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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529762/enhanced-inter-subject-brain-computer-interface-with-associative-sensorimotor-oscillations
#1
Simanto Saha, Khawza I Ahmed, Raqibul Mostafa, Ahsan H Khandoker, Leontios Hadjileontiadis
Electroencephalography (EEG) captures electrophysiological signatures of cortical events from the scalp with high-dimensional electrode montages. Usually, excessive sources produce outliers and potentially affect the actual event related sources. Besides, EEG manifests inherent inter-subject variability of the brain dynamics, at the resting state and/or under the performance of task(s), caused probably due to the instantaneous fluctuation of psychophysiological states. A wavelet coherence (WC) analysis for optimally selecting associative inter-subject channels is proposed here and is being used to boost performances of motor imagery (MI)-based inter-subject brain computer interface (BCI)...
February 2017: Healthcare Technology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529468/contrasting-patterns-of-nucleotide-polymorphism-suggest-different-selective-regimes-within-different-parts-of-the-pgic1-gene-in-festuca-ovina-l
#2
Yuan Li, Bengt Hansson, Lena Ghatnekar, Honor C Prentice
BACKGROUND: Phosphoglucose isomerase (PGI, EC 5.3.1.9) is an essential metabolic enzyme in all eukaryotes. An earlier study of the PgiC1 gene, which encodes cytosolic PGI in the grass Festuca ovina L., revealed a marked difference in the levels of nucleotide polymorphism between the 5' and 3' portions of the gene. METHODS: In the present study, we characterized the sequence polymorphism in F. ovina PgiC1 in more detail and examined possible explanations for the non-uniform pattern of nucleotide polymorphism across the gene...
2017: Hereditas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525976/the-adaptation-of-colorectal-cancer-cells-when-forming-metastases-in-the-liver-expression-of-associated-genes-and-pathways-in-a-mouse-model
#3
Derya Bocuk, Alexander Wolff, Petra Krause, Gabriela Salinas, Annalen Bleckmann, Christina Hackl, Tim Beissbarth, Sarah Koenig
BACKGROUND: Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in men and women. Systemic disease with metastatic spread to distant sites such as the liver reduces the survival rate considerably. The aim of this study was to investigate the changes in gene expression that occur on invasion and expansion of CRC cells when forming metastases in the liver. METHODS: The livers of syngeneic C57BL/6NCrl mice were inoculated with 1 million CRC cells (CMT-93) via the portal vein, leading to the stable formation of metastases within 4 weeks...
May 19, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525578/cell-type-specific-genome-editing-with-a-microrna-responsive-crispr-cas9-switch
#4
Moe Hirosawa, Yoshihiko Fujita, Callum J C Parr, Karin Hayashi, Shunnichi Kashida, Akitsu Hotta, Knut Woltjen, Hirohide Saito
The CRISPR-Cas9 system is a powerful genome-editing tool useful in a variety of biotechnology and biomedical applications. Here we developed a synthetic RNA-based, microRNA (miRNA)-responsive CRISPR-Cas9 system (miR-Cas9 switch) in which the genome editing activity of Cas9 can be modulated through endogenous miRNA signatures in mammalian cells. We created miR-Cas9 switches by using a miRNA-complementary sequence in the 5΄-UTR of mRNA encoding Streptococcus pyogenes Cas9. The miR-21-Cas9 or miR-302-Cas9 switches selectively and efficiently responded to miR-21-5p in HeLa cells or miR-302a-5p in human induced pluripotent stem cells, and post-transcriptionally attenuated the Cas9 activity only in the target cells...
May 19, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523296/a-systematic-review-of-the-possible-carcinogenic-role-of-the-aristolochic-acid
#5
Tivadar Bara, Simona Gurzu, Haruhiko Sugimura, Tivadar Bara, Marius Alexandru Beleaua, Ioan Jung
Aristolochic acid (AA) is a bioactive component of Chinese herbs, dietary supplements, slimming pills and contaminated flour, which is known to induce chronic tubulointerstitial disease. AA is also shown to be involved in the genesis of the upper urinary tract urothelial carcinoma (UTUC) and some other cancers, but its tumorigenic role is far to be understood. We performed a systematic literature review regarding the involvement of AA in malignant processes and molecular pathways of carcinogenesis. Twenty representative papers were selected for this review...
