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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092942/advances-in-structural-and-single-molecule-methods-for-investigating-dna-lesion-bypass-and-repair-polymerases
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Austin T Raper, Andrew J Reed, Varun V Gadkari, Zucai Suo
Innovative advances in X-ray crystallography and single-molecule biophysics have yielded unprecedented insight into the mechanisms of DNA lesion bypass and damage repair. Time-dependent X-ray crystallography has been successfully applied to view the bypass of 8-oxo-7,8-dihydro-2'-deoxyguanine (8-oxoG), a major oxidative DNA lesion, and the incorporation of the triphosphate form, 8-oxo-dGTP, catalyzed by human DNA polymerase β. Significant findings of these studies are highlighted here, and their contributions to the current mechanistic understanding of mutagenic translesion DNA synthesis (TLS) and base excision repair are discussed...
January 17, 2017: Chemical Research in Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075396/translesion-synthesis-insights-into-the-selection-and-switching-of-dna-polymerases
#2
REVIEW
Linlin Zhao, M Todd Washington
DNA replication is constantly challenged by DNA lesions, noncanonical DNA structures and difficult-to-replicate DNA sequences. Two major strategies to rescue a stalled replication fork and to ensure continuous DNA synthesis are: (1) template switching and recombination-dependent DNA synthesis; and (2) translesion synthesis (TLS) using specialized DNA polymerases to perform nucleotide incorporation opposite DNA lesions. The former pathway is mainly error-free, and the latter is error-prone and a major source of mutagenesis...
January 10, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075014/knockdown-of-rev3-synergizes-with-atr-inhibition-to-promote-apoptosis-induced-by-cisplatin-in-lung-cancer-cells
#3
He-Guo Jiang, Ping Chen, Jin-Yu Su, Ming Wu, Hai Qian, Yi Wang, Jian Li
It has been demonstrated that REV3, the catalytic subunit of the translesion synthesis (TLS) polymerase ζ, play an important role in DNA damage response (DDR) induced by cisplatin, and Ataxia telangietasia mutated and Rad-3-related (ATR) knase is a central player in activating cell cycle checkpoint, stabilizing replication forks, regulating DDR, and promoting repair of DNA damage caused by cisplatin. Cancer cells deficient in either one of REV3 and ATR are more sensitive to cisplatin. However, whether co-inhibition of REV3 and ATR can further increase sensitivity of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) cells to cisplatin is not clear...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048888/su-g-tep4-08-automating-the-verification-of-patient-treatment-parameters
#4
D DiCostanzo, A Ayan, J Woollard, N Gupta
PURPOSE: To automate the daily verification of each patient's treatment by utilizing the trajectory log files (TLs) written by the Varian TrueBeam linear accelerator while reducing the number of false positives including jaw and gantry positioning errors, that are displayed in the Treatment History tab of Varian's Chart QA module. METHODS: Small deviations in treatment parameters are difficult to detect in weekly chart checks, but may be significant in reducing delivery errors, and would be critical if detected daily...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047829/th-ab-201-07-filmless-treatment-localization-qa-for-the-cyberknife-system
#5
J Gersh, M Noll
PURPOSE: Accuray recommends daily evaluation of the treatment localization and delivery systems (TLS/TDS) of the CyberKnife. The vendor-provided solution is a Winston-Lutz-type test that evaluates film shadows from an orthogonal beam pair (known as AQA). Since film-based techniques are inherently inefficient and potentially inconsistent and uncertain, this study explores a method which provides a comparable test with greater efficiency, consistency, and certainty. This test uses the QAStereoChecker (QASC, Standard Imaging, Inc...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047803/su-f-t-552-a-one-year-evaluation-of-the-qabeamchecker-for-use-with-the-cyberknife-system
#6
J Gersh
PURPOSE: By attaching an adapter plate with fiducial markers to the QA BeamChecker+ (Standard Imaging, Inc., Middleton, WI), the output of the CyberKnife can be accurately, efficiently, and consistently evaluated. The adapter plate, known as the Cutting Board, allows for automated alignment of the QABC+ using the CK's stereoscopic kV image-based treatment localization system (TLS). Described herein is an evaluation of the system following a year of clinical utilization. METHODS: Based on a CT scan of the QABC+ and CB, a treatment plan is generated which delivers a beam to each of the 5 plane-parallel ionization chambers...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28008544/the-where-and-how-for-reaching-transgender-women-and-men-who-have-sex-with-men-with-hiv-prevention-services-in-guatemala
#7
William M Miller, William C Miller, Clare Barrington, Sharon S Weir, Sanny Y Chen, Michael E Emch, Audrey E Pettifor, Gabriela Paz-Bailey
This study aims to describe the transgender women and men who have sex with men (MSM) missed through venue-based sampling and illustrate how data on venues can be used to prioritize service delivery. Respondent-driven sampling (RDS) and time-location sampling (TLS) were used concurrently in 2010 for behavioral surveillance among MSM and transgender women in Guatemala City. RDS recruits who did not frequent venues (n = 106) were compared to TLS recruits (n = 609). TLS participants recruited at different types of venues were compared...
