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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106460/fermi-large-area-telescope-as-a-galactic-supernovae-axionscope
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M Meyer, M Giannotti, A Mirizzi, J Conrad, M A Sánchez-Conde
In a Galactic core-collapse supernova (SN), axionlike particles (ALPs) could be emitted via the Primakoff process and eventually convert into γ rays in the magnetic field of the Milky Way. From a data-driven sensitivity estimate, we find that, for a SN exploding in our Galaxy, the Fermi Large Area Telescope (LAT) would be able to explore the photon-ALP coupling down to g_{aγ}≃2×10^{-13}  GeV^{-1} for an ALP mass m_{a}≲10^{-9}  eV. These values are out of reach of next generation laboratory experiments...
January 6, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103800/chmob2-binds-to-chcbk1-and-promotes-virulence-and-conidiation-of-the-fungal-pathogen-colletotrichum-higginsianum
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Johannes Schmidpeter, Marlis Dahl, Jörg Hofmann, Christian Koch
BACKGROUND: Mob family proteins are conserved between animals, plants and fungi and are essential for the activation of NDR kinases that control crucial cellular processes like cytokinesis, proliferation and morphology. RESULTS: We identified a hypomorphic allele of ChMOB2 in a random insertional mutant (vir-88) of the hemibiotrophic ascomycete fungus Colletotrichum higginsianum. The mutant is impaired in conidiation, host penetration and virulence on Arabidopsis thaliana...
January 19, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086908/hiv-integration-sites-in-latently-infected-cell-lines-evidence-of-ongoing-replication
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Jori Symons, Abha Chopra, Eva Malantinkova, Ward De Spiegelaere, Shay Leary, Don Cooper, Chike O Abana, Ajantha Rhodes, Simin D Rezaei, Linos Vandekerckhove, Simon Mallal, Sharon R Lewin, Paul U Cameron
BACKGROUND: Assessing the location and frequency of HIV integration sites in latently infected cells can potentially inform our understanding of how HIV persists during combination antiretroviral therapy. We developed a novel high throughput sequencing method to evaluate HIV integration sites in latently infected cell lines to determine whether there was virus replication or clonal expansion in these cell lines observed as multiple integration events at the same position. RESULTS: We modified a previously reported method using random DNA shearing and PCR to allow for high throughput robotic processing to identify the site and frequency of HIV integration in latently infected cell lines...
January 13, 2017: Retrovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068668/the-hippo-kinases-lats1-and-2-control-human-breast-cell-fate-via-crosstalk-with-er%C3%AE
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Adrian Britschgi, Stephan Duss, Sungeun Kim, Joana Pinto Couto, Heike Brinkhaus, Shany Koren, Duvini De Silva, Kirsten D Mertz, Daniela Kaup, Zsuzsanna Varga, Hans Voshol, Alexandra Vissieres, Cedric Leroy, Tim Roloff, Michael B Stadler, Christina H Scheel, Loren J Miraglia, Anthony P Orth, Ghislain M C Bonamy, Venkateshwar A Reddy, Mohamed Bentires-Alj
Cell fate perturbations underlie many human diseases, including breast cancer. Unfortunately, the mechanisms by which breast cell fate are regulated are largely unknown. The mammary gland epithelium consists of differentiated luminal epithelial and basal myoepithelial cells, as well as undifferentiated stem cells and more restricted progenitors. Breast cancer originates from this epithelium, but the molecular mechanisms that underlie breast epithelial hierarchy remain ill-defined. Here, we use a high-content confocal image-based short hairpin RNA screen to identify tumour suppressors that regulate breast cell fate in primary human breast epithelial cells...
January 9, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063403/lat-alleviates-th2-treg-imbalance-in-an-ova-induced-allergic-asthma-mouse-model-through-lat-plc-%C3%AE-1-interaction
#5
Xi Chen, Xiao-Ming Li, Wen Gu, Di Wang, Yi Chen, Xue-Jun Guo
INTRODUCTION: Low expression of linker for activation of T cells (LAT) is observed in asthma. LAT and its downstream regulator, phospholipase C-gamma 1 (PLC-γ1) play important roles in the T cell antigen receptor signaling pathway, and their interaction is associated with CD4(+) cell polarization. Here, we investigated whether LAT can alleviate the imbalance among CD4(+) cell subgroups and the possible mechanism. METHODS: An ovalbumin-induced allergic asthma mouse model was established and LAT plasmid was delivered...
