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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922870/male-mutation-bias-is-the-main-force-shaping-chromosomal-substitution-rates-in-monotreme-mammals
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Vivian Link, Diana Aguilar-Gómez, Ciro Ramírez-Suástegui, Laurence D Hurst, Diego Cortez
In many species, spermatogenesis involves more cell divisions than oogenesis, and the male germline, therefore, accumulates more DNA replication errors, a phenomenon known as male mutation bias. The extent of male mutation bias (α) is estimated by comparing substitution rates of the X, Y, and autosomal chromosomes, as these chromosomes spend different proportions of their time in the germlines of the two sexes. Male mutation bias has been characterized in placental and marsupial mammals as well as birds, but analyses in monotremes failed to detect any such bias...
September 1, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922368/a-tree-of-life-based-on-ninety-eight-expressed-genes-conserved-across-diverse-eukaryotic-species
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Pawan Kumar Jayaswal, Vivek Dogra, Asheesh Shanker, Tilak Raj Sharma, Nagendra Kumar Singh
Rapid advances in DNA sequencing technologies have resulted in the accumulation of large data sets in the public domain, facilitating comparative studies to provide novel insights into the evolution of life. Phylogenetic studies across the eukaryotic taxa have been reported but on the basis of a limited number of genes. Here we present a genome-wide analysis across different plant, fungal, protist, and animal species, with reference to the 36,002 expressed genes of the rice genome. Our analysis revealed 9831 genes unique to rice and 98 genes conserved across all 49 eukaryotic species analysed...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921959/quantification-and-theoretical-analysis-of-the-electrophilicities-of-michael-acceptors
#3
Dominik S Allgäuer, Harish Jangra, Haruyasu Asahara, Zhen Li, Quan Chen, Hendrik Zipse, Armin R Ofial, Herbert Mayr
In order to quantify the electrophilic reactivities of common Michael acceptors, we measured the kinetics of the reactions of monoacceptor-substituted ethylenes (H2C═CH-Acc, 1) and styrenes (PhCH═CH-Acc, 2) with pyridinium ylides 3, sulfonium ylide 4, and sulfonyl-substituted chloromethyl anion 5. Substitution of the 57 measured second-order rate constants (log k) and the previously reported nucleophile-specific parameters N and sN for 3-5 into the correlation log k = sN(E + N) allowed us to calculate 15 new empirical electrophilicity parameters E for Michael acceptors 1 and 2...
September 18, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920988/fluorogenic-nir-probes-based-on-1-2-4-5-tetrazine-substituted-bf2-azadipyrromethenes
#4
Dan Wu, Donal F O'Shea
A series of 1,2,4,5-tetrazine integrated near infrared (NIR) fluorophores based on the BF2 azadipyrromethene (NIR-AZA) class has been synthesised and their ability to modulate emission from low to high in response to Diels-Alder cycloaditions has been assessed. Substituents on the tetrazine component of the probe (Cl, OMe, p-NO2C6H4O) were seen to strongly influence quantum yields, fluorescence enhancement factors, and rates of cycloadditions. Cycloadditions between tetrazine-NIR-AZA constructs and a strained alkyne substrate were seen to be highly efficient in organic or aqueous solutions and in gels with high fluorescence enhancements of up to 48-fold observed...
September 18, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919791/pegylated-interferon-plus-ribavirin-treatment-does-not-alter-the-prevalence-of-resistance-associated-substitutions-to-direct-acting-antivirals-in-hcv-genotype-1a-patients
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Zhi-Wei Chen, Xi-Chen Pang, Zhao Li, Hong Ren, Peng Hu
BACKGROUND: Direct-acting antiviral (DAA) resistance-associated substitutions (RASs) can jeopardize the effectiveness of DAAs in patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV). The selection pressure by pegylated-interferon (Peg-IFN) plus ribavirin (P/R) treatment may enhance HCV genome variation. However, whether P/R treatment alters the rate of change of RASs is still unclear. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrieved the genomic sequences of HCV genotype (GT) 1a patients from GenBank, which included patients naïve to P/R (pre-IFN group) and those previously treated with P/R (post-IFN group)...