December 22, 2016: AIDS and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27993406/tumor-lysis-syndrome-in-solid-tumors-clinical-characteristics-and-prognosis
#8
Fernando Caravaca-Fontán, Olga Martínez-Sáez, Saúl Pampa-Saico, Maria Eugenia Olmedo, Antonio Gomis, Pilar Garrido
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVE: Tumour lysis syndrome (TLS) is an uncommon complication in solid tumors following treatment initiation, and its spontaneous development (STLS) is exceptional. In this study, we analyse the main clinical and prognostic features of a case series with TLS and STLS. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Observational retrospective study in which we included all patients with solid tumours diagnosed with TLS and STLS over a period of 16 years, according to Cairo-Bishop criteria...
December 16, 2016: Medicina Clínica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27967252/hyperleukocytosis-and-leukostasis-management-of-a-medical-emergency
#9
Sabrina Giammarco, Patrizia Chiusolo, Nicola Piccirillo, Alessia Di Giovanni, Elisabetta Metafuni, Luca Laurenti, Simona Sica, Livio Pagano
Hyperleukocytosis is defined as a white blood cell count greater than 100,000/mL in patients affected by acute leukemia and often it is associated with increased morbidity and mortality, that can be up to 40% if unrecognized. Areas covered: Risk factors include younger age, myelomonocytic or monocytic/monoblastic morphology, microgranular variant of acute promyelocitic leukemia and T-cell ALL, and some cytogenetic abnormalities. Poor prognosis due to high early death rate secondary to leukostasis. The mechanisms at the origin of leukostasis are still poorly understood...
December 26, 2016: Expert Review of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27966492/functional-analyses-of-populus-euphratica-brassinosteroid-biosynthesis-enzyme-genes-dwf4-pedwf4-and-cpd-pecpd-in-the-regulation-of-growth-and-development-of-arabidopsis-thaliana
#10
Jianping Si, Yan Sun, L U Wang, Ying Qin, Chongying Wang, Xinyu Wang
DWF4 and CPD are key brassinosteroids (BRs) biosynthesis enzyme genes. To explore the function of Populus euphratica DWF4 (PeDWF4) and CPD (PeCPD), Arabidopsis thaliana transgenic lines (TLs) expressing PeDWF4, PeCPD or PeDWF4 plus PeCPD, namely PeDWF4-TL, PeCPD-TL and PeCP/DW-TL, were characterized. Compared with wild type (WT), the changes of both PeDWF4-TL and PeCPD-TL in plant heights, silique and hypocotyls lengths and seed yields were similar, but in bolting time and stem diameters, they were opposite...
