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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087696/genetic-and-biochemical-characterization-of-a-gene-operon-for-trans-aconitic-acid-a-novel-nematicide-from-bacillus-thuringiensis
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Cuiying Du, Shiyun Cao, Xiangyu Shi, Xiangtao Nie, Jinshui Zheng, Yun Deng, Lifang Ruan, Donghai Peng, Ming Sun
Trans-aconitic acid (TAA) is an isomer of cis-aconitic acid (CAA), an intermediate of the tricarboxylic acid (TCA) cycle that is synthesized by aconitase. Although TAA production has been detected in bacteria and plants for many years and is known to be a potent inhibitor of aconitase, its biosynthetic origins and the physiological relevance of its activity have remained unclear. We have serendipitously uncovered key information relevant to both of these questions. Specifically, in a search for novel nematicidal factors from Bacillus thuringiensis, a significant nematode pathogen harboring many protein virulence factors, we discovered a high-yielding component that showed activity against the plant-parasitic nematode Meloidogyne incognita and surprisingly identified it as TAA...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086981/does-antiretroviral-treatment-change-hiv-1-codon-usage-patterns-in-its-genes-a-preliminary-bioinformatics-study
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Navaneethan Palanisamy, Nathan Osman, Frédéric Ohnona, Hong-Tao Xu, Bluma Brenner, Thibault Mesplède, Mark A Wainberg
BACKGROUND: Codon usage bias has been described for various organisms and is thought to contribute to the regulation of numerous biological processes including viral infections. HIV-1 codon usage has been previously shown to be different from that of other viruses and man. It is evident that the antiretroviral drugs used to restrict HIV-1 replication also select for resistance variants. We wanted to test whether codon frequencies in HIV-1 sequences from treatment-experienced patients differ from those of treatment-naive individuals due to drug pressure affecting codon usage bias...
January 7, 2017: AIDS Research and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071055/rapid-and-efficient-conversion-of-all-e-astaxanthin-to-9z-and-13z-isomers-and-assessment-of-their-stability-and-antioxidant-activities
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Cheng Yang, Lianfu Zhang, Hua Zhang, Qingrui Sun, Ronghua Liu, Jing Li, Leiyan Wu, Rong Tsao
An optimized isomerization method was developed by heating all-E-astaxanthin in ethyl acetate (70 °C) with I-TiO2 catalyst, yielding 22.7% and 16.9% of 9Z- and 13Z-astaxanthin, respectively in 2 h, with 92-95% purity after semi-preparative HPLC purification. 13Z-Astaxanthin had higher antioxidant activity than all-E- and 9Z-astaxanthins in oxygen radical absorbing capacity assay for lipophilic compounds (ORAC-L), photochemiluminescence (PCL) and cellular antioxidant activity (CAA) assays and 9Z-astaxanthin was higher in DPPH radical-scavenging activity assay and lower in CAA assay...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063192/soft-selective-sweeps-in-fungicide-resistance-adaptation-recurrent-mutations-without-fitness-costs-in-grapevine-downy-mildew
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Chloé E L Delmas, Yann Dussert, Laurent Delière, Carole Couture, Isabelle D Mazet, Sylvie Richart Cervera, François Delmotte
Adaptation produces hard or soft selective sweeps depending on the supply of adaptive genetic polymorphism. The evolution of pesticide resistance in parasites is a striking example of rapid adaptation that can shed light on selection processes. Plasmopara viticola, which causes grapevine downy mildew, forms large populations, in which resistance has rapidly evolved due to excessive fungicide use. We investigated the pathways by which fungicide resistance has evolved in this plant pathogen, to determine whether hard or soft selective sweeps were involved...
