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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103510/exo-organoplasty-interventions-a-brief-review-of-past-present-and-future-directions-for-advance-heart-failure-management
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REVIEW
Waqas Nawaz, Farhan Ullah Khan, Muhammad Zahid Khan, Wang Gang, Mengqi Yang, Xiaoqian Liao, Li Zhang, Awais Ullah Ihsan, Amjad Khan, Lei Han, Xiaohui Zhou
Heart failure (HF) is a debilitating disease in which abnormal function of the heart leads to imbalance of blood demand to tissues and organs. The pathogenesis of HF is very complex and various factors can contribute including myocardial infarction, ischemia, hypertension and genetic cardiomyopathies. HF is the leading cause of death and its prevalence is expected to increase in parallel with the population age. Different kind of therapeutic approaches including lifestyle modification, medication and pacemakers are used for HF patients in NYHA I-III functional class...
January 16, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103232/a-model-of-compound-heterozygous-loss-of-function-alleles-is-broadly-consistent-with-observations-from-complex-disease-gwas-datasets
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Jaleal S Sanjak, Anthony D Long, Kevin R Thornton
The genetic component of complex disease risk in humans remains largely unexplained. A corollary is that the allelic spectrum of genetic variants contributing to complex disease risk is unknown. Theoretical models that relate population genetic processes to the maintenance of genetic variation for quantitative traits may suggest profitable avenues for future experimental design. Here we use forward simulation to model a genomic region evolving under a balance between recurrent deleterious mutation and Gaussian stabilizing selection...
January 19, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103188/numerical-inversion-of-srnf-maps-for-elastic-shape-analysis-of-genus-zero-surfaces
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Hamid Laga, Qian Xie, Ian H Jermyn, Anuj Srivastava
Recent developments in elastic shape analysis (ESA) are motivated by the fact that it provides a comprehensive framework for simultaneous registration, deformation, and comparison of shapes. These methods achieve computational efficiency using certain square-root representations that transform invariant elastic metrics into Euclidean metrics, allowing for the application of standard algorithms and statistical tools. For analyzing shapes of embeddings of S2 in R3, Jermyn et al. [1] introduced square-root normal fields (SRNFs), which transform an elastic metric, with desirable invariant properties, into the L2 metric...
January 5, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102733/plk1-polo-like-kinase-1-inhibits-mtor-complex-1-and-promotes-autophagy
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Stefanie Ruf, Alexander Martin Heberle, Miriam Langelaar-Makkinje, Sara Gelino, Deepti Wilkinson, Carolin Gerbeth, Jennifer Jasmin Schwarz, Birgit Holzwarth, Bettina Warscheid, Chris Meisinger, Marcel A T M van Vugt, Ralf Baumeister, Malene Hansen, Kathrin Thedieck
Mechanistic target of rapamycin complex 1 (MTORC1) and PLK1 (polo like kinase 1) are major drivers of cancer cell growth and proliferation, and inhibitors of both protein kinases are currently being investigated in clinical studies. To date, MTORC1's and PLK1's functions are mostly studied separately, and reports on their mutual crosstalk are scarce. Here, we identify PLK1 as a physical MTORC1 interactor in human cancer cells. PLK1 inhibition enhances MTORC1 activity under nutrient sufficiency and in starved cells, and PLK1 directly phosphorylates the MTORC1 component RPTOR/RAPTOR in vitro...
January 19, 2017: Autophagy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102671/structural-analysis-of-glycosylated-intact-hiv-1-gp120-b12-antibody-complex-using-hydroxyl-radical-protein-footprinting
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Xiaoyan Li, Oliver C Grant, Keigo Ito, Aaron Wallace, Shixia Wang, Peng Zhao, Lance Wells, Shan Lu, Robert J Woods, Joshua S Sharp
Glycoprotein gp120 is a surface antigen and virulence factor of the human immunodeficiency virus-1 (HIV-1). Broadly neutralizing antibodies (bNAbs) that are reactive to gp120 from a variety of HIV isolates offer hope for the development of broadly effective immunogens for vaccination purposes, if the interactions between gp120 and bNAbs can be understood. From a structural perspective, gp120 is a particularly difficult system due to its size, the presence of multiple flexible regions, and the large amount of glycosylation, all of which are important in gp120-bNAb interactions...
January 19, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102483/integrating-patient-concerns-into-parkinson-s-disease-management
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REVIEW
Shen-Yang Lim, Ai Huey Tan, Susan H Fox, Andrew H Evans, Soon Chai Low
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a complex motor and non-motor disorder and management is often challenging. In this review, we explore emerging approaches to improve the care of patients, drawing from the literature regarding patient-centred care, patient and caregiver perspectives and priorities, gaps in knowledge among patients and caregivers and the need for accurate information, individual variability in disease manifestations, prognostication of disease course, new developments in health technologies and personalized medicine, specialty care, pharmacological and non-pharmacological management, financial burden, lifestyle and work-related issues, support groups and palliative care...
