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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338986/genome-wide-estimates-of-transposable-element-insertion-and-deletion-rates-in-drosophila-melanogaster
#1
Jeffrey R Adrion, Michael J Song, Daniel R Schrider, Matthew W Hahn, Sarah Schaack
Knowing the rate at which transposable elements (TEs) insert and delete is critical for understanding their role in genome evolution. We estimated spontaneous rates of insertion and deletion for all known, active TE superfamilies present in a set of Drosophila melanogaster mutation-accumulation (MA) lines using whole genome sequence data. Our results demonstrate that TE insertions far outpace TE deletions in D. melanogaster. We found a significant effect of background genotype on TE activity, with higher rates of insertions in one MA line...
March 9, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337156/lack-of-evidence-that-neural-empathic-responses-are-blunted-in-excessive-users-of-violent-video-games-an-fmri-study
#2
Gregor R Szycik, Bahram Mohammadi, Thomas F Münte, Bert T Te Wildt
The use of violent video games has been often linked to increase of aggressive behavior. According to the General Aggression Model, one of the central mechanisms for this aggressiveness inducing impact is an emotional desensitization process resulting from long lasting repeated violent game playing. This desensitization should evidence itself in a lack of empathy. Recent research has focused primarily on acute, short term impact of violent media use but only little is known about long term effects. In this study 15 excessive users of violent games and control subjects matched for age and education viewed pictures depicting emotional and neutral situations with and without social interaction while fMRI activations were obtained...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335016/trna-derived-small-rnas-target-transposable-element-transcripts
#3
German Martinez, Sarah G Choudury, R Keith Slotkin
tRNA-derived RNA fragments (tRFs) are 18-26 nucleotide small RNAs that are not random degradation products, but are rather specifically cleaved from mature tRNA transcripts. Abundant in stressed or viral-infected cells, the function and potential targets of tRFs are not known. We identified that in the unstressed wild-type male gamete containing pollen of flowering plants, and analogous reproductive structure in non-flowering plant species, tRFs accumulate to high levels. In the reference plant Arabidopsis thaliana, tRFs are processed by Dicer-like 1 and incorporated into Argonaute1 (AGO1), akin to a microRNA...
February 21, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327896/a-randomised-phase-iii-study-of-72%C3%A2-hour-infusional-versus-bolus-bleomycin-in-bep-bleomycin-etoposide-and-cisplatin-chemotherapy-to-treat-igcccg-good-prognosis-metastatic-germ-cell-tumours-te-3
#4
J Shamash, S-J Sarker, R Huddart, S Harland, J K Joffe, D Mazhar, A Birtle, J White, K Chowdhury, P Wilson, M R Marshall, S Vinnicombe
Background: Bleomycin is an integral part of combination chemotherapy in germ cell tumours. Pulmonary toxicity often necessitates drug cessation and death occurs in 1-2% of patients. A continuous infusion of bleomycin might reduce lung toxicity when compared to the conventional weekly boluses given as part of standard BEP chemotherapy. Patients and Methods: A phase 3 trial was conducted based on 212 men with IGCCCG good prognosis metastatic germ cell tumours with 1:1 randomisation...
February 21, 2017: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323991/whole-body-vibration-mimics-the-metabolic-effects-of-exercise-in-male-leptin-receptor-deficient-mice
#5
Meghan E McGee-Lawrence, Karl H Wenger, Sudipta Misra, Catherine L Davis, Norman K Pollock, Mohammed Elsalanty, Kehong Ding, Carlos M Isales, Mark W Hamrick, Joanna R Erion, Marlena Wosiski-Kuhn, Phonepasong Arounleut, Mark P Mattson, Roy G Cutler, Jack C Yu, Alexis M Stranahan
Whole-body vibration has gained attention as a potential exercise mimetic, but direct comparisons with the metabolic effects of exercise are scarce. To determine whether whole-body vibration recapitulates the metabolic and osteogenic effects of physical activity, we exposed male wildtype (Wt) and leptin receptor deficient (db/db) mice to daily treadmill exercise or whole-body vibration for three months. Body weights were analyzed and compared with Wt and db/db mice that remained sedentary. Glucose and insulin tolerance testing revealed comparable attenuation of hyperglycemia and insulin resistance in db/db mice following treadmill exercise or whole-body vibration...
