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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779207/density-functional-theory-and-ab-initio-computational-evidence-for-nitrosamine-photoperoxides-hammett-substituent-effects-in-the-photogeneration-of-the-nitrooxide-intermediate
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Edyta M Greer, Kitae Kwon
Little attention has been focused on diradical and zwitterionic photoperoxides formed from nitrosamine compounds. Here, an attempt is made to probe the electronic character of the nitrooxide intermediate formed in photochemical reactions with triplet oxygen (3 O2 ). Theoretical studies have been conducted to screen para-substituted phenyl nitrosamines. In particular, we find that electron-withdrawing substituents produce low-lying triplet nitrooxide diradicals. A clear electronic dependence in the S0 - T1 and S0 - S1 energy gaps of nitrooxides was found using Hammett plots...
May 20, 2018: Photochemistry and Photobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779198/redeveloping-substance-abuse-treatment-for-military-personnel
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REVIEW
Christian Schrader, Antoinette Lenton, Peter Gertonson, Alexander Rahimi
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: We review the prevailing evidence surrounding treatment of substance use disorder (SUD), with specific focus on alcohol, tobacco, and prescription opiates, and how it informs guidelines for treating active duty military. We survey the evidence regarding preventive screening, treatment, and relapse prevention in substance misuse as it pertains to patient-centered care of the service member. RECENT FINDINGS: Holistic, patient-centered care with an emphasis on identifying maladaptive use or dependence prior to progression to chronic disease is now recognized as the evidenced approach to treating substance use disorders...
May 19, 2018: Current Psychiatry Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779183/molecular-characterization-and-potential-synthetic-applications-of-gh1-%C3%AE-glucosidase-from-higher-termite-microcerotermes-annandalei
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Siriphan Arthornthurasuk, Wantha Jenkhetkan, Eukote Suwan, Daranee Chokchaichamnankit, Chantragan Srisomsap, Pakorn Wattana-Amorn, Jisnuson Svasti, Prachumporn T Kongsaeree
A novel β-glucosidase from higher termite Microcerotermes annandalei (MaBG) was obtained via a screening method targeting β-glucosidases with increased activities in the presence of glucose. The purified natural MaBG showed a subunit molecular weight of 55 kDa and existed in a native form as a dimer without any glycosylation. Gene-specific primers designed from its partial amino acid sequences were used to amplify the corresponding 1,419-bp coding sequence of MaBG which encodes a 472-amino acid glycoside hydrolase family 1 (GH1) β-glucosidase...
May 19, 2018: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778836/interrogation-of-mammalian-protein-complex-structure-function-and-membership-using-genome-scale-fitness-screens
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Joshua Pan, Robin M Meyers, Brittany C Michel, Nazar Mashtalir, Ann E Sizemore, Jonathan N Wells, Seth H Cassel, Francisca Vazquez, Barbara A Weir, William C Hahn, Joseph A Marsh, Aviad Tsherniak, Cigall Kadoch
Protein complexes are assemblies of subunits that have co-evolved to execute one or many coordinated functions in the cellular environment. Functional annotation of mammalian protein complexes is critical to understanding biological processes, as well as disease mechanisms. Here, we used genetic co-essentiality derived from genome-scale RNAi- and CRISPR-Cas9-based fitness screens performed across hundreds of human cancer cell lines to assign measures of functional similarity. From these measures, we systematically built and characterized functional similarity networks that recapitulate known structural and functional features of well-studied protein complexes and resolve novel functional modules within complexes lacking structural resolution, such as the mammalian SWI/SNF complex...
May 14, 2018: Cell Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778645/screening-and-selection-of-artificial-riboswitches
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Svetlana V Harbaugh, Jennifer Martin, Jenna Weinstein, Grant Ingram, Nancy Kelley-Loughnane
Synthetic riboswitches are engineered to regulate gene expression in response to a variety of non-endogenous small molecules, and a challenge to select this engineered response requires robust screening tools. A new synthetic riboswitch can be created by linking an in vitro-selected aptamer library with a randomized expression platform followed by in vivo selection and screening. In order to determine response to analyte, we developed a dual-color reporter comprising elements of the E. coli fimbriae phase variation system: recombinase FimE controlled by a synthetic riboswitch and an invertible DNA segment (fimS) containing a constitutively active promoter placed between two fluorescent protein genes...
