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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239609/application-of-taxonomic-modeling-to-microbiota-data-mining-for-detection-of-helminth-infection-in-global-populations
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Mahbaneh Eshaghzadeh Torbati, Makedonka Mitreva, Vanathi Gopalakrishnan
Human microbiome data from genomic sequencing technologies is fast accumulating, giving us insights into bacterial taxa that contribute to health and disease. The predictive modeling of such microbiota count data for the classification of human infection from parasitic worms, such as helminths, can help in the detection and management across global populations. Real-world datasets of microbiome experiments are typically sparse, containing hundreds of measurements for bacterial species, of which only a few are detected in the bio-specimens that are analyzed...
December 2016: Data (Basel)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238855/mkp-1-negatively-regulates-lps-mediated-il-1%C3%AE-production-through-p38-activation-and-hif-1%C3%AE-expression
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Harvinder Talwar, Christian Bauerfeld, Mohamad Bouhamdan, Pershang Farshi, Yusen Liu, Lobelia Samavati
Interleukin 1 beta (IL-1β) is a pro-inflammatory cytokine that plays a major role in inflammatory diseases as well as cancer. The inflammatory response after Toll-like receptor (TLR) 4 activation is tightly regulated through phosphorylation of MAP kinases, including p38 and JNK pathways. The activation of MAP kinases is negatively regulated by MAPK phosphatases (MKPs). MKP-1 preferentially dephosphorylates p38 and JNK. IL-1β is regulated through the activation of MAPK, including p38 as well as several transcription factors...
February 23, 2017: Cellular Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238284/native-t1-mapping-inter-study-inter-observer-and-inter-center-reproducibility-in-hemodialysis-patients
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Matthew P M Graham-Brown, Elaine Rutherford, E Levelt, Daniel S March, Darren R Churchward, David J Stensel, Christie McComb, Kenneth Mangion, Samantha Cockburn, Colin Berry, James C Moon, Patrick B Mark, James O Burton, Gerry P McCann
BACKGROUND: Native T1 mapping is a cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) technique that associates with markers of fibrosis and strain in hemodialysis patients. The reproducibility of T1 mapping in hemodialysis patients, prone to changes in fluid status, is unknown. Accurate quantification of myocardial fibrosis in this population has prognostic potential. METHODS: Using 3 Tesla CMR, we report the results of 1) the inter-study, inter-observer and intra-observer reproducibility of native T1 mapping in 10 hemodialysis patients; 2) inter-study reproducibility of left ventricular (LV) structure and function in 10 hemodialysis patients; 3) the agreement of native T1 map and native T1 phantom analyses between two centres in 20 hemodialysis patients; 4) the effect of changes in markers of fluid status on native T1 values in 10 hemodialysis patients...
February 27, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238159/analyses-of-pea-necrotic-yellow-dwarf-virus-encoded-proteins
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Björn Krenz, Ingrid Schießl, Eva Greiner, Susanna Krapp
Pea necrotic yellow dwarf virus (PNYDV) is a multipartite, circular, single-stranded DNA plant virus. PNYDV encodes eight proteins and the function of three of which remains unknown-U1, U2, and U4. PNYDV proteins cellular localization was analyzed by GFP tagging and bimolecular fluorescence complementation (BiFC) studies. The interactions of all eight PNYDV proteins were tested pairwise in planta (36 combinations in total). Seven interactions were identified and two (M-Rep with CP and MP with U4) were characterized further...
February 25, 2017: Virus Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237654/exploring-phase-dependent-functional-gait-variability
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Daniel Hamacher, Dennis Hamacher, Roy Müller, Lutz Schega, Astrid Zech
Gait variability is frequently used to evaluate the sensorimotor system and elderly fallers compared to non-fallers exhibit an altered variability in gait parameters during unchanged conditions. While gait variability is often interpreted as movement error, it is also necessary to change the gait pattern in order to react to internal and external perturbations. This phenomenon has been described as functional variability and ensures the stability of gait motor control. The aim of the current study is to explore the functional variability in relation to the different phases of the gait cycle (phase-dependent gait variability)...
