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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535613/expression-and-purification-of-biologically-active-human-bone-morphogenetic-protein-4-in-recombinant-chinese-hamster-ovary-cells
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Minyub Cha, Nara Han, Jia Pi, Yongsu Jeong, Kwanghee Baek, Jaeseung Yoon
Bone morphogenetic protein-4 (BMP-4) is considered to have therapeutic potential for various diseases including cancers; however, the high expression of biologically active recombinant human BMP-4 (rhBMP-4) needed to manufacture rhBMP-4 for therapeutic purposes has yet to be established. In the current study, we established a recombinant Chinese hamster ovary (rCHO) cell line overexpressing rhBMP-4 as well as a production process using 7.5-l bioreactor (5 l working volume). The expression of the mature rhBMP-4 was significantly enhanced by recombinant furin expression...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535570/a-novel-combination-of-percutaneous-endoscopic-lumbar-discectomy-and-epiduroscopic-laser-neural-decompression-for-down-migrated-disc-herniation
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Kyung-Chul Choi, Dong Chan Lee, Choon-Keun Park
Although percutaneous endoscopic lumbar discectomy (PELD) is an effective treatment for herniated discs, its application in a disc with extensive migration is still challenging. As such, epiduroscopic laser neural decompression (ELND) provides a new view of the epidural space as well as an alternative treatment for a herniated disc and epidural fibrosis. In this paper the authors introduce the novel combination of PELD and ELND for high grade down-migrated disc herniation.An 87-year old woman presented with severe pain radiating down her leg due to high grade down-migrated disc herniation at L4-5...
May 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535504/long-non-coding-rna-kcnq1ot1-promotes-cataractogenesis-via-mir-214-and-activation-of-the-caspase-1-pathway
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Xin Jin, Hao Jin, Yan Shi, Yiyuan Guo, Hong Zhang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: KCNQ1OT1 regulates the expression of tissue-specific imprinted genes within the Kcnq1 domain. Imprinted genes are positive regulators of apoptosis, one of the forms of cell death related to cataract formation, and thus may provide novel therapeutic targets for cataract treatment. Here, we studied the role of non-coding RNAs(ncRNA) in cataract formation. METHODS: Human lens epithelium cells (HLECs) were treated with H2O2, and the expression of KCNQ1OT1 and miR-214 was detected by qRT-PCR...
May 25, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535478/the-effect-of-billboard-design-specifications-on-driving-a-pilot-study
#4
Hadas Marciano, Pe'erly Setter
Decades of research on the effects of advertising billboards on road accident rates, driver performance, and driver visual scanning behavior, has produced no conclusive findings. We suggest that road safety researchers should shift their focus and attempt to identify the billboard characteristics that are most distracting to drivers. This line of research may produce concrete guidelines for permissible billboards that would be likely to reduce the influence of the billboards on road safety. The current study is a first step towards this end...
May 20, 2017: Accident; Analysis and Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535398/nurses-occupational-physical-activity-levels-a-systematic-review
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Stephanie E Chappel, Simone J J M Verswijveren, Brad Aisbett, Julie Considine, Nicola D Ridgers
BACKGROUND: Nurses' physical performance at work has implications both for nurses' occupational health and patient care. Although nurses are the largest healthcare workforce, are present 24-hours a day, and engage in many physically demanding tasks, nurses' occupational physical activity levels are poorly understood. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this systematic review was to examine nurses' occupational physical activity levels, and explore how nurses accumulate their physical activity during a shift...
May 10, 2017: International Journal of Nursing Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535355/effect-of-composition-asymmetry-on-the-phase-separation-and-crystallization-in-double-crystalline-binary-polymer-blends-a-dynamic-monte-carlo-simulation-study
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Ashok Kumar Dasmahapatra
Polymer blends offer an exciting material for various potential applications due to their tunable properties by varying constituting components and their relative composition. Our simulation results unravel an intrinsic relationship between crystallization behavior and composition asymmetry. We report simulation results for non-isothermal and isothermal crystallization with weak and strong segregation strength to elucidate the composition dependent crystallization behavior. With increasing composition of low melting B-polymer, macrophase separation temperature changes non-monotonically, which is attributed to the non-monotonic change in diffusivity of both the polymers...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535331/computer-and-mobile-technology-interventions-for-self-management-in-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
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REVIEW
Catherine McCabe, Margaret McCann, Anne Marie Brady
BACKGROUND: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is characterised by airflow obstruction due to an abnormal inflammatory response of the lungs to noxious particles or gases, for example, cigarette smoke. The pattern of care for people with moderate to very severe COPD often involves regular lengthy hospital admissions, which result in high healthcare costs and an undesirable effect on quality of life. Research over the past decade has focused on innovative methods for developing enabling and assistive technologies that facilitate patient self-management...
