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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432902/ayahuasca-s-entwined-efficacy-an-ethnographic-study-of-ritual-healing-from-addiction
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Piera Talin, Emilia Sanabria
BACKGROUND: A range of studies has demonstrated the efficacy of the psychoactive Amazonian brew ayahuasca in addressing substance addiction. These have revealed that physiological and psychological mechanisms are deeply enmeshed. This article focuses on how interactive ritual contexts support the healing effort. The study of psychedelic-assisted treatments for addiction has much to gain from ethnographic analyses of healing experiences within the particular ecologies of use and care, where these interventions are rendered efficacious...
April 19, 2017: International Journal on Drug Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432663/the-vascular-wall-a-plastic-hub-of-activity-in-cardiovascular-homeostasis-and-disease
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REVIEW
Cassandra P Awgulewitsch, Linh T Trinh, Antonis K Hatzopoulos
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review aims to summarize recent findings regarding the plasticity and fate switching among somatic and progenitor cells residing in the vascular wall of blood vessels in health and disease. RECENT FINDINGS: Cell lineage tracing methods have identified multiple origins of stem cells, macrophages, and matrix-producing cells that become mobilized after acute or chronic injury of cardiovascular tissues. These studies also revealed that in the disease environment, resident somatic cells become plastic, thereby changing their stereotypical identities to adopt proinflammatory and profibrotic phenotypes...
June 2017: Current Cardiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432333/metabolomic-and-proteomic-analysis-of-maize-embryonic-callus-induced-from-immature-embryo
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Fei Ge, Hongmei Hu, Xing Huang, Yanling Zhang, Yanli Wang, Zhaoling Li, Chaoying Zou, Huanwei Peng, Lujiang Li, Shibin Gao, Guangtang Pan, Yaou Shen
The low ratio of embryonic callus (EC) induction has inhibited the rapid development of maize genetic engineering. Still, little is known to explain the genotype-dependence of EC induction. Here, we performed a large-scale, quantitative analysis of the maize EC metabolome and proteome at three typical induction stages in two inbred lines with a range of EC induction capabilities. Comparison of the metabolomes and proteomes suggests that the differential molecular responses begin at an early stage of development and continue throughout the process of EC formation...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432313/multiple-clinical-characteristics-separate-med12-mutation-positive-and-negative-uterine-leiomyomas
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Hanna-Riikka Heinonen, Annukka Pasanen, Oskari Heikinheimo, Tomas Tanskanen, Kimmo Palin, Jaana Tolvanen, Pia Vahteristo, Jari Sjöberg, Esa Pitkänen, Ralf Bützow, Netta Mäkinen, Lauri A Aaltonen
Up to 86% of uterine leiomyomas harbour somatic mutations in mediator complex subunit 12 (MED12). These mutations have been associated with conventional histology, smaller tumour size, and larger number of tumours within the uterus. Prior studies, with limited sample sizes, have failed to detect associations between other clinical features and MED12 mutations. Here, we prospectively collected 763 uterine leiomyomas and the corresponding normal myometrial tissue from 244 hysterectomy patients, recorded tumour characteristics, collected clinical data from medical records, and screened the tissue samples for MED12 mutations to assess potential associations between clinical variables and mutation status...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432293/quiescence-of-adult-oligodendrocyte-precursor-cells-requires%C3%A2-thyroid-hormone-and-hypoxia-to-activate-runx1
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Yasuhito Tokumoto, Shinpei Tamaki, Yasuaki Kabe, Keiyo Takubo, Makoto Suematsu
The adult mammalian central nervous system (CNS) contains a population of slowly dividing oligodendrocyte precursor cells (OPCs), i.e., adult OPCs, which supply new oligodendrocytes throughout the life of animal. While adult OPCs develop from rapidly dividing perinatal OPCs, the mechanisms underlying their quiescence remain unknown. Here, we show that perinatal rodent OPCs cultured with thyroid hormone (TH) under hypoxia become quiescent and acquire adult OPCs-like characteristics. The cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor p15/INK4b plays crucial roles in the TH-dependent cell cycle deceleration in OPCs under hypoxia...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432085/acute-myeloid-leukaemia-in-a-case-with-tatton-brown-rahman-syndrome-the-peculiar-dnmt3a-r882-mutation
