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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647962/-effect-of-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-in-trophocytes-on-the-pathogenesis-of-intrahepatic-cholestasis-of-pregnancy
#1
Y Yu, C L Zhou, T T Yu, X J Han, H Y Shi, H Z Wang, J J Shen, J He
Objective: To evaluate the effect of endoplasmic reticulum stress in trophocytes, in patients with intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP). Methods: Sixty-one pregnant women who were hospitalized in Women's Hospital, School of Medicine, Zhejiang University from January to December 2015 were recruited. Thirty-one women who were diagnosed as ICP were defined as the ICP group and 30 healthy pregnant women were defined as the control group. The localization and expression intensity of glucose regulated protein 78 (GRP-78) in placental tissues were detected by immunohistochemistry technique...
June 25, 2017: Zhonghua Fu Chan Ke za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647609/a-machine-learning-approach-for-automated-wide-range-frequency-tagging-analysis-in-embedded-neuromonitoring-systems
#2
Fabio Montagna, Marco Buiatti, Simone Benatti, Davide Rossi, Elisabetta Farella, Luca Benini
EEG is a standard non-invasive technique used in neural disease diagnostics and neurosciences. Frequency-tagging is an increasingly popular experimental paradigm that efficiently tests brain function by measuring EEG responses to periodic stimulation. Recently, frequency-tagging paradigms have proven successful with low stimulation frequencies (0.5 - 6 Hz), but the EEG signal is intrinsically noisy in this frequency range, requiring heavy signal processing and significant human intervention for response estimation...
June 21, 2017: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647083/the-production-of-3d-tumor-spheroids-for-cancer-drug-discovery
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REVIEW
Shilpa Sant, Paul A Johnston
New cancer drug approval rates are ≤5% despite significant investments in cancer research, drug discovery and development. One strategy to improve the rate of success of new cancer drugs transitioning into the clinic would be to more closely align the cellular models used in the early lead discovery with pre-clinical animal models and patient tumors. For solid tumors, this would mandate the development and implementation of three dimensional (3D) in vitro tumor models that more accurately recapitulate human solid tumor architecture and biology...
March 2017: Drug Discovery Today. Technologies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646384/lipophilicity-influences-drug-binding-to-%C3%AE-1-acid-glycoprotein-f1-s-variants-but-not-to-the-a-variant
#4
Kazuhiko Hanada
OBJECTIVE: Human α1-acid glycoprotein has genetic variants, the F1, S, and A variants, which can be separated isoelectrophoretically. These variants show differences in their affinity of binding to several drugs. In this study, we investigated the factors determining drug binding to these α1-acid glycoprotein genetic variants using disopyramide, warfarin, and tamsulosin as marker compounds. METHODS: Binding of the marker drugs to human α1-acid glycoprotein was determined by ultra-filtration in the presence or absence of various other drugs...
June 23, 2017: Drugs in R&D
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646303/three-dimensional-fine-structure-of-the-organization-of-microtubules-in-neurite-varicosities-by-ultra-high-voltage-electron-microscope-tomography
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Tomoki Nishida, Ryoichi Yoshimura, Yasuhisa Endo
Neurite varicosities are highly specialized compartments that are involved in neurotransmitter/ neuromodulator release and provide a physiological platform for neural functions. However, it remains unclear how microtubule organization contributes to the form of varicosity. Here, we examine the three-dimensional structure of microtubules in varicosities of a differentiated PC12 neural cell line using ultra-high voltage electron microscope tomography. Three-dimensional imaging showed that a part of the varicosities contained an accumulation of organelles that were separated from parallel microtubule arrays...
