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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536444/the-geography-and-timing-of-genetic-divergence-in-the-lizard-phrynocephalus-theobaldi-on-the-qinghai-tibetan-plateau
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Yuanting Jin, Naifa Liu, Richard P Brown
The Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau (QTP) represents one of the earth's most significant physical features and there is increasing interest in the historical generation of biodiversity within this region. We hypothesized that there should be clear geographically coherent genetic structuring within one of the world's highest altitude lizards, Phrynocephalus theobaldi, due to considerable historical population fragmentation in this environment. This was tested using a major mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) survey and sequencing of two nuclear markers (AME and RAG-1) from P...
May 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532625/v-d-j-recombination-exploits-dna-damage-responses-to-promote-immunity
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Rahul Arya, Craig H Bassing
It has been recognized for 40 years that the variable (diversity) joining [V(D)J] recombination-mediated assembly of diverse B and T lymphocyte antigen receptor (AgR) genes is not only essential for adaptive immunity, but also a risk for autoimmunity and lymphoid malignancies. Over the past few years, several studies have revealed that recombination-activating gene (RAG) endonuclease-induced DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) transcend hazardous intermediates during antigen receptor gene assembly. RAG cleavage within the genomes of lymphocyte progenitors and immature lymphocytes regulates the expression of ubiquitous and lymphocyte-specific gene transcripts to control the differentiation and function of both adaptive and innate immune cell lineages...
May 19, 2017: Trends in Genetics: TIG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521807/case-report-a-novel-frameshift-mutation-in-the-mitochondrial-cytochrome-c-oxidase-ii-gene-causing-mitochondrial-disorder
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Laura Kytövuori, Mikko Kärppä, Hannu Tuominen, Johanna Uusimaa, Markku Saari, Reetta Hinttala, Kari Majamaa
BACKGROUND: Mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase 2, MT-CO2, encodes one of the three subunits, which form the catalytic core of cytochrome c oxidase (COX), complex IV. Mutations in MT-CO2 are rare and the associated phenotypes are variable including nonsyndromic and syndromic forms of mitochondrial diseases. CASE PRESENTATION: We describe a 30-year-old man with cognitive decline, epilepsy, psychosis, exercise intolerance, sensorineural hearing impairment, retinitis pigmentosa, cataract and lactic acidosis...
May 18, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502113/epigenetic-modifications-of-the-vh-region-after-djh-recombination-in-pro-b-cells
#4
Yanying Dong, Caijun Wu, Xiaohui Zhao, Ping Zhang, Hua Zhang, Mingzhe Zheng, Shichang Li, Junna Jiao, Xiaozhuo Yu, Zhuangwei Lv, Yanhong Ji
The variable region of murine immunoglobulin heavy chain (Igh) is assembled by sequential DH -JH and VH -DJH recombination. The accessibility of Igh locus determines the order of rearrangement. Because of the large number of VH genes and lack of a suitable model, the epigenetic modifications of VH genes after DJH recombination have not previously been characterized. Here, we employed two v-Abl pro-B cell lines, in which Igh locus is in germline and DJH -recombined configuration, respectively. The DJH junction displays the characteristics of recombination center, such as high levels of activation-associated histone modifications and recombination activating gene protein (RAG) binding in DJH -rearranged pro-B cells, which extend the recombination center model proposed for germline Igh locus...
May 14, 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499450/intrabodies-against-the-polysialyltransferases-st8siaii-and-st8siaiv-inhibit-polysialylation-of-ncam-in-rhabdomyosarcoma-tumor-cells
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Stefan Somplatzki, Martina Mühlenhoff, Andrea Kröger, Rita Gerardy-Schahn, Thomas Böldicke
BACKGROUND: Polysialic acid (polySia) is a carbohydrate modification of the neural cell adhesion molecule (NCAM), which is implicated in neural differentiation and plays an important role in tumor development and metastasis. Polysialylation of NCAM is mediated by two Golgi-resident polysialyltransferases (polyST) ST8SiaII and ST8SiaIV. Intracellular antibodies (intrabodies; IB) expressed inside the ER and retaining proteins passing the ER such as cell surface receptors or secretory proteins provide an efficient means of protein knockdown...
