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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776969/identifying-genetic-players-in-cell-sheet-morphogenesis-using-a-drosophila-deficiency-screen-for-genes-on-chromosome-2r-involved-in-dorsal-closure
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Richard D Mortensen, Regan P Moore, Stephanie M Fogerson, Hellen Y Chiou, Chimdindu V Obinero, Neel K Prabhu, Angela H Wei, Janice M Crawford, Daniel P Kiehart
Cell sheet morphogenesis characterizes key developmental transitions and homeostasis, in vertebrates and throughout phylogeny, including gastrulation, neural tube formation and wound healing. Dorsal closure, a process during Drosophila embryogenesis, has emerged as a model for cell sheet morphogenesis. ∼140 genes are currently known to affect dorsal closure and new genes are identified each year. Many of these genes were identified in screens that resulted in arrested development. Dorsal closure is remarkably robust and many questions regarding the molecular mechanisms involved in this complex biological process remain...
May 18, 2018: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773527/acceptability-and-feasibility-of-real-time-antiretroviral-therapy-adherence-interventions-in-rural-uganda-mixed-method-pilot-randomized-controlled-trial
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Angella Musiimenta, Esther C Atukunda, Wilson Tumuhimbise, Emily E Pisarski, Melanie Tam, Monique A Wyatt, Norma C Ware, Jessica E Haberer
BACKGROUND: Wireless electronic adherence monitors can detect antiretroviral therapy (ART) adherence lapses and trigger interventions in real time, thus potentially avoiding unnecessary HIV viremia. Evidence about the acceptability and feasibility of these monitors and associated interventions, however, is limited. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess the acceptability and feasibility of real-time adherence monitoring linked to text messaging (short message service, SMS) reminders and notifications to support adherence among individuals living with HIV who are taking ART in rural southwestern Uganda...
May 17, 2018: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773141/the-application-of-the-hyper-fluorescent-sensor-in-the-real-time-detection-of-h-2-o-2-in-babesia-bovis-merozoites-in-vitro
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Masahito Asada, Hassan Hakimi, Shin-Ichiro Kawazu
In recent years, genetically encoded fluorescent probes have allowed a dramatic advancement in time-lapse imaging, enabling this imaging modality to be used to investigate intracellular events in several apicomplexan parasite species. In this study, we constructed a plasmid vector to stably express a genetically encoded H2 O2 sensor probe called HyPer in Babesia bovis. The HyPer-transfected parasite population was successfully developed and subjected to a time-lapse imaging analysis under in vitro culture conditions...
May 15, 2018: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770907/sit-still-and-pay-attention-using-the-wii-balance-board-to-detect-lapses-in-concentration-in-children-during-psychophysical-testing
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Pete R Jones
During psychophysical testing, a loss of concentration can cause observers to answer incorrectly, even when the stimulus is clearly perceptible. Such lapses limit the accuracy and speed of many psychophysical measurements. This study evaluates an automated technique for detecting lapses based on body movement (postural instability). Thirty-five children (8-11 years of age) and 34 adults performed a typical psychophysical task (orientation discrimination) while seated on a Wii Fit Balance Board: a gaming device that measures center of pressure (CoP)...
May 16, 2018: Behavior Research Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768491/plasmodium-falciparum-dipeptidyl-aminopeptidase-3-activity-is-important-for-efficient-erythrocyte-invasion-by-the-malaria-parasite
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Christine Lehmann, Michele Ser Ying Tan, Laura E de Vries, Ilaria Russo, Mateo Isidrio Sanchez, Daniel E Goldberg, Edgar Deu
Parasite egress from infected erythrocytes and invasion of new red blood cells are essential processes for the exponential asexual replication of the malaria parasite. These two tightly coordinated events take place in less than a minute and are in part regulated and mediated by proteases. Dipeptidyl aminopeptidases (DPAPs) are papain-fold cysteine proteases that cleave dipeptides from the N-terminus of protein substrates. DPAP3 was previously suggested to play an essential role in parasite egress. However, little is known about its enzymatic activity, intracellular localization, or biological function...
