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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445942/mmp-3-and-mmp-8-single-nucleotide-polymorphisms-are-related-to-alcohol-induced-osteonecrosis-of-the-femoral-head-in-chinese-males
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Junyu Chen, Wanlin Liu, Yuju Cao, Xiyang Zhang, Yongchang Guo, Yong Zhu, Jian Li, Jieli Du, Tianbo Jin, Guoqiang Wang, Jianzhong Wang
Our study investigated the association between MMP-3 and MMP-8 single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and alcohol-induced osteonecrosis of the femoral head (ONFH) in 695 Chinese males (299 cases and 396 control subjects). The minor allele of MMP-3 rs650108 was associated with a 0.78-fold decrease in alcohol-induced ONFH risk in the allelic model (95% CI = 0.63-0.97, P = 0.026). In the genetic model adjusted for age, rs650108 was associated with decreased risk of alcohol-induced ONFH in the dominant model (OR = 0...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445866/association-of-genetic-polymorphisms-in-il-1r1-and-il-1r2-genes-with-iga-nephropathy-in-the-han-chinese-population
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Maowei Xie, Daofa Zhang, Yin Zhang, Xiaohong Yang, Yan Su, Yanni Wang, Haiyang Huang, Hui Han, Wenning Li, Keying Fu, Huiluan Su, Wentan Xu, Jiali Wei
AIM: IgA nephropathy (IgAN) is the major cause of end-stage renal disease(ESRD) in Asia and its pathogenesis is influenced by both genetic and environmental factors. Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in IL1R1 and IL-1R2 may be associated with susceptibility to IgAN. In this study, we study the association between genetic variants of IL-1R1 and IL-1R2 and IgA nephropathy risk in the Chinese Han population. RESULT: In the allelic model analysis, the rs10490571 and rs3917225 were associated with a 1...
April 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445753/pyroglutamate-modified-amyloid-%C3%AE-3-42-shows-%C3%AE-helical-intermediates-before-amyloid-formation
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Christina Dammers, Kerstin Reiss, Lothar Gremer, Justin Lecher, Tamar Ziehm, Matthias Stoldt, Melanie Schwarten, Dieter Willbold
Pyroglutamate-modified amyloid-β (pEAβ) has been described as a relevant Aβ species in Alzheimer's-disease-affected brains, with pEAβ (3-42) as a dominant isoform. Aβ (1-40) and Aβ (1-42) have been well characterized under various solution conditions, including aqueous solutions containing trifluoroethanol (TFE). To characterize structural properties of pEAβ (3-42) possibly underlying its drastically increased aggregation propensity compared to Aβ (1-42), we started our studies in various TFE-water mixtures and found striking differences between the two Aβ species...
April 25, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445747/physical-and-functional-characterization-of-a-viral-genome-maturation-complex
#4
Teng-Chieh Yang, David Ortiz, Qin Yang, Rolando W De Angelis, Saurarshi J Sanyal, Carlos E Catalano
Genome packaging is strongly conserved in the complex double-stranded DNA viruses, including the herpesviruses and many bacteriophages. In these cases, viral DNA is packaged into a procapsid shell by a terminase enzyme. The packaging substrate is typically a concatemer composed of multiple genomes linked in a head-to-tail fashion, and terminase enzymes perform two essential functions: 1) excision of a unit length genome from the concatemer (genome maturation) and 2) translocation of the duplex into a procapsid (genome packaging)...
April 25, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445605/high-throughput-cell-mechanical-phenotyping-for-label-free-titration-assays-of-cytoskeletal-modifications
#5
Stefan Golfier, Philipp Rosendahl, Alexander Mietke, Maik Herbig, Jochen Guck, Oliver Otto
The mechanical fingerprint of cells is inherently linked to the structure of the cytoskeleton and can serve as a label free marker for cell homeostasis or pathologic states. How cytoskeletal composition affects the physical response of cells to external loads has been intensively studied with a spectrum of techniques, yet quantitative and statistically powerful investigations in the form of titration assays are hampered by the low throughput of most available methods. In this study, we employ real-time deformability cytometry (RT-DC), a novel microfluidic tool to examine the effects of biochemically modified F-actin and microtubule stability and nuclear chromatin structure on cell deformation in a human leukemia cell line (HL60)...
