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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088024/multi-year-record-of-atmospheric-and-snow-surface-nitrate-in-the-central-antarctic-plateau
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R Traversi, S Becagli, M Brogioni, L Caiazzo, V Ciardini, F Giardi, M Legrand, G Macelloni, B Petkov, S Preunkert, C Scarchilli, M Severi, V Vitale, R Udisti
Continuous all year-round samplings of atmospheric aerosol and surface snow at high (daily to 4-day) resolution were carried out at Dome C since 2004-05 to 2013 and nitrate records are here presented. Basing on a larger statistical data set than previous studies, results confirm that nitrate seasonal pattern is characterized by maxima during austral summer for both aerosol and surface snow, occurring in-phase with solar UV irradiance. This temporal pattern is likely due to a combination of nitrate sources and post-depositional processes whose intensity usually enhances during the summer...
December 30, 2016: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087972/lack-of-effect-of-oral-cabotegravir-on-the-pharmacokinetics-of-a-levonorgestrel-ethinyl-estradiol-containing-oral-contraceptive-in-healthy-adult-females
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C Trezza, S L Ford, E Gould, Y Lou, C Huang, J M Ritter, A M Buchanan, W Spreen, P Patel
AIM(S): This study aimed to investigate whether cabotegravir (CAB), an integrase inhibitor in development for treatment and prevention of HIV-1, influences the pharmacokinetics (PK) of a levonorgestrel (LNG) and ethinyl estradiol (EE)-containing oral contraceptive (OC) in healthy women. METHODS: In this open-label, fixed-sequence crossover study, healthy female subjects received LNG 0.15 mg/EE 0.03 mg tablet once daily Days 1-10 alone and with oral CAB 30 mg once daily Days 11-21...
January 14, 2017: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087881/role-of-stim2-in-cell-function-and-physiopathology
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Alejandro Berna-Erro, Isaac Jardin, Gines M Salido, Juan A Rosado
An endoplasmic reticulum (ER)-resident protein that regulates cytosolic and ER free-Ca(2+) concentration by induction of store-operated calcium entry. That is the original definition of STIM2 and its function. While its activity strongly depends on the amount of calcium stored in the ER, its function goes further to intracellular signalling and gene expression. Initially undercovered by the prominent function of STIM1, STIM2 became to be vital in mice, gradually emerging as an important player in the nervous system, and cooperating with STIM1 in the immune system...
January 14, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087810/akt1-lkb1-and-yap1-revealed-as-myc-interactors-with-nanoluc-based-protein-fragment-complementation-assay
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Xiu-Lei Mo, Qi Qi, Andrei A Ivanov, Qiankun Niu, Yin Luo, Jonathan Havel, Russell Goetze, Sydney Bell, Carlos S Moreno, Lee A D Cooper, Margaret A Johns, Fadlo R Khuri, Yuhong Du, Haian Fu
The c-Myc (MYC) transcription factor is a major cancer driver and a well-validated therapeutic target. However, directly targeting MYC has been challenging. Thus, identifying proteins that interact with and regulate MYC may provide alternative strategies to inhibit its oncogenic activity. Here we report the development of a NanoLuc®-based protein-fragment complementation assay (NanoPCA) and mapping of the MYC protein interaction hub in live mammalian cells. The NanoPCA system was configured to enable detection of protein-protein interactions (PPI) at the endogenous level, as shown with PRAS40 dimerization, and detection of weak interactions, such as PINCH1-NCK2...
January 13, 2017: Molecular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087607/type-2-diabetes-obesity-and-breast-cancer-risk-the-multiethnic-cohort
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Gertraud Maskarinec, Simone Jacobs, Song-Yi Park, Christopher A Haiman, Veronica Wendy Setiawan, Lynne R Wilkens, Loic Le Marchand
BACKGROUND: Obesity has been more consistently associated with breast cancer than type 2 diabetes (T2D). This analysis examined the combination of the two factors in the Multiethnic Cohort (MEC). METHODS: Women aged 45-75 years entered the MEC in 1993-1996 by completing a questionnaire. T2D status was self-reported at baseline, two follow-up questionnaires, and confirmed by administrative data. Cancers were identified from tumor registries and deaths through vital records until 2010...
