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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922945/aav-gene-therapy-in-a-sheep-model-of-tay-sachs-disease
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Heather Gray-Edwards, Ashley N Randle, Stacy Maitland, Hector Benatti, Spencer Hubbard, Peter Canning, Matthew Vogel, Brandon Brunson, Misako Hwang, Lauren Ellis, Allison M Bradbury, Atoska Gentry, Amanda Taylor, Anne Wooldridge, Dewey Wilhite, Randoplh Winter, Brain Whitlock, Jacob A Johnson, Merrilee Holland, Nouha Salibi, Ronald Beyers, James Sartin, Thomas Denney, Nancy R Cox, Miguel Sena-Esteves, Douglas R Martin
Tay-Sachs disease (TSD) is a fatal neurodegenerative disorder caused by a deficiency of the enzyme hexosaminidase A (HexA). Tay-Sachs disease also occurs in sheep, the only experimental model of TSD that has clinical signs of disease. The natural history of sheep TSD was characterized using serial neurological evaluations, 7 tesla MRI, echocardiograms, electrodiagnostics and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) biomarkers. Intracranial gene therapy was also tested using AAVrh8 monocistronic vectors encoding the α subunit of Hex (TSD α) or a mixture of two vectors encoding both the α and β subunits separately (TSD α+β) injected at high (1...
September 19, 2017: Human Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922589/higher-baseline-proinflammatory-cytokines-mark-poor-antidepressant-response-in-bipolar-disorder
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Francesco Benedetti, Sara Poletti, Thomas A Hoogenboezem, Clara Locatelli, Harm de Wit, Annemarie J M Wijkhuijs, Cristina Colombo, Hemmo A Drexhage
BACKGROUND: The clinical relevance of raised levels of circulating cytokines in bipolar disorder is still unclear. Cytokines influence neurotransmitters, neuroplasticity, and white matter integrity. An inconsistent literature suggests that higher cytokine levels could hamper antidepressant response. Total sleep deprivation (TSD) and light therapy (LT) prompt a rapid antidepressant response and can provide a model treatment to study predictors of response. METHODS: We studied at baseline 15 immune-regulating compounds in 37 consecutively admitted inpatients with a major depressive episode in the course of bipolar disorder (DSM-5 criteria) and in 24 controls...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910392/karyotype-analysis-and-sex-determination-in-australian-brush-turkeys-alectura-lathami
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Madison T Ortega, Dustin J Foote, Nicholas Nees, Jason C Erdmann, Charles D Bangs, Cheryl S Rosenfeld
Sexual differentiation across taxa may be due to genetic sex determination (GSD) and/or temperature sex determination (TSD). In many mammals, males are heterogametic (XY); whereas females are homogametic (XX). In most birds, the opposite is the case with females being heterogametic (ZW) and males the homogametic sex (ZZ). Many reptile species lack sex chromosomes, and instead, sexual differentiation is influenced by temperature with specific temperatures promoting males or females varying across species possessing this form of sexual differentiation, although TSD has recently been shown to override GSD in Australian central beaded dragons (Pogona vitticeps)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893547/17%C3%AE-estradiol-modulates-cell-proliferation-of-medullary-cords-during-ovarian-differentiation-of-the-lepidochelys-olivacea-sea-turtle
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Verónica Díaz-Hernández, Alma Vázquez-Gómez, Alejandro Marmolejo-Valencia, Luis Manuel Montaño, Horacio Merchant-Larios
In turtles undergoing temperature sex determination (TSD), bipotential gonads express Sox9 in medullary cords at both female- (FPT) and male-producing temperatures (MPT). Subsequently, when the sex fate of medullary cords becomes dimorphic, at FPT, Sox9 is downregulated, whereas at MPT, its expression is maintained. Medullary cords in the ovary turn into ovarian lacuna, whereas in the testis they differentiate as seminiferous cords. When embryos of Lepidochelys olivacea sea turtle are incubated at MPT and treated with estradiol, Sox9 expression persists in the medullary cords in the form of tiny ovotestis-like formations...
September 8, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28840805/pathogenic-phenotypic-and-molecular-characterisation-of-xanthomonas-nasturtii-sp-nov-and-xanthomonas-floridensis-sp-nov-new-species-of-xanthomonas-associated-with-watercress-production-in-florida
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Joana G Vicente, Steve Rothwell, Eric B Holub, David J Studholme
We describe two new species of the genus Xanthomonas, represented by yellow mucoid bacterial strains isolated from diseased leaves of watercress (Nasturtium officinale) produced in Florida, USA. One strain was pathogenic on watercress, but not in other species including a range of brassicas; other strains were not pathogenic in any of the tested plants. Data from Biolog carbon source utilization tests and nucleotide sequence data from 16S and gyrB loci suggested that both pathogenic and non-pathogenic strains were related to, yet distinct from, previously described Xanthomonas species...
