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Eric C Andrade, José A Hoyos, Stephan Rachel, Matthias Vojta
We study the impact of quenched disorder (random exchange couplings or site dilution) on easy-plane pyrochlore antiferromagnets. In the clean system, order by disorder selects a magnetically ordered state from a classically degenerate manifold. In the presence of randomness, however, different orders can be chosen locally depending on details of the disorder configuration. Using a combination of analytical considerations and classical Monte Carlo simulations, we argue that any long-range-ordered magnetic state is destroyed beyond a critical level of randomness where the system breaks into magnetic domains due to random exchange anisotropies, becoming, therefore, a glass of spin clusters, in accordance with the available experimental data...
March 2, 2018: Physical Review Letters
Matthias Vojta
This review article is devoted to the interplay between frustrated magnetism and quantum critical phenomena, covering both theoretical concepts and ideas as well as recent experimental developments in correlated-electron materials. The first part deals with local-moment magnetism in Mott insulators and the second part with frustration in metallic systems. In both cases, frustration can either induce exotic phases accompanied by exotic quantum critical points or lead to conventional ordering with unconventional crossover phenomena...
March 15, 2018: Reports on Progress in Physics
Zuzana Tulpová, Ming-Cheng Luo, Helena Toegelová, Paul Visendi, Satomi Hayashi, Petr Vojta, Etienne Paux, Andrzej Kilian, Michaël Abrouk, Jan Bartoš, Marián Hajdúch, Jacqueline Batley, David Edwards, Jaroslav Doležel, Hana Šimková
Bread wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) is a staple food for a significant part of the world's population. The growing demand on its production can be satisfied by improving yield and resistance to biotic and abiotic stress. Knowledge of the genome sequence would aid in discovering genes and QTLs underlying these traits and provide a basis for genomics-assisted breeding. Physical maps and BAC clones associated with them have been valuable resources from which to generate a reference genome of bread wheat and to assist map-based gene cloning...
March 8, 2018: New Biotechnology
Jana Volejnikova, Jirina Zapletalova, Marie Jarosova, Helena Urbankova, Vojta Petr, Eva Klaskova, Marshall S Horwitz, Marian Hajduch, Vladimir Mihal
BACKGROUND: Leri-Weill syndrome (LWS) ranks among conditions with short stature homeobox gene (SHOX) haploinsufficiency. Data on possible association of SHOX aberrations with malignant diseases are scarce. METHODS AND RESULTS: We report a unique case of an 8-year-old girl who was successfully treated for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (pre-B ALL, intermediate risk) and was subsequently diagnosed with LWS due to characteristic clinical appearance (short disproportionate stature, Madelung deformity of the wrist) and molecular genetic examination (complete deletion of SHOX)...
February 21, 2018: Biomedical Papers of the Medical Faculty of the University Palacký, Olomouc, Czechoslovakia
Laura Gandrud, Aylin Altan, Paul Buzinec, Jesse Hemphill, Jayne Chatterton, Tina Kelley, Deneen Vojta
OBJECTIVE: While frequent contact with diabetes care providers may improve glycemic control among patients with type 1 diabetes (T1D), in-person visits are labor-intensive and costly. This study was conducted to assess the impact of an intensive remote therapy (IRT) intervention for pediatric patients with T1D. METHODS: Pediatric patients with T1D were randomized to IRT or conventional care (CC) for 6 months. Both cohorts continued routine quarterly clinic visits and uploaded device data; for the IRT cohort, data were reviewed and patients were contacted if regimen adjustments were indicated...
February 21, 2018: Pediatric Diabetes
Zuzana Chyra Kufova, Tereza Sevcikova, Jaroslav Januska, Petr Vojta, Arpad Boday, Pavla Vanickova, Jana Filipova, Katerina Growkova, Tomas Jelinek, Marian Hajduch, Roman Hajek
AIMS: Amyloidosis is caused by deposition of abnormal protein fibrils, leading to damage of organ function. Hereditary amyloidosis represents a monogenic disease caused by germline mutations in 11 amyloidogenic precursor protein genes. One of the important but non-specific symptoms of amyloidosis is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Diagnostics of hereditary amyloidosis is complicated and the real cause can remain overlooked. We aimed to design hereditary amyloidosis gene panel and to introduce new next-generation sequencing (NGS) approach to investigate hereditary amyloidosis in a cohort of patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy of unknown significance...
February 17, 2018: Journal of Clinical Pathology
Lea Vojta, Andrea Čuletić, Hrvoje Fulgosi
Thylakoid rhodanase-like protein (TROL) is involved in the final step of photosynthetic electron transport from ferredoxin to ferredoxin: NADP⁺ oxidoreductase (FNR). TROL is located in two distinct chloroplast compartments-in the inner envelope of chloroplasts, in its precursor form; and in the thylakoid membranes, in its fully processed form. Its role in the inner envelope, as well as the determinants for its differential localization, have not been resolved yet. In this work we created six N-terminal amino acid substitutions surrounding the predicted processing site in the presequence of TROL in order to obtain a construct whose import is affected or localization limited to a single intrachloroplastic site...