May 23, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535266/mechanism-of-bacterial-gene-rearrangement-spra-catalyzed-precise-dna-recombination-and-its-directionality-control-by-sprb-ensure-the-gene-rearrangement-and-stable-expression-of-spsm-during-sporulation-in-bacillus-subtilis
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Kimihiro Abe, Takuo Takamatsu, Tsutomu Sato
A sporulation-specific gene, spsM, is disrupted by an active prophage, SPβ, in the genome of Bacillus subtilis. SPβ excision is required for two critical steps: the onset of the phage lytic cycle and the reconstitution of the spsM-coding frame during sporulation. Our in vitro study demonstrated that SprA, a serine-type integrase, catalyzed integration and excision reactions between attP of SPβ and attB within spsM, while SprB, a recombination directionality factor, was necessary only for the excision between attL and attR in the SPβ lysogenic chromosome...
May 23, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535264/the-impact-of-the-physical-environment-on-depressive-symptoms-of-older-residents-living-in-care-homes-a-mixed-methods-study
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Rachel Potter, Bart Sheehan, Rebecca Cain, James Griffin, Paul A Jennings
Background and Objectives: Forty percent of residents living in care homes in the United Kingdom have significant depressive symptoms. Care homes can appear to be depressing places, but whether the physical environment of homes directly affects depression in care home residents is unknown. This study explores the relationship between the physical environment and depressive symptoms of older people living in care homes. Research Design and Methods: In a prospective cohort study the physical environment of 50 care homes were measured using the Sheffield Care Environment Assessment Matrix (SCEAM) and depressive symptoms of 510 residents measured using the Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS-15)...
May 23, 2017: Gerontologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535149/quantitative-computational-models-of-molecular-self-assembly-in-systems-biology
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Marcus Thomas, Russell Schwartz
Molecular self-assembly is the dominant form of chemical reaction in living systems, yet efforts at systems biology modeling are only beginning to appreciate the need for and challenges to accurate quantitative modeling of self-assembly. Self-assembly reactions are essential to nearly every important process in cell and molecular biology and handling them is thus a necessary step in building comprehensive models of complex cellular systems. They present exceptional challenges, however, to standard methods for simulating complex systems...
May 23, 2017: Physical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535146/role-of-spatial-inhomogenity-in-gpcr-dimerisation-predicted-by-receptor-association-diffusion-models
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Sneha A Deshpande, Aiswarya B Pawar, Anish Dighe, Chaitanya A Athale, Durba Sengupta
G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) association is an emerging paradigm with far reaching implications in the regulation of signalling pathways and therapeutic interventions. Recent super resolution microscopy studies have revealed that receptor dimer steady state exhibits sub-second dynamics. In particular the GPCRs, muscarinic acetylcholine receptor M1 (M1MR) and formyl peptide receptor (FPR), have been demonstrated to exhibit a fast association/dissociation kinetics, independent of ligand binding. In this work, we have developed a spatial kinetic Monte Carlo model to investigate receptor homo-dimerisation at a single receptor resolution...
May 23, 2017: Physical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535101/design-challenges-of-an-episode-based-payment-model-in-oncology-the-centers-for-medicare-medicaid-services-oncology-care-model
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Ronald M Kline, L Daniel Muldoon, Heidi K Schumacher, Larisa M Strawbridge, Andrew W York, Laura K Mortimer, Alison F Falb, Katherine J Cox, Carol Bazell, Ellen W Lukens, Mary C Kapp, Rahul Rajkumar, Amy Bassano, Patrick H Conway
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services developed the Oncology Care Model as an episode-based payment model to encourage participating practitioners to provide higher-quality, better-coordinated care at a lower cost to the nearly three-quarter million fee-for-service Medicare beneficiaries with cancer who receive chemotherapy each year. Episode payment models can be complex. They combine into a single benchmark price all payments for services during an episode of illness, many of which may be delivered at different times by different providers in different locations...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Oncology Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535065/silica-polymerization-from-supersaturated-dilute-aqueous-solutions-in-the-presence-of-alkaline-earth-salts
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Marina Kley, Andreas Kempter, Volodymyr Boyko, Klaus Huber
The early stages of silica polymerization in aqueous solution proceeds according to a mechanism based on three steps: nucleation, particle growth and agglomeration of the particles. Application of time-resolved static and dynamic light scattering as a powerful in-situ technique in combination with spectrophotometric analysis of the monomer consumption based on the molybdenum blue method was carried out to further investigate this 3-step process. Experiments were carried out at four different initial silicic acid contents covering a range between 350 ppm and 750 ppm in the presence of either 10 mM NaCl or 5 mM of a mixture of CaCl2 and MgCl2...