January 4, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061504/dub3-deubiquitylating-enzymes-regulate-hippo-pathway-activity-by-regulating-the-stability-of-itch-lats-and-amot-proteins
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Hung Thanh Nguyen, Jan-Michael Kugler, Stephen M Cohen
The YAP and TAZ transcriptional coactivators promote oncogenic transformation. Elevated YAP/TAZ activity has been documented in human tumors. YAP and TAZ are negatively regulated by the Hippo tumor suppressor pathway. The activity and stability of several Hippo pathway components, including YAP/TAZ, is regulated by ubiquitin mediated protein turnover and several ubiquitin ligase complexes have been implicated in human cancer. However, little is known about the deubiquitylating enzymes that counteract these ubiquitin ligases in regulation of the Hippo pathway...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052036/angiomotin-regulates-prostate-cancer-cell-proliferation-by-signaling-through-the-hippo-yap-pathway
#7
Hao Zeng, Angelica Ortiz, Peng-Fei Shen, Chien-Jui Cheng, Yu-Chen Lee, Guoyu Yu, Song-Chang Lin, Chad J Creighton, Li-Yuan Yu-Lee, Sue-Hwa Lin
Angiomotin (AMOT) is a family of proteins found to be a component of the apical junctional complex of vertebrate epithelial cells and is recently found to play important roles in neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF-2). Whether AMOT plays a role in prostate cancer (PCa) is unknown. AMOT is expressed as two isoforms, AMOTp80 and AMOTp130, which has a 409 aa N-terminal domain that is absent in AMOTp80. Both AMOTp80 and AMOTp130 are expressed in LNCaP and C4-2B4, but at a low to undetectable level in PC3, DU145, and BPH1 cells...
December 29, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048866/su-f-i-47-optimizing-protocols-for-image-quality-and-dose-in-abdominal-ct-of-large-patients
#8
L Johnson, M Yester
PURPOSE: Newer CT scanners are able to use scout views to adjust mA throughout the scan in order to achieve a given noise level. However, given constraints of radiologist preferences for kVp and rotation time, it may not be possible to achieve an acceptable noise level for large patients. A study was initiated to determine for which patients kVp and/or rotation time should be changed in order to achieve acceptable image quality. METHODS: Patient scans were reviewed on two new Emergency Department scanners (Philips iCT) to identify patients over a large range of sizes...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047661/su-f-j-180-a-reference-data-set-for-testing-two-dimension-registration-algorithms
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A Dankwa, E Castillo, T Guerrero
PURPOSE: To create and characterize a reference data set for testing image registration algorithms that transform portal image (PI) to digitally reconstructed radiograph (DRR). METHODS: Anterior-posterior (AP) and Lateral (LAT) projection and DRR image pairs from nine cases representing four different anatomical sites (head and neck, thoracic, abdominal, and pelvis) were selected for this study. Five experts will perform manual registration by placing landmarks points (LMPs) on the DRR and finding their corresponding points on the PI using computer assisted manual point selection tool (CAMPST), a custom-made MATLAB software tool developed in house...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047504/su-f-j-21-clinical-evaluation-of-surface-scanning-systems-in-different-treatment-locations
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T Moser, S Stefanowicz, B Rhein, D Oetzel, S Adeberg, L Koenig, R Wolf, S Rieken, C Karger
PURPOSE: To reduce imaging dose in fractionated IGRT, the ability of optical surface imaging systems (OSIS) to detect setup errors was tested. Therefore, clinical studies to evaluate for different treatment locations setup corrections derived by OSIS in comparison with x-ray image guidance in fractionated radiation therapy was performed. METHODS: The setup correction accuracy of an OSIS system (AlignRT, VisionRT, London, UK) will be analysed for the 4 tumour locations Pelvis, Upper Abdomen, Thorax and Breast, 20 patients for each location in comparison to a different system (Sentinel, C-RAD, SE)...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047080/su-d-bra-03-analysis-of-systematic-errors-with-2d-3d-image-registration-for-target-localization-and-treatment-delivery-in-stereotactic-radiosurgery
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H Xu, I Chetty, N Wen