March 15, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306272/electromagnetic-moments-of-radioactive-136-te-and-the-emergence-of-collectivity-2p%C3%A2-2n-outside-of-double-magic-132-sn
#6
J M Allmond, A E Stuchbery, C Baktash, A Gargano, A Galindo-Uribarri, D C Radford, C R Bingham, B A Brown, L Coraggio, A Covello, M Danchev, C J Gross, P A Hausladen, N Itaco, K Lagergren, E Padilla-Rodal, J Pavan, M A Riley, N J Stone, D W Stracener, R L Varner, C-H Yu
Radioactive ^{136}Te has two valence protons and two valence neutrons outside of the ^{132}Sn double shell closure, providing a simple laboratory for exploring the emergence of collectivity and nucleon-nucleon interactions. Coulomb excitation of ^{136}Te on a titanium target was utilized to determine an extensive set of electromagnetic moments for the three lowest-lying states, including B(E2;0_{1}^{+}→2_{1}^{+}), Q(2_{1}^{+}), and g(2_{1}^{+}). The results indicate that the first-excited state, 2_{1}^{+}, composed of the simple 2p⊕2n system, is prolate deformed, and its wave function is dominated by excited valence neutron configurations, but not to the extent previously suggested...
March 3, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296807/long-term-outcomes-in-patients-undergoing-liver-transplantation-for-nonalcoholic-steatohepatitis-related-cirrhosis
#7
Chandra Bhati, Michael O Idowu, Arun J Sanyal, Maria Rivera, Carolyn Driscoll, Richard Todd Stravitz, Divyanshoo R Kohli, Scott Matherly, Puneet Puri, HoChong Giles, Adrian Cotterrell, Marlon Levy, Richard Sterling, Velimir Luketic, Hannah Lee, Amit Sharma, Mohammad Shadab Siddiqui
BACKGROUND: Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), a clinically aggressive variant of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), is becoming an increasingly common indication for liver transplantation (LT); however, relatively little is known regardings its clinical course post-LT. The aim of the current study is to describe disease recurrence and clinical course after LT. METHODS: All surviving patients transplanted for NASH at the authors' institution had transient elastography (TE) to evaluate hepatic steatosis and fibrosis...
March 15, 2017: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291300/-possible-relation-between-antenatal-venlafaxine-use-and-vacterl-association-in-a-newborn-a-case-report
#8
Muammer Özgür Çevik, Mustafa Çelik, İbrahim Hakan Bucak, Behice Han Almış, Mehmet Turğut
Major depressive disorder is common during antenatal period and many women are prescribed antidepressant drugs despite no antidepressant can be regarded as definitely safe in pregnancy. Previous studies have suggested links between gestational use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) or serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRI) and certain birth defects. VACTERL association is a rare group of congenital malformations which were observed to occur together more often than would be expected by chance...
2017: Türk Psikiyatri Dergisi, Turkish Journal of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273583/global-dna-methylation-and-oxidative-stress-biomarkers-in-workers-exposed-to-metal-oxide-nanoparticles
#9
Saou-Hsing Liou, Wei-Te Wu, Hui-Yi Liao, Chao-Yu Chen, Cheng-Yen Tsai, Wei-Ting Jung, Hui-Ling Lee
This is the first study to assess global methylation, oxidative DNA damage, and lipid peroxidation in workers with occupational exposure to metal oxide nanomaterials (NMs). Urinary and white blood cell (WBC) 8-hydroxydeoxyguanosine (8-OHdG), and exhaled breath condensate (EBC) 8-isoprostane were measured as oxidative stress biomarkers. WBC global methylation was measured as an epigenetic alteration. Exposure to TiO2, SiO2, and indium tin oxide (ITO) resulted in significantly higher oxidative biomarkers such as urinary 8-OHdG and EBC 8-isoprostane...
February 24, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272862/a-novel-n-type-organosilane-metal-ion-hybrid-of-rhodamine-b-and-copper-cation-for-low-temperature-thermoelectric-materials
#10
John R Bertram, Aubrey Penn, Matthew Jason Nee, Hemali Rathnayake
A n-type organosilane-metal-ion hybrid of Rhodamine-B silane and copper cation (Cu-RBS) was investigated as a low-temperature thermoelectric material. Computational analysis revealed the most likely localized binding site of Cu2+ to the Rhodamine-B core and provided predictions of molecular orbitals and electrostatic potentials upon complexation. The concentration-dependent optical absorption and emission spectral traces confirmed the effective metal-ligand charge transfer from Cu2+ to the xanthene core of RBS, indicating the potential for improved electrical properties for the complex relative to RBS...
