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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724269/association-of-human-methionine-synthase-a2756g-transition-with-prostate-cancer-a-case-control-study-and-in-silico-analysis
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Arezou Ebrahimi, Abasalt Hosseinzadeh Colagar, Mohammad Karimian
Methionine synthase (MTR) is one of the key enzymes of folate pathway, which play a key role in the construction, repair, and methylation of DNA. In this study, an association of MTR A2756G gene transition with prostate cancer in men populations of Kashan-Iran was investigated by a case-control study and an in silico analysis. The 200 samples including 100 patients with prostate cancer, as case group and 100 healthy men, as control group included in this study. MTR-A2756G genotyping was performed by PCR-RFLP technique...
May 2017: Acta Medica Iranica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724196/a-local-agreement-pattern-measure-based-on-hazard-functions-for-survival-outcomes
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Tian Dai, Ying Guo, Limin Peng, Amita K Manatunga
Assessing agreement is often of interest in biomedical and clinical research when measurements are obtained on the same subjects by different raters or methods. Most classical agreement methods have been focused on global summary statistics, which cannot be used to describe various local agreement patterns. The objective of this work is to study the local agreement pattern between two continuous measurements subject to censoring. In this article, we propose a new agreement measure based on bivariate hazard functions to characterize the local agreement pattern between two correlated survival outcomes...
July 19, 2017: Biometrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724192/handheld-echocardiography-during-hospitalization-for-acute-myocardial-infarction
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Michael W Cullen, Jeffrey B Geske, Nandan S Anavekar, J Wells Askew, Bradley R Lewis, Jae K Oh
BACKGROUND: Handheld echocardiography (HHE) is concordant with standard transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) in a variety of settings but has not been thoroughly compared to traditional TTE in patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI). HYPOTHESIS: Completed by experienced operators, HHE provides accurate diagnostic capabilities compared with standard TTE in AMI patients. METHODS: This study prospectively enrolled patients admitted to the coronary care unit with AMI...
July 19, 2017: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724179/contribution-of-electron-microscopy-to-study-in-vitro-inositol-effects-on-human-spermatozoa
#4
M Colone, A Calcabrini, V Unfer, A Stringaro
Infertility is a worldwide problem and male partner contributes to almost 30% of cases of infertility. The term oligoasthenoteratospermia is related to defective spermatogenesis and is characterized by a reduction of motility and number of spermatozoa and a change in their morphology. Electron microscopes are frequently used in order to evaluate sperm pathology and overall to establish a correlation between structural and functional deficiencies of altered sperm. High levels of reactive oxygen species endanger sperm function and viability...
June 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724103/nematode-community-response-to-green-infrastructure-design-in-a-semiarid-city
#5
Mitchell A Pavao-Zuckerman, Christine Sookhdeo
Urbanization affects ecosystem function and environmental quality through shifts in ecosystem fluxes that are brought on by features of the built environment. Green infrastructure (GI) has been suggested as a best management practice (BMP) to address urban hydrologic and ecological impacts of the built environment, but GI practice has only been studied from a limited set of climatic conditions and disciplinary approaches. Here, we evaluate GI features in a semiarid city from the perspective of soil ecology through the application of soil nematode community analysis...
May 2017: Journal of Environmental Quality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723971/termination-factor-rho-from-the-control-of-pervasive-transcription-to-cell-fate-determination-in-bacillus-subtilis
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Vladimir Bidnenko, Pierre Nicolas, Aleksandra Grylak-Mielnicka, Olivier Delumeau, Sandrine Auger, Anne Aucouturier, Cyprien Guerin, Repoila Francis, Jacek Bardowski, Stéphane Aymerich, Elena Bidnenko
In eukaryotes, RNA species originating from pervasive transcription are regulators of various cellular processes, from the expression of individual genes to the control of cellular development and oncogenesis. In prokaryotes, the function of pervasive transcription and its output on cell physiology is still unknown. Most bacteria possess termination factor Rho, which represses pervasive, mostly antisense, transcription. Here, we investigate the biological significance of Rho-controlled transcription in the Gram-positive model bacterium Bacillus subtilis...