PURPOSE: Determine systematic deviations between 2D/3D and 3D/3D image registrations with six degrees of freedom (6DOF) for various imaging modalities and registration algorithms on the Varian Edge Linac. METHODS: The 6DOF systematic errors were assessed by comparing automated 2D/3D (kV/MV vs. CT) with 3D/3D (CBCT vs. CT) image registrations from different imaging pairs, CT slice thicknesses, couch angles, similarity measures, etc., using a Rando head and a pelvic phantom...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047009/su-f-j-181-an-alternative-patient-alignment-tool-on-tomotherapy-the-first-in-human-megavoltage-topogram-acquisition
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L Yang, D Low, P Lee, D Ruan, R Chin, T Kaprealian, M Kamrava, P Kupelian, P Beron, M Steinberg, A Chen, N Agazaryan, S Ray, X Qi
PURPOSE: To show the first in-human Megavoltage (MV)-Topogram acquisition for the evaluation of the potential for MV-Topogram-based alignment as an alternative to MVCT for reducing dose and imaging time. METHODS: A lung cancer patient was enrolled in an ongoing IRB-approved clinical trial at our institute. The patient was set up using the clinical protocol employing positioning lasers. 3.2mm diameter tungsten spheres were placed on the patient's skin at their alignment tattoos to check surface-based marker concordance between topograms and MVCT...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046800/su-f-j-40-evaluation-of-sensitivity-of-the-automatic-matching-between-cone-beam-ct-image-and-simulation-ct-image-in-truebeam-2-0-imaging-system-6dof-considering-different-uncertainty-sources
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J Bonaque, J Bautista-Ballesteros, B Ibanez-Rosello, F Lliso, V Carmona, J Gimeno, J Perez-Calatayud
PURPOSE: To estimate the sensitivity of TrueBeam 2.0 Imaging System 6DoF automatic matching tool through the acquisition of cone-beam CT images in different phantoms applying submillimeter translations and rotations of tenths of a degree and registered with image simulation CT. METHODS: To evaluate overall system-wide image, we consider two uncertainties source; First, the uncertainty of the manual phantom displacement (ε_m). This uncertainty is calculated by a digital caliper (0...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043850/allergies-in-orthopaedic-and-trauma-surgery
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C H Lohmann, R Hameister, G Singh
Hypersensitivity reactions to implants in orthopaedic and trauma surgery are a rare but devastating complication. They are considered as a delayed-type of hypersensitivity reaction (type IV), characterized by an antigen activation of sensitized T-lymphocytes releasing various cytokines and may result in osteoclast activation and bone resorption. Potential haptens are originated from metal alloys or bone-cement. A meta-analysis has confirmed a higher probability of developing a metal hypersensitivity postoperatively and noted a greater risk of failed replacements compared to stable implants...
December 30, 2016: Orthopaedics & Traumatology, Surgery & Research: OTSR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043500/design-and-development-of-novel-inhibitors-for-the-treatment-of-latent-tuberculosis
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Rudraraju Srilakshmi Reshma, Perumal Yogeeswari, Dharmarajan Sriram
OBJECTIVE/BACKGROUND: "The captain of all these men of death", is the apt sobriquet for the age-old disease tuberculosis (TB). Despite the availability of many drugs, cases of increasing resistance in the forms of multi-drug and extensively drug-resistant TB and persistence [characteristic of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB)] make the eradication of TB a nightmare. Approval of bedaquiline by the Food and Drug Administration focused attention on quinoline scaffolds for development of new anti-TB agents...
December 2016: International Journal of Mycobacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028053/mrtf-potentiates-tead-yap-transcriptional-activity-causing-metastasis
#16
Tackhoon Kim, Daehee Hwang, Dahye Lee, Jeong-Hwan Kim, Seon-Young Kim, Dae-Sik Lim
Yes-associated protein (YAP) and myocardin-related transcription factor (MRTF) play similar roles and exhibit significant crosstalk in directing transcriptional responses to chemical and physical extracellular cues. The mechanism underlying this crosstalk, however, remains unclear. Here, we show MRTF family proteins bind YAP via a conserved PPXY motif that interacts with the YAP WW domain. This interaction allows MRTF to recruit NcoA3 to the TEAD-YAP transcriptional complex and potentiate its transcriptional activity...