March 8, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271065/the-reliability-of-the-tracheoesophageal-groove-and-the-ligament-of-berry-as-landmarks-for-identifying-the-recurrent-laryngeal-nerve-a-cadaveric-study-and-meta-analysis
#11
REVIEW
Brandon Michael Henry, Beatrice Sanna, Matthew J Graves, Silvia Sanna, Jens Vikse, Iwona M Tomaszewska, R Shane Tubbs, Krzysztof A Tomaszewski
Purpose. The aim of this meta-analysis was to provide a comprehensive evidence-based assessment, supplemented by cadaveric dissections, of the value of using the Ligament of Berry and Tracheoesophageal Groove as anatomical landmarks for identifying the Recurrent Laryngeal Nerve. Methods. Seven major databases were searched to identify studies for inclusion. Eligibility was judged by two reviewers. Suitable studies were identified and extracted. MetaXL was used for analysis. All pooled prevalence rates were calculated using a random effects model...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268684/identifying-depressed-patients-with-and-without-suicidal-ideation-by-finger-photo-plethysmography
#12
A H Khandoker, V Luthra, Y Abouallaban, S Saha, K I Ahmed, R Mostafa, N Chowdhury, H F Jelinek
Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is a serious mental disorder that if untreated not only affects physical health but also has a high risk of suicide. While the neurophysiological phenomena that contribute to the formation of Suicidal Ideation (SI) are still ill-defined, clear links between MDD and cardiovascular disease have been reported. The aim of this study is to extract suitable features from arterial pulse signals with a view to predicting SI within MDD and control groups. Sixteen unmedicated MDD patients with a history of SI (MDDSI+), sixteen without SI (MDDSI-) and twenty-nine healthy subjects (CONT) were recruited at a psychiatric clinic in the UAE...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257204/linear-four-chalcogen-interactions-in-radical-cationic-and-dicationic-dimers-of-1-5-dichalcogena-canes-nature-of-the-interactions-elucidated-by-qtaim-dual-functional-analysis-with-qc-calculations
#13
Satoko Hayashi, Kengo Nagata, Shota Otsuki, Waro Nakanishi
The dynamic and static nature of extended hypervalent interactions of the (B)E···(A)E···(A)E···(B)E type are elucidated for four center-seven electron interactions (4c-7e) in the radical cationic dimers (1·(+)) and 4c-6e in the dicationic dimers (1(2+)) of 1,5-(dichalcogena)canes (2: (A)E(CH2CH2CH2)2(B)E: (A)E, (B)E = S, Se, Te, and O). The quantum theory of atoms-in-molecules dual functional analysis (QTAIM-DFA) is applied for the analysis. Total electron energy densities Hb(rc) are plotted versus Hb(rc) - Vb(rc)/2 [= (ℏ(2)/8m)∇(2)ρb(rc)] at bond critical points (BCPs) of the interactions, where Vb(rc) values show potential energy densities at BCPs...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245809/mesenchymal-stem-cells-and-myoblast-differentiation-under-hgf-and-igf-1-stimulation-for-3d-skeletal-muscle-tissue-engineering
#14
R Witt, A Weigand, A M Boos, A Cai, D Dippold, A R Boccaccini, D W Schubert, M Hardt, C Lange, A Arkudas, R E Horch, J P Beier
BACKGROUND: Volumetric muscle loss caused by trauma or after tumour surgery exceeds the natural regeneration capacity of skeletal muscle. Hence, the future goal of tissue engineering (TE) is the replacement and repair of lost muscle tissue by newly generating skeletal muscle combining different cell sources, such as myoblasts and mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), within a three-dimensional matrix. Latest research showed that seeding skeletal muscle cells on aligned constructs enhance the formation of myotubes as well as cell alignment and may provide a further step towards the clinical application of engineered skeletal muscle...
February 28, 2017: BMC Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28241584/low-loss-3d-laser-written-mid-infrared-linbo-sub-3-sub-depressed-index-cladding-waveguides-for-both-te-and-tm-polarizations
#15
Huu-Dat Nguyen, Airán Ródenas, Javier R Vázquez de Aldana, Guillermo Martín, Javier Martínez, Magdalena Aguiló, Maria Cinta Pujol, Francesc Díaz
We report mid-infrared LiNbO<sub>3</sub> depressed-index microstructured cladding waveguides fabricated by three-dimensional laser writing showing low propagation losses (~1.5 dB/cm) at 3.68 µm wavelength for both the transverse electric and magnetic polarized modes, a feature previously unachieved due to the strong anisotropic properties of this type of laser microstructured waveguides and which is of fundamental importance for many photonic applications. Using a heuristic modeling-testing iteration design approach which takes into account cladding induced stress-optic index changes, the fabricated cladding microstructure provides low-loss single mode operation for the mid-IR for both orthogonal polarizations...
