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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346429/deletion-of-endothelial-cell-specific-liver-kinase-b1-increases-angiogenesis-and-tumor-growth-via-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor
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W Zhang, Y Ding, C Zhang, Q Lu, Z Liu, K Coughlan, I Okon, M-H Zou
Liver kinase B1 (LKB1) is a serine/threonine protein kinase ubiquitously expressed in mammalian cells. It was first identified in Peutz-Jeghers syndrome as a tumor suppressor gene. Whether endothelial LKB1 regulates angiogenesis and tumor growth is unknown. In this study, we generated endothelial cell-specific LKB1-knockout (LKB1(endo-/-)) mice by crossbreeding vascular endothelial-cadherin-Cre mice with LKB1(flox/flox) mice. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) level was highly co-stained in endothelial cells but not in macrophages in LKB1(endo-/-) mice...
March 27, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345700/electronic-structure-and-magnetic-properties-of-penta-graphene-nanoribbons
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P F Yuan, Z H Zhang, Z Q Fan, M Qiu
2D penta-graphene sheets were cut along typical crystallographic orientations in order to construct various penta-graphene nanoribbon (P-GNR) models, and their electronic structures and magnetic properties were systemically investigated. It was demonstrated that P-GNRs are very versatile with rich and unique electronic and magnetic properties. In particular, bipolar magnetic semiconducting features can be achieved in the ferromagnetic state for all magnetic P-GNRs, which makes P-GNRs valuable for developing next-generation information storage devices...
March 27, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345424/does-a-social-behavioural-gradient-in-dental-health-exist-among-adults-a-cross-sectional-study
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Mariantonietta Arrica, Giovanna Carta, Fabio Cocco, Maria Grazia Cagetti, Silvana Sale, Gaetano Ierardo, Laura Strohmenger, Livia Ottolenghi, Guglielmo Campus
Objective To explore the potential presence of a social/behavioural gradient in dental health among Italian adults using a cross-sectional study. Methods Caries indices were recorded among 480 subjects (52.9% men, 47.1% women) who also completed a structured self-administered social and behavioural questionnaire. A social/behavioural gradient was generated as the sum of the worst circumstances recorded on the questionnaire (cariogenic diet, smoking, lowest occupational profile, brushing teeth < twice daily, lowest educational level, uneven dental examination attendance)...
January 1, 2017: Journal of International Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341635/sept7b-is-required-for-the-subcellular-organization-of-cardiomyocytes-and-cardiac-function-in-zebrafish
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Surjya Narayan Dash, Suneeta Narumanchi, Jere Paavola, Sanni Perttunen, Hong Wang, Päivi Lakkisto, Ilkka Tikkanen, Sanna Lehtonen
Myofibrils made up of actin and myosin and associated proteins generate the contractile force in muscle and consequently, mutations in these proteins may lead to heart failure. Septins are a conserved family of small GTPases that associate with actin filaments, microtubules and cellular membranes. Despite the importance of septins in cytoskeleton organization, their role in cardiomyocyte organization and function is poorly characterized. Here we show that septin 7 is expressed in both embryonic and adult zebrafish heart, and elucidate the physiological significance of sept7b, the zebrafish ortholog of human septin 7, in the heart in embryonic and larval zebrafish...
March 24, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339749/multi-generational-genome-wide-association-studies-identify-chromosomal-regions-associated-with-ascites-phenotype
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K J Tarrant, S Dey, R Kinney, N B Anthony, D D Rhoads
Ascites is a multi-faceted disease commonly observed in fast growing broilers, which is initiated when the body is insufficiently oxygenated. A series of events follow, including an increase in pulmonary artery pressure, right ventricle hypertrophy, and accumulation of fluid in the abdominal cavity and pericardium. Advances in management practices along with improved selection programs have decreased ascites incidence in modern broilers. However, ascites syndrome remains an economically important disease throughout the world, causing estimated losses of $100 million per year...