December 27, 2016: EMBO Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27990337/mycosarcoma-ustilaginaceae-a-resurrected-generic-name-for-corn-smut-ustilago-maydis-and-its-close-relatives-with-hypertrophied-tubular-sori
#17
Alistair R McTaggart, Roger G Shivas, Teun Boekhout, Franz Oberwinkler, Kálmán Vánky, Shaun R Pennycook, Dominik Begerow
Ustilago is a polyphyletic genus of smut fungi found mainly on Poaceae. The development of a taxonomy that reflects phylogeny requires subdivision of Ustilago into smaller monophyletic genera. Several separate systematic analyses have determined that Macalpinomyces mackinlayi, M. tubiformis, Tolyposporella pachycarpa, Ustilago bouriquetii and U. maydis, occupy a unique phylogenetic position within the Ustilaginaceae. A previously introduced monotypic generic name typified by U. maydis, Mycosarcoma, is available to accommodate these species, which resolves one component of polyphyly for Ustilagos...
December 2016: IMA Fungus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27990333/new-raffaelea-species-ophiostomatales-from-the-usa-and-taiwan-associated-with-ambrosia-beetles-and-plant-hosts
#18
D Rabern Simmons, Z Wilhelm de Beer, Yin-Tse Huang, Craig Bateman, Alina S Campbell, Tyler J Dreaden, You Li, Randy C Ploetz, Adam Black, Hou-Feng Li, Chi-Yu Chen, Michael J Wingfield, Jiri Hulcr
Raffaelea (Ophiostomatales) is a genus of more than 20 ophiostomatoid fungi commonly occurring in symbioses with wood-boring ambrosia beetles. We examined ambrosia beetles and plant hosts in the USA and Taiwan for the presence of these mycosymbionts and found 22 isolates representing known and undescribed lineages in Raffaelea. From 28S rDNA and β-tubulin sequences, we generated a molecular phylogeny of Ophiostomatales and observed morphological features of seven cultures representing undescribed lineages in Raffaelea s...
December 2016: IMA Fungus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27989067/the-presence-of-left-atrial-thrombus-is-associated-with-the-neutrophil-to-lymphocyte-ratio-in-patients-with-rheumatic-mitral-valve-stenosis
#19
Ender Ozal, Erdal Belen, Ender Ozgun Cakmak, Gunduz Durmus, Hamdi Pusuroglu
BACKGROUND: Rheumatic mitral valve stenosis (RMVS)-induced left atrial thrombus (LAT) and embolic complications may have clinically devastating consequences. Stasis in the left atrium induced by valvular obstruction is a major factor in the development of thrombus. However, the development of thrombus may not be solely associated with stasis, as it is known that the inflammatory process increases the tendency for thrombosis. The study aim was to examine the relationship between the neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR), an indicator of inflammation, and the existence of LAT...
March 2016: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27979972/phosphorylation-by-nlk-inhibits-yap-14-3-3-interactions-and-induces-its-nuclear-localization
#20
Sungho Moon, Wantae Kim, Soyoung Kim, Youngeun Kim, Yonghee Song, Oleksii Bilousov, Jiyoung Kim, Taebok Lee, Boksik Cha, Minseong Kim, Hanjun Kim, Vladimir L Katanaev, Eek-Hoon Jho
Hippo signaling controls organ size by regulating cell proliferation and apoptosis. Yes-associated protein (YAP) is a key downstream effector of Hippo signaling, and LATS-mediated phosphorylation of YAP at Ser127 inhibits its nuclear localization and transcriptional activity. Here, we report that Nemo-like kinase (NLK) phosphorylates YAP at Ser128 both in vitro and in vivo, which blocks interaction with 14-3-3 and enhances its nuclear localization. Depletion of NLK increases YAP phosphorylation at Ser127 and reduces YAP-mediated reporter activity...
January 2017: EMBO Reports
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