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Ambra Michelotti
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February 2018: Orthodontics & Craniofacial Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346830/feasibility-of-navigable-percutaneous-disk-decompressor-l-disq-c-for-cervical-disk-herniation
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Youngki Hong, Seunghan Yoo, Nack Hwan Kim, Yushin Kim, Sangho Sohn, Sung-Young Yoon, Sangheon Lee
OBJECTIVE:  To assess the procedural efficacy and safety of a Navigable Percutaneous Disk Decompressor (L'DISQ-C) for cervical disk herniation. METHODS:  We performed intradiskal decompression on cervical spine specimens from five human cadavers using the L'DISQ-C under C-arm fluoroscopic guidance. We evaluated our success for positioning the navigable wand tip into the target region and recorded temperature variation at various distances from the wand tip in the cervical nucleus pulposus...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Neurological Surgery. Part A, Central European Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346825/magnetic-resonance-imaging-of-articular-cartilage-within-the-knee
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Erin C Argentieri, Alissa J Burge, Hollis G Potter
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) provides an effective and noninvasive means by which to evaluate articular cartilage within the knee. Existing techniques can be utilized to detect and monitor longitudinal changes in cartilage status due to injury or progression of degenerative disease. Quantitative MRI (qMRI) techniques can provide a metric by which to evaluate the efficacy of cartilage repair techniques and offer insight into the composition of cartilage and cartilage repair tissue. In this review, we provide background on MR signal generation and decay, the utility of morphologic MRI assessment, and qMRI techniques for the biochemical assessment of cartilage (dGEMRIC, T2, T2*, T1ρ, sodium, gagCEST)...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Knee Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346788/vitamin-d-classic-and-novel-actions
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Ángel Gil, Julio Plaza-Diaz, María Dolores Mesa
BACKGROUND: Classically, vitamin D has been implicated in bone health by promoting calcium absorption in the gut and maintenance of serum calcium and phosphate concentrations, as well as by its action on bone growth and reorganization through the action of osteoblasts and osteoclasts cells. However, in the last 2 decades, novel actions of vitamin D have been discovered. The present report summarizes both classic and novel actions of vitamin D. SUMMARY: 1,25(OH)2 vitamin D, the active metabolite of vitamin D, also known as calcitriol, regulates not only calcium and phosphate homeostasis but also cell proliferation and differentiation, and has a key a role to play in the responses of the immune and nervous systems...
January 18, 2018: Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346777/prrt2-regulates-synaptic-fusion-by-directly-modulating-snare-complex-assembly
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Jeff Coleman, Ouardane Jouannot, Sathish K Ramakrishnan, Maria N Zanetti, Jing Wang, Vincenzo Salpietro, Henry Houlden, James E Rothman, Shyam S Krishnakumar
Mutations in proline-rich transmembrane protein 2 (PRRT2) are associated with a range of paroxysmal neurological disorders. PRRT2 predominantly localizes to the pre-synaptic terminals and is believed to regulate neurotransmitter release. However, the mechanism of action is unclear. Here, we use reconstituted single vesicle and bulk fusion assays, combined with live cell imaging of single exocytotic events in PC12 cells and biophysical analysis, to delineate the physiological role of PRRT2. We report that PRRT2 selectively blocks the trans SNARE complex assembly and thus negatively regulates synaptic vesicle priming...
January 16, 2018: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346774/mannose-receptor-1-restricts-hiv-particle-release-from-infected-macrophages
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Sayaka Sukegawa, Eri Miyagi, Fadila Bouamr, Helena Farkašová, Klaus Strebel
Human mannose receptor 1 (hMRC1) is expressed on the surface of most tissue macrophages, dendritic cells, and select lymphatic or liver endothelial cells. HMRC1 contributes to the binding of HIV-1 to monocyte-derived macrophages (MDMs) and is involved in the endocytic uptake of HIV-1 into these cells. Here, we identify hMRC1 as an antiviral factor that inhibits virus release through a bone marrow stromal antigen 2 (BST-2)-like mechanism. Virions produced in the presence of hMRC1 accumulated in clusters at the cell surface but were fully infectious...
