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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445954/a-clinically-feasible-multiplex-proteomic-immunoassay-as-a-novel-functional-diagnostic-for-pancreatic-ductal-adenocarcinoma
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Kian-Huat Lim, Emma Langley, Feng Gao, Jingqin Luo, Lin Li, Gary Meyer, Phillip Kim, Sharat Singh, Vladamir M Kushnir, Dayna S Early, Daniel K Mullady, Steven A Edmundowicz, Sachin Wani, Faris M Murad, Dengfeng Cao, Riad R Azar, Andrea Wang-Gillam
To date, targeted therapy for pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) remains largely unsuccessful in the clinic. Current genomics-based technologies are unable to reflect the quantitative, dynamic signaling changes in the tumor, and require larger tumor samples that are difficult to obtain in PDAC patients. Therefore, a highly sensitive functional tool that can reliably and comprehensively inform intra-tumoral signaling events is direly needed to guide treatment decision. We tested the utility of a highly sensitive proteomics-based functional diagnostic platform, Collaborative Enzyme Enhanced Reactive-immunoassay (CEERTM), on fine-needle aspiration (FNA) samples obtained from 102 patients with radiographically-evident pancreatic tumors...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445910/influence-of-contrast-media-on-bone-mineral-density-bmd-measurements-from-routine-contrast-enhanced-mdct-datasets-using-a-phantom-less-bmd-measurement-tool
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Andrea Toelly, Constanze Bardach, Michael Weber, Rui Gong, Yanbo Lai, Pei Wang, Yulin Guo, Jan Kirschke, Thomas Baum, Michael Gruber
Aim To evaluate the differences in phantom-less bone mineral density (BMD) measurements in contrast-enhanced routine MDCT scans at different contrast phases, and to develop an algorithm for calculating a reliable BMD value. Materials and Methods 112 postmenopausal women from the age of 40 to 77 years (mean age: 57.31 years; SD 9.61) who underwent a clinically indicated MDCT scan, consisting of an unenhanced, an arterial, and a venous phase, were included. A retrospective analysis of the BMD values of the Th12 to L4 vertebrae in each phase was performed using a commercially available phantom-less measurement tool...
April 26, 2017: RöFo: Fortschritte Auf Dem Gebiete der Röntgenstrahlen und der Nuklearmedizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445838/addition-of-insulin-like-growth-factor-i-to-the-maturation-medium-of-bovine-oocytes-subjected-to-heat-shock-effects-on-the-production-of-reactive-oxygen-species-mitochondrial-activity-and-oocyte-competence
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I J Ascari, N G Alves, J Jasmin, R R Lima, C C R Quintão, G Oberlender, E A Moraes, L S A Camargo
This study was performed to investigate the effects of insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) addition to in vitro maturation (IVM) medium on apoptosis, mitochondrial membrane potential, ROS production, and developmental competence of bovine oocytes subjected to heat shock. Two temperatures (conventional: 24 h at 38.5°C, or heat shock: 12 h at 41°C followed by 12 h at 38.5°C) and 3 IGF-I concentrations (0, 25, and 100 ng/mL) were tested during IVM. The oocytes were then fertilized in vitro, and the presumptive zygotes were cultured until reaching the blastocyst stage...
March 25, 2017: Domestic Animal Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445759/pulsatile-lipid-vesicles-under-osmotic-stress
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Morgan Chabanon, James C S Ho, Bo Liedberg, Atul N Parikh, Padmini Rangamani
The response of lipid bilayers to osmotic stress is an important part of cellular function. Recent experimental studies showed that when cell-sized giant unilamellar vesicles (GUVs) are exposed to hypotonic media, they respond to the osmotic assault by undergoing a cyclical sequence of swelling and bursting events, coupled to the membrane's compositional degrees of freedom. Here, we establish a fundamental and quantitative understanding of the essential pulsatile behavior of GUVs under hypotonic conditions by advancing a comprehensive theoretical model of vesicle dynamics...
April 25, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445742/beyond-the-bereitschaftspotential-action-preparation-behind-cognitive-functions
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REVIEW
F Di Russo, M Berchicci, C Bozzacchi, R L Perri, S Pitzalis, D Spinelli
Research on preparatory brain processes taking place before acting shows unexpected connections with cognitive processing. From 50 years, we know that motor-related brain activity can be measured by electrocortical recordings 1-3s before voluntary actions. This readiness potential has been associated with increasing excitably of premotor and motor areas and directly linked to the kinematic of the upcoming action. Now we know that the mere motor preparation is only one function of a more complex preparatory activity...
