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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211524/epigenetic-and-genetic-dissections-of-uv-induced-global-gene-dysregulation-in-skin-cells-through-multi-omics-analyses
#1
Yao Shen, Milda Stanislauskas, Gen Li, Deyou Zheng, Liang Liu
To elucidate the complex molecular mechanisms underlying the adverse effects UV radiation (UVR) on skin homeostasis, we performed multi-omics studies to characterize UV-induced genetic and epigenetic changes. Human keratinocytes from a single donor treated with or without UVR were analyzed by RNA-seq, exome-seq, and H3K27ac ChIP-seq at 4 h and 72 h following UVR. Compared to the relatively moderate mutagenic effects of UVR, acute UV exposure induced substantial epigenomic and transcriptomic alterations, illuminating a previously underappreciated role of epigenomic and transcriptomic instability in skin pathogenesis...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211479/decoupling-absorption-and-emission-processes-in-super-resolution-localization-of-emitters-in-a-plasmonic-hotspot
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David L Mack, Emiliano Cortés, Vincenzo Giannini, Peter Török, Tyler Roschuk, Stefan A Maier
The absorption process of an emitter close to a plasmonic antenna is enhanced due to strong local electromagnetic (EM) fields. The emission, if resonant with the plasmonic system, re-radiates to the far-field by coupling with the antenna via plasmonic states, whose presence increases the local density of states. Far-field collection of the emission of single molecules close to plasmonic antennas, therefore, provides mixed information of both the local EM field strength and the local density of states. Moreover, super-resolution localizations from these emission-coupled events do not report the real position of the molecules...
February 17, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210507/super-selective-mesenteric-embolization-provides-effective-control-of-lower-gi-bleeding
#3
Toan Pham, Bob Anh Tran, Kevin Ooi, Marcus Mykytowycz, Stephen McLaughlin, Matthew Croxford, Iain Skinner, Ian Faragher
Introduction. We aimed to assess the efficacy and safety of digital subtraction angiography (DSA) and super-selective mesenteric artery embolization (SMAE) in managing lower GI bleeding (LGIB). Method. A retrospective case series of patients with LGIB treated with SMAE in our health service. Patients with confirmed active LGIB, on either radionuclide scintigraphy (RS) or contrast-enhanced multidetector CT angiography (CE-MDCT), were referred for DSA +/- SMAE. Data collected included patient characteristics, screening modality, bleeding territory, embolization technique, technical and clinical success, short-term to medium-term complications, 30-day mortality, and progression to surgery related to procedural failure or complications...
2017: Radiology Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210006/a-novel-lsd1-inhibitor-ncd38-ameliorates-mds-related-leukemia-with-complex-karyotype-by-attenuating-leukemia-programs-via-activating-super-enhancers
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N Sugino, M Kawahara, G Tatsumi, A Kanai, H Matsui, R Yamamoto, Y Nagai, S Fujii, Y Shimazu, M Hishizawa, T Inaba, A Andoh, T Suzuki, A Takaori-Kondo
Lysine-specific demethylase 1 (LSD1) regulates gene expression by affecting histone modifications and is a promising target for acute myeloid leukemia (AML) with specific genetic abnormalities. Novel LSD1 inhibitors, NCD25 and NCD38, inhibited growth of MLL-AF9 leukemia as well as erythroleukemia, megakaryoblastic leukemia and myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) overt leukemia cells in the concentration range that normal hematopoiesis was spared. NCD25 and NCD38 invoked the myeloid development programs, hindered the MDS and AML oncogenic programs, and commonly upregulated 62 genes in several leukemia cells...
February 17, 2017: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195157/mitogen-activated-protein-kinases-mapks-regulate-il-6-over-production-during-concomitant-influenza-virus-and-staphylococcus-aureus-infection
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Carolin Klemm, Christin Bruchhagen, Andre van Krüchten, Silke Niemann, Bettina Löffler, Georg Peters, Stephan Ludwig, Christina Ehrhardt
Bacterial super-infections are a major complication of influenza virus (IV) infections and often lead to severe pneumonia. One hallmark of IV-associated Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) infection is rapid progression to a serious disease outcome. Changes in immune and inflammatory host responses increase morbidity and complicate efficient therapy. A key player during inflammation is the multifunctional cytokine IL-6. Although increased IL-6 levels have been observed after severe disease upon IV and/or bacterial super-infection, the underlying molecular mechanisms still remain to be elucidated...
