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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110410/neurophysiological-assessment-of-brain-dysfunction-in-critically-ill-patients-an-update
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REVIEW
Eric Azabou, Catherine Fischer, Jean Michel Guerit, Djillali Annane, François Mauguiere, Fréderic Lofaso, Tarek Sharshar
The aim of this review was to provide up-to-date information about the usefulness of clinical neurophysiology testing in the management of critically ill patients. Evoked potentials (EPs) and electroencephalogram (EEG) are non-invasive clinical neurophysiology tools that allow an objective assessment of the central nervous system's function at the bedside in intensive care unit (ICU). These tests are quite useful in diagnosing cerebral complications, and establishing the vital and functional prognosis in ICU...
January 21, 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110208/inflammatory-pathway-genes-associated-with-inter-individual-variability-in-the-trajectories-of-morning-and-evening-fatigue-in-patients-receiving-chemotherapy
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Fay Wright, Marilyn Hammer, Steven M Paul, Bradley E Aouizerat, Kord M Kober, Yvette P Conley, Bruce A Cooper, Laura B Dunn, Jon D Levine, Gail DEramo Melkus, Christine Miaskowski
Fatigue, a highly prevalent and distressing symptom during chemotherapy (CTX), demonstrates diurnal and interindividual variability in severity. Little is known about the associations between variations in genes involved in inflammatory processes and morning and evening fatigue severity during CTX. The purposes of this study, in a sample of oncology patients (N=543) with breast, gastrointestinal (GI), gynecological (GYN), or lung cancer who received two cycles of CTX, were to determine whether variations in genes involved in inflammatory processes were associated with inter-individual variability in initial levels as well as in the trajectories of morning and evening fatigue...
January 19, 2017: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110034/transcriptome-profiles-of-the-clam-meretrix-petechialis-hepatopancreas-in-response-to-vibrio-infection
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Fengjuan Jiang, Xin Yue, Hongxia Wang, Baozhong Liu
Microbial diseases have received much attention due to their enormous destruction of aquaculture, and Vibrio parahaemolyticus is one of the main pathogens that cause bacterial disease in the clam Meretrix petechialis. To better understand the molecular mechanisms of the immune response to Vibrio in M. petechialis, RNA-Seq was applied to explore global expression changes of hepatopancreas from this clam after Vibrio challenge. There were 199,318,966 clean reads obtained by Illumina sequencing, which were further assembled into 214,577 transcripts, and then 147,255 unigenes with an N50 of 1393 bp were identified...
January 18, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109861/preoperative-rtms-language-mapping-in-speech-eloquent-brain-lesions-resected-under-general-anesthesia-a-pair-matched-cohort-study
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Philipp Hendrix, Sebastian Senger, Andreas Simgen, Christoph J Griessenauer, Joachim Oertel
OBJECTIVE: The value of preoperative rTMS language mapping for function preservation in surgery of speech eloquent lesions under general anesthesia remains to be determined. METHODS: The authors prospectively enrolled 20 consecutive right-handed patients with a malignant, left-sided perisylvian language eloquent brain tumor. All patients were subjected to surgical resection under general anesthesia guided by preoperative rTMS language mapping (rTMS group, 2014 - 2016)...
January 18, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109833/a-novel-method-linking-neural-connectivity-to-behavioral-fluctuations-behavior-regressed-connectivity
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Antony D Passaro, Jean M Vettel, Jonathan McDaniel, Vernon Lawhern, Piotr J Franaszczuk, Stephen M Gordon
BACKGROUND: During an experimental session, behavioral performance fluctuates, yet most neuroimaging analyses of functional connectivity derive a single connectivity pattern. These conventional connectivity approaches assume that since the underlying behavior of the task remains constant, the connectivity pattern is also constant. NEW METHOD: We introduce a novel method, behavior-regressed connectivity (BRC), to directly examine behavioral fluctuations within an experimental session and capture their relationship to changes in functional connectivity...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109157/concerted-regulation-of-iswi-by-an-autoinhibitory-domain-and-the-h4-n-terminal-tail
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Johanna Ludwigsen, Sabrina Pfennig, Ashish K Singh, Christina Schindler, Nadine Harrer, Ignasi Forné, Martin Zacharias, Felix Mueller-Planitz
ISWI-family nucleosome remodeling enzymes need the histone H4 N-terminal tail to mobilize nucleosomes. Here we mapped the H4-tail binding pocket of ISWI. Surprisingly the binding site was adjacent to but not overlapping with the docking site of an auto-regulatory motif, AutoN, in the N-terminal region (NTR) of ISWI, indicating that AutoN does not act as a simple pseudosubstrate as suggested previously. Rather, AutoN cooperated with a hitherto uncharacterized motif, termed AcidicN, to confer H4-tail sensitivity and discriminate between DNA and nucleosomes...
