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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432831/oncopeltus-fasciatus-as-an-evo-devo-research-organism
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Ariel D Chipman
The large milkweed bug Oncopeltus fasciatus was one of the main study insects for a range of biological questions throughout much of the 20(th) century. Its importance waned with the introduction of Drosophila melanogaster as a genetic model organism. The evo-devo revolution of the turn of the century re-introduced Oncopeltus into the scientific community, and it has proved increasingly useful, mostly within a comparative context for evolution driven research. The last few years have seen a number of significant contributions to our understanding of the evolution of developmental processes in insects, and in arthropods in general, arise from work on Oncopeltus...
April 22, 2017: Genesis: the Journal of Genetics and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432545/genome-edited-animals-learning-from-gm-crops
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Ann Bruce
Genome editing of livestock is poised to become commercial reality, yet questions remain as to appropriate regulation, potential impact on the industry sector and public acceptability of products. This paper looks at how genome editing of livestock has attempted to learn some of the lessons from commercialisation of GM crops, and takes a systemic approach to explore some of the complexity and ambiguity in incorporating genome edited animals in a food production system. Current applications of genome editing are considered, viewed from the perspective of past technological applications...
April 21, 2017: Transgenic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432514/breast-cancer-treatment-costs-in-younger-privately-insured-women
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Benjamin T Allaire, Donatus U Ekwueme, Diana Poehler, Cheryll C Thomas, Gery P Guy, Sujha Subramanian, Justin G Trogdon
PURPOSE: Younger women (under age 45 years) diagnosed with breast cancer often face more aggressive tumors, higher treatment intensity, lower survival rates, and greater financial hardship. The purpose of this study was to estimate breast cancer costs by stage at diagnosis during the first 18 months of treatment for privately insured younger women. METHODS: We analyzed North Carolina cancer registry data linked to claims data from private insurers from 2003 to 2010...
April 21, 2017: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432033/lipids-as-central-modulators-of-sensory-trp-channels
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Maria Grazia Ciardo, Antonio Ferrer-Montiel
The transient receptor potential (TRP) ion channel family is involved in a diversity of physiological processes including sensory and homeostatic functions, as well as muscle contraction and vasomotor control. Their dysfunction contributes to the etiology of several diseases, being validated as therapeutic targets. These ion channels may be activated by physical or chemical stimuli and their function is highly influenced by signaling molecules activated by extracellular signals. Notably, as integral membrane proteins, lipid molecules also modulate their membrane location and function either by direct interaction with the channel structure or by modulating the physico-chemical properties of the cellular membrane...
April 18, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432031/membrane-lipid-replacement-for-chronic-illnesses-aging-and-cancer-using-oral-glycerolphospholipid-formulations-with-fructooligosaccharides-to-restore-phospholipid-function-in-cellular-membranes-organelles-cells-and-tissues
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Garth L Nicolson, Michael E Ash
Membrane Lipid Replacement is the use of functional, oral supplements containing mixtures of cell membrane glycerolphospholipids, plus fructooligosaccharides (for protection against oxidative, bile acid and enzymatic damage) and antioxidants, in order to safely replace damaged, oxidized, membrane phospholipids and restore membrane, organelle, cellular and organ function. Defects in cellular and intracellular membranes are characteristic of all chronic medical conditions, including cancer, and normal processes, such as aging...
April 18, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432021/the-er-phagosome-connection-in-the-era-of-membrane-contact-sites
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Paula Nunes-Hasler, Nicolas Demaurex
Phagocytosis is an essential mechanism through which innate immune cells ingest foreign material that is either destroyed or used to generate and present antigens and initiate adaptive immune responses. While a role for the ER during phagosome biogenesis has been recognized, whether fusion with ER cisternae or vesicular derivatives occurs has been the source of much contention. Membrane contact sites (MCS) are tight appositions between ER membranes and various organelles that coordinate multiple functions including localized signalling, lipid transfer and trafficking...
April 18, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431857/modeling-human-infertility-with-pluripotent-stem-cells
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Di Chen, Joanna J Gell, Yu Tao, Enrique Sosa, Amander T Clark
Human fertility is dependent upon the correct establishment and differentiation of the germline. This is because no other cell type in the body is capable of passing a genome and epigenome from parent to child. Terminally differentiated germline cells in the adult testis and ovary are called gametes. However, the initial specification of germline cells occurs in the embryo around the time of gastrulation. Most of our knowledge regarding the cell and molecular events that govern human germline specification involves extrapolating scientific principles from model organisms, most notably the mouse...
April 13, 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431557/the-effect-of-vitamin-b12-supplementation-in-nepalese-infants-on-growth-and-development-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Tor A Strand, Manjeswori Ulak, Ram K Chandyo, Ingrid Kvestad, Mari Hysing, Merina Shrestha, Sudha Basnet, Suman Ranjitkar, Laxman Shrestha, Prakash S Shrestha
BACKGROUND: Vitamin B12 deficiency is one of the most common micronutrient deficiencies and is associated with poor cognitive development and growth. Vitamin B12 is crucial for normal cell division and differentiation, and it is necessary for the development and myelination of the central nervous system. The aim of the present study is to measure the effect of daily supplementation of vitamin B12 on the neurodevelopment and growth of young children in Nepal. METHODS/DESIGN: We are conducting an individually randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial with 600 marginally stunted children 6-11 months old (length for age less than -1 z-score)...
