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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530047/what-is-it-going-to-take-to-move-youth-related-hiv-programme-policies-into-practice-in-africa
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Daniella Mark, Lina Taing, Lucie Cluver, Chris Collins, Kate Iorpenda, Catarina Andrade, Luann Hatane
INTRODUCTION: HIV has been reported to be the leading cause of mortality amongst adolescents in Africa. This has brought attention to the changes in service provision and health management that many adolescents living with HIV experience when transferring from specialized paediatric- or adolescent-focused services to adult care. When transition is enacted poorly, adherence may be affected and the continuum of care disrupted. As the population of HIV-infected adolescents grows, effective and supported transition increases in significance as an operational imperative...
May 16, 2017: Journal of the International AIDS Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529053/unusual-intra-parenchymal-pontomedullary-epidermoid-cyst-in-a-2-year-old-case-report-and-literature-review
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Anan Shtaya, Bassam Dabbous, Evgenia Fanou, Leslie Bridges, Samantha Hettige
BACKGROUND: Intrinsic brainstem epidermoid cysts are rare, benign, slow growing lesions. Their eloquence preclude complete excision, however subtotal resection will often result in prolonged or sometimes permanent relief of presenting symptoms and signs. We describe an unusual case and review the literature of this pathology in the paediatric population. CASE DESCRIPTION: We report an intra-axial pontine epidermoid cyst in a 2-year-old girl who presented with developmental delay, multiple cranial nerve palsies and pneumonia...
May 18, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528582/searching-the-web-a-survey-on-the-quality-of-advice-on-postnatal-sequelae-of-intrauterine-growth-restriction-and-the-implication-of-developmental-origins-of-health-and-disease
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S Perzel, H Huebner, W Rascher, C Menendez-Castro, A Hartner, F B Fahlbusch
Intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) and fetal growth restriction (FGR) are pregnancy complications associated with morbidity in later life. Despite a growing body of evidence from current research on developmental origins of health and disease (DOHaD), little information is currently provided to parents on long-term metabolic, cardiovascular and neurologic consequences. As parents strongly rely on internet-based health-related information, we examined the quality of information on IUGR/FGR sequelae and DOHaD in webpages used by laypersons...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526563/live-cell-imaging-and-analysis-of-lipid-droplets-biogenesis-in-hcv-infected-cells
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Inbar Nevo-Yassaf, Marcos Lovelle, Yaacov Nahmias, Koret Hirschberg, Ella H Sklan
Lipid droplets (LDs) are regulated neutral lipid storage organelles having a central role in numerous cellular processes as well as in various pathologies such as metabolic disorders, immune responses and during pathogen infection. Several viruses were found to use the interface between the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and LDs as the site for replication and assembly. Due to the growing significance of LDs, extensive efforts are made to study the mechanism and the dynamics of their formation and life history and how are these diverted or modified by pathogens...
May 16, 2017: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525897/a-cellular-platform-for-the-evaluation-of-immune-checkpoint-molecules
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Sabrina Jutz, Annika Hennig, Wolfgang Paster, Ömer Asrak, Dejana Dijanovic, Florian Kellner, Winfried F Pickl, Johannes B Huppa, Judith Leitner, Peter Steinberger
Blockade of the T cell coinhibitory molecules CTLA-4 and PD-1 has clinical utility to strengthen T cell responses. In addition to these immune checkpoints an ever-growing number of molecules has been implicated in generating coinhibitory signals in T cells. However, investigating coinhibitory molecules in primary human cells is complicated by the restricted expression and promiscuity of both coinhibitory receptors and their ligands. Here we have evaluated the potential of fluorescence-based transcriptional reporters based on the human Jurkat T cell line in conjunction with engineered T cell stimulator cell lines for investigating coinhibitory pathways...
May 4, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525817/comparative-analysis-of-element-concentrations-and-translocation-in-three-wetland-congener-plants-typha-domingensis-typha-latifolia-and-typha-angustifolia
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Giuseppe Bonanno, Giuseppe Luigi Cirelli
This study analyzed the concentrations and distributions of Al, As, Cd, Cr, Cu, Hg, Mn, Ni, Pb and Zn in three different cattail species growing spontaneously in a natural wetland subject to municipal wastewater and metal contamination. The cattail species included Typha domingensis, T. latifolia and T. angustifolia. Results showed that all Typha species have similar element concentrations in roots, rhizomes and leaves, and similar element mobility from sediments to roots and from roots to leaves. This study corroborated three patterns of Typha species growing in metal contaminated environments: high tolerance to toxic conditions, bulk element concentrations in roots, and restricted element translocation from roots to leaves...
