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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778008/plasma-metabolic-changes-in-chinese-hiv-infected-patients-receiving-lopinavir-ritonavir-based-treatment-implications-for-hiv-precision-therapy
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Xiaolin Li, Tong Wu, Yongjun Jiang, Zining Zhang, Xiaoxu Han, Wenqing Geng, Haibo Ding, Jing Kang, Qi Wang, Hong Shang
OBJECTIVES: The goal of this study is to profile the metabolic changes in the plasma of HIV patients receiving lopinavir/ritonavir (LPV/r)-based highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) relative to their treatment-naïve phase, aimed to identify precision therapy for HIV for improving prognosis and predicting dyslipidemia caused by LPV/r. METHODS: 38 longitudinal plasma samples were collected from 19 HIV-infected patients both before and after antiretroviral therapy, and 18 samples from healthy individuals were used as controls...
May 16, 2018: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777822/effects-of-global-signal-regression-and-subtraction-methods-on-resting-state-functional-connectivity-using-arterial-spin-labeling-data
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João Paulo Santos Silva, Luciana da Mata Mônaco, André Monteiro Paschoal, Ícaro Agenor Ferreira de Oliveira, Renata Ferranti Leoni
BACKGROUND: Arterial spin labeling (ASL) is an established magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technique that is finding broader applications in functional studies of the healthy and diseased brain. To promote improvement in cerebral blood flow (CBF) signal specificity, many algorithms and imaging procedures, such as subtraction methods, were proposed to eliminate or, at least, minimize noise sources. Therefore, this study addressed the main considerations of how CBF functional connectivity (FC) is changed, regarding resting brain network (RBN) identification and correlations between regions of interest (ROI), by different subtraction methods and removal of residual motion artifacts and global signal fluctuations (RMAGSF)...
May 16, 2018: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777686/molecular-interactions-between-geobacter-sulfurreducens-triheme-cytochromes-and-the-redox-active-analogue-for-humic-substances
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Joana M Dantas, Marisa R Ferreira, Teresa Catarino, Oleksandr Kokhan, P Raj Pokkuluri, Carlos A Salgueiro
The bacterium Geobacter sulfurreducens can transfer electrons to the quinone moieties of humic substances or to anthraquinone-2,6-disulfonate (AQDS), a model for the humic acids. The reduced form of AQDS (AH2 QDS) can also be used as energy source G. sulfurreducens. Such bi-directional utilization of humic substances confers competitive advantages to these bacteria in Fe(III) enriched environments. Previous studies have shown that the triheme cytochrome PpcA from G. sulfurreducens has a bi-functional behavior toward the humic substance analogue...
May 16, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777579/acute-blood-pressure-levels-and-long-term-outcome-in-ischemic-stroke
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Johan-Emil Bager, Clara Hjalmarsson, Karin Manhem, Bjorn Andersson
OBJECTIVES: Elevated blood pressure (BP) is common in acute ischemic stroke, but its effect on outcome is not fully understood. We aimed to investigate the association of baseline BP and BP change within the first day after stroke with stroke severity, functional outcome, and mortality. METHODS: Patients admitted to hospital with acute ischemic stroke (IS) from 15 February 2005 through 31 May 2009 were consecutively included. Acute stroke severity and functional outcome at three and twelve months were investigated using multivariate regression analysis; the association between BP and all-cause mortality at one, three, and twelve was investigated by Cox proportional hazard regression and Kaplan-Meier survival curves...
May 18, 2018: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777463/considerations-that-will-determine-if-competency-based-assessment-is-a-sustainable-innovation
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W Dale Dauphinee, John R Boulet, John J Norcini
Educational assessment for the health professions has seen a major attempt to introduce competency based frameworks. As high level policy developments, the changes were intended to improve outcomes by supporting learning and skills development. However, we argue that previous experiences with major innovations in assessment offer an important road map for developing and refining assessment innovations, including careful piloting and analyses of their measurement qualities and impacts. Based on the literature, numerous assessment workshops, personal interactions with potential users, and our 40 years of experience in implementing assessment change, we lament the lack of a coordinated approach to clarify and improve measurement qualities and functionality of competency based assessment (CBA)...