January 7, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062571/performance-of-a-condensed-protocol-that-reduces-effort-and-cost-of-nia-aa-guidelines-for-neuropathologic-assessment-of-alzheimer-disease
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Margaret E Flanagan, Desiree A Marshall, Jane B Shofer, Kathleen S Montine, Peter T Nelson, Thomas J Montine, C Dirk Keene
Concerns regarding resource expenditures have been expressed about the 2012 NIA-AA Sponsored Guidelines for neuropathologic assessment of Alzheimer disease (AD) and related dementias. Here, we investigated a cost-reducing Condensed Protocol and its effectiveness in maintaining the diagnostic performance of Guidelines in assessing AD, Lewy body disease (LBD), microvascular brain injury, hippocampal sclerosis (HS), and congophilic amyloid angiopathy (CAA). The Condensed Protocol consolidates the same 20 regions into 5 tissue cassettes at ∼75% lower cost...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061919/myasthenia-gravis-and-its-aeromedical-implications
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Tania Jagathesan, Michael D O'Brien
BACKGROUND: Myasthenia gravis is an autoimmune condition where antibodies form against the acetylcholine receptors at the neuromuscular junction, eventually causing damage to the motor end plate. The clinical features include muscle fatigability as well as ocular, bulbar, and limb weakness, which can have implications on the role of a pilot or air traffic controller. This retrospective study reviewed the United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority (UK CAA) experience of myasthenia gravis...
January 1, 2017: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043685/medium-or-higher-dose-acetylsalicylic-acid-for-acute-kawasaki-disease-and-patient-outcomes
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Gi Beom Kim, Jeong Jin Yu, Kyung Lim Yoon, Soo In Jeong, Young Hwan Song, Ji Whan Han, Young Mi Hong, Chan Uhng Joo
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of medium- or higher-dose acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) for treating acute-phase Kawasaki disease to prevent coronary artery aneurysm (CAA). STUDY DESIGN: Among the children with acute Kawasaki disease investigated in the eighth nationwide survey in the Republic of Korea, 8456 children with adequate data were included in this study. The subjects were divided into 2 groups according to the use of medium- or higher-dose ASA (≥30 mg/kg/day), or-low dose ASA (3-5 mg/kg/day) during the acute febrile phase...
December 30, 2016: Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042517/rust-on-the-brain-from-microbleeds-and-its-relevance-to-alzheimer-studies-invited-commentary-on-cacciottolo-neurobiology-of-aging-2016
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M Cacciottolo, T E Morgan, C E Finch
Cerebral microbleeds (MB) and small vessel disease (SVD) with congophilic arterial angiopathy (CAA) are increasingly recognized as a variable factor in AD cognitive impairments. This commentary on our recent report on sex-ApoE interactions in MBs published this February, briefly explores three aspects of MBs that could not be fully discussed therein: I, A possible gap between the prevalence of MBs as detected by MRI and post mortem analysis; II, The role of hemoglobin-degradation products in amyloid-attributed neurodegenerative changes; and III, Possible assessment of MB by cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) assays for iron-related markers to better screen patient subgroups for AD interventions...
November 2016: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Parkinsonism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28033151/spinal-realignment-for-adult-deformity-three-column-osteotomies-alter-total-hip-acetabular-component-positioning
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Jeffrey J Barry, Altug Yucekul, Alexander A Theologis, Erik N Hansen, Christopher Ames, Vedat Deviren
INTRODUCTION: A goal of adult spinal deformity surgery is correction of sagittal imbalance by increasing lumbar lordosis (LL), allowing a previously retroverted pelvis to normalize as evidenced by decreases in pelvic tilt (PT). Realignment of pelvic orientation may alter the position of preexisting total hip arthroplasties (THAs). METHODS: Twenty-seven patients with unilateral THA who underwent thoracolumbar fusions for adult spinal deformity from the pelvis to L1 or above were retrospectively reviewed (levels fused, 10...
December 28, 2016: Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025267/coronary-artery-aneurysms-detected-by-computed-tomography-coronary-angiography
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Ernesto Forte, Marco Aiello, Marianna Inglese, Teresa Infante, Andrea Soricelli, Carlo Tedeschi, Marco Salvatore, Carlo Cavaliere
AIMS: Coronary artery aneurysms (CAAs) are incidentally revealed by coronary angiography and consist in a localized dilation of a coronary artery. Although invasive coronary angiography (ICA) is the gold standard imaging technique, it can lead to the underestimation of CAAs diameter in presence of parietal thrombi. Computed tomography coronary angiography (CTCA) is a very sensitive tool in CAAs detection and provides a clear visualization of coronary lumen highlighting intraluminal thrombi...