April 21, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431373/development-and-validation-of-sustainability-criteria-of-administrative-green-schools-in-iran
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Hossein Meiboudi, Akramolmolok Lahijanian, Seyed Mohammad Shobeiri, Seyed Ali Jozi, Reza Azizinezhad
Environmental responsibility in school has led to the emergence of a variety of criteria to administer green schools' contributions to sustainability. Sustainability criteria of administrative green schools need validity, reliability and norms. The aim of the current study was to develop and validate assessment criteria for green schools in Iran based on the role of academia. A national survey was conducted to obtain data on sustainability criteria initiatives for green schools and the Iranian profile was defined...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431306/difference-optimization-automatic-correction-of-relative-frequency-and-phase-for-mean-non-edited-and-edited-gaba-1-h-mega-press-spectra
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Marianne Cleve, Martin Krämer, Alexander Gussew, Jürgen R Reichenbach
Phase and frequency corrections of magnetic resonance spectroscopic data are of major importance to obtain reliable and unambiguous metabolite estimates as validated in recent research for single-shot scans with the same spectral fingerprint. However, when using the J-difference editing technique (1)H MEGA-PRESS, misalignment between mean edited (ON‾) and non-edited (OFF‾) spectra that may remain even after correction of the corresponding individual single-shot scans results in subtraction artefacts compromising reliable GABA quantitation...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431230/structural-basis-for-guide-rna-processing-and-seed-dependent-dna-targeting-by-crispr-cas12a
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Daan C Swarts, John van der Oost, Martin Jinek
The CRISPR-associated protein Cas12a (Cpf1), which has been repurposed for genome editing, possesses two distinct nuclease activities: endoribonuclease activity for processing its own guide RNAs and RNA-guided DNase activity for target DNA cleavage. To elucidate the molecular basis of both activities, we determined crystal structures of Francisella novicida Cas12a bound to guide RNA and in complex with an R-loop formed by a non-cleavable guide RNA precursor and a full-length target DNA. Corroborated by biochemical experiments, these structures reveal the mechanisms of guide RNA processing and pre-ordering of the seed sequence in the guide RNA that primes Cas12a for target DNA binding...
April 20, 2017: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431214/interferon-%C3%AE-released-by-activated-cd8-t-lymphocytes-impairs-the-calcium-resorption-potential-of-osteoclasts-in-calcified-human-aortic-valves
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Edit Nagy, Yang Lei, Eduardo Martínez-Martínez, Simon C Body, Florian Schlotter, Michael Creager, Alexander Assmann, Kamal Khabbaz, Peter Libby, Göran K Hansson, Elena Aikawa
Calcium content in patients with calcific aortic valve disease (CAVD) correlates with the severity of stenosis. In CAVD, activated T lymphocytes localize with osteoclast regions; however, the functional consequences of this association remain unknown. We hypothesized that CD8(+) T cells modulate calcification in CAVD. Explanted CAVD valves (n = 52) dissected into noncalcified and calcified portions were subjected to mRNA extraction, real-time quantitative PCR, enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, and immunohistochemical analyses...
April 18, 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430906/past-and-current-cause-specific-mortality-in-eisenmenger-syndrome
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Cristel M Sørensen Hjortshøj, Aleksander Kempny, Annette Schophuus Jensen, Keld Sørensen, Edit Nagy, Mikael Dellborg, Bengt Johansson, Virginija Rudiene, Gu Hong, Alexander R Opotowsky, Werner Budts, Barbara J Mulder, Lidia Tomkiewicz-Pajak, Michele D'Alto, Katja Prokšelj, Gerhard-Paul Diller, Konstantinos Dimopoulos, Mette-Elise Estensen, Henrik Holmstrøm, Maila Turanlahti, Ulf Thilén, Michael A Gatzoulis, Lars Søndergaard
Aims: Eisenmenger syndrome (ES) is associated with considerable morbidity and mortality. Therapeutic strategies have changed during the 2000s in conjunction with an emphasis on specialist follow-up. The aim of this study was to determine the cause-specific mortality in ES and evaluate any relevant changes between 1977 and 2015. Methods and results: This is a retrospective, descriptive multicentre study. A total of 1546 patients (mean age 38.7 ± 15.4 years; 36% male) from 13 countries were included...