May 18, 2018: Advances in Health Sciences Education: Theory and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777198/aberrant-working-memory-processing-in-major-depression-evidence-from-multivoxel-pattern-classification
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Matti Gärtner, M Elisabetta Ghisu, Milan Scheidegger, Luisa Bönke, Yan Fan, Anna Stippl, Ana-Lucia Herrera-Melendez, Sophie Metz, Emilia Winnebeck, Maria Fissler, Anke Henning, Malek Bajbouj, Karsten Borgwardt, Thorsten Barnhofer, Simone Grimm
Major depressive disorder (MDD) is often accompanied by severe impairments in working memory (WM). Neuroimaging studies investigating the mechanisms underlying these impairments have produced conflicting results. It remains unclear whether MDD patients show hyper- or hypoactivity in WM-related brain regions and how potential aberrations in WM processing may contribute to the characteristic dysregulation of cognition-emotion interactions implicated in the maintenance of the disorder. In order to shed light on these questions and to overcome limitations of previous studies, we applied a multivoxel pattern classification approach to investigate brain activity in large samples of MDD patients (N = 57) and matched healthy controls (N = 61) during a WM task that incorporated positive, negative, and neutral stimuli...
May 2, 2018: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776991/inversion-variants-in-human-and-primate-genomes
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Claudia Rita Catacchio, Flavia Angela Maria Maggiolini, Pietro D'Addabbo, Miriana Bitonto, Oronzo Capozzi, Martina Lepore Signorile, Mattia Miroballo, Nicoletta Archidiacono, Evan E Eichler, Mario Ventura, Francesca Antonacci
For many years, inversions have been proposed to be a direct driving force in speciation since they suppress recombination when heterozygous. Inversions are the most common large-scale differences among humans and great apes. Nevertheless, they represent large events easily distinguishable by classical cytogenetics, whose resolution, however, is limited. Here, we performed a genome-wide comparison between human, great ape, and macaque genomes using the net alignments for the most recent releases of genome assemblies...
May 18, 2018: Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776385/generation-of-ventilation-perfusion-ratio-map-in-surgical-patients-by-dual-energy-ct-after-xenon-inhalation-and-intravenous-contrast-media
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Kohei Aoki, Yotaro Izumi, Wataru Watanabe, Yuji Shimizu, Hisato Osada, Norinari Honda, Toshihide Itoh, Mitsuo Nakayama
BACKGROUND: While many studies have evaluated the change in lung volume before and after lung resection and correlated this with pulmonary function test results, there is very little evidence on the changes in ventilation perfusion ratio (V/Q) before versus after lung resection. In the present pilot study, we evaluated if V/Q mapping can be constructed using dual energy CT images. METHODS: Thirty-one lung cancer patients planned for pulmonary resection were included in this study...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776333/transcriptomic-analysis-of-genes-in-soybean-in-response-to-peronospora-manshurica-infection
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Hang Dong, Shuangfeng Shi, Chong Zhang, Sihui Zhu, Mei Li, Jie Tan, Yue Yu, Liping Lin, Shirong Jia, Xujing Wang, Yuanhua Wu, Yuhui Liu
BACKGROUND: Soybean downy mildew (SDM), caused by Peronospora manshurica (Pm), is a major fungal disease in soybean. To date, little is known regarding the defense mechanism at molecular level and how soybean plants response to Pm infection. In this study, differential gene expression in SDM-resistant (HR) and SDM-susceptible (HS) genotype was analyzed by RNA-seq to identify differentially expressed genes (DEGs) following Pm infection. RESULTS: Of a total of 55,017 genes mapped to the soybean reference genome sequences, 2581 DEGs were identified...
May 18, 2018: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775916/cortisol-trajectory-melancholia-and-response-to-electroconvulsive-therapy
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Brian J Mickey, Yarden Ginsburg, Adam F Sitzmann, Clara Grayhack, Srijan Sen, Clemens Kirschbaum, Daniel F Maixner, James L Abelson
While biomarkers have been used to define pathophysiological types and to optimize treatment in many areas of medicine, in psychiatry such biomarkers remain elusive. Based on previously described abnormalities of hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis function in severe forms of depression, we hypothesized that the temporal trajectory of basal cortisol levels would vary among individuals with depression due to heterogeneity in pathophysiology, and that cortisol trajectories that reflect elevated or increasing HPA activity would predict better response to electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)...