December 2016: Journal of Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27965022/a-clinical-and-economic-comparison-of-rasburicase-and-allopurinol-in-the-treatment-of-patients-with-clinical-or-laboratory-tumor-lysis%C3%A2-syndrome
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Mitchell S Cairo, Stephen Thompson, Krishna Tangirala, Michael T Eaddy
BACKGROUND: The aim of the study was to compare reductions in uric acid (UA), length of stay (LOS), and hospitalization costs in patients with tumor lysis syndrome (TLS) treated with rasburicase or allopurinol. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This retrospective study of administrative data included hospitalized pediatric and adult patients who had clinical or laboratory TLS and received rasburicase or allopurinol. Each rasburicase-treated patient was propensity score-matched with 4 allopurinol-treated patients...
November 21, 2016: Clinical Lymphoma, Myeloma & Leukemia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27956901/spontaneous-tumour-lysis-syndrome-in-a-multiple-myeloma
#12
Can Huzmeli, Eylem Eliacik, Mustafa Saglam, Baris Doner, Ferhan Candan
The tumor lysis syndrome (TLS) is a collection of metabolic abnormalities that occur in consequence of the release of intracellular contents following lysis of tumor cells. TLS occurs spontaneously or after chemotherapy. Spontaneous TLS is uncommon occurrence in multiple myeloma (MM). We define a case of a 70-year-old woman patient who was found to have MM with spontaneous TLS, following a compression fracture of the T-12 vertebrae. While serum uric acid and phosphorous levels were high, low calcium levels were identified...
2016: Case Reports in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27956764/relationship-of-prepartum-udder-and-teat-measurements-with-subsequent-milk-production-traits-in-primiparous-nili-ravi-buffaloes
#13
T Chandrasekar, Kalyan Sundar Das, Showkat A Bhat, J K Singh, Thulasiraman Parkunanan, K Puhle Japheth, Mayur R Thul, Pranay Bharti
AIM: This study was conducted to find out the relationship of prepartum udder and teat measurements with subsequent milk production traits in primiparous Nili-Ravi buffaloes. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 12 Nili-Ravi buffalo heifers were selected from Buffalo Farm, Central Institute for Research on Buffaloes, Regional Station- Bir Dosanjh, Nabha, Patiala, Punjab. The udder length (UL), udder width (UW), udder depth, teat length (TL), teat diameter (TD), and teat distances were measured at fortnightly interval from 60 days prepartum until calving...
November 2016: Veterinary World
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27951635/mutagenicity-of-a-model-dna-peptide-cross-link-in-human-cells-roles-of-translesion-synthesis-dna-polymerases
#14
Paritosh Pande, Shaofei Ji, Shivam Mukherjee, Orlando D Schärer, Natalia Y Tretyakova, Ashis K Basu
DNA-protein cross-links are formed upon exposure of cellular DNA to various agents, including antitumor drugs, UV light, transition metals, and reactive oxygen species. They are thought to contribute to cancer, aging, and neurodegenerative diseases. It has been proposed that DNA-protein cross-links formed in cells are subject to proteolytic degradation to the corresponding DNA-peptide cross-links (DpCs). To investigate the effects of DpCs on DNA replication, we have constructed plasmid DNA containing a 10-mer Myc peptide covalently linked to C7 of 7-deaza-dG, a hydrolytically stable mimic of N7-dG lesions...
December 21, 2016: Chemical Research in Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27935980/changes-in-prevalence-of-hiv-or-syphilis-among-male-sex-workers-and-non-commercial-men-who-have-sex-with-men-in-shenzhen-china-results-of-a-second-survey
#15
Yuanwei Huang, Yanting Zhang, Ke Li, Jin Zhao
BACKGROUND: A previous time-location sampling survey (TLS) was performed in 2008 to evaluate the HIV or syphilis infection rate among male sex workers (MSWs) and non-commercial men who have sex with men (ncMSM) in Shenzhen, China. This is a second TLS performed in 2014. This article describes the findings and changes in the prevalence of HIV and syphilis. METHODS: TLS was used to collect information as a second cross-sectional survey to an earlier TLS assessment...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933095/direct-derivation-of-maize-plant-and-crop-height-from-low-cost-time-of-flight-camera-measurements
#16
Martin Hämmerle, Bernhard Höfle
BACKGROUND: In agriculture, information about the spatial distribution of crop height is valuable for applications such as biomass and yield estimation, or increasing field work efficiency in terms of fertilizing, applying pesticides, irrigation, etc. Established methods for capturing crop height often comprise restrictions in terms of cost and time efficiency, flexibility, and temporal and spatial resolution of measurements. Furthermore, crop height is mostly derived from a measurement of the bare terrain prior to plant growth and measurements of the crop surface when plants are growing, resulting in the need of multiple field campaigns...