September 2017: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28836855/enhancement-of-solubility-and-oral-bioavailability-of-manidipine-by-formation-of-ternary-solid-dispersion-with-d-%C3%AE-tocopherol-polyethylene-glycol-1000-succinate-and-copovidone
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Benchawan Chamsai, Sontaya Limmatvapirat, Srisagul Sungthongjeen, Pornsak Sriamornsak
CONTEXT: Low bioavailability of orally manidipine (MDP) is due to its low water solubility. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to increase the solubility and bioavailability of MDP by fabricating ternary solid dispersion (tSD) with D-α-tocopherol polyethyleneglycol-1000-succinate and copovidone. METHODS: In this study, solid ternary phase diagram was applied in order to check the homogeneity of tSD prepared by melting and solidifying with dry ice...
August 24, 2017: Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782143/dynamics-of-cerebral-responses-to-sustained-attention-performance-during-one-night-of-sleep-deprivation
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Yuanqiang Zhu, Yibin Xi, Ningbo Fei, Yuchen Liu, Xinxin Zhang, Lin Liu, Ziliang Xu, Jinbo Sun, Xuejuan Yang, Hong Yin, Jie Tian, Wei Qin
Total sleep deprivation (TSD) is increasingly common in modern society bringing various neurobehavioural effects. Dynamic changes of behaviour performances during TSD have been reported extensively, while the cerebral activation underlying such changes have not been elucidated clearly. This study aimed to investigate dynamic changes in cerebral responses to the fastest and slowest psychomotor vigilance task (PVT) trials during TSD. Thirty-six healthy subjects with intermediate chronotype performed the PVT while undergoing functional magnetic resonance imaging every 2 h from 22:00 hours on the first day to 06:00 hours on the second day (i...
August 6, 2017: Journal of Sleep Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770310/ultrasonographic-changes-after-steroid-injection-in-carpal-tunnel-syndrome
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Yeon Soo Lee, Eunseok Choi
OBJECTIVE: To determine the ultrasonographic changes after steroid injection in carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) and to evaluate the diagnostic value of ultrasound in post-treatment examination with clinical correlation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twenty-seven wrists with idiopathic CTS after a single injection of 40 mg of prednisolone hydrochloride were prospectively studied using a high-resolution ultrasound. Axial images of the wrists were obtained at the level of the distal radius, pisiform and hamate prior to and 1, 4 and 8 weeks after steroid injection...
August 2, 2017: Skeletal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766351/the-impact-of-sleep-deprivation-on-hippocampal-mediated-learning-and-memory-in-rats
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M Saygin, M F Ozguner, O Onder, D K Doguc, I Ilhan, Y Peker
BACKGROUND: To examine the impact of different types of sleep deprivation on hippocampal-mediated learning and memory in rats. METHODS: Forty-eight Sprague-Dawley male rats were randomly assigned to 1 of 4 equal-size groups: (1) 12 hours of sleep per day (control). (2) total sleep deprivation (TSD), (3) rapid eye movement (REM) deprivation (RD), and (4) sleep restricted to 4 hours per day (SR). All rats were subjected to swimming training in the Morris water maze (MWM)...
2017: Bratislavské Lekárske Listy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28764866/experimental-assessment-of-the-effects-of-moisture-on-loggerhead-sea-turtle-hatchling-sex-ratios
#10
Alexandra Lolavar, Jeanette Wyneken
Many reptiles have temperature-dependent sex determination (TSD). Sex determination in marine turtles is described by a cool-male, warm-female pattern. Nest sand temperature strongly influences sea turtle embryo development and sex differentiation. Yet, variation in hatchling sex ratios is explained only partially by nest temperature and can be predicted only at the warmest and coolest temperatures. Hence, other factors during development influence sex determination. Rainfall is a common environmental variable that may impact development and sex determination...
