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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778002/plasmonic-colorimetric-sensors-based-on-etching-and-growth-of-noble-metal-nanoparticles-strategies-and-applications
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REVIEW
Zhiyang Zhang, Han Wang, Zhaopeng Chen, Xiaoyan Wang, Jaebum Choo, Lingxin Chen
Plasmonic colorimetric sensors have emerged as a powerful tool in chemical and biological sensing applications due to the localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) extinction in the visible range. Among the plasmonic sensors, the most famous sensing mode is the "aggregation" plasmonic colorimetric sensor which is based on plasmon coupling due to nanoparticle aggregation. Herein, this review focuses on the newly-developing plasmonic colorimetric sensing mode - the etching or the growth of metal nanoparticles induces plasmon changes, namely, "non-aggregation" plasmonic colorimetric sensor...
May 9, 2018: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777938/austrian-firearm-legislation-and-its-effects-on-suicide-and-homicide-mortality-a-natural-quasi-experiment-amidst-the-global-economic-crisis
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Daniel König, Patrick Swoboda, Robert J Cramer, Christoph Krall, Vita Postuvan, Nestor D Kapusta
BACKGROUND: Restriction of access to suicide methods has been shown to effectively reduce suicide mortality rates. AIMS: To examine how the global economic crisis of 2008 and the firearm legislation reform of 1997 affected suicide and homicide mortality rate within Austria. METHODS: Official data for the years 1985-2016 for firearm certificates, suicide, homicide, unemployment rates and alcohol consumption were examined using auto regressive error and Poisson regression models...
May 16, 2018: European Psychiatry: the Journal of the Association of European Psychiatrists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777657/mcv-mir-m1-targets-the-host-cell-immune-response-resulting-in-the-attenuation-of-neutrophil-chemotaxis
#3
P Akhbari, D Tobin, K Poterlowicz, W Roberts, J R Boyne
Virus-encoded miRNAs are emerging as key regulators of persistent infection and host-cell immune evasion. Merkel cell polyomavirus (MCPyV), the predominant aetiological agent of Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC), encodes a single miRNA, MCV-miR-M1, which targets the oncogenic MCPyV large T antigen (LT). MCV-miR-M1 has previously been shown to play an important role in establishment of long-term infection, however, the underlying mechanism is not fully understood. A key unanswered question is whether, in addition to auto-regulating LT, MCV-miR-M1 also targets cellular transcripts to orchestrate an environment conducive for persistent infection...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777103/bacterial-encapsulins-as-orthogonal-compartments-for-mammalian-cell-engineering
#4
Felix Sigmund, Christoph Massner, Philipp Erdmann, Anja Stelzl, Hannes Rolbieski, Mitul Desai, Sarah Bricault, Tobias P Wörner, Joost Snijder, Arie Geerlof, Helmut Fuchs, Martin Hrabĕ de Angelis, Albert J R Heck, Alan Jasanoff, Vasilis Ntziachristos, Jürgen Plitzko, Gil G Westmeyer
We genetically controlled compartmentalization in eukaryotic cells by heterologous expression of bacterial encapsulin shell and cargo proteins to engineer enclosed enzymatic reactions and size-constrained metal biomineralization. The shell protein (EncA) from Myxococcus xanthus auto-assembles into nanocompartments inside mammalian cells to which sets of native (EncB,C,D) and engineered cargo proteins self-target enabling localized bimolecular fluorescence and enzyme complementation. Encapsulation of the enzyme tyrosinase leads to the confinement of toxic melanin production for robust detection via multispectral optoacoustic tomography (MSOT)...
