inhibiting the low pH-induced conformational rearrangement of haemagglutinin (HA), hence blocking membrane fusion...
December 2, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910921/bipolar-and-unipolar-silylene-diphenylene-%C3%AF-%C3%AF-conjugated-polymer-route-for-highly-efficient-electrophosphorescence
#3
Yao-Tang Chang, Sunil Sharma, Miao-Ken Hung, Yu-Hsuan Lee, Show-An Chen
σ-π conjugated polymer strategy is proposed for designing electroluminescent host polymers with silylene-diphenylene as the backbone repeat unit giving a high triplet energy (ET = 2.67 eV). By incorporation of high ET (3.0 eV) electron (oxadiazole, OXD) and hole (triphenyl amine, TPA) transport moieties, or TPA alone (in this case, the main chain acts as electron transport channel) as side arms on the silylene, the high ET bipolar and unipolar polymers are formed, allowing a use of iridium green phosphor (Ir(ppy)2(acac), Ir-G) (ET = 2...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910020/cytoplasmic-immunoglobulin-light-chain-revelation-and-interphase-fluorescence-in-situ-hybridization-in-myeloma
#4
Sarah Moore, Jeffrey M Suttle, Mario Nicola
The cytogenetic analysis of plasma cell myeloma (PCM) allows stratification of patients so that prognosis may be determined and appropriate therapeutic options can be discussed. Owing to the patchy nature of the disease in the bone marrow (BM), the low proliferative activity of plasma cells and the cryptic nature of some PCM-associated cytogenetic changes, karyotypic analysis in this disease should be augmented with targeted interphase fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH). Immunofluorescent revelation of cytoplasmic immunoglobulin light chains, together with interphase FISH (cIg-FISH), allows the identification of plasma cells within a sample so that they may be scored preferentially...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909723/inhibition-of-jnk-suppresses-autophagy-and-attenuates-insulin-resistance-in-a-rat-model-of-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease
#5
Hua Yan, Yanqiong Gao, Ying Zhang
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a common chronic liver disease, the pathological process of which is complex. Activation of the c‑Jun N‑terminal kinase (JNK) signaling pathway is associated with the mechanism underlying obesity-induced insulin resistance. Furthermore, the JNK signaling pathway and dysfunctional autophagy serve important roles in hepatic lipid metabolism. However, the exact role of JNK in autophagy and obesity‑induced insulin resistance is not fully understood. Therefore, the present study aimed to investigate the underlying mechanisms by which the JNK signaling pathway regulates autophagy and insulin resistance in fatty liver...
November 24, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909291/engineering-of-a-thermostable-esterase-est816-to-improve-its-quorum-quenching-activity-and-the-underlying-structural-basis
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Xiwen Liu, Li-Chuang Cao, Xin-Jiong Fan, Yu-Huan Liu, Wei Xie
N-acyl-homoserine lactones (AHLs) are small diffusible molecules called autoinducers that mediate cell-to-cell communications. Enzymatic degradation of AHLs is a promising bio-control strategy known as quorum-quenching. To improve the quorum-quenching activity of a thermostable esterase Est816, which had been previously cloned, we have engineered the enzyme by random mutagenesis. One of the mutants M2 with double amino acid substitutions (A216V/K238N) showed 3-fold improvement on catalytic efficiency. Based on the crystal structure determined at 2...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909220/role-of-serum-free-light-chain-assay-in-the-detection-of-early-relapse-and-prediction-of-prognosis-after-relapse-in-multiple-myeloma-patients-treated-upfront-with-novel-agents
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Paola Tacchetti, Annalisa Pezzi, Elena Zamagni, Lucia Pantani, Serena Rocchi, Beatrice Anna Zannetti, Katia Mancuso, Ilaria Rizzello, Michele Cavo
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 1, 2016: Haematologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907150/molecular-characterization-of-two-monoclonal-antibodies-against-the-same-epitope-on-b-cell-receptor-associated-protein-31
#8
Won-Tae Kim, Saemina Shin, Hyo Jeong Hwang, Min Kyu Kim, Han-Sung Jung, Hwangseo Park, Chun Jeih Ryu
Previously, we showed that B-cell receptor associated protein 31 (BAP31), an endoplasmic reticulum (ER) membrane chaperone, is also expressed on the cell surface by two monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) 297-D4 and 144-A8. Both MAbs recognize the same linear epitope on the C-terminal domain of BAP31, although they were independently established. Here, flow cytometric analysis showed that 144-A8 had additional binding properties to some cells, as compared to 297-D4. Quantitative antigen binding assays also showed that 144-A8 had higher antigen binding capacity than 297-D4...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905612/bulky-4-6-disubstituted-tetraphenylethene-naphthalimide-dyad-synthesis-copolymerization-stimuli-responsive-fluorescence-and-cellular-imaging
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Qiong-Xin Hua, Bo Xin, Jun-Xia Liu, Ling-Xi Zhao, Zu-Jing Xiong, Tao Chen, Ze-Qiang Chen, Chong Li, Wen-Liang Gong, Zhen-Li Huang, Ming-Qiang Zhu
We report the design and synthesis of a tetraphenylethene substituted with naphthalimide at the 4, 6 positions, named NI-2TPE. NI-2TPE exhibits strong solvent-dependent emission properties with combined ICT and AIE characteristics in THF-H2O systems. This probe was used directly on test papers to distinguish normal organic solvents using their emission colours under UV light based on its AIE and ICT nature. Thanks to the vinyl group in NI-2TPE, we synthesized a copolymer of NIPAM and NI-2TPE, termed P(NIPAM-co-NI-2TPE)...