January 16, 2018: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346773/dual-role-for-dsba-in-attacking-and-targeted-bacterial-cells-during-type-vi-secretion-system-mediated-competition
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Giuseppina Mariano, Laura Monlezun, Sarah J Coulthurst
Incorporation of disulfide bonds into proteins can be critical for function or stability. In bacterial cells, the periplasmic enzyme DsbA is responsible for disulfide incorporation into many extra-cytoplasmic proteins. The type VI secretion system (T6SS) is a widely occurring nanomachine that delivers toxic effector proteins directly into rival bacterial cells, playing a key role in inter-bacterial competition. We report that two redundant DsbA proteins are required for virulence and for proper deployment of the T6SS in the opportunistic pathogen Serratia marcescens, with several T6SS components being subject to the action of DsbA in secreting cells...
January 16, 2018: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346770/integrative-analyses-of-de-novo-mutations-provide-deeper-biological-insights-into-autism-spectrum-disorder
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Atsushi Takata, Noriko Miyake, Yoshinori Tsurusaki, Ryoko Fukai, Satoko Miyatake, Eriko Koshimizu, Itaru Kushima, Takashi Okada, Mako Morikawa, Yota Uno, Kanako Ishizuka, Kazuhiko Nakamura, Masatsugu Tsujii, Takeo Yoshikawa, Tomoko Toyota, Nobuhiko Okamoto, Yoko Hiraki, Ryota Hashimoto, Yuka Yasuda, Shinji Saitoh, Kei Ohashi, Yasunari Sakai, Shouichi Ohga, Toshiro Hara, Mitsuhiro Kato, Kazuyuki Nakamura, Aiko Ito, Chizuru Seiwa, Emi Shirahata, Hitoshi Osaka, Ayumi Matsumoto, Saoko Takeshita, Jun Tohyama, Tomoko Saikusa, Toyojiro Matsuishi, Takumi Nakamura, Takashi Tsuboi, Tadafumi Kato, Toshifumi Suzuki, Hirotomo Saitsu, Mitsuko Nakashima, Takeshi Mizuguchi, Fumiaki Tanaka, Norio Mori, Norio Ozaki, Naomichi Matsumoto
Recent studies have established important roles of de novo mutations (DNMs) in autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Here, we analyze DNMs in 262 ASD probands of Japanese origin and confirm the "de novo paradigm" of ASDs across ethnicities. Based on this consistency, we combine the lists of damaging DNMs in our and published ASD cohorts (total number of trios, 4,244) and perform integrative bioinformatics analyses. Besides replicating the findings of previous studies, our analyses highlight ATP-binding genes and fetal cerebellar/striatal circuits...
January 16, 2018: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346762/transcriptome-and-dna-methylome-analysis-in-a-mouse-model-of-diet-induced-obesity-predicts-increased-risk-of-colorectal-cancer
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Ruifang Li, Sara A Grimm, Deepak Mav, Haiwei Gu, Danijel Djukovic, Ruchir Shah, B Alex Merrick, Daniel Raftery, Paul A Wade
Colorectal cancer (CRC) tends to occur at older age; however, CRC incidence rates have been rising sharply among young age groups. The increasing prevalence of obesity is recognized as a major risk, yet the mechanistic underpinnings remain poorly understood. Using a diet-induced obesity mouse model, we identified obesity-associated molecular changes in the colonic epithelium of young and aged mice, and we further investigated whether the changes were reversed after weight loss. Transcriptome analysis indicated that obesity-related colonic cellular metabolic switch favoring long-chain fatty acid oxidation happened in young mice, while obesity-associated downregulation of negative feedback regulators of pro-proliferative signaling pathways occurred in older mice...
January 16, 2018: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346760/single-cell-transcriptional-profiling-reveals-cellular-diversity-and-intercommunication-in-the-mouse-heart
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Daniel A Skelly, Galen T Squiers, Micheal A McLellan, Mohan T Bolisetty, Paul Robson, Nadia A Rosenthal, Alexander R Pinto
Characterization of the cardiac cellulome, the network of cells that form the heart, is essential for understanding cardiac development and normal organ function and for formulating precise therapeutic strategies to combat heart disease. Recent studies have reshaped our understanding of cardiac cellular composition and highlighted important functional roles for non-myocyte cell types. In this study, we characterized single-cell transcriptional profiles of the murine non-myocyte cardiac cellular landscape using single-cell RNA sequencing (scRNA-seq)...