May 16, 2018: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767767/waking-up-on-the-wrong-side-of-the-bed-the-effects-of-stress-anticipation-on-working-memory-in-daily-life
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Jinshil Hyun, Martin J Sliwinski, Joshua M Smyth
Objectives: The aim of this study was to examine the association between stress anticipated for the upcoming day and cognitive function later on that day, and how this relationship differed across age. Method: A diverse adult community sample (N = 240, age 25-65 years) completed ecological momentary assessment (EMA) reports for 2 weeks on a smartphone; each day they completed a morning survey upon waking, beeped surveys at five times during a day, and an end-of-day survey...
May 15, 2018: Journals of Gerontology. Series B, Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765108/voltage-dependent-ca-2-channels-promote-branching-morphogenesis-of-salivary-glands-by-patterning-differential-growth
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J M Kim, S Choi, S W Lee, K Park
Branching morphogenesis is a crucial part of early developmental processes in diverse organs, but the detailed mechanism of this morphogenic event remains to be elucidated. Here we introduce an unknown mechanism leading to branching morphogenesis using mouse embryonic organotypic cultures with time-lapse live imaging. We found spatially expressed L-type voltage-dependent Ca2+ channels (VDCCs) in the peripheral layers of developing epithelial buds and identified the VDCCs as a core signaling mediator for patterning branching architecture...
May 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764618/investigating-daily-fatigue-scores-during-two-week-offshore-day-shifts
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Vanessa Riethmeister, Ute Bültmann, Marijke Gordijn, Sandra Brouwer, Michiel de Boer
OBJECTIVES: This study examined daily scores of fatigue and circadian rhythm markers over two-week offshore day shift periods. METHODS: A prospective cohort study among N = 60 offshore day-shift workers working two-week offshore shifts was conducted. Offshore day shifts lasted from 07:00 - 19:00 h. Fatigue was measured objectively with pre- and post-shift scores of the 3-minute psychomotor vigilance tasks (PVT-B) parameters (reaction times, number of lapses, errors and false starts) and subjectively with pre- and post-shift Karolinska Sleepiness Scale (KSS) ratings...
September 2018: Applied Ergonomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29754821/a-post-transcriptional-feedback-mechanism-for-noise-suppression-and-fate-stabilization
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Maike M K Hansen, Winnie Y Wen, Elena Ingerman, Brandon S Razooky, Cassandra E Thompson, Roy D Dar, Charles W Chin, Michael L Simpson, Leor S Weinberger
Diverse biological systems utilize fluctuations ("noise") in gene expression to drive lineage-commitment decisions. However, once a commitment is made, noise becomes detrimental to reliable function, and the mechanisms enabling post-commitment noise suppression are unclear. Here, we find that architectural constraints on noise suppression are overcome to stabilize fate commitment. Using single-molecule and time-lapse imaging, we find that-after a noise-driven event-human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) strongly attenuates expression noise through a non-transcriptional negative-feedback circuit...
May 4, 2018: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29754715/assembly-kinetics-of-vimentin-tetramers-to-unit-length-filaments-a-stopped-flow-study
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Norbert Mücke, Lara Kämmerer, Stefan Winheim, Robert Kirmse, Jan Krieger, Maria Mildenberger, Jochen Baßler, Ed Hurt, Wolfgang H Goldmann, Ueli Aebi, Katalin Toth, Jörg Langowski, Harald Herrmann
Intermediate filaments (IFs) are principal components of the cytoskeleton, a dynamic integrated system of structural proteins that provides the functional architecture of metazoan cells. They are major contributors to the elasticity of cells and tissues due to their high mechanical stability and intrinsic flexibility. The basic building block for the assembly of IFs is a rod-like, 60-nm-long tetrameric complex made from two antiparallel, half-staggered coiled coils. In low ionic strength, tetramers form stable complexes that rapidly assemble into filaments upon raising the ionic strength...
