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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728354/spatial-assessment-of-potential-ecological-risk-of-soil-heavy-metals-from-informal-e-waste-recycling-in-ghana
#1
Vincent Nartey Kyere, Klaus Greve, Sampson Atiemo, James Hawkins Ephraim
The rapidly increasing annual global volumes and the inherently valuable fractions of e-waste have created an avenue for individuals in Agbogbloshie, Accra, Ghana to make a living by utilizing unconventional, uncontrolled, primitive and crude procedures to recycle and recover valuable metals from these wastes. The current form of recycling procedures releases hazardous fractions such as heavy metals into the soils posing a significant risk to ecology and human health. 132 soil samples based on 100 m grid intervals were collected using handheld GPS and analyzed for Cadmium (Cd), chromium (Cr), copper (Cu), mercury (Hg), lead (Pb) and zinc (Zn) heavy metals...
July 10, 2017: Environmental Health and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728223/-expression-and-bioinformatics-analysis-of-long-chain-non-coding-rna-pvt1-in-tumors
#2
M Wang, W Gao, Y F Bai, D H Lu, L H Teng
Objective: To study the expression and mechanism of long-chain non-coding RNA PVT1 in tumor by bioinformatics analysis and experimental verification, and to provide new ideas for the study of the pathogenesis of tumors. Methods: The expression of PVT1 in 14 common tumors was downloaded from starBase v2.0 public database, which also was verified by PVT1 RNA-in situ hybridization.The upstream transcription factors, the downstream target microRNA(miRNA) for PVT1 and the target genes for the target miRNAs were predicted and analyzed by using bioinformatics based on the database of UCSC Genome Browser, HMDD v2...
July 8, 2017: Zhonghua Bing Li Xue za Zhi Chinese Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727940/intestinal-transit-time-and-cortisol-mediated-stress-in-zebrafish
#3
Clayton Brady, Maxwell Denora, Ian Shannon, Karl J Clark, Adam Rich
Intestinal motility, the spontaneous and rhythmic smooth muscle contraction, is a complex process that is regulated by overlapping and redundant regulatory mechanisms. Primary regulators intrinsic to the gastrointestinal tract include interstitial cells of Cajal, enteric neurons, and smooth muscle cells. Extrinsic primary regulators include the autonomic nervous system, immune system, and the endocrine system. Due to this complexity, a reductionist approach may be inappropriate if the ultimate goal is to understand motility regulation in vivo...
July 20, 2017: Zebrafish
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727895/how-to-become-a-killer-or-is-it-all-accidental-virulence-strategies-in-oral-streptococci
#4
Izabela Sitkiewicz
Streptococci are a diverse group of gram positive microorganisms sharing common virulence traits and similar strategies to escape the oral niche and establish an infection in other parts of the host organism. Invasive infection with oral streptococci is "a perfect storm" that requires the concerted action of multiple biotic and abiotic factors. Our understanding of streptococcal pathogenicity and infectivity should probably be less mechanistic and driven not only by the identification of novel virulence factors...
July 20, 2017: Molecular Oral Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727871/biosimilars-in-oncology-in-the-united-states-a-review
#5
Chadi Nabhan, Sandeep Parsad, Anthony R Mato, Bruce A Feinberg
Importance: Biosimilars are biological medicines that contain a highly similar version of the active substance of an already approved biologic reference product. The availability of biosimilars might provide an opportunity to lower health care expenditures as a result of the inherent price competition with their reference product. Understanding how biosimilar cancer drugs are regulated, approved, and paid for, as well as their impact in a value-based care environment, is essential for physicians and other stakeholders in oncology...