February 14, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
V Zoldoš, I Biruš, E Muratovic, Z Šatovic, A Vojta, O Robin, F Pustahija, F Bogunic, V Vicic Bockor, S Siljak-Yakovlev
Epigenetic variation in natural populations with contrasting habitats might be an important element, in addition to the genetic variation, in plant adaptation to environmental stress. Here, we assessed genetic, epigenetic and cytogenetic structure of the three Lilium bosniacum populations growing on distinct habitats. One population was growing under habitual ecological conditions for this species and the other two were growing under stress associated with high altitude and serpentine soil. Amplified fragment length polymorphism (AFLP) and methylation-sensitive amplification polymorphism (MSAP) analyses revealed that the three populations did not differentiate genetically, but were clearly separated in the three distinct clusters according to DNA methylation profiles...
January 12, 2018: Genome Biology and Evolution
Šimon Vojta, Lisa Melymuk, Jana Klánová
A newly constructed university building was selected for targeted assessment of changes in the levels of flame retardants and legacy contaminants during the installation of building equipment, furniture, electronics, and first year of building use. Indoor air samples were collected during several periods of intensive equipment installation to determine a relationship between newly introduced equipment and changes in the concentrations and profiles of contaminants in indoor air. Samples were analyzed for polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), hexabromocyclododecanes (HBCDDs), and new types of flame retardants: brominated (BFRs) and organophosphate esters (OPEs)...
October 17, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
Doroteja Huber, Irena Reil, Sanja Duvnjak, Daria Jurković, Damir Lukačević, Miroslav Pilat, Ana Beck, Željko Mihaljević, Lea Vojta, Adam Polkinghorne, Relja Beck
The bacteria Anaplasma platys, Anaplasma phagocytophilum and Ehrlichia canis are tick-borne agents that cause canine vector-borne disease. The prevalence of these pathogens in South Eastern Europe is unknown with the exception of an isolated case of A. platys detected in a dog imported into Germany from Croatia. To gain a better insight into their presence and prevalence, PCR-based screening for these bacterial pathogens was performed on domesticated dogs from different regions of Croatia. Blood samples from 1080 apparently healthy dogs from coastal and continental parts of Croatia as well as tissue samples collected from 63 deceased dogs with a history of anaemia and thrombocytopenia were collected for molecular screening by an Anaplasmataceae-specific 16S rRNA conventional PCR...
November 2017: Parasitology Research
M Zatopkova, J Filipová, T Jelínek, P Vojta, T Sevcikova, M Simicek, L Rihova, R Bezdekova, K Growkova, Z Kufová, J Smejkalová, M Hajdúch, L Pour, J Minárik, A Jungová, V Maisnar, F Kryukov, R Hájek
Multiple myeloma is a plasma cell dyscrasia. It is the second most common hematological malignancy which is characterized by proliferation of clonal plasma cells producing harmful monoclonal immunoglobulin. Despite treatment modalities greatly evolved during the last decade, small amount of aberrant residual cells reside in patients after therapy and can cause relapse of the disease. Characterization of the residual, resistant clones can help to reveal important therapeutic targets for application of effective and precious treatment...
2017: Klinická Onkologie: Casopis Ceské a Slovenské Onkologické Spolecnosti
Z Kufová, T Sevcikova, K Growkova, P Vojta, J Filipová, Z Adam, L Pour, M Penka, R Rysava, P Němec, L Brozova, P Vychytilova, A Jurczyszyn, S Grosicki, A Barchnicka, M Hajdúch, M Simicek, R Hájek
Immunoglobulin light chain amyloidosis (AL amyloidosis - ALA) is a monoclonal gammopathy characterized by presence of aberrant plasma cells producing amyloidogenic immunoglobulin light chains. This leads to formation of amyloid fibrils in various organs and tissues, mainly in heart and kidney, and causes their dysfunction. As amyloid depositing in target organs is irreversible, there is a big effort to identify biomarker that could help to distinguish ALA from other monoclonal gammopathies in the early stages of disease, when amyloid deposits are not fatal yet...
2017: Klinická Onkologie: Casopis Ceské a Slovenské Onkologické Spolecnosti
Dora Markulin, Aleksandar Vojta, Ivana Samaržija, Marija Gamulin, Ivona Bečeheli, Irena Jukić, Čedomir Maglov, Vlatka Zoldoš, Aleksandra Fučić
BACKGROUND: The RAS association domain family protein 1a (RASSF1A) is a prominent tumor suppressor gene showing altered promoter methylation in testicular germ cell tumors (TGCT). RASSF1A promoter hypermethylation might represent an early event in TGCT tumorigenesis. We investigated whether the RASSF1A promoter methylation in peripheral blood of TGCT patients can be associated with testicular cancer risk. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Following a meta-analysis, we performed a cohort study including 32 testicular cancer patients and 32 healthy controls...