May 23, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535045/bet-bromodomain-inhibitors-with-one-step-synthesis-discovered-from-virtual-screen
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Alex M Ayoub, Laura M L Hawk, Ryan J Herzig, Jiewei Jiang, Andrea J Wisniewski, Clifford T Gee, Peiliang Zhao, Jin-Yi Zhu, Norbert Berndt, Nana K Offei-Addo, Thomas G Scott, Jun Qi, James E Bradner, Timothy R Ward, Ernst Schönbrunn, Gunda I Georg, William C K Pomerantz
Chemical inhibition of epigenetic regulatory proteins BrdT and Brd4 is emerging as a promising therapeutic strategy in contraception, cancer, and heart disease. We report an easily synthesized dihydropyridopyrmidine pan-BET inhibitor scaffold, which was uncovered via a virtual screen followed by testing in a fluorescence anisotropy assay. Dihydropyridpyimidine 3 was subjected to further characterization and is highly selective for the BET family of bromodomains. Structure-activity relationship data and ligand deconstruction highlight the importance of the substitution of the uracil moiety for potency and selectivity...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535027/arsenite-binds-to-the-ring-finger-domain-of-fancl-e3-ubiquitin-ligase-and-inhibits-dna-interstrand-cross-link-repair
#15
Ji Jiang, Marina Bellani, Lin Li, Pengcheng Wang, Michael M Seidman, Yinsheng Wang
Human exposure to arsenic in drinking water is known to be associated with the development of bladder, lung, kidney, and skin cancers. The molecular mechanisms underlying the carcinogenic effects of arsenic species remain incompletely understood. DNA interstrand cross-links (ICLs) are among the most cytotoxic type of DNA lesions that block DNA replication and transcription, and these lesions can be induced by endogenous metabolism and by exposure to exogenous agents. Fanconi anemia (FA) is a congenital disorder manifested with elevated sensitivity toward DNA interstrand cross-linking agents...
May 23, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534998/proliferation%C3%A2-inhibiting-pathways-in-liver-regeneration-review
#16
Menggang Liu, Ping Chen
Liver regeneration, an orchestrated process, is the primary compensatory mechanism following liver injury caused by various factors. The process of liver regeneration consists of three stages: Initiation, proliferation and termination. Proliferation‑promoting factors, which stimulate the recovery of mitosis in quiescent hepatocytes, are essential in the initiation and proliferation steps of liver regeneration. Proliferation‑promoting factors act as the 'motor' of liver regeneration, whereas proliferation inhibitors arrest cell proliferation when the remnant liver reaches a suitable size...
May 19, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534966/microrna-92a-promotes-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-through-activation-of-pten-pi3k-akt-signaling-pathway-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-metastasis
#17
Chaojing Lu, Zhengxiang Shan, Jiang Hong, Lixin Yang
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) have important roles in various cancers, including non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Although several miRNAs have reported to be involved in the development of NSCLC, understanding the regulatory roles of other miRNAs in NSCLC is essential. Therefore, the aim of the current study was to explore the roles and mechanisms of screened miRNAs in NSCLC. First, the differentially expressed miRNAs that were screened based on GSE29248 microarray data retrieved from Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO)...
May 16, 2017: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534946/differentiation-of-nestin%C3%A2-negative-human-hair-follicle-outer-root-sheath-cells-into-neurons-in%C3%A2-vitro
#18
Wei Wu, Xiao-Li Wu, Yu-Qing Ji, Zhen Gao
A specialized quiescent population of hair follicle stem cells, residing in the hair follicle outer root sheath cells (ORSCs), has previously demonstrated pluripotency for differentiation into neural stem cells (NSCs). A previous study indicated that nestin‑positive hair follicle ORSCs are able to differentiate into neurons. However, little has been reported on the isolation of nestin‑negative human ORSCs and whether they can successfully differentiate into neurons in vitro. In the present study, nestin‑positive ORSCs were significantly reduced with a prolonged incubation time in vitro...
May 16, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534927/genome-wide-association-study-for-birth-weaning-and-yearling-weight-in-colombian-brahman-cattle
#19
Rodrigo Martínez, Diego Bejarano, Yolanda Gómez, Romain Dasoneville, Ariel Jiménez, Gael Even, Johann Sölkner, Gabor Mészáros
Genotypic and phenotypic data of 1,562 animals were analyzed to find genomic regions that potentially influence the birth weight (BW), weaning weight at seven months of age (WW) and yearling weight (YW) of Colombian Brahman cattle, with genotyping conducted using Illumina Bead chip array with 74,669 SNPs. A Single Step Genomic BLUP (ssGBLP), approach was used to estimate the proportion of variance explained by each marker. Multiple regions scattered across the genome were found to influence weights at different ages, also dependent on the trait component (direct or maternal)...
May 22, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534915/quantum-dot-based-sensitive-detection-of-disease-specific-exosome-in-serum
#20
Kseniia Boriachek, Md Nazmul Islam, Vinod Gopalan, Alfred K Lam, Nam-Trung Nguyen, Muhammad J A Shiddiky
Tumor-derived exosomes have emerged as promising cancer biomarkers due to their unique composition and functions. Herein, we report a stripping voltammetric immunoassay for the electrochemical detection of disease-specific exosomes using quantum dots as signal amplifiers. The assay involves three subsequent steps where bulk exosome populations are initially magnetically captured on magnetic beads by a generic tetraspanin antibody (e.g., CD9 or CD63) followed by the identification of disease-specific exosomes using cancer-related...
May 23, 2017: Analyst
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