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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817788/the-joint-effect-of-the-endothelin-receptor-b-gene-ednrb-polymorphism-rs10507875-and-nitric-oxide-synthase-3-gene-nos3-polymorphism-rs869109213-in-slovenian-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-and-diabetic-retinopathy
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Dejan Bregar, Ines Cilenšek, Sara Mankoč, Ana Reschner, Danijel Petrovič, Mojca Globočnik Petrovič
Increasing evidence suggests that endothelin and nitric oxide synthase genes and their products exert biological effects on the vasculature via the nitric oxide or endothelin pathway. The aim of the study was to evaluate the association of rs10507875 and rs869109213 (alone or in interaction) with diabetic retinopathy (DR) in subjects with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). We genotyped the single nucleotide polymorphism rs10507875 of the endothelin receptor B gene (EDNRB) and variable number tandem repeats rs869109213 of the nitric oxide synthase 3 gene (NOS3) in 270 Slovenian patients with DR and T2DM and 256 controls with T2DM without clinical signs of DR...
August 17, 2017: Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817737/myc-mediates-cancer-stem-like-cells-and-emt-changes-in-triple-negative-breast-cancers-cells
#2
Shuping Yin, Vino T Cheryan, Liping Xu, Arun K Rishi, Kaladhar B Reddy
Women with triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) have poor prognosis compared to other breast cancer subtypes. There were several reports indicating racial disparity in breast cancer outcomes between African American (AA) and European American (EA) women. For example, the mortality rates of AA breast cancer patients were three times higher than of EA patients, even though, the incidence is lower in AA women. Our in vitro studies indicate that cancer stem-like cells (CSCs) derived from AA TNBC cell lines have significantly higher self-renewal potential (mammosphere formation) than CSCs derived from EA cell lines...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817585/selecting-targets-for-the-diagnosis-of-schistosoma-mansoni-infection-an-integrative-approach-using-multi-omic-and-immunoinformatics-data
#3
Gardenia B F Carvalho, Daniela M Resende, Liliane M V Siqueira, Marcelo D Lopes, Débora O Lopes, Paulo Marcos Z Coelho, Andréa Teixeira-Carvalho, Jeronimo C Ruiz, Cristina T Fonseca
In order to effectively control and monitor schistosomiasis, new diagnostic methods are essential. Taking advantage of computational approaches provided by immunoinformatics and considering the availability of Schistosoma mansoni predicted proteome information, candidate antigens of schistosomiasis were selected and used in immunodiagnosis tests based on Enzime-linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA). The computational selection strategy was based on signal peptide prediction; low similarity to human proteins; B- and T-cell epitope prediction; location and expression in different parasite life stages within definitive host...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817564/cell-cycle-related-kinase-ccrk-regulates-ciliogenesis-and-hedgehog-signaling-in-mice
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Ashley Snouffer, Desmond Brown, Hankyu Lee, Jonathon Walsh, Floria Lupu, Ryan Norman, Karl Lechtreck, Hyuk Wan Ko, Jonathan Eggenschwiler
The Hedgehog (Hh) signaling pathway plays a key role in cell fate specification, proliferation, and survival during mammalian development. Cells require a small organelle, the primary cilium, to respond properly to Hh signals and the key regulators of Hh signal transduction exhibit dynamic localization to this organelle when the pathway is activated. Here, we investigate the role of Cell Cycle Related kinase (CCRK) in regulation of cilium-dependent Hh signaling in the mouse. Mice mutant for Ccrk exhibit a variety of developmental defects indicative of inappropriate regulation of this pathway...
August 17, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817199/exposure-response-modeling-and-power-analysis-of-components-of-acr-response-criteria-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-part-1-binary-model
#5
Liang Li, Yi Zhang, Lian Ma, Ping Ji, Sarah Yim, Badrul Chowdhury, Suresh Doddapaneni, Jiang Liu, Yaning Wang, Chandrahas Sahajwalla
American College of Rheumatology (ACR) response criteria is used to assess improvement in tender and swollen joint counts and in 3 of the 5 core measures (acute-phase reactant, physician global assessment, patient global assessment, pain, and physical function). From the clinical trial data on 5 approved biological products for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, population pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic models were developed to quantitatively describe the relationship between exposure and response rates of 3 individual components of ACR response criteria...
