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Adepitan A Owosho, SaeHee K Yom, Zhiqiang Han, Kevin Sine, Nancy Y Lee, Joseph M Huryn, Cherry L Estilo
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to compare the dosimetric distribution of ipsilateral proton beam radiation therapy (PBRT) with intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) in the tooth-bearing region of the mandible in patients with head and neck cancer (HNC). STUDY DESIGN: The mandibular dosimetric distribution in patients with head and neck cancer treated with ≥60 Gy relative biologic equivalent PBRT was evaluated. The mean radiation doses were calculated in 5 regions: ipsilateral molar, ipsilateral premolar, anterior, contralateral premolar, and contralateral molar (CM) regions...
November 2016: Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology
Bohumír Procházka, Jan Kynčl
In epidemiology, it is very important to estimate the baseline incidence of infectious diseases, but the available data are often subject to outliers due to epidemic outbreaks. Consequently, the estimate of the baseline incidence is biased and so is the predicted epidemic threshold which is a crucial reference indicator used to suspect and detect an epidemic outbreak. Another problem is that the "usual" incidence varies in a season dependent manner, i.e. it may not be constant throughout the year, is often periodic, and may also show a trend between years...
September 2016: Central European Journal of Public Health
Donato Belmonte, Carlo Gatti, Giulio Armando Ottonello, Pascal Richet, Marino Vetuschi Zuccolini
Thermodynamic and thermophysical properties of Na2SiO3 in the Cmc21 structural state are computed ab-initio using the hybrid B3LYP density functional method. The static properties at the athermal limit are first evaluated through a symmetry-preserving relaxation procedure. The thermodynamic properties that depend on vibrational frequencies viz, heat capacities, thermal expansion, thermal derivative of the bulk modulus, thermal correction to internal energy, enthalpy, Gibbs free energy, are then computed in the framework of quasi-harmonic approximation...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
Taynara Q Santos, André V Alvarenga, Débora P Oliveira, Rodrigo P B Costa-Felix
The speed of sound and attenuation are important properties for characterizing reference materials such as biological phantoms used in ultrasound applications. There are many publications on the manufacture of ultrasonic phantoms and the characterization of their properties. However, few studies have applied the principles of metrology, such as the expression of the uncertainty of measurement. The objective of this study is to validate a method for characterizing the speed of sound and the attenuation coefficient of tissue-mimicking material (TMM) based on the expression of the measurement of uncertainty...
October 15, 2016: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
Amir Rabani
The market for process instruments generally requires low cost devices that are robust, small in size, portable, and usable in-plant. Ultrasonic torsional guided wave sensors have received much attention by researchers for measurement of viscosity and/or density of fluids in recent years. The supporting electronic systems for these sensors providing many different settings of sine-wave signals are bulky and expensive. In contrast, a system based on bursts of square waves instead of sine waves would have a considerable advantage in that respect and could be built using simple integrated circuits at a cost that is orders of magnitude lower than for a windowed sine wave device...
October 12, 2016: Sensors
Olympia Gianfrancesco, Vivien J Bubb, John P Quinn
Many facets of human behaviour are likely to have developed in part due to evolutionary changes in the regulation of neuropeptide and other brain-related genes. This has allowed species-specific expression patterns and unique epigenetic modulation in response to our environment, regulating response not only at the molecular level, but also contributing to differences in behaviour between individuals. As such, genetic variants or epigenetic changes that may alter neuropeptide gene expression are predicted to play a role in behavioural conditions and psychiatric illness...
October 11, 2016: Neuropeptides
Jaya Kumar Alageshan, Yashodhan Hatwalne, Murugappan Muthukumar
When an entangled interpenetrating collection of long flexible polymer chains dispersed in a suitable solvent is cooled to low enough temperatures, thin lamellar crystals form. Remarkably, these lamellae are sectored, with several growth sectors that have differing melting temperatures and growth kinetics, eluding so far an understanding of their origins. We present a theoretical model to explain this six-decade-old challenge by addressing the elasticity of fold surfaces of finite-sized lamella in the presence of disclination-type topological defects arising from anisotropic line tension...