May 17, 2018: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778506/quality-of-life-symptoms-and-care-needs-in-patients-with-persistent-or-recurrent-platinum-resistant-ovarian-cancer-an-nrg-oncology-gynecologic-oncology-group-study
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Vivian E von Gruenigen, Helen Q Huang, David Cella, MichaelA Zevon, Jason A LaChance, Joan L Walker, Ritu Salani, Susan C Modesitt, Robert T Morris, William H Bradley, Matthew P Boente, Lari Wenzel
OBJECTIVES: The goals of treating recurrent platinum-resistant ovarian cancer are palliative, aimed at reducing symptoms and improving progression free survival. A prospective trial was conducted to determine the prevalence and severity of symptoms, and associated care needs. METHODS: Eligible women included those with persistent or recurrent platinum-resistant ovarian cancer with an estimated life expectancy of at least 6 months. The Needs at the End-of-Life Screening Tool (NEST), FACIT-Fatigue (FACIT-F), NCCN-FACT Ovarian Symptom Index [NFOSI-18]; Disease Related Symptoms (DRS), Treatment Side Effects (TSE), and Function/Well Being (F/WB) were collected at study entry, 3 and 6 months...
May 17, 2018: Gynecologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778276/dissociable-frontostriatal-connectivity-mechanism-and-predictor-of-the-clinical-efficacy-of-capsulotomy-in-obsessive-compulsive-disorder
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Dazhi Yin, ChenCheng Zhang, Qiming Lv, Xiaoyu Chen, Kristina Zeljic, Hengfen Gong, Shikun Zhan, Haiyan Jin, Zheng Wang, Bomin Sun
BACKGROUND: Little is known about the neural mechanism and response variability underlying neurosurgical interventions for intractable obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). METHODS: Of 81 OCD patients screened for capsulotomy identified in our institutional database, 36 patients with clinical assessment before and after capsulotomy and imaging data (9 of 36 patients without postoperative imaging data used as an independent test group), and 29 healthy control subjects were retrospectively recruited...
April 22, 2018: Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778086/pelvic-floor-physical-therapy-and-women-s-health-promotion
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REVIEW
Samantha Lawson, Ashley Sacks
Pelvic floor dysfunction is defined as abnormal function of the pelvic floor and includes conditions that can have significant adverse impacts on a woman's quality of life, including urinary incontinence (stress, urge, and mixed), fecal incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, sexual dysfunction, diastasis recti abdominis, pelvic girdle pain, and chronic pain syndromes. Women's health care providers can screen for, identify, and treat pelvic floor dysfunction. This article examines the case of a woman with multiple pelvic-floor-related problems and presents the evidence for the use of pelvic floor physical therapy (PFPT) for pregnancy-related pelvic floor dysfunction...
May 19, 2018: Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777847/cardiopulmonary-exercise-testing-limitation-in-peripheral-arterial-disease
#9
Zulfiqar Qutrio Baloch, Shabber Agha Abbas, Luke Marone, Abbas Ali
OBJECTIVE: PAD is associated with a markedly increased risk of cardiovascular mortality and remains under-recognized and under-treated. New screening approaches are needed to prevent disability in patients with PAD. METHODS: We performed a retrospective analysis of clinically stable cardiovascular patients who were referred for cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET) due to a variety of cardiovascular complaints. Amongst patients who prematurely terminated CPET, their available angiograms were assessed...
May 16, 2018: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777802/derivation-and-characterization-of-a-ucp1-reporter-human-es-cell-line
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Suranjit Mukherjee, Tuo Zhang, Lauretta A Lacko, Lei Tan, Jenny Zhaoying Xiang, Jason M Butler, Shuibing Chen
Interest in human brown fat as a novel therapeutic target to tackle the growing obesity and diabetes epidemic has increased dramatically in recent years. While much insight into brown fat biology has been gained from murine cell lines and models, few resources are available to study human brown fat in vitro, which makes the need for new ways to derive and study human brown adipocytes imperative. Human ES cell based reporter systems present an excellent tool to identify, mark, and purify cell populations of choice...