January 21, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108964/heme-oxygenase-1-defects-lead-to-reduced-chlorophyll-in-brassica-napus
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Lixia Zhu, Zonghui Yang, Xinhua Zeng, Jie Gao, Jie Liu, Bin Yi, Chaozhi Ma, Jinxiong Shen, Jinxing Tu, Tingdong Fu, Jing Wen
We previously described a Brassica napus chlorophyll-deficient mutant (ygl) with yellow-green seedling leaves and mapped the related gene, BnaC.YGL, to a 0.35 cM region. However, the molecular mechanisms involved in this chlorophyll defect are still unknown. In this study, the BnaC07.HO1 gene (equivalent to BnaC.YGL) was isolated by the candidate gene approach, and its function was confirmed by genetic complementation. Comparative sequencing analysis suggested that BnaC07.HO1 was lost in the mutant, while a long noncoding-RNA was inserted into the promoter of the homologous gene BnaA07...
January 20, 2017: Plant Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108871/quantitative-spm-analysis-involving-an-adaptive-template-may-be-easily-applied-to-18-f-fdg-pet-images-of-the-rat-brain
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Sylvain Poussier, Fatiha Maskali, Gaelle Vexiau, Antoine Verger, Henri Boutley, Gilles Karcher, Emmanuel Raffo, Pierre-Yves Marie
PURPOSE: The Statistical Parametric Mapping (SPM) software is frequently used for the quantitative analysis of patients' brain images obtained from 2-deoxy-2-[(18)F]fluoro-D-glucose positron emission tomography ([(18)F]FDG PET). However, its adaptation to small animals is difficult, particularly for the initial step of spatial normalization which requires a specific brain anatomical template. This study was aimed at determining whether SPM analysis can be applied to rat, and more specifically to the lithium-pilocarpine model of epilepsy, by using an adaptive template...
January 20, 2017: Molecular Imaging and Biology: MIB: the Official Publication of the Academy of Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108801/phosphorylation-implications-in-cancer
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REVIEW
Vishakha Singh, Mahendra Ram, Rajesh Kumar, Raju Prasad, Birendra Kumar Roy, Kaushal Kumar Singh
Post translational modifications (PTMs) are involved in variety of cellular activities and phosphorylation is one of the most extensively studied PTM, which regulates a number of cellular functions like cell growth, differentiation, apoptosis and cell signaling in healthy condition. However, alterations in phosphorylation pathways result in serious outcomes in the form of diseases, especially cancer. Many signalling pathways including Tyrosine kinase, MAP kinase, Cadherin-catenin complex, Cyclin-dependent kinase etc...
January 20, 2017: Protein Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108657/risearch2-suffix-array-based-large-scale-prediction-of-rna-rna-interactions-and-sirna-off-targets
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Ferhat Alkan, Anne Wenzel, Oana Palasca, Peter Kerpedjiev, Anders Frost Rudebeck, Peter F Stadler, Ivo L Hofacker, Jan Gorodkin
Intermolecular interactions of ncRNAs are at the core of gene regulation events, and identifying the full map of these interactions bears crucial importance for ncRNA functional studies. It is known that RNA-RNA interactions are built up by complementary base pairings between interacting RNAs and high level of complementarity between two RNA sequences is a powerful predictor of such interactions. Here, we present RIsearch2, a large-scale RNA-RNA interaction prediction tool that enables quick localization of potential near-complementary RNA-RNA interactions between given query and target sequences...
