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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911262/magnetic-resonance-elastography-vs-transient-elastography-in-detection-of-fibrosis-and-noninvasive-measurement-of-steatosis-in-patients-with-biopsy-proven-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease
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Charlie C Park, Phirum Nguyen, Carolyn Hernandez, Ricki Bettencourt, Kimberly Ramirez, Lynda Fortney, Jonathan Hooker, Ethan Sy, Mosab H Alquiraish, Mark A Valasek, Emily Rizo, Lisa Richards, David Brenner, Claude B Sirlin, Rohit Loomba
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Magnetic-resonance-imaging (MRI) techniques and ultrasound-based transient elastography (TE) can be used in noninvasive diagnosis of fibrosis and steatosis in patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). We performed a prospective study to compare the performance of magnetic resonance elastography (MRE) vs TE for in diagnosis of fibrosis, and MRI-based proton density fat fraction (MRI-PDFF) analysis vs TE-based controlled attenuation parameter (CAP) for diagnosis of steatosis in patients undergoing biopsy to assess NAFLD...
October 27, 2016: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909445/identification-and-profiling-of-micrornas-expressed-in-elongating-cotton-fibers-using-small-rna-deep-sequencing
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Yanmei Wang, Yan Ding, Jin-Yuan Liu
Plant microRNAs (miRNAs) have been shown to play essential roles in the regulation of gene expression. In this study, small RNA deep sequencing was applied to explore novel miRNAs expressed in elongating cotton fibers. A total of 46 novel and 96 known miRNAs, primarily derived from the corresponding specific loci in genome of Gossypium arboreum, were identified. 64 miRNAs were shown to be differentially expressed during the fiber elongation process; 16 were predicted to be novel miRNAs while the remaining 48 belong to known miRNA families...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908889/microrna-146a-induces-lineage-negative-bone-marrow-cell-apoptosis-and-senescence-by-targeting-polo-like-kinase-2-expression
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Shanming Deng, Huilan Wang, Chunling Jia, Shoukang Zhu, Xianming Chu, Qi Ma, Jianqin Wei, Emily Chen, Wei Zhu, Conrad J Macon, Dushyantha T Jayaweera, Derek M Dykxhoorn, Chunming Dong
OBJECTIVE: Lineage-negative bone marrow cells (lin- BMCs) are enriched in endothelial progenitor cells and mediate vascular repair. Aging-associated senescence and apoptosis result in reduced number and functionality of lin- BMCs, impairing their prorepair capacity. The molecular mechanisms underlying lin- BMC senescence and apoptosis are poorly understood. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) regulate many important biological processes. The identification of miRNA-mRNA networks that modulate the health and functionality of lin- BMCs is a critical step in understanding the process of vascular repair...
December 1, 2016: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908864/identification-of-candidate-genes-in-osteoporosis-by-integrated-microarray-analysis
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J J Li, B Q Wang, Q Fei, Y Yang, D Li
OBJECTIVES: In order to screen the altered gene expression profile in peripheral blood mononuclear cells of patients with osteoporosis, we performed an integrated analysis of the online microarray studies of osteoporosis. METHODS: We searched the Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO) database for microarray studies of peripheral blood mononuclear cells in patients with osteoporosis. Subsequently, we integrated gene expression data sets from multiple microarray studies to obtain differentially expressed genes (DEGs) between patients with osteoporosis and normal controls...
December 2016: Bone & Joint Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908025/geometry-of-behavioral-spaces-a-computational-approach-to-analysis-and-understanding-of-agent-based-models-and-agent-behaviors
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Martin Cenek, Spencer K Dahl
Systems with non-linear dynamics frequently exhibit emergent system behavior, which is important to find and specify rigorously to understand the nature of the modeled phenomena. Through this analysis, it is possible to characterize phenomena such as how systems assemble or dissipate and what behaviors lead to specific final system configurations. Agent Based Modeling (ABM) is one of the modeling techniques used to study the interaction dynamics between a system's agents and its environment. Although the methodology of ABM construction is well understood and practiced, there are no computational, statistically rigorous, comprehensive tools to evaluate an ABM's execution...