January 16, 2018: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346754/input-specific-nmdar-dependent-potentiation-of-dendritic-gabaergic-inhibition
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Chiayu Q Chiu, James S Martenson, Maya Yamazaki, Rie Natsume, Kenji Sakimura, Susumu Tomita, Steven J Tavalin, Michael J Higley
Preservation of a balance between synaptic excitation and inhibition is critical for normal brain function. A number of homeostatic cellular mechanisms have been suggested to play a role in maintaining this balance, including long-term plasticity of GABAergic inhibitory synapses. Many previous studies have demonstrated a coupling of postsynaptic spiking with modification of perisomatic inhibition. Here, we demonstrate that activation of NMDA-type glutamate receptors leads to input-specific long-term potentiation of dendritic inhibition mediated by somatostatin-expressing interneurons...
January 17, 2018: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346748/spiraling-connectivity-of-nac-vta-circuitry
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Marco Pignatelli, Antonello Bonci
How do nucleus accumbens (NAc) subdivisions shape information flow into distinct ventral tegmental area (VTA) subcircuits? Yang et al. (2018) provide insightful answers to this question by expanding our knowledge about the circuit architecture and function of reciprocal connectivity between NAc and VTA.
January 17, 2018: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346736/light-activatable-red-blood-cell-membrane-camouflaged-dimeric-prodrug-nanoparticles-for-synergistic-photodynamic-chemotherapy
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Qing Pei, Xiuli Hu, Xiaohua Zheng, Shi Liu, Yawei Li, Xiabin Jing, Zhigang Xie
Biomimetic approach offers numerous opportunities to design therapeutic platforms with enhanced antitumor performance and biocompatibility. Herein we report a novel red blood cell membrane-camouflaged nanoparticle (RBC(M(TPC-PTX))) for synergistic chemo- and photodynamic therapy (PDT). Specifically, the inner core is mainly constructed by reactive oxygen species (ROS)-responsive PTX dimer (PTX2-TK) and photosensitizer 5,10,15,20-tetraphenylchlorin (TPC). In vitro experiments show that the prepared RBC(M(TPC-PTX)) is readily taken up into endosomes...
January 18, 2018: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346735/mechanisms-of-modulation-of-calcium-phosphate-pathological-mineralization-by-mobile-and-immobile-small-molecule-inhibitors
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Meng Li, Jing Zhang, Lijun Wang, Baoshan Wang, Christine V Putnis
Potential pathways for inhibiting crystal growth are either via disrupting local microenvironments surrounding crystal-solution interfaces or physically blocking solute molecule attachment. However, the actual mode of inhibition may be more complicated due to the characteristic time scale for the inhibitor adsorption and relaxation to a well-bound state at crystal surfaces. Here we demonstrate the role of citrate (CA) and hydroxycitrate (HCA) in brushite (DCPD, CaHPO4·2H2O) crystallization over a broad range of both inhibitor concentrations and supersaturations by in situ atomic force microscopy (AFM)...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346731/direct-polymerization-of-the-arsenic-drug-penao-to-obtain-nanoparticles-with-high-thiol-reactivity-and-anti-cancer-efficiency
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Janina-Miriam Noy, Hongxu Lu, Philip Hogg, Jia-Lin Yang, Martina H Stenzel
PENAO (4-(N-(S-penicillaminylacetyl)amino) phenylarsonous acid), which is a mitochondria inhibitor that reacts with adenine nucleotide translocator (ANT), is currently being trialed in patients with solid tumors. To increase the stability of the drug, the formation of nanoparticles has been proposed. Herein, the direct synthesis of polymeric micelles based on the anti-cancer drug PENAO is presented. PENAO is readily available for amidation reaction to form PENAO MA (4-(N-(S-penicillaminylacetyl) amino) phenylarsonous acid methacrylamide) which undergoes RAFT (reversible addition fragmentation chin transfer) polymerization with poly(polyethylene glycol methyl ether methacrylate) (PEGMA) as comonomer and poly(methylmethacrylate) (pMMA) as chain transfer agent, resulting in p(MMA)-b-p(PEG-co-PENAO) block copolymers with 3-15 wt...