May 18, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775981/from-auto-to-allotransplantation-immunomodulatory-protocol-for-hand-and-arm-transplantation
#5
W P Andrew Lee, Jaimie T Shores, Gerald Brandacher
AIM:  To achieve a favorable risk-benefit balance for hand transplantation, an immunomodulatory protocol was developed in the laboratory and translated to clinical application. METHODS:  Following donor bone marrow infusion into transplant recipients, hand and arm allografts have been maintained on low-dose tacrolimus monotherapy. RESULTS:  Good-to-excellent functional recovery has been achieved in patients compliant with medication and therapy, thus restoring autonomous and productive lives...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775664/auto-induction-for-high-level-production-of-biologically-active-reteplase-in-escherichia-coli
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Mehrnoosh Fathi-Roudsari, Nader Maghsoudi, Amirhossein Maghsoudi, Sepideh Niazi, Morvarid Soleiman
Reteplase is a third generation tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) with a modified structure and prolonged half-life in comparison to native tPA. As a non-glycosylated protein, reteplase is expressed in Escherichia coli. Due to presence of several disulfide bonds, high level production of reteplase is complicated and needs extra steps for conversion to biologically active form. Auto-induction represents a method for high-yield growth of bacterial cells and higher expression of recombinant proteins. Here we have tried to optimize the auto-induction procedure for soluble and active expression of reteplase in E...
May 15, 2018: Protein Expression and Purification
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773265/preface-recent-advances-in-autoimmune-and-auto-inflammatory-diseases-in-childhood
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EDITORIAL
A V Ramanan, M W Beresford
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 2017: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772554/antibodies-against-gpcr
#8
Carlotto Meyer, Harald Heidecke
G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) are the largest family of receptors in humans. GPCRs are seven-transmembrane receptors that are activated by the binding of a ligand to the extracellular domain. In addition to the endogenous ligands, auto-antibodies (aab) can also bind to the GPCRs. They can activate different and specific cellular pathways which contribute to various diseases. In this review, the authors summarize the knowledge about antibodies targeting GPCRs and their effects and relevance in the pathogenesis of various diseases and their use in clinical diagnostics...
June 1, 2018: Frontiers in Bioscience (Landmark Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772551/relevant-effects-of-beta-1-adrenoceptor-autoantibodies-in-chronic-heart-failure
#9
Valerie Boivin-Jahns, Roland Jahns, Fritz Boege
Patients suffering from chronic heart failure (CHF) caused or promoted by autoantibodies against cardiac beta1 -adrenergic receptors (beta1 AR) could benefit from specific therapies aimed at tolerance induction, removal or neutralisation of beta1 AR autoantibodies, provided the patients can be selected for these therapies by reliable detection and quantitation of beta1 AR autoantibodies in their circulation and by a valid assessment of the autoantibodies's putative cardio-pathogenic potential. Here, we discuss the current state of knowledge regarding the effects of CHF-associated (auto)antibodies on beta1 AR function and beta1 AR-mediated signal tranduction and discuss the presumed role of these effects in the development and progression of CHF...
June 1, 2018: Frontiers in Bioscience (Landmark Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772341/development-of-an-auto-phase-separable-and-reusable-graphene-oxide-potato-starch-based-cross-linked-bio-composite-adsorbent-for-removal-of-methylene-blue-dye
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Amartya Bhattacharyya, Bhaskar Banerjee, Soumitra Ghorai, Dipak Rana, Indranil Roy, Gunjan Sarkar, Nayan Ranjan Saha, Sriparna De, Tapas Kumar Ghosh, Sourav Sadhukhan, Dipankar Chattopadhyay
In this work, we report the development of a cross-linked bio-composite consisting of graphene oxide, potato starch, cross-linker glutaraldehyde and its application to adsorption of the industrial dye, methylene blue, from aqueous solution. The inexpensiveness, non-hazardous nature and easy bio-degradability are the major reasons for the selection of starch material as one of the components of the bio-composite. The bio-composite has been characterized by FTIR, SEM, XRD, particle size and zeta potential analysis...