April 23, 2017: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445736/systematic-epigenomic-analysis-reveals-chromatin-states-associated-with-melanoma-progression
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Petko Fiziev, Kadir C Akdemir, John P Miller, Emily Z Keung, Neha S Samant, Sneha Sharma, Christopher A Natale, Christopher J Terranova, Mayinuer Maitituoheti, Samirkumar B Amin, Emmanuel Martinez-Ledesma, Mayura Dhamdhere, Jacob B Axelrad, Amiksha Shah, Christine S Cheng, Harshad Mahadeshwar, Sahil Seth, Michelle C Barton, Alexei Protopopov, Kenneth Y Tsai, Michael A Davies, Benjamin A Garcia, Ido Amit, Lynda Chin, Jason Ernst, Kunal Rai
The extent and nature of epigenomic changes associated with melanoma progression is poorly understood. Through systematic epigenomic profiling of 35 epigenetic modifications and transcriptomic analysis, we define chromatin state changes associated with melanomagenesis by using a cell phenotypic model of non-tumorigenic and tumorigenic states. Computation of specific chromatin state transitions showed loss of histone acetylations and H3K4me2/3 on regulatory regions proximal to specific cancer-regulatory genes in important melanoma-driving cell signaling pathways...
April 25, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445725/nlrp6-protects-il10-mice-from-colitis-by-limiting-colonization-of-akkermansia-muciniphila
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Sergey S Seregin, Natasha Golovchenko, Bryan Schaf, Jiachen Chen, Nicholas A Pudlo, Jonathan Mitchell, Nielson T Baxter, Lili Zhao, Patrick D Schloss, Eric C Martens, Kathryn A Eaton, Grace Y Chen
Dysfunction in host immune responses and pathologic alterations in the gut microbiota, referred to as dysbiosis, can both contribute to the development of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). However, it remains unclear how specific changes in host immunity or the microbiota cause disease. We previously demonstrated that the loss of the innate immune receptor NLRP6 in mice resulted in impaired production of interleukin-18 (IL-18) and increased susceptibility to epithelial-induced injury. Here, we show that NLRP6 is important for suppressing the development of spontaneous colitis in the Il10(-/-) mice model of IBD and that NLRP6 deficiency results in the enrichment of Akkermansia muciniphila...
April 25, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445714/the-toll-like-receptor-2-agonist-pam3csk4-is-neuroprotective-after-spinal-cord-injury
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Nicole S Stivers, Nicolas Pelisch, Ben C Orem, Joshua Williams, Jacqueline M Nally, David P Stirling
Microglia/macrophage activation and recruitment following spinal cord injury (SCI) is associated with both detrimental and reparative functions. Stimulation of the innate immune receptor Toll-like receptor-2 (TLR2) has shown to be beneficial following SCI, and it increases axonal regeneration following optic nerve crush. However, the mechanism(s) remain unclear. As microglia express high levels of TLR2, we hypothesized that modulating the microglial response to injury using a specific TLR2 agonist, Pam3CSK4, would prevent secondary-mediated white matter degeneration following SCI...
April 23, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445697/influence-of-maturation-on-in-vivo-tissue-to-plasma-partition-coefficients-for-cis-and-trans-permethrin
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Manoj Amaraneni, Jing Pang, James V Bruckner, Srinivasa Muralidhara, Tanzir B Mortuza, Darren Gullick, Shirin Hooshfar, Catherine A White, Brian S Cummings
Permethrin, the most widely used household insecticide in the U.S., is marketed as a mixture of its cis (CIS) and trans (TRANS) isomers. The major objective of this investigation was to develop and utilize a reliable approach to determine in vivo partition coefficients (PCs) for CIS and TRANS in immature and adult Sprague-Dawley rats. Adult, postnatal day (PND) 21 and PND 15 rats were infused with environmentally relevant concentrations of CIS or TRANS via a s.c. osmotic pump for 48 or 72 h. The adult and PND 21 rats also received an oral loading dose...
April 23, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445658/a-time-and-a-place-for-everything-phylogenetic-history-and-geography-as-joint-predictors-of-oak-plastome-phylogeny
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Kasey Khanh Pham, Andrew L Hipp, Paul S Manos, Richard C Cronn
Due to high rates of introgressive hybridization, the plastid genome is poorly suited to fine-scale DNA barcoding and phylogenetic studies of the oak genus (Quercus, Fagaceae). At the tips of the oak plastome phylogeny, recent gene migration and reticulation generally cause topology to reflect geographic structure, while deeper branches reflect lineage divergence. In this study, we quantify the simple and partial effects of geographic proximity and nucleome-inferred phylogenetic history on oak plastome phylogeny at different evolutionary scales...