April 26, 2017: Cytoskeleton
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445546/a-coral-algal-phase-shift-in-mesoamerica-not-driven-by-changes-in-herbivorous-fish-abundance
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Jesús Ernesto Arias-González, Tak Fung, Robert M Seymour, Joaquín Rodrigo Garza-Pérez, Gilberto Acosta-González, Yves-Marie Bozec, Craig R Johnson
Coral-algal phase shifts in which coral cover declines to low levels and is replaced by algae have often been documented on coral reefs worldwide. This has motivated coral reef management responses that include restriction and regulation of fishing, e.g. herbivorous fish species. However, there is evidence that eutrophication and sedimentation can be at least as important as a reduction in herbivory in causing phase shifts. These threats arise from coastal development leading to increased nutrient and sediment loads, which stimulate algal growth and negatively impact corals respectively...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445531/antagomir-451-inhibits-oxygen-glucose-deprivation-ogd-induced-huvec-necrosis-via-activating-ampk-signaling
#7
Xi Yang, Xiao-Qing He, Guo-Dong Li, Yong-Qing Xu
Oxygen glucose deprivation (OGD) application in cultured human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) mimics ischemic injuries. AntagomiR-451, the miroRNA-451 ("miR-451") inhibitor, could activate pro-survival AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) signaling. In the current study, we showed that forced-expression of antagomiR-451 depleted miRNA-451 and significantly attenuated OGD-induced necrosis of HUVECs. Activation of AMPK was required for antagomiR-451-mediated pro-survival actions. AMPK inhibition, by AMPKα shRNA or dominant negative mutation, almost completely abolishedantagomiR-451-mediated HUVEC protection again OGD...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445525/correction-lower-levels-of-uric-acid-and-striatal-dopamine-in-non-tremor-dominant-parkinson-s-disease-subtype
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[This corrects the article DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0174644.].
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445505/dominance-of-an-alien-shrub-rhus-typhina-over-a-native-shrub-vitex-negundo-var-heterophylla-under-variable-water-supply-patterns
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Ning Du, Xiangfeng Tan, Qiang Li, Xiao Liu, Wenxin Zhang, Renqing Wang, Jian Liu, Weihua Guo
Temporal heterogeneity of a resource supply can have a profound effect on the interactions between alien and native plant species and their potential invasiveness. Precipitation patterns may be variable and result in a higher heterogeneity of water supply with global climate change. In this study, an alien shrub species, Rhus typhina, introduced to China from North America and a native shrub species, Vitex negundo var. heterophylla, were grown in monoculture and mixed culture under different water supply regimes, with four levels of water supply frequencies but with a constant level of total supplied water...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445499/fine-scale-population-genetic-structure-of-the-bengal-tiger-panthera-tigris-tigris-in-a-human-dominated-western-terai-arc-landscape-india
#10
Sujeet Kumar Singh, Jouni Aspi, Laura Kvist, Reeta Sharma, Puneet Pandey, Sudhanshu Mishra, Randeep Singh, Manoj Agrawal, Surendra Prakash Goyal
Despite massive global conservation strategies, tiger populations continued to decline until recently, mainly due to habitat loss, human-animal conflicts, and poaching. These factors are known to affect the genetic characteristics of tiger populations and decrease local effective population sizes. The Terai Arc Landscape (TAL) at the foothills of the Himalaya is one of the 42 source sites of tigers around the globe. Therefore, information on how landscape features and anthropogenic factors affect the fine-scale spatial genetic structure and variation of tigers in TAL is needed to develop proper management strategies for achieving long-term conservation goals...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445482/questionable-science-and-reproducibility-in-electrical-brain-stimulation-research
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Martin E Héroux, Colleen K Loo, Janet L Taylor, Simon C Gandevia
Electrical brain stimulation (EBS) is a trendy new technique used to change brain function and treat neurological, psychiatric and psychological disorders. We were curious whether the published literature, which is dominated by positive results, reflects the experience of researchers using EBS. Specifically, we wanted to know whether researchers are able to reproduce published EBS effects and whether they engage in, but fail to report, questionable research practices. We invited 976 researchers to complete an online survey...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445466/human-pluripotent-stem-cells-recurrently-acquire-and-expand-dominant-negative-p53-mutations
