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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343239/improved-full-length-killer-cell-immunoglobulin-like-receptor-transcript-discovery-in-mauritian-cynomolgus-macaques
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Trent M Prall, Michael E Graham, Julie A Karl, Roger W Wiseman, Adam J Ericsen, Muthuswamy Raveendran, R Alan Harris, Donna M Muzny, Richard A Gibbs, Jeffrey Rogers, David H O'Connor
Killer cell immunoglobulin-like receptors (KIRs) modulate disease progression of pathogens including HIV, malaria, and hepatitis C. Cynomolgus and rhesus macaques are widely used as nonhuman primate models to study human pathogens, and so, considerable effort has been put into characterizing their KIR genetics. However, previous studies have relied on cDNA cloning and Sanger sequencing that lack the throughput of current sequencing platforms. In this study, we present a high throughput, full-length allele discovery method utilizing Pacific Biosciences circular consensus sequencing (CCS)...
March 25, 2017: Immunogenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342160/dogs-demonstrate-perspective-taking-based-on-geometrical-gaze-following-in-a-guesser-knower-task
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Amélie Catala, Britta Mang, Lisa Wallis, Ludwig Huber
Currently, there is still no consensus about whether animals can ascribe mental states (Theory of Mind) to themselves and others. Showing animals can respond to cues that indicate whether another has visual access to a target or not, and that they are able to use this information as a basis for whom to rely on as an informant, is an important step forward in this direction. Domestic dogs (Canis familiaris) with human informants are an ideal model, because they show high sensitivity towards human eye contact, they have proven able to assess the attentional state of humans in food-stealing or food-begging contexts, and they follow human gaze behind a barrier when searching for food...
March 24, 2017: Animal Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341774/rna-dna-hybrid-r-loop-immunoprecipitation-mapping-an-analytical-workflow-to-evaluate-inherent-biases
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László Halász, Zsolt Karányi, Beáta Boros-Oláh, Tímea Rózsa, Éva Sipos, Éva Nagy, Ágnes Mosolygó-L, Anett Mázló, Éva Rajnavölgyi, Gábor Halmos, Lóránt Székvölgyi
The impact of R-loops on the physiology and pathology of chromosomes has been demonstrated extensively by chromatin biology research. The progress in this field has been driven by technological advancement of R-loop mapping methods that largely relied on a single approach, DNA-RNA immunoprecipitation (DRIP). Most of the DRIP protocols use the experimental design that was developed by a few laboratories, without paying attention to the potential caveats that might affect the outcome of RNA-DNA hybrid mapping...
March 24, 2017: Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341748/drug-induced-liver-injury-recent-advances-in-diagnosis-and-risk-assessment
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Gerd A Kullak-Ublick, Raul J Andrade, Michael Merz, Peter End, Andreas Benesic, Alexander L Gerbes, Guruprasad P Aithal
Idiosyncratic drug-induced liver injury (IDILI) is a rare but potentially severe adverse drug reaction that should be considered in patients who develop laboratory criteria for liver injury secondary to the administration of a potentially hepatotoxic drug. Although currently used liver parameters are sensitive in detecting DILI, they are neither specific nor able to predict the patient's subsequent clinical course. Genetic risk assessment is useful mainly due to its high negative predictive value, with several human leucocyte antigen alleles being associated with DILI...