April 26, 2017: Genome Génome / Conseil National de Recherches Canada
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445614/two-common-human-cldn5-alleles-encode-different-open-reading-frames-but-produce-one-protein-isoform
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Ronald M Cornely, Barbara Schlingmann, Whitney S Shepherd, Joshua D Chandler, David C Neujahr, Michael Koval
Claudins provide tight junction barrier selectivity. The human CLDN5 gene contains a high-frequency single-nucleotide polymorphism (rs885985), where the G allele codes for glutamine (Q) and the A allele codes for an amber stop codon. Thus, these different CLDN5 alleles define nested open reading frames (ORFs) encoding claudin-5 proteins that are 303 or 218 amino acids in length. Interestingly, human claudin-16 and claudin-23 also have long ORFs. The long form of claudin-5 contrasts with the majority of claudin-5 proteins in the National Center for Biotechnology Information protein database, which are less than 220 amino acids in length...
April 26, 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445519/the-effect-of-atomoxetine-on-random-and-directed-exploration-in-humans
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Christopher M Warren, Robert C Wilson, Nic J van der Wee, Eric J Giltay, Martijn S van Noorden, Jonathan D Cohen, Sander Nieuwenhuis
The adaptive regulation of the trade-off between pursuing a known reward (exploitation) and sampling lesser-known options in search of something better (exploration) is critical for optimal performance. Theory and recent empirical work suggest that humans use at least two strategies for solving this dilemma: a directed strategy in which choices are explicitly biased toward information seeking, and a random strategy in which decision noise leads to exploration by chance. Here we examined the hypothesis that random exploration is governed by the neuromodulatory locus coeruleus-norepinephrine system...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445512/proportions-of-circulating-follicular-helper-t-cells-are-reduced-and-correlate-with-memory-b-cells-in-hiv-infected-children
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Daniel M Muema, Gladys N Macharia, Babatunde A Olusola, Amin S Hassan, Greg W Fegan, James A Berkley, Britta C Urban, Eunice W Nduati
INTRODUCTION: HIV causes defects in memory B cells in children, but the mechanisms of those defects have not been fully elucidated. One possible mechanism is the lack of T-cell help to B cells during immune reactions. However, few studies have assessed the effect of HIV on follicular helper T cells (TFH cells) in children. METHODS: In this study, follicular-homing CD4 T cells and memory B cells were assessed in HIV-infected children and compared with children from the community...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445507/various-mutations-compensate-for-a-deleterious-lacz%C3%AE-insert-in-the-replication-enhancer-of-m13-bacteriophage
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Emily M Zygiel, Karen A Noren, Marta A Adamkiewicz, Richard J Aprile, Heather K Bowditch, Christine L Carroll, Maria Abigail S Cerezo, Adelle M Dagher, Courtney R Hebert, Lauren E Hebert, Gloria M Mahame, Stephanie C Milne, Kelly M Silvestri, Sara E Sutherland, Alexandria M Sylvia, Caitlyn N Taveira, David J VanValkenburgh, Christopher J Noren, Marilena Fitzsimons Hall
M13 and other members of the Ff class of filamentous bacteriophages have been extensively employed in myriad applications. The Ph.D. series of phage-displayed peptide libraries were constructed from the M13-based vector M13KE. As a direct descendent of M13mp19, M13KE contains the lacZα insert in the intergenic region between genes IV and II, where it interrupts the replication enhancer of the (+) strand origin. Phage carrying this 816-nucleotide insert are viable, but propagate in E. coli at a reduced rate compared to wild-type M13 phage, presumably due to a replication defect caused by the insert...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445457/the-mitochondrial-na-ca-2-exchanger-is-essential-for-ca-2-homeostasis-and-viability
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Timothy S Luongo, Jonathan P Lambert, Polina Gross, Mary Nwokedi, Alyssa A Lombardi, Santhanam Shanmughapriya, April C Carpenter, Devin Kolmetzky, Erhe Gao, Jop H van Berlo, Emily J Tsai, Jeffery D Molkentin, Xiongwen Chen, Muniswamy Madesh, Steven R Houser, John W Elrod
Mitochondrial calcium (mCa(2+)) has a central role in both metabolic regulation and cell death signalling, however its role in homeostatic function and disease is controversial. Slc8b1 encodes the mitochondrial Na(+)/Ca(2+) exchanger (NCLX), which is proposed to be the primary mechanism for mCa(2+) extrusion in excitable cells. Here we show that tamoxifen-induced deletion of Slc8b1 in adult mouse hearts causes sudden death, with less than 13% of affected mice surviving after 14 days. Lethality correlated with severe myocardial dysfunction and fulminant heart failure...