February 23, 2017: Human Movement Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237298/assessment-of-liver-fibrosis-using-t1-mapping-on-gd-eob-dtpa-enhanced-magnetic-resonance
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Ruo Fan Sheng, He Qing Wang, Li Yang, Kai Pu Jin, Yan Hong Xie, Cai Xia Fu, Meng Su Zeng
BACKGROUND: Few studies have investigated the value of Gd-EOB-DTPA-enhanced T1 mapping in exact fibrosis staging, especially its correlation with hepatic molecular transporters. AIMS: To investigate the diagnostic value of Gd-EOB-DTPA-enhanced T1 mapping in staging liver fibrosis and its relationship with hepatic molecular transporters. METHODS: Thirty rats were divided into the carbon tetrachloride-induced fibrosis groups and a control group...
February 22, 2017: Digestive and Liver Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236741/studying-substrate-effects-on-localized-surface-plasmons-in-an-individual-silver-nanoparticle-using-electron-energy-loss-spectroscopy
#7
Yoshifumi Fujiyoshi, Takashi Nemoto, Hiroki Kurata
In this study, electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS) in conjunction with scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) was used to investigate surface plasmons in a single silver nanoparticle (NP) on a magnesium oxide substrate, employing an incident electron trajectory parallel to the substrate surface. This parallel irradiation allowed a direct exploration of the substrate effects on localized surface plasmon (LSP) excitations as a function of the distance from the substrate. The presence of the substrate was found to lower the symmetry of the system, such that the resonance energies of LSPs were dependent on the polarization direction relative to the substrate surface...
January 18, 2017: Ultramicroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236307/stabilization-of-activated-fragments-by-shell-wise-construction-of-an-embedding-environment
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Florian Krausbeck, Jan-Grimo Sobez, Markus Reiher
An activated fragment which is structurally unstable when considered isolated can be stabilized through binding to a suitable molecular environment; for instance, to a transition-metal fragment. The metal fragment may be designed in a shell-wise build-up of a surrounding molecular environment. However, adding more and more atoms in a consecutive fashion soon leads to a combinatorial explosion of structures, which is unfeasible to handle without automation. Here, we present a fully automated and parallelized framework that constructs such an embedding environment atom-wise...
February 25, 2017: Journal of Computational Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235566/tests-of-cortical-parcellation-based-on-white-matter-connectivity-using-diffusion-tensor-imaging
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Yurui Gao, Kurt G Schilling, Iwona Stepniewska, Andrew J Plassard, Ann S Choe, Xia Li, Bennett A Landman, Adam W Anderson
The cerebral cortex is conventionally divided into a number of domains based on cytoarchitectural features. Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) enables non-invasive parcellation of the cortex based on white matter connectivity patterns. However, the correspondence between DTI-connectivity-based and cytoarchitectural parcellation has not been systematically established. In this study, we compared histological parcellation of New World monkey neocortex to DTI connectivity-based classification and clustering in the same brains...
February 21, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235468/lipid-mapping-of-the-rat-brain-for-models-of-disease
#10
J Martínez-Gardeazabal, E González de San Román, M Moreno, A Llorente-Ovejero, I Manuel, R Rodriguez-Puertas
Lipids not only constitute the primary component of cellular membranes and contribute to metabolism but also serve as intracellular signaling molecules and bind to specific membrane receptors to control cell proliferation, growth and convey neuroprotection. Over the last several decades, the development of new analytical techniques, such as imaging mass spectrometry (IMS), has contributed to our understanding of their involvement in physiological and pathological conditions. IMS allows researchers to obtain a wide range of information about the spatial distribution and abundance of the different lipid molecules that is crucial to understand brain functions...