January 2017: Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102482/the-role-of-text-messaging-in-cardiovascular-risk-factor-optimization
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Harry Klimis, Mohammad Ehsan Khan, Cindy Kok, Clara K Chow
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Many cases of CVD may be avoidable through lowering behavioural risk factors such as smoking and physical inactivity. Mobile health (mHealth) provides a novel opportunity to deliver cardiovascular prevention programs in a format that is potentially scalable. Here, we provide an overview of text messaging-based mHealth interventions in cardiovascular prevention. RECENT FINDINGS: Text messaging-based interventions appear effective on a range of behavioural risk factors and can effect change on multiple risk factors-e...
January 2017: Current Cardiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102054/extracellular-vesicles-a-key-mediator-to-link-environmental-microbiota-to-airway-immunity
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REVIEW
Youngwoo Choi, Hanki Park, Hae Sim Park, Yoon Keun Kim
Asthma is considered the hallmark of chronic airway inflammation, in which several inflammatory cells of the innate and adaptive immune system act together. The disease is thought to be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors; however, precise mechanisms for airway inflammation remain unclear. The human microbiota provides an increasingly favored explanation for inflammatory diseases; an altered microbiota composition has been shown to regulate immune responses. However, given the complexity of the microbiota, additional research is needed to elucidate its role in the development of disease...
March 2017: Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101851/importance-of-radioactive-labelling-to-elucidate-inositol-polyphosphate-signalling
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Miranda S C Wilson, Adolfo Saiardi
Inositol polyphosphates, in their water-soluble or lipid-bound forms, represent a large and multifaceted family of signalling molecules. Some inositol polyphosphates are well recognised as defining important signal transduction pathways, as in the case of the calcium release factor Ins(1,4,5)P3, generated by receptor activation-induced hydrolysis of the lipid PtdIns(4,5)P2 by phospholipase C. The birth of inositol polyphosphate research would not have occurred without the use of radioactive phosphate tracers that enabled the discovery of the "PI response"...
February 2017: Topics in Current Chemistry (Journal)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101351/pro-inflammatory-effect-of-a-traditional-chinese-medicine-formula-with-potent-anti-cancer-activity-in-vitro-impedes-tumor-inhibitory-potential-in-vivo
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Lei Xia, Maksym Plachynta, Tangjingjun Liu, Xiao Xiao, Jialei Song, Xiaogang Li, Mu Zhang, Yao Yao, Heng Luo, Xiaojiang Hao, Yaacov Ben-David
Medicinal formulas are a part of the complex discipline of traditional Chinese medicine that has been used for centuries in China and East Asia. These formulas predominantly consist of the extracts isolated from herbal plants, animal parts and medicinal minerals. The present study aimed to investigate the impact of 150 formulas, used as non-prescription drugs in China, on the treatment of cancer. A formula was identified, C54, commonly used to treat sore throats, which exhibited marked growth inhibition in vitro, associated with cell cycle arrest and apoptosis...
December 2016: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101142/exploring-accessibility-of-pretreated-poplar-cell-walls-by-measuring-dynamics-of-fluorescent-probes
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Gabriel Paës, Anouck Habrant, Jordane Ossemond, Brigitte Chabbert
BACKGROUND: The lignocellulosic cell wall network is resistant to enzymatic degradation due to the complex chemical and structural features. Pretreatments are thus commonly used to overcome natural recalcitrance of lignocellulose. Characterization of their impact on architecture requires combinatory approaches. However, the accessibility of the lignocellulosic cell walls still needs further insights to provide relevant information. RESULTS: Poplar specimens were pretreated using different conditions...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100957/conditions-for-success-in-introducing-telemedicine-in-diabetes-foot-care-a-qualitative-inquiry
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Beate-Christin Hope Kolltveit, Eva Gjengedal, Marit Graue, Marjolein M Iversen, Sally Thorne, Marit Kirkevold
BACKGROUND: The uptake of various telehealth technologies to deliver health care services at a distance is expanding; however more knowledge is needed to help understand vital components for success in using telehealth in different work settings. This study was part of a larger trial designed to investigate the effect of an interactive telemedicine platform. The platform consisted of a web based ulcer record linked to a mobile phone to provide care for people with diabetic foot ulcers in outpatient clinics in specialist hospital care in collaboration with primary health care...
2017: BMC Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100950/primary-breast-t-cell-lymphoma-involving-nipple-areolar-complex-in-a-young-patient
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Mithun Ram, Pooja Ramakant, Harshad Parmar, Biju George, M J Paul
We present a rare case of recurrent primary breast lymphoma involving the nipple-areolar complex and review literature on primary breast lymphoma, its clinical presentation and management. It is diagnosed by histopathology. It needs multimodality management protocols.
December 2016: Indian Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100839/tyrosine-kinase-blocking-collagen-iv-derived-peptide-suppresses-ocular-neovascularization-and-vascular-leakage
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Raquel Lima E Silva, Yogita Kanan, Adam C Mirando, Jayoung Kim, Ron B Shmueli, Valeria E Lorenc, Seth D Fortmann, Jason Sciamanna, Niranjan B Pandey, Jordan J Green, Aleksander S Popel, Peter A Campochiaro
Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-neutralizing proteins provide benefit in several retinal and choroidal vascular diseases, but some patients still experience suboptimal outcomes, and the need for frequent intraocular injections is a barrier to good outcomes. A mimetic peptide derived from collagen IV, AXT107, suppressed subretinal neovascularization (NV) in two mouse models predictive of effects in neovascular age-related macular degeneration (NVAMD) and inhibited retinal NV in a model predictive of effects in ischemic retinopathies...