February 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186405/thin-film-nanocomposite-tfn-membranes-incorporated-with-super-hydrophilic-metal-organic-framework-mof-uio-66-toward-enhancement-of-water-flux-and-salt-rejection
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Dangchen Ma, Shing Bo Peh, Gang Han, Shing Bor Chen
Zirconiumv (IV)-carboxylate metal-organic framework (MOF) UiO-66 nanoparticles were successfully synthesized and incorporated in the polyamide (PA) selective layer to fabricate novel thin-film nanocomposite (TFN) membranes. Compared to unmodified pure polyamide thin-film composite (TFC) membranes, the incorporation of UiO-66 nanoparticles significantly changes the membrane morphology and chemistry, leading to an improvement of intrinsic separation properties due to the molecular sieving and superhydrophilic nature of UiO-66 particles...
February 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185951/evaluation-of-slice-dithered-enhanced-resolution-simultaneous-multislice-slider-sms-for-human-fmri
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An T Vu, Alex Beckett, Kawin Setsompop, David A Feinberg
High isotropic resolution fMRI is challenging primarily due to long repetition times (TR) and insufficient SNR, especially at lower field strengths. Recently, Simultaneous Multi-Slice (SMS) imaging with blipped-CAIPI has substantially reduced scan time and improved SNR efficiency of fMRI. Similarly, super-resolution techniques utilizing sub- voxel spatial shifts in the slice direction have increased both resolution and SNR efficiency. Here we demonstrate the synergistic combination of SLIce Dithered Enhanced Resolution (SLIDER) and SMS for high-resolution, high-SNR whole brain fMRI in comparison to standard resolution fMRI data as well as high-resolution data...
February 6, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179979/flexible-gastro-intestinal-endoscopy-clinical-challenges-and-technical-achievements
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Niehls Kurniawan, Martin Keuchel
Flexible gastro-intestinal (GI) endoscopy is an integral diagnostic and therapeutic tool in clinical gastroenterology. High quality standards for safety, patients' comfort, and efficiency have already been achieved. Clinical challenges and technical approaches are discussed in this short review. Image enhanced endoscopy for further characterization of mucosal and vascular patterns includes dye-spray or virtual chromoendoscopy. For confocal laser endoscopy, endocytoscopy, and autofluorescence clinical value has not yet been finally evaluated...
2017: Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178516/chromatin-states-in-mouse-sperm-correlate-with-embryonic-and-adult-regulatory-landscapes
#9
Yoon Hee Jung, Michael E G Sauria, Xiaowen Lyu, Manjinder S Cheema, Juan Ausio, James Taylor, Victor G Corces
The mammalian sperm genome is thought to lack substantial information for the regulation of future expression after fertilization. Here, we show that most promoters in mouse sperm are flanked by well-positioned nucleosomes marked by active histone modifications. Analysis of these modifications suggests that many enhancers and super-enhancers functional in embryonic and adult tissues are already specified in sperm. The sperm genome is bound by CTCF and cohesin at sites that are also present in round spermatids and embryonic stem cells (ESCs)...
February 7, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176449/mario-becomes-cognitive
#10
Fabian Schrodt, Jan Kneissler, Stephan Ehrenfeld, Martin V Butz
In line with Allen Newell's challenge to develop complete cognitive architectures, and motivated by a recent proposal for a unifying subsymbolic computational theory of cognition, we introduce the cognitive control architecture SEMLINCS. SEMLINCS models the development of an embodied cognitive agent that learns discrete production rule-like structures from its own, autonomously gathered, continuous sensorimotor experiences. Moreover, the agent uses the developing knowledge to plan and control environmental interactions in a versatile, goal-directed, and self-motivated manner...
February 7, 2017: Topics in Cognitive Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169524/super-permeable-atomic-thin-graphene-membranes-with-high-selectivity
#11
Gaoliang Wei, Xie Quan, Shuo Chen, Hongtao Yu
Theoretical permeability of membrane is inversely proportional to its thickness, which indicates ultrathin membranes will be extremely permeable. Inspired by the atomic thickness of graphene, herein we report a four-layered graphene membrane with a thickness of about 2 nm. The ultrathin membrane is facilely fabricated by directly punching a complete graphene sheet through selective removal of some carbon atoms with metal oxide nanoparticles at high temperature. Their perpendicular pore channels spanning the whole thickness could, to a great extent, reduce hydrodynamic resistance for water transport...