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Iris H I M Hollink, Ans M W van den Ouweland, H Berna Beverloo, Susan T C J M Arentsen-Peters, C Michel Zwaan, Anja Wagner
BACKGROUND: Recently a novel syndromic form of overgrowth with intellectual disability and distinct facial features was identified caused by constitutional mutations in the epigenetic regulator DNA-methyltransferase 3A (DNMT3A), referred to as Tatton-Brown-Rahman syndrome (TBRS). Somatically acquired mutations in DNMT3A occur in haematological malignancies and are frequently present in acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) affecting in more than 50% the arginine residue at position 882 (R882)...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432052/genomic-instability-in-cancer-teetering-on-the-limit-of-tolerance
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REVIEW
Noemi Andor, Carlo C Maley, Hanlee P Ji
Cancer genomic instability contributes to the phenomenon of intratumoral genetic heterogeneity, provides the genetic diversity required for natural selection, and enables the extensive phenotypic diversity that is frequently observed among patients. Genomic instability has previously been associated with poor prognosis. However, we have evidence that for solid tumors of epithelial origin, extreme levels of genomic instability, where more than 75% of the genome is subject to somatic copy number alterations, are associated with a potentially better prognosis compared with intermediate levels under this threshold...
April 21, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431793/alcohol-effects-on-the-epigenome-in-the-germline-role-in-the-inheritance-of-alcohol-related-pathology
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REVIEW
Lucy G Chastain, Dipak K Sarkar
Excessive alcohol exposure has severe health consequences, and clinical and animal studies have demonstrated that disruptions in the epigenome of somatic cells, such as those in brain, are an important factor in the development of alcohol-related pathologies, such as alcohol-use disorders (AUDs) and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs). It is also well known that alcohol-related health problems are passed down across generations in human populations, but the complete mechanisms for this phenomenon are currently unknown...
March 6, 2017: Alcohol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431403/association-of-the-vdac3-gene-polymorphism-with-sperm-count-in-han-chinese-population-with-idiopathic-male-infertility
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Lianjun Pan, Qingzhen Liu, Jingyun Li, Wei Wu, Xinru Wang, Dan Zhao, Jiehua Ma
Voltage-dependent anion channel (VDAC) is a multifunctional channel protein across the outer mitochondrial membrane of somatic cells and participates in many physiological and pathophysiological processes. Up to now, only a few studies, including our previous studies, showed that VDAC exists in mammalian spermatozoa and is involved in spermatogenesis and sperm functions. There is no report about VDAC genetic variants in germinal tissues or cells. To investigate the possible association between VDAC genetic variants and human sperm quality, we performed semen analysis and variant Genotyping of VDAC3 subtype (rs7004637, rs16891278 and rs6773) of 523 Han-Chinese males with idiopathic infertility respectively by computer assisted semen analysis (CASA) and single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) Genotyping assay...
April 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431268/assessment-of-mutagenicity-of-water-from-lake-sevan-armenia-with-application-of-tradescantia-clone-02
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R E Avalyan, E A Aghajanyan, A Khosrovyan, A L Atoyants, A E Simonyan, R M Aroutiounian
For many decades water resources in Armenia have been affected by anthropogenic activity, therefore, a regular bioindication of genotoxic effects of the water bodies is desirable. The genotoxicity of water samples collected from different parts of Lake Sevan were assessed by means of Trad-SHM (stamen hair mutation) assay using Tradescantia (clone 02). Here we report a significant increase in the frequency of somatic mutations and morphological changes in the Tradescantia inflorescences exposed to the water samples compared to the control...