December 1, 2016: Faraday Discussions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904901/effect-of-ticagrelor-on-endothelial-calcium-signalling-and-barrier-function
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Dursun Gündüz, Christian Tanislav, Klaus-Dieter Schlüter, Rainer Schulz, Christian Hamm, Muhammad Aslam
The P2Y12 receptor is a Gi-coupled receptor whose activation inhibits adenylyl cyclase and thereby reduces the concentration of intracellular cAMP. Here the hypothesis was tested whether AR-C 66096 or ticagrelor, two direct-acting and reversibly binding P2Y12 receptor antagonists, protect endothelial cell (EC) barrier function by raising intracellular cAMP in ECs. The study was carried out on primary human umbilical vein ECs (HUVECs) and human pulmonary microvascular ECs (hPMECs). AR-C66096 (10 µM) induced a 50 % increase in cAMP in ECs whereas ticagrelor (2-10 µM) had no effect...
December 1, 2016: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904399/identification-of-alleles-of-puroindoline-genes-and-their-effect-on-wheat-triticum-aestivum-l-grain-texture
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Mária Presinszká, Klára Štiasna, Tomáš Vyhnánek, Václav Trojan, Eva Mrkvicová, Luděk Hřivna, Ladislav Havel
Grain hardness is one of the most important quality characteristics of wheat (Triticum aestivum L.). It is a significant property of wheat grains and relates to milling quality and end product quality. Grain hardness is caused by the presence of puroindoline genes (Pina and Pinb). A collection of 25 genotypes of wheat with unusual grain colour (blue aleurone, purple and white pericarp, yellow endosperm) was studied by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for the diversity within Pina and Pinb (alleles: Pina-D1a, Pina-D1b, Pinb-D1a, Pinb- -D1b, Pinb-D1c and Pinb-D1d)...
March 2016: Food Technology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904131/mir-31-regulates-rho-associated-kinase-myosin-light-chain-rock-mlc-pathway-and-inhibits-gastric-cancer-invasion-roles-of-rhoa
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Zhuo Chen, Shengnan Liu, Yuan Xia, Kejian Wu
BACKGROUND This study evaluated how the expression of miR-31 can be used to detect gastric cancer (GC) to help illuminate the role of miR-31 and RhoA in GC cells. MATERIAL AND METHODS We carried out our experiments using tissue specimens from 70 GC patients. The relative expression of miR-31 and RhoA mRNA in tissues and cells was detected by RT-PCR. The expression level of RhoA protein was detected by immunohistochemistry. GC cell line BGC-823 was transfected with six groups of vectors: blank group, NC (negative control) group, miR-31 mimics group, miR-31 mimics + RhoA group, miR-31 mimics + ROCK group, and miR-31 mimics + MLCK agonist group...
December 1, 2016: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902845/cloning-and-heterologous-expression-of-chlorophyll-a-synthase-in-rhodobacter-sphaeroides
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Emre M Ipekoğlu, Koray Göçmen, Mehmet T Öz, Muazzez Gürgan, Meral Yücel
Rhodobacter sphaeroides is a purple non-sulfur bacterium which photoheterotrophically produces hydrogen from organic acids under anaerobic conditions. A gene coding for putative chlorophyll a synthase (chlG) from cyanobacterium Prochlorococcus marinus was amplified by nested polymerase chain reaction and cloned into an inducible-expression plasmid which was subsequently transferred to R. sphaeroides for heterologous expression. Induced expression of chlG in R. sphaeroides led to changes in light absorption spectrum within 400-700 nm...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Basic Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902590/genotypic-distribution-of-hhv-8-in-aids-individuals-without-and-with-kaposi-sarcoma-is-genotype-b-associated-with-better-prognosis-of-aids-ks
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Tania Regina Tozetto-Mendoza, Karim Yaqub Ibrahim, Adriana Fumie Tateno, Cristiane Mendes de Oliveira, Laura Massami Sumita, Maria Carmem Arroyo Sanchez, Expedito José Luna, Ligia Camara Pierrotti, Jan Felix Drexler, Paulo Henrique Braz-Silva, Claudio Sérgio Pannuti, Camila Malta Romano
AIDS-associated Kaposi's sarcoma (AIDS-KS) caused by human herpes virus 8 (HHV-8) is the most severe and resistant form of KS tumor. Our aim was to verify whether there is an association between HHV-8 variability and development of AIDS-KS in Brazil by comparing the HHV-8 variability between individuals without and with KS. Saliva samples and blood, when available, were analyzed by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) techniques for detection of the fragments of ORF K1 of HHV-8, which were then genotyped and analyzed regarding the genetic variability...