May 14, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771336/fto-is-a-transcriptional-repressor-to-auto-regulate-its-own-gene-and-potentially-associated-with-homeostasis-of-body-weight
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Shu-Jing Liu, Hui-Ling Tang, Qian He, Ping Lu, Tao Fu, Xu-Ling Xu, Tao Su, Mei-Mei Gao, Shumin Duan, Yan Luo, Yue-Sheng Long
Fat mass and obesity-associated (FTO) protein is a ferrous ion (Fe2+)/2-oxoglutarate (2-OG)-dependent demethylase preferentially catalyzing m6A sites in RNA. The FTO gene is highly expressed in the hypothalamus with fluctuation in response to various nutritional conditions, which is believed to be involved in the control of whole body metabolism. However, the underlying mechanism in response to different nutritional cues remains poorly understood. Here we show that ketogenic diet-derived ketone body β-hydroxybutyrate (BHB) transiently increases FTO expression in both mouse hypothalamus and cultured cells...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Molecular Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770308/allo-and-auto-percutaneous-intra-portal-pancreatic-islet-transplantation-pipit-for-diabetes-cure-and-prevention-the-role-of-imaging-and-interventional-radiology
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REVIEW
Massimo Venturini, Claudio Sallemi, Paolo Marra, Anna Palmisano, Giulia Agostini, Carolina Lanza, Gianpaolo Balzano, Massimo Falconi, Antonio Secchi, Paolo Fiorina, Lorenzo Piemonti, Paola Maffi, Antonio Esposito, Francesco De Cobelli, Alessandro Del Maschio
Although the life expectancy of patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) has improved since the introduction of insulin therapy, the acute life-threatening and long-term complications from diabetes mellitus are significant causes of both mortality and morbidity. Percutaneous intra-portal pancreatic islet transplantation (PIPIT) is a minimally invasive, repeatable procedure which allows a β-cell replacement therapy through a liver islet engraftment, leading to insulin release and glycaemic control restoration in patients with diabetes...
April 2018: Gland Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768711/clinical-resistance-associated-with-a-novel-map2k1-mutation-in-a-patient-with-langerhans-cell-histiocytosis
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David O Azorsa, David W Lee, Daniel H Wai, Ranjan Bista, Apurvi R Patel, Eiman Aleem, Michael M Henry, Robert J Arceci
Patients with Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH) harbor BRAF V600E and activating mutations of MAP2K1/MEK1 in 50% and 25% of cases, respectively. We evaluated a patient with treatment-refractory LCH for mutations in the RAS-RAF-MEK-ERK pathway and identified a novel mutation in the MAP2K1 gene resulting in a p.L98_K104 > Q deletion and predicted to be auto-activating. During treatment with the MEK inhibitor trametinib, the patient's disease showed significant progression. In vitro characterization of the MAP2K1 p...
May 16, 2018: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767755/protein-phosphatase-2c-ap2c1-interacts-with-and-negatively-regulates-the-function-of-cipk9-under-potassium-deficient-conditions-in-arabidopsis
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Amarjeet Singh, Akhilesh K Yadav, Kanwaljeet Kaur, Sibaji K Sanyal, Saroj K Jha, Joel L Fernandes, Pankhuri Sharma, Indu Tokas, Amita Pandey, Sheng Luan, Girdhar K Pandey
Potassium (K+) is a major macronutrient required for plant growth. In response to low- K+ condition, an adaptive mechanism entails activation of the Ca2+ signaling network consisting of calcineurin B-like proteins (CBLs) and their interacting kinases (CIPKs) in plants. The CBL-interacting protein kinase 9 (CIPK9) is previously implicated in low-K+ responses in Arabidopsis thaliana. Here, we report a protein phosphatase 2C (PP2C), AP2C1, as an interactor of CIPK9. Fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET), bimolecular fluorescence complementation (BiFC) and co-localization analyses revealed that CIPK9 and AP2C1 interact in the cytoplasm...
May 15, 2018: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766579/memory-complaints-in-amnestic-mild-cognitive-impairment-more-prospective-or-retrospective
#15
REVIEW
Alexandre de Mendonça, Helena Felgueiras, Ana Verdelho, Sara Câmara, Cláudia Grilo, João Maroco, Antonina Pereira, Manuela Guerreiro
OBJECTIVE: Patients with amnestic Mild Cognitive Impairment (aMCI), usually considered an early stage of Alzheimer's disease, have deficits not only in retrospective memory (RM), that is, recalling of past events, words or people, but also on prospective memory (PM), the cognitive ability of remembering to execute delayed intentions in the future. This study investigated whether patients with aMCI refer more PM complaints as compared with RM complaints, and whether this might depend upon short-term vs long-term items or time-based vs event-based tasks...