May 15, 2018: Journal of Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775635/enhanced-sampling-of-interdomain-motion-using-map-restrained-langevin-dynamics-and-nmr-application-to-pin1
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Jill J Bouchard, Junchao Xia, David A Case, Jeffrey W Peng
Many signaling proteins consist of globular domains connected by flexible linkers that allow for substantial domain motion. Because these domains often serve as complementary functional modules, the possibility of functionally important domain motions arises. To explore this possibility, we require knowledge of the ensemble of protein conformations sampled by interdomain motion. Measurements of NMR residual dipolar couplings (RDCs) of backbone NH bonds offer a per-residue characterization of interdomain dynamics, as the couplings are sensitive to domain orientation...
May 15, 2018: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775596/digital-museum-of-retinal-ganglion-cells-with-dense-anatomy-and-physiology
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J Alexander Bae, Shang Mu, Jinseop S Kim, Nicholas L Turner, Ignacio Tartavull, Nico Kemnitz, Chris S Jordan, Alex D Norton, William M Silversmith, Rachel Prentki, Marissa Sorek, Celia David, Devon L Jones, Doug Bland, Amy L R Sterling, Jungman Park, Kevin L Briggman, H Sebastian Seung
When 3D electron microscopy and calcium imaging are used to investigate the structure and function of neural circuits, the resulting datasets pose new challenges of visualization and interpretation. Here, we present a new kind of digital resource that encompasses almost 400 ganglion cells from a single patch of mouse retina. An online "museum" provides a 3D interactive view of each cell's anatomy, as well as graphs of its visual responses. The resource reveals two aspects of the retina's inner plexiform layer: an arbor segregation principle governing structure along the light axis and a density conservation principle governing structure in the tangential plane...
May 17, 2018: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775485/plasmodium-parasite-exploits-host-aquaporin-3-during-liver-stage-malaria-infection
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Dora Posfai, Kayla Sylvester, Anupama Reddy, Jack G Ganley, Johannes Wirth, Quinlan E Cullen, Tushar Dave, Nobutaka Kato, Sandeep S Dave, Emily R Derbyshire
Within the liver a single Plasmodium parasite transforms into thousands of blood-infective forms to cause malaria. Here, we use RNA-sequencing to identify host genes that are upregulated upon Plasmodium berghei infection of hepatocytes with the hypothesis that host pathways are hijacked to benefit parasite development. We found that expression of aquaporin-3 (AQP3), a water and glycerol channel, is significantly induced in Plasmodium-infected hepatocytes compared to uninfected cells. This aquaglyceroporin localizes to the parasitophorous vacuole membrane, the compartmental interface between the host and pathogen, with a temporal pattern that correlates with the parasite's expansion in the liver...
May 18, 2018: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774565/local-and-systemic-regulation-of-psii-efficiency-in-triticale-infected-by-the-hemibiotrophic-pathogen-microdochium-nivale
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Mateusz Dyda, Iwona Wąsek, Mirosław Tyrka, Maria Wędzony, Magdalena Szechyńska-Hebda
Microdochium nivale is a fungal pathogen that causes yield losses of cereals during winter. Cold hardening under light conditions induces genotype-dependent resistance of a plant to infection. We aim to show how photosystem II (PSII) regulation contributes to plant resistance. Using mapping population of triticale doubled haploid lines, three M. nivale strains and different infection assays, we demonstrate that plants that maintain a higher maximum quantum efficiency of PSII show less leaf damage upon infection...