March 23, 2017: Gut
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337204/phenol-soluble-modulin-%C3%AE-peptide-toxins-from-aggressive-staphylococcus-aureus-induce-rapid-formation-of-neutrophil-extracellular-traps-through-a-reactive-oxygen-species-independent-pathway
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Halla Björnsdottir, Agnes Dahlstrand Rudin, Felix P Klose, Jonas Elmwall, Amanda Welin, Marios Stylianou, Karin Christenson, Constantin F Urban, Huamei Forsman, Claes Dahlgren, Anna Karlsson, Johan Bylund
Neutrophils have the ability to capture and kill microbes extracellularly through the formation of neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs). These are DNA and protein structures that neutrophils release extracellularly and are believed to function as a defense mechanism against microbes. The classic NET formation process, triggered by, e.g., bacteria, fungi, or by direct stimulation of protein kinase C through phorbol myristate acetate, is an active process that takes several hours and relies on the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) that are further modified by myeloperoxidase (MPO)...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333834/measuring-the-compensatory-reserve-to-identify-shock
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Victor A Convertino, Alicia M Schiller
Successful management of shock heavily relies on the ability to identify early stages of hemorrhage. During blood loss and reduced blood volume, multiple physiological mechanisms are able to compensate in order to preserve tissue oxygenation and blood flow. Unfortunately, this compensation makes the crucial early stage identification of hemorrhage complicated as traditionally monitored vital signs reflect this compensation, and do not change until significant amounts of blood have been lost. New insights and a recent body of literature utilizing a human model of hemorrhage provide evidence that it is possible to measure the body's reserve to continue to compensate for a reduced circulating blood volume...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330936/biochemical-principles-and-functional-aspects-of-pipecolic-acid-biosynthesis-in-immunity
#7
Michael Hartmann, Denis Kim, Friederike Bernsdorff, Ziba Ajami-Rashidi, Nicola Scholten, Stefan Schreiber, Tatyana Zeier, Stefan Schuck, Vanessa Reichel-Deland, Jürgen Zeier
The non-protein amino acid pipecolic acid (Pip) regulates plant systemic acquired resistance (SAR) and basal immunity to bacterial pathogen infection. In Arabidopsis thaliana, the Lys aminotransferase AGD2-LIKE DEFENSE RESPONSE PROTEIN1 (ALD1) mediates the pathogen-induced accumulation of Pip in inoculated and distal leaf tissue. Here we show that ALD1 transfers the alpha-amino group of L-Lys to acceptor oxoacids. Combined mass spectrometric and infrared spectroscopic analyses of in vitro assays and plant extracts indicate that the final product of the ALD1-catalysed reaction is enaminic 2,3-dehydropipecolic acid (2,3-DP), whose formation involves consecutive transamination, cyclization and isomerization steps...
March 22, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326023/infrared-video-pupillography-coupled-with-smart-phone-led-for-measurement-of-pupillary-light-reflex
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Lily Yu-Li Chang, Jason Turuwhenua, Tian Yuan Qu, Joanna M Black, Monica L Acosta
Clinical assessment of pupil appearance and pupillary light reflex (PLR) may inform us the integrity of the autonomic nervous system (ANS). Current clinical pupil assessment is limited to qualitative examination, and relies on clinical judgment. Infrared (IR) video pupillography combined with image processing software offer the possibility of recording quantitative parameters. In this study we describe an IR video pupillography set-up intended for human and animal testing. As part of the validation, resting pupil diameter was measured in human subjects using the NeurOptics(™) (Irvine, CA, USA) pupillometer, to compare against that measured by our IR video pupillography set-up, and PLR was assessed in guinea pigs...