June 23, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646219/efficient-and-unbiased-metagenomic-recovery-of-rna-virus-genomes-from-human-plasma-samples
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Carmen F Manso, David F Bibby, Jean L Mbisa
RNA viruses cause significant human pathology and are responsible for the majority of emerging zoonoses. Mainstream diagnostic assays are challenged by their intrinsic diversity, leading to false negatives and incomplete characterisation. New sequencing techniques are expanding our ability to agnostically interrogate nucleic acids within diverse sample types, but in the clinical setting are limited by overwhelming host material and ultra-low target frequency. Through selective host RNA depletion and compensatory protocol adjustments for ultra-low RNA inputs, we are able to detect three major blood-borne RNA viruses - HIV, HCV and HEV...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646199/orthogonal-quasi-phase-matched-superlattice-for-generation-of-hyperentangled-photons
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Salem F Hegazy, Salah S A Obayya, Bahaa E A Saleh
A crystal superlattice structure featuring nonlinear layers with alternating orthogonal optic axes interleaved with orthogonal poling directions, is shown to generate high-quality hyperentangled photon pairs via orthogonal quasi-phase-matched spontaneous parametric downconversion. We demonstrate that orthogonal quasi-phase matching (QPM) processes in a single nonlinear domain structure correct phase and group-velocity mismatches concurrently. Compared with the conventional two-orthogonal-crystals source and the double-nonlinearity single-crystal source, the orthogonal QPM superlattice is shown to suppress the spatial and temporal distinguishability of the generated photon pairs by several orders of magnitude, depending on the number of layers...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646133/effects-of-energetic-ion-irradiation-on-wse2-sic-heterostructures
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Tan Shi, Roger C Walker, Igor Jovanovic, Joshua A Robinson
The remarkable electronic properties of layered semiconducting transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) make them promising candidates for next-generation ultrathin, low-power, high-speed electronics. It has been suggested that electronics based upon ultra-thin TMDs may be appropriate for use in high radiation environments such as space. Here, we present the effects of irradiation by protons, iron, and silver ions at MeV-level energies on a WSe2/6H-SiC vertical heterostructure studied using XPS and UV-Vis-NIR spectroscopy...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645942/mutational-heterogeneity-in-apc-and-kras-arises-at-the-crypt-level-and%C3%A2-leads-to-polyclonality-in-early-colorectal-tumorigenesis
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Mireia Gausachs, Ester Borras, Kyle Chang, Sara González, Daniel Azuara, Axel Delgado Amador, Adriana Lopez-Doriga, F Anthony San Lucas, Xavier Sanjuan, Maria jOSE Paules, Melissa Taggart, Gareth Davies, Erik A Ehli, Jerry Fowler, Victor Moreno, Marta Pineda, Y Nancy You, Patrick M Lynch, Conxi Lazaro, Nicholas E Navin, Paul Scheet, Ernest T Hawk, Gabriel Capella, Eduardo Vilar
Purpose:  The majority of genomic alterations causing intratumoral heterogeneity (ITH) in colorectal cancer (CRC) are thought to arise during early stages of carcinogenesis as a burst but only after truncal mutations in APC have expanded a single founder clone. We have investigated if the initial source of ITH is consequent to multiple independent lineages derived from different crypts harboring distinct truncal APC and driver KRAS mutations, thus challenging the prevailing monoclonal monocryptal model. <p>Experimental design: High-depth next-generation sequencing and SNP arrays were performed in whole lesion extracts of 37 FAP colorectal adenomas...
June 23, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644905/a-realistic-phantom-for-validating-mri-based-synthetic-ct-images-of-the-human-skull
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Abraam S Soliman, Levi Burns, Amir Owrangi, Young Lee, William Y Song, Greg Stanisz, Brige P Chugh
PURPOSE: To introduce a new realistic human skull phantom for the validation of synthetic CT images of cortical bone from ultra-short echo-time (UTE) sequences. METHODS AND MATERIALS: A human skull of an adult female was utilized as a realistic representation of skull cortical bone. The skull was stabilized in a special acrylic container and was filled with contrast agents that have T1 and T2 relaxation times similar to human brain. The phantom was MR scanned at 3T with UTE and T2 -weighted sequences, followed by CT...