June 17, 2017: Zoology: Analysis of Complex Systems, ZACS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723215/discrimination-cascade-enabled-selective-detection-of-single-nucleotide-mutation
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Lidan Li, Xianjin Xiao, Jingyang Ge, Manli Han, Xu Zhou, Lei Wang, Xin Su, Changyuan Yu
Owing to the significance of single nucleotide mutation (SNM) for personalized medicine, the detection of SNM with high accuracy has recently attracted considerable interest. Here, we present a kinetic method for selective detection of SNM based on a discrimination cascade constructed by combining the toehold strand displacement (TSD) and endonuclease IV (Endo IV) catalyzed hydrolysis. The single-nucleotide specificity of the two DNA reactions allows highly selective detection of all types of single nucleotide changes (including single-nucleotide insertion and deletion), achieving a high discrimination factor with a median of 491 which is comparable with recently reported methods...
March 24, 2017: ACS Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713328/recovery-from-unrecognized-sleep-loss-accumulated-in-daily-life-improved-mood-regulation-via-prefrontal-suppression-of-amygdala-activity
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Yuki Motomura, Shingo Kitamura, Kyoko Nakazaki, Kentaro Oba, Ruri Katsunuma, Yuri Terasawa, Akiko Hida, Yoshiya Moriguchi, Kazuo Mishima
Many modern people suffer from sleep debt that has accumulated in everyday life but is not subjectively noticed [potential sleep debt (PSD)]. Our hypothesis for this study was that resolution of PSD through sleep extension optimizes mood regulation by altering the functional connectivity between the amygdala and prefrontal cortex. Fifteen healthy male participants underwent an experiment consisting of a baseline (BL) evaluation followed by two successive interventions, namely, a 9-day sleep extension followed by one night of total sleep deprivation (TSD)...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644207/enzymatic-versus-traditional-surgical-debridement-of-severely-burned-hands-a-comparison-of-selectivity-efficacy-healing-time-and-three-month-scar-quality
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Alexandra Schulz, Yaron Shoham, Lior Rosenberg, Irene Rothermund, Walther Perbix, Paul Christian Fuchs, Alexandra Lipensky, Jennifer Lynn Schiefer
Severe burns of the hands are extremely challenging, given their anatomic complexity and vulnerability. Although excisional debridement with autografting remains the standard of care (SOC), previous studies have shown that use of enzymatic debridement with bromelain (NexoBrid, EDNX) enables rapid, selective enzymatic debridement, preserving viable tissue. To date, only two studies accruing data on EDNX in this setting have been published. The current study was conducted to compare EDNX with traditional surgical debridement (TSD) of deep dermal and full-thickness hand burns...
July 2017: Journal of Burn Care & Research: Official Publication of the American Burn Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630932/differential-intron-retention-in-jumonji-chromatin-modifier-genes-is-implicated-in-reptile-temperature-dependent-sex-determination
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Ira W Deveson, Clare E Holleley, James Blackburn, Jennifer A Marshall Graves, John S Mattick, Paul D Waters, Arthur Georges
In many vertebrates, sex of offspring is determined by external environmental cues rather than by sex chromosomes. In reptiles, for instance, temperature-dependent sex determination (TSD) is common. Despite decades of work, the mechanism by which temperature is converted into a sex-determining signal remains mysterious. This is partly because it is difficult to distinguish the primary molecular events of TSD from the confounding downstream signatures of sexual differentiation. We use the Australian central bearded dragon, in which chromosomal sex determination is overridden at high temperatures to produce sex-reversed female offspring, as a unique model to identify TSD-specific features of the transcriptome...
June 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629495/noviherbaspirillum-denitrificans-sp-nov-a-denitrifying-bacterium-isolated-from-rice-paddy-soil-and-noviherbaspirillum-autotrophicum-sp-nov-a-denitrifying-facultatively-autotrophic-bacterium-isolated-from-rice-paddy-soil-and-proposal-to-reclassify-herbaspirillum
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Satoshi Ishii, Naoaki Ashida, Hiroki Ohno, Takahiro Segawa, Shuhei Yabe, Shigeto Otsuka, Akira Yokota, Keishi Senoo
Thirty-nine denitrifying bacterial strains closely related to one another, represented by strains TSA40T and TSA66T, were isolated from rice paddy soils. Strains TSA40T and TSA66T were Gram-stain-negative, slightly curved rod-shaped, and motile by means of polar flagella. They were able to reduce nitrate, nitrite and nitrous oxide, but unable to fix atmospheric N2. While strain TSA66T was able to grow autotrophically by H2-dependent denitrification, strain TSA40T could not. Phylogenetic analysis suggested that they belong to the family Oxalobacteraceae, the order Burkholderiales in the class Betaproteobacteria...
