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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921082/global-role-of-cyclic-amp-signaling-in-ph-dependent-responses-in-candida-albicans
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Jeffrey M Hollomon, Nora Grahl, Sven D Willger, Katja Koeppen, Deborah A Hogan
Candida albicans behaviors are affected by pH, an important environmental variable. Filamentous growth is a pH-responsive behavior, where alkaline conditions favor hyphal growth and acid conditions favor growth as yeast. We employed filamentous growth as a tool to study the impact of pH on the hyphal growth regulator Cyr1, and we report that downregulation of cyclic AMP (cAMP) signaling by acidic pH contributes to the inhibition of hyphal growth in minimal medium with GlcNAc. Ras1 and Cyr1 are generally required for efficient hyphal growth, and the effects of low pH on Ras1 proteolysis and GTP binding are consistent with diminished cAMP output...
November 2016: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920888/development-of-a-high-resolution-melting-analysis-method-for-cyp2c19-17-genotyping-in-healthy-volunteers
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Zahra Ghasemi, Mehrdad Hashemi, Mahsa Ejabati, Seyyed Meisam Ebrahimi, Hamidreza Kheiri Manjili, Ali Sharafi, Ali Ramazani
BACKGROUND: Genetic polymorphisms of drug metabolisms by cytochrome P450 (P450s) could affect drug response, attracting particular interest in the pharmacogenetics. Due to the importance of CYP2C19* 17 allele and its capability of super- fast metabolism and also lack of information about distribution of the alleles in Iranian population, this research aimed to use High Resolution Melting (HRM) method compared to PCR-RFLP for genotyping healthy Iranian population. METHODS: Blood samples were collected from 100 healthy Iranian volunteers...
October 2016: Avicenna Journal of Medical Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920759/immune-responses-to-influenza-virus-and-its-correlation-to-age-and-inherited-factors
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REVIEW
Azadeh Bahadoran, Sau H Lee, Seok M Wang, Rishya Manikam, Jayakumar Rajarajeswaran, Chandramathi S Raju, Shamala D Sekaran
Influenza viruses belong to the family Orthomyxoviridae of enveloped viruses and are an important cause of respiratory infections worldwide. The influenza virus is able to infect a wide variety species as diverse as poultry, marine, pigs, horses, and humans. Upon infection with influenza virus the innate immunity plays a critical role in efficient and rapid control of viral infections as well as in adaptive immunity initiation. The humoral immune system produces antibodies against different influenza antigens, of which the HA-specific antibody is the most important for neutralization of the virus and thus prevention of illness...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920565/electrochemotherapy-induces-apoptotic-death-in-melanoma-metastases-a-histologic-and-immunohistochemical-investigation
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Laura Bigi, Giovanna Galdo, Anna Maria Cesinaro, Cristina Vaschieri, Alessandra Marconi, Carlo Pincelli, Fabrizio Fantini
BACKGROUND: Electrochemotherapy (ECT) is increasingly used in the treatment of primary and secondary skin tumors, but little is known about the pathologic mechanism responsible for tumor cell destruction in humans. Knowledge of detailed mechanism of host response after ECT may improve the treatment efficacy related to patient selection and technique refinements. AIM: The aim of the study was to investigate the histopathology and mechanism of cell death after ECT in cutaneous melanoma metastases...
2016: Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920482/hepatitis-c-virus-therapy-with-peg-interferon-and-ribavirin-in-myanmar-a-resource-constrained-country
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Naomi Khaing Than Hlaing, Debolina Banerjee, Robert Mitrani, Soe Htet Arker, Kyaw San Win, Nyan Lin Tun, Zaw Thant, Khin Maung Win, K Rajender Reddy
AIM: To investigate peg-interferon (peg-IFN) and ribavirin (RBV) therapy in Myanmar and to predict sustained virologic response (SVR). METHODS: This single-center, open-label, study was conducted in Myanmar between 2009 and 2014. A total of 288 patients infected with HCV genotypes 1, 2, 3 and 6 were treated with peg-IFN alpha-2a (180 μg/wk) or alpha-2b (50 to 100 μg as a weight-based dose) and RBV as a weight-based dose (15 mg/kg/d). Treatment duration was 48 wk for genotypes 1 and 6, 24 wk for genotype 2, and 24 or 48 wk for genotype 3 based on rapid virologic response (RVR)...
