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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149541/diagnostic-accuracy-of-serum-mir-122-and-mir-199a-in-women-with-endometriosis
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Ahmed M Maged, Wesam S Deeb, Azza El Amir, Sherif S Zaki, Heba El Sawah, Maged Al Mohamady, Ahmed A Metwally, Maha A Katta
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the value of serum microRNA-122 (miR-122) and miR-199a as reliable noninvasive biomarkers in the diagnosis of endometriosis. METHODS: During 2015-2016, at a teaching hospital in Egypt, a prospective cohort study was conducted on 45 women with pelvic endometriosis and 35 women who underwent laparoscopy for pelvic pain but were not diagnosed with endometriosis. Blood and peritoneal fluid (PF) samples were collected; interleukin-6 (IL-6) was detected by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and miR-122 and miR-199a expression was measured by quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction...
November 17, 2017: International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149281/seroreactivity-to-the-c6-peptide-in-borrelia-miyamotoi-infections-occurring-in-the-northeastern-united-states
#2
Phillip J Molloy, Karen E Weeks, Brittany Todd, Gary P Wormser
Background: There are no Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved diagnostic tests for Borrelia miyamotoi infection, an emerging tick-borne illness in the United States. The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether the FDA-approved C6 peptide ELISA currently used to diagnose Lyme disease may potentially serve as a diagnostic test for B. miyamotoi infections. Methods: Serum specimens from 30 patients from the Northeastern United States with B. miyamotoi infection established by a polymerase chain reaction assay of a blood specimen were tested using the C6 ELISA...
November 15, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149036/identification-of-the-caprine-keratin-associated-protein-20-2-kap20-2-gene-and-its-effect-on-cashmere-traits
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Jiqing Wang, Longjie Che, Jon G H Hickford, Huitong Zhou, Zhiyun Hao, Yuzhu Luo, Jiang Hu, Xiu Liu, Shaobin Li
The gene encoding the high glycine/tyrosine keratin-associated protein 20-2 (KAP20-2) gene has been described in humans, but has not been identified in any livestock species. A search for similar sequences in the caprine genome using the human KAP20-2 gene (KRTAP20-2) revealed a homologous sequence on chromosome 1. Three different banding patterns representing distinct sequences (A-C) in Longdong cashmere goats were identified using polymerase chain reaction-single stranded conformational polymorphism (PCR-SSCP) analysis...
November 17, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148015/clinical-performance-and-utility-of-a-nnmt-based-urine-test-for-bladder-cancer
#4
Valentina Pozzi, Giulia Di Ruscio, Davide Sartini, Roberto Campagna, Riccardo Seta, Paola Fulvi, Alexia Vici, Giulio Milanese, Gabriele Brandoni, Andrea B Galosi, Rodolfo Montironi, Monia Cecati, Monica Emanuelli
BACKGROUND: Bladder cancer (BC) represents the most common neoplasm of the urinary tract. Although cystoscopy and urine cytology represent the gold standard methods to monitor BC, both procedures have limitations. Therefore, the identification of reliable biomarkers for early and noninvasive detection of BC is urgently required. METHODS: In this study, we analyzed nicotinamide N-methyltransferase (NNMT) expression in urine samples from 55 BC patients and 107 controls, using real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR)...
November 11, 2017: International Journal of Biological Markers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147837/development-of-saap3d-force-field-and-the-application-to-replica-exchange-monte-carlo-simulation-for-chignolin-and-c-peptide
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Michio Iwaoka, Toshiki Suzuki, Yuya Shoji, Kenichi Dedachi, Taku Shimosato, Toshiya Minezaki, Hironobu Hojo, Hiroyuki Onuki, Hiroshi Hirota
Single amino acid potential (SAAP) would be a prominent factor to determine peptide conformations. To prove this hypothesis, we previously developed SAAP force field for molecular simulation of polypeptides. In this study, the force field was renovated to SAAP3D force field by applying more accurate three-dimensional main-chain parameters, instead of the original two-dimensional ones, for the amino acids having a long side-chain. To demonstrate effectiveness of the SAAP3D force field, replica-exchange Monte Carlo (REMC) simulation was performed for two benchmark short peptides, chignolin (H-GYDPETGTWG-OH) and C-peptide (CHO-AETAAAKFLRAHA-NH2)...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Computer-aided Molecular Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147107/debated-agronomy-public-discourse-and-the-future-of-biotechnology-policy-in-ghana
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Joseph A Braimah, Kilian N Atuoye, Siera Vercillo, Carrie Warring, Isaac Luginaah
This paper examines the highly contested and ongoing biotechnology (Bt) policy-making process in Ghana. We analyse media content on how Bt is viewed in the context of Ghana's parliamentary debate on the Plant Breeders Bill and within the broader public policy-making literature. This paper does not seek to take a position on Bt or the Bill, but to understand how policy actors influence the debate with political and scientific rhetoric in Ghana. The study reveals that in the midst of scientific uncertainties of Bt's potential for sustainable agriculture production and food security, policy decisions that encourage its future adoption are heavily influenced by health, scientific, economic, environmental and political factors dictated by different ideologies, values and norms...