2017: Infection and Drug Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917916/quantitative-investigations-of-xylose-and-arabinose-substituents-in-hydroxypropylated-and-hydroxyvinylethylated-arabinoxylans
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Dominic Lorenz, Anna Knöpfle, Youssef Akil, Bodo Saake
The chemical structures obtained by the modification of arabinoxylans with the cyclic carbonates propylene carbonate (PC) and 4-vinyl-1,3-dioxolan-2-one (VEC) with varying degrees of substitution were investigated. Therefore, a new analytical method was developed that is based on a microwave-assisted hydrolysis of the polysaccharides with trifluoroacetic acid and the reductive amination with 2-aminobenzoic acid. The peak assignment was achieved by HPLC-MS and the carbohydrate derivatives were quantified by HPLC-fluorescence...
November 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917140/impact-of-medical-subsidy-disqualification-on-children-s-healthcare-utilization-a-difference-in-differences-analysis-from-japan
#7
Atsushi Miyawaki, Haruko Noguchi, Yasuki Kobayashi
Financial support for children's medical expenses has been introduced in many countries. Limited work has been done on price elasticity in children's healthcare demand, especially in countries other than the United States. Moreover, it remains unclear how the effects of a change in the cost sharing rate on healthcare demand would differ by medical condition. We investigated the impact of an increase in the cost sharing rate on medical service utilization among school children as a whole and for each of nine common conditions, applying a difference-in-differences approach...
September 5, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917002/comparison-on-effectiveness-of-trans-septal-suturing-versus-nasal-packing-after-septoplasty-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Wei-Wei Wang, Bao-Cheng Dong
This systematic review applied meta-analytic procedures to evaluate the curative effect of trans-septal suturing versus nasal packing after septoplasty. Computerized search of the published literature in PubMed, EMBASE, CENTRAL, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, WANFANG, CNKI databases. Randomized trials investigating trans-septal suturing versus nasal packing following septoplasty in patients with deviated nasal septum. Adhesion, septal hematoma, bleeding, septal perforation, infection, pain, headache, or residual septal deviation per randomized patients...
September 15, 2017: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916966/evaluation-of-in-vitro-efficacy-of-docetaxel-loaded-calcium-carbonate-aragonite-nanoparticles-dtx-caco3np-on-4t1-mouse-breast-cancer-cell-line
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Nahidah Ibrahim Hammadi, Yusuf Abba, Mohd Noor Mohd Hezmee, Intan Shameha Abdul Razak, Aminu Umar Kura, Zuki Abu Bakar Zakaria
Cockle shell-derived calcium carbonate nanoparticles have shown promising potentials as slow drug-releasing compounds in cancer chemotherapy. In this study, we evaluated the in vitro efficacy of docetaxel (DTX)-loaded CaCO3NP on 4T1 cell line. This was achieved by evaluating the following: cytotoxicity using MTT assay, fluorescence imaging, apoptosis with Annexin V assay, cell cycle analysis, scanning (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and scratch assay. Based on the results, DTX-CaCO3NP with a DTX concentration of 0...
September 15, 2017: In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology. Animal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916648/genome-dynamics-of-hybrid-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-during-vegetative-and-meiotic-divisions
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Abhishek Dutta, Gen Lin, Ajith V Pankajam, Parijat Chakraborty, Nahush Bhat, Lars M Steinmetz, Koodali T Nishant
Mutation and recombination are the major sources of genetic diversity in all organisms. In the baker's yeast, all mutation rate estimates are in homozygous background. We determined the extent of genetic change through mutation and loss of heterozygosity (LOH) in a heterozygous Saccharomyces cerevisiae genome during successive vegetative and meiotic divisions. We measured genome wide LOH and base mutation rates during vegetative and meiotic divisions in a hybrid (S288c/YJM789) S. cerevisiae strain. The S288c/YJM789 hybrid showed nearly complete reduction in heterozygosity within 31 generations of meioses and improved spore viability...