November 21, 2016: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920467/possible-therapeutic-role-of-ige-blockade-in-irritable-bowel-syndrome
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EDITORIAL
Eli Magen, Tinatin Chikovani
Omalizumab is a humanized monoclonal antibody that binds to the high-affinity type-I IgE Fc receptors on mast cells (MCs) and basophils, inhibiting the IgE immune pathway. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is the most common functional gastrointestinal disorder, and dysregulation of the immune system likely contributes to its etiology and/or symptomatology. Colonic biopsies from patients with IBS demonstrate considerable increase in the number of degranulating MCs releasing histamine in proximity to nerves, and this event may underlie the common IBS symptom of abdominal pain...
November 21, 2016: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920377/phenological-shifts-of-native-and-invasive-species-under-climate-change-insights-from-the-boechera-lythrum-model
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REVIEW
Robert I Colautti, Jon Ågren, Jill T Anderson
Warmer and drier climates have shifted phenologies of many species. However, the magnitude and direction of phenological shifts vary widely among taxa, and it is often unclear when shifts are adaptive or how they affect long-term viability. Here, we model evolution of flowering phenology based on our long-term research of two species exhibiting opposite shifts in floral phenology: Lythrum salicaria, which is invasive in North America, and the sparse Rocky Mountain native Boechera stricta Genetic constraints are similar in both species, but differences in the timing of environmental conditions that favour growth lead to opposite phenological shifts under climate change...
January 19, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920243/between-the-flags-implementing-a-safety-net-system-at-scale-to-recognise-and-manage-deteriorating-patients-in-the-new-south-wales-public-health-system
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Charles Pain, Malcolm Green, Colette Duff, Deborah Hyland, Annette Pantle, Kimberley Fitzpatrick, Cliff Hughes
QUALITY PROBLEM: In 2005, the Clinical Excellence Commission (CEC) found that unrecognised patient deterioration remained an important problem in New South Wales (NSW) public hospitals. INITIAL ASSESSMENT: The challenge was to design and implement an effective and sustainable safety-net system in all 225 NSW public hospitals. DESIGNING A SOLUTION: The CEC's system was designed in collaboration with a broad coalition of partners, including clinicians, managers, system administrators and collaborating agencies...
December 4, 2016: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920181/chikungunya-virus-vaccines-viral-vector-based-approaches
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Katrin Ramsauer, Frédéric Tangy
In 2013, a major chikungunya virus (CHIKV) epidemic reached the Americas. In the past 2 years, >1.7 million people have been infected. In light of the current epidemic, with millions of people in North and South America at risk, efforts to rapidly develop effective vaccines have increased. Here, we focus on CHIKV vaccines that use viral-vector technologies. This group of vaccine candidates shares an ability to potently induce humoral and cellular immune responses by use of highly attenuated and safe vaccine backbones...
December 15, 2016: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919874/diltiazem-versus-metoprolol-for-rate-control-in-atrial-fibrillation-with-rapid-ventricular-response-in-the-emergency-department
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Michelle C Hines, Brent N Reed, Vijay Ivaturi, Laura J Bontempo, Michael C Bond, Bryan D Hayes
PURPOSE: The impact of patient-specific factors on the choice of β-blocker versus calcium channel blocker therapy for rate control in emergency department (ED) patients treated for atrial fibrillation (AF) was investigated. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was conducted to evaluate the influence of demographics, prior medication use, hemodynamic and clinical characteristics, and other variables on selection of first-line therapy for AF among patients admitted to the ED of an academic medical center over a 22-month period (October 2012-July 2014) who received i...
December 15, 2016: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919625/an-insight-study-on-hptlc-fingerprinting-of-mukia-maderaspatana-mechanism-of-bioactive-constituents-in-metal-nanoparticle-synthesis-and-its-activity-against-human-pathogens
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G Karthiga Devi, K Sathish Kumar, R Parthiban, K Kalishwarlal
The present work reports the development of a Simple, rapid and eco-friendly route for the biosynthesis of gold and silver nanoparticles and their antimicrobial activity against gram positive and gram negative bacterial pathogens in the wound infected area. The synthesis was done using Mukia maderasapatna plant extract as a reducing agent. FT-IR analysis reported that the methanol extract was found to contain maximum number of functional groups which is responsible for the reduction of metal ions to metal nanoparticles...
