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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092692/smile-seq-identifies-binding-motifs-of-single-and-dimeric-transcription-factors
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Alina Isakova, Romain Groux, Michael Imbeault, Pernille Rainer, Daniel Alpern, Riccardo Dainese, Giovanna Ambrosini, Didier Trono, Philipp Bucher, Bart Deplancke
Resolving the DNA-binding specificities of transcription factors (TFs) is of critical value for understanding gene regulation. Here, we present a novel, semiautomated protein-DNA interaction characterization technology, selective microfluidics-based ligand enrichment followed by sequencing (SMiLE-seq). SMiLE-seq is neither limited by DNA bait length nor biased toward strong affinity binders; it probes the DNA-binding properties of TFs over a wide affinity range in a fast and cost-effective fashion. We validated SMiLE-seq by analyzing 58 full-length human, mouse, and Drosophila TFs from distinct structural classes...
January 16, 2017: Nature Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092438/biofunctionalization-of-nerve-interface-via-biocompatible-polymer-roughened-pt-black-on-cuff-electrode-for-chronic-recording
#2
Yi Jae Lee, Han-Jun Kim, Ji Yoon Kang, Sun Hee Do, Soo Hyun Lee
Peripheral nerve cuff electrodes with roughened Pt black (BPt) are coated with polyethylene glycol (PEG) and Nafion (NF). Although the influence of coated PEG and Nafion on roughened BPt on the electrical properties is weak, the cuff electrode with BPt/PEG and BPt/Nafion exhibits some very important properties. For example, it markedly decreases interfacial impedance, increases charge storage capacity (CSC) due to retaining the BPt surface structure, good stability without exfoliation in repetitive cyclic voltammetry scanning because it is protected by PEG or Nafion coating...
January 16, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092218/analysis-of-the-effect-of-chronic-and-low-dose-radiation-exposure-on-spermatogenic-cells-of-male-large-japanese-field-mice-apodemus-speciosus-after-the-fukushima-daiichi-nuclear-power-plant-accident
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Sachio Takino, Hideaki Yamashiro, Yukou Sugano, Yohei Fujishima, Akifumi Nakata, Kosuke Kasai, Gohei Hayashi, Yusuke Urushihara, Masatoshi Suzuki, Hisashi Shinoda, Tomisato Miura, Manabu Fukumoto
In this study we analyzed the effect of chronic and low-dose-rate (LDR) radiation on spermatogenic cells of large Japanese field mice ( Apodemus speciosus ) after the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (FNPP) accident. In March 2014, large Japanese field mice were collected from two sites located in, and one site adjacent to, the FNPP ex-evacuation zone: Tanashio, Murohara and Akogi, respectively. Testes from these animals were analyzed histologically. External dose rate from radiocesium (combined (134)Cs and (137)Cs) in these animals at the sampling sites exhibited 21 μGy/day in Tanashio, 304-365 μGy/day in Murohara and 407-447 μGy/day in Akogi...
January 16, 2017: Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091580/population-expansions-dominate-demographic-histories-of-endemic-and-widespread-pacific-reef-fishes
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Erwan Delrieu-Trottin, Stefano Mona, Jeffrey Maynard, Valentina Neglia, Michel Veuille, Serge Planes
Despite the unique nature of endemic species, their origin and population history remain poorly studied. We investigated the population history of 28 coral reef fish species, close related, from the Gambier and Marquesas Islands, from five families, with range size varying from widespread to small-range endemic. We analyzed both mitochondrial and nuclear sequence data using neutrality test and Bayesian analysis (EBSP and ABC). We found evidence for demographic expansions for most species (24 of 28), irrespective of range size, reproduction strategy or archipelago...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090804/choline-acetyltransferase-may-contribute-to-the-risk-of-tourette-syndrome-combination-of-family-based-analysis-and-case-control-study
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Xiuling Yang, Wenmiao Liu, Mingji Yi, Ru Zhang, Yinglei Xu, Zuzhou Huang, Shiguo Liu, Tang Li
OBJECTIVES: Twin and family analyses have revealed a genetic contribution to Tourette syndrome and postmortem studies have raised the intriguing possibility of a reduction in cholinergic interneuronsin TS patients. METHODS: We selected five tag SNPs (rs100824791, rs12264845, rs1880676, rs3793790 and rs3793798) of Choline Acetyltransferase (CHAT) from the Han Chinese population Hapmap database. Genotyping was conducted on 401 TS nuclear family trios and 405 control subjects...