2017: Global Bioethics, Problemi di Bioetica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146980/the-energy-cost-of-polypeptide-knot-formation-and-its-folding-consequences
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Andrés Bustamante, Juan Sotelo-Campos, Daniel G Guerra, Martin Floor, Christian M A Wilson, Carlos Bustamante, Mauricio Báez
Knots are natural topologies of chains. Yet, little is known about spontaneous knot formation in a polypeptide chain-an event that can potentially impair its folding-and about the effect of a knot on the stability and folding kinetics of a protein. Here we used optical tweezers to show that the free energy cost to form a trefoil knot in the denatured state of a polypeptide chain of 120 residues is 5.8 ± 1 kcal mol(-1). Monte Carlo dynamics of random chains predict this value, indicating that the free energy cost of knot formation is of entropic origin...
November 17, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146970/origin-of-the-unusually-strong-and-selective-binding-of-vanadium-by-polyamidoximes-in-seawater
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Alexander S Ivanov, Christina J Leggett, Bernard F Parker, Zhicheng Zhang, John Arnold, Sheng Dai, Carter W Abney, Vyacheslav S Bryantsev, Linfeng Rao
Amidoxime-functionalized polymeric adsorbents are the current state-of-the-art materials for collecting uranium (U) from seawater. However, marine tests show that vanadium (V) is preferentially extracted over U and many other cations. Herein, we report a complementary and comprehensive investigation integrating ab initio simulations with thermochemical titrations and XAFS spectroscopy to understand the unusually strong and selective binding of V by polyamidoximes. While the open-chain amidoxime functionalities do not bind V, the cyclic imide-dioxime group of the adsorbent forms a peculiar non-oxido V(5+) complex, exhibiting the highest stability constant value ever observed for the V(5+) species...
November 16, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146399/label-free-discrimination-analysis-of-de-differentiated-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-mesenchymal-stem-cells-and-their-vascular-and-osteogenic-progeny-using-vibrational-spectroscopy
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Claire Molony, Jennifer McIntyre, Adrian Maguire, Roya Hakimjavadi, Denise Burtenshaw, Gillian Casey, Mariana Di Luca, Bryan Hennelly, Hugh J Byrne, Paul A Cahill
The accumulation of vascular smooth muscle (SMC)-like cells and stem cell-derived myogenic and osteogenic progeny contributes significantly to arteriosclerotic disease. This study established whether label-free vibrational spectroscopy can discriminate de-differentiated 'synthetic' SMCs from undifferentiated stem cells and their myogenic and osteogenic progeny in vitro, compared with conventional immunocytochemical and genetic analyses. TGF-β1- and Jagged1-induced myogenic differentiation of CD44(+)mesenchymal stem cells was confirmed in vitro by immunocytochemical analysis of specific SMC differentiation marker expression (α-actin, calponin and myosin heavy chain 11), an epigenetic histone mark (H3K4me2) at the myosin heavy chain 11 locus, promoter transactivation and mRNA transcript levels...
November 13, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146098/characterization-of-polymorphism-in-the-fsh-receptor-gene-and-its-impact-on-some-reproductive-indices-in-dairy-cows
#10
Hassan Sharifiyazdi, Abdolah Mirzaei, Zahra Ghanaatian
Follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) is released from the anterior pituitary gland and has an important role in female fertility. As FSH is a glycoprotein polypeptide hormone which cannot pass through the cell membrane, its influence on target cells must be mediated by the FSH receptor (FSHR). Accordingly, any kind of mutation in FSHR can affect reproduction in dairy cows. In this study, the polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP) technique was used for recognition of a point mutation (A/G: position -278) located in the FSHR gene in Iranian dairy cows...