January 18, 2018: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346713/spark-generated-microbubble-cell-sorter-for-microfluidic-flow-cytometry
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Jingjing Zhao, Zheng You
High-speed and accurate cell sorting is of great significance for cell analysis regarding both bioresearch and clinical application. Different from the jet-in-air sorting of commercial flow cytometers, sorting in fully enclosed and disposal microfluidic chips can avoid aerosols and crosscontamination, thus contributing to the improvement of biosafety and test accuracy. However, current microfluidic sorters usually require complicated structures, or otherwise cannot attain high throughput. In this article, a sorting mechanism for microfluidics is proposed for the first time based on the jet flow induced by the spark-generated cavitation microbubble that can be easily realized by a pair of electrodes...
January 18, 2018: Cytometry. Part A: the Journal of the International Society for Analytical Cytology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346703/pursuing-personal-passion-learner-centered-research-mentoring
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William R Phillips
New researchers often face difficulty finding and focusing research questions. I describe a new tool for research mentoring, the Pursuing Personal Passion (P3) interview, and a systematic approach to help learners organize their curiosity and develop researchable questions aligned with their personal and professional priorities. The learner-centered P3 research interview parallels the patient-centered clinical interview. This paper reviews experience with 27 research mentees over the years 2009 to 2016, using the P3 approach to identify their initial research topics, classify their underlying passions and track the evolution into their final research questions...
January 2018: Family Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346691/the-impact-of-near-peer-teaching-on-medical-students-transition-to-clerkships
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Alexander C Knobloch, Christy J W Ledford, Sean Wilkes, Adam K Saperstein
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The transition to clerkships is one of the most challenging times during medical school. To help students better cope, many schools have established transition-to-clerkship curricula. Such curricula may optimally prepare students through increasing their self-efficacy and response efficacy. We hypothesized that a small-group, near-peer-led format would be ideally suited to help students achieve these outcomes. METHODS: During process improvement for a transition-to-clerkship curriculum, we conducted an informal focus group and subsequent survey of postclerkship students to guide curricular innovation, including incorporation of third- and fourth-year students as near-peer instructors in a seminar format...
January 2018: Family Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346679/risk-stratification-in-takotsubo-syndrome-a-role-of-mitral-annular-plane-systolic-excursion
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Ibrahim El-Battrawy, Uzair Ansari, Siegfried Lang, Christian Fastner, Xiaobo Zhou, Martin Borggrefe, Ibrahim Akin
Aims: Takotsubo syndrome (TTS) patients have a higher mortality rate than the general population. Our study was conducted to determine the short- and long-term outcome of TTS patients associated with a significantly compromised mitral annular plane systolic excursion (MAPSE) on hospital admission. Methods and results: Our institutional database constituted a collective of 53 patients diagnosed with TTS between 2003 and 2016. The patients were classified into two groups based on the MAPSE, with those presenting with a MAPSE <1 cm on admission categorized into one group (n = 20, 38%) and those presenting with MAPSE ≥1 cm (n = 33, 62%) categorized into another group...
January 15, 2018: QJM: Monthly Journal of the Association of Physicians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346677/anatomical-explanations-for-acute-depressions-in-radial-pattern-of-axial-sap-flow-in-two-diffuse-porous-mangrove-species-implications-for-water-use
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Hewei Zhao, Shengchang Yang, Xudong Guo, Congjiao Peng, Xiaoxuan Gu, Chuanyuan Deng, Luzhen Chen
Mangrove species have developed uniquely efficient water-use strategies in order to survive in highly saline and anaerobic environments. Herein, we estimated the stand water use of two diffuse-porous mangrove species of the same age, Sonneratia apetala Buch. Ham and Sonneratia caseolaris (L.) Engl., growing in a similar intertidal environment. Specifically, to investigate the radial patterns of axial sap flow density (Js) and understand the anatomical traits associated with them, we measured axial sap flow density in situ together with micromorphological observations...
January 16, 2018: Tree Physiology
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