July 20, 2017: JAMA Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727840/dual-inhibition-of-fes-and-flt3-tyrosine-kinases-potently-inhibits-flt3-itd-aml-cell-growth
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Mark C Weir, Sabine Hellwig, Li Tan, Yao Liu, Nathanael S Gray, Thomas E Smithgall
Acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) is often associated with activating mutations in the receptor tyrosine kinase, Flt3, including internal tandem duplications (ITDs) within the regulatory juxtamembrane region. Previous studies have linked Flt3-ITD to the activation of the Fes protein tyrosine kinase in AML, and RNAi-knockdown studies suggest that Fes may be required for Flt3 function. In this study, we tested Fes inhibitors from three different chemical classes for their growth-suppressive activity against Flt3-ITD+ myeloid leukemia cell lines (MV4-11, MOLM-13 and MOLM-14) vs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727783/the-impact-of-local-government-investment-on-the-carbon-emissions-reduction-effect-an-empirical-analysis-of-panel-data-from-30-provinces-and-municipalities-in-china
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Lingyun He, Fang Yin, Zhangqi Zhong, Zhihua Ding
Among studies of the factors that influence carbon emissions and related regulations, economic aggregates, industrial structures, energy structures, population levels, and energy prices have been extensively explored, whereas studies from the perspective of fiscal leverage, particularly of local government investment (LGI), are rare. Of the limited number of studies on the effect of LGI on carbon emissions, most focus on its direct effect. Few studies consider regulatory effects, and there is a lack of emphasis on local areas...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727767/exploring-the-binding-pathways-of-the-14-3-3%C3%AE-protein-structural-and-free-energy-profiles-revealed-by-hamiltonian-replica-exchange-molecular-dynamics-with-distancefield-distance-restraints
#8
Gabor Nagy, Chris Oostenbrink, Jozef Hritz
The 14-3-3 protein family performs regulatory functions in eukaryotic organisms by binding to a large number of phosphorylated protein partners. Whilst the binding mode of the phosphopeptides within the primary 14-3-3 binding site is well established based on the crystal structures of their complexes, little is known about the binding process itself. We present a computational study of the process by which phosphopeptides bind to the 14-3-3ζ protein. Applying a novel scheme combining Hamiltonian replica exchange molecular dynamics and distancefield restraints allowed us to map and compare the most likely phosphopeptide-binding pathways to the 14-3-3ζ protein...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727740/genetically-engineered-suicide-gene-in-mesenchymal-stem-cells-using-a-tet-on-system-for-anaplastic-thyroid-cancer
#9
Senthilkumar Kalimuthu, Ji Min Oh, Prakash Gangadaran, Liya Zhu, Ho Won Lee, Yong Hyun Jeon, Shin Young Jeong, Sang-Woo Lee, Jaetae Lee, Byeong-Cheol Ahn
Anaplastic thyroid cancer (ATC) is the most aggressive malignancy of the thyroid, during which undifferentiated tumors arise from the thyroid follicular epithelium. ATC has a very poor prognosis due to its aggressive behavior and poor response to conventional therapies. Gene-directed enzyme/prodrug therapy using genetically engineered mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC) is a promising therapeutic strategy. The doxycycline (DOX)-controlled Tet inducible system is the most widely utilized regulatory system and could be a useful tool for therapeutic gene-based therapies...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727659/patient-release-criteria-following-radioactive-iodine-131-treatment-in-the-light-of-international-practice-where-does-south-africa-fit-in
#10
Modisenyane S Mongane, William I D Rae
The release from hospital of patients treated with radioactive iodine-131 (I) remains a controversial issue as a result of the range of guidelines implemented by national regulatory bodies responsible for radiation protection in various countries worldwide. The aim of this study was to review and analyse the literature on patient release criteria (PRC) applied internationally in an attempt to achieve a justifiable approach to setting equivalent criteria in South Africa. In 2016, the South African Department of Health, Directorate: Radiation Control added conditions (numbers 50 and 90), to licences to use radioactive nuclides...
July 19, 2017: Nuclear Medicine Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727558/understanding-robust-adaptation-dynamics-of-gene-regulatory-network
#11
Xiao-Na Huang, Hai-Peng Ren
Robust adaptation is a critical attribute for gene regulatory network (GRN), understanding the relationship between adaptation and the GRN topology, and corresponding parameters is a challenging issue. The work in this paper includes: first, seven constraint multiobjective optimization algorithms are used to find sufficient solutions to get more reliable statistic rules. Meanwhile, the algorithms are compared to facilitate the future algorithm selection; second, a fuzzy c-mean algorithm is used to analyze solutions and to classify the solutions into different groups; third, the histogram analysis for all satisfactory solutions shows the preferred parameter range, i...
July 18, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727484/construction-and-analysis-of-circular-rna-molecular-regulatory-networks-in-liver-cancer
#12
Shuangchun Ren, Zhuoyuan Xin, Yinyan Xu, Jianting Xu, Guoqing Wang
Liver cancer is the sixth most prevalent cancer, and the third most frequent cause of cancer-related deaths. Circular RNAs (circRNAs), a kind of special endogenous ncRNAs, have been coming back to the forefront of cancer genomics research. In this study, we employed a systems biology approach to construct and analyze the circRNA molecular regulatory networks in the context of liver cancer. We detected a total of 127 differentially expressed circRNAs and 3,235 differentially expressed mRNAs. We selected the top-5 upregulated circRNAs to construct a circRNA-miRNA-mRNA network...
July 20, 2017: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727318/appropriate-cyclic-tensile-strain-promotes-biological-changes-of-cranial-base-synchondrosis-chondrocytes
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F Chu, Q Feng, Z Hu, G Shen
OBJECTIVES: This study was designed to clarify biological changes of cranial base synchondrosis chondrocytes (CBSCs) upon cyclic tensile strain (CTS) loading which simulated orthopaedic mechanical protraction on cranial base synchondroses (CBS). MATERIAL AND METHODS: A two-step digestion method was used to isolate CBSCs obtained from 1-week-old Sprague Dawley rats. Immunohistochemical staining of type II collagen and Sox9 was conducted to identify chondrocytes. A CTS of 1 Hz and 10% elongation was applied to the second passage of CBSCs by FX-5000™ Tension System for 24 hours...