2017: Romanian Journal of Morphology and Embryology, Revue Roumaine de Morphologie et Embryologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523274/identification-of-braf-positive-cases-based-on-whole-slide-image-analysis
#6
Vlad Popovici, Aleš Křenek, Eva Budinská
A key requirement for precision medicine is the accurate identification of patients that would respond to a specific treatment or those that represent a high-risk group, and a plethora of molecular biomarkers have been proposed for this purpose during the last decade. Their application in clinical settings, however, is not always straightforward due to relatively high costs of some tests, limited availability of the biological material and time, and procedural constraints. Hence, there is an increasing interest in constructing tissue-based surrogate biomarkers that could be applied with minimal overhead directly to histopathology images and which could be used for guiding the selection of eventual further molecular tests...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521526/the-impact-of-genetics-on-future-drug-discovery-in-schizophrenia
#7
Mitsuyuki Matsumoto, Noah M Walton, Hiroshi Yamada, Yuji Kondo, Gerard J Marek, Katsunori Tajinda
Failures of investigational new drugs (INDs) for schizophrenia have left huge unmet medical needs for patients. Given the recent lackluster results, it is imperative that new drug discovery approaches (and resultant drug candidates) target pathophysiological alterations that are shared in specific, stratified patient populations that are selected based on pre-identified biological signatures. One path to implementing this paradigm is achievable by leveraging recent advances in genetic information and technologies...
May 18, 2017: Expert Opinion on Drug Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28517033/high-throughput-sequencing-of-transposable-element-insertions-suggests-adaptive-evolution-of-the-invasive-asian-tiger-mosquito-towards-temperate-environments
#8
Clément Goubert, Hélène Henri, Guillaume Minard, Claire Valiente Moro, Patrick Mavingui, Cristina Vieira, Matthieu Boulesteix
Invasive species represent unique opportunities to evaluate the role of local adaptation during colonization of new environments. Among these species, the Asian tiger mosquito, Aedes albopictus, is a threatening vector of several human viral diseases, including dengue and chikungunya, and raises concerns about the Zika fever. Its broad presence in both temperate and tropical environments has been considered the reflection of great "ecological plasticity". However, no study has been conducted to assess the role of adaptive evolution in the ecological success of Ae...
May 18, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514769/identification-of-long-non-coding-rnas-biomarkers-associated-with-progression-of-endometrial-carcinoma-and-patient-outcomes
#9
Yanan Sun, Xiaoyan Zou, Jun He, Yuqin Mao
Endometrial carcinoma is a complex disease characterized by both genetic, epigenetic and environmental factors. Increasing evidence has suggested that long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) play important roles in the development and progression of cancers. In this study, we performed a comparison analysis for lncRNA expression between patients with early-stage (stage I/II) and those with advanced-stage (stage III/IV) derived from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) project and identified 17 differentially expressed lncRNAs using student t-test...
April 30, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514149/structural-and-optical-properties-of-subporphyrinoids-a-td-dft-study
#10
Cloe Azarias, Mylene Pawelek, Denis Jacquemin
Using ab initio approaches accounting for environmental effects, we investigate the ground- and excited-state properties of four subporphyrinoids: subporphyrin, subporphyrazine, tribenzosubporphyrin and subphthalocyanine. We first show that the selected level of theory is able to reproduce the structure and NMR spectra of all compounds. The aromaticity of these four macrocyclic entities are next quantified and it is showed that their bowl-shape induces a very strong aromatic character. Next we analyze the spectral signatures of all four compounds using an approach going beyond the vertical approximation...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508507/detecting-selection-signatures-between-duroc-and-duroc-synthetic-pig-populations-using-high-density-snp-chip
#11
Z Edea, J-K Hong, J-H Jung, D-W Kim, Y-M Kim, E-S Kim, S S Shin, Y C Jung, K-S Kim
The development of high throughput genotyping techniques has facilitated the identification of selection signatures of pigs. The detection of genomic selection signals in a population subjected to differential selection pressures may provide insights into the genes associated with economically and biologically important traits. To identify genomic regions under selection, we genotyped 488 Duroc (D) pigs and 155 D × Korean native pigs (DKNPs) using the Porcine SNP70K BeadChip. By applying the FST and extended haplotype homozygosity (EHH-Rsb) methods, we detected genes under directional selection associated with growth/stature (DOCK7, PLCB4, HS2ST1, FBP2 and TG), carcass and meat quality (TG, COL14A1, FBXO5, NR3C1, SNX7, ARHGAP26 and DPYD), number of teats (LOC100153159 and LRRC1), pigmentation (MME) and ear morphology (SOX5), which are all mostly near or at fixation...