December 2, 2016: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919567/splicing-factor-proline-glutamine-rich-is-a-novel-autoantigen-of-dermatomyositis-and-associated-with-anti-melanoma-differentiation-associated-gene-5-antibody
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Yuji Hosono, Ran Nakashima, Satoshi Serada, Kosaku Murakami, Yoshitaka Imura, Hajime Yoshifuji, Koichiro Ohmura, Tetsuji Naka, Tsuneyo Mimori
OBJECTIVE: Anti-MDA5 antibody positive dermatomyositis (DM) and clinically amyopathic DM (CADM) often develop into rapidly progressive interstitial lung disease, but their pathogenesis remains unclear. We observed that sera from DM/CADM patients immunoprecipitated a common 110 kDa polypeptide. We investigated this autoantigen and its clinical significance. METHODS: Autoantibodies were screened in 333 patients with various connective tissue diseases (CTDs) and 20 healthy controls (HCs) by immunoprecipitation with [(35)S]methionine-labeled HeLa cells...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Autoimmunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919557/trend-shifts-in-satellite-derived-vegetation-growth-in-central-eurasia-1982-2013
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Hao-Jie Xu, Xin-Ping Wang, Tai-Bao Yang
Central Eurasian vegetation is critical for the regional ecological security and the global carbon cycle. However, climatic impacts on vegetation growth in Central Eurasia are uncertain. The reason for this uncertainty lies in the fact that the response of vegetation to climate change showed nonlinearity, seasonality and differences among plant functional types. Based on remotely sensed vegetation index and in-situ meteorological data for the years 1982-2013, in conjunction with the latest land cover type product, we analyzed how vegetation growth trend varied across different seasons and evaluated vegetation response to climate variables at regional, biome and pixel scales...
December 2, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919320/calcium-mediated-actin-reset-caar-mediates-acute-cell-adaptations
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Pauline Wales, Christian E Schuberth, Roland Aufschnaiter, Johannes Fels, Ireth García-Aguilar, Annette Janning, Christopher P Dlugos, Marco Schäfer-Herte, Christoph Klingner, Mike Wälte, Julian Kuhlmann, Ekaterina Menis, Laura Hockaday Kang, Kerstin C Maier, Wenya Hou, Antonella Russo, Henry N Higgs, Hermann Pavenstädt, Thomas Vogl, Johannes Roth, Britta Qualmann, Michael M Kessels, Dietmar E Martin, Bela Mulder, Roland Wedlich-Söldner
Actin has well established functions in cellular morphogenesis. However, it is not well understood how the various actin assemblies in a cell are kept in a dynamic equilibrium, in particular when cells have to respond to acute signals. Here, we characterize a rapid and transient actin reset in response to increased intracellular calcium levels. Within seconds of calcium influx, the formin INF2 stimulates filament polymerization at the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), while cortical actin is disassembled. The reaction is then reversed within a few minutes...
December 6, 2016: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919319/chemogenetic-inhibition-of-the-medial-prefrontal-cortex-reverses-the-effects-of-rem-sleep-loss-on-sucrose-consumption
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Kristopher McEown, Yohko Takata, Yoan Cherasse, Nanae Nagata, Kosuke Aritake, Michael Lazarus
Rapid eye movement (REM) sleep loss is associated with increased consumption of weight-promoting foods. The prefrontal cortex (PFC) is thought to mediate reward anticipation. However, the precise role of the PFC in mediating reward responses to highly palatable foods (HPF) after REM sleep deprivation is unclear. We selectively reduced REM sleep in mice over a 25-48 hr period and chemogenetically inhibited the medial PFC (mPFC) by using an altered glutamate-gated and ivermectin-gated chloride channel that facilitated neuronal inhibition through hyperpolarizing infected neurons...