September 2017: Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817132/plasma-of-argon-cleaning-treatment-on-implant-abutments-in-periodontally-healthy-patients-six-years-postloading-results-of-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#6
Luigi Canullo, Marco Tallarico, Miguel Penarrocha, Giuseppe Corrente, Joseph Fiorellini, David Penarrocha
The aim of this randomized, match-paired, triple-blinded, controlled clinical trial was to assess the 6-year radiographic changes around customized platform-switched abutments placed according to the one abutment-one time concept, with and without plasma of argon cleaning treatment. A total of 20 periodontally healthy patients received one maxillary implant between the premolars. Immediately before stage 2 surgery and abutment connection, patients were randomly assigned to the control (cleaning protocol by steam) or test group (plasma of argon treatment)...
September 2017: International Journal of Periodontics & Restorative Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817122/single-cell-mechanogenetics-using-monovalent-magnetoplasmonic-nanoparticles
#7
Ji-Wook Kim, Daeha Seo, Jung-Uk Lee, Kaden M Southard, Yongjun Lim, Daehyun Kim, Zev J Gartner, Young-Wook Jun, Jinwoo Cheon
Spatiotemporal interrogation of signal transduction at the single-cell level is necessary to answer a host of important biological questions. This protocol describes a nanotechnology-based single-cell and single-molecule perturbation tool, termed mechanogenetics, that enables precise spatial and mechanical control over genetically encoded cell-surface receptors in live cells. The key components of this tool are a magnetoplasmonic nanoparticle (MPN) actuator that delivers defined spatial and mechanical cues to receptors through target-specific one-to-one engagement and a micromagnetic tweezers (μMT) that remotely controls the magnitude of force exerted on a single MPN...
September 2017: Nature Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816390/differential-expression-and-androgen-regulation-of-micrornas-and-metalloprotease-13-in-breast-cancer-cells
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Mamoun Ahram, Ebtihal Mustafa, Rand Zaza, Shatha Abu Hammad, Mariam Alhouhud, Randa Bawadi, Malek Zihlif
MicroRNA molecules (miRNAs) play important roles in regulating cell behavior. The expression of certain miRNAs has been shown to be regulated by the androgen receptor (AR), which seems to have a critical role in the tumorigenic process of breast cancer. The differential expression of 84 miRNAs was first examined in three breast cancer cell lines: the luminal MCF-7 and T47D cells and the molecular apocrine MDA-MB-453 cells. Analysis of basal expression of miRNAs revealed that each cell line had distinct miRNA expression where let-7a and -7b were markers of MDA-MB-453 cells, whereas miR-205 was a marker for the luminal cell lines...
August 17, 2017: Cell Biology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816346/homocysteine-lowering-interventions-for-preventing-cardiovascular-events
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Arturo J Martí-Carvajal, Ivan Solà, Dimitrios Lathyris, Mark Dayer
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular disease, which includes coronary artery disease, stroke and peripheral vascular disease, is a leading cause of death worldwide. Homocysteine is an amino acid with biological functions in methionine metabolism. A postulated risk factor for cardiovascular disease is an elevated circulating total homocysteine level. The impact of homocysteine-lowering interventions, given to patients in the form of vitamins B6, B9 or B12 supplements, on cardiovascular events has been investigated...
August 17, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816007/fluorous-phase-directed-peptide-assembly-affords-nano-peptisomes-capable-of-ultrasound-triggered-cellular-delivery
#10
Scott H Medina, Megan S Michie, Stephen E Miller, Martin J Schnermann, Joel P Schneider
Here, we report the design, synthesis and efficacy of a new class of ultrasound (US)-sensitive self-assembled peptide-based nanoparticle. Peptisomes are prepared via templated assembly of a de novo designed peptide at the interface of fluorinated nanodroplets. Utilizing peptide assembly allows for facile particle synthesis, direct incorporation of bioactive sequences displayed from the particle corona, and the ability to easily encapsulate biologics during particle preparation using a mild solvent exchange procedure...