April 26, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445404/support-vector-data-description-model-to-map-specific-land-cover-with-optimal-parameters-determined-from-a-window-based-validation-set
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Jinshui Zhang, Zhoumiqi Yuan, Guanyuan Shuai, Yaozhong Pan, Xiufang Zhu
This paper developed an approach, the window-based validation set for support vector data description (WVS-SVDD), to determine optimal parameters for support vector data description (SVDD) model to map specific land cover by integrating training and window-based validation sets. Compared to the conventional approach where the validation set included target and outlier pixels selected visually and randomly, the validation set derived from WVS-SVDD constructed a tightened hypersphere because of the compact constraint by the outlier pixels which were located neighboring to the target class in the spectral feature space...
April 26, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445365/improvement-of-flap-necrosis-in-a-rat-random-skin-flap-model-by-in-vivo-electroporation-mediated-hgf-gene-transfer
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S Morteza Seyed Jafari, Maziar Shafighi, Helmut Beltraminelli, Thomas Geiser, Robert E Hunger, Amiq Gazdhar
BACKGROUND: Despite great understanding of underlying mechanisms for flap necrosis and advances in surgical techniques, flap necrosis remains a critical issue. In the present study, the authors investigated the efficacy of electroporation-mediated hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) gene delivery to random dorsal skin flaps (McFarlane) to accelerate wound healing and reduce flap necrosis. METHODS: Fifteen male Wistar rats (290 to 320 g) were divided randomly into three groups...
May 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445324/nurse-practitioner-physician-comanagement-of-primary-care-patients-the-promise-of-a-new-delivery-care-model-to-improve-quality-of-care
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Allison Andreno Norful, Kyleen Swords, Mickaela Marichal, Hwayoung Cho, Lusine Poghosyan
BACKGROUND: The U.S. primary care system is under tremendous strain to deliver care to an increased volume of patients with a concurrent primary care physician shortage. Nurse practitioner (NP)-physician comanagement of primary care patients has been proposed by some policy makers to help alleviate this strain. To date, no collective evidence demonstrates the effects of NP-physician comanagement in primary care. PURPOSE: This is the first review to synthesize all available studies that compare the effects of NP-physician comanagement to an individual physician managing primary care...
April 25, 2017: Health Care Management Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445303/lifetime-and-recent-alcohol-use-and-bone-mineral-density-in-adults-with-hiv-infection-and-substance-dependence
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Alicia S Ventura, Michael R Winter, Timothy C Heeren, Meg M Sullivan, Alexander Y Walley, Michael F Holick, Gregory J Patts, Seville M Meli, Jeffrey H Samet, Richard Saitz
Low bone mineral density (BMD) is common in people living with HIV infection (PLWH), increasing fracture risk. Alcohol use is also common in PLWH and is a modifiable risk factor for both HIV disease progression and low BMD. In PLWH, alcohol's effect on BMD is not well understood.We studied adult PLWH with substance dependence. We measured lifetime alcohol use (kg) and recent (i.e., past 30-day) alcohol use (categorized as: abstinent, low risk, or high risk). In adjusted multivariable regression analyses, we tested associations between lifetime and recent alcohol use and (i) mean BMD (g/cm) at the femoral neck, total hip, and lumbar spine and (ii) low BMD diagnosis (i...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445235/recent-trends-in-the-epidemiology-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-in-olmsted-county-minnesota-a-us-population-based-study
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Ju Dong Yang, Hager Ahmed Mohammed, William S Harmsen, Felicity Enders, Gregory J Gores, Lewis R Roberts
BACKGROUND/AIM: The epidemiology of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) has changed in the United States recently. The aim of this study is to evaluate the recent trends of HCC epidemiology in Olmsted County, MN. METHODS: Residents aged over 20 with newly diagnosed HCC were identified using the Rochester Epidemiology Project database. Clinical information was compared among patients diagnosed between 2000 and 2009 (era 1) and 2010 to 2014 (era 2). RESULTS: Over 1...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology
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