2017: Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323870/contribution-of-sortase-srta2-to-lactobacillus-casei-bl23-inhibition-of-staphylococcus-aureus-internalization-into-bovine-mammary-epithelial-cells
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Renata F S Souza, Julien Jardin, Chantal Cauty, Lucie Rault, Damien S Bouchard, Luis G Bermúdez-Humarán, Philippe Langella, Vicente Monedero, Núbia Seyffert, Vasco Azevedo, Yves Le Loir, Sergine Even
Probiotics have been considered as a promising strategy to prevent various diseases in both humans and animals. This approach has gained interest in recent years as a potential means to control bovine mastitis. In a previous study, we found that several L. casei strains, including BL23, were able to inhibit the internalization of S. aureus, a major etiologic agent of mastitis, into bovine mammary epithelial cells (bMEC). This antagonism required a direct contact between L. casei and bMEC or S. aureus, suggesting the inhibition relied on interactions between L...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323332/shedding-light-on-gray-ing-areas-connectivity-and-task-switching-dynamics-in-aging
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Pauline L Baniqued, Kathy A Low, Mark A Fletcher, Gabriele Gratton, Monica Fabiani
Control-demanding tasks rely on communication among regions of the frontoparietal network, areas that undergo significant age-related decline. Here, we integrate data from brain anatomy, electrophysiology (ERPs), and optical imaging (event-related optical signals, EROS) to characterize the spatial and temporal dynamics of preparatory control processes in middle to old age. Older adults participated in an experiment that required switching between a position and a meaning task (spatial Stroop), a paradigm that has been shown to primarily recruit prefrontal cortex in opposite hemispheres and is thought to involve the corpus callosum (CC)...
March 21, 2017: Psychophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322028/localization-of-nucleoside-transporters-in-rat-epididymis
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David M Klein, Marcus C Harding, Meghan K Crowther, Nathan J Cherrington
The epididymis relies on transporters for the secretion of nucleosides and influence the disposition of nucleoside analogs (NSA). Since these compounds can cross the blood-testis barrier (BTB), it is important to understand if the epididymis reabsorbs NSA drugs. The purpose of this study is to determine the localization of nucleoside transporters expressed within rat epididymis to demonstrate the potential of epididymal reabsorption. Using immunohistochemistry, we determined that equilibrative nucleoside transporter 1 (ENT1) is localized to the basolateral membrane of epithelial cells, ENT2 is expressed in the nucleus of the epithelium and CNT2 is expressed by basal cells...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317480/novel-insights-into-complex-cardiovascular-pathologies-using-4d-flow-analysis-by-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Adam James Lewandowski, Betty Raman, Rajarshi Banerjee, Matteo Milanesi
BACKGROUND: It is essential that we are able to assess variations in blood flow in order to fully understand cardiovascular function in disease pathologies and for identification of individuals at long-term risk of cardiovascular disease development. Qualitative and quantitative assessments of blood flow by imaging modalities have been limited, and much of the accurate quantification has relied on invasive measures. METHODS: This review discusses how four-dimensional velocity cardiovascular magnetic resonance (4D flow CMR) offers increasing potential for the non-invasive assessment of blood flow in the heart and major blood vessels such as the aorta...
March 17, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317025/marker-recycling-in-candida-albicans-through-crispr-cas9-induced-marker-excision
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Manning Y Huang, Aaron P Mitchell
We describe here a new approach to marker recycling, a controlled sequence of steps in which a genetic marker is selected and then lost. Marker recycling is important for genetic manipulation, because it allows a single selection marker to be used repeatedly. Our approach relies upon the ability of the CRISPR-Cas9 system to make a targeted double-strand break in DNA and the expectation that a double-strand break within a selection marker may promote recombination between directly repeated sequences that flank the marker...
March 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296417/nanoscale-tipping-bucket-effect-in-a-quantum-dot-transistor-based-counter
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F Hartmann, P Maier, M Rebello Sousa Dias, S Göpfert, L K Castelano, M Emmerling, C Schneider, S Höfling, M Kamp, Y V Pershin, G E Marques, V Lopez-Richard, L Worschech
Electronic circuits composed of one or more elements with inherent memory, that is, memristors, memcapacitors, and meminductors, offer lower circuit complexity and enhanced functionality for certain computational tasks. Networks of these elements are proposed for novel computational paradigms that rely on information processing and storage on the same physical platform. We show a nanoscaled memdevice able to act as an electronic analogue of tipping buckets that allows reducing the dimensionality and complexity of a sensing problem by transforming it into a counting problem...