June 23, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644879/identification-of-a-novel-fungus-trichoderma-asperellum-gdfs1009-and-comprehensive-evaluation-of-its-biocontrol-efficacy
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Qiong Wu, Ruiyan Sun, Mi Ni, Jia Yu, Yaqian Li, Chuanjin Yu, Kai Dou, Jianhong Ren, Jie Chen
Due to its efficient broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity, Trichoderma has been established as an internationally recognized biocontrol fungus. In this study, we found and identified a novel strain of Trichoderma asperellum, named GDFS1009. The mycelium of T. asperellum GDFS1009 exhibits a high growth rate, high sporulation capacity, and strong inhibitory effects against pathogens that cause cucumber fusarium wilt and corn stalk rot. T. asperellum GDFS1009 secretes chitinase, glucanase, and protease, which can degrade the cell walls of fungi and contribute to mycoparasitism...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644149/thermal-transport-in-monolayer-inse
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Arun Nissimagoudar, Jinlong Ma, Yani Chen, Wu Li
Two-dimensional InSe, a recently synthesized semiconductor having a moderate band gap, has gained attention due to its ultra high mobility and high photo-responsivity. In this work, we calculate the lattice thermal conductivity (κ) of monolayer InSe by solving the phonon Boltzmann transport equation (BTE) with first-principles calculated inter atomic force constants. κ of monolayer InSe is isotropic and found to be around 27.6 W/m-K at room temperature along the in-plane direction. The size dependence of κ shows the size effect can persist up-to 20 μm...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643882/the-history-and-current-status-of-glyphosate
#13
Stephen O Duke
Glyphosate is the only herbicide to target the enzyme 5-enolpyruvyl-3-shikimate phosphate synthase (EPSPS). It is a high use rate, non-selective herbicide that translocates primarily to metabolic sinks, killing meristematic tissues away from the application site. Its phloem-mobile properties and slow action in killing weeds allows the herbicide to move throughout the plant to kill all meristems, making it effective for perennial weed control. Since commercialization in 1974, its use has grown to dominate the herbicide market...
June 23, 2017: Pest Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643872/circulating-microrna-as-candidates-for-early-embryonic-viability-in-cattle
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K G Pohler, J A Green, L A Moley, S Gunewardena, W T Hung, R R Payton, X Hong, L K Christenson, T W Geary, M F Smith
Blood-borne extracellular vesicles (i.e. exosomes and microvesicles) carrying microRNAs (miRNAs) could make excellent biomarkers of disease and different physiologic states, including pregnancy status. We tested the hypothesis that circulating extracellular vesicle-derived miRNAs might differentiate the pregnancy status of cows that had maintained pregnancy to Day 30 from non-pregnant cows or from those that exhibited embryonic mortality between Days 17-30 of gestation. Cows were randomly assigned for artificial insemination with fertile semen (n= 36) or dead semen (n = 8; control group) on Day 0 (day of estrus)...
June 23, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643788/terahertz-saturable-absorbers-from-liquid-phase-exfoliation-of-graphite
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Vezio Bianchi, Tian Carey, Leonardo Viti, Lianhe Li, Edmund H Linfield, A Giles Davies, Alessandro Tredicucci, Duhee Yoon, Panagiotis G Karagiannidis, Lucia Lombardi, Flavia Tomarchio, Andrea C Ferrari, Felice Torrisi, Miriam S Vitiello
Saturable absorbers (SA) operating at terahertz (THz) frequencies can open new frontiers in the development of passively mode-locked THz micro-sources. Here we report the fabrication of THz SAs by transfer coating and inkjet printing single and few-layer graphene films prepared by liquid phase exfoliation of graphite. Open-aperture z-scan measurements with a 3.5 THz quantum cascade laser show a transparency modulation ∼80%, almost one order of magnitude larger than that reported to date at THz frequencies...