August 2017: Orthodontics & Craniofacial Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727145/transcriptional-control-of-photosynthetic-capacity-conservation-and-divergence-from-arabidopsis-to-rice
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Peng Wang, Ross-William Hendron, Steven Kelly
1 I. 1 II. 2 III. 5 IV. 10 12 References 12 SUMMARY: Photosynthesis is one of the most important biological processes on Earth. It provides the consumable energy upon which almost all organisms are dependent, and modulates the composition of the planet's atmosphere. To carry out photosynthesis, plants require a large cohort of genes. These genes encode proteins that capture light energy, store energy in sugars and build the subcellular structures required to facilitate this energy capture. Although the function of many of these genes is known, little is understood about the transcriptional networks that coordinate their expression...
July 20, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727140/respiratory-sinus-arrhythmia-in-the-fourth-decade-of-life-depends-on-birth-weight-and-the-drd4-gene-implications-for-understanding-the-development-of-emotion-regulation
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Calan Savoy, Karen J Mathewson, Louis A Schmidt, Katherine M Morrison, John E Krzeczkowski, Ryan J Van Lieshout
INTRODUCTION: The long allele of the DRD4 gene can confer different behavioral and emotional phenotypes depending upon environmental exposure, although the physiological changes underlying these phenotypes are not fully known. We sought to extend this work by assessing the interaction of the DRD4 gene and exposure to perinatal adversity (indexed by extremely low birth weight [ELBW]) on resting respiratory sinus arrhythmia (RSA), a neurophysiological measure of emotion regulation, in adulthood...
July 20, 2017: Developmental Psychobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727095/bta-mir-130a-regulates-the-biosynthesis-of-bovine-milk-fat-by-targeting-peroxisome-proliferator-activated-receptor-gamma
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W C Yang, W L Guo, L S Zan, Y N Wang, K Q Tang
Milk fat determines the quality of milk and is also a main targeted trait in dairy cow breeding. Recent studies have revealed important regulatory roles of microRNAs (miRNA) in milk fat synthesis in the mammary gland. However, the role of miRNA in bovine mammary epithelial cells (BMEC) remains largely unknown. In this study, we found that the overexpression of miR-130a significantly decreased cellular triacylglycerol (TAG) levels and suppressed lipid droplet formation, whereas the inhibition of miR-130a resulted in greater lipid droplet formation and TAG accumulation in BMEC...
July 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727056/effects-of-protein-and-fat-concentration-in-coproduct-based-growing-calf-diets-on-adipogenic-and-lipogenic-gene-expression-blood-metabolites-and-carcass-composition
#17
J R Segers, J J Loor, S J Moisá, D Gonzalez, D W Shike
Crossbred calves ( = 30; age = 95 ± 1.7 d; BW = 179 ± 18 kg) were fed 1 of 5 growing diets: 1) corn-based control, 2) low-fat, low-protein coproduct blend, 3) high-fat, low-protein coproduct blend, 4) low-fat, high-protein coproduct blend, and 5) high-fat, high-protein coproduct blend for 112 d (growing phase) followed by a common corn-based finishing diet (additional 112 d; finishing phase). Calves were biopsied at 0, 112, and 224 d for transcriptional analysis via real-time quantitative PCR of 14 genes associated with adipogenesis and lipogenesis within the muscle...
June 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727041/proteomic-features-linked-to-tenderness-of-aged-pork-loins
#18
K B Carlson, K J Prusa, C A Fedler, E M Steadham, E Huff-Lonergan, S M Lonergan
There is considerable evidence that the protein component of fresh pork makes a major contribution to tenderness. In particular, the proteomic profile can be linked to postmortem events including pH decline, tissue oxidation, and protein degradation. The objectives for this study were to determine differences in sarcoplasmic proteomes that contribute to tenderness variation in aged pork longissimus dorsi muscles (LM). A defined set of pork loins selected to be similar in pH, color, and lipid yet different in tenderness were used...
June 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727003/triennial-growth-and-development-symposium-intramuscular-fat-deposition-in-ruminants-and-pigs-a-transcriptomics-perspective
#19
B P Dalrymple, B Guo
The genomics era has led to an explosion in the study of gene expression in production animals. Intramuscular fat (IMF) content (both high and low) and composition are major quality attributes of meat, and more than 90 transcriptomic studies of IMF deposition have been undertaken in the ruminants and pigs since 2001, with the majority since 2008. The studies have implicated many genes involved in the control of adipogenesis, lipogenesis, and deposition of IMF, but there is relatively little consistency between the different studies...
May 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726770/a-model-for-the-regulation-of-follicular-dendritic-cells-predicts-invariant-reciprocal-time-decay-of-post-vaccine-antibody-response
#20
Anthony Almudevar
Follicular dendritic cells (FDC) play a crucial role in the regulation of humoral immunity. They are believed to be responsible for long-term persistence of antibody, due to their role in antibody response induction and their ability to retain antigen in immunogenic form for long periods. In this article, a regulatory control model is proposed which links persistence of humoral immunity with cellular processes associated with FDCs. The argument is comprised of three elements. The first is a literature review of population-level studies of post-vaccination antibody persistence...
July 20, 2017: Immunology and Cell Biology
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