January 13, 2017: Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087530/pgas-a-low-ph-induced-promoter-as-a-dynamic-gene-expression-control-tool-for-the-metabolic-engineering-of-aspergillus-niger
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Xian Yin, Hyun-Dong Shin, Jianghua Li, Guocheng Du, Long Liu, Jian Chen
: The dynamic control of gene expression is important for adjusting fluxes in order to obtain desired products and achieve appropriate cell growth, particularly when the synthesis of a desired product drains metabolites required for cell growth. For dynamic gene expression, a promoter responsive to a particular environmental stressor is vital. Here, we report a low pH-inducible promoter, Pgas, which promotes minimal gene expression at pH values of greater than 5.0, but functioned efficiently at low pH values, such as pH 2...
January 13, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087487/bioprinting-for-vascular-and-vascularized-tissue-biofabrication
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REVIEW
Pallab Datta, Bugra Ayan, Ibrahim T Ozbolat
: Bioprinting is a promising technology to fabricate design-specific tissue constructs due to its ability to create complex, heterocellular structures with anatomical precision. Bioprinting enables the deposition of various biologics including growth factors, cells, genes, neo-tissues and extra-cellular matrix-like hydrogels. Benefits of bioprinting have started to make a mark in the fields of tissue engineering, regenerative medicine and pharmaceutics. Specifically, in the field of tissue engineering, the creation of vascularized tissue constructs has remained a principal challenge till date...
January 10, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087395/lumbar-spinal-muscles-and-spinal-canal-study-by-mri-three-dimensional-reconstruction-in-adult-lumbar-spinal-stenosis
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Louis Boissière, Bertrand Moal, Olivier Gille, Elise De-Roquefeuil, Muriel Durieux, Ibrahim Obeid, Vincent Dousset, Jean-Marc Vital, Wafa Skalli
BACKGROUND: Lumbar spinal stenosis is degenerative disc disease most common manifestation. If stenosis degree seems poorly related to symptom severity, lumbar muscles role is recognized. Many studies report imaging methods, to analyze muscle volumes and fat infiltration (FI), but remain limited due to the difficulty to represent entire muscle volume variability. Recently a 3D muscle reconstruction protocol (using the deformation of a parametric specific object method (DPSO) and three point Dixon images) was reported...
January 10, 2017: Orthopaedics & Traumatology, Surgery & Research: OTSR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087280/increased-homocysteine-levels-impair-reference-memory-and-reduce-cortical-levels-of-acetylcholine-in-a-mouse-model-of-vascular-cognitive-impairment
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Kevin Dam, Martina Füchtemeier, Tracy D Farr, Philipp Boehm-Sturm, Marco Foddis, Ulrich Dirnagl, Olga Malysheva, Marie A Caudill, Nafisa M Jadavji
Folates are B-vitamins that are vital for normal brain function. Deficiencies in folates either genetic (methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase, MTHFR) or dietary intake of folic acid result in elevated levels of homocysteine. Clinical studies have shown that elevated levels of homocysteine (Hcy) may be associated with the development of dementia, however this link remains unclear. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact of increased Hcy levels on a mouse model of vascular cognitive impairment (VCI) produced by chronic hypoperfusion...
January 11, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087231/psychosocial-outcome-in-adult-men-born-with-hypospadias
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L Örtqvist, M Andersson, A Strandqvist, A Nordenström, L Frisén, G Holmdahl, A Nordenskjöld
INTRODUCTION: Hypospadias, which is a surgically treated congenital malformation of the male urethra, may have a negative impact on quality of life. This aspect has previously been subject to limited research. This study examined the long-term psychosocial outcome of a large cohort of adult males born with hypospadias. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this case-control study was to assess a possible negative influence on the psychosocial outcome in adult males with hypospadias...
