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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346419/evolving-concepts-in-prognostic-scoring-of-chronic-gvhd
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REVIEW
A Lazaryan, M Arora
Chronic GvHD (cGvHD) remains one of the most complex and challenging complications after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation. Emerging knowledge about the clinical manifestations and associated organ involvement of cGvHD has led to the establishment of prognostic parameters for post-transplant survival among affected allograft recipients. Studies employing the pre-National Institutes of Health (NIH) consensus data on cGvHD incidence and its risks have led to development of the CIBMTR's cGvHD risk stratification, which serves as the most refined and validated prognostic tool for estimating survival of patients with cGvHD...
March 27, 2017: Bone Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340554/cross-disease-analysis-of-co-functional-microrna-pairs-on-a-reconstructed-network-of-disease-gene-microrna-tripartite
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Hui Peng, Chaowang Lan, Yi Zheng, Gyorgy Hutvagner, Dacheng Tao, Jinyan Li
BACKGROUND: MicroRNAs always function cooperatively in their regulation of gene expression. Dysfunctions of these co-functional microRNAs can play significant roles in disease development. We are interested in those multi-disease associated co-functional microRNAs that regulate their common dysfunctional target genes cooperatively in the development of multiple diseases. The research is potentially useful for human disease studies at the transcriptional level and for the study of multi-purpose microRNA therapeutics...
March 24, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332097/novel-and-advanced-techniques-for-complex-ivc-filter-retrieval
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REVIEW
Dania Daye, T Gregory Walker
Inferior vena cava (IVC) filter placement is indicated for the treatment of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in patients with a contraindication to or a failure of anticoagulation. With the advent of retrievable IVC filters and their ease of placement, an increasing number of such filters are being inserted for prophylaxis in patients at high risk for VTE. Available data show that only a small number of these filters are retrieved within the recommended period, if at all, prompting the FDA to issue a statement on the need for their timely removal...
April 2017: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331962/sex-combs-reduced-scr-regulatory-region-of-drosophila-revisited
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Juan M Calvo-Martín, Montserrat Papaceit, Carmen Segarra
The Hox gene Sex combs reduced (Scr) is responsible for the differentiation of the labial and prothoracic segments in Drosophila. Scr is expressed in several specific tissues throughout embryonic development, following a complex path that must be coordinated by an equally complex regulatory region. Although some cis-regulatory modules (CRMs) have been identified in the Scr regulatory region (~75 kb), there has been no detailed and systematic study of the distinct regulatory elements present within this region...
March 22, 2017: Molecular Genetics and Genomics: MGG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331960/synthesis-gas-biorefinery
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N Dahmen, E Henrich, T Henrich
Synthesis gas or syngas is an intermediate, which can be produced by gasification from a variety of carbonaceous feedstocks including biomass. Carbon monoxide and hydrogen, the main constituents of syngas, can be subjected to a broad range of chemical and microbial synthesis processes, leading to gaseous and liquid hydrocarbon fuels as well as to platform and fine chemicals. Gasification of solid biomass differs from coal gasification by chemical composition, heating value, ash behavior, and other technical and biomass related issues...
March 23, 2017: Advances in Biochemical Engineering/biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319841/mesoporous-magnesium-oxide-nanoparticles-derived-via-complexation-combustion-for-enhanced-performance-in-carbon-dioxide-capture
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Vishwanath Hiremath, Raghavendra Shavi, Jeong Gil Seo
Magnesium oxide (MgO) is a promising candidate for carbon dioxide (CO2) capture at high temperature applicable to pre-combustion capture in an integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) scheme. In this work, mesoporous MgO nanoparticles were synthesized via simple complexation-combustion method by using glycine (G) and urea (U) as fuels (F). The obtained sorbents were thoroughly characterized in terms of the crystalline structure, morphology, nature of the fuel, F/O ratio, and their consequent effects on CO2 sorption...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314893/integration-of-mrnp-formation-and-export
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REVIEW
Petra Björk, Lars Wieslander
Expression of protein-coding genes in eukaryotes relies on the coordinated action of many sophisticated molecular machineries. Transcription produces precursor mRNAs (pre-mRNAs) and the active gene provides an environment in which the pre-mRNAs are processed, folded, and assembled into RNA-protein (RNP) complexes. The dynamic pre-mRNPs incorporate the growing transcript, proteins, and the processing machineries, as well as the specific protein marks left after processing that are essential for export and the cytoplasmic fate of the mRNPs...
March 17, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304073/the-plant-cell-cycle-pre-replication-complex-formation-and-controls
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Juliana Nogueira Brasil, Carinne N Monteiro Costa, Luiz Mors Cabral, Paulo C G Ferreira, Adriana S Hemerly
The multiplication of cells in all living organisms requires a tight regulation of DNA replication. Several mechanisms take place to ensure that the DNA is replicated faithfully and just once per cell cycle in order to originate through mitoses two new daughter cells that contain exactly the same information from the previous one. A key control mechanism that occurs before cells enter S phase is the formation of a pre-replication complex (pre-RC) that is assembled at replication origins by the sequential association of the origin recognition complex, followed by Cdt1, Cdc6 and finally MCMs, licensing DNA to start replication...