February 7, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169291/hotspots-of-aberrant-enhancer-activity-punctuate-the-colorectal-cancer-epigenome
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Andrea J Cohen, Alina Saiakhova, Olivia Corradin, Jennifer M Luppino, Katreya Lovrenert, Cynthia F Bartels, James J Morrow, Stephen C Mack, Gursimran Dhillon, Lydia Beard, Lois Myeroff, Matthew F Kalady, Joseph Willis, James E Bradner, Ruth A Keri, Nathan A Berger, Shondra M Pruett-Miller, Sanford D Markowitz, Peter C Scacheri
In addition to mutations in genes, aberrant enhancer element activity at non-coding regions of the genome is a key driver of tumorigenesis. Here, we perform epigenomic enhancer profiling of a cohort of more than forty genetically diverse human colorectal cancer (CRC) specimens. Using normal colonic crypt epithelium as a comparator, we identify enhancers with recurrently gained or lost activity across CRC specimens. Of the enhancers highly recurrently activated in CRC, most are constituents of super enhancers, are occupied by AP-1 and cohesin complex members, and originate from primed chromatin...
February 7, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168749/promising-therapeutic-efficacy-of-a-novel-reic-dkk-3-expressing-adenoviral-vector-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Hiroaki Sawahara, Hidenori Shiraha, Daisuke Uchida, Hironari Kato, Ryo Kato, Atsushi Oyama, Teruya Nagahara, Masaya Iwamuro, Shigeru Horiguchi, Koichiro Tsutsumi, Mari Mandai, Tetsushige Mimura, Nozomu Wada, Yasuto Takeuchi, Kenji Kuwaki, Hideki Onishi, Shinichiro Nakamura, Masami Watanabe, Masakiyo Sakaguchi, Akinobu Takaki, Kazuhiro Nouso, Takahito Yagi, Yasutomo Nasu, Hiromi Kumon, Hiroyuki Okada
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Reduced expression in immortalized cells (REIC)/dickkopf 3 (Dkk-3) is a tumor suppressor gene that is downregulated in various cancers. In our previous study of prostate cancer, the REIC/Dkk-3-expressing adenoviral vector (Ad-REIC) was found to induce cancer-selective apoptosis. We recently developed a novel super gene expression (SGE) system and used this system to re-construct an Ad-REIC vector, termed the Ad-SGE-REIC, to achieve more effective therapeutic outcomes...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163043/p53-modulates-the-fate-of-cardiac-progenitor-cells-ex-vivo-and-in-the-diabetic-heart-in-vivo
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Ramaswamy Kannappan, Alex Matsuda, João Ferreira-Martins, Eric Zhang, Giorgia Palano, Anna Czarna, Mauricio Castro Cabral-Da-Silva, Adriana Bastos-Carvalho, Fumihiro Sanada, Noriko Ide, Marcello Rota, Maria A Blasco, Manuel Serrano, Piero Anversa, Annarosa Leri
p53 is an important modulator of stem cell fate, but its role in cardiac progenitor cells (CPCs) is unknown. Here, we tested the effects of a single extra-copy of p53 on the function of CPCs in the presence of oxidative stress mediated by doxorubicin in vitro and type-1 diabetes in vivo. CPCs were obtained from super-p53 transgenic mice (p53-tg), in which the additional allele is regulated in a manner similar to the endogenous protein. Old CPCs with increased p53 dosage showed a superior ability to sustain oxidative stress, repair DNA damage and restore cell division...
January 31, 2017: EBioMedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28154249/innovations-in-liposomal-dds-technology-and-its-application-for-the-treatment-of-various-diseases
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REVIEW
Naoto Oku
Liposomes have been widely used as drug carriers in the field of drug delivery systems (DDS), and they are thought to be ideal nano-capsules for targeting DDS after being injected into the bloodstream. In general, DDS drugs meet the needs of aged and super-aged societies, since the administration route of drugs can be changed, the medication frequency reduced, the adverse effects of drugs suppressed, and so on. In fact, a number of liposomal drugs have been launched and used worldwide including liposomal anticancer drugs, and these drugs have appeared on the market owing to various innovations in liposomal DDS technologies...