May 16, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523992/nutrition-and-exercise-in-sarcopenia
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Stephen D Anton, Azumi Hida, Robert Mankowski, Andrew Layne, Lawrence Solberg, Arch G Mainous, Thomas W Buford
Sarcopenia is a debilitating condition that involves loss of muscle mass and function, which affects virtually everyone as they age, and can lead to frailty and ultimately disability. In growing recognition of the importance of both muscle strength and muscle mass relative to body size in contributing to functional decline, recent definitions have now incorporated grip strength and a correction for body mass as part of the key criteria that define sarcopenia. With this new definition, a much larger population of older adults are now at risk of sarcopenia...
December 27, 2016: Current Protein & Peptide Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521367/driving-problems-in-the-elderly-and-cognitively-impaired
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Robert Haussmann, Maria Buthut, Markus Donix
Driving ability in the elderly and cognitively impaired is of growing demographic relevance. Driving represents a complex task for which multiple central resources are needed. In mild cognitive impairment and dementia, we need to closely monitor driving ability, as it gets irrecoverably lost in the course of the disease. In normal aging, people are often able to self-regulate driving behavior with respect to their medical conditions. Some studies demonstrated that older drivers perform well compared with younger drivers...
May 18, 2017: Pharmacopsychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520893/using-bayesian-modeling-in-frequentist-adaptive-enrichment-designs
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Noah Simon, Richard Simon
Our increased understanding of the mechanistic heterogeneity of diseases has pushed the development of targeted therapeutics. We do not expect all patients with a given disease to benefit from a targeted drug; only those in the target population. That is, those with sufficient dysregulation in the biomolecular pathway targeted by treatment. However, due to complexity of the pathway, and/or technical issues with our characterizing assay, it is often hard to characterize the target population until well into large-scale clinical trials...
May 17, 2017: Biostatistics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518108/identification-of-plant-ice-binding-proteins-through-assessment-of-ice-recrystallization-inhibition-and-isolation-using-ice-affinity-purification
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Melissa Bredow, Heather E Tomalty, Virginia K Walker
Ice-binding proteins (IBPs) belong to a family of stress-induced proteins that are synthesized by certain organisms exposed to subzero temperatures. In plants, freeze damage occurs when extracellular ice crystals grow, resulting in the rupture of plasma membranes and possible cell death. Adsorption of IBPs to ice crystals restricts further growth by a process known as ice-recrystallization inhibition (IRI), thereby reducing cellular damage. IBPs also demonstrate the ability to depress the freezing point of a solution below the equilibrium melting point, a property known as thermal hysteresis (TH) activity...
May 5, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28517930/middle-down-193-nm-ultraviolet-photodissociation-for-unambiguous-antibody-identification-and-its-implications-for-immunoproteomic-analysis
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Victoria C Cotham, Andrew Pitchford Horton, Jiwon Lee, George Georgiou, Jennifer S Brodbelt
Mass spectrometry (MS) has emerged as a powerful tool within the growing field of immunoproteomics, which aims to understand antibody-mediated immunity at the molecular-level based on the direct determination of serological antibody repertoire. To date, these methods have relied on the use of high-resolution bottom-up proteomic strategies that require effective sampling and characterization of low abundance peptides derived from the antigen-binding domains of polyclonal antibody mixtures. Herein, we describe a method that uses restricted Lys-C enzymatic digestion to increase the average mass of proteolytic IgG peptides (≥4...
May 18, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511188/calprotectin-in-daily-practice-where-do-we-stand-in-2017
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Fabrizia D'Angelo, Christian Felley, Jean Louis Frossard
BACKGROUND: To make a distinction between organic and functional disease is essential for gastroenterologists in their daily practice, but it may be challenging, given the variety and aspecificity of gastrointestinal symptoms among the general population. The clinician aim is to avoid diagnostic delay and to restrict unnecessary invasive and expensive exams. SUMMARY: Faecal markers, in particular faecal calprotectin (FC), have given proof of being reliable markers of intestinal inflammation with good clinical sensitivity...
May 17, 2017: Digestion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508214/efficient-reverse-genetic-systems-for-rapid-genetic-manipulation-of-emergent-and-preemergent-infectious-coronaviruses
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Adam S Cockrell, Anne Beall, Boyd Yount, Ralph Baric
Emergent and preemergent coronaviruses (CoVs) pose a global threat that requires immediate intervention. Rapid intervention necessitates the capacity to generate, grow, and genetically manipulate infectious CoVs in order to rapidly evaluate pathogenic mechanisms, host and tissue permissibility, and candidate antiviral therapeutic efficacy. CoVs encode the largest viral RNA genomes at about 28-32,000 nucleotides in length, and thereby complicate efficient engineering of the genome. Deconstructing the genome into manageable fragments affords the plasticity necessary to rapidly introduce targeted genetic changes in parallel and assort mutated fragments while maximizing genome stability over time...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505184/steadycom-predicting-microbial-abundances-while-ensuring-community-stability
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Siu Hung Joshua Chan, Margaret N Simons, Costas D Maranas
Genome-scale metabolic modeling has become widespread for analyzing microbial metabolism. Extending this established paradigm to more complex microbial communities is emerging as a promising way to unravel the interactions and biochemical repertoire of these omnipresent systems. While several modeling techniques have been developed for microbial communities, little emphasis has been placed on the need to impose a time-averaged constant growth rate across all members for a community to ensure co-existence and stability...