March 16, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300142/late-assembly-of-the-vibrio-cholerae-cell-division-machinery-postpones-septation-to-the-last-10-of-the-cell-cycle
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Elisa Galli, Evelyne Paly, François-Xavier Barre
Bacterial cell division is a highly regulated process, which involves the formation of a complex apparatus, the divisome, by over a dozen proteins. In the few model bacteria in which the division process was detailed, divisome assembly occurs in two distinct steps: a few proteins, including the FtsZ tubulin-like protein, form a membrane associated contractile ring, the Z-ring, at ~30% of the cell cycle. The Z-ring serves as a scaffold for the recruitment of a second series of proteins, including integral membrane and periplasmic cell wall remodelling enzymes, at ~50% of the cell cycle...
March 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299781/architectural-differences-in-the-anterior-and-middle-compartments-of-the-pelvic-floor-of-young-adult-and-postmenopausal-females
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Yi Wu, Noshir F Dabhoiwala, Jaco Hagoort, Li-Wen Tan, Shao-Xiang Zhang, Wouter H Lamers
The pelvic floor guards the passage of the pelvic organs to the exterior. The near-epidemic prevalence of incontinence in women continues to generate interest in the functional anatomy of the pelvic floor. However, due to its complex architecture and poor accessibility, the classical 'dissectional' approach has been unable to come up with a satisfactory description, so that many aspects of its anatomy continue to raise debate. For this reason, we opted for a 'sectional' approach, using the Chinese Visible Human project (four females, 21-35 years) and the Visible Human Project (USA; one female, 59 years) datasets to investigate age-related changes in the architecture of the anterior and middle compartments of the pelvic floor...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298358/identification-of-%C3%AE-catenin-interacting-proteins-in-nuclear-fractions-of-native-rat-collecting-duct-cells
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Jacqueline R Hwang, Chung-Lin Chou, Barbara Medvar, Mark A Knepper, Hyun Jun Jung
The gene encoding the aquaporin-2 water channel is regulated transcriptionally in response to vasopressin. In the renal collecting duct, vasopressin stimulates the nuclear translocation and phosphorylation (at Ser552) of β-catenin, a multifunctional protein that acts as a transcriptional co-regulator in the nucleus. The purpose of this study was to identify β-catenin interacting proteins that may be involved in transcriptional regulation in rat inner medullary collecting duct (IMCD) cells using both experimental and computational approaches...
March 15, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287538/measurement-of-in-vitro-integration-activity-of-hiv-1-preintegration-complexes
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Muthukumar Balasubramaniam, Benem Davids, Amma B Addai, Jui Pandhare, Chandravanu Dash
HIV-1 envelope proteins engage cognate receptors on the target cell surface, which leads to viral-cell membrane fusion followed by the release of the viral capsid (CA) core into the cytoplasm. Subsequently, the viral Reverse Transcriptase (RT), as part of a namesake nucleoprotein complex termed the Reverse Transcription Complex (RTC), converts the viral single-stranded RNA genome into a double-stranded DNA copy (vDNA). This leads to the biogenesis of another nucleoprotein complex, termed the pre-integration complex (PIC), composed of the vDNA and associated virus proteins and host factors...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283569/the-novel-chloroplast-outer-membrane-kinase-koc1-is-a-required-component-of-the-plastid-protein-import-machinery
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Mónica Zufferey, Cyrille Montandon, Véronique Douet, Emilie Demarsy, Birgit Agne, Sacha Baginsky, Felix Kessler
The biogenesis and maintenance of cell organelles such as mitochondria and chloroplasts requires the import of many proteins from the cytosol, a process that is controlled by phosphorylation. In the case of chloroplasts, the import of hundreds of different proteins depends on Translocons at the Outer and Inner Chloroplast membrane (TOC and TIC, respectively) complexes. The essential protein TOC159 functions thereby as an import receptor. It has an N-terminal acidic (A) domain that extends into the cytosol, controls receptor specificity, and is highly phosphorylated in vivo...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281281/hemodialysis-disparities-in-african-americans-the-deeply-integrated-concept-of-race-in-the-social-fabric-of-our-society
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REVIEW
Keith C Norris, Sandra F Williams, Connie M Rhee, Susanne B Nicholas, Csaba P Kovesdy, Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh, L Ebony Boulware
End-stage renal disease (ESRD) is one of the starkest examples of racial/ethnic disparities in health. Racial/ethnic minorities are 1.5 to nearly 4 times more likely than their non-Hispanic White counterparts to require renal replacement therapy (RRT), with African Americans suffering from the highest rates of ESRD. Despite improvements over the last 25 years, substantial racial differences are persistent in dialysis quality measures such as RRT modality options, dialysis adequacy, anemia, mineral and bone disease, vascular access, and pre-ESRD care...