September 2016: Physical Review. E
Lakkhana Kanhayuwa, Robert H A Coutts
Novel families of short interspersed nuclear element (SINE) sequences in the human pathogenic fungus Aspergillus fumigatus, clinical isolate Af293, were identified and categorised into tRNA-related and 5S rRNA-related SINEs. Eight predicted tRNA-related SINE families originating from different tRNAs, and nominated as AfuSINE2 sequences, contained target site duplications of short direct repeat sequences (4-14 bp) flanking the elements, an extended tRNA-unrelated region and typical features of RNA polymerase III promoter sequences...
2016: PloS One
Panagiotis Pappas, Giorgos Dallas, Giorgos Paradisis
In research, the accurate and reliable measurement of leg and vertical stiffness could contribute to valid interpretations. The current study aimed at determining the intra-participant variability (i.e. intra-day and inter-day reliabilities) of leg and vertical stiffness, as well as related parameters, during high speed treadmill running, using the "sine-wave" method. Thirty-one males ran on a treadmill at 6.67 m∙s(-1), and the contact and flight times were measured. To determine the intra-day reliability three 10-s running bouts with 10-min recovery were performed...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Applied Biomechanics
Younguk Sun, Huimin Zhang, Majid Kazemian, Joseph M Troy, Christopher Seward, Xiaochen Lu, Lisa Stubbs
Mammalian genomes contain hundreds of genes transcribed by RNA Polymerase III (Pol III), encoding noncoding RNAs and especially the tRNAs specialized to carry specific amino acids to the ribosome for protein synthesis. In addition to this well-known function, tRNAs and their genes (tDNAs) serve a variety of other critical cellular functions. For example, tRNAs and other Pol III transcripts can be cleaved to yield small RNAs with potent regulatory activities. Furthermore, from yeast to mammals, active tDNAs and related "extra-TFIIIC" (ETC) loci provide the DNA scaffolds for the most ancient known mechanism of three-dimensional chromatin architecture...
October 6, 2016: Oncotarget
Elena Barghini, Flavia Mascagni, Lucia Natali, Tommaso Giordani, Andrea Cavallini
Short Interspersed Nuclear Elements (SINEs) are nonautonomous retrotransposons in the genome of most eukaryotic species. While SINEs have been intensively investigated in humans and other animal systems, SINE identification has been carried out only in a limited number of plant species. This lack of information is apparent especially in non-model plants whose genome has not been sequenced yet. The aim of this work was to produce a specific bioinformatics pipeline for analysing second generation sequence reads of a non-model species and identifying SINEs...
October 6, 2016: Molecular Genetics and Genomics: MGG
Trinayan Kashyap, Christian Argueta, Amro Aboukameel, Thaddeus John Unger, Boris Klebanov, Ramzi M Mohammad, Irfana Muqbil, Asfar S Azmi, Claire Drolen, William Senapedis, Margaret Lee, Michael Kauffman, Sharon Shacham, Yosef Landesman
The nuclear export protein, exportin-1 (XPO1/CRM1), is overexpressed in many cancers and correlates with poor prognosis. Selinexor, a first-in-class Selective Inhibitor of Nuclear Export (SINE) compound, binds covalently to XPO1 and blocks its function. Treatment of cancer cells with selinexor results in nuclear retention of major tumor suppressor proteins and cell cycle regulators, leading to growth arrest and apoptosis. Recently, we described the selection of SINE compound resistant cells and reported elevated expression of inflammation-related genes in these cells...
October 4, 2016: Oncotarget
Mats H Mossin, Jens B Aaby, Christine Dalgård, Sine Lykkedegn, Henrik T Christesen, Niels Bilenberg
OBJECTIVE: To examine the association between cord 25-hydroxyvitamin D2+3 (25(OH)D) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder symptoms in toddlers, using Child Behaviour Checklist for ages 1.5-5. METHOD: In a population-based birth cohort, a Child Behaviour Checklist for ages 1.5-5 questionnaire was returned from parents of 1233 infants with mean age 2.7 (standard deviation 0.6) years. Adjusted associations between cord 25(OH)D and Child Behaviour Checklist-based attention deficit hyperactivity disorder problems were analysed by multiple regression...
September 30, 2016: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
Kathleen Lechasseur, Chantal Caux, Stéphanie Dollé, Alain Legault
BACKGROUND: Ethics, being a fundamental component of nursing practice, must be integrated in the nursing education curriculum. Even though different bodies are promoting ethics and nursing researchers have already carried out work as regards this concept, it still remains difficult to clearly identify the components of this competence. OBJECTIVE: This integrative review intends to clarify this point in addition to better defining ethical competence in the context of nursing practice...