September 2017: Cancer Genomics & Proteomics
Eliška Čechová, Šimon Vojta, Petr Kukučka, Anton Kočan, Tomáš Trnovec, Ľubica Palkovičová Murínová, Marijke de Cock, Margot van de Bor, Joakim Askevold, Merete Eggesbø, Martin Scheringer
In this study, 10 polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and 19 alternative halogenated flame retardants (AFRs) were determined in >450 human milk samples across three European countries, representing northern, western and eastern Europe. This study provides first insights into the occurrence of selected AFRs in mother milk samples and compares them among three European countries. Sums of median concentrations of the most frequently detected PBDEs were 2.16, 0.88 and 0.45ngg(-1) lipid weight (lw) in Norway, the Netherlands and Slovakia, respectively...
August 23, 2017: Environment International
Ronald T Ackermann, Amisha Wallia, Raymond Kang, Andrew Cooper, Theodore A Prospect, Lewis G Sandy, Deneen Vojta
OBJECTIVES: Continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion (CSII), or "insulin pump" therapy, is an alternative to multiple daily insulin injections (MDII) for management of diabetes. This study evaluates patterns of healthcare utilization, costs, and blood glucose control for patients with diabetes who initiate CSII. STUDY DESIGN: Pre-post with propensity-matched comparison design involving commercially insured US adults (aged 18-64 years) with insulin-requiring diabetes who transitioned from MDII to CSII between July 1, 2009, and June 30, 2012 ("CSII initiators"; n = 2539), or who continued using MDI (n = 2539)...
June 2017: American Journal of Managed Care
Ruizhe Wang, Adane Gebretsadik, Sara Ubaid-Kassis, Almut Schroeder, Thomas Vojta, Peter J Baker, Francis L Pratt, Stephen J Blundell, Tom Lancaster, Isabel Franke, Johannes S Möller, Katharine Page
We study by means of bulk and local probes the d-metal alloy Ni_{1-x}V_{x} close to the quantum critical concentration, x_{c}≈11.6%, where the ferromagnetic transition temperature vanishes. The magnetization-field curve in the ferromagnetic phase takes an anomalous power-law form with a nonuniversal exponent that is strongly x dependent and mirrors the behavior in the paramagnetic phase. Muon spin rotation experiments demonstrate inhomogeneous magnetic order and indicate the presence of dynamic fluctuating magnetic clusters...
June 30, 2017: Physical Review Letters
Martina Vykoukalová, Marta Venier, Šimon Vojta, Lisa Melymuk, Jitka Bečanová, Kevin Romanak, Roman Prokeš, Joseph O Okeme, Amandeep Saini, Miriam L Diamond, Jana Klánová
Concentrations of 13 organophosphate ester flame retardants (OPEs) were measured in air, dust and window wipes from 63 homes in Canada, the Czech Republic and the United States in the spring and summer of 2013 to look for abundances, differences among regions, and partitioning behavior. In general, we observed the highest concentrations for halogenated OPEs, particularly TCEP, TCIPP and TDCIPP, and also non-halogenated TPHP. Differences between regions strongly depended on the matrix. The concentrations of OPEs in dust were significantly higher in the US than in Canada (CAN) and Czech Republic (CZ)...
June 15, 2017: Environment International
Michael Wilhelm Jung, Margarete Landenberger, Tatjana Jung, Thorsten Lindenthal, Heike Philippi
[Purpose] Physical therapy is an acknowledged and frequently applied method for infantile postural asymmetry. However, there is not yet sufficient evidence for its effectiveness. [Subjects and Methods] In a randomised controlled trial, the effect of Vojta therapy versus Neurodevelopmental treatment is assessed in infants with postural asymmetry. 65 infants with postural asymmetry were recruited. 37 infants aged six to eight weeks (mean 7.38) were found to be eligible and randomly assigned to two groups, with 19 receiving Vojta and 18 Neurodevelopmental treatment...
February 2017: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
Pavel Hok, Jaroslav Opavský, Miroslav Kutín, Zbyněk Tüdös, Petr Kaňovský, Petr Hluštík
In Vojta physiotherapy, also known as reflex locomotion therapy, prolonged peripheral pressure stimulation induces complex generalized involuntary motor responses and modifies subsequent behavior, but its neurobiological basis remains unknown. We hypothesized that the stimulation would induce sensorimotor activation changes in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) during sequential finger opposition. Thirty healthy volunteers (mean age 24.2) underwent two randomized fMRI sessions involving manual pressure stimulation applied either at the right lateral heel according to Vojta, or at the right lateral ankle (control site)...
April 21, 2017: Neuroscience
Katarina Vazdar, Danijela Vojta, Davor Margetić, Mario Vazdar
4-Hydroxy-2-nonenal (HNE) and 4-oxo-2-nonenal (ONE) are biologically important reactive aldehydes formed during oxidative stress in phospholipid bilayers. They are highly reactive species due to presence of several reaction centers and can react with amino acids in peptides and proteins, as well as phosphoethanolamine (PE) lipids, thus modifying their biological activity. The aim of this work is to study in a molecular detail the reactivity of HNE and ONE toward PE lipids in a simplified system containing only lipids and reactive aldehydes in dichloromethane as an inert solvent...
March 20, 2017: Chemical Research in Toxicology
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