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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334369/dual-gene-activation-and-knockout-screen-reveals-directional-dependencies-in-genetic-networks
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Michael Boettcher, Ruilin Tian, James A Blau, Evan Markegard, Ryan T Wagner, David Wu, Xiulei Mo, Anne Biton, Noah Zaitlen, Haian Fu, Frank McCormick, Martin Kampmann, Michael T McManus
Understanding the direction of information flow is essential for characterizing how genetic networks affect phenotypes. However, methods to find genetic interactions largely fail to reveal directional dependencies. We combine two orthogonal Cas9 proteins from Streptococcus pyogenes and Staphylococcus aureus to carry out a dual screen in which one gene is activated while a second gene is deleted in the same cell. We analyze the quantitative effects of activation and knockout to calculate genetic interaction and directionality scores for each gene pair...
January 15, 2018: Nature Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334081/bio-inspired-all-optical-artificial-neuromast-for-2d-flow-sensing
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Ben J Wolf, Jonathan A S Morton, William Bill N MacPherson, Sietse M van Netten
We present the design, fabrication and testing of a novel all-optical 2D flow velocity sensor, inspired by a fish lateral line neuromast. This artificial neuromast consists of optical fibres inscribed with Bragg gratings supporting a fluid force recipient sphere. Its dynamic response is modelled based on the Stokes solution for unsteady flow around a sphere and found to agree with experimental results. Tuneable mechanical resonance is predicted, allowing a deconvolution scheme to accurately retrieve fluid flow speed and direction from sensor readings...
January 15, 2018: Bioinspiration & Biomimetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333347/beyond-harm-s-reach-submersion-of-river-turtle-nesting-areas-and-implications-for-restoration-actions-after-amazon-hydropower-development
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Darren Norris, Fernanda Michalski, James P Gibbs
The global expansion of energy demands combined with abundant rainfall, large water volumes and high flow in tropical rivers have led to an unprecedented expansion of dam constructions in the Amazon. This expansion generates an urgent need for refined approaches to river management; specifically a move away from decision-making governed by overly generalized guidelines. For the first time we quantify direct impacts of hydropower reservoir establishment on an Amazon fresh water turtle. We conducted surveys along 150 km of rivers upstream of a new dam construction during the low water months that correspond to the nesting season of Podocnemis unifilis in the study area...
2018: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333203/biomimetic-microfluidic-platform-for-the-quantification-of-transient-endothelial-monolayer-permeability-and-therapeutic-transport-under-mimicked-cancerous-conditions
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Christopher George Uhl, Vladimir R Muzykantov, Yaling Liu
Therapeutic delivery from microvasculature to cancerous sites is influenced by many factors including endothelial permeability, vascular flow rates/pressures, cancer secretion of cytokines and permeabilizing agents, and characteristics of the chosen therapeutics. This work uses bi-layer microfluidics capable of studying dye and therapeutic transport from a simulated vessel to a cancerous region while allowing for direct visualization and quantification of endothelial permeability. 2.5 to 13 times greater dye transport was observed when utilizing small dye sizes (FITC) when compared to larger molecules (FITC-Dextran 4 kDa and FITC-Dextran 70 kDa), respectively...
January 2018: Biomicrofluidics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333098/mir-22-3p-regulates-cell-proliferation-and-inhibits-cell-apoptosis-through-targeting-the-eif4ebp3-gene-in-human-cervical-squamous-carcinoma-cells
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Kang-Tai Lv, Zhu Liu, Jie Feng, Wei Zhao, Tao Hao, Wen-Yan Ding, Jing-Ping Chu, Ling-Juan Gao
Background: MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are non-coding small RNAs that function as negative regulators of gene expression and are involved in tumour biology. The eIF4E-binding proteins (eIF4EBPs) play essential roles in preventing translation initiation and inhibiting protein synthesis at a global or message-specific level in a variety of tumours. Methods: According to comparative miRNA profiles of clinical cervical cancer and non-cancerous cervical tissue specimens, several miRNAs were aberrantly expressed in the cervical cancer samples...