February 21, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339283/development-optimization-and-implementation-of-a-centralized-metabolic-soft-spot-assay
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Anthony A Paiva, Cheryl Klakouski, Shu Li, Benjamin M Johnson, Yue-Zhong Shu, Jonathan Josephs, Tatyana Zvyaga, Ismael Zamora, Wilson Z Shou
AIM: High clearance is a commonly encountered issue in drug discovery. Here we present a centralized metabolic soft spot identification assay with adequate capacity and turnaround time to support the metabolic optimization needs of an entire discovery organization. METHODOLOGY: An integrated quan/qual approach utilizing both an orthogonal sample-pooling methodology and software-assisted structure elucidation was developed to enable the assay. Major metabolic soft spots in liver microsomes (rodent and human) were generated in a batch mode, along with kinetics of parent disappearance and metabolite formation, typically within 1 week of incubation...
March 24, 2017: Bioanalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338545/risperidone-and-cardiometabolic-risk-in-children-and-adolescents-clinical-and-instrumental-issues
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Emilia Matera, Lucia Margari, Vincenzo Ostilio Palmieri, Giuseppina Zagaria, Roberto Palumbi, Francesco Margari
PURPOSE/BACKGROUND: Although second-generation antipsychotics are used to treat and manage symptoms for several psychiatric disorders, data about their adverse effects in developmental age are limited. The aim of this prospective observational study was to verify the cardiovascular and metabolic risk in a sample of antipsychotic-naive children/adolescent patients starting risperidone therapy. METHODS: Twenty-two patients, younger than 18 years, were recruited. The assessment included anthropometric data, cardiovascular parameters, blood tests, and ultrasonographic abdominal study...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338202/hoxa10-promotes-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma-cell-proliferation-and-invasion-via-inducing-the-expression-of-zic2
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Z-H Shen, K-M Zhao, T Du
OBJECTIVE: In this study, we aimed to explore the dysregulated genes in nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) and to investigate the regulative effect of HOXA10 on ZIC2 expression and their involvement in NPC cell proliferation and invasion. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Microarray data that compared the transcription profile of NPC tissues and normal tissues was searched in GEO datasets and was re-analyzed. The expression of HOXA10 and ZIC2 mRNA were retrieved in TCGA database...
March 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338182/microrna-199a-5p-mediates-high-glucose-induced-reactive-oxygen-species-production-and-apoptosis-in-ins-1-pancreatic-%C3%AE-cells-by-targeting-sirt1
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N Lin, X-Y Li, H-M Zhang, Z Yang, Q Su
OBJECTIVE: Hyperglycemia-induced pancreatic β-cell loss is a pathologic hallmark of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). This study was conducted to clarify the function of microRNA (miR)-199a-5p in high glucose-elicited β-cell toxicity and associated molecular mechanisms. MATERIALS AND METHODS: INS-1 rat pancreatic β-cells were cultured under normal (11 mM) or high (30 mM) glucose for 16-72 h and examined for miR-199a-5p expression. Gain and loss-of-function studies were performed to determine the role of miR-199a-5p in high glucose-induced apoptosis and reactive oxygen species (ROS) production...
March 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338010/brilliant-petawatt-gamma-ray-pulse-generation-in-quantum-electrodynamic-laser-plasma-interaction
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H X Chang, B Qiao, T W Huang, Z Xu, C T Zhou, Y Q Gu, X Q Yan, M Zepf, X T He
We show a new resonance acceleration scheme for generating ultradense relativistic electron bunches in helical motions and hence emitting brilliant vortical γ-ray pulses in the quantum electrodynamic (QED) regime of circularly-polarized (CP) laser-plasma interactions. Here the combined effects of the radiation reaction recoil force and the self-generated magnetic fields result in not only trapping of a great amount of electrons in laser-produced plasma channel, but also significant broadening of the resonance bandwidth between laser frequency and that of electron betatron oscillation in the channel, which eventually leads to formation of the ultradense electron bunch under resonant helical motion in CP laser fields...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335728/allelic-incompatibility-can-explain-female-biased-sex-ratios-in-dioecious-plants
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Pascal Pucholt, Henrik R Hallingbäck, Sofia Berlin
BACKGROUND: Biased sex ratios are common among dioecious plant species despite the theoretical prediction of selective advantage of even sex ratios. Albeit the high prevalence of deviations from even sex ratios, the genetic causes to sex biases are rarely known outside of a few model species. Here we present a mechanism underlying the female biased sex ratio in the dioecious willow species Salix viminalis. RESULTS: We compared the segregation pattern of genome-wide single nucleotide polymorphism markers in two contrasting bi-parental pedigree populations, the S3 with even sex ratio and the S5 with a female biased sex ratio...