January 20, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108305/efficient-dynamic-programming-algorithm-with-prior-knowledge-for-protein-%C3%AE-strand-alignment
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Mostafa Sabzekar, Mahmoud Naghibzadeh, Javad Sadri
One of the main tasks towards the prediction of protein β-sheet structure is to predict the native alignment of β-strands. The alignment of two β-strands defines similar regions that may reflect functional, structural, or evolutionary relationships between them. Therefore, any improvement in β-strands alignment not only reduces the computational search space but also improves β-sheet structure prediction accuracy. To define the alignment scores, previous studies utilized predicted residue-residue contacts (contact maps)...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107688/sequencing-and-de-novo-assembly-of-visceral-mass-transcriptome-of-the-critically-endangered-land-snail-satsuma-myomphala-annotation-and-ssr-discovery
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Se Won Kang, Bharat Bhusan Patnaik, Hee-Ju Hwang, So Young Park, Jong Min Chung, Dae Kwon Song, Hongray Howrelia Patnaik, Jae Bong Lee, Changmu Kim, Soonok Kim, Young-Su Park, Hong Seog Park, Seung-Hwan Park, Yeon Soo Han, Jun Sang Lee, Yong Seok Lee
Satsuma myomphala is critically endangered through loss of natural habitats, predation by natural enemies, and indiscriminate collection. It is a protected species in Korea but lacks genomic resources for an understanding of varied functional processes attributable to evolutionary success under natural habitats. For assessing the genetic information of S. myomphala, we performed for the first time, de novo transcriptome sequencing and functional annotation of expressed sequences using Illumina Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) platform and bioinformatics analysis...
October 29, 2016: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part D, Genomics & Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107664/safety-and-efficacy-of-cardiopoietic-stem-cells-in-the-treatment-of-post-infarction-left-ventricular-dysfunction-from-cardioprotection-to-functional-repair-in-a-translational-pig-infarction-model
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Maximilian Y Emmert, Petra Wolint, Andras Jakab, Sean P Sheehy, Francesco S Pasqualini, Thi Dan Linh Nguyen, Monika Hilbe, Burkhardt Seifert, Benedikt Weber, Chad E Brokopp, Dominika Macejovska, Etem Caliskan, Arnold von Eckardstein, Ruth Schwartlander, Viola Vogel, Volkmar Falk, Kevin Kit Parker, Mariann Gyöngyösi, Simon P Hoerstrup
To date, clinical success of cardiac cell-therapies remains limited. To enhance the cardioreparative properties of stem cells, the concept of lineage-specification through cardiopoietic-guidance has been recently suggested. However, so far, only results from murine studies and from a clinical pilot-trial in chronic heart-failure (CHF) are available, while systematic evidence of its therapeutic-efficacy is still lacking. Importantly, also no data from large animals or for other indications are available. Therefore, we here investigate the therapeutic-efficacy of human cardiopoietic stem cells in the treatment of post-infarction LV-dysfunction using a translational pig-model...
November 23, 2016: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107502/rnai-based-functional-genomics-identifies-new-virulence-determinants-in-mucormycosis
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Trung Anh Trieu, María Isabel Navarro-Mendoza, Carlos Pérez-Arques, Marta Sanchis, Javier Capilla, Patricia Navarro-Rodriguez, Loida Lopez-Fernandez, Santiago Torres-Martínez, Victoriano Garre, Rosa María Ruiz-Vázquez, Francisco E Nicolás
Mucorales are an emerging group of human pathogens that are responsible for the lethal disease mucormycosis. Unfortunately, functional studies on the genetic factors behind the virulence of these organisms are hampered by their limited genetic tractability, since they are reluctant to classical genetic tools like transposable elements or gene mapping. Here, we describe an RNAi-based functional genomic platform that allows the identification of new virulence factors through a forward genetic approach firstly described in Mucorales...