July 19, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723955/crystal-structure-and-functional-characterization-of-an-isoaspartyl-dipeptidase-cpsiada-from-colwellia-psychrerythraea-strain-34h
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Sun-Ha Park, Chang Woo Lee, Sung Gu Lee, Seung Chul Shin, Hak Jun Kim, Hyun Park, Jun Hyuck Lee
Isoaspartyl dipeptidase (IadA) is an enzyme that catalyzes the hydrolysis of an isoaspartyl dipeptide-like moiety, which can be inappropriately formed in proteins, between the β-carboxyl group side chain of Asp and the amino group of the following amino acid. Here, we have determined the structures of an isoaspartyl dipeptidase (CpsIadA) from Colwellia psychrerythraea, both ligand-free and that complexed with β-isoaspartyl lysine, at 1.85-Å and 2.33-Å resolution, respectively. In both structures, CpsIadA formed an octamer with two Zn ions in the active site...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723938/gender-differences-in-cerebral-metabolism-for-color-processing-in-mice-a-pet-mri-study
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Philip C Njemanze, Mathias Kranz, Mario Amend, Jens Hauser, Hans Wehrl, Peter Brust
INTRODUCTION: Color processing is a central component of mammalian vision. Gender-related differences of color processing revealed by non-invasive functional transcranial Doppler ultrasound suggested right hemisphere pattern for blue/yellow chromatic opponency by men, and a left hemisphere pattern by women. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The present study measured the accumulation of [18F]fluorodeoxyglucose ([18F]FDG) in mouse brain using small animal positron emission tomography and magnetic resonance imaging (PET/MRI) with statistical parametric mapping (SPM) during light stimulation with blue and yellow filters compared to darkness condition...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723935/responses-of-molluscan-communities-to-centuries-of-human-impact-in-the-northern-adriatic-sea
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Ivo Gallmetzer, Alexandra Haselmair, Adam Tomašových, Michael Stachowitsch, Martin Zuschin
In sediment cores spanning ~500 years of history in the Gulf of Trieste, down-core changes in molluscan community structure are characterized by marked shifts in species and functional composition. Between the 16th and 19th century, a strong heavy metal contamination of the sediments, most notably by Hg, together with the effects of natural climatic oscillations (increased sedimentation and organic enrichment) drive community changes. Since the early 20th century up to 2013, the combined impacts of cultural eutrophication, frequent hypoxic events and intensifying bottom trawling replace heavy metal contamination and climatic factors as the main drivers...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723918/heterogeneity-of-p53-dependent-genomic-responses-following-ethanol-exposure-in-a-developmental-mouse-model-of-fetal-alcohol-spectrum-disorder
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Maria Camargo Moreno, Sandra M Mooney, Frank A Middleton
Prenatal ethanol exposure can produce structural and functional deficits in the brain and result in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). In rodent models acute exposure to a high concentration of alcohol causes increased apoptosis in the developing brain. A single causal molecular switch that signals for this increase in apoptosis has yet to be identified. The protein p53 has been suggested to play a pivotal role in enabling cells to engage in pro-apoptotic processes, and thus figures prominently as a hub molecule in the intracellular cascade of responses elicited by alcohol exposure...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723891/the-lysosomal-potassium-channel-tmem175-adopts-a-novel-tetrameric-architecture
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Changkeun Lee, Jiangtao Guo, Weizhong Zeng, Sunghoon Kim, Ji She, Chunlei Cang, Dejian Ren, Youxing Jiang
TMEM175 is a lysosomal K(+) channel that is important for maintaining the membrane potential and pH stability in lysosomes. It contains two homologous copies of a six-transmembrane-helix (6-TM) domain, which has no sequence homology to the canonical tetrameric K(+) channels and lacks the TVGYG selectivity filter motif found in these channels. The prokaryotic TMEM175 channel, which is present in a subset of bacteria and archaea, contains only a single 6-TM domain and functions as a tetramer. Here, we present the crystal structure of a prokaryotic TMEM175 channel from Chamaesiphon minutus, CmTMEM175, the architecture of which represents a completely different fold from that of canonical K(+) channels...