March 23, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335433/evaluation-and-adaptation-of-a-laboratory-based-cdna-library-preparation-protocol-for-retrospective-sequencing-of-archived-micrornas-from-up-to-35-year-old-clinical-ffpe-specimens
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Olivier Loudig, Tao Wang, Kenny Ye, Juan Lin, Yihong Wang, Andrew Ramnauth, Christina Liu, Azadeh Stark, Dhananjay Chitale, Robert Greenlee, Deborah Multerer, Stacey Honda, Yihe Daida, Heather Spencer Feigelson, Andrew Glass, Fergus J Couch, Thomas Rohan, Iddo Z Ben-Dov
Formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) specimens, when used in conjunction with patient clinical data history, represent an invaluable resource for molecular studies of cancer. Even though nucleic acids extracted from archived FFPE tissues are degraded, their molecular analysis has become possible. In this study, we optimized a laboratory-based next-generation sequencing barcoded cDNA library preparation protocol for analysis of small RNAs recovered from archived FFPE tissues. Using matched fresh and FFPE specimens, we evaluated the robustness and reproducibility of our optimized approach, as well as its applicability to archived clinical specimens stored for up to 35 years...
March 14, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333195/genome-wide-genetic-analyses-highlight-mitogen-activated-protein-kinase-mapk-signaling-in-the-pathogenesis-of-endometriosis
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Outi Uimari, Nilufer Rahmioglu, Dale R Nyholt, Katy Vincent, Stacey A Missmer, Christian Becker, Andrew P Morris, Grant W Montgomery, Krina T Zondervan
STUDY QUESTION: Do genome-wide association study (GWAS) data for endometriosis provide insight into novel biological pathways associated with its pathogenesis? SUMMARY ANSWER: GWAS analysis uncovered multiple pathways that are statistically enriched for genetic association signals, analysis of Stage A disease highlighted a novel variant in MAP3K4, while top pathways significantly associated with all endometriosis and Stage A disease included several mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK)-related pathways...
February 9, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330337/co-generating-synthetic-parts-toward-a-self-replicating-system
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Jun Li, Wilhelm Haas, Kirsten Jackson, Erkin Kuru, Michael C Jewett, Z Hugh Fan, Steven P Gygi, George M Church
To build replicating systems with new functions, the engineering of existing biological machineries requires a sensible strategy. Protein synthesis Using Recombinant Elements (PURE) system consists of the desired components for transcription, translation, aminoacylation and energy regeneration. PURE, might be the basis for a radically alterable, lifelike system after optimization. Here, we regenerated 54 E. coli ribosomal (r-) proteins individually from DNA templates in the PURE system. We show that using stable isotope labeling with amino acids, mass spectrometry based quantitative proteomics could detect 26 of the 33 50S and 20 of the 21 30S subunit r-proteins when co-expressed in batch format PURE system...
March 23, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328823/a-case-report-of-pycnodysostosis-with-atypical-femur-fracture-diagnosed-by-next-generation-sequencing-of-candidate-genes
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Hyung Keun Song, Young Bae Sohn, Yong Jun Choi, Yoon-Sok Chung, Ja-Hyun Jang
RATIONALE: Pycnodysostosis is a rare autosomal recessive skeletal dysplasia characterized by short stature, craniofacial dysmorphism, acro-osteolysis, osteosclerosis, and brittle bone with poor healing. Pycnodysostosis results from the deficient activity of cathepsin K, a lysosomal cysteine protease that is encoded by CTSK. PATIENT CONCERNS: We report a Korean adult patient with pycnodysostosis and atypical femur fracture whose diagnosis was confirmed by next-generation sequencing (NGS) of candidate genes...