February 21, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235423/spatiotemporal-progression-of-ubiquitin-proteasome-system-inhibition-after-status-epilepticus-suggests-protective-adaptation-against-hippocampal-injury
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Tobias Engel, Jaime Martinez-Villarreal, Christine Henke, Eva M Jimenez-Mateos, Amaya Sanz-Rodriguez, Mariana Alves, Yasmina Hernandez-Santana, Gary P Brennan, Aidan Kenny, Aoife Campbell, Jose J Lucas, David C Henshall
BACKGROUND: The ubiquitin-proteasome-system (UPS) is the major intracellular pathway leading to the degradation of unwanted and/or misfolded soluble proteins. This includes proteins regulating cellular survival, synaptic plasticity and neurotransmitter signaling; processes controlling excitability thresholds that are altered by epileptogenic insults. Dysfunction of the UPS has been reported to occur in a brain region- and cell-specific manner and contribute to disease progression in acute and chronic brain diseases...
February 24, 2017: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235412/the-herbal-formula-kh-204-is-protective-against-erectile-dysfunction-by-minimizing-oxidative-stress-and-improving-lipid-profiles-in-a-rat-model-of-erectile-dysfunction-induced-by-hypercholesterolaemia
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Hoon Jang, Woong Jin Bae, Su Jin Kim, Hyuk Jin Cho, Seung Mo Yuk, Dong Seok Han, Chang Shik Youn, Eun Bi Kwon, Sung Yeoun Hwang, Sae Woong Kim
BACKGROUND: Hypercholesterolaemia (HC) is a major risk factor for ischemic heart disease and is also known to be a risk factor for erectile dysfunction (ED). ED caused by HC is thought to be related to HC-induced oxidative stress damage in the vascular endothelium and erectile tissue. KH-204 is an herbal formula with a strong antioxidant effect. We evaluated the effects of KH-204 on erectile function in a rat model of HC-induced ED. METHODS: Male Sprague-Dawley rats (6 weeks old) were divided into normal control, high-fat and cholesterol diet (HFC), and HFC with KH-204 treatment (HFC + KH) groups (n = 12 each)...
February 24, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231262/oleanolic-acid-induces-migration-in-mv1lu-and-mda-mb-231-epithelial-cells-involving-egf-receptor-and-map-kinases-activation
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Ángel Bernabé-García, David Armero-Barranco, Sergio Liarte, María Ruzafa-Martínez, Antonio Jesús Ramos-Morcillo, Francisco José Nicolás
During wound healing, skin function is restored by the action of several cell types that undergo differentiation, migration, proliferation and/or apoptosis. These dynamics are tightly regulated by the evolution of the extra cellular matrix (ECM) contents along the process. Pharmacologically active flavonoids have shown to exhibit useful physiological properties interesting in pathological states. Among them, oleanolic acid (OA), a pentacyclic triterpene, shows promising properties over wound healing, as increased cell migration in vitro and improved wound resolution in vivo...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230844/network-neuroscience
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REVIEW
Danielle S Bassett, Olaf Sporns
Despite substantial recent progress, our understanding of the principles and mechanisms underlying complex brain function and cognition remains incomplete. Network neuroscience proposes to tackle these enduring challenges. Approaching brain structure and function from an explicitly integrative perspective, network neuroscience pursues new ways to map, record, analyze and model the elements and interactions of neurobiological systems. Two parallel trends drive the approach: the availability of new empirical tools to create comprehensive maps and record dynamic patterns among molecules, neurons, brain areas and social systems; and the theoretical framework and computational tools of modern network science...