January 20, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107498/delineating-substrate-diversity-of-disparate-short-chain-dehydrogenase-reductase-from-debaryomyces-hansenii
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Arindam Ghatak, Nagakumar Bharatham, Anirudh P Shanbhag, Santanu Datta, Janani Venkatraman
Short-chain dehydrogenase reductases (SDRs) have been utilized for catalyzing the reduction of many aromatic/aliphatic prochiral ketones to their respective alcohols. However, there is a paucity of data that elucidates their innate biological role and diverse substrate space. In this study, we executed an in-depth biochemical characterization and substrate space mapping (with 278 prochiral ketones) of an unannotated SDR (DHK) from Debaryomyces hansenii and compared it with structurally and functionally characterized SDR Synechococcus elongatus...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107441/fine-mapping-and-candidate-gene-analysis-of-the-tiller-suppression-gene-ts1-in-rice
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Lei Liu, Fen Meng, Yonggang He, Menghao Zhu, Yanhao Shen, Zhihong Zhang
Tiller number is one of the key factors that influences rice plant type and yield components. In this study, an EMS-induced rice tiller suppression mutant ts1 was characterized. Morphological and histological observations revealed that, in the ts1 plants, the tiller buds were abnormally formed and therefore cannot outgrow into tillers. With an F2 population derived from a cross between ts1 and an indica cultivar Wushansimiao, a major gene, tiller suppression 1 (ts1) was fine-mapped to a 108.5 kb genomic region between markers ID8378 and SSR6884 on the short arm of rice chromosome 2...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107392/upon-accounting-for-the-impact-of-isoenzyme-loss-gene-deletion-costs-anticorrelate-with-their-evolutionary-rates
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Christopher Jacobs, Luke Lambourne, Yu Xia, Daniel Segrè
System-level metabolic network models enable the computation of growth and metabolic phenotypes from an organism's genome. In particular, flux balance approaches have been used to estimate the contribution of individual metabolic genes to organismal fitness, offering the opportunity to test whether such contributions carry information about the evolutionary pressure on the corresponding genes. Previous failure to identify the expected negative correlation between such computed gene-loss cost and sequence-derived evolutionary rates in Saccharomyces cerevisiae has been ascribed to a real biological gap between a gene's fitness contribution to an organism "here and now" and the same gene's historical importance as evidenced by its accumulated mutations over millions of years of evolution...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107346/decreased-functional-connectivity-of-insular-cortex-in-drug-na%C3%A3-ve-first-episode-schizophrenia-in-relation-to-symptom-severity
#18
Lijuan Pang, David Kennedy, Qinling Wei, Luxian Lv, Jinsong Gao, Hong Li, Meina Quan, Xue Li, Yongfeng Yang, Xiaoduo Fan, Xueqin Song
BACKGROUND: This study was to examine the insular cortical functional connectivity in drug naïve patients with first episode schizophrenia and to explore the relationship between the connectivity and the severity of clinical symptoms. METHODS: Thirty-seven drug naïve patients with schizophrenia and 25 healthy controls were enrolled in this study. A seed-based approach was used to analyze the resting-state functional imaging data. Insular cortical connectivity maps were bilaterally extracted for group comparison and validated by voxel-based morphometry (VBM) analysis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106879/bacterial-community-segmentation-facilitates-the-prediction-of-ecosystem-function-along-the-coast-of-the-western-antarctic-peninsula
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Jeff S Bowman, Linda A Amaral-Zettler, Jeremy J Rich, Catherine M Luria, Hugh W Ducklow
Bacterial community structure can be combined with observations of ecophysiological data to build predictive models of microbial ecosystem function. These models are useful for understanding how function might change in response to a changing environment. Here we use five spring-summer seasons of bacterial community structure and flow cytometry data from a productive coastal site along the western Antarctic Peninsula to construct models of bacterial production (BP), an ecosystem function that heterotrophic bacteria provide...
January 20, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106500/cortical-plasticity-of-motor-eloquent-areas-measured-by-navigated-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-in-patients-with-glioma
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Neal Conway, Noémie Wildschuetz, Tobias Moser, Lucia Bulubas, Nico Sollmann, Noriko Tanigawa, Bernhard Meyer, Sandro M Krieg
OBJECTIVE The goal of this study was to obtain a better understanding of the mechanisms underlying cerebral plasticity. Coupled with noninvasive detection of its occurrence, such an understanding has huge potential to improve glioma therapy. The authors aimed to demonstrate the frequency of plastic reshaping, find clues to the patterns behind it, and prove that it can be recognized noninvasively using navigated transcranial magnetic stimulation (nTMS). METHODS The authors used nTMS to map cortical motor representation in 22 patients with gliomas affecting the precentral gyrus, preoperatively and 3-42 months postoperatively...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
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