March 9, 2017: Seminars in Dialysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279834/in-situ-afm-imaging-of-apolipoprotein-a-i-directly-derived-from-plasma-hdl
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Chaoye Gan, Zhexuan Wang, Yong Chen
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The major apolipoproteins of plasma lipoproteins play vital roles in the structural integrity and physiological functions of lipoproteins. More than ten structural models of apolipoprotein A-I (apoA-I), the major apolipoprotein of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), have been developed successively. In these models, apoA-I was supposed to organize in a ring-shaped form. To date, however, there is no direct evidence under physiological condition. METHODS: Here, atomic force microscopy (AFM) was used to in situ visualize the organization of apoA-I, which was exposed via depletion of the lipid component of plasma HDL pre-immobilized on functionalized mica sheets...
February 24, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271724/adjuncts-to-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation
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Hzr McConkey, S S Arri, J P Joseph, B D Prendergast, S Redwood
The appreciable rise in percutaneous valve procedures has been pursued by a wave of development in advanced technology to help guide straightforward, streamlined and safe intervention. This review article aims to highlight the adjunctive devices, tools and techniques currently used in transcatheter aortic valve implantation procedures to avoid potential pitfalls. Areas covered: The software and devices featured here are at the forefront of technological advances, most of which are not yet in widespread use...
March 8, 2017: Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267412/statistical-planning-to-address-strongly-correlated-endpoints-for-inferential-subgroups-an-innovative-approach-for-an-illustrative-clinical-trial-with-complex-multiplicity-issues
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Hengrui Sun, Bruce Binkowitz, Gary G Koch
Multiplicity is an important statistical issue that arises in clinical trials when the efficacy of the test treatment is evaluated in multiple ways. The major concern for multiplicity is that uncontrolled multiple assessments lead to inflated family-wise Type I error, and they thereby undermine the integrity of the statistical inferences. Multiplicity comes from different sources, for example, making inferences either on the overall population or some pre-specified sub-populations, while multiple endpoints need to be evaluated for each population...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Biopharmaceutical Statistics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28250588/fast-recovery-of-transgenic-submergence-tolerant-rice-cultivars-of-north-east-india-by-early-co-cultivation-of-agrobacterium-with-pre-cultured-callus
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Van Cuu Nguyen, Van Khiem Nguyen, Chongtham Henary Singh, Guruaribam Shantibala Devi, Vanga Siva Reddy, Sadhu Leelavathi
Agro-climatic conditions of North-East India are very complex and rice cultivars present in the region have been adapted to grow under harsh environmental conditions. Germplasm present in the region is considered to possess several important and unique traits that are of importance in rice improvement programs. Genetic engineering is a powerful tool to introduce new traits into crop plants. However, not much information is available on the methods to introduce foreign genes into North-East rice cultivars. Therefore, the main objective of this study is to develop transformation procedures for fast recovery of transgenic plants from North-East rice cultivars...
January 2017: Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants: An International Journal of Functional Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236743/direct-binding-of-microrna-21-pre-element-with-regorafenib-an-alternative-mechanism-for-anti-colorectal-cancer-chemotherapy
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Xiaobing Chen, Bojian Xie, Liang Cao, Feng Zhu, Beibei Chen, Huifang Lv, Xingxing Fan, Lili Han, Liangyu Bie, Xinguang Cao, Xiaokun Shen, Feilin Cao
The Regorafenib is a broad-spectrum kinase inhibitor that has been approved to treat colorectal cancer (CRC). However, evidences have shown that the agent is also implicated in drug interaction with microRNA-21 (miR-21), an oncogenic miRNA which plays a key role in resisting programmed cell death in CRC cells. Here, we supposed that, instead of kinase inhibition, Regorafenib can directly bind to and then stabilize miR-21 pre-element, thus preventing RNase Dicer-meditated cleavage of the pre-element to mature miR-21...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228330/assessment-of-monitor-unit-limiting-strategy-using-volumetric-modulated-arc-therapy-for-cancer-of-hypopharynx
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Shabbir Ahamed, Navin Singh, Deleep Gudipudi, Suneetha Mulinti, Anil Talluri, Bhudevi Soubhagya, Madhusudhana Sresty
PURPOSE: To quantify relative merit of MU deprived plans against freely optimized plans in terms of plan quality and report changes induced by progressive resolution optimizer algorithm (PRO3) to the dynamic parameters of RapidArc. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Ten cases of carcinoma hypopharynx were retrospectively planned in three phases without using MU tool. Replicas of these baseline plans were reoptimized using "Intermediate dose" feature and "MU tool" to reduce MUs by 20%, 35%, and 50%...
February 19, 2017: Physica Medica: PM
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