April 22, 2018: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777781/screen-related-parenting-practices-in-low-income-mexican-american-families
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Darcy A Thompson, Sarah J Schmiege, Susan L Johnson, Elizabeth A Vandewater, Richard E Boles, Ruth E Zambrana, Jerusha Lev, Jeanne M Tschann
OBJECTIVES: To (1) examine whether the Information, Motivation, and Behavioral Skills Model predicts maternal screen-related parenting practices and (2) evaluate the relationship of American Academy of Pediatrics(AAP)-recommended parenting practices with child television (TV) use behaviors. METHODS: In this cross-sectional study, 312 Spanish- and/or English-speaking female primary caregivers of Mexican descent with a child 3-5 years of age were recruited from safety-net pediatric clinics...
May 16, 2018: Academic Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777697/circrna_0084043-promote-malignant-melanoma-progression-via-mir-153-3p-snail-axis
#12
Wenkang Luan, Yan Shi, Zhou Zhou, Yun Xia, Jinlong Wang
Circular RNAs (circRNAs) has been found to play an important role in the regulation of multiple diseases, and participate in cancer development. However, the role of circRNA in malignant melanoma has not been reported. In this study, human circRNA microarray was used to screen the dysregulated circRNA in melanoma. We found that circRNA_0084043 was significantly up-regulated in melanoma tissue, and the result was replicated in a larger sample size. High circRNA_0084043 expression was an independent risk factor of overall survival in melanoma patients...
May 16, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777634/characterisation-of-the-outer-membrane-proteome-of-francisella-noatunensis-subsp-orientalis
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Khalid Shahin, Kim D Thompson, Neil F Inglis, Kevin Mclean, Jose Gustavo Ramirez-Paredes, Sean J Monaghan, Rowena Hoare, Michael Fontaine, Matthijs Metselaar, Alexandra Adams
AIMS: The aims of the current study were to characterise the outer membrane proteins (OMPs) of Francisella noatunensis subsp. orientalis (Fno) STIR-GUS-F2f7, and identify proteins recognised by sera from tilapia, Oreochromis niloticus, (L) that survived experimental challenge with Fno. METHODS AND RESULTS: The composition of the OMPs of a virulent strain of Fno (STIR-GUS- F2f7), isolated from diseased red Nile tilapia in UK, was examined. The sarcosine-insoluble OMP fraction was screened with tilapia hyper-immune sera by western blot analysis following separation of the proteins by 1D SDS-PAGE...
May 19, 2018: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777201/novel-smoothened-inhibitors-for-therapeutic-targeting-of-na%C3%A3-ve-and-drug-resistant-hedgehog-pathway-driven-cancers
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Qing-Rou Li, Hui Zhao, Xue-Sai Zhang, Henk Lang, Ker Yu
The G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) smoothened (SMO) is a key signaling component of the sonic hedgehog (Hh) pathway and a clinically validated target for cancer treatment. The FDA-approved SMO inhibitors GDC-0449/Vismodegib and LDE225/Sonidegib demonstrated clinical antitumor efficacy. Nevertheless, relatively high percentage of treated patients would eventually develop acquired cross resistance to both drugs. Here, based on published structure and activity of GDC-0449 inhibitor class, we replaced its amide core with benzimidazole which retained bulk of the SMO-targeting activity as measured in our Hh/SMO/Gli1-reporter system...
May 18, 2018: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777112/micrornas-as-potential-therapeutics-to-enhance-chemosensitivity-in-advanced-prostate-cancer
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Hui-Ming Lin, Iva Nikolic, Jessica Yang, Lesley Castillo, Niantao Deng, Chia-Ling Chan, Nicole K Yeung, Eoin Dodson, Benjamin Elsworth, Calan Spielman, Brian Y Lee, Zoe Boyer, Kaylene J Simpson, Roger J Daly, Lisa G Horvath, Alexander Swarbrick
Docetaxel and cabazitaxel are taxane chemotherapy treatments for metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC). However, therapeutic resistance remains a major issue. MicroRNAs are short non-coding RNAs that can silence multiple genes, regulating several signalling pathways simultaneously. Therefore, synthetic microRNAs may have therapeutic potential in CRPC by regulating genes involved in taxane response and minimise compensatory mechanisms that cause taxane resistance. To identify microRNAs that can improve the efficacy of taxanes in CRPC, we performed a genome-wide screen of 1280 microRNAs in the CRPC cell lines PC3 and DU145 in combination with docetaxel or cabazitaxel treatment...