November 2016: Chaos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907186/inter-tissue-gene-co-expression-networks-between-metabolically-healthy-and-unhealthy-obese-individuals
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Lisette J A Kogelman, Jingyuan Fu, Lude Franke, Jan Willem Greve, Marten Hofker, Sander S Rensen, Haja N Kadarmideen
BACKGROUND: Obesity is associated with severe co-morbidities such as type 2 diabetes and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. However, studies have shown that 10-25 percent of the severely obese individuals are metabolically healthy. To date, the identification of genetic factors underlying the metabolically healthy obese (MHO) state is limited. Systems genetics approaches have led to the identification of genes and pathways in complex diseases. Here, we have used such approaches across tissues to detect genes and pathways involved in obesity-induced disease development...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907011/uncover-mirna-disease-association-by-exploiting-global-network-similarity
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Min Chen, Xingguo Lu, Bo Liao, Zejun Li, Lijun Cai, Changlong Gu
Identification of miRNA-disease association is a fundamental challenge in human health clinic. However, the known miRNA-disease associations are rare and experimental verification methods are expensive and time-consuming. Therefore, there is a strong incentive to develop computational methods. In this paper, we calculate the similarity score for each miRNAs pair by integrating miRNA functional similarity and miRNA family information. We use the disease phenotype similarity data to construct the disease similarity network...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906999/identification-geochemical-characterisation-and-significance-of-bitumen-among-the-grave-goods-of-the-7th-century-mound-1-ship-burial-at-sutton-hoo-suffolk-uk
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Pauline Burger, Rebecca J Stacey, Stephen A Bowden, Marei Hacke, John Parnell
The 7th century ship-burial at Sutton Hoo is famous for the spectacular treasure discovered when it was first excavated in 1939. The finds include gold and garnet jewellery, silverware, coins and ceremonial armour of broad geographical provenance which make a vital contribution to understanding the political landscape of early medieval Northern Europe. Fragments of black organic material found scattered within the burial were originally identified as 'Stockholm Tar' and linked to waterproofing and maintenance of the ship...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906451/proximity-dependent-biotinylation-for-identification-of-interacting-proteins
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Valerie Le Sage, Alessandro Cinti, Andrew J Mouland
Complex interaction networks orchestrate key cellular processes including but not limited to transcription, translation, metabolism, and cell signaling. Delineating these interactions will aid in deciphering the regulation and function of these pathways and potential for manipulation. Proximity-dependent biotin identification (BioID) is quickly gaining popularity as a powerful tool for identifying novel protein-protein and proximity-based interactions in live cells. This technique relies on a promiscuous biotin ligase, which is fused to a protein of interest and, upon expression in the desired cell, will biotinylate proximal endogenous proteins...
December 1, 2016: Current Protocols in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905613/unambiguous-identification-and-discovery-of-bacterial-siderophores-by-direct-injection-21-tesla-fourier-transform-ion-cyclotron-resonance-mass-spectrometry
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Lawrence R Walker, Malak M Tfaily, Jared B Shaw, Nancy J Hess, Ljiljana Paša-Tolić, David W Koppenaal
Under iron-limiting conditions, bacteria produce low molecular mass Fe(iii) binding molecules known as siderophores to sequester the Fe(iii), along with other elements, increasing their bioavailability. Siderophores are thought to influence iron cycling and biogeochemistry in both marine and terrestrial ecosystems and hence the need for rapid, confident characterization of these compounds has increased. In this study, the type of siderophores produced by two marine bacterial species, Synechococcus sp. PCC 7002 and Vibrio cyclitrophicus 1F53, were characterized by use of a newly developed 21 T Fourier Transform Ion Cyclotron Resonance Mass Spectrometer (FTICR MS) with direct injection electrospray ionization...
December 1, 2016: Metallomics: Integrated Biometal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903980/identification-of-biomarker-micrornas-for-predicting-the-response-of-colorectal-cancer-to-neoadjuvant-chemoradiotherapy-based-on-microrna-regulatory-network
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Yaqun Zhu, Qiliang Peng, Yuxin Lin, Li Zou, Peipei Shen, Feifei Chen, Ming Min, Li Shen, Jiajia Chen, Bairong Shen
Preoperative radiotherapy or chemoradiotherapy has become a standard procedure for treatment of patients with locally advanced colorectal cancer (CRC). However, patients' responses to treatment are different and personalized. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are promising biomarkers for predicting personalized responses. In this study, we collected 30 publicly reported miRNAs associated with chemoradiotherapy of CRC. We extracted 46 differentially expressed miRNAs from samples of responders and non-responders to preoperative radiotherapy from the Gene Expression Omnibus dataset (Student's t test, p-value < 0...
November 26, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903896/img-abc-new-features-for-bacterial-secondary-metabolism-analysis-and-targeted-biosynthetic-gene-cluster-discovery-in-thousands-of-microbial-genomes
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Michalis Hadjithomas, I-Min A Chen, Ken Chu, Jinghua Huang, Anna Ratner, Krishna Palaniappan, Evan Andersen, Victor Markowitz, Nikos C Kyrpides, Natalia N Ivanova
Secondary metabolites produced by microbes have diverse biological functions, which makes them a great potential source of biotechnologically relevant compounds with antimicrobial, anti-cancer and other activities. The proteins needed to synthesize these natural products are often encoded by clusters of co-located genes called biosynthetic gene clusters (BCs). In order to advance the exploration of microbial secondary metabolism, we developed the largest publically available database of experimentally verified and predicted BCs, the Integrated Microbial Genomes Atlas of Biosynthetic gene Clusters (IMG-ABC) (https://img...
November 29, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903259/differential-variation-patterns-between-hubs-and-bottlenecks-in-human-protein-protein-interaction-networks
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Erli Pang, Yu Hao, Ying Sun, Kui Lin
BACKGROUND: The identification, description and understanding of protein-protein networks are important in cell biology and medicine, especially for the study of system biology where the focus concerns the interaction of biomolecules. Hubs and bottlenecks refer to the important proteins of a protein interaction network. Until now, very little attention has been paid to differentiate these two protein groups. RESULTS: By integrating human protein-protein interaction networks and human genome-wide variations across populations, we described the differences between hubs and bottlenecks in this study...