May 10, 2018: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29751784/henoch-sch%C3%A3-nlein-purpura-with-acute-pancreatitis-analysis-of-13-cases
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Qin Zhang, Qi Guo, Ming Gui, Zhenhua Ren, Bo Hu, Ling Lu, Fang Deng
BACKGROUND: Henoch-Schönlein purpura is a common small vessel vasculitis in children. Acute pancreatitis rarely presents as a complication of Henoch-Schönlein purpura and has not been well characterized. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed 13 cases of Henoch-Schönlein purpura with acute pancreatitis among 3212 patients who attended our hospital between January 2003 and June 2016 and analyzed their clinical characteristics, laboratory findings, imaging findings, treatment and overall prognosis...
May 11, 2018: BMC Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29750281/an-orthotopic-glioblastoma-animal-model-suitable-for-high-throughput-screenings
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Linda Pudelko, Steven Edwards, Mirela Balan, Daniel Nyqvist, Jonathan Al-Saadi, Johannes Dittmer, Ingrid Almlöf, Thomas Helleday, Lars Bräutigam
Background: Glioblastoma (GBM) is an aggressive form of brain cancer with poor prognosis. Although murine animal models have given valuable insights into the GBM disease biology, they cannot be used in high-throughput screens to identify and profile novel therapies. The only vertebrate model suitable for large-scale screens, the zebrafish, has proven to faithfully recapitulate biology and pathology of human malignancies and clinically relevant orthotopic zebrafish models have been developed...
May 10, 2018: Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29750270/peripheral-re-localization-of-constitutive-heterochromatin-advances-its-replication-timing-and-impairs-maintenance-of-silencing-marks
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Kathrin S Heinz, Corella S Casas-Delucchi, Timea Török, Dusan Cmarko, Alexander Rapp, Ivan Raska, M Cristina Cardoso
The replication of the genome is a highly organized process, both spatially and temporally. Although a lot is known on the composition of the basic replication machinery, how its activity is regulated is mostly unknown. Several chromatin properties have been proposed as regulators, but a potential role of the nuclear DNA position remains unclear. We made use of the prominent structure and well-defined heterochromatic landscape of mouse pericentric chromosome domains as a well-studied example of late replicating constitutive heterochromatin...
May 10, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29747217/fyco1-mediates-clearance-of-%C3%AE-synuclein-aggregates-through-a-rab7-dependent-mechanism
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Theodora Saridaki, Markus Nippold, Elisabeth Dinter, Andreas Roos, Leonie Diederichs, Luisa Fensky, Jörg B Schulz, Björn H Falkenburger
Parkinson disease can be caused by mutations in the α-synuclein gene and is characterized by aggregates of α-synuclein protein. We have previously shown that overexpression of the small GTPase Rab7 can induce clearance of α-synuclein aggregates. In this study, we investigate which Rab7 effectors mediate this effect. To model Parkinson disease we expressed the pathogenic A53T mutant of α-synuclein in HEK293T cells and Drosophila melanogaster. We tested the Rab7 effectors FYVE and coiled-coil domain-containing protein 1 (FYCO1) and Rab-interacting lysosomal protein (RILP)...
May 10, 2018: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29747154/a-probabilistic-approach-to-joint-cell-tracking-and-segmentation-in-high-throughput-microscopy-videos
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Assaf Arbelle, Jose Reyes, Jia-Yun Chen, Galit Lahav, Tammy Riklin Raviv
We present a novel computational framework for the analysis of high-throughput microscopy videos of living cells. The proposed framework is generally useful and can be applied to different datasets acquired in a variety of laboratory settings. This is accomplished by tying together two fundamental aspects of cell lineage construction, namely cell segmentation and tracking, via a Bayesian inference of dynamic models. In contrast to most existing approaches, which aim to be general, no assumption of cell shape is made...