March 31, 2017: Mutation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431246/fatty-acids-regulate-germline-sex-determination-through-acs-4-dependent-myristoylation
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Hongyun Tang, Min Han
Fat metabolism has been linked to fertility and reproductive adaptation in animals and humans, and environmental sex determination potentially plays a role in the process. To investigate the impact of fatty acids (FA) on sex determination and reproductive development, we examined and observed an impact of FA synthesis and mobilization by lipolysis in somatic tissues on oocyte fate in Caenorhabditis elegans. The subsequent genetic analysis identified ACS-4, an acyl-CoA synthetase and its FA-CoA product, as key germline factors that mediate the role of FA in promoting oocyte fate through protein myristoylation...
April 20, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431188/t-cell-receptor-%C3%AE-chain-repertoire-analysis-reveals-the-association-between-neoantigens-and-tumour-infiltrating-lymphocytes-in-multifocal-papillary-thyroid-carcinoma
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Zheming Lu, Chaoting Zhang, Jindong Sheng, Jing Shen, Baoguo Liu
To explore whether a few non-synonymous somatic mutations could induce activation and proliferation of neoantigen-specific tumour-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) in tumours with low mutation rates, we analysed a patient with multifocal papillary thyroid carcinoma (seven non-contiguous cancer foci) to investigate the relationship between neoantigens and TILs. These seven foci had a few or no non-synonymous somatic mutations; moreover, multiple loci had similar or different spectra of mutations. We used high-throughput sequencing of the rearranged genes in T cell receptor β-chain (TCRβ) to reveal the basic characteristics of T cells in seven tumour foci and matched adjacent normal tissue...
April 21, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431025/1h-magnetic-resonance-spectroscopy-of-live-human-sperm
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S Reynolds, S J Calvert, M N Paley, A A Pacey
STUDY QUESTION: Can 1H Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS) be used to obtain information about the molecules and metabolites in live human spermatozoa? SUMMARY ANSWER: Percoll-based density gradient centrifugation (DGC) followed by a further two washing steps, yielded enough sperm with minimal contamination (<0.01%) from seminal fluid to permit effective MRS which detected significant differences (p < 0.05) in the choline/glycerophosphocholine, lipid and lactate regions of the 1H MRS spectrum between sperm in the pellet and those from the 40/80% interface...
April 18, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431016/somatic-transposition-and-meiotically-driven-elimination-of-an-active-helitron-family-in-pleurotus-ostreatus
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Alessandra Borgognone, Raúl Castanera, Elaia Muguerza, Antonio G Pisabarro, Lucía Ramírez
Helitrons constitute a superfamily of DNA transposons that were discovered in silico and are widespread in most eukaryotic genomes. They are postulated to mobilize through a "rolling-circle" mechanism, but the experimental evidence of their transposition has been described only recently. Here, we present the inheritance patterns of HELPO1 and HELPO2 helitron families in meiotically derived progeny of the basidiomycete Pleurotus ostreatus. We found distorted segregation patterns of HELPO2 helitrons that led to a strong under-representation of these elements in the progeny...
April 1, 2017: DNA Research: An International Journal for Rapid Publication of Reports on Genes and Genomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430901/synergistic-effect-between-ischaemic-heart-disease-and-common-mental-disorders-and-the-risk-of-premature-exit-from-the-labour-market-a-nationwide-register-based-study-from-sweden
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Ellenor Mittendorfer-Rutz, Torbjörn Ivert, Marjan Vaez, Thomas Ernst Dorner
Aims: Common mental disorders i.e. depressive and anxiety disorders (CMD) are frequent comorbid conditions in individuals with ischaemic heart disease (IHD). Still, their effect on preterm exit from the labour market [i.e. disability pension (DP)] in individuals with IHD has to date not been scrutinized. The aim of this study was to investigate the separate and joint effect of IHD and CMD on the risk of DP for women and men of working age. Material and methods: This population-based cohort study included all non-pensioned 4 823 069 individuals, registered as living in Sweden 31 December 2004 and then 16-64 years of age...