March 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328676/correlation-between-factor-f-xia-fixa-and-tissue-factor-and-trauma-severity
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Shannon M Prior, Mitchell J Cohen, Amanda S Conroy, Mary F Nelson, Lucy Z Kornblith, Benjamin M Howard, Saulius Butenas
BACKGROUND: It has been observed that trauma patients often display elevated procoagulant activity that could be caused, in part, by tissue factor (TF). We previously observed that trauma patients with thermal, blunt and penetrating injuries have active FIXa and FXIa in their plasma. In the current study we evaluated the effect of injury severity, with or without accompanying shock, on the frequency and concentration of TF, FIXa and FXIa in plasma from trauma patients. METHODS: Eighty trauma patients were enrolled and divided equally into 4 groups based on their injury severity score (ISS) and base deficit (BD):Group 1: Non-severe injury, no shockGroup 2: Non-severe injury, with shockGroup 3: Severe injury, no shockGroup 4: Severe injury, with shockBlood was collected at a 0 time-point (first blood draw upon arrival at hospital) and citrate plasma was prepared, frozen and stored at -80C...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325756/a-novel-role-for-myeloid-cell-specific-neuropilin-1-in-mitigating-sepsis
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Xiaoyan Dai, Imoh Okon, Zhaoyu Liu, Yue Wu, Huaiping Zhu, Ping Song, Ming-Hui Zou
Sepsis-typically caused by an uncontrolled and amplified host systemic inflammatory response to microbial infection-is a life-threatening complex clinical disorder and remains a major cause of infection-related deaths in the intensive care unit. Emerging evidence suggests that neuropilin 1 (Nrp1), an originally defined coreceptor for class 3 semaphorins and VEGF, plays important roles in the immune system; however, the function and regulation of macrophage Nrp1 in host immune defense against bacterial infection remain unknown...
March 21, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325000/mechanomyography-signals-in-spastic-muscle-and-the-correlation-with-the-modified-ashworth-scale
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E L Santos, M C Santos, E Krueger, G N Nogueira-Neto, P Nohama
The modified Ashworth scale (MAS) is the most widely used measurement technique to assess levels of spasticity. In MAS, the evaluator graduates spasticity considering his/her subjective analysis of the muscular endurance during passive stretching. Therefore, it is a subjective scale. Mechanomyography (MMG) allows registering the vibrations generated by muscle contraction and stretching events that propagate through the tissue until the surface of the skin. With this in mind, this study aimed to investigate possible correlations between MMG signal and muscle spasticity levels determined by MAS...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323420/synthesis-and-characterization-of-the-high-pressure-nickel-borate-%C3%AE-nib4o7
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Martin K Schmitt, Oliver Janka, Oliver Niehaus, Thomas Dresselhaus, Rainer Pöttgen, Florian Pielnhofer, Richard Weihrich, Maria Krzhizhanovskaya, Stanislav Filatov, Rimma Bubnova, Lkhamsuren Bayarjargal, Björn Winkler, Robert Glaum, Hubert Huppertz
γ-NiB4O7 was synthesized in a high-pressure/high-temperature experiment at 5 GPa and 900 °C. The single-crystal structure analysis yielded the following results: space group P6522 (No. 179), a = 425.6(2), c = 3490.5(2) pm, V = 0.5475(2) nm(3), Z = 6, and Flack parameter x = -0.010(5). Second harmonic generation measurements confirmed the acentric crystal structure. Furthermore, γ-NiB4O7 was characterized via vibrational as well as single-crystal electronic absorption spectroscopy, magnetic measurements, high-temperature X-ray diffraction, differential scanning calorimetry, and thermogravimetry...
March 21, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322920/stem-cell-transplantation-therapy-for-multifaceted-therapeutic-benefits-after-stroke
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Ling Wei, Zheng Z Wei, Michael Qize Jiang, Osama Mohamad, Shan Ping Yu
One of the exciting advances in modern medicine and life science is cell-based neurovascular regeneration of damaged brain tissues and repair of neuronal structures. The progress in stem cell biology and creation of adult induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells has significantly improved basic and pre-clinical research in disease mechanisms and generated enthusiasm for potential applications in the treatment of central nervous system (CNS) diseases including stroke. Endogenous neural stem cells and cultured stem cells are capable of self-renewal and give rise to virtually all types of cells essential for the makeup of neuronal structures...
March 16, 2017: Progress in Neurobiology
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