May 17, 2018: Physiologia Plantarum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774543/human-monocyte-transciptional-profiling-identifies-interleukin-18-receptor-accessory-protein-and-lactoferrin-as-novel-immune-targets-in-hypertension
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Matthew R Alexander, Allison E Norlander, Fernando Elijovich, Ravi V Atreya, Amadou Gaye, Juan S Gnecco, Cheryl L Laffer, Cristi L Galindo, Meena S Madhur
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Monocytes play a critical role in hypertension. The purpose of our study was to use an unbiased approach to determine whether hypertensive individuals on conventional therapy exhibit an altered monocyte gene expression profile and to perform validation studies of select genes to identify novel therapeutic targets for hypertension. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: Next-generation RNA sequencing identified differentially expressed genes in a small discovery cohort of normotensive and hypertensive individuals...
May 18, 2018: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774040/-oligocellula1-high-expression-of-osmotically-responsive-genes15-promotes-cell-proliferation-with-histone-deacetylase9-and-powerdress-during-leaf-development-in-arabidopsis-thaliana
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Marina Suzuki, Nanae Shinozuka, Tomohiro Hirakata, Miyuki T Nakata, Taku Demura, Hirokazu Tsukaya, Gorou Horiguchi
Organ size regulation is dependent on the precise spatial and temporal regulation of cell proliferation and cell expansion. A number of transcription factors have been identified that play a key role in the determination of aerial lateral organ size, but their functional relationship to various chromatin modifiers has not been well understood. To understand how leaf size is regulated, we previously isolated the oligocellula1 ( oli1 ) mutant of Arabidopsis thaliana that develops smaller first leaves than the wild type (WT) mainly due to a reduction in the cell number...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773858/terahertz-driven-polymerization-of-resists-in-nanoantennas
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Woongkyu Park, Youjin Lee, Taehee Kang, Jeeyoon Jeong, Dai-Sik Kim
Plasmon-mediated polymerization has been intensively studied for various applications including nanolithography, near-field mapping, and selective functionalization. However, these studies have been limited from the near-infrared to the ultraviolet regime. Here, we report a resist polymerization using intense terahertz pulses and various nanoantennas. The resist is polymerized near the nanoantennas, where giant field enhancement occurs. We experimentally show that the physical origin of the cross-linking is a terahertz electron emission from the nanoantenna, rather than multiphoton absorption...
May 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772797/automated-geo-co-registration-of-multi-temporal-very-high-resolution-imagery
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Youkyung Han, Jaehong Oh
For time-series analysis using very-high-resolution (VHR) multi-temporal satellite images, both accurate georegistration to the map coordinates and subpixel-level co-registration among the images should be conducted. However, applying well-known matching methods, such as scale-invariant feature transform and speeded up robust features for VHR multi-temporal images, has limitations. First, they cannot be used for matching an optical image to heterogeneous non-optical data for georegistration. Second, they produce a local misalignment induced by differences in acquisition conditions, such as acquisition platform stability, the sensor's off-nadir angle, and relief displacement of the considered scene...
May 17, 2018: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772275/5c-id-increased-resolution-chromosome-conformation-capture-carbon-copy-with-in-situ-3c-and-double-alternating-primer-design
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Ji Hun Kim, Katelyn R Titus, Wanfeng Gong, Jonathan A Beagan, Zhendong Cao, Jennifer E Phillips-Cremins
Mammalian genomes are folded in a hierarchy of compartments, topologically associating domains (TADs), subTADs, and looping interactions. Currently, there is a great need to evaluate the link between chromatin topology and genome function across many biological conditions and genetic perturbations. Hi-C can generate genome-wide maps of looping interactions but is intractable for high-throughput comparison of loops across multiple conditions due to the enormous number of reads (>6 Billion) required per library...
May 14, 2018: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772251/advances-of-dnase-seq-for-mapping-active-gene-regulatory-elements-across-the-genome-in-animals
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Ailing Chen, Daozhen Chen, Ying Chen
Expression of the eukaryotic genome is a highly complex and tightly regulated process, and its regulation depends on interactions among cis-acting elements and transcription factors. Identification of active gene regulatory elements is key to understanding transcriptional control of biological processes including differentiation, development, proliferation, cell-type specificity, and responses to the environment. DNase I hypersensitive sites (DHSs) are markers of open chromatin that provide a very effective method of targeting all types of cis-regulatory elements (CREs) including enhancers, promoters, insulators, silencers, and locus control regions...
May 14, 2018: Gene
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