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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431088/stationary-phase-genes-upregulated-by-polyamines-are-responsible-for-the-formation-of-escherichia-coli-persister-cells-tolerant-to-netilmicin
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Alexander G Tkachenko, Natalya M Kashevarova, Elena A Tyuleneva, Mikhail S Shumkov
Persisters are rare phenotypic variants of regular bacterial cells that survive lethal antibiotics or stresses owing to slowing down of their metabolism. Recently, we have shown that polyamine putrescine can upregulate persister cell formation in Escherichia coli via the stimulation of rpoS expression, encoding a master regulator of general stress response. We hypothesized that rmf and yqjD, the stationary-phase genes responsible for ribosome inactivation, might be good candidates for the similar role owing to their involvement in translational arrest and the ability to be affected by polyamines...
April 19, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430547/enhancing-insights-into-pulmonary-vascular-disease-pvd-through-a-precision-medicine-approach-a-joint-nhlbi-cmref-workshop-report
#2
John H Newman, Stuart Rich, Steven H Abman, John H Alexander, John Barnard, Gerald J Beck, Raymond L Benza, Todd M Bull, Stephen Y Chan, Hyung J Chun, Declan Doogan, Jocelyn Dupuis, Serpil C Erzurum, Robert P Frantz, Mark Geraci, Hunter Gillies, Mark Gladwin, Michael P Gray, Anna R Hemnes, Roy S Herbst, Adrian F Hernandez, Nicholas S Hill, Evelyn M Horn, Kendall Hunter, Zhi-Cheng Jing, Roger Johns, Sanjay Kaul, Steven M Kawut, Tim Lahm, Jane A Leopold, Greg D Lewis, Stephen C Mathai, Vallerie V McLaughlin, Evangelos D Michelakis, Steven D Nathan, William Nichols, Grier Page, Marlene Rabinovitch, Jonathan Rich, Franz Rischard, Sharon Rounds, Sanjiv J Shah, Victor F Tapson, Naomi Lowy, Norman Stockbridge, Gail Weinmann, Lei Xiao
The Division of Lung Diseases of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, (NHLBI) and the Cardiovascular Medical Education and Research Fund (CMREF), held a workshop to discuss to leverage of the anticipated scientific output from the recently launched "Redefining Pulmonary Hypertension (PH) through Pulmonary Vascular Disease Phenomics" (PVDOMICS) program. PVDOMICS is a protocol driven network to analyze PH patient populations to define novel pulmonary vascular disease (PVD) phenotypes. Basic, translational and clinical investigators, patient advocacy organizations, regulatory agencies, and pharmaceutical industry experts discussed the application of precision medicine to PVD clinical trials...
April 21, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430442/comment-on-new-zeno-like-liquid-states
#3
Ikhtier H Umirzakov
It was shown that saturated liquid densities are a linear function of temperature in the normal liquid range for molecular, polymeric, inorganic, ionic, and metallic liquids and superpose to form a single master curve [1]. We have shown that the existence of master curve is the consequence of rectilinear diameter law.
April 21, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430213/high-peak-power-hybrid-mopa-laser-with-tunable-pulse-repetition-frequency-and-pulse-duration
#4
Mingming Nie, Qiang Liu, Encai Ji, Xuezhe Cao, Fu Xing, Mali Gong
In this paper, we demonstrated a hybrid master oscillator power amplifier (MOPA) laser with high peak power and widely tunable pulse repetition frequency (PRF) and pulse duration. The first-stage solid-state amplifier was carefully designed to keep good beam quality and supply high gain simultaneously. The maximum peak power of 760 kW was achieved with average power of 42 W, PRF of 50 kHz, pulse duration of 1.1 ns, and near-diffraction limited beam quality. The MOPA laser covers a broad tunable temporal range with 1-100 ns for pulse duration and 50 kHz-1 MHz for PRF...