2018: International Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332799/rapid-identification-of-regulated-organic-chemical-compounds-in-toys-using-ambient-ionization-and-a-miniature-mass-spectrometry-system
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Xiangyu Guo, Hua Bai, Yueguang Lv, Guangcheng Xi, Junfang Li, Xiaoxiao Ma, Yue Ren, Zheng Ouyang, Qiang Ma
Rapid, on-site analysis was achieved through significantly simplified operation procedures for a wide variety of toy samples (crayon, temporary tattoo sticker, finger paint, modeling clay, and bubble solution) using a miniature mass spectrometry system with ambient ionization capability. The labor-intensive analytical protocols involving sample workup and chemical separation, traditionally required for MS-based analysis, were replaced by direct sampling analysis using ambient ionization methods. A Mini β ion trap miniature mass spectrometer was coupled with versatile ambient ionization methods, e...
April 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332579/alzheimer-s-disease-a-systemic-review-of-substantial-therapeutic-targets-and-the-leading-multi-functional-molecules
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Tarana Umar, Nasimul Hoda
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a fatal neurodegenerative disorder, having a complex aetiology with numerous possible drug targets. There are targets that have been known for years while more new targets and theories have also emerged. Beta amyloid and cholinesterases are the most significant biological targets for finding curative treatment of AD. The major class of drugs used for AD till now has been the Cholinesterase (ChE) inhibitors. Other prevailing models of molecular pathogenesis in AD include neurofibrillary tangles (NFTs) and amyloid deposition, tryptophan degradation pathway, kinase and phosphatase activity imbalance and neuroinflammation...
January 12, 2018: Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332449/mir-452-3p-a-potential-tumor-promoter-that-targets-the-cpeb3-egfr-axis-in-human-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Hui Tang, Jianwen Zhang, Zhenyu Yu, Linsen Ye, Kun Li, Fan Ding, Xiao Feng, Wei Meng
PURPOSE: We proposed to investigate the effects of miR-452-3p on the proliferation and mobility of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cells by targeting cytoplasmic polyadenylation element binding protein 3/estimated glomerular filtration rate (CPEB3/EGFR) axis. METHODS: Quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) was used to detect miR-452-3p expression in 84 pairs of HCC tissues and adjacent tissues. Luciferase reporter assay was employed to examine the relationship between miR-452-3p and CPEB3...
December 2017: Technology in Cancer Research & Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331148/isolation-of-anti-extra-cellular-vesicle-single-domain-antibodies-by-direct-panning-on-vesicle-enriched-fractions
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Milica Popovic, Elisa Mazzega, Barbara Toffoletto, Ario de Marco
BACKGROUND: The thorough understanding of the physiological and pathological processes mediated by extracellular vesicles (EVs) is challenged by purification methods which are cumbersome, not reproducible, or insufficient to yield homogeneous material. Chromatography based on both ion-exchange and immune-capture can represent an effective method to improve EV purification and successive analysis. METHODS: Cell culture supernatant was used as a model sample for assessing the capacity of anion-exchange chromatography to separate distinct EV fractions and to isolate nanobodies by direct panning on whole EVs to recover binders specific for the native conformation of EV-surface epitopes and suitable to develop EV immune-capture reagents...
January 13, 2018: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331053/renal-flow-and-microstructure-anisotropy-refmap-mri-in-normal-and-peritumoral-renal-tissue
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Andrea L Liu, Artem Mikheev, Henry Rusinek, William C Huang, James S Wysock, James S Babb, Thorsten Feiweier, David Stoffel, Hersh Chandarana, Eric E Sigmund
BACKGROUND: Diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) provides insight into the pathophysiology underlying renal dysfunction. Variants of DWI include intravoxel incoherent motion (IVIM), which differentiates between microstructural diffusion and vascular or tubular flow, and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), which quantifies diffusion directionality. PURPOSE: To investigate the reproducibility of joint IVIM-DTI and compare controls to presurgical renal mass patients. STUDY TYPE: Prospective cross-sectional...