May 16, 2017: Animal Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505128/a-proposal-for-a-study-on-treatment-selection-and-lifestyle-recommendations-in-chronic-inflammatory-diseases-a-danish-multidisciplinary-collaboration-on-prognostic-factors-and-personalised-medicine
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Vibeke Andersen, Uffe Holmskov, Signe Bek Sørensen, Mohamad Jawhara, Karina W Andersen, Anette Bygum, Lone Hvid, Jakob Grauslund, Jimmi Wied, Henning Glerup, Ulrich Fredberg, Jan Alexander Villadsen, Søren Geill Kjær, Jan Fallingborg, Seyed A G R Moghadd, Torben Knudsen, Jacob Brodersen, Jesper Frøjk, Jens F Dahlerup, Ole Haagen Nielsen, Robin Christensen, Anders Bo Bojesen, Grith Lykke Sorensen, Steffen Thiel, Nils J Færgeman, Ivan Brandslund, Allan Stensballe, Erik Berg Schmidt, Andre Franke, David Ellinghaus, Philip Rosenstiel, Jeroen Raes, Berit Heitmann, Mette Boye, Charlotte Lindgaard Nielsen, Lars Werner, Jens Kjeldsen, Torkell Ellingsen
Chronic inflammatory diseases (CIDs), including Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis (inflammatory bowel diseases, IBD), rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, spondyloarthritides, hidradenitis suppurativa, and immune-mediated uveitis, are treated with biologics targeting the pro-inflammatory molecule tumour necrosis factor-α (TNF) (i.e., TNF inhibitors). Approximately one-third of the patients do not respond to the treatment. Genetics and lifestyle may affect the treatment results. The aims of this multidisciplinary collaboration are to identify (1) molecular signatures of prognostic value to help tailor treatment decisions to an individual likely to initiate TNF inhibitor therapy, followed by (2) lifestyle factors that support achievement of optimised treatment outcome...
May 15, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504929/evolution-of-an-intricate-j-protein-network-driving-protein-disaggregation-in-eukaryotes
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Nadinath B Nillegoda, Antonia Stank, Duccio Malinverni, Niels Alberts, Anna Szlachcic, Alessandro Barducci, Paolo De Los Rios, Rebecca C Wade, Bernd Bukau
Hsp70 participates in a broad spectrum of protein folding processes extending from nascent chain folding to protein disaggregation. This versatility in function is achieved through a diverse family of J-protein cochaperones that select substrates for Hsp70. Substrate selection is further tuned by transient complexation between different classes of J-proteins, which expands the range of protein aggregates targeted by metazoan Hsp70 for disaggregation. We assessed the prevalence and evolutionary conservation of J-protein complexation and cooperation in disaggregation...
May 15, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504724/single-cell-transcriptomics-uncovers-distinct-molecular-signatures-of-stem-cells-in-chronic-myeloid-leukemia
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Alice Giustacchini, Supat Thongjuea, Nikolaos Barkas, Petter S Woll, Benjamin J Povinelli, Christopher A G Booth, Paul Sopp, Ruggiero Norfo, Alba Rodriguez-Meira, Neil Ashley, Lauren Jamieson, Paresh Vyas, Kristina Anderson, Åsa Segerstolpe, Hong Qian, Ulla Olsson-Strömberg, Satu Mustjoki, Rickard Sandberg, Sten Eirik W Jacobsen, Adam J Mead
Recent advances in single-cell transcriptomics are ideally placed to unravel intratumoral heterogeneity and selective resistance of cancer stem cell (SC) subpopulations to molecularly targeted cancer therapies. However, current single-cell RNA-sequencing approaches lack the sensitivity required to reliably detect somatic mutations. We developed a method that combines high-sensitivity mutation detection with whole-transcriptome analysis of the same single cell. We applied this technique to analyze more than 2,000 SCs from patients with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) throughout the disease course, revealing heterogeneity of CML-SCs, including the identification of a subgroup of CML-SCs with a distinct molecular signature that selectively persisted during prolonged therapy...