February 23, 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230188/3d-time-lapse-imaging-and-quantification-of-mitochondrial-dynamics
#15
Miguel Sison, Sabyasachi Chakrabortty, Jérôme Extermann, Amir Nahas, Paul James Marchand, Antonio Lopez, Tanja Weil, Theo Lasser
We present a 3D time-lapse imaging method for monitoring mitochondrial dynamics in living HeLa cells based on photothermal optical coherence microscopy and using novel surface functionalization of gold nanoparticles. The biocompatible protein-based biopolymer coating contains multiple functional groups which impart better cellular uptake and mitochondria targeting efficiency. The high stability of the gold nanoparticles allows continuous imaging over an extended time up to 3000 seconds without significant cell damage...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229468/time-will-tell-a-longitudinal-investigation-of-brain-behavior-relationships-during-reading-development
#16
Mallory C Stites, Sarah Laszlo
ERPs are a powerful tool for the study of reading, as they are both temporally precise and functionally specific. These are essential characteristics for studying a process that unfolds rapidly and consists of multiple, interactive subprocesses. In work with adults, clear, specific models exist linking components of the ERP with individual subprocesses of reading including orthographic decoding, phonological processing, and semantic access (e.g., Grainger & Holcomb, 2009). The relationships between ERP components and reading subprocesses are less clear in development; here, we address two questions regarding these relationships...
February 23, 2017: Psychophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229169/electrophysiological-evidence-for-enhanced-attentional-deployment-in-spatial-learners
#17
Brandi Lee Drisdelle, Kyoko Konishi, Moussa Diarra, Veronique D Bohbot, Pierre Jolicoeur, Greg L West
Visual spatial attention is important during navigation processes that rely on a cognitive map, because spatial relationships between environmental landmarks need to be selected, encoded, and learned. People who navigate using this strategy are spatial learners, and this process relies on the hippocampus. Conversely, response learners memorize a series of actions to navigate, which relies on the caudate nucleus. Response learning, which is more efficient, is thought to involve less demanding cognitive operations, and is related to reduced grey matter in the hippocampus...
February 22, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228636/progressive-ischemic-stroke-due-to-thyroid-storm-associated-cerebral-venous-thrombosis
#18
Natsumi Tanabe, Eiji Hiraoka, Masataka Hoshino, Gautam A Deshpande, Kana Sawada, Yasuhiro Norisue, Jumpei Tsukuda, Toshihiko Suzuki
BACKGROUND Cerebral venous thrombosis (CVT) is a rare but fatal complication of hyperthyroidism that is induced by the hypercoagulable state of thyrotoxicosis. Although it is frequently difficult to diagnose CVT promptly, it is important to consider it in the differential diagnosis when a hyperthyroid patient presents with atypical neurologic symptoms. CASE REPORT A 49-year-old Japanese female with unremarkable medical history came in with thyroid storm and multiple progressive ischemic stroke identified at another hospital...
February 23, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228552/core-engagement-with-%C3%AE-arrestin-is-dispensable-for-agonist-induced-vasopressin-receptor-endocytosis-and-erk-activation
#19
Punita Kumari, Ashish Srivastava, Eshan Ghosh, Ravi Ranjan, Shalini Dogra, Prem N Yadav, Arun K Shukla
G Protein-Coupled Receptors (GPCRs) exhibit highly conserved activation and signaling mechanisms where agonist stimulation leads to coupling of heterotrimeric G proteins and generation of second messenger response. This is followed by receptor phosphorylation, primarily in the carboxyl-terminus but also in the cytoplasmic loops, and subsequent binding of arrestins. GPCRs typically recruit arrestins through two different set of interactions, one involving phosphorylated receptor tail and the other mediated by the receptor core...
February 22, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228474/changes-in-ambient-temperature-elicit-divergent-control-of-metabolic-and-cardiovascular-actions-by-leptin
#20
Jussara M do Carmo, Alexandre A da Silva, Damian G Romero, John E Hall
Interactions of hypothalamic signaling pathways that control body temperature (BT), blood pressure (BP), and energy balance are poorly understood. We investigated whether the chronic BP and metabolic actions of leptin are differentially modulated by changes in ambient temperature (TA ). Mean arterial pressure (MAP), heart rate (HR), BT, motor activity (MA), and oxygen consumption (Vo2) were measured 24 h/d at normal laboratory TA (23°C), at thermoneutral zone (TNZ, 30°C) for mice or during cold exposure (15°C) in male wild-type mice...
February 22, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
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