January 13, 2018: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330991/diaphyseal-nutrient-foramina-in-dried-human-adult-long-bones-of-lower-limb-in-pakistan
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Ejaz Afzal, Fatima Sherin, Omair Khan, Noaman Hussain Siddiqui
BACKGROUND: osteogenesis needs circulation of blood in the bones. Bone growth, repair of fracture, maintenance of bone vitality and other injures also need blood circulation in proper way. Blood is allowed to flow via holes in the diaphysis, which are called as nutrient foramina. METHODS: The crosssectional study was done in the department of Anatomy, Ayub and Khyber Medical College (Osteology Sections). The aim was to observe diaphyseal nutrient foramina in the human long bones of the lower limb...
October 2017: Journal of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad: JAMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330607/river-continuity-restoration-and-diadromous-fishes-much-more-than-an-ecological-issue
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H Drouineau, C Carter, M Rambonilaza, G Beaufaron, G Bouleau, A Gassiat, P Lambert, S le Floch, S Tétard, E de Oliveira
Ecosystem fragmentation is a serious threat to biodiversity and one of the main challenges in ecosystem restoration. River continuity restoration (RCR) has often targeted diadromous fishes, a group of species supporting strong cultural and economic values and especially sensitive to river fragmentation. Yet it has frequently produced mixed results and diadromous fishes remain at very low levels of abundance. Against this background, this paper presents the main challenges for defining, evaluating and achieving effective RCR...
January 12, 2018: Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330407/multiscale-and-luminescent-hollow-microspheres-for-gas-phase-thermometry
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Lothar Bischoff, Michael Stephan, Christina S Birkel, Christian F Litterscheid, Andreas Dreizler, Barbara Albert
Recently developed laser-based measurement techniques are used to image the temperatures and velocities in gas flows. They require new phosphor materials with an unprecedented combination of properties. A novel synthesis procedure is described here; it results in hierarchically structured, hollow microspheres of Eu3+-doped Y2O3, with unusual particle sizes and very good characteristics compared to full particles. Solution-based precipitation on polymer microballoons produces very stable and luminescent, ceramic materials of extremely low density...
January 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329939/enhanced-mobility-of-non-aqueous-phase-liquid-napl-during-drying-of-wet-sand
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Dhivakar Govindarajan, Abhijit P Deshpande, Ravikrishna Raghunathan
Enhanced upward mobility of a non aqueous phase liquid (NAPL) present in wet sand during natural drying, and in the absence of any external pressure gradients, is reported for the first time. This mobility was significantly higher than that expected from capillary rise. Experiments were performed in a glass column with a small layer of NAPL-saturated sand trapped between two layers of water-saturated sand. Drying of the wet sand was induced by flow of air across the top surface of the wet sand. The upward movement of the NAPL, in the direction of water transport, commenced when the drying effect reached the location of the NAPL and continued as long as there was significant water evaporation in the vicinity of NAPL, indicating a clear correlation between the NAPL rise and water evaporation...
January 4, 2018: Journal of Contaminant Hydrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329829/effectiveness-and-safety-of-foam-sclerotherapy-with-5-ethanolamine-oleate-in-the-treatment-of-low-flow-venous-malformations-in-the-head-and-neck-region-a-case-series
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M C Ribeiro, S de Mattos Camargo Grossmann, M B F do Amaral, W H de Castro, T P Navarro, R J Procopio, T A da Silva, C de Nazaré Alves de Oliveira Kato, R A Mesquita
The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of 5% ethanolamine oleate (EO) foam in the treatment of low-flow venous malformations in the head and neck region. Seventeen consecutive patients (six male, 11 female) and 34 low-flow venous malformations were enrolled. The vascular anomalies ranged between 20mm and 80mm in size. The typical clinical indication was a swelling (88.2%) with a purple colour (85.3%); the most frequent location was the tongue (23.5%). Ethanolamine oleate foam was produced via the Tessari method and applied at 10mg per 1cm to the vascular anomalies...