May 12, 2017: BMC Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494795/a-bio-behavioral-intervention-to-decrease-intravaginal-practices-and-bacterial-vaginosis-among-hiv-infected-zambian-women-a-randomized-pilot-study
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Maria L Alcaide, Maureen Chisembele, Emeria Malupande, Violeta J Rodriguez, Margaret A Fischl, Kristopher Arheart, Deborah L Jones
BACKGROUND: Intravaginal practices (IVP) (cleansing or introducing products inside the vagina for hygiene, health or to please sexual partners) are common among women with HIV. IVP increase the risk of developing bacterial Vaginosis (BV), the most common genital infection associated with transmission of sexually transmitted infections and HIV. This study tested a pilot intervention to reduce IVP and BV in HIV infected women in Zambia. METHODS: One hundred twenty-eight HIV infected women engaging in IVP were randomized to two conditions: enhanced standard of care (n = 70) and experimental (n = 58) from May 1, 2013 to February 28, 2014...
May 12, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490201/a-comparison-of-haemodynamics-between-subcranial-intracranial-bypass-and-the-traditional-extracranial-intracranial-bypass
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Zaitao Yu, Yang Yang, Xiang'en Shi, Hai Qian, Fangjun Liu
BACKGROUND: Ischemic cerebrovascular diseases are traditionally treated using an extracranial-intracranial (EC-IC) bypass. The use of the internal maxillary artery (IMA) in the subcranial-intracranial (SC-IC) bypass was recently described as an alternative treatment. However, the haemodynamics of this new approach have not been defined. METHODS: The haemodynamic parameters (flow volume [FV], internal diameter [ID], time-averaged mean velocity [TAM], pulsatility index [PI] and resistance index [RI]) of the IMA-radial artery graft (RAG)-middle cerebral artery (MCA) (n = 12) bypass and superficial temporal artery (STA)-MCA bypass (n = 18) were measured using intraoperative duplex ultrasonography and compared...
May 11, 2017: British Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483912/an-in-vitro-torc1-kinase-assay-that-recapitulates-the-gtr-independent-glutamine-responsive-torc1-activation-mechanism-on-yeast-vacuoles
#8
Mirai Tanigawa, Tatsuya Maeda
Evolutionarily-conserved TOR complex 1 (TORC1) responds to nutrients, especially amino acids, to promote cell growth. In yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, various nitrogen sources activate TORC1 with different efficiencies although the mechanism remains elusive. Leucine, and perhaps other amino acids, was reported to activate TORC1 via the heterodimeric small GTPases Gtr1-Gtr2, the orthologs of the mammalian Rag GTPases. More recently, an alternative Gtr-independent TORC1 activation mechanism that may respond to glutamine was reported, although its molecular detail is not clear...
May 8, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28461072/anti-inflammatory-effects-of-rosmarinic-acid-4-o-%C3%AE-d-glucoside-in-reducing-acute-lung-injury-in-mice-infected-with-influenza-virus
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Jian-Xing Liu, Ying Zhang, Qiu-Ping Hu, Ji-Qiang Li, Yun-Tao Liu, Qing-Guang Wu, Jian-Guo Wu, Xiao-Ping Lai, Zhong-de Zhang, Xiong Li, Geng Li
Rosmarinic acid-4-O-β-D-glucoside (RAG) is a dicaffeoyl phenolic compound isolated from Sarcandra glabra (Thunb.) Nakai. Preliminary studies show that RAG has significant anti-inflammatory properties and can alleviate ear swelling in mice and the paw swelling in rats. Here, the anti-influenza effects of RAG were investigated in mice infected with A/FM/1/47 H1N1 virus. The survival rate and body weight were observed, the lung edema, virus copies, inflammatory cytokines (including IL-4, IL-5, TNF-α and IFN-γ) and oxidative damage indexes (including SOD, MDA, NO, and CAT) were measured...
April 29, 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28451741/the-rag-transposon-is-active-through-the-deuterostome-evolution-and-domesticated-in-jawed-vertebrates
#10
Jose Ricardo Morales Poole, Sheng Feng Huang, Anlong Xu, Justine Bayet, Pierre Pontarotti
RAG1 and RAG2 are essential subunits of the V(D)J recombinase required for the generation of the variability of antibodies and T cell receptors in jawed vertebrates. It was demonstrated that the amphioxus homologue of RAG1-RAG2 is encoded in an active transposon, belonging to the transposase DDE superfamily. The data provided support the possibility that the RAG transposon has been active through the deuterostome evolution and is still active in several lineages. The RAG transposon corresponds to several families present in deuterostomes...