December 1, 2016: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902487/identification-of-laryngeal-cancer-prognostic-biomarkers-using-an-inflammatory-gene-related-competitive-endogenous-rna-network
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Qun He, Linli Tian, Hao Jiang, Jiarui Zhang, Qiang Li, Yanan Sun, Jiannan Zhao, Huijun Li, Ming Liu
Competitive endogenous RNAs (ceRNAs) act as molecular sponges for microRNAs (miRNAs), and are associated with tumorigenesis in various cancers, including laryngeal cancer (LC). In this work, we constructed an LC-specific inflammatory gene-related ceRNA network (IceNet). In IceNet, ceRNAs targeting inflammation-related genes tended to be network hubs. Additionally, the betweenness centralities of these hub ceRNAs were higher than those of the inflammation-related genes themselves, indicating that the hub ceRNAs in this study played critical roles in communication between IceNet molecules...
November 25, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901073/thd-module-extractor-an-application-for-cen-module-extraction-and-interesting-gene-identification-for-alzheimer-s-disease
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Tulika Kakati, Hirak Kashyap, Dhruba K Bhattacharyya
There exist many tools and methods for construction of co-expression network from gene expression data and for extraction of densely connected gene modules. In this paper, a method is introduced to construct co-expression network and to extract co-expressed modules having high biological significance. The proposed method has been validated on several well known microarray datasets extracted from a diverse set of species, using statistical measures, such as p and q values. The modules obtained in these studies are found to be biologically significant based on Gene Ontology enrichment analysis, pathway analysis, and KEGG enrichment analysis...
November 30, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900601/rna-seq-expression-analysis-of-enteric-neuron-cells-with-rotenone-treatment-and-prediction-of-regulated-pathways
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Qiang Guan, Xijin Wang, Yanyan Jiang, Lijuan Zhao, Zhiyu Nie, Lingjing Jin
The enteric nervous system (ENS) is involved in the initiation and development of the pathological process of Parkinson's disease (PD). The effect of rotenone on the ENS may trigger the progression of PD through the central nervous system (CNS). In this study, we used RNA-sequencing (RNA-seq) analysis to examine differential expression genes (DEGs) and pathways induced by in vitro treatment of rotenone in the enteric nervous cells isolated from rats. We identified 45 up-regulated and 30 down-regulated genes...
November 30, 2016: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900297/effects-of-lymphatic-drainage-and-local-cryo-exposition-regeneration-after-high-intensive-exercises
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Michael Behringer, Diana Jedlicka, Molly McCourt, Matthias Ring, Joachim Mester
BACKGROUND: Recovery from exercise and competition is important in sports medicine, particularly when rest periods are short. The objective is to determine the efficacy of cryo exposition (CRY) and manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) to hasten short term recovery of muscle performance after eccentric contractions. METHODS: In a randomized controlled trial, 30 healthy sport students (21 males, 9 females; age: 25.7±2.8 years) performed 4×20 eccentric contractions of knee extensors, followed by 30 min MLD, CRY, or rest (RST) under controlled laboratory environment...
April 2016: Muscles, Ligaments and Tendons Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899510/identification-and-in-silico-modeling-of-enhancers-reveals-new-features-of-the-cardiac-differentiation-network
#18
Denis Seyres, Yad Ghavi-Helm, Guillaume Junion, Ouarda Taghli-Lamallem, Céline Guichard, Laurence Röder, Charles Girardot, Eileen E M Furlong, Laurent Perrin
Developmental patterning and tissue formation are regulated through complex gene regulatory networks (GRNs) driven through the action of transcription factors (TFs) converging on enhancer elements. Here, as a point of entry to dissect the poorly defined GRN underlying cardiomyocyte differentiation, we apply an integrated approach to identify active enhancers and TFs involved in Drosophila heart development. The Drosophila heart consists of 104 cardiomyocytes, representing less than 0.5% of all cells in the embryo...
December 1, 2016: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899188/familial-prostate-cancer
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Veda N Giri, Jennifer L Beebe-Dimmer
Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among men in the United States as well as most Western countries. A significant proportion of men report having a positive family history of prostate cancer in a first-degree relative (father, brother, son), which is important in that family history is one of the only established risk factors for the disease and plays a role in decision-making for prostate cancer screening. Familial aggregation of prostate cancer is considered a surrogate marker of genetic susceptibility to developing the disease, but shared environment cannot be excluded as an explanation for clustering of cases among family members...
October 2016: Seminars in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898342/voice-sensitive-brain-networks-encode-talker-specific-phonetic-detail
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Emily B Myers, Rachel M Theodore
The speech stream simultaneously carries information about talker identity and linguistic content, and the same acoustic property (e.g., voice-onset-time, or VOT) may be used for both purposes. Separable neural networks for processing talker identity and phonetic content have been identified, but it is unclear how a singular acoustic property is parsed by the neural system for talker identification versus phonetic processing. In the current study, listeners were exposed to two talkers with characteristically different VOTs...
November 26, 2016: Brain and Language
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