December 26, 2016: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011782/inference-of-cellular-level-signaling-networks-using-single-cell-gene-expression-data-in-c-elegans-reveals-mechanisms-of-cell-fate-specification
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Xiao-Tai Huang, Yuan Zhu, Leanne Lai Hang Chan, Zhongying Zhao, Hong Yan
MOTIVATION: Cell fate specification plays a key role to generate distinct cell types during metazoan development. However, most of the underlying signaling networks at cellular level are not well understood. Availability of time lapse single-cell gene expression data collected throughout C. elegans embryogenesis provides an excellent opportunity for investigating signaling networks underlying cell fate specification at systems, cellular and molecular levels. RESULTS: We propose a framework to infer signaling networks at cellular level by exploring the single-cell gene expression data...
December 23, 2016: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28010138/synthesis-molecular-modeling-and-biological-evaluation-of-two-new-chicoric-acid-analogs
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Giuliana Righi, Romina Pelagalli, Valerio Isoni, Ilaria Tirotta, Roberto Dallocchio, Alessandro Dessì, Beatrice Macchi, Caterina Frezza, Ilaria Rossetti, Paolo Bovicelli
Two conformationally constrained compounds similar to chicoric acid but lacking the catechol and carboxyl groups were prepared. In these analogues, the single bond between the two caffeoyl fragments has been replaced with a chiral oxirane ring and both aromatic residues modified protecting completely or partially the catechol moiety as methyl ether. Preliminary molecular modelling studies carried out on the two analogues showed interactions near the active site of HIV integrase; however, in comparison with raltegravir, the biological evaluation confirmed that CAA-1 and CAA-2 were unable to inhibit infection at lower concentration...
February 2017: Natural Product Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28000005/comparison-of-cerebrospinal-fluid-profiles-in-alzheimer-s-disease-with-multiple-cerebral-microbleeds-and-cerebral-amyloid-angiopathy-related-inflammation
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Akio Kimura, Masao Takemura, Kuniaki Saito, Nobuaki Yoshikura, Yuichi Hayashi, Naoko Harada, Hiroshi Nishida, Hideto Nakajima, Takashi Inuzuka
Brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD) sometimes reveals multiple cerebral microbleeds (CMBs) and confluent white matter hyperintensities (WMHs) similar to those observed in cerebral amyloid angiopathy-related inflammation (CAA-I). To determine whether there might be common pathophysiological mechanisms underlying the MRI findings of multiple CMBs and confluent WMHs, we investigated the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) profiles of 38 AD, five amnestic mild cognitive impairment (MCI), and six CAA-I patients...
December 20, 2016: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27996306/mapping-qtls-associated-with-agronomic-and-physiological-traits-under-terminal-drought-and-heat-stress-conditions-in-wheat-triticum-aestivum-l
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Sirous Tahmasebi, Bahram Heidari, Hassan Pakniyat, C Lynne McIntyre
Wheat crops frequently experience a combination of abiotic stresses in the field, but most quantitative trait loci (QTL) studies have focused on the identification of QTLs for traits under single stress field conditions. A recombinant inbred line (RIL) population derived from SeriM82 × Babax was used to map QTLs under well-irrigated, heat, drought, and a combination of heat and drought stress conditions in two years. A total of 477 DNA markers were used to construct linkage groups that covered 1619.6 cM of the genome, with an average distance of 3...
January 2017: Genome Génome / Conseil National de Recherches Canada
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27996184/anastomotic-stenosis-after-coloanal-colorectal-and-ileoanal-anastomosis-what-is-the-best-management
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Axel Kraenzler, Léon Maggiori, Olivier Pittet, Mohammad Saleh Alyami, Justine Prost À la Denise, Yves Panis
AIM: To assess the results of treatment for colorectal (CRA), coloanal (CAA), or ileal pouch-anal (IPAA) anastomotic stenosis (AS). METHODS: All patients operated on for AS from 1995 to 2014 were included. Success was defined as the absence of additional surgical procedure for AS during 12 months after the last procedure and the absence of a stoma at the end of follow-up. RESULTS: Fifty consecutive patients presenting AS after CRA (n=16, 32%), CAA (n=18, 36%), or IPAA (n=16, 32%), performed for colorectal cancer (n=28, 56%), familial adenomatous polyposis (n=5, 10%), inflammatory bowel disease (n=8, 16%), diverticulitis (n=4, 8%), benign colorectal neoplasia (n=3, 6%) or other (n=2, 4%) underwent a total of 99 procedures including digital (n=14, 14%), instrumental (n=38, 38%), or endoscopic dilatation (n=5, 5%), transanal AS stricturoplasty (n=9, 10%), transanal circular stapler resection (n=11, 11%), or transabdominal redo-anastomosis (n=22, 22%)...