May 15, 2017: Nature Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499406/cattle-genome-wide-analysis-reveals-genetic-signatures-in-trypanotolerant-n-dama
#15
Soo-Jin Kim, Sojeong Ka, Jung-Woo Ha, Jaemin Kim, DongAhn Yoo, Kwondo Kim, Hak-Kyo Lee, Dajeong Lim, Seoae Cho, Olivier Hanotte, Okeyo Ally Mwai, Tadelle Dessie, Stephen Kemp, Sung Jong Oh, Heebal Kim
BACKGROUND: Indigenous cattle in Africa have adapted to various local environments to acquire superior phenotypes that enhance their survival under harsh conditions. While many studies investigated the adaptation of overall African cattle, genetic characteristics of each breed have been poorly studied. RESULTS: We performed the comparative genome-wide analysis to assess evidence for subspeciation within species at the genetic level in trypanotolerant N'Dama cattle...
May 12, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498105/intracellular-uptake-of-macromolecules-by-brain-lymphatic-endothelial-cells-during-zebrafish-embryonic-development
#16
Max van Lessen, Shannon Shibata-Germanos, Andreas van Impel, Thomas A Hawkins, Jason Rihel, Stefan Schulte-Merker
The lymphatic system controls fluid homeostasis and the clearance of macromolecules from interstitial compartments. In mammals brain lymphatics were only recently discovered, with significant implications for physiology and disease. We examined zebrafish for the presence of brain lymphatics and found loosely connected endothelial cells with lymphatic molecular signature covering parts of the brain without forming endothelial tubular structures. These brain lymphatic endothelial cells (BLECs) derive from venous endothelium, are distinct from macrophages, and are sensitive to loss of Vegfc...
May 12, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497916/emerging-endotypes-of-chronic-rhinosinusitis-and-its-application-to-precision-medicine
#17
REVIEW
Dae Woo Kim, Seong H Cho
Chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) is a heterogeneous inflammatory disease with various underlying pathophysiologic mechanisms which translate to endotypes, in contrast to clinical phenotypes or histological subtypes. Defining endotypes can help clinicians predict disease prognosis, select subjects suitable for a specific therapy, and assess risks for comorbid conditions, including asthma. Therefore, with recent advancement of biologicals in CRS clinical trials, endotyping can be a breakthrough in treating recalcitrant CRS...
July 2017: Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497843/heart-failure-pilot-transcriptomic-analysis-of-cardiac-tissue-by-rna-sequencing
#18
Concetta Schiano, Valerio Costa, Marianna Aprile, Vincenzo Grimaldi, Ciro Maiello, Roberta Esposito, Andrea Soricelli, Vittorio Colantuoni, Francesco Donatelli, Alfredo Ciccodicola, Claudio Napoli
BACKGROUND: Despite left ventricular (LV) dysfunction contributing to mortality in chronic heart failure (HF), the molecular mechanisms of LV failure continues to remain poorly understood and myocardial biomarkers have yet to be identified. The aim of this pilot study was to investigate specific transcriptome changes occurring in cardiac tissues of patients with HF compared to healthy condition patients to improve diagnosis and possible treatment of affected subjects. METHODS: Unlike other studies, only dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) (n = 2) and restrictive cardiomyopathy (RCM) (n = 2) patients who did not report family history of the disease were selected with the aim of obtaining a homogeneous population for the study...
May 12, 2017: Cardiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497355/the-generation-of-dehydroalanine-residues-in-protonated-polypeptides-ion-ion-reactions-for-introducing-selective-cleavages
#19
Zhou Peng, Jiexun Bu, Scott A McLuckey
We examine a gas-phase approach for converting a subset of amino acid residues in polypeptide cations to dehydroalanine (Dha). Subsequent activation of the modified polypeptide ions gives rise to specific cleavage N-terminal to the Dha residue. This process allows for the incorporation of selective cleavages in the structural characterization of polypeptide ions. An ion/ion reaction within the mass spectrometer between a multiply protonated polypeptide and the sulfate radical anion introduces a radical site into the multiply protonated polypeptide reactant...
May 11, 2017: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496186/an-ancient-selective-sweep-linked-to-reproductive-life-history-evolution-in-sockeye-salmon
#20
Andrew J Veale, Michael A Russello
Study of parallel (or convergent) phenotypic evolution can provide important insights into processes driving sympatric, ecologically-mediated divergence and speciation, as ecotype pairs may provide a biological replicate of the underlying signals and mechanisms. Here, we provide evidence for a selective sweep creating an island of divergence associated with reproductive behavior in sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka), identifying a series of linked single nucleotide polymorphisms across a ~22,733 basepair region spanning the leucine-rich repeat-containing protein 9 gene exhibiting signatures of divergent selection associated with stream- and shore-spawning in both anadromous and resident forms across their pan-Pacific distribution...
May 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
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