April 28, 2017: Immunogenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433837/internal-maxillary-bypass-for-complex-pediatric-aneurysms
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Long Wang, Shuaibin Lu, Hai Qian, Xiang'en Shi
BACKGROUND: Complex pediatric aneurysms (PAs) are an unusual clinicopathologic entity, and data remain limited regarding the use of a bypass procedure to treat this formidable disorder. METHODS: Internal maxillary artery (IMA) to middle cerebral artery (MCA) bypass with radial artery graft (RAG) was utilized to isolate PAs. Bypass patency and aneurysm stability were evaluated using intraoperative Doppler ultrasound, indocyanine green videoangiography and postoperative angiography...
April 19, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430127/image-guided-laparoscopic-surgical-tool-iglast-based-on-the-optical-frequency-domain-imaging-ofdi-to-prevent-bleeding
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Byung Jun Park, Seung Rag Lee, Hyun Jin Bang, Byung Yeon Kim, Jeong Hun Park, Dong Guk Kim, Sung Soo Park, Young Jae Won
We present an image-guided laparoscopic surgical tool (IGLaST) to prevent bleeding. By applying optical frequency domain imaging (OFDI) to a specially designed laparoscopic surgical tool, the inside of fatty tissue can be observed before a resection, and the presence and size of blood vessels can be recognized. The optical sensing module on the IGLaST head has a diameter of less than 390 µm and is moved back and forth by a linear servo actuator in the IGLaST body. We proved the feasibility of IGLaST by in vivo imaging inside the fatty tissue of a porcine model...
April 21, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427871/arthroscopic-assisted-coracoclavicular-ligament-reconstruction-for-acute-acromioclavicular-dislocation-using-2-clavicular-and-1-coracoid-cortical-fixation-buttons-with-suture-tapes
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Sang-Jin Shin, Yoon Sang Jeon, Rag Gyu Kim
PURPOSE: To introduce an arthroscopically assisted coracoclavicular (CC) fixation technique using a cortical fixation button device and to evaluate the clinical and radiologic outcomes in patients with acute acromioclavicular (AC) dislocation who were treated with the technique. METHODS: Twenty-one consecutive patients with grade III and V acute AC dislocation who underwent arthroscopically assisted CC ligament reconstruction using a cortical fixation button device were prospectively enrolled...
April 17, 2017: Arthroscopy: the Journal of Arthroscopic & related Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412469/earliest-phases-of-chondrogenesis-are-dependent-upon-angiogenesis-during-ectopic-bone-formation-in-mice
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Beth Bragdon, Stephanie Lam, Sherif Aly, Alexandra Femia, Abigail Clark, Amira Hussein, Elise F Morgan, Louis C Gerstenfeld
Endochondral ossification is the process where cartilage forms prior to ossification and in which new bone forms during both fracture healing and ectopic bone formation. Transitioning to ossification is a highly coordinated process between hypertrophic chondrocytes, vascular endothelial cells, osteoblasts and osteoclasts. A critical biological process that is central to the interactions of these various cell types is angiogenesis. Although it is well established that angiogenesis is crucial for fracture repair, less is known pertaining to the role of angiogenesis in ectopic bone formation...
April 12, 2017: Bone
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408848/ingenol-mebutate-in-low-amounts-for-the-treatment-of-actinic-keratosis-in-korean-patients
#15
Hyun Jae Joe, Byung Ho Oh
BACKGROUND: Ingenol mebutate (IM), a novel agent for field therapy of actinic keratosis (AK), has a drawback of inducing local skin reactions (LSRs), which may cause discomfort in patients. To reduce the LSRs, we tried the application of IM in low amounts. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to review Korean patients with AK being treated with IM and evaluate the LSRs and therapeutic outcomes of low amounts of IM. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed 47 patients with AK on the face...
2017: Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406046/depdc5-as-a-potential-therapeutic-target-for-epilepsy
#16
Kenneth A Myers, Ingrid E Scheffer
Dishevelled, Egl-10 and Pleckstrin (DEP) domain-containing protein 5 (DEPDC5) is a protein subunit of the GTPase-activating proteins towards Rags 1 (GATOR1) complex. GATOR1 is a recently identified modulator of mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR) activity. mTOR is a key regulator of cell proliferation and metabolism; disruption of the mTOR pathway is implicated in focal epilepsy, both acquired and genetic. Tuberous sclerosis is the prototypic mTOR genetic syndrome with epilepsy, however GATOR1 gene mutations have recently been shown to cause lesional and non-lesional focal epilepsy...