April 18, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430724/the-effect-of-lithotomy-position-on-nerve-stretch-a-cadaveric-study
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Nicolette E Deveneau, Courtney Forbis, Lioudmilla Lipetskaia, Casey L Kinman, Anubhav Agrawal, Nicole R Herring, Sean L Francis
OBJECTIVE: The objective of our study was to design a method to measure nerve stretch in cadaveric subjects and then use the method to assess femoral nerve stretch in the lithotomy position with varying degrees of flexion and extension. METHODS: A university-based, cadaveric observational study of femoral nerve stretch was conducted. In 6 cadaveric subjects, femoral nerve near the inguinal ligament was dissected in each cadaveric subject. The nerve was marked, and digital images of the nerve were obtained in the supine position and lithotomy position in both flexion and extension...
April 20, 2017: Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430402/a-removable-virus-vector-suitable-for-plant-genome-editing
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Tetsuya Chujo, Manabu Yoshikawa, Hirotaka Ariga, Masaki Endo, Seiichi Toki, Kazuhiro Ishibashi
Plant genome editing is achieved by expression of sequence-specific nucleases (SSNs). RNA virus vector-mediated expression of SSNs is a promising approach for transgene integration-free targeted mutagenesis in plants. However, removal of virus vectors from infected plants is challenging because no antiviral drugs against plant viruses are available. Here, we developed a removable RNA virus vector that carries the target site of tobacco microRNA398 (miR398) whose expression is induced during shoot regeneration...
April 21, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430356/crispr-cas9-an-rna-guided-highly-precise-synthetic-tool-for-plant-genome-editing
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Yeliz Demirci, Baohong Zhang, Turgay Unver
CRISPR/Cas 9 is a newly developed and naturally occurred genome editing tool, which is originally used by bacteria for immune defence. In the past years, it has been quickly employed and modified to precisely edit genome sequences in both plants and animals. Compared with the well-developed zinc finger nucleases (ZFNs) and transcription activator-like effector nucleases (TALENs), CRISPR/Cas 9 has lots of advantages, including easier to design and implement, higher targeting efficiency, and less expensive. Thus, it is becoming one of the most powerful tools for knockout of an individual gene as well as insertion of one gene and/or control of gene transcription...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430023/harnessing-effector-triggered-immunity-for-durable-disease-resistance
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Meixiang Zhang, Gitta Coaker
Genetic control of plant diseases has traditionally included the deployment of single immune receptors with nucleotide-binding leucine-rich repeat (NLR) domain architecture. These NLRs recognize corresponding pathogen effector proteins inside plant cells, resulting in effector-triggered immunity (ETI). Although ETI triggers robust resistance, deployment of single NLRs can be rapidly overcome by pathogen populations within a single or a few growing seasons. In order to generate more durable disease resistance against devastating plant pathogens, a multi-tiered strategy that incorporates stacked NLRs combined with other sources of disease resistance is necessary...
April 21, 2017: Phytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429771/crispr-cas9-mediated-genome-editing-in-one-blastomere-of-two-cell-embryos-reveals-a-novel-tet3-function-in-regulating-neocortical-development
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Lingbo Wang, Min-Yin Li, Chao Qu, Wan-Ying Miao, Qi Yin, Jiaoyang Liao, Hua-Teng Cao, Min Huang, Kai Wang, Erwei Zuo, Guangdun Peng, Shu-Xin Zhang, Guodong Chen, Qing Li, Ke Tang, Qian Yu, Zhoujie Li, Catherine Cl Wong, Guoliang Xu, Naihe Jing, Xiang Yu, Jinsong Li
Studying the early function of essential genes is an important and challenging problem in developmental biology. Here, we established a method for rapidly inducing CRISPR-Cas9-mediated mutations in one blastomere of two-cell stage embryos, termed 2-cell embryo-CRISPR-Cas9 injection (2CC), to study the in vivo function of essential (or unknown) genes in founder chimeric mice. By injecting both Cre mRNA and CRISPR-Cas9 targeting the gene of interest into fluorescent reporter mice, the 2CC method can trace both wild-type and mutant cells at different developmental stages, offering internal control for phenotypic analyses of mutant cells...
April 21, 2017: Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429755/opossum-apobec1-is-a-dna-mutator-with-retrovirus-and-retroelement-restriction-activity
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Terumasa Ikeda, Mayuko Shimoda, Diako Ebrahimi, John L VandeBerg, Reuben S Harris, Atsushi Koito, Kazuhiko Maeda
APOBEC3s (A3s) are single-stranded DNA cytosine deaminases that provide innate immune defences against retroviruses and mobile elements. A3s are specific to eutherian mammals because no direct homologs exist at the syntenic genomic locus in metatherian (marsupial) or prototherian (monotreme) mammals. However, the A3s in these species have the likely evolutionary precursors, the antibody gene deaminase AID and the RNA/DNA editing enzyme APOBEC1 (A1). Here, we used cell culture-based assays to determine whether opossum A1 restricts the infectivity of retroviruses including human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) and the mobility of LTR/non-LTR retrotransposons...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429639/review-of-doing-bayesian-data-analysis-a-tutorial-with-r-jags-and-stan-second-edition
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Charles E Gaudet
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April 21, 2017: Clinical Neuropsychologist
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