May 15, 2018: International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766007/autoimmunity-in-the-abdominal-aortic-aneurysm-and-its-association-with-smoking
#16
M David Tilson
Smoking increases the risk of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) in both humans and mice, although the underlying mechanisms are not completely understood. An adventitial aortic antigen, AAAP-40, has been partially sequenced. It has motifs with similarities to all three fibrinogen chains and appears to be connected in evolution to a large family of proteins called fibrinogen-related proteins. Fibrinogen may undergo non-enzymatic nitration, which may result from exposure to nitric oxide in cigarette smoke. Nitration of proteins renders them more immunogenic...
December 2017: Aorta (Stamford, Conn.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765992/serological-immunoglobulin-free-light-chain-profile-in-myasthenia-gravis-patients
#17
Umberto Basile, Mariapaola Marino, Cecilia Napodano, Krizia Pocino, Paolo Emilio Alboini, Francesca Gulli, Amelia Evoli, Carlo Provenzano, Emanuela Bartoccioni
Background: Serological levels of free immunoglobulin light chains (FLCs), produced in excess of heavy chains during synthesis of immunoglobulins by plasma cells, can be considered a direct marker of B cell activity in different systemic inflammatory-autoimmune conditions and may represent a useful predictor of rituximab (RTX) therapeutic efficacy, as reported for rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus. Myasthenia gravis (MG) is an autoimmune disease of the neuromuscular junction with antibodies (abs) targeting the acetylcholine receptor (AChR) or the muscle-specific tyrosine kinase (MuSK), inducing muscle weakness and excessive fatigability...
2018: Journal of Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765167/the-mineral-content-of-the-hard-dental-tissue-of-mesiodens
#18
Sanja Tanaskovic-Stankovic, Irena Tanaskovic, Nemanja Jovicic, Marina Miletic-Kovacevic, Tatjana Kanjevac, Zoran Milosavljevic
OBJECTIVE: Mesiodens is the most common form of supernumerary tooth mainly located between the maxillary central incisors. Its etiology is not completely understood but both genetic and environmental factors are assumed. The degree of mineralization and inorganic element content in hard tooth tissues is poorly understood as well as is the durability and suitability for allo- and auto-transplantation. Therefore aim of this study was to examine the content of inorganic elements. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study included 26 mesiodens teeth and 26 normal central incisor teeth as controls...
May 15, 2018: Biomedical Papers of the Medical Faculty of the University Palacký, Olomouc, Czechoslovakia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764250/immunological-changes-with-kinase-inhibitor-therapy-for-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia
#19
Christopher Pleyer, Adrian Wiestner, Clare Sun
Ibrutinib and idelalisib are kinase inhibitors that have revolutionized the treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Capable of inducing durable remissions, these agents also modulate the immune system. Both ibrutinib and idelalisib abrogate the tumor-supporting microenvironment by disrupting cell-cell interactions, modulating the T-cell compartment, and altering the cytokine milieu. Ibrutinib also partially restores T-cell and myeloid defects associated with CLL. In contrast, immune-related adverse effects, including pneumonitis, colitis, hepatotoxicity, and infections are of particular concern with idelalisib...
May 15, 2018: Leukemia & Lymphoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29762519/an-effective-palmprint-recognition-approach-for-visible-and-multispectral-sensor-images
#20
Abdu Gumaei, Rachid Sammouda, Abdul Malik Al-Salman, Ahmed Alsanad
Among several palmprint feature extraction methods the HOG-based method is attractive and performs well against changes in illumination and shadowing of palmprint images. However, it still lacks the robustness to extract the palmprint features at different rotation angles. To solve this problem, this paper presents a hybrid feature extraction method, named HOG-SGF that combines the histogram of oriented gradients (HOG) with a steerable Gaussian filter (SGF) to develop an effective palmprint recognition approach...
May 15, 2018: Sensors
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