April 20, 2017: Applied Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430211/compact-high-power-high-beam-quality-quasi-cw-microsecond-five-pass-zigzag-slab-1319%C3%A2-%C3%A2-nm-amplifier
#5
Chuan Guo, Junwei Zuo, Qi Bian, Chang Xu, Qinshuang Zong, Yong Bo, Yu Shen, Nan Zong, Hongwei Gao, Yanyong Lin, Lei Yuan, Yang Liu, Dafu Cui, Qinjun Peng, Zuyan Xu
We demonstrate a compact, high-power, quasi-continuous-wave (QCW) end-pumped 1319 nm Nd:YAG slab amplifier laser with good beam quality. The laser is based on a QCW pulse Nd:YAG master oscillator and Nd:YAG slab amplifier with multi-pass zigzag architecture. The amplifier operates at a pulse repetition frequency of 500 Hz and pulse width of ∼105  μs, delivering a maximum output power of 51.5 W under absorbed pump power of 217.8 W and corresponding to an extraction efficiency of 14.2%. The beam quality factor is measured to be Mx2=1...
April 20, 2017: Applied Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430105/switching-of-metabolic-programs-in-response-to-light-availability-is-an-essential-function-of-the-cyanobacterial-circadian-output-pathway
#6
Anna M Puszynska, Erin K O'Shea
The transcription factor RpaA is the master regulator of circadian transcription in cyanobacteria, driving genome-wide oscillations in mRNA abundance. Deletion of rpaA has no effect on viability in constant light conditions, but renders cells inviable in cycling conditions when light and dark periods alternate. We investigated the mechanisms underlying this viability defect, and demonstrate that the rpaA(-) strain cannot maintain appropriate energy status at night, does not accumulate carbon reserves during the day, and is defective in transcription of genes crucial for utilization of carbohydrate stores at night...
April 21, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430084/the-spo0a-sini-sinr-regulatory-circuit-plays-an-essential-role-in-biofilm-formation-nematicidal-activities-and-plant-protection-in-bacillus-cereus-ar156
#7
Sunde Xu, Nan Yang, Shiyu Zheng, Fang Yan, Chunhao Jiang, Yiyang Yu, Jianhua Guo, Yunrong Chai, Yun Chen
The rhizosphere bacterium Bacillus cereus AR156 is capable of forming biofilms, killing nematodes, and protecting plants. However, the underlying molecular mechanisms of these processes are not well understood. In this study, we found that the isogenic mutants ΔBcspo0A and ΔBcsinI have significantly reduced colonization and nematicidal activity in vitro and biological control efficacy on the tomato plant under greenhouse conditions. We further investigated the role of the spo0A-sinI-sinR regulatory circuit in biofilm formation, killing against nematodes, and biological control in AR156...
April 21, 2017: Molecular Plant-microbe Interactions: MPMI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429948/-robotic-surgery-in-gynecology
#8
R Pilka
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this review is to provide a general historical and contemporary perspective on the implementation and use of robot-assisted laparoscopy in gynecology as well as the experience gained to date. CONTENTS: Robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgeries in gynecology include benign hysterectomy, myomectomy, radical hysterectomy, lymph node dissections or sacrocolpopexies. Robot-assisted gynecologic surgery is often associated with longer operating room time but generally similar clinical outcomes, decreased blood loss and shorter hospital stay when compared to open or laparoscopic surgery...
2017: Rozhledy V Chirurgii: Měsíčník Československé Chirurgické Společnosti
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429930/enzymatically-debranched-xylans-in-graft-copolymerization
#9
Kuisma Littunen, Galina Mai-Gisondi, Jukka Seppälä, Emma R Master
Wheat arabinoxylan was treated with two α-arabinofuranosidases exhibiting different mode of action to create three different polymeric substrates. These three substrate preparations were characterized by xylopyranose backbone sugars that are (1) singly substituted by arabinose at C2 or C3, (2) doubly substituted by arabinose at C2 and C3, and (3) largely unsubstituted. All xylan preparations were grafted with glycidyl methacrylate using cerium ammonium nitrate and then evaluated in terms of graft yield and adsorption to cellulose surfaces...
April 21, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429718/a-computational-systems-approach-identifies-synergistic-specification-genes-that-facilitate-lineage-conversion-to-prostate-tissue
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Flaminia Talos, Antonina Mitrofanova, Sarah K Bergren, Andrea Califano, Michael M Shen
To date, reprogramming strategies for generating cell types of interest have been facilitated by detailed understanding of relevant developmental regulatory factors. However, identification of such regulatory drivers often represents a major challenge, as specific gene combinations may be required for reprogramming. Here we show that a computational systems approach can identify cell type specification genes (master regulators) that act synergistically, and demonstrate its application for reprogramming of fibroblasts to prostate tissue...