May 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776952/activity-based-concept-to-screen-biological-matrices-for-opiates-and-synthetic-opioids
#16
Annelies Cannaert, Lakshmi Vasudevan, Melissa Friscia, Amanda L A Mohr, Sarah M R Wille, Christophe P Stove
BACKGROUND: Detection of new highly potent synthetic opioids is challenging as new compounds enter the market. Here we present a novel screening method for the detection of opiates and (synthetic) opioids based on their activity. METHODS: A cell-based system was set up in which activation of the μ -opioid receptor (MOR) led to recruitment of β-arrestin 2, resulting in functional complementation of a split NanoLuc luciferase and allowing readout via bioluminescence...
May 18, 2018: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776704/cerebellar-peduncle-injury-predicts-motor-impairments-in-preterm-infants-a-quantitative-tractography-study-at-term-equivalent-age
#17
Tatsuji Hasegawa, Kei Yamada, Takenori Tozawa, Tomohiro Chiyonobu, Sachiko Tokuda, Akira Nishimura, Hajime Hosoi, Masafumi Morimoto
PURPOSE: Cerebellar injury is well established as an important finding in preterm infants with cerebral palsy (CP). In this study, we investigated associations between injury to the cerebellar peduncles and motor impairments in preterm infants using quantitative tractography at term-equivalent age, which represents an early phase before the onset of motor impairments. METHODS: We studied 64 preterm infants who were born at <33 weeks gestational age. These infants were divided into three groups: CP, Non-CP (defined as infants with periventricular leukomalacia but having normal motor function), and a Normal group...
May 15, 2018: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776623/nonrestorative-sleep-in-healthy-young-adults-without-insomnia-associations-with-executive-functioning-fatigue-and-pre-sleep-arousal
#18
Ruben Tinajero, Paula G Williams, Matthew R Cribbet, Holly K Rau, Daniel L Bride, Yana Suchy
OBJECTIVES: Previous research suggests that nonrestorative sleep (NRS), even in the absence of insomnia symptoms or other sleep disorders, may be associated with daytime dysfunction. This study examined the association between NRS and daytime dysfunction in healthy adults screened for insomnia and sleep apnea. DESIGN: Multi-day assessment approach. SETTING: Community-based adults and college students. PARTICIPANTS: Healthy young adults without insomnia and sleep apnea (n = 79; 68% female, mean age = 27...
June 2018: Sleep Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776145/applicability-of-kerker-preconditioning-scheme-to-the-self-consistent-density-functional-theory-calculations-of-inhomogeneous-systems
#19
Yuzhi Zhou, Han Wang, Yu Liu, Xingyu Gao, Haifeng Song
The Kerker preconditioner, based on the dielectric function of homogeneous electron gas, is designed to accelerate the self-consistent field (SCF) iteration in the density functional theory calculations. However, a question still remains regarding its applicability to the inhomogeneous systems. We develop a modified Kerker preconditioning scheme which captures the long-range screening behavior of inhomogeneous systems and thus improves the SCF convergence. The effectiveness and efficiency is shown by the tests on long-z slabs of metals, insulators, and metal-insulator contacts...
March 2018: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775961/antioxidant-response-elements-discovery-classes-regulation-and-potential-applications
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REVIEW
Azhwar Raghunath, Kiruthika Sundarraj, Raju Nagarajan, Frank Arfuso, Jinsong Bian, Alan P Kumar, Gautam Sethi, Ekambaram Perumal
Exposure to antioxidants and xenobiotics triggers the expression of a myriad of genes encoding antioxidant proteins, detoxifying enzymes, and xenobiotic transporters to offer protection against oxidative stress. This articulated universal mechanism is regulated through the cis-acting elements in an array of Nrf2 target genes called antioxidant response elements (AREs), which play a critical role in redox homeostasis. Though the Keap1/Nrf2/ARE system involves many players, AREs hold the key in transcriptional regulation of cytoprotective genes...
May 7, 2018: Redox Biology
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