April 13, 2017: Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406026/multiple-color-generating-cu-in-ga-s-se-2-thin-film-solar-cells-via-dichroic-film-incorporation-for-power-generating-window-applications
#17
Gang Yeol Yoo, Jae-Seung Jeong, Soyoung Lee, Youngki Lee, Hee Chang Yoon, Van Ben Chu, Gi Soon Park, Yun Jeong Hwang, Woong Kim, Byoung Koun Min, Young Rag Do
There are four prerequisites when applying all types of thin-film solar cells to power-generating window photovoltaics (PVs): high power-generation efficiency, longevity and high durability, semitransparency or partial-light transmittance, and colorful and aesthetic value. Solid-type thin-film Cu(In,Ga)S2 (CIGS) or Cu(In,Ga)(S,Se)2 (CIGSSe) PVs nearly meet the first two criteria, making them promising candidates for power-generating window applications if they can transmit light to some degree and generate color with good aesthetic value...
April 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396117/the-p2x7-receptor-antagonist-oxidized-adenosine%C3%A2-triphosphate-ameliorates-renal-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-by-expansion-of-regulatory-t%C3%A2-cells
#18
Tai Yeon Koo, Jae-Ghi Lee, Ji-Jing Yan, Joon Young Jang, Kyung Don Ju, Miyeun Han, Kook-Hwan Oh, Curie Ahn, Jaeseok Yang
Extracellular adenosine triphosphate (ATP) binds to purinergic receptors and, as a danger molecule, promotes inflammatory responses. Here we tested whether periodate-oxidized ATP (oATP), a P2X7 receptor (P2X7R) antagonist can attenuate renal ischemia-reperfusion injury and clarify the related cellular mechanisms. Treatment with oATP prior to ischemia-reperfusion injury decreased blood urea nitrogen, serum creatinine, the tubular injury score, and tubular epithelial cell apoptosis after injury. The infiltration of dendritic cells, neutrophils, macrophages, CD69(+)CD4(+), and CD44(+)CD4(+) T cells was attenuated, but renal Foxp3(+)CD4(+) Treg infiltration was increased by oATP...
April 8, 2017: Kidney International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387182/severe-dermatitis-associated-with-spontaneous-staphylococcus-xylosus-infection-in-rag-tpl2-mice
#19
Nicole V Acuff, Monica LaGatta, Tamas Nagy, Wendy T Watford
Staphylococcus xylosus is a commensal bacterium found on the skin and mucosal surfaces of SPF mice. S. xylosus is rarely pathogenic,most often causing skin lesions and dermatitis in immunocompromised mice, particularly those with impaired NADPHoxidase function. Here we report spontaneous infection with S. xylosus in Rag1-/-Tpl2-/- mice. Infection was characterized by the presence of alopecia, crusts, and scaly skin. S. xylosus was detected in the feces, skin, lymph nodes, and lungs of Rag1-/-Tpl2-/- mice and led to mortality or euthanasia due to humane endpoints...
April 6, 2017: Comparative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381574/defining-a-novel-role-for-the-coxsackie-and-adenovirus-receptor-in-human-adenovirus-serotype-5-transduction-in-vitro-in-the-presence-of-mouse-serum
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Estrella Lopez-Gordo, Andor Doszpoly, Margaret R Duffy, Lynda Coughlan, Angela C Bradshaw, Katie M White, Laura Denby, Stuart A Nicklin, Andrew H Baker
Human adenoviral serotype 5 (HAdV-5) vectors have predominantly hepatic tropism when delivered intravascularly, resulting in immune activation and toxicity. Coagulation FX binding to HAdV-5 mediates liver transduction and provides protection from virion neutralisation in mice. FX is dispensable for liver transduction in mice lacking IgM antibodies or complement, suggesting alternative transduction pathways exist. To identify novel factor(s) mediating HAdV-5 FX-independent entry, we investigated HAdV-5 transduction in vitro in the presence of serum from immunocompetent C57BL/6 or immunocompromised mice lacking IgM antibodies (Rag 2(-/-) and NSG)...
April 5, 2017: Journal of Virology
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