April 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429615/regulation-of-vascular-large-conductance-calcium-activated-potassium-channels-by-nrf2-signalling
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Yong Li, Xiao-Li Wang, Xiaojing Sun, Qiang Chai, Jingchao Li, Benjamin Thompson, Win-Kuang Shen, Tong Lu, Hon-Chi Lee
BK channels are major ionic determinants of vasodilation. BK channel function is impaired in diabetic vessels due to accelerated proteolysis of its beta-1 (BK-β1) subunits in response to increased oxidative stress. The nuclear factor E2-related factor-2 (Nrf2) signalling pathway has emerged as a master regulator of cellular redox status, and we hypothesized that it plays a central role in regulating BK channel function in diabetic vessels. We found that Nrf2 expression was markedly reduced in db/db diabetic mouse aortas, and this was associated with significant downregulation of BK-β1...
April 1, 2017: Diabetes & Vascular Disease Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428832/a-meta-analysis-testing-eusocial-co-option-theories-in-termite-gut-physiology-and-symbiosis
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Michael E Scharf, Yunpeng Cai, Yijun Sun, Ruchira Sen, Rhitoban Raychoudhury, Drion G Boucias
The termite gut accomplishes key physiologic functions that underlie termite symbiosis and sociality. However, potential candidate functions of the host-symbiont holobiome have not yet been explored across seemingly divergent processes such as digestion, immunity, caste differentiation, and xenobiotic tolerance. This study took a meta-analysis approach for concurrently studying host and symbiont gut metatranscriptome responses of the lower termite Reticulitermes flavipes, which has ancestral characteristics and hosts a diverse mix of eukaryotic and bacterial symbionts...
2017: Communicative & Integrative Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428316/genome-sequences-of-cluster-k-mycobacteriophages-drhayes-urkel-and-samuellplaqson
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Kirk R Anders, Alex M Murphy, William F Ettinger, Douglas Kempthorne, Charles Kittridge, Alex Kures, Sarah Lundgren, Jacob Masters, Rachel Noyes, Christina Winters, Perry Yazzolino, Kasandra Ziebert, Joseph Haydock, Stephen Hayes, Rebecca A Garlena, Daniel A Russell, Marianne K Poxleitner, Ann-Scott H Ettinger
Mycobacteriophages DrHayes, Urkel, and SamuelLPlaqson were isolated from soil samples in Spokane, WA, using Mycobacterium smegmatis mc(2)155 grown at room temperature. The three genomes differ by only a few nucleotides, are 60,526 bp long, have 97 predicted protein-coding genes and one tRNA gene, and are members of subcluster K1.
April 20, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428271/master-transcriptional-regulators-in-cancer-discovery-via-reverse-engineering-approaches-and-subsequent-validation
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Bruce Moran, Arman Rahman, Katja Palonen, Fiona T Lanigan, William M Gallagher
Reverse engineering of transcriptional networks using gene expression data enables identification of genes that underpin the development and progression of different cancers. Methods to this end have been available for over a decade and, with a critical mass of transcriptomic data in the oncology arena having been reached, they are ever more applicable. Extensive and complex networks can be distilled into a small set of key master transcriptional regulators (MTR), genes that are very highly connected and have been shown to be involved in processes of known importance in disease...
April 20, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424277/janus-kinase-2-regulates-transcription-factor-eb-expression-and-autophagy-completion-in-glomerular-podocytes
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Tamadher A Alghamdi, Syamantak Majumder, Karina Thieme, Sri N Batchu, Kathryn E White, Youan Liu, Angela S Brijmohan, Bridgit B Bowskill, Suzanne L Advani, Minna Woo, Andrew Advani
The nonreceptor kinase Janus kinase 2 (JAK2) has garnered attention as a promising therapeutic target for the treatment of CKD. However, being ubiquitously expressed in the adult, JAK2 is also likely to be necessary for normal organ function. Here, we investigated the phenotypic effects of JAK2 deficiency. Mice in which JAK2 had been deleted from podocytes exhibited an elevation in urine albumin excretion that was accompanied by increased podocyte autophagosome fractional volume and p62 aggregation, which are indicative of impaired autophagy completion...