February 20, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236510/a-strategy-for-dual-inhibition-of-the-proteasome-and-fatty-acid-synthase-with-belactosin-c-orlistat-hybrids
#16
Mingzhao Zhu, Wayne D Harshbarger, Omar Robles, Joanna Krysiak, Kenneth G Hull, Sung Wook Cho, Robyn D Richardson, Yanyan Yang, Andres Garcia, Lindsey Spiegelman, Bianca Ramirez, Christopher T Wilson, Ju Anne Yau, James T Moore, Caitlen B Walker, James C Sacchettini, Wenshe R Liu, Stephan A Sieber, Jeffrey W Smith, Daniel Romo
The proteasome, a validated cellular target for cancer, is central for maintaining cellular homeostasis, while fatty acid synthase (FAS), a novel target for numerous cancers, is responsible for palmitic acid biosynthesis. Perturbation of either enzymatic machine results in decreased proliferation and ultimately cellular apoptosis. Based on structural similarities, we hypothesized that hybrid molecules of belactosin C, a known proteasome inhibitor, and orlistat, a known inhibitor of the thioesterase domain of FAS, could inhibit both enzymes...
January 19, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231488/the-value-of-elastpq-for-the-evaluation-of-liver-stiffness-in-patients-with-b-and-c-chronic-hepatopathies
#17
Ruxandra Mare, Ioan Sporea, Raluca Lupuşoru, Roxana Şirli, Alina Popescu, Mirela Danila, Corina Pienar
The aim of this study was to evaluate the diagnostic performance of a point shear wave elastography using ARFI technique - ElastPQ, in patients with B and C chronic hepatopathies, using Transient Elastography (TE) as the reference method, since it is a validated method for liver fibrosis assessment. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: the study included 228 consecutive subjects with chronic hepatopathies (26% HBV, 74% HCV) from whom 51% had liver cirrhosis. Liver stiffness (LS) was evaluated in the same session by means of 2 elastographic methods: TE (FibroScan, EchoSens) and ElastPQ (Affinity, Philips) techniques...
February 9, 2017: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226871/identifying-depressed-patients-with-and-without-suicidal-ideation-by-finger-photo-plethysmography
#18
A H Khandoker, V Luthra, Y Abouallaban, S Saha, K I Ahmed, R Mostafa, N Chowdhury, H F Jelinek, A H Khandoker, V Luthra, Y Abouallaban, S Saha, K I Ahmed, R Mostafa, N Chowdhury, H F Jelinek, A H Khandoker, R Mostafa, H F Jelinek, N Chowdhury, Y Abouallaban, S Saha, K I Ahmed, V Luthra
Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is a serious mental disorder that if untreated not only affects physical health but also has a high risk of suicide. While the neurophysiological phenomena that contribute to the formation of Suicidal Ideation (SI) are still ill-defined, clear links between MDD and cardiovascular disease have been reported. The aim of this study is to extract suitable features from arterial pulse signals with a view to predicting SI within MDD and control groups. Sixteen unmedicated MDD patients with a history of SI (MDDSI+), sixteen without SI (MDDSI-) and twenty-nine healthy subjects (CONT) were recruited at a psychiatric clinic in the UAE...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222335/sensitive-simultaneous-quantitation-of-testosterone-and-estradiol-in-serum-by-lc-ms-ms-without-derivatization-and-comparison-with-the-cdc-host-program
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COMPARATIVE STUDY
Ryan C Schofield, Damodara R Mendu, Lakshmi V Ramanathan, Melissa S Pessin, Dean C Carlow
BACKGROUND: Very sensitive measurements of serum estrogens and testosterone are important in adult and pediatric endocrinology and immunoassays are known to lack the required performance at very low levels. Our aim was to develop a sensitive HPLC-MS/MS assay for both estradiol (E2) and testosterone (Te) in serum without the need for chemical derivatization and using commercially available calibrators. METHODS: Serum samples were prepared by the addition of internal standards followed by extraction using hexane:ethyl acetate...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214948/reduced-anticoagulation-variability-in-patients-on-warfarin-monitored-with-fiix-prothrombin-time-associates-with-reduced-thromboembolism-the-fiix-trial
#20
Alma Rut Oskarsdóttir, Brynja R Gudmundsdottir, Olafur S Indridason, Sigrun H Lund, David O Arnar, Einar S Bjornsson, Magnus K Magnusson, Hulda M Jensdottir, Brynjar Vidarsson, Charles W Francis, Pall T Onundarson
Fiix-prothrombin time (Fiix-PT) differs from traditional PT in being affected by reduced factor (F) II or FX only. In the randomized controlled Fiix-trial, patients on warfarin monitored with Fiix-PT (Fiix-warfarin patients) had fewer thromboembolisms (TE), similar major bleeding (MB) and more stable anticoagulation than patients monitored with PT (PT-warfarin patients). In the current Fiix-trial report we analyzed how reduced anticoagulation variability during Fiix-PT monitoring was reflected in patients with TE or bleeding...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis
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