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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330745/the-toxoplasma-parasitophorous-vacuole-an-evolving-host-parasite-frontier
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REVIEW
Barbara Clough, Eva-Maria Frickel
The parasitophorous vacuole is a unique replicative niche for apicomplexan parasites, including Toxoplasma gondii. Derived from host plasma membrane, the vacuole is rendered nonfusogenic with the host endolysosomal system. Toxoplasma secretes numerous proteins to modify the forming vacuole, enable nutrient uptake, and set up mechanisms of host subversion. Here we describe the pathways of host-parasite interaction at the parasitophorous vacuole employed by Toxoplasma and host, leading to the intricate balance of host defence versus parasite survival...
March 19, 2017: Trends in Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328650/exosomes-in-critical-illness
#2
Nora Terrasini, Vincenzo Lionetti
OBJECTIVE: Exosomes are small, cell-released vesicles (40-100 nm in size) with the potential to transfer proteins, lipids, small RNAs, messenger RNAs, or DNA between cells via interstitial fluids. Due to their role in tissue homeostasis, exosomes have emerged as a new type of therapeutic and diagnostic (theranostic) tool in the noninvasive assessment of organ response to injury or treatment and in the development of reliable organ-protective intensive therapy. Our review provides current insights into the role of exosomes in the personalized management of injury and repair responses in critical illness...
March 21, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328346/efficacy-of-a-low-cost-heat-stable-oral-rotavirus-vaccine-in-niger
#3
Sheila Isanaka, Ousmane Guindo, Celine Langendorf, Amadou Matar Seck, Brian D Plikaytis, Nathan Sayinzoga-Makombe, Monica M McNeal, Nicole Meyer, Eric Adehossi, Ali Djibo, Bruno Jochum, Rebecca F Grais
Background Each year, rotavirus gastroenteritis is responsible for about 37% of deaths from diarrhea among children younger than 5 years of age worldwide, with a disproportionate effect in sub-Saharan Africa. Methods We conducted a randomized, placebo-controlled trial in Niger to evaluate the efficacy of a live, oral bovine rotavirus pentavalent vaccine (BRV-PV, Serum Institute of India) to prevent severe rotavirus gastroenteritis. Healthy infants received three doses of the vaccine or placebo at 6, 10, and 14 weeks of age...
March 23, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324955/identifying-important-regions-in-eeg-epilepsy-brain-networks
#4
Nantia D Iakovidou, Manolis Christodoulakis, Eleftherios S Papathanasiou, Savvas S Papacostas, Georgios D Mitsis
The human brain has been called the most complex object in the known universe and in many ways it constitutes the final frontier of science. Lately, the functional connectivity in human brain has been regarded and studied as a complex network using electroencephalography (EEG) signals. This means that the brain is studied as a connected system, where nodes represent different specialized brain regions and links or connections, represent communication pathways between the nodes. It is also fairly established that graph theory provides a variety of measures, methods and tools that can be useful to efficiently model, analyze and study an EEG network...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324898/breathing-and-swallowing-the-next-frontier
#5
Roxann Diez Gross, Marybeth Trapani-Hanasewych
The anatomical overlap of the pathways for air passage and nutrition necessitate precise coordination between the two vital functions. Neuroanatomic structures in the brainstem for sucking, breathing, and swallowing are also in close proximity and must swiftly coordinate the processes. In a healthy neonate, the oropharyngeal experience and stimulation of early feeding enables respiratory control during suckling to develop. Despite wide variability among the methods used to investigate breathing and swallowing coordination in infancy, a consistent finding of postswallow exhalation has been reported...
April 2017: Seminars in Speech and Language
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324756/na-ion-batteries-based-on-the-inorganic-bn-nanocluster-anodes-dft-studies
#6
K Nejati, A Hosseinian, A Bekhradnia, E Vessally, L Edjlali
It has been recently indicated that the Li-ion batteries may be replaced by Na-ion batteries because of their low safety, high cost, and low-temperature performance, and lack of the Li mineral reserves. Here, using density functional theory calculations, we studied the potential application of B12N12 nanoclusters as anode in Na-ion batteries. Our calculations indicate that the adsorption energy of Na(+) and Na are about -23.4 and -1.4kcal/mol, respectively, and the pristine BN cage to improve suffers from a low cell voltage (∼0...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323921/emerging-roles-for-micrornas-in-diabetic-microvascular-disease-novel-targets-for-therapy
#7
Yu Zhang, Xinghui Sun, Basak Icli, Mark W Feinberg
Chronic, low-grade systemic inflammation and impaired microvascular function are critical hallmarks in the development of insulin resistance. Accordingly, insulin resistance is a major risk factor for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Accumulating studies demonstrate that restoration of impaired function of the diabetic macro- and microvasculature may ameliorate a range of cardiovascular disease states and diabetes-associated complications. In this review, we focus on the emerging role of microRNAs, non-coding RNAs that fine-tune target gene expression and signaling pathways, in insulin-responsive tissues and cell types important for maintaining optimal vascular homeostasis and preventing the sequelae of diabetes-induced end organ injury...