December 20, 2016: Colorectal Disease: the Official Journal of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27995598/risk-factors-of-immunoglobulin-resistance-and-coronary-complications-in-children-with-kawasaki-disease
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Elżbieta Berdej-Szczot, Ewa Małecka-Tendera, Tomasz Gawlik, Małgorzata Firek-Pędras, Lesław Szydłowski, Aneta Gawlik
BACKGROUND: The risk of immunoglobulin resistance is still likely to occur in Kawasaki disease (KD) despite adequate treatment. The Kobayashi score (KS) is used to predict unresponsiveness to treatment although the usefulness of the score in populations other than Asian seems to be debatable. AIM: The analysis of clinical and laboratory parameters predisposing to immunoglobulin resistance and coronary complications in children hospitalized due to KD. METHODS: The data of children hospitalized due to KD between 2003 and 2016 underwent analysis...
December 20, 2016: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27990754/tetra-primer-arms-pcr-for-rapid-detection-and-characterization-of-plasmopara-viticola-phenotypes-resistant-to-carboxylic-acid-amide-caa-fungicides
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Hao Zhang, Fanfang Kong, Xina Wang, Lisha Liang, Cor D Schoen, Jie Feng, Zhongyue Wang
BACKGROUND: The occurrence of CAA-fungicide-resistant Plasmopara viticola populations is becoming a serious problem in the control of grapevine downy mildew worldwide. The resistance is caused by point mutations in the PvCesA3 gene. These isolates with this mutation have been detected mainly by determining the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) of fungicides, which is always time consuming and inefficient. RESULTS: To establish a suitable method for rapid detection of the G1105S mutation in P...
December 19, 2016: Pest Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27990380/kawasaki-disease-for-dermatologists
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Aman Gupta, Surjit Singh
Kawasaki disease (KD) is a systemic vasculitis that mostly affects children below the age of 5. The vasculitis involves arteries of medium size, especially the coronaries. Various etiologies have been proposed including association with micro-organisms, bacterial superantigens, and genetic factors, however, the exact cause remains unknown. There is no specific laboratory test for KD. Diagnosis is clinical and depends upon the presence of fever for ≥5 days and 4 or more of five principal features, viz. polymorphous exanthem, extremity changes, mucosal changes involving the lips and oral cavity, bilateral bulbar conjunctival injection, and unilateral cervical lymphadenopathy...
November 2016: Indian Dermatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27989553/cerebrovascular-function-in-presymptomatic-and-symptomatic-individuals-with-hereditary-cerebral-amyloid-angiopathy-a-case-control-study
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Anna M van Opstal, Sanneke van Rooden, Thijs van Harten, Eidrees Ghariq, Gerda Labadie, Panagiotis Fotiadis, M Edip Gurol, Gisela M Terwindt, Marieke J H Wermer, Mark A van Buchem, Steven M Greenberg, Jeroen van der Grond
BACKGROUND: Previous work suggests that impairments of cerebrovascular flow or reactivity might be early markers of cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAA). Hereditary cerebral haemorrhage with amyloidosis-Dutch type (HCHWA-D) is a genetic form of CAA that can be diagnosed before the onset of clinical symptoms by DNA testing. We aimed to investigate whether haemodynamic measures are decreased in presymptomatic and symptomatic HCHWA-D mutation carriers compared with healthy controls. METHODS: In this case-control study, we included presymptomatic and symptomatic HCHWA-D mutation carriers diagnosed through genetic testing and recruited through the HCHWA-D patient association (Katwijk, Netherlands) and the outpatient clinic of the Department of Neurology of the Leiden University Medical Center (Leiden, Netherlands), and healthy controls...
December 15, 2016: Lancet Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27989552/defining-early-caa-insights-from-a-rare-monogenic-disorder
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Eric E Smith
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December 15, 2016: Lancet Neurology
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