June 2017: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621028/climate-change-and-temperature-linked-hatchling-mortality-at-a-globally-important-sea-turtle-nesting-site
#16
Jacques-Olivier Laloë, Jacquie Cozens, Berta Renom, Albert Taxonera, Graeme C Hays
The study of temperature-dependent sex determination (TSD) in vertebrates has attracted major scientific interest. Recently, concerns for species with TSD in a warming world have increased because imbalanced sex ratios could potentially threaten population viability. In contrast, relatively little attention has been given to the direct effects of increased temperatures on successful embryonic development. Using 6603 days of sand temperature data recorded across 6 years at a globally important loggerhead sea turtle rookery-the Cape Verde Islands-we show the effects of warming incubation temperatures on the survival of hatchlings in nests...
June 16, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611585/role-of-n-arachidonoyl-serotonin-aa-5-ht-in-sleep-wake-cycle-architecture-sleep-homeostasis-and-neurotransmitters-regulation
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Eric Murillo-Rodríguez, Vincenzo Di Marzo, Sergio Machado, Nuno B Rocha, André B Veras, Geraldo A M Neto, Henning Budde, Oscar Arias-Carrión, Gloria Arankowsky-Sandoval
The endocannabinoid system comprises several molecular entities such as endogenous ligands [anandamide (AEA) and 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG)], receptors (CB1 and CB2), enzymes such as [fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAHH) and monoacylglycerol lipase (MAGL)], as well as the anandamide membrane transporter. Although the role of this complex neurobiological system in the sleep-wake cycle modulation has been studied, the contribution of the blocker of FAAH/transient receptor potential cation channel subfamily V member 1 (TRPV1), N-arachidonoyl-serotonin (AA-5-HT) in sleep has not been investigated...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611256/a-duplicated-truncated-amh-gene-is-involved-in-male-sex-determination-in-an-old-world-silverside
#18
Dilip Kumar Bej, Kaho Miyoshi, Ricardo S Hattori, Carlos A Strüssmann, Yoji Yamamoto
A master sex-determining gene, the Y chromosome-linked anti-Müllerian hormone (amhy) gene, has been described in two New World atheriniform species but little is known on the distribution, evolution, and function(s) of this gene in other Atheriniformes. Interestingly, amhy has been found to coexist with temperature-dependent sex determination (TSD), providing a unique opportunity to explore the interplay between genotypic and environmental sex determination. In this study, the search for an amhy homolog was extended to an Old World atheriniform, the cobaltcap silverside Hypoatherina tsurugae (Atherinidae)...
August 7, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584392/seasonal-shifts-in-sex-ratios-are-mediated-by-maternal-effects-and-fluctuating-incubation-temperatures
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Amanda W Carter, Rachel M Bowden, Ryan T Paitz
Sex-specific maternal effects can be adaptive sources of phenotypic plasticity. Reptiles with temperature-dependent sex determination (TSD) are a powerful system to investigate such maternal effects because offspring phenotype, including sex, can be sensitive to maternal influences such as oestrogens and incubation temperatures.In red-eared slider turtles (Trachemys scripta), concentrations of maternally derived oestrogens and incubation temperatures increase across the nesting season; we wanted to determine if sex ratios shift in a seasonally concordant manner, creating the potential for sex-specific maternal effects, and to define the sex ratio reaction norms under fluctuating temperatures across the nesting season...
April 2017: Functional Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28576476/mitral-valve-repair-in-dogs-using-an-eptfe-chordal-implantation-device-a-pilot-study
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M Borgarelli, O Lanz, N Pavlisko, J A Abbott, G Menciotti, M Aherne, S M Lahmers, K K Lahmers, J S Gammie
OBJECTIVE: Mitral valve (MV) regurgitation due to degenerative MV disease is the leading cause of cardiac death in dogs. We carried out preliminary experiments to determine the feasibility and short-term effects of beating-heart MV repair using an expanded polytetrafluorethylene (ePTFE) chordal implantation device (Harpoon TSD-5) in dogs. ANIMALS: This study involved six healthy purpose-bred Beagles (weight range 8.9-11.4 kg). MATERIAL AND METHODS: Following a mini-thoracotomy performed under general anesthesia, the TSD-5 was used to place 1 or 2 artificial ePTFE cords on the anterior MV leaflet or the posterior MV leaflet via a left-ventricular transapical approach...
May 31, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Cardiology: the Official Journal of the European Society of Veterinary Cardiology
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