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Florian T Merkle, Sulagna Ghosh, Nolan Kamitaki, Jana Mitchell, Yishai Avior, Curtis Mello, Seva Kashin, Shila Mekhoubad, Dusko Ilic, Maura Charlton, Genevieve Saphier, Robert E Handsaker, Giulio Genovese, Shiran Bar, Nissim Benvenisty, Steven A McCarroll, Kevin Eggan
Human pluripotent stem cells (hPS cells) can self-renew indefinitely, making them an attractive source for regenerative therapies. This expansion potential has been linked with the acquisition of large copy number variants that provide mutated cells with a growth advantage in culture. The nature, extent and functional effects of other acquired genome sequence mutations in cultured hPS cells are not known. Here we sequence the protein-coding genes (exomes) of 140 independent human embryonic stem cell (hES cell) lines, including 26 lines prepared for potential clinical use...
April 26, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445430/impact-of-land-use-on-pm2-5-pollution-in-a-representative-city-of-middle-china
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Haiou Yang, Wenbo Chen, Zhaofeng Liang
Fine particulate matter (PM2.5) pollution has become one of the greatest urban issues in China. Studies have shown that PM2.5 pollution is strongly related to the land use pattern at the micro-scale and optimizing the land use pattern has been suggested as an approach to mitigate PM2.5 pollution. However, there are only a few researches analyzing the effect of land use on PM2.5 pollution. This paper employed land use regression (LUR) models and statistical analysis to explore the effect of land use on PM2.5 pollution in urban areas...
April 26, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445285/association-between-vitamin-d-receptor-bsmi-polymorphism-and-bone-mineral-density-in-pediatric-patients-a-meta-analysis-and-systematic-review-of-observational-studies
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Li Bao, Mingzhi Chen, Yong Lei, Zemin Zhou, Huiping Shen, Feng Le
BACKGROUND: Vitamin D and the vitamin D receptor (VDR) are important in the metabolic processes that affect bone mineral density (BMD). However, the effect of VDR BsmI polymorphism on BMD in pediatric patients is still unclear. METHODS: Eligible studies were identified from the following electronic databases: PubMed, Embase, the Cochrane Library, and the Chinese CNKI and Wanfang databases before October 1, 2016. Data were extracted from the eligible studies, and associations between VDR BsmI polymorphism and BMD in pediatric patients were estimated with weighted mean differences (WMDs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs)...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445255/peutz-jeghers-syndrome-with-intermittent-upper-intestinal-obstruction-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
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Shou-Xing Duan, Guang-Huan Wang, Jun Zhong, Wen-Hui Ou, Ma-Xian Fu, Fu-Sheng Wang, Shu-Hua Ma, Jian-Hong Li
RATIONALE: Peutz-Jeghers syndrome (PJS) is an autosomal dominant genetic syndrome characterized by a unique type of gastrointestinal hamartomatous polyp associated with oral and anal mucocutaneous pigmentations. Peutz-Jeghers polyps occur most numerously in the small intestine but frequently in the colon and stomach, only a few cases have been reported in the duodenum. PATIENT CONCERN: A further family history survey discovered 10 out of 14 members of the family (in 4 generations) had mucocutaneous pigmentations, but many of them were living in rural areas where they had no access to specialized medical services, so none were checked with endoscopy for polyps of hamartoma...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445154/role-of-delta-like-4-in-jagged1-induced-tumour-angiogenesis-and-tumour-growth
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Chern Ein Oon, Esther Bridges, Helen Sheldon, Richard C A Sainson, Adrian Jubb, Helen Turley, Russell Leek, Francesca Buffa, Adrian L Harris, Ji-Liang Li
Delta-like 4 (DLL4) and Jagged1 (JAG1) are two key Notch ligands implicated in tumour angiogenesis. They were shown to have opposite effects on mouse retinal and adult regenerative angiogenesis. In tumours, both ligands are upregulated but their relative effects and interactions in tumour biology, particularly in tumour response to therapeutic intervention are unclear. Here we demonstrate that DLL4 and JAG1 displayed equal potency in stimulating Notch target genes in HMEC-1 endothelial cells but had opposing effects on sprouting angiogenesis in vitro...