November 6, 2017: Animal Reproduction Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145657/the-utility-of-blood-neuroendocrine-gene-transcript-measurement-in-the-diagnosis-of-bronchopulmonary-neuroendocrine-tumours-and-as-a-tool-to-evaluate-surgical-resection-and-disease-progression
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Pier Luigi Filosso, Mark Kidd, Matteo Roffinella, Anna Lewczuk, Kyung-Min Chung, Agnieszka Kolasinska-Cwikla, Jaroslaw Cwikla, Anna Lowczak, Anna Doboszynska, Anna Malczewska, Maria Catalano, Valentina Zunino, Monica Boita, Emanuela Arvat, Riccardo Cristofori, Francesco Guerrera, Alberto Oliaro, Margot Tesselaar, Wieneke Buikhuisen, Beata Kos-Kudla, Mauro Papotti, Lisa Bodei, Ignat Drozdov, Irvin Modlin
OBJECTIVES: The management of bronchopulmonary neuroendocrine tumours (BPNETs) is difficult, since imaging, histology and biomarkers have a limited value in diagnosis, predicting outcome and defining therapeutic efficacy. We evaluated a NET multigene blood test (NETest) to diagnose BPNETs, assess disease status and evaluate surgical resection. METHODS: (i) Diagnostic cohort: BP carcinoids (n = 118)-typical carcinoid, n = 67 and atypical carcinoid, n = 51; other lung NEN (large-cell neuroendocrine carcinoma and small-cell lung carcinoma, n = 13); adenocarcinoma, (n = 26); squamous cell carcinoma (n = 23); controls (n = 90) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (n = 18)...
November 13, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145447/from-bead-to-rod-comparison-of-theories-by-measuring-translational-drag-coefficients-of-micron-sized-magnetic-bead-chains-in-stokes-flow
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Kaiyuan Yang, Chen Lu, Xiaodan Zhao, Ryo Kawamura
Frictional drag force on an object in Stokes flow follows a linear relationship with the velocity of translation and a translational drag coefficient. This drag coefficient is related to the size, shape, and orientation of the object. For rod-like objects, analytical solutions of the drag coefficients have been proposed based on three rough approximations of the rod geometry, namely the bead model, ellipsoid model, and cylinder model. These theories all agree that translational drag coefficients of rod-like objects are functions of the rod length and aspect ratio, but differ among one another on the correction factor terms in the equations...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144199/effect-of-high-hydrostatic-pressure-applied-before-cryopreservation-on-the-survival-rate-and-quality-of-porcine-mesenchymal-stem-cells-after-thawing
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Joanna Romanek, Jolanta Opiela, Daniel Lipiński, Zdzisław Smorąg
The aim of the present study was to examine the effects of varied high hydrostatic pressure (HHP) values on survival rate, proliferation rate, cell multipotency (transcript expression of SOX2, C-MYC, and REX1) and apoptosis (expression of phosphatidylserine (PS), SURVIVIN at the RNA level and BAX at the protein level) of porcine mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). MSCs were isolated from porcine bone marrow and cultured in vitro. Before cryopreservation and storage in liquid nitrogen, MSCs were subjected to HHP at the varied pressures of 20, 30, 40, 50, or 60 MPa for 1 h at 24°C...
November 16, 2017: Animal Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143572/socio-economic-integration-of-the-informal-recycling-sector-through-an-ngo-intervention-at-the-andralanitra-dumpsite-in-antananarivo-madagascar
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Harinaivo A Andrianisa, Fanilo M Randriatsiferana, Serge L Rakotoson, Fanja Rakotoaritera
The social status improvement and the degree of integration of the informal recycling sector, by using InteRa, made by the AKAMASOA association interventions at the Andralanitra dumpsite (Antananarivo, Madagascar) was assessed. 20% of the workers from the three activities at the site were interviewed: 325 scavengers, 12 compost producers and three soap manufacturers. It was found that the incomes of Andralanitra workers are relatively low compared to that of people working in the same field in other countries (30-60 USD/month)...
November 1, 2017: Waste Management & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143374/asthma-and-lung-function-in-adulthood-after-a-viral-wheezing-episode-in-early-childhood
#15
Katri Backman, Hertta Ollikainen, Eija Piippo-Savolainen, Kirsi Nuolivirta, Matti Korppi
BACKGROUND: Viral etiology of infection has a significant role in the long-term outcome of early-childhood wheezing. OBJECTIVE: This study examines asthma and lung function in adulthood after early-childhood wheezing induced by respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and rhinovirus (RV). METHODS: A total of 100 children were hospitalized for a wheezing episode at less than 24 months of age from 1992 to 1993 in Kuopio University Hospital (Finland)...
