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Vincent Le Coz, Chaobin Zhu, Aurore Devocelle, Aimé Vazquez, Claude Boucheix, Sandy Azzi, Cindy Gallerne, Pierre Eid, Séverine Lecourt, Julien Giron-Michel
Melanoma is a particularly virulent human cancer, due to its resistance to conventional treatments and high frequency of metastasis. Melanomas contain a fraction of cells, the melanoma-initiating cells (MICs), responsible for tumor propagation and relapse. Identification of the molecular pathways supporting MICs is, therefore, vital for the development of targeted treatments. One factor produced by melanoma cells and their microenvironment, insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF- 1), is linked to epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and stemness features in several cancers...
October 18, 2016: Oncotarget
Kostas Kapellas, Lisa M Jamieson
The Northern Territory (N.T.) of Australia has the highest imprisonment rate per capita in the country. The vast majority of prisoners (86%) are Indigenous Australian despite only 30% of the N.T. population identifying as Indigenous. This paper investigates factors influencing this over-representation. The most common reason for imprisonment concerns violence. Alcohol is consumed in high quantities, particularly in Central Australia and is thought to affect incarceration rates. Recent strategies to control alcohol abuse in the N...
2016: Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Ola Söderström, Lilith Abrahamyan Empson, Zoé Codeluppi, Dag Söderström, Philipp S Baumann, Philippe Conus
Primarily on the basis of epidemiological studies, recent research in psychiatry has established a robust link between urban living and psychosis. This paper argues first, that an experienced-based approach, moving beyond epidemiology, is needed in order to enable more fine-grained understandings of the city/psychosis nexus. The second part of the paper presents preliminary fieldwork results based on video-elicitation sessions with first-episode patients with psychotic disorders. These results lead to the generation of a series of hypotheses for further research on the role of density, sensory overload and social interaction as factors in the onset of non-affective psychoses...
October 14, 2016: Health & Place
Zheng Fang
This article describes two publicly available data sources: the new generation of Penn World Table ( and the BP Statistical Review of World Energy ( which can be used to examine the role of human capital in the energy-growth nexus across countries. The critical human capital measure across countries is for the first time made available in the Penn World Table 8.0 and it enables empirical researchers to conduct cross-country analysis involving human capital much easily than ever before...
December 2016: Data in Brief
Jose Antonio Moreno, Joana Díaz-Gómez, Carmina Nogareda, Eduardo Angulo, Gerhard Sandmann, Manuel Portero-Otin, José C E Serrano, Richard M Twyman, Teresa Capell, Changfu Zhu, Paul Christou
Carotenoids are important dietary nutrients with health-promoting effects. The biofortification of staple foods with carotenoids provides an efficient delivery strategy but little is known about the fate and distribution of carotenoids supplied in this manner. The chicken provides a good model of human carotenoid metabolism so we supplemented the diets of laying hens using two biofortified maize varieties with distinct carotenoid profiles and compared the fate of the different carotenoids in terms of distribution in the feed, the hen's livers and the eggs...
October 14, 2016: Scientific Reports
Jiří Hostaš, David Sigwalt, Marina Šekutor, Haresh Ajani, Matúš Dubecký, Jan Řezáč, Peter Y Zavalij, Liping Cao, Christian Wohlschlager, Kata Mlinarić-Majerski, Lyle Isaacs, Robert Glaser, Pavel Hobza
A training set of eleven X-ray structures determined for biomimetic complexes between cucurbit[n]uril (CB[7 or 8]) hosts and adamantane-/diamantane ammonium/aminium guests were studied with DFT-D3 quantum mechanical computational methods to afford ΔGcalcd binding energies. A novel feature of this work is that the fidelity of the BLYP-D3/def2-TZVPP choice of DFT functional was proven by comparison with more accurate methods. For the first time, the CB[n]⋅guest complex binding energy subcomponents [for example, ΔEdispersion , ΔEelectrostatic , ΔGsolvation , binding entropy (-TΔS), and induced fit Edeformation(host) , Edeformation(guest) ] were calculated...