April 8, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445131/therapeutic-benefit-of-salmonella-attributed-to-lps-and-tnf-%C3%AE-is-exhaustible-and-dictated-by-tumor-susceptibility
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Dino Kocijancic, Sara Leschner, Sebastian Felgner, Ronja-Melinda Komoll, Michael Frahm, Vinay Pawar, Siegfried Weiss
The potential of bacteria-mediated tumor therapy (BMTT) is highlighted by more than a century of investigation. Attenuated Salmonella has prevailed as promising therapeutic agents. For BMTT - categorized as an immune therapy - the exact contribution of particular immune reactions to the therapeutic effect remains ambiguous. In addition, one could argue for or against the requirement of bacterial viability and tumor targeting. Herein we evaluate the isolated therapeutic efficacy of purified LPS and TNF-α, which together account for a dominant immunogenic pathway of gram negative bacteria like Salmonella...
April 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445130/single-nucleotide-polymorphisms-in-mlh1-predict-poor-prognosis-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-in-a-chinese-population
#18
Xiaonian Zhu, Wei Liu, Xiaoqiang Qiu, Zhigang Wang, Chao Tan, Chunhua Bei, Linyuan Qin, Yuan Ren, Shengkui Tan
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a malignant cancer causing deleterious health effect worldwide, especially in China. So far clinical cure rate and long-term survival rate of HCC remains low. Most HCC patients after cancer resection have recurrence or metastasis within 5 years. This study aims to explore the genetic association of mutL homolog 1 (MLH1) polymorphisms with HCC risk and prognosis. Four candidate MLH1 polymorphisms, rs1800734, rs10849, rs3774343 and rs1540354 were studied from a hospital-based case-control study including 1,036 cases (HCC patients) and 1,036 controls (non-HCC patients) in Guangxi, China...
April 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445095/physiological-versus-biological-control-in-bivalve-calcite-prisms-comparison-of-euheterodonts-and-pteriomorphs
#19
Elizabeth M Harper, Antonio Checa
Multiple groups of bivalve molluscs produce calcitic shell layers, many of these broadly classified as "prismatic." Various pteriomorphian bivalves (such as oysters, pterioids, and mussels) secrete prismatic microstructures with high organic content and clear, strong biological control. However, we present the results of a detailed analysis by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), thermogravimetric analysis, and electron backscatter diffraction to characterize the calcitic prisms in two different clades within the euheterodont bivalves: the extant Chama arcana and the extinct rudists...
February 2017: Biological Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445044/highly-oxygenated-multifunctional-compounds-in-%C3%AE-pinene-secondary-organic-aerosol
#20
Xuan Zhang, Andrew T Lambe, Mary Alice Upshur, William A Brooks, Ariana Gray Be, Regan J Thomson, Franz M Geiger, Jason Douglas Surratt, Zhenfa Zhang, Avram Gold, Stephan Graf, Michael J Cubison, Michael Groessl, John T Jayne, Douglas R Worsnop, Manjula R Canagaratna
Highly oxygenated multifunctional organic compounds (HOMs) originating from biogenic emissions constitute a widespread source of organic aerosols in the pristine atmosphere. Yet, the molecular forms in which HOMs are present in the condensed phase upon gas-particle partitioning remain unclear. In this study, we show that highly oxygenated molecules that contain multiple peroxide functionalities are readily cationized by the attachment of Na(+) during electrospray ionization operated in the positive ion mode...
April 26, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
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