April 22, 2018: Medical Image Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29746529/negative-mood-and-mind-wandering-increase-long-range-temporal-correlations-in-attention-fluctuations
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Mona Irrmischer, C Natalie van der Wal, Huibert D Mansvelder, Klaus Linkenkaer-Hansen
There is growing evidence that the intermittent nature of mind wandering episodes and mood have a pronounced influence on trial-to-trial variability in performance. Nevertheless, the temporal dynamics and significance of such lapses in attention remains inadequately understood. Here, we hypothesize that the dynamics of fluctuations in sustained attention between external and internal sources of information obey so-called critical-state dynamics, characterized by trial-to-trial dependencies with long-range temporal correlations...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29745411/time-lapse-monitoring-of-tlr2-ligand-internalization-with-newly-developed-fluorescent-probes
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Yohei Arai, Kouhei Yokoyama, Yuki Kawahara, Qi Feng, Ippei Ohta, Atsushi Shimoyama, Shinsuke Inuki, Koichi Fukase, Kazuya Kabayama, Yukari Fujimoto
As a mammalian toll-like receptor family member protein, TLR2 recognizes lipoproteins from bacteria and modulates the immune response by inducing the expression of various cytokines. We have developed fluorescence-labeled TLR2 ligands with either hydrophilic or hydrophobic fluorescence groups. The labeled ligands maintained the inflammatory IL-6 induction activity and enabled us to observe the internalization and colocalization of the TLR2 ligands using live-cell imaging. The time-lapse monitoring in the live-cell imaging of the fluorescence-labeled TLR2 ligand showed that TLR2/CD14 expression in the host cells enhanced the internalization of TLR2 ligand molecules...
May 10, 2018: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29745132/monitoring-metabolic-reactions-in-staphylococcus-epidermidis-exposed-to-silicon-nitride-using-in-situ-time-lapse-raman-spectroscopy
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Francesco Boschetto, Tetsuya Adachi, Satoshi Horiguchi, Danny Fainozzi, Fulvio Parmigiani, Elia Marin, Wenliang Zhu, Bryan McEntire, Toshiro Yamamoto, Narisato Kanamura, Osam Mazda, Eriko Ohgitani, Giuseppe Pezzotti
Staphylococcus epidermidis (S. epidermidis) is one of the leading nosocomial pathogens, particularly associated with periprosthetic infections of biomedical implants. Silicon nitride (Si3N4), a nonoxide biomaterial widely used in spinal implants, has shown bacteriostatic effects against both gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria; however, the physicochemical interactions between Si3N4 and bacteria yet remain conspicuously unexplored. In situ time-lapse Raman spectroscopic experiments were conducted by exposing S...
May 2018: Journal of Biomedical Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29743647/neural-network-control-of-focal-position-during-time-lapse-microscopy-of-cells
#19
Ling Wei, Elijah Roberts
Live-cell microscopy is quickly becoming an indispensable technique for studying the dynamics of cellular processes. Maintaining the specimen in focus during image acquisition is crucial for high-throughput applications, especially for long experiments or when a large sample is being continuously scanned. Automated focus control methods are often expensive, imperfect, or ill-adapted to a specific application and are a bottleneck for widespread adoption of high-throughput, live-cell imaging. Here, we demonstrate a neural network approach for automatically maintaining focus during bright-field microscopy...
May 9, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29739334/exploring-gene-expression-biomarker-candidates-for-neurobehavioral-impairment-from-total-sleep-deprivation
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Hilary A Uyhelji, Doris M Kupfer, Vicky L White, Melinda L Jackson, Hans P A Van Dongen, Dennis M Burian
BACKGROUND: Although sleep deprivation is associated with neurobehavioral impairment that may underlie significant risks to performance and safety, there is no reliable biomarker test to detect dangerous levels of impairment from sleep loss in humans. This study employs microarrays and bioinformatics analyses to explore candidate gene expression biomarkers associated with total sleep deprivation (TSD), and more specifically, the phenotype of neurobehavioral impairment from TSD. Healthy adult volunteers were recruited to a sleep laboratory for seven consecutive days (six nights)...
May 9, 2018: BMC Genomics
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