January 16, 2017: World Journal of Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090042/autoimmune-hepatitis-associated-with-immune-thrombocytopenic-purpura
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Akihiro Ito, Kaname Yoshizawa, Kazuya Fujimori, Susumu Morita, Takashi Shigeno, Toshitaka Maejima
Although autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) is frequently complicated with chronic thyroiditis or other autoimmune disorders, reports on its association with immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) are scarce. We herein describe a case of AIH associated with ITP. A 75-year-old Japanese woman was admitted to our hospital due to increased aminotransferase levels and severe thrombocytopenia. Elevated serum immunoglobulin G (IgG) was detected, and tests for platelet-associated IgG and anti-nuclear antibody were positive...
2017: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089781/genotoxic-effect-and-rat-hepatocyte-death-occurred-after-oxidative-stress-induction-and-antioxidant-gene-downregulation-caused-by-long-term-fluoride-exposure
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F D Campos-Pereira, L Lopes-Aguiar, F L Renosto, G A S Nogueira, E F D Costa, R Barbieri Pulz, E C M Silva-Zacarin, C A Oliveira, A A Pigoso, G D C Severi-Aguiar
Studies focusing on possible genotoxic effects of excess fluoride are contradictory and inconclusive. Currently, studies have reported a probable link to oxidative stress, DNA damage and apoptosis induced by fluoride in rat hepatocytes. We developed an in vivo study administering three doses of fluoride by gavage given to rats for 60 day. Micronucleus test was applied to investigate genotoxic potential of fluoride. The TUNEL method determined DNA fragmentation and apoptosis. Biochemical parameters to investigate mitochondrial swelling and oxidative stress...
January 12, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089347/virtual-screening-and-experimental-validation-identify-novel-modulators-of-nuclear-receptor-rxr%C3%AE-from-drugbank-database
#8
Dan Xu, Lijun Cai, Shangjie Guo, Lei Xie, Meimei Yin, Ziwen Chen, Hu Zhou, Ying Su, Zhiping Zeng, Xiaokun Zhang
Retinoid X receptor alpha (RXRα), an important ligand-dependent transcription factor, plays a critical role in the development of various cancers and metabolic and neurodegenerative diseases. Therefore, RXRα represents one of the most important targets in modern drug discovery. In this study, Drugbank 2.0 with 1280 old drugs were virtually screened by Glide according to the crystal structure of ligand-binding domain (LBP) of RXRα. 15 compounds selected were tested for their binding and transcriptional activity toward RXRα by Biacore and reporter gene assay, respectively...
December 26, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087998/performance-evaluation-of-pride-unda-system-with-pyroprocessing-feed-material
#9
Su Jung An, Hee Seo, Chaehun Lee, Seong-Kyu Ahn, Se-Hwan Park, Jeong-Hoe Ku
The PRIDE (PyRoprocessing Integrated inactive DEmonstration) is an engineering-scale pyroprocessing test-bed facility that utilizes depleted uranium (DU) instead of spent fuel as a process material. As part of the ongoing effort to enhance pyroprocessing safeguardability, UNDA (Unified Non-Destructive Assay), a system integrating three different non-destructive assay techniques, namely, neutron, gamma-ray, and mass measurement, for nuclear material accountancy (NMA) was developed. In the present study, UNDA's NMA capability was evaluated by measurement of the weight, (238)U mass, and U enrichment of oxide-reduction-process feed material (i...
December 30, 2016: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087906/-effect-and-its-molecular-mechanisms-of-curcumin-on-pulmonary-artery-smooth-muscle-cells-in-rat-model-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
#10
Xiangang Lin, Yenong Chen, Zhuqing Liu
Objective: To investigate the effects and the underlying molecular mechanisms of curcumin on pulmonary artery smooth muscle cells in rat model with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Methods: A total of 75 male Wistar rats were randomly divided into control group (group CN), model group (group M), low-dose curcumin group (group CL), medium-dose curcumin group (group CM) and high-dose curcumin group (group CH). HE staining was used to observe the morphology of pulmonary artery. Proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA), apoptosis-related protein Bcl-2 and Bax were detected by immunohistochemical staining...