August 16, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815518/organelle-communication-at-membrane-contact-sites-mcs-from-curiosity-to-center-stage-in-cell-biology-and-biomedical-research
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Thomas Simmen, Mitsuo Tagaya
Cell biology has long recognized that organelles can communicate with each other. Initially, such communication was thought to occur primarily via vesicular trafficking between biochemically distinct organelles. However, studies starting in the 1970s on lipid metabolism have unearthed another way how organelles can communicate and have spawned the field of membrane contact sites (MCS). While, initially, MCS had been recognized as fluid entities that mediate lipid and ion transport in an ad hoc manner, more recently MCS have been found to depend on protein-protein interactions that control themselves a variety of MCS functions...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815424/hexamermis-popilliae-n-sp-nematoda-mermithidae-parasitizing-the-japanese-beetle-popillia-japonica-newman-coleoptera-scarabaeidae-in-italy
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Giuseppe Mazza, Francesco Paoli, Agostino Strangi, Giulia Torrini, Leonardo Marianelli, Giuseppino Sabbatini Peverieri, Francesco Binazzi, Giovanni Bosio, Stefano Sacchi, Claudia Benvenuti, Davide Venanzio, Emanuela Giacometto, Pio F Roversi, George O Poinar
A new species of mermithid nematode, Hexamermis popilliae n. sp. (Nematoda: Mermithidae) is described from the Japanese beetle Popillia japonica Newman in Italy, an area of new introduction for this invasive pest. The combination of the following characters separates H. popilliae from other members of the genus Hexamermis Steiner, 1924: adult head obtuse; amphidial pouches slightly posterior to lateral head papillae in female but adjacent to lateral head papillae in males; amphidial openings large, well developed; amphidial pouches elliptical in females and oblong in males; cuticular vulvar cone well developed, vulvar lips greatly reduced or lacking, vagina curved at tip where meeting uteri, without reverse bend (not S-shaped), spicules slightly curved, with a slight bend in the basal portion, approximately equal to body width at cloaca...
August 16, 2017: Systematic Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815390/abnormal-relationships-between-local-and-global-brain-measures-in-subjects-at-clinical-high-risk-for-psychosis-a-pilot-study
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Jun Konishi, Elisabetta C Del Re, Sylvain Bouix, Gabriëlla A M Blokland, Raquelle Mesholam-Gately, Kristen Woodberry, Margaret Niznikiewicz, Jill Goldstein, Yoshio Hirayasu, Tracey L Petryshen, Larry J Seidman, Martha E Shenton, Robert W McCarley
We examined whether abnormal volumes of several brain regions as well as their mutual associations that have been observed in patients with schizophrenia, are also present in individuals at clinical high-risk (CHR) for developing psychosis. 3T magnetic resonance imaging was acquired in 19 CHR and 20 age- and handedness-matched controls. Volumes were measured for the body and temporal horns of the lateral ventricles, hippocampus and amygdala as well as total brain, cortical gray matter, white matter, and subcortical gray matter volumes...
August 16, 2017: Brain Imaging and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815367/microplastic-pollution-a-threat-to-marine-ecosystem-and-human-health-a-short-review
#14
Shivika Sharma, Subhankar Chatterjee
Human populations are using oceans as their household dustbins, and microplastic is one of the components which are not only polluting shorelines but also freshwater bodies globally. Microplastics are generally referred to particles with a size lower than 5 mm. These microplastics are tiny plastic granules and used as scrubbers in cosmetics, hand cleansers, air-blasting. These contaminants are omnipresent within almost all marine environments at present. The durability of plastics makes it highly resistant to degradation and through indiscriminate disposal they enter in the aquatic environment...
August 16, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815321/fixational-eye-movements-in-tourette-syndrome
#15
Aasef G Shaikh, Shlomit Ritz Finkelstein, Ronald Schuchard, Glen Ross, Jorge L Juncos
Studies of saccadic eye movements in subjects with Tourette syndrome (TS) have provided additional evidence that there is a link between TS symptoms and deficits in fronto-striato-thalamic networks. These studies revealed impaired timing and inhibition of saccades. We compared fixational eye movements, such as microsaccades and ocular drifts, in subjects with TS and healthy controls.We measured horizontal and vertical eye positions with video-oculography in 14 subjects with Tourette syndrome. We found reduced microsaccade amplitude but increased time between adjacent microsaccades (intersaccadic interval)...