November 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901489/membrane-bound-icam-1-contributes-to-the-onset-of-proinvasive-tumor-stroma-by-controlling-acto-myosin-contractility-in-carcinoma-associated-fibroblasts
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Stephanie Bonan, Jean Albrengues, Eloise Grasset, Sanya-Eduarda Kuzet, Nicolas Nottet, Isabelle Bourget, Thomas Bertero, Bernard Mari, Guerrino Meneguzzi, Cedric Gaggioli
Acto-myosin contractility in carcinoma-associated fibroblasts leads to assembly of the tumor extracellular matrix. The pro-inflammatory cytokine LIF governs fibroblast activation in cancer by regulating the myosin light chain 2 activity. So far, however, how LIF mediates cytoskeleton contractility remains unknown. Using phenotypic screening assays based on knock-down of LIF-dependent genes in fibroblasts, we identified the glycoprotein ICAM-1 as a crucial regulator of stroma fibroblast proinvasive matrix remodeling...
November 25, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901473/influence-of-solar-and-geomagnetic-activity-in-gymnodinium-catenatum-dinophyceae-cultures
#16
Paulo Vale
Laboratory cultures of the paralytic shellfish poisoning producing microalga Gymnodinium catenatum were subjected to a hypo-osmotic shock and changes in cell concentration were observed in two separate experiments of 8 and 24 hours duration, respectively. The increase in geomagnetic activity (GMA), radio and X-ray fluxes and solar X-ray flares were negatively correlated with cell numbers. Cell losses were observed in the short experiment, but not in the longest one. GMA action was related to the course of the experimental period, while electromagnetic radiation (EMR) was only significantly related when the previous hours before the experiments were considered...
November 30, 2016: General Physiology and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901024/coding-and-decoding-libraries-of-sequence-defined-functional-copolymers-synthesized-via-photoligation
#17
Nicolas Zydziak, Waldemar Konrad, Florian Feist, Sergii Afonin, Steffen Weidner, Christopher Barner-Kowollik
Designing artificial macromolecules with absolute sequence order represents a considerable challenge. Here we report an advanced light-induced avenue to monodisperse sequence-defined functional linear macromolecules up to decamers via a unique photochemical approach. The versatility of the synthetic strategy-combining sequential and modular concepts-enables the synthesis of perfect macromolecules varying in chemical constitution and topology. Specific functions are placed at arbitrary positions along the chain via the successive addition of monomer units and blocks, leading to a library of functional homopolymers, alternating copolymers and block copolymers...
November 30, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900617/new-and-evolving-concepts-regarding-the-prognosis-and-treatment-of-cardiac-amyloidosis
#18
REVIEW
Stefano Perlini, Roberta Mussinelli, Francesco Salinaro
Systemic amyloidoses are rare and proteiform diseases, caused by extracellular accumulation of insoluble misfolded fibrillar proteins. Prognosis is dictated by cardiac involvement, which is especially frequent in light chain (AL) and in transthyretin variants (ATTR, both mutated, (ATTRm), and wild-type, (ATTRwt)). Recently, ATTRwt has emerged as a potentially relevant cause of a heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). Cardiac amyloidosis is an archetypal example of restrictive cardiomyopathy, with signs and symptoms of global heart failure and diastolic dysfunction...
November 29, 2016: Current Heart Failure Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899552/prognostic-value-of-free-light-chains-lambda-and-kappa-in-early-multiple-sclerosis
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Margarete M Voortman, Tatjana Stojakovic, Lukas Pirpamer, Margit Jehna, Christian Langkammer, Hubert Scharnagl, Markus Reindl, Stefan Ropele, Thomas Seifert-Held, Juan-Jose Archelos, Siegrid Fuchs, Christian Enzinger, Franz Fazekas, Michael Khalil
BACKGROUND: Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) immunoglobulin free light chains (FLC) have been suggested as quantitative alternative to oligoclonal bands (OCB) in the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS). However, little is known on their role in predicting clinical and paraclinical disease progression, particularly in early stages. OBJECTIVE: To assess the prognostic value of FLC in OCB-positive patients with clinically isolated syndrome (CIS) suggestive of MS and early MS...
November 29, 2016: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899526/dynamic-pre-bcr-homodimers-fine-tune-autonomous-survival-signals-in-b-cell-precursor-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
#20
M Frank Erasmus, Ksenia Matlawska-Wasowska, Ichiko Kinjyo, Avanika Mahajan, Stuart S Winter, Li Xu, Michael Horowitz, Diane S Lidke, Bridget S Wilson
The pre-B cell receptor (pre-BCR) is an immature form of the BCR critical for early B lymphocyte development. It is composed of the membrane-bound immunoglobulin (Ig) heavy chain, surrogate light chain components, and the signaling subunits Igα and Igβ. We developed monovalent quantum dot (QD)-labeled probes specific for Igβ to study the behavior of pre-BCRs engaged in autonomous, ligand-independent signaling in live B cells. Single-particle tracking revealed that QD-labeled pre-BCRs engaged in transient, but frequent, homotypic interactions...
November 29, 2016: Science Signaling
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