April 19, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423566/the-diagnostic-role-of-microrna-34a-in-breast-cancer-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#16
Saber Imani, Xianqin Zhang, Hossein Hosseinifard, Shangyi Fu, Junjiang Fu
BACKGROUND: MicroRNA-34a (miR-34a) is a master regulator of tumor suppression in breast cancer (BC). This systematic review aims to analyze the diagnostic accuracy of miR-34a in the detection of BC as a biomarker. RESULTS: A total of 1858 BC cases and 494 controls from thirteen eligible studies reported in 9 publications were included. The overall pooled sensitivity, specificity, negative likelihood ratio (NLR), positive likelihood ratio (PLR), and diagnostic odds ratio (DOR) were 85...
April 4, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423539/interplay-between-%C3%AE-np63-and-mir-138-5p-regulates-growth-metastasis-and-stemness-of-oral-squamous-cell-carcinoma
#17
Zehang Zhuang, Nan Xie, Jing Hu, Pei Yu, Cheng Wang, Xingxue Hu, Xiaozhe Han, Jinsong Hou, Hongzhang Huang, Xiqiang Liu
TP63 acts as a master regulator in epithelia development and in the progression of various cancers, but its role in oral cancer pathogenesis remains unknown. This study aimed to explore the role of TP63 in the progression of oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC). This study shows that ΔNp63, the predominant isoform of TP63, is significantly upregulated in OSCC tissues and cell lines compared with their normal counterparts, and its expression is closely correlated with pathological differentiation, lymph node metastasis and clinical stage in patients with OSCC...
March 28, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423466/zonulin-transgenic-mice-show-altered-gut-permeability-and-increased-morbidity-mortality-in-the-dss-colitis-model
#18
Craig Sturgeon, Jinggang Lan, Alessio Fasano
Increased small intestinal permeability (IP) has been proposed to be an integral element, along with genetic makeup and environmental triggers, in the pathogenies of chronic inflammatory diseases (CIDs). We identified zonulin as a master regular of intercellular tight junctions linked to the development of several CIDs. We aim to study the role of zonulin-mediated IP in the pathogenesis of CIDs. Zonulin transgenic Hp2 mice (Ztm) were subjected to dextran sodium sulfate (DSS) treatment for 7 days, followed by 4-7 days' recovery and compared to C57Bl/6 (wild-type (WT)) mice...
April 19, 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423145/brief-behavioral-therapy-for-pediatric-anxiety-and-depression-in-primary-care-a-randomized-clinical-trial
#19
V Robin Weersing, David A Brent, Michelle S Rozenman, Araceli Gonzalez, Megan Jeffreys, John F Dickerson, Frances L Lynch, Giovanna Porta, Satish Iyengar
Importance: Anxiety and depression affect 30% of youth but are markedly undertreated compared with other mental disorders, especially in Hispanic populations. Objective: To examine whether a pediatrics-based behavioral intervention targeting anxiety and depression improves clinical outcome compared with referral to outpatient community mental health care. Design, Setting, and Participants: This 2-center randomized clinical trial with masked outcome assessment conducted between brief behavioral therapy (BBT) and assisted referral to care (ARC) studied 185 youths (aged 8...
April 19, 2017: JAMA Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422557/maximal-aerobic-power-in-aging-men-insights-from-1-hour-cycling-unaccompanied-record
#20
Carlo Capelli
PURPOSE: We analyzed best 1-hour unaccompanied performances of Master athletes in ages ranging from 35 to 105 years in order to estimate the decay of Maximal Aerobic Power (MAP) across the spectrum of age. METHODS: MAP at the various ages was estimated by computing the metabolic power ( RESULTS: MAP started monotonically decreasing at 47 years of age. Thereafter, it showed an average percent rate of decrease of about 14 % for decade up to 105 years of age, similarly to other classes of Master athletes...
April 19, 2017: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
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