November 16, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Allergy: Journal of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143004/adsorption-parameters-and-phase-behaviour-of-non-ionic-surfactants-at-liquid-interfaces
#16
Radomir Iliev Slavchov, Ivan Boyanov Ivanov
A reasonable adsorption model is one that allows all adsorption parameters (adsorption constant, hard-disc area α, attraction parameter β) of a surfactant at a liquid interface to be predicted accurately as a function of the molecular structure and medium conditions. However, the established adsorption models of van der Waals and Frumkin lead to inconsistencies, such as negative β at water|oil, α significantly larger than the crystallographic area of the molecule, and phase behaviour that contradicts the experimental observations...
November 16, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142990/the-chemical-chaperone-pba-reduces-er-stress-and-autophagy-and-increases-collagen-iv-%C3%AE-5-expression-in-cultured-fibroblasts-from-men-with-x-linked-alport-syndrome-and-missense-mutations
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Dongmao Wang, Mardhiah Mohammad, Yanyan Wang, Rachel Tan, Lydia S Murray, Sharon Ricardo, Hayat Dagher, Tom van Agtmael, Judy Savige
Introduction: X-linked Alport syndrome (OMIM 301050) is caused by COL4A5 missense variants in 40% of families. This study examined the effects of chemical chaperone treatment (sodium 4-phenylbutyrate) on fibroblast cell lines derived from men with missense mutations. Methods: Dermal fibroblast cultures were established from 2 affected men and 3 normals. Proliferation rates were examined, the collagen IV α5 chain localized with immunostaining, and levels of the intra- and extracellular chains quantitated with an in-house enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay...
July 2017: KI Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142826/microbial-synthesis-of-a-branched-chain-ester-platform-from-organic-waste-carboxylates
#18
Donovan S Layton, Cong T Trinh
Processing of lignocellulosic biomass or organic wastes produces a plethora of chemicals such as short, linear carboxylic acids, known as carboxylates, derived from anaerobic digestion. While these carboxylates have low values and are inhibitory to microbes during fermentation, they can be biologically upgraded to high-value products. In this study, we expanded our general framework for biological upgrading of carboxylates to branched-chain esters by using three highly active alcohol acyltransferases (AATs) for alcohol and acyl CoA condensation and modulating the alcohol moiety from ethanol to isobutanol in the modular chassis cell...
December 2016: Metabolic Engineering Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142391/acacia-catechu-ethanolic-seed-extract-triggers-apoptosis-of-scc-25-cells
#19
Thangavelu Lakshmi, Devaraj Ezhilarasan, Upendra Nagaich, Rajagopal Vijayaragavan
Background: Acacia catechu Willd (Fabaceae), commonly known as catechu, cachou, and black cutch, has been studied for its hepatoprotective, antipyretic, antidiarrheal, hypoglycemic, anti-inflammatory, immunomodulatory, antinociceptive, antimicrobial, free radical scavenging, and antioxidant activities. Objective: We evaluated the cytotoxic activity of ethanol extract of A. catechu seed (ACS) against SCC-25 human oral squamous carcinoma cell line. Methods: Cytotoxic effect of ACS extract was determined by 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide assay, using concentrations of 0...
October 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142030/plasma-microrna-profiles-in-patients-with-early-rheumatoid-arthritis-responding-to-adalimumab-plus-methotrexate-vs-methotrexate-alone-a-placebo-controlled-clinical-trial
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Jacob Sode, Sophine B Krintel, Anting Liu Carlsen, Merete L Hetland, Julia S Johansen, Kim Hørslev-Petersen, Kristian Stengaard-Pedersen, Torkell Ellingsen, Mark Burton, Peter Junker, Mikkel Østergaard, Niels H H Heegaard
OBJECTIVE: The aim was to identify plasma (i.e., cell-free) microRNA (miRNA) predicting antitumor necrosis and/or methotrexate (MTX) treatment response in patients enrolled in an investigator-initiated, prospective, double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial (The OPERA study, NCT00660647). METHODS: We included 180 disease-modifying antirheumatic drug-naive patients with early rheumatoid arthritis (RA) randomized to adalimumab (ADA; n = 89) or placebo (n = 91) in combination with MTX...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
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