August 16, 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815194/focusing-light-inside-dynamic-scattering-media-with-millisecond-digital-optical-phase-conjugation
#16
Yan Liu, Cheng Ma, Yuecheng Shen, Junhui Shi, Lihong V Wang
Wavefront shaping based on digital optical phase conjugation (DOPC) focuses light through or inside scattering media, but the low speed of DOPC prevents it from being applied to thick, living biological tissue. Although a fast DOPC approach was recently developed, the reported single-shot wavefront measurement method does not work when the goal is to focus light inside, instead of through, highly scattering media. Here, using a ferroelectric liquid crystal based spatial light modulator, we develop a simpler but faster DOPC system that focuses light not only through, but also inside scattering media...
February 2017: Optica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815055/green-lacewings-neuroptera-chrysopidae-are-commonly-associated-with-a-diversity-of-rickettsial-endosymbionts
#17
Michael Gerth, Ronny Wolf, Christoph Bleidorn, Julia Richter, Rebekka Sontowski, Jasmin Unrein, Martin Schlegel, Axel Gruppe
BACKGROUND: Bacterial symbionts transmitted from mothers to offspring are found in the majority of arthropods. Numerous studies have illustrated their wide impact on host biology, such as reproduction, behavior, and physiology One of the most common inherited symbionts is Rickettsia spp. (Alphaproteobacteria, Rickettsiales), which are found in about one-quarter of terrestrial arthropods, as well as in other invertebrates. In insect populations, Rickettsia spp. have been reported to cause reproductive modifications and fecundity-enhancing effects...
2017: Zoological Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815037/elevated-serum-dand5-is-associated-with-metastasis-and-predicts-poor-prognosis-in-colorectal-cancer
#18
Xiaofei Miao, Ye Zhang, Jialin Sun, Songkui Cui, Qingyang Meng, Kuiyu Zhu, Xingqian Hu, Tong Wang
BACKGROUND: The biologic and clinical significance of DAND5 remains unknown in colorectal cancer (CRC). OBJECTIVE: Herein, we investigated the function of DAND5 and evaluated its clinical significance in both serum and matched primary tumors in patients with CRC. METHODS: The role of DAND5 was explored in CRC cells and clinical significance of DAND5 was investigated in CRC patients (n = 217) and healthy controls (n = 63). RESULTS: Knockdown of DAND5 significantly decreased CRC cell proliferation, migration and invasion partly associated with epithelial-mesenchymal transition phenotype...
August 2017: United European Gastroenterology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814621/endothelial-cell-function-and-dysfunction-in-critically-ill-children
#19
REVIEW
Richard W Pierce, John S Giuliano, Jordan S Pober
Endothelial cells (ECs) line the lumen of the entire vascular system and actively regulate blood flow; maintain blood fluidity; control water, solute, and macromolecular transfer between blood and tissue; and modulate circulating immune cell recruitment and activation. These vital functions, combined with the broad anatomic distribution of ECs, implicate them in all forms of critical illness. The present article discusses how ECs adapt and break down during the course of critical illness. We first review the biology of ECs, highlighting the vascular segmental differences and their specific roles in the maintenance of homeostasis...
June 1, 2017: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814584/examining-self-reported-and-biological-stress-and-near-misses-among-emergency-medicine-residents-a-single-centre-cross-sectional-assessment-in-the-usa
#20
Bengt B Arnetz, Philip Lewalski, Judy Arnetz, Karen Breejen, Karin Przyklenk
OBJECTIVES: To examine the relationship between perceived and biological stress and near misses among Emergency Medicine residents. DESIGN: Self-rated stress and stress biomarkers were assessed in residents in Emergency Medicine before and after a day shift. The supervising physicians and residents reported numbers of near misses. SETTING: The study took place in the Emergency Department of a large trauma 1 centre, located in Detroit, USA...
August 15, 2017: BMJ Open
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