February 17, 2017: Endocrine Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322725/gender-bias-in-scholarly-peer-review
#8
Markus Helmer, Manuel Schottdorf, Andreas Neef, Demian Battaglia
Peer review is the cornerstone of scholarly publishing and it is essential that peer reviewers are appointed on the basis of their expertise alone. However, it is difficult to check for any bias in the peer-review process because the identity of peer reviewers generally remains confidential. Here, using public information about the identities of 9000 editors and 43000 reviewers from the Frontiers series of journals, we show that women are underrepresented in the peer-review process, that editors of both genders operate with substantial same-gender preference (homophily), and that the mechanisms of this homophily are gender-dependent...
March 21, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322392/theoretical-analysis-of-electrochromism-under-redox-of-bis-3-thienyl-2-thienyl-hexafluorocyclopentene-effects-of-charged-and-substituted-systems
#9
Zhi-Xiang Zhang, Pi-Xia Wang, Fu-Quan Bai, Chui-Peng Kong, Hong-Xing Zhang
Electrochromism with the ring-closing or ring-opening isomerization of substituted and unsubstituted bis(3-thienyl)/(2-thienyl)hexafluorocyclopentene is discussed using the DFT method. In the neutral ground state, bond making and breaking between two reactive C atoms on thienyls are thermodynamically forbidden. Under redox conditions, the gain or loss of electrons can have a significant effect on the frontier molecular orbital distribution of both open- and closed-ring isomers, particularly in reactive sites...
March 21, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321822/the-exciting-bench-to-bedside-journey-of-cell-therapies-for-acute-kidney-injury-and-renal-transplantation
#10
REVIEW
Sergio Dellepiane, Davide Medica, Alessandro Domenico Quercia, Vincenzo Cantaluppi
Acute kidney injury (AKI) is characterized by an increasing incidence and poor outcomes in both developed and undeveloped countries. AKI is also acquiring importance in the setting of kidney transplantation (KT): besides all the classical forms of AKI that KT patients may undergo, several transplant-specific injuries can also lead to the loss of graft function. The mechanisms of tissue damage in native and grafted kidneys share several common pathogenic elements. Since appropriate therapeutic treatments are still lacking-probably due to the disease complexity-clinicians are forced to provide only supportive care...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321394/computational-studies-on-optoelectronic-and-nonlinear-properties-of-octaphyrin-derivatives
#11
Nasarul Islam, Irfan H Lone
The electronic and nonlinear optical (NLO) properties of octaphyrin derivatives were studied by employing the DFT/TDFT at CAM-B3LYP/6-311++G (2d, 2p) level of the theory. Thiophene, phenyl, methyl and cyano moieties were substituted on the molecular framework of octaphyrin core, in order to observe the change in optoelectronic and nonlinear response of these systems. The frontier molecular orbital studies and values of electron affinity reveals that the studied compounds are stable against the oxygen and moisture present in air...
2017: Frontiers in Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320759/basic-occupational-health-services-bohs-in-community-primary-care-the-msf-dhaka-model
#12
Venkiteswaran Muralidhar, Md Faizul Ahasan, Ahad Mahmud Khan, Mohammad Shariful Alam
The Médecins Sans Frontiérs (MSF) established basic occupational health services to diagnose and treat work-related diseases among tannery, metal, plastics and garment workers and families in one of the more polluted areas of the world populated by 600 000 people. In spite of project limitations, an analysis of the 6-month data showed that of the original cohort of 5000, 3200 (64%) came for at least 1 consultation. Among them, 468 (14.6%) were diagnosed with suspected work-related diseases as per defined protocols...
March 20, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318400/new-frontiers-in-fibers-innovative-and-emerging-research-on-the-gut-microbiome-and-bone-health
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Taylor C Wallace, Massimo Marzorati, Lisa Spence, Connie M Weaver, Patricia S Williamson
The complex interactions between the diet, gut microbiome, and host characteristics that provide a functional benefit to the host are an area of great interest and current exploration in the nutrition and health science community. New technologies are available to assess mechanisms that may explain these functional benefits to the host. One emerging functional benefit from changes in the gut microbiome is increased calcium absorption, increased calcium retention, and improved indices of bone health. Prebiotic fibers enhance microbial fermentation in the gut, providing an ecological advantage to specific nonpathogenic bacteria that have the ability to modify an individual's metabolic potential...