October 10, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
Nathella Pavan Kumar, Kadar Moideen, Shanmugam Sivakumar, Pradeep A Menon, Vijay Viswanathan, Hardy Kornfeld, Subash Babu
BACKGROUND: Tuberculosis-diabetes co-morbidity (TB-DM) is characterized by increased inflammation with elevated circulating levels of inflammatory cytokines and other factors. Circulating angiogenic factors are intricately involved in the angiogenesis-inflammation nexus. METHODS: To study the association of angiogenic factors with TB-DM, we examined the systemic levels of VEGF-A, VEGF-C, VEGF-D, VEGF-R1, VEGF-R2, VEGF-R3 in individuals with either TB-DM (n = 44) or TB alone (n = 44)...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Infection
Daniela M Arias-Rotondo, James K McCusker
Recently, the use of transition metal based chromophores as photo-induced single-electron transfer reagents in synthetic organic chemistry has opened up a wealth of possibilities for reinventing known reactions as well as creating new pathways to previously unattainable products. The workhorses for these efforts have been polypyridyl complexes of Ru(ii) and Ir(iii), compounds whose photophysics have been studied for decades within the inorganic community but never extensively applied to problems of interest to organic chemists...
September 21, 2016: Chemical Society Reviews
Mohammad Al-Saidi, Nadir Ahmed Elagib
The water, energy and food nexus (WEF nexus) is currently quite popular in environmental management. The concept found a fertile ground in science and policymaking, but there is no consistent view on the meaning of integration within the nexus. Here, a wealth of publications is reviewed in an endeavour to: (1) reveal the lines of justification for the need of the WEF nexus debate and (2) identify the range of tools for analysing the interdependent resource issues of the nexus using an integrated framework of science and policy...
October 3, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
Zhongming Zhang, Mengyun Wang, Xiaocui Miao, Yijuan Li, Glenn Hitchman, Zhen Yuan
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The Seeking Proxies for Internal States (SPIS) hypothesis predicts that obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is associated with a deficit in subjective convictions, which may lead to a reliance on external substitutes for the perceptions of an individual's internal states. Two well-designed studies were performed for the present work that adopted a false bio-feedback procedure in a muscle tension task to examine the SPIS hypothesis. METHODS: The false bio-feedback paradigm was used to investigate our hypothesis...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry
Rebecca Susanne Dodder, Jessica T Barnwell, William H Yelverton
Electric sector water use, in particular, for thermoelectric operations, is a critical component of the water-energy nexus. On a life cycle basis, per unit of electricity generated, the operational (e.g., cooling system) water use is substantially higher than water demands for the fuel cycle (e.g., natural gas, coal) and power plant manufacturing (e.g., equipment, construction). However, could shifting toward low carbon and low water electric power operations create trade-offs across the electricity life cycle? We compare business-as-usual with scenarios of carbon reductions and water constraints using the MARKet ALlocation (MARKAL) energy systems model...
October 6, 2016: Environmental Science & Technology
Judith A Gierut
Research on phonological disorders in children has conventionally emphasized the speech sound in search of causes, diagnoses, treatments, and prevention of the disorder. This article aims to shift the research focus to the word instead. The motivation comes from advances in psycholinguistics that demonstrate the word is central to the perception, production, and acquisition of phonological information. Three strands of potential study are outlined in evaluation of how words might initiate and boost, but perhaps also, interrupt learning for children with phonological disorders...
November 2016: Seminars in Speech and Language
Christopher L Bowlus, James T Kenney, Gary Rice, Robert Navarro
BACKGROUND: Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis are a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States. Primary biliary cholangitis (PBC), previously known as primary biliary cirrhosis and which has been designated an orphan condition, is a chronic autoimmune disease resulting in the destruction of the small bile ducts in the liver. Without effective treatment, disease progression frequently leads to liver failure and death. Until May 2016, the only FDA-approved treatment for PBC was ursodiol (UDCA), an oral hydrophilic bile acid, which can slow progression of liver damage due to PBC...