April 18, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430896/evidence-of-secular-trend-in-mandibular-pubertal-growth
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Raphael Patcas, Daniel B Wiedemeier, Goran Markic, Philipp Beit, Heidi Keller
Background: During puberty, mandibular growth follows a growth curve comparable to somatic growth. This study aimed to review the relationship between mandibular pubertal peak height velocity (PHV) and skeletal age, and to investigate the possibility of a secular trend. Methods: Retrospective analysis was performed of two historical craniofacial growth studies (Denver Growth Study; observational time: 1943-1965, and Zurich Growth Study; observational time: 1982-1984) of healthy untreated subjects...
April 20, 2017: European Journal of Orthodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430876/ift25-an-intraflagellar-transporter-protein-dispensable-for-ciliogenesis-in-somatic-cells-is-essential-for-sperm-flagella-formation
#17
Hong Liu, Wei Li, Yong Zhang, Zhengang Zhang, Xuejun Shang, Ling Zhang, Shiyang Zhang, Yanwei Li, Andres V Somoza, Brandon Delpi, George L Gerton, James A Foster, Rex A Hess, Gregory J Pazour, Zhibing Zhang
Intraflagellar transport (IFT) is a conserved mechanism essential for the assembly and maintenance of most eukaryotic cilia and flagella. However, IFT25, a component of the IFT complex is not required for the formation of cilia in somatic tissues. In mice, the gene is highly expressed in the testis, and its expression is up-regulated during the final phase when sperm flagella are formed. To investigate the role of IFT25 in sperm flagella formation, the gene was specifically disrupted in male germ cells. All homozygous knockout mice survived to adulthood and did not show any gross abnormalities...
April 18, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430174/whole-exome-analysis-reveals-novel-somatic-genomic-alterations-associated-with-cell-of-origin-in-diffuse-large-b-cell-lymphoma
#18
B A Manso, K Wenzl, Y W Asmann, M J Maurer, M Manske, Z-Z Yang, S L Slager, G S Nowakowski, S M Ansell, T E Witzig, A L Feldman, L Rimsza, B Link, J R Cerhan, A J Novak
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April 21, 2017: Blood Cancer Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429735/phylogenetic-analysis-of-metastatic-progression-in-breast-cancer-using-somatic-mutations-and-copy-number-aberrations
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David Brown, Dominiek Smeets, Borbála Székely, Denis Larsimont, A Marcell Szász, Pierre-Yves Adnet, Françoise Rothé, Ghizlane Rouas, Zsófia I Nagy, Zsófia Faragó, Anna-Mária Tőkés, Magdolna Dank, Gyöngyvér Szentmártoni, Nóra Udvarhelyi, Gabriele Zoppoli, Lajos Pusztai, Martine Piccart, Janina Kulka, Diether Lambrechts, Christos Sotiriou, Christine Desmedt
Several studies using genome-wide molecular techniques have reported various degrees of genetic heterogeneity between primary tumours and their distant metastases. However, it has been difficult to discern patterns of dissemination owing to the limited number of patients and available metastases. Here, we use phylogenetic techniques on data generated using whole-exome sequencing and copy number profiling of primary and multiple-matched metastatic tumours from ten autopsied patients to infer the evolutionary history of breast cancer progression...
April 20, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429249/are-there-moral-differences-between-maternal-spindle-transfer-and-pronuclear-transfer
#20
César Palacios-González
This paper examines whether there are moral differences between the mitochondrial replacement techniques that have been recently developed in order to help women afflicted by mitochondrial DNA diseases to have genetically related children absent such conditions: maternal spindle transfer (MST) and pronuclear transfer (PNT). Firstly, it examines whether there is a moral difference between MST and PNT in terms of the divide between somatic interventions and germline interventions. Secondly, it considers whether PNT and MST are morally distinct under a therapy/creation optic...
April 20, 2017: Medicine, Health Care, and Philosophy
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