June 15, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643618/heat-stabilised-rice-bran-consumption-by-colorectal-cancer-survivors-modulates-stool-metabolite-profiles-and-metabolic-networks-a-randomised-controlled-trial
#16
Dustin G Brown, Erica C Borresen, Regina J Brown, Elizabeth P Ryan
Rice bran (RB) consumption has been shown to reduce colorectal cancer (CRC) growth in mice and modify the human stool microbiome. Changes in host and microbial metabolism induced by RB consumption was hypothesised to modulate the stool metabolite profile in favour of promoting gut health and inhibiting CRC growth. The objective was to integrate gut microbial metabolite profiles and identify metabolic pathway networks for CRC chemoprevention using non-targeted metabolomics. In all, nineteen CRC survivors participated in a parallel randomised controlled dietary intervention trial that included daily consumption of study-provided foods with heat-stabilised RB (30 g/d) or no additional ingredient (control)...
May 2017: British Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643517/a-novel-strategy-for-comprehensive-profiling-and-identification-of-acidic-glycosphingolipids-using-ultra-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-coupled-with-quadrupole-time-of-flight-mass-spectrometry
#17
Ting Hu, Zhixin Jia, Jinlan Zhang
Acidic glycosphingolipids (AGSLs), which mainly consist of ganglioside and sulfatide moieties, are highly concentrated in the central nervous system. Comprehensive profiling of AGSLs has historically been challenging because of their high complexity and the lack of standards. In this paper, a novel strategy was developed to comprehensively profile AGSLs using ultra-high-performance liquid chromatography-quadrupole time of flight mass spectrometry (UPLC-Q-TOF-MS). Ganglioside isomers with different glycan chains such as GD1a/ GD1b were completely separated on a C18 column for the first time to our knowledge, facilitated by the addition of formic acid in the mobile phase...
June 23, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643447/simultaneous-mapping-of-metabolites-and-individual-macromolecular-components-via-ultra-short-acquisition-delay-1-h-mrsi-in-the-brain-at-7t
#18
Michal Považan, Bernhard Strasser, Gilbert Hangel, Eva Heckova, Stephan Gruber, Siegfried Trattnig, Wolfgang Bogner
PURPOSE: Short-echo-time proton MR spectra at 7T feature nine to 10 distinct macromolecule (MM) resonances that overlap with the signals of metabolites. Typically, a metabolite-nulled in vivo MM spectrum is included in the quantification`s prior knowledge to provide unbiased metabolite quantification. However, this MM model may fail if MMs are pathologically altered. In addition, information about the individual MM peaks is lost. In this study, we aimed to create an improved MM model by parameterization of the in vivo MM spectrum into individual components, and to use this new model to quantify free induction decay MR spectroscopic imaging (FID-MRSI) data...
June 22, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643414/associating-and-dissociating-nanodimer-analysis-for-quantifying-ultra-small-amounts-of-dna
#19
Keunsuk Kim, Jeong-Wook Oh, Young Kwang Lee, Jiwoong Son, Jwa-Min Nam
Amplification- and enzyme-free quantification of DNA at ultra-low concentrations, on the orders of 10-1,000 targets, is highly beneficial, but is extremely challenging. To address this challenge, true detection signals should be reliably discriminated from false or noise signals. Here, we developed the dynamically associating and dissociating nanodimer analysis (ADNA) method that allows for collecting maximum detection signals from true target-binding events while keeping nonspecific signals at minimum level...
June 23, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643355/ultra-short-echo-time-images-quantify-high-liver-iron
#20
Eamon K Doyle, Kristin Toy, Bertin Valdez, Jonathan M Chia, Thomas Coates, John C Wood
PURPOSE: 1.5T gradient echo-based R2∗ estimates are standard-of-care for assessing liver iron concentration (LIC). Despite growing popularity of 3T, echo time (TE) limitations prevent 3T liver iron quantitation in the upper half of the clinical range (LIC ⪆20 mg/g). In this work, a 3D radial pulse sequence was assessed to double the dynamic range of 3T LIC estimates. THEORY AND METHODS: The minimum TE limits the dynamic range of pulse sequences to estimate R2∗...
June 22, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
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