October 2016: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
Christopher T Dee, Raghavendar T Nagaraju, Emmanouil I Athanasiadis, Caroline Gray, Laura Fernandez Del Ama, Simon A Johnston, Christopher J Secombes, Ana Cvejic, Adam F L Hurlstone
CD4(+) T cells are at the nexus of the innate and adaptive arms of the immune system. However, little is known about the evolutionary history of CD4(+) T cells, and it is unclear whether their differentiation into specialized subsets is conserved in early vertebrates. In this study, we have created transgenic zebrafish with vibrantly labeled CD4(+) cells allowing us to scrutinize the development and specialization of teleost CD4(+) leukocytes in vivo. We provide further evidence that CD4(+) macrophages have an ancient origin and had already emerged in bony fish...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Marco Marzo, Sunil Kulkarni, Alberto Manganaro, Alessandra Roncaglioni, Shengde Wu, Tara S Barton-Maclaren, Cathy Lester, Emilio Benfenati
Application of in silico models to predict developmental toxicity has demonstrated limited success particularly when employed as a single source of information. It is acknowledged that modelling the complex outcomes related to this endpoint is a challenge; however, such models have been developed and reported in the literature. The current study explored the possibility of integrating the selected public domain models (CAESAR, SARpy and P&G model) with the selected commercial modelling suites (Multicase, Leadscope and Derek Nexus) to assess if there is an increase in overall predictive performance...
September 28, 2016: Toxicology
Justin B Lack, Jeremy D Lange, Alison D Tang, Russell B Corbett-Detig, John E Pool
The Drosophila Genome Nexus is a population genomic resource that provides D. melanogaster genomes from multiple sources. To facilitate comparisons across data sets, genomes are aligned using a common reference alignment pipeline which involves two rounds of mapping. Regions of residual heterozygosity, identity-by-descent, and recent population admixture are annotated to enable data filtering based on the user's needs. Here, we present a significant expansion of the Drosophila Genome Nexus, which brings the current data object to a total of 1,121 wild-derived genomes...
September 29, 2016: Molecular Biology and Evolution
Yadav Sapkota, Ashok Narasimhan, Mahalakshmi Kumaran, Badan S Sehrawat, Sambasivarao Damaraju
Breast cancer (BC) predisposition in populations arises from both genetic and nongenetic risk factors. Structural variations such as copy number variations (CNVs) are heritable determinants for disease susceptibility. The primary objectives of this study are (1) to identify CNVs associated with sporadic BC using a genome-wide association study (GWAS) design; (2) to utilize 2 distinct CNV calling algorithms to identify concordant CNVs as a strategy to reduce false positive associations in the hypothesis-generating GWAS discovery phase, and (3) to identify potential candidate CNVs for follow-up replication studies...
September 27, 2016: Cytogenetic and Genome Research
Pavel Lavitas, Mark Tesell, Tasmina Hydery, Bonnie C Greenwood, Mylissa Price, Kimberly Lenz, Paul Jeffrey
BACKGROUND: Breakthrough direct-acting antivirals set a new standard in the management of hepatitis C virus (HCV) with regard to cure rates and improved tolerability; however, the health care system is challenged by the cost of these medications. OBJECTIVE: To describe the effect of a comprehensive HCV medication management program on optimized regimen use, prior authorization (PA) modifications, and medication cost avoidance in a state Medicaid program. METHODS: This program consists of a 2-tiered prescriber outreach: (1) regimen outreach to promote optimized regimen selection and (2) refill outreach to support medication adherence...
October 2016: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
Jason R Garner, Michael N Wajdowicz, Nicholas B DuVall, Howard W Roberts
STATEMENT OF PROBLEM: Two resin-modified glass-ionomer (RMGI)-based luting agents have been recently marketed without independent reports of their physical properties. PURPOSE: The purpose of this in vitro study was to evaluate selected physical properties of 2 newly marketed RMGI luting agents and compare the findings with traditional materials. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Specimens (N=12) of Nexus RMGI, UltraCem, GC Fuji Cem 2, and RelyX Luting Plus were fabricated using standardized molds for flexural strength and fracture toughness according to manufacturer recommendations and stored in physiologic phosphate-buffered saline solution at 37°C until testing...
September 22, 2016: Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry
Zhong Zheng, Xinli Zhang, Catherine Dang, Steven Beanes, Grace X Chang, Yao Chen, Chen-Shuang Li, Kevin S Lee, Kang Ting, Chia Soo
In contrast to adult and late-gestation fetal skin wounds, which heal with scar, early-gestation fetal skin wounds display a remarkable capacity to heal scarlessly. Although the underlying mechanism of this transition from fetal-type scarless healing to adult-type healing with scar has been actively investigated for decades, in utero restoration of scarless healing in late-gestation fetal wounds has not been reported. In this study, using loss- and gain-of-function rodent fetal wound models, we identified that fibromodulin (Fm) is essential for fetal-type scarless wound healing...
September 22, 2016: American Journal of Pathology
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