September 15, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916543/cryopyrin-associated-periodic-syndromes-in-italian-patients-evaluation-of-the-rate-of-somatic-nlrp3-mosaicism-and-phenotypic-characterization
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Denise Lasigliè, Anna Mensa-Vilaro, Denise Ferrera, Roberta Caorsi, Federica Penco, Giuseppe Santamaria, Marco Di Duca, Giulia Amico, Kenji Nakagawa, Francesca Antonini, Alberto Tommasini, Rita Consolini, Antonella Insalaco, Marco Cattalini, Laura Obici, Romina Gallizzi, Francesca Santarelli, Genny Del Zotto, Mariasavina Severino, Anna Rubartelli, Roberto Ravazzolo, Alberto Martini, Isabella Ceccherini, Ryuta Nishikomori, Marco Gattorno, Juan I Arostegui, Silvia Borghini
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the rate of somatic NLRP3 mosaicism in an Italian cohort of mutation-negative patients with cryopyrin-associated periodic syndrome (CAPS). METHODS: The study enrolled 14 patients with a clinical phenotype consistent with CAPS in whom Sanger sequencing of the NLRP3 gene yielded negative results. Patients' DNA were subjected to amplicon-based NLRP3 deep sequencing. RESULTS: Low-level somatic NLRP3 mosaicism has been detected in 4 patients, 3 affected with chronic infantile neurological cutaneous and articular syndrome and 1 with Muckle-Wells syndrome...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914400/an-in-vivo-study-on-endothelialized-vascular-grafts-produced-by-autologous-biotubes-and-adipose-stem-cells-adscs
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Yu Chieh Tseng, Jun Neng Roan, Ying Chiang Ho, Chih Chan Lin, Ming Long Yeh
Currently, commercial synthetic vascular grafts made from Dacron and ePTFE for small-diameter, vascular applications (<6 mm) show limited reendothelization and are less compliant, often resulting in thrombosis and intimal hyperplasia. Although good blood compatibility can be achieved in autologous arteries and veins, the number of high quality harvest sites is limited, and the grafts are size-mismatched for use in the fistula or cardiovascular bypass surgery; thus, alternative small graft substitutes must be developed...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914168/synthesis-of-cr-3-doped-tio2-nanoparticles-characterization-and-evaluation-of-their-visible-photocatalytic-performance-and-stability
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Sandra Yadira Mendiola-Alvarez, Jorge Luis Guzmán-Mar, Gemma Turnes-Palomino, Fernando Maya-Alejandro, Adolfo Caballero-Quintero, Aracely Hernández-Ramírez, Laura Hinojosa-Reyes
Cr(3+)-doped TiO2 nanoparticles (Ti-Cr) were synthesized by a simple and fast microwave assisted sol-gel method. Ti-Cr catalyst was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), ultraviolet-visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (UV-Vis DRS), N2 adsorption-desorption analysis, Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and zetametry. Ti-Cr is mesoporous and exhibits a specific surface area of 54...
September 15, 2017: Environmental Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911779/measurement-of-enzyme-isotope-effects
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Svetlana A Kholodar, Ananda K Ghosh, Amnon Kohen
Enzyme isotope effects, or the kinetic effects of "heavy" enzymes, refer to the effect of isotopically labeled protein residues on the enzyme's activity or physical properties. These effects are increasingly employed in the examination of the possible contributions of protein dynamics to enzyme catalysis. One hypothesis assumed that isotopic substitution of all (12)C, (14)N, and nonexchangeable (1)H by (13)C, (15)N, and (2)H, would slow down protein picosecond to femtosecond dynamics without any effect on the system's electrostatics following the Born-Oppenheimer approximation...
2017: Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911772/kinetic-deuterium-isotope-effects-in-cytochrome-p450-reactions
#15
Frederick P Guengerich
Cytochrome P450 (P450, CYP) research provides many opportunities for the application of kinetic isotope effect (KIE) strategies. P450s collectively catalyze oxidations of more substrates than any other group of enzymes, and CH bond cleavage is a major feature in a large fraction of these reactions. The presence of a significant primary deuterium KIE is evidence that hydrogen abstraction is at least partially rate-limiting in the reactions, and this appears to be the case in many P450 reactions. The first report of a KIE in (P450-linked) drug metabolism appeared in 1961 (for morphine N-demethylation), and in a number of cases, it has been possible to modulate the in vivo metabolism or toxicity of chemicals by deuterium substitution...