September 9, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087145/-computerised-sepsis-protocol-management-description-of-an-early-warning-system
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Begoña de Dios, Marcio Borges, Timothy D Smith, Alberto Del Castillo, Antonia Socias, Leticia Gutiérrez, Jordi Nicolás, Bartolomé Lladó, Jose A Roche, Maria P Díaz, Yolanda Lladó
INTRODUCTION: New strategies need to be developed for the early recognition and rapid response for the management of sepsis. To achieve this purpose, the Multidisciplinary Sepsis Team (MST) developed the Computerised Sepsis Protocol Management (PIMIS). The aim of this study was to evaluate the convenience of using PIMIS, as well as the activity of the MST. METHODS: An analysis was performed on the data collected from solicited MST consultations (direct activation of PIMIS by attending physician or telephone request) and unsolicited ones (by referral from the microbiology laboratory or an automatic referral via the hospital vital signs recording software [SIDCV]), as well as the hospital department, source of infection, treatment recommendation, and acceptance of this...
January 10, 2017: Enfermedades Infecciosas y Microbiología Clínica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087113/video-assisted-thoracoscopic-diaphragm-plication-using-a-running-suture-technique-is-durable-and-effective
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David S Demos, Mark F Berry, Leah M Backhus, Joseph B Shrager
OBJECTIVE: Surgeons have hesitated to adopt minimally invasive diaphragm plication techniques because of technical limitations rendering the procedure cumbersome or leading to early failure or reduced efficacy. We sought to demonstrate efficacy and durability of our thoracoscopic plication technique using a single running suture. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed patients who underwent our technique for diaphragm plication since 2008. We used a single, buttressed, double-layered, to-and-fro running suture with additional plicating horizontal mattress sutures as needed...
December 21, 2016: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087079/the-stim-orai-coupling-interface-and-gating-of-the-orai1-channel
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REVIEW
Yandong Zhou, Xiangyu Cai, Robert M Nwokonko, Natalia A Loktionova, Youjun Wang, Donald L Gill
In virtually all cells, store-operated Ca(2+) entry signals are vital in controlling a spectrum of functions. The signals are mediated by STIM proteins in the ER and Orai channels in the PM which undergo a dynamic coupling process within discrete ER-PM junctional regions. This coupling is initiated by depletion of ER stored Ca(2+) triggering STIM proteins to undergo an intricate activation process. Thereafter, STIM proteins become trapped in the ER-PM junctions where they tether and gate PM Orai Ca(2+) channels...
January 8, 2017: Cell Calcium
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087060/personality-in-parkinson-s-disease-clinical-behavioural-and-cognitive-correlates
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REVIEW
Gabriella Santangelo, Fausta Piscopo, Paolo Barone, Carmine Vitale
Affective disorders and personality changes have long been considered pre-motor aspects of Parkinson's disease (PD). Many authors have used the term "premorbid personality" to define distinctive features of PD patients' personality characterized by reduced exploration of new environmental stimuli or potential reward sources ("novelty seeking") and avoidance behaviour ("harm avoidance") present before motor features. The functional correlates underlying the personality changes described in PD, implicate dysfunction of meso-cortico-limbic and striatal circuits...
January 5, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086987/a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-the-seroprevalence-of-toxoplasma-gondii-in-cats-in-mainland-china
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Huan Ding, Yu-Meng Gao, Yao Deng, Poppy H L Lamberton, Da-Bing Lu
BACKGROUND: Toxoplasmosis is caused by Toxoplasma gondii which can infect all warm-blooded animals. As the most common feline definitive host, cats play a vital role in the transmission of T. gondii. However, national estimates of the seroprevalence of T. gondii in cats in mainland China are lacking, and therefore a systematic review and meta-analysis were performed to provide insight into national environmental transmission levels and potential transmission to humans. METHODS: Studies published up until July 1, 2016, on T...