May 15, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499848/understanding-obesity-in-the-context-of-an-indigenous-population-a-qualitative-study
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Ricky Bell, Catherine Smith, Leigh Hale, Geoffrey Kira, Steve Tumilty
BACKGROUND: Obesity is a progressive global phenomenon that is disparately prevalent amongst Indigenous populations. While there is a growing body of literature investigating the extrinsic contributors to obesity, there is a lack of evidence to elucidate intrinsic drivers in the context of an Indigenous population. METHODS: Qualitative research theory, inclusive of Indigenous knowledge systems, was applied to the narratives of 15 Indigenous (Māori) people aged between 18 and 65 to contextualise their understandings of obesity...
May 9, 2017: Obesity Research & Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492303/a-unique-integration-strategy-for-the-rational-design-of-optically-tunable-near-infrared-fluorophores
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Hua Chen, Baoli Dong, Yonghe Tang, Weiying Lin
Fluorescence imaging is a rapidly growing technique for noninvasive imaging of biological molecules and processes with high spatial and temporal resolution. For effective biological imaging, it is essential and important to develop robust fluorescent dyes, in particular, near-infrared (NIR) fluorescent dyes with favorable optical properties. Compared with the visible light emitting dyes, NIR dyes have relatively longer emission wavelengths (650-900 nm) with lower energy and are advantageous as imaging agents owing to the minimum photodamage of NIR light to biological samples, deep penetration into tissues, and low interference from autofluorescence of biomolecules...
May 11, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487671/improved-mental-acuity-forecasting-with-an-individualized-quantitative-sleep-model
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Brent D Winslow, Nam Nguyen, Kimberly E Venta
Sleep impairment significantly alters human brain structure and cognitive function, but available evidence suggests that adults in developed nations are sleeping less. A growing body of research has sought to use sleep to forecast cognitive performance by modeling the relationship between the two, but has generally focused on vigilance rather than other cognitive constructs affected by sleep, such as reaction time, executive function, and working memory. Previous modeling efforts have also utilized subjective, self-reported sleep durations and were restricted to laboratory environments...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486660/non-redfield-nutrient-synergy-and-flexible-internal-elemental-stoichiometry-in-a-marine-bacterium
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Kathleen Trautwein, Christoph Feenders, Reiner Hulsch, Hanna S Ruppersberg, Annemieke Strijkstra, Mirjam Kant, Jannes Vagts, Daniel Wünsch, Bernhard Michalke, Michael Maczka, Stefan Schulz, Helmut Hillebrand, Bernd Blasius, Ralf Rabus
The stoichiometric constraints of algal growth are well understood, whereas there is less knowledge for heterotrophic bacterioplankton. Growth of the marine bacterium Phaeobacter inhibens DSM 17395, belonging to the globally distributed Roseobacter group, was studied across a wide concentration range of NH4+ and PO43-. The unique dataset covers 415 different concentration pairs, corresponding to 207 different molar N: P ratios (from 10-2 to 105). Maximal growth (by growth rate and biomass yield) was observed within a restricted concentration range at N: P ratios (∼50 - 120) markedly above Redfield...
May 9, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480141/population-genetics-data-help-to-guide-the-conservation-of-palm-species-with-small-population-sizes-and-fragmented-habitats-in-madagascar
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Lauren M Gardiner, Mijoro Rakotoarinivo, Landy R Rajaovelona, Colin Clubbe
BACKGROUND: The need to incorporate genetic data into conservation management decisions is increasingly recognised. However, many published studies represent a 'gold standard' of sampling, techniques, and analyses. Such rigour is often not possible with limited funding and resourcing available for developing plans for the increasing number of threatened species requiring conservation management. Two endemic palm species of the Itremo Massif in central Madagascar, Dypsis ambositrae and D...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479482/embryonic-expression-of-festina-lente-fel-a-novel-maternal-gene-in-the-oligochaete-annelid-tubifex-tubifex
#20
Takuma Nakamura, Inori Shiomi, Takashi Shimizu
We have cloned and characterized the expression of a novel maternal gene festina lente (designated Ttu-fel) from the clitellate annelid Tubifex tubifex. Northern blot analyses have shown that Ttu-fel mRNA is approximately 8 kbp in length and that its expression is restricted to oocytes undergoing maturation division and early embryos up to 22-cell stage. Maternal transcripts of Ttu-fel are first detected in oocytes in the ovary of young adults (ca. 40 days after hatching); its expression continues in growing oocytes in the ovisac...
May 4, 2017: Gene Expression Patterns: GEP
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