March 20, 2017: Journal of the American College of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314976/enzyme-replacement-therapy-and-beyond-in-memoriam-roscoe-o-brady-m-d-1923-2016
#14
REVIEW
Markus Ries
Lysosomal storage disorders are strong candidates for the development of specific innovative therapies. The discovery of enzyme deficiencies is an important milestone in understanding the underlying cause of disease. Being able to replace the first missing enzyme in a lysosomal storage required three decades of dedicated research. Successful drug development for lysosomal storage disorders was fostered by the U.S. Orphan Drug Act. Various optimization strategies have the potential to overcome the current limitations of enzyme replacement therapies...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314660/alzheimer-s-disease-the-next-frontier-special-report-2017
#15
Jason Karlawish, Clifford R Jack, Walter A Rocca, Heather M Snyder, Maria C Carrillo
In the history of medicine, one means to progress is when we make the decision that our assumptions and definitions of disease are no longer consistent with the scientific evidence, and no longer serve our health care needs. The arc of scientific progress is now requiring a change in how we diagnose Alzheimer's disease. Both the National Institute on Aging-Alzheimer's Association (NIA-AA) 2011 workgroup and the International Work Group (IWG) have proposed guidelines that use detectable measures of biological changes in the brain, commonly known as biological markers, or biomarkers, as part of the diagnosis...
March 14, 2017: Alzheimer's & Dementia: the Journal of the Alzheimer's Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304160/nucleosome-histone-tail-conformation-and-dynamics-impacts-of-lysine-acetylation-and-a-nearby-minor-groove-benzo-a-pyrene-derived-lesion
#16
Iwen Fu, Yuqin Cai, Nicholas E Geacintov, Yingkai Zhang, Suse Broyde
Histone tails in nucleosomes play critical roles in regulation of many biological processes, including chromatin compaction, transcription, and DNA repair. Moreover, post-translational modifications, notably lysine acetylation, are crucial to these functions. While the tails have been intensively studied, how the structures and dynamics of tails are impacted by the presence of a nearby bulky DNA lesion is a frontier research area, and how these properties are impacted by tail lysine acetylation remains unexplored...
March 22, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301736/epigenetic-regulation-a-new-frontier-for-biomedical-engineers
#17
Zhen Chen, Shuai Li, Shankar Subramaniam, John Y-J Shyy, Shu Chien
Gene expression in mammalian cells depends on the epigenetic status of the chromatin, including DNA methylation, histone modifications, promoter-enhancer interactions, and noncoding RNA-mediated regulation. The coordinated actions of these multifaceted regulations determine cell development, cell cycle regulation, cell state and fate, and the ultimate responses in health and disease. Therefore, studies of epigenetic modulations are critical for our understanding of gene regulation mechanisms at the molecular, cellular, tissue, and organ levels...
March 6, 2017: Annual Review of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301723/revealing-the-electronic-structure-of-silicon-intercalated-armchair-graphene-nanoribbons-by-scanning-tunneling-spectroscopy
#18
Okan Deniz, Carlos Sanchez Sanchez, Tim Dumslaff, Xinliang Feng, Akimitsu Narita, Klaus Müllen, Neerav Kharche, Vincent Meunier, Roman Fasel, Pascal Ruffieux
The electronic properties of graphene nanoribbons grown on metal substrates are significantly masked by the ones of the supporting metal surface. Here, we introduce a novel approach to access the frontier states of armchair graphene nanoribbons (AGNRs). The in situ intercalation of Si at the AGNR/Au(111) interface through surface alloying suppresses the strong contribution of the Au(111) surface state and allows for an unambiguous determination of the frontier electronic states of both wide and narrow band gap AGNRs...
March 16, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298954/frontiers-in-organ-failure-and-transplant-management
#19
Jerry D Estep, A Osama Gaber
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 2016: Methodist DeBakey Cardiovascular Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298914/endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-response-in-arabidopsis-roots
#20
Yueh Cho, Kazue Kanehara
Roots are the frontier of plant body to perceive underground environmental change. Endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress response represents circumvention of cellular stress caused by various environmental changes; however, a limited number of studies are available on the ER stress responses in roots. Here, we report the tunicamycin (TM) -induced ER stress response in Arabidopsis roots by monitoring expression patterns of immunoglobulin-binding protein 3 (BiP3), a representative marker for the response. Roots promptly responded to the TM-induced ER stress through the induction of similar sets of ER stress-responsive genes...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
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