2017: Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910991/pricing-as-a-means-of-controlling-alcohol-consumption
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Anurag Sharma, Kompal Sinha, Brian Vandenberg
Background: Reducing the affordability of alcohol, by increasing its price, is the most effective strategy for controlling alcohol consumption and reducing harm. Sources of data: We review meta-analyses and systematic reviews of alcohol tax/price effects from the past decade, and recent evaluations of tax/price policies in the UK, Canada and Australia. Areas of agreement: While the magnitudes of price effects vary by sub-group and alcoholic beverage type, it has been consistently shown that price increases lead to reductions in alcohol consumption...
September 1, 2017: British Medical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910796/modeling-of-internal-filtration-in-theranova-hemodialyzers
#17
Anna Lorenzin, Mauro Neri, William R Clark, Francesco Garzotto, Alessandra Brendolan, Federico Nalesso, Nicola Marchionna, Monica Zanella, Marco Sartori, Gianfranco B Fiore, Claudio Ronco
High retention onset (HRO) is the designation for a new class of hemodialysis membranes. A unique characteristic of this class is the highly selective and controlled porosity resulting in sieving properties that provide a clinically desirable balance between middle/large molecular weight solute removal and albumin loss. Another defining feature of this membrane class is the relatively small fiber diameter, which produces high convective volumes in the form of internal filtration. The aim of the present study was to estimate, by semi-empirical methods, convective volumes for 2 new HRO dialyzers: Theranova 400 and Theranova 500 (Baxter International Inc...
2017: Contributions to Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905099/port-implantation-in-patients-with-severe-thrombocytopenia-is-safe-with-interventional-radiology
#18
Annika R Keulers, Lilian Kiesow, Andreas H Mahnken
PURPOSE: Platelet counts <50/nl are often considered a contraindication for surgical and interventional radiology procedures. Yet, there are patients requiring totally implantable venous access ports (TIVAP) in whom normalization of the coagulation state is not feasible. This retrospective study evaluates the safety of interventional radiological TIVAP implantation in patients with severe thrombocytopenia. MATERIALS AND METHODS: From 12/2010 to 12/2014, a total 1200 consecutive radiological TIVAP implantations were performed and retrospectively analyzed...
September 13, 2017: Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904673/mutations-in-rpob-and-katg-genes-of-multidrug-resistant-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-undetectable-using-genotyping-diagnostic-methods
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Faustinos Tatenda Takawira, Racheal Shamiso Dube Mandishora, Zephaniah Dhlamini, Ellen Munemo, Babill Stray-Pedersen
INTRODUCTION: Tuberculosis remains the leading causes of death worldwide with frequencies of mutations in rifampicin and isoniazid resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis isolates varying according to geographical location. There is limited information in Zimbabwe on specific antibiotic resistance gene mutation patterns in MTB and hence, increased rate of discordant results and mortality due to inappropriate antibiotic prescriptions. The rpoB and katG genes molecular markers are used for detecting rifampicin and isoniazid resistance respectively...
2017: Pan African Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903985/molecular-tools-for-the-detection-and-deduction-of-azole-antifungal-drug-resistance-phenotypes-in-aspergillus-species
#20
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Anna Dudakova, Birgit Spiess, Marut Tangwattanachuleeporn, Christoph Sasse, Dieter Buchheidt, Michael Weig, Uwe Groß, Oliver Bader
The incidence of azole resistance in Aspergillus species has increased over the past years, most importantly for Aspergillus fumigatus. This is partially attributable to the global spread of only a few resistance alleles through the environment. Secondary resistance is a significant clinical concern, as invasive aspergillosis with drug-susceptible strains is already difficult to treat, and exclusion of azole-based antifungals from prophylaxis or first-line treatment of invasive aspergillosis in high-risk patients would dramatically limit drug choices, thus increasing mortality rates for immunocompromised patients...
October 2017: Clinical Microbiology Reviews
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