March 20, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296305/on-flattening-filter-free-portal-dosimetry
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Eduardo Pardo, Juan Castro Novais, María Yolanda Molina López, Sheila Ruiz Maqueda
Varian introduced (in 2010) the option of removing the flattening filter (FF) in their C-Arm linacs for intensity-modulated treatments. This mode, called flattening filter-free (FFF), offers the advantage of a greater dose rate. Varian's "Portal Dosimetry" is an electronic portal imager device (EPID)-based tool for IMRT verification. This tool lacks the capability of verifying flattening filter-free (FFF) modes due to saturation and lack of an image prediction algorithm. (Note: the latest versions of this software and EPID correct these issues...
July 2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284099/astrocytes-and-the-modulation-of-sleep
#16
REVIEW
Philip G Haydon
Astrocytes are being identified as having multiple roles in sleep. Initially they were shown to modulate the process of sleep homeostasis through the release of adenosine which acts on adenosine A1 receptors (A1R) to promote sleep drive. More recent studies indicate that the astrocyte also plays pivotal, sleep-dependent roles in 'cleaning the brain' during sleep. This work indicates that a glymphatic pathway that critically relies on astrocytic aquaporin 4, is able to flush solutes from the brain and that deficits in this pathway may contribute to Alzheimer's disease...
March 8, 2017: Current Opinion in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282139/missing-value-monitoring-enhances-the-robustness-in-proteomics-quantitation
#17
Vittoria Matafora, Andrea Corno, Andrea Ciliberto, Angela Bachi
In global proteomic analysis, it is estimated that proteins span from millions to less than 100 copies per cell. The challenge of protein quantitation by classic shotgun proteomic techniques relies on the presence of missing values in peptides belonging to low-abundance proteins that lowers intra-runs reproducibility affecting post-data statistical analysis. Here, we present a new analytical workflow MvM (Missing value Monitoring) able to recover quantitation of missing values generated by shotgun analysis...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Proteome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281195/microdialysis-the-key-to-physiologically-based-model-prediction-of-human-cns-target-site-concentrations
#18
Yumi Yamamoto, Meindert Danhof, Elizabeth C M de Lange
Despite the enormous research efforts that have been put into the development of central nervous system (CNS) drugs, the success rate in this area is still disappointing. To increase the successful rate in the clinical trials, first the problem of predicting human CNS drug distribution should be solved. As it is the unbound drug that equilibrates over membranes and is able to interact with targets, especially knowledge on unbound extracellular drug concentration-time profiles in different CNS compartments is important...
March 9, 2017: AAPS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271576/cuticular-hydrocarbon-cues-of-immune-challenged-workers-elicit-immune-activation-in-honey-bee-queens
#19
Javier Hernández López, Ulrike Riessberger-Gallé, Karl Crailsheim, Wolfgang Schuehly
Recently, evidence has shown that variations in the cuticular hydrocarbons (CHCs) profile allow healthy honeybees to identify diseased nestmates, eliciting agonistic responses in the former. Here, we determined whether these 'immunologic cues' emitted by diseased nestmates were only detected by workers, who consequently took hygienic measures and excluded these individuals from the colony, or whether queens were also able to detect these cues and respond accordingly. Healthy honeybee queens were exposed to i) healthy, ii) Ringer-injected and iii) lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-injected nestmates by allowing direct body contact...
March 8, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269088/an-analysis-of-sounds-for-lungs-with-excessive-water
#20
Kah Jun Hong, Wee Ser, David Chee-Guan Foo
Excessive lung water occurs when too much water accumulates in the lung, causing breathing difficulty. Current diagnosis methods include X-rays and CT-scans. However, because of their bulk and the need for trained professionals to operate, physicians rely on auscultation for preliminary diagnosis. Recent attempts have been made to automate the auscultation process and some degree of success has been reported. Thus, it would be useful to provide more analysis of such lung sounds. This paper attempts to study the characteristics of breathing sounds from lungs with excessive water and compare them with breathing sounds from healthy lungs...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
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