2016: Plant Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919998/high-risk-of-tumor-lysis-syndrome-in-symptomatic-patients-with-multiple-myeloma-with-renal-dysfunction-treated-with-bortezomib
#17
Kana Oiwa, Mihoko Morita, Shinji Kishi, Miyuki Okura, Toshiki Tasaki, Yasufumi Matsuda, Katsunori Tai, Naoko Hosono, Takanori Ueda, Takahiro Yamauchi
BACKGROUND/AIM: Tumor lysis syndrome (TLS) is a life-threatening complication associated with cancer chemotherapy. We retrospectively evaluated the risk of developing TLS in patients with symptomatic multiple myeloma undergoing chemotherapy. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Sixty-four patients (median age=71 years, range=48-87 years, 35 males/29 females) who were treated at our Institution between April 2006 and December 2015 were evaluated. RESULTS: A total of 124 chemotherapy courses were administered, of which 63 courses were bortezomib-based regimens and 34 courses were immunomodulatory drug (IMiD)-based regimens...
2016: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916374/transfer-and-priming-of-surgical-skills-across-minimally-invasive-surgical-platforms
#18
Ahmed Zihni, Tianjia Ge, Shuddhadeb Ray, Robert Wang, Zhe Liang, Jaime A Cavallo, Michael M Awad
BACKGROUND: Robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery (RALS) uses 3-dimensional visualization and wristed instruments that provide more degrees of freedom than rigid traditional laparoscopic (TLS) instrumentation. These features have been touted to improve accuracy and efficiency during surgical task performance. Little is known, however, about the transferability of skills between the two platforms or whether task performance on one platform primes surgeons for task performance on the other...
November 2016: Journal of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915231/predominant-role-of-dna-polymerase-eta-and-p53-dependent-translesion-synthesis-in-the-survival-of-ultraviolet-irradiated-human-cells
#19
Leticia K Lerner, Guilherme Francisco, Daniela T Soltys, Clarissa R R Rocha, Annabel Quinet, Alexandre T Vessoni, Ligia P Castro, Taynah I P David, Silvina O Bustos, Bryan E Strauss, Vanesa Gottifredi, Anne Stary, Alain Sarasin, Roger Chammas, Carlos F M Menck
Genome lesions trigger biological responses that help cells manage damaged DNA, improving cell survival. Pol eta is a translesion synthesis (TLS) polymerase that bypasses lesions that block replicative polymerases, avoiding continued stalling of replication forks, which could lead to cell death. p53 also plays an important role in preventing cell death after ultraviolet (UV) light exposure. Intriguingly, we show that p53 does so by favoring translesion DNA synthesis by pol eta. In fact, the p53-dependent induction of pol eta in normal and DNA repair-deficient XP-C human cells after UV exposure has a protective effect on cell survival after challenging UV exposures, which was absent in p53- and Pol H-silenced cells...
December 2, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912025/population-dynamics-synchrony-and-environmental-quality-of-hokkaido-voles-lead-to-temporal-and-spatial-taylor-s-laws
#20
Joel E Cohen, Takashi Saitoh
Taylor's law (TL) asserts that the variance in a species' population density is a power-law function of its mean population density: log(variance) = a + b × log(mean). TL is widely verified. We show here that empirical time series of density of the Hokkaido gray-sided vole, Myodes rufocanus, sampled 1962-1992 at 85 locations, satisfied temporal and spatial forms of TL. The slopes (b ± standard error) of the temporal and spatial TL were estimated to be 1.613 ± 0.141 and 1.430 ± 0.132, respectively...
December 2016: Ecology
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