December 6, 2016: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919227/high-light-stress-triggers-distinct-proteomic-responses-in-the-marine-diatom-thalassiosira-pseudonana
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Hong-Po Dong, Yue-Lei Dong, Lei Cui, Srinivasan Balamurugan, Jian Gao, Song-Hui Lu, Tao Jiang
BACKGROUND: Diatoms are able to acclimate to frequent and large light fluctuations in the surface ocean waters. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying these acclimation responses of diaotms remain elusive. RESULTS: In this study, we investigated the mechanism of high light protection in marine diatom Thalassiosira pseudonana using comparative proteomics in combination with biochemical analyses. Cells treated under high light (800 μmol photons m(-2)s(-1)) for 10 h were subjected to proteomic analysis...
December 5, 2016: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919027/phosphorylation-of-janus-kinase-1-jak1-by-amp-activated-protein-kinase-ampk-links-energy-sensing-to-anti-inflammatory-signaling
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Claire Rutherford, Claire Speirs, Jamie J L Williams, Marie-Ann Ewart, Sarah J Mancini, Simon A Hawley, Christian Delles, Benoit Viollet, Ana P Costa-Pereira, George S Baillie, Ian P Salt, Timothy M Palmer
Adenosine 5'-monophosphate-activated protein kinase (AMPK) is a pivotal regulator of metabolism at cellular and organismal levels. AMPK also suppresses inflammation. We found that pharmacological activation of AMPK rapidly inhibited the Janus kinase (JAK)-signal transducer and activator of transcription (STAT) pathway in various cells. In vitro kinase assays revealed that AMPK directly phosphorylated two residues (Ser(515) and Ser(518)) within the Src homology 2 domain of JAK1. Activation of AMPK enhanced the interaction between JAK1 and 14-3-3 proteins in cultured vascular endothelial cells and fibroblasts, an effect that required the presence of Ser(515) and Ser(518) and was abolished in cells lacking AMPK catalytic subunits...
November 8, 2016: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918644/self-assembled-supramolecular-nanogels-as-a-safe-and-effective-drug-delivery-vector-for-cancer-therapy
#18
Chih-Chia Cheng, Mei-Chih Liang, Zhi-Sheng Liao, Jyun-Jie Huang, Duu-Jong Lee
Simple construction and manipulation of low-molecular-weight supramolecular nanogels, based on the introduction of multiple hydrogen bonding interactions, with the desired physical properties to achieve effective and safe delivery of drugs for cancer therapy remain highly challenging. Herein, a novel supramolecular oligomer cytosine (Cy)-polypropylene glycol containing self-complementary multiple hydrogen-bonded Cy moieties is developed, which undergoes spontaneous self-assembly to form nanosized particles in an aqueous environment...
December 5, 2016: Macromolecular Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918591/transcriptomic-analysis-of-mouse-cochlear-supporting-cell-maturation-reveals-large-scale-changes-in-notch-responsiveness-prior-to-the-onset-of-hearing
#19
Juan C Maass, Rende Gu, Tiantian Cai, Ying-Wooi Wan, Silvia C Cantellano, Joanna S T Asprer, Hongyuan Zhang, Hsin-I Jen, Renée K Edlund, Zhandong Liu, Andrew K Groves
Neonatal mouse cochlear supporting cells have a limited ability to divide and trans-differentiate into hair cells, but this ability declines rapidly in the two weeks after birth. This decline is concomitant with the morphological and functional maturation of the organ of Corti prior to the onset of hearing. However, despite this association between maturation and loss of regenerative potential, little is known of the molecular changes that underlie these events. To identify these changes, we used RNA-seq to generate transcriptional profiles of purified cochlear supporting cells from 1- and 6-day-old mice...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918565/centimetre-scale-micropore-alignment-in-oriented-polycrystalline-metal-organic-framework-films-via-heteroepitaxial-growth
#20
Paolo Falcaro, Kenji Okada, Takaaki Hara, Ken Ikigaki, Yasuaki Tokudome, Aaron W Thornton, Anita J Hill, Timothy Williams, Christian Doonan, Masahide Takahashi
The fabrication of oriented, crystalline films of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) is a critical step toward their application to advanced technologies such as optics, microelectronics, microfluidics and sensing. However, the direct synthesis of MOF films with controlled crystalline orientation remains a significant challenge. Here we report a one-step approach, carried out under mild conditions, that exploits heteroepitaxial growth for the rapid fabrication of oriented polycrystalline MOF films on the centimetre scale...
December 5, 2016: Nature Materials
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