January 18, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100834/soft-robotic-sleeve-supports-heart-function
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Ellen T Roche, Markus A Horvath, Isaac Wamala, Ali Alazmani, Sang-Eun Song, William Whyte, Zurab Machaidze, Christopher J Payne, James C Weaver, Gregory Fishbein, Joseph Kuebler, Nikolay V Vasilyev, David J Mooney, Frank A Pigula, Conor J Walsh
There is much interest in form-fitting, low-modulus, implantable devices or soft robots that can mimic or assist in complex biological functions such as the contraction of heart muscle. We present a soft robotic sleeve that is implanted around the heart and actively compresses and twists to act as a cardiac ventricular assist device. The sleeve does not contact blood, obviating the need for anticoagulation therapy or blood thinners, and reduces complications with current ventricular assist devices, such as clotting and infection...
January 18, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100792/evolutionary-history-of-the-asian-horned-frogs-megophryinae-integrative-approaches-to-timetree-dating-in-the-absence-of-a-fossil-record
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Stephen Mahony, Nicole M Foley, S D Biju, Emma C Teeling
Molecular dating studies typically need fossils to calibrate the analyses. Unfortunately, the fossil record is extremely poor or presently non-existent for many species groups, rendering such dating analysis difficult. One such group is the Asian horned frogs (Megophryinae). Sampling all generic nomina, we combined a novel ∼5kb dataset composed of four nuclear and three mitochondrial gene fragments to produce a robust phylogeny, with an extensive external morphological study to produce a working taxonomy for the group...
January 18, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100651/stabilization-of-bacillus-circulans-xylanase-by-combinatorial-insertional-fusion-to-a-thermophilic-host-protein
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Vandan Shah, Brennal Pierre, Tamari Kirtadze, Seung Shin, Jin Ryoun Kim
High thermostability of an enzyme is critical for its industrial application. While many engineering approaches such as mutagenesis have enhanced enzyme thermostability, they often suffer from reduced enzymatic activity. A thermally stabilized enzyme with unchanged amino acids is preferable for subsequent functional evolution necessary to address other important industrial needs. In the research presented here, we applied insertional fusion to a thermophilic maltodextrin-binding protein from Pyrococcus furiosus (PfMBP) in order to improve the thermal stability of Bacillus circulans xylanase (BCX)...
January 17, 2017: Protein Engineering, Design & Selection: PEDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100650/transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-suppresses-peroxisome-proliferator-activated-receptor-%C3%AE-expression-via-both-smad-binding-and-novel-tgf-%C3%AE-inhibitory-elements
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Sowmya P Lakshmi, Aravind T Reddy, Raju C Reddy
Transforming growth factor β (TGF-β) contributes to wound healing and, when dysregulated, to pathological fibrosis. TGF-β and the anti-fibrotic nuclear hormone receptor peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ (PPARγ) repress each other's expression, and such PPARγ downregulation is prominent in fibrosis and mediated, via previously unknown mechanisms, by SMAD signaling. Here we show that TGF-β induces association of SMAD3 with both SMAD4, needed for translocation of the complex into the nucleus, and the essential context-sensitive corepressors E2F4 and p107...
January 18, 2017: Biochemical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100619/functional-analysis-of-hcv-envelope-protein-e1-using-a-trans-complementation-system-reveals-a-dual-role-of-a-putative-fusion-peptide-of-e1-in-both-hcv-entry-and-morphogenesis
#19
Yimin Tong, Xiaojing Chi, Wei Yang, Jin Zhong
: Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is an enveloped RNA virus belonging to the Flaviviridae family. It mainly infects human hepatocytes and causes chronic liver diseases including cirrhosis and cancer. HCV encodes two envelope proteins E1 and E2 that form a heterodimer and mediate virus entry. While E2 has been extensively studied, less has been done so for E1, and its role in HCV life cycle still needs to be elucidated. Here we developed a new cell culture model for HCV infection based on trans-complementation of E1...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100215/a-discrete-event-simulation-model-to-evaluate-the-use-of-community-services-in-the-treatment-of-patients-with-parkinson-s-disease-in-the-united-kingdom
#20
Reda Lebcir, Eren Demir, Raheelah Ahmad, Christos Vasilakis, David Southern
BACKGROUND: The number of people affected by Parkinson's disease (PD) is increasing in the United Kingdom driven by population ageing. The treatment of the disease is complex, resource intensive and currently there is no known cure to PD. The National Health Service (NHS), the public organisation delivering healthcare in the UK, is under financial pressures. There is a need to find innovative ways to improve the operational and financial performance of treating PD patients. The use of community services is a new and promising way of providing treatment and care to PD patients at reduced cost than hospital care...
January 18, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
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