May 25, 2016: Zhejiang da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Zhejiang University. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086911/enhanced-neuroinflammation-mediated-by-dna-methylation-of-the-glucocorticoid-receptor-triggers-cognitive-dysfunction-after-sevoflurane-anesthesia-in-adult-rats-subjected-to-maternal-separation-during-the-neonatal-period
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Yangzi Zhu, Yu Wang, Rui Yao, Ting Hao, Junli Cao, He Huang, Liwei Wang, Yuqing Wu
BACKGROUND: Mounting evidence indicates that children who experience abuse and neglect are prone to chronic diseases and premature mortality later in life. One mechanistic hypothesis for this phenomenon is that early life adversity alters the expression or functioning of the glucocorticoid receptor (GR) throughout the course of life and thereby increases sensitivity to inflammatory stimulation. An exaggerated pro-inflammatory response is generally considered to be a key cause of postoperative cognitive dysfunction (POCD)...
January 7, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086774/androgenic-effects-of-aqueous-and-methanolic-extracts-of-ficus-asperifolia-in-male-wistar-rats
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Pierre Watcho, Hermine Meli Watio, Modeste Wankeu-Nya, Esther Ngadjui, Patrick Deeh Defo, Pepin Alango Nkeng-Efouet, Telesphore Benoit Nguelefack, Albert Kamanyi
BACKGROUND: Androgen deficiency is a clinical syndrome resulting from the inability of the testes to produce physiological levels of testosterone due to a disturbance occurring at one or more levels of the hypothalamic-pituitary-testicular axis. The present study was undertaken to evaluate the androgenic properties of aqueous and methanolic extracts of Ficus asperifolia on normal and castrated immature rats. METHODS: Normal rats were treated either per os with aqueous or methanolic extract of Ficus asperifolia (100 mg/kg or 500 mg/kg b...
January 13, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080214/-1-h-nmr-based-metabolomic-studies-of-bisphenol-a-in-zebrafish-danio-rerio
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Changshin Yoon, Dahye Yoon, Junghee Cho, Siwon Kim, Heonho Lee, Hyeonsoo Choi, Suhkmann Kim
Proton nuclear magnetic resonance ((1)H-NMR) spectroscopy was used to study the response of zebrafish (Danio rerio) to increasing concentrations of bisphenol A (4,4'-(propane-2,2-diyl)diphenol, BPA). Orthogonal partial least squares discriminant analysis (OPLS-DA) was applied to detect aberrant metabolomic profiles after 72 h of BPA exposure at all levels tested (0.01, 0.1, and 1.0 mg/L). The OPLS-DA score plots showed that BPA exposure caused significant alterations in the metabolome. The metabolomic changes in response to BPA exposure generally exhibited nonlinear patterns, with the exception of reduced levels of several metabolites, including glutamine, inosine, lactate, and succinate...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part. B, Pesticides, Food Contaminants, and Agricultural Wastes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079268/renoprotective-effect-of-hypericum-perforatum-against-diabetic-nephropathy-in-rats-insights-in-the-underlying-mechanisms
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Dalia M Abd El Motteleb, Dalia I Abd El Aleem
Oxidative stress and inflammation play a key role in the initiation and progression of diabetic nephropathy (DN). The present study aimed to investigate the possible protective effect of hypericum perforatum (HP) against DN. Rats were allocated into six groups; control: received normal saline, diabetic untreated (DM): received single dose of streptozotocin (STZ) after injection of nicotinamide (NA), gliclazide: received STZ,NA+ gliclazide (10mg/kg), DM+HP50, DM+HP100, DM+HP200:received STZ,NA and HP 50, 100, 200 mg/kg respectively...
January 12, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078611/hyperbaric-oxygen-prevents-cognitive-impairments-in-mice-induced-by-d-galactose-by-improving-cholinergic-and-anti-apoptotic-functions
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Chunxia Chen, Luying Huang, Zhihuan Nong, Yaoxuan Li, Wan Chen, Jianping Huang, Xiaorong Pan, Guangwei Wu, Yingzhong Lin
Our previous study demonstrated that hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) improved cognitive impairments mainly by regulating oxidative stress, inflammatory responses and aging-related gene expression. However, a method for preventing cognitive dysfunction has yet to be developed. In the present study, we explored the protective effects of HBO on the cholinergic system and apoptosis in D-galactose (D-gal)-treated mice. A model of aging was established via systemic intraperitoneal injection of D-gal daily for 8 weeks. HBO was administered during the last 2 weeks of D-gal injection...