January 13, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086910/identifying-youth-friendly-service-practices-associated-with-adolescents-use-of-reproductive-healthcare-services-in-post-conflict-burundi-a-cross-sectional-study
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Imelda K Moise, Jaclyn F Verity, Joseph Kangmennaang
BACKGROUND: Very little is known about reproductive health service (RHS) availability and adolescents' use of these services in post-conflict settings. Such information is crucial for targeted community interventions that aim to improve quality delivery of RHS and outcomes in post-conflict settings. The objectives of this study therefore was to examine the density of RHS availability; assess spatial patterns of RHC facilities; and identify youth-friendly practices associated with adolescents' use of services in post-conflict Burundi...
January 13, 2017: International Journal of Health Geographics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086844/are-risk-predicting-models-useful-for-estimating-survival-of-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-associated-interstitial-lung-disease
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Hanna M Nurmi, Minna K Purokivi, Miia S Kärkkäinen, Hannu-Pekka Kettunen, Tuomas A Selander, Riitta L Kaarteenaho
BACKGROUND: Risk predicting models have been applied in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), but still not validated in patients with rheumatoid arthritis-associated interstitial lung disease (RA-ILD). The purpose of this study was to test the suitability of three prediction models as well as individual lung function and demographic factors for evaluating the prognosis of RA-ILD patients. METHODS: Clinical and radiological data of 59 RA-ILD patients was re-assessed...
January 13, 2017: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086818/narrow-band-imaging-versus-lugol-chromoendoscopy-to-diagnose-squamous-cell-carcinoma-of-the-esophagus-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Flavio Hiroshi Ananias Morita, Wanderley Marques Bernardo, Edson Ide, Rodrigo Silva Paula Rocha, Julio Cesar Martins Aquino, Mauricio Kazuyoshi Minata, Kendi Yamazaki, Sergio Barbosa Marques, Paulo Sakai, Eduardo Guimarães Hourneaux de Moura
BACKGROUND: In the early stage esophageal cancer, changes in the mucosa are subtle and pass unnoticed in endoscopic examinations using white light. To increase sensitivity, chromoscopy with Lugol's solution has been used. Technological advancements have led to the emergence of virtual methods of endoscopic chromoscopy, including narrow band imaging (NBI). NBI enhances the relief of the mucosa and the underlying vascular pattern, providing greater convenience without the risks inherent to the use of vital dye...
January 13, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086797/sep-class-genes-in-prunus-mume-and-their-likely-role-in-floral-organ-development
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Yuzhen Zhou, Zongda Xu, Xue Yong, Sagheer Ahmad, Weiru Yang, Tangren Cheng, Jia Wang, Qixiang Zhang
BACKGROUND: Flower phylogenetics and genetically controlled development have been revolutionised during the last two decades. However, some of these evolutionary aspects are still debatable. MADS-box genes are known to play essential role in specifying the floral organogenesis and differentiation in numerous model plants like Petunia hybrida, Arabidopsis thaliana and Antirrhinum majus. SEPALLATA (SEP) genes, belonging to the MADS-box gene family, are members of the ABCDE and quartet models of floral organ development and play a vital role in flower development...
January 13, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086752/single-genome-retrieval-of-context-dependent-variability-in-mutation-rates-for-human-germline
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Aleksandr B Sahakyan, Shankar Balasubramanian
BACKGROUND: Accurate knowledge of the core components of substitution rates is of vital importance to understand genome evolution and dynamics. By performing a single-genome and direct analysis of 39,894 retrotransposon remnants, we reveal sequence context-dependent germline nucleotide substitution rates for the human genome. RESULTS: The rates are characterised through rate constants in a time-domain, and are made available through a dedicated program (Trek) and a stand-alone database...
January 13, 2017: BMC Genomics
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