January 9, 2018: International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329573/female-genital-mutilation-cutting-in-italy-an%C3%A2-enhanced-estimation-for-first-generation-migrant-women-based-on-2016-survey-data
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Livia Elisa Ortensi, Patrizia Farina, Els Leye
BACKGROUND: Migration flows of women from Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting practicing countries have generated a need for data on women potentially affected by Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting. This paper presents enhanced estimates for foreign-born women and asylum seekers in Italy in 2016, with the aim of supporting resource planning and policy making, and advancing the methodological debate on estimation methods. METHODS: The estimates build on the most recent methodological development in Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting direct and indirect estimation for Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting non-practicing countries...
January 12, 2018: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329091/determination-of-imm-h004-and-its-active-glucuronide-metabolite-in-rat-plasma-and-ringer-s-solution-by-ultra-performance-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry
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Jianwei Jiang, Ziqian Zhang, Xiaowen Zou, Rui Wang, Jie Bai, Shengyu Zhao, Xiaoqing Fan, Li Sheng, Yan Li
IMM-H004 is a novel neuroprotective agent and its glucuronide metabolite IMM-H004G has similar protective effects against cerebral ischemic injury in vivo and in vitro. A specific and sensitive ultra-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry method was established and validated for determination of IMM-H004 and IMM-H004G simultaneously in rat plasma and Ringer's solution. Plasma samples containing IMM-H004, IMM-H004G and internal standard propranolol were prepared by direct protein precipitation in a sample-to-solvent ratio of 1:2:6 (plasma: water: acetonitrile), whereas no protein precipitation was required for Ringer's solution samples...
December 29, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328788/the-role-of-elastomeric-pumps-in-postoperative-analgesia-in-orthopaedics-and-factors-affecting-their-flow-rate
#18
Anthony Andreas Theodorides
Elastomeric pumps are mechanical devices composed of an elastomeric balloon reservoir into which the drug to be infused is stored, a protective casing (used by some manufacturers), a flow controller and a wound catheter. In orthopaedics they are used to provide continuous local infiltration analgesia. In this way patients rely less on other routes of analgesia and thus avoid their systemic side effects. Studies have shown good response to analgesia with these pumps for the first 24 hours but their benefit is not as clear at 48 and 72 hours...
December 2017: Journal of Perioperative Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328662/spin-orbit-torques-in-nbse2-permalloy-bilayers
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Marcos H D Guimarães, Gregory Stiehl, David MacNeill, Neal Reynolds, Daniel C Ralph
We present measurements of current-induced spin-orbit torques generated by NbSe2, a fully-metallic transition-metal dichalcogenide material, made using the spin-torque ferromagnetic resonance (ST-FMR) technique with NbSe2/Permalloy bilayers. In addition to the out-of-plane Oersted torque expected from current flow in the metallic NbSe2 layer, we also observe an in-plane antidamping torque with torque conductivity σ ∼ 103 (ħ / 2e) (Ωm)-1 and indications of a weak field-like contribution to the out-of-plane torque oriented opposite to the Oersted torque...
January 12, 2018: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328477/knockdown-of-ubiquitin%C3%A2-specific-peptidase-39-inhibits-the-malignant-progression-of-human-renal-cell-carcinoma
#20
Yuan Xu, Mei-Rong Zhu, Jing-Yong Zhang, Guo-Min Si, Jia-Ju Lv
Ubiquitin specific peptidase 39 (USP39) serves important roles in mRNA processing and is involved in tumorigenesis of multiple solid malignancies. However, the influence and underlying mechanism of USP39 on human renal cell carcinomas (RCC) remain to be elucidated. The current study investigated the functional roles of USP39 in human RCC cell lines. siRNA‑mediated RNA interference was used to downregulate USP39 in RCC cells. CCK‑8, wound healing and invasion assays were performed to assess the proliferative ability and metastatic potential...
January 11, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
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