January 11, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077839/atypical-trigeminal-neuralgia-a-rare-neurological-manifestation-of-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
#16
Viki Kumar, Jaspinder Kaur, Pallavi Pothuri, Sahiba Bandagi
BACKGROUND Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a multisystem autoimmune disorder of unknown etiology which can present at any age with symptoms of mucocutaneous, musculoskeletal, renal, central nervous system, and nonspecific clinical pictures making the disease a "master of mimicry". CASE REPORT A 53-year-old female, who was recently diagnosed with SLE, presented with right-sided sharp and electric shock-like facial pain starting at the side of her right nostril and traveling down the naso-labial fold and then back to the angle of the jaw, mostly in the region of V2-V3 distribution with no radiation beyond trigeminal distribution...
January 12, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076382/deregulated-expression-of-mitochondrial-proteins-mfn2-and-bcnl3l-in-placentae-from-sheep-somatic-cell-nuclear-transfer-scnt-conceptuses
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Marta Czernik, Paola Toschi, Federica Zacchini, Domenico Iuso, Grażyna Ewa Ptak
In various animal species, the main cause of pregnancy loss in conceptuses obtained by somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) are placental abnormalities. Most abnormalities described in SCNT pregnancies (such as placentomegaly, reduced vascularisation, hypoplasia of trophoblastic epithelium) suggest that placental cell degeneration may be triggered by mitochondrial failure. We hypothesized that placental abnormalities of clones obtained by SCNT are related to mitochondrial dysfunction. To test this, early SCNT and control (CTR, from pregnancies obtained by in vitro fertilization) placentae were collected from pregnant ewes (at day 20 and 22 of gestation) and subjected to morphological, mRNA and protein analysis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074772/-nuclear-medicine-techniques-for-selective-internal-radiotherapy-of-liver-cancer
#18
Peter Frøhlich Staanum, Anne Kirstine Arveschoug, Stine Maria Jentoft Kramer, Jens Erik Nielsen, Dennis Tønner Nielsen, Peter Ott, Henning Grønbæk, Gerda Elisabeth Villadsen
Selective internal radiation therapy (SIRT) of hepatocellular carcinoma has been introduced at Aarhus University Hospital. 90Y-microspheres are implanted in the tumour by catheterization of the tumour feeding liver artery. Pretreatment angiography and test treatment using 99mTc-labelled particles followed by scintigraphy ensure a feasible and effective treatment. Post-treatment imaging of radiation from 90Y visualize the localization of microspheres. Currently, SIRT is also applied for liver metastases of neuroendocrine tumours...
January 2, 2017: Ugeskrift for Laeger
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074207/plutonium-segregation-in-glassy-aerodynamic-fallout-from-a-nuclear-weapon-test
#19
K S Holliday, J M Dierken, M L Monroe, M A Fitzgerald, N E Marks, R C Gostic, K B Knight, K R Czerwinski, I D Hutcheon, J W McClory
This study combines electron microscopy equipped with energy dispersive spectroscopy to probe major element composition and autoradiography to map plutonium in order to examine the spatial relationships between plutonium and fallout composition in aerodynamic glassy fallout from a nuclear weapon test. A sample set of 48 individual fallout specimens were interrogated to reveal that the significant chemical heterogeneity of this sample set could be described compositionally with a relatively small number of compositional endmembers...
January 11, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071986/evaluation-of-a-two-year-routine-application-of-molecular-testing-of-thyroid-fine-needle-aspirations-fna-using-a-7-gene-panel-in-a-primary-referral-setting-in-germany
#20
Markus Eszlinger, Katharina Böhme, Maha Ullmann, Fabian Görke, Udo Siebolts, Anna Neumann, Christiane Franzius, Sabine Adam, Thomas Molwitz, Christian Landvogt, Bassam Amro, Anja Hach, Berit Feldmann, Dieter Graf, Antje Wefer, Rainer Niemann, Catharina Bullmann, Günther Klaushenke, Reinhard Santen, Gregor Tönshoff, Velimir Ivancevic, Andreas Kögler, Eberhard Bell, Bernd Lorenz, Gerald Kluge, Christoph Hartenstein, Ilka Ruschenburg, Ralf Paschke
BACKGROUND: Major differences with respect to the diagnostic performance of a "ruling in" approach in the pre-surgical diagnosis of indeterminate thyroid fine needle aspirations (FNAs) have been reported. Therefore, the aim of this prospective multicenter study was to investigate the specific diagnostic impact of mutation testing using a 7-gene-panel in a routine primary referral setting analyzing FNAs from endocrinology and nuclear medicine practices in Germany. METHODS: RNA and DNA was extracted from 564 routine air-dried FNA smears obtained from 64 physicians and cytologically graded by one experienced cytopathologist...
January 10, 2017: Thyroid: Official Journal of the American Thyroid Association
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