September 30, 2016: Nursing Ethics
Irfana Muqbil, Amro Aboukameel, Sivan Elloul, Robert Carlson, William Senapedis, Erkan Baloglu, Michael Kauffman, Sharon Shacham, Divaya Bhutani, Jeffrey Zonder, Asfar S Azmi, Ramzi M Mohammad
In previous studies we demonstrated that targeting the nuclear exporter protein exportin-1 (CRM1/XPO1) by a selective inhibitor of nuclear export (SINE) compound is a viable therapeutic strategy against Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL). Our studies along with pre-clinical work from others led to the evaluation of the lead SINE compound, selinexor, in a phase 1 trial in patients with CLL or NHL (NCT02303392). Continuing our previous work, we studied combinations of selinexor-dexamethasone (DEX) and selinexor-everolimus (EVER) in NHL...
September 28, 2016: Cancer Letters
Qingxiang Zhou, Linlin Yu, Markus Friedrich, Francesca Pignoni
Drosophila has three types of visual organs, the larval eyes or Bolwig's organs (BO), the ocelli (OC) and the compound eyes (CE). In all, the bHLH protein Atonal (Ato) functions as the proneural factor for photoreceptors and effects the transition from progenitor cells to differentiating neurons. In this work, we investigate the regulation of ato expression in the BO primordium (BOP). Surprisingly, we find that ato transcription in the BOP is entirely independent of the shared regulatory DNA for the developing CE and OC...
September 29, 2016: Developmental Biology
Stefan Preußler, Gilda Raoof Mehrpoor, Thomas Schneider
Sampling is the first step to convert an analogue optical signal into a digital electrical signal. The latter can be further processed and analysed by well-known electrical signal processing methods. Optical pulse sources like mode-locked lasers are commonly incorporated for all-optical sampling, but have several drawbacks. A novel approach for a simple all-optical sampling is to utilise the frequency-time coherence of each signal. The method is based on only using two coupled modulators driven with an electrical sine wave...
September 30, 2016: Scientific Reports
Yan-Yan Jin, Meng-Zao He, Zhen-Yong Wu, Ke Huang, Ying Shen, Li Liang, Jian-Hua Mao
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the role of intrauterine malnourishment in the development and function of pancreatic islet β-cells. METHODS: Whole-cell patch clamping was used to record voltage-gated calcium channel (VGCC)-mediated currents. Insulin secretion was detected by measuring capacitance using a sequence of sine wave stimuli. VGCC currents and insulin secretion were measured in the small for gestational age (SGA) group treated with human recombinant growth hormone (hGH)...
September 29, 2016: Growth Factors
Lili Wang, Jingang Yang, Changling Li, Sining Xing, Ying Yu, Shuo Liu, Song Zhao, Dongchu Ma
Objective To investigate regulatory role of ribosomal protein S6 kinase 1 (S6K1) in the polyploidization of different megakaryocytic leukemia cell lines at the different differentiation stages. Methods Megakaryocytic leukemia cell lines (Dami, Meg-01 and HEL cells) were induced towards polyploidization by SP600125, a c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) inhibitor. The SP600125-inducing process was blocked by H-89, a cAMP-dependent protein kinase (PKA) inhibitor. The phenotype (CD41a, CD42a and CD42b) and DNA ploidy were detected by flow cytometry...
October 2016: Xi Bao Yu Fen Zi Mian Yi Xue za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Cellular and Molecular Immunology
Song Zhao, Jingang Yang, Changling Li, Sining Xing, Ying Yu, Shuo Liu, Feifei Pu, Dongchu Ma
Objective To investigate the regulatory effect of post-translation modification of ribosomal protein S6 kinase 1 (S6K1) on the polyploidization of megakaryocytes. Methods SP600125, a c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) inhibitor, and H-89, a cAMP-dependent protein kinase (PKA) inhibitor, were used to treat CMK cells separately or in combination. With propidium iodide (PI) to dye DNA in the treated cells, the relative DNA content was detected by flow cytometry, and then the DNA polyploidy was analyzed. The change of expression and phosphorylation of ribosomal protein S6 kinase 1 (S6K1), an important mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) downstream target molecule, was analyzed by Western blotting...
October 2016: Xi Bao Yu Fen Zi Mian Yi Xue za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Cellular and Molecular Immunology
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