2017: Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153605/cd19-from-bench-to-bedside
#16
REVIEW
Xinchen Li, Ying Ding, Mengting Zi, Li Sun, Wenjie Zhang, Shun Chen, Yuekang Xu
As a 95-kDa member of the immunoglobulin super-family expressed exclusively on B lymphocytes, CD19 is a critical co-receptor for B cell antigen receptor (BCR) signal transduction. Co-ligation of CD19 with the BCR synergistically enhances calcium release, mitogen-activated protein kinase activity and cell proliferation. However, CD19 deficient animals also display hyper-responsiveness under certain circumstances, indicating potential negative regulatory functions in BCR signaling. Thus CD19, like many other signaling molecules, is a double-edged sword and its abnormal expression can result in B cell related diseases...
January 30, 2017: Immunology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152622/from-environment-to-mating-competition-and-super-k-in-a-predominantly-urban-sample-of-young-adults
#17
George B Richardson, Jacinda K Dariotis, Mark H C Lai
Recent research suggests human life history strategy (LHS) may be subsumed by multiple dimensions, including mating competition and Super-K, rather than one. In this study, we test whether a two-dimensional structure best fit data from a predominantly urban sample of young adults ages 18-24. We also test whether latent life history dimensions are associated with environmental harshness and unpredictability as predicted by life history theory. Results provide evidence that a two-dimensional model best fit the data...
January 2017: Evolutionary Psychology: An International Journal of Evolutionary Approaches to Psychology and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28151666/enhanced-catalytic-activity-of-%C3%AE-chymotrypsin-in-cationic-surfactant-solutions-the-component-specificity-revisited
#18
Animesh Patra, Nirnay Samanta, Dipak Kumar Das, Rajib Kumar Mitra
Enhanced catalytic activity (super activity) of enzymes in the presence of surfactants is of key importance in "micellar enzymology"; such super activity is not very trivial, it is highly system specific, and the mechanism behind the activity enhancement is not always well apprehended. We report the catalytic activity of α-chymotrypsin (CHT) on ala-ala-phe-7-amido-4-methylcoumarin (AMC) in the presence of cationic surfactants of different hydrophobic chain lengths: dodecyltrimethylammonium bromide (DTAB), cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) and octadecyltrimethylammonium bromide (OTAB)...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28147265/gender-differences-in-global-but-not-targeted-demethylation-in-ipsc-reprogramming
#19
Inês Milagre, Thomas M Stubbs, Michelle R King, Julia Spindel, Fátima Santos, Felix Krueger, Martin Bachman, Anne Segonds-Pichon, Shankar Balasubramanian, Simon R Andrews, Wendy Dean, Wolf Reik
Global DNA demethylation is an integral part of reprogramming processes in vivo and in vitro, but whether it occurs in the derivation of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) is not known. Here, we show that iPSC reprogramming involves both global and targeted demethylation, which are separable mechanistically and by their biological outcomes. Cells at intermediate-late stages of reprogramming undergo transient genome-wide demethylation, which is more pronounced in female cells. Global demethylation requires activation-induced cytidine deaminase (AID)-mediated downregulation of UHRF1 protein, and abolishing demethylation leaves thousands of hypermethylated regions in the iPSC genome...
January 31, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28143981/a-novel-repressor-of-the-ica-locus-discovered-in-clinically-isolated-super-biofilm-elaborating-staphylococcus-aureus
#20
Liansheng Yu, Junzo Hisatsune, Ikue Hayashi, Nobuyuki Tatsukawa, Yusuke Sato'o, Emiri Mizumachi, Fuminori Kato, Hideki Hirakawa, Gerald B Pier, Motoyuki Sugai
Staphylococcus aureus TF2758 is a clinical isolate from an atheroma and a super-biofilm-elaborating/polysaccharide intercellular adhesin (PIA)/poly-N-acetylglucosamine (PNAG)-overproducing strain (L. Shrestha et al., Microbiol Immunol 60:148-159, 2016, https://doi.org/10.1111/1348-0421.12359). A microarray analysis and DNA genome sequencing were performed to identify the mechanism underlying biofilm overproduction by TF2758. We found high transcriptional expression levels of a 7-gene cluster (satf2580 to satf2586) and the ica operon in TF2758...
January 31, 2017: MBio
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