July 19, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723868/screening-of-medicinal-plant-phytochemicals-as-natural-antagonists-of-p53-mdm2-interaction-to-reactivate-p53-functioning
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Muhammad Riaz, Usman A Ashfaq, Muhammad Qasim, Erum Yasmeen, Muhammad T Ul Qamar, Farooq Anwar
In most types of cancer, overexpression of murine double minute 2 (MDM2) often leads to inactivation of p53. The crystal structure of MDM2, with a 109-residue amino-terminal domain, reveals that MDM2 has a core hydrophobic region to which p53 binds as an amphipathic α helix. The interface depends on the steric complementarity between MDM2 and the hydrophobic region of p53. Especially, on p53's triad, amino acids Phe19, Trp23 and Leu26 bind to the MDM2 core. Results from studies suggest that the structural motif of both p53 and MDM2 can be attributed to similarities in the amphipathic α helix...
July 18, 2017: Anti-cancer Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723847/blindness-related-to-presumed-retinal-toxicity-after-using-perfluorocarbon-liquid-during-vitreoretinal-surgery
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Silvia Méndez-Martínez, Pilar Calvo, Nelson Arturo Rodriguez-Marco, Fernando Faus, Emilio Abecia, Luis Pablo
PURPOSE: To describe the presumed retinal toxicity after using specific batches of perfluorocarbon liquid ALA OCTA (Alamedics, Dornstadt, Germany) in pars plana vitrectomy. METHODS: This is an observational retrospective consecutive case series analyses of patients operated on pars plana vitrectomy for retinal detachment or intraocular lens subluxation, using the 150141 or 200114 batches of perfluorocarbon liquid ALA OCTA as assistance during the surgery in a single center...
July 18, 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723790/relationship-of-medial-gastrocnemius-relative-fascicle-excursion-and-ankle-joint-power-and-work-performance-during-gait-in-typically-developing-children-a-cross-sectional-study
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Teresa Martín Lorenzo, Gustavo Albi Rodríguez, Eduardo Rocon, Ignacio Martínez Caballero, Sergio Lerma Lara
Muscle fascicles lengthen in response to chronic passive stretch through in-series sarcomere addition in order to maintain an optimum sarcomere length. In turn, the muscles' force generating capacity, maximum excursion, and contraction velocity is enhanced. Thus, longer fascicles suggest a greater capacity to develop joint power and work. However, static fascicle length measurements may not be taking sarcomere length differences into account. Thus, we considered relative fascicle excursions through passive ankle dorsiflexion may better correlate with the capacity to generate joint power and work than fascicle length...
July 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723759/determining-the-relationship-of-kinesiophobia-with-respiratory-functions-and-functional-capacity-in-ankylosing-spondylitis
#15
Göktuğ Er, Ender AngIn
Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a common inflammatory rheumatic disease that affects the axial skeleton, causes inflammatory lower back pain, and structural and functional disorders, which affect quality of life negatively.The purpose of this study is to investigate the effects of kinesiophobia in AS on pulmonary function tests (PFTs) and functional performance.Thirty-one individuals with AS (n = 19 male, n = 12 female) who were suitable on the basis of the Modified New York (MNY) criteria were included in the study...
July 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723757/comprehensive-comparing-percutaneous-endoscopic-lumbar-discectomy-with-posterior-lumbar-internal-fixation-for-treatment-of-adjacent-segment-lumbar-disc-prolapse-with-stable-retrolisthesis-a-retrospective-case-control-study
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Yapeng Sun, Wei Zhang, Suhui Qie, Nan Zhang, Wenyuan Ding, Yong Shen
The study was to comprehensively compare the postoperative outcome and imaging parameter characters in a short/middle period between the percutaneous endoscopic lumbar discectomy (PELD) and the internal fixation of bone graft fusion (the most common form is posterior lumbar interbody fusion [PLIF]) for the treatment of adjacent segment lumbar disc prolapse with stable retrolisthesis after a previous lumbar internal fixation surgery.In this retrospective case-control study, we collected the medical records from 11 patients who received PELD operation (defined as PELD group) for and from 13 patients who received the internal fixation of bone graft fusion of lumbar posterior vertebral lamina decompression (defined as control group) for the treatment of the lumbar disc prolapse combined with stable retrolisthesis at Department of Spine Surgery, the Third Hospital of Hebei Medical University (Shijiazhuang, China) from May 2010 to December 2015...
July 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723713/somatotopic-fascicular-lesions-of-the-brachial-plexus-demonstrated-by-high-resolution-magnetic-resonance-neurography
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Tim Hilgenfeld, Johann Jende, Daniel Schwarz, Philipp Bäumer, Jennifer Kollmer, Sabine Heiland, Martin Bendszus, Mirko Pham
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to evaluate whether high-resolution brachial plexus (BP) magnetic resonance neurography (MRN) is capable of (1) distinguishing patients with compressive neuropathy or noncompressive plexopathy from age- and sex-matched controls, (2) discriminating between patients with compressive neuropathy and noncompressive plexopathy, and (3) detecting spatial lesion patterns suggesting somatotopic organization of the BP. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty-six patients (50...
July 18, 2017: Investigative Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723679/preparation-and-application-of-n-doped-carbon-nanotube-arrays-on-graphene-fibers
#18
Mochen Li, Xiaohong Zhang, Haibin Jiang, Xiang Wang, Yue Ru, Jinliang Qiao
A new kind of carbon hybrid material with unique structure, outstanding mechanical and functional properties is reported in this article. Nitrogen-doped carbon nanotube arrays with inside located Ni particles are in-situ grown on the surface of phenolic carbon modified graphene fibers during their conversion from graphene oxide fibers. The carbon hybrid fiber exhibits not only high tensile strength and elongation at break, but also excellent flexibility since the carbon nanotube arrays cover the all surface of highly strong graphene fiber...
July 19, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723657/an-emerging-function-of-circrna-mirnas-mrna-axis-in-human-diseases
#19
REVIEW
Dawei Rong, Handong Sun, Zhouxiao Li, Shuheng Liu, Chaoxi Dong, Kai Fu, Weiwei Tang, Hongyong Cao
Circular RNAs (circRNAs), a novel class of long noncoding RNAs, are characterized by a covalently closed continuous loop without 5' or 3' polarities structure and have been widely found in thousands of lives including plants, animals and human beings. Utilizing the high-throughput RNA sequencing (RNA-seq) technology, recent findings have indicated thata great deal of circRNAs, which are endogenous, stable, widely expressed in mammalian cells, often exhibit cell type-specific, tissue-specific or developmental-stage-specific expression...
July 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723654/disrupted-small-world-brain-network-topology-in-pure-conduct-disorder
#20
Feng-Mei Lu, Jian-Song Zhou, Jiang Zhang, Xiao-Ping Wang, Zhen Yuan
OBJECTIVES: Conduct disorder (CD) is characterized by the violation of the rights of others or basic social rules and a repetitive, persistent pattern of antisocial and aggressive behaviors. A large number of functional and structural neuroimaging studies have identified widely abnormalities in specific brain regions in CD, but the alterations in the topological organization of functional networks among them remain largely unknown. METHODS: Resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging was applied to investigate the intrinsic functional connectivity in 18 pure